MSC Mina Breaks Record as the Largest Container Ship to Call in Thailand

August 1, 2020

MSC Mina made its maiden call at Hutchison Ports Thailand (HPT) in the Port of Laem Chabang, Thailand on July 30, 2020. The ship belongs to MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company’s Gülsün-Class of 23,000+ TEU ships that had been delivered and deployed into the carrier’s global shipping network in 2019 and 2020.

MSC Mina has a capacity of 23,656 TEUs, and is now officially the biggest container ship to call in Thailand. Measuring around 400 metres long and 61 metres wide, the ship can transport the equivalent of about 384 million pairs of shoes or 47,312 cars.


Ranong's 2 ports set for B41.8m refit

July 21, 2020

The Port Authority of Thailand (PAT) plans to spend 41.8 million baht upgrading Ranong's two ports as part of a plan to improve land and sea transport connections between Thailand and Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Bhutan. Thailand together with these countries is part of a bloc called the Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec).

PAT director-general Kamolsak Promprayoon said both ports of Ranong will be upgraded so that they are capable of serving 12,000 deadweight (DWT) cargo vessels. The project is expected to finish next year, he said.

ZPMC sends RMG cranes to Tuas mega-port

July 17, 2020

Chinese port equipment manufacturer ZPMC has said six automatic rubber mounted gantry (RMG) cranes are on their way to the Tuas mega-port in Singapore.

In a statement, ZPMC said the RMGs left the ZPMC Chanxing Base on 10 July. They will be the first batch of equipment manufactured by ZPMC for the terminal, which will be the biggest in the world upon completion.

In total, ZPMC will provide 20 dual-trolley ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and 56 automatic RMGs to Tuas, which will be delivered in 10 different batches.


CSSC Secures $120m Payra Port Contract

July 07, 2020

China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) has announced that an affiliate of the group has secured an EPC project for the development of a port in Bangladesh. Under the contract, CSSC will be responsible for the construction of a yard with ancillary facilities and utility services at Payra Port, the third largest port in Bangladesh. The project will commence this year and expected to completed in 30 months. The total value of the contract is $120m.

According to CSSC, Payra Port will be developed into a major deep sea port in the region and serve as an important hub for the economic corridor connecting China, India, Bangladesh and Myanmar. The Payra Port was inaugurated in 2016 and the port authority plans expand the port with the construction of a deep-sea coal and bulk cargo terminal.

SE Asian ports need to invest billions as shippers seek alternatives to China

June 18, 2020

Container terminals in South-east Asia may need to invest  up to $13bn to keep pace with expected coronavirus-driven supply chain diversification from China.

According to Eleanor Hadland, senior analyst, ports and terminals at Drewry, in addition to the country’s rising costs and the trade war with the US, the pandemic is going to be yet another “push factor” reducing China-centric procurement models.

Thailand ports counting “pandemic” damages

May 24, 2020

Port Authority of Thailand issued press-release with ports operations statistics during Oct 2019 - Mar 2020 period, which embraces ships calls and containers handling in ports of Bangkok (TOT), Laem Chabang (LCP), Ranong Port (Andaman sea), Chiang Saen and Chiang Khong Ports (Mekong river).

Bangkok Port recorded 1977 ship calls, increase 6.18% in comparison with the same period previous year, with total cargo turnover 11.024 million tons, increase 5.75%, and handled 0.725 mil TEU, increase 1.16%. Laem Chabang Port recorded 5200 ship calls, decrease 5.21%, with total cargo turnover 43.55 mil tons, decrease 4.96%. LCP handled 3.973 mil TEU, reduction 3.21%.

Hutchison Ports First to Introduce Autonomous Trucks to Thailand

April 29, 2020

Hutchison Ports Thailand, the nation's leading port operator and an innovator in global 'smart port' port development, announced today that it is now the first port operator in Thailand and among the first in the world to acquire and test autonomous trucks at its Terminal D facility at Laem Chabang Port, Chon Buri.

The announcement marks a huge step forward for the development of the nation's 'smart' infrastructure along the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), with the autonomous 'Qomolo' trucks promising to improve efficiency and safety at its operations at Terminal D. The investment will not only benefit Hutchison Ports Thailand's customers and port users at Terminal D, but other stakeholders along the EEC; a key gateway to the greater Mekong region.

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