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Damen DOP dredge pump used in hazardous project

Damen Dredging Equipment has delivered DOP submersible dredge pumps to many dredging contractors around the world. As a result, an enormous variety of dredging projects have been brought to a successful conclusion. Currently, an interesting project is being undertaken by the Dutch contractor Martens & Van Oord in Cadzand, the Netherlands. The project has...

Terex Gottwald model 8 mobile harbour crane with new variant

Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has responded with a new variant of its successful diesel-electric Terex Gottwald Model 8 mobile harbour crane to meet increasing demand from terminal operators for cargo-handling machines for loading and unloading vessels with a loading capacity of more than 8,800 standard containers. These terminal operators require professional and mobile large-sized cranes, able to...

Bremenports fleet undergoes ecological modernisation

70.50 metres long, 10.50 metres wide, 2.90 metres draught and an order volume of 4.9 million euros – these figures sum up the modern hopper barge that will join the fleet of the port management company bremenports during the second half of the year. The greenports I, presumably the first working vessel at a European...

MacGregor signs loose lashings contract

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received an order to provide loose lashings for five 10,500 TEU Hapag-Lloyd container ships under construction in South Korea by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries. This order builds on a previous contract, which MacGregor announced in September 2015, and completes the vessels optimised MacGregor cargo handling solution. The order was...

APM Terminals announces new port investment in the Kingdom of Morocco

Port operator APM Terminals to develop a new transshipment terminal in Tangier with an annual capacity of five million TEUs. APM Terminals MedPort Tangier will become operational in 2019, serving multiple trades and will be the first automated terminal in Africa. The 30-year concession of APM Terminals MedPort Tangier will complement the current operations...

Smart connected lift trucks

Truconnect, Konecranes remote fleet monitoring, has been available for lift trucks during the last few years. Konecranes Lift Trucks re-launched the system packed with upgrades that, says Business Development Manager, Bertrand Marion, “Deliver a brand-new world of monitoring services to customers.” Speaking at the launch, Mr. Marion said, “In highly competitive environments driver responsibility,...

Customs Rotterdam Invest in Drying Systems for Survival Suits

The Dutch customs authorities are active every day with the imports, exports and transit of goods. The Netherlands in particular is a distribution country. Every year more than 12 million loaded containers enter the harbour of Rotterdam. Already last year Pronomar delivered Top Trock drying systems to the Dutch customs authorities in Leeuwarden and...

Port authorities to appeal against European Commission decision

The Port of Rotterdam Authority, together with the Amsterdam Port Authority, Groningen Seaports, the Moederdijk Port Authority, the Port of Den Helder and Zeeland Seaports, is going to appeal against the decision of the European Commission which states that Dutch sea ports must pay corporation tax from 1 January 2017. Paul Smits, Financial Director...

APM Terminals Readies Lázaro Cárdenas TEC2

Phase I of the USD 900 million semi-automated deep-water terminal at Mexico’s second-busiest container port to open soon with 750 metres of quay and 1.2 million TEU annual throughput capacity. APM Terminals has forged ahead with the new deep-water semi-automated Lázaro Cárdenas Terminal 2 (TEC2) project, representing an overall investment of USD 900 million,...

PD Portcentric Logistics signs new deal at Felixstowe

PD Portcentric Logistics, part of the PD Ports Group has signed a four year deal with Sifcon International plc (SIL) at Felixstowe. SIL is a supplier of gifts and interior accessories to retailers of all sizes across the UK and Europe. The contract will see PD Portcentric Logistics manage all handling, storage and picking...

New fire-extinguishing pontoon for Port of Amsterdam

The Port of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam-Amstelland Fire Brigade are taking the new fire-extinguishing pontoon ‘Cerberus’ officially into operation yesterday. The pontoon will give Amsterdam additional fire extinguishing capacity. The Harbour Master’s Division of the Port of Amsterdam can now deliver additional waterborne fire extinguishing capacity in the event of a long-lasting fire. The floating...

PD Ports talks apprenticeships

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, PD Ports’ HR Director, Russ McCallion, has been speaking out about the opportunities apprenticeships can bring to young people and how they can lead to achieving great things. PD Ports has been providing apprenticeships at Teesport for over 14 years, seeing around 70 young people start their careers...

