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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Hutchison Ports News

Seated: Dato. Shahrul Amirul (left), Chairman of KA Petra and Mr. Eric Ip (right), Group Managing Director of Hutchison Ports. Standing (left to right): Mr. Anthony Loke, Minister of Transport of Malaysia; Tun Dr. Mahathir Muhammad, Prime Minister of Malaysia; Dato Sri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs of Malaysia. Photo: Hutchison Ports

World’s Largest STS Transfer Hub Comes in Malaysia

KA Petra, a Malaysian ship-to-ship (STS) transfer specialist, has signed a Heads of Agreement (HOA) with Hutchison Port Holdings to jointly develop the world’s largest STS transfer hub in the country.Under the terms of the HOA, KA Petra will have 70% interest in the project, whilst Hutchison Ports will take a strategic 30% stake.Based on preliminary studies, construction of the STS Hub is estimated to cost USD150 million to USD180 million, and will be funded by a combination of internally generated funds and debt financing.

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Hutchison Opens Terminal D

Hutchison Ports Thailand (HPT), the largest container terminal operator in Thailand, has officially opened Terminal D at Laem Chabang Port, , the most advanced deep-sea container terminal in the country.Dr. Pailin Chuchottaworn, Deputy Minister of Transport, presided together over the official opening of Terminal D at Laem Chabang Port. Alongside the Deputy Minister of Transport, representatives from government agencies, the private sectors and other distinguished guests were…

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DFDS and Port of Felixstowe Boost Ro-Ro Capacity

United Kingdom's Port of Felixstowe and Danish ferry operator, DFDS, have agreed to increase roll-on/roll-off (ro/ro) capacity at the UK port by over 40%.The decision has come about after investment in a new linkspan, tractor units and additional trailer parking facilities.As part of the investments, terminal operator Hutchison Ports has planned to replace one of the existing ro-ro bridges with a floating linkspan which is capable of handling the latest generation of ro-ro vessels.Additionally…

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GB Railfreight Launches New Intermodal Service from Felixstowe Port

The rail freight company in the United Kingdom, GB Railfreight has launched a new intermodal rail freight service connecting the Port of Felixstowe with the Birch Coppice terminal in the Midlands.The first locomotive on the service left Birch Coppice at 14:14 on 23 January 2019 and arrived at Felixstowe at 20:14, having passed through Hams Hall, Leicester, Peterborough and Ipswich along the way. Made up of 33 platforms, the service transports a mixture of intermodal containers…

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Hutchison Ports Thailand Welcomes M.V. ONE Columba's Maiden Call

Hutchison Ports Thailand (HPT) recently welcomed M.V. ONE Columba, the largest vessel to ever call Terminal D at Laem Chabang Port. HPT’s new Terminal D played host to Ocean Network Express’ (ONE’s) M.V. ONE Columba.The vessel was met by delegates of Terminal D in the morning of 24 Nov, and the vessel departed Laem Chabang Port one day later. M.V. ONE Columba, with a total length of 364 meters and a total gross tonnage of 145,647 tons, it is the largest container vessel ever to call at Laem Chabang Port in Thailand.

Shipping industry executives initiate blockchain consortium at a signing ceremony. Photo: CargoSmart Ltd.

Global Shipping Business Network on Blockchain Platform Launched

Nine leading ocean carriers and terminal operators today signed a formal statement of intent for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to form a consortium to develop the Global Shipping Business Network (GSBN), an open digital platform based on distributed ledger technology.According to a statement, the participants include COSCO Shipping Lines, CMA CGM, Evergreen Marine, OOCL, Yang Ming, DP World, Hutchison Ports, PSA International and Shanghai International Port, as well as software…

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Port Groups Join for Go Green Initiative

Five global container port operators have jointly undertaken a week-long initiative to promote sustainable resource usage  in their respective port and facility networks through mass recycling.During the fifth annual Go Green Initiative, 8,332 employees of DP World, Hutchison Ports, PSA International, Port of Rotterdam and Shanghai International Port Group collected a total of 1,966 kg of aluminium cans and 2,227 mobile phones for recycling.The choice of two very different waste products for collection and recycling was intentional.Aluminium cans are one of the most recyclable waste items…

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London Thamesport Eyes Short-Sea Container Hub Status

Hutchison Ports London Thamesport’s growing reputation as a short-sea container hub has been further enhanced by Helsinki-based Containerships plc’s introduction of a second weekly service from Gdynia, Poland.Containerships has chosen the Kent based port for its second direct service to and from the southern part of the UK. The service offers regular and fast connections with Poland, with improved service and transit times from Gdynia of 3-4 days and 4-6 days for the return journey.Mark Taylor…

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London Thamesport Boosts Short Sea Capacity

Dutch-based transport company A2B-online Container B.V. has added a fourth weekly sailing on its service between Hutchison Ports London Thamesport and Moerdijk in The Netherlands. The new sailing is inaugurated today (18 April 2018) by the first call of the m.s. A2B Spirit (ex-Norfeeder), a Sietas 151 type 508 TEU container ship, the fourth of this class owned and operated by A2B. Commenting on the new sailing, Clemence Cheng, Executive Director Hutchison Ports, said:“London Thamesport offers its customers a service tailored to their specific demands.

