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Saturday, September 23, 2017

From left: Scholarship recipients Samuel Comerford, Alex Yonkman and Tyler Sayvetz with Crowley's Victoria Ellis. Not shown: Kent Treptow (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Awards Scholarships to Four Cal Maritime Cadets

Crowley Maritime Corp. awarded four California Maritime Academy (CMA) students with Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships during last night’s Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards dinner in Long Beach, Calif. Crowley’s Victoria Ellis, manager, regulatory training, presented the awards to recipients Samuel Comerford, Alex Yonkman, Kent Treptow and Tyler Sayvetz. The scholarships help to further educational opportunities for these students, who were each chosen based on their academic performance, financial need and interest in pursuing a career at sea after graduation.

John Wolfe (Photo: The Northwest Seaport Alliance)

Northwest Seaport Alliance CEO Wolfe Receives 2017 Connie Award

John Wolfe, CEO of The Northwest Seaport Alliance, received the 2017 Connie Award presented by the Containerization & Intermodal Institute in Long Beach, Calif., on Tuesday, September 19. Since the formation of the NWSA in August 2015, Wolfe has led the marine cargo operating partnership of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma. “This is an incredible honor for John and The Northwest Seaport Alliance,” said Tom Albro, Port of Seattle commission president and co-chair of The Northwest Seaport Alliance. “John leads through hard work and a well-grounded vision.

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TRAC Intermodal Unveils Two New Mobile Apps

TRAC Intermodal has introduced two new mobile applications that set out to improve and simplify customer access to emergency road service and online chassis booking: TRAC Interstar’s road service app, RoadStar, and TRAC Intermodal’s EZBook 2.0 app. The RoadStar app provides motor carriers with real-time visibility and tracking of their emergency road repair requests and provides seamless updates to all parties in the repair chain. Customers gain added confidence and peace of mind knowing that their repair requests have been received and quick actions have been taken…

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Interferry Mission: Strength from Unity

Interferry CEO Mike Corrigan explains the Stronger Together vision behind the trade association’s drive to extend its networking and lobbying influence. Over the past four decades, Interferry’s reach and purpose has evolved with increasing effect from its U.S. origins in 1976. Back then, it was formed as the International Marine Transit Association with a focus on networking among its members. Now it is highly respected and influential as the only body representing the ferry industry worldwide.

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New Orleans' Big Plans Showing Dividends

A Container-on-Barge service intended to be an integral part of the regional intermodal equation is gathering momentum – and customers. Quietly, the Port of New Orleans (NOLA) has marked some important accomplishments in the past two years, across multiple business sectors. For example, in April 2016, NOLA’s Board dedicated a $25 million Mississippi River intermodal terminal, capable of handling 160,000 twenty-foot-equivalent (TEU) units per year by rail. CN Railroad signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) a year earlier (2015)…

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CMA CGM Deploys Theodore Roosevelt on SAX

The CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt will be deployed on the South Atlantic Express (SAX) line, linking Asia East Cost to North America Cost through the Panama Canal, says a statement from the company. With transit times among the fastest in the market between Asia and North, Central America and with an optimal coverage, the SAX line offers a high-quality service to the Group’s customers. This line is also operating through the OCEAN Alliance powered by CMA CGM. In recent years, CMA CGM in the United States has grown to become an industry leader…

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TRAC Select Expands at US’ Largest Ports

TRAC Intermodal said it is expanding availability of its TRAC Select offering to meet growing demand among customers serving the country’s busiest ports including the Los Angeles/Long Beach and New York/New Jersey ports. Launched in February, TRAC Select is a premium chassis pool fleeted with a wide array of specialty chassis and services to meet specific customer and marketplace needs. Increased demand for TRAC’s specialized equipment at West Coast ports is driven by surging chassis volume during the current peak season…

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Alexander Acosta visits APM Terminals

APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles hosted U.S. Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta today, as he toured the world’s largest proprietary container terminal, and met with leadership officials of the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union, (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) as his first official visit to an American port operation since being confirmed as a member of the Trump Cabinet in April this year. The Port of Los Angeles is America’s busiest container port…

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Kalmar Signs Deal with DP World Australia

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, continues its long-term cooperation with DP World Australia, the country's largest stevedore, with orders of 38 new machines for its new logistics arm, DP World Logistics Australia. The orders include 7 Kalmar reachstackers, 11 loaded and 20 empty container handlers. 22 units have successfully been delivered to DP World Logistics Australia's Botany Intermodal terminal with the remaining equipment to be delivered by September 2017. The order was booked into Cargotec's 2017 first quarter intake.

