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Awards recognise innovation
The latest round-up of awards includes an innovative barge-road door-to-door delivery service More
Landside operations commence at Maasvlakte II
APM Terminals has announced that it has begun 24/7 landside operations at its new, automated Maasvlakte II facility in Rotterdam More
CMA CGM acquires OPDR
Yesterday (25 November) in Hamburg Jacques R. Saade announced the acquisition of Hamburg-based shortsea operator Oldenburg-Portugiesische Dampfschiffs-Rhederei GmbH Co KG from Bernhard Schulte Group More
DP World/ZPMC test Indian ban
Despite two Indian terminals reportedly being denied "security clearance" to purchase ZPMC cranes, four new units are on the water for delivery to DP World's terminal in Jawaharlal Nehru. More
Houston plans rail link
New 6,500ft rail line will give Union Pacific direct access to the Bayport container terminal More
Necotrans in for Kribi
French firm Necotrans has submitted an application for the contract to operate the new multi-purpose terminal at the Port of Kribi More
Rotterdam labour issues - gap widening?
Rotterdam World Gateway Terminal has responded to WorldCargo News about an online article on 7 October 2014 and a subsequent article in WorldCargo News, October, p1 More
Robotic inspection unit
The Port of Setubal (APSS) is making use of a remotely-controlled robotic vehicle with video equipment for capturing and recording CCTV images for infrastructure inspection purposes More
Reefer Ro-Ro II
Knud Hansen is continuing to work on its Reefer Ro-Ro ship designs More
Bari-Rotterdam on the rails
Italian forwarder and rail intermodal operator GTS has announced new services More
Hamburg sets a new record
With total throughput of around 110 Mt, the Port of Hamburg set a new record in the first nine months of 2014 More
ZIM turns in better results
ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd has reported US$41M EBIDTA in 3Q/2014 - improvements of US$18M compared to 2Q/2014 and US$30M compared to 3Q/2013 More
Antwerp facing disruption on Monday
The port of Antwerp faces serious disruption on Monday (November 24) from a series of work stoppages More
Doubts over Calabar
It has been reported in Nigeria that attempts to dredge the harbour and approach channel of the east Nigerian port of Calabar have been abandoned, placing the port's long term future in doubt More
Deal agreed on Tema
The government of Ghana has announced that it has approved the construction of the new container terminal at the Port of Tema More
Transnet offers advice to KPA
Kenya Ports Authority and Transnet National Ports Authority have signed an agreement under which TNPA will help KPA select an operator for the second container terminal at Mombasa More
Maher in for more Konecranes' straddles
Maher Terminals has placed an order for another eight straddle cariers with Konecranes More
Navis launches XVELA
New Cloud-based platform for vessel planning and data-driven decision making at the carrier/terminal interface. More
New reefer doors from Maersk
Maersk Container Industry (MCI) has developed and patented a new design of rivetless doors for reefer containers. More
Saudi/Oman plan for the future
Saudi Arabia and Oman are both investing huge sums to expand and upgrade their rail infrastructure as they plan for a future where more intercity, cross-border and import/export cargo is moved by rail. More
New cranes at Duisport
A new double cantilever RMG, built by Tobies Kranund Forderanlagen GmbH and with an SWL of 41t under combi-spreader, has entered service at Duisport's Logport III intermodal and logistics complex. Capacity is estimated at 90,000 moves a year. More
More reefers for Sea Star
American shipping line Sea Star Line LLC has placed an order for another 100 40ft and 50 45ft high cube reefer containers. This forms part of the US$11M, fiveyear plan that it began in 2011, aimed at updating its refrigerated fleet to containers three-yearsold or less by 2016. More
Mangoes on the water
Maersk Container Industry (MCI) and Africa Express Line (AEL) have successfully tested managing fresh mangoes in Star Cool controlled atmosphere (CA) reefer containers. More
Ferrymasters gears up
Pan-European multimodal logistics specialist P&O Ferrymasters is expanding its Central and Eastern Europe fleet by leasing a further 300 trailers from TIP Trailer Services in a new seven-year deal. This covers 200 coil carriers for deployment in Central Europe and 100 piggyback trailers to boost the P&O Ferrymasters intermodal fleet operating on rail services between Rotterdam/ Zeebrugge and Eastern Europe. More
Rail renewal for Global
The Port Authority of New York New Jersey has approved US$320M in funding towards a US$356M redevelopment of Greenville Yards, adjacent to the Global Marine Terminal in New Jersey. More
New chassis launched
Two new chassis types have been launched in Europe. More
PKP Cargo expanding
PKP Cargo, the freight arm of Polish State Railways, is to purchase two logistics companies, CTL Logistics and Advanced World Transport (AWT). More
Pentalver has its cake
