Air & Seaport News

  • Crane Collapses in Heap of Metal at Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    Nov 2, 2018 — A large gantry crane at South Africa’s Port Elizabeth collapsed in heap of metal during strong winds Tuesday morning. The collapsed resulted in damage but no injuries were reported, Transnet confirmed. It said an engineering team assessing extent of damage.
  • Export-Bound Shipping Container Explodes at Port of Los Angeles Terminal

    Nov 2, 2018 — U.S. officials are investigating an explosion inside an export-bound shipping container at a Port of Los Angeles container terminal on Tuesday evening. As a result of the explosion, the terminal was evacuated and officials investigated additional containers believed to be carrying the same scrap metal.
  • Sri Lanka: Defining challenges for the proposed East Container Terminal

    Oct 29, 2018 — The Port of Colombo has been ranked as the world’s fastest growing port among the top 30 container ports for the first half of 2018. In the wake of this positive sign it is important defining the challenges for the proposed East Container Terminal.
  • Proposed Pilotage Fee Hike in Port Everglades Would Double Pilot Costs for Carriers

    Oct 23, 2018 — A proposed fee increase for harbor pilot services at Port Everglades, Florida will raise average pilotage by more than 100 percent on average for shipping lines that call frequently at the port, according to an analysis by Crowley Maritime Corporation, the port’s largest tenant.
  • Forwarders must act smarter to prevent peak cargo congestion, says Heathrow

    Oct 23, 2018 — Heathrow Airport has defended its peak season plans – but warned forwarders, hauliers and handlers to change their behaviour to ensure there are no congestion problems. Airport data indicates that volumes will be as strong, or stronger, than last year, when congestion became a major issue.
  • Croatian dock workers strike again over late salary

    Oct 22, 2018 — Workers at Croatia’s largest shipbuilding group Uljanik on Monday held their second strike in less than two months, this time over unpaid salary for September.
  • Turkish Cargo prepares for ‘Mega Hub’ at Istanbul New Airport

    Oct 22, 2018 — Turkish Cargo is preparing to move services from its current Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) hub to the Istanbul New Airport (ISL). ISL is scheduled to open on Oct. 29 of this year, and shortly after, on Dec. 31, cargo moving in belly holds of passenger aircraft will move through ISL, while Turkish Cargo’s freighter services will continue operating at IST.
  • Schiphol Airport group eyes revamp of domestic cargo strategy

    Oct 22, 2018 — Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is to re-think its strategy, examining all the airports in the group and its overall cargo plan for the Netherlands. It is a year since the airport hit its capacity constraints, leading to the loss of slots for freighter operators.
  • Nigeria: Surcharges due to congestion at Lagos ports

    Oct 19, 2018 — AGS Nigeria would like to inform its partners and colleagues of an increase of additional charges implemented in Lagos on all import and export shipments, following heavy port congestion which has lasted for several months.
  • Aqaba New Port set for digitisation

    Oct 17, 2018 — Jordan’s Aqaba New Port will see all ship and goods movements, warehouse management and logistics fully digitised in a project with a contract volume worth millions of euros. German company INPLAN Software Solutions (INPLAN), which provides software solutions for ports, terminals and maritime logistics firms, has won a tender for the venture, which will be realised in several phases and is anticipated to last two years.
  • Hong Kong to focus on boosting maritime services after leader Carrie Lam admits city cannot compete with rival ports on shipping

    Oct 11, 2018 — Hong Kong cannot compete with its shipping rivals and will turn its attention to maritime services as a way to strengthen its position as a key seaport trading centre, the city’s leader has admitted. Acknowledging the decline in sea cargo passing through Hong Kong, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor sought to address the weakness by boosting the sector elsewhere.
  • Ports need to think outside the box to make their terminals more cost-effective

    Oct 8, 2018 — Pressure is mounting on container ports to improve efficiency in terminal operations, as wholesale change in the shipping industry continues to increase competition and drive down revenue per box.
  • Port of San Diego continues recovery from cyberattack

