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Headline news...
Tacoma takes a tumble
Volume falls 8% as contract dispute hits productivity More
APM Terminals eyes Turkey
The Hague-based APM Terminals (APM T), which is developing a million TEU-plus terminal at Aliaga, near Izmir, is keen to expand its presence in the country. More
Hyster adds Fuel Cells
Hyster has acquired Nuvera Fuel Cells Inc and intends to rapidly integrate fuel cell technology into its product range More
Vos Logistics deal completed
Backed by Scheybeeck Investments the management group at Vos Logistics have completed a buy-out of the company. More
Making the case for racks
Trans-Rak claims a new study highlights that ro-ro is not always King when it comes to car transportation. More
Four in for Tanjung Priok
New partnership to build 1.5M TEU terminal at Tanjung Priok, Jakarta More
M2 blow to ECT
ECT will lose at least 400,000 TEU/year as MSC shifts its east-west traffic to APM Terminals Rotterdam on Maasvlakte I More
"Unique" quay to ship heating connection
Stena Line, the City of Gothenburg and Goteborg Energi have inaugurated the connection of the district heating network to a Stena Line ship, STENA DANICA More
World's longest freight train journey
A container train has covered a distance of more than 8000 miles between Yiwu on China's Eastern Seaboard and Madrid More
New record for TCP Paranagua
The Rio Grande do Sul container terminal operator has claimed a new handling record More
Dunkirk 5-year strategic plan
The Port of Dunkirk has unveiled its new 5-year strategic plan for the period 2014-18 More
Mundra becomes a TEU millionaire
Mundra International Container Terminal (MICT) has hit the 1M TEU annual container throughput milestone for the first time More
CMB into containers
Bulk shipping operator Cie Maritime Belge has entered the container shipping market through the acquisition of Delphis More
Westerhoud steps down from ECT
ECT has announced that Jan Westerhoud has decided to retire from his post as President of ECT with effect from 1 January 2015 More
Green power for APM Terminals Maasvlakte II
APM Terminals has signed a two-year, Euro5M contract with Amsterdam-based NV Nuon Energy for the supply of wind-generated electricity to power the new APM Terminals Maasvlakte II cranes and container handling equipment More
Remote control cranes for Dammam
ZPMC has delivered three STS cranes to HPH in Dammam that can be operated by remote control More
Lyttleton facing overtime ban
Indefinite overtime ban threatens to slow operations from 17 December More
Gigaliners stall in Europe
The European Council and European Parliament have rejected the European Commission's proposal to amend Directive 96/53 to allow cross-border traffic of 25.25m long road trains More
Bremerhaven logs 1M TEU by rail
The container terminals in Bremerhaven have dispatched or received 1M TEU of containers by rail in 2014 up to 11th December More
Naviland starts Rotterdam-Lyon service
The French intermodal company has launched another cross-border intermodal service More
Duisburg set for 65 Mt in 2014
Performance in the intermodal sector has been particularly strong, offsetting a decline in coal shipments since the summer More
Belgium hit by 24-hour national strike
Shipping and transport in Belgium is again severely affected by industrial action More
PTP Tanjung Pelepas hits 8M TEU
The Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) has successfully passed another milestone when it became the first Malaysian terminal to hit the 8 million TEU in a year More
M2 blow to ECT
MSC will move a minimum of 400,000 TEU of M2 business from ECT to APM Terminals Rotterdam on Maasvlakte I More
New reefer doors from Maersk
Maersk Container Industry (MCI) has developed and patented a new design of rivetless doors for reefer containers. More
Saudi/Oman plan for the future
Saudi Arabia and Oman are both investing huge sums to expand and upgrade their rail infrastructure as they plan for a future where more intercity, cross-border and import/export cargo is moved by rail. More
New cranes at Duisport
A new double cantilever RMG, built by Tobies Kranund Forderanlagen GmbH and with an SWL of 41t under combi-spreader, has entered service at Duisport's Logport III intermodal and logistics complex. Capacity is estimated at 90,000 moves a year. More
More reefers for Sea Star
American shipping line Sea Star Line LLC has placed an order for another 100 40ft and 50 45ft high cube reefer containers. This forms part of the US$11M, fiveyear plan that it began in 2011, aimed at updating its refrigerated fleet to containers three-yearsold or less by 2016. More
Mangoes on the water
Maersk Container Industry (MCI) and Africa Express Line (AEL) have successfully tested managing fresh mangoes in Star Cool controlled atmosphere (CA) reefer containers. More
Ferrymasters gears up
Pan-European multimodal logistics specialist P&O Ferrymasters is expanding its Central and Eastern Europe fleet by leasing a further 300 trailers from TIP Trailer Services in a new seven-year deal. This covers 200 coil carriers for deployment in Central Europe and 100 piggyback trailers to boost the P&O Ferrymasters intermodal fleet operating on rail services between Rotterdam/ Zeebrugge and Eastern Europe. More
