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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


Antwerp Port Showcases Barge Transport Initiatives

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  Each week more than 915 barges call at the port of Antwerp carrying project cargo, containers and dry and liquid bulk to and from northern France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Keeping this barge traffic flowing smoothly requires efficient collaboration between all


Transpacific Box Shippers Plan Freight Rate Rise

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A container shipping organisation urged companies on Wednesday to raise Asia-U.S. freight rates by at least $600 per 40-foot container (FEU) from Jan. 15, corresponding to an increase of 26.6 percent from the current level.   The Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) said the planned


EU Bans Crimea Investment, Targets Oil, Cruise Sectors

Measures take effect on Saturday; aim is to keep pressure on Russia over Ukraine. The European Union banned investment in Crimea on Thursday, halting European help for Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration and outlawing European cruise ships from calling at Crimean ports.


Transpacific Container Shippers Plan Price Rise

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A container shipping organisation urged companies on Wednesday to raise Asia-U.S. freight rates by at least $600 per 40-foot container (FEU) from Jan. 15, corresponding to an increase of 26.6 percent from the current level. The Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) said the planned


Aker Evaluating Future of US Shipyard, ASC

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Norway's Aker ASA may decide to merge or otherwise restructure two listed units that have seen strong benefits from the U.S. shale oil energy boom, Aker's Converto investment vehicle said in a statement released late on Monday. Converto, the top owner of both Aker Philadelphia Shipyard and


Kenyan Protesters Block Mobassa Port Highway

Protesters in Kenya blocked truckers on the only highway from Mombasa port to the capital Nairobi on Friday, threatening to choke the main trade artery with much of east Africa. More than two hundred residents in Voi, a town located 142 km (89 miles) inland from Mombasa


China to Straighten Transport Bottlenecks by 2020

Vehicles are seen on Changan Avenue at the rush hour in Beijing, August 29, 2013.

China aims to ease transport bottlenecks which are affecting economic development by 2020 with a plan announced on Saturday to tackle issues such as excessive road tolls and poor connectivity and to ensure the smoother flow of goods. Despite billions of dollars being invested in recent years on


Workers End Strike at Haifa

Workers at Israel's state-owned Haifa Port ended their strike on Tuesday, a day after they walked off the job in protest at a government plan to build private, competing ports. A spokesman for the Chamber of Shipping said the port workers returned after Israel's labour court ruled that the


BV to Operate Single Window in Congo

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  The Democratic Republic of the Congo has awarded the consortium Bureau Veritas BIVAC B.V. / Soget, the concession to set up and operate the Single Window for facilitating trade. “This Single Window for international trade facilitation is a true modern platform that will simplify


CMA CGM Acquires 7,000 Reefer Containers

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The CMA CGM Group announced it has acquired more than 7,000 of last generation 40’ High Cube Reefer containers including 6,000 low consumption engines. The CMA CGM Group said regularly invests Reefer containers that reduce carbon print by 60% compare to the first generation’s Reefers


KVH Boosts Mini-VSAT Capacity in S. America

KVHs advanced TracPhone V-IP series satellite antenna systems are designed and optimized for the mini-VSAT Broadband network.

Capacity expansions address the rising satellite communications demands of the Brazilian offshore oil and gas industry, inland waterway shipping and other markets throughout South America KVH Industries, Inc. announced major capacity increases for its mini-VSAT Broadband network at the OilComm


Hamburg Süd Chooses EUROGATE

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  Hamburg Süd shipping line has awarded the contract for handling its new EMCS – Europe-Mexico/Caribbean Service to EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg. The first ship will berth at the terminal on 13 November 2014. The regular service links Northern Europe with Central America


Retailers Head North of England

Metro Shipping has transferred several high-profile retail customers from Felixstowe and Southampton to Liverpool to realise the benefit of reduced inland haulage costs

  A shortage of inland transport capacity and increased waiting times for lorries at ports in the south of England have brought an uplift in the volume of containers to the Port of Liverpool. Over the last 12 months Metro Shipping has transferred several high-profile retail customers from


CMA CGM’s Seasonal Fruit Service Returns

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The CMA CGM Group announced its Citrus Express seasonal service will start again in November. Spread over two rotations, this service enables to export citrus fruits and apples from East Mediterranean to the Black Sea. It will call the ports of Syria


US Sets Import Duties on Containers from China

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The U.S. Commerce Department on Thursday set duties on imports of rail and road transport containers from China after finding the goods were sold below cost in the United States. Under the department's preliminary decision, 53-foot domestic dry containers will face anti-dumping duties of up to






 
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