Supply Chain Advantages for Brazilian-European Trade
After the successful participation in Intermodal South America in Sao Paulo (Brazil), the port of Antwerp in collaboration with the local industrial and agricultural federations organised a business seminar with networking in the nearby state of Minas Gerais. The event was attended by 50 or so prominent Brazilians including shippers, ship's agents and logistics service providers. It was also honoured by the presence of high representatives from both federations, the government of Minas Gerais and the Belgian diplomatic corps in Brazil.
US, Canada Cargo Theft Trends for 2017
CargoNet recorded 358 supply chain risk incidents across the United States and Canada. Of those 358 incidents, 58 percent involved theft of a trucking vehicle, 54 percent involved theft of cargo, and 7 percent were classified as fraud (often identity theft and wire fraud). In total, 192 cargo theft events were recorded, and the cargo in each theft was worth an average of $149,522, bringing the total estimated loss to $28.7 million for the quarter. There were 339 trucking vehicles reported stolen, including 137 tractors and 143 trailers.
ASF Intermodal Chose BigRoad’s Compliance Solution
ASF Intermodal, a full service drayage provider and transportation broker, has chosen BigRoad’s DashLink electronic logging device to achieve ELD mandate compliance. Their fleet of 500 owner-operators drove the decision, choosing the driver-friendly solution. “We were using an ELD solution from another provider until we discovered how expensive it would be to upgrade the hardware. They wanted us to pay upfront, which didn’t make sense for our fleet of owner-operators,” said Amanda Hall, Vice President of Safety at ASF Intermodal.
Port of Hamburg Consolidates Role in Austria
With record total volume of 296,000 TEU in 2016, the Port of Hamburg remains Austria’s most important trading partner in containerized shipping. The background for this view is that more and more decision-makers are realizing that 98 percent of shipments to and from Austria via Hamburg are being handled by environment-friendly rail. ‘At a time when ecological footprint per container is of growing importance, this gives the Port of Hamburg a crucial competitive advantage,’ states an optimistic Alexander Till.
APM Ready for Business at Lazaro Cardenas
The President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto, joined by the Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Løkke Rasmussen, inaugurated APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas, Latin America’s most technologically-advanced container terminal, with the capacity to receive the world’s largest ships and contribute significantly to Mexico’s future trade growth. The terminal represents an investment of more than US$900 million. Among the one-thousand guests participating in the event, was the Constitutional Governor of Michoacan State, Silvano Aureoles Conejo.
OCEAN Alliance Launch Announced
CMA CGM, a leading worldwide shipping group, launches Saturday April 1st the 40 new maritime services of its new operational alliance OCEAN Alliance. Combining this new offer of maritime services with a global intermodal and logistics offer, CMA CGM Group and its subsidiaries supply its customers with tailored solutions, even more competitive on the routes Asia-Europe, Asia-Mediterranean, Asia-Red Sea, Asia–Middle East, Trans-Pacific, Asia-East Coast of North America trades and Transatlantic.
APM Terminals Boosts Walmart Hub at Port of Mobile
APM Terminals Mobile welcomes Arkansas-based global retail giant Walmart’s plans for a new International Distribution Center to be opened 15 miles from the port. The sixth of Walmart’s US international distribution centers, the Irvington, Alabama facility will handle Walmart’s import cargoes destined for Walmart’s Regional Distribution Centers in the American South. The recently completed Panama Canal lock widening project will permit vessels of up to 13,000 TEU capacity to transit the canal…
Box Trade Growth Expected in 2017
International trade is expected to grow for the U.S. Containerized imports from Asia will increase by a healthy 6.9 percent in 2017, according to panelist Mario Moreno, Senior Economist with IHS Maritime & Trade. He expects U.S. container exports to Asia to climb a modest 1.3 percent. He also predicted that the overall U.S. economy will rise by an estimated 2.3 percent. More than 500 people attended the forecast event at the Long Beach Convention Center. The Port of Long Beach hosts the event each year to bring together industry experts to offer insight into trends in global shipping…
New Mississippi Container Terminal Planned
Plans have been put in motion to develop a new intermodal container terminal on the lower Mississippi River. Designed to service the largest ocean carriers, the new 1,000 acre container terminal will be capable of docking vessels up to 20,000 TEU with deep-water access and 21,600 linear feet of waterfront allow for multiple ocean and APCT vessels to be accommodated simultaneously. The container port, located between mile 50 and 55 on the Mississippi River, will be the southern-most full service port complex on the river…
CMA CGM Rolls Out Asia-West Coast South America Offer
CMA CGM has announced the launch of the new service offer between Asia and West Coast South America, the most comprehensive offer on the market between these two strategic areas. - 4 direct weekly services between Asia and West Coast South America and the Caribbean (NEW ACSA1, NEW ACSA2, NEW ACSA3 et PEX2). - The largest port coverage in Asia, in South America and the Caribbean with 29 ports called. - The best transit times on the market between Asia and West Coast South America.
