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China-Europe freight train leaves Hebei port

A China-Europe freight train left Shijiazhuang, Hebei province on Tuesday and will arrive in Moscow in around 12 days, with a variety of commodities for customers. The train is carrying 100 containers filled with mechanical devices, bags and artificial leather, valued at 20 million yuan ($3 million), according to the Shijiazhuang International Land Port. It left the Shijiazhuang International Land Port in Gaoyi county and will leave the country via Ereenhot Port in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region. “It’s convenient and fast, which was the main reason I chose the ...

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Adani Ports incorporates arm for trading in aviation-related fuels

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) on Thursday said it has incorporated a wholly-owned subsidiary Adani Aviation Fuels Limited (AAFL) to carry on the business of sourcing, transporting, supplying and trading of aviation related fuels. APSEZ in BSE filing said that AAFL will commenceits business operations in due course. “APSEZ incorporated a WOS namely, Adani Aviation FuelsLimited on 29th September, 2022 with an initial authorized share capital of Rs 5,00,000 and paid-up share capital of Rs 5,00,000 each to, interalia, carry onbusiness of sourcing, transporting, supplying & trading of ...

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China’s COSCO bid big win for Hamburg port, says CEO

A bid from China’s shipping giant COSCO to buy a stake in a container operator at the port of Hamburg is a big win instead of a threat, Axel Mattern, chief executive officer (CEO) of Port of Hamburg Marketing, told Xinhua in a recent interview. “Obviously, about one third of cargo handled at the Port of Hamburg come from and go to China. The importance of business with China has a long history,” he said. COSCO has been a client of the port for decades. The bid “was a pure ...

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Port of Liverpool dock workers to join fresh strike over pay

More than 500 Port of Liverpool staff had already started two weeks of industrial action 10 days ago. Control room staff including senior operators will join port operatives and engineers in an additional week-long strike of nearly 600 workers between 11 and 17 October. Peel Ports Group said a “significant” 8.3% offer had been rejected. Workers said the pay offer amounted to a real-terms pay cut as inflation continues to rise in the cost of living crisis. Unite is also in dispute with Peel over a failure to honour a ...

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Cargo ship with 1,000 tonnes of Ukraine aid sets sail from Marseille

A ship carrying 1,000 tonnes of aid has departed for Ukraine from a port in Marseille — marking France’s most significant humanitarian delivery since Russia invaded its smaller neighbour in late February. The cargo worth €10 million “concretely materialises [France’s] solidarity,” French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna said at the port. “It would have been inconceivable for us to remain indifferent to the fate of the Ukrainian people suffering in their flesh this war. “A war they did not choose and against which they are resisting with so much courage.” Onboard ...

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Abu Dhabi’s Mugharraq Port receives first international shipment

AD Ports Group, the operator of industrial cities and free zones in the emirate, said it has received the first international shipment at Mugharraq Port in the Al Dhafra Region. Last year, Mugharraq Port was certified as an international port facility under the International Code for the Security of Ships and of Port Facilities (ISPS Code) by the UAE’s Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure. This is a “significant milestone for the expansion of new international business opportunities and will enhance Abu Dhabi’s position as a global trade hub,” Saif Al ...

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North Italian terminal orders Generation 6 Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Crane to lift productivity and eco-efficiency

TDG, Terminal Del Golfo, part of Tarros Group, has ordered an eco-efficient Generation 6 Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Crane for their operation in La Spezia, in northwestern Italy. The crane represents the latest in mobile harbor crane technology: it will be equipped with an external power supply that lowers operating costs while reducing noise and exhaust emissions. The order was booked in July 2022 and the crane will be delivered in the first quarter of 2023. The new Generation 6 crane will increase capacity and improve flexibility at the terminal. ...

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Mitsubishi to team up with Corpus Christi port authority on U.S. ammonia plant

Japanese trading company Mitsubishi Corp 8058.T said it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Port of Corpus Christi Authority of the United States to collaborate on large-scale production facility of fuel ammonia in Texas. The move comes as part of Mitsubishi’s efforts to create global supply chains of the clean fuel to help Japan’s and other Asian countries’ attempts to combat climate change, the company’s senior vice president, Hiroki Haba, told the International Conference on Fuel Ammonia. Ammonia is used for fertiliser and industrial materials, but is ...

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Saudi Arabia’s port authority signs $239 million of deals to improve country’s ports

Saudi Arabia’s port authority signed contracts with public and private sector entities worth more than $239 million (900 million riyals) to improve operations in the Kingdom’s ports, state press agency SPA reported on Wednesday. Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) signed a total of seven contracts and agreements, which include plans to develop a new logistics hub at Jeddah Islamic Port and develop a new system to manage ports. The plans also aim to “position Saudi Arabia as a global logistics hub,” according to SPA. The plans are in line with the ...

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Plans to expand Jersey’s harbour operations

Ports of Jersey said its multi-million pound plans included creating a new ferry terminal and a larger area for handling freight shipments. The government-owned organisation said the new plans would “ensure the port’s long-term viability”. Ports of Jersey has launched a public consultation into the proposals which will inform its planning application. Harbourmaster Captain William Sadler said the plans would secure the harbour’s future. “With ageing infrastructure and freight activity at Elizabeth Harbour exceeding capacity, it is now more important than ever to prepare St Helier Harbour for the future,” ...

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Dedicated fund within Maritime EU ETS must support investments in port infrastructure to enable the greening of shipping

The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) supports the ambitions of the European Green Deal, the Paris Agreement, and welcomes the inclusion of the maritime sector in the EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS). For European ports, the greening of shipping is a priority. Significant investments will need to be made in the coming years to enable the green transition of the maritime sector, including investments in port infrastructure, connection to the grid, energy storage, and the deployment of renewables in ports. It is for this reason that the European Sea ...

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Kalmar’s unique EcoFlex rental solution to help Logent improve the sustainability of its cargo-handling activities

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is to supply a Kalmar Eco Reachstacker to Swedish logistics service provider Logent AB under a five-year Kalmar EcoFlex rental agreement. The order was booked in Cargotec’s 2022 Q3 order intake, with delivery scheduled for Q1 2023. Logent was founded in 2006 and is a market leading provider of dedicated contract logistics services in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The company employs approximately 3,000 people and operates 14 logistics sites, six customs offices and 13 staffing offices. Logent’s current fleet includes 11 Kalmar terminal tractors, three forklifts, ...

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Automation of hinterland processes: HHLA and Fraunhofer CML launch IHATEC project

As part of the IHATEC “Pin handling mR” project, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) and the Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services CML are researching the automation of pin handling in rail processing by means of mobile robotics. The project is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMDV) as part of the initiative for innovative port technologies (IHATEC). The objective of the “Pin handling mR” research project is to develop and demonstrate the handling of folding pins on container wagons using an autonomous ...

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Tensions rise in West Coast port labor battles, with unions and management trading accusations

Tensions are rising in West Coast port labor battles as unions and port management trade accusations about worker productivity and the awarding of job assignments. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union has been accused of using slowdown tactics that have reduced cargo handling, according to a report in trade publication JOC. The finger-pointing comes at a time when labor negotiations between the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association (which represents the terminals and ocean carriers) are about to enter a fourth month. Dockworkers have been working without a contract since ...

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