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ITF welcomes historic Spanish dockers’ win

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has praised the victory of Spanish dockers who helped combat the controversial government plan to gut the rules that govern Spanish ports.ITF president & chair of the dockers’ section, Paddy Crumlin, said: “This just shows the power of the dockers in.....

Korea to manage produce delivery freshness using satellites

The Foundation of Agricultural Technology Commercialization & Transfer (FACT) is testing a self-developed shipping container maintenance technology that allows for the export of fresh agricultural produce via container ships. According to officials, 614 kilograms of strawberries from Jinju, South.....

CMA CGM launch service for fruit & veg between Morocco and Russia

CMA Shipping group CMA CGM is launching a new service that will allow the direct delivery of fruit and vegetables from Morocco to Russia in eight days without any stopover.CMA CGM said the company and its subsidiaries OPDR and Comanav now provide the fastest transit times on the market by linking Agadir and.....

Maersk and Hamburg Süd sign Sale and Purchase Agreement

Maersk Line’s acquisition of German liner Hamburg Süd is making headway as the two parties signed a Sale and Purchase Agreement. The sale of Hamburg Süd's ownership and main business assets, including vessels and containers, to Copenhagen-based Maersk Line is still pending until its been checked for.....

Korea to manage produce delivery freshness using satellites

The Foundation of Agricultural Technology Commercialization & Transfer (FACT) is testing a self-developed shipping container maintenance technology that allows for the export of fresh agricultural produce via container ships. According to officials, 614 kilograms of strawberries from Jinju, South.....

APL launches express service connecting US/Japan

APL today announced the launch of the Japan Express (JPX) service – a new weekly Trans-Pacific service which directly connects Japan with the United States West Coast.“We are excited to expand APL’s Japan-U.S. service network today with the new JPX service. With direct connectivity between Japan and the.....

Air route to Middle East boosts Australian fruit & veg exports

In the first eight months of Qatar Airways direct service from Adelaide to Doha, which began in May, the average monthly value of air freight exports has more than tripled from $115,000 to $355,000.Despite this the airline is reducing the number of direct flights per week from seven to five in October. The.....

CargoCard soon to be mandatory at Cool Port Rotterdam

In conjunction with the opening of Cool Port, planned for mid-May this year, Kloosterboer will be introducing the CargoCard as the mandatory means of gaining access to the site. The CargoCard offers many advantages, the majority of which are related to better service and safety.The introduction of the.....

APL launches express service connecting US/Japan

APL today announced the launch of the Japan Express (JPX) service – a new weekly Trans-Pacific service which directly connects Japan with the United States West Coast.“We are excited to expand APL’s Japan-U.S. service network today with the new JPX service. With direct connectivity between Japan and the.....

Air route to Middle East boosts Australian fruit & veg exports

In the first eight months of Qatar Airways direct service from Adelaide to Doha, which began in May, the average monthly value of air freight exports has more than tripled from $115,000 to $355,000.Despite this the airline is reducing the number of direct flights per week from seven to five in October. The.....

Air Asia stops cargo service at Trichy airport

Exporters from the region have been left high and dry after Air Asia, the top cargo-lifting carrier at Trichy international airport, temporarily stopped the booking of consignments from Saturday. This has also come as a big blow for the cargo officials who had set a target of 7,000 metric tonnes for the.....

Controlled atmosphere makes ocean transport cost-effective alternative to air freight

With trade of fresh produce continuing to increase, some produce varieties spend days or weeks on vessels before they arrive at their final destination. To prevent premature ripening in transit, reduce deterioration and decay and spoilage, Carrier Transicold has designed a system to optimize a container’s.....

Controlled atmosphere makes ocean transport cost-effective alternative to air freight

With trade of fresh produce continuing to increase, some produce varieties spend days or weeks on vessels before they arrive at their final destination. To prevent premature ripening in transit, reduce deterioration and decay and spoilage, Carrier Transicold has designed a system to optimize a container’s.....

Due to increase in banana shipment tarrifs

Ecuador: Cargo from Bolivar to be sent to Guayaquil

The new concessionaire of the port of Puerto Bolivar, Yilport Ecu SA, plans to increase port service tariffs for the banana sector in Ecuador by more than 160%.One of the most questioned rates is the stowage of a box, which would rise from 13 to 34 cents in April.Eduardo Ledesma, the president of the.....

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Italy: Logistics and transport must be reorganised

"It was us Italians who invented refrigerated transport but the entire world seems to be doing better than us now. While Holland is teaching logistics to its younger generations, we are organising demonstrations and strikes, but against whom?"Massimo Savini, from RLA, has been working in the sector for.....

