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Lekki, at last?
China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) has announced that it has begun construction of the long delayed new port of Lekki in Nigeria More
Moroccan high speed line
The Moroccan rail utility, Office Nationale des Chemins de Fer du Maroc (ONCF), has begun final tests on the new high speed railway between Casablanca and Tangier More
Rotterdam box traffic up 12%
Last year container throughput rose by 10.9% to 13.7M TEU in unit terms and, by weight, by 12.3% to 142.6 Mt. In H2 throughput was 12.4% iup in TEU and 14.1% up in tonnage. There has been steady growth over the past five half years More
WWL gets more space in Zeebrugge
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics has signed a concession agreement with the Port of Zeebrugge to develop 49 hectares of land known as the Bastenaken West property located in the inner port More
People on the move
New CEO appointed for MSC's TIL arm; new CEO at MSC Gate Bremerhaven; Michail Stahlhut to switch from SBB Cargo International to one of its stakeholders, Hupac; Inke Onnen-Lubben to step down from Lower Saxony ports; Neuss Dusseldorfer Hafen to appoint new MD More
German platooning to start in April
The first platooning trial trucks in Germany have been handed over to DB Schenker by MAN More
Embracing predictive visibility in Long Beach
Shippers and motor carriers have embraced new technology at the ITS terminal in Long Beach that gives better visibility into import container availability. More
NYK Car Carrier (China) under investigation
NYK Line has launched an internal investigation into possible illicit financial practices at its Shanghai-based subsidiary NYK Car Carrier (China) co Ltd. More
Bill of lading blockchain lands US$7M.
Does a blockchain startup selling $7M of tokens in an Initial Coin Offering signal the end of the paper-based Bill of Lading? More
DCT Gdansk gears up for more boxes
Following a record throughput performance in 2017, DCT Gdansk is planning for even bigger volumes in the future. More
Hamburg gets to grips with Port 4.0
In announcing its 2017 cargo results the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) has highlighted its work to address infrastructure challenges from bigger ships and prepare the port for a digital future. More
Biosecurity alert hits Auckland auto imports
Four ro-ro car carrier vessels have been unable to land their cargo at the Port of Auckland in New Zealand due to a biosecurity alert. More
ECT is hiring again
ECT in Rotterdam is seeking 100 new operational staff in view of "current and anticipated volumes." This is the first time in 10 years the Hutchison Ports' affiliate has been a labour hirer More
Swissterminal to change structure
Swiss intermodal, container depot and (through Schweizerzug) intermodal train operator will bundle its activities into two divisions, one for operational and the other for non-operational activities More
MSC and Onorato order cruise ferries
MSC and Onorato Armatori have signed a contract with China State Shipbuilding Corporation affiliates Guangzhou Shipyard International Co and China Shipbuilding Trading Co (CSTC) for four ropax cruise ferries More
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 Feature articles
ZPMC charts its digital path
ZPMC is embarking on a "digital transformation" as it looks to reshape its crane business to support a new generation of Smart Terminals. More
Making intermodal work well
In the wake of Rastatt, trust has to be restored in intermodal and a new mindset is needed. More
Baltic ports in expansion mode
With cargo throughput volumes increasing, there are plenty of expansion plans across the Baltic Sea region. More
Facing up to Finnish challenges
Finnish ports handling import and export cargo are posting strong growth, but ports engaged in the transit trade with Russia continue to face considerable diffi culties. More
Optimism in the tank container sector
The tank container industry is looking forward to growth in 2018 in both mainstream and niche applications. More
Moving away from diesel trucks
As diesel emission standards become ever stricter, lift truck makers are developing low and zero emission solutions. More
Cutting equipment costs through innovative finance
DLL wants to work with port operators to develop new concepts for fi nancing port equipment. More
Infrastructure boom for East African cargo flows
The region's transport infrastructure is benefitting from the biggest wave of investment since the early years of the colonial period. More
VDL steps up autonomous driving
VDL Groep is strengthening its position in the field of smart mobility. More
Setting out on the RTG automation road
Kalmar has its first customer for RTG automation, with a phased introduction at Dublin Ferryport. More
Africa rising on a wave of burgeoning trade
The container trades between countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the rest of the world have staged a strong recovery this year. More
MHC choices opening up
The market for MHCs is becoming more competitive, thanks to new technical solutions and new entrants. More
Facing the storms head-on
Significant headwinds are affecting South Africa's economic performance and trading prospects. More
More new tyres for the port sector
Smaller tyre companies are seeking to expand their niche presence in the port handling tyre sector. More
Steady change in the yard crane market
There are interesting trends in the yard crane market, as more terminals embrace RMGs and ASCs, while demand for RTGs shifts away from China. More

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