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Los Angeles leaps ahead
Throughput at LA surges while Long Beach records a decline. More
Containers are star performers in Nigeria
The number of containers handled at Nigeria's main ports soared by more than 15% in 2013 and exceeded 1M TEU for the first time. More
ECG welcomes European haulaway decision
The Association of European Vehicle Logistics (ECG) has welcomed the European Parliament's vote in favour of a harmonised loaded length for car transporters More
TT Club says logistics insurance claims can be cut
Philip Emmanuel, the Hong Kong-based director of the Asia Pacific region for the TT Club, believes that insurance claims made by transport companies and logistics service providers can be prevented, or substantially reduced, through sensible risk management practices. More
Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV agree to merge
The much discussed merger between the two carriers has been concretised; enter the world's fourth biggest container line, subject to regulatory approvals More
Global stacking cranes installed
Global Terminal at the Port of New York New Jersey has now completed the gantry crane component of its expansion project. More
Carrier passes million mark
Some 46 years after developing the first picture frame container refrigeration unit, Carrier Transicold handed over its one millionth unit during a ceremony at its Singapore manufacturing facility today. More
Antwerp acquires Opel site
Antwerp Port Authority to purchase the Opel site, the location of the former General Motors production plant in the Antwerp port area More
Port of Rotterdam partners with TOC
The Port of Rotterdam has signed a global partner deal with TOC Worldwide More
People on the move
Latest round-up of appointments known to WorldCargo News More
Felixstowe expansion under way
Work has started at the Port of Felixstowe on the latest expansion of the UK's largest container port More
Luanda takes containers on board
Figures on the volume of cargo handled at the Port of Luanda in 2013 reveal a big switch from non-containerised to containerised cargo More
ICTSI for Umm Qasr
International Container Terminal Services, Inc (ICTSI) is partnering with the Government of Iraq to invest in Umm Qasr Port More
Le Havre joins 18,000 TEU club
Maersk's MAGLEBY MAERSK was due to make her maiden French port call at Le Havre today (14 April) More
Suape - new tenders on the way
A tender for a second container terminal in the port os Suape, in Pernambuco in North Eastern Brazil, "will go ahead during the second half of this year" More
CIMC goes large
Already the world's largest container manufacturer by some distance, China International Marine Containers (CIMC) has announced that it will build a massive new container plant in Dongguan, Guangdong Province. More
Long Beach sells cranes
The Long Beach Board of Harbour Commissioners has approved the sale of 14 STS cranes to Hanjin subsidiary Total Terminals International, Inc. The cranes are the last port-owned cranes in Long Beach and are leased to TTI on an "operate and maintain" basis for US$12.7M per year. More
New tower crane for Riverport
A new Linden Comansa 30LC1450 flat-top tower crane, with a maximum capacity of 48t and 34.13t at 46m outreach (37.4t-46m with the Powerlift system), has gone into operation at Riverport, operated by Paducah/ McCracken County Riverport Authority (PMCRA), at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee rivers in Kentucky. More
One way 53ft box trade
Maersk Line is now shipping around 150 x 53ft boxes per week on its transpacific services. The 53ft import service is a one-way trade taking advantage of the need to deliver 53ft US domestic containers manufactured in Southern China to US owners. More
DNV GL/MPA in R&D pact
DNV GL and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote research and development and innovation in the maritime industry. More
Chinese for Argentine port?
The Argentinian government is said to be considering a proposal from a Chinese investor to build a new container and general cargo terminal at Fray Luis Beltran, in the province of Santa Fe close Rosario. However, the local mayor, Liliana Canut, expressed surprise when she saw the report in local media. More
Sines books Paceco Espana
Paceco Espana SA has received an order from PSA to supply three more Paceco Portainers for its Terminal XXI facility at the Portuguese port of Sines. More
Used crane moved to Larvik
An erect, ship-to-shore container crane has been shipped by barge from Antwerp to Larvik in Norway. The crane was originally built in 2004 by Kalmar (still known at that time as Kalmar-Nelcon for STS crane purposes) for P&O Ports Antwerp (subsequently DP World). More
Panul opts for Ardelt
German crane manufacturer, Kirow Ardelt GmbH, a member of Kranunion, formerly known as TAKRAF or Kranbau Eberswalde, recently supplied its second crane to Chile. This was a stationary Tukan 750 double jib level luffing crane for Puerto Panul, the biggest dry bulk handler in the Port of San Antonio. More
MacGregor lands bulk ships deal
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured a deck equipment contract for a series of eight 58,500 dwt bulk carriers under construction at New Times Shipbuilding in China. The vessels are being built for Lemissoler Navigation (Front Marine), based in Cyprus, with the delivery of the first two vessels scheduled to start around August 2015. More
US West Coast on tenterhooks
This year's contract negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) are expected to be a battle about jurisdiction and cost control. More
Kalmar crane upgrades...
