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Hyster Europe develops solutions to handle containers in the second rail position

A Hyster reachstacker with an elevated cab

Hyster Europe has developed new solutions to help terminals handle containers on railroad cars in the second rail position with the aim to reduce damage and improve efficiency. One of the options Hyster Europe has developed is a hinged elevating operator cabin, available on the Hyster RS46 reachstacker, to help operators have direct visibility of the top corner pockets on ... Read More »

Thermo King gensets now available from Antwerp’s Thornton Group

Thermo King's SG-4000 genset

Generator sets (gensets) from Thermo King are now available as part of the rental offering from Thornton Group, Antwerp, a Belgium-based provider of services to the refrigerated container industry. According to the manufacturer, the operational flexibility that comes with the offering is specifically important for transporters and customers moving temperature sensitive goods on sea and land seasonally that do not ... Read More »

Refrigerated exports increase by 20% at Port of Oakland

The Port of Oakland has recorded a 20% growth in refrigerated export volume, reinforcing its position as the largest exporter of refrigerated cargo in containers among US ports. From August 2018 to July 2019, the port handled 119,756 teu of refrigerated exports – up from 99,740 in the same period a year ago. John Driscoll, Port of Oakland’s maritime director, ... Read More »

CMA CGM launches rail service from Rotterdam to major German inland hubs

CMA CGM has launched the Rhine Valley rail service, which connects the Port of Rotterdam with three important German inland hubs. The service is operated in cooperation with railway operator TFG and consists of six weekly train departures between Rotterdam and the inland hubs of Dortmund, Duisburg and Ludwigshafen. It will officially start on October 18, 2019, with its first ... Read More »

Georgia Ports Authority lays out Savannah expansion plans

Garden City Terminal

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) plans to double capacity at the Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal to 11m teu per year, as US East Coast ports continue in their efforts to become more competitive on multiple trade routes. The Port of Savannah moved a record 4.5m teu in the 2019 fiscal year, a 7% increase, with the hub handling ... Read More »

Port International du Cap Haitien goes live with Octopi TOS

Port International du Cap Haitien, operated by CTSA, has successfully gone live on the Octopi terminal operating system (TOS), following a rapid three-month implementation schedule. The project has taken the port from a spreadsheet-based, pen-and-paper system to a cloud-based TOS with the ability to process information in real-time, helping to increase and speed and efficiency of daily operations. The port, ... Read More »

Industry needs to ‘meet in the middle’ on port call optimisation

The panel discussion at London International Shipping Week

In order to make port call optimisation a reality, regulators and ports must ‘meet in the middle’ to build trust and greater collaboration, according to experts at a panel discussion during London International Shipping Week. The panel was hosted by IHS Markit and the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH), and had speakers from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), ... Read More »

Descartes: US importers looking at Asian alternatives to China

With the trade war between the US and China showing no signs of abating, American importers have begun sourcing products from alternative low-cost Asian countries, according to data from Descartes Datamyne. China’s share of Asian imports to the US fell by around 4% in the first half of 2018, with single digit percentage increases in volume from Vietnam, South Korea, ... Read More »

Insurers warn risk of Iranian Gulf ship seizures remains high

The event took place at the top of London's 'Gherkin' building

Insurance company representatives have warned that, although a few weeks have passed since a ship was last seized by Iran, the risk of further escalation and seizure remains high. Speaking at London International Shipping Week, Beazley insurance company’s head of hull and war Richard Young warned that risks remain high so rates are unlikely to come down soon. Although the ... Read More »