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Chengdu to double trains to Europe

The Chinese city of Chengdu, capital of the country’s Sichuan Province, is expected to more than double the number of cargo trains to Europe this year, according to local media. The Chengdu International Railway Services Company said that almost 1,000 cargo trains will run from the Chinese city to Europe in 2017, compared to 460 run last year. The city ... Read More »

Kalmar to deliver 30 shuttle carriers to Tangier

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will deliver 30 hybrid shuttle carriers to APM Terminals’ (APMT) MedPort Terminal facility in the Port of Tanger Med, Morocco. The order was booked into Cargotec’s 2016 fourth quarter order intake and the delivery is estimated to be completed by the end of 2018. It represents Kalmar’s biggest single order for horizontal transportation to date. The ... Read More »

Court declares Hanjin bankrupt

Hanjin filed for court receivership in August

South Korean carrier Hanjin Shipping has been declared bankrupt by a court months after filing for court receivership. The Seoul Central District Court court said in a statement that it chose a bankruptcy administrator and creditors’ claims are due by May 1 this year. The creditors’ first meeting is expected to be held on June 1, 2017. A statement by ... Read More »

Ruscon acquires logistics company SLG-Operating

Container transport company Ruscon has acquired Smart Logistics Group-Operating (SLG-Operating), a Russian logistics firm offering warehouse and logistics services. Vladimir Bychkov, CEO of Ruscon, said: “This acquisition is a significant step for our business into the wider logistics market.” “SLG-Operating has unique expertise in operating A-class warehouse complexes and is a well-known brand in the logistics sector,” he added. SLG-Operating ... Read More »

Antwerp’s Deurganck dock to open at night

They will extend their opening hours starting from March 20

Container terminals at the Port Antwerp’s Deurganck dock are scheduled to start opening around the clock on weekdays to spread the flow of trucks more efficiently. The port’s two biggest container terminals, MSC PSA European Terminal (MPET) and DP World Antwerp Gateway, both located in the port’s Deurganck dock, will extend their opening hours as of March 20 to allow containers’ ... Read More »

Port of Hamburg container volumes up in 2016

Following a tough 2015, container throughput at the Port of Hamburg stabilised last year with 1% growth to 8.9m teu. Volumes with Russia climbed by 4.5% to 453,000 teu after being affected by geopolitical sanctions. Ingo Egloff, joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing, stated: “Despite trade sanctions remaining in force, Russia returned to second place (2015: third) among the ... Read More »

EU MEPs support shipping inclusion in emissions trading scheme

The European Parliament will vote again after a final legislation is drafted

The European Parliament has voted in support of a draft proposal to incorporate international shipping into the EU Emissions Trading System (EU-ETS) starting from 2023 if an international measure is not introduced by 2021. The regulation would apply to all ships calling at EU ports, including non-EU flag ones. The inclusion of shipping in the system was part of draft ... Read More »

CMA CGM and Alibaba sign digital cooperation agreement

CMA CGM and Alibaba have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to allow customers to reserve space on its vessels. The cooperation between the French carrier and the Chinese e-commerce company will provide digitised services for clientele via the One Touch platform. A statement from the shipping line noted: “They propose together an alternative for direct booking platform for customers ... Read More »

Marseille Fos CEO calls for united approach to hinterland transport

The port has three rail and three river services per day

The CEO of the Port of Marseille Fos, France, has called for a united approach to promote hinterland rail and waterways connections following her appointment as 2017 chair of the promotional body for Rhone-Saone river services Medlink Ports. Speaking at her appointment ceremony, Christine Cabau Woehrel argued that efficiency as well as national and international visibility can be boosted by ... Read More »