Global trade enabler DP World has been awarded a 30-year Build-Operate-Transfer concession by the Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani), for the management and development of the Jeddah South Container Terminal at the multi-purpose Jeddah Islamic Port
Beijing - China wants to establish a big data system for comprehensive transport by 2025, according to an outline released by the Ministry of Transport
Fuzhou (Fujian province, China) - China completed the main structure of the world’s longest cross-sea road-rail bridge in its southeastern province of Fujian
Brussels - The European Commission has found that the marketing agreements between the Association for the Promotion of Touristic and Economic Flows and Ryanair at the airport of Montpellier are illegal
Brussels - The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of UK regional air carrier Flybe by Connect Airways, a consortium by Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Aviation and Cyrus
Genoa - TomTom’s recently launched Traffic Index showed that Genoa has a relatively high traffic congestion score compared with other large sea ports
Los Angeles - Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has met with officials from the United States Department of Transportation, USDOT, at HyperloopTT’s research facilities in Toulouse, France
Beijing - China’s logistics activities remained expansionary in May, industrial data reported by the China Daily showed
Rotterdam - A new direct rail connection set up especially for fresh produce, between Valencia and Rotterdam, has been launched this week
Schindellegi (Switzerland) - Swiss global transport and logistics company Kuehne + Nagel has posted increased net turnover, gross profit and EBIT in the first quarter of 2019
Beijing - China’s road freight transport saw steady growth in the first quarter, official data showed. Road freight volume grew 5.9 percent year on year to 8.19 billion tonnes in the first three months
Genoa - Some regions, like Lombardy and Piedmont, promote the LNG trucks by removing the car tax. Some others, like Liguria, don’t.
Brussels - The EU will invest 220 million euros in the ports of Gdansk and Gdynia, in Poland. The two investments are part of a 4 billion euros package that also include 358 millions for the Circumetnea railway in Sicily
Brussels - 400.000 safe and secure parking spaces are lacking in the EU. This is the conclusion of a new study published by the European Commission
Zhengzhou - China added a new route to its China-Europe freight train service, as a freight train made its maiden trip from Zhengzhou for Liege in Belgium on Saturday
Brussels - The European Commission and the State of Qatar initialled today an aviation agreement, the first such agreement between the EU and a partner from the Gulf region
Hamburg - In view of Germany’s announcement that it would no longer take part with naval vessels in the Mediterranean Sea mission “Sophia” organised by the European Union until further notice
London - Eddie Stobart Logistics is starting a rail service from the London port of Tilbury to Daventry, where major retailers including Amazon have distribution centres, as uncertainty rises over Brexit
Paris - France has put in motion a contingency plan to deal with an eventual “hard Brexit,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Thursday, including 50 million euros of investments to help ports and airports cope
Beijing - Eight western Chinese provinces and regions signed a framework agreement Monday in southwest China’s Chongqing to cooperate in building a new international land-sea trade corridor
Genoa - Mercitalia Rail has purchased 50% in POL-Rail, a company specializing in rail freight transport between Italy and Central and Eastern Europe, from the Polish Railways (PKP), which gives them full control
Beijing - China is expected to build over 500 general aviation aerodromes by 2020 to improve the environment for high-quality development of the general aviation industry, the People’s Daily overseas edition reported on Wednesday
Brussels - The European Commission has approved a German aid scheme to promote the shift of freight traffic from road to rail. The scheme has an overall budget of €350 million and will run from 2018 to 2023.
Monaco - Scorpio Tankers has announced that it will purchase exhaust gas cleanings systems for 42 of its vessels in 2019 and for 10 of its vessels in 2020. The value of these agreements is estimated to be $79.6 million, but the manufacturers involved have not been revealed
San Francisco - Top U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing Company delivered on Friday its 2,000th airplane to China, a milestone, writes Xinhua news agency, for the U.S. aircraft maker in the world’s largest commercial aviation market
Beijing - The total value of goods carried by the logistics sector surged to 231.5 trillion yuan (about 33.3 trillion U.S. dollars) in the first 10 months, the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing said in a statement
Rabat - Morocco inaugurated Africa’s fastest train which will halve travelling time between the commercial and industrial hubs of Casablanca and Tangier. This will boost growth in Tangier and help attract more investments to northern Morocco where one of Africa’s largest ports is located
Los Angeles - Virgin Hyperloop One, the company that has developed a full scale hyperloop system, announced today that Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, has been elected as its new Chairman
Toulouse - French plane manufacturer Avions de Transport Regional and Air New Zealand have signed an agreement to explore the possibility of using hybrid or electric aircraft on New Zealand’s domestic and regional routes.
