Port Tampa Bay lands new container shipping service

A new weekly container shipping service has arrived at Port Tampa Bay. Linea Peninsular, a Panama City-based shipping company, has inked a deal to begin a container shipping service between Mexico and Tampa, according to a news release.

The weekly, fixed-day service calls Port Tampa Bay every Tuesday to and from the ports of Altamira and Progreso in Mexico. The two-and-a-half day trip from northern Mexico and 2-day trip to the Yucatan peninsula offers a new option for delivering products from Tampa Bay.
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Resilient Container Volume at the Port of Houston Authority

July 26 - Mid year results are steady for the Port of Houston Authority. “Container volume continues to be very resilient, topping well over one million ‘TEUs’ (twenty-foot equivalent units) through the first six months of the year,” Executive Director Roger Guenther stated today in his report to the Port Commission. “It’s tough to compare 2016 versus 2015 on the container side,” he added, “because at this point last year container volume had spiked at an 18% increase over the prior year.” In 2015, the Port Authority handled a record-breaking 2 million plus container TEUs.
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Ship hits Wall of Panama Canal, renews Design Concerns

A Chinese container ship hit a wall of the new lane of the Panama Canal, a Canal Authority official and a local ship agent said on Monday, the third such incident since the expanded waterway opened one month ago amid design concerns.

Thomson Reuters ship tracking data showed the Xin Fei Zhou, owned by China Shipping Container Lines, was anchored outside the canal after a photograph published by the maritime online news site gCaptain.com showed the vessel with a sizeable gash in its hull. The ship agent said it was undergoing repairs.

The latest incident comes after two other vessels have reportedly made contact with the newly expanded canal since the $5.4 billion project was inaugurated on June 26.
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Huge Cargo Cranes Unveiled at Port Tampa Bay

Gov. Rick Scott was at Port Tampa Bay today to unveil two huge cranes that will allow port workers to unload cargo from larger ships going through the newly-widened Panama Canal.

Scott and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio pushed a ceremonial button that activated a pair of towering gantries at Tampa’s port. The 30-story cranes are part of a $24 million effort by the state and the port to accommodate larger ships coming from the Panama Canal.
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SC Ports Authority Posts 2016 Fiscal Year Volume Increase

Charleston, July 20 - Today South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) reported growth of container volume and breakbulk tonnage at its Charleston facilities and significant increases in rail volume at Inland Port Greer during the 2016 fiscal year that ended June 30.

SCPA handled 1.9 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) during FY2016, an increase of 1.4 percent over the previous year. As measured in pier containers, or box volume, nearly 1.1 million boxes moved across the docks of the Port’s container terminals in FY2016.

“Container volumes this fiscal year were quite moderate compared to last year, reflective of uncertainty and a general slowing of the world economy,” said SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome.
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