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CMA CGM to acquire Finnish carrier

CMA CGM has agreed the purchase of Finnish intra-European carrier Containerships from its parent company, Container Finance Ltd Oy. The French company has also agreed a deals for Container Finance’s 25% stake in terminal operator Multi-Link Terminals and its shares in CD Holding Oy. Containerships has a workforce of 560 people and offers ship, truck, rail and barge services in ... Read More »

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Vahle upgrades data communication system

The SGMX system

Vahle has improved the speeds of its SMGX data communication system which allows rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes to utilise conductor rails as a power source. The SGMX system uses conductor rails rather than motorised cable reels to share data, and Vahle has announced that the system now has a data transmission rate of 350 megabytes per second (Mb/s), up from 210 Mb/s. ... Read More »

Konecranes launches automated intermodal offering

Equipment manufacturer Konecranes has launched a range of automated intermodal solutions to fit different container handling scenarios. Released under ‘Avolution of Intermodal’, Konecranes has unveiled four concepts, two for joint rail and deep-sea terminals, one for joint truck and rail terminals, and one for a typical rail facilities. The solutions will provide manned-to-automated growth paths, remote monitoring capabilities and intelligent ... Read More »

CMA CGM deploys container tracking device

CMA CGM first used the technology onboard in 2015

CMA CGM has rolled out a new device for tracking containers which also provides a range of data and incorporates a near-real-time alert system. The device, developed by French start-up Traxens, is a box that is fixed onto containers and measures the container’s position, the intensity of potential shocks, outside temperature variations and the opening and closing of doors. The ... Read More »

Twill goes live in France

Digital freight forwarder Twill has gone live for companies importing goods into France from China, India, Vietnam and Indonesia. The company, which has partnered with Maersk’s freight forwarding arm, Damco, is targeting small and medium sized customers in France in particular. Troels Stovring, CEO of Twill, said: “Small and medium customers often don’t have the resource or time to book ... Read More »

APMT launches new Rotterdam barge service

The barge service will be daily

APM Terminals (APMT) has launched a new barge service at its Maasvlakte II facility in Rotterdam which will connect the terminal to cold store and distribution centre. The daily, fixed-time Cool Port barge service will connect Maasvlakte II to a facility in the Waalhaven section of the Port of Rotterdam that is operated by Dutch company Kloosterboer. The service is ... Read More »

Kuenz unveils new RTG

The Freerider features a single girder rather than two

Equipment manufacturer Kuenz has released a new rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) crane featuring a single girder, a new hoist system and a single-hand control system. The Freerider’s single girder sits on-top of an A-frame structure, and Kuenz claims this lighter structure can reduce wind loads by up to 65% and allows the RTG to travel at 160 m per minute without a ... Read More »

New Konecranes systems generate fuel savings

Konecranes has launched three driveline solutions for its lift truck range which can result in fuel savings of up to 40%. Released under the ‘Ecolifting’ concept, the new Power Drive system can generate up to 15% fuel savings, the new Flow Drive system can generate up to 25% fuel savings, and the Hybrid Drive solution can offer up to 40% ... Read More »

Maersk Container Industry to close Chile factory

The San Antonio factory was deemed to be no longer competitive

Maersk Container Industry (MCI) will cease manufacturing at its factory in San Antonio, Chile, with immediate effect “to better suit market needs,” citing widespread overcapacity in the sector and difficulties in setting up a localised supply chain. From now on, all its reefer containers will be manufactured at the existing facility in Qingdao, China, which had been running at full ... Read More »

SSA Marine extends lease at Oakland to 2027

SSA Marine has signed an agreement with the Port of Oakland to extend its lease at the US West Coast port to 2027, with an option to further extend it to 2042. Key elements of the deal include a 19 acre expansion at SSA’s Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) and the purchase of three new ship-to-shore cranes by the terminal ... Read More »

Aqaba targets Iraq-bound cargo

Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT) in Jordan is looking to become a gateway for Iraq-bound cargo following new pre-arrival clearance protocols and reduced terminal handling charges for containers in transit. Containers imported into Iraq will no longer have to be trans-loaded onto new trucks as they cross the Jordanian/Iraqi border. ACT is 550 km, equivalent to 36 hours by road, away ... Read More »