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APM Terminals Maasvlakte II delay
Commercial start-up of APM Terminals' state-of-the-art facility has been delayed by three months, to February 2015 More
Berlin to extend "gigaliner" trials
Ecocombi trials in Germany to date have been successful and will be extended, says Federal Transport Secretary Alexander Dobrindt More
Tiger VI funds announced
Ports and rail freight projects feature heavily in latest round of TIGER Grants More
Tallinn in for ferries
The Port of Tallinn is determined to secure the future of Estonian mainland-islands ferry services More
Third port for Ghana?
The government of Ghana has announced that a third port will be developed in the country More
Ro-ro line for Tanger Med
The ports of Tanger Med and Marseille Fos have agreed to set up a ro-ro line between the two ports More
An end to SweFrame?
Travancore AB has filed for bankruptcy More
Kalmar unveils "Super Gloria"
Kalmar has introduced a 100t-plus SWL version of its latest 'G' series reach stackers More
DB Schenker Rail UK wins first 50ft freight flow
DB Schenker Rail UK recnelty began running a new service for W H Malcolm between Daventry and Grangemouth More
ICTSI scoops ASEAN awards
Philippines' President Benigno S Aquino III presented the accolade to ICTSI during awarding rites on 9 September at the New World Hotel, Makati City More
People on the move
Latest round-up of appointments known to WorldCargo News in the shipping, ports and related sectors More
2014 BIC Award
Bureau International des Containers has recognised Ms Olga Lefevre Pestel for her contribution to making the IMGD code mandatory under the SOLAS convention. More
PMT to reopen
Nearly three years after it was closed as a container terminal, the Virginia Port Authority is re-opening its Portsmouth Marine Terminal (PMT) to box traffic next week. More
Dutch shipowners call for reforms
The Dutch shipping industry has called on the government to end red tape and adopt a joined up approach to the sector's needs. More
Bromma moving HQ to Singapore
The world's biggest crane spreader builder is building a global commercial base in Singapore More
Perth on the market
The Perth and Kinross Council in Scotland has decided to sell its Perth Harbour terminal. More
Enter "Ocean Three"
CMA CGM Group has announced three major agreements with CSCL and UASC. More
ABPMer works on Grangemouth dredging
The marine environmental consultancy says its has identified cost-effective dredging solutions for the Port of Grangemouth More
AAPA announces awards
Los Angeles wins IT award while Georgia is recognised for its voluntary diesel reduction efforts. More
London Gateway wins rail freight award
The UK Rail Freight Group has named DP World London Gateway as the winner of its Business of the Year award More
Rickmers lines up low sulphur fuel surcharge
Rickmers-Linie has declared its support for the introduction of stricter sulphur regulations, but expects that they will inevitably lead to an increase in the cost of marine fuels More
Unifeeder obtains AEO status
Unifeeder has obtained Authorised Economic Status from the EU Customs Administration More
Flexitank PAS available
A new international specification, aimed at improving the quality of flexitanks used for the transport of bulk liquids in standard freight containers, has been published by UK-based international standards organisation, BSI Group. More
Hoyer builds training tank
Hamburg-based bulk logistics service provider Hoyer has introduced a tank container specially designed to help train its staff. More
Riyadh dry set to grow
Saudi Arabia's Riyadh dry port is to be modernised and its throughput capacity doubled to 1M TEU/year as it prepares to handle cargo from a second container terminal being developed in Dammam. More
Maersk opens Oz super depot
Maersk Line has opened what it claims to be the most sophisticated and technologically-advanced container depot in Australia in the western Melbourne suburb of Altona. More
Holt to operate Paulsboro
Holt Logistics Corp has entered into a partnership with the South Jersey Port Corporation (SJPC) under which it will operate the new Paulsboro Marine Terminal under construction on the Delaware River in New Jersey. More
New combi terminal for Marseilles
A new on-dock intermodal rail terminal is to be built at Mourepiane, in the "old" port of Marseilles, some 80 km east of the Fos installations. Although megacarriers have increasingly gravitated towards Fos, Mourepiane is still busy handling containerships of medium size and the port authority (GPM de Marseille Fos) wants to ensure more cost-effective and greener inland distribution. More
Enter Kvarkenhamnar AB
Two Gulf of Bothnia ports, Umea in Sweden and Vaasa in Finland, have agreed to merge their activities into a new 50:50 joint venture, named Kvarkenhamnar AB, as of 1 January, 2015. On an equal split the members of the two Boards will form the new integrated management. More
ITCO publishes tank sloshing report
The International Tank Container Organisation (ITCO) has published a new report on the anti-slosh performance of baffles in tank containers. More
Dutch port taxes under scrutiny
The European Commission has launched a "profound" investigation into the Dutch taxation regime for seaport authorities. The EC investigation will assess whether the Dutch seaports' exemption from paying corporate tax violates EU regulations. The scrutiny involves Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Zeeland Seaports, Groningen and Moerdijk. More
