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One Belt One Road service links China and Netherlands

The service launched at the start of March

A new rail service connecting Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Yiwu in China has been launched as part of the One Belt One Road initiative. The service will link Yiwu in China’s Zhejiang province, in the east of country, with Hutchison Port’s Amsterdam Container Terminal. The service’s first train left Amsterdam for its 11,000 km, 16-day journey at the beginning ... Read More »

The Port of Long Beach to pilot General Electric port software

Two container terminals at the Port of Long Beach, US, will pilot a General Electric (GE) Transportation software aimed at improving cargo movement through the facility. Total Terminals International and Long Beach Container Terminal will pilot GE Transportation’s Port Optimizer platform, which gathers real-time data from across the port to improve the visibility of incoming cargo. GE Transportation explained that ... Read More »

Djiboutian terminal signs deal to boost throughput

The deal will represents a 33% increase in throughput

Djibouti’s Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT) has reached an agreement with Pacific International Lines (PIL) which will add 300,000 teu to the facility’s annual throughout. The added throughput represents a 33% increase compared to the current volume handled at the facility and will provide 20% of the terminal’s total annual capacity, which is 1.6m teu. The agreement was made between PIL ... Read More »

New service to connect Hull and Amsterdam

The Port of Hull recently received two new STS cranes

A new service connecting Hull and Amsterdam has been announced which will add 30,000 teu per year to the Port of Hull’s throughput. The Samskip service will begin in mid-March and will depart on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, and comes off the back of investment in Hull’s container terminal, which is operated by Associated British Ports (ABP). ABP Humber Director ... Read More »

Twill begins operations in Mexico

Digital freight forwarder Twill has rolled out its services in Mexico, meaning the company now operates in five import countries and four export countries. Mexican customers will now be able to use Twill’s platform, which enables users to book, manage and monitor shipments online. Twill has partnered with Maersk’s freight forwarding sector Damco to utilise its existing global footprint, and ... Read More »

Port division boosts SAAM results

SAAM incorporated Puerto Caldera in 2017

The Chilean port terminals, logistics and towage company SAAM reported a net income of US$60.4m in 2017, an increase of 11% compared with the previous year. SAAM, which operates in Latin America, reported that sales and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) also performed well, growing by 10% to US$684m and 6.8% to US$181.9m respectively. SAAM CEO Macario ... Read More »

Electric truck trialled at Oakland

More than 6,000 diesel trucks are operational at the port

A battery-powered truck is being trialled at the Port of Oakland to test the feasibility of zero-emission freight hauling. GSC Logistics, a Californian truck operator, said the US$250,000 demonstration truck would be used to transfer containers between its depot and Oakland’s marine terminals during a three-year trial. The 10-tonne semi-trailer vehicle began its trial earlier this month, making it the ... Read More »

PSA awards contract for software design

PSA Marine has awarded a contract to Ernst & Young Solutions to design and develop a software to boost productivity for terminals, vessel operators and vessel charterers. The programme, called Blue 5.0, will employ data analytics and machine learning to predict the duration of pilot journeys within the Port of Singapore more accurately, and thus allow terminals to plan and ... Read More »

Djiboutian government hits back at DP World

The government of Djibouti has rubbished DP World’s claims that it illegally seized the Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT) and said it had the legal right to assume management. The government has hit back at DP World’s assertions and said it assumed operations at the terminal in light of its recent poor performances and to “rectify irregularities in the agreement covering ... Read More »

Konecranes announces new safety suite

An example of Work Zone

Konecranes has launched a new software suite for its Smart Connected Lift Trucks range which the equipment company said will improve operational safety. The Work Zone suite offers a set of location-based services and will especially improve safety in busy, high-traffic environments, according to Konecranes. One of the services available will be geofencing, a new application which uses GPS technology ... Read More »