Indonesia's state-owned port operator Pelindo III has been awarded a 25­-year concession to operate the key Surabaya Western Shipping Route (APBS) in East Java, local reports said.

The adjustment of global ports to handle larger containerships is well underway, but the first objective in many cases is well shy of the trend of the order book. While attention is focused on the new fleet of 18,000 teu vessels, the upgrades contemplate ships just over half that size.

China’s Shanghai port saw its container throughput rose in April to hit 3m teu for the first time this year, according to figures from Shanghai International Port (Group) Co (SIPG).

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) and Victoria International Container Terminal Limited (VICTL) have signed a contract with the Port of Melbourne Corporation on operating Melbourne port’s new international container terminal and empty container park at Webb Dock.

The terminal operator arm of the Cosco Group, Cosco Pacific, reported first quarter net profit of $64.3m.

The Dutch port of Rotterdam saw container throughput in the first quarter remained largely stable as volumes inched up only 1% year-on-year, against the backdrop of slow economic growth in the European region.

Shanghai International Port (Group) Co (SIPG) has ordered four 1,020 teu feeder container vessels from Tsuneishi Group (Zhoushan) Shipbuilding Inc (TZS).

Taiwan's port of Kaohsiung recorded box volumes of 2.48m teu in the first quarter of this year, according to data from Kaohsiung Harbor Bureau.

Singapore's container port has handled higher box volumes in March both on a year-on-year and month-on-month basis, according to data from Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

PSA Corporation and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Friday to extend their collaboration on developing next-generation technologies for Singapore's container terminal operations.

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