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Avanza trials Daikin’s Active CA for avocados

Avocado supplier Avanza has completed a trial with Daikin Reefer using Active Controlled Atmosphere (CA) technology on a proof of concept shipment of 6,500 kg avocados between the ports of Tauranga, New Zealand, and Busan, Korea. The trial took place in December, towards the end of the New Zealand avocado season, which runs from September to January. By slowing down ... Read More »

Twill takes first customer booking in India

Twill launched in April 2017

Digital freight forwarder Twill has taken its first customer booking in India, having identified it as a target export country. Later this year India will also be made an import country on the platform, which was launched in April 2017. Twill, which is partnered with Damco, is now present in eight countries, and alongside this continuous roll-out the platform is ... Read More »

Contargo opens first branch office in Duisburg

Contargo Rail Services (CRS) has begun offering its services for the rail transport of goods at a newly-established Agency and Coordination Point in Duisburg. The company is offering commercial and schedule processing of trains for customers, as well as providing full coordination services for the transports of third parties. Andreas Mager, co-managing director of CRS. Said: “Agency services are one ... Read More »

Bin Sulayem: DP World has no plans to invest in America

DP World CEO Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said the operator has ruled out investing in American ports for the time being. Bin Sulayem said operational costs in America were too high but refused to rule out future investments in a wide-ranging interview with CNBC. Bin Sulayem said: “The problem is the port operation in the States is more expensive than ... Read More »

Trump announces US$1.5tn infrastructure plan

Port projects are targeted in the infrastructure plan

President Trump has announced an infrastructure program which he claimed would ‘stimulate’ at least US$1.5tn in new investments, including for port projects. However the program, outlined in a 55-page legislative document, would not see the US government invest US$1.5tn directly if approved by Congress. Instead it would authorise spending US$200bn on projects, which Trump hopes would then stimulate US states ... Read More »

Hamburg posts flat 2017

The Port of Hamburg

Container volumes at the Port of Hamburg fell by 1% to 8.8m teu in 2017 which the port attributed to delays in dredging the Elbe and economic sanctions on trade with Russia. Throughput of loaded containers remained flat at 7.6m teu while volumes of empty boxes fell by 88,000 teu to 1.2m teu. According to the facility, the restrictions in ... Read More »

UK government claims Russia was behind NotPetya cyberattack

The UK government has blamed its Russian counterpart for the NotPetya cyber-attack in June 2017 that crippled Maersk and APM Terminals’ (APMT) operations. The attack could cost Maersk up to US$300m, and the UK Foreign Office claimed the Russian military ‘almost certainly’ launched the virus-based attack. The initial targets were said to be Ukrainian financial, energy and government sectors, but ... Read More »

Forwarder joins Maersk-IBM blockchain initiative

Logistics prover Agility has become the first forwarder to collaborate on the Maersk-IBM blockchain solution initiative. The solution will aim to provide more efficient and secure methods for conducting trade by using blockchain to manage and track containers. In collaborating, Agility has agreed to share and receive information on individual shipments using this new technology. Essa Al-Saleh, CEO of Agility ... Read More »

Yilport’s terminals register 9.5% throughput growth in strong 2017

Yilport's Turkish terminals performed particularly well

Throughput at Yilport’s terminals grew by 9.5% to 4.3m teu in 2017 which the company attributed primarily to growing Turkish trade and Swedish exports. At Yilport’s Turkish container terminals Yilport Gebze and Yilport Gemlik volumes rose by 26% and 30% to 501,284 teu and 474,019 teu respectively. Yilport said the growth at Gemlik was supported by ongoing port expansion. The ... Read More »