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Hutchison and MUA in extended conciliation deal
Hutchison Ports Australia and the Maritime Union of Australia have agreed to continue conciliation proceedings in the Fair Work Commission More
Navis launches N4 3.1
Latest version of Navis' flagship TOS supports automation, rail operations and an interface to third party host systems More
Kalmar wins Euro45M Colombia orders
Long-standing customers Sociedad Portuaria Region de Cartagena SA and Terminal de Contenedores de Cartagena SA have ordered a total of 23 RTGs and 79 Kalmar Ottawa T2 terminal tractors More
CMA CGM BOUGAINVILLE christened in Le Havre
The 400m long x 54m beam 18,000 TEU vessel is the biggest container ship to sail under the French flag More
Orbcomm acquires WAM Technologies
Deal gives Orbcomm a key piece of Maersk Line's new reefer monitoring system More
Tecon Sepetiba up for sale
Brazilian steel maker CSN is selling its Sepetiba container terminal as part of its debt reduction programme More
NileDutch and Turkon link arms
Rotterdam-headquartered NileDutch, which specialises in the West Africa liner trades, and Istanbul-based Turkon Container Transportation & Shipping, have linked up to offer a new service linking the eastern Mediterranean region with West Africa. More
Sweden revokes TX Logistik's license
Intermodal rail operator TX Logistik, noted for its Nikrasa solution for non-cranable trailers, can no longer operate in Sweden, Norway or Denmark. An appeal will be launched More
Modal Training Ltd launched on the Humber
Plans have been unveiled for what is claimed to be the UK's first multimodal logistics training centre. It is scheduled for completion and full operation in September 2016 More
Crowley bags military contract
Crowley Maritime Corp has won a technical management contract for five US government-owned, Military Sealift Command (MSC) con-ro vessels. More
33 seamen lost at sea
The US Coast Guard has confirmed that the EL FARO has sunk and it is now searching for any survivors More
MGM-OMG scoops award
Crane maker MGM-OMG was named "Supplier of the Year" 2015 at the ITALA Awards in Piacenza on Friday 1st October More
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 Feature articles
Kalmar launches its own special K
A new drive train including a power split transmission and a downsized engine is claimed to result in up to 40% lower consumption for reach stackers. More
Crane control for the future
Automation and remote control dominate developments in the crane control sector. More
Ottawa's next generation
Kalmar's plant in Kansas has been redesigned to produce its new flagship terminal tractor, the T2. More
Reefer box building on the up again
Global reefer production experienced some recovery during 2014 and is expected to make further gains this year, when up to 260,000 TEU may be produced. More
Middle East magnetism
With liner trades to/from the Middle East projected to remain bullish, terminals are being improved and new ones built to accommodate the expected growth. More
Reefer monitoring - cost or revenue?
Charging for reefer monitoring services is proving more difficult than generating value from reefer data itself. More
Is bigger that much better?
The recent TOC CSC Europe conference saw a heated debate about growing ship sizes, while an ITF report warns of cost increases from their use. More
Terex looks to a strong future
Terex Port Solutions has strengthened its position in the market and is investing to secure continued growth over the long term. More
Alliances bedding down
It is approaching six months since the new alliance structures shaping the east-west trades of the global liner shipping industry came into being and so arguably a good time to look back and assess what impact they have had on the business and on the services provided. More
Brakes in the spotlight
The brakes market could be in for a shakeup as manufacturers look to increase the range of thruster options, in large part to differentiate their products. More
Rotterdam back in front
With MVII and RWG, Rotterdam is once again at the forefront of port automation. More
Playing the power game
Many governments have committed to reducing national greenhouse gas emissions significantly by 2050, and port operators, as major generators, clearly have a part to play. More
New kids on the block
While the 'big four' continue to dominate the global container terminal operating business, there are signs that Chinese players, second-tier operators and financial entities are gaining market share. More
Troubled Turkey builds on
Turkey's wish to become a top 10 economy with US$500B/year of exports by 2023 is unlikely to be realised, but its huge port development and logistics plans may still come to fruition. More
Seeking silver linings
Overcapacity is keeping a lid on insurance rates, as underwriters weigh up recent losses and everlarger ship sizes and values. More
Rail/road CT on the increase
The latest UIC report shows that rail/road combined transport moved almost 21M TEU in mainland Europe in 2013. More
Antwerp looks left and right
The port of Antwerp is about to lose between 4M and 5M of capacity. More
Carving a role for the multi-cargo TOS
The breakbulk sector is a growing area of opportunity for suppliers with the right applications. More
Reducing the cost of tyres
A new report sets out to help port equipment operators choose the right tyres and to optimise their use by looking after them properly. More
Black Sea challenges
While the Black Sea market offers the liner shipping industry significant growth opportunities, it is a very challenging place to do business. More

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