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Don-Bur launches plasma actuators
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Maritime investment fund acquires Ernst Russ
HCI Capital AG is taking over one of the oldest German shipping companies by means of a capital increase More
Cavotec/ABB team up on shore-to-ship power
Cavotec and ABB have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly offer complete shore-to-ship power solutions globally. More
Eimskip goes for Autostore TOS
CSA will install its TOS at four terminals operated by Eimskip as part of a wider IT initiative that will see Eimskip's container terminals integrated with its liner and trucking operations. More
Angela Titzrath appointed CEO of HHLA
For the first time a woman will hold the top container handling job in the Port of Hamburg More
Konecranes Terex - impact of tax inversion changes
Federal moves to prevent US companies moving offshore to avoid US Corporation Tax could impact the proposed Konecranes and Terex mereger More
Tracking Post-Panamax scrapping
Ship search and valuation company VesselsValue notes four 14-year old Post-Panamax vessels scrapped in the last six months could signal the start of a trend. More
Carriers scramble to fill ships
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Konecranes reaches for the sky
Konecranes will supply two empty container stacking cranes to SH Cogent Logistics Pte Ltd's "sky depot" in Singapore More
Kiwi ports decide "No VGM, no entry"
New Zealand port operators have announced a nationwide approach to the SOLAS container weighing requirement, and will not be providing VGM services. More
Limassol deals concluded
Eurogate, DP World and DP World affiliate P&O Maritime have been confirmed as the holders of separate concession agreements at Limassol port More
Antwerp Delwaidedok user needed
Antwerp's Delwaidedok facility formerly occupied by MSC Home Terminal will likely continue being used for deep sea cargo handling after all More
Eurotunnel confirms depth of through rail freight decline
In Q1 2016 the number of through rail freight trains year on year fell by 44% from 787 to 442, with tonnage down by 41% to 265,041 tonnes More
Kalmar books strads for HHLA
Kalmar has reported an order for nine ESC350 straddle carriers for Container Terminal Burchardkai in Hamburg More
Club warns of SOLAS "chaos"
The UK P & I Club has warned that some terminals and shippers are unprepared for the enforcement of the SOLAS Chapter VI amendment on 1st July More
Indonesian ro-pax order
Indonesian operator PT Pelni (Persero) has signed a letter of intent with Meyer Werft Papenburg for the construction of a new ro-pax ferry More
WWL's third post-Panamax PCTC
THEBEN is the third of a planned eight 8000 CEU intake ro-ro vessels to join the fleet More
Davies Turner doubles up in Scotland
Davies Turner is doubling the size of its Scottish RDC and BRC-accredited site for the storage and distribution of foodstuffs at Cumbernauld More
Durban protests escalate
A blockade of the Port of Durban is planned for Wednesday, 27th April in protest at 'overdevelopment' at South Africa's biggest port More
Barge operators combine
H&S Container Line, Danser Containerline and Ultrag-Brag have agreed to pool their services on the Upper Rhine More
VAT blamed for trade drop at Dar
According to reports in Tanzania, the introduction of VAT on transit goods has greatly reduced the volume of transit business at the Port of Dar es Salaam More
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 Feature articles
Singapore's automated road
The city state is banking on automation and technology to secure its position as the leading transhipment hub in SE Asia. More
Getting ready to weigh in
There is still no certainty over the regulatory requirements for container weighing equipment in most jurisdictions, but terminals planning to offer a box weighing service are getting ready for 1st July. More
Snapping at truck makers' heels
In a competitive market, such as that for lift trucks and reach stackers, brand loyalty cannot be taken for granted. More
Keeping track of the spreader
There are many opportunities for spreader manufacturers, as a bulge of new crane production works its way into the market. More
Shifting balance of ports' power
Slowing global trade and a potential change in the balance of power between UK ports make these interesting times for the nation's main container ports. More
Keeping hold of the spoils
Despite the recent downturn in port construction and environmental constraints, there is still plenty of activity in the dredging market. More
Port community systems go global
While the scope of port community systems remains national, at best, providers and developers of the networks are keen to use their experience and expertise globally. More
Singapore's automated road
The city state is banking on automation and technology to secure its position as the leading transhipment hub in SE Asia. More
Rainbow eyes the STS market
Kalmar is coming back to the STS crane market, but this time through its joint-venture company Rainbow Cargotec Industries. More
More forks in a smaller Russian cake
Competition is growing in the Russian container market, even as throughput has been falling sharply, on the back of the severe contraction of the country's economy. More
Leasing sector heads into the doldrums
The global box leasing industry suffered a significant setback during 2015, when it purchased proportionally fewer new dry freight containers than at any time since 2009. More
LED lighting on the march
As LED lighting becomes more and more common in residential and commercial applications, people almost expect to see it on any modern industrial development. Ports are no exception, and low energy lighting has emerged as one of the most common sustainability initiatives at container terminals. More
China down but not out
Despite China's economic slowdown, the country still offers a number of interesting trading opportunities. More
Towards a low GWP refrigerant
Regulators ultimately want to see the reefer industry adopt natural refrigerants with a GWP below 20. More
Central America's high hopes
The Central America/Caribbean basin container trades are one of only a few bright spots in the global liner shipping industry at the moment. More

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