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PSA, PIL, IBM on Blockchain Development

Ocean carrier Pacific International Lines (PIL), terminal operator PSA International and IBM plan to utilize blockchain for better security, efficiency and transparency in supply chain business networks and trade finance. Three companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today to explore and trial proof of concept (POC) blockchain-based supply chain business network innovations. The MOU was signed by Ms Lisa Teo, Executive Director (Corporate Development) of PIL; Mr Oh Bee Lock…

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Ports Ponder Public Private Partnerships

Because any port is only as efficient as its weakest link, so-called P3 funding will be the key to driving the future intermodal equation. Seaport and marine terminal finance draws from a wide range of funding sources, often combined to pay for a particular project. Ports are public goods, and as such, sometimes they also see varying contributions from federal, state, regional and local entities. At its lowest common denominator, the port business is all about connectivity; hence ‘port’ projects will frequently include an intermodal component…

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State Minister Buchholz Visits the Port of Kiel

Dr Bernd Buchholz, Minister of Economics, Transport, Labour, Technology and Tourism in the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein, paid an official visit to the port of Kiel on August 1st. During a tour of facilities the minister was briefed on the latest prospects and investment projects in the port by Kiel Lord Mayor Dr Ulf Kämpfer and port chief Dr Dirk Claus. ”My impression that the port of Kiel is well-positioned and is very much holding its own competitively has been confirmed”, the Minister said.

Wojciech Holub AoS port chaplain in Tilbury Docks (Photo: AoS)

Seafarers’ Charity Supports Distressed Ship Crew

Seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) responded to the spiritual and faith needs of the crew of container ship CMA CGM Africa Four when it called at Tilbury port in late July. The crew of the 51,634 deadweight-tonne CMA CGM-operated vessel contacted the Tilbury seafarers centre prior to its arrival to request for Mass to be held on board and for the ship to be blessed. AoS chaplain in Tilbury, Wojciech Holub, visited the ship to meet the seafarers. He said, “The men, Filipino and Romanian nationals, seemed very anxious and were desperate for a service to be held.

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CMA CGM Launches Direct Service to Black Sea

In line with its strategy for the development of short lines in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, the CMA CGM Group has rolled out the Black Sea Med Express service, which connects the major countries around the Black Sea (Turkey, Romania and Ukraine) to Algeria and Morocco. The service will be CMA CGM's first to offer a weekly connection between the main ports of the Black Sea and Aegean Sea with the North of Morocco (Tangier and Casablanca) and Algeria (Annaba) in order to develop the activity between The Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea with short lines.

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Turnkey Logistics: The Crowley Way

60 years of experience in the Puerto Rico trade corridor provides Crowley with the knowhow, means and staying power for the 60 that will surely follow. In March, the announcement that three new, ship-to-shore container cranes were scheduled for delivery to Crowley Puerto Rico Services’ Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan would normally qualify as routine logistics PR. In this case, the electric-powered cranes will be used to load and discharge containerized cargo being carried aboard Crowley’s two new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, Commitment Class ConRo ships.

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Intermodal Rail Service Returns to North Carolina Ports

The official return of intermodal rail to North Carolina Ports will begin July 28, 2017, when North Carolina Ports and CSX will commence a daily, intermodal rail service, dubbed the Queen City Express,between Wilmington and Charlotte. “The Queen City Express provides premier rail service over competing ports for existing and future container customers in one of the most significant economic centers in the Southeastern United States,” said North Carolina Ports executive director, Paul J. Cozza.

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TRAC Intermodal Upgrades Chassis Booking Portal

Aiming to improve the user experience in booking chassis, TRAC Intermodal has upgraded EZBook, its web-based portal for daily chassis rentals. The new EZBook 2.0 enhancements make booking a chassis easier and faster and give the user more control over the entire transaction. EZBook 2.0 is now optimized for use on multiple device types – e.g., smart phones, tablets, etc. The web address for EZBook remains the same so there is no need to update the URL for your web browser. Access EZBook at https://ezbook.tracintermodal.com.

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Hamburg Hosts Conference on Port Rail Cargo

Anticipating further growth in maritime cargo transport by rail, experts from the rail and port sector are going for digitalization and automation. The ‘First Rail Conference on Cargo Transport by Rail and Ports’ brought together numerous experts from the railway network, rail operator, shipowning, terminal and port operation fields. The attendance of 200 filled all available seats in the conference room of the Hotel Baseler Hof. Acceptances on this scale underlined that a rail conference with the focus on freight transport and the ports has been lacking in Hamburg.

Port NOLA Chairman Michael Kearney, joined by Port NOLA President and CEO Brandy D. Christian, receives the 2017 Diolkos Award at the 7th Annual Rail Supply Chain Summit in Chicago on June 14, 2017. Photo Credit: MEP&A

Port NOLA Chairman Receives Leadership Award

Michael W. Kearney, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans, was named recipient of the 2017 Diolkos Award at the 7th Annual Rail Supply Chain Summit in Chicago on June 14, 2017. The Diolkos Award recognizes an individual with outstanding vision and leadership within the supply chain who equally has contributed to his community. The award is named after Ancient Greece’s Diolkos Wagonway, the world’s first supply chain and earliest known form of rail transport, which facilitated the transfer of heavy cargo from sea, over land, to the sea.

