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Rail shuttle links French ports to Switzerland

A rail shuttle container service linking the major French ports of Marseille Fos and Le Havre with Switzerland will be launched in mid-March in a joint initiative with intermodal operator Naviland Cargo. Operating three times per week, the service will run to the Swiss terminal of Chavornay – in the French-speaking region near Lausanne – after connecting rail shuttles from ... Read More »

Congestion hits embattled Yemeni ports

The Port of Hodeidah has been at the centre of controversy and fighting

CMA CGM has instituted a port congestion surcharge on Yemen’s largest port. The carrier has started to levy a charge of US$300 per teu on all shipments to the Port of Aden. Due to a civil war, the country’s population have been struggling to adequately feed themselves and the United Nations estimates that 17m people are in urgent need of ... Read More »

Konecranes appoints new investor relations chief

Konecranes has appointed a new Vice President, Investor Relations, from outside of the company. Eero Tuulos will join Konecranes in February from another Finnish company, Nokia, where he was Director of Investor Relations and where he was worked since 2009. Konecranes current chief of investor relations, Miika Kinnunen, will assume new responsibilities within Konecranes’ finance organisation and will continue to ... Read More »

Portland may lose dedicated container terminal

A consultant has recommended that Portland’s Terminal 6 (T-6) container terminal converts to become a multi-use terminal because of reduced Transpacific calls at the terminal. According to the Port of Portland, the consultant  concluded the most viable T-6 business model is a multi-use terminal that dedicates revenues from other terminal activities to support container service. The study found that Portland’s ability ... Read More »

US ports call for infrastructure funding

US Senate Building

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has told the US Senate that US ports should get US$66bn from Trump’s US$1tn infrastructure promise. The AAPA was represented by Port of Cleveland CEO William Friedman who made the case for water infrastructure to the US Senate’s committee on environment and public works. Friedman’s testimony to the hearing, titled ‘America’s water infrastructure ... Read More »

Indian Shipping Board member criticises transshipment plans

A member of India’s advisory board on shipping has criticised government plans to set up a transhipment terminal in Kovalam. Joe D’Cruz wrote to India’s shipping minister to say that the transhipment terminal model was now outdated and that, if India had wanted to do transhipment successfully, it should have invested in it 30 years ago. “For a successful International ... Read More »

Portland starts new rail shuttle

Portland's Terminal 6 is linked by rail to Puget Sound

The Port of Portland has started a new rail shuttle between its Terminal 6 container terminal and the port of Seattle/Tacoma. The new service, which has been launched with Burlington North and Santa Fe Railway, will operate five days a week. “The rail service will complement the monthly container ship call by giving our local shippers another path to market,” ... Read More »

Indian transshipment terminal prospers

A South Indian transhipment terminal has recorded growth of 11% in 2017. DP World’s India Gateway Terminal had a throughput of 532,000 teu in the calendar year. The company said that it had implemented a number of measures to improve the productivity of the terminal in Cochin. These included a new digital portal which enables paperless transaction, offers a single ... Read More »

Westports volumes fall in 2017

Westports Container Terminal

Container volumes at the Malaysian terminal operator Westports have fallen by 9.5% in 2017. The operator recorded volumes of 9.95m teu in 2016 and 9m teu in 2017. This fall in volumes was not unexpected – as the company had issued guidance predicting a fall in volumes of between 7% and 12%. In a stock exchange filing, the company predicted ... Read More »

Cavotec supplies record-breaking cranes

The STS cranes are also the world's second-tallest

Cavotec has provided cable reels for ship-to-shore (STS) cranes which have the highest lifting distance of any such cranes in the world. The cable reels provide electrical power for the ZPMC STS cranes at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia. As well as having the world’s highest lifting distance, these cranes are the second tallest in the world after ... Read More »