Zhuhai, China - General Electric and Rolls Royce are the two finalists to supply engines for a new long-haul jet developed by a Russian-Chinese joint venture that aims eventually to switch to a Sino-Russian engine, a chief designer of the aircraft said
The market of vehicles that operate on water’s surface with no crew, the so called unmanned surface vehicles, will reach a world value of 1,020 billion dollars by 2023 according to research firm Markets & Markets
Beijing - German logistics giant DHL Express announced on Friday that it will increase its investment in China, including expanding service facilities in Hong Kong and Guangzhou
Istanbul - Global mobility solutions provider Thyssenkrupp Elevator has unveiled one of its biggest ever projects in the Middle East: a total mobility solutions package of 143 passenger boarding bridges (PBBs) and four elevators in the new Istanbul Grand Airport, in Turkey
Helsinki - The finnish company Cargotec, a world leader in cargo-handling machinery for terminals and ships, has seen its orders grow by 15% compared with the same period in 2017, but this has not stopped its net income for the first three quarters dropping by 30%
Birmingham - Transport company boss Chris Blackburn is contemplating spending almost a million pounds for a chance to keep his trucks on European roads if Britain leaves the EU without a deal in March
Brussels - Belgium and China launched a new cargo train route linking the Belgian city of Liege, some 100 km southeast of Brussels, to Zhengzhou, the capital city of China’s Henan province
Brussels - EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc has launched at the Port of Antwerp the European network for drone demonstration projects.
Paris - For two years Airbus faced a shortage of engines and had to slow jet deliveries. Now engines are arriving fast - but fresh snags mean a Hamburg plant that assembles best-selling jets is having trouble absorbing them, industry sources said
Milan - Gilberto Benetton, one of the co-founders of the Italian clothing retailer Benetton Group, has died, sources with knowledge of the matter said on Monday
Genoa - Businesses and the road haulage sector have their sights trained on the Italian government. In their crosshairs is the special “Genoa” decree, as well as the financial measures to be taken. At issue are the timelines of the Morandi bridge’s reconstruction
Genoa - People from from Fegino, Borzoli, and Valpolcevera, the city’s areas mostly involved in the bridge’s collapse, want answers to two pressing points: the process for workers’ redundancy pay that applies to local companies, and the compensation for the people displaced
Schindellegi (Switzerland) - The logistics company Kuehne + Nagel has acquired the logistics operations of Wira Logistics, a leading Indonesian logistics company. This acquisition should strengthen Kuehne + Nagel’s nationwide warehousing and distribution network in Indonesia
Genoa - The mayor of Genoa, Marco Bucci, has been appointed by the Italian government as the commissioner for the reconstruction of the highway bridge in the Polcevera valley that collapsed on August 14th
Genoa - The construction times for the new viaduct across the Polcevera go from the initial optimistic estimates to extremely cautious timeline forecasts; meanwhile, however, a possibility so far ignored by most, has emerged: the possibility of repairing the bridge without demolishing it
Basel - The Swiss intermodal operator Hupac is opening the autumn season with numerous new connections and service improvements. Frequency of departures, additional destinations and terminal locations are the main drivers for improvements
Stockholm - Volvo, the world’s second-biggest truck maker, plans to begin selling electric trucks in North America by 2020, it said on Thursday, as it signed a partnership with California that will allow it to show-off the vehicles
Genoa - “The utmost collaboration with the judiciary.” A few hours after the collapse of the Morandi Bridge, everyone had promised their collaboration. But the interrogations have turned into a sequence of silent scenes, although perhaps the silence has not been total
Zurich - The Swedish-Swiss multinational corporation ABB announced it has completed its acquisition of intrion, a privately owned company headquartered in Huizingen, close to Brussels, with approximately 120 employees and over a decade of experience in logistics automation solutions
Genoa - According to an estimate by ISFORT for Conftrasporto-Confcommercio, the economic damage to road haulage companies alone caused by the extension of the routes through the Genoa node after the collapse of the Morandi Bridge amounts to about €600,000 per day
Genova - «La zona logistica semplificata a Genova? Molto positiva, meglio ancora se fosse affiancata da una zona franca doganale»: a parlare è Maurizio d’Amico, segretario generale dell’advisory board e da poche settimane anche membro dell’executive board di Femoza
Genoa - Storage areas for heavy vehicles are currently being identified in the Genoa port area following the collapse of the Morandi bridge to reduce critical issues in the event of traffic jams along the A26 Voltri-Alessandria and A7 Genoa-Milan motorways
The warehousing and transport firm has seen its profits grow by 22% compared with the same time last year. The reason lies in the US-China war trade that has caused manufacturing capacities to shift from China to other Asian countries, thus increasing the shipping volumes within Asia
Genoa - Should current disruptions persist, and in the face of a lack of remedial plans, starting September 15, Catalan airline Volotea, the main operator at the Genoa airport, will be obliged to suspend all ticket sales and flight operations in Italy
