The latest developments and investments at ports around the world.

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Philaport to benefit from containerised vehicle shipment service

2020-01-22T10:36:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Containerised vehicle forwarder CFR Rinkens and GWSI, which specialises in warehousing and cross-dock services, have set up a centre for containerised vehicle shipping near the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal at the US port of Philadelphia (PhilaPort)…

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Ro-ro service underway at Argentina’s Tajiber terminal

2020-01-22T09:24:00+00:00By Barry Cross

The port of Campana’s Tajiber terminal, in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, has begun a regular ro-ro service for vehicle import and export volumes..

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Weighing the cost of the EV revolution

2020-01-14T13:10:00+00:00By Malcolm Wheatley

The rise in the number of electric vehicles being transported in Europe is bringing with it some significant challenges for those carriers tasked with volume shipments. They are having to deal with heavier and higher voltage vehicles that need charging on routes that cross countries with differing regulations on load dimensions

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Mena aftermarket: Playing a bigger part

2020-01-13T09:21:00+00:00By Richard Brown

Overall economic growth may be lacklustre, but automotive aftermarket sales are on the increase in the Middle East and North Africa…

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Cleaner vehicle carriers sail into new decade at a cost

2020-01-08T13:02:00+00:00

Shipping lines including WW Ocean and UECC are beginning a new decade in line with the IMO’s regulations on 0.5% sulphur content in marine fuels, which came into force this month

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In the zone at Jebel Ali port

2020-01-08T12:16:00+00:00By Victoria Johns

With a multi-tier parking facility holding around 27,000 car equivalent units (CEU), Jebel Ali is the biggest port in the Middle East and the 11th largest worldwide. The port has four terminals connecting to more than 150 other ports through 80 weekly services, and its activity accounts for 26.1% of Dubai’s GDP. In 2018, 82% of Dubai’s automotive trade passed through Jebel Ali, worth $31.6 billion in vehicles, tyres, parts and accessories.

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Room for manoeuvre with Glovis at Philaport

2019-12-16T18:23:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Glovis America is now operating a new $110m vehicle terminal at the port of Philadelphia on the US east coast, providing much-needed capacity at a time when larger car-carrying vessels are loading and discharging greater volumes

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Fresh floes: What does the Northern Sea Route mean for automotive logistics?

2019-11-29T10:14:00+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The Northern Sea Route (NSR), a growing shipping lane linking South-East Asia with Northern Europe through Arctic waters, is set to become a competitor to the Suez Channel for cargo delivery between these two regions. Russian authorities believe that the NSR would could be used for all types of cargo – and automotive product, both parts and vehicles, would be no exception.

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​Ports America appoints Peter Levesque as president

2019-11-27T15:10:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Peter Levesque is to become president of North American marine terminal operator and stevedore, Ports America in February 2020. He takes over from Mark Montgomery, who has held the position as well as that of CEO since the beginning of 2018. Montgomergy will continue as CEO.

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VW pushes the boat out with LNG-fuelled car transport

2019-11-26T10:13:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Volkswagen Group Logistics (VW Logistics) says it will be the first company to use car carriers powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) in overseas traffic. The vessels, chartered from Siem Car Carriers, will be deployed in the new year

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South Korea’s NEV exports continue to rise

2019-11-20T14:31:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

In the face of a general decline in vehicle exports from South Korea, the country’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy has found a silver lining in increased exports of new energy vehicles (NEVs). It has also recorded rises in automotive parts exports to emerging markets.

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JLR moves into larger VPC in North America

2019-11-04T15:11:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

British OEM JLR has relocated to a larger, renovated vehicle processing centre (VPC) in Brunswick, Georgia, to cater for increasing demand for its vehicles…

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UK activates Operation Brock to avoid port-bound highway congestion

2019-10-28T15:57:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Highways England has activated its plan to avoid freight traffic congestion on the M20 in the event of disruption to cross-Channel services caused by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU...

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CLdN expands fleet with Hermine con-ro vessel

2019-10-16T09:24:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

European shipping line CLdN has taken delivery of MV Hermine, the fourth con-ro vessel and sixth in the company’s current building programme.