Rail renewal for Global
The Port Authority of New York New Jersey has approved US$320M in funding towards a US$356M redevelopment of Greenville Yards, adjacent to the Global Marine Terminal in New Jersey. More
New chassis launched
Two new chassis types have been launched in Europe. More
PKP Cargo expanding
PKP Cargo, the freight arm of Polish State Railways, is to purchase two logistics companies, CTL Logistics and Advanced World Transport (AWT). More
Pentalver has its cake
Transport logistics provider Pentalver has acquired exclusive UK rights to offer the CakeBoxx range of doorless shipping containers. US-based CakeBoxx first unveiled its ISO container design with no doors several years ago (WorldCargo news, June 2006, p14 and December 2006, p17), with the promise of unmatched cargo protection and cross-border security. More
Eurotunnel building up
Groupe Eurotunnel SA (GETSA) is to invest Euro30M to build two new terminals - one on each side of the tunnel in Folkestone and Calais - in a project dubbed Terminal 2015. More
Samskip Duisburg-Bettembourg
The Samskip Van Dieren Rail Terminal in Duisburg already handles a high frequency of rail shuttles to and from Scandinavia, with onward steel wheel distribution to Novara and Trieste. More
BLG Autorail on the right track
BLG Autorail GmbH in Mainz, part of Bremen-headquartered BLG Logistics Group, has teamed up with American railway wagon manufacturer Greenbrier to develop a new railcar for automobiles. More
Port of La Rochelle goes european
OFP Atlantique, the rail operator inside the Port of La Rochelle, is now a licensed European rail operator, transporting cargo between the port and Spain. More
...cold ironing alternative
As an alternative to very expensive cold ironing at berth, cruise ships - and potentially, in future, cargo ships - can be supplied with relatively clean auxiliary power from an LNG barge. More
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 Feature articles
Better times for ro-ro operators
The market is showing signs of recovery, but vessel owners remain deeply concerned about the European Sulphur Directive. More
Weighing up the evidence
Four years of research by ETS Consulting, based on data from actual box lifts, has provided analysis of containers' gross mass and their centre of gravity* More
Tank makers maintaining growth
Tank container manufacturers are still reporting healthy increases in orders, particularly for special and niche units. More
Busy times for spreader makers
Activity levels are up, although the recent downturn in new crane orders will affect the sector in the next six to 12 months. More
Kalmar tops the ton
Kalmar has built its most powerful reach stacker yet, achieving a new lifting record of 103t. More
Following the paper trail
investments and equipment models show there is plenty of life in the forestry products handling sector. More
Elme still competitive at 40
Elme has stayed on top by keeping production in-house. More
Electric atmosphere for FlTs
Performance and capacity have reached the point where e-FLTs challenge ic-trucks in medium lift applications. More
Take the high road
The united states exemplifies the current trend in vehicle sales growth, with imports from mexico profoundly affecting the automotive supply chain. More
Menlo aims for Asian growth
Menlo Worldwide Logistics wants to grow in South Asia by entering new markets, strengthening existing territories and adding new business sectors. More
Samskip warning on emissions rules
New rules on ships' emissions will leave owners with a set of future fuel-burning options, each of which poses issues for shortsea shipping*. More
Latin stumbling blocks
Developments underway at latin American ports promise to overcome long-standing criticisms about inadequate facilities. More
Getting big ship ready
Global Container terminals has brought automation to the port of new York/new Jersey, but other terminals have different plans. More
Rocky road to automation in Brisbane
DP World has had integration issues at Brisbane, but flatly rejects claims its new automated terminal is a failure. More
Following the box
Can crane OCR systems meet the challenge of automated STS cranes? More
Central America blues
Despite recent volume declines, a series of container terminal developments are underway in Central America and the Caribbean. More
Striving for consistency
Yilport believes standardisation will play a key role in its success as it embarks on becoming a global port operator. More
Swedish ports consolidate to survive
Mergers may benefit some Scandinavian ports, but international and domestic terminal operators are eyeing chances to consolidate cargo flows at key hubs. More
M2M knocking
Consultants and large telecoms companies believe the transport industry is poised for widespread adoption of M2M technology. More
Bringing order to the gate
New initiatives at the united states' two largest port areas take them a step closer to bringing order to random truck arrivals. More

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