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DB Schenker concerned about UK intermodal competitiveness

Rail operator DB Schenker Rail UK still has worries over the competitiveness of the UK’s deep sea container (DSC) rail transport markets regardless of commitments from rival Freightliner to tackle anti-competitive arrangements in its favour. Freightliner will have to work to reduce barriers to competition in the markets for DSC rail transport between the ports of Felixstowe, Southampton and Tilbury ... Read More »

Largest container ship to ever visit US departs Oakland

The 18,000 teu vessel will call at Long Beach in February
Credit: Port of Oakland

The Port of Oakland has become the second US port to handle the largest container ship to visit the USA, following the Port of Los Angeles, where the 18,000 teu CMA CGM vessel arrived at in late December 2015. The ultra-large container vessel (ULCV) berthed in the port of Oakland on December 31, 2015, and will return to the US ... Read More »

Ruscon volumes up despite Russian decline

Vladimir Bychkov, Ruscon's chairman

Russian intermodal operator Ruscon has bucked the local downward market trend, handling 113,000 laden containers in the first three quarters of 2015, 6% more than over the same period in 2014. Over the last 12 months, Russia has seen imports fall by more than 20% but Ruscon benefitted from a strong imports market in food products as well as exports ... Read More »

COSCO Pacific is sole bidder for Piraeus Port Authority

COSCO Pacific is keen on Piraeus as its regional transhipment hub

COSCO Pacific is the sole bidder for a 51% stake in Piraeus Port Authority (PPA), after rival terminal operators APM Terminals (APMT) and International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) failed to submit offers by the bidding deadline. Greece’s state privatisation agency will open the sealed bid on January 12, 2016, although the privatisation process is expected to last several more ... Read More »

New berth completed at Evergreen’s Colon terminal

Evergreen Group’s Colon Container Terminal (CCT) has celebrated the completion of its newly built Berth No.4 with a ceremony in Panama. The facility, located on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal, is 16.5 m in depth and is equipped with three super post-Panamax gantry cranes capable of handling 23 rows of containers. Berth No. 4 is undergoing various system ... Read More »

Davao Sasa Port modernisation criticised

Plans for a public-private-partnership (PPP) modernisation for Sasa Port in Davao, the southernmost island in the Philippines, have been criticised by local businessmen. The PHP19bn (US$420m) project will involve the development of the existing Davao Sasa Port in Davao City into a container terminal and five bidders will submit proposals in January 2016. These bidders comprise a DP World consortium, ... Read More »

COSCO – China Shipping merger details announced

Chinese state companies, China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) and China Shipping Group, have confirmed  the initial details of their merger, which will see the world’s sixth and seventh largest container shipping lines combine to create the fourth biggest global carrier. The pair will “reorganise” themselves into four entities comprising container shipping, ports and terminals, oil and gas transportation and finance. ... Read More »

Consultants hired to make Nicaragua Canal assessments

Representatives of HKND and BMT

The Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal Development Group (HKND), which holds a 50-year concession to build the US$50bn Nicaragua Canal, has appointed consultantcy firm BMT Group to undertake a series of marine and port assessments. BMT Asia Pacific and BMT ARGOSS, subsidiaries of BMT Group, will look into the “business case” for the canal’s Pacific and Caribbean ocean ports, in an attempt to ... Read More »

PSA closes one of its Zeebrugge terminals

Zeebrugge has been experiencing problems lately

Singapore-based port operator PSA International has begun procedures to close its Container Handling Zeebrugge (CHZ) terminal citing a lack of profitability, Dutch news outlet Flows reported. CHZ, which is a joint venture between PSA (65%) and CMA CGM’s Terminal Link with a capacity of 1.1m teu, is reportedly being closed because a sharp decrease in volumes made the terminal no longer profitable, thus ... Read More »

Shipping excluded from latest COP21 draft

The latest draft text of the COP21 climate talks, released on Thursday December 9, 2015, has failed to make any mention of the shipping industry, provoking criticism from environmental and government bodies. The previous version of the text included the excerpt: “[Parties [shall][should][other] pursue the limitation or reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from international aviation and marine bunker fuels, working ... Read More »