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Steady growth at HHLA

Container volumes increased by 2.6% at Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) in the first quarter of 2018, driven by growth in Asian traffic. An 8.9% rise in Asian traffic was partially offset by a lower share in feeder traffic and higher storage fees, with revenue increasing moderately by 4.9% to €192m (US$227m). Angela Titzrath, chairwoman of HHLA’s executive board, said: ... Read More »

Antwerp receives Silk Road train

The train was loaded with 34 containers

The first train exclusively destined for the Port of Antwerp as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has arrived at the Belgian hub. The train left the Chinese port of Tangshan in late April and travelled via the border crossing of Alashankou, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Poland and Germany to reach its final destination, having covered a distance of 11,000 ... Read More »

UPS opens logistics hub at London Gateway

Logistics provider UPS has opened a 32,000 sq m package sorting and delivery facility worth US$163m (£120m) at DP World London Gateway Logistics Park. The new building will act as a UK package processing hub and distribution centre for the local area as well as a gateway to UPS’s global logistics network, with capacity to process up to 28,000 packages ... Read More »

Wärtsilä to design and equip new LNG-fuelled tug for PSA

Wärtsilä will design and equip one of PSA Marine’s newest harbour tugs, operating on LNG fuel and incorporating fuel efficiency features. The order with Wärtsilä, booked in March 2018, coincides with PSA Marine’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint as a leading service provider of marine services. Riku-Pekka Hägg, vice president of ship design at Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, said that his company being ... Read More »

MSC signs 30 year deal for terminal at Khalifa Port

Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO at Abu Dhabi Ports and Diego Aponte, president and CEO of MSC, at the signing

MSC has signed a 30 year concession agreement with Abu Dhabi Ports to establish a new container terminal at the UAE’s Khalifa Port. Annual capacity is expected to increased from 2.5m teu to 8.5m teu at the port where the Swiss-based company is making a total investment of AED4bn (US$1.1bn) over the course of the concession agreement in operational equipment. ... Read More »

Kalmar introduces fully electric Ottawa terminal tractor

A Kalmar Ottawa electric terminal tractor

Kalmar is introducing an electric version of its Ottawa T2 terminal tractor, featuring lithium-ion (Li-on) battery technology and a fully electric powertrain that produces zero emissions at source. The machine is designed for trailer-handling operations in dispersed warehouses, container terminals and other applications where short-distance highway travel is required. Gina Lopez, vice president of terminal tractors at Kalmar, said: “With ... Read More »

Swissterminal adds rail service to Antwerp

Schweizerzug, a rail service offered by Swissterminal Group, is launching a new direct connection between Frenkendorf/Basel and the Port of Antwerp from July 2018. This means that Switzerland will have an overnight rail service with the Belgian hub for the first time. The Swiss-based logistics provider claims that the rail link will help to reduce handling delays of container barges ... Read More »

Hapag-Lloyd opens new West African office in Tema

Hapag-Lloyd has opened a new office in Tema, Ghana, from where it will manage most of its operational activities in West Africa. Anthony Firmin, chief operating officer at the carrier, said: “We are tying Africa  even more closely to our global network while benefiting at the same time from positive economic developments in large parts of Africa.” He highlighted the West ... Read More »

London Gateway and Southampton offer upgraded container tracking tool

The tool was first launched in 2012

DP World has upgraded its cargo tracking tool to provide more supply chain visibility for cargo owners, freight forwarders and supply chain partners at London Gateway and Southampton ports. Features include estimated discharge times once a vessel is in-bound to the port, through to notification by SMS or email when the container is ready to book for collection coupled with historical information ... Read More »

Lase adds six more truck lift prevention systems at Incheon

Lase has installed its truck lifting prevention (TLP) system on six HHMC rail-mounted gantry cranes at Sun Kwang Container Terminal (SNCT) in the Port of Incheon. The 2D-laser scanners are meant to detect truck liftings, which occur when any twistlock is locked or jammed, before the lifting from a truck has begun. During the second quarter of 2018, another 14 systems ... Read More »