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OffPeak diverts 30m trucks

‘OffPeak’ was launched after a congestion crisis in 2004

A system designed to reduce congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has diverted 30m trucks away from peak traffic over the past nine years. The ‘OffPeak’ system was launched in July 2005, after a congestion crisis in 2004, to ease traffic on city streets and reduce emissions from trucks waiting outside of terminals. Under the programme, ... Read More »

ULCVs continue multiple European port calls

When ultra large container vessels (ULCVs) were first considered, questions were raised as to which European port shipping lines would select as their hub. At present, according to Drewy Maritime Research and contrary to the views of some in the industry, the average number of North European port calls per loop has remained broadly unchanged despite containerships doubling in size ... Read More »

MSC to lease five mega vessels

MSC's vessels will form part of the 2M alliance with Maersk Line

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is to lease five 18,000 teu capacity ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs) for 15 years from tanker operator Scorpio Group and China’s Bank of Communications (BoCom), according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Scorpio Group had ordered three such vessels from Samsung Heavy Industries, costing around US$150m each, while BoCom ordered two from Daewoo Shipbuilding ... Read More »

Kalmar to supply four RTGs to Super Terminais in Manaus

Super Terminais have ordered four rubber-tyred gantry cranes for US$8m from Kalmar, due to begin use by July 2015. Marcello Di Gregorio, managing director of Super Terminais, said: “We chose the E-One2 RTG due to Kalmar’s advanced technology and design, lighter weight compared to other RTGs, and as an environmental solution that reduces CO2 emissions.” The RTGs include an all-electric ... Read More »