First roro service in Africa for MSC and Haropa

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), specialized in international sea transport of containers, created a new roro service linking Haropa to Western Africa. This group made, with the company gathering Le Havre, Rouen and Paris ports, the official inauguration of this new activity in Le Havre by the introduction of the MSC Immacolata. This roro ship, with a 6700 vehicles capacity, is 199m long and 32m width. With the MSC Cristina, ship with the same sizes, they will do bimonthly trips and will stop at Anvers, Dakar, Conakry and Abidjan ports, before heading back to Le Havre. The African continent is well known by MSC, since the group is already settled in more than 40 countries. For its part, Haropa continues on its path about the roro sector, because in 2017 they had experienced a growth rate of 18% in this branch.

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EPAS company just received two Liebherr LHM 420

In order to improve logistics processes of the Nordkai terminal of Emden in Germany, the German port handling company Ems Ports Agency & Stevedoring (EPAS) Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG just acquired two new port mobile cranes Liebherr LHM 420. Both have a lifting capacity of 124t and a 18m outreach. Thanks to the Sycratronic lifting system, only one person can operate the two machines simultaneously . The electronic synchronisation allows that, with 100% of the maximum lifting charge against 75% manually. This productivity gain is also obtained by the ability to handle several ships in the same time. This purchase is « the prelude to a series of investments we are planning to provide our customers with the best possible service and competitive positioning in the future », explained Heinrich Smidt, Managing Director of Epas.

MCS trusts MacGregor to improve the potential of its vessels

MacGregor, a subsidiary of Cargotec, has been tasked with optimising the container transport capabilities of 31 MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company) vessels for 6 different ship series.

The mission for MacGregor will be to optimise the productivity of the ship loading system and increase their potential. MSC, a world leader in maritime transport with fleet of 490 container ships, has a long-standing cooperation with MacGregor.

“MacGregor’s expertise in cargo systems and its continuous development of new innovations is highly appreciated,” says Giuseppe Gargiulo, Head of Department, New Building, Dry Dock and Conversions, MSC. “Its solutions greatly improve our ability to complete in the current business environment.”

Marseille Fos agrees new Distriport logistics project 

Paris-based logistics park developer Virtuo has signed an agreement with the Marseille Fos port authority for construction of a multi-user facility of almost 70,000m2 at Distriport, close to the Fos container terminals. Distriport is the larger of two logistics zones at Fos, with 360,000m2 of warehousing currently operational out of a total building capacity of 575,000m2.  Meanwhile occupancy at the 364,000m2 capacity La Feuillane zone currently represents 149,000m2 of available warehouse space.