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ERFA sets out its stall
The European Rail Freight Assocation has published its latest policy wish list with regard to the 4th Railway Package More
Kuehne & Nagel seafreight carbon calculator
The world's biggest NVOCC is offering customers what it describes as "exact data instead of estimations" More
Samskip Duisburg-Bettembourg
Samskip has opened up a new rail connection to France and Spain via Luxembourg over its Duisburg hub More
GEFCO reports new deals
French forwarder GEFCO recently announced new contracts in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and China More
People on the move
Summary of latest appointments known to WorldCargo News in shipping, ports and allied sectors More
Kalmar RTGs for Manaus
Kalmar will supply four all-electric RTGs to Super Terminais in Manaus, Brazil. More
Fatality at Lyttelton
Safety authorities call for urgent meeting after third fatal accident in a year More
Ghana's ports on a high
The Ghanaian ports of Tema and Takoradi are expected to handle more than 1M TEU this year, almost 12% more containers than 2013. More
Baltic Reefers acquires NYKCool
Carrier to be renamed "Cool Carriers AB" More
Liebherr for Timaru
The New Zealand port is adding a Liebherr LHM 550 mobile harbour crane More
Powering up with coffee
UTZ Certified has come up with some important claims for its "Energy from Coffee Wastewater" project More
Sharjah posts 14% growth
Gulftainer recorded a 14% year-on-year growth in container volumes in the first six months of 2014 at Sharjah Container Terminal More
ILWU/PMA agreement on health benefits
A new contract has not been agreed yet, but the parties have made progress on the key issue of health benefits. More
ZIM on track
Israeli Shipping line says a recent debt restructuring secures its future. More
APS wins crane OCR contract
APS Technology will install crane OCR on 12 STS cranes at the ITS terminal in Long Beach. More
APM T closes Virginia deal
Groundbreaking semi-automated terminal will now be called "Virginia International Gateway" More
Portland dispute flares again
The ILWU and ICTSI have been unable to establish a constructive working relationship at Portland. More
Anaklia to be developed as new gateway for Georgia and beyond
The Georgian port of Anaklia is to be reconstructed and new container and dry bulk-handling facilities developed. More
Salalah productivity up, boxes down
Despite handling bigger vessels at a faster rate, container throughput is falling. More
DP World takes over Trilogiport
DP World takes over all shares owned by Euroports in Trilogiport, the future trimodal container terminal in Liege container terminal in Belgium More
Yilport wins Oslo concession
Istanbul based Yilport Holding has been appointed by Oslo Havn KF as the new operator for its Sjursoya Container Terminal (SCT) which from early 2015 will be the only dedicated container terminal in the Norwegian port. The deal is for 20 years with a 10-year option period. Five bidders had competed for the project. More
Cronos to Bohai
Bohai Leasing Co Ltd, parent company of the world's sixth biggest container leasing company, Seaco, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Cronos Holding Company Ltd for the acquisition of 80% of Cronos Ltd. More
El Musel funding dispute
The European Commission (EC) has asked Spain to return Euro198M of aid originally awarded to the Port of Gijon as part of its expansion project - the El Musel dock. More
Virginia lease in question
The Commonwealth of Virginia has indicated that it would like to renegotiate the terms of a 20-year lease deal it signed in 2010 with the new owners of APM Terminals Virginia, the automated container terminal in Portsmouth. More
LNG tractors for Asyaport
Consistent with its policy of reducing the carbon footprint of its new Asyaport deep water container terminal on the Marmara Sea (for which E-RTGs have already been ordered), Global Terminal Ltd (GTL), the 70:30 TIL/ MSC and Soyeur Group (Ahmet Soyeur) company, has placed an order for 40 LNG terminal tractors from Terberg Benschop BV. More
Spreader beam calculator
UK-based Modulift has launched a new Spreader Beam Calculator, which allows customers to enter the sling angle, span and weight that they are working with to obtain the details of which Modulift spreader beam is suited for a particular lift. More
Geelong improves access
Two projects are about to get underway to boost Geelong, the second largest port, in the Australian state of Victoria. More
Kalmar books more business
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has reported an for 12 terminal tractors and a further seven lift trucks and one reach stacker to Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port, part of the NCSP Group in Russia. The order, which further strengthens Kalmar's relationship with NCSP, represents a significant move to modernise the operators' mobile equipment at a number of its terminals throughout Russia. The order was signed into Kalmar's second quarter intake 2014 and delivery is scheduled to be completed in October 2014. More
CMG eyes Patrick
Leading container terminals in Australia's top four ports could be heading into China Merchants Group (CMG) control. More
...closes US$350M loan deal
International Container Terminal Services Inc says it has closed an inaugural Loan Facility Programme (LFP) and a US$350M syndicated revolving credit facility with a large group of international and domestic banks. More
Valmar's bit on the side
Valmar, a UK-based manufacturer of sideloaders, has completed its move to a new manufacturing facility at Cleckheaton, Leeds. The company has redesigned and launched a complete portfolio of standard and bespoke products. More
LHM 550 delivered to Drammen
The Port of Drammen in Norway has taken delivery of its second Liebherr mobile harbour crane, a model LHM 550, equipped with Liebherr's fuelsaving Pactronic hybrid hydraulic drive. More
