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6 hours ago by arnekiel

Virginia Port Authority to Order 60 automated stacking cranes for Norfolk
US Virginia Port Authority (VPA) is looking to order a total of 86 automated stacking cranes under two separate contracts from the Finland-based manufacturer of cranes Konecranes. The first contract would include the delivery of 60 automated stacking cranes for Norfolk International Terminals (NIT), while the second contract would see 26 cranes provided to Virginia International Gateway (VIG). Under the Notice of Intent to Award Contracts, Konecranes would deliver the equipment in phases during the period from 2018 to 2020. In total, the two contracts would exceed the value of EUR 200 million (USD 217.6 million), according to the crane manufacturer. worldmaritimenews...

7 hours ago by arnekiel

Port of Mariel eyes new transhipment volumes as US lifts time ban on vessels from Cuba
Prospects of the Cuban port of Mariel capturing US transhipment volumes have significantly improved since the US government last week lifted a ban on foreign vessels calling at US ports within 180 days of calling at Cuba. The US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a general licence, waiving the restriction as part of the ongoing programme to restore relations between the two countries. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said: “President Obama’s historic announcement in December 2014 charted a new course for a stronger, more open US-Cuba relationship. The treasury department has worked to break down economic barriers in areas such as travel, trade and commerce, banking, and telecommunications. https://theloadstar.co.uk/port-mariel-eyes-new-transhipment-volumes-us-lifts-time-ban-vessels-cuba/

7 hours ago by arnekiel

Hanjin to Shut European Operations
South Korean container shipper Hanjin Shipping (117930.KS) said on Monday that it would close all 10 of its European businesses operations, reports the Wall Street Journal. Hanjin has applied for court approval to close all 10 of its business operations in Europe, including its regional headquarters in Germany, according to a company spokeswoman. The decision to shut down its European business is part of a breakup process for Hanjin, which began earlier this month. A judge had said the court, which is handling Hanjin’s insolvency proceedings, would consider selling the company entirely. The company expects to start the process as early as this week after obtaining approval from the Seoul Central District Court.

8 hours ago by arnekiel

Opening of Terminal 2 (T2) at Gdansk celebrated.
Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) Gdansk, maritime ports consultant CH2M and Belgian contractor BESIX celebrated the opening of Terminal 2 (T2), expanding Poland's sole deep-sea terminal to become the largest container hub in the Baltic Sea. The new 650-meter-long and 17-meter-deep quay increases DCT's annual handling capacity to up to 3 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit). Additionally, the new terminal berth can now accommodate ultra-large container vessels of capacity exceeding 18,000 TEU, such as the Maersk Triple E class container ships, which enter the Baltic Sea through the Danish Straits. www.prnewswire.co...

8 hours ago by arnekiel

Automated cranes to add productivity and capacity to Africa’s most innovative port project
APM Terminals has announced orders for 12 remote-controlled Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes and 32 Automated Rail-Mounted Gantry Cranes (ARMGs) to equip the new five million TEU* APM Terminals MedPort Tangier facility now under construction at the Tanger-Med II port complex. The container terminal will be the second operated by APM Terminals at the Tanger-Med port complex designed to serve the newest Ultra-Large Container Ships (ULCS) with capacities up to 20,000 TEUs. APM Terminals MedPort Tangier will have up to 2,000 meters of quay length and increase the Tanger-Med complex’s overall capacity to over nine million TEUs. The facility complements APM Terminals Tangier which handled 1.7 million TEUs in 2015. The two terminals promise to give a competitive edge to liner operators and global supply chain executives. www.hellenicshipp...

