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Record freight in 2017 at Rotterdam

Rotterdam port grew in 2017 helped by a significant gain in container throughput, the port authority said in a statement. Total cargo volume increased by 1.3% to 476 (461) million tonnes. Container volume was higher at 142.6 million tonnes, a ...Read More

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Abu Dhabi New Container Port

A shipping line and port operator based in China has held a ground breaking ceremony for the new Abu Dhabi Container Terminal at Khalifa Port. The ceremony was presided over by Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and ...Read More

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UK Deep Water Ports will weigh Freight Containers

More of the country’s deep water ports have revealed their plans for assisting shippers in the weighing of containers which will be a mandatory requirement for all box freight consignments from 1 July. Lack of a verified container weight document ...Read More

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Container Weighing

The Port of Felixstowe will be offering a freight container weighing service for UK shippers in accordance with new international regulations from 1st July. The regulations relate to an amendment to the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) Convention, and ...Read More

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New shipping container weighing regulations

The World Shipping council and other industry bodies have issued a new Frequently Asked Questions document to help with the new container weighing regulations which take effect on 1 July 2016.  The regulations require packed shipping containers to have a ...Read More

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Container shipping prospects

A recent report suggests that container shipping will continue to suffer from over-capacity and financial difficulties. The forecast for container shipping growth for this year has been reduced to 2.2%. Additional capacity is being added to the fleet this year, ...Read More

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Logistics Park Progress

Phase 1 of the Masterplan for the new Port of Felixstowe Logistics Park is completed. The Logistics Park will provide 1.4 million square feet of purpose built warehousing at theUK's largest container port. 40% of all UK container freight moves ...Read More

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New Jobs at Container Freight Terminal

The London Container Terminal (LCT) situated at Tilbury which iscurrently the third largest such freight facility in the UK, has announced the creation of 75 new permanent jobs this year as the Forth Port’s owned facility gears up investment. The ...Read More

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Biggest container ship – for now

Local shipping journalist at the port of Felixstowe said on Wednesday that the CSCL Globe will be the biggest ship in the world for only a short time. "In about eight or 10 weeks there will be a bigger ship ...Read More

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Spectators watch container ship

Hundreds of spectators arrived along the Suffolk coast to watch the world's largest container ship dock at Felixstowe's deep-water berths eight and nine, which were opened in 2011, costing £300m. A shipping enthusiast watching the ship come in told BBC ...Read More

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Largest Container Ship at Felixstowe

The world's largest container ship has arrived in the UK for the first time at Felixstowe. The Hong Kong-registered CSCL Globe, measuring more than 400m (1,313ft) in length, docked at the Suffolk port loaded with about 19,000 standard containers. The ...Read More

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Record Container Shipments at Grangemouth

Port of Grangemouth, Scotland’s largest container port, last week handled a record breaking 4,200 containers, surpassing their previous record by over 200. The busy pre-Christmas period for the container business has been boosted by a strong potato seed season and ...Read More

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Abu Dabi Export and Import Growth

Abu Dhabi Ports Co (ADPC) expects a surge in shipping traffic towards the end of this year, as work on major infrastructure projects in the capital gathers pace, the company’s chief executive said. Container traffic at Khalifa Port is expected ...Read More

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Body Found in Shipping Container on Freight Ship

A police investigation is under way after 34 people thought to be from the Indian sub-continent were found early on August 17 in an import shipping container at Tilbury Docks, together with a man’s body. The survivors were discovered after ...Read More

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Confronting the Menace of Falling Freight Containers

Chigozie Chikere, a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), Nigeria, wants the federal government to urgently consider the danger of falling freight containers. On June 25, the Africa 2014 Summit for Vehicle Inspection and Road Safety ...Read More

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Revolution in Shipping Containers?

