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Port of Antwerp to appoint representative in Britain ahead of Brexit

The Port of Antwerp will appoint a full-time representative in the UK, based in London, in order to keep in closer touch with the economic situation there now that Brexit is looming closer. Attracting additional sources of trade and cargo will also form part of the new port representative’s job. Luc Arnouts, the port authority’s international networks manager, said: “The ... Read More »

Transhipment up by 20% in Colombo

Jaya Container Terminal (JCT), which is run by Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA)

 The Port of Colombo has recorded a strong start to 2018, with transhipment volumes up by 20.4% at its three main terminals in January. Collectively, Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT), South Asia Gateway Terminal (SAGT) and Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) handled 436,303 teu of transhipment volumes in January, well over the 362,451 teu recorded in the same month last year. ... Read More »

Hyperloop connecting Port of Mumbai with Pune on the cards

The project will enter a procurement stage after a six month feasibility study

The Indian state of Maharashtra has signed an agreement with Virgin Hyperloop One, announcing its intent to build the first hyperloop route in India, potentially linking Jawaharlal Nehru Port with Pune. According to the developers, the system will have the potential for the rapid movement of palletised freight and light cargo between the Port of Mumbai and Pune, creating a ... Read More »

Avanza trials Daikin’s Active CA for avocados

Avocado supplier Avanza has completed a trial with Daikin Reefer using Active Controlled Atmosphere (CA) technology on a proof of concept shipment of 6,500 kg avocados between the ports of Tauranga, New Zealand, and Busan, Korea. The trial took place in December, towards the end of the New Zealand avocado season, which runs from September to January. By slowing down ... Read More »

Twill takes first customer booking in India

Twill launched in April 2017

Digital freight forwarder Twill has taken its first customer booking in India, having identified it as a target export country. Later this year India will also be made an import country on the platform, which was launched in April 2017. Twill, which is partnered with Damco, is now present in eight countries, and alongside this continuous roll-out the platform is ... Read More »

Contargo opens first branch office in Duisburg

Contargo Rail Services (CRS) has begun offering its services for the rail transport of goods at a newly-established Agency and Coordination Point in Duisburg. The company is offering commercial and schedule processing of trains for customers, as well as providing full coordination services for the transports of third parties. Andreas Mager, co-managing director of CRS. Said: “Agency services are one ... Read More »

Maersk grows revenue and underlying profit in “unusual” year

A topsy-turvy  2017 saw Maersk deliver an underlying profit for its continuing operations of US$356m, compared to a loss of US$496m the previous year, although this fell significantly below expectations. An underlying profit of US$425.4m had been forecast while operating profit reached US$641m, far below the estimate of US$1.03bn. Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Moller – Maersk, stated: “The past ... Read More »

Lase’s truck lifting prevention system installed at Incheon

SNCT has already ordered further Lase systems for existing cranes

The LaseTLP system for Truck Lifting Prevention has been commissioned for eight automatic rail-mounted gantry (ARMG) cranes in the NewPort at Sun Kwang Container Terminal (SNCT) in Incheon, South Korea. In the automated Asian hub, 2D-laser scanners will aim to detect truck liftings, which  occur when any twistlock is locked or jammed, before the lifting of the truck has begun. Two 2D-laser scanners out of the ... Read More »

Second phase of ICTSI’s Basra investment underway

Basra Gateway Terminal

The phase two expansion of Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT) is underway, with 400 m of quay and a 14 m draught to be completed by the third quarter of 2019, enabling vessels of up to 9,000 teu to be handled. On completion of this phase, the terminal operator International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) will have invested US$250m, the lion’s ... Read More »

Evergreen orders eight 11,000 teu vessels

Evergreen Marine Corp. (EMC) has agreed with Samsung Heavy Industries (SGI) to order eight 11,000 teu container ships. Four ships will be owned by EMC’s subsidiary, Greencompass Marine S.A. and a further four by Evergreen Marine (Hong Kong) Ltd. The newbuildings are planned to be delivered from the first quarter of 2020 through the second quarter of 2021. According to ... Read More »