LBCT Develops APIs
The largest container terminal in America, Long Beach Container Terminal Inc (LBCT) has officially developed “Application Programming Interfaces” (APIs) to improve upon the Terminal’s ease of doing business with the truck drayage community at large.LBCT is the first Marine Terminal Operator (MTO) at either the Port of Los Angeles or Long Beach to provide an API solution as a modern interface for trucking companies to integrate with their terminal operator partners, said LBCT President Anthony Otto.According to a press release…
Blackstone Invests in Terminal Operator Carrix
U.S. investment firm Blackstone Group LP said on Sunday that funds affiliated with Blackstone Infrastructure Partners invested in Carrix Inc, the largest marine terminal operator in the United States and the Americas.The company did not disclose the terms of the transaction.Carrix is the parent of SSA Marine and its related affiliates with operations at over 250 port and rail locations worldwide, including 16 container terminals in Long Beach and Oakland in California, Seattle and Tacoma in Washington…
U.S. Government Shutdown: Assessing the Impact on Maritime
On December 22, 2018, a continuing resolution passed by Congress to fund a portion of the U.S. Government into the 2019 fiscal year expired and was not renewed resulting in a partial federal government shutdown. Among the affected Executive Departments are the Department of Homeland Security (which includes the Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection), the Department of Transportation (which includes the Maritime Administration), the Department of Interior (which includes the Bureau of Environment and Enforcement (BSEE) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM))…
FMC Offices Closed due Partial Federal Shutdown
The Federal Maritime Commission is closed effective Wednesday, December 26, 2018 as part of the partial federal government shutdown due to a lapse in appropriations. The Commission will resume normal operations when appropriations legislation is enacted and the federal government reopens.With the exceptions of Acting Chairman Michael A. Khouri and Commissioner Rebecca Dye, who are Presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed officials, all Commission employees have been placed on furlough and are prohibited by law from performing any duties during the shutdown.
Dubai's DP World Completes Danish Unifeeder Acquistion
Global port operator DP World says it has completed the acquisition of Danish logistics firm Unifeeder for $748 million.DP World’s full acquisition of Unifeeder Group from Nordic Capital Fund VIII was announced in August, but finalized on Thursday."DP World PLC is pleased to advise that it has closed the transaction to acquire 100% of Unifeeder Group from Nordic Capital Fund VIII and certainminority shareholders," said one sentence statement from the Dubai-based global marine terminal operator."Unifeeder Group is now part of the DP World Group…
Port of Oakland Wants Terminals to Get Greener
Oakland’s largest marine terminal operator plans to clear the air using hybrid cargo-handling technology. SSA Terminals said today it will retrofit 13 diesel-powered cranes with diesel-electric hybrid engines. The upgrade is estimated to eliminate more than 45 tons of exhaust emissions annually at the Port of Oakland. The projected cost to upgrade the cargo-handlers, known as Rubber Tired Gantry Cranes, is more than $6 million. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District this…
SSA Terminals Extends Marine Lease at Oakland
A major global marine terminal operator has OKd a new Port of Oakland lease that runs through 2027. The agreement includes options that could keep SSA Terminals (Oakland) here to 2042. The Port today characterized the deal as validation for the city’s maritime future. “SSA is an influential player on the waterfront worldwide, and a significant presence in Oakland,” said Port Maritime Director John Driscoll. Oakland’s Board of Port Commissioners approved the new lease last night.
Oakland Port Digitalized to Move Cargo Faster
Port of Oakland officials has promised a digital shipping platform by mid-year to speed up global trade flows. The Port said it’s building an online portal for transactions that range from tracking to transporting containerized cargo. The move aligns with an industry migration toward digitalization of international supply chains for the sake of efficiency. The Port previewed its portal - called a digital collaboration platform - at an American Association of Port Authorities meeting in Oakland.
Crowley Implements Tideworks’ TOS at Port Everglades
Tideworks Technology Inc., a full-service provider of comprehensive terminal management and planning software solutions, today announced that Crowley Maritime has gone live with Tideworks’ terminal operating system (TOS) under CitadelMC, the newly branded SaaS model by Tideworks, at its Port Everglades Terminal in Florida. This marks the first Crowley terminal to go live with Tideworks’ TOS in a series of scheduled deployments. Crowley’s terminals in Jacksonville, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico are expected to go live in the first half of 2017.
India's Directive on Container Weight Verification Next Week
Directorate General of Shipping will issue guidelines for the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) convention on container weight verification next week, said Deepak Shetty, Director General of Shipping, Government of India yesterday in Mumbai. “By July 1, 2016, we have to put the regulation in place and the file has come to our table and the circular will be issued by Monday or Tuesday. We will be one of the first few countries on a task as daunting as this,” Shetty said…
Port of Oakland Boosts Night, Weekend Work
A $1.5 million subsidy program to stimulate night and weekend business at the Port of Oakland has been extended. The port’s largest marine terminal operator responded saying it will use the program to further expand weeknight operations. The announcement comes as the Port abandons its traditional 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. operating model. “The old way doesn’t work any longer,” said Port Executive Director Chris Lytle. Port Commissioners voted last week to continue through June 30 the fund that partially subsidizes extended gate hours. It had been scheduled to expire this week.
