The latest developments and investments at ports around the world.


The swing of the post-Covid pendulum

2023-01-31T10:22:00+00:00By Hazel Southwell, Marcus Williams

Dennis Manns, executive vice-president of advisory group North Motors, talks in detail about the lessons learned from the disruption of the last three years and why better communication is crucial

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Grimaldi increases orders for sustainable car carriers

2023-01-26T15:56:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Grimaldi now has build orders for 15 car carrier vessels from Chinese shipyards, each certified to run on ammonia as zero-carbon fuel and each able to carry 9,000 CEUs

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Ro-ro capacity crunch means carmakers are looking for containers

2023-01-24T15:10:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

A shortage in available ro-ro capacity and an increase in EV shipments from China means carmakers are looking for vehicle containerisation services, such as those offered by CFR Rinkens


Wallenius’ wind-propelled car carrier benefits from EU funding

2023-01-24T11:48:00+00:00By Hazel Southwell

The joint Orcelle project to bring a wind-powered car carrier into operation by 2027 has received €9 million funding from the European Union.


Latest quarterly survey from Automotive Logistics and RPM now live

2023-01-24T11:36:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

The latest quarterly survey into the global finished vehicle logistics sector conducted by Automotive Logistics in collaboration with RPM has now gone live


Flavio Batista jumps from ship to shore with role at GPA

2023-01-24T11:21:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

After 25 years at Wallenius Wilhelmsen, Flavio Batista has moved to a new role as vice-president of sales and marketing at Georgia Ports Authority

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Seven new car carriers to be built for Anji shipping

2023-01-17T14:51:00+00:00By Hazel Southwell

Reports suggest the Chinese carrier is paying a record price for each carrier, to be built at Jinling and Jiangnan shipyards.

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Vehicle imports to Russia increase despite legal grey zone

2023-01-17T13:11:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Russian logistics companies are using third parties to move vehicles from Europe, through Iran and across the Caspian Sea into Russia. 

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Ceva completes integration of Gefco’s vehicle logistics business

2023-01-10T18:51:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Ceva has completed the integration of Gefco’s finished vehicle logistics business, giving it a global presence as it ties those services to its own in Asia and looks to the Americas

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Volvo first to adopt VIN guidance from ECG and Odette

2023-01-10T15:15:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Volvo has taken up the latest recommendations from the Association of European Vehicle Logistics and Odette on correct VIN labelling


Dacia delivers latest models through Bristol port

2023-01-10T13:11:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Renault Group’s Dacia division has started importing its newest models through the UK port of Bristol with a healthy sales outlook expected for 2023

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Chinese carmakers look to own ro-ro capacity

2023-01-10T12:19:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Faced with a lack of capacity on existing maritime logistics services, carmakers including BYD, Chery and JAC are taking matters into their own hands


Stellantis to benefit from short-sea delivery of parts into Ellesmere Port

2022-12-16T09:47:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Suardíaz is providing a twice-weekly shipping service for Stellantis for van parts deliveries from Spain to the carmaker’s Ellesmere Port plant in the UK


Mitsubishi hits export milestone in Thailand

2022-12-13T11:54:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) has exported its 5 millionth vehicle from Thailand and is the biggest vehicle exporter based in the country


Vincent Clerc replaces Søren Skou as CEO of Maersk

2022-12-13T10:33:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Maersk’s CEO, Søren Skou is retiring after a 40-year career with the logistics provider and will be replaced in January by Vincent Clerc, currently head of the Ocean & Logistics division


Gefco purchase contributes to quarterly gains for CMA CGM

2022-12-09T15:58:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

The global container logistics provider says the buyout of Gefco contributed $750m to its logistics revenue for Q3. Logistics revenue totalled $4.34 billion in the third quarter of the year

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ECG develops FVL Cost Index with PwC

2022-12-06T15:53:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

The Association of European Vehicle Logistics (ECG) is working with consultants PwC on a freight cost index for vehicle logistics services on road, rail and sea, as well as inland and port compounds


