DP World to invest Rs 2,000 crore in various Tamil Nadu projects

Karur - Logistics services major DP World will come up with fresh investments to the tune of around Rs 2,000 crore in Tamil Nadu, including setting up of a new container terminal, cold storage and sea food processing zone among other units. The other projects lined up include a free trade zone with an integrated rail siding, minor port in the Eastern Coast of Tamil Nadu and inland container depots in Erode, Karur and Tirupur

Manufacturers seen moving to southeastern Europe

Pandemic seen driving southeastern Europe warehouse boom

Prague - Logistics and warehouse companies are accelerating expansion plans in southeastern Europe where business is expected to boom as the pandemic spurs manufacturers to relocate operations close to main markets

In two years

Suez Canal to widen, deepen 30 kilometres of channel

Suez - Plans have been unveiled by Suez Canal Authority chairman Osama Rabie to widen and deepen 30 kilometres of the waterway between Suez and the Great Bitter Lake, reported Adderbury, England's Bunkerspot. The announcement by Admiral Rabie was also attended by the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who gave his approval for the start of work to be completed in 24 months

Shares soar

Ebay earnings beat on pandemic-driven surge in online shopping

New York - E-commerce firm eBay said on Wednesday it would emerge "stronger" from the COVID-19 crisis after a pandemic-driven surge in online shopping helped the company beat estimates for sales and profit in the holiday quarter. Shares of the company were up nearly 10% in extended trade. The global health crisis has forced millions of Americans to stay indoors, leading to a jump in online orders for e-commerce companies including eBay, Amazon and Walmart


Historic U.S. COVID vaccine campaign launches with convoy of trucks

Three trucks carrying pallets of boxed, refrigerated vaccines rolled away from the Kalamazoo facility at 8:29 a.m., escorted by body armor-clad security officers in a pickup truck and a SUV. The United States expects to immunize 100 million people, or about 30% of its population, by the end of March

From Basel

Swissterminal expands intermodal portfolio, new barge service to Rotterdam and Antwerp

Basel - Switzerland-based integrated logistics provider Swissterminal AG and its partner DP World have announced the introduction of a regular barge service from Basel-Kleinhüningen and Basel-Birsfelden to various deepsea terminals at the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp, starting 1 January 2021. With the launch of this new intermodal product, Swissterminal offers two roundtrips each week to Port of Antwerp and Port of Rotterdam

Project cargo

Fortune Italy load heavy lift cargo at Marghera

Venezia - Fortune International Transport in Italy have recently loaded a complete new high pressure separator including all equipment at Marghera in Venice with the destination of China. The heaviest piece weighed 90tn with three additional pieces at 40tn each as well as other cargo in cases totalling 500cbm as a whole shipment

The operation

Delta Maritime with transport of tram trains in Greece

Piraeus - Delta Maritime report an ongoing project they are assisting with involving the transport of tram trains from Piraeus Port to Elliniko Tram Station. The project will help the flow of traffic throughout the Athens and Piraeus network

In Dammam

SGP takes over management of King Abdulaziz Port container terminals

Dammam - On 1 October 2020, Saudi Global Ports Company (SGP), one of PSA International’s subsidiaries, officially assumed the management of both first and second container terminals at King Abdulaziz Port Dammam (KAPD), Saudi Arabia. SGP has thus become the sole container terminal operator of the deep-water hinterland port.

To boost economy

UK mulls Scotland-Northern Ireland bridge

London - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson launched a review aimed at improving transport links across the UK, including a possible bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland, as part of a plan to boost the pandemic-hit economy and strengthen ties between its member nations. The study will consider air links within the country, road and rail links in Scotland, the Welsh rail network


Amazon's latest grocery store concept opens, with high-tech carts

Los Angeles - Inc on Thursday said it is opening a supermarket in Los Angeles with shopping carts that let customers skip checkout lines, as the e-commerce company builds out its offline presence. The market, in the Woodland Hills neighborhood, is called the Amazon Fresh grocery store. It is the first location to let customers in - by invitation only - out of seven that Amazon has confirmed for Southern California and greater Chicago

A TEN-T project

Webuild to work on €220m contract for Turin-Lyon high-speed railway base tunnel

Turin - Webuild, formerly Salini Impregilo, and its partners have won a €220-million contract to help develop the base tunnel between Turin and Lyon, a major infrastructure project that is part of an ambitious European Union initiative of sustainable mobility to connect the continent’s railway networks and increase the transport of people and goods on rail rather than road

New service

ZIM to meet eCommerce boom with record US-China service

Haifa - Container shipping line ZIM has launched a dedicated service from South China to Los Angeles US West Coast – Speedy ZIM eCommerce Xpress (ZEX) to cater for the increasing needs of eCommerce customers. In a statement, the carrier said the emphasis on eCommerce was particularly relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic

Traffic data

No demand: world’s container ships run near empty

Hong Kong - Warehouses are getting so full of goods like fridges and washing machines that retailers are asking shipping companies to push back deliveries, which may drag global container shipments down as much as 30% in the next few months

Intermodal and logistics

EU signs 75 million dollars of infrastructure deals with Bosnia

Sarajevo - The European Union and its lending arm, the European Investment Bank, have signed deals with Bosnia worth 68 million euros ($75 million) to help improve the Balkan country’s water supply, flood protection and transport infrastructure

intermodal and logistics

Controlled explosions demolish remains of collapsed Italy bridge

Genoa - Six seconds of controlled explosions wiped out the remains of a collapsed bridge in the northern Italian city of Genoa on Friday, paving the way for a new structure to replace the ageing viaduct that gave way last year, killing 43 people.