1 day ago by arnekiel

Eimskip starts calling Bremerhaven in Germany on December 6
Eimskip has decided to start calling Bremerhaven in Germany as of 6 December this year. The company will at the same time stop calling Hamburg, which has since the year 1926 been one of the company’s ports of call. This step is a part of developing the company’s sailing system, but the change gives the company’s customers better connections to other markets and the transit time gets shorter, besides having the heart of the German fish industry located around Bremerhaven, the company said in its press release. For the past several years, the company’s vessels Dettifoss and Godafoss have been calling Hamburg on the Blue Line. The terminal that Eimskip has been using will be closed due to structural changes in the port of Hamburg. It is therefore the right moment now to move the vessel calls and it will strengthen the company’s sailing system. The last service call in Hamburg is planned with the vessel Godafoss on 29 November. The move to EUROGATE Container Terminal Bremerhaven represents a significant step in increasing services to Eimskip’s customers. The port offers a modern terminal, providing a full array of services at a high degree of efficiency. The container port of Bremerhaven is the fourth largest in Europe and is a major transshipment hub. Connections via Bremerhaven to Asia, Africa and South and North America are also excellent and a warehouse for chilled and cold cargo is located directly at the container terminal, which further improves services for the fish industry. en.portnews.ru/ne...

1 day ago by arnekiel

Westerdam's arrival marks start of larger cruise season
The downtown San Diego skyline got a temporary addition Saturday morning as the 10-deck Westerdam arrived at the B Street Pier. Locals will be seeing a lot more of the 936-foot, 82,348-ton ship over the next few months, because its owner, Holland America, has increased its number of local dockings from two to 19 as part of an overall renewal of interest among cruisers in excursions along Mexico’s west coast. Marshall Merrifield, chair of the Port of San Diego, said Disney Cruise Lines will also increase its presence this year, doubling its home port calls from five to 10. In recent years Mexico’s Pacific destinations, which are often called the “Mexican Riviera,” have seen reduced activity due to a surge in kidnapping and other violence there. The Great Recession also impacted travel plans. www.sandiegounion...

1 day ago by arnekiel

Port of Savannah hardest hit by hurricane
Georgia Ports Authority staff like to point out to visitors and customers alike that Savannah has the largest single-terminal container facility in the country — a fact that has helped Garden City Terminal avoid the congestion most other ports were facing this time last year. Now, they have another reason to tout the configuration of GPA’s massive container port — the quick recovery after Hurricane Matthew. Of all the ports affected by Hurricane Matthew, Savannah’s was hit the hardest, according to U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Amy Beach, commander of Marine Safety Unit Savannah and Captain of the Port, who said damage to navigational aids kept the river and outer harbor closed for several days. After shutting ships operations down for five days — Friday through Tuesday — GPA began working vessels the Wednesday after the storm, when the Coast Guard declared the channel safe for vessel traffic. By the end of the day Wednesday, Garden City Terminal had filled all nine berths and moved a total of 7,800 containers. www.blufftontoday...

1 day ago by arnekiel

Completion of big dredging gears POT for bigger ships
Shareholders of Port of Tauranga have been told that completion of a massive capital development will gear the port and its associated links for a strong future.

1 day ago by arnekiel

HMM to Compete with MSC for Hanjin Shipping’s Long Beach Terminal
Cash-strapped Hanjin Shipping Co. officially announced to sell its stake in the Long Beach Terminal in California, the largest asset of the firm. As Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), the nation's second-largest shipping company, and global shipping companies, including Geneva-based Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (MSC), the world's second-largest shipping line, are expected to enter the takeover battle for the Long Beach Terminal, they will aggressively negotiate its price. According to Hanjin Shipping and Seoul Central District Court spokesmen on October 21, the court appointed an advisor, an overseas firm specializing in shipping industry talks, to help with the negotiations on the 19th. As the asset owned by Hanjin Shipping’s subsidiary Total Terminals International LLC (TTI), the Long Beach Terminal handles more than 30 percent of cargo in the Port of Long Beach, one of the largest ports in the US West Coast along with the Port of Los Angeles. The terminal is frequently used by Hanjin Shipping, which owns a 54 percent stake in TTI that operates Long Beach Terminal and its second largest shareholder MSC, which owns the remaining 46 percent as well as global shipping firms, such as Denmark-based Maersk Line, the world's largest container shipping company, and Taiwan’s Evergreen Marine. www.businesskorea...

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