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UPDATE: NY/NJ terminals to re-open

Shipping terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey are set to re-open after a two-day shutdown caused by Winter Storm Juno, leaving truckers facing congestion and extended waiting times due to a backlog of containers waiting to be picked up or dropped off. “All Marine Terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey will be opening ... Read More »

EU to support better sea connections across the Dover Strait

The EU’s Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) Programme will back the improvement of the sea connection between Dover in the UK and Calais in France, to the tune of €14m (US$16m). The developments include better traffic management, berth enhancements and a new rail freight connection between Calais and southern France. The project will focus on solutions to adapt and enhance the current transport ... Read More »

Crowley to increase capacity, equipment and frequency to Puerto Rico

Crowley's triple deck El Morro roro barge leaving San Juan for the US

Crowley Maritime Corporation will add a 400 feu capacity, flat deck barge to its South Atlantic Puerto Rico service in Q1 this year, increasing the rotation between Jacksonville, Florida and San Juan to four sailings each week. The company will also replace the existing 580 ft (177 m) triple-deck barges with larger, recently modified 730 ft (225 m) triple-deck barges ... Read More »

Cargo and intermodal traffic up at Kiel

Last year, 26,450 units were handled at Kiel rail terminals

The German port of Kiel has reported positive results for 2014, with cargo handling and intermodal traffic continuing to rise. The port moved 6.43m tonnes of cargo, 1.6 % more than in the previous year, with Stena Line’s Kiel-Gothenburg route recording the biggest increase in general cargo handling. Dirk Claus, the port’s managing director, said: “Along with the growth in ... Read More »

Thailand to work with China on ambitious rail project

Work on a US$12.2bn rail project between Thailand and China will begin this year, Thailand’s Transport Minister Air Chief Marshall Prajin Juntong has announced. The two countries reportedly agreed to build the railway in December of last year with a view to connecting ports in the east of Thailand to the border with Laos. According to the Bangkok Post, the ... Read More »

Throughput stable at Contship Italia’s Italian terminals

Throughput was up by 7% at La Spezia

Italian terminal operator Contship Italia has released details of the throughput at its terminals in 2014. Total throughput at its five Italian terminals in 2014 was 5.17m teu, almost exactly the same as last year. At La Spezia Container Terminal, throughput rose by 7% and at Salerno Container Terminal it rose by 21%. On the other hand, at its biggest ... Read More »

Drewry: reliability in decline as 2014 drew to a close

Containership reliability declined for the second month in a row in December, according to Drewry’s latest Carrier Performance Insight report. The latest data shows that the aggregate on-time performance for the Asia-Europe, Transpacific and Transatlantic trades dropped to 58% in December, down from 62% in November and 64% in October. December’s on-time performance was the worst since August (55%) with the ... Read More »

Positive results in 2014 for Santa Marta

Colombia’s port of Santa Marta

The Port of Santa Marta saw positive indicators during 2014 with respect to cargo movement through its terminal, with growth recorded in numerous cargo sectors. It was also a good year in terms of environmental recognition, job creation, generation of income for the city and service to the community, the port said. The port handled a record number of imported cars, up ... Read More »

Horizon announces conditional ECA waiver

Horizon Lines has announced it has received a permit providing a conditional waiver from the North American Emissions Control Area (ECA) fuel sulphur content requirements of MARPOL Annex VI regulation 14.4. The permit is in force while Horizon pursues installation of exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS) on each of its three D7-class vessels which operate in the Alaska trade. The ... Read More »

Eurotunnel announces order for new freight shuttles

The new units will be fully interoperable with the existing shuttles

In order to reach the target of transporting 2m trucks per year by 2020, Eurotunnel has announced the order of three new freight shuttles to add to the 15 in its existing fleet. With the British economy continuing to grow and cross-Channel traffic flows concentrating on the shortest routes as a result of environmental constraints, the market in the strait ... Read More »