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DP World on the rise
Consolidated container volumes up 9.9% in first nine months of 2014 More
CIMC goes M2M
Globe Tracker device to be offered pre-installed on new containers More
Liner shipping must focus on revenue quality
Low-hanging fruit on cost savings has been realised, and shipping lines "need to shift their focus to more systematic revenue management" More
Niplast goes ISO
UK-based Niplast storage tanks has delivered two polypropylene storage tanks in a 20' ISO container frame to Suretank Ltd for use in the Caribbean. More
ACL names G4 vessels
Construction is progressing on Atlantic Container Line's five new G4 vessels, which will be the largest con-ros in the world More
ABP to get new shareholders
Goldman Sachs is selling its stake in the UK's largest port group More
ECT sets new handling record
ECT has reported that 10,557 containers were exchanged when Evergreen's THALASSA PISTIS called last weekend at Delta Terminal More
Hanjin expands in South Africa
Seoul-headquartered Hanjin Shipping Company is introducing more capacity in the African trades More
SA takes citrus black spot issue to WTO
The South African Government is hoping that the World Trade Organisation will rule in its favour over allegations made by the European Union More
A step closer for Antwerp's Saeftinghedok?
The Flemish government has endorsed the Town and Country planning draft which would obliterate the village of Doel More
Cutrale-Safra for Chiquita
After shareholders rejected the Fyffes transaction, Chiquita announces merger with Cutrale-Safra. More
Bore Line to focus on ro-ro
The Finnish shipping line is selling its conventional vessels More
Zim calling Barcelona again
Zim Lines has reintroduced calls at Barcelona following a restructuring of its services More
MacGregor reorganises into seven divisions
The changes are aimed at enhancing customer focus, says Cargtoec More
Higher shipping costs forecasts
Vessel operating costs are expected to rise by almost 3% in both 2014 and 2015, according to a new survey by international accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens More
Aqaba dispute - "misleading information"
APM Terminals has denied claims made by the ITF in connection with a labour dispute in the Jordanian seaport More
Rhine seaports post general cargo increases
Rotterdam and Antwerp have reported figures for the first nine months of the year More
Nidec-Avtron for Tampa
Port specifies Nidec-Avtron drives for two new STS cranes More
Kalmar automation for Melbourne
Kalmar has won a contract to deliver 12 automated stacking cranes and 11 automated shuttle carriers for the new Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) to be built in Melbourne, Australia. More
PSA in for VDL AGVs
PSA Singapore Terminals has ordered two prototype AGVs from VDL Containersystemen. More
Up Lifting for Algeciras
Algeciras-based multimodal operator Servicios Auxiliares Maritimos Algeciras SL (SAM Algeciras) has taken delivery of the first of five ECH reach stackers ordered from Up Lifting SA, part of Grupo Gaypu and based in Huesca. The other four machines are slated for delivery this year. More
Box builders face US tariff
The US Department of Commerce (DOC) has announced a preliminary finding that CIMC, Singamas and their related manufacturing companies have been receiving "counter-vailing subsidies" for the production of US domestic 53ft containers. More
Chennai hikes rates by 42%
A revised port tariff which sees very sharp increases has been issued by the Chennai Port Authorities. The move comes as India's new government settles in to a period of what it is calling "port-led development", in a bid to accelerate international trade and underline its strategic importance. More
Melbourne loses out to Sydney
Increased charges at the port of Melbourne are starting to take their toll, with a major shipper and its logistics provider shifting business to Sydney's Port Botany. More
Hutchison opens up at Botany
Hutchison Ports Australia has officially opened its Port Botany terminal, Sydney International Container Terminal (SICTL), which will add an eventual 500,000 TEU to Sydney capacity. More
Ebola shakes West Africa to the core
The outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa which has now resulted in more than 2,800 deaths, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, is causing widespread economic disruption, threatening the region's political stability and leading to extreme trading volatility. More
NYK sells NYKCool
Tokyo-based NYK has sold its specialised reefer shipping arm, Stockholm-headquartered NYKCool, to Russian-domiciled Baltic Reefers. More
Morocco hub plan
The Government of Morocco has a vision to develop the country as a regional transport and logistics hub and gateway to Africa. More
APL Logistics on the block
Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines, which owns APL and the supply chain management group APL Logistics, has confirmed that it is studying a number of corporate options for the latter firm. More
Grindrod targeting logistics
Durban-headquartered Grindrod has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Bidvest to sell its financial services division, the proceeds of which will be used to expand its core shipping, integrated logistics and port operations. More
Tiger VI funds announced
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced 72 awards totalling US$584M will be made under the sixth round of Transport Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants. More
Shortlist for Al-Faw
Eight bidders have been shortlisted by the General Company for Ports of Iraq (GCPI) to develop phase one of its Al-Faw Grand Port project. The successful candidate will be announced before the end of the year, with construction starting in 2015. More
Lyttelton up for grabs?
After regaining 100% control of Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC), Christchurch City Council is debating selling a stake in the company. More
Perth on the market
Perth and Kinross Council in Scotland has decided to sell its Perth Harbour terminal. More
Maryland eyes wind operations
The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has issued an RFP for a study into how it can develop an "Offshore Wind Operations & Maintenance Centre of Excellence". More
Battle for Southport
The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) is seeking expressions of interest to develop Southport, a 200-acre property on the Delaware River. More
NZ ports profits up
Auckland and Tauranga, New Zealand's two largest ports, have reported increased profits and cargo throughput in the 2014 financial year ending on 30 June. More
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 Feature articles
The way forward for straddle carriers
The emphasis today is on full automation and achieving the lowest possible fuel consumption. More
Reefer plugs under review
The trend towards automation has focused terminal operators on how to minimise the amount of time reefer service personnel need to enter the reefer areas to service containers. Automation makes it more difficult, but not impossible, for people and cranes to operate in close proximity, so automated terminals are looking for other ways to get information on the status of containers. More
Tales of the river bank
The long-running Elbe dredging debate has entered another critical phase. More
Fesco invests for intermodal future
Despite the business challenges in Russia, Fesco is convinced of the nation's trading prospects and investment opportunities. More
Reefer machinery producers ride the upturn
Stronger demand for reefer machinery is expected to boost 2014 output by at least 20% but competition remains intense and is driving yet further technical innovation. More
Putting a plug in vessel emissions
What does low sulphur fuel mean for cold ironing at ports in the future? More
Cool air blows seawards
Reefer containers' share of perishable and pharma products is increasing and this trend will continue as liner carriers add capacity, expand services and adopt new technology. More
Russian port investments proceed
A number of important port development projects, including expansions and entirely new port complexes, are underway or planned in the Baltic and Pacific ranges. More
Yilport goes for global growth
Turkey's Yilport is embarking on an overseas investment initiative aimed at positioning it as one of the world's leading port management companies within a decade. More
The need for speed
A recent study indicates gross berth productivity is improving, but are lines willing to pay for speed? More
Developing seamless port gateways
Contship Italia group, part of Germany's Eurokai, had a good year at its Italian terminals in 2013 and is poised for further growth. Across the six port operations in which it has a stake, combined throughput reached almost 5.6M TEU, compared to around 5.0M TEU in 2012 (+ 12%). More
Sailing through uncertain times
With P3 abandoned and Maersk/ MSC now planning 2M, this could lead to more far-reaching changes in the liner shipping business. More
Heavy lift battens down
Reduced project spending and some particular regional issues will impact heavy lift shipping. More
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 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

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