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MCT begins upgrades in light of expected volume increase

The Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) is improving and upgrading at its port terminal, trying to become a premier international gateway in Mindanao, the Philippines. The terminal aims to be a transshipment hub connecting Northern Mindanao to Visayas and other parts of the country.

Port of Tampa Bay finishes dredging project a year earlier

Port Tampa Bay’s Big Bend Channel Expansion project is finished a year earlier from the scheduled time. The project that costed $63 million will enable the accommodation of larger vessels in the port’s terminals at Port Redwing. The project deepened the Big Bend Channel from 34 to 43 feet. It widened the entrance channel from 200 to 250 feet for a length of 1.9 miles, and it deepened the existing turning basin to 43 feet.

Port of Ngqura is the first to have fixed sand bypass system

Port of Ngqura in South Africa is the first port, globally, to have constructed a jet pump sand bypass system, enabling it to be in line with its dredging targets of 240,000 tons of sand per year. It’s the only port in South Africa to have a record of decision – environmental legislation – for its construction and operation.

Maritime sector against Oakland Ballpark plan

The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) and other maritime players are against the Oakand A’s planned baseball stadium complex on the Oakland waterfront. They support that the Port of Oakland is the fifth busiest port in the US, and the non-industrial use of it will bring barriers for maritime operators.

Port of Seattle marks 20-year celebration as a cruise port

The Port of Seattle, celebrating 20 years as a homeport, welcomes the 2019 cruise season with the arrival of the first ship—Celebrity Eclipse, at the Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal at Pier 66. The Port expects an estimated 1,208,590 revenue cruise passengers this year, breaking last year’s record of 1,114,888.

Honolulu hub terminal receives three gantry cranes

US carrier Matson has received three new 65t-capacity gantry cranes at its Honolulu hub terminal at Sand Island. The new cranes are to replace three older and smaller cranes, while the existing three 40t cranes will be upgraded to the same 11.5kV electrical system and fibre-optic cabling as the new ones.

Port of Felixstowe receives four remote control cranes

The Port of Felixstowe announced the delivery of its first remote-controlled rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs). Built by crane manufacturer Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. (ZPMC), the arrival of the four machines will be followed by the delivery of four other units during the next few week.

Abadan ports’ exports rise by 56% in 2018

According to Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) Abadan, Arvandankar and Choabdeh ports experienced an increase of 56% in 2018. Iran is developing its ports and its shipping power and in the meantime, the country aims to a low-sulphur shipping, as the Deputy Director has commented in the past that low-sulphur fuel should be a priority for the Iranian fleet.

IJmuiden lock to begin operations in March 2021

According to Rijkswaterstaat , the route across the IJmuiden lock complex will be open by the end of March 2021, at the latest. For the time being, the route remains shut down through traffic. Rijkswaterstaat cannot adequately guarantee safety, due to construction activities.

Port of Colombo upgrades with $25 million crane order

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority announced the government’s green light, concerning the order for three-to-shore cranes for the Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) in Colombo. The new cranes, that costed approximately US$25 million, will be an important step for the JCT 5 expansion project.


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