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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
CSCL INDIAN OCEAN aground in the river Elbe
The 18,982 TEU capacity ultra large container vessel CSCL INDIAN OCEAN remains stranded on a mud bank, near Grunendeich, on the river Elbe. More
Oakland's Outer harbour Terminal files for bankruptcy
Port of Oakland disappointed as HHH Ports America Holdings and Terminal Investment SA file for bankruptcy. More
Multi-terminal N4 deployment for HHLA
HHLA will implement Navis N4 TOS at three terminals in the Port of Hamburg More
K-Motion for Kiwi ports
The first terminals to use Gloria reachstackers with Kalmar's new K-Motion technology in the Asia Pacific region will be in New Zealand More
Halterm adding more equipment
Halifax Terminal operator spending C$4.5M on new top picks and tractors from Kalmar More
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Market negative on Zoomlion's bid for Terex
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ZPMC bags Yangshan AGV order
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Maersk starts Colombia Express service
Maersk Line has started a new service linking the Caribbean coast of Colombia with northern Europe. More
Kalmar ASCs shift to China
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, said it plans to reorganise operations in Tampere and "deepen cooperation" with its joint venture Rainbow Cargotec Industries (RCI) in China. More
Labour problems at DCT Gdansk
Dockworkers will hold protests in locations across Europe over the next seven days to demonstrate their objection to "the poor treatment of workers in the Port of Gdansk" More
Hupac expects steady year
Demand for the Swiss UIRR company's combined transport services is expected to remain stable this year, following a slight increase last year (0.2%) to 662,000 shipments More
Bertschi opens new Singapore hub
Swiss chemical logistics firm Bertschi AG has officially opened its new S$45M (Euro29.1M) facility in Singapore, its first in South-East Asia More
Will Hamburg miss the Buss?
The Buss group, the third biggest operator in the Port of Hamburg, is to close its Buss Hansa Terminal at Shed 80/81 in the Steinwerder area by the end of 2016 More
Samskip acquires German logistics company
Samskip Logistics has acquired German logistics company Zust & Bachmeier (Bremen) GmbH, taking full ownership of the company More
Qube makes offer for Asciano
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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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