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Germany-Croatia intermodal
Rail Cargo Group, part of Austrian state railways company OBB, has started a regular block train service between the port of Rijeka and Ludwigshafen, via Munich More
Milaha files lower profits for 2016
Against a difficult trading background, Qatar Navigations' sales were down 14% last year and profits fell by 35% More
New strads arrive in Southampton
DP World Southampton has taken delivery of eight new 1 over 2 Kalmar straddle carriers as part of a fleet investment and modernisation programme More
Interferry head calls for EU engagement
Mike Corrigan, the incoming CEO of global trade association Interferry will advocate greater European Union involvement and investment in the ferry sector during an address on the opening day of European Shipping Week More
People on the move
Round-up of latest appointments known to WorldCargo News in the shipping, ports and allied industry sectors More
Sinking feeling in Liverpool2
Earlier this month part of the quay at Peel Ports' new Liverpool2 terminal collapsed More
ILA planning to shutdown East and Gulf Coasts
A date has not yet been fixed, but the ILA is planning a national day of action sometime over the next two weeks as it takes another crack at eliminating the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbour. More
Rickmers Maritime on the edge
Rickmers Maritime, which is managed by Rickmers Trust Management (RTM), is teetering on the edge of insolvency More
Three in for Townsville
Port of Townsville Limited (POTL) has announced three companies have been shortlisted and invited to submit proposals to operate the Berth 4 container and general cargo terminal at Townsville Port. More
New cranes for Port Elizabeth
APM Terminals has increased its investment plans for Port Elizabeth to $200M, including the purchase of four new cranes. More
Short and sharp in Belgium
Belgian seaports jointly handled a record 149.3 Mt of shortsea cargo in 2016, a 3% rise year-on-year More
Betuwe Line - "third track" delay
The German/Dutch "pinch point" for the freight-only line is unlikely to be removed until after 2022 More
Boost for JWP Wilhelmshaven
Eurogate has announced that six more lines will call at its Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven concession from April 2017 More
ABP Ipswich busier still
ABP Ipswich has broken records again as the port welcomed larger vessels and saw a surge in ship calls in 2016 More
Sohar surges past 600,000 TEU
Oman's Sohar Port and Freezone handled approximately 619,000 TEU and over 2.3Mt of breakbulk cargo in 2016, up 15% and 18% respectively. More
Key U-turn on gigaliners
The German federal state of Nordrhein Westfalen (NRW, North Rhine Westfalia) is dropping its objections to the 25.25m (3 TEU) gigaliner truck More
DFDS Seaways has taken delivery of the first of two new ro-ro freighters from Flensburg Shipyard More
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 Feature articles
Change in the air for lift trucks
New owners, new dealers and new products - nothing stands still for very long in the heavy lift truck industry. More
On a new path to safety
Hyster is developing new object detection systems for its lift trucks. More
China's Silk Road takes shape
The 'One Belt, One Road' initiative is coming together as investments in transport corridors, logistics centres and ports come to fruition. More
Baltic operators plough on
The Russian economy, low oil prices and sanctions have continued to affect traffic levels this year, but there are several new initiatives in the region. More
The greenest FLTs yet?
Kalmar is working on fuel cell/ battery hybrid FLTs up to 18-1200 capacity for a leading industrial customer in Sweden. More
Revolution in the tank ranks
The use of ISO tank containers in international trade is increasing, driving innovation in their design. More
Choosing the right running mate
Selecting the right tyres for mobile plant saves money and slashes wastage of natural resources. More
Transhipment swings and roundabouts
Transhipment activity may be slowing down as operational, commercial and fiscal factors combine to make the concept less efficient and acceptable. More
Yard crane market holds up
While holding steady this year, forward orders for RTGs for 2017 have fallen, as rail-mounted cranes continue to grow in popularity. More
Mobile forces on the march
Mobile harbour cranes continue to demonstrate their versatility in a range of operating environments. More
New generation Kalmar ECH
Kalmar has launched a new range of dedicated ECH mast trucks, with more choice than ever before. More
Maximising carrying capacity
MacGregor has introduced two initiatives to help close the gap between a box ship's nominal capacity and the actual number of containers that can be loaded. More
Capacity boost at Umm Qasr
Trade with Iraq is increasing despite significant political and economic uncertainties, and the opening of a new container terminal suggests brighter times might lie ahead. More
Middle East stays resilient
Despite the slowdown in trade, new port and transport infrastructure projects in the Middle East are generally progressing, even if on revised Schedules. More
Mixing the old and the new
Industry consolidation and the increasing size and stack heights on ULCVs mean more STS cranes are being placed on the second-hand market. More

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