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Long Beach ward for OOCL CEO
Andrew Tung, CEO and Managing Director of Orient Overseas Container Line, has been presented with the prestigious "Port Pilot Award" by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. More
LNG bunker barge enters service
The cruise ship bunker barge, christened HUMMEL, has begun supplying auxiliary power on a test basis for Aida Cruises' cruise ships in Hamburg More
New parts catalogue from TVH
Belgium-based global materials handling equipment parts and components supplier TVH has come out with a new "Consumables & Accessories" catalogue More
Helsinki wins forestry deal
The Port of Helsinki and Metsa Fibre Oy have signed a letter of intent to develop Vuosaari as the export harbour of pulp produced at the planned new bioproduct mill in Aanekoski More
Driver shortage impedes forwarders' services
BIFA is warning that a severe shortage of HGV drivers could wreak havoc with deliveries in the lead up to the Christmas peak More
Reefer rates fall
After Maersk's attempt at a $1500 rate increase failed, lines are back to focusing on lowering costs to achieve profitability. More
ITF complains over Aqaba arrests
The International Transport Workers' Federation has contacted the government of Jordan over the arrests earlier this week of around 150 trade unionists at Aqaba Container Terminal More
People on the move
Latest news of appointments known to WorldCargo News in the shipping, ports and allied sectors More
New locos for Angola
New locomotives have been bought for the newly renovated Mocamedes Railway that runs from the southern port of Namibe eastwards across southern Angola to the town of Menongue More
Box traffic to hit 1 billion TEU in 2020
China and transhipment expected to be the main growth drivers. More
6000 new swap bodies for DB
DB Schenker buys 6000 swap bodies from Krone for system freight in Europe More
Lindsay Goldberg for CUT and WUT
Hyundai Merchant Marine in deal to sell US terminals to New York-based private equity investor. More
CMA CGM ELBE enters the CMA CGM fleet
The 9400 TEU vessel is the second in a series of 28 9400-10,900 TEU vessels being delivered through to 3Q/2016 and follows delivery of CMA CGM DANUBE in June More
Storms cause Port Botany chaos
The Sydney region was hit by storms of unprecedented ferocity last night (14 October), tearing containerships from their Port Botany berths and causing widespread damage at terminals. More
Moin clears hurdle
Port workers Union loses appeal against APM Terminals concession at Moin, Costa Rica. More
ABB for Lazaro Cardenas
ABB will supply electrical infrastructure and crane automation for new terminal in Mexico. More
G6 to cut transpacific capacity
With the winter season fast approaching the G6 Alliance has announced a near 4% reduction in its Asia/US east coast network capacity. More
OPDR starts Agadir-Europe service
The new service will be launched by OPDR Maroc, with its HQ in Casablanca More
Konecranes for Guatemala
Konecranes has reported an order for five RTGs from Terminal de Contenedores Quetzal SA More
Lines driving the fall in box price?
The used container market could be under pressure from shipping lines looking to market their boxes directly. More
CSAV/HL merger progress
The merger of CSAV's and Hapag-Lloyd's (HL) liner shipping divisions moved a stage closer in early August when the US regulatory authorities tasked with investigating the deal, specifically the US Department of Justice and the country's Federal Trade Commission, approved the plan. More
La Poste adds a rail element to delivery
The French Postal Service is looking to reintroduce a significant element of rail into its national letters and parcels distribution services, in the shape of combi-transport. More
Doubts over Basle terminal
Plans for a third dock and another trimodal terminal in the Swiss Port of Basle (Terminal Basel Nord) have been thrown into confusion. More
Watertruck pilot gets underway
Several pilot projects are underway on some of Belgium's smaller waterways under the auspices of "Watertruck", an EU Interreg IVB project aimed at re-launching small waterways for freight and relieving road congestion. More
Singamas profit halves
Singamas has reported a decline in H1 2014 net profits from US$27.49M to US$13.27M. Consolidated revenue was up 16.9% to US$678.74M, but the average selling price for its containers did not rise in line with increasing demand in Q2. More
Transnet secures loco funding
Transnet has secured a ZAR6B (US$562M) funding guarantee from the US export credit agency US-Exim for the financing of 233 diesel locomotives from General Electric (GE). More
Globe Tracker/ RTE deal
Globe Tracker International (GTI) has announced a partnership with Refrigerated Transport Electronics (RTE) to deliver "seamless, integrated, wire-less tracking monitoring and remote management of refrigerated containers for global intermodal transportation". More
Cost-cutting drives profit for Maersk
