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Seoho Electric for Singapore ASCs
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TIP orders 1000 new trailers for 2015
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Marstrat sets up in Rotterdam
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New spreader manufacturer
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INTTRA for NileDutch
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Three new members for PEMA
Kranunion, Paceco Corp and Romer Fordertechnik have joined the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association. More
New investor for Tiger
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Corpus Christi opens new rail yard
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Shippers warming to container tracking
Some tracking service providers are finding a niche by focusing on delivering value to shippers. More
Cable plug-in for E-RTGs
Cavotec says it has revolutionised the automated cable reel connection of E-RTGs and other mobile equipment, with its Automatic Plug-in System. More
What's in the numbers?
CY crane numbers have held up, relative to STS cranes, despite expectations. More
All go for the Silk Road
Keen to revive the ancient Silk Road trading route, China is investing in overland and maritime projects in its quest to develop a 21st century equivalent. More
Heavy lift shapes up
The fallout from the recent decline in oil prices will inevitably impact the heavy lift and project cargo sectors. More
A broad canvas for Dutch masters
During January Hyster in Nijmegen handed over its 1,000th reach stacker, while Terberg delivered its 25,000th vehicle. More
Refrigerants up for debate
Manufacturers of reefer machinery are taking different paths to lower their GWP. More
Lighting up the terminal
Low energy lights are becoming increasingly commonplace in port applications. More
Reefer lessors keep their cool
Reefer demand held up well in 2014, with the leasing sector accounting for the majority of investment, but its intake was down on the 2013 peak, whilst rental per diems and cash returns remain depressed. More
Leasing industry still boxing clever
Entering 2015 in relatively good shape, the container leasing industry accounted for the majority of new box investment in 2014, and the strongest fleet expansion. Whilst it has seen a slight recovery in utilisation, rate levels remain depressed. More
Bamboo poised to top hardwood
Bamboo/hybrid materials are set to take over from tropical hardwoods as the main construction components in container flooring. More
Simulators in the driving seat
Simulators are becoming increasingly popular as crane OEMs move to offer training with their cranes. More
Steady as she goes
France's main ports have regained container market share even though the economy remains lacklustre. More
Short-term pain, long-term gain
Despite economic difficulties in several Central and South American countries, major investment projects are underway. More
Mexico's port mission
In fiscal year 2015 alone, Mexico's federal government will spend an estimated US$138M on the country's ports. By 2018, it is hoped that Mexico's main ports will be capable of handling 500 Mtpa of cargo, virtually doubling the 280 Mtpa of capacity that existed in 2012. More
Straddles take the hi-tech path
Automation and more efficient machines are driving straddle carrier research and development. More
RTG electrification proceeding apace
Projects for E-RTGs are gaining traction worldwide, but there is also a market for hybrid drives. More
South Africa missing the boat
South Africa, keen to become a logistics gateway for sub-Saharan Africa, is investing in its ports and railways with this in mind, but the opportunities appear limited. More
Positive outlook for mobile cranes
The flexibility and multi-cargo utility of mobile harbour cranes has contributed to their enduring popularity. More
USWC ports in the doldrums
Labour issues are blighting USWC ports, but does the region's port structure match the new shape of the shipping industry? More

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