APM Terminals Completes Acquisition of Grup Maritim TCB

APM Terminals has completed the USD 1 billion acquisition of Spanish Grup Maritim TCB’s port and rail interests. APM Terminals has yet to receive approval for three of 11 terminals under Grup Maritim TCB, but has decided to move ahead with the acquisition, as the remaining terminals constitute less than 5% of the value...

Port of Rotterdam Authority to redirect 4km of port section of Betuwe Route

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is going to redirect approximately 4km of the port (or first) section of the Betuwe Route. As a result, the railway line will no longer run over the Caland Bridge, so that shipping and rail traffic will cease to get in each other’s way from 2020 onwards. It will...

Bigger ships than ever call at the Port of London

The Port of London saw larger ships than ever calling last year as the tonnage of cargo handled at Thames terminals climbed to 45.4 million tonnes (up 2% on 2014). PLA chief executive, Robin Mortimer said: “Last year a number of operators introduced new, bigger ships and records were broken.  The record breakers included container...

Testing of New Panama Canal Locks Carried Out Successfully

The Panama Canal has announced that Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), the consortium responsible for the design and construction of the Third Set of Locks Project, has successfully completed testing of the reinforcements in sill #3 of the Cocolí locks. GUPC technical personnel, the designers and Panama Canal Authority (ACP) specialists monitored the...

PD Ports expands commercial team to support continued business growth

PD Ports has made two key appointments in Michael Parker and Alfred van Wyk to help take forward growth plans at Teesport. Michael has been appointed as Business Development Manager to help develop supply chain solutions which add value for customers importing and exporting dry bulk cargo. With more than 15 years’ experience in...

Port of Gothenburg appoints new Harbour Master

The Port of Gothenburg has appointed a new Harbour Master – Åsa Kärnebro. Åsa has been deputy Harbour Master at the Port of Gothenburg since 2010. In her new position she has identified a number of ways to further strengthen the port’s competitiveness, not only in Europe but also globally. As the new Harbour...

Strong growth in container traffic

In 2015 around 295,000 TEU – 20-ft standard containers – were transported between the Port of Hamburg and intermodal terminals in Austria by environmentally-friendly rail. That represents a 9.3% gain, setting a new record for Hamburg’s seaport-hinterland services with Austria. The proportion of containers on this route transported by rail exceeds over 90%, making...

574 Tonnes Steel Structure for Malta

Van der Vlist recently arranged the transportation of 574 tonnes steel structures from Belgium to Malta. Some urgent deliveries were transported by road while the majority was shipped to Malta. In Malta the cargo was directly loaded on trucks to reduce the risk of damage when transshipping. By offering this well planned, multimodal solution,...

APM Terminals and Maersk Group to offer enhanced maternity benefits

A new global policy introduced by the Maersk Group, the parent company of APM Terminals, will provide a minimum of 18 weeks of maternity leave for new mothers.  The maternity leave, at full pay, will be followed by a phased reintegration to work over the next six months, allowing new mothers the opportunity of...

Hydrex Opens Office in Rotterdam

Hydrex officially opened its new office in Rotterdam on the 1st of March with a purpose of improving delivery of services and underwater expertise to the maritime industry of Rotterdam. To enable a fast mobilisation throughout the entire Rotterdam port without delaying a ship’s commercials operations, Hydrex dive support vessels will be stationed in Rotterdam. These workboats...

CAPE Holland successfully deploys its Vibro Lifting Tool CV-320

Earlier this year the CV-320 upending Vibro Lifting Tool (VLT-U) with was used for installation of 13 piles at the Kanaaldok B3 in Antwerpen. These piles will be used to build a jetty to serve as a temporary mooring place. The piles, 35 metres long and 2.9 metres in diameter, were picked up, lifted...

PD Ports gets hitachi on the right track

North-east based PD Ports will handle the majority of Hitachi Transport System Europe’s (HTSE) rail car imports destined for Hitachi’s Rail Vehicle Manufacturing Facility (RVMF) in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham. The train body shells are coming into PD Ports owned Teesport via a new Ro-Ro service direct from Japan by global shipping line, “K”...