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CMA CGM’s volumes up 9.6%

Rodolphe Saadé, chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group

CMA CGM has reported a 9.6% year-on-year increase in throughput for the second quarter of 2018 as volumes rose to 5.19m teu, reflecting the strength of the Ocean Alliance. The carrier attributed the growth to the strength of Transpacific and Asia/Gulf lines, as well as services to and from South America. Rodolphe Saadé, chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM ... Read More »

Extra capacity brings bigger ships in Iraq

Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT) has welcomed its largest container vessel at Iraq’s Port of Umm Qasr, where a new terminal development programme has progressively boosted capacity. Evergreen’s 5,652 teu-capacity Ever Useful, with a length of 285 m, beam of 40 m and a weight of 69,246 tonnes, called at Berth 27 at the end of August. BGT, operated by International ... Read More »

CMA CGM and Hapag-Lloyd begin offering container reuse service in Mexico

CMA CGM and Hapag-Lloyd are now offering an empty container service in Mexico whereby shippers can reuse import boxes to export goods. The reUse service, offered by the Avantida online platform, means that containers do not have to return back to a port or an assigned depot before being rerouted back to shippers. This can eliminate waiting times at depots ... Read More »

ONE eyes solution for sulphur limit

ONE evaluated three solutions

Ocean Network Express (ONE) has suggested low sulphur gas oil (LSGO) is “one of the most realistic” solutions to achieving the 2020 Global Sulphur Limit. The Japanese carrier evaluated three different methods of achieving the limit, which was set by the International Maritime Organization and requires the sulphur content of fuel to be below 0.5% as of 2020 compared to ... Read More »

Hyster wins grant for truck development

The truck is currently in development

Equipment manufacturer Hyster has received a grant to support the development of a zero-emissions container handling truck powered in part by a lithium-ion battery. The top-loader, destined for the Port of Los Angeles, will be powered by a combination of the battery and a hydrogen fuel cell produced by Nuvera, Hyster’s sister company. The grant was provided by the California ... Read More »

Bremenports announces CO2 reduction

Bremenports has announced a 70.5% reduction in CO2 since 2011 through various initiatives in its latest environmental report. The report found that CO2 emissions fell from 7,000 tonnes in 2011 to 2,056 tonnes in 2016. To reduce its CO2 emissions bremenports, the port authority for the ports of Bremen and Bremerhaven, has introduced energy efficiency measures for the vehicle fleet ... Read More »

China to invest in new Nigerian port

Xi Jinping pledged to invest US$60bn in Africa. Credit :Global Panorama

China will build a new port on the Benin River in Nigeria as part of the US$60bn investment into Africa announced at the Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). Nigeria’s Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki signed an agreement with China Harbour Engineering Company’s (CHEC) vice president Li Yi in a signing ceremony held at the Nigerian Embassy in ... Read More »

DP World Southampton orders green equipment

DP World has ordered 12 hybrid straddle carriers for its Southampton terminal in an effort to cut emissions and reduce its carbon footprint. Compared to conventional diesel-electric machines, DP World expects the machines will use 20% less fuel and reduce its emissions. DP World’s UK chief operating officer Nick Loader said: “With this significant investment package on these new hybrid ... Read More »

Port of Antwerp addresses mayor’s drug smuggling concerns

Antwerp is the second largest container port in Europe

The Port of Antwerp has urged for collective action in response to the city mayor’s claim that cocaine travelling through the port will corrupt politics. Bart DeWever told local newspaper de Volkskrant that the city’s cash flow from drug smuggling is enormous and warned the influence of the money is not limited to certain districts. De Weaver said: “This is ... Read More »

New rail service connects French ports and Switzerland

French intermodal operator Naviland Cargo has launched a new rail shuttle that will link the ports of Marseille Fos and Le Havre with Switzerland. The France Helvetia Express service will operate between Dijon Gevrey in mid-France and the Chavornay combined transport terminal near Lausanne in Switzerland’s French-speaking region. Reduced transit times are expected to play a major part in capturing ... Read More »