Prince Rupert Port to Boost Agricultural Exports
The Port of Prince Rupert announced an expansion project for containerized cargo on Ridley Island that will help crops from the Canadian agricultural industry reach international markets while expanding intermodal logistics capacities at the Port of Prince Rupert. Ray-Mont Logistics is developing an integrated logistics and container loading operation at the south end of the Ridley Island Industrial Site on the recently-constructed Road, Rail and Utility Corridor. The operation will involve pulses and cereals (such as lentils…
CMA CGM Launches AGAX Service
CMA CGM has launched a new direct and faster service without any stopover between Morocco and Russia, ideal for Moroccan fruit and vegetable exports. "CMA CGM, a leading worldwide shipping group, launches the newly enhanced service AGAX, which will allow the delivery of fruits and vegetables from Morocco to Russia in only 8 days without any stopover," says a press release from the company. CMA CGM, and its subsidiaries OPDR and Comanav, now offer a weekly direct link between Morocco and Russia without any stopovers, providing perfect conditions for the shipment of fruits and vegetables.
INTTRA Acquires Avantida
Ocean shipping electronic marketplace INTTRA announced it has acquired Avantida, provider of empty container management services for ocean carriers. Avantida is headquartered in Belgium and currently conducts business in seven European countries. Enhanced coordination of land and ocean container movements generates efficiencies and reduces costs, and INTTRA's entry into landside container logistics will provide additional value for existing and new customers. Avantida's core business - digitized…
MOL Promotes 'Project & Heavy Cargo'
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) plans to further promote "MOL Project & Heavy Cargo," its brand for plant/heavyweight cargo transport services. The MOL Group will expand "MOL Project & Heavy Cargo" activities in both Asia and Europe to enhance its initiatives on intermodal transport services for plant and heavyweight cargoes. The MOL Group has enhanced ties among its group companies to fuel further growth in its logistics business. In the upcoming events, four group companies - MOL, MOL Logistics Japan Co., Ltd., Utoc Corporation, and Mitsui O.S.K. Kinkai Ltd.
New Intermodel from Antwerp Port to Rhine-Ruhr-Main
The rail operator H&S Container Line is introducing an additional round trip between Andernach in Germany and the two container terminals in the Deurganck dock in the port of Antwerp. H&S already operates on this route, but is raising the frequency to twice per week thanks to financial support from Antwerp Port Authority. The support offered to H&S Container Line is the result of a Call for Proposals (CfP) launched in October last year by the Port Authority to attract projects…
SC Ports Breaks Ground on Inland Port Dillon
Officials have broken ground on the site of Inland Port Dillon, a South Carolina Ports Authority facility slated to open in early 2018 to support growing intermodal cargo volumes between the Port of Charleston and markets throughout the Carolinas, Northeast and Midwest. "Inland Port Dillon will diversify SCPA's footprint and enable port users to gain logistics efficiencies through rail transportation of their cargo," said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. "Inland ports provide infrastructure in the interior of the state that supports the movement of freight to and from our marine terminals.
