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Yearly Archives: 2011

Public debut for NaturaLINE

Carrier Transicold unveiled the world’s first natural refrigerant CO2 container refrigeration system at the Intermodal Europe show in Hamburg last week, exactly one year after the company announced it had developed and begun testing the technology. Read More »

DP World inaugurates new expansion in Senegal

Now recognised as West Africa’s largest and most modern container terminal, Terminal à Conteneur, developed and operated by DP World, has been officially opened by Abdoulaye Wade, President of Senegal, together with Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, DP World Chairman. Read More »

Costs and regulations are driving replacement of ageing locos

The European stage IIIB emission directive for locomotives and railcars will be effective from the end of 2012. Stage IIIB norms require NOX and PM reduction of about 90% from stage IIIA levels. Rolling stock and engine manufacturers are planning to use technologies such as exhaust gas recirculation to meet the emission norms. However, as competition heightens, additional alternative technologies are making their way into the rolling stock diesel powertrain. Read More »

GL updates rules for Inland Navigation Vessels

To ensure the continuing safety and promote the efficiency of inland waterway transport, Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has released an update to the GL Rules for Inland Navigation Vessels (INV). The update to the rules came into effect on 1 November 2011 and consists of rules for: classification and surveys; hull design and construction; machinery, systems and electricity; and additional requirements for notations. Read More »

New contract boosts the status of Zeeland Seaports

The signing of a contract between NYKCool and Kloosterboer, Vlissingen to handle fruit imports from Chile and South Africa, has boosted the status of Zeeland Seaports and it has now become the largest dedicated reefer port in the Netherlands for the import and export of potatoes, vegetables and fruit. Read More »

Asian developing countries lead shipping services expansion

The globalisation of maritime businesses allows shipping companies to source from the most cost-efficient suppliers which has led to the reduction of international transport costs, which directly benefits global trade, according to the latest UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport. Read More »

SMITCO ramps up with Tideworks

Colombia’s Santa Marta International Terminal Company (SMITCO), a joint venture between Sociedad Portuaria de Santa Marta and Manzanillo International Terminal - Panama, S.A is currently in the first phase of terminal development. With completion scheduled for mid-2012, phase one includes two post-Panamax ship-to-shore gantry cranes, four RTGs and an 8.7 hectare container yard with a capacity of 300,000 teu per year, expanding to 420,000 teu in a second phase. Read More »

Between a rock and a deep place

There is a double dose of good news for terminal operators in Brazil’s Port of Santos, South America’s premier port. Firstly, the Pedra de Itapema (Itapema Rock) was blasted from the main access channel and secondly, the threat of further industrial action has been averted. Read More »