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Suez expansion completed
The first container ships have passed through the enlarged Suez Canal as part of final trials on the project, which now allows two way traffic on a 72 kilometre stretch More
Hutchison in ITF firing line
The ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) is challenging Hutchison Ports Holdings (HPH) over its behaviour at port facilities in Indonesia and Australia More
Contship Italia signs MoU with Iran's Sina Ports
Contship Italia SpA, part of Eurogate Group, has signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding with Sina Port & Marine Company More
New rail terminal for KCS
Kansas City Southern has opened a new intermodal terminal in Wylie, Texas. More
Arriva to be part-privatised
DB Schenker Logistics is being slimmed down More
DP World terminals up 4.1%
Growth driven by DP World's home port in Jebel Ali and European terminals More
New rail JV for Sydney
Toll and DP World Australia have announced they are in talks to set up a new joint venture to connect Port Botany to Villawood in West Sydney More
Top Liberian official arrested
The managing director of the Liberian National Port Authority, Matilda Parker, has been arrested and charged More
Who's in charge of Libya's ports?
International talks are being held to determine the legitimacy of various port authorities in Libya More
Daimler launches self-driving truck
Daimler AG, the world's largest truck manufacturer, has tested a prototype self-driving truck on the rescue lane of the A14 autobahn near Magdeburg More
Panu Routila new President of Konecranes
Mr Routila is expected to start his new position during the Autumn, but no later than by the end of the year More
Codero questions PierPass fees
FMC Chairman Mario Codero has challenged terminal operators in Los Angeles and Long Beach to justify the "Traffic Mitigation Fee" charged for peak hour gate moves More
Georgia goes inland
The Georgia Ports Authority has announced it is developing a new inland terminal at Chatsworth, some 355 miles from Savannah More
New Liverpool-Greenock service
BG Freight Line is to open a new freight service connecting Greenock to Rotterdam via Liverpool and Belfast More
Busan's big move
Busan is consolidating container handling in its New Port area in a bid to become a "global transhipment hub port". More
Medlinks award for Leroy Merlin
Best practice certification for container shippers on the Rhone-Saone river network in France has been awarded to another regular user by the Medlink Ports Development Agency More
Brasil Terminal Portuario spotlight
Brasil Terminal Portuario has reached a number of important milestones More
Marcor on the Maasvlakte
Marcor Stevedoring, a Steinweg affiliate, is building an agribulks facility on the Hartel strip at Rotterdam's Maasvlakte I More
BEST foot forward
Hutchison Port Holdings' Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST) affiliate has received Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) certification More
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 Feature articles
Alliances bedding down
It is approaching six months since the new alliance structures shaping the east-west trades of the global liner shipping industry came into being and so arguably a good time to look back and assess what impact they have had on the business and on the services provided. More
Brakes in the spotlight
The brakes market could be in for a shakeup as manufacturers look to increase the range of thruster options, in large part to differentiate their products. More
Rotterdam back in front
With MVII and RWG, Rotterdam is once again at the forefront of port automation. More
Playing the power game
Many governments have committed to reducing national greenhouse gas emissions significantly by 2050, and port operators, as major generators, clearly have a part to play. More
New kids on the block
While the 'big four' continue to dominate the global container terminal operating business, there are signs that Chinese players, second-tier operators and financial entities are gaining market share. More
Troubled Turkey builds on
Turkey's wish to become a top 10 economy with US$500B/year of exports by 2023 is unlikely to be realised, but its huge port development and logistics plans may still come to fruition. More
Seeking silver linings
Overcapacity is keeping a lid on insurance rates, as underwriters weigh up recent losses and everlarger ship sizes and values. More
Rail/road CT on the increase
The latest UIC report shows that rail/road combined transport moved almost 21M TEU in mainland Europe in 2013. More
Antwerp looks left and right
The port of Antwerp is about to lose between 4M and 5M of capacity. More
Carving a role for the multi-cargo TOS
The breakbulk sector is a growing area of opportunity for suppliers with the right applications. More
Reducing the cost of tyres
A new report sets out to help port equipment operators choose the right tyres and to optimise their use by looking after them properly. More
Black Sea challenges
While the Black Sea market offers the liner shipping industry significant growth opportunities, it is a very challenging place to do business. More
Feeling a sense of uplift
There is plenty of activity in the heavy lift trucks market and some new products have been launched. More
Navis charts a course
With N4 maturing, Navis is launching a new initiative that has the potential to achieve integrated vessel planning for the benefit of lines and terminal operators. More
Automation hits China
China's first automated berth gets ready for commercial operation. More
Auto chain shifts up a gear
Automotive logistics is getting more complicated, with automakers increasingly relying on shipping to support their global production strategies. More
Italy to up its game?
The performance of Italian ports must improve if the country's potential as a maritime and logistics hub is to be fulfi lled. More
Terminal tractors roll on
There is plenty of activity in the tractor market, including a new entrant in the US. More
Breakbulk feels the squeeze
Shipping companies that specialise in the general cargo sector are being squeezed by operators of container, ro-ro and dry bulk tonnage, but niches do exist. More
Too much of a good thing?
Short-term oversupply is putting pressure on tank container lease rates. More

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