Kyoo Bok Lee takes over as head of Hyundai Glovis

2022-12-05T10:23:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Hyundai Glovis has appointed Kyoo Bok Lee as its new president and CEO, replacing Jung-Hoon Kim. Lee moves from Hyundai Motor Group where he was senior vice-president

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The fast track to problem-solving at FVL North America

2022-12-01T12:39:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Experts in finished vehicle logistics are meeting in California next May to share ideas on managing capacity constraints, labour shortages and the transition to EV logistics 

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Stronger logistics accelerate Mexico’s recovery

2022-11-24T16:00:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Peter Koltai from Volkswagen de México details the OEM’s logistics strategy, and is joined on a panel by Continental, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics and Maersk to explore how to optimise automotive supply chain and production across Mexico.

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In it for the long haul–mitigating logistics disruption and planning for the future

2022-11-24T16:00:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

General Motors Mexico, RPM Mexico, CSI Group and KhS Global explore how carmakers such as General Motors and logistics providers are working cross functionally and collaboratively to improve finished vehicle logistics in Mexico. 

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Future proofing Mexico’s logistics network

2022-11-24T16:00:00+00:00By Automotive Logistics

Francisco Bravo Gómez, Senior Director Supply Chain at Audi Mexico demonstrates digital transformation at the OEM and is joined by experts at Cargobase, RXO and Cognosos to discuss the logistics network.

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Volkswagen strives for strong logistics for a stronger future in Mexico

2022-11-22T15:05:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

VW is putting new processes in place to build resilience and flexiblity into production and logistics at its Puebla plant in Mexico after two years of disruption as it looks toward electric vehicle production.

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Coverage from Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Mexico 2022

2022-11-16T17:39:00+00:00By Hazel Southwell

US regulation in support of the local production of electric vehicles in North America is good news for carmakers in Mexico, but it could be even better if the government there introduced its own incentives


BLG tackles vehicle congestion at Bremerhaven port

2022-11-15T12:54:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Extended vehicle dwell times at the German port of Bremerhaven have maxed out capacity in recent weeks but BLG Logistics is tackling the issue by moving vehicles offsite


Volvo to make flagship electric SUV in US and China

2022-11-15T11:46:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Last week Volvo revealed its first pure battery electric SUV, the EX90, and announced the vehilce will be made at its plant in South Carolina in the US, with further plans for Chinese production to follow


Compliance with Mexico’s Carta Porte a concern for the car industry

2022-11-15T11:26:00+00:00By Hazel Southwell

Mexico has a new tax system for the movement of goods into and around the country, with penalties for non-compliance, but there has been confusion over its introduction 


Renault keeps an eye on the road ahead

2022-11-01T14:04:00+00:00By Hazel Southwell

Renault Group is working with Shippeo to build greater transparency into the carmaker’s supply chain and avoid the sort of disruption to the inbound parts supply that has become the norm over the last two years


Grimaldi orders ammonia-ready, dual-fuel car carriers

2022-10-31T08:30:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Grimaldi has ordered five pure car and truck carriers that can run on both lithium battery power and ammonia to reach zero emissions in the transport of finished electric vehicles


Xavier Leroi takes up COO role at Wallenius Wilhelmsen

2022-10-27T15:30:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Xavier Leroi has taken up the role of chief operating officer (COO) for shipping at Wallenius Wilhelmsen (WW), replacing Erik Noeklebye, who announced his retirement from the company in June. Leroi takes up the role at the beginning of November.

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Samskip switches to biofuels on short-sea container ships

2022-10-25T09:34:00+01:00By Hazel Southwell

Following a pilot held since 2019, logistics provider Samskip has rolled out the use of biofuels across four of its shortsea container ships based out of Rotterdam.


