The latest developments and investments at ports around the world.

Steve Jernigan, Nissan North America

Partnering to prepare for the coming outbound crisis – in conversation with Nissan’s Steve Jernigan

2021-11-29T17:30:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Nissan North America’s Steve Jernigan thinks the focus of supply chain constraints will soon shift from inbound to finished vehicle logistics, and encourages stakeholders in industry to work together during the opening session of Finished Vehicle Logistics North America 2021

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Finished vehicle logistics Ideas Labs – rolling the dice on new solutions

2021-11-29T17:30:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Following workshops on key industry topics and challenges including driver shortages, in-vehicle telematics, vehicle processing and final mile visibility, industry experts at Finished Vehicle Logistics shared their group’s top solutions and next steps as part of a quick-fire pitch round

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UECC takes delivery of first hybrid finished vehicle vessel

2021-11-29T14:17:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

The pure car and truck carrier will be powered by LNG and battery technology, significantly reducing emissions significantly and exceeding sustainablity goals outlined by the IMO


Lasse Kristoffersen to take over as CEO of Wallenius Wilhelmsen

2021-11-29T10:17:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Lasse Kristoffersen is moving from Torvald Klaverness to take over as CEO of Norwegian ro-ro shipping provider Wallenius Wilhelmsen next year. 

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Flooding knocks out rail and road links to port of Vancouver

2021-11-19T10:26:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Torrential rain and flooding in the Canadian province of British Columbia have disupted rail and road links to the port of Vancouver, leading to congestion at terminals and stopping all inbound shipments of finished vehicles

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Supporting vehicle imports for a sustainable future

2021-11-16T11:14:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

The Port of Vancouver USA is looking to enhance its service for long-term customer Subaru with a greater degree of sustainability


A more sustainable supply chain does not have to cost the earth

2021-11-15T18:05:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Sustainability does not have to elicit the C-word but can actually be achieved as a side-effect of more efficient logistics planning and better visibility based on lead time optimisation


A cleaner corridor for container movements through LA

2021-11-15T14:34:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Given the ongoing congestion crisis in container throughput at the US west coast container ports, one could be forgiven for thinking investment in more sustainable logistics was low on the agenda. Not so at the Port of Los Angeles, where the port authority is working hand in hand with vehicle and equipment makers, logistics providers and fuel companies to clean up container logistics once and for all.

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AL FVL Autumn 2021 digital edition – Moving forward together through disruption

2021-11-03T16:01:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

The autumn digital edition of Automotive Logistics and Finished Vehicle Logistics magazine is out now, featuring a four-part, in-depth special on Renault Group, in which its top executive for supply chain and logistics, Jean-François Salles, explains the supply chain revolution underway at the carmaker


Hamburg port now using carpodX system for vehicle inspection

2021-10-29T11:53:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

The port of Hamburg is now using an automated vehicle inspection system called carpodX, developed by the CAR Consulting Group, to more efficiently process finished vehicles before they are shipped.


Outbound sector grapples with reality of reaching carbon neutrality

2021-10-19T13:55:00+01:00By Namrita Chow

At last week’s conference held by the Association of European Vehicle Logistics (ECG) in Brussels, delegates discussed what the EU’s carbon neutral targets for 2050 meant for the sector

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Geodis names Jürgen Adler as head of automotive business

2021-10-19T07:19:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Jürgen Adler (pictured) has moved to transport and logistics provider Geodis to head the company’s automotive business as the industry deals with disruption and demand for flexible transport and logistics services

Michael Andersen (Maersk), Matt Pohlman (First Brands), Maxim Serov (Benteler), Christopher Ludwig (Automotive Logistics)

Holding back the tiers: The automotive supplier perspective

2021-10-18T06:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Automotive supplier Benteler, diversified aftermarket distributor First Brands Group together with Maersk outline strategies specific to mitigating risk for automotive tier suppliers.

Jeff Dzierbicki (Rubicon VLS), Charles Franklin (Glovis America)

Finished Vehicle Logistics: Reducing miles, increasing productivity

2021-10-18T06:00:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Glovis America and Rubicon VLS discuss the challenges and changing dynamics in measuring vehicle logistics KPIs and costs with vehicle logistics industry veteran, Dennis Manns.


