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15 days ago by arnekiel

Shipping Alliance Chooses DP World’s UK Ports For Ten Trade Routes To Us And Asia
Global container shipping consortium ‘THE Alliance’ has announced that all of its mainline UK calls will be handled by DP World, the Dubai-based global ports and logistics services company. The consortium of container shipping lines – which comprises Hapag Lloyd, K-Line, MOL, NYK Line and Yang Ming – will bring vessels on its FE1, FE2 and FE4 services into DP World Southampton and those on FE3 and FE5 into DP World London Gateway, all of which link Asia and Europe. Vessels deployed on the consortium’s transatlantic AL3, AL4 and AL5 services, will call at DP World Southampton while those on AL1 and AL2 will call into DP World London Gateway.

17 days ago by arnekiel

AIDA sends four cruise ships to the Hamburg Port anniversary on May 5, 2017
For the sixth time, the cruise line AIDA Cruises is main sponsor for the HAMBURG PORT ANNIVERSARY, demonstrating its continued dedication to the Hanseatic City. With AIDAluna, AIDAprima, AIDAsol and AIDAvita, the main sponsor will be contributing four ships to the festival. AIDAvita will kick it off on Friday, May 5, 2017, when it drops anchor at Cruise Center Steinwerder around 8 a.m. Departure is planned for 7:30 p.m. Before AIDAvita leaves the port, the ship will take a little tour of it, past Harbor Piers and the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. Then AIDAvita will head off on a 14-day Selection cruise to Great Britain and Ireland.

 Mariel
17 days ago by arnekiel

Cuba's Mariel port seeks China push
MARIEL, CUBA-These days, giant Chinese-built cranes briskly unload shipping containers from cargo ships at Cuba's deep-water port of Mariel, a fledgling special economic zone the country hopes will drive development over the coming years. With 2015 bilateral trade surpassing $2 billion, China is Cuba's second largest trading partner behind Venezuela. It is now playing a key role in helping the Caribbean island country to make Mariel live up to its promise. The Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co, a global leader in port equipment, has provided the Mariel Container Terminal with four ship-to-shore gantry cranes, 12 rubber-tiered gantry cranes and two rail-mounted gantry cranes. As business picks up at Mariel, the company will increase the number of state-of-the-art cranes to 24 STS and 72 RTGs, increasing the unloading capacity from 800,000 containers to 3 million. As global trade grows, Cuba is betting on its strategically located port to become a hub for companies doing business with the Caribbean, Central America and other parts of Latin America. The deep-water port is part of Mariel, which also features a duty-free zone and an industrial park with modern facilities and business-friendly tax breaks. www.chinadaily.co...

19 days ago by arnekiel

Kalmar and Rainbow-Cargotec Industries celebrate the opening of new jetty in China
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, and Rainbow-Cargotec Industries Co., Ltd (RCI) celebrate today the opening of a new jetty in Taicang, China and introduce the latest Kalmar RTG developments. The new jetty will support Kalmar’s business growth in the Asia-Pacific region by enabling the deliveries of fully erect Kalmar yard cranes from RCI. The jetty can berth vessels of up to 50,000 DWT capacities. It is 361 metres long and the water depth is 12 metres. www.hellenicshipp...

19 days ago by arnekiel

Bad weather shuts Mexico petchems port Altamira, product imports port Tuxpan
03/03/2017 The Mexican petrochemicals port of Altamira, and the principal port for the nation’s growing imports of oil products, Tuxpan, were closed to shipping early Thursday by high winds and heavy seas on Mexico’s northern Gulf Coast, the Ministry of Communications and Transportation reported. All other Mexican oil and petrochemicals ports were operating normally, the ministry added. Two ships are due to arrive from Texas in Tuxpan Friday, one has a load of LPG from Houston, the other is carrying unspecified oil products from Beaumont, according to the port’s website. An official at the harbor master’s office in Tuxpan told S&P Global Platts that no information could be given on how many ships are due to arrive or leave the port. Source: Platts

