Air & Seaport News

  • India: Staggering 265-fold hike in labour levy at ports killing coastal shipping

    Mar 14, 2018 — The government’s practice of continuing to charge notional labour cess on coastal cargo operations, despite the fact that most ports are now mechanised and do not require manpower for loading and unloading, is taking a toll on the country’s coastal shipping operators. Many are losing business to rail and road transport, and to ports run by the private sector.
  • Lyttelton strike not affecting Port Otago

    Mar 14, 2018 — A fortnight-long strike at Lyttelton Port has not yet prompted any increase in export or import volumes at Port Otago, but that may change in the weeks ahead. Despite a deal between the Lyttelton Port company and Rail and Maritime Transport Union having been close, 200 workers went on strike at midnight on Monday for a fortnight.
  • Djibouti Signs New Container Terminal Deal

    Mar 7, 2018 — Djibouti’s Doraleh Container Terminal Management Company has signed a deal with Singapore-based Pacific International Lines to raise by a third the amount of cargo handled at the port, the country’s Ports and Zones Authority said on Tuesday. The agreement would allow it to handle an extra 300,000 20-foot equivalent unit containers (TEU) annually, the authority said.
  • Mexico On Course To Double Port Capacity

    Mar 6, 2018 — Mexico’s Programa Nacional de Infraestructura (PNI), or National Infrastructure Program, aims to double existing port capacity by the end of 2018. Currently, ports have a combined capacity of 470m tonnes, up from 260m tonnes when the plan was first introduced in 2012. The target for this year is to reach 520m tonnes.
  • Port of Savannah Harbor Deepening Project Reaches Halfway Point

    Mar 1, 2018 — The project to deepen the navigation channel leading to the Port of Savannah has reached its halfway point with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completing the outer harbor dredging. The harbor expansion project will deepen the Savannah River to 47 feet at mean low water, allowing Neo-Panamax vessels coming through the Expanded Canal to take on heavier loads.
  • Duqm container terminal to be ready by 2019-end

    Feb 28, 2018 — A new container terminal at Duqm port, which will have an annual capacity to handle two million twenty-foot equivalent units (TUEs), will be ready by the end of 2019, according to a top-level port official. “We are now building the platform, rail, and warehouses. By the end of 2018, we will order the big equipment, including cranes, for the port,” Reggy Vermeulen, chief executive officer of the Port of Duqm, told the Times of Oman in an exclusive interview.
  • Penang Port to spend $46m on expansion

    Feb 26, 2018 — MMC Corp-owned Penang Port is allocating MYR180m ($46m) for expansion plans this year to boost capacity to 2.8m teu from 2m teu currently.
  • Cameroon: Operations to effectively start at Kribi deep water port soon

    Feb 22, 2018 — "We’ve come to Kribi for a large concertation between actors of external trade and to take initial steps towards the effective start of operations at Kribi deep-water port." These were the words of Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o, minister of transport, at the end of a meeting organized in the city from February 15-16, 2018. It was organized to install the actors of the future port community.
  • Gridlock hurting business at Nigeria’s busiest port

    Feb 6, 2018 — Getting to and from Apapa — the catch-all name for Lagos’ two seaports of Apapa and Tin Can Island — has increasingly become a nightmare for pretty much everyone. Now, with the chronic traffic jams hurting business and no sign of any swift resolution to the problem, labour unrest is looming large on the horizon.
  • Chabahar Port lures Afghan traffic away from Karachi

    Feb 6, 2018 — Afghanistan has shifted 80% of its cargo traffic from Pakistan’s Karachi seaport to Iran’s Bandar Abbas and Chabahar ports. The move comes two months after Chabahar, barely 100 kilometers from Pakistan’s Gwadar port, was inaugurated. The shift, prompted in part by a new trade tariff imposed by Islamabad, is expected to greatly reduce Pakistan’s role in the transit of Afghan goods.
  • Long Beach port OKs on-dock rail facility

