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Headline news...
Good results for Philippines ports in 2014
Data from the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) shows its main ports processed more than 211Mt of cargo last year, an increase of 5%. More
Latest awards round-up
Summary of recent awards known to WorldCargo News for organisations and individuals More
IAPH conference in Hamburg
This year's IAPH World Ports Conference will be held in Hamburg, between 1 and 5 June More
People on the move
Latest news of comings and goings known to WorldCargo News in the ports industry and related transport sectors More
Nuuk goes mobile
The new container terminal at Nuuk Harbour in Greenland now includes mobile harbour cranes More
Chassis pool underway
San Pedro Harbour's "pool of pools" promises to address chassis issues at Los Angeles and Long Beach. More
Everglades moves on dredging
Army Corps approves plan for a 50ft channel for Florida port More
MOL in for 20,000 TEU ships
Japan's Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd has placed an order for six 20,150 TEU containerships More
Doosan UK buys Rushlift
FLT manufacturer Doosan Industrial Vehicle UK has completed the multi-million pound purchase of Rushlift Ltd, a national provider of contract hire, fleet management and servicing of materials handling and aviation support equipment More
Rotterdam: unions "rejected our offer"
Rotterdam World Gateway has issued a statement about the discussions with FNV Havens and CNV Vakmensen More
Bremen ports results
Automobile throughput set a new record in 2014, while container numbers were stable More
Maersk Line makes massive profit
The world's largest container shipping company, is also the most profitable. More
Mombassa tender draws interest
Nineteen companies/consortia submit proposals to operate first phase of a second container terminal at Kenya's leading port, Mombasa. More
MUNKEBO MAERSK at London Gateway
The Triple-E MUNKEBO MAERSK made an "out-of-the-blue" call at London Gateway this week. More
"Ultimatum" for Rotterdam World Gateway
Rotterdam World Gateway and transport trade unions failed to reach an agreement at "big talks" on 26 February. More
Savannah ups the pace
Georgia Ports Authority orders 10 more Konecranes ERTGs for its Garden City Terminal More
Busan "on track" for 20M TEU in 2015
On the back of an all-time record in 2014, the port is forecasting another milestone for 2015 More
Enter Sany Europe
Sany Germany has changed its name to Sany Europe, to reflect its European presence More
Sweden-Duisburg service extended
Samskip Van Dieren Multimodal is extending its Swedish rail services with Malmo shuttle More
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Container Terminal Planning - A Theoretical Approach
A major study by Dr Itsuro Watanabe (Container System Technology). This comprehensive 245 page study is an in-depth analysis of capacity constraints, productivity, selectivity and flexibility of different container handling systems in terminals of different types and sizes: common-users or dedicated; hub centre (transshipment and/or relay) or import/export vocation; gateway or feeder port; intermodal rail or truck distribution inland; with or without CFS, etc.
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 Feature articles
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
Awash with opportunities
US east and Gulf coasts ports are poised to increase their share of the nation's container business, provided they make the right strategic decisions. More
Automation picks up the pace
2015 is shaping up to be a watershed year for container terminal automation as a number of new facilities come on stream. More
Challenging changes ahead
Finland's forest products industry is facing a raft of structural challenges, which is threatening to severely stifle growth at the country's ports. More
Birth of a new order
The start of 2015 will signal the beginnings of a new structure for the container shipping industry, as services across the world's main east-west trades become the preserve of four main operating alliances. More
Tense times in the Baltic
New investments have come on stream, but a downturn in Russian container trades is clearly on the cards. More
Big trucks in demand
Lifttruck manufacturers had a good year in 2014, but some markets have been performing better than others. More
Sailing into the SECA regime
Shipping operators have responded in different ways to the new Sulphur Emission Control Area rules. More
Engines move centre stage
The European Commission has proposed a new, stringent Stage V emissions standard for non-road mobile machinery. More
Competition heats up for operators
After another year of strong growth for the global tank container operator sector, fierce competition and faltering economies could spark some consolidation in 2015. More
Yard cranes hit the rails
The yard crane order book is healthy, thanks largely to a record number of rail-mounted cranes. More
Plenty of choice for operators
Bulk and general cargo handlers can choose from a rich vein of design approaches from crane suppliers. More
Cutting logistics costs with automation
Cargo handling, truck loading and transport costs can be reduced and profitability increased using automated loading solutions. More
Security getting smarter
ISO 17712 is in place for bolt seals, but the real growth in container security is expected to be in M2M technologies, via cellular and satellite communications. More
Staying in the black
Tyres have become far more specialised over the years and port operators can now select from many quality suppliers. More

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