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Headline news...
Boxes numbers at Mombasa up 11.5%
Kenyan port handled 463,920 TEU in first half of 2014. More
Hamburg Sud and CCNI in tie-up
The German carrier plans to take over CCNI's container liner activities More
Global box trade improving?
Global container trade appears to have increased again in June, according to the latest RWI/ISL data More
Le Havre obtains ISO 9001
The Port of Le Havre, part of the HAROPA marketing alliance, has been awarded ISO 9001 certification More
Lack of fender know-how
Ports are crying out for more external support when it comes to equipment specification, according to Trelleborg More
People on the move
Latest round-up of appointments known to WorldCargo News in the shipping, ports and related sectors More
Savannah tops 3M TEU
Containers up 6.3% to reach 3.14M TEU and total freight volume up 8% to 29.4 million tons in FY14. More
World's "most powerful reach stacker"
Konecranes has supplied a 100t (metric) machine to Jutlandia Terminal in Esbjerg, Denmark More
New report highlights transport sector climate risks
A new report has been published jointly by BSR in San Francisco and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and Cambridge Judge Business School More
Westports surges
Port Klang's largest terminal reports an 11.7% increase in container volume in the second quarter of 2014. More
Tideworks for Lafito
Tideworks Technology will supply the TOS for a new multi-purpose terminal in Haiti. More
Long Beach to test electric trucks
The Port of Long Beach plans to test electric trucks and a pantograph power supply system for short haul over the road drayage. More
APMT's optimal schedule
APM Terminals' forthcoming Maasvlakte II (MVII) terminal in Rotterdam will initially use the Navis N4 TOS to handle the yard crane scheduling. As previously reported, Navis is implementing TBA's TEAMS Equipment Control System (ECS) at MVII and planned to have the flexibility to use either system to optimise yard moves, enabling it to test both applications and select the system that gave the best result. More
New China-Europe rail link
DHL Global Forwarding, part of Deutsche Post AG, and the Project Office (OTLK) representing the common interests of the national railway operators of the Customs Union (Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan) are set to launch a rail container service from China to Europe. More
...anti-tamper refrigerant seal system launched
Carrier Transicold has introduced a new anti-tamper seal system designed to help ensure a higher level of refrigerant integrity and traceability for container refrigeration systems. More
Suretank into Brazil
Ireland-based Suretank, one of the world's leading manufacturers of tank containers and cargo carrying units (CCUs) for the offshore oil and gas industries, is opening a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Brazil. More
Inform for APMT at MVII
German software developer Inform is supplying systems for APM Terminals' new automated terminal at Maasvlakte II in Rotterdam (MVII), where it will optimise the handover between AGVs and rail cranes and the rail crane job order sequence. More
Depot-client management guidelines from ITCO
The International Tank Container Organisation (ITCO) has published a new Code of Practice entitled Guiding Principles of Tank Container Depot-Client Management. More
Carrier EES verified by CARB...
A new engine emissions system (EES) developed by Carr ier Transicold has received full verification from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as a level 3+ verified diesel emission control (VDEC) device, enabling evergreen compliance with CARB's particulate emissions standard for transport refrigeration units (TRUs) and TRU generator sets used in California. More
Certus for MSC Valencia
Certus Port Automation has won a contract to deliver an automated gate system to MSC Terminal Valencia in Spain. The project is the second Certus has undertaken in Valencia, following an earlier system at Muelle Costa Pier, which is operated by Noatum. More
Malcolm's big box solution
Scotland-based Malcolm Group (MG), which is renowned for innovative solutions for its intermodal transport and logistics activities, is to phase into service a series of 50ft long containers. More
Lase heads for 3D
Germany's Lase Industrielle Lasertechnik GmbH is now offering a 3D "advanced driver assistance system" for RTGs that can also support remote-controlled crane operations. For some time, Lase has offered a 2D system (Lase SCP-2D) to profile a container stack in the trolley travel direction and prevent the operator hitting the stack with a container or an empty spreader. It is now offering RTG terminals the same 3D system it uses with automated stacking cranes. More
Pentalver opens London Gateway depot
Inland container service operator Pentalver has opened a container depot at DP World London Gateway, the UK's newest deepsea port. More
T&T project moves on
A specially equipped tank container is being transported throughout Europe by Hamburg-based bulk liquid logistics service provider Hoyer GmbH as part of the ChemLog Tracking and Tracing (T&T) project. More
Mode shift in perishables trade is"significant"
A new study by shipping consultancy Seabury has found that, over the past decade, perishable commodities have seen a pronounced shift from air cargo to ocean transport. More
Depot directory from COA
The Container Owners Association (COA) has launched what is claimed to be the first publicly available, online global container depot directory. More
Korea-based Total Soft Bank (TSB) has implemented its Container Handling Equipment Supervisor System (CHESS) optimisation software at Guangzhou South China Oceangate Container Terminal (GOCT) in Nansha, China. GOCT handled 4.5M TEU in 2013 and has been using TSB's CATOS TOS since 2007. In July 2012 it began a project to reduce yard truck deployment by using software to reduce empty travelling distances, introduce double cycling and optimise internal truck deployment. More
 Special Reports
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
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
Antwerp gets active abroad
A subsidiary established by Antwerp Port Authority to assist the development of ports in emerging economies also has a mission to assume a management role. More
Symeo clocks up 700 units
Symeo has reached a milestone with the number of position detection systems operating on box handling equipment. More
Winds of change blowing
Despite being profitable, global terminal operators face challenges such as a trade slowdown, carriers demanding price cuts and limited expansion opportunities. More
Get ready for big data
Container terminals generate lots of data, but using it effectively requires a clear vision. More
Port calamity in Vietnam
After several years of rapid development of container terminals in Vietnam, the market is now facing turbulent times. More
Rotterdam looks for inland relief
With the Maasvlakte II construction project now complete, the Port of Rotterdam is looking to consolidate its hinterland traffic. More
DP World's Enterprise System
Consistency, planning and integration are key parts of a strategy to prepare all the Jebel Ali terminals for 18,000 TEU container ships. More

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