Rotterdam celebrates golden jubilee as a European container port
Rotterdam is celebrating 50 years as the largest container port in Europe.
On 3 May 1966, the MS Fairland, built in 1942 at Gulf Shipbuilding Corp in the US, called at Rotterdam. Owned by Malcolm McLean, famed founder of the containerised freight trade, the vessel was converted in 1957 to carry containerised cargo and was one of the first ships to carry this cargo across the Atlantic.
Today’s commemoration, however, took place onboard the 2015-built UASC Al Zubara, moored at the automated Euromax Terminal Rotterdam. Euromax is owned by parent company Europe Container Terminals (ECT), the container transhipment company founded after the arrival of the MS Fairland. However, at 19,870 teu, the UASC vessel is somewhat larger than its 226 teu American predecessor.
Emile Hoogsteden, director of containers, breakbulk & logistics at the Port of Rotterdam Authority (pictured, right), handed a "container cake'" to the captain and Rob Bagchus of the ECT (left), in keeping with the celebration’s theme. www.seatrade-mari...
Cargotec’s Kalmar wins its largest ever crane upgrade contract
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been awarded the contract to upgrade seven ship-to-shore (STS) cranes at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) in Malaysia. With a value of more than EUR 20 million, the order is the largest crane upgrade project to date globally for Kalmar. Site work is scheduled to commence in the third quarter of 2016.
Malaysia’s most advanced container terminal, PTP is located on the Straits of Malacca, the busiest shipping lane in the world, and has excellent road, rail and air connections. The terminal had an annual capacity of 9.1 million TEU in 2015. PTP is equipped with 57 super post-panamax cranes, and a substantial fleet of Kalmar equipment,
India has expressed interest in setting up an LNG terminal at Chahabar port in Iran to ship back home natural gas from Persian Gulf nation, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said.
India is keen to set up its engagement with hydrocarbon-rich Iran, which has recently come out of western sanctions, and is lining up $20 billion of investment in oil and gas as well as petrochemical and fertiliser projects.
Pradhan said he had during his visit to Tehran on April 9 conveyed interest of Indian companies in setting up fertilizer and petrochemical plants, including in the Chahabar SEZ. The projects can be “either in joint venture between Indian and Iranian public sector companies or with private sector partners,” he said in the Lok Sabha here.