Sphere #48 2020 04 NEWS World Port Days Last September sawECT organise theWorld Port Days in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The event introduced ECT’s terminals and operations to staff, customers, and the public. Interesting programmes included a terminal tour, a landside operations demonstration, a straddle carrier and reach stacker ride, a rail crane visit and a demonstration of automated guided vehicles in action. PORTS Maritime fun for 50th anniversary Over 700 visitors had the opportunity to discover and explore Hong Kong’s maritime history and development, courtesy of Hutchison Ports HIT on the occasion of their 50th anniversary. The Hong Kong MaritimeMuseumpicked 1 December 2019 for their “HIT 50th Anniversary Fun Day”. Here’s to the next 50! Paperless ports In July 2019, Hutchison Ports Yantian officially launchedMobile CMS, a system that allows paperless and data-oriented information handling for external tractors. Efficiency is good for the environment as the system saves paper and reduces the port’s carbon footprint. Choo choo! The pulp train’s in town A new container rail haulage service operated byMyanmar Railways started operation at Hutchison PortsMITT, debuting with a freight train loaded with rawmaterials bound for the pulp factory at Yeni, north of Yangon. This regular service will bring pulp for export throughMITT. Man Oman! High-tech cranes crowned Hutchison Ports Sohar received new remote-controlled cranes, the first of their kind in the Sultanate of Oman and the Middle East. Two of them are remote- controlled quay cranes, with an outreach of 24 rows. Another eight automated rubber-tyred gantry cranes are contributing to the high-tech upgrade. Mobile CMS allows paperless and data-oriented information handling for external tractors.