    Oct 6, 2018 — The Port of San Diego continues to work with federal, state and local officials to investigate and repair the damage from a ransomware cyberattack uncovered last week. The port commission is expected to get a closed-door briefing on the attack at its Tuesday meeting, according to a spokesperson. While the port has continued to operate, some of its computers and information technology systems remain disabled.
  • New Owners to Redevelop Former Avondale Shipyard Site Into Logistics Hub

    Oct 6, 2018 — Huntington Ingalls Industries has announced the closing of the sale of the former Avondale Shipyards site to Avondale Marine, a joint venture between T. Parker Host and Hilco Redevelopment Partners, which has to redevelop the New Orleans-area property into a global logistics hub.
  • The Port of Rotterdam Authority Testing Autonomous Navigation in Port

    Oct 6, 2018 — The Port of Rotterdam Authority has signed a partnership agreement with an artificial intelligence software startup to help develop autonomous navigation within the port.
  • Indian shipping modernisation threatens Sri Lankan transhipment volumes

    Oct 5, 2018 — The modernisation of Indian ports and liberalisation of regulations could threaten the container transhipment business of Sri Lanka’s Colombo port, according to speakers at maritime industry forums this week.
  • Ripples from congestion at UK box hubs now reaching north Europe ports

    Oct 2, 2018 — More ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs) are likely to be diverted from UK ports as Felixstowe and Southampton struggle to cope with the annual peak season surge, impacting the working programmes at other North European container hubs.
  • Japanese ports resume operations after typhoon, loading delays continue

    Oct 1, 2018 — Ports in Japan re-opened Monday after operations were suspended Sunday as Typhoon Trami made landfall, bringing strong winds and heavy rains. Trami, which at its peak packed maximum gusts of 216 kph, was weakening slightly but still causing extreme weather Monday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
  • Port of San Diego hit with ransomware attack

    Oct 1, 2018 — Port of San Diego ceo Randa Coniglio, said: "The Port of San Diego is partnering with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the investigation of a serious cybersecurity incident first reported on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 that has disrupted the agency's information technology systems. The port also continues close communication and coordination with the US Coast Guard.”
  • Beleaguered UK importers prepared for further delays as more vessels divert from Southampton and Felixstowe

    Oct 1, 2018 — Chronic congestion at the UK’s two largest container ports is forcing ocean carrier planners to make further last-minute ship diversions, causing chaos to the country’s supply chain.
  • Baku Int’l Sea Trade Port to increase transit capacity of region’s countries

    Sep 28, 2018 — Azerbaijan is keen to further leverage its transit and logistics potential by transforming the transportation system and services into one of the key comparative advantages of its economy, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said.
  • Port Workers Plan Strike in L.A. to Challenge Logistics Firms

    Sep 28, 2018 — Warehouse workers and truck drivers at Los Angeles ports are planning to launch a three-day strike Monday, aiming to put pressure on logistics companies they claim owe them back wages.
  • Felixstowe box congestion spreads to Southampton, just in time for Xmas rush

    Sep 27, 2018 — The UK’s two biggest container ports appear to have hit crisis level. UK retailers potentially face weeks of delays in getting their Christmas stock onto the shelves in time for the peak consumer spending rush.
  • Containership chaos at port of Antwerp after pilots stage a walkout

    Sep 19, 2018 — Some 30 containerships are without a berth in the Antwerp region, following a 24-hour walkout by the Flemish Pilotage Service union. The strike commenced at 7pm on Monday, with sources yesterday telling The Loadstar that about 40 vessels were then outside Antwerp, unable to discharge or load.
  • Portugal Stevedores to Stage 24-Hour Strike

    Sep 18, 2018 — Portuguese stevedoring unions are planning to stage a 24-hour strike on September 20, bringing the port operations in Leixoes and Lisbon to a halt.