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Zoomlion drops offer for Terex
The Chinese company has pulled out of its bid for Terex Corp, just a few days before the deadline set by Konecranes and Terex. Konecranes will now pursue its takeover bid for Terex Materials Handling and Port Equipment More
Modern Terminals VGM ready
Amidst all the noise about the difficulty in implementing the new requirement for containers to have a verified gross mass before loading, Modern Terminals in Hong Kong has got the job done. More
Kuehne + Nagel teams with INTTRA on eVGM
INTTRA will be Kuehne + Nagel's exclusive provider of service to submit its VGM information required under the SOLAS Ch VI amendment from 1st July More
IMO calls for 3-month "settling in period" for VGM
Following a session in London the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) is to issue a circular calling for "practical and pragmatic" enforcement of the VGM requirement for three months after 1 July. More
PEMA focuses on VGM for student award
The Port Equipment Manufacturers' Association has opted for VGM compliance as the theme of its 4th Student Challenge, taking place during this year's TOC CSC event in Hamburg between 14th and 16th June More
Nepal, China transport deal
The landlocked, Himalayan Moutains state of Nepal has signed a transit corridor agreement with China, providing access to Chinese land routes and ports via its Northern border More
New CINS chlorine guidelines
New guidelines for the carriage of calcium hypochlorite (chlorine powder or bleach powder) in containers have been published jointly by CINS (the Cargo Incident Notification System) and the International Group of P&I Clubs More
Hamburg steady in Q1 2016
Total throughput for the Port of Hamburg in Q1 2016 was 2.5% lower at 34.8 Mt More
Containerships adds another Neva Metal Terminal call
Containerships is introducing a second service at Neva Metal Terminal, further increasing its penetration of the Saint Petersburg shortsea/feeder market More
Service boosts for SAAM
SAAM-operated Terminal Portuario Guayaquil and Florida International Terminal in Port Everglades have gained new services from MSC and Hapag-Lloyd respectively More
Eurotunnel buys power link
Groupe Eurotunnel is to acquire 100% of ElecLink, by buying STAR Capital's 51% stake More
Evergreen calls direct at Marseille Fos
Evergreen has resumed direct calls at Marseille Fos for the first time in 11 years, replacing a slot arrangement within the CKYHE alliance by adding its own ships to those of Cosco, K Line, Yang Ming and Hanjin calling at Fos on the Asia/Mediterranean/northern Europe rotation More
Economic downturn hits Nigerian trade
The economic slowdown appears to be having a dramatic impact on cargo volumes at Nigerian ports More
DB Schenker builds China presence
DB Schenker and Jinbei Automotive have officially launched their logistics joint venture "Schenker Logistics Jinbei" with the groundbreaking ceremony at the planned new facility in Shenyang Tiexi district More
Samskip and Pro-Log double barge service
Samskip and Pro-Log have added a second barge to their Duisburg-Rotterdam service, increasing frequency to six weekly sailings each way More
The wind is in Cai Mep's sails
Q1 2016 volume at Vietnam's Cai Mep International Terminal, part of APM Terminals' global network, more than doubled year-on-year More
Delwaidedok applicants line up
The Antwerp port authority has received a total of 15 requests for the south bank of the Delwaidedok More
BEST Barcelona claims new record
Hutchison Ports' Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST) has achieved a new record moving 7760 TEU in one call by MSC BEATRICE More
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 Feature articles
Singapore's automated road
The city state is banking on automation and technology to secure its position as the leading transhipment hub in SE Asia. More
Getting ready to weigh in
There is still no certainty over the regulatory requirements for container weighing equipment in most jurisdictions, but terminals planning to offer a box weighing service are getting ready for 1st July. More
Snapping at truck makers' heels
In a competitive market, such as that for lift trucks and reach stackers, brand loyalty cannot be taken for granted. More
Keeping track of the spreader
There are many opportunities for spreader manufacturers, as a bulge of new crane production works its way into the market. More
Shifting balance of ports' power
Slowing global trade and a potential change in the balance of power between UK ports make these interesting times for the nation's main container ports. More
Keeping hold of the spoils
Despite the recent downturn in port construction and environmental constraints, there is still plenty of activity in the dredging market. More
Port community systems go global
While the scope of port community systems remains national, at best, providers and developers of the networks are keen to use their experience and expertise globally. More
Singapore's automated road
The city state is banking on automation and technology to secure its position as the leading transhipment hub in SE Asia. More
Rainbow eyes the STS market
Kalmar is coming back to the STS crane market, but this time through its joint-venture company Rainbow Cargotec Industries. More
More forks in a smaller Russian cake
Competition is growing in the Russian container market, even as throughput has been falling sharply, on the back of the severe contraction of the country's economy. More
Leasing sector heads into the doldrums
The global box leasing industry suffered a significant setback during 2015, when it purchased proportionally fewer new dry freight containers than at any time since 2009. More
LED lighting on the march
As LED lighting becomes more and more common in residential and commercial applications, people almost expect to see it on any modern industrial development. Ports are no exception, and low energy lighting has emerged as one of the most common sustainability initiatives at container terminals. More
China down but not out
Despite China's economic slowdown, the country still offers a number of interesting trading opportunities. More
Towards a low GWP refrigerant
Regulators ultimately want to see the reefer industry adopt natural refrigerants with a GWP below 20. More
Central America's high hopes
The Central America/Caribbean basin container trades are one of only a few bright spots in the global liner shipping industry at the moment. More

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