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Container xChange: Few freight forwarders offer shipper owned container shipments

Only 18% of the 50 largest freight forwarders are able to offer Shipper Owned Containers (SOCs) due to difficulties handling SOC shipments operationally, a report by online platform Container xChange has found. The platform organised a mystery shopping-style experiment with two fake companies asking for containers to be exported from China to Hamburg with 45 days storage. The second test, ... Read More »

SeaCube receives 5,000 new Carrier Transicold refrigeration systems

SeaCube PrimeLINE ONE reefers

SeaCube Containers has expanded its inventory with 5,000 new 40 ft high-cube containers refrigerated by Carrier Transicold PrimeLINE systems, as it looks to keep pace with shipping lines’ demand for leased reefer units. The additions include 4,000 containers equipped with PrimeLINE refrigeration units and 1,000 PrimeLINE ONE refrigerated containers. Bob Sappio, CEO of SeaCube, said: “We continue to specify Carrier ... Read More »

New daily rail connection from Felixstowe to East Midlands Gateway

A new daily rail connection has been established between the Hutchison Ports’ facility at the Port of Felixstowe and Maritime Transport’s newly opened East Midlands Gateway. It is the 36th daily rail service to be introduced at Felixstowe, the UK’s largest container port, and it aims to cater for the ever-growing demand for rail. Clemence Chang, chief executive officer at ... Read More »

COSCO Pacific: Misdeclared lithium batteries identified as cause of fire

Improperly declared lithium battery cargo has been identified as the cause of a fire on board Chinese COSCO Shipping containership COSCO Pacific. Under the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code batteries, regardless of the chemical used, are characterised as dangerous goods due to their corrosive character. This means that, in order to be stored correctly and to avoid a fire ... Read More »

CMA CGM and Port of Dunkirk inaugurate cold ironing system for shore power

The system will become fully operational during the first half of 2020

Looking to reduce shore side emissions from vessels, the Port of Dunkirk has inaugurated its cold ironing facilities, with the arrival of CMA CGM’s APL Singapura at the Terminal des Flandres. By plugging into an onshore electricity supply, container ships calling at port can shut down their auxiliary engines while still getting the power they need, particularly in order to ... Read More »

Mardas goes live with GullsEye’s TOS

Mardas, one of Turkey’s top ten container ports, has gone live with a terminal operating system (TOS) from GullsEye. The terminal, which offers connections with the Mediterranean Sea, Aegean Sea, Marmara Sea and the Black Sea, is the only multipurpose port in its hinterland, serving boutique services such as contianerisation of general cargo or liquid cargo. Hence, it required software ... Read More »

Hapag-Lloyd opens quality service centre in Mauritius

Africa is one of Hapag-Lloyd's fastest growing markets

Hapag-Lloyd has opened a new Quality Service Centre (QSC) in Mauritius to explicitly serve one of the company’s fastest growing markets, Africa. The company’s QSCs, through gathering selected functions from different areas under one roof, aim to enable synergies and deliver on quality promises towards Hapag-Lloyd’s customers. Dheeraj Bhatia, Hapag-Lloyd’s senior managing director for the Middle East, said: “Mauritius was ... Read More »

P&O Ferrymasters to open five new offices in Turkey

A P&O Ferrymasters trailer

P&O Ferrymasters has planned to open five new offices across Turkey over the next two years as it develops its Middle East hub. In addition to its existing base in Istanbul, P&O Ferrymasters plans to open offices in Izmir on the Aegean coast, the capital city Ankara, Mersin on the south coast, Bursa in the Marmara region and Gaziantep near ... Read More »

APM Terminals Mumbai handles 2m teu for second consecutive year

APM Terminals Mumbai handled more than 2m teu for the second consecutive year in 2019, a level of annual throughput that no other Indian container terminal has yet achieved. Girish Aggarwal, chief operating officer of APM Terminals Mumbai, praised the terminal’s stakeholders including its employees, Jawaharlal Nehru Port, Jawaharlal Nehru Customs and “all members of the trade who have helped us operate ... Read More »

Exolgan orders two hybrid RTGs

Exolgan Container Terminal in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has ordered two rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes with hybrid drivelines from Kalmar, adding to the four hybrid RTGs it received in December 2019. The facility, which is owned by International Trade Logistics (ITL), which is part of the PSA Group, and TIL, is currently embarking on a fleet expansion programme. The order was booked ... Read More »