Carbon fibre composites could transform the shipping container, by making it lighter and more easily scanned.  The steel container currently used is cheaper to produce; it costs about $3000 as opposed to $8000 for the carbon fibre,  but because the ...Read More

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East-West Freight Rates Remain Low after Chinese New Year

After three consecutive months of price rises, freight rates on the East-West trades declined in February, according to Drewry’s online Container Freight Rate Insight. Rates came under most pressure on the Asia-Europe shipping route, which weakened following a meteoric rise ...Read More

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Freight Lost as Shipping Containers Go Overboard

Last month's extreme weather conditions caused a major incident for freight in transit in the Bay of Biscay. A 8,160 TEU container vessel lost a significant number of boxes overboard, during very rough weather in the Bay of Biscay on ...Read More

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Shipping Container washed ashore

A shipping container holding 14 tonnes of cigarettes was discovered washed up at Seaton on the East Devon coast on Sunday 23 February. The 40ft-long freight container was found at Seaton, on the Lyme Bay coast, and is believed to ...Read More

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Shipping Industry Awaits Increased Freight capacity as Panama Canal work re-starts

Work resumed on the much awaited Panama Canal expansion at the end of last month. The recent stoppages were caused by a dispute over cost overruns. Major logistics groups have continued to expand operations in the region whilst for the ...Read More

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Shipping Container Stuffed with drugs

Early in February, an estimated $180 million worth of crystal methamphetamine was discovered in a shipping container in Sydney. The drugs were found in kayaks which were being transported inside the shipping container from China. Customs officials x-rayed the 27 ...Read More

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Felixstowe to charge container hauliers

From next month the port of Felixastowe will make a mandatory charge to all hauliers wishing to collect and/or deliver shipping containers at the Port of Felixstowe. The £1.50 charge per booking is designed to reduce the effect of the ...Read More

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Foldable Shipping Container Tests

The shipping industry may be set to undergo a revolution if a new folding shipping container proves its worth. The containers were tested out at the end of last year between Hong Kong and Rotterdam, where they were unloaded from ...Read More

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More freight for HS 1

Additional freight services on High Speed 1 were introduced from January 13, carrying automotive components and refrigerated freight containers of perishable foodstuffs from Spain to London via the Channel Tunnel. The service provider has a track access contract with HS1 ...Read More

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Second Freight station at container transshipment terminal India

A second container freight station (CFS) near the international container transshipment terminal at Vallarpadam is nearing completion. The CFS will have a capacity to handle 75,000 containers a year and is being set up on 18.3 acres of land leased ...Read More

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Shenzhen luring container shipping from Hong Kong

Port authorities in Shenzhen are working aggressively to persuade foreign carriers to omit Hong Kong as a transit hub and do business directly with them. Shenzhen is well-placed to surpass Hong Kong as the world's third busiest container port this ...Read More

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Increased Freight Rates for container shipping lines

Container shipping lines hope for a better year as freight rates are increasing. They are expecting overcapacity to ease during the year. Surplus supply, which has been a major problem for shipping lines since 2008, should narrow to 1.5 per ...Read More

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New Container Shipping Service to Fiji

The first ever direct ocean Less than Container Load shipping service between northern Europe and Fiji has been announced.The new service, operating on weekly sailings from Rotterdam to Suva, will slash transit times from 55-60 days to just 36, while ...Read More

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Container Lines Investigation

Several container line shipping companies are being investigated by the European Commission to investigate whether they have breached anti-trust rules. The Commission thinks that the companies - who have not been named - may have violated anti-trust rules prohibiting restrictive ...Read More

Lisbon Container Port Strikes

Strikes at Lisbon ports have been underway since 6 November, and will continue for four hours every day until 27 November.  There will also be strikes at Lisbon Liscont Container Terminal for 24 hours on 15 November and 18 November, ...Read More

Enlarged port welcomes bigger ships

After its enlargement last year, the container port of Mombasa welcomed a new customer in the shape of one of the larges container carriers in the world.  Mombasa has used aggressive marketing policies to attract new customers to the port, ...Read More

First containers arrive at Gateway

The first regular container service arrived at London Gateway, the UK's newest deep water container port, on Wednesday 6 November.  There is a rail freight terminal alongside the new port container handling area, which means that containerised freight can be ...Read More

Shipping Intermediaries beware forgeries

A Belgian ship agent has been held liable for releasing six containers of castor oil against a forged bill of lading. The shipper claimed that it had not been paid for the cargo, and was still holding the original bills. ...Read More

