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ICTSI adds yard equipment for Manila flagship

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Manila International Container Terminal, International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s flagship operation at the Port of Manila, recently took delivery of eight new Mitsui hybrid rubber tired gantry cranes for its container yard to further improve operational efficiency in light of growing volumes. The latest acquisition expands MICT’s RTG fleet to 52 units – 40 of which are hybrids powered by a combination of lithium-ion battery and smaller diesel engine. The MICT started using hybrid RTGs in 2018 to reduce the terminal’s carbon footprint as it ramps up efforts to become the most sustainable terminal in the Philippines. 10 hybrid RTGs arrived at MICT, including two units bound for Mindanao Container Terminal in Misamis Oriental.

Aside the using of hybrid RTGs, continues to expand capacity of its Manila flagship with the ongoing development of Berth 8. ICTSI has also been investing in technology to increase efficiency and productivity of its flagship operation.

About Manila International Container Terminal 

In 1988, International Container Terminal Services, Inc. won the 25 + 25 years concession to operate the Manila International Container Terminal in an international tender. Since ICTSI’s takeover, MICT has increased its annual capacity five-fold, expanded its container handling fleet to make it the largest and most modern container terminal in the Philippines, and switched from a manual control system to an integrated real-time IT terminal control system. MICT is ICTSI’s flagship operation.

About International Container Terminal Services, Inc.

Headquartered and established in 1988 in Manila, Philippines, International Container Terminal Services, Inc. is in the business of port development, management and operations. ICTSI’s portfolio of terminals and projects are located in developed and emerging market economies in the Asia Pacific, the Americas, and Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Independent with no shipping or consignee-related interests, ICTSI works and transacts transparently with all stakeholders of the supply chain. ICTSI continues to receive global acclaim for its public-private partnerships, which are focused on sustainable development, and supported by corporate social responsibility initiatives.

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APM Terminals and Aqaba sign a MoU for extension of their partnership

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APM Terminals and Aqaba Development Cooperation signed a Memorandum of Understanding this week for a 15-year extension of their partnership in the Aqaba Container Terminal. The agreement secures a $242 million investment to maintain ACT’s leading position in the region and accelerate plans to transform ACT into a truly sustainable gateway to Jordan, the Levant and beyond.

At a forum following the signing, Keith Svendsen, CEO of APM Terminals, introduced the key aspects of the company’s future vision for the Aqaba port, which include ambitious decarbonization plans, the modernization and expansion of ACT, the development of a training center for individuals working in the maritime and logistics sectors, and ongoing support for Jordan’s goal of becoming an export hub for green energy.

“Aqaba is considered one of APM Terminals’ major strategic ports, and an important gateway to the Levant region and beyond,” he said. “To reinforce our long-term commitment to Aqaba and to Jordan’s 2030 Economic Modernization Vision, we have developed a meticulous plan for enhancing Aqaba’s competitiveness both regionally and globally including a net zero emission target for 2040 – the only port in the region with such.”

Investment in Solar Energy

On site solar will completely eliminate the terminal’s carbon footprint and the zero-carbon terminal will become the heart of Aqaba’s future logistics eco system. Relocating customs closer to the port will optimize clearance processes and directly connect to Aqaba Logistics Village where increasing trade opportunities will reach the wider economy. Bringing together agents and shippers will also ensure faster goods distribution.

The kingdoms potential for renewable energy will meet APM Terminals commitment to decarbonisation. Maersk will also support the development of green hydrogen fuel with knowledge, expertise and a large demand for green fuel, enabling the Kingdom to enhance its positioning as a producer and exporter of green fuel.

Training Centre of Excellence

Part of the vision is to develop a Centre of Excellence for the logistics and maritime industry, which will play a pivotal role in developing the skills of the sector’s current and future professionals in line with global standards and benchmarks. This will support growth and progress for Jordan and across the Levant. Students enrolled in the centre will have the opportunity to be an integral part of Aqaba’s transformation, allowing members of the local community to take a more active role in these exciting changes.

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DP World handles its 10 millionth container at London Gateway

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DP World announced that its terminal at London Gateway has handled its 10 millionth container, just nine years after the smart logistics hub on the doorstep of the capital opened for business.

The milestone illustrates the remarkable track record of growth at London Gateway, which last year transported 1.8m TEU, an increase of almost 650 per cent compared with its first full year of operation in 2014. A new £350m fourth berth will further increase capacity by a third when it opens in 2024.

