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PEMA addresses crane fatigue
The Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) has published an information paper on structural examination of container cranes More
Felixstowe to offer container weighing
The Port of Felixstowe has confirmed that it will offer a container weighing service to ensure UK shippers are able to comply with the new SOLAS regulations that come into effect on 1 July 2016 More
DFDS introduces new cross-Channel ferries
DFDS Seaways has introduced the COTE DES DUNES into its Dover-Calais service The ferry is the first of two ships scheduled to enter service on DFDS' Dover-Calais route this month More
Bidding war for Asciano
Asciano has deemed a revised offer from Qube to be superior to Brookfield's earlier proposal, triggering a bidding war for the Australian port and rail operator More
CSCL INDIAN OCEAN successfully refloated
Today (9th February) at 02.03h local time, CSCL INDIAN OCEAN was successfully re-floated from her grounding position in the Elbe fairway More
CSCL INDIAN OCEAN stranded in River Elbe
The 18,982 TEU capacity ULCS CSCL INDIAN OCEAN remains stranded on a mud bank, near Grunendeich, on the river Elbe. The Haveriekommando will try to use the spring flood in the early hours of Tuesday February 9th 2016 to refloat her More
Bin Sulayem doubles up at DP World
DP World's Chairman HE Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem has been appointed Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect More
More support for German shipowners
Both chambers of the German federal Parliament - the Bundestag and the Bundesrat - have ratified a Bill that hands the income tax of seamen on board German flag vessels to their German owners More
Posthumous honours for Chang Yung-Fa
The life and work of Evergreen's founder Dr Chang Yung-Fa has been commemorated at the highest level in his native Taiwan More
Antwerp partners with Chinese bank
Antwerp Port Authority has made a partnership agreement with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China More
New guidelines for transporting equidae
New guidelines have been produced on assessing the fitness for transport of horses, ponies, donkeys and their hybrids More
Konecranes looking for cost savings
Konecranes intends to initiate actions aiming at annual cost savings of Euro25M by the end of 2017; around half the savings are expected to be realised by the end of 2016 More
RAM SingFlex for Lazaro Cardenas
Delivery of 49 RAM spreaders to APM Terminals new semi-automated facility includes seven SingFlex Headblocks for twin 40' container handling More
Kalmar back in at Maher
Kalmar has won a larger order for 27 straddle carriers from Maher Terminals in the Port Elizabeth, New Jersey More
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 Feature articles
Dry box building goes into freefall
All is pointing downwards for the world's dry freight box building industry as pricing, production and order volumes have slipped in recent months, and factories may face leaner times ahead. More
Tractors go global
The terminal tractor market is becoming less regional as leading suppliers push hard to increase their market share. More
Constant uncertainty of risk
China's economic slowdown and a strong Us dollar are causes of concern for marine insurers, but all eyes are now on the cost of the explosion at the port of Tianjin. More
Reefer demand rises, but prices fall
Reefer box production is continuing to hold up strongly, with deliveries in excess of 260,000 teu predicted for 2015. More
Box slowdown hits India
Data published by the Indian Ports Association (IPA) reveal that container traffic growth rates in the country's major ports are slowing down. In the April-August period of the current fiscal year (ending 31 March 2016), volumes rose by just 2.7% to 3.4M TEU. This compared with 6.3% in the full 2014/15 fiscal year, when a total of 7.96M TEU was handled (see table). More
Taking the express train
Intermodal rail services and inland ports are set to have a huge influence on the structure of the container shipping industry. More
European debut for Kalmar T2
Cargotec-owned OEM is to introduce its new t2 terminal tractor to Europe. More
India deregulating for growth
These may be regarded as exciting times for those involved in india's maritime and freight logistics industries, with far-reaching changes underway. More
Weighing up the options
The global freight industry is running out of time to adapt to the new soLAs Chapter vi regulations, requiring boxes to have a verified gross mass before loading, writes vincent Champion. More
Innovation takes a pause
Shipping lines are calling for a quantum leap in quayside productivity, but for crane manufacturers the focus is evolution, not revolution. More
Getting on track in europe
Europe's rail freight industry is not achieving its potential, and the market remains dominated by expensive, less secure and highly polluting trucking services. More
Will the good times last?
After a period of steadily growing output, tank container manufacturers may have to be more cautious in the immediate future. More
Big ships, big problems
A UN-ECLAC report considers the impact of the cascade effect on ports and related infrastructure in south America, and asks whether it is acceptable. More
Promising outlook for rail
Rail has an important role to play in moving urban freight, and its market share, shot to bits by road years ago, is set to grow, perhaps rapidly, writes Vincent champion. More
Reefer monitoring takes centre stage
With Maersk going public over its remote monitoring system, and orbcomm buying WAM Technologies, ending a patent dispute in the process, there is plenty to talk about in the reefer monitoring market. More

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