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UK government approves Felixstowe rail improvements

The improvements will increase the number of freight trains travelling between Felixstowe and Ipswich

The United Kingdom’s transport minister has signed off on a scheme to improve the Port of Felixstowe’s rail connections. The £60m (US$80m) scheme, jointly funded by Network Rail and Hutchison Ports, will allow up to 47 freight trains to run per day in each direction between Ipswich and Felixstowe. Hutchison-operated Felixstowe is the largest container port in the United Kingdom ... Read More »

San Juan back to 84% capacity following Hurricane Maria

The Port of San Juan is running at an average of 84% capacity in terms of containers leaving the port, according to the Puerto Rico Shippers Association (PRSA). The port had to close for four days following the arrival of Hurricane Maria, which decimated the small Caribbean island. Operations are now normalising and the port is functioning 24 hours a ... Read More »

Gdansk begins plans to connect Baltic Sea and Black Sea

The authority will begin by exploring possible connections to Belarus

The Port of Gdansk Authority (PGA) has begun exploring possible connections to Belarus via inland waterways as part of a larger project to connect to the Black Sea. A working group has been appointed to explore the feasibility of connecting the Gulf of Gdansk and the Vistula Lagoon, both on the Baltic Sea, with river systems in Belarus. This feasibility ... Read More »

CMA CGM to launch start-up incubator in Marseilles

Rodolphe Saadé speaking at Salon des Entrepreneurs

Rodolphe Saadé, CEO of the CMA CGM Group, has announced plans to launch a start-up incubator in Marseilles to help develop new companies. The project will support Le Carburateur, another incubator in Marseilles’ northern district which CMA CGM also assists with. Speaking at the Salon des Entrepreneurs trade fair in Marseilles, Saadé said: “”With this project, CMA CGM wishes to ... Read More »

ICTSI posts record productivity in Manila

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has posted record productivity at its flagship Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) in the Philippines for August and September. MICT recorded an increase in berth productivity of 22% and 13% in August and September respectively, and the port attributed this success to its workers. MICT operations director Jay Valdez said: ““Management acknowledges the excellent ... Read More »

Orbcomm purchases transport solution company Blue Tree Systems

Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provider Orbcomm has acquired Irish transportation solutions company Blue Tree Systems, along with its American, German and French subsidiaries. The Galway-based firm provides solutions for trucks, including refrigerated trucks, as well as refrigerated and dry trailers, and has more than 300 customers across North America, Europe and Australasia. Orbcomm’s CEO Marc Eisenberg ... Read More »

Gothenburg continues tariff freeze

Tariffs will remain at their 2015 level

Gothenburg Port Authority has announced port tariffs will remain unchanged for a third successive year, meaning the charges will remain at their 2015 level. The charges are levied on all vessels that call at the Swedish facility and are based on the vessel’s type and its gross tonnage. Money raised from the tariffs are used to finance a range of ... Read More »

Storm causes disruption in Durban

The MSC Ines briefly blocked Durban's channel. Credit: MarineTraffic

Port operations in Durban have ground to a halt as a result of a storm that has hit the South African city. Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), which operates the Port of Durban, has confirmed that all vessel movements at the facility have been suspended. TNPA’s marine service team and tugboats were called to action to help move the 6,880 ... Read More »

Port of Antwerp joins plastic reduction initiative

The Port of Antwerp has joined a programme to organise measures for keeping the loss of pellets to a minimum, in an effort to keep plastic out of the environment. Plastic products are made from polymers, usually delivered in the form of small pellets, and Antwerp is the main polymer hub in Europe for the production, handling and distribution of plastic ... Read More »