    Feb 5, 2018 — The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday approved the construction of Pier B on-dock rail support facility at the Port of Long Beach, California. The facility would provide track space to join together sections of trains assembled at terminals.
  • Sabah Ports increases capacity at Sapangar

    Feb 2, 2018 — Sabah Ports Sdn Bhd will increase the handling capacity of Sapangar Bay Container Port (SBCP) to half a million TEUs (20ft equivalent units) per annum with the launching of its two additional ship-to-shore cranes, here, Wednesday.
  • China Holds A Tenth Of Europe’s Box Capacity

    Feb 1, 2018 — China now controls one-tenth of European container terminal capacity – a figure that is up more than 9% from the start of the decade. That’s according to statistics from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s International Transport Forum (ITF), which revealed that Chinese container terminals in Europe now constitute about 10% of European volume and exist in 13 European ports.
  • Port of Rotterdam reveals expansion plans

    Jan 29, 2018 — Port of Rotterdam will get another 100 hectares of land at Maasvlakte 2 as a distribution park, because of increasing demand for port-related logistics real estate. ‘Distripark Maasvlakte West’ is the only available ‘greenfield’ site for distribution in the Port of Rotterdam.
  • Nigeria: Maritime Workers Threaten to Shut Down Ports Nationwide in Seven Days

    Jan 29, 2018 — The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has threatened to withdraw all its members from the seaports nationwide if the federal government does not carry out emergency fixes on all access roads to ports, especially the Apapa port, by Monday, February 5.
  • Qatar: Traffic at ports doubles post siege

    Jan 23, 2018 — Ports in Qatar have witnessed steep rise in the number of ships coming to Qatari waters since illegal blockade. The number of vessels coming to ports every month after siege has almost doubled, showing the strength Qatar’s growing maritime trade.
  • Schiphol artificially restricting airport cargo capacity with 'illegal' slot rules

    Jan 23, 2018 — An aviation lawyer has branded Schiphol’s slot legislation “illegal” and “anti-competitive”, claiming the Dutch gateway is artificially restricting capacity.
  • Adelaide to accommodate larger vessels

    Jan 22, 2018 — Flinders Ports announced that South Australia’s Adelaide Outer Harbor Channel will undergo a project to remove 1.55 million cubic metres of material from the shipping channel and place it 30km offshore.
  • East Africa Ports in Fresh Push to Attract Shipping Lines

    Jan 18, 2018 — Regional ports are banking on the development of infrastructure and the ease of cargo evacuation and delivery to remain competitive. With Dar-es-salaam and Mombasa ports charging almost the same rates, shippers say competition has shifted to how fluid the ports are and the speed at which goods are delivered to end users.
  • Arctic seaports bustle as shipping on Northern Sea Route reaches new high

    Jan 17, 2018 — Figures from the Association of Russian Sea Ports show that the Russian Arctic seaports in 2017 handled a total of 74,2 million tons, an increase of 49,1 percent compared with 2016. The growth is rooted in a major general hike in Russian Arctic shipments.
  • PSA Singapore showcases advanced port technologies at Intelligent Port of the Future Exhibition

    Jan 9, 2018 — Held at Pasir Panjang Terminal Building 3 from 10-14 January 2018, the PSA ‘Intelligent Port of the Future’ Exhibition will showcase PSA’s future port vision, as well as the transformation of jobs through technology and innovation. Touching on elements of PSA’s heritage and progress, the exhibition will feature technologies never before seen at container terminals in Singapore, including amphibious drones, automated quay cranes, exoskeletons for port staff, and robotic arms for related container activities.
  • ‘Bomb Cyclone’ causing airfreight and logistics disruption across Eastern U.S.