Rome - “SNCF Voyages Italia must not evade its responsibility for the non-application of the national collective agreement for mobility, railway activities area.” FILT-CGIL, FIT-CISL and FAST-CONFSAL are demanding it
Bologna - One person died and 145 were injured, including four with serious but not life-threatening injuries, from the explosion that unleashed hell on a Bologna motorway junction at Borgo Panigale
Rome - Fifteen months of receivership has made it possible for Alitalia to improve its balance sheet. In the first half of the year, revenues from online ticket sales increased by 19.7% compared to the first half of 2017. In the traditionally difficult month of July, Alitalia achieved 99.6% regularity
Rome - Ridiculous delays of over 30 hours; travellers stranded at the airport without explanation; last-minute cancellations. It was a difficult start to the summer for those who chose to travel by plane. That’s why the the Civil Aviation Authority decide to open an investigation into four carriers
Rome - “A potential deal is important to us, as it would increase the size of the pie.”Thus Alessandro Profumo, CEO of defence contractor Leonardo, once more commented favourably on the proposed ship building merger
Rome - Italy’s new government is nearing a decision regarding which major projects will get a green light and which will be shelved. The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Danilo Toninelli, has in fact said he aims to “review as soon as possible” the different dossiers left on the table by the previous Government
Split - Hull 484, the Polar Expedition Cruise Vessel for cruising the polar regions built for the final Buyer the Dutch company Oceanwide Expeditions has been launched on Saturday, 9 of June in Shipbuilding Industry Split
Rome - A framework cooperation agreement was signed in Rome between ASTAG, the Swiss association of road haulage and passenger transport operators, and Trasportounito, an Italian association strongly rooted in the world of small and medium-sized companies that transport goods and passengers
Beijing - The world’s leading logistics company DHL has introduced biweekly scheduled flights between Incheon in South Korea, Wuxi in Jiangsu province in China and Frankfurt in Germany to cater to a growing airfreight demand between North Asia and Europe particularly in electronic products
Rome - The closing of the sale of Italo Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (Italo) shares to Global Infrastructure Partners III Funds was signed in execution of the sale contract signed on 11 February 2018. Luca Cordero di Montezemolo was confirmed as the company’s chairman
Vienna - The European Union, says its Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, will accept the Tyrol’s government-proposed fixed quota of one million trucks a year, only at “certain well-specified conditions.” Any limits to the freedom of passage would need to be justified
Milan - The national association that represents companies that specialise in logistics for third parties is speaking out against strikes and gate protests organised by the autonomous trade union SiCobas. Assologistica has repeated its call to the police forces and to the regional and local administrators
Moscow - During January-March 2018, Russian Railways loaded 315.7 mn tons of cargo, up 3.5% year-on-year. Coal was up 3.6% to 91.1 mn tons, construction cargo up 3 to 28.7 mn tons, ferrous and manganese ore up 2.5% to 27.2 mn tons
Genoa - EasyJet celebrated its first operations at Genoa’s Cristoforo Colombo airport, with the start of a new Genoa - London Luton flight. The link will be operational throughout the summer season, with three weekly flights
The single customs window, the map of services, integration between Genoa and Savona, the creation of a Special Economic Zone in Genoa: Alessandro Pitto, President of Spediporto, speaks about the Ligurian visits to Interlaken and Lugano
Genoa - Five municipalities in Val Lemme which want to join the Pact for the Territory, the agreement signed between RFI, COCIV, and eleven mayors to create a project to develop the territory affected by the work on the Third Tunnel
Genoa - Danish group DFDS has begun restructuring its Italian logistics division. The division’s results have been “insufficient” according to the group. Its main operations focus on rail transport between Italy, Sweden, Denmark and the United Kingdom
Genoa - It was on 16 February that Luigi Di Maio burst into the Genoese election campaign with a violent attack on the local port system. Now that Di Maio has come out of the election on top, the maritime sector is wondering how willing he will be to attack the port and the fast rail link to the Po Valley
Genoa - A three-day truck stoppage in the port of Genoa. Filt-Cgil, Fit-Cisl and Uiltrasporti unions have called a strike in the containerized vehicle transport sector, at the Ligurian port from March 8 to 10. The protest erupted with traffic disruption due to snow and ice
London - Italian infrastructure operator Atlantia, whose largest shareholder (with 30.2%) is the Benetton family, has bought a stake in the firm that operates the Channel Tunnel, obtaining a 15.5% stake in Groupe Eurotunnel
Genoa - The firm GCF has completed the laying of tracks along the 15.4-km long section of the east tube, one of two tubes at the Ceneri Base Tunnel
Genoa - A trial container service from Dalian in China to the SPaP port on the River Danube in Bratislava arrived in the Slovak capital on November 13, after a 17-day journey via Russia and Ukraine.