DCLI Acquires Chassis from NYK Line
U.S. provider of intermodal marine chassis Direct ChassisLink, Inc. (DCLI) said it has acquired the approximately 11,000 chassis fleet of NYK Line (North America) Inc. that currently operates in pools managed by Consolidated Chassis Management, LLC and its affiliates (CCM) and in the Hampton Roads Chassis Pool. In conjunction with the transaction, NYK has designated DCLI as its exclusive chassis provider in CCM pools. Motor carriers contracted directly by customers of NYK for…
Partners Ink Deal for Smart Reefer Containers
Kazakhstan Temir Zholy Express ( KTZE ), a provider of transportation and logistics for China's New Silk Road, and global supply chain visibility specialist Globe Tracker International (GT), has announced the deployment of hundreds of intermodal GT Smart UNIT45 reefer containers. These assets will travel along one of the longest rail trade route journeys in the World from ChongQing, China to Duisburg, Germany. "The technology deployed for KTZE's solution is very robust, state of the art…
Mexico’s APM Terminals Open for Business
APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico’s largest semi-automated terminal, received its first official vessel call today with the arrival of the 9,600 TEU capacity Maersk Salalah on the AC2 Transpacific service from Asia. “This is a milestone as we add an additional operational terminal to our portfolio. A priority for us is to transition terminals under implementation into operation, and make them as efficient as possible to support our customers.” said Morten H. Engelstoft, CEO of APM Terminals.
TRAC Intermodal Debuts New Chassis Pool
TRAC Intermodal has introduced TRAC Select, a premium chassis pool fleeted with a wide array of specialty chassis and services to meet specific customer and marketplace needs. TRAC Select is designed to provide equipment choice to motor carriers, Beneficial Cargo Owners and NVOCCs. “The introduction of TRAC Select is the latest in a series of customized product and service offerings that we’ve launched this year to meet the specialized, market-by-market needs of our customers,” said Keith Lovetro, President and Chief Executive Officer at TRAC Intermodal.
APM Terminals Boosts Investment in Port Elizabeth
APM Terminals has significantly increased its previously announced USD $70 million investment plans for the APM Terminals Port Elizabeth facility, and now plans an investment total of USD $200 million. This figure includes ordering four next-generation Ship-To-Shore (STS) cranes to handle ultra-large container ships (ULCS) at North America’s second-busiest port complex. These vessels are expected to start calling the port right after the heightening of the Bayonne Bridge is completed later this year.
IANA Introduces Resource Center
The Intermodal Association of North America has created a resource center, available on its website, to provide a wide range of information for prospective intermodal users and those who are new to the industry. The Intermodal Freight Resource Center offers educational tools, industry information, research and other content. The “What is Intermodal” page overviews the industry’s scope and benefits. Additional sections include intermodal network and terminal information, data & statistics…
Peterson to Develop New Port Cameron
International energy logistics provider Peterson is to partner with Port Cameron in Louisiana to develop a deepwater staging port and supply base facility serving the Gulf of Mexico. Peterson has signed a teaming partnership agreement with Port Cameron for the development of a 500-acre deep water staging port. Upon completion, Port Cameron in Louisiana will be one of the largest private energy services facilities on the Gulf Coast. The agreement will see Peterson serve as port manager with the option to lease up to 1.2 million square feet of space in Port Cameron Logistics Center.
Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor Handles 2.6 Mln Tons in 2016
The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor handled nearly 2.6 million tons of cargo in 2016, completing the highest three-year total in the port's history. Over 8.6 million tons have been handled at the port since 2014. Other 2016 highlights included a major expansion by Ratner Steel, a significant increase in heavy-lift cargoes and the investment of $2.5 million in port infrastructure improvements. The 2016 shipping total was the port's third highest tonnage in the last 10 years. Major cargoes included steel, limestone, carbon products, grain and iron ore.
Incorrect Container Packing Leads to 65% of Damaged Cargo
European Shipping Week will take place in Brussels from February 27 to March 2, and there delegates will focus on the correct packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTUs) and the safety issues that result from poor work practices. The Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Kitack Lim, and Magda Kopczynska from the European Commission’s DG MOVE, which is the directorate responsible for freight transport safety within the EU, will join industry leaders to speak at a seminar on Monday, February 27.
Liebherr: Italian Deliveries Reached a Record Level in 2016
Last year Liebherr Maritime Cranes delivered nine mobile harbor cranes, four reachstackers, three rail mounted gantry cranes and one ship-to-shore container crane to various Italian ports. Since Liebherr has been engaged in the manufacturing of maritime cargo handling equipment, Italian ports proved to be reliable and valuable partners. The first mobile harbor crane was already delivered in 1974 and over the years the maritime cargo handling fleet operating in Italy has constantly been increased.