 Belem
19 days ago by arnekiel

Soy loadings delayed at Brazil northern ports
At least 11 ships are facing delays in loading soybeans at Brazil’s northern ports after rains washed out roads and disrupted the progress of trucks carrying beans from the centre-west region, Brazilian officials said. Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said some commodities traders could have problems fulfilling soy export contracts due to the transportation problems. But authorities said emergency work on BR-163, the main road linking the soy fields in Mato Grosso to northern export terminals, has allowed trucks to start resuming their trips. Thousands of soy-filled trucks have been stuck in mud in recent days as torrential rains damaged an unpaved stretch of the road. The washout has been a major setback for companies operating this relatively new route for Brazilian soy exports. Historically, traders would use roads to the southern ports of Santos and Paranagua, but recent investments in port terminals to the north have been aimed at cutting transportation costs. All major traders including Bunge, Cargill and Amaggi have operations using the new route, with trucks taking BR-163 to a terminal in the Miritituba district in Para state. From there, barges carry beans down the Tapajos river to ports in the Belem area for loading on transoceanic ships. “Some traders will probably have to source soy elsewhere to fulfill their export contracts,” Maggi told reporters Thursday. He said some 600,000 tonnes of soybeans had already been diverted to southern ports after issues with the northern route. www.hellenicshipp...

19 days ago by arnekiel

Spanish dockers call off March strikes
Spanish dockers have called off two days of strikes scheduled for March 6 and March 8, a union spokeswoman said on Thursday, but it is uncertain whether another seven days of stoppages will go ahead. The strikes were suspended after opposition political parties said they would not support a bill drawn up by the minority government allowing importers and exporters to hire and fire dockers, the spokeswoman said, making it less likely the measures would pass into law. Spain’s cabinet passed a draft law on Friday to end closed-shop hiring at ports. The government’s parliamentary minority means it will have to seek consensus with other parties to get the bill passed into law. Companies currently have no say over hiring and firing at Spanish ports. The new measures aim to permit them to choose their own staff rather than being bound by union-approved lists. Around two-thirds of Spain’s imports and exports pass through its ports and prolonged industrial action could be especially painful for the automobile industry and chemical sector. Source: Reuters

21 days ago by arnekiel

Mexico Opens Billion Dollar Terminal
Mexico’s largest semi-automated terminal, APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas, has received its first official vessel call after completing the first phase of the terminal. The 9,600 TEU capacity Maersk Salalah on the AC2 Transpacific service from Asia docked at the terminal (pictured), which occupies an area of 49 hectares, with a quay of 750 meters in length for ships and a depth of 16.5 metres. This is deep enough to receive some of the world’s largest ships. The final phase of the terminal buildout, which will bring the total investment cost to US$900 million, is scheduled to happen between 2027 and 2030 to increase the terminal’s water depth to 18 metres and create a quay 1.5 kilometers long in a total area of 102 hectares. https://www.porttechnolog...

21 days ago by arnekiel

DP World Delivery for UK Terminal Expansion
DP World Southampton has received eight brand new straddle carriers from Kalmar as part of a multi-million pound investment and modernisation programme for the container terminal. The new ‘three high’ machines have twin lift capability and are more fuel efficient, which will help improve the terminal’s operations and means a further eight older versions will retire. DP World Southampton has decommissioned a total of 36 straddle carriers in the last three years as part of its fleet renewal programme. The latest order of machines arrived fully assembled on board the vessel MV Meri direct from the assembly plant in Gdynia, Poland. https://www.porttechnolog...

21 days ago by arnekiel

Konecranes Keeps Hamburg Bananas Safe
Konecranes has supplied its diesel-electric Konecranes Gottwald Model 4 Mobile Harbour Crane to HHLA Frucht- und Kühl-Zentrum, a company of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) and the terminal operator SEA-invest, at the O’Swaldkai multi-purpose terminal in Hamburg to serve reefer vessels. The G HMK 4406 crane has been recently taking on shipments of bananas as its main job is to unload fruit on pallets from vessels and unload reefer containers that arrive as deck cargo. A lifting capacity of 100 tons and an outreach of up to 46 metres means the maximum lifting speed is 90 metres per minute. It can also handle heavy cargo and project cargo and can be moved quickly on the quayside. HHLA has trusted mobile harbor crane technology from Konecranes for fruit handling since 2003. https://www.porttechnolog...


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