Switzerland News

16 Feb 2020

Vado Gateway Welcomes First Ship

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APM Terminals said that its new deep-sea container terminal, Vado Gateway terminal, located in Vado Ligure, Italy, received its first commercial service on 11 February 2020.The ship, M/V Maersk Kota, was the first of seven ships from Maersk’s weekly ME2 service, connecting the Mediterranean with the Middle East and India.According to a company release, the call by M/V Maersk Kota marked the start of operations for the new deep-sea Vado Gateway container terminal in northern Italy.With a total investment of 450 million euros…

11 Feb 2020

MAN's New Digital Platform Aims to Link OEM Data

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Engines manufacturer MAN Energy Solutions has launched a new digital platform designed to enable the integration and exchange of original equipment manufacturers’ (OEM) data to promote industry collaboration in realizing the benefits of digital technology.The new platform, mýa, provides asset owners with a single, secure interface to data from multiple equipment manufacturers across the marine, power, and energy industries, among others.“Given the unique transformational challenges most industries are facing today…

27 Jan 2020

Sri Lankan Supercar's Journey in Maersk

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The  container logistics company A.P. Moller - Maersk has embarked on a journey that covers the end-to-end logistics of first-ever Sri Lankan made electric supercar Vega EVX that will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2020 later this year in March.The car built in Colombo, started its journey from the Vega Innovations workshop in the heart of the city and is currently en route Port Rotterdam in the Netherlands from where it will continue all the way to Geneva, Switzerland.Maersk…

23 Jan 2020

DP World Acquires 44% Stake in Swissterminal

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Dubai-based global ports operator DP World has taken a 44% stake in Frenkendorf-headquartered Swissterminal Holding, the container terminal operator in Switzerland.The parties have agreed not to disclose financial details of the transaction.Swissterminal, which is headquartered in Frenkendorf close to Basel, operates additional locations in Zurich-Niederglatt, Basel-Birsfelden, Basel-Kleinhueningen and Liestal. The terminals are well connected to Europe’s leading container ports in Rotterdam and Antwerp as well as the ports of La Spezia…

14 Jan 2020

Shiptec Wins CGN Order for 2 Ferries

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Lake Geneva General Navigation Company (CGN), a Swiss company operating ships on Lake Geneva connecting towns in both France and Switzerland, has awarded the contract to build two new passenger ferries to Shiptec AG.According to a press release from the Switzerland-based shipbuilder, the order for the two passenger ferries amounts to a total of CHF 57 million (USD 59 million).The new passenger ferries with a capacity of 700 people each will connect Evian-les-Bains to Lausanne from early 2022 and the link between Thonon-les- To serve Bains and Lausanne.

12 Dec 2019

Vado Gateway Container Terminal Opened

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The international container terminal operating company APM Terminals (APMT) said it has opened a new container terminal in Vado Ligure, on the Italian Riviera, which will be capable of handling 900,000 TEUs of containerized cargo.APMT has a 50.1% share in the “Vado Gateway,” while Cosco Shipping Ports has a 40% share and Qingdao Port International has a 9.9% share. APMT said the project is part of the “New Silk Road.” Chinese firms have invested in more than a dozen European ports…

03 Dec 2019

WinGD Intros New Short-Stroke Engines

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Switzerland-headquartered developer of low-speed gas and diesel engines for marine propulsion Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd (WinGD) has launched four new short-stroke engines to address economic engine speeds and accommodate space constraints on several vessel types.The engine designer said in a press note that the range, starting with the X52-S2.0 and X62-S2.0 and their dual-fuel counterparts X52DF-S1.0 and X62DF-S1.0, feature a short piston stroke that is ideal for vessels with a shallow draught, small propeller diameter or low main deck height.