Intermodal Supply Chain Safety Seminar Planned
ICHCA International, the global cargo handling NGO, will co-host a seminar, “Safety in the Intermodal Supply Chain: Promoting the IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for the Safe Packing of Cargo Transport Units” in Brussels, February 27, as part of European Shipping Week. Organized together with the Global Shippers Forum (GSF), TT Club and the World Shipping Council (WSC), the seminar will address the dangers posed to the supply chain by incorrectly packed and secured cargo, and discuss…
CMA CGM Rolls Out TURAF EXPRESS Service
Shipping group CMA CGM has announced the new service offer TURAF EXPRESS which directly links Turkey, Tunisia and Libya via Malta. It is the first CMA CGM line to offer a direct connection between Northern Turkey (Istanbul, Gemlik and Aliaga) and the main Libyan ports (Misurata and El Khoms) in order to develop short sea lines intra-Mediterranean activities. Thanks to the call in Malta, a CMA CGM‘s hub, transshipment connections are offered towards worldwide markets with other group’s services.
New Lightweight Marine Chassis for the Houston Market
New lightweight marine chassis have been introduced by TRAC Intermodal for use in the Houston market. The new chassis, designed to help motor carriers move heavier container loads and still comply with vehicle weight regulations for U.S. roadways, will serve TRAC’s private pool and customer leases in Houston. Motor carriers in the greater Gulf region want to move larger loads of ethylene-based plastic resins to meet growing export demand for this product. New factories have ramped…
CORE EU Project: Assessing the Intermodal Supply Chain
The EU sponsored R&D project CORE (Consistently Optimized REsilient Secure Global Supply-Chains) began in 2014. Along the way, it analyzes the use of EGNOS and Galileo for the intermodal transport of dangerous goods, assessing its ability to deliver optimum safety, security and supply chain efficiencies. Every year, the transportation of dangerous goods amounts to approximately 150 billion tonne-km on European roads, railways and inland waterways. The safety and security of operations are common concerns and as such…
New Train Connection between Kiel and Trieste
The port of Kiel is extending its services in combined traffic with a new direct train connection between Kiel and the Adriatic port of Trieste in Northern Italy. “This is a milestone for Kiel as a logistics hub,” said Dr. Dirk Claus, Managing Director at PORT OF KIEL. The destinations of the train - Kiel and Trieste - are points of departure for efficient ferry lines to Scandinavia and to Turkey. The direct train connection was initiated by the logistics company EKOL. Stena Line…
TRAC Intermodal: Marine Chassis Conversions Underway
To help meet customer needs in the greater Mobile, Ala. market, TRAC Intermodal is converting marine chassis in its fleet from bias ply to radial tires. The program, begun in December 2016, will be completed by the end of March. TRAC’s customers in the Mobile market often face long hauls, heavy loads and hot weather conditions that require high-quality, reliable equipment. Radials provide customers with many benefits over bias ply tires including better quality and performance, improved fuel economy, greater durability and reduced off the road downtime.
Port of Kiel Posts Record Cargo and Passenger Handling
Kiel posted record cargo and passenger handling figures in 2016. For the first time some 6.5 million tons were loaded or unloaded last year - an increase of 5.3 % over the previous year and the port’s best-ever result so far. Ferry services to Scandinavia and the Baltic region showed above-average growth, while trade with Russia continued to decline. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the PORT OF KIEL (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) comments: “Kiel has achieved a record result.
IICL Elects Lovetro as Chairman
The Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL) announced that Keith Lovetro, President and Chief Executive Officer of TRAC Intermodal, has been elected to the position of Chairman of the IICL for 2017, succeeding Simon Vernon, President of Triton Intermodal Limited. Lovetro began his career in the Transportation Industry in 1980 and has over 34 years of management and leadership experience. During that time, he has worked in the Regional LTL segment, and the Ground Parcel, Air Express, Integrated Air Freight and Air Freight forwarding segments.
Global Container Fleet Market to Grow 3% in 2017-21
A report forecasts the global container fleet market to grow at a CAGR of 3.19% during the period 2017-2021. The report says key vendors in the market are Maersk, CMA CGM & MSC. To calculate the market size, the report by Research and Markets considers volume based on container fleet capacity for the respective region or the container type. It considers freight volume based on the freight volume shipped by the vendors operating in the market making use of the containers. The latest trend gaining momentum in the market is increasing use of fleet management system.