AP Moller-Maersk has published its interim report for Q2 2014 and its core liner shipping business is performing better than expected. Maersk Line made a profit of US$547M and achieved a ROIC of 10.8% (8.5%). More
Second Suez Canal plan
The Egyptian Government has announced that it will spend over US$4B on building a second Suez Canal. More
and signs deal with CSCL
PIL has also signed an agreement with Shanghai-headquartered China Shipping Group (CSG), the country's second-largest shipping conglomerate, to explore ways of working together in areas such as liner services, container leasing and box manufacturing. More
Maruba pulls river barges
Argentine shipping line Maritima Maruba has withdrawn all its barge services on the Parana River operated by Compania Argentina de Remolque de Empuje (CARE), the only Argentine company transporting containers on the river. Terminals affected are at Las Palmas, Zarate, Rosario and Santa Fe. More
Inventors protect new reefer power system
A patent on a contactless reefer container power supply system designed by four Japanese inventors has been published. More
PIL upgrades services
Singapore's largest privately owned shipowner, Pacific International Lines (PIL), has taken steps to substantially upgrade its liner services between the Far East and the west coasts of India/ Pakistan and the Far East/Middle East recently. More
Scorpio-Samsung super deal
Monaco-based Scorpio Group has announced its arrival into the container shipping sector in the biggest way possible by placing orders with Samsung Heavy Industries of South Korea for the largest container ships in the world. 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
The way forward for straddle carriers
The emphasis today is on full automation and achieving the lowest possible fuel consumption. More
Reefer plugs under review
The trend towards automation has focused terminal operators on how to minimise the amount of time reefer service personnel need to enter the reefer areas to service containers. Automation makes it more difficult, but not impossible, for people and cranes to operate in close proximity, so automated terminals are looking for other ways to get information on the status of containers. More
Tales of the river bank
The long-running Elbe dredging debate has entered another critical phase. More
Fesco invests for intermodal future
Despite the business challenges in Russia, Fesco is convinced of the nation's trading prospects and investment opportunities. More
Reefer machinery producers ride the upturn
Stronger demand for reefer machinery is expected to boost 2014 output by at least 20% but competition remains intense and is driving yet further technical innovation. More
Putting a plug in vessel emissions
What does low sulphur fuel mean for cold ironing at ports in the future? More
Cool air blows seawards
Reefer containers' share of perishable and pharma products is increasing and this trend will continue as liner carriers add capacity, expand services and adopt new technology. More
Russian port investments proceed
A number of important port development projects, including expansions and entirely new port complexes, are underway or planned in the Baltic and Pacific ranges. More
Yilport goes for global growth
Turkey's Yilport is embarking on an overseas investment initiative aimed at positioning it as one of the world's leading port management companies within a decade. More
The need for speed
A recent study indicates gross berth productivity is improving, but are lines willing to pay for speed? More
Developing seamless port gateways
Contship Italia group, part of Germany's Eurokai, had a good year at its Italian terminals in 2013 and is poised for further growth. Across the six port operations in which it has a stake, combined throughput reached almost 5.6M TEU, compared to around 5.0M TEU in 2012 (+ 12%). More
Sailing through uncertain times
With P3 abandoned and Maersk/ MSC now planning 2M, this could lead to more far-reaching changes in the liner shipping business. More
Heavy lift battens down
Reduced project spending and some particular regional issues will impact heavy lift shipping. More
New STS container crane for training only
In what is believed to be a world "first," a new STS container crane has been ordered purely for training purposes. More
All over, under, on and in the cranes
Various crane components suppliers have come up with new or redesigned products. More
Hearing low noises in the yard
What are the best container handling options for shippers, warehouse operators and the like? More
STS container crane momentum slows
The main explanation is a sharp fall in orders placed by ports in China. More
Assessing the port equipment market*
* This article was written by Daniel Schaefer who is a market analyst, recently publishing a market report on future container throughput, upcoming terminal projects and the equipment market. For further information, please refer to More
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

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