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26 days ago by arnekiel

HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort puts into service three gantry cranes
The COSCO Netherlands was the first ship to be processed by the five new container gantry cranes at the HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT), which are equipped to handle ships with a capacity of more than 20,000 standard containers (TEU). Three of these high-performance gantry cranes have been put into service at Tollerort in the last few days. Two identical gantry cranes have been processing mega-ships at berth 5 since November 2016. On Friday morning, 20 October, the approximately 13,400 TEU-capacity COSCO Netherlands arrived at CTT and left again on Saturday night. During this time, the mega-ship gantry cranes discharged and loaded approximately 7,000 TEU onto the ship. “Processing the COSCO Netherlands was a first test of our new mega-ship gantry cranes, which they passed with flying colours. The five gantry cranes are very reliable and perform as expected. Berth 5 is now perfectly equipped to efficiently process the largest ships in the world,” says CTT’s Managing Director, Dr. Thomas Koch. The number of ultra large container vessels calling at the Port of Hamburg has risen steeply over the past two years. In the first half of 2017, ships with a capacity of 18,000 TEU or more called at the Port 54 times – more than five times as much as in the first half of 2015. For the class of vessels with capacities between 14,000 and 17,999 TEU, the number of calls has more than doubled.

26 days ago by arnekiel

Yang Ming provides North Europe-East Med Express
Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp.(YM) has announced to provide a new North Europe-East Med Express effective on 26th November 2017, the company said in its press release. NEX service is jointly operated by Yang Ming, COSCO and Evergreen with a total of five container vessels of nominal 4,250 TEU capacity. The port-of-call rotation of NEX service is Rotterdam, Felixstowe, Hamburg, Antwerp, Casablanca, Piraeus, Alexandria, Haifa, Mersin, Piraeus, Casablanca, Rotterdam. A round voyage takes 35 days. Given the market demand within European region and in order to meet the requirement of European customers, Yang Ming pledges to continue enhancing its service network, providing customers with more reliable and comprehensive delivery services.

26 days ago by arnekiel

Evergreen teams up with COSCO and YML on North Europe – Mediterranean Sea service
In order to offer an express service on the North Europe – Mediterranean trade, Evergreen is teaming up with COSCO and YML to create a new joint operation, to be branded Europe – Med Express (EMX), the company said in its press release. This weekly service will utilize five ships of 4,250 teu-class; one provided by Evergreen and YML respectively and the remaining three by COSCO. The first sailing is scheduled to depart from Rotterdam on 27th of November with a port rotation as follows: Rotterdam – Felixstowe– Hamburg – Antwerp – Casablanca – Piraeus – Alexandria – Haifa– Mersin – Piraeus – Casablanca – Rotterdam. The launch of this new service will enable Evergreen to provide a direct connection from North Europe to the Mediterranean, particularly to/from Morocco, Turkey, Israel and Egypt and is open to all types of cargo, including reefers and special containers. This new service is being introduced in response to increased customer demand for a reliable service and demonstrates Evergreen’s strong commitment to enhance efficiency on Europe-Med routes.

26 days ago by arnekiel

ICTSI Orders RTGs from Mitsui for $80 Million Upgrade
International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) has sealed a US$22 million deal for the deployment of 16 hybrid rubber tired gantries (RTG) for its Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) in the Philippines. The equipment purchase is part of ICTSI’s US$80 million capital equipment program for its flagship terminal.

26 days ago by arnekiel

Ningbo Zhoushan Terminal Renovation Gets Thumbs Up
Ningbo Zhoushan Beilun port’s multi-purpose terminal renovation construction project has successfully achieved environmental acceptance. Beilun Port's renovation project will transform the original Number 1 and Number 2 coal terminals into a multi-purpose terminal. Beilun Port’s renovated multi-purpose terminal is located in the southeast of Hangzhou Bay outside the south side of Jintang waterway. A berth will be designed for small cargo ships, for example a 50,000 DWT container ship or a 40,000 DWT general cargo ship, and will see the transformation of the coastline to reach a total length of 515 metres. With the project, Ningbo Zhoushan Port intends to grow domestic container trade by further promoting port integration. The terminal is being converted to handle containers, bulk, and breakbulk amid dwindling demand for coal, reported Splash247.

26 days ago by arnekiel

Portugal’s Largest Terminal to Receive Super-Sized Crane
A new Paceco España contract with the largest container terminal in Portugal will result in the Spanish crane engineering company producing a 'Portainer Malaccamax' ship to shore (STS) crane that can manage 22,000 TEU vessels. The crane being built for PSA Sines Terminal XXI will be 133 metres tall, have a top A frame height of nearly 91 metres, a height under spreader of 48 metres, an outreach of 70 metres, and be able to reach the 24th container row of a vessel, making it one of the largest cranes in existence. Paceco España has started to design and manufacture its Portainer Malaccamax crane — classed as a ‘Super Post-Panamax’ crane due to its outreach being more than that of the 19 to 22 container rows that these types of cranes can achieve. The terminal’s quay length is 946 metres in length, with an additional 200 metres for a feeder berth, and is currently accommodating a mix of nine Super-Post-Panamax and 'Post-Panamax' quay cranes — able to achieve a 16 to 18 container outreach. Paceco España has supplied eight of the terminal's cranes, with the last produced by Japanese Paceco Group company Mitsui, Engineering & Shipbuilding (MES). PSA Sines Terminal XXI has an ongoing development plan that aims to increase its current 2.1 million annual TEU capacity. https://www.porttechnolog...

26 days ago by arnekiel

TIL Becomes Owner of Noatum Terminal
Spanish terminal operator Noatum Ports has sold all its shares, or around 45% of the total, in the operator of a container terminal at Port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in Spain's Canary Islands. With the sale, Swiss-headquartered Terminal Investments Limited (TIL) has bought the remaining interest in Operaciones Portuarias Canarias (OPCSA Las Palmas). TIL previously held 55% of OPCSA shares, but with the purchase it will become the sole owner of the terminal company. https://www.porttechnolog...

27 days ago by arnekiel

APL renews terminal lease at Port of Kaohsiung
American President Lines (APL) has renewed its terminal lease at Taiwan’s Port of Kaohsiung to help it develop in Intra-Asia. The deal with Taiwan Branch and Taiwan International Ports Corporation will see APL retain its current terminal plot at the port for another 10 years from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2027.

27 days ago by arnekiel

Ports of Cork and Dublin resume operations
19 Oct 2017 - A spokesperson for the Port of Cork (pictured) said that full shipping movements resumed at 0600 hrs on October 17 Ireland’s ports of Cork and Dublin have fully resumed operations following disruption due to Storm Ophelia. The port made the decision to halt operations based on the issuing of a severe weather warning nationally – its RED level being the highest possible level on the scale. The storm disrupted ship and quayside operations at the port’s Tivoli container terminal and Ringaskiddy deepwater berth, as well as affecting gate operations in Tivoli.

27 days ago by arnekiel

Bulk terminal deal for King Abdullah Port
King Abdullah Port has signed a 25-year agreement with AMSteel to operate its first bulk and general cargo terminal berth. Management for the port, which is the first fully privately-owned, developed and operated commercial port in Saudi Arabia, said that it anticipates that operations at the terminal will begin in the second quarter of 2018. AMSteel’s warrant to operate the terminal lasts for 25 years, with King Abdullah Port’s first stage of bulk and general cargo terminals set to have a three million-tonne capacity.

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