02 Dec 2019

MHI-MME for World's Largest Dual Fuel Engine

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Equipment Co., Ltd. (MHI-MME) delivered MET Turbochargers for the world's largest two-stroke dual-fuel X-DF engine 12X92DF.Developed by Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd. (WinGD) of Switzerland and to be built by CSSC-MES Diesel Co., Ltd. (CMD) of China, these engines are scheduled to be mounted on total nine 23,000 TEU container vessels. A ceremony to unveil the project's first completed unit will be held on December 2 at a CMD, where…

02 Dec 2019

MET Turbochargers for World's Largest Dual Fuel Engines

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Nine 23,000 TEU container vessels to be built in China will be equipped with the world's largest two-stroke dual-fuel X-DF engine 12X92DF developed by Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd. (WinGD) of Switzerland and built by CSSC-MES Diesel Co., Ltd. (CMD) of China. Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Equipment Co., Ltd. (MHI-MME) said it is delivering the MET Turbochargers.A ceremony to unveil the project's first completed unit will be held on December 2 at a CMD, where the engine was built.Many MET Turbochargers have been mounted on WinGD's X-DF engines previously…

28 Nov 2019

Retrofit Solution for LSF Engines

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Chinese shipbuilding conglomerate China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) said that its worldwide equipment service subsidiary CSSC Marine Service Co (CMS) is using its expanded network of service stations to deliver a retrofit solution to engine starting problems that may occur with less viscous low-sulfur fuels (LSF).Some two-stroke engines using common-rail injection report problems reaching and maintaining high enough fuel rail pressure due to wear of fuel pumps, starting…

21 Nov 2019

Swiss Chide EU Over Steel Import Curbs

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Switzerland criticized on Thursday measures the European Union has adopted to curb steel imports amid a global trade spat, saying they harmed the Swiss steel industry.The European Commission last month revised safeguard measures introduced in July 2018 and decided to reduce the annual increase in quota volumes, the government said in a summary of talks on the status of a bilateral free trade deal. "These changes threaten to further restrict bilateral steel trade between Switzerland and the EU and harm the Swiss steel industry…

03 Nov 2019

Steel Cut for 1st LNG-fueled Ship in France

Photo: Chantiers de l’Atlantique

MSC Cruises, a global cruise line registered in Switzerland and based in Geneva, has held a steel-cutting ceremony for its first new-generation World-Class ship at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.The first of five liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered cruise ships on order, MSC Europa is the first LNG ship to be built in France.On the occasion of the cutting of the first steel ceremony held in Saint-Nazaire, MSC and Chantiers de l’Atlantique unveiled…

06 Oct 2019

North Sea Port Connects to 12 New Destinations

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North Sea Port and Lineas are joining forces to increase efficiency with 12 new rail connections to the European hinterland.According to a press note from the cross-border port that consolidates the port areas of Vlissingen, Terneuzen and Ghent, this is a significant expansion of the volume of rail transport from the port.A new rail connection between Interface Terminal Ghent and the Lineas Main Hub in Antwerp allows goods to be shipped via the international rail network of Lineas.The 12 new destinations are Madrid…

23 Sep 2019

K+N to be CO2 Neutral for Shipments

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Switzerland-based global transport and logistics company Kuehne + Nagel International AG has launched a Net Zero Carbon program that will aim to reduce the environmental impact of supply chains.In addition to the continuous reduction of its own CO2 emissions, the company now offers its customers solutions for reducing the CO2 footprint of their supply chain. With the use of big data and new digital platforms, the selection of transport routes and modes can be optimized from a…

17 Sep 2019

NYK in ESG Index for 17th Year in a Row

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Japan's shipping giant Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) has been selected for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), the world's leading investment indexes for ESG (environmental, social, and governance) criteria, for a 17th straight year.The DJSI, which is a major global index for companies engaging in ESG initiatives, is composed of selected sustainability-driven companies from over 3,500 worldwide companies invited to participate in a selection process consisting of an in-depth analysis of economic…

13 Sep 2019

Shore Power Market to Reach $2.7Bln by 2024

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The global shore power market is estimated to be valued at USD 1.4 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 2.7 billion by 2024, at a CAGR of 13.3% during the forecast period.Reduction of low-frequency noise and emissions at ports, a growing number of cruise liners in the shipping industry, and installation of retrofit shore power systems have increased the demand for a shore power system, said a report by ResearchAndMarkets.However, huge installation & maintenance costs…