Communication and creativity are crucial to withstand supply chain turbulence

2021-10-11T16:04:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

In the face of turbulent times for the automotive supply chain logistics providers recognise that sitting down and talking is every bit as important as the digital technology needed to get creative with the solutions


Data quality and collaboration key to sustainable future

2021-10-11T14:18:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Carmakers and their supplier partners are collaborating more closly through a number of initiatives designed to make the future of automotive production and logistics more sustainable


US west coast ports extend hours to deal with congestion

2021-09-27T12:17:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

The US west coast ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are extending gate opening hours along with other measures to help shift the backlog in containers currently disrupting operations 


Microchip shortage threatens finished vehicle carriers, warns ECG

2021-09-21T12:06:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

A lack of supply chain visibility in the midst of the latest disruptions to the automotive sector are putting the finished vehicle transport sector in peril, says the Association of European Vehicle Logistics (ECG) 


Maersk embraces sustainable shipping with latest investments

2021-09-14T11:05:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

AP Moller-Maersk is replacing eight of its older container vessels with new ones that will run on carbon-neutral methanol and is signing contracts for the green fuel sourcing agreements with providers in Europe and the US


Craig Jasienski joins Neptune Lines as CEO

2021-09-13T11:33:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Craig Jasienski will take on the role of CEO at European short-sea ro-ro operator Neptune Lines from October 1 this year. Melina Travlos, who had held the role, will remain president of the company.

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Antwerp EuroTerminal boosts capacity with multistorey vehicle park

2021-09-06T10:01:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Grimaldi is building a seven-story vehicle storage facility at its Antwerp EuroTerminal that boasts a range of environmentally friendly crendentials


DSV Panalpina buys Global Integrated Logistics for $4.1 billion

2021-08-23T16:33:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

DSV Panalpina has bought Agility’s Global Integrated Logistics, with significant gains for its Road, Solutions and Sea & Air divisions, and making it one of the top three logistics providers globally


Second LNG-battery hybrid vessel on route to UECC

2021-08-23T12:57:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Work has been completed on the second of three newbuild hybrid pure car and truck carriers for UECC that will run on a combination of LNG and battery power


Adapting to change at Amports

2021-08-17T11:10:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Amports has spent the last couple of years increasing capacity and services in North America’s vehicle handling ports, something that stood it in good stead to manage volatility last year

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Covid outbreaks causing congestion at ports in China

2021-08-17T10:41:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Container ports in China continue to be disrupted by measures taken to control renewed Covid outbreaks amongst port employees, leading to vessel congestion


FVL North America returns to California in November!

2021-08-17T09:52:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Finished Vehicle Logistics North America  will be returning to California for a three-day event held in November focused on what needs to be done to mitigate supply chain disruption and ensure future success in outbound logistics


Carbon-neutral supply chain a priority for Volkswagen

2021-07-30T16:06:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Volkswagen is making a concerted effort to make the way it moves its vehicles as sustainable as the electric vehicles it is moving.  A good example is seen in the export of ID.4 from Germany to the US, as Marcus Williams finds out


Gefco working with Fenix for Volvo deliveries through Bronka port

2021-07-30T15:13:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Gefco is working with Russian port operator Fenix to manage the import of Volvo Cars volumes through the port of Bronka near St Petersburg and onward distribution to the Russian market


North American vehicle ports: Versatile through the year of the virus

2021-07-27T15:25:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Regional closures and varying rates of recovery have seen a slight shift in the records of throughput at North America’s main vehicle handling ports, most notably with the Mexican port of Veracruz losing ground to Baltimore for the first time in six years.

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First Nio volumes now on route to Norway

2021-07-27T12:48:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

The first shipment of Nio ES8 electric SUVs have left Shanghai port on route for Norway, where they will be delivered to customers by September


Uber Freight says Transplace buyout will transform logistics landscape

2021-07-27T11:09:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

The logistics division of Uber is buying one of the largest managed transport service and logistics technology providers in North America to create a global logistics network for multiple verticals


AL FVL Summer 2021 Digital Edition – Gearing up the supply chain for sustainable growth

2021-07-23T16:23:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

The summer digital edition of Automotive Logistics and Finished Vehicle Logistics magazine is out now features interviews with Ford and VW, as well as an overview of activity at the North American vehicle handling ports

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Back in Detroit for Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Global

2021-07-20T15:06:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

The Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Global conference will be back in its old home of Detroit this fall, giving a new impetus to this year’s theme Accelerating Stronger Together. 


Gefco opts for Blue Yonder cloud technology

2021-07-12T13:24:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Gefco is continuing its strategy to digitalise supply chain services with the adoption of warehouse and transport management software provided by Blue Yonder


DP World buys logistics specialist Syncreon

2021-07-06T11:45:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Container terminal giant DP World has bought third-party logistics provider Syncreon in a deal valued at $1.2 billion. The transaction is expected to be complete by the second half of this year.

