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Thailand to work with China on ambitious rail project

Work on a US$12.2bn rail project between Thailand and China will begin this year, Thailand’s Transport Minister Air Chief Marshall Prajin Juntong has announced. The two countries reportedly agreed to build the railway in December of last year with a view to connecting ports in the east of Thailand to the border with Laos. According to the Bangkok Post, the ... Read More »

Throughput stable at Contship Italia’s Italian terminals

Throughput was up by 7% at La Spezia

Italian terminal operator Contship Italia has released details of the throughput at its terminals in 2014. Total throughput at its five Italian terminals in 2014 was 5.17m teu, almost exactly the same as last year. At La Spezia Container Terminal, throughput rose by 7% and at Salerno Container Terminal it rose by 21%. On the other hand, at its biggest ... Read More »

Drewry: reliability in decline as 2014 drew to a close

Containership reliability declined for the second month in a row in December, according to Drewry’s latest Carrier Performance Insight report. The latest data shows that the aggregate on-time performance for the Asia-Europe, Transpacific and Transatlantic trades dropped to 58% in December, down from 62% in November and 64% in October. December’s on-time performance was the worst since August (55%) with the ... Read More »

Positive results in 2014 for Santa Marta

Colombia’s port of Santa Marta

The Port of Santa Marta saw positive indicators during 2014 with respect to cargo movement through its terminal, with growth recorded in numerous cargo sectors. It was also a good year in terms of environmental recognition, job creation, generation of income for the city and service to the community, the port said. The port handled a record number of imported cars, up ... Read More »

Horizon announces conditional ECA waiver

Horizon Lines has announced it has received a permit providing a conditional waiver from the North American Emissions Control Area (ECA) fuel sulphur content requirements of MARPOL Annex VI regulation 14.4. The permit is in force while Horizon pursues installation of exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS) on each of its three D7-class vessels which operate in the Alaska trade. The ... Read More »

Eurotunnel announces order for new freight shuttles

The new units will be fully interoperable with the existing shuttles

In order to reach the target of transporting 2m trucks per year by 2020, Eurotunnel has announced the order of three new freight shuttles to add to the 15 in its existing fleet. With the British economy continuing to grow and cross-Channel traffic flows concentrating on the shortest routes as a result of environmental constraints, the market in the strait ... Read More »

A record-breaking 2014 for Virginia

The Port of Virginia set a new annual benchmark for container volume in 2014, having handled more than 2.3m teu, a 7.6% increase over the previous year’s total. “In 2014, we moved 169,000 more teu than we did in 2013, which until now was our most productive year on record,” said John Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority. “The ... Read More »

Brazil plays politics again with port minister appointment

Outgoing minister Cesar Borges

Brazil has appointed a new Minister for Ports, Edinho Araujo who took over the reins of power from the outgoing minister Cesar Borges, on January 5, 2015. Although totally inexperienced in the port sector Araujo has promised to work hard on two priorities: to release some US$10bn-plus of investment in the organised port areas via new concessions – as envisaged ... Read More »

APMT taking steps to improve global capabilities

Netherlands-based terminal operator, APM Terminals (APMT) has placed an order for 16 new rubber-tyre gantry cranes (RTGs) as part of an ongoing programme of upgrading and expanding container handling capabilities and capacities throughout its global terminal network. Twelve of the machines are scheduled for delivery to the company’s facility in Algeciras, Spain, while the remaining four are destined for Apapa, ... Read More »