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New Scottish Cargo Service

Scottish cargo customers are benefiting from the launch of a new domestic service, linking the Port of Grangemouth to strategic east coast English ports. Forth Ports has recently teamed up with Feederlink to provide a service from Grangemouth – the UK’s largest feeder port – to Southampton, offering an opportunity for Scottish customers with export, import and domestic cargo needs. The new route meets the demands of a range of industry sectors – in particular retail and supermarket trade – and port centred logistics. The new service builds on the Port of Grangemouths’s reputation as one of Europe’s premier feeder ports, and reinforces Forth Ports’ recent capital investment in the Port. In addition, the introduction of the route significantly improves the availability of a sustainable alternative to road haulage for transporting goods across the UK. Feederlink already calls to Felixstowe, Rotterdam, Tees, Tyne and Immingham from the Port of Grangemouth. Feederlink vessels will depart from the Port of Grangemouth for Southampton, calling at Port of Tyne on the return journey, bringing up the number calls at Grangemouth to six a week. Forth Ports also offer services on behalf of Samskip, BG Freight and MSC, linking the Port of Grangemouth with Rotterdam and Antwerp.


MARAD Study to Improve U.S.-Flag Competitiveness

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration recently awarded a research contract to PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC, of New York, to identify factors that significantly impact the ability of U.S.-flagged ship operators transporting goods to remain competitive.  Current maritime industry estimates appear to indicate that costs associated with operating these vessels under U.S. registry standards are approximately three times higher than those incurred by the


CMA CGM Receives the Highest Score

In January 2013, the Group-owned CMA CGM fleet was rewarded by state ports (Port State Control), the highest score for its fleet in recognition of the fleet’s compliance with international regulations regarding safety at sea, technical / regulatory compliance and pollution prevention. For this ranking, port national authorities verify the state of vessels, the level of maintenance, the quality of the crew, procedures in place for the management of safety and pollution.


Maersk Asia/US E.Coast Service to Transit Suez, Not Panama

Maersk Line, will stop using the Panama Canal to transport goods from Asia to the U.S. East Coast as bigger ships make Suez more profitable. Maersk Line will send through Suez Canal a vessel that can carry as many as 9,000 20-foot boxes at a time, instead of using two 4,500-box-vessels through Panama Canal, Soeren Skou, Maersk Line chief executive officer, informed Bloomberg in Singapore. The last sailing through Panama will be on April 7 and the first service through Suez will be a week later


Container Ship Delivers First Boxes to Great Lakes Port

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The US Coast Guard say that the 'Fortunagracht', a 450-foot Dutch-flagged container ship, has delivered the first-ever load of containerized cargo to the Great Lakes. Before the establishment of the Cleveland-Europe Express, shippers relied heavily on rail service to transport goods from the larger east coast container ports, such as New York and Baltimore, to the Great Lakes region. Talks to bring CEE to Cleveland began in the fall with cooperation between the Coast Guard


Drewry: Global Number of Container Ships Peaks

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The number of container ships transporting goods around the world has fallen in the first half of 2014 but the total capacity of the global fleet continues to increase, consulting firm Drewry Maritime Research said in a note on Monday. Drewry Maritime Research foresees a fall in the number of container ships on an annual basis this year for the first time in at least 20 years. The container shipping industry has been struggling with over capacity because of there are too few goods to


U.S. Freight Forwarder Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges

A Kirkland, Wash.-based freight forwarder involved in the military's program for shipping household goods of military and civilian Department of Defense (DOD) personnel between the U.S. and foreign countries pleaded guilty to criminal offenses related to its participation in that program, the Department of Justice announced today. Criminal charges were filed today in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., against Air Van Lines International Inc. (AVLC). Under the terms of a


Safer Transport for Dangerous Goods Now Mandatory

Uniform, global rules for the safe transport by sea of dangerous goods and marine pollutants in packaged form are now compulsory, following the entry into force on January 1, 2004 of the 2002 amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, making the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code mandatory. In welcoming the development, IMO Secretary-General Mr. Efthimios Mitropoulos observed that the decision by IMO Member States in 2002 to make


NORTH P&I CLUB Publishes Guidance On Sanctions For Shipowners

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The ‘A’ rated, 150 million GT North of England P&I club has published new guidance for shipowners on how to avoid being caught out by the increasingly complex ‘patchwork’ of international trade sanctions currently in force worldwide. Writing in the club’s newsletter ‘Signals’, head of loss prevention Tony Baker says, ‘Trade sanctions are at the forefront of modern diplomacy and can be imposed by individual countries or supranational bodies


AAPA Chief Weighs in on WRDA

Jerry Bridges, AAPA Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority.

