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X-ray scanners cut Rotterdam delays

The Port of Rotterdam is cutting container inspection delays by introducing high-power X-ray scanners, capable of capturing clear images of containers on trains moving at 60km/h. Dutch Customs at the port can now scan almost 200,000 rail containers a year, i.e. one container every few seconds. Another group of operators can be located in a secure inspection office several kilometres ... Read More »

Supply-demand stabilising

Carriers are better at fine tuning supply-demand capacity (Photo: Ebbe Holsting)

Although the main benefit of mega-alliances is to reduce operating costs, those currently in the making are enabling ocean carriers to better match supply and demand, an opportunity they are likely to seize, according to Drewry. It is possible that just four carrier groupings could control 98.5% of all effective vessel capacity from Asia to Europe by the beginning of ... Read More »

US importers want to scrap scanning rule altogether

US importers are calling to scrap a container-scanning rule, which would affect each of the 10m ocean containers that enter the US annually, and which has recently been delayed for two years. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a requirement, mandated by the SAFE Port Act of 2006, which requires all US-bound ocean containers to be scanned at the ... Read More »

Poor results for Japanese carriers

Two Japanese companies, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and “K” Lines suffered falls in profit in the second quarter of this year, with the former also downgrading its financial projections for the 2014 financial year. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines saw net income (net profit) between April and June dive by 34.2% to JPY8.5bn (US$82.6m) compared to the equivalent period in 2013 while ... Read More »

PortMiami tunnel opened – at last!

All ready and waiting

The long-awaited US$1bn PortMiami tunnel opened yesterday (Sunday 3rd) a day earlier that expected after 11 weeks of construction delays, leading to an almost US$9m fine for Paris-based construction company, Bouygues. After overcoming issues with vibrating and disintegrating jet exhaust fans and a leaking drainage pipe, the tunnel should route 16,000 port-bound vehicles daily from downtown Miami onto the Macarthur ... Read More »

New control system to preserve shipped perishables

Carrier Transicold has launched the new atmosphere control system, XtendFRESH™, which preserves quality and extends shipping distances for perishables shipped in refrigerated containers. The new product uses a patented, self-regenerating activated-carbon scrubber assembly to actively control oxygen (O2) and carbon dioxide (CO2) and remove ethylene, a hormone that accelerates ripening if left unchecked. Edward Goh, director of marketing, Global Container ... Read More »

Ports America acquires stake in ITS in “K” Line deal

ITS has supported “K” Line operations in Long Beach for over 40 years

Ports America, the largest terminal operator and stevedore in the United States has announced it will purchase a 30% stake in International Transportation Service (ITS) via a strategic partnership with Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” Line). Ports America President/CEO, Michael Hassing, said: “We are pleased to extend our relationship with “K” Line through this investment. “We realise the significance of innovation ... Read More »

Double-deck container reduces damage, cost and CO2

Double-stacked motorcycles

Japan-based Yusen Logistics is seeking patents for what it calls an “innovative ocean transportation service” that enables double stacking of products inside ocean containers. Trial movements, carried out in April, confirmed the security of the specialised decks that are suspended from the roof of the container and which divide the interior into upper and lower sections, optimising use of space; ... Read More »

Mixed results for Marseille Fos

The French port of Marseilles Fos has announced mixed half year results, with container traffic up by 7% to 583,287 teu compared to the same period in 2013, but total cargo throughput down 6% to 38.23m tonnes. Container handling was bolstered by a 10% increase at the deep-sea Fos terminals but the decline of the oil trades, in line with ... Read More »

Mitsubishi enters port business

Mitsubishi has announced that it has joined with Colombia’s Daabon Group to establish a port holding company in Santa Marta, Colombia.  Mitsubishi will hold 25% of the shares in the joint venture. In a statement, Mitsubishi said that: “Due to steady economic growth in Colombia and the expansion of the Panama Canal, import/export volumes at Santa Marta are expected to ... Read More »