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Historical record of container loading and unloading movements in a single port of call in the Port of Valencia

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A total of 8,701 containers loaded and unloaded from a single ship and in a single stopover. This is the new record of movements managed in the Port of Valencia by a single ship in a single visit. The figure was reached between the 27th and 30th of last month during the call made by the container ship MSC SIXIN. Specifically, 3,304 unloading containers and 5,397 cargo containers were handled at MSC Terminal Valencia.

The record of the Port of Valencia has been registered by MSC SIXIN in its second visit to the Valencian terminals. The MSC SIXIN is also the ship with the highest capacity that has docked in the Port of Valencia, together with its “brothers of the GULSUN class”, such as MSC GULSUN itself, which are beginning to become commonplace in Valencia.

This is the first time that an operation of the Port of Valencia exceeds 8,000 containers. With the maximum registration of 8,701 TEUs (Twenty Equivalent Unit, or 6.1 metre containers) achieved by MSC SIXIN, the previous figures of movements which were over 7,000 TEUs reached previously by the vessels of the same company are exceeded: MSC London, MSC Venice, MSC Istanbul, MSC Hamburg and MSC New York.

The 8,701 containers managed by MSC Sixin represent a commitment by the company to the Valenciaport facilities and is a symptom of economic recovery, as already reflected in the Valencia Containerised Freight Index (VCFI) for August, which recorded an increase of 1.33% over the previous month. The MSC Sixin operates the Jade maritime service between Asia and Europe.

Reducing the carbon footprint: less CO2 per container transported

The MSC Sixin, 400 meters long and 61 meters wide, has a capacity of 23,756 TEU and a design that prioritizes the environment and efficiency. It docked for the first time in the Port of Valencia in June 2020, thus becoming the largest capacity vessel calling at the Valencian port.

The MSC Sixin has the telematic connection of “digital containers”, has more than 2,000 connections for refrigerated containers and a design that allows a significant reduction in CO2 for each container transported compared to the average of container ships operating today, which helps companies moving goods on MSC services between Asia and Europe to reduce the carbon footprint of their supply chains. This type of ship reinforces Valenciaport’s commitment to sustainability and is in line with the aims of the Valencia Port Authority to reduce carbon emissions and reach 2030 with a balance between production and consumption of renewable energy.

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KTMT signs automated port equipments contract with Konecranes Indonesia 

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Konecranes has secured a key contract in the delivery of Automated Port Equipment services. The Kuala Tanjung Multipurpose Terminal (KTMT) recently signed a 12-month automation services contract with Konecranes Indonesia. The port has 8 Automated Konecranes RTGs. The deal was signed in July 2020 and will run until June 2021. Local inverter and digital crane specialists are using Konecranes Augmented Reality apps to liaise with Finnish engineers, ensuring updates, repairs and knowledge transfer are uninterrupted during the COVID-19 travel bans.

The KTMT Terminal is in a remote area of Northern Sumatra, with the nearest town being four hours’ drive away. Konecranes is the leader in the provision of automated port equipment, not least because it has the skills, service footprint and communication tools that looking after advanced port equipment, in any part of the world, demands.

Jukka Tukia, Konecranes APAC Port Services Director, says, “Partnerships and commitment drive our business in the Asia-Pacific region. We have the technology, the training and the drive to ensure that no matter where your equipment is, we will find a way to make our customer’s uptime and operational efficiency our priority.”

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Kalmar Eco Reachstackers to help Maritime Transport Ltd increase capacity and reduce environmental impact at its Wakefiled terminal 

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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has signed a deal to supply two Kalmar Eco Reachstackers that will help Maritime Transport Ltd cut fuel costs and carbon emissions while addressing growing demand at its rail terminal in Wakefield, England. The order, which represents the first collaboration between Kalmar and Maritime, was booked in Cargotec’s 2020 Q3 intake, with delivery scheduled to begin in Q4 2020.

Maritime is a market-leading UK-based intermodal logistics company with a network of 33 container and transport sites across the UK. After reaching an agreement with DB Cargo UK on 1 April 2019, Maritime launched its rail subdivision, Maritime Intermodal, which saw the company acquire four dedicated rail services out of Felixstowe and Southampton. As part of the deal, Maritime also took full responsibility for DB’s railfreight terminals in Wakefield and Trafford Park.

The new Kalmar Eco Reachstackers use a much smaller engine than the reachstacker solutions with large, high-horsepower engines that are traditionally seen in rail intermodal applications. This means they can reduce fuel consumption and therefore NOx emissions by up to 25% without compromising on productivity. They also offer an improved overall driving experience with smoother acceleration and less cabin noise.

Paul Heyhoe, Feet Director, Maritime: “The Kalmar team have provided professional support from the very beginning and clearly demonstrated the positive impact that the Eco reachstacker will have on our fuel consumption and therefore carbon emissions and costs. We look forward to utilising both machines at Wakefield, where they will bring a number of advantages for our valued customers and their supply chains including faster turnaround times and greater operational reliability.””

Dave Patterson, Vice President South & West Europe, Kalmar: “We are delighted that Maritime Transport Ltd have selected the Kalmar Eco Reachstacker for their Wakefield Europort terminal and we are looking forward to building a productive partnership with the company moving forward. The Eco reachstacker, which has now sold in excess of 250 units, is a prime example of our commitment to developing solutions that help customers to minimise their environmental impact while continuously improving their productivity and lowering the total cost of ownership .”

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PSA Mumbai launches online payments facility for direct port delivery customers at JNPT

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Committed to supporting the Digital India and Ease of Doing Business initiatives, PSA Mumbai has launched a digital online payments solution for Direct Port Delivery (DPD) customers with ODeX. PSA Mumbai’s DPD customers will now be able to process their documentation and pay terminal handling charges on the ODeX platform from 15 September 2020.

A first for the Jawaharlal Nehru Port area, the online payments product is jointly developed by PSA Mumbai and ODeX. Termed “CLICK → PAY ONLINE → TAKE DELIVERY OF DPD CONTAINERS”, the solution allows PSA Mumbai’s growing number of DPD customers to take the documentation, payment and delivery process online via a one stop portal. The OdeX portal provides real time status updates, documentation uploading / amendment, e-payment and confirmation for delivery. With no requirement to maintain advance deposits, it also improves cash flow for the DPD customers.

One of the users in the pilot testing round, Director of Mungekar & Sons CHB Pvt. Ltd, Mr Prathamesh Mungekar said, “We are very happy with this new product, a first in the JNPT area and one which streamlines our operations. We are already looking forward to more developments.”

Managing Director of PSA Mumbai, Mr Sivakumar K said, “A rapid and seamless flow of information between terminal and users is as important as the physical flow of containers through the terminal. This product gives our DPD customers a fast, efficient and secure payment and documentation system to take delivery of their goods as soon as possible. With ODeX’s extensive user base, it is well positioned for widespread adoption.”

Managing Director of ODeX, Mrs. Liji Nowal said, “It is a great milestone for ODeX to Go-Live with our ePayments solutions for PSA Mumbai’s customers. Customers can now pay through a single click on ODeX – and the payment is confirmed in real time to PSA Mumbai. Thus any payments delay in cargo release is completely eliminated. During the current pandemic, PSA Mumbai has been very responsive to the needs of customers and I must congratulate the PSA team for ensuring that we have gone live very quickly with this solution, and becoming the very first terminal to offer seamless ePayment solutions on ODeX to customers. We are now “live” for DPD delivery payments – and soon hope to extend this facility to more customers.”

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