Maersk line to begin testing CO2 reefers

Container shipping line Maersk has ordered 100 of Carrier Transicold’s refrigerated containers using “natural” refrigerant CO2.This is the first shipment of a total of 200 of Carrier Transicold’s NaturaLINE containers ordered by Maersk Line for operational testing.“To meet our sustainability goals and stay.....

Maersk purchases Carrier’s Natural Refrigerant Container Units

Striving to further reduce the environmental impact of its global shipping operations, Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping line, has ordered the first 100 of a total of 200 refrigerated containers to be chilled by Carrier Transicold’s NaturaLINE® natural-refrigerant based system. Carrier.....

Italy: Demonstrations and possible road haulage strike

Unatras (an organisation which also includes Confartigianato) has organised a protest for Saturday, 18th March. Demonstrations will be held in various Italian cities and, if the Government won't provide some answers, there will also be a strike.Refrigerated vehicle on a loading platform mezzo"The road.....

Carles Mayol, of Port de Barcelona:

"Increasingly more exports with refrigerated containers"

As the world globalises and the markets, especially the emerging economies, change their consumption habits, the volume of maritime shipments continues to increase, especially container traffic. Thanks to temperature controlled refrigerated containers, products can go further and consumers can consume.....

Overseas exports and imports severely affected

Spain: Uncertainty about strikes causing severe economic impact

The stevedoring unions have suspended another three days of strikes scheduled for 10, 13 and 15 March, following the government's decision to postpone the debate and voting in Congress on the Royal Decree to reform stevedoring. This is the third time that unions have called off some of the strikes since.....

Croation transporter connecting East and West Europe

Located in the central region of Croatia, Transporti Buneta deals in the transport of frozen and fresh goods between Croatia, Italy, Serbia, the Netherlands, Austria, Germany and Spain and the UK. The most common routes are from Italy to the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Germany; but also back.....

Spanish importers resorting to other European ports to fulfil their orders

Since the first stevedore strikes were announced, there has been a slowdown of the loading and unloading duties at the main Spanish ports, according to industry sources.This is consequently leading to delays in the delivery of fruits and vegetables imported from overseas, as well as to considerable extra.....

Railway companies penalised by CNMC for hindering fruit and veg transport

The National Commission for Markets and Competition (CNMC) has penalised Renfe, Deutsche Bahn and several railway companies from both groups with 75.6 million Euro in fines for hindering the liberalization of freight transport by rail. In many cases, this has made it difficult to reach agreements to make the.....

Maersk and IBM to use digital records and blockchain to reduce costs

Maersk, the Danish shipping company which has 18 to 20% of the market, did a proof of concept (POC) with IBM in September, tracking a container of flowers from Mombasa, on the coast of Kenya, to Rotterdam in the Netherlands, using digital documents with trackable containers.Ramesh Gopinath, IBM’s vice.....

Peru to open 12 new agro-export markets in Asia & Oceania

Peru plans to open 12 new markets in Asia and Oceania for agricultural exports, the National Agricultural Sanitation Service (Senasa) informed.To this end, a delegation of Senasa experts traveled to Malaysia, where it has been meeting with authorities from the country's Department of Agriculture.....

Maersk adds new port call in Papua New Guinea

In addition to the existing port calls of Port Moresby and Lae, Maersk is adding direct calls to the northern ports of Madang and Wewak.Container News reported that Maersk said this service expansion would further help provide customers in PNG with "competitive and reliable transport solutions".It wanted to.....

Amid strikes Maersk line diverts cargo away from Algeciras, Spain

Ahead of nine days of strike action due at Spanish ports this March caused by proposed port labour reforms by the Spanish government, Maersk Line is planning to re-route certain services to avoid its local transhipment hub in Algeciras.Westbound vessels on the carrier’s Asia-Europe and Middle East services.....

Peru to open 12 new agro-export markets in Asia & Oceania

Peru plans to open 12 new markets in Asia and Oceania for agricultural exports, the National Agricultural Sanitation Service (Senasa) informed.To this end, a delegation of Senasa experts traveled to Malaysia, where it has been meeting with authorities from the country's Department of Agriculture.....

Maersk resumes cargo bookings from Europe to Asia

After recent reports stated that Maersk had put a stop on booking containers from Europe to Asia and the Middle East, Marko Mihajic, responsible for Northern and Eastern Europe, has confirmed that they have resumed booking orders as of today."We can confirm that we are accepting bookings right now. Yes, we.....

