Shanghai (China) – EUROGATE Container Terminal Bremerhaven GmbH and Shekou Container Terminals Ltd., Shenzhen/China, signed a cooperation agreement at the transport logistic China 2008 trade fair today in Shanghai. The two container handling companies aim to cooperate more closely in future in the fields of technology, the environment, security and marketing and like this foster […]
Dr. W Reed, Varian Medical Systems, USA X-ray inspection systems for cargo containers have now become a standard feature in many ports. This rapid adoption has been accelerated by the needs of port security, but made practical by the systems’ unique ability to non-destructively penetrate entire containers and generate images of the contents in just a few seconds. Even at this large scale, the resulting images are comparable to those obtained through traditional baggage scanning at airports and capable of identifying objects smaller than a baseball. Consequently, these systems are commonly employed for manifest verification and contraband interdiction in a variety of environments. In a prior article (see Port Technology 35), I reviewed the component technologies that contribute most to X-ray image quality in cargo screening systems.
Launches operations in UAE Dubai – P&O Maritime Services (FZE), a wholly owned, Australia-based subsidiary of global port operator DP World, has expanded into the Middle East, providing vital support at DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali terminal and throughout the UAE region. P&O Maritime Services is a specialist vessel fleet manager, owner and operator, supporting […]
Giordano Scotto d’Aniello, Coeclerici Logistics, Italy India is one of the main engines of world economy. The country is the second fastest growing major economy in the world, with a GDP growth rate of 9.4 per cent for the year 2006 – 2007. It has been predicted that within 10 years, its economy will overtake Japan’s and become the third major power. As India prepares itself for becoming an economic superpower, it must take steps for overcoming infrastructure bottlenecks inherent in its system. Availability of physical infrastructure is central to sustainable economic growth. In particular, power availability is a key factor to ensure the economy stays ahead in the race for global supremacy; it is a fact that availability of adequate and modern forms of energy is generally correlated with human and economic development.
Fritz Merk, Sort + Store GmbH, Germany The operation of ter minals exposed to extreme weather conditions in winter may encounter considerable obstructions. Icy runways, stiff drive elements and other forces such as cold, precipitation and wind do not make handling processes any easier when subject to time pressure. The biggest obstruction above all though comes from the unprotected top layers of container stacks which are exposed to the weather; as a result the corner-castings of such containers are subject to becoming blocked by snow or ice. The effects on cornercastings blocked in this manner become all the more apparent the higher the degree of automation at the terminal: Where an experienced stacker crane, straddle carrier or reach stacker operator may possibly manage to drive the twistlocks into the cornercastings by bringing down the spreader ‘firmly,’ automated stacker cranes or unmanned straddle carriers will inevitably experience a breakdown.
The European Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition by A.P. Møller-Mærsk (APMM) of a 30% share in EUROGATE Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven GmbH and EUROGATE, Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven BmbH, both currently solely controlled by EUROGATE. The Commission decided that the operation would not significantly impede effective competition in the container terminal service market and not trigger […]
The European Commission is sending a final warning to France for insufficient implementation of nature protection legislation in the case of a planned extension to the port of Saint Nazaire on the Loire. The final written warning was sent to France for failing to provide appropriate measures to compensate for the construction work that is […]
Air quality efforts intensify and spur large spending increase The Long Beach Harbor Commission's Finance and Support Services Committee on Monday, June 9 approved and sent to the full board a record Port budget that includes more than $440 million to pay for innovative air quality measures and other environmental programs. The proposed $1.02 billion […]
S.C. State Ports Authority Challenges Business and Community Leaders to Take the “Pledge for Growth”
Charleston, SC – The South Carolina State Ports Authority (SPA) is issuing a challenge to business and community leaders—to take the “Pledge for Growth” (www.PledgeforGrowth.com) by committing to projects beneficial to the environment and their communities. “The South Carolina State Ports Authority has made a pledge to responsible growth,” said Bernie Groseclose, president and CEO. […]
What if companies were given the opportunity to reduce the cost of their forklift trucks and help save the environment without replacing their existing fleets or vehicles? Paul Sercombe, Sales Director of Transmon Engineering Ltd explains how it can be done. Forklift truck drivers often leave their vehicle’s engine running when they dismount to carry […]
Harwich International Port has placed an order for a new passenger boarding bridge to provide improved passenger access between the Cruise Terminal building and the ever-increasing number of cruise vessels calling at the Port. The new bridge, due for delivery in March 2009, will be manufactured by TEAM in Barcelona, and will allow embarkation and […]