New bulk container launched
The first units of a new design of intermodal bulk container rolled off the production line in Busan, South Korea, last month. More
Yusen Logistics debuts double-deck container
Yusen Logistics is offering its customers access to an innovative double-deck container system, which, it says, can significantly raise load capacity, cut transport costs and reduce CO2 emissions. More
Port of Douala gridlocked
Cameroon's largest port, Douala, is heavily congested as a spate of issues, including a significant slowdown in customs clearance procedures and disruption to handling operations as a result of refurbishment work taking place at Quay 14, have led to some ships having to wait a month to gain access to the berths. More
Combi blow in France
The French government has dealt a heavy blow to combined transport business, according to the sector's main trade association, GNTC. More
PNG port projects
The Papua New Guinea Government has approved two major port projects that it hopes will pave the way for the country to play a greater role in regional transhipment. More
Perrigault steps up in Le Havre
Perrigault SA, the Le Havre-based port and logistics operator, has acquired the 50% stake held by APM Terminals (APMT) in Terminal Porte Oceane (TPO) and Societe d'Exploitation du Terminal Porte Oceane at the Port of Le Havre, thus obtaining 100% ownership of both concerns, previously operated as a 50:50 joint venture. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. More
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 Feature articles
New STS container crane for training only
In what is believed to be a world "first," a new STS container crane has been ordered purely for training purposes. More
All over, under, on and in the cranes
Various crane components suppliers have come up with new or redesigned products. More
Hearing low noises in the yard
What are the best container handling options for shippers, warehouse operators and the like? More
STS container crane momentum slows
The main explanation is a sharp fall in orders placed by ports in China. More
Assessing the port equipment market*
* This article was written by Daniel Schaefer who is a market analyst, recently publishing a market report on future container throughput, upcoming terminal projects and the equipment market. For further information, please refer to www.ctf2020.info More
Reefer box builders await the upturn
Reefer demand fell again in 2013, but is set to rise this year, with the three main box builders poised to take advantage as they each launch substantial new capacity. More
Reefer monitoring on the radar
Interest in reefer monitoring continues to grow, but what does Maersk's decision to install a GSMbased system mean for terminals? More
Industrial engines primed for Stage IV/T4 Final
The transition from T3 to T4i involved a major step change in off-road engines for mobile plant and there was a noticeable jump in engine prices. For T4F, although another major reduction in NOx is required, the changes in engine technology are, for the most part, not so great, so accordingly the price jump is not as big either. More
African rail steaming ahead
Rail has a bright future in Africa as both public bodies and private companies see the mode as encouraging economic development. More
Global going for speed
Global Container Terminals is confident its redeveloped terminal in New Jersey will deliver a consistent 40 moves per hour. More
Super Suez plan takes shape
The Egyptian Government is due to select a company from a shortlist of 14 to develop an industrial, technological and logistics corridor along the Suez Canal. More
Automation in the driving seat
Automation is becoming a bat tle ground between crane makers and crane control suppliers. More
Big lift trucks enter the next stage
New Stage IV/Tier 4 Final-compliant machines have been launched and more are on the way. More
Cybercrime risks in the supply chain
Freight transport insurance specialist, TT Club's claims executive Mike Yarwood investigates the nature and extent of cybercrime targeting transportation* More
Sea Tech offers a fresh perspective
Sea Technology's designs offer flexibility and scale and are friendly to small and medium sized ports. More
Port tyre business keeps rolling along
Michelin introduced its X-straddle dedicated straddle carrier tyre in 2003 and has now launched the next generation X-straddle 2 tyre, building on the experience and feedback it has received from users, with a public demonstration at APM Terminals' Delta Terminal in Rotterdam. More
Wind of change for crane brakes
Faced with increasing competition, brake manufacturers are responding with new products and services. More
Gliding to achieve a longer life
DRIE-D's original friction and wear components are aimed at the most demanding bearing, bushing and counterwearing applications in materials handling equipment. More
The path to automated terminals
Automation is about to hit the San Pedro Bay ports, but the local context brings its own special set of challenges. More
Long Beach step changes to the future
Long Beach Container Terminal illustrates the challenge of an all-electric terminal, both for the operator and the port authority. More

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