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APL unveils Japan-Russia service

American President Lines (APL) has launched a weekly  Japan-Russia service, which it claims is the only of its kind currently available. The Japan Russia Express (JRX) will be jointly operated with Russian logistics firm Fesco and will commence sailing from Yokohama on August 24. Cargo travelling from Yokohama to Vostonchny and Vladivostock will be delivered in seven and nine days respectively, ... Read More »

Half-year results show consistent growth for Rotterdam

The port handled 7.1m teu

Container throughput at the Port of Rotterdam increased by 6.2% in the first half of 2018 as the facility recorded growth for the fifth consecutive half-year. Rotterdam handled 7.1m teu between January and June, and established a new record in May with a throughput of 1.24m teu. The performance of the port’s three short sea lanes were mixed, and June’s ... Read More »

Eurotainer appoints APMT as agent for container leasing

Eurotainer US, Inc. has chosen APM Terminals (APMT) Inland Services Argentina as the exclusive agent for the sales and marketing of its tank container leasing services in the South American country. APMT serves the Argentinian market through five inland service depots located in key markets along the full length of the country. The company offers equipment lifecycle management, transportation services ... Read More »

Konecranes reports mixed half-year

Konecranes port solutions sector reported a mixed half-year as orders fell by 10.2% year-on-year to €456.9m (US$534.9m) while both the order book and sales grew. Orders suffered due to an 11.8% decline in the second quarter resulting from a fall in mobile harbour crane orders – although this was slightly offset by rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTG) orders – but the order ... Read More »

DP World to develop and operate Malian trade hub

Suhail Al Banna of DP World, and Moulaye Ahemd Boubacar of the Malian government

DP World has signed a concession agreement with the Republic of Mali to build and operate a 1,000 ha logistics hub outside the country’s capital, Bamako. The Mali Logistics Hub (MLH) will offer inland container depots and container freight stations to facilitate the import and export of goods via the Port of Dakar in Senegal, which is operated by DP ... Read More »

DP World volumes up 6% in half-year results

UAE-based operator DP World handled 35.6m teu in the first half of 2018, translating to 6% year-on-year growth on a gross, like-for-like basis. All three regions in DP World’s portfolio – Asia Pacific and Indian Subcontinent; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Americas and Australia – recorded growth, although the company’s growth did decelerate in the second quarter of the year ... Read More »

Pirates target six container vessels in first half of 2018

Ships are most at risk in the Gulf of Guinea

Six container vessels were victims of piracy attacks or attempted attacks in the first half of 2018, one less compared to the same period in 2017. Two attempted attacks occurred off the coast of Nigeria as vessels were steaming. The remaining four vessels were either berthed or anchored in the Philippines, Ecuador, Antigua and Barbuda or Cyprus, and all ships bar that ... Read More »

Liebherr utilises Port of Sunderland

Equipment manufacturer Liebherr has shipped a mobile crane to Chittagong in Bangladesh, with the Irish company utilising the Port of Sunderland once again for exports. Liebherr has been manufacturing cranes in Sunderland since 1989 and this delivery from Sunderland follows on from exports to India, Bulgaria and Germany earlier in the year. Sunderland City Council has invested in the port’s ... Read More »

CMA CGM acquires stake in Cosco’s Zeebrugge facility

Cosco Shipping Ports acquired the terminal in November 2017

CMA CGM has acquired a 10% stake in Cosco Shipping Ports’ CSP Zeebrugge Terminal through its subsidiary, CMA Terminal. CMA CGM is CSP Zeebrugge’s main customer, accounting for one-third of facility’s throughput in 2017. Zhang Wei, vice chairman and managing director of Cosco Shipping Ports, said: “The 10% investment by CMA CGM in CSP Zeebrugge enables the terminal to further ... Read More »

Yilport submits offer for Italian facility

Taranto has not moved containers since 2015

Turkish operator Yilport has submitted an offer for the multi purpose facilities in Southern Italy’s Port of Taranto, which previously operated as Taranto Container Terminal (TCT). The facility can handle containers, bulk and roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) cargo, but has been empty since TCT went into liquidation in 2015. Yilport’s concession proposal, which has been received by the Ionian Sea Port Authority, ... Read More »