Six more E-RTGs for Terex
Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has won a contract to supply six more E-RTGs to Haiphong Port Holding LLC in Vietnam. The cranes will be in operation from mid-2015 in Haiphong, where twelve identical cranes, ordered from TPS in September 2013, will begin operating at the end of this year. All 18 cranes are being manufactured at the TPS facility (Noell China) in Xiamen, PR China. More
MacGregor will not be listed
In June, Cargotec announced that MacGregor business unit CEO Eric Nielsen had resigned with immediate effect, with Cargotec's president and CEO Mika Vehvilainen taking over as interim president of MacGregor while a search for a replacement for Nielsen, who was only in post since last September, was underway. More
Bromma to appeal court judgement
As reported in last month's issue of WorldCargo News (p3), the Swedish District Court (in Vasteras) resolved that SweFrame Port Equipment Ltd has not copied the Cargotec [Bromma] spreaders and has not used any intellectual property belonging to Cargotec. Carogtec's claim for SEK27.09M (Euro2.95M) damages plus interest against SweFrame was turned down. More
Gaussin ATT bookings
Gaussin Manugistique recently reported two new orders worth almost Euro9M from customers in Italy. One order was for 30 hybrid drive ATTs (automotive terminal trailers) from Consorzio Asterix, located in La Spezia. The hybrid power pack comprises a diesel motor to charge a Li-ion battery pack. Deliveries will take place between this September and January 2017, at a rate of two per month. More
ICTSI pulling out of Kattupalli...
Philippines-based global container terminal operator International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) has pulled out of its deal with L&T Shipbuilding (LTSB) to operate the Kattupalli International Container Terminal (KICT) on India's east coast. More
Mombasa gets ARI simulator
New Delhi-based ARI Simulation has delivered what it describes as a state-of-the-art, full mission, advanced virtual crane simulator to Kenya Ports Authority. Mombasa is the first and so far only seaport to invest in this technology in the East and Central Africa regions. More
Rouen going with the grain
The Port of Rouen, part of the HAROPA marketing alliance with the ports of Le Havre and Paris, has had an exceptional year for grain shipments, with exports up by 12% to 7.5 Mt in 2013-14. More
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 Feature articles
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
Industrial engines primed for Stage IV/T4 Final
The transition from T3 to T4i involved a major step change in off-road engines for mobile plant and there was a noticeable jump in engine prices. For T4F, although another major reduction in NOx is required, the changes in engine technology are, for the most part, not so great, so accordingly the price jump is not as big either. More
African rail steaming ahead
Rail has a bright future in Africa as both public bodies and private companies see the mode as encouraging economic development. More
Global going for speed
Global Container Terminals is confident its redeveloped terminal in New Jersey will deliver a consistent 40 moves per hour. More
Super Suez plan takes shape
The Egyptian Government is due to select a company from a shortlist of 14 to develop an industrial, technological and logistics corridor along the Suez Canal. More
Automation in the driving seat
Automation is becoming a bat tle ground between crane makers and crane control suppliers. More
Big lift trucks enter the next stage
New Stage IV/Tier 4 Final-compliant machines have been launched and more are on the way. More
Cybercrime risks in the supply chain
Freight transport insurance specialist, TT Club's claims executive Mike Yarwood investigates the nature and extent of cybercrime targeting transportation* More
Sea Tech offers a fresh perspective
Sea Technology's designs offer flexibility and scale and are friendly to small and medium sized ports. More
Port tyre business keeps rolling along
Michelin introduced its X-straddle dedicated straddle carrier tyre in 2003 and has now launched the next generation X-straddle 2 tyre, building on the experience and feedback it has received from users, with a public demonstration at APM Terminals' Delta Terminal in Rotterdam. More
Wind of change for crane brakes
Faced with increasing competition, brake manufacturers are responding with new products and services. More
Gliding to achieve a longer life
DRIE-D's original friction and wear components are aimed at the most demanding bearing, bushing and counterwearing applications in materials handling equipment. More
The path to automated terminals
Automation is about to hit the San Pedro Bay ports, but the local context brings its own special set of challenges. More
Long Beach step changes to the future
Long Beach Container Terminal illustrates the challenge of an all-electric terminal, both for the operator and the port authority. More
Pulling a fast one with cables
Demand for, and demands on, power cables have increased because of the growing market for high speed ASCs. More
Global operators' results up
Global terminal operators have achieved some positive financial and throughput results but pressure is growing on tariffs. More
Smaller players aiming high
A variety of ambitious companies are eager to join the upper echelons of the global terminal operating business over the coming decade. More
Port focus for UK logistics
Rail freight and ports' role in value-added logistics were among the main subjects discussed at the recent Multimodal show. More
Carriers are bailing out
Some of the world's leading liner firms are divesting terminal assets as they seek cash, both to reduce debts and to invest in core parts of their shipping operations. More

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