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PSA starts up in Dammam
Saudi Global Ports, a joint venture between the Public Investment Fund of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and PSA International ha started its commercial operations More
Setubal ro-ro up 15%
The number of new cars moved over the Port of Setubal in the first quarter of this year increased by 15% to 40,000 units More
ZIM launches Seven Star Express
In May ZIM will a new via Suez South Asia-US East Coast service with 10 5000-6500 TEU vesssels More
New ship crane orders
TTS Group ASA has, through its Business Unit Offshore, entered into three new agreements for delivery of offshore and deck cranes with a total order value of around NOK105M More
Dunkirk starts on new ferry terminal
Work on a new cross-Channel terminal for DFDS Seaways has started in the French port More
Terex launches Stackace
Terex Port Solutions has launched the Stackace range of dedicated ECH mast trucks More
Kalmar racks up orders
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has reported major new orders for rubber-tyred plant More
UIC scores a Hit
Hit Rail BV and UIC's Raildata will work more closely together to promote existing services and combine their services to offer enhanced benefits to their users More
Trelleborg awarded SISO patent
Trelleborg's marine systems operation has received a patent for its 'slide in, slide out' (SISO) marine fender system More
Berth wastage questioned
Speaking at the Container Supply Chain conference in Singapore Andy Lane questioned the notion that mega ships are causing "berth wastage". More
Africa stands still
There has been no "no qualitative improvement on schedule reliability or container deliveries to and from African ports in the last three years" a study has found. More
Jobs challenge at Maasvlakte II
A minimum of 200 and perhaps up to 800 dockers' jobs will go in Rotterdam by 2019 on account of the two new automated terminals at Maasvlakte II More
HES bidding for 100% control of EMO
EMO of Rotterdam might become a wholly-owned subsidiary of HES Beheer. Sea-Invest and ThyssenKrupp Veerhaven are willing to sell their joint (50/50) stake of 43% in the Maasvlakte-based 37 Mtpa ore and coal stevedore More
BMW breaks ground in Galveston
New Vehicle Distribution Centre at the Port of Galveston will be owned and operated by WWL Vehicle Services America More
MOL looking for new hubs
Alliances and mega ships lines could lead lines to find new transhipment options where there is more local cargo available, according to an MOL executive. More
DB Schenker Rail UK launches Eco Neutral
The new product, says the company, allows customers to offset 100% of their CO2 emissions More
New reefer service for Tilbury and Antwerp
JSV Logistic is starting up a new reefer service for Spanish exports from the Port of Pasajes More
Hybrid scrubber from DeltaLangh
The new hybrid scrubber is available with a financing package More
Hong Kong - new air pollution rules
The Hong Kong Legislative Council approved the "Air Pollution Control Regulation", which requires ocean-going vessels to use cleaner fuels while they are at berth in Hong Kong waters More
ICS warns of "shipping chaos"
The Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping, Masamichi Morooka, has warned about the dangers of regional maritime regulation being adopted by governments at variance to the global maritime Conventions adopted by IMO More
Enter the VG EcoCoaster
A Finnish consortium has developed a new energy efficient dry cargo vessel for coastal and shortsea trades More
Asciano declares automation conversion a success
Patrick Stevedore's Port Botany terminal is now operating with automated straddle carriers. More
LinerGame expands
Table top simulation game using container vessels made from lego is now available in Europe and Singapore. More
First up for Port Salford
Peel ports has announced that Culina Group will be the first major tenant at Port Salford, on the Manchester Ship Canal More
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 Feature articles
Changes in the spreader business
Following its takeover of RAM Spreaders, SMAG is aiming to be a major new force in the crane spreader market. Meanwhile, other new developments are underway. More
Keeping an eye on the cranes
Automation and crane modifications present different challenges for crane inspection companies. More
Lift trucks and the Sign of Four
New products with the latest emission control engines are now coming to market, but there is plenty of room for debate. More
Box scan dilemma rumbles on
The desire for a mandatory global programme of seaport container scanning remains strong, but is yet to be fully implemented. More
Russia looks to the east
Economics and politics point up Russia's interest in developing better trade links with China and Southeast Asia. More
Rail still off track
Various South American countries have exciting plans to increase the use of rail for freight, but numerous stumbling blocks are putting off investors. More
Taking the automated path
Global Container terminals has successfully combined manned and automated yard equipment at its Bayonne terminal. More
Ports in a tug-of-war
DP world's London Gateway wants to pull con tainer business south and Peel Ports' Liver pool wants to pull it north. More
ASEAN aspirations abound
Despite weakening economic growth and lower investment levels in several countries in 2014, the ASEAN trading bloc offers considerable potential in the long term. More
Shippers warming to container tracking
Some tracking service providers are finding a niche by focusing on delivering value to shippers. More
Cable plug-in for E-RTGs
Cavotec says it has revolutionised the automated cable reel connection of E-RTGs and other mobile equipment, with its Automatic Plug-in System. More
What's in the numbers?
CY crane numbers have held up, relative to STS cranes, despite expectations. More
All go for the Silk Road
Keen to revive the ancient Silk Road trading route, China is investing in overland and maritime projects in its quest to develop a 21st century equivalent. More
Heavy lift shapes up
The fallout from the recent decline in oil prices will inevitably impact the heavy lift and project cargo sectors. More
A broad canvas for Dutch masters
During January Hyster in Nijmegen handed over its 1,000th reach stacker, while Terberg delivered its 25,000th vehicle. More
Refrigerants up for debate
Manufacturers of reefer machinery are taking different paths to lower their GWP. More
Lighting up the terminal
Low energy lights are becoming increasingly commonplace in port applications. More
Reefer lessors keep their cool
Reefer demand held up well in 2014, with the leasing sector accounting for the majority of investment, but its intake was down on the 2013 peak, whilst rental per diems and cash returns remain depressed. More
Leasing industry still boxing clever
Entering 2015 in relatively good shape, the container leasing industry accounted for the majority of new box investment in 2014, and the strongest fleet expansion. Whilst it has seen a slight recovery in utilisation, rate levels remain depressed. More
Bamboo poised to top hardwood
Bamboo/hybrid materials are set to take over from tropical hardwoods as the main construction components in container flooring. More

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