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Willhelmshaven set to gain third service

The new German JadeWeserPort in Wilhelmshaven is set to welcome its third service to the port in February 2015. Maersk Line’s ME1 service which sails on the Europe-Middle East route will call for the first time on 26 Feburary 2015. The weekly services goes from Felixstowe in the UK to Salalah in Oman via Antwerp, Bremerhaven, Wilhelmshaven, Aqaba, Jeddah, Jebel ... Read More »

New container terminal set to be built at Tanjung Priok Port

An artist's impression of the new terminal

Four companies have jointly agreed to construct and operate a new container terminal at Tanjung Priok Port in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta. PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II (IPC), Mitsui & Co. (Mitsui), Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) and PSA International (PSA) will form a project company called PT New Priok Container Terminal One (NPCT1). The new US$300m terminal will have an ... Read More »

Sri Lankan opposition party want to scrap Colombo’s port city

The current Port of Colombo

Sri Lanka’ opposition party intend to scrap an impending $1.5bn port project, agreed between China Communications Construction (CCC) and the current government, if it wins the presidential election next month. Former prime minister and opposition leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe, denounced the plans to turn the nation’s capital, Colombo, into a port city, as a haphazard reclamation” of land with no regard ... Read More »

New study proclaims benefits of cars in containers

A new study has concluded that the cost of shipping cars in containers is not necessarily more expensive than using roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) vessels. The study was conducted by Sean Xu of the World Maritime University in Malmӧ in Sweden and examines the logistics of door-to-door automotive transportation. The report argues that, when it comes to shipping a consistently large ... Read More »

Port of Houston opens longer to handle extra traffic

The Port of Houston Authority has extended opening hours at its container terminals to allow truckers to deal with a 23.4% year-on-year rise in import traffic in November. The port authority and US Customs and Border Protection have agreed to a six month evaluation period, which sees a one-hour extension at the Barbours Cut and Bayport terminals where in-gates and ... Read More »

Investment in Northern route between Asia and Europe announced

The Arctic ocean could become an attractive sea-route all-year round

Russian authorities have announced details of several infrastructure investments in the project to make the Northern route between Asia and Europe attractive to shipping lines all year round. The RUB75bn (US$1.1bn) project has been made possible by global warming and would cut three weeks off normal sailing times between East Asia and Europe. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has been tasked ... Read More »

Protecting the pie: Global tensions are filtering through to the container industry

The effects from Russia's economic stutter may filter to container shipping
Credit: Jürg Vollmer

In years gone by, it was easy to accept the notion that economic prosperity and free market collaboration were inextricably linked. Indeed, the first half of the last decade provided significant economic growth for many of the world’s developed economies and the emerging market BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries began to take off. However, the era when British ... Read More »

New Rotterdam terminal will run on 100% clean energy

APMT's zero-emission Nissan Evalia (left) and Nissan van (right)

Terminal operator APM Terminals (APMT) has signed a €5m (US$6.2m) contract with Amsterdam-based NV Nuon Energy for the supply of wind-generated electricity for its new Maasvlakte II terminal. The new deep-water terminal, which is scheduled to receive its first vessel later this month, will be the world’s first with zero emissions on site and off site, the company claimed in ... Read More »