South Carolina Ports Authority announced on June 11 that it achieved its strongest May on record. Namely, the Port handled 204,457 twenty-foot equivalent container units handled last month. Fiscal year-to-date TEU volume has increased by 9.7%, with 2,192,689 TEUs handled since the Port’s fiscal year started in July.
New ways of cooperation can offer can benefit many parties, share costs and risks, and come up with proven solutions quickly, Kalmar believes. The company stated that co-creation makes sure that the developed solution solves a real customer need and it speeds up industry development by leading to completely new solutions that combine different perspectives.
On 21 May 2019, after formal approval by the relevant competition authorities, PSA International, the Polish Development Fund and the IFM Global Infrastructure Fund, have completed the transaction to jointly acquire DCT Gdańsk, the largest container terminal in Poland. The consortium partners aim to further enhance the terminal’s position and to look into more expansion needs as and when relevant.
India’s 12 major ports achieved a 5.65% increase in cargo handling to 60.07 million tonnes in April this fiscal year. This was mainly because of higher demand for coal, petroleum, oil and lubricants. These ports handled a total of 56.86 MT of cargo in April 2018. The growth at these port was mainly because of higher handling of coal, fertilisers and containers.
Britannia P&I Club referred to the English supreme court that presented its first authoritative judgement in English law, addressing the question of whether it is the carrier or cargo interests who bear the burden of proof under the Hague and Hague-visby rules.
The Standard Club informed that it has seen an increase in claims activity regarding the carriage of soya bean cargoes in the past few years. These case are especially evident in the trade of this cargo between Brazil and China. The main signs of damage related to soya bean cargo claims include discolouration of the beans, malodour and mould growth. While some cargo damage may be seen, many times the crew will not be able to fully determine the quality or condition of the soya beans.
The UK Club advises on the implications of proposed carriage of cargo on deck. Namely, carriage of cargo on deck exposes the cargo to various risks from the elements, like sea-spray and wind, as well as the potential risk of being washed off or falling overboard because of bad weather conditions or inadequate lashing/stabilising. Based on the cargo, there may also be issues with the stability of the vessel itself.
GCT Global Container Terminals announced its $160 million investment to densify and modernize GCT Vanterm. This will create about 1,200 new direct and indirect jobs and generate $77 million in wages and $187 million in GDP per year. GCT Vanterm, is amongst the most productive terminals in North America. The $160 million upgrade at GCT Vanterm aspires to increase container handling capacity by around 25%.
The Port of Long Beach informed that the cargo volumes handled in April broke a record that was set 13 years ago. Namely, the Port moved 628,121 twenty-foot equivalent units in April, while in the same month in 2006 it had moved 619,512 TEUs. Total container volume was up 1.6% over April 2018.
The Port of Virginia, on the east US, handled a total of 245,933 TEUs in April, marking the busiest April in the port’s history. The strong cargo performance was driven by an increase of more than 22% in loaded import containers, which led to increase in truck, rail and barge volumes.
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