The latest developments and investments at ports around the world.

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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

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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

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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 

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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) 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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. 

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Haropa completes merger of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris ports

2021-06-07T09:38:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet

This month the French ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris officially merged under the banner of Haropa Port and the joint venture is planning to extend vehicle storage capacity at Le Havre from the current 56,000 vehicles to 80,000 by 2027 by reorganising the current storage, and taking 43 additional hectares around the existing terminal.

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MOL uses AI to more efficiently allocate car carriers

2021-06-04T16:22:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) is using a new artificial intelligence (AI) tool to plan the allocation of car carrier vessels across its global network.

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ABP turns to Inform for digital vehicle management at Southampton

2021-06-02T09:34:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Logistics software specialist Inform is providing an integrated and scalable cloud management system for Associated British Ports’ (ABP) vehicle terminal operations.

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Aditi Rasquinha heads ocean freight for Apac at DB Schenker

2021-05-17T11:50:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

DB Schenker has appointed Aditi Rasquinha as its new head of ocean freight for the Asia Pacific (Apac) region. She replaces Christoph Matthes who has moved to a new role as CEO of the south-east Asia region for Agility. 

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Tom Pippingsköld widens remit at Finnlines

2021-05-11T14:30:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Tom Pippingsköld (pictured) has taken up the newly created position of vice-president and deputy CEO at Finnlines, which provides short-sea ro-ro services in Europe. Pippingsköld retains his role as chief financial officer (CFO) at the company, a role he has held since 2013. 

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Nio targets Norway for first vehicle exports

2021-05-10T09:22:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Chinese electric vehicle start-up Nio will start exporting vehicles to Norway in September this year, beginning with the ES8 SUV. The carmaker will also introduce the ET7 luxury sedan in 2022.

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Returning vehicle sales test Russian ro-ro capacity

2021-05-04T08:29:00+01:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Returning vehicle sales in Russia are prompting ocean transport providers to return laid up vessels into operation as capacity on international routes becomes tighter. Higher tariffs on containerised vehicle shipments from China is also leading to a switch in mode to ocean, adding to the demand for more services. That is expected to create an imbalance in supply and demand in the ro-ro transport sector in the short and medium-term.

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Recoding the outbound at FVL North America Live

2021-04-28T16:03:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Carmakers and their outbound logistics providers are dealing with a strong rebound in North American vehicle sales post-Covid, which has taken the supply chain by surprise. 

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Building a future for vehicle trade after Covid

2021-04-28T09:45:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Last year was one of unprecedented challenge for the UK’s vehicle handling ports but, as Marcus Williams reports, they maintained operations, invested in infrastructure and are taking lessons forward for future trade

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Jens Wollesen to take COO role at Hellmann

2021-04-27T14:15:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics will appoint Jens Wollesen (pictured) to the role of chief operating officer (COO) at the beginning of January next year. The move represents a reallocation of responsibilities at the management board level of the company.

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Why just-in-time will remain the way forward for Toyota

2021-04-27T10:54:00+01:00By Marcus Williams, Christopher Ludwig

Leon van der Merwe is leading inbound, outbound and service parts logistics for Toyota Motor Europe. At this year’s Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Europe Live conference he told Christopher Ludwig about the carmaker’s strategy to modernise just-in-time and make Toyota’s logistics more sustainable

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Watch: A permanent change in container shipping for automotive

2021-04-23T15:25:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Capacity, lead time and cost issues in container shipping have disrupted automotive shippers, and long-term structural changes in the sector will lead to new supplier relationships, according to Drewry.

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Light at the end of the Suez canal but challenges for automotive

2021-04-21T10:48:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet

Of the many disruptions the pandemic has caused, the chain reaction of delays and spiralling costs in container global container shipping must have been one of the hardest to deal with. The delays in the Suez Canal were just the icing on an already unappetising cake.

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UECC launches first LNG hybrid PCTC

2021-04-19T11:13:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet

European ro-ro operator UECC has launched its first pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) vessel powered by liquified natural gas (LNG) and battery power. LNG burns more cleanly than traditional heavy fuels, and the battery component drives auxiliary equipment and reduces emissions in port.