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Colombian Ports Mull Expansion

Image: The Port Authority of Cartagena

 The container and gross tonnage handling across all Colombian ports will undergo expansion in 2015, cementing a return to growth following a 2013 downturn, says BMI’s Colombia Shipping Report.   "The domestic container demand will be more muted than we expected, as falling oil prices will weigh on economic growth. We have revised down our real GDP forecast for 2015 from 4.9% to 3.9%, and our Cartagena container throughput forecasts correspondingly," says the report.   The port of Cartagena will see total tonnage volume increase by 4.5% to 21.63mn tonnes in 2015, and will average growth of 5.3% to 2019.   Container traffic at Cartagena will grow by 7.9% to 2.22mn twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 2015. Growth to 2019 will average 9.4%.    Volume at the Pacific port of Buenaventura will rise by 3.3% to 9.72mn tonnes in 2015, while container traffic will rise by 4.8%, to reach 526,999TEUs.  

Record Cargo Traffic at VOC Port

Picture: V.O.Chidambaranar Port Trust

 V.O.Chidambaranar Port Trust, Tuticorin, has crossed the previous year’s traffic of 28.642 million tonnes on Feb 27, 32 days ahead of the current financial year closing by handling 28.849 million tones (upto Feb 27).   According to a statement from the VOC Port Trust, the Port crossed the previous year’s (2013-14) Container traffic volume of 5,07,735 TEUs on March 3, by handling 5,08,678 TEUs of Container Traffic during the current year (as on March 3).  

Lykes Lines Upgrades Africa Service Fleet

The launching of Lykes Runner on August 29, rounds out the retonnaging of Lykes Lines' North America - Africa Service, East Coast Loop. This multi-purpose Astrakan Mark 3 RoRo ship joins four sisterships already on the service, operating every two weeks between Canada, the U.S. and South Africa - all of which can carry breakbulk, bulk and container traffic - including refrigerated cargo, automobiles and other rolling stock.

New Container Liner Services from Shipping Company

A new liner service from shipping company CMA CGM The French Line is connecting Hamburg with Australia and New Zealand. Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland, Lyttelton, Melbourne, Adelaide, Jakarta, Port Kelang, Chennai, Colombo, Djibouti, Jeddah, Damietta, Malta, La Spezia, Tilbury, Hamburg. On the return leg the service's 13 ships of 2,500 to 2,800 TEU container capacity also call at the port of Chennai, previously Madras

P&O Unit Reports Rise In Container Traffic

Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co.'s Sri Lanka unit reported a sharp increase in container handling in its first year of operation to August 2000. "In just 12 months, productivity levels have doubled and South Asia Gateway Terminal Pvt Ltd (SAGT) has handled 261,787 20-foot equivalent units.... a 40,682 teu increase over the year before period," SAGT said. "... (the group) is well on course to achieving its ambitious target through an effective mix of international and local

Port of Hamburg Reports Cargo Downturn

(Photo: HHM / Peter Glaubitt)

Germany’s largest universal port reported the effects of weakened Chinese foreign trade plus the steep downturn in trade with Russia during the first nine months of the year. Totaling 104.6 million tons, seaborne cargo throughput in Hamburg was down 4.8 percent from last year, despite higher bulk cargo handling in the first three quarters of 34.3 million, up 8.7 percent. Meanwhile, container throughput in the first nine months totaled 6.7 million TEU, down by 9.2 percent.

Customs and DOT Launch 'Operation Safe Commerce' Program

Associate Deputy Secretary of Transportation Jeffrey Shane and Deputy Customs Commissioner Douglas Browning jointly announced the launch of Operation Safe Commerce (OSC), a program to fund business initiatives designed to enhance security for container cargo moving throughout the international transportation system. Operation Safe Commerce will provide a test-bed for new security techniques that have the potential to increase the security of container shipments

Port Breaks Ground for Container Terminal

Construction has begun on the long-awaited Port 2000, a $600 million expansion of Le Havre's container facilities in its first phase, which, on completion, will provide 12 quayside berths with a total length of 2.5 miles for post-Panamax vessels. The new container terminal will enable the Port of Le Havre to keep pace with its rapid growth in container traffic, which topped 50 percent over the past five years, according to Lacave

New Berlin, Hamburg Water Transport Routes


On Monday, 03 August 2009, the first containers that were brought from Berlin to the Port of Hamburg via the new Elbe-Spree inland waterway were unloaded. The line operated by the Berlin Hafen- und Lagerhaus AG in cooperation with Konrad Zippel Spediteur GmbH from Hamburg will now be used for transports from City-GVZ Berlin Westhafen to the Hamburg container terminals and vice versa every week. The inland water vessel MS Shir Khan has a transport capacity of 54 TEUs (standard

NPCT1 to Develop New CT in Jakarta


  PT. Pelabuhan Indonesia II (Persero) (“IPC”), Mitsui & Co, Ltd. (“Mitsui”), Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (“NYK Line”) and PSA International Pte Ltd (“PSA”) have agreed to jointly participate in the construction and operation of a new container terminal at Tanjung Priok Port, Jakarta, Indonesia. This new terminal will be developed and operated by the newly established project company PT New Priok Container Terminal One

