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Rotterdam’s port workers go on strike

APMT's Maasvlakte II terminal opened on April 24, 2015

Container workers members of Rotterdam dockers’ union FNV Havens have gone on a 24-hour strike starting yesterday afternoon after employers failed to meet demands over job guarantees once two new Maasvlakte terminals become fully operational. Union members have walked out of work and onto the picket line yesterday at 3.15pm (GMT+1) in the one-day strike affecting terminals operated by ECT ... Read More »

DB Schenker concerned about UK intermodal competitiveness

Rail operator DB Schenker Rail UK still has worries over the competitiveness of the UK’s deep sea container (DSC) rail transport markets regardless of commitments from rival Freightliner to tackle anti-competitive arrangements in its favour. Freightliner will have to work to reduce barriers to competition in the markets for DSC rail transport between the ports of Felixstowe, Southampton and Tilbury ... Read More »

Itapoa receives ZPMC cranes

The cranes were shipped from China

The Brazilian port of Itapoa has received two STS cranes and six RTGs from Chinese manufacturer ZPMC. The STS cranes are 65 m long, 10 m more than the four ZPMC STS cranes which were already at the port, enabling the terminal to handle the bigger ships which have been arriving in South America due to the cascading effect. This ... Read More »

Largest container ship to ever visit US departs Oakland

The 18,000 teu vessel will call at Long Beach in February
Credit: Port of Oakland

The Port of Oakland has become the second US port to handle the largest container ship to visit the USA, following the Port of Los Angeles, where the 18,000 teu CMA CGM vessel arrived at in late December 2015. The ultra-large container vessel (ULCV) berthed in the port of Oakland on December 31, 2015, and will return to the US ... Read More »

Japanese carriers air anxieties over year ahead

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line)’s CEO and his Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) counterpart have expressed concern over the still challenging situation that lies ahead for the container business in 2016.   “K” Line’s CEO and President Eizo Murakami and MOL’s CEO Junichiro Ikeda admitted in their respective New Year’s messages that they doubt a full-scale market recovery will ... Read More »

Ruscon volumes up despite Russian decline

Vladimir Bychkov, Ruscon's chairman

Russian intermodal operator Ruscon has bucked the local downward market trend, handling 113,000 laden containers in the first three quarters of 2015, 6% more than over the same period in 2014. Over the last 12 months, Russia has seen imports fall by more than 20% but Ruscon benefitted from a strong imports market in food products as well as exports ... Read More »

Antwerp calls for cooperation with Rotterdam

Antwerp Port Authority’s CEO has claimed that stronger cooperation between Antwerp and Rotterdam is necessary to retain competitiveness over southern European ports, which are receiving Chinese investment. According to Eddy Bruyninckx, cooperation is necessary because future growth possibilities in central Europe are endangered by Chinese investments in southern European ports, Dutch newspaper Dutch Financial Daily reported. Bruyninckx’s call comes within a month of ... Read More »