N.American Intermodal Growth Pegged at 5.57% in 5 Years
Rail freight shipping and freight transport services across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico 2017 market expected to grow at compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.57%. The analysts at WiseGuyReports forecast the rail freight transportation market in North America to grow at a CAGR of 5.57% during the period 2017-2021. Rail freight transportation is used for the movement of heavy goods such as coal, metals, and oils. Often, rail freight service providers go beyond logistics and provide value-added services such as loading and unloading, documentation services, and packaging.
TFI Acquires National Fast Freight
TFI International Inc., formerly known as TransForce Inc., a North American leader in the transportation and logistics industry, has announced that a wholly-owned subsidiary of TFI International has acquired Brampton, Ontario based National Fast Freight (NFF) from Calyx Transportation Group, Inc. Founded in 1992, NFF is a non-asset Canadian-based transportation company providing LTL intermodal services across Canada. NFF will increase TFI International's density in the Canadian intermodal segment…
SCPA Making All the Right Moves
What does it take to become – and Stay – a World Class Port in a Post-Panamax world? The South Carolina Ports Authority thinks it has the answers. In late October, the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) reported year-over-year growth during the first quarter of its 2017 fiscal year. Those numbers; bolstered by loaded container volumes, particularly on the import side, supported SCPA’s growth. Strong volumes on the breakbulk side of the business and record throughput at SCPA’s Inland Port at Greer, SC, provided a solid start to FY2017. And, where some ports – in particular on the U.S.
Samskip Extends Operations with Hector Rail
Hector Rail and Samskip have agreed to develop their partnership on Sweden and the continent further. As of the 1st of January six round trips per week between Helsingborg in Sweden and Duisburg in the Ruhr area in Germany, via Copenhagen in Denmark, will be added to the existing operations. Hector Rail and Samskip do cooperate already between Duisburg and Malmö, Almhult, Nässjö, Katrineholm and Gothenburg. Both the old and the new operations are based on the same concept with through-going locomotives between Germany and Sweden via the fixed link through Denmark.
H&S Container Line Starts New Rail Shuttle
Since December 14 2016, multimodal rail operator H&S Container Line is offering a direct rail connection between the port of Antwerp and Andernach (Germany, Rhineland-Palatinate). Andernach’s trimodal terminal is already connected to Antwerp with a frequent barge service (two round trips per week). The complementary rail shuttle offers new, sustainable opportunities especially for growing flows from Antwerp to the Rhine / Mosel region and for urgent deliveries from the local industry to the Seaport.
Fairview Box Terminal Expansion 75% Completed
The Phase II North container terminal expansion project, launched in the first quarter of 2015, is now more than 75 percent complete and is on schedule to increase annual capacity at Prince Rupert’s Fairview Container Terminal to over 1.35 million TEUs by the third quarter of 2017, the Port of Prince Rupert and DP World announced. “Prince Rupert’s container business has experienced rapid growth since the opening of Fairview Container Terminal. This project is the continued evolution of our fast and reliable trans-Pacific service,” said Don Krusel, President & CEO of the Port of Prince Rupert.
ETE's 80th Anniversary crowned by International River Operations
The business portfolio internationalization and the development of river operations are two of ETE Group’s strategic focus, as referred last Friday on the 80th birthday ceremonies at Naval Rocha shipyard (in Lisbon) with the presence of the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the Minister for the Sea Affairs, Ana Paula Vitorino and the Minister for Environment, Matos Fernandes. According to Luis Nagy, the CEO, “at ETE Group we are starting the ninth decade with a strong focus on the internationalization of our operations…
APM Terminals to Divest Pentalver Transport
APM Terminals has entered into an agreement to divest Pentalver, the UK-based provider of container transport (trucking & haulage) and other container related services, to Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) – a United States-based, global operator of short line and regional railroads and the parent company of Freightliner, the largest transporter and inland rail terminal operator for the movement of deep sea maritime containers in the UK. The purchase price is GBP £87 million (or approximately USD $110 million at current exchange rates)…
Carol Notias Lambos Awarded the 2016 CONNIE
Carol Notias Lambos, partner of The Lambos Firm LLP, was presented with the 2016 CONNIE Award by the Containerization & Intermodal Institute (CII) for her active involvement in maritime labor and positive influence within the international transportation industry. The New York and New Jersey Sandy Hook Pilots Association received the Lifetime Achievement Award. The sold-out Connie Luncheon with 365 attendees was held Monday, December 5, 2016 at the Metropolitan Room at the Newark Club, and also saw record-breaking scholarship presentations, totaling more than $125,000.
