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Monthly Archives: April 2015

Duisburg increases throughput by 13%

Container throughput at the world’s biggest inland port, Duisburg, grew by 13% in 2014 to 3.4m teu. Terminal operator Duisport’s head of communications Julian Böcker told CM this was down to the port’s links via the river Rhine, rail and road. The port has 360 weekly train connections to more than 80 destinations and it works with, rather than competes ... Read More »

Grup TCB set to buy Terminal Polivalente de Castellón

Terminal Polivalente de Castellón

Terminal operator Grup TCB has agreed a deal to buy Terminal Polivalente de Castellón (TPC) from its current owners, including majority shareholder Globalvia. The transaction is pending approval which is expected to come from the relevant authorities in the next few weeks. The terminal is situated mid-way up Spain’s eastern coast at the Port of Castellon, 60 km from Valencia. TPC handles around ... Read More »

G6 alliance unveils new Asia – North America schedule

The G6 shipping alliance has announced its Asia – North America summer programme following the suspension of 36 voyages to the US West Coast in February. The US West Coast will gain one resumed service plus another enhanced service although it loses two others. Meanwhile, the US East Coast gains two resumed services and one enhanced service. Of three services ... Read More »

Shippers warn that insufficient infrastructure could create “perfect storm”

A lack of sufficient road and rail infrastructure, and insufficient port capacity will place stress on the global economy, creating the “perfect storm” for shipping according to the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF). At the Eurocoke Summit in Amsterdam, Chris Welsh, secretary-general of the GSF, said:  “Increasing international trade will set unprecedented challenges to the transport system, particularly around ports, in ... Read More »

Single digit growth is “the new normal” says Qingdao chairman

DP World's terminal in Qingdao outperformed the market with double digit growth in 2014

The chairman of Qingdao Port International, Zheng Minghui, has said in a statement that lower rates of growth are “the new normal” for the Chinese container terminal industry. He said that the era of rapid growth has gone and been replaced by “medium-to high or even medium” growth. Put differently, he said, growth has gone from double digits to single ... Read More »

DP World seeks to challenge 750% rent hike at Port of Melbourne

An independent valuer will handle the rent dispute at the Port of Melbourne

DP World plans to apply to Australia’s National Competition Commission (NCC), hoping to tackle the proposed rent increase of more than 750% at the container terminal it operates in Melbourne. Paul Scurrah, the CEO of the Dubai-based company’s Australian business, confirmed that the firm aims to introduce the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) as the arbitrator of future fee ... Read More »

Philippine government declares Manila congestion over

Philippine cabinet secretary Rene Almendras said yesterday (13 April) that there was no more congestion at the Port of Manila. “Congestion is completely over at Manila International Container Ports, despite higher than normal volumes handled during the first quarter of this year,” he said in a statement. He pointed out that a number of shipping lines have removed their congestion ... Read More »

Tacoma-Seattle merger talks move forward

Private talks are taking place between the management of the former rival ports of Tacoma and Seattle on the United States’ west coast which, last October, agreed to join forces in a Seaport Alliance to manage their cargo terminals. The announcement last year brought to the end speculations as to the future of both the neighbouring ports, which earlier had ... Read More »

Corpus Christi new rail facility opens for business

The new facility will greatly improve cargo movement

Port Corpus Christi has opened Phase I of the Nueces River Rail Yard, with a new main interchange at the west end of the Inner Harbour to meet the rapidly increasing demands for rail traffic experienced over recent years. The new facility, which will greatly improve efficiency of existing cargo movement at the port’s multimodal facilities, includes a 3000 m ... Read More »