The latest developments and investments at ports around the world.

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Watch: Fuelling the future of green trade

2022-05-19T16:14:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Experts in new energy and propulsion technology discuss the transformation of the logistics industry and what the automotive industry can do to reduce emissions in the transport of parts and vehicles, as well as reducing risk as fuel prices continue to rise

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Watch: Consolations for a container shipping crisis


The global container shipping industry is in a state of disarray that has set it back 50 years in terms of transit and arrival times but there are contingencies that can be taken, according to Drewry Shipping Consultants

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Global container shipping the worst for 50 years reports Drewry

2022-05-17T11:43:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Global port congestion, and unpredictable transit and lead times in container shipping have resulted in one of the most dismal and uncertain times for the maritime transport of goods, something that isn’t expected to improve until 2023

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Watch: Finished vehicle logistics ­– carrying the weight of the recovery

2022-05-12T20:10:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Watch how Toyota Motor Europe’s head of vehicle logistics is taking new approaches to outbound, while digital and data expert RPM and ICL explore ways to overcome inventory and capacity challenges

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Watch: Just-in-time for a new era – can supply chains become more resilient and still stay lean?

2022-05-12T20:10:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Toyota’s Leon van der Merwe makes it clear that lean and just-in-time principles are as relevant for the OEM today as ever. But hear why aspects of the approach are changing.

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Renault takes a rational approach to logistics network redesign

2022-05-03T12:58:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

At ALSC Europe Renault Group’s Jean-François Salles, global vice-president of supply chain, outlined the current pressures facing the auto industry and the innovative supply chain strategy the company was taking to emerge stronger


BLG upbeat on performance despite automotive losses

2022-05-02T12:12:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

BLG Logistics reports losses in its Automobile division because of continued problems in the automotive industry but earnings are positive and BLG is investing in sustainability and IT


Vehicle export growth from China stalled by port congestion

2022-04-28T16:53:00+01:00By Namrita Chow

Exports from China in the first quarter of this year were showing impressive gains on the same period in 2021 but the lockdown in Shanghai has hit monthly growth figures


Critical port congestion in China threatens carmakers

2022-04-27T12:11:00+01:00By Namrita Chow

Volkswagen is one of a number of carmakers battling disruption to international parts supply and local working conditions because of China’s zero-Covid policy

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A sea change for sustainable vehicle delivery

2022-04-20T10:56:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Short-sea vehicle carriers, including Höegh Autoliners and UECC, are investing in cleaner vessel technology to meet ambitious goals and make shipping more sustainable


MAN’s energy division uses synthetic gas in commercial shipping

2022-04-13T21:00:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

MAN Energy Solutions has implemented a blend of synthetic natural gas to achieve emission reductions on a containership, which could pave the way for greener fuels to reduce emissions in global shipping.


A carbon-neutral network for Volvo

2022-04-12T10:16:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Volvo Cars is making good on its commitments at COP26 to cut carbon from its supply chain operations as well as the vehicles it is making, including through an internal pricing mechanism


Finn Roden appointed president of Autoport

2022-04-12T08:50:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Finn Roden has taken over as president of vehicle terminal processor Autoport and its subsidiary Trans Cargo, succeeding Roy Kirchner who is stepping down after 20 years in the role.


Wallenius Wilhelmsen invests in blockchain provider Vinturas

2022-04-11T11:33:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Wallenius Wilhelmsen has invested in Vinturas, which provides blockchain-enabled digital network tools to enhance visibility and security in the finished vehicle supply chain


CMA CGM buys Gefco ahead of sanctions threat

2022-04-08T16:14:00+01:00By Marcus Williams, Jason Dunn

CMA CGM has bought Gefco, including the 75% share owned by Russian Railways and the 25% share retained by Stellantis. The buyout strengthens the container line company’s logistics offering to the automotive industry


Automotive logistics in Russia is in tatters

2022-04-08T11:54:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Sanctions on Russia and the withdrawal of foreign carmakers has hit the automotive sector hard, with heavy losses felt by the transport provders