Containers for Commonwealth Games

Shipping containers are being used to pack and store equipment purchased from the London Olympics, for use in Glasgow in 2014. The containers are being securely stored, and nearer the times will be transported from Grangemouth to the Games venue. ...Read More

Deep Water Container Terminal at Liverpool

The port of Liverpool will be able to welcome the world's largest freight shipping when its new container terminal is completed.  Over the years Liverpool has lost freight volume to southern container ports, as its lock system only allowed  access ...Read More

Le Havre Container Development

A new deep water container terminal, sufficiently deep to accommodate the biggest ships in service today, has begun its final phase of development. The current 10 berths are operated by three different shipping lines, and the port has issued a ...Read More

Shippers support container weighing

The Global Shippers' Forum is lobbying governments to improve maritime safety by ensuring that container weights are checked.  There was a setback to the measures last year when some states, including Panama and Cyprus, raised some objections to the proposals,

Tenerife Container Terminal

A new container terminal in Tenerife is intended to handle freight movements between Africa, Europe and North America.A spokesman for the port said that Santa Cruz will establish itself as an important international logistic hub.

New Container Port for Algeria

Work is starting on a new container terminal at Djen Djen lat this year. The new terminal will be able to handle the new Panamax ships.  A significant proportion of the freight will be transhipment cargo, but there will be ...Read More

Hong Kong container trade struggles

The first six months of the year were challenging for Hong Kong, with container traffic down over 10% over the corresponding period of 2012.  Hong Kong is seeing a structural change in the types of cargo shipped; less transhipment cargo ...Read More

China container trade knocked by economy

This year rates of growth of freight volumes have eased, victim of muted demand for China's manufactured goods. In May, both imports and exports fell.  It is hoped that in future imports will be a source of sustainable growth; the ...Read More

Rail Freight in China

Volumes of container rail freight should rise in consequence of recent Government reform, increasing investment, and the launch of several international services. Under the reformed government institutions a network of intermodal rail hubs is being set up. Fewer containers are ...Read More

Shanghai Port requests relaxation of charges

Shanghai International Port is asking the government of China to relax regulations on port charges and allow individual ports to set their own prices.  They argue that the current pricing regulation lags behind the development of the port and shipping ...Read More

Exports through Gothenburg rise

Container trade through the port of Gothenburg has so far improved by two per cent during the first six months of the year.  Exports increased by four per cent, and imports fell by one per cent.  About 30 per cent ...Read More

Chinese Freight Train Record

The first freight train from Zhengzhou in North Central China travelled on Friday 2 August to Hamburg, making the journey in 15 days as against the projected 18 days. The train carried 51 freight containers and travelled through Kazakhstan, Russia, ...Read More

Container Terminal for Rome

It is planned to replace the existing terminal at Civitavecchia in Rome with a new one in 2013. The current port only hosts one mainline container freight service, along with a number of feeder services.  The new terminal would offer ...Read More

Containers change Gauges

Freight containers on the new rail service from China to Germany will have to be transferred by crane to different guages twice.  The route goes via Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland changing gauges at the border with Kazakhstan and at ...Read More

Deep Sea Container Service for Liverpool

Feeder shipping services to Liverpool have been double, to enable more deep sea containers from the Far East to be forwarded to Ireland. The service from Le Havre will call at Liverpool twice a week and then call at Dublin, ...Read More

China Reforms Rail Freight

China has begun modernising its rail freight industry after seeking opinions from customers. The Beijing Railway Bureau Freight Center is offering new services, including a direct freight container train from Beijing to Chengdu in Southwest China. Reforms began on June ...Read More

Brazil Changes Import Procedures

Customs Procedures for imports into Brazil were changed in May 2013, amending regulations which had been in place since 2006. It is no longer a requirement to present the original bill of lading or freight bill of lading, in order ...Read More

Call for Container Packing Improvement

A major insurance supplier to the freight industry has called for improved container packing standards.  They say that higher levels of training are needed to maintain and improve the expertise of those employed by shippers, consolidators, freight forwarders, warehouses and ...Read More

New Container Ship Orders

Shipping lines are still ordering new containers ships, in spite of the fact that big world economies are only just climbing out of recession.  Freight capacity will therefore still outstrip demand, but carriers are ordering bigger ships which burn less ...Read More