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Philaport benefits from grant for berth development at Southport terminal

2021-07-02T12:19:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

The US port of Philadelphia is to benefit from a $49m grant that will help development of a new $130m multi-use berth at the Southport ro-ro terminal, which handles vehicle imports 

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Protecting vehicle delivery quality, sustainably

2021-06-30T17:20:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Prevention is better than the cure when it comes to vehicle damage and insurance. Experts from ABI Tape, Trinity Rail and Horizon Auto Logistics discuss key strategies and data to maintain quality across North American vehicle logistics.

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Delivering electric vehicles in America: charging ahead with a heavy load

2021-06-30T17:20:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

EV sales are on the rise in the US, and with that new logistics considerations for vehicle weight, charging infrastructure and services. Experts from Lucid, Glovis and the American Trucking Association discuss how best to prepare.

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Now is the time to invest in sustainable port infrastructure

2021-06-30T17:20:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Ports are the gateway to supply chain recovery and growth for the North American automotive industry, and officials from the US Maritime Administration, Kuehne + Nagel and the American Association of Port Authorities see opportunity to strong returns on investment in capacity, transport links and digitalisation.

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Can North American vehicle logistics ports get past Industry 3.0?

2021-06-30T17:20:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

There are growing capacity demands on ports but many OEMs, processors and logistics carriers depend on manual processes. Volkswagen’s Michael D’Angelo doesn’t think it needs to be that way.


Finished vehicle logistics needs a sustainable rethink in the EV era

2021-06-23T14:00:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

VW Group of America is trying to make its vehicle logistics more sustainable through operational procedure and supply chain design but there are load-capacity headwinds related to road haulage in the US

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Höegh Autoliners signs MoU for Aurora-class car carrier fleet

2021-06-22T12:32:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Höegh Autoliners is planning to introduce a fleet of 12 Aurora-class car carriers as part of its plan to make the delivery of finished vehicles more sustainable from 2024


NYK commissions 12 LNG-fuelled car carriers

2021-06-21T10:43:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

NYK is boosting the number of car carriers in its fleet fuelled with LNG with the commission of 12 vessels from the Shin Kurushima and Nihon shipyards in Japan


Making the best of it at Mazatlán

2021-06-18T11:29:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Terminal Marítima Mazatlán (TMAZ) runs the finished vehicle terminal at the Mexican port of Mazatlán and over the last decade the company has invested $20m in infrastructure and technology to increase volumes. While Covid has hit throughput Nissan remains committed and TMAZ is gearing up for a return in trade 

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Smart tools for sustainable logistics at Hellmann

2021-06-17T13:29:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Monika Thielemann-Hald joined Hellmann Worldwide Logistics just as Covid started disrupting manufacturing for east to west. But as global head of automotive logistics she has helped steer the company through the crisis with the right mix of teamwork and smart technology


VW puts carbon-neutral exports top of agenda for EV deliveries to the US

2021-06-15T10:03:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Volkswagan has moved more than 8,000 units of its ID.4 electric SUV to the US from Germany since March this year and has set out to make the method of delivery as sustainable as the vehicle it is delivering, all part of its ‘goTOzero impact logistics’ strategy

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Vehicle electrification shakes up export and import flows

2021-06-11T15:00:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet

There are regional differences in the sales and manufacture of electric vehicles that are affecting finished vehicle logistics flows, with some countries with relatively small automotive output becoming the bigger EV exporters. That has consequences for finished vehicle logistics, as a new report from Ultima Media’s business intelligence unit, Automotive, makes clear


Canadian Pacific invests in rail connections to port of Saint John

2021-06-08T11:02:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Canadian Pacific Railway is moving vehicles out of the Canadian east coast port of Saint John again for the first time in 25 years and investing C$90m in track infrastructure over three years to add capacity and services for automotive in Canada


Hyundai Glovis sets up customised shipping standards for EVs

2021-06-07T11:39:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Hyundai Glovis has established a new process and set of standards for the global shipment of electric vehicles aimed at providing a safer and more secure service for traditional carmakers and start-up EV companies alike

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Renault forecasts shift in the make-up of outbound deliveries

2021-06-07T10:23:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet

At a recent automotive webinar hosted by Haropa Port, Renault’s global vice-president of supply chain, Jean-François Salles, said that the vehicle mix in the outbound supply chain was going to change over the next few years, with more second-hand, light commercial and shared vehicles being distributed. That trend will require different logistics planning