Crowley Scholarships for USMMA Cadets
Crowley Maritime awarded six U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) cadets with Thomas B. Crowley Memorial Scholarships during the Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards luncheon in Newark, N.J. Crowley’s Jenny Terpenning, supervisor, marine recruiting, presented the scholarships to Midshipmen (MIDN) Stacee Glass, Connor Sexton, John Terselic, Tanner Evans, Dylan Rabbitt, and Chandler Chiappe, all of whom were chosen based on their academic performance, financial need and interest in pursuing a career at sea after graduation.
TT Club Calls for 'Cargo Integrity' Focus
Efforts to secure accurate container gross mass data continue following the SOLAS revision mandating verified gross mass for every packed unit having taken effect, but international freight transport insurer, TT Club is now calling for a concerted industry campaign to ensure good practice in all aspects of cargo care. TT Club believes that an insistence on precise gross mass is just the first step in achieving what it is calling 'Cargo Integrity' not just within container trades but throughout the entire supply chain.
MES Delivered Three Automated Intermodal Yard Cranes to TraPac
Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) through their 100% subsidiary company, PACECO CORP., has recently delivered three (3) new automated intermodal container yard facility Cranes to TraPac Terminal at Port of Los Angeles. TraPac is a US container terminal operator having three (3) terminals in Oakland, Los Angeles (CA) and Jacksonville (FL), founded in 1985 by parent company “Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd”. TraPac Terminal together with Port of Los Angeles expanded, modernized…
Happy Holidays from Hanjin
Barry Parker dissects one the most disruptive events ever to impact the intermodal supply chain. There is more pain to come, lessons to be learned – and corrections applied. The Hanjin Shipping debacle, brewing over time and seeing a full blown eruption in late August, is still ongoing. The company voluntarily opted to enter ‘receivership,’ followed by a Chapter 15 bankruptcy filing in the States, shortly after the initial bombshell. The move provided a template for Hanjin vessels to dock, and cargo to be discharged.
Indiana Logistics Summit - a Big Draw
Nearly 500 people descended upon the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis Nov. 16-17 during the 14th annual Indiana Logistics Summit to hear over 20 speakers discuss global logistics issues and their impacts on the regional economy. "Global Connections" was the theme and attendees heard how Québec's $9 billion maritime strategy will impact Indiana as well as how railroads are adjusting to the fossil fuel implosion. Dr. Robert E. Martínez, Vice President for Business Development and Real Estate for Norfolk Southern Corp., the fourth largest railroad in the U.S.
Portable Container Weighing Offers Cost Savings
Engineering firm Hy-Dynamix has teamed up with Dynamic Load Monitoring (UK) Ltd (DLM) to build new wireless reporting technology into its portable container weighing solution, the Hy-Weigh. The four-corner hydraulic jack system, launched in May, raises containers in situ, and is now operable in a wide range of high and low temperatures, maintaining an accuracy reading of +/-2%, which is required to satisfy the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Verified Gross Mass (VGM) weighing requirements.
