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Holograms suggested as route to tackling counterfeit trade 

Hologram technology could help track non-counterfeit shipments. Credit: Holoptica

Holograms could be used as part of a track and trace system to help crack down on counterfeit shipments, according to an international trade body. The International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA) suggested using holograms in the maritime sphere after the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) outlined plans to tackle counterfeit volumes in a new Know Your Customer (KYC) best practices ... Read More »

Throughput grows at International Container Terminal Services Inc.

Container volumes at International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) global facilities grew by 5% to more than 9.15m teu in 2017. The operator attributed this growth to activity in emerging markets and improvements at facilities in Iraq, Mexico, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Australia. The Mexican Manzanillo facility welcomed new services in 2017 which boosted throughput, while ... Read More »

One Belt One Road service links China and Netherlands

The service launched at the start of March

A new rail service connecting Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Yiwu in China has been launched as part of the One Belt One Road initiative. The service will link Yiwu in China’s Zhejiang province, in the east of country, with Hutchison Port’s Amsterdam Container Terminal. The service’s first train left Amsterdam for its 11,000 km, 16-day journey at the beginning ... Read More »

The Port of Long Beach to pilot General Electric port software

Two container terminals at the Port of Long Beach, US, will pilot a General Electric (GE) Transportation software aimed at improving cargo movement through the facility. Total Terminals International and Long Beach Container Terminal will pilot GE Transportation’s Port Optimizer platform, which gathers real-time data from across the port to improve the visibility of incoming cargo. GE Transportation explained that ... Read More »

Djiboutian terminal signs deal to boost throughput

The deal will represents a 33% increase in throughput

Djibouti’s Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT) has reached an agreement with Pacific International Lines (PIL) which will add 300,000 teu to the facility’s annual throughout. The added throughput represents a 33% increase compared to the current volume handled at the facility and will provide 20% of the terminal’s total annual capacity, which is 1.6m teu. The agreement was made between PIL ... Read More »

New service to connect Hull and Amsterdam

The Port of Hull recently received two new STS cranes

A new service connecting Hull and Amsterdam has been announced which will add 30,000 teu per year to the Port of Hull’s throughput. The Samskip service will begin in mid-March and will depart on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, and comes off the back of investment in Hull’s container terminal, which is operated by Associated British Ports (ABP). ABP Humber Director ... Read More »

Twill begins operations in Mexico

Digital freight forwarder Twill has rolled out its services in Mexico, meaning the company now operates in five import countries and four export countries. Mexican customers will now be able to use Twill’s platform, which enables users to book, manage and monitor shipments online. Twill has partnered with Maersk’s freight forwarding sector Damco to utilise its existing global footprint, and ... Read More »

Smart sensor start-up integrates with blockchain Distributed Ledger

Nexiot, a developer of smart sensors for non-powered assets in the supply chain, has launched an integration with a blockchain type Distributed Ledger as part of its Digital Logistics Platform. The company’s self-sustaining sensors send messages every five minutes from assets such as rail wagons, shipping containers, and boxes, including updates on location, impact events, border crossing, and mileage. Enhanced ... Read More »

Port division boosts SAAM results

SAAM incorporated Puerto Caldera in 2017

The Chilean port terminals, logistics and towage company SAAM reported a net income of US$60.4m in 2017, an increase of 11% compared with the previous year. SAAM, which operates in Latin America, reported that sales and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) also performed well, growing by 10% to US$684m and 6.8% to US$181.9m respectively. SAAM CEO Macario ... Read More »

Port of Antwerp to collaborate with Dakar

Antwerp and Dakar port authorities have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate more closely, as the Belgian hub seeks to strengthen its links on the West African coast. The Senegalese port of Dakar for its part views the collaboration as a way to position itself as the main regional hub for freight. Dakar, which has an annual freight ... Read More »