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Maersk acquires Vandegrift customs brokerage business

Maersk has areed to acquire Vandegrift Inc. – a New Jersey-based customs brokerage business in an aim to strengthen and broaden the company’s service offering to customers. Narin Phol, regional managing director of Maersk North America, said: “Vandegrift’s expertise and reputation enables us to place a trusted advisor in front of our customers to design and build individualized customs brokerage ... Read More »

ICTSI enters into partnership with Navis across terminal portfolio

ICTSI's flagship terminal MICT

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) and Navis have agreed to form a new global partnership, allowing the N4 platform to be adapted more easily to the terminal operator’s global footprint. The agreement features a “centralised pooled approach and global volume view”, aiming to support the Philippines-based company’s growth strategies around the world. According to Navis, by leveraging N4 within ... Read More »

Savannah to serve six 14,000-teu vessels simultaneously by 2024

Garden City Terminal on a picturesque evening

Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has launched its Big Berth/Big Ship programme, which will allow the Port of Savannah to simultaneously handle six 14,000 TEU vessels by 2024. Currently, Savannah’s Garden City Terminal is equipped to handle two of these vessels and by April of this year that number will increase to three. Griff Lynch, executive director at the GPA, said: ... Read More »

Busy start to 2019 for ZPMC USA

In the first two weeks of 2019, ZPMC USA raised the last of four cranes for the South Carolina State Port Authority (SCSPA) in Charleston and offloaded four new ship-to-shore (STS) cranes at Virginia International Gateway Terminal. With this timeframe, it also raised the second of four cranes for Maher Terminals in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and continued a 10-crane raise ... Read More »

DP World’s global volumes up to 71m teu

DP World handled 71.4m teu across its global portfolio of container terminals in 2018, representing 2.9% like-for-like growth, despite a decline at its UAE-hub due to a reduction in low-margin cargo. Volumes fell by 2.7% last year to 15m teu at its flagship facilities in the UAE although this was offset by steady improvements across its worldwide portfolio. Sultan Ahmed ... Read More »

APM Terminals to jointly develop new terminal in Bangkok

The facility is seen as a feeder terminal

APM Terminals (APMT) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Sahathai Terminal PLC (PORT) and Mitr Phol Sugar to develop a 345,000 teu capacity greenfield container terminal in Bangkok. Bangkok River Terminal Limited (BRT) will aim to accommodate Thailand’s growing containerised import and export trade. Maarten Degryse, managing director of APMT Inland Services, Thailand, said: “Once developed, we expect the ... Read More »

Marseille Fos CEO leaves to rejoin CMA CGM

Christine Cabau Woehrel will become director of assets at CMA CGM

Christine Cabau Woehrel is leaving her post as CEO of the Marseille Fos port authority with effect from March 12, 2019, on completion of her five-year term of appointment with a successor due to be named in the coming weeks. Cabau Woehrel is rejoining Marseilles-based shipping giant CMA CGM to become director of assets, with main responsibility for the management of ... Read More »

PIL and IBM collaborate on blockchain Bill of Lading project

PIL is already collaborating with IBM on the Tradelens platform

Pacific International Lines (PIL) has used an electronic Bill of Lading (e-BL) built on the IBM Blockchain Platform in a real-time pilot tracking shipment of mandarin oranges from China for the Lunar New Year celebrations. With the use of IBM Blockchain powered e-BL, the trial has produced a significant reduction in the administrative process of transferring the title deed from ... Read More »

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 »