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Barge frequency to rise at Marseille Fos

Frequency on the three-per-week container barge service between Fos and Lyon is to be increased to five departures each way, five days per week, from October 2018 to meet growing demand for pre- and post-forwarding river links between the French Mediterranean and the Rhone-Saone hinterland. Backed by container lines CMA CGM, MSC and Hapag-Lloyd, the enhancement follows collaboration between the Marseille ... Read More »

Congo Terminal to implement N4 terminal operating system

Congo Terminal has signed a licensing deal to implement Navis’ flagship N4 terminal operating system (TOS). The terminal will migrate from its current operating system to N4 3.5, addressing the need for increased operational support and meeting customer service demand. Located in the port city of Pointe-Noire in the Republic of Congo, the terminal currently operates an annual volume of ... Read More »

New York to invest US$100m in maritime and rail assets

The initiative hopes to reduce New York's reliance on trucks

Freight NYC, a US$100m plan, has been unveiled, aiming to overhaul New York City’s aging freight distribution systems through strategic investments to modernise maritime and rail assets and create new distribution facilities. Looking to find alternative forms of transport to diesel trucks, the strategy includes the development of barge terminals and distribution centres and offering incentives for the use of ... Read More »

Automated mooring emissions reductions validated by report

Cavotec's MoorMaster system in action

Automated mooring systems (AMS) can substantially reduce CO2 emissions from vessels during mooring operations according to a new report by Spanish researchers. The research found that AMS use can cut CO2 emissions by up to 97% at roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) or pax terminals while the systems also reduce the time it takes to moor vessels in port. Its authors said: ... Read More »

Tahitian port installs Ci5 cargo community system

The Port of Papeete has announced it has chosen Marseille Gyptis International’s (MGI) Ci5 system for goods flow management. The port, located on the island of Tahiti in French Polynesia, chose the system in March 2017 following a request for proposals and the opinion of the Market Consultative Commission and the Papeete trade advisory committee. The software, which has been ... Read More »

Tanger Med enjoys strong half year

Tanger Med port complex

Container traffic increased by 7% at the Port of Tanger Med in the first half of 2018 as the hub, located by the Strait of Gibraltar, recorded growth in most categories apart from passengers. The port’s two container terminals, run by Eurogate and APM Terminals, handled 1,668,566 teu in the first six months of the year. Vehicle traffic was up by ... Read More »

TGI Maritime Software launches new yard management modules

TGI Maritime Software has launched two complementary modules allowing yard optimisation and hazardous container management in a secure way. The hazardous management module has been developed to manage and set entry, allotment, berth and stacking prohibitions. It also manages maximum plane height constraints and storage restrictions. Users can also visualise and configure segregation distances between hazardous containers, configurable from two ... Read More »

New rail services connect Lazaro Cardenas with US

Two pilot block chain services connecting APM Terminals (APMT) Lazaro Cardenas to Mexico City and Houston have now become fully implemented after a positive response. The train service pilot to Mexico City focused on  eliminating dwell times in other congested gateways and securing cargo whenever trucks were stationary on city streets. The non-stop weekly rail departures delivered transit times to Mexico ... Read More »

Extended oil change intervals for Hyster trucks

Hyster worked with Shell on an oil condition monitoring service

Hyster Big Trucks has extended hydraulic oil change intervals, hoping to enhance uptime and reduce total cost of ownership. Hydraulic oil is important for the upkeep and protection of the Big Truck hydraulic system including cylinders, wet brakes, valves and hydraulic components. Changing the hydraulic oil can be an expensive part of periodic maintenance, not only in costs of the ... Read More »

Drewry: Trade wars threaten container market

The risk to the container transport industry from US-led trade wars is currently low but potentially very damaging according to the latest report by shipping consultancy Drewry. Simon Heaney, senior manager, container research at Drewry, said: “In the March report we said that we were hopeful of a peaceful resolution, but at this point in time we must accept that ... Read More »