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Westports surges
Port Klang's largest terminal reports an 11.7% increase in container volume in the second quarter of 2014. More
CSAV getting on top of data quality
CSAV is the biggest improver in INTTRA's Ocean Shipping Information Quality programme. 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 Virginia goes to infrastructure fund
A partnership of Alinda Capital Partners and Universities Superannuation Scheme Ltd is to buy APM Terminals' automated facility in Portsmouth, Virginia. The Commonwealth of Virginia may seek to renegotiate lease More
Santos sets new record
Brazil's and South America's biggest sea port handled a monthly record 9.8 Mt of cargo in June, topping the previous June's record of 8.3 Mt More
Jungheinrich scoops FLT award
For the second year in succession a model from the Jungheinrich range has picked up the International Forklift Truck of the Year Award More
Nicaragua inter-oceanic canal route approved
Nicaragua's Commission for the Development of the Grand Canal recently approved a route for the proposed inter-oceanic canal More
Trelleborg fenders for Southampton
Trelleborg's marine systems operation has reported a contract to supply over 70 UE1000 Unit Element fender systems to DP World Southampton More
Yilport wins Oslo concession
Istanbul based Yilport Holding has been appointed by Oslo Havn KF as the new operator for its Sjursoya Container Terminal More
Contargo to introduce Rotterdam surcharge
Bottlenecks in container processing at the Port of Rotterdam have prompted inland barge operator Contargo Waterway Logistics to introduce a congestion surcharge of E15 per container for bookings on scheduled barge departures from 1 August 2014. More
LNG bunkering for barges
Antwerp Port Authority has issued a European call for tenders in order to find a partner to design and build a LNG bunkering station for barges More
ERFA anxious about "remonopolisation" trends
The European Rail Freight Association has questioned whether new rail operators can survive in a protectionist environment More
Rotterdam anticipates marginal growth
Overall throughput is expected to grow 1% to 445 Mt this year. Meanwhile, with reference to a European Commission investigation into corporation tax payments, the port authority is calling for a "genuinely level playing field" 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
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
Sick targets safety
Germany-based Sick has developed two new laser sensor systems, for cranes and for reach stackers. More
Black Sea container market review 1Q/2014*
The Black Sea container terminals of Ukraine, Romania, Russia, and Bulgaria handled 671,325 TEU in 1Q/2014, including empty containers and excluding transshipment. This review observes only full containers handled in the region - 472,673 TEU. More
Antwerp must shuffle the pack
MSC's decision to leave the Delwaidedok presents some major challenges. More
Some port impacts of the Ukraine crisis
The harbours of the Crimean peninsula, annexed by Russia, are likely to lose two thirds of their throughput to Ukraine's continental seaports this year, and will be left with 4-5 Mt of Russian and Kazakhstani transit cargoes. Russia's Minister for the Crimea, Oleg Savelyev, stated recently that the peninsular ports have lost their traditional cargo flows from continental Ukraine. More
Greening the seas
The shipping industry has to become cleaner and emissions of carbon dioxide, sulphur and other poisonous gases must be cut. More
Konecranes launches "Boxhunter" RTG
An innovative and economical RTG design features a counterweight hoist system, truck level cabin and a lightweight trolley. More
Alternative flooring gains ground
Bamboo container flooring is gaining market share, but some believe the future is floorboards with a mass produced OSB core. More
Challenging times for yard tractors
Terminal tractor manufacturers are being challenged to meet demands for cleaner machines and alternative fuels, while at the same time they face competition from automation and new vehicle concepts. More

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