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Felixstowe Gets Remote Control STS Cranes

The Port of Felixstowe has taken delivery of its first two remote control ship-to-shore (STS) gantry cranes. The two new cranes, the 32nd and 33rd at the UK's largest container port, were delivered on the Zhen Hua 23 from ZPMC in Shanghai. "These new cranes are the latest acquisition in our ongoing investment programme to provide the best equipment, infrastructure and systems for our customers. They will further enhance our capability to work multiple mega-vessels simultaneously. "Remote control quay cranes have been pioneered at other Hutchison Ports terminals.

Two new remote-controlled gantry cranes have been delivered to the Port of Felixstowe Photo Felixstowe Port

Remote Control Gantry Cranes for Felixstowe Port

The Port of Felixstowe has taken delivery of its first two remote control ship-to-shore gantry cranes. The two new cranes, the 32nd and 33rd at the U.K.’s largest container port, were delivered on the Zhen Hua 23 from ZPMC in Shanghai. Commenting on the new cranes, Clemence Cheng, CEO of the Port of Felixstowe and Executive Director, Hutchison Ports, said, “These new cranes are the latest acquisition in our ongoing investment programme to provide the best equipment, infrastructure and systems for our customers.

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New Samskip container service for ACT

A new short-sea container service between Amsterdam and Hull will be formally inaugurated today (21 March 2018) with the first call of the 340-TEU vessel THEA II at Amsterdam Container Terminal (ACT). The new service, operated by leading short sea container operator Samskip, offers three sailings a week on this new route with vessels departing from Amsterdam on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. “Amsterdam Container Terminal offers shipping lines the opportunity to serve their customers in a fast, efficient, reliable and sustainable manner.

The first service on the New Silk Road from Amsterdam to China has left from Amsterdam Container Terminal Photo courtesy Hutchison Ports Amsterdam

Amsterdam CT Connects with New Silk Road

A new direct connection has been launched between Amsterdam Container Terminal and Yiwu in China as part of the new Silk Road connecting two of the world’s leading economies. The first train set off on its 11,000 kilometre, 16-day journey on 7 March 2018 from the intermodal railhead at Amsterdam Container Terminal to the trading hub of Yiwu in Zhejiang province. Reflecting The Netherlands’ diverse export market, it carried a variety of Dutch-made machinery, mineral fuels, pharmaceuticals, technical equipment and chemicals.

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Hutchison Ports Acquires 50% Stake in TMA

Hong Kong's Hutchison Ports has acquired a 50% shareholding in Amsterdam-headquartered terminal and logistics operator TMA Logistics. TMA has a variety of general cargo terminal operations together with warehousing, shipping, logistics and project cargo activities at three sites in Amsterdam and one in Antwerp as well as at Hutchison Ports Amsterdam (former known as Amsterdam Container Terminal). Commenting on the acquisition, Clemence Cheng, Executive Director, Hutchison Ports…

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A Mega(Ship) Year at Felixstowe

The Port of Felixstowe welcomed 105 calls last year by container ships of over 18,000 TEU, including all the largest container ships in the world. It is now firmly established as the UK port of call for these giants of the sea. The year of mega-ships started in January with the maiden call of the CSCL Globe which, at 19,100 TEU capacity, set a new world-record as the largest ship then in service. The record was short-lived however, the 19,224 TEU MSC Oscar pushed the bar even higher when it arrived at Felixstowe in March.

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Are You Ready for Container Weighing?

Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited in its latest ship2shore Magazine takes a look at methods of weighing containers. Half a century after containerization first emerged to transform the world of shipping, a landmark new regulation is on the horizon. From 1 July 2016, an amendment to the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) Convention will require every packed export container to have its weight verified before it is loaded on to a ship. The new regulation puts this responsibility firmly on the shipper – but how many shippers are actually ready for container weighing?