World First: Unmanned Autonomous Boat for Offshore Ops
While talk of autonomous operations in the maritime sector have swirled for years, the talk becomes reality as Automated Ships Ltd. (an M Subs Ltd subsidiary) and Norway’s Kongsberg Maritime signed a Memorandum of Understanding to build the world’s first unmanned and fully-automated vessel for offshore operations. In January 2017, Automated Ships Ltd will contract the ‘Hrönn’, which will be designed and built in Norway in cooperation with KONGSBERG. Sea trials will take place…
'World First for Weighing Containers on Chassis'
BISON, the specialist developer of portable container weighing solutions, will launch a world first system for weighing containers on trailer chassis at the Intermodal Europe trade fair in Rotterdam in mid-November. BISON C-Legs are self-contained scales that attach to and lift a container just clear of the chassis, then transmit the gross container weight via Bluetooth to a feature rich smart phone App. The new container weigh system is a timely innovation, with recent amendments…
New Operator Takes over Baltimore's Seagirt Container Facility
In an agreement reached earlier this year between Ports America Chesapeake and CSX Intermodal Terminals, Inc. (CSXIT), the operational responsibility for CSXIT services at Seagirt Container Transfer Facility was transferred to Ports America Chesapeake in the Port of Baltimore. Accordingly, Ports America Chesapeake will commence these operations on October 31, effectively replacing CSXIT as the lessee and operator of the facility. This transition is designed to immediately enhance…
Walther Joins RoadOne IntermodaLogistics
RoadOne IntermodaLogistics has appointed Robert Walther as Vice President, Sales-Northeast. His territory spans from Maine to Virginia and as far west as Ohio. Walther will be responsible for port drayage, dedicated fleet management, container terminal sales, trans-loading, warehousing and contract logistics sales under Roadone's single-source solution umbrella. In addition, he will contribute to the company's strategic planning and marketing efforts. He will also help to drive revenue opportunities for RoadOne's sister companies, US IntermodaLogistics and American IntermodaLogistics.
OCEAN Alliance Gains US Approval
The proposed OCEAN Alliance between several of the world’s largest container shippers has received approval from the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), allowing it to become effective Monday, October 24, 2016. The OCEAN Alliance, comprising COSCO Shipping, CMA CGM, Evergreen Marine and Orient Overseas Container Line Limited (OOCL), was subject to an exhaustive FMC review process by that thoroughly examined all aspects of the proposed agreement to assure that competition in the ocean transportation industry would not suffer.
New Apps Aim to Save Fuel, Accelerate Cargo Flow
The Northwest Seaport Alliance said it is set to launch two new mobile applications in early November aiming to help speed the flow of containers through port facilities and along local freight corridors, reduce idling-related air emissions and save fuel at the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma. DrayQ aims to give truck drivers real-time information about wait times in and around marine cargo terminals, and DrayLink will interconnect the drayage community to better dispatch, track and record container moves from pickup to delivery.
India to Collaborate with Germany for Intermodal Projects in Ports
Indian Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari has said that India and Germany are all set to collaborate on projects for improving rail connectivity of Indian ports. He said the two countries will work together on projects worth Rs one lakh crore being implemented by the Indian Port Rail Corporation Ltd (IPRCL). The Minister held detailed discussions with his German counterpart and Infrastructure Minister Alexander Dobrindt and his delegation in New Delhi today, regarding the modalities for such collaboration.
Breakbulk Joint Venture Formed in Houston
Ports America and Cooper/T. Smith have merged their breakbulk operations in the Port of Houston into a new joint venture (JV) called Cooper/Ports America, LLC, which will be referred to as C/PA. Operations commenced on Oct. 1, 2016. Additionally, C/PA agreed to acquire all the assets of Shippers Stevedoring and Chaparral Stevedoring under C/PA’s operations upon startup. Integrated Marine Services LLC (IMS), the empty container yard facility located adjacent to the Barbours Cut Terminal that offers complete intermodal equipment and depot services in Barbours Cut…
Effects of Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link on Commodity Flows, Economic Development
Experts of politics and industry engaged in a lively discussion on 21 September 2016 during the Fehmarnbelt Days in Hamburg’s HafenCity University. The panel discussion, which was organised by Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM) as a partner in the EU Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme project TENTacle, was dominated by one question: What effects will the Fehmarnbelt fixed link have on intermodal freight flows between Northern Germany and Scandinavia? Yet all were unanimous on one point: The tunnel is coming.
FMC: Update Regarding Commission Briefings on the Status of Hanjin Shipping
The status of Hanjin Shipping and the disruptions caused by its bankruptcy to the American shipping community, as well as global supply chains, was examined closely by the Federal Maritime Commission during the closed session of the September 20, 2016 public meeting. Commissioners were briefed by staff from the Office of the General Counsel; the Bureau of Trade Analysis; the Bureau of Enforcement; and the Office of Consumer Affairs & Dispute Resolution Services about a variety of developments related to the insolvency of Hanjin Shipping. Topics addressed included: proceedings in the U.S.