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Monthly Archives: November 2011

High Speed rail is the key to European economic growth

In an interview with CNN, European Union (EU) transport Commissioner Siim Kallas, spoke about the Trans-European Transport Networks Programme (TEN-t) and the interoperability of high speed rail as a means of generating economic growth across the EU. Read More »

Conductix-Wampfler lands two major port contracts

Salford based international mobile energy firm Conductix-Wampfler has landed two major deals in the ports sector. The firm, owned by the €800m turnover Delachaux Group, manufactures products at its North West UK site to supply electrical power to mobile machinery. Read More »

Tacoma completes US$32m extension

Officials from Hyundai Merchant Marine, the Port of Tacoma, and Washington United Terminals (WUT) have celebrated the completion of a US$32m WUT extension on the Blair Waterway with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting on November 1. The WUT facility primarily handles services for Hyundai Merchant Marine. Read More »

Confusion halts the start of Miami’s tunnel project

A US$1bn Port of Miami tunnel project that will directly link the US Interstate highway system with port facilities, providing quicker and easier access for container traffic and cruise passengers, has been delayed by a confusing last-minute legal challenge. Read More »

Millionth teu for FCT

On Thursday November 3, 2011 Russia’s First Container Terminal (FCT) in the Port of St. Petersburg, handled its one millionth teu since the beginning of the year. Read More »

Suspect reefers grounded

Concerns are growing at the number of potentially ‘dangerous’ reefer containers that may currently be in use following three fatalities – two in Vietnam in April this year and the third in Itajai, Brazil in early October – caused by explosions during maintenance or repair of reefer boxes. Read More »

Record highs at Southampton

The DP World Southampton (DPWS) container terminal in the UK Port of Southampton which is 51% owned by DP World and 49% by Associated British Ports (ABP), recently hit a record level of productivity when 535 boxes were handled by one crane in a 12 hour shift on the vessel OOCL Southampton on October 30, 2011. Read More »

Larger vessels are driving Mediterranean port growth

Addressing the 4th Annual Med Freight Conference, APM Terminals Director of Port Investments for Europe and the Mediterranean, John Trenchard cited both long-term demographic trends and the expected introduction of larger vessels into regional Mediterranean trades as driving factors of port development and expansion in the Mediterranean. Read More »