China to Poland Rail Freight Service

A weekly rail freight service between Chengdu in China and Lodz in Poland began at the end of April.  The service carrying between 41 and 52 wagons with multi-sized freight containers, has been so well received that a daily service ...Read More

Freight Container Event

Intermodal, in Hamburg from 8 - 10th October, is one of the leading events for container transport and logistics covering all modes across road, rail and sea. The exhibition is free to attend and provides high quality speakers and key ...Read More

Logistics Hub Plan for Jamaica

The government of Jamaica is planning to develop a global logistics hub, with the help of investment from Kuwait and Dubai.  The development will include increasing container throughput at the port of Kingston, and building commodity ports to handle petroleum ...Read More

Global Freight Rates tumbling

According to a new Global Freight Rate Index, rates fell 12% last month.  This was the lowest level since February 2012, when container shipping was still at a low point due to a price war.  Average freight rates fell on ...Read More

China visits Container Port

The Chines ambassador visited Felixstowe last week, and went on a tour of the facilities at the UK's largest container report. China's two main container shipping lines call at Felixstowe: Chinese freight accounts for over 40% of all container movements ...Read More

Freight Container Ship in Accident

A container ship collided with a control tower at the port of Genoa in Italy on Tuesday evening.  It is thought that there were at least six fatalities and the control tower was completely wrecked. The ship was manoeuvring in ...Read More

Shipping Lines Squeezed out

Smaller shipping lines are abandoning east-west trade routes as they are finding themselves unable to compete in a market dominated by big ships. According to a recent report, no carrier outside the top 20 container lines operates on this route ...Read More

Freight on Water

Moving freight on coastal and feeder shipping services has created an 'M6 of the North Sea', offering a more environmental friendly way of transporting cargo between Rotterdam, Felixstowe, Immingham, Teesport, South Shields and Grangemouth. The service can be used by ...Read More

Breakfast Freight moves to Canal

Kellog has increased the volume of breakfast cereals to be transported via the Manchester Ship Canal container shuttle.  Hundreds of freight trucks will be taken off the road when the cereal travels by canal and coastal feeder services to serve ...Read More

New Sea Highway from Spain

Two European ro-ro operators are co-operating to offer a sea highway for freight moving between Spain and the UK.  They are hoping to attract viable volumes of unaccompanied trailer, driver-accompanied trucks and containers. The service is based on twice weekly ...Read More

Idle Container Ships Increasing

The percentage of container ships in the world shipping fleet has increased to more than 4.3%. The last time that the idle shipping fleet exceeded this was in March 2012.  Last year, the idle fleet decreased during the shipping peak ...Read More

Hong Kong Container Strike

The strike at Kwai Tsing Container Terminal in Hong Kong is now in its thirteenth day and there is no plan to negotiate to end the dispute.  Dockworkers are asking for a pay increase of nearly 20 percent to compensate ...Read More

Russia container freight flourishes

An shipping industry leader says that Russia 'remains a bright spot' in the global container industry. Growth is more than double that of the global average, and Russia even out-performed other growth markets such as India, Brazil and China last ...Read More

Container ship sinking

A container ship with 14 on board sank off the coast of China on Monday, with the loss of 11 lives.  The ship was approximately 40 nautical miles north east of Longkou in Shandong province, and capsized due to strong ...Read More

China invests in Belgian container port

A giant Chinese terminal operator has signed a memorandum of understanding to  buy a 24% share of a Zeebrugge Port company. In 2012 Zeebrugge handled approx 2.2 million TEU of freight, and it can handle ultra large container vessels.