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Strike to Disrupt Operations at Jakarta's Main Port

A union workers' strike next week is expected to disrupt shipping operations at Jakarta's main port, which handles the bulk of international shipments for Southeast Asia's biggest economy, a labour union official said. Around 2,000 union members are expected to go on strike from May 15-20 at the Tanjung Priok port to protest against an affiliate of Hutchinson Ports, which the union says is bad for the country and for workers' rights. "We are going all out in (next week's) strike…

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Union Calls Off Strike at Jakarta Port

An Indonesian labour union has scrapped a planned strike at Jakarta's Tanjung Priok port next week, ensuring operations would run normally at the country's busiest port, union officials said on Friday. Nova Sofyan Hakim, the chairman of the workers' union of PT Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT), said by text message the union had reached "a constructive agreement" with the company. JICT is the company in charge of loading and unloading at Tanjung Priok port, the country's biggest container port.

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Jakarta Port Strike Hits Biggest Terminal Operator

More than 600 workers at Jakarta's Tanjung Priok port have gone on strike and could extend the action until Aug. 10, their union said on Friday, disrupting operations at the biggest terminal of Indonesia's busiest port. The labour union of PT Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT) launched the strike on Thursday demanding bonus payments promised to workers by the company, Nova Sofyan Hakim, chairman of the union told Reuters. JICT operates the largest container terminal at Tanjung Priok, handling 70 percent of the port's exports and imports.

Workers at Jakarta Port Ends Strike Early

Workers at one of the operators of Indonesia's busiest ports ended their strike on Monday, sooner than planned, out of consideration for the "national interests", the chairman of the labour union said. More than 600 workers of PT Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT) have been on strike since Thursday to demand bonus payments, disrupting operations at the biggest terminal of Jakarta's Tanjung Priok port. JICT operates the largest container terminal at Tanjung Priok, handling 70 percent of the port's exports and imports.

Stockholm is strategically important for one of the world's biggest container operators Photo Ports of Stockholm

Construction of new Stockholm Norvik Port Begins

For Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH), one of the world’s leading container terminal operators, Stockholm is strategically important. In April the final permit was obtained to begin construction of the new Stockholm Norvik Port. Ports of Stockholm will build and own the container terminal, while HPH will operate the terminal. Today HPH already operates the Container Terminal at Frihamnen, Stockholm. “We believe in the importance of Stockholm and the whole Baltic Sea area. After our already good cooperation at the existing container terminal…

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Brisbane Port Picket over Sacked Workers Continues

A picket of Hutchison ports in Sydney and Brisbane has entered fourth day after the Maritime Workers Union vowed to continue defying a Fair Work order to cease industrial action. The picketers say that the power to the site has been cut in a bid to move them off. At least 29 unions have been picketing the Hutchison Ports Australia site since the company sacked 97 workers in Brisbane and Sydney via text message and email four days ago, reports The News. Maritime Union of Australia…

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HPA Clarifies Stand on Industrial Dispute, Communications to Staff

Hutchison Ports Australia (HPA) says it remains committed to negotiating a resolution to the current industrial dispute with workers in Brisbane and Sydney. HPA also wishes to clarify some of the reporting to date, including the financial challenges being faced by HPA and the process around the text message and emailing communications to staff on August 6. The company issued redundancies to 87 staff only after careful consideration of the current business conditions and following extensive consultation.

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Page Named CEO of Hutchison Ports Sweden

Bob Page is the sailing Englishman who loves Sweden. Now he is ready for his final major assignment: To ensure that the container terminal at the Stockholm Norvik Port becomes exactly as good as everyone anticipates. In the 1990s Robert “Bob” Page worked with logistics for Volvo in Gothenburg. He really enjoyed his work and became close friends with his colleague Göran. “Our families celebrated Midsummer according to Swedish traditions and we often went out sailing together. It was a really wonderful time,” Bob Page reminisces.

Mark Seaman (left), Finance Director, and Robert Page, Head of Human Resources, at the Port of Felixstowe plant a tree to launch the Go Green initiative at the port

Felixstowe Port Goes Green

The Port of Felixstowe is creating an environmental corridor as part of the Go Green campaign launched by Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) and a number of other global port operators. The initiative at Felixstowe will include the refurbishment of part of a system of dykes within the port. The work will include the improvement of habitats for wildlife as well as enhancing green areas within a busy industrial complex by planting a mixture of trees, grasses and wild flowers. “The Port…

Shipping Minister Robert Goodwill MP (centre left) discusses transport-related issues with business leaders at the Port of Felixstowe

Ministerial Round Table at Felixstowe Port

Transport Minister Robert Goodwill MP has taken part in a round table discussion with transport leaders from the ports, road, rail freight and shipping industry at the Port of Felixstowe, the Port of Britain. Mr Goodwill’s responsibilities at the Department for Transport include ports and shipping but the meeting, convened by Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, included discussions about the need for a joined-up approach connecting the maritime sector with other areas of transport policy.