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Gate terminal opens new LNG facilities
Gate Terminal now has a third berth and new special infrastructure for the loading of small LNG vessels More
Contship Italia posts traffic increase
Contship Italia's market position in Italy remains strong. Eurogate Group's Italian arm handled 3.77M TEU in Q1-Q3 2016, an increase of 3.7% year-on-year More
Germany's MAUT network to be extended
The truck toll in Germany will be extended to B roads from mid-2018 following an approval by the Federal German parliament (Bundestag) More
Steel for London Thamesport
Uk-based The Armitt Group has signed up for a dedicated steel handling and distribution centre at the Isle of Grain facility More
Job fears after Hamburg Sud sale
Staff take to the streets in Hamburg seeking job guarantees after Hamburg Sud sale. More
People on the move
Latest round-up of appointments known to WorldCargo News in the shipping, ports and allied transport sectors More
Hamburg Sud to Maersk
The Oetker family has issued a statement in German confirming that it intends to sell Hamburg Sud to Maersk Line More
NYK orders another 4700 reefer boxes
NYK has placed an order for 4700 additional 40ft refrigerated containers, and deliveries of the new containers have just commenced More
Cargo tracking forecast to boom
Berg Insight finds the number of tracking devices on trailers, intermodal containers, air freight boxes and cargo pallets reached 2.9M units at the end of 2015, and is forecast to hit 8.1M by 2020. More
Prophet Systems adds INTTRA
Prophet Systems will integrate INTTRA's suite of ocean shipping Services into its software for the perishable food and horticultural industry More
LBCT adds solar panels
Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) strengthens its claim to be the world's greenest box terminal with new solar power system. More
Telematics for "Just-in-Sequence" manufacturing
GateHouse Logistics and Schmitz Cargobull Telematics in agreement with Magna International for real-time parts tracking. More
DB Antwerp-Rhine shuttle
DB Cargo is set to launch a new daily intermodal and conventional wagons service between Belgium and Germany early next year More
"Terminal operators face a perfect storm"
Container shipping lines are in danger of putting future port investment at risk in their demands for terminal handling cost reductions, according to the latest Ports and Terminals Insight report from Drewry More
TransAtlantic to be wound up
In the light of the current market and a bleak outlook, Viking Supply Ships has decided to close down its ro-ro/general cargo affiliate Rederi TransAtlantic AB progressively over the next 12 months More
Konecranes obtains Chinese approval for merger
Konecranes has received approval from the Ministry of Commerce, the competition authority in China, for its pending acquisition of Terex's Materials Handling and Port Solutions business More
Olive Bay calls Tacoma
The Northwest Seaport Alliance welcomes world's largest single-deck, self trimming log carrier to Tacoma. More
A lashing for Unifeeder
Unifeeder faces a dockworkers' protest at its Aarhus, Denmark heaquarters, this Friday, 2nd December over lashing arrangements More
Cavotec rings the changes
Chairman Stefan Widegren and CEO Ottonel Popesco will hand over leadership of Cavotec SA during 2017, and Patrik Tigerschiold has been appointed as Deputy Chairman More
Maersk moves for Hamburg Sud?
The Oetker family is reported to be in negotiations to sell Hamburg Sud, and Maersk is said to an interested buyer. More
Containers moving at CentrePort
After an earthquake left CentrePort Wellington's gantry cranes stranded, an MSC geared vessel allows the port to handle some containers. More
Platooning trials for Germany
DB Schenker and truck maker MAN have signed a MoU to develop and test networked truck convoys More
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 Feature articles
Equipped for the Euro trades
Pallet-wide containers still occupy a small niche in the intra-European freight market, but their use appears to have picked up this year. More
Market gets tanked up
The latest ITCO survey shows growth in the global tank container fleet, but fewer new units were built last year. More
Calling time on top-down thinking?
The CTU Packing Code expressly rules out vertical loading of containers, yet the practice remains widespread. More
Reefer container builders take a hit
Impacted by weak demand, reefer output has plummeted by 50% in 2016, while prices continue to be depressed and there is fierce competition between suppliers. More
Charting a course in reefer monitoring
Lines are taking different paths on the journey to data-driven decision making in reefer container management. More
Dry box output in the doldrums
Dry freight container builders are facing further difficulties this year, with production having declined to a seven-year low and finished prices remaining weak. More
Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach hitting the green limit
The 2015 Air Emissions Inventories from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach show both ports experienced an increase in some of the emissions categories monitored last year. This is something of a reversal, as emissions from both ports had mostly been on the decline since they launched their joint landmark Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) in 2005. More
Challenges at the sharp end
Automation, intermodal rail, and bulk container logistics are three areas where there have been important developments in the spreader market. More
Pendulum swinging eastwards
This summer's inauguration of the Panama Canal's new, larger locks paves the way for more shipping line strings to deploy neo-Panamax tonnage. More
Getting to know your big truck
Italy's La Cisa has developed its own highly sophisticated training simulator for heavy lift truck operations. More
Grendi breaks the mould
The Italian shipping line is the first ro-ro operator in the Mediterranean to use the ro-ro cassette/translifter system. More
Automation on rubber or rails
Whether they have RMGs or RTGs, an increasing number of terminals are working on introducing automation and remote control into their operations. More
Scaling down with SaaS
As growth in cloud computing explodes, TOS providers are taking a fresh look at the 'Software as a Service' model. More
China has been logging off
Slower economic growth in China has reduced demand for imports of almost every forestry commodity over the last two years. More
The soft side of shipping automobiles
A new software program improves the efficiency of shipping cars in containers. More

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