Giant Freight Container Ships

Whilst shipping lines can benefit from the scales of economy offered by larger and larger freight ships, terminal operators have concerns about being able to handle the huge vessels.  An industry spokesman told the Container Supply Chain Asia conference in ...Read More

USA Imports Expected to Increase

A recent report says that container imports to the USA this month are expected to rise in comparison with last year. Although there have been reductions in federal spending which will affect Customs and Border protection, imports are expected to ...Read More

Intermodal Freight Terminal on River Tees

A new intermodal freight and logistics terminal on the river Tees has begun its first phase of operation.  The terminal has a direct link to the East Coast main line, and also with existing freight facilities, including a railhead, North ...Read More

Prison for illegal waste shipping

A waste disposal company has been prosecuted for illegally shipping waste to South America. The company dispatched 89 shipping containers of rubbish collected from London and Lincolnshire, breaching strict export rules by mixing ordinary waste with legitimate recycling. The directors ...Read More

Freight Rates squeezed in Europe

Road freight rates in Europe were pushed down last year because of growing capacity in the market.  In the last quarter of 2012, the European road freight price index declined by 1.8%. In relation to the extreme freight rate fluctuations ...Read More

Weak Container Trade

Figures from 11 ports in China, seven elsewhere in The Far East, four in Europe, two in the USA and one in the Middle East, show that volume growth is at its slowest since 2009. Freight volumes on the Asia ...Read More

Shipping hopes for peak

Ocean shipping lines are hoping that the traditional July-October cargo rush will take place this year, having failed to materialise in 2012.  Freight rates were forced down in the face of weak demand and excess capacity.Optimism may be displaced as ...Read More

Logistics Fair Asia

Next month the TOC Container Supply chain event takes place in Hong Kong next month. From 12 - 14 March, stakeholders in transport and logistics will be able to take part in the conference and exhibition.  Key themes are container ...Read More

Freight Containers made in Chile

The world's largest shipping line has set up its new insulated container factory in San Antonio, Chile.  This is the first such production facility outside China;the reason is that there is a huge amount of food exports from the west ...Read More

New Container Freight Terminal in Kenya

A new inland freight container station has been opened 4km from the port of Mombasa in Kenya.  The facility has direct rail links to the port and inland commercial centres.  Mombasa in the busiest container terminal in West Africa.

Manchester Ship Canal Freight

A larger vessel is being commissioned for the Manchester Ship Canal due to increased customer demand.  An upgrade in May 2012 has already removed hundreds of thousands of freight miles from UK roads.  The new vessel will move in the ...Read More

London Container Freight Improvement

Although overall trade through terminals on the River Thames fell by 10% during 2012, container freight traffic increased.  One of the largest cargo handling facilities on the river, Coryton closed during the year, which reduced cargo volumes considerably.  Freight volumes ...Read More

Container Freight Boost in Korea

Throughput of freight containers in 2012  rose 4.1% compared with the previous year at South Korean ports.  Most of the increase was due to transhipment cargo, but export and import traffic were 1.9% higher. Busan, the largest port, reported a ...Read More

Freight Container Record

Two cargo handling terminals in the Eastern Cape achieved new cargo handling records during December.  They moved the highest number of freight boxes per hour at both the Ngqura and the Port Elizabeth shipping terminals.  The improvement in volumes is ...Read More

Co-operation for Freight Corridor

Ports in France, Switzerland and Germany have decided to co-operate more closely in developing the Rotterdam-Genoa freight corridor.  All are inland ports on the Rhine, and will especially aim to enhance rail freight connections. The nine ports currently handle about ...Read More

Freight recovery in China

Shanghai and Ningbo ports in the east of China experienced a strong recovery of freight container throughput in September, and their biggest cargo flows of the year.Shanghai is the world's busiest container port, and freight volumes increased there by 11.6% ...Read More

Container volume fall predicted

A new report suggests that container volumes through North European ports are likely to fall by almost 10% in the coming six months.  Total freight volumes, including deep sea, short sea, transhipment and empty movements are expected to fall by ...Read More

New rail freight wagon design

A new type of freight wagon has been designed to meet the demand of the deep sea market for 40 ft containers.  The new wagons will enable the trains to increase the number of 40ft freight containers by more than ...Read More

Higher Freight rates for Indian rail

Haulage rates for container train operators will be increased on Indian Railways by up to 31%.  Rail Freight operators pay haulage charges to Indian Railways for using tracks, locomotives and signalling structure. This makes up 4% of IR's total annual ...Read More

Swedish Imports/Exports stable

Although growth in imports and exports through Gothenburg was down slightly in January - September, volumes in the third quarter increased.  The most common containerised export goods from Sweden are paper, timber products, industrial components and steel. Imports are mainly ...Read More

