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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 »

Virginia orders 4 RMGs from Konecranes

Virginia Port Authority and Konecranes have signed a contract for the delivery of four Cantilever rail-mounted gantry (RMG) cranes. This follows a previous deal between the pair in November 2016 for the delivery of 86 automatic stacking cranes (ASCs). Virginia International Gateway (VIG) terminal will receive the four machines as part of its expansion. The first two cranes will be ... Read More »

Maersk Line introduces two new 2M services

The carrier is also merging two of its Asia-US West Coast services

Maersk Line has introduced two new services to run on the 2M alliance network it operates with the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC). The carrier’s AE7 and TP16 services are expected to allow Maersk Line and MSC to accommodate the volumes coming from the slot purchase agreements with Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) and Hamburg Süd. Under the recently announced agreements, the ... Read More »

Hutchison volumes down in Hong Kong and Shenzhen

Container throughput at Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Trust’s deep-water ports fell by 6% in 2016 as both Shenzhen and Hong Kong saw volumes slide. At Yantian International Container Terminals (YICT) in Shenzhen, throughput dropped by 4% while volumes slumped 8% cumulatively at its facilities in Hong Kong. In a statement, the terminal operator attributed the slide in Shenzhen to being ... Read More »

German court: Elbe dredging project needs improving

The project has been delayed again

A German court has ruled that plans to dredge the river Elbe in Hamburg have to be improved before works can continue. The news follows the filing of a complaint by green organisations raising worries over the potential environmental impact of the fairway adjustment of the Lower and Outer Elbe. While stating that parts of the planning process broke planning ... Read More »

Update: Spanish port workers call off strike

Valencia is one of Spain's largest ports

Spanish port workers have called off a planned three-day strike after the government confirmed it would put its port labour reforms on hold and instead open talks with unions. The Spanish government had previously announced plans to reform the sector’s port labour market due to an ongoing fine from the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Strikes were due to take ... Read More »

Kalmar reports fall in 2016 orders

Finnish equipment manufacturer Kalmar has reported a 2% year-on-year drop to €1.72bn (US$1.8bn) in the orders received last year. However, the company recorded an 11% year-on-year rise to €440m (US$469m) in orders received during the fourth quarter attributable to a good demand in the EMEA region. Kalmar’s sales were up 2% from €1.67bn (US$1.78bn) in 2015 to €1.7bn (US$1.8bn) last ... Read More »

Maersk: Price war is over after tough year

Maersk executives provided a relatively buoyant outlook for the container shipping market following a difficult 2016, in which the conglomerate made a US$1.9bn loss, largely due to write-downs in its oil and service supply units. Following the result which is Maersk’s second annual loss since the Second World War, the company noted its expectations for an improvement in 2017 as ... Read More »

Quetzal container termimal to start operations in March

APMT obtained the concession through the acquisition of Grup TCB

APM Terminals (APMT)’s container facility in Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, is scheduled to start operations on March 9, 2017. Terminal de Contenedores Quetzal (TCQ), which APMT obtained the concession to operate through the acquisition of Grup TCB last year, is set to start its operations by handling Maersk’s 2,546 teu vessel Sealand Balboa, according to a customer advisory. A statement by ... Read More »