When it comes to weighing of containers, the shipping industry already has an international regulation scheme in place. So what is the problem? Unfortunately it frequently occurs that the shipper's declared weight is incorrect. Ships, trucks and port facilities using incorrect weights in the handling and stowage of the container have been the cause or a contributing cause to numerous operational and safety incidents and accidents. BIMCO's chief marine technical officer Aron Sorensen discusses the most recent developments in what has become a major are of discussion throughout the maritime industry.
Port Technology International discusses green technologies, automation, RTGs and other key issues affecting the container handling industry with Konecranes’ port technology director Hannu Oja.
Legislation governing environmental permitting for infrastructure development projects is the norm in both developed and developing countries. The degree of assessment, transparency, public participation and discretion afforded to the approving authority varies from country to country. Hong Kong is fortunate to have in place a rigorous, transparent and pragmatic environmental permitting legislation in the form of the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance (EIAO). This article aims to outline the requirements of the EIAO and provide a brief overview of the key issues and potential implications on the planning, design, construction and operation of further container terminal development in Hong Kong.
The Port of Busan has nearly trebled its capacity over the past decade to become the fifth busiest container port in the world, and the port’s rapid expansion and continued development is showing little sign of slowing down. Lim Ki-tack, the president of the Busan Port Authority, explains to Port Technology International how the South Korean port has fast become the hub port of Northeast Asia.
East Asia was one of the fastest growing regions in the past decades thanks to the export-led growth strategy of various developing countries. With most of the world’s traded cargoes being carried by sea, East Asian ports had also undergone substantial transformation and development. Indeed, their direction of development was closely knitted to global and regional economies. This article provides an overview of different phases of port development in East Asia.