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PMA quiet on contract talks
Both sides in no hurry to reach agreement on new labour contract. More
Cobelfret switches to Logent
Ro-ro operator CLdN (Cobelfret) has signed a ship and freight handling agreement with the car and ro-ro terminal Logent Ports & Terminals at the Port of Gothenburg More
Evergreen set to quit Taranto
Fed up with protracted delays and legal wrangings over dredging and quay upgrade projects, Evergreen will reportedly transfer its West Mediterranean-Far East-USWC service to Piraeus More
Award for DB Schenker Rail UK
DB Schenker Rail UK won the Freight & Logistics Achievement of the Year Award at the National RAIL Awards, held in London More
Eurotunnel ready to give up on ferries
It looks as though GETSA, which is going to add capacity to its Le Shuttle Fret services, is preparing to pull out of MyFerryLink, so the former SeaFrance ferry operation could finally disappear from the Dover Straits market More
EMS makes Waves
EMS Seven Seas has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of Wave Shipping More
ACL calls Sodertalje
ACL has made Sodertalje its "dry" import hub for the Greater Stockholm region More
Finnlines back in Tilbury
Finnlines has returned to Tilbury after an absence of almost eight years More
Another fast ferry from Damen
South Korean operator Seaspovill has signed a contract for a second fast ferry from Netherlands-based Damen Shipyards Group More
Langendorf wins Innovation Prize
German trailer builder Langendorf has been awarded the Trailer Innovation Prize 2015 for the development of the insulated aluminium tipping box at IAA in Hannover More
The ultimate wine tasting!
CMA CGM has shipped vintage burgundy around the world in a reefer container in a bid to prove that container transport preserves wine's aromas and flavours More
The "cargo that went the wrong way"
Shortsea Promotion Center Norway is appealing to shippers and forwarders to think more about the sea transport options More
APM Terminals Maasvlakte II delay
Commercial start-up of APM Terminals' state-of-the-art facility has been delayed by three months, to February 2015 More
Long Beach peaks early
August was disappointing for Long Beach, but Los Angeles had its best August performance since 2010. More
Berlin to extend "gigaliner" trials
Ecocombi trials in Germany to date have been successful and will be extended, says Federal Transport Secretary Alexander Dobrindt More
Tiger VI funds announced
Ports and rail freight projects feature heavily in latest round of TIGER Grants More
Flexitank PAS available
A new international specification, aimed at improving the quality of flexitanks used for the transport of bulk liquids in standard freight containers, has been published by UK-based international standards organisation, BSI Group. More
Hoyer builds training tank
Hamburg-based bulk logistics service provider Hoyer has introduced a tank container specially designed to help train its staff. More
Riyadh dry set to grow
Saudi Arabia's Riyadh dry port is to be modernised and its throughput capacity doubled to 1M TEU/year as it prepares to handle cargo from a second container terminal being developed in Dammam. More
Maersk opens Oz super depot
Maersk Line has opened what it claims to be the most sophisticated and technologically-advanced container depot in Australia in the western Melbourne suburb of Altona. More
Holt to operate Paulsboro
Holt Logistics Corp has entered into a partnership with the South Jersey Port Corporation (SJPC) under which it will operate the new Paulsboro Marine Terminal under construction on the Delaware River in New Jersey. More
New combi terminal for Marseilles
A new on-dock intermodal rail terminal is to be built at Mourepiane, in the "old" port of Marseilles, some 80 km east of the Fos installations. Although megacarriers have increasingly gravitated towards Fos, Mourepiane is still busy handling containerships of medium size and the port authority (GPM de Marseille Fos) wants to ensure more cost-effective and greener inland distribution. More
Enter Kvarkenhamnar AB
Two Gulf of Bothnia ports, Umea in Sweden and Vaasa in Finland, have agreed to merge their activities into a new 50:50 joint venture, named Kvarkenhamnar AB, as of 1 January, 2015. On an equal split the members of the two Boards will form the new integrated management. More
ITCO publishes tank sloshing report
The International Tank Container Organisation (ITCO) has published a new report on the anti-slosh performance of baffles in tank containers. More
Dutch port taxes under scrutiny
The European Commission has launched a "profound" investigation into the Dutch taxation regime for seaport authorities. The EC investigation will assess whether the Dutch seaports' exemption from paying corporate tax violates EU regulations. The scrutiny involves Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Zeeland Seaports, Groningen and Moerdijk. More
New bulk container launched
The first units of a new design of intermodal bulk container rolled off the production line in Busan, South Korea, last month. More
Yusen Logistics debuts double-deck container
Yusen Logistics is offering its customers access to an innovative double-deck container system, which, it says, can significantly raise load capacity, cut transport costs and reduce CO2 emissions. More
Port of Douala gridlocked
Cameroon's largest port, Douala, is heavily congested as a spate of issues, including a significant slowdown in customs clearance procedures and disruption to handling operations as a result of refurbishment work taking place at Quay 14, have led to some ships having to wait a month to gain access to the berths. More
Combi blow in France
The French government has dealt a heavy blow to combined transport business, according to the sector's main trade association, GNTC. More
PNG port projects
The Papua New Guinea Government has approved two major port projects that it hopes will pave the way for the country to play a greater role in regional transhipment. More
Perrigault steps up in Le Havre
Perrigault SA, the Le Havre-based port and logistics operator, has acquired the 50% stake held by APM Terminals (APMT) in Terminal Porte Oceane (TPO) and Societe d'Exploitation du Terminal Porte Oceane at the Port of Le Havre, thus obtaining 100% ownership of both concerns, previously operated as a 50:50 joint venture. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. More
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 Feature articles
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 www.ctf2020.info 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
Industrial engines primed for Stage IV/T4 Final
The transition from T3 to T4i involved a major step change in off-road engines for mobile plant and there was a noticeable jump in engine prices. For T4F, although another major reduction in NOx is required, the changes in engine technology are, for the most part, not so great, so accordingly the price jump is not as big either. More
African rail steaming ahead
Rail has a bright future in Africa as both public bodies and private companies see the mode as encouraging economic development. More
Global going for speed
Global Container Terminals is confident its redeveloped terminal in New Jersey will deliver a consistent 40 moves per hour. More
Super Suez plan takes shape
The Egyptian Government is due to select a company from a shortlist of 14 to develop an industrial, technological and logistics corridor along the Suez Canal. More
Automation in the driving seat
Automation is becoming a bat tle ground between crane makers and crane control suppliers. More
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

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