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DP World: Access to Africa

2019-10-16T08:39:00+01:00

DP World is expanding its network of logistics operations for the automotive industry across the Middle East and Africa, with a focus on integrated services and special economic zones such as its flagship Jebel Ali Port

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K Line starts ro-ro service between Spain and Japan

2019-10-15T16:33:00+01:00By Barry Cross

K Line has started a twice-weekly, deep-ocean vehicle service between Spain and Japan for passenger and commercial vehicles as well as high and heavy cargo

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Julia Prescot joins Port of Tyne board

2019-10-09T11:28:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Julia Prescot has been appointed a non-executive director of the Port of Tyne authority in North East England

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Penske builds on range of EVs deployed in California with Kalmar Ottawa

2019-10-09T10:48:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Penske is deploying an Electric Terminal Tractor made by Kalmar Ottawa for trailer-handling operations in California

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Ben Buben to lead cargo sales at Jaxport

2019-10-09T09:01:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Ben Buben has moved to a new role as director of cargo sales at Jacksonville Port Authority (Jaxport) replacing Frank Camp, who has moved to a new role at Jaxport focusing on developing new and existing container cargo business 

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GPA expands vehicle handling space at Brunswick port

2019-10-08T14:08:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has added 40 acres (16 hectares) of dedicated ro-ro space at Brunswick port’s Colonel’s Island Terminal. The additional dock space increases the car storage area at the vehicle terminal by 6,000 spaces and will help speed vessel turnaround

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Adampol: One Belt, One Road

2019-10-01T10:59:00+01:00

Adampol’s intermodal terminal in Małaszewicze, Poland is crucial for container transport between China and Europe. Territorial development director Dariusz Stypułkowski explains how the transport and logistics firm’s new Baltic and Euro China trains are ready to offer clients a short cut

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UECC wins Bremenports’ Greenports award

2019-10-01T10:36:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

United European Car Carriers’ (UECC) pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) Auto Energy has been recognised as the most environmentally friendly vessel calling at the ports of Bremen, northern Germany. Its sister ship, Auto Eco, was runner-up.

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Tangible progress: Morocco boosts automotive production and logistics

2019-09-30T14:08:00+01:00By Herve Deiss

There is no doubt that shipping professionals are familiar with the Moroccan city of Tangier, as it is ranked 50th among container ports worldwide. The first container terminal opened in 2007 and has since been joined by three others; two at Tanger Med port 1 and two at Tanger Med port 2.

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VW AutoEuropa back on track to Setúbal

2019-09-18T10:10:00+01:00By Barry Cross

Volkswagen Autoeuropa has reintroduced a rail connection to the port of Setúbal.

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Grimaldi adds PCTC to North America service

2019-09-17T13:39:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Italian shipping line Grimaldi has taken delivery of the pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) Grande Mirafiori – named after a Fiat car plant – at the Yangfan shipyard in Zhoushan, eastern China.

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Easing off the gas: Is the shipping industry ready for Sulphur 2020?

2019-09-11T11:22:00+01:00By Gavin du Venage

The IMO’s new regulation to cut sulphur emissions, which is coming into force next year, will require operational changes by ports and shipping lines. But some parts of the world are far from prepared.

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Ford to import EcoSport to Canada via Vancouver

2019-08-21T11:18:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Ford will start importing EcoSports through the Canadian port of Vancouver next month for the first time. The carmaker has previously only used the port of Halifax on the east coast and used rail to distribute the vehicles to rest of the country.

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ABP to expand Grimsby auto terminal

2019-08-12T13:25:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Associated British Ports (ABP) has awarded a construction contract for the next phase of development at its Grimsby Automotive Terminal on England’s east coast.

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Manns launches logistics consultancy

2019-08-12T10:50:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

Industry advisor Dennis Manns is leading a new automotive and logistics consulting company, North Motors Group.

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Nansha doubles direct sailings to Europe

2019-08-07T09:24:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

The port of Nansha in southern China now has four direct sailings to Europe, in response to rising demand

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Automotive industry mourns the loss of Gary Hurley

2019-08-07T08:42:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

It was with regret that Automotive Logistics learned this week of the death of Gary Hurley (pictured, right), a veteran logistics expert at NYK Line and most recently vice-president of the company’s ro-ro division. He died after a sudden illness.

