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ZPMC for Tampa
The Port of Tampa Bay is finalising a contract for two new cranes with ZPMC. More
TTS into Peru
TTS Group ASA has signed a contract for delivery of a ship lift and related equipment to SIMA in Peru More
Petkim Port project takes shape
APM Terminals Izmir, which will operate the new container terminal being developed at Petkim Port, near Izmir, has ordered its first tranche of equipment for the facility More
Spit and Polish at last?
The Polish port of Elblag may finally get its wish for a canal through the Vistula Spit More
Scorpio in for 3 x 19,200 TEU ships
Monaco-based Scorpio Group has ordered three 19,200 TEU container vessels, the biggest containerships to date, for bareboat charter to Mediterranean Shipping Co More
Singapore Post buys F S Mackenzie
Famous Holdings Pte Ltd, part of Singapore Post, has purchased the UK-based forwarder and NVOCC More
French act on rail safety
RFF, the French rail track authority, will test a new radar system to improve safety at level crossings More
Virginia still in the red
The Port of Virginia is getting its operating losses under control, but finished its 2014 financial year with a shortfall of $17.1M. More
Tampa wins mitigation award
The Port of Tampa Bay has been recognised for its McKay Bay Restoration Project More
Containerlift awarded ISO9001
The certification is regarded as particularly important to Containerlift's UK and European heavy vehicle and crane operations More
Hamburg traffic up 6.6% in 1H/14
The port handled 72.6 Mt in the first half, with general cargo traffic accounting for 50.7 Mt, of which almost 50 Mt was containerised More
Train, truck and plane from China to Brazil
DB Schenker has combined transportation by rail, road and air across three continents to ship goods from China to South America much faster than ocean freight More
Poole access improvements
Access to the Port of Poole in England is set to be improved through an award of GBP66.3M More
Hupac posts 3.8% 1H/14 increase
In the first half of 2014, Swiss combined transport operator Hupac posted growth of 3.8% in traffic to 339,725 shipments (ca 680,000 TEU) More
ITF "watching" Hutchison
The International Transport Workers' Federation says that it is keeping a close eye on the corporate conduct of Hutchison Port Holdings in Panama and Indonesia More
New cars - damage in transport
ECG (Europe) and AIAG (North America) have published a joint report on reporting of damage to finished vehicles sustained in the transportation chain More
New fertiliser terminal for Beira
In the latest in a long line of expansion announcements for Mozambican ports, Cornelder has begun work on constructing a new fertiliser terminal at the Port of Beira at a cost of US$35M. More
Restoration plan for E40 waterway
The inter-border commission on the development of the E40 waterway on the Dnieper-Vistula section has, according to its secretary Andrei Rekesh, invited tenders on restoration scenarios for the waterway, which concerns three riparian states, Poland, Belarus and Ukraine. More
AAE buys into Slovakian rail
AAE Cargo AG, one of Europe's leading lessors and designers of standard rail freight cars, has acquired a 66% stake in Slovakian wagon operator Cargo Wagon for 7M. The remaining 34% of Cargo Wagon's shares will be held by ZSSK Cargo, the freight transport arm of Slovakian State Railways. More
Magdalena River set for upgrade
Three groups have pre-qualified to bid for a contract to improve the navigability of the Magdalena River in Colombia. The work, which will take place along 700 km of the river, originally attracted interest from nine consortia in April 2013. More
More Ecofret wagons take to the rails
VTG Rail UK has signed hire agreements for its Ecofret container wagons with two of the UK's biggest rail freight companies, Freightliner and GB Railfreight. More
Geelong under VRCA control
Infrastructure projects at Victoria's second largest port, the privately-owned Geelong, are to be brought under the control of state body the Victorian Regional Channels Authority (VRCA) "to ensure a streamlined approach to prioritise and develop critical projects". More
Hoyer boosts tank fleet
Hamburg-based bulk liquid logistics service provider Hoyer will expand its tank container fleet by a further 3,450 units by the end of 2016, boosting its total fleet to almost 35,500 units. More
P3 considered "too close an alliance"
The Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MofCom) has rejected the P3 alliance plans of Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and CMA CGM because it was considered to be more akin to a merger than an operating alliance. More
Maglev rail trial planned for Ust-Luga
Russian Railways (RZD) has signed an agreement with Russia's State Nuclear Energy Corporation (Rosatom) for scientific and technical collaboration to test container transport using magnetic levitation at the country's Baltic port of Ust-Luga. More
SeaRoad orders first LNG ro-ro from FSG
Tasmania-based SeaRoad Holdings has ordered the world's first LNG-fuelled pure freight ro-ro vessel from Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft in Germany. More
Chinese pallets bugged
Australia's Department of Agriculture (DoA) has issued an alert after the discovery of an infestation of exotic beetles in wooden pallets imported from China. More
ACL sticking with Liverpool
Following a review of potential schedules, market potential and opportunities for its North Atlantic services, Atlantic Container Line (ACL) has decided to retain the Port of Liverpool as its UK port of call when its new, five-strong fleet of the world's largest ro-ro/container ships (CONROs) enters service from 2015. More
High cubes take the top spot
Drewry Maritime Research's recently published Container Census report shows that 40ft high cube containers represented just short of 50% of the maritime container fleet of 34.5M TEU at the end of 2013. More
Contargo terminal for Wesel
Duisburg-based multimodal logistics company Contargo GmbH & Co KG has signed an agreement with Deltaport GmbH to develop an intermodal terminal at the German inland port of Emmelsun/Wesel on the lower Rhine River. More
Yilport seeks partner
Turkey's Yildirim Group is to sell a minority stake in Yilport Holding, its port operations and logistics group, and has appointed the investment bank JP Morgan as its financial adviser for the process. 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
Big lift trucks enter the next stage
New Stage IV/Tier 4 Final-compliant machines have been launched and more are on the way. More
Cybercrime risks in the supply chain
Freight transport insurance specialist, TT Club's claims executive Mike Yarwood investigates the nature and extent of cybercrime targeting transportation* More
Sea Tech offers a fresh perspective
Sea Technology's designs offer flexibility and scale and are friendly to small and medium sized ports. More
Port tyre business keeps rolling along
Michelin introduced its X-straddle dedicated straddle carrier tyre in 2003 and has now launched the next generation X-straddle 2 tyre, building on the experience and feedback it has received from users, with a public demonstration at APM Terminals' Delta Terminal in Rotterdam. More
Wind of change for crane brakes
Faced with increasing competition, brake manufacturers are responding with new products and services. More
Gliding to achieve a longer life
DRIE-D's original friction and wear components are aimed at the most demanding bearing, bushing and counterwearing applications in materials handling equipment. More
The path to automated terminals
Automation is about to hit the San Pedro Bay ports, but the local context brings its own special set of challenges. More
Long Beach step changes to the future
Long Beach Container Terminal illustrates the challenge of an all-electric terminal, both for the operator and the port authority. More
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

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