Ivory Coast Starts Construction of Abidjan Port Upgrades

Ivory Coast began construction on Tuesday of a four-year, 560 billion CFA franc ($962 million) project to build a second container terminal and widen the canal leading to its main port in the commercial capital Abidjan.   Among the busiest in sub-Saharan Africa, the port serves Ivory Coast

Ministerial Round Table at Felixstowe Port

Shipping Minister Robert Goodwill MP (centre left) discusses transport-related issues with business leaders at the Port of Felixstowe

  Transport Minister Robert Goodwill MP has taken part in a round table discussion with transport leaders from the ports, road, rail freight and shipping industry at the Port of Felixstowe, the Port of Britain.   Mr Goodwill’s responsibilities at the Department for Transport

Adani Ports profit up 16%

Adani & SEZ

  Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (“APSEZ”), India’s largest port developer and part of Adani Group, today announced a 16 per cent increase in its consolidated net profit to Rs. 667 crore for the second quarter on increased income from operations.

Another Mega-Ship Facility Opens at Felixstowe

Berth 9 Extension was opened by Dr Therese Coffey MP, Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

  The Berth 9 Extension at the Port of Felixstowe, the Port of Britain, has been opened by Dr Therese Coffey MP, Deputy Leader of the House of Commons. The 190-metre extension increases the port's capability to work two of the world's largest containerships simultaneously

Panama Canal Expansion Could Shift US Container Traffic

Photo: SCPA

Following the Panama Canal expansion in 2016, up to 10 percent of container traffic to the U.S. from East Asia could shift from West Coast ports to East Coast ports by 2020, according to new research conducted by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and C.H. Robinson

JNPT Installs ECIL's Radiological Detection Equipment

Neeraj Bansal, Chairman in-charge JNPT (left) receiving the Radiation Detection equipment from P. Sudhakar, CMD, ECIL (right) in the presence of Dr. R.K.Sinha Chairman, AEC and Secretary, DAE)

  P.Sudhakar, Chairman & Managing Director, Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) handed over a critical homeland security system - Radiological Detection Equipment (RDE) to Neeraj Bansal, Chairman In charge, Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT), Mumbai in presence of Dr. R.K

General Cargo Dominates Seaway Traffic in June

Photo courtesy of The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership

June was an active month for U.S. ports receiving a variety of general cargo shipments through the St. Lawrence Seaway. “What’s notable about the June tonnage numbers were increases in the export of U.S. grain to Europe and the import of aluminum and steel to the ports of Cleveland

Chinese Slowdown Hitting Container Shipping

Image: The Hanjin Group

 The slowdown in China’s economy poses some risks for container shipping, according to Drewry Maritime Research.   According to a new report from Drewry Shipping Consultants Ltd, the risks from a slowdown in Chinese consumption to container shipping are far smaller than for the

Adani Ports Consolidated PAT for Q1FY16 Up 13%

Photo Adani Port

  Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (“APSEZ”), India’s largest port developer and part of Adani Group, today announced the financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2015. Consolidated cargo across all ports handled by the company was 40 MMT in Q1FY16

JNPort Takes Steps to Regularise Traffic - GTI Shutdown

Gateway Terminals India (GTI)

  As Gateway Terminals India (GTI) (one of the private terminal at JNPort, a JV between APM Terminals (APMT) and state-owned rail operator Container Corporation of India) is facing shutdown in operations due to the strike of contractor's employees engaged by Cargotek handling yard crane

Hamburg 2015 Port Forecasts Revised Downward

Photo: Port of Hamburg

The Port of Hamburg Marketing Association has slashed its forecast for container volumes at Hamburg's port, a hub for eastern European trade, due to weakening growth in China and shrinking trade with Russia. The association said on Monday it now expects container volumes to fall 7 percent to 9

No Tianjin Impact, Says Cosco

Pic: China COSCO Holdings Company Limited

 China COSCO Holdings Company Limited says its operations at Tianjin port have been unaffected by the blasts that killed 114 people here also put a deep dent in the compact between China’s government and its middle class.  

Port of Cleveland Awarded for Cargo Growth

Photo: Port of Cleveland

The Port of Cleveland informs it has been awarded by the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) for its international cargo growth.   The Robert J. Lewis 2014 Pacesetter award, presented to the port by the SLSDC this morning at its monthly board meeting

Finland Ports Strike on September 18

Image: Port of HaminaKotka Ltd

 Finland's three big trade union federations plan industrial action on Friday against the government's labor reform program.   Hence, Finnish ports, already suffering from container traffic declines, are set to shut on Friday 18 September.  

APM Terminals Liberia Sees Economic Recovery

George Adjei at New York Investment Conference

  Addressing the US - Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York City, APM Terminals Liberia Managing Director George Adjei points to a 30% increase in import container traffic at Liberia’s largest port as a reason for great confidence in Liberian investment.  

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