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Swiss liner Mediterranean Shipping Company is increasing
its ship calls to the Tartous International Container
Early this year, MSC started calling at TICT as an alternative to
the Port of Lattakia, the country's main port.
MSC cited Lattakia's increasing cargo congestion and high
port and labour fees as reasons for the move to TICT.
"Dalia has been a pioneering shipping agency in Syria, and
through the years, we have witnessed how the country's ports
made strides in terms of operations and services," Abdul Razak
Suleiman, head of Dalia Shipping Agency and representative of
MSC in Syria said.
"At Tartous, we've observed significant development after the
privatisation of container facilities in 2006."
TICT is the most modern container handling facility in Syria,
and the nearest port to the country's capital and economic centre
of Damascus. Recent productivity at the TICT is at 18 moves per
hour per crane using two mobile harbour cranes.
"MSC is considered the leading international carrier in Syria
in terms of container market share," said Romeo Salvador, TICT
General Manager and CEO.
"MSC containers in Tartous during the first half of the year
have greatly contributed to the increasing volumes at TICT."
The Tartous International Container Terminal (TICT), Syria
MSC increases vessel calls at Syrian terminal
Vera Chalkidis, the Commercial Director of Athenian Sea
Carriers has been chosen to succeed Marita Scott of
NorthEdge Risk Services, Bergen, who has held the Presidency
of the Women's International Shipping and Trading
Association (WISTA) for the past four years.
Ms Chalkidis was elected at the 2009 WISTA International
conference, which was held in London from September 16 to 18.
Ms Scott said that her presidency had been an extremely
WISTA membership has been on the rise in recent years. There
are now 1,200 members from 27 countries. The latest WISTA
national associations to be formed have been in Hong Kong,
Turkey, Switzerland and Panama, and work is continuing to
expand the network further.
Vera Chalkidis, President of WISTA International, with some of the
leadership team. Left to right, Carleen Lyden-Kluss, Dime Agboire, Anna
Risfelt Hammargren, Ms Chalkidis, Kathleen Haines, Consuelo Rivero, and
WISTA elects Vera Chalkidis as its new president
Photo: Adrian Nettleship
Yantian International Container Terminals (YICT) has
launched its first direct feeder service for Nine Dragons
Paper (Holdings). The new service will run directly from
YICT in Shenzhen to the factory of Nine Dragons Paper in
The Yantian-Xibeisha Feeder Service will enable Nine
Dragons Paper to directly receive import containers at its factory
by barge, a more cost-effective and less carbon intensive mode of
YICT has allotted a container storage area within the
terminal for this feeder service and has made special
arrangements with China Customs and the Entry-Exit
Inspection and Quarantine Bureau to allow for on-site cargo
inspection and disinfection. Additionally, YICT has provided
the inspection facilities and manpower needed to ensure the
quick transfer of cargo onto barges.
To complement the new feeder service, YICT has opened a
new five-hectare inland container depot in Shunde, Foshan City.
The new depot offers a convenient area for storage of the
containers unloaded by Nine Dragons Paper.
After the containers are returned to the neighbouring depot,
cargo owners in Shunde can then load and ship them to Yantian
Port for export. This new solution will help increase the empty
container turnaround rate and ultimately reduce storage costs for
shipping lines. It will also help barge companies slash costs
incurred by empty container returns.
YICT launches first direct feeder ser vice
Announcing the future: the first direct feeder service is launched
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