19 Aug 2019

Iran Tanker Released, Sets Sail for Greece

The newly renamed Adrian Darya 1, in a file image under its previous name of Grace 1. CREDIT: MarineTraffic.com

An Iranian tanker sailed through the Mediterranean towards Greece on Monday after it was released from detention off Gibraltar, and Tehran said that any at U.S. move to seize the vessel again would have "heavy consequences".The Grace 1, renamed the Adrian Darya 1, left anchorage off Gibraltar about 11 p.m. (2100 GMT) on Sunday. Refinitiv ship tracking data showed on Monday that the vessel was heading to Kalamata in Greece and was scheduled to arrive next Sunday at 0000 GMT.The…

16 Aug 2019

SHI Thrusts on Smart Ship Technology

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South Korean shipbuilding giant Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has pushed ahead with advancing smart ship technology thanks to joint work with global equipment producers on SVESSEL, a smart ship system independently developed by Samsung.Yesterday (August 16) SHI signed an MOU with the German-based global company specializing in engine technology MAN-ES for collaboration on smart ship technology development.The MOU mainly aims at enhancing operating services of main marine engines by applying the engine diagnosis and high-tech control technology of MAN-ES to SVESSEL…

16 Aug 2019

World’s Largest Electric Ferry Completes Maiden Voyage

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E-ferry Ellen, the world's largest all-electric ferry,  made its first commercial trip connecting the ports of Søby and Fynshav (Denmark).Switzerland-based battery system provider Leclanché SA has powered the vessel, capable of carrying approximately 30 vehicles and 200 passengers,  with a capacity of 4.3MWh.Participating in this event celebrating the first scheduled ferry service between the two Danish islands were the respective mayors of the two municipalities, Ole Wej Petersen of Aerø and Erik Lauritzen of Søndeborg.E-ferry Ellen is expected to be fully operational within a few weeks.

12 Jul 2019

Rhine water levels hit 2-month low

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Water levels along the Rhine river, a key waterway for transporting commodities and other products from coastal areas to inland locations in France, Germany and Switzerland, fell to their lowest since May 21, Refinitiv Eikon data showed.Levels at the Kaub <WL-KAUB> location in Germany hit 201 centimetres and have been steadily declining since late June, the data showed.Oil barge brokers said the low water levels meant barges were leaving the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp refining and storage hub to inland locations not fully laden.Water levels along the river hit a record low of 25 cm in October

08 Jul 2019

APM Terminals Opens Vado Gateway

Vado Gateway Terminal. Pic: APM Terminals

APM Terminals has confirmed that its new Vado Gateway terminal, located in the Vado Ligure Port Complex, North Western Italy, will be inaugurated on 12 December this year.With the placement of the terminal’s last caisson this week - an important milestone in the build - the commercial team have been actively engaging with the market. The launch commenced with an event at the Genoa Aquarium last month.Future services offered by the terminal were presented to key managers from the main Maritime Companies and Shipping Houses operating in the Italian market.Once operational…

14 Jun 2019

Analysis: Strait of Hormuz and the Risk of Escalation

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The Strait of Hormuz, the narrow shipping lane between Iran and Oman named after the fabulously wealthy ancient kingdom of Ormus, has fascinated oil traders since the Iranian revolution in 1979. Iran has periodically threatened to close the strait to enemy shipping, while the United States and its allies have pledged to keep it open and maintain freedom of navigation, by force if necessary.The strait has become a symbolic flashpoint in the region-wide confrontation and indirect…

14 Jun 2019

COFCO in Talks to Buy Stake in Russian Port Grain Terminal

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Top Chinese grain trader COFCO is in talks about buying a shareholding in a grain export terminal in the Russian port of Novorossiysk as part of its expansion in Europe, sources said on Friday.COFCO is understood to be in talks about buying a shareholding of about 25% in the KSK deep water grain terminal in Novorossiysk, three sources said.Talks are being held with the terminal owner, Russian company Deloports Ltd. Deloports declined comment.The COFCO group in China was unavailable for immediate comment.

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