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SCH seals Neptune ro-ro deal in Southampton

2019-08-05T10:03:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Southampton-based terminal operator SCH has secured a contract to load and discharge all Neptune Lines ro-ro vessels calling at the English port…

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Chris Conner to take top job at AAPA

2019-07-30T10:35:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Chris Conner is replacing Kurt Nagle as CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA). The former CEO of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) will take on the new role in mid-October, though will start on September 23, working alongside Nagle during the transition…

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Ghent on a roll with new rail terminal and crossdock

2019-07-30T08:31:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

North Sea Port, the merged port authority at the European ports of Ghent, Vlissingen and Terneuzen, has signed a letter of intent with Turkish logistics firm Ekol Logistics and Belgian groupage firm Transuniverse Forwarding to build a multimodal site at Kluizendok, Ghent…

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Nippon Express expands footprint in Morocco

2019-07-24T08:45:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Logistics provider Nippon Express France has opened a second operation in Morocco, a logistics centre in the port of Tangiers… 

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Puerto Bahía to distribute Porsche brands in Colombia

2019-07-16T16:18:00+01:00By Barry Cross

Puerto Bahía, the terminal operator at the Colombian port of Cartanega, has signed a three-year contract with Porsche Colombia to import vehicles under the VW Group brands, including Audi, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen.

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North American ports go in search of the promised land

2019-07-08T14:56:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

US east coast ports have been grabbing land to handle increased volumes while some on the west coast deal with dramatic volume fluctuations. In Mexico, meanwhile, private investment is helping to deal with congestion. Marcus Williams reports on the performance of North American vehicle handling ports in 2018

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Wallenius Wilhelmsen opens EPC at Zeebrugge

2019-06-30T11:35:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions (WW Solutions) has inaugurated an equipment processing centre (EPC) at the Belgian port of Zeebrugge specifically for construction equipment manufacturer Doosan.

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NYK ships Liebherr harbour crane to US

2019-06-30T11:24:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

After months of planning, NYK Roro is now transporting one of its largest ever cargoes, a harbour crane, taking it from Bremerhaven (Germany) to Port Hueneme (California) for the Liebherr Group of Switzerland.

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Honda turns to barge for container moves in Belgium

2019-06-26T13:00:00+01:00By Barry Cross

Honda Motor Europe Logistics (HMEL) has started using barges to transport containerised motorbikes, power products and replacement parts between the Belgian ports of Antwerp and Ghent. The goods are being imported to Antwerp from global markets, including Japan, USA, Thailand, Malaysia, Mexico and Turkey, and they are being distributed from ...

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Glovis launches freight company in US

2019-06-26T09:30:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Glovis America, part of South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Group, has established a truck-based freight transport business in the US…

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Centre of the world: How the Middle East is growing in importance for automotive

2019-06-21T08:59:00+01:00By Manik Mehta

With vehicle sales on the rise and multiple free trade zones under development, the Middle East is attracting greater attention from the automotive industry than ever before

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Peel Ports on a roll at Sheerness

2019-06-19T09:36:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Peel Ports has spent £5.5m ($7m) replacing the Royal Bridge Pontoon to increase overall throughput capacity at Sheerness, part of the London Medway cluster of ports…

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Volvo’s Vera gears up for shuttle service

2019-06-19T09:03:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Vera, an electric, connected and autonomous vehicle (AV) developed by Volvo Trucks, has begun transporting containers between a DFDS logistics centre in Gothenburg to the APM port terminal in the Swedish city…

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Steering the future using AI

2019-06-18T10:29:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

German start-up Kopernikus has developed self-driving technology that can be used to move vehicles inside production facilities and workshops, and potentially even at ports…

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Canadian Pacific: Ready to roll

2019-06-18T08:48:00+01:00

In an oversold market with virtually no space left for development, Canadian Pacific (CP) is using its strategic land holdings to increase capacity, alleviate congestion and capture new business from vehicle-makers shipping to and from Vancouver, with the opening of its new Vancouver Automotive Compound (VAC)… 

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Export trade gives boost to South African car industry

2019-05-28T16:40:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Export sales are providing a bolster for South Africa’s struggling automotive sector, according to the latest figures from the country’s automobile manufacturers’ association.

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Shipping and climate change: Are we in hot water?

2019-05-20T09:22:00+01:00By Malcolm Ramsay

With 2019 set to be one of the hottest years on record, for the shipping sector the issue of climate change is becoming a concern. But how great is the danger to vessels, their crews and cargo? And could there be any upside to global geographical changes?

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Challenging times for US car carriers

2019-05-02T12:28:00+01:00By Greg Thompson

Despite some recent legislative wins on permissible overhangs, rig length and adaptable trailers, the US car-carrier sector continues to face a number of operational challenges, including a capacity squeeze, more demanding customers and downward price pressure

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Express rail deliveries increase along Silk Road

2019-04-23T09:16:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Since it was first announced by China’s president Xi Jinping in 2013, the comprehensive international trade and infrastructure plan now known as the Belt and Road Initiative has quickly crossed a number of milestones in its development of services by land and sea. Currently around 65 countries are involved (152 ...