    Jan 4, 2018 — As the so-called ‘bomb cyclone’ winter storm moves up the East Coast of the United States today, logistics companies are bracing for disruptions. SEKO Logistics said that the winter storm was, “disrupting global supply chains, with roads, airports and now [sea]ports being closed across the region.” The logistics company added that ports all across the Northeast were now affected.
  • Shanghai Port Sets New World Record

    Jan 3, 2018 — The port of Shanghai has set a new world record by handling over 40 million TEUs in 2017, local media reports. Shanghai aims to become China’s leading international shipping, aviation and railway hub by 2040. The city has also set a goal of handling 45 million TEUs in Shanghai ports by 2040.
  • Port of Durban remains congested

    Dec 21, 2017 — AGS Durban wishes to inform you that the port of Durban remains congested which is affecting all shipping lines. The port suffered heavy damage following a severe storm in October, while problems in the processing of containers also caused setbacks. All shipments to and from Durban, as well as all operations to and from Southern Africa, are affected by the additional delays.
  • Quebec port to construct container terminal

    Dec 20, 2017 — The Quebec Port Authority (QPA) on Tuesday announced plans to build a container terminal that could serve as a new international economic hub geared toward logistics facilities, distribution centers and other new businesses. The CA$400 million terminal project will include an extension of the Port of Quebec’s wharf line and links to ?existing rail and road networks. The port is served by CN, Canadian Pacific and the Quebec Gatineau Railway.
  • Intermodal Volume Up 2% in First Quarter, IANA Reports

    May 18, 2017 — The Intermodal Association of North America found that year-over-year international container volume grew 2.9% to 2.14 million units, and domestic traffic increased 1.3% to 1.79 million. “What’s most impressive about the growth rate is that it comes on the heels of a 2% gain in shipments in the [first quarter] of 2016. This suggests that the increase was real growth and not just a bounce back due to weaker comparisons,” the report said.
  • At Time:matters, Technology Drives Growth

    May 18, 2017 — Like pretty much everyone else in logistics, time:matters considers digitalization to be central to its future. “We want to have the platform available in the 300 most important catchment areas in the world,” said Miller. That means setting up shop in cities that host the industries where time:matters has expertise. “We’re doing this by making it as easy to book an emergency logistics service as it is to book a hotel online,” he said. “By digitalizing the chain, we make something that is very complex very easy.”
  • Pasha Hawaii Announces Shipyard for Two New Containerships

    May 17, 2017 — Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii today announced that the company has selected Keppel AmFELS in Brownsville, TX, a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) for the construction of two new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fueled containerships, with the option to order two additional vessels. Pasha Hawaii is in the process of finalizing contract specifications, and delivery of the first vessel is planned for early 2020.
  • Forwarders Call for Fast-track for U.S. Customs Chief

    May 16, 2017 — The Airforwarders Association (AfA) in the U.S. has called on the Senate to swiftly confirm Kevin McAleenan as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner, pointing out that the appointment was critical to the safe, secure and efficient movement of cargo.
  • Dubai’s DP World Confirms 10 Injured when Ship Hits Cranes at Jebel Ali Port

    May 15, 2017 — Dubai ports operator DP World has confirmed that 10 people were injured in an accident involving a container vessel at the Jebel Ali port last week. The incident occurred when the vessel collided with the harbour wall at the port’s Terminal 1 on Thursday, May 4.
  • BIMCO: Shipping Industry Faces Choppy Waters

    Jan 3, 2017 — The shipping industry has its work cut out going forward in 2017 as the period will see another year of die-hard competition, according to international shipping association BIMCO.
  • Businesses Ask FMC to Address Fees Charged when Port Disruptions Delay Pickup of Cargo Containers

    Dec 7, 2016 — IAM, along with a coalition representing retailers, manufacturers, truckers, transportation intermediaries and other business groups today asked the Federal Maritime Commission to set new policy preventing terminal operators and ocean carriers from charging unfair fees when uncontrollable incidents such as storms and strikes keep cargo from being picked up from ports on time.
  • U.S. Passport Renewal Delays

    Sep 23, 2016 — If your passport is anywhere near you, take a moment and check the expiration date. If that date is anytime during the next 24 months, it might be best to start the renewal process now or soon. Here's why...