Gothenburg container volume increase

Contrary to expectations, container volumes through the Port of Gothenburg, Sweden - the largest port in the Nordic region - were 4% higher than in the corresponding period last year. Rail freight and oil freight are increasing in volume, but ...Read More

Marseille lures container freight

The port of Marseille in southern France has opened two new container freight terminals, doubling its handling capacity.  The first port in southern Europe to take advantage of barge freight, Marseille is constructing a second canal linking the terminal with ...Read More

Container Terminal Opening in Germany

A deep water container terminal and freight village has opened in Wilhemlmshaven.  The opening has been delayed several times, and as the freight market is not growing, this may not be a propitious time to open.  However, the investment has ...Read More

New Freight Container Factory

A new dry freight container manufacturing facility was completed in Qidong, Jiangsu Province, China in the first half of 2012.  Trial production started in July.  Phase 2 of the facility, for the production of refrigerated freight containers, should be completed ...Read More

EU Grant for Port of Tilbury

Tilbury and Bilbao have received funding from the EU for the "Motorways of the Sea" project which aims to take freight off the roads and on to the sea.  It is planned that over 225 million km of freight miles ...Read More

Unusual Freight from China

Earlier this month a three month old kitten was found  in a shipping container having survived three weeks without food and water. The kitten was discovered by workers at a business in Compton, Los Angeles after being inadvertently shipped the six ...Read More

Saudi Ports swamped by Imports

Ports in Saudi Arabia are being overwhelmed by the increase in imports which has occurred over the last year.  The delays in unloading have caused two international freight shipping carriers to refuse to transport containers to Jeddah from America. The crisis ...Read More

Freight Trains for Gateway

It is planned to run four freight trains per day from the new Thames Gateway deep water port which will open at the end of next year. London Gateway will include a 227 ha logistics park, as well as 176 ha ...Read More

New Freight Container Terminal for London

The new Thames Gateway freight container terminal and logistics park is due to open in the fourth quarter of 2013.  This will be a great advantage for logistics companies based in the London area, who will be able to reduce ...Read More

New container freight station for India

A new container freight station in Kerala, India, is the first to serve the new International Container Transshipment terminal in Kochi.  The facility has warehousing and container storage facilities, and a separate are for customs authorities to inspect cargo on ...Read More

New Container Terminal for Melbourne

The port of Melbourne in Australia is to be re-developed to provide a completely new freight container port, which should take 15 years to complete. The administration has attracted strong criticism from the shipping and logistics industries, for prevaricating over ...Read More

Container Shipping Freight Rates Falling

Shipping lines are being forced to reduce freight rates, even though they made an agreement at the beginning of this year to impose increases. The first quarter of this year was particularly difficult for the maritime container shipping industry. The ...Read More

Container shipping delays

Container shipping lines have a poor record for punctuality. Researchers claim that  forty per cent of shippers are given a bill of lading within three days of submitting shipping instructions. However, results ranged from 0% to 93% across the five-month measurement ...Read More

New Shipping route via Suez Canal

Two container shipping companies have announced that they will begin services from South China and Vietnam to the East Coast of the USA via the Suez Canal.  Beginning in June, the service is designed to answer customer's requirements for improved ...Read More

New container offices at Chennai port

Five new offices have been opened at Chennai port zero gate in India in order to speed up the customs clearance of freight containers. The new facility was opened officially by the Shipping Secretary, P.K. Sinha, last Friday. Local logistics suppliers ...Read More

Container Shipping Course

Lloyds of London Maritime Academy is offering a new distance learning course covering all aspects of container shipping. The course examines the commercial, technical and operational aspects of the liner shipping industry and is ideal for people working for shipping ...Read More

Rail Containers for Vietnam

The Transport Ministry of Vietnam is drawing up plans to transfer more freight containers to rail, in order to ease road congestion.  It is proposed to upgrade three main routes this year with others to follow.  Only one port at ...Read More

Horticulture freight trains

Indian Railways is planning to run the country's first horticulture freight container trains from the inland depot at Bhusawal to national capital Delhi.  The train, with 90 containers, will transport bananas, potatoes and apples. The containers, which are insulated and ...Read More

