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Lyon-Turin rail link
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Joint initiative on CO2e per container
Hapag-Lloyd and DB Schenker have signed a deal committing the shipping line to reduce the CO2e for each DB container shipped by 6% on the 2014 figure by 2020 More
Renewed call for India to let seafarers go home
The plight of the "abandoned" crew of an anti-piracy protection vessel is damaging India's international standing More
P&O Ports returns
The Government of Dubai is resurrecting the P&O Ports brand as it looks for opportunities at break bulk and mixed cargo terminals. More
Gulftainer container numbers up 8%
The Sharjah, UAE-based handler recorded 8% growth in container volume in 2014 across its facilities worldwide, to reach 6.4M TEU More
Lekki secures funding
The Tolaram Group of Singapore, which has the 45-year build operate and transfer concession for the port of Lekki, Nigeria, has secured funding from a syndicate of six banks and will commence construction work next month. More
New Terex reach stacker
Terex Port Solutions has launched the new Liftace series of laden handling reach stackers More
Daikin launches active CA
New system uses vacuum pressure swing absorption to create a controlled atmosphere inside a reefer container. More
Virginia calls in the RTGs
Virginia is bringing throwing everything it can at its congestion problems, including decommissioned RTGs. More
GPA up 14.2%
Savannah continues to grow at a phenomenal rate, and to spend on new infrastructure More
Auckland fined over lashing accident
Ports of Auckland Ltd (POAL) has been fined over an accident in January 2014. More
Cold comforts for Tilbury
Forth Ports will build a GBP20M reefer cargo DC at London Container Terminal in partnership with NFT Distribution More
ABP stake could go for GBP1.2B
Three bidders are understood to be vying to purchase the 33% stake in Associated British Ports being sold by auction by Goldman Sachs and Prudential More
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 Feature articles
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
Simulators in the driving seat
Simulators are becoming increasingly popular as crane OEMs move to offer training with their cranes. More
Steady as she goes
France's main ports have regained container market share even though the economy remains lacklustre. More
Short-term pain, long-term gain
Despite economic difficulties in several Central and South American countries, major investment projects are underway. More
Mexico's port mission
In fiscal year 2015 alone, Mexico's federal government will spend an estimated US$138M on the country's ports. By 2018, it is hoped that Mexico's main ports will be capable of handling 500 Mtpa of cargo, virtually doubling the 280 Mtpa of capacity that existed in 2012. More
Straddles take the hi-tech path
Automation and more efficient machines are driving straddle carrier research and development. More
RTG electrification proceeding apace
Projects for E-RTGs are gaining traction worldwide, but there is also a market for hybrid drives. More
South Africa missing the boat
South Africa, keen to become a logistics gateway for sub-Saharan Africa, is investing in its ports and railways with this in mind, but the opportunities appear limited. More
Positive outlook for mobile cranes
The flexibility and multi-cargo utility of mobile harbour cranes has contributed to their enduring popularity. More
USWC ports in the doldrums
Labour issues are blighting USWC ports, but does the region's port structure match the new shape of the shipping industry? More

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