Port News

After six years out of the game, Brazil’s Container Terminal Santa Clara, or CONTESC, will return to handling containers starting October, according to its joint owners Wilson, Sons and Braskem, and a new container barge service will start up to serve it.

Aerospace and defense company Saab has entered the port management technology market in the United Kingdom.

Container traffic through Russia’s Baltic seaports plummeted 32 percent in the first half, showing that even Russian ports that serve as gateways to the country’s most important cities, like Moscow and St. Petersburg, will not be able to escape the wrath of the Russian recession.

Port Tampa Bay president and CEO Paul Anderson has been named chairman of Florida’s ports council, where all 15 of the state’s public seaports have been making a concerted effort of late to lure new business to the Sunshine State’s marine gateways.

Hong Kong to Los Angeles has long been known as one of the most dominant port pairings in the container trade, connecting the trade’s two largest national players, the United States and China, but what has been happening on the trade recently?

While some terminals are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to automate their operations in high-volume ports such as Los Angeles-Long Beach and New York-New Jersey, SSA Marine spent about $400,000 to install a semi-automated crane assist mechanism for a ship-to-shore crane in Long Beach that is so cost-effective it has application even for lower-volume ports.

FESCO, one of Russia’s largest privately-owned transportation and logistics companies, posted significant declines in container volumes in the first half but believes that its future is bright.

NYK Line has joined rival container carriers in lifting a port congestion surcharge imposed earlier for all cargo discharged at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, India’s biggest container gateway, citing an improvement in port operations.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed two new members to the Maryland Port Commission, a group tasked with keeping the state’s rapidly growing Baltimore port competitive within international maritime trade.

The Federal Maritime Commission Wednesday voted to issue a request for additional information from terminal operators involved in a proposal to add a Saturday gate at the Port of Oakland as a measure to relieve congestion at the Northern California port.