P&I Club Warns: Failure to Comply with SOLAS Amendment
The SOLAS amendment coming into force on 1st July 2016 requires, as a condition for loading a packed container onto a ship for export, that the container has a verified gross mass (‘VGM’). As from 1st July 2016, it would be a violation of SOLAS to load a packed container onto a ship if the ship operator and marine terminal operator do not have the VGM of the container. All 163 Signatory States to SOLAS will need to implement this SOLAS amendment through their national legislation.
Jebel Ali Port Wins Top Industry Award
DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port has been recognized for excellence in container terminal operations at the first ever Navis Inspire Awards 2015. HE Sultan Ahmad Bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World said the industry prize underlined the global marine terminal operator’s customer centric approach, innovation, process excellence and commitment of its employees. Bin Sulayem’s comments were made in a special event held in Dubai to celebrate the award and to congratulate DP World’s UAE Region team for the achievement.
Port Lafito Officially Opens
GB Group, a diversified group of industrial and trading companies, has announced that Port Lafito, a world-class modern container port in Haiti, is open and operational. Port Lafito in Haiti officially opened on 2 July in a ceremony attended by the country’s president among other dignitaries. “Port Lafito will breathe new life into Haiti by creating new jobs, training for skilled labor, and encouraging foreign investment and development. This project will make a significant impact on the national economy and have a beneficial impact on the more than 10 million people that live here…
Haiti’s Port Lafito Officially Opens
GB Group inaugurated their Port Lafito, a world-class modern container port in Haiti. They informed that the port is now open and operational. Port Lafito is Haiti’s first Panamax Port with state of the art equipment and technology. The multi-million dollar project, led by GB Group, is a private, public and international partnership between the Haitian government, the Haitian private sector and international financial institutions including the Haitian State Bank, Banque Nationale de Credit S.A.…
Jebel Ali Port Leads in Port Productivity
Global marine terminal operator DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port has demonstrated once again that it delivers the world’s best productivity for ships berthed at its docks. According the latest JOC Port Productivity data, compiled by industry analysts Journal of Commerce, Jebel Ali recorded a world-leading 131 moves per ship per hour in 2014, up 10 percent from 119 in 2013. The ranking is based on JOC’s analysis of more than 125,000 port calls in 2014 that placed Jebel Ali form the UAE and six ports from China in the Global Top 10 for the year.
Jebel Ali Port Become Distribution Hub for Dow Chemical
Marine terminal operator DP World, UAE Region, has reached an agreement with an affiliate of The Dow Chemical Company based in Jebel Ali to support the distribution of Dow‘s products. The contract was signed recently by Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of DP World, UAE Region, and Moosa Al-Moosa, President of Dow UAE in Jebel Ali in the presence of senior officials from both organizations. Under the agreement, DP World will provide Dow with value-added services such as Jebel Ali Port’s storage facilities and shipping to its customers globally.
DP World Profit Up 22%
Global marine terminal operator DP World today announced strong financial results from its global portfolio of marine terminals for the six months to 30 June 2015, delivering profit attributable to owners of the Company before separately disclosed items of $405 million, up 21.9% compared to the first half of 2014. Profit for the period attributable to owners of the Company before separately disclosed items of $405 million; (1H2014 attributable income of $332 million) Acquisitions of EZW helps boosts profit attributable to owners of the Company before separately disclosed items by 21.9%.
Jebel Ali Port Wins 'Best Seaport' Award
Press release - DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port has retained its leadership position by winning the Best Seaport – Middle East Award for the 21st year in a row at the Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards (AFLAS) 2015 in Hong Kong. The award was received on behalf of the global marine terminal operator by Rashid Abdulla, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World Asia Pacific Region. Asia Cargo News magazine, the organizers of AFLAS, picked the winners through a nomination and voting process where more than 15…
P&I Clubs Welcome Changes on Container Weighing
UK P&I Club, a shipping protection and indemnity mutual insurers, and TT Club, an international transport, freight and logistics insurance provider, have welcomed the amendment to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on the requirement that containers have a verified gross mass before being loaded onto a ship. The requirement becomes mandatory on July 1, 2016, after which date it would be a violation of SOLAS to load a packed container onto a ship if the ship and marine terminal operator do not have a verified container gross mass. Operators who fail to comply will be fined or penalised.
DP World Leading M.E. Investor - MEIRS Awards
Global marine terminal operator DP World has collected an impressive four awards including the Grand Prix of ‘Leading Corporate for Investor Relations in the Middle East’ at the 2015 Middle East Investor Relations Society (MEIRS) Awards. DP World CEO Mohammed Sharaf was also presented the award for ‘Best Investor Relations by a CEO’ at the event, held at the Address Dubai Mall during the 7th MEIRS Annual Conference. The awards honour outstanding achievements of investor relations professionals and organisations in the region…
Port Community System Unveiled at Dubai Seminar
An electronic port community system to make all trading transactions paperless in Algerian ports based on the Dubai Trade portal has been unveiled at a major seminar in Dubai on investment opportunities in the country. The new system will be introduced under a joint venture agreement signed today between DP World, Dubai Trade, the ports of Algiers, Oran and Skikda, offering integrated electronic services from various trade and logistics service providers under a single window.
DP World to Tackle Illegal Wildlife Trade
Global marine terminal operator DP World has agreed to a set of 11 principles designed to help tackle the US$ 19 billion illegal wildlife trade. In a groundbreaking meeting in London last week, members of the United for Wildlife International Taskforce on the Transportation of Illegal Wildlife Products finalised the document that will shape the efforts of its transport and logistics sector members in the future. The Declaration and Commitments cover a raft of issues from information sharing and detection…