UECC launches bi-weekly service linking North Sea ports

2022-04-05T11:02:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

UECC is launching a new North Sea service to link the ports of Zeebrugge, Esbjerg, Gothenburg and Drammen in response to demand from a number of leading carmakers based in Europe

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Hyundai Glovis takes steps to prevent auto fires on ships

2022-04-04T15:22:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

One of the world’s biggest finished vehicle carriers, Hyundai Glovis, is strengthening measures designed to prevent and control vehicle fires onboard its 90 pure car and truck carriers (PCTCs)

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No more rough estimates

2022-04-04T07:53:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Toyota Motor North America is rolling out a new system called Project ETA, designed to more accurately trace the movement of its vehicles. Kevin Austin, vice-president of demand and supply management at the carmaker, explains how it works


Optimising capacity with accurate ETAs


Managing vehicle inventory requires close coordination between OEMs and multiple LSPs to prevent overcapacity. ICL says advanced ETAs can improve the process and better optimise capacity

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AL FVL Spring 2022 Digital Edition - Sailing towards a more sustainable supply chain

2022-03-29T10:08:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

The spring digital edition of Automotive Logistics and Finished Vehicle Logistics magazine is out now. It features interviews with Toyota and Volvo, as well as an overview of activity at the European vehicle handling ports


RPM survey takes the temperature of vehicle logistics sector

2022-03-28T11:31:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

A new survey from finished vehicle and freight transport RPM, and Automotive Logistics, aims to provide an accurate view what is currently happening in the finished vehicle sector and how the sector is responding


Ever Forward remains stuck outside Baltimore port

2022-03-22T11:41:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

One year after the Ever Given vessel held up global shipping traffic through the Suez Canal, its sister vessel the Ever Forward has become grounded outside Baltimore port


Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Global returns to Detroit

2022-03-22T07:19:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Top executives from global carmakers, suppliers and logistics providers, including those from Nissan, IAC and Johnson Electric, are among those converging on the MGM Grand in September this year


Brunswick port gets boost to vehicle handling capacity

2022-03-15T09:59:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

The US port of Brunswick will see annual finished vehicle-handling capacity increased to 1.4m as part of a $150m development. plan

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Ukraine’s vital link in the European supply chain

2022-03-15T07:47:00+00:00By Namrita Chow

The closure of Ukraine’s supplier industry and the impact on logistics routes reveals how important the country is to European automotive production

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a long-term risk for the automotive supply chain

2022-03-08T15:35:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison

The impacts stretch beyond inflation and corporate retreats to critical shortages upstream for semiconductor and EV supply.

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Blog: Conflict in Ukraine disrupts auto supply in Europe and Russia

2022-03-07T11:00:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Read rolling updates on the developing situation in Ukraine, wider Europe and Russia as it impacts the global automotive supply chain


Germany localises LNG supply as prices rise

2022-03-03T18:23:00+00:00By Namrita Chow

The cutting of LNG supplies from Russia has hit supplies to Europe and prompted the fast-tracking of a number of new projects to localise supply, most notably in Germany

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Felicity Ace car carrier sinks in Atlantic

2022-03-02T10:11:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

The Felicity Ace car carrier, which caught fire two weeks ago in the Atlantic with 4,000 VW Group vehicles on board, has sunk after being towed to a safe location south of the Azores

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Salvage team reaches stricken MOL car carrier Felicity Ace

2022-02-28T13:06:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

A salvage team boarded the stricken Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) car carrier Felicity Ace at the end of last week to assess the damage caused by the fire that started in its cargo decks on February 16 and spread throughout the vessel.