San Francisco - Hackers broke into British company Piriform’s free software for optimizing computer performance last month and installed tools that could have allowed them to take control of tens of millions of devices.
Richmond - Last month, the port had its best July ever for cargo volume, handling 234,230 containers, as measured in standard 20-foot units or TEUs, a 7.5 percent gain from the same month a year earlier.
Venice - China is planning the new Silk Road, and because of tradition, among other things, it has chosen Venice as the maritime terminal for the route that will give new impetus and energy to Italian and European companies
Livorno - The President of the Region of Tuscany, Enrico Rossi was speaking of the interventions for the relaunching of the area around Livorno that has been hit by the economic crisis.
Genoa - Record attendance for the third Shipping & Intermodal Transport Event - Rethinking the future of ports, organized by our magazine.
Genoa - The construction sector in the province of Alessandria is breathing a sigh of relief, despite its “dependence” on the start of construction on the Third Giovi Tunnel.
La Spezia - A “vacuum effect” could, in the short term, be the consequence for Italy’s ports, as the new Gotthard rail tunnel begins operations shortly.
Genoa - Meng was in Genoa yesterday - the day of the inauguration of the Gotthard Tunnel, which is an essential element of the Genoa-Rotterdam European rail corridor - to celebrate the terminal’s four new “swan-neck” cranes, each with a 53 metre lifting height, becoming operational.
Genoa - “With the approval of the financing,” Delrio said, “the funds available will double from €1.6 billion to €3.8 billion.”
Drewry: “A merger between Cosco and CSCL makes sense for China, but the ramifications for the container shipping industry could be far-reaching.”
Tianjin - The death toll rose to 112 from Wednesday’s disaster, which sent massive yellow and orange fireballs into the sky.
Beijing - Economic activity on China’s wealthy eastern seaboard was heavily disrupted as authorities cancelled trains and flights out of two Shanghai airports and ordered tens of thousands of ships back to port.
Brussels - In Shortsea conference in Copenhagen Matthieu Bertrand, Financial Officer of CEF (Connecting Europe Facility), presented the new TEN-T financing scheme,
Beijing - While the exact amount is still to be decided, the pledge will mark the latest step in China’s efforts to shape global economic governance.
Athens - The official responsible public works and transport in north Cyprus, Hasan Tacoy has said that the privatization of ports in the break-away areas are at an advanced stage
London - The two firms agreed for a $3,53 billion deal: XPO’s shares rose 12 percent after the bell.
Genoa -In ten years the Chinese merchant fleet has tripled. “It is a political choice, and the shipping world is afraid.”
Gothenburg - The Port of Gothenburg will be the new export port for Volvo cars to Finland, Russia and China, which will result in a new service to Finland and Russia and an increase in volume of around 30,000 cars each year.
San Francisco - Honda had been using air shipments from Japan to get some parts to its North American assembly lines
Berlin - TUI Group plans to restructure its airline brands and cruise businesses and drive more online bookings now its merger to create a tourism group with annual sales of over $20 billion has completed.
Los Angeles -vessel loading and unloading operations were scheduled to resume on Monday.
Geneva - The European Commission’s 315 billion euro investment plan to spur growth could create more than 2.1 million net new jobs.
New York - Port Authority alerts: “All Marine Terminals anticipate closing today by 3:00 p.m. but that time may be adjusted (earlier or later) based on changing weather conditions”
Paris - The settlement announced by the Justice Department on Monday marks the largest-ever criminal fine levied by the United States against a company for violations of foreign bribery laws.
Athens - reek labour unions staged a 24-hour strike on Thursday that cancelled hundreds of flights, shut public offices and severely disrupted local transport, in the first major industrial action to cripple the austerity-weary country in months.