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DP World to operate India’s first automated port gates

The gates feature Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology

Dubai-headquartered port operator DP World has introduced automated gates at its terminal in Nhava Sheva International Gateway Terminal (NSIGT) at Jawaharlal Nehru Port, India. The introduction of the new gates, which are powered by Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, represents the first time automated gates are operational in the country’s port industry. The project, which will allow single transactions to ... Read More »

US considers supporting offensive on Hodeidah Port

The US is considering whether to provide support for a potential UAE-led operation to drive Houthi rebels out of the Port of Hodeidah in Yemen, a key strategic node in the ongoing civil war. According to the Washington Post, Jim Mattis, the US defence secretary has sent a memo to the White House, asking to drop the Obama administration’s restrictions ... Read More »

Navis expands portfolio as part of new strategy

Navis president Benoit de la Tour

US-based operational technologies and services provider Navis has expanded its solution portfolio to include both terminal and carrier solutions, as well as cloud collaboration platform XVELA. The changes are part of a new, wider software strategy aiming to allow both container terminals and shipping lines to streamline their ocean supply chain and enhance collaboration. Navis terminal solutions include the N4 ... Read More »

UPS expands China-Europe intermodal service

UPS has added six stations to the service

UPS has added six stations to its preferred full and less-than-container load (FCL and LCL) multimodal rail service between Europe and China, as the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) strategy gains traction. Changsha, Chongqing, Suzhou and Wuhan Stations were added in China to the existing stations of Zhengzhou and Chengdu. In Europe stops in Duisburg, Germany and Warsaw, Poland were ... Read More »

Kalmar to deliver order to Qatar

Finnish manufacturer Kalmar is set to deliver a total of 21 forklifts, five empty container handlers, and four reachstackers for the New Port Project (NPP) in Qatar. The order, which also includes training to serve port operations and equipment handling, was booked into the 2016 third quarter intake with deliveries starting in the first quarter of 2017. The forklifts ordered ... Read More »

Eurogate adds rail services to Istanbul

Eurogate Intermodal (EGIM) has expanded its intermodal transport network, reinforcing Munich as a hub for rail transport to Europe’s southern ports, the Balkan states and Turkey. EGIM now offers two weekly connections between Munich and Budapest with block trains to Budapest-BILK freight station in a transit time of less than 24 hours without stops. In addition to this route, EGIM ... Read More »

CMA CGM and PSA launch second phase of terminal

French President François Hollande (third from left) at the opening

CMA CGM Group and PSA have opened the second phase of their container terminal joint venture (JV) in Singapore, the French carrier’s regional transhipment hub. The CMA CGM – PSA Lion Terminal (CPLT) now has two more berths and a total operating capacity of 4m teu. When it opened in July 2016, the facility had two mega container berths at ... Read More »

Antwerp terminals receive new cranes

PSA Antwerp’s Noordzee Terminal and MSC PSA European Terminal (MPET) have received two quay cranes each with two more on the way to each facility in May. The machines have a hoisting height of 50 m and can reach across 25 rows of containers, making them capable of handling the world’s largest containerships. These dual hoist cranes can handle two ... Read More »

Hapag-Lloyd suffers loss

The company's revenue was down 13%

Germany-based shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has suffered a US$103m loss last year amid significantly lower freight rates. The group’s loss compares to a US$126m profit made the previous year. The company’s revenue went down by 13% year-on-year to US$8.5bn in 2016, mainly due to a 15% fall in the average freight rate to US$1,036/teu last year. The company’s transport volumes rose ... Read More »