Transport logistics provider Pentalver has acquired exclusive UK rights to offer the CakeBoxx range of doorless shipping containers. US-based CakeBoxx first unveiled its ISO container design with no doors several years ago (WorldCargo news, June 2006, p14 and December 2006, p17), with the promise of unmatched cargo protection and cross-border security. More
Eurotunnel building up
Groupe Eurotunnel SA (GETSA) is to invest Euro30M to build two new terminals - one on each side of the tunnel in Folkestone and Calais - in a project dubbed Terminal 2015. More
Samskip Duisburg-Bettembourg
The Samskip Van Dieren Rail Terminal in Duisburg already handles a high frequency of rail shuttles to and from Scandinavia, with onward steel wheel distribution to Novara and Trieste. More
BLG Autorail on the right track
BLG Autorail GmbH in Mainz, part of Bremen-headquartered BLG Logistics Group, has teamed up with American railway wagon manufacturer Greenbrier to develop a new railcar for automobiles. More
Port of La Rochelle goes european
OFP Atlantique, the rail operator inside the Port of La Rochelle, is now a licensed European rail operator, transporting cargo between the port and Spain. More
...cold ironing alternative
As an alternative to very expensive cold ironing at berth, cruise ships - and potentially, in future, cargo ships - can be supplied with relatively clean auxiliary power from an LNG barge. 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 way forward for straddle carriers
The emphasis today is on full automation and achieving the lowest possible fuel consumption. More
Reefer plugs under review
The trend towards automation has focused terminal operators on how to minimise the amount of time reefer service personnel need to enter the reefer areas to service containers. Automation makes it more difficult, but not impossible, for people and cranes to operate in close proximity, so automated terminals are looking for other ways to get information on the status of containers. More
Tales of the river bank
The long-running Elbe dredging debate has entered another critical phase. More
Fesco invests for intermodal future
Despite the business challenges in Russia, Fesco is convinced of the nation's trading prospects and investment opportunities. More
Reefer machinery producers ride the upturn
Stronger demand for reefer machinery is expected to boost 2014 output by at least 20% but competition remains intense and is driving yet further technical innovation. More
Putting a plug in vessel emissions
What does low sulphur fuel mean for cold ironing at ports in the future? More
Cool air blows seawards
Reefer containers' share of perishable and pharma products is increasing and this trend will continue as liner carriers add capacity, expand services and adopt new technology. More
Russian port investments proceed
A number of important port development projects, including expansions and entirely new port complexes, are underway or planned in the Baltic and Pacific ranges. More
Yilport goes for global growth
Turkey's Yilport is embarking on an overseas investment initiative aimed at positioning it as one of the world's leading port management companies within a decade. More
The need for speed
A recent study indicates gross berth productivity is improving, but are lines willing to pay for speed? More
Developing seamless port gateways
Contship Italia group, part of Germany's Eurokai, had a good year at its Italian terminals in 2013 and is poised for further growth. Across the six port operations in which it has a stake, combined throughput reached almost 5.6M TEU, compared to around 5.0M TEU in 2012 (+ 12%). More
Sailing through uncertain times
With P3 abandoned and Maersk/ MSC now planning 2M, this could lead to more far-reaching changes in the liner shipping business. More
Heavy lift battens down
Reduced project spending and some particular regional issues will impact heavy lift shipping. More
New STS container crane for training only
In what is believed to be a world "first," a new STS container crane has been ordered purely for training purposes. More
All over, under, on and in the cranes
Various crane components suppliers have come up with new or redesigned products. More
Hearing low noises in the yard
What are the best container handling options for shippers, warehouse operators and the like? More
STS container crane momentum slows
The main explanation is a sharp fall in orders placed by ports in China. More
Assessing the port equipment market*
* This article was written by Daniel Schaefer who is a market analyst, recently publishing a market report on future container throughput, upcoming terminal projects and the equipment market. For further information, please refer to More
Reefer box builders await the upturn
Reefer demand fell again in 2013, but is set to rise this year, with the three main box builders poised to take advantage as they each launch substantial new capacity. More
Reefer monitoring on the radar
Interest in reefer monitoring continues to grow, but what does Maersk's decision to install a GSMbased system mean for terminals? More

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