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Multimodal TIR move "beats all"
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APM Terminals opens Puerto Quetzal terminal
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OPDR ships sold to Chinese line
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ZIM completes blockchain pilot
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WWL sells Autralian inland logistics business
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CMA CGM launches Rhine barge link
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P&O hails success of Zeebrugge-Hull lo-lo service
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ECT "beats its own record"
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KAR Logistics debuts in Chile
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Single Telepass solution for European tolls
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40-tonne electric reefer truck
Switzerland-based Pistor AG group, a supply of foodstuffss and preserves, has started operating a fully-electric 40 tonne refrigerated HGV for use in Central Switzerland More
Hamburg steady through first nine months
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Another step for automated RTGs
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Kea Trader splits in two
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Talking to SyncroTESS
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Thermo King to introduce reefer power metering
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Reefer box builders regain momentum
The current outlook for reefer manufacturing is increasingly upbeat, after more than a year of uncertainty and weak demand. More
Data-driven reefer management ready to roll in the cold chain
Remote reefer monitoring is slowly but surely coming to the container shipping sector, but the technology is in its relative infancy, and it can take time to implement. More
Towards electric power and automation
There are major developments in the terminal tractor market in the areas of alternative fuels and automation. More
India's box ports coming of age
Healthy growth in container traffi c over the last six months and announcements from the government and private sector players have created a bullish outlook for India's port sector. More
The age of the European container train
After a long period of declining market share, the next few years are expected to see rail services in Europe carry significantly more containers to/from ports and on inter-city corridors. More
Two issues for reefer box owners
The COA has issued guidelines for the carriage of NOR cargo in reefers, and identified a growing problem of corrosion, caused by modified atmosphere when carrying certain reefer cargoes. More
Putting the gloss on the box
Container manufacturers have transitioned to waterborne coatings, but a winter test is still to come for the coating supply chain. More
Still maintaining a full tank
Tank container manufacturers show little sign of scaling back production, despite fragile demand recovery. More
Another testing year for dry box builders
Dry freight container manufacturers have faced a difficult 2017, with the challenge of switching to waterborne paints coinciding with a sharp upswing in demand. More
Reefers off the pace
It is generally accepted that the global GDP container trade growth multiplier has weakened in recent years, and this has important implications for future growth in overall shipping container demand. At the same time, however, the outlook for specials, such as tank containers and reefers, is determined not just by macro drivers, but by changes in shipping methods. More
The world's biggest reach stackers
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The more, the merrier?
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The Caspian, the Med and beyond
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BASF revolutionises internal plant logistics
A new integrated storage and logistics concept will help BASF significantly reduce logistics costs at its Ludwigshafen site. More
Counting the cost of ASC delays
The delay in the time it takes software to allocate moves to ASCs at Virginia International Gateway (VIG) means the terminal is missing out on 210,000 ASC moves a year. Rich Ceci, who is now back at Virginia in the role senior VP of technology and projects at Virginia International Terminals, made the revelation while speaking at the Navis World conference in April in a session on Automated Decision Making and Artificial Intelligence. More

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