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Barge frequency to rise at Marseille Fos

Frequency on the three-per-week container barge service between Fos and Lyon is to be increased to five departures each way, five days per week, from October 2018 to meet growing demand for pre- and post-forwarding river links between the French Mediterranean and the Rhone-Saone hinterland. Backed by container lines CMA CGM, MSC and Hapag-Lloyd, the enhancement follows collaboration between the Marseille ... Read More »

Congo Terminal to implement N4 terminal operating system

Congo Terminal has signed a licensing deal to implement Navis’ flagship N4 terminal operating system (TOS). The terminal will migrate from its current operating system to N4 3.5, addressing the need for increased operational support and meeting customer service demand. Located in the port city of Pointe-Noire in the Republic of Congo, the terminal currently operates an annual volume of ... Read More »

New York to invest US$100m in maritime and rail assets

The initiative hopes to reduce New York's reliance on trucks

Freight NYC, a US$100m plan, has been unveiled, aiming to overhaul New York City’s aging freight distribution systems through strategic investments to modernise maritime and rail assets and create new distribution facilities. Looking to find alternative forms of transport to diesel trucks, the strategy includes the development of barge terminals and distribution centres and offering incentives for the use of ... Read More »

Automated mooring emissions reductions validated by report

Cavotec's MoorMaster system in action

Automated mooring systems (AMS) can substantially reduce CO2 emissions from vessels during mooring operations according to a new report by Spanish researchers. The research found that AMS use can cut CO2 emissions by up to 97% at roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) or pax terminals while the systems also reduce the time it takes to moor vessels in port. Its authors said: ... Read More »

Tahitian port installs Ci5 cargo community system

The Port of Papeete has announced it has chosen Marseille Gyptis International’s (MGI) Ci5 system for goods flow management. The port, located on the island of Tahiti in French Polynesia, chose the system in March 2017 following a request for proposals and the opinion of the Market Consultative Commission and the Papeete trade advisory committee. The software, which has been ... Read More »

Yilport submits offer for Italian facility

Taranto has not moved containers since 2015

Turkish operator Yilport has submitted an offer for the multi purpose facilities in Southern Italy’s Port of Taranto, which previously operated as Taranto Container Terminal (TCT). The facility can handle containers, bulk and roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) cargo, but has been empty since TCT went into liquidation in 2015. Yilport’s concession proposal, which has been received by the Ionian Sea Port Authority, ... Read More »

Antwerp reiterates expansion wish following half-year growth

Belgium’s Port of Antwerp has reiterated the need for extra container capacity following an 8.3% increase in its half year results, handling 5,567,905 teu. A 14.2% increase in European trade was a key driver in the growth, which itself was influenced by an increase in transhipment, but the port is now nearing its capacity. Jacques Vandermeiren, Port of Antwerp Authority CEO, ... Read More »

Major Hapag-Lloyd shareholder rejects CMA CGM merger rumours

Hapag-Lloyd major shareholder Klaus-Michael Kühne has quashed rumours of a potential merger with rival CMA CGM, but confirmed the French carrier had been in contact. Kühne, who along with his companies owns around 25% of Hapag-Lloyd, said a deal would not happen after Reuters reported that CMA CGM had made an exploratory approach. Speaking to German radio station NDR, Kühne said: “It does not bother me, ... Read More »

Oakland sets monthly record

The previous record was set last July

The Port of Oakland handled 87,207 teu in June, an increase of 8.7% year-on-year and a new monthly record for the US facility. The Port attributed the performance to the peak season – most Asian imports are shipped in the summer-autumn period – and also to the possibility of importers ordering aggressively ahead of the tariffs that were imposed this ... Read More »

Long Beach to invest in green equipment

The US’s Port of Long Beach will invest US$5.3m in green-energy equipment for two of its terminals as part of transition to zero-emission operations. The grant was provided by the California Air Resources Board and will see two battery-electric top-handlers go into use at SSA Marine’s Pacific Container Terminal and one fuel cell yard tractor, one battery-electric top handler and one ... Read More »