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MSC invests in Portugal’s largest dry port

Carlos Vasconcelos (left), chairman of the Medway's board of directors

MSC is investing in the construction of Portugal’s largest dry port in Lousado, aiming to cater to exporters and shippers in the north of the country. The terminal will have an estimated area of 200,000 sq m and storage capacity of 10,000 teu, following the investment made via MSC’s rail freight operator Medway, which has a 90% market share in ... Read More »

BCG: Most transport and logistics executives lack blockchain understanding

Blockchain can help to tackle several issues, BCG claims

More than 80% of transport and logistics (T&L) executives do not have a clear understanding of blockchain and its implications for the industry according to a new report from Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The study found several contradictions in the way blockchain technology is handled – even though 88% of T&L executives said that they believed blockchain would disrupt the ... Read More »

Maritime Transport and DB Cargo to increase UK rail freight capacity

The services will cater to the UK's two busiest container ports

Road haulier Maritime Transport has announced the launch of a new intermodal division which will initially contract four dedicated services out of Felixstowe and Southampton, after reaching an agreement with rail operator DB Cargo UK. DB Cargo UK will be contracted to run Maritime Intermodal’s rail operations out of Felixstowe and Southampton. Maritime Intermodal will take on responsibility for DB ... Read More »

APM Terminals submits design for Poti Sea Port expansion

APM Terminals (APMT) Poti and Poti New Terminals Consortium have submitted a conceptual design for a first stage construction permit for the expansion of the Poti Sea Port in Georgia. The plans were received by the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia. Klaus Laursen, managing director of APMT Poti, said: “After high-level and in-depth negotiations with authorities, cargo ... Read More »

Port of Oakland still targeting growth despite trade uncertainty

The port handled 2.55m teu last year

The Port of Oakland is still aiming for growth in 2019 despite the uncertainty in world trade potentially affecting freight markets. John Driscoll, maritime director at the port, said: “The container shipping sector starts the year with uncertainty due to global trade conflicts. “Nevertheless, the Port of Oakland remains committed to a growth strategy that provides efficient cargo movement for ... Read More »

Jintang International Container Terminal implements Navis N4

Jintang International Container Terminal (JTCT), part of Tangshan Port Group, has gone live with Navis N4 as part of a plan to handle 5m teu annually by 2020. The Port of Tangshan, located on the coast of Tangshan Municipality, Hebei, in Northern China, is the ninth largest port in China and is composed of three separate port areas, Jingtang, Caofeidian ... Read More »

2M Alliance commits to permanent Liverpool Service

Liverpool gained the service after disruption at Felixstowe

The Port of Liverpool will receive a permanent call from the TA4 service, jointly run by Maersk and MSC, connecting Europe with several US ports. The move follows the introduction of a temporary call in July 2018, a result from continued disruption at the Port of Felixstowe. Mark Whitworth, chief executive of Peel Ports, said: “The tide is clearly turning ... Read More »

Volumes up 5% at Port of Sines

Sines Container Terminal – Terminal XXI – handled 1.75m teu last year, representing a 5% growth in container volumes at the port. The throughput constituted a total of 22m tonnes, giving the terminal a 46% share of the port’s total volmes across all cargo types. As a whole, the Port of Sines handled 47.9m tonnes, corresponding to an homologous decrease ... Read More »

PSA records strong volume growth in Singapore and beyond

PSA Singapore handled 36.31m teu last year

PSA International handled 81m teu at its port projects around the world in 2018, with its flagship Singapore facility and its global terminals contributing to overall volume growth of 9.1%. PSA Singapore handled 36.31m teu, representing growth of 8.9%, while PSA’s facilities outside Singapore handled 44.69m teu, an increase of 9.3%. Tan Chong Meng, Group CEO of PSA, said: “2018 ... Read More »

Exolgan orders four hybrid RTGs from Kalmar

Exolgan has ordered four rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes with hybrid drivelines for its container terminal in Buenos Aires. The order, which also includes the supply of a spare parts package for the machines, was booked in Cargotec’s 2018 Q4 order intake with delivery scheduled to take place in late 2019. The equipment forms part of Exolgan’s fleet expansion programme, boosting ... Read More »