New container freight service

A Dutch rail operator has instituted a new daily freight container service between Rotterdam and the Rhine terminal of Germersheim. The service area  may expand to include the areas of Germersheim, Karlsruhe, Stuttgart, Strasbourg and Ludwigshafen, and possibly as far as ...Read More

Nantes courts container traffic

As shipments of bulk goods decrease, the port of Nantes in France is expanding its capacity for container freight. The port is planning to extend quaysides at its Montoir container terminal by 350 metres to 600 metres so it can ...Read More

Belfast Increases Freight Volumes

The Port of Belfast was pleased to report an increase in freight volumes in 2011 over the previous year.  Bulk cargo, especially steel and steel coil traffic doubled in 2011, compared with 2010. This reflected improved activity in Northern Ireland’s engineering ...Read More

Gateway Targets Chinese Imports

London Gateway port, currently under construction 40 km east of London, will be the United Kingdom's newest deep-sea container port combined with one of Europe's largest logistics parks. The port is hoping to attract at least 70 percent of containers ...Read More

Re-branded Container Port

The Essex port of Tilbury is to be re-branded as London Container Terminal.  Its new owners will combine the deepsea and shortsea container facilities. As the closest deepsea container terminal to London, it focuses on north-south trades and handles a high volume ...Read More

Gales disrupt shipping

Container freight shipping has been seriously disrupted today by gales affecting the coastal ports.  The UK's biggest port by volume of freight, Felixstowe, is completely closed as the high winds make it too dangerous to use the ship to shore ...Read More

New Rail Freight Terminal for Felixstowe

A new rail terminal at Felixstowe will be the first in the UK to be able to handle longer, 30-wagon freight trains which allow more containers to be moved on the same infrastructure, and provide greater carbon savings. Felixstowe is ...Read More

Tumbling freight rates continue

Container freight rates are continuing to fall while shipping lines have excess capacity and compete with each other for reducing volumes of cargo. Rates on the Asia to Europe and Asia to west coast Europe are falling according to the ...Read More

Transpacific freight rates fall

Last week the rate for container shipments from Hong Kong to Los Angeles fell $64 from the week before to $1,457 per feu. This means that the rates has reduced by about 21.2%, since last August and 29.9% below the same ...Read More

Direct Rail Freight to China

This month a new direct rail container service from  Germany to China will be officially opened. The transit time of 23 days for a journey of about 11 000 kilometers will run from Leipzig to Shenyang in Northeast China.  The ...Read More

Xiamen Container Port Expansion

Xiamen Port in the Fujian province of East China has plans to increase freight volumes in response to reducing exports caused by weakening demand from the USA and Europe. By building large scale industry clusters and port warehouses, accompanied by ...Read More

Freight Conference in Hamburg

Intermodal Europe, featuring a free to attend conference and exhibition, is returning to Hamburg on 29 November – 2 December 2011.  It is expected to attract key decision makers from some of the world's leading shipping lines, cargo owners, freight forwarders ...Read More

Gothenburg to be ‘freight hub of Scandinavia’

According to the Chairman of Gothenburg ports, that is the stated aim of port situated on the West Coast of Sweden and new investment will help it to achieve that aim. In October  APMT Ports acquired the Skandia Container Terminal, ...Read More

Container Shipping Prospects

Prospects for the freight industry remain uncertain, but different carriers have adopted different strategies for dealing with this.  The largest container line in the world has ordered the largest ships yet, which are being tested now but will not be ...Read More

Felixstowe’s New Freight Terminal

On 28 September Felixstowe, which is the largest freight container port in the UK, opened two new berths.  They will be the only container berths in the country which are large enough to handle the largest container ships which are ...Read More

China slow-down in Container Freight

Although the monthly volume of container freight through China's ports was the highest in history in the first half of 2011, growth began to slow down in the second quarter.  A shipping industry expert said that this was caused by ...Read More

Container terminal for India

Jawaharlal Nehru Port in India has revealed plans for a fifth container terminal to accommodate the increase in freight volumes which they are expecting.  This is a long term project for India's largest container gateway. Shipping lines have been forced ...Read More

