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Headline news...
False dawn for box shipping
In his keynote address at the TOC Asia Container Supply Chain Asia in Singapore this week, Tan Hua-Joo, executive consultant at Alphaliner, said that despite Hanjin's bankruptcy and the high level of scraping last year, he does not see container shipping achieving a supply/demand balance before 2019. More
People on the move
Latest round-up of appointments known to WorldCargo News is the shipping, ports and allied sectors More
Taylor-made FIT for purpose
SAAM's Florida International Terminal in Port Everglades has acquired two new Taylor reach stackers More
Calais back to growth
Cross-channel freight is up again at Boluogne Calais Port and in March an all-time monthly record of 181,005 units was logged More
WACO network grows
The WACO System, a global freight network for independent forwarders, has accepted three new members More
Wilhelmhaven readies for Ocean Alliance
Ocean Alliance is getting ready for its first scheduled call at EUROGATE Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven More
Wagenborg fleet expansion
Another "Easy Max" vessel is joining Royal Dutch Wagenborg's multi-purpose vessel fleet More
Mixed bag for Mulhouse-Rhin
The French Rhine port complex of Mulhouse-Rhin handled 5 Mt in 2016, marginally down on 2015's performance More
RailRunner Europe to launch service
RailRunner Europe has launched its first block train connection between the port of Braunschweig and port of Bratislava on a daily basis. However, this is a regular intermodal service, not a bimodal service More
Amsterdam traffic 1% up in 2016
The greater Amsterdam port area logged a 1% increase in throughput last year, to 97 Mt More
US trucking - enter Knight-Swift
Knight Transportation, Inc and Swift Transportation Co are merging in an all-stock deal with a combined enterprise value of US$6B More
110th Liebherr crane for Damen
Liebherr's ship crane department in Rostock has announced that Damen Shipyards Group in the Netherlands has ordered its 110th Liebherr crane, in a business relationship going back 22 years More
Boasso cleans up in Europe
Boasso Global, part of of Quality Distribution, Inc has acquired Den Hartogh's European depot and tank cleaning services business More
United Wagon sets up freight company
Russia's United Wagon Company has established Unicon 1520, a new railfreight company to provide tank container and general container shipments More
ICTSI barges in
The project for the Philippines' first ro-ro barge terminal has been inaugurated in Tanza, Cavite More
Navios to buy Rickmers' ships
Navios Maritime Partners LP is set to the entire container fleet of Rickmers Maritime Trust for around US$113M More
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 Feature articles
Plus ca change in la Belle France
Traffic over France's main ports was fairly stable in 2016, due to cyclical factors and in line with the overall performance of the French economy. More
The river that feeds the dragon
The Yangtze is the longest river in Asia, and China has major plans to further develop this crucial trading artery. More
Getting used to the virtual world
Formalised on-the-job training and developments in computer power and simulation tools have helped drive demand for simulators. More
Brexit risks and opportunities
A 'hard Brexit' could hurt Britain's shortsea ports and benefit its deepsea ports. More
Sluggish growth for China's ports
After very modest growth in 2016, volumes at Chinese box ports are expected to pick up this year, but the future remains unpredictable. More
Seeking remedies for growing pains
How might the Year of the Rooster turn out for companies engaged in China's container shipping, logistics and ports/terminals industries?. More
LED lights come to the fore
Terminal operators are cautious customers, but LED lighting fi xtures continue to make inroads in port applications. More
Reefer lease holds its position
The reefer box industry may have underperformed in 2016, but rental demand held up reasonably well. More
Moving in on the heavy lift market
Container lines and ro-ro operators have been scrambling to get a piece of the heavy lift market, making life more difficult for specialist carriers. More
RTGs roll towards automation
Remote control RTGs are a tempting prospect, but progress will vary. More
China progresses its green agenda
The past year has seen China's all important container manufacturing and shipping sectors affected by the introdcution of measures to limit primarily VOC and sulphur emissions, respectively. More
Spreaders going electric, going tandem
Spreader manufacturers continue to focus on all-electric designs, and there is renewed interest in tandem systems for twin 40ft container handling. More
More testing times for box lessors
The box leasing sector saw fleet growth stalled by weaker demand and record disposals in 2016, with the demise of Hanjin Shipping a further setback. More
Consolidation in the straddle market
The sale of Terex MHPS to Konecranes means there are now three major players in the straddle carrier market. More
The same, but stronger still
Gottwald harbour cranes are now part of a bigger port-focused organisation offering the complete spectrum of piece goods and dry bulk quayside handling equipment. More

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