Liverpool port workers reject latest pay offer

2022-10-25T08:48:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

The port of Liverpool is suffering a further two weeks of strike action after the latest pay negotiations “ended in farce” according to the Unite union, which is representing 600 workers


JCB signs up Maersk and Unipart Logistics for parts handling

2022-10-24T16:41:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

JCB has signed parts logistics contracts with Maersk and Unipart Logistics to support global operations at a time of ”unprecedented growth” and transform the machinery maker’s  global supply chain operations 

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Shedding the legacy of short-term contracts

2022-10-24T10:12:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

At this year’s ECG conference Toyota and VW said the industry cannot survive without longer-term contracts and closer collaboration to improve outbound visibility


Latest quarterly survey from RPM and Automotive Logistics now live

2022-10-18T13:37:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

That latest survey into the global finished vehicle logistics sector has now been launched by logistics provider RPM in collaboration with Automotive Logistics


Nissan to benefit from investment in services at Brunswick port

2022-10-11T10:34:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Nissan North America has chosen the US port of Brunswick to move import volumes to its dealers in the south-east US and stands to benefit from a raft of infrastructure investment at the port


VW to start vehicle imports through Port Freeport

2022-10-11T09:01:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Volkswagen Group of America is moving vehilce imports to the US Gulf Coast to Port Freeport from 2024. Vehicles are being delivered from Mexico and Europe to the port


Six notes on a supply chain crisis: key takeaways from ALSC Global 2022

2022-10-04T15:08:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Flexibility rules the waves of logistics, but supply chain managers want better visibility and data to make decisions, while investing in the right skills

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The USDOE wants to energise sustainable automotive supply chains

2022-09-27T18:25:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Dr Jacob Ward from the Department of Energy gives a keynote on policy and investment opportunities for sustainable transport and manufacturing for the US.

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What resiliency in automotive logistics looks like

2022-09-27T18:25:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Learn for yourself in this panel discussion featuring top logistics executive from General Motors, IAC Group, DSV and Ceva Logistics.

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Keeping the flow – ensuring tier one supply chain continuity in the era of disruption

2022-09-27T18:25:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Executives from major tier-1 suppliers and logistics providers reveal the flexibility and tools they have used to minimise downtime and delivery delays.

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Collaborating from the start to design automotive logistics networks and processes

2022-09-27T18:25:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Logistics executives from Toyota North America, Benteler, Carter Logistics and Agillence explore the strategic considerations for logistics from early in product development cycles.

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Mitigating risk across global automotive supply chains

2022-09-27T18:25:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Reducing risk and disruption in global logistics is now the daily business of major OEMs like Stellantis and Agco, with a focus on improving control in the upstream supply chain.

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Never waste a good crisis – opportunities to improve supply chain resiliency

2022-09-27T18:25:00+01:00By Automotive Logistics

Greater supply chain control and visibility, along with prioritising resiliency and communication are among the key lessons from top leaders in automotive logistics.


GM tackles costly supply chain disruption

2022-09-25T13:59:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Global supply chain and logistics experts from GM used last week’s ALSC Global conference in Detroit to outline the contingencies they were taking to tackle disruption to the inbound supply of parts

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US invests heavily to clean up transport sector

2022-09-22T12:45:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

At this week’s ALSC Global conference in Detroit the US DoE’s Dr Jacob Ward outlined the opportunities new legislation has created for OEMs and suppliers.

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The logistics of resiliency for General Motors

2022-09-16T14:39:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

GM’s global logistics chief Edgard Pezzo explains how the OEM has invested in visibility, capacity and collaboration to protect its supply chain and production.

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Grimaldi partners with European Space Agency for satellite-assisted berthing

2022-09-13T09:29:00+01:00By Hazel Southwell

Satellite technology will assist the docking manoeuvers of Grimaldi’s pure car and truck carriers, in collaboration with the European and Italian space agencies

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A cautious outlook for the global finished vehicle sector

2022-09-12T11:51:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Volume volatility, labour shortages and capacity constraints are three main concerns for companies canvassed in the latest finished vehicle logistics survey from RPM and Automotive Logistics