SAIC targets higher sales overseas with logistics support

2022-02-24T15:57:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

SAIC’s partner Anji Logistics has ordered two pure car and truck carriers (PCTCs) to support increased demand in overseas markets for SAIC’s vehicles, including Europe

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Grimaldi vessels to become 'vacuum cleaners' for ocean microplastics

2022-02-22T13:01:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

Grimaldi is deploying a system that works with its onboard sulphur abatement equipment designed to extract microplastics from seawater 


VW Group vehicles burn aboard abandoned MOL vessel in Atlantic

2022-02-18T11:27:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

A car carrier vessel operated by MOL carrying a large consignment of VW Group vehicles caught fire in the mid-Atlantic on February 16 and is drifting abandoned south of the Azores


​BMW opens US VDC at Sparrows Point with Tradepoint Atlantic

2022-02-15T10:52:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

BMW has opened a vehicle distribution centre (VDC) in the US port of Baltimore with logistics property developer Tradepoint Atlantic.

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Zeebrugge port increases vehicle handling and sustainability

2022-02-15T10:08:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

The port of Zeebrugge in Belgium has seen a 3% increase in the volume of finished vehicles processed through 2021 compared to the previous year, bringing the number of vehicles handled to 2.26m.


Get greener, stronger and smarter in Munich this May

2022-02-08T11:32:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Europe 2022 is back in situ and online. This year’s conference, which takes place between May 2-4, will be in Munich Germany and  focused on rebuilding the automotive sector greener, stronger and smarter.


Philaport to gain from state funding worth $246m

2022-02-08T11:22:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

The port of Philadelphia (Philaport) is to benefit from $246m of state investment funding aimed at continuing modernisation at the port and improving regional economic stability.

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Ferrari chooses Ceva Logistics for global racing programmes

2022-02-08T11:07:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Ceva Logistics will be providing finished vehicle and service parts logistics globally for the racing division, Ferrari Scuderia, including for the Formula 1 and GT racing series.


Hyundai signs up PSA Cargo Solutions for EV logistics in Singapore

2022-01-31T09:58:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

PSA Cargo Solutions is going to be supplying lead logistics services for Hyundai Motor in Singapore under a new contract signed this month.


More sustainable car carriers on order for Höegh

2022-01-25T08:57:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

The Norwegian vehicle carrier has four Aurora-class pure car and truck carriers on order from the China Merchants Heavy Industry shipyard, with the first two due for delivery in 2024


An ongoing crisis for terminal throughput

2022-01-18T10:45:00+00:00By Malcolm Ramsay

Supply chain delays that were initially viewed as temporary hiccups have now morphed into a prolonged crisis as global trade dynamics have been upended

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Reflections on AI, collaborations and sustainability in the automotive supply chain

2022-01-17T16:01:00+00:00By Ruud Vossebeld

Optimisation algorithms and cross-enterprise cooperation could be key in coming to grips with sustainability and cost efficiency says software developer INFORM


BMW signs second contract with ICL for outbound in Canada

2022-01-10T17:08:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

BMW in Canada has contracted ICL Systems to manage the track and trace, invoice auditing and freight claims management for the delivery of its finished vehicles to the sales network.


UECC celebrates launch of third LNG battery hybrid car carrier

2022-01-10T10:38:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

The third and final in the current series of advanced dual-fuel, LNG battery hybrid car carriers built for European short-sea ro-ro shipping provider UECC has been launched at the Jiangnan Shipyard in China.

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AL FVL Winter 2021 digital edition – Vision80: a new line of sight for Lotus Cars

2021-12-17T11:39:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

The winter edition of Automotive and Finished Vehicle Logistics magazine is out now, featuring an in-depth focus on the fast-paced transformation at Lotus Cars. Michael Dickinson, executive director of supply at the high-end sportscar maker, explains how integrating supply chain functions and scaling operations will put Lotus on the map.


Hyundai Glovis signs venture with BLG Logistics at Bremerhaven

2021-12-17T10:18:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

The world’s biggest maritime ro-ro provider is driving more efficiencies into services for OEM customers through the new venture with one of Europe’s biggest finished vehicle handling ports

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Sallaum Lines adds BMW and Ford volumes to global shipments

2021-12-16T17:29:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Sallaum Lines is taking on new business with BMW and Ford shipments from South Africa to Europe

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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