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HAROPA achieves record container throughput at the Port of Le Havre

Container flows to the hinterland at the Port of Le Havre reached a record 2,101m teu in 2018 despite an 8.4% year-on-year decrease in container rail traffic to and from Le Havre. Strikes at the start of 2018 led to the decrease in rail traffic but the performance of the Le Havre Multimodal Terminal improved with a 7% growth to ... Read More »

PIL and IBM collaborate on blockchain Bill of Lading project

PIL is already collaborating with IBM on the Tradelens platform

Pacific International Lines (PIL) has used an electronic Bill of Lading (e-BL) built on the IBM Blockchain Platform in a real-time pilot tracking shipment of mandarin oranges from China for the Lunar New Year celebrations. With the use of IBM Blockchain powered e-BL, the trial has produced a significant reduction in the administrative process of transferring the title deed from ... Read More »

MSC invests in Portugal’s largest dry port

Carlos Vasconcelos (left), chairman of the Medway's board of directors

MSC is investing in the construction of Portugal’s largest dry port in Lousado, aiming to cater to exporters and shippers in the north of the country. The terminal will have an estimated area of 200,000 sq m and storage capacity of 10,000 teu, following the investment made via MSC’s rail freight operator Medway, which has a 90% market share in ... Read More »

Dynamar: Reefer capacity to fall due to sulphur regulations

Shipping consultant Dynamar has predicted that a lot of old conventional reefer ships will be scrapped to comply with upcoming sulphur regulations while investment in the reefer container segment has increased. As a result of the reduction in trade capacity, Dynamar expects that both conventional reefer operators and container ship operators will receive a boost, for a time at least, ... Read More »

Terminal Puerto Arica implements N4 as cargo volume triples

Navis’ N4 terminal operating system (TOS) has been implemented at the Terminal Puerto Arica (TPA) to help manage a rapid rise in cargo volume. TPA’s volume has tripled since it was founded in 2004, handling a total of 3.1m tonnes in 2018, which led the facility to switch from its in-house TOS to Navis’ third-party N4. The terminal faced high ... Read More »

Unifeeder launches direct service between London and Gdynia

DP World London Gateway offers services to over 110 ports in 60 countries

Unifeeder has launched a direct service between the Polish Port of Gdynia and DP World’s London Gateway facility with the aim to ensure a steady flow of cargo to the UK. Through the direct shuttle, which starts service on February 22, Unifeeder aspires to offer a competitive transport alternative for its customers. The introduction of the service comes after DP ... Read More »

Steady growth for the Port of Tanger Med

Tanger Med Port handled 50.6% of all Moroccan exports in 2018 as combined container throughput at Tanger Med 1’s two container terminals grew 5% year-on-year. The port handled 3,472,451 teu in 2018, which corresponds to traffic 15.7% above the facility’s nominal capacity, and it attributes the growth to the commitment and collaboration of all its partners. According to the port, ... Read More »

BCG: Most transport and logistics executives lack blockchain understanding

Blockchain can help to tackle several issues, BCG claims

More than 80% of transport and logistics (T&L) executives do not have a clear understanding of blockchain and its implications for the industry according to a new report from Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The study found several contradictions in the way blockchain technology is handled – even though 88% of T&L executives said that they believed blockchain would disrupt the ... Read More »

Maritime Transport and DB Cargo to increase UK rail freight capacity

The services will cater to the UK's two busiest container ports

Road haulier Maritime Transport has announced the launch of a new intermodal division which will initially contract four dedicated services out of Felixstowe and Southampton, after reaching an agreement with rail operator DB Cargo UK. DB Cargo UK will be contracted to run Maritime Intermodal’s rail operations out of Felixstowe and Southampton. Maritime Intermodal will take on responsibility for DB ... Read More »

Container volumes rise at the Port of New Orleans

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) has moved a total of 591,253 teu in 2018, an increase of 12.3% year-on-year, and has outlined plans to further grow container volumes. This record marks the fifth year the port has surpassed the half a million container mark at its Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal, which is operated by New Orleans Terminal and ... Read More »