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Start of new Sweden – UK Ro-Ro service

Today (Tuesday 24th), sees the newly established shipping company ‘North Sea RoRo’ start its first service between Gothenburg in Sweden and Killingholme near Immingham in the UK, as a new competitor to the services operated by DFDS. The service will begin with three sailings per week in each direction. Read More »

Antwerp sets new container tonnage record

Handling 187 million tonnes of freight during 2011, an increase of 5% compared with 2010, the Port of Antwerp set a new record for containers, with volumes up by 2.3% to 8.66m teu (1.05m tonnes). Read More »

Long Beach and OOCL agree a US$4.6bn lease

The Port of Long Beach has reportedly reached a tentative agreement with Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) for a 40-year, US$4.6b lease that will involve the port's largest-ever terminal upgrade and expansion - the Middle Harbour Redevelopment project. Read More »

Efficient ports drive global trade

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) says that improved efficiency and reduced costs of modern port operations have significantly contributed to the increase in global trade and overall economic output. Releasing its annual Review of Maritime Transport report for 2011, it observed that developing countries’ share of global trade increased from approximately 30% to more than 40% between 2008 and 2010. Read More »

A flat January but a spring upturn for US container traffic

Import volumes at US major container handling ports this month (January) will be roughly the same as last year with significant growth likely to return this spring, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates. Read More »

MSC adds USWC-Mexico-Panama links

MSC is adding connections between the USWC, Mexico and Panama through slots on the relevant legs of Maersk Line's USWC-Mexico-Centram service. The service is currently run with four Maersk ships of 2,500 teu and calls at Los Angeles, Lazaro Cardenas, Puerto Quetzal, Acajutla, Corinto, Balboa, Puerto Caldera, Acajutla, Puerto Quetzal, Lazaro Cardenas, Manzanillo (Mexico), Ensenada, Los Angeles. Read More »