Spain: Companies seek international ports to avoid stevedore strikes

The stevedoring conflict not only affects workers and the port sector; there are many companies that depend on this traffic and have already started to prepare themselves before the stevedore strikes, called for 6 March to 26 March, because of the approval of the decree that liberalises the sector.Stocking.....

German fruit terminal adds additional crane for unloading fruit

Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Cranes continue to be in great demand for fruit handling applications at terminals around the world. At the end of 2016, HHLA Frucht- und Kühl-Zentrum, a company of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) and the terminal operator SEA-invest, put a diesel-electric Konecranes.....

Maersk resumes cargo bookings from Europe to Asia

After recent reports stated that Maersk had put a stop on booking containers from Europe to Asia and the Middle East, Marko Mihajic, responsible for Northern and Eastern Europe, has confirmed that they have resumed booking orders as of today."We can confirm that we are accepting bookings right now. Yes, we.....

Port of Valencia loses 32 million euros because of dockers' strike

The Port of Valencia is the main stage of the dockers' conflict in Spain. Yesterday, dockworkers left the enclosure of Grao on the brink of collapse after stopping work for two hours to hold an informal meeting, stated the Stevedoring Society of the Port of Valencia (Sevasa). In addition, the main terminal.....

China: 280 million yuan for cold chain logistics project in Xinjiang

On February 21st, the Xinjiang production and Construction Corps held a signing ceremony with the Xinjiang Ding Hong International Cold Chain Logistics Co. Ltd. At the ceremony, representatives of the two sides signed an agreement, whereby 280 million yuan would be invested in a new cold chain logistics.....

Spain: Trade unions and stevedores resume negotiations

With the sector's reform already approved by the Government and pending ratification in Congress, trade unions and stevedores have resumed their negotiations exactly a week before the start of the scheduled port strikes (on 6 March).The negotiations had been suspended last Wednesday at the request of the.....

Boluda and OPDR successfully start joint venture in the Port of Seville

German OPDR, as part of the CMA CGM Group, and Spanish Boluda Corporación Marítima, successfully started out their cooperation of jointly operating the container terminal in the Port of Seville. In the course of a public tender the joint venture had submitted its application in July 2016 and was announced as.....

Hapag-Lloyd 2016 profit drops on falling freight rates

German container shipping firm Hapag-Lloyd on Tuesday reported a 66 percent year-on-year fall in operating profit for 2016, blaming mainly significantly lower freight rates.Operating profit came to 126 million euros ($133.5 million), while earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA).....

New train service connects Rotterdam and Antwerp to Spain

Since January 23, intermodal operator Shuttlewise has had a new train service between RSC Rotterdam and Antwerpen Mainhub. This service currently has 4 departures per week.Because of the connection with the Portshuttle in Rotterdam and the LORO Shuttle in Antwerp, the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp are also.....

Port tensions in Spain, the US and Chile

For several weeks, the world port agenda has been marked by the labour conflict in Spain, with the country's stevedores up in arms against the government. Analysts are worried about this case and others, such as the tensions on the west coast of the United States, or the disputes between workers and.....

Air Cargo Belgium wants to make BRUcargo more appealing logistics platform

"More fresh produce air freight should be by BRUcargo”

During the Fruit Logistica in Berlin, Air Cargo Belgium was a first-time exhibitor. “We are a new non-profit organisation that strives to further evolve BRUcargo to become an even more appealing and successful logistics platform,” Frank van Gelder, chairman of the fresh working group, sums up the.....

Air Cargo Belgium wants to make BRUcargo more appealing logistics platform

“More fresh produce air freight should be by BRUcargo”

During the Fruit Logistica in Berlin, Air Cargo Belgium was a first-time exhibitor. “We are a new non-profit organisation that strives to further evolve BRUcargo to become an even more appealing and successful logistics platform,” Frank van Gelder, chairman of the fresh working group, sums up the.....

Shipping route to connect Wilmington to European ports

The region’s commercial ties to northern Europe will be strengthened with the addition of the Port of Wilmington to a major transatlantic route.Starting April 1, the new route will bring a weekly container vessel to Wilmington on its way from northern Europe to New York. The route is operated by the 2M.....

Silvan Logistics opens new refrigerated warehouse

Transport and logistic company from Poznań - Silvan Logistics - has signed a long-term warehouse rental agreement. The cutting-edge facility located in Gądki, near the main transport interchange, expedites efficient logistic customer services for partners from Poland and abroad. The warehouse.....