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Trump budget cuts port funding
Direct funding for port-related projects and emissions reduction has fallen, but the AAPA is optimistic ports will benefit from a wider plan to invest US$1 trillion in infrastructure development. More
Bay West named for next Victoria terminal
Infrastructure Victoria has identified Bay West as the best location for a new container port to service Melbourne and the state of Victoria, but it will not be needed until around 2055. More
Kalmar RTGs for EIS&TC Taiwan
The five newly-delivered RTGs are the first RTGs ordered from Kalmar, part of Cargotec, by Evergreen International Storage & Transport Corporation More
Iquique plans for resilence
The cost of post-earthquake remediation and future earthquake-proof infrastructure at the Chilean port has been estimated at US$44M More
Hamburg up by 1.7% in Q1 2017
Overall throughput increased to 35.4 Mt, "slightly above the average 1.6% for the other major North Range ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp and Bremen/Bremerhaven" More
Riga-China container train
Russian Railways' affiliates TransContainer and Gefco have launched an intermodal sea-rail service connecting Europe North Continent with China, via Riga More
Belgian logistics merger
ECS European Containers and 2XL have reached an agreement to join forces and form one European logistics group More
GAC Samudera Cikarang plan
Work is under way to convert part of GAC Samudera Logistics' Cikarang DC into a multi-user temperature-controlled pharmaceutical and food grade facility More
Rotterdam in expansive mode
The maiden call of MOL TRIUMPH comes as container traffic is showing signs of stronger growth More
Strike call in Spain
Spain has backed down under EU pressure and adopted a Royal Decree to reform its SAGEP stevedoring structure following a vote in Parliament, leading to a strike call by port unions More
Hyster to electrify big trucks
Hyster has announced that testing is underway on high capacity lift trucks with electric motors More
LA and GE Transportation project gets underway
GE Transportation and the Port of Los Angeles have launched the first pilot projects under their "a first-of-its-kind digital solution to keep cargo flowing efficiently through America's largest container port". More
Capacity reduction is the best answer to liner industry's problems
One of Germany's largest shipowners tells liner conference digitalisation will not save the industry from its number one problem. More
Fourth industrial revolution means slower trade growth
Peter Sand, chief analyst of BIMCO, the shipowners association, tells Hamburg liner conference container shipping is vulnerable to changes in demand driven by 3D printing and onshore sourcing. More
Polzug and Metrans "to merge"
HHLA's Chairwoman Angela Titzrath has stated that the company's two intermodal affiliates will be merged into one company More
Electric recycler in Los Angeles
SA Recycling has inaugurated its new electric driven LHM 550 Liebherr mobile harbour crane for scrap loading, as part of the Port of Los Angeles' drive to "zero emissions" More
Navis launches N4 3.4
Navis has released version 3.4 of its N4 TOS, with key improvements promised in stability and scaleability, and enhancements for automated horizontal transport optimisation. More
Gold for MGI and Marseille
Port ICT specialist MGI and Marseille Fos Port have won the Gold Prize for the best "Smart Port information systems project" at the IAPH conference. More
UECC customer event
UECC has presented its newly-built environment-friendly vessel AUTO ENERGY at an event for customers at Bremerhaven's Uberseehafen More
Hapag-Lloyd up in Q1 2017
On the back of higher volumes, Hapag-Lloyd finished the first three months of the current financial year with a positive operating result, in spite of higher bunker prices and lower freight rates More
Wartsila's Korean first
A scrubber system for a newbuild Korean ferry is the first case for Wartsila where the shipyard, the owners, and the vessel's operational area are all in Korea More
Lyttelton closes to address ransomware threat
Lyttelton Port of Christchurch shut down for eight hours to address security threats from the "Wanna Decryptor Ransomeware". More
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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
The battle of the Asean hubs
A range of interconnecting factors is fuelling growing competition between Asean ports, particularly among the regional hubs. More
Intra-Asia trades' changing fortunes
Demand on the intra-Asia trades is slowing, with freight rates also depressed, forcing shipping lines to seek new survival strategies. More
QQCTN underway in Qingdao
Qingdao New Qianwan Container Terminal (QQCTN), located on the south bank of Qingdao Port in China, has started operations with its fully automated terminal system. More
Heavy lift trucks get a break
Breakbulk and project cargoes provide a wealth of opportunity for heavy lift truck and reach stacker operators. More
Breakbulk shipping catches a tradewind
The wind power sector currently provides one of the fastest growing sources of work in the breakbulk industry. More
Blockchain boards the ship
In a trial project, IBM and Maersk used blockchain to manage cargo documentation for ocean freight shipments. More
Russia still bulking up
General cargo traffic is still languishing in Russia's seaports, although liquid and dry bulk commodity exports have been increasing. More
Crossing the planning system divide
With XVELA, Cargotec and Navis are taking the fi rst steps with collaborative container supply chain planning, and laying the groundwork for more standardised software applications. More
Crowley Maritime's gate vision
Crowley is currently in the midst of a transition from a ro-ro barge operator to a full service shipping and logistics company using lo-lo vessels, including two new LNG-powered "Commitment class" con-ro ships for the US/Puerto Rico trade. More
Getting up close with cranes
Climbing and drones can both be used to improve container crane inspections. More
Bringing order to the terminal gate
The Port of Los Angeles is developing a new web portal to help improve the flow of containers through its container terminals. More
The rise and rise of Indochina
The Indochinese peninsula of South East Asia continues to develop as a low-cost manufacturing hub. More
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

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