‘On time’ shipping

One of the world's major shipping lines has announced a new service from Asia to Europe which will 'guarantee' a sailing every day at the same time, with a guaranteed arrival time.   From next month, the service will operate ...Read More

Logistics and Shipping Conference

Intermodal Europe will take place in Hamburg, Germany from 29 November to 1 December 2011.  Focussed on Logistics and Container Shipping by road, air and sea, you can either visit the Fair free of charge, or take a stand in ...Read More

Rail Freight Sale for Russia

There will be an open auction in Russia next month, to sell 75% of the freight subsidiary of Russian Railways.  There seem to be three main contenders to purchase the business, funds from which will help Russian Railways to finance ...Read More

Shipping container shortage

The World Shipping Council warned earlier this year that there would be a shortage of shipping containers in the second half of 2011.  An industry analyst has said that the predicted shortage has not materialised, and that container availability is ...Read More

New Freight Container Ports for India

The Indian Ministry of Shipping unveiled plans to triple its exports of merchandise by March 2017.  Part of the plan is to create seven new ports, as so far export growth has been limited by inadequate investment in infrastructure. Freight ...Read More

Future of freight distribution

According to a recent article in the journal of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, it is time to re-design the distribution of freight to reduce cost and environmental impact.  Current practice relies on using existing facilities, which were ...Read More

Logistics Challenge in Iraq

Logistics managers for the military services in Iraq are planning the transport of eight years of war materiel within months.  It is uncertain whether US bases will remain in Iraq next year, and logistics staff estimate that they will have ...Read More

Shipping peak surcharge

The world wide economic climate resulting in lacking consumer confidence has meant that orders for consumer goods are falling below expectations, and ships are sailing below capacity.  Carriers on the Asia-US container lines usually introduce surcharges around mid-June.  But this ...Read More

Port Strike in India

With container movement already being delayed due to lack of gates, the situation has now been made worse by a flash strike which started on Friday. As of yesterday morning, over 500 vehicles, including export containers, lined up for over 8 ...Read More

Container port expansion

The port of Tilbury has submitted plans for an extension of about 26 hectares.  The port was built in the 1880's by the East and West India dock company, and has continued to adapt to changing shipping methods.  It is ...Read More

Container imports slow

Container Trade Statistics report that imports into Europe from Asia in June were 4.6% down on May, but are above the levels recorded during the same month last year.  Exports to Asia in Quarter 2 of 2011 increased compared with ...Read More

Lost Containers?

The World Shipping Council claims that its members operate 90% of global container ship capacity.  The Council has just published research, showing that previous estimates of 10 000 freight containers lost per year were grossly exaggerated. The shipping inndustry has ...Read More

Container future uncertain

The balance between the supply of ships and demand for space has become more and more unstable since 2009, according to a specialist shipping analyst.  They expect this volatility to remain in force for about the next four years. There ...Read More

Container shipping rates tumble

Having announced last week that they would impose a freight increase on the Asia Europe route in August, shipping lines have revealed that spot rates have fallen on average.  The Shanghai Containerised Freight Index showed that rates declined from 809 ...Read More

Mumbai Congestion

Container shipping lines are imposing surcharges on shippers, to recoup the extra costs caused by drastic congestion at Mumbai, the busiest port in India.  The port has been suffering equipment failure, work to replace cranes and monsoon delays. The Western ...Read More

Freight Upgrade for Southampton rail

Network Rail is hoping to remove up to 50 000 freight container lorries per year from the roads by up-grading a second rail route from Southampton docks.  The first route runs from Southampton via Eastleigh and Romsey; the new route ...Read More

Container volumes weaken

A recently published report on North Europe produced by Hackett Associates and the Bremen Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics shows that volumes of container shipping declined in April compared with March.  The report tracks volumes through Le Havre, Zeebrugge, ...Read More

New Zealand Freight to re-start this week

The Lyttelton Port of Christchurch(LPC) is expecting freight operations to be resuming at the port within the next two days after the two earthquakes which struck on Monday. Although engineering assessments are still ongoing across the ports facilities, management expects the ...Read More