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has reported important new contracts in respect of existing, installed equipment in Chile and Indonesia. More
HPH sells Hong Kong stake
Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (HPHT) has sold 60% of its interest in Asia Container Terminals (ACT) Holdings Ltd little more than a year after investing HK$3.2B (US$412M) to purchase the operation from PSA and DP World (see WorldCargo News March 2013, p7). More
Charleston commissions new heavy lift crane
The Port of Charleston's latest floating crane, OCEAN RANGER, made its first commercial lift this month, unloading a 308t generator onto a barge at the Columbus Street Terminal. More
Gaussin books ATT order in Hamburg
Gaussin Manugistique has reported that it has signed an order with German company FSH to supply 20 automotive terminal trailers (ATTs) with diesel-hydraulic drive. FSH is Gaussin Group's licensed distributor in Germany and the 20 ATT-V4s will be delivered during 2H/ 2014 and 1H/ 2015 (10 and 10). This is Gaussin's first commercial order for ATTs in the European market. More
Chainflex data sheets
What is described as the "broadest ever range of Chainflex data sheets for energy chain cables" from Igus is now available online. Chainflex cable customers can look up detailed technical information on over 1100 cables in more than 790 pages. More
Hirtshals bulks up
The Danish port of Hirtshals in Jutland has put a new mobile harbour crane, a Sennebogen 850M with a pantographic cab, into operation. With a maximum lift capacity of 12t (grab plus load), the crane will be mainly used to handle bulk cargoes such as wood pellets, wood chips, logs, fodder and construction materials. Lift capacity is 6t when the boom and jib are at the full extension of 21m. More
CTH expansion deferred again
Expansion work at Eurogate's Hamburg container terminal (CTH) was originally supposed to start in 2012, but was postponed due to the financial situation of the City of Hamburg and reduced container volumes through the port, which meant that insufficient investment funds were available for the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA). More
LB's electric future
The Port of Long Beach (POLB) has announced that new electricity rates approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will save its tenants US$350M over 24 years. More
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Container Terminal Planning - A Theoretical Approach
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 Feature articles
Big year for reefer leasing
The leasing industry committed to another substantial purchase of reefer containers in 2013, but new equipment per diems and cash returns remain at an all-time low. More
Box leasing still in the ascendency
The container leasing sector enjoyed another strong year in 2013, although its pace of fleet growth now appears to be slowing, while rental rates and cash returns remain under pressure and utilisation has weakened slightly. More
The best laid plans...
To what extent is an incident at sea involving a shipment of automated straddle carriers responsible for delaying a project in Australia? More
Tapping into the Latin dream
Consistent but modest growth in the trade between Asia and Latin America in recent years has prompted carriers to phase in larger ships and ports/terminals to improve and expand their facilities. More
Towards more effective training
As container crane simulation matures, terminal operators are looking more closely at how to get the most out of simulation-based training tools. More
LED lighting on the march
LED lighting is gaining acceptance for use on container cranes, but operators are more cautious with regard to high mast applications. More
Vessel emissions reporting progress
A study by TU Delft has found that implementing technology for monitoring, reporting and verifying (MRV) of CO2 emissions from large ships electronically could save ship owners 5-9M annually. More
Staying in the comfort zone
Working postures of RTG operators need to be examined in order to reduce days lost due to sick leave. More
French ports make steady progress
So long as the hard-fought port reforms and the economic recovery hold, volumes should continue to increase. More
Savings to be had from E-RTGs
E-RTGs can achieve almost 87% energy cost savings and a 68% reduction in CO2 emissions, according to a Taiwanese study. More
Outlook set fair for mobile harbour cranes
The enduring popularity of mobile harbour cranes and derived designs has been bolstered by their application to bigger ships and different cargo types. More
Time for semi-automation in the yard
Much has been said by Laurence Jones from the TT Club about the benefits of stack profiling in gantry crane operations at TOC conferences and other events over recent years. Jones has stated that the incidence of drivers knocking containers off the stack is a key risk area in RTG terminals, and that these problems are simply not found at automated terminals because automated stacking cranes have stack profiling systems. More
Automation takes flight
Terminal operators are getting more ambitious with their plans for equipment automation, as they move to grasp the potential of automated equipment control. More
Transnet's pan-African ambitions
As well as a programme of improvements at home, South Africa's transport utility is offering its services outside the country. More
US ports look towards exports
Shipping industry consolidation and a changing economy are forcing US ports to re-evaluate their competitive advantages. More
Mexico mired in machinations
Like the country itself, Mexico's freight transport sector is at a tipping point, with golden opportunities available but widespread corruption and fraud that sap economic confidence and competitiveness. More
Straddling an uncertain market
Demand for 1 over 3/1 over 4 machines is essentially static. More
Big moves in the big lift trucks sector
2013 saw considerable change in the lift truck market, not least at the dealer level. More
Tank operators play the world market
In the midst of a fleet growth phase, global tank container operators are offsetting business slowdowns in stumbling economies with increased activity in emerging markets. More
Are diesel engines on the decline?
Tighter emissions and a demand for greater efficiency are driving a move towards smaller engines and alternative fuels in port equipment. More

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