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AAPA warns about tariffs on STS cranes

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has warned the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) about the consequences of expanded tariffs on ship-to-shore (STS) cranes. At a cost of up to US$14m per crane, an additional 25% tariff would significantly increase the cost of each crane and reduce the ability of ports to make other needed infrastructure investments to improve ... Read More »

TOC Europe: Ending the alliances would see freight rates “skyrocket”

Shipper opposition to the operation of deep sea liner shipping alliances may be dangerously misplaced, delegates at the TOC Europe heard last week Lars Jensen, chief executive and partner of SeaIntelligence Consulting, said that efforts by some to bar container lines from operating in alliances, claiming that they have become anti-competitive – such as the International Transport Forum’s report earlier this ... Read More »

Panama Canal unveils proposal to modify tolls structure

The Panama Canal has published a proposal to modify its current tolls structure for the dry bulk, passenger, container ship and vehicle carrier and roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) segments, as well as for tankers, chemical tankers, LPG and LNG vessels, the local tourism segment and small vessels. For the container ship segment—the main user of Neopanamax Locks—the proposed toll modifications are meant ... Read More »

Navis and ZPMC form global partnership

Navis and ZPMC have signed a partnership agreement to jointly address opportunities for the Chinese manufacturer to supply its products and services and act as a system integrator and Navis to supply its software and services. The cooperation between Navis and ZPMC is not exclusive, as there are similar strategic partnerships with Kalmar and Navis, both part of Cargotec, and ... Read More »

TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico adds 220 NaturaLINE reefer units from Carrier

The units use CO2 as a refrigerant

TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico (TMPR) has leased 220 NaturaLINE reefer units through SeaCube Containers in an effort to enhance its fleet with the industry’s only natural refrigerant-based system from Carrier Transicold. TMPR is the first shipping line to place a sizeable quantity of NaturaLINE units into service on US domestic trade routes. The units use carbon dioxide, a refrigerant with ... Read More »

China to invest US$4bn in UAE logistics projects

The NAFL has around 390 members

Chinese companies are set to invest more than US$4bn in logistics projects in Dubai and Abu Dhabi according to the UAE’s president of the National Association of Freight and Logistics (NAFL). Nadia Abdul Aziz, president of NAFL, said: “Logistics business is in for a boom. Many projects are being built for Expo 2020 and Chinese investors are coming to Abu ... Read More »

Kalmar introduces lithium-ion powered medium forklift

Kalmar is to introduce a medium electric forklift powered by emission-free lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology. It is the first forklift in the medium-capacity range to be powered by Li-ion batteries, and the battery technology will initially be available for several models with a wheelbase of 3,500 mm. The new machine is the latest step in Kalmar’s efforts towards offering an ... Read More »

Port of Oakland warns about tariff uncertainty

Tariffs are squeezing customers who ship through the Port of Oakland according to its maritime director John Driscoll. Fallout from an ongoing US-China trade war could include reductions in containerised cargo volume, he told the port’s Efficiency Task Force. Driscoll said: “Our customers are impacted by tariffs. We’re hoping we can get through this period because we believe the future ... Read More »

Belgium launches digital customs platform to simplify e-commerce

The portal is available to use at the Port of Antwerp, along with Zeebrugge and two airports

Belgium has launched the BE-GATE customs platform, specially designed for the growth market of e-commerce, in an aim to increase the efficiency of customs clearance in the cross-border flow of goods. The portal was developed on the initiative of Belgium’s Customs and Excise Department and is supported by four e-commerce hubs, the ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge and the airports ... Read More »

APMT Algeciras increases terminal tractor fleet

APM Terminals (APMT) Algeciras has begun renewing and increasing its fleet of terminal tractors, with the arrivals of 116 new tractors scheduled to happen by July this year. The introduction of the new Terberg YT222 model will go towards increasing the current fleet by 14 units. The unit includes specifications resulting from suggestions made by the operators, with Terberg working together ... Read More »