Ernst Schulze, UK Chief Executive of DP World, said: “After the disruption of recent years, shipping lines and cargo owners are looking for capacity, reliability and growth opportunities. We are providing it, enabling customers to move goods smoothly and efficiently in and out of the UK and across their supply chains.”

“Within a decade, London Gateway is likely to be handling up to 30 per cent of the country’s containerised trade. Its port-centric logistics park will be one of the largest in Europe, employing 12,000 people and underpinned by investment in a second rail terminal and a new fourth berth.”

DP World operates the UK’s most advanced logistics hubs: two deep water ports at London Gateway and Southampton with access to freight rail terminals. By offering a choice of deep-water entry and exit points to and from UK, the leading provider of smart logistics solutions offers greater flexibility and choice for shipping lines, cargo owners and exporters.

DP World announced in July that London Gateway handled more than one million TEU in six months between January and June, a record for the port. This performance contributed to a record volume of cargo in the first half of the year for DP World’s ports in the UK, with a combined total of 1,937,000 TEU when factoring in throughput at Southampton.

Over the last 10 years DP World has invested £2 billion in the UK, supporting thousands of jobs. Over the next 10 years it has earmarked a further £1 billion of investment, which will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of some of the most deprived areas in the country.

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DP World completes implementation of of the CARGOES TOS+

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DP World, the leading global logistics company and provider of smart supply chain solutions, has completed the implementation of the CARGOES TOS+ Terminal Operating System at DP World Southampton in the UK.

DP World Southampton is one of the UK’s major deep-water ports, with an annual throughput of 2 million TEU, and the new terminal operating system implementation comes following DP World’s £40m investment into the port last year.

The CARGOES TOS+ solution is designed to optimise operations for efficient cargo and container handling at port and terminal facilities. Among the host of new features now available to DP World Southampton with CARGOES TOS+ is a highly accurate simulation modeling capability, where terminal operations and the results of planning can be seen in advance and fine-tuned before changes are made in the production environment.

Other new features include deadline handling for rail yard moves and dynamic zoning of quay cranes. This allows improved planning of discharge operations and empty container selection, to minimise travel distance and congestion.

Since the go-live of CARGOES TOS+ at the start of April 2022, quay crane gross moves per hour has increased, whilst truck turnaround time has decreased. Additional features of the CARGOES TOS+ platform will be enabled at DP World Southampton over time to bring further productivity gains to the port.

The switch to CARGOES TOS+ from the legacy Navis N4 TOS system is a particular milestone for the CARGOES Ports & Terminals team as it is the first time CARGOES TOS+ has been rolled out at a port running straddle carrier operations.

DP World Southampton has garnered industry accolades for achieving the fastest landside turnaround time in the UK as well as being the most reliable rail feed, with dual track access to the country’s main rail network feeding 22 trains a day. Southampton has the highest percentage of containers moved by rail in the country, and together with its sister terminal London Gateway, takes the equivalent of 300,000 trucks off British roads each year.

The terminal is a pure straddle carrier port, operating a fleet of hybrid straddle carriers that service 14 quay cranes. Southampton has recently replaced diesel with vegetable oil-based HVO biodiesel, cutting net emissions from the terminal by over 80%.

Matt Stride, Business Optimisation Manager – Operations, Project Lead, DP World Southampton, said: “As the first straddle carrier terminal and one of the first big European terminals in the DP World portfolio, the leap from the Navis platform to CARGOES TOS+ represented a significant milestone for us and also for the CARGOES TOS+ group .

“As a highly competitive terminal, DP World Southampton embraced the prospect of a new TOS in order to increase productivity, reduce delays and build a platform for the future.

“The team in Southampton look forward to the next stages where more of the terminal operations will fall under TOS+ management and control.”

Steve McCrindle, Port Operations, DP World Southampton, further stated: “This was a fantastic team effort, not only to develop and deliver the first straddle carrier module, but the go-live was a resounding success, resulting in a seamless migration, no unplanned downtime and zero impact to our customers. The two teams have worked extremely well together. Full credit goes to CARGOES for understanding our requirements and ensuring we had the correct people and expertise throughout the project journey.”

Mohammed Rahmah, VP CARGOES Ports & Terminals, said: “The Southampton terminal is a new success story for the team. At CARGOES, we focus on adding value to terminals by developing the most advanced features possible. We have end-to-end solutions catering for all elements of terminal operations, from gate systems to internet of things capability. With a host of tools to choose from, we aim to deliver the solutions that ports and terminals need as they adapt to the future of global trade.”

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