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NYC Jobs Plan Aims to Bolster Freight Network

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio today unveiled a series of initiatives aiming to spur 100,000 high-paying jobs over the coming decade across a number of sectors, including the City's maritime and intermodal freight and logistics industries. As part of the New York Works plan, the city will implement a multipronged strategy called Freight NYC that seeks to create 4,000 freight network industrial jobs by building more shipping and distribution infrastructure to connect NYC to the nation’s Marine Highway.

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Antwerp-German Freight Services Grow

68.1 million tonnes of cargo were transported between the seaport of Antwerp and Germany during 2016. This represents growth of approx. 4 million tonnes or 6.1 percent compared to the previous year. Thus Europe’s second-largest seaport is continuing its growth course as an important hub for German industry. While truck traffic rose by 4.3 percent in terms of tonnage, transportation by inland waterway vessel increased by 7.3 percent and railway transport services grew by as much as 8.3 percent.

Robert Sappio (Photo: SeaCube Container Leasing Limited)

SeaCube Container Leasing Names Sappio CEO

SeaCube Container Leasing Limited announced the appointment of Robert F. Sappio to the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Sappio will be based in SeaCube's headquarters in Woodcliff Lake, N.J. Sappio brings international experience in the shipping and intermodal transportation industry to his new role. He joined SeaCube as Chief Operating Officer in 2014 and has since led the company's efforts in sales and marketing, customer service, procurement, strategic planning and investment strategy.

Graphic from a McKinsey Report outlining waste and issues in marine container terminals.  (CREDIT: Navis)

Navis Puts TOS on Cloud 9

You don’t have to go it alone. The most experienced Terminal Operating System provider on the planet has already been there and done that. The average terminal is a city unto itself – a jumble of berths, loading docks, automated cranes and transportation vehicles, equipment control systems, yards of containers, integrated gates and tracking systems, all linked into the outside world via rail and trucking connections, and of course, the ocean. These entities and technologies need to be able to communicate with each other…

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Clark Joins North Carolina Ports as COO

North Carolina Ports has named Brian E. Clark as its new Chief Operating Officer, responsible for directing and coordinating the activities of the line and staff components of all terminal operations. He will also oversee the execution of the infrastructure investment plan and contribute to the development of business strategy and indirectly assist in the expansion of the ports’ global customer base. Clark has over 20 years of expertise in the maritime industry having worked in senior positions on the operations side with industry leaders.

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Port of Long Beach: The Green Port

There are two kinds of green. At Long Beach, the commitment to environmental progress remains at the forefront of the port’s business plan. That’s just smart business. A March 2017 visit to the Port of Long Beach provided a close-up view of one of America’s premier seaports. Most stakeholders already know that the port is a major gateway for containerized traffic and a host of other goods and commodities on the U.S. West Coast. That’s not news. Neither is the fact that $180 billion in total trade annually moves through the nation’s second-busiest seaport.

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Port of Zeebrugge Launches Intermodal Planner

Belgium's Port of Zeebrugge and developer Ecorys have launched a new online tool that gives port users access to a complete offer of direct and indirect intermodal connections. Zeebrugge is the fifth port in Europe to use Ecorys’ “Intermodal Links”, an independent online search engine for intermodal service providers for container, ferry and roro transport between more than 1,000 terminals in 50 countries. The planner determines optimal routes out of 16,000 terminal connections offered by 150 service providers (rail…

Engineering Firm Rebranded WSP USA

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global engineering and professional services firm, is now WSP worldwide effective May 10. In the United States, the firm will operate as WSP USA. Parsons Brinckerhoff, a transportation engineering and management organization founded in 1885 in New York City, was acquired in 2014 by WSP, a global professional services consultancy. For the past two and a half years, the firm has operated as WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in the U.S. WSP USA has engineered hundreds of maritime projects…

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TRAC Intermodal Grows Refurbished Chassis Fleet

TRAC Intermodal has announced that they have grown their “like new” refurbished chassis to over 30 percent of their Metro Pool fleet. These TRAC blue chassis have been refurbished to like-new quality with LED lights, new tires/rims, new electrical systems, new brakes, new airing systems and additional features making the TRAC fleet some of the newest and most reliable chassis operating in the Port. TRAC’s Metro Pool has an extensive footprint covering all of the NY/NJ Port, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New England and western New York State.

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CMA CGM, Adani Ports Sign Pact to Operate Mundra Port

French shipping group  CMA CGM and Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ), India’s leading port infrastructure developer and part of the Adani Group, today signed a joint venture agreement, to operate a new container terminal (CT4) at Mundra Port, for next 15 years with an option to extend it twice for 10 more years. Rodolphe Saadé, CMA CGM’s Chief Executive Officer said: We have been present in India for over three decades now and employ 4,000 people. Speaking on this momentous occasion…

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 booth at Breakbulk CHINA 2016. Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd

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.

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…