AAPA Chairman Testifies Before Senate Committee on Water Resources Development Act; Testimony emphasizes importance of investment in waterside infrastructure.   Jerry Bridges, the American Association of Port Authorities’ Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority, testifying today on behalf of AAPA before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, stressed the need to authorize new navigation projects to keep the Nation competitive in


Nanotechnology & Big Data: New Review

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A report commissioned by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, reviewing the potential implications of nanotechnology on the safety and performance of engineering assets and the infrastructure on which modern society relies on, finds that nanotechnology will have a far reaching impact on almost


Iraq Sues Greek Shippers for Transporting Kurdish Oil

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Iraq said it filed a lawsuit against Greek shipping company Marine Management Services (MMS) for its role in the export of crude from the Kurdistan region, which Baghdad says is illegal. The case is the latest move by Baghdad to deter customers and thwart independent exports of crude from the


UK Port of Liverpool Receives C-TPAT Accreditation

Distinguished visitors to Liverpool 2: Image courtesy of Peel Ports

Peel Ports operators of the Port of Liverpool, says it has been accredited by US Customs and Border Protection as a certified partner in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) programme. The accreditation system validates ‘best in class’ security and detection


GDP v TEU: DMR Analyses the Interplay

Container cranes: Photo courtesy of ABB

The strength of first-half 2014 container flows from Asia to Europe flies in the face of the macro-economic data coming out of Europe, says Drewry  Maritime Research (DMR) in their latest ‘Container Insight Weekly’, excerpted here.


Nation’s Vessel Operators Join EPA as SmartWay Affiliate

Tom Allegretti, AWO President & CEO

The American Waterways Operators, a 350-member trade association representing the U.S. tugboat, towboat and barge industry, announced today that it joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership, an innovative collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and stakeholders in the


Kenya's Mombasa Port Traffic Up 13% in H1

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Container traffic through Kenya's biggest port grew by 12.8 percent in the first six months of the year after new cargo handling infrastructure was built to shorten the turnaround time for ships. The Indian Ocean port of Mombasa, the biggest in east Africa and the region's trade gateway


Siemens to Bring eHighway Demonstration to California

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Contract signed with South Coast Air Quality Management District inCalifornia to install and demonstrate Siemens eHighway system near Portsof Los Angeles and Long Beach. Electrified catenary system offers economically attractive and environmentally friendly solution to transport goods on


St. Lawrence Seaway Cargo Shipments Return

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Over 15 million metric tons of cargo moved through the St. Lawrence Seaway during the month of July, down just 4 percent over last year, marking a sustained comeback after the slow start to the shipping season. "The month of July was extremely busy for our ports on the Great Lakes-Seaway


China Looks to Boost Shangai Port Volumes

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China will expand a scheme to speed up tax refunds for companies that export via a Shanghai port, the government said on Thursday, as it looks to boost the city's role as an international shipping centre. Exporters that send products abroad via Shanghai's Yangshan deep water port


MOL Ships Medical Supplies to Myanmar for Free

Mitsui O.S.K.Lines,Ltd. (MOL)  announced that it supported PH-Japan’s (Peoples’ HOPE Japan’s - PHJ) Myanmar healthcare program to provide free transportation of PH-Japan’s container filled with 2,000 units of digital thermometers and electronic blood pressure


Rotterdam, Bavaria Launch Intermodal Research

Photo: Freek van Arkel (Courtesy of the Port of Rotterdam)

Good connections between seaports and the hinterland are vital for optimizing the logistic chain. The Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Bayernhafen Gruppe are therefore working together in the ‘Bayrolo’ research program. The aim of this cross-border project is to further improve


Transpacific Container Shippers Aim for Rate Rise

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A container shipping organisation urged companies on Monday to raise Asia-U.S. freight rates by at least $600 per 40-foot container (FEU), corresponding to an increase of 14.2 percent from current levels, from Sept. 1. TSA (Transpacific Stabilization Agreement) said the planned increase follows


Canadian Ports: Minister Emphasizes Key Role

Honourable Lisa Raitt: Photo Transport Canada

Transport Canada informs that the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, has spoken of the important role Canada's marine ports play in supporting trade and economic growth in a speech to the 56th annual conference of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities


Russian Food Import Ban: Trucks Lose, Shipping Wins

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Team Niinivirta, a Finnish family-run transportation firm, turned 60 this year, but its third-generation managers now don't know if the business will see Christmas, because of Russia's new ban on European food imports. The firm based in Kotka, on the Gulf of Finland opposite Saint Petersburg


Hamburg Süd Christens Containership in S. Korea

Hamburg Süd’s San Christobal will operate between Asia and the east coast of South America from September 2014

Hamburg Süd yesterday celebrated the christening of its new containership San Christobal with customers and business partners at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea. The vessel is the second newbuild in the series of three new San-class ships.






 
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