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UK minister suggests building bridge to France

The shortest distance between the mainland UK and France is just 33km

The UK’s Foreign Secretary has floated the idea of building a bridge over the ‘English Channel’ to France. At an Anglo-French Summit, minister Boris Johnson discussed the idea with French President Emmanuel Macron who is reported to have reacted positively. The idea of a Channel Bridge and a three-lane highway was proposed in 1981 but was rejected as ships would ... Read More »

Ocean Network Express gains final regulatory approval

The three members of the Ocean Network Express have announced that their joint venture has now gained all the regulatory approvals that it needs. The final authority to approve the joint venture between the three Asian carriers was the South African Competition Commission which has just granted approval with conditions requiring measures regarding competition law compliance. The Commission had originally ... Read More »

Hamburg terminals set for Camco VirtualGate app

The app is designed to be easy for truck drivers to use

Camco Technologies has announced that three Hamburg terminals will use the company’s VirtualGate mobile app. HHLA’s three terminals at the port will implement the app which speeds up the process of getting trucks through terminal gates. The app allows truck drivers to pre-register their visit and loading information before entering the terminals, thus gaining time at the gates. To use ... Read More »

Dunkirk increases volumes by 10%

Dunkirk is expanding its container capacity

The Port of Dunkirk has increased its container throughput in 2017 despite bad weather hitting some of its key trading partners. Throughput was up by 10% to 374,000 teu at the Northern French port, which is the country’s leading port for containerised fruit and vegetable imports. In a statement, the Port of Dunkirk said: “During 2017, this activity suffered the ... Read More »

Hodeidah gifted four truck cranes

A donated truck crane arrives in Hodeidah

The Yemeni port of Hodeidah has been given four truck cranes by the United Nations World Food Programme. The cranes, which are funded by the US government, will allow the port to get more food and relief supplies into the famine-threatened country. The Tadano GT_600EX cranes are mounted on trucks, they can lift containers and will be working straight away ... Read More »

Bromma warns against cheap spare parts

Bromma claims its genuine twistlocks last longer than copies

Spreader manufacturer Bromma has produced a paper which claims that genuine spare parts outperform cheap copies by more than four times. The paper, authored by Bromma’s VP marketing Lars Meurling and structural design expert Jerker Lindström, tested twistlocks provided by Bromma’s sub-suppliers against cheap copies. Twistlock pins are the four devices which attack a crane’s spreader to a container. As they ... Read More »

PSA throughput up 10% in 2017

Volumes at PSA International’s terminals across the world have increased by 9.8% in 2017 to over 74m teu with its flagship facilities in Singapore accounting for 33.35m teu. The throughput growth was fairly evenly split between the company’s Singapore terminals (up 9%) and its terminals abroad (up 10.4%). PSA’s CEO Tan Chong Meng, said: “In 2017, the global economy saw ... Read More »

Felixstowe inaugurates yard expansion

13 ha of yard will be added to the terminal

The Port of Felixstowe has held a ground-breaking ceremony to celebrate its plans to add 13 ha of extra container yard. The new yard will be constructed directly behind Berth 9 of Hutchison’s terminal on the East Coast of England. About 3.2 of the 13 ha will be reclaimed from the seabed. Clemence Cheng, CEO of the Port of Felixstowe, ... Read More »

Rail shuttle links French ports to Switzerland

A rail shuttle container service linking the major French ports of Marseille Fos and Le Havre with Switzerland will be launched in mid-March in a joint initiative with intermodal operator Naviland Cargo. Operating three times per week, the service will run to the Swiss terminal of Chavornay – in the French-speaking region near Lausanne – after connecting rail shuttles from ... Read More »

Congestion hits embattled Yemeni ports

The Port of Hodeidah has been at the centre of controversy and fighting

CMA CGM has instituted a port congestion surcharge on Yemen’s largest port. The carrier has started to levy a charge of US$300 per teu on all shipments to the Port of Aden. Due to a civil war, the country’s population have been struggling to adequately feed themselves and the United Nations estimates that 17m people are in urgent need of ... Read More »