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Sweframe guilty of Bromma copyright infringement

Bromma spreaders are in service at 97 of the world’s largest 100 container ports

In a judgment dated 19 June 2014, the District Court of Västerås in Sweden has found SweFrame Port Equipment AB guilty of copyright infringements, having unlawfully reproduced copies of some 18,000 of Bromma’s drawings, manuals and similar documents with respect to its second generation all-electric yard crane spreaders. Last year a Swedish court imposed fines on two of Sweframe’s employees ... Read More »

Temperature-controlled goods by rail possible

Together with ten other partners, the Flemish Institute for Logistics has carried out a two-year study of the technical and operational possibilities for detailed monitoring of temperature-controlled goods such as drugs, chemicals, foodstuffs, carried over long distances by rail. The positive results demonstrate that rail can be a sustainable transport alternative for shippers, compared with the riskier road transport, slower ... Read More »

Europe prepares for pollution compliance chaos

Northern European regulators are expecting to battle with shipping lines over new European Union (EU) rules aimed at cutting pollution from ship fuels, in the belief that some owners may find it cheaper to pay fines rather than comply, according to Reuters. The new rules, which come into force in next January (2015), will require all ships operating in the ... Read More »

Gothenburg offers LNG-powered ship discounts

Gothenburg’s LNG discounts will continue for four years (Photo: Port of Gothenburg)

Ships powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) can expect a substantial reduction in the port tariff when they call at the Port of Gothenburg after January 2015 and the introduction of the European Union’s (EU) rules that will require all ships operating in the North Sea, Baltic Sea and English Channel to use fuel with a maximum sulphur content of ... Read More »

Portonave starts Phase 2

Phase Two will be completed in 15 month

Portonave has started work on the R$120m (US$54m) Phase Two of the Navegantes Port Terminal in Brazil that will nearly double its storage yard from 270,000 m2 to approximately 400,000 m2, increasing capacity from 15,000 to 30,000 teu when completed in 15 months. The expansion will include 810 reefer container points, adding to the 1,890 outlets already in existence, enabling ... Read More »

Congestion supports southern Europe ‘gateway’ argument

Congestion at North European ports, mainly Rotterdam and Hamburg, is supporting the call to shippers and shipping lines to consider using southern ports as gateways to serve European markets. In an interview with CM during TOC Europe, Daniele Testi, marketing manager for Contship Italia, the Italian port and logistics provider, seized upon the fact that gateway Italian ports, especially La ... Read More »