The Californian Port of Oakland is to acquire another two electric big rigs by October 2019, as GSC Logistics wishes to discover if zero-emission tractors can haul cargo containers over highways. The company said it is acquiring two 13-ton electric trucks with assistance from state grants.
Cargotec’s MacGregor, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company and Guangzhou Wenchong Dockyard have signed a contract aiming to upgrade the cargo systems on six 16,000 TEU container ships, which MSC owns and operates. The Cargo Boost orders will be booked into MacGregor’s second quarter 2019 order intake and the upgrades will be applied during drydocking in 2020.
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.
Hutchison Ports has celebrated its 50th anniversary by announcing that it has become the world’s first port operator to achieve a cumulative global throughput of 1.3 billion TEU. The port’s achievement was announced at a cocktail reception in Hong Kong.
With retail sales rising and Trump’s plans to both increase and broaden tariffs on goods from China, imports at the US’ major retail container ports are expected to see unusually high levels in the next months and through the summer, according to a monthly report by the NRF and Hackett Associates.
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.
The Port of New York and New Jersey announced that it exceeded first-quarter 2018 record for cargo volume by 6.7%. The Port handled a total of 1,800,000 TEUs, while it also achieved a new first-quarter record for cargo handled by rail. The record cargo volume handled enabled the port to keep its position as the busiest on the US East Coast.
North Carolina Ports welcomed Monday its first-ever 12,000 TEU vessel to the Port of Wilmington. The Singaporean-flagged container ship, ‘Kota Pekarang’, is the largest capacity-wise to call the port to date. The ship’s visit comes on the heels of the arrival of North Carolina Ports’ third neo-Panamax crane.
The Northwest Seaport Alliance, a marine cargo operating partnership of the US ports of Tacoma and Seattle, handled a record of 775,522 TEUs for total international container volumes in the first quarter of 2019, a 12% increase over the same period last year.
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