Crisis in Cape Town

Congestion and poor relations between management and workers are severely affecting operations at the Port of Cape Town A three day strike was held in the first week of December that Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) described as “illegal.” In July Transnet employees at several South African ports were suspended for a round of what the […]

Ceyport Secures Funds to Expand

Port has secured US$35M in loans to support its capacity expansion and modernisation programme. Ceyport Tekirdag Uluslararasi Liman Isletmeciligi (Ceyport) operates the northern Marmara Sea port of Tekirdag, in Turkey. The funds are being provided jointly by the European Bank of Reconstruction & Development (US$17.5M) and ICBC Turkey Bank AS (US$17.5M), which is controlled by […]

Malaysia Bans Open-Loop Scrubbers

Ocean carriers calling at Malaysian ports from January 1, 2020, will have no other choice than to stock up with low sulphur fuel oil (less than 0.5% sulphur content), LNG or use closed-loop scrubbers. This will have certain operational and cost issues for lines and particularly those, including Mediterranean Shipping Company, that have fitted, and […]

Eagle Bulk Expands Fleet and Prepares for IMO 2020

Eagle Bulk Shipping has taken delivery of the fifth of six Ultramax dry bulk vessels that it recently agreed to acquire for a total of US$122.8M. The latest ship, which has been renamed the M/V SHANGHAI EAGLE, is a 2016-built, high specification SDARI-64 Ultramax vessel built at Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Co Ltd. The acquisition was […]

Maersk Invests in IoT Network Company

A.P. Moller – Maersk has announced it is investing in Danish IoT startup Onomondo.   The investment is for an undisclosed amount, and is being made by Maersk Growth. In a statement the company said A.P. Moller – Maersk “has chosen the solution as an enabler to stay ahead in the pursuit of further digitising […]

Direct Sailing from Wuhan to Japan

New direct service bypasses transhipment in Shanghai China’s state-run media service Xinhua has announced that the first vessel to travel on a new Wuhan-Japan direct container shipping route has departed the Yangluo port in Wuhan, capital of Central China’s Hubei Province, for Japan. The vessel was the Hanya 1, a purpose-built 500 TEU vessel for […]

ITCO Donates Tank Container to Shanghai Maritime University (SMU)

SMU will use the tank container for training and education purposes. The International Tank Container Organisation (ITCO) has completed the donation of a 20ft ISO tank container to the Shanghai Maritime University, a leading academic institution for the shipping, ports and logistics industry in China. “The tank will be used by the University for training […]

Kalmar Straddles for Steveco

Six new Kalmar straddle carriers are heading to Steveco’s Mussalo terminal in Kotka, Finland The Steveco Group is a leading port operator in Finland, with operations at the Hietanen, Hamina and Vuosaari terminals along Finland’s south coast, in addition to Mussalo in Kotka. The company operates an extensive fleet of Kalmar equipment, including terminal tractors, […]

Tariff Increase for Tema

The government of Ghana has agreed to big increases in tariffs at the port of Tema to allow operator Meridian Port Services (MPS) to recoup the cost of building the new container facility, Terminal 3 Container handling charges are to increase by an average of 10.9%. MPS had held a 70% stake in the new […]

ACL Renews at Liverpool until 2035

Atlantic Container Line has agreed a new 15-year contract extension for container and ro-ro operations at the Port of Liverpool, until 2035 ACL, part of Grimaldi Group, is already the largest ocean carrier operating at Liverpool’s Royal Seaforth Container Terminal (RSCT) and the port’s longest serving container carrier. Peel Ports Group is making a significant […]