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US considers supporting offensive on Hodeidah Port

The US is considering whether to provide support for a potential UAE-led operation to drive Houthi rebels out of the Port of Hodeidah in Yemen, a key strategic node in the ongoing civil war. According to the Washington Post, Jim Mattis, the US defence secretary has sent a memo to the White House, asking to drop the Obama administration’s restrictions ... Read More »

UPS expands China-Europe intermodal service

UPS has added six stations to the service

UPS has added six stations to its preferred full and less-than-container load (FCL and LCL) multimodal rail service between Europe and China, as the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) strategy gains traction. Changsha, Chongqing, Suzhou and Wuhan Stations were added in China to the existing stations of Zhengzhou and Chengdu. In Europe stops in Duisburg, Germany and Warsaw, Poland were ... Read More »

Eurogate adds rail services to Istanbul

Eurogate Intermodal (EGIM) has expanded its intermodal transport network, reinforcing Munich as a hub for rail transport to Europe’s southern ports, the Balkan states and Turkey. EGIM now offers two weekly connections between Munich and Budapest with block trains to Budapest-BILK freight station in a transit time of less than 24 hours without stops. In addition to this route, EGIM ... Read More »

CMA CGM and PSA launch second phase of terminal

French President François Hollande (third from left) at the opening

CMA CGM Group and PSA have opened the second phase of their container terminal joint venture (JV) in Singapore, the French carrier’s regional transhipment hub. The CMA CGM – PSA Lion Terminal (CPLT) now has two more berths and a total operating capacity of 4m teu. When it opened in July 2016, the facility had two mega container berths at ... Read More »

Antwerp terminals receive new cranes

PSA Antwerp’s Noordzee Terminal and MSC PSA European Terminal (MPET) have received two quay cranes each with two more on the way to each facility in May. The machines have a hoisting height of 50 m and can reach across 25 rows of containers, making them capable of handling the world’s largest containerships. These dual hoist cranes can handle two ... Read More »

Maersk Container Industry launches new controlled atmosphere reefer

Maersk Container Industry (MCI) has launched an extension of its controlled atmosphere (CA) system, aiming to control the ripening process of low-respiring perishables such as blueberries and lychees. The Danish company hopes that the new system, named Star Cool CA+, will extend the market reach of high-value perishables so they can arrive at their destinations in optimal conditions without over-ripening ... Read More »

Seatrade orders energy efficient reefers from Carrier

Seatrade Group N.V. has acquired more than 2,400 Carrier Transicold PrimeLine container refrigeration units, including 2,000 featuring energy-saving technology. The PrimeLine units, installed primarily on 40-foot high-cube containers, have been acquired through lease and are being deployed in all trade routes served by the specialised reefer operator. Those with EDGE energy technology were specified with optional water-cooled condensers to support ... Read More »

Global Ports suffers in weak Russian market

Total marine container throughput Global Ports’ facilities declined by 19% to 1.1m teu last year, as the terminal operator focused on premium services in a tough market. The Russian container market grew by 1% year on year in 2016, although capacity utilisation across the industry remained below 50%. According a company statement, its volume drop was attributable to a focus ... Read More »

Lase launches straddle carrier positioning solution

Laser systems manufacturer Lase has launched a product for the exact positioning of straddle/van carriers under ship-to-shore (STS) cranes. The retrofittable solution, named LaseSPC – Straddle Positioning Crane, is a 2D measurement system consisting of two 2D laser scanners mounted on the water and landside sill beam. The straddle carriers are equipped with reference markers on all four portal legs. ... Read More »

Strikes off after Spanish opposition votes against reforms

Opponents of the decree celebrated in Congress

Spanish dockers unions have called off planned strike action after Spanish opposition parties voted down a government decree, meant to liberalise the hiring of port labour. The decree, which would have allowed companies to freely hire workers to load and unload cargo, is the first such legislation since 1979 to have been voted down by the opposition in Spain. Current ... Read More »