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New China-Europe Intermodal Route Opened

File Photo: Belt and Road Initiative, State Information Center

Marking the opening of a new China-Europe freight train route a freight train left Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, heading for Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan.According to a report in Xinhua, the train consists of 42 containers loaded with laptops, LED panels, green tea and other products manufactured in Hunan province.

Two Container Giants Visits Austalian Port

Image: Fremantle Port Authority

Two of the largest-capacity container ships to ever visit Australia are making calls to the Fremantle Inner Harbour this month.The first one, Maersk Skarstind, has already arrived in Fremantle. Maersk Skarstind berthed around 9.30pm on July 15th assisted by a pilot and three Svitzer tugs.Capable of

Connection Compass of 100 Liner Services

Pic: Port of Hamburg

The new Connection Compass showed more than 100 liner services connect Hamburg with most of the more than 1,000 seaports worldwide.  "All scheduled, rail and inland waterway services to and from Hamburg," is given in the new  Connection Compass, said a press note from the port of Hamburg.

Samskip Appoints Laaksonen as Group CEO

Kari-Pekka Laaksonen, Group CEO Samskip (Photo: Samskip)

Samskip, a European multimodal service provider group, appointed Kari-Pekka Laaksonen as the Group Chief Executive.Laaksonen, who takes up his post at Samskip’s Rotterdam headquarters on August 1st, 2019, is the former CEO of Samskip competitor Containerships, where he led the Finnish group’s aggressive growth from 2012.

New Orleans Braces for TS Barry

File Image: A containership transits the Port of New Orleans on a better day. Image CREDIT: Port NOLA

Some residents and visitors prepared to flee New Orleans on Thursday as Tropical Storm Barry closed in and city officials warned of severe flooding if it makes landfall by early Saturday as the first Atlantic hurricane of the 2019 season.The storm had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (64 kph) as of 10 a.

Will High-Speed Container Transport Ever Work?

Figure 2 is a first pass sketch of what it may look like (I already see various areas for improvement on this sketch, but for illustrative purposes it will do). Photo credit: Martin & Ottaway, Inc.

Every few years I am handed a high-speed container transport proposal. Generally it consists of some type of high speed vessel design that would be able to move containers at high speed and thereby attract a new market by taking a chunk out of the air cargo market and the premium ocean market. Occasionally

Go-slow at Port Hits South African Car and Commodity Exports

A go-slow by workers at a major South African port is hitting exports of cars and other commodities, the country's Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Thursday.State-owned rail operator Transnet said it had suspended a number of employees at its Ngqura Container Terminal for engaging in what it said was an illegal industrial action.

Market in Focus: Containerships

© Image'in/Adobe Stock

Newbuilding UpdateThe highlight for newbuild orders in the last 12 months must certainly be HMM’s mammoth order back in September 2018. The South Korean company placed en bloc orders at three top South Korean yards for almost $3 billion in total.• eight 15,300 TEU ULCVs from Hyundai• seven 23,000 TEU ULCVs from Daewoo• five 23,

U.S. CBP Seizes MSC Gayane following Cocaine Bust

Photo of MCS Gayane moored in Philadelphia after CBP's record cocaine seizure.On June 17, the CBP and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) led multi-agency team detected anomalies in seven shipping containers and extracted 39,525 pounds of cocaine. The cocaine has a street value of about $1.3 billion. CREDIT: US CBP

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Area Port of Philadelphia seized the MSC Gayane Thursday following a record seizure of 20 tons of cocaine on June 17.Upon application from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Eastern

Admiral Schultz Emphasizes Maritime as a Driver of U.S. Commerce

Flying into New Orleans with Admiral Karl Schultz, Commandant, USCG, provides a ‘birds eye view’ on the robust and diverse business in and around the lower Mississippi River.  Photo: Greg Trauthwein

Last month Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was invited to join Admiral Karl Schultz, the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, on a trek to New Orleans for an underway tour on board a mid-stream transfer operation in the Mississippi River. As the U.S. inland waterway system has endured historic water levels for more than six months,

Rotterdam, Berlin Mull Better Rhine Corridor

Emile Hoogsteden and Volker Wissing. Photo: Port of Rotterdam

Germany wants to improve hinterland transport from the port of Rotterdam. German Transport Minister Volker Wissing visited the Port of Rotterdam as part of a three-day delegation trip to the Netherlands.Wissing and Emile Hoogsteden, Vice President of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, emphasized the importance

Maersk, Major Shippers Hike Gulf-bound Box Rates

File Image: Maersk

A.P. Moller-Maersk have joined other major container shipping companies in increasing prices for sending containers into the Persian Gulf in response to the heightened risk of military conflict in the area.Attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last month drove up oil prices and raised concerns about a U.

Container Market Challenges Likely as Uncertainty Mounts

Simon Heaney, senior manager, container research at Drewry and editor of the Container Forecaster.

Today’s container market is confronting more than its fair share of headwinds.The recently published Container Forecaster from global shipping consultancy, Drewry, highlights concerns of a slowing global economy stoked by the ongoing US-China trade war (albeit paused for the moment), escalating geo-political

Oakland Port: Big Drop in Greenhouse Gases

Pic: Port of Oakland

Oakland International Container Terminal (SSA), a major Port of Oakland tenant, said its $6 million conversion to hybrid yard cranes would cut greenhouse gas emissions 96 percent.  “This is way better than we thought it would be,” said Ken Larson, Crane Manager for the terminal’s parent company, Seattle-based SSA Terminals.

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