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Twill goes live in France

Digital freight forwarder Twill has gone live for companies importing goods into France from China, India, Vietnam and Indonesia. The company, which has partnered with Maersk’s freight forwarding arm, Damco, is targeting small and medium sized customers in France in particular. Troels Stovring, CEO of Twill, said: “Small and medium customers often don’t have the resource or time to book ... Read More »

APMT launches new Rotterdam barge service

The barge service will be daily

APM Terminals (APMT) has launched a new barge service at its Maasvlakte II facility in Rotterdam which will connect the terminal to cold store and distribution centre. The daily, fixed-time Cool Port barge service will connect Maasvlakte II to a facility in the Waalhaven section of the Port of Rotterdam that is operated by Dutch company Kloosterboer. The service is ... Read More »

Kuenz unveils new RTG

The Freerider features a single girder rather than two

Equipment manufacturer Kuenz has released a new rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) crane featuring a single girder, a new hoist system and a single-hand control system. The Freerider’s single girder sits on-top of an A-frame structure, and Kuenz claims this lighter structure can reduce wind loads by up to 65% and allows the RTG to travel at 160 m per minute without a ... Read More »

New Konecranes systems generate fuel savings

Konecranes has launched three driveline solutions for its lift truck range which can result in fuel savings of up to 40%. Released under the ‘Ecolifting’ concept, the new Power Drive system can generate up to 15% fuel savings, the new Flow Drive system can generate up to 25% fuel savings, and the Hybrid Drive solution can offer up to 40% ... Read More »

Maersk Container Industry launches service app

Maersk Container Industry (MCI) has launched an app to support technicians working on Star Cool reefers with diagnosing the condition of boxes. MCI’s Star Cool Service app allows technicians to look up alarm codes and access trouble-shooting information while also providing guides, manuals and service videos for assisting with servicing or repair work. The app can provide these services both online ... Read More »

Gaussin launches three new vehicles

Gaussin has launched two autonomous vehicles and another variable vehicle for transporting containers, with all three vehicles being presented at TOC Europe. The APM Autonomous vehicle is aimed at both brown field and green field ports and is equipped with technology that indicates the vehicle’s location without requiring any infrastructure. To do so it uses the Lidar sensor while also utilising ... Read More »

Port of Rotterdam trials new container scanning system

The portal collects different types of data

The Port of Rotterdam Authority has begun trialling new scanning portals developed by Certus Port Automation at the inland Barge Terminal Tilburg. All trucks arriving at or departing from the facility over the next three months will pass through an optical character recognition (OCR) portal which will scan truck registration numbers and container numbers as well as provide images and time stamps. ... Read More »

ITF criticises Panama Canal Authority

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has criticised the Panama Canal Authority (ACP)’s handling of tug boat crew reductions and said the local union should have been consulted. The ACP has removed the additional captain position from its tugboats’ crews and claimed the move would provide captains with an improved working schedule and reduce the demand to perform overtime, but ... Read More »

Uruguayan APMT facility goes green

Pre-Trip Inspection stickers will be placed on the facility's containers to reflect the use of clean energy

APM Terminals (APMT) Inland Services Uruguay will reduce its CO2 emissions by almost 50 tonnes a year after installing 648 solar panels. The facility, also known as Montevideo Port Services SA, turned on the panels earlier this month and said they were capable of producing 228.6 MWh per year, enough to meet around 80% of the facility’s annual consumption. Juan ... Read More »

Marseille secures European investment

Marseille Fos CEO Christine Cabau Woehrel and EIB vice-president Ambroise Fayolle

The European Investment Bank (EIB), a European Union (EU) institute, has granted France’s Marseille Fos a €50m (US$59m) investment to support five projects. The projects, which require a total investment of €136m (US$160m), include connecting the two existing 2XL deep-sea container terminals to provide a continuous quay length of 2,600 m, increasing the facility’s capacity by 15-20%. Chrstine Cabu Woehrel, ... Read More »