intermodal and logistics

China seeks to allay fears over BRI debt risks

Beijing - China aims to make the Belt and Road initiative sustainable and prevent debtrisks, its finance minister said on Thursday, seeking to allay criticism that the infrastructure plan to boost trade and investment creates a heavy burden for some nations

intermodal and logistics

Venice Mestre enhances intermodal station

Venice - The upgrading of intermodal systems in the Venice Mestre railway station area, promoting interconnectivity between rail and road transport modes, and rebuilding the urban fabric of Venice’s Mestre and Marghera neighbourhoods

intermodal and logistics

Maersk to start reefer rail service in Russia

St. Petersburg - Maersk intends to develop reefer rail service in Russian from sea port into hinterland. According to Maersk Russia, the line has already made test shipments of perishables by rail. Thus, import fruit was dispatched from St. Petersburg to Novosibirsk

intermodal and logistics

Genoa: investors turn on Italy bridge operator after disaster

Genoa - Italy’s biggest toll-road operator came under heavy stock-market attack on Thursday after Rome criticised it for a deadly bridge collapse this week, moving to revoke its concession and accusing it of failing to ensure the viaduct’s safety.

intermodal and logistics

Divača-Koper at 160 km/h / ANALYSIS

THIS past year in Slovenia, there has been a debate on the upgrading of the Divača-Koper rail line. The project, because of its high cost, has been held hostage by the political clash between the majority and the opposition. Suffice it to say that several referendums have been held to stop the project

intermodal and logistics

Workers forced to move 10,000 books in a shift

Pavia - Ten thousand books to be moved in one shift, ‘weekly’ contracts renewed for years, 200 hours of overtime per month, systematic violations of every labour right. These were, according to 300 workers’ stories, the working conditions reported by a study into ‘caporalato’, a kind of illegal job brokerage

intermodal and logistics

DPW to build and operate logistics hub in Mali

Dubai - Global trade enabler Dp World has signed a 20-year concession with an automatic 20-year extension with the Republic of Mali to build and operate a 1000-hectare modern logistics hub outside of Bamako

intermodal and logistics

Continental to invest 4 mln euro in Timisoara tire plant

Timosoara - Automotive parts supplier Continental Romania said it is investing 4 million euro ($4.7 million) to expand the system for treating olfactory emissions at its Timisoara plant, Continental Anvelope.

intermodal and logistics

UPS weighs strategy to deliver bulky goods to boost growth

New York - UPS and its rival FedEx Corp currently deliver parcels up to 150 pounds (68.04 kg) in weight to a person’s door step, and neither carries packages into a person’s home or handles so-called “white glove” services such as product assembly or installation.

intermodal and logistics

Amsterdam connects with the new Silk Road

Amsterdam - A new direct connection has been launched between Amsterdam Container Terminal and Yiwu in China as part of the new Silk Road connecting two of the world’s leading economies. The first train set off on its 11,000 kilometre, 16-day journey on 7 March 2018

intermodal and logistics

World Bank’s IFC calls for investment in Iraq reconstruction

Kuwait - The International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) country manager for Iraq, Ziad Badr, was speaking in Kuwait ahead of an international conference this week for donors and investors to rebuild and revive Iraq’s economy as the country emerges from a devastating three-war against Islamic State.

intermodal and logistics

Global Fruit & Veg market worth €246 billion

Berlin - According to Münch, that figure could reach the 400-billion mark in 2030, with fruit representing 32% of the world’s population daily diet.

intermodal and logistics

“Never in Italy” to Amazon and its bracelet

Roma - In Italy, Amazon’s patent for a wireless bracelet to speed up employees’ retrieval of products stored in warehouses has generated a controversy that has not yet subsided. Minister of Economic Development, Carlo Calenda, has made it clear that such bracelets will never be used in Italy

intermodal and logistics

Suez Authority extends toll cuts for dry bulkers

Port Said - The Suez Canal Authority has extended the discount offered to dry bulk vessels back in April 2017 until the end of 2018. Specifically, a 75% rebate of the canal transit tolls is being offered to laden or ballast dry bulk vessels coming or heading to ports at South West, South and East of Australia

intermodal and logistics

“How RAM will serve to relaunch logistics” / INTERVIEW

Naples - Although he has accumulated titles and presidencies and held prestigious positions throughout in his life, he is still known to everyone as “the professor,” a title to which Ennio Cascetta is particularly attached.He calls himself a perfectionist, and admittedly not an easy personality

intermodal and logistics

ALIS flexes its muscles with three thousand assembly attendees

Rome - As first assemblies go, this one was certainly well attended: if there weren’t 3,000 it wasn’t far off; and, naturally, the representatives of Italy’s ports were in the front row, members of the Logistics Association for Sustainable Intermodality (ALIS), founded by its president, Guido Grimaldi.

intermodal and logistics

ECG, new course on Negotiation Management

Brussels - ECG,the Association of European Vehicles Logistics, announces the extension of its education arm to include a new specialist course on Negotiation Management. This new course further reinforces ECG’s commitment to education & training, and complements its successful ECG Academy

intermodal and logistics

Kuhne + Nagel, results improve

Genoa - In the third quarter of this year, net sales for the Swiss logistics group Kuehne + Nagel amounted to 4.7 billion Swiss francs (€4.1 billion), up 14.9% from 4.1 billion Swiss francs in July-September 2016.

intermodal and logistics

Laos merely a bystander as China pushes Belt and Road ambitions

Luang Prabang - An ambitious $6 billion high-speed railway project in Laos that would link China with the Laotian capital of Vientiane on the Thai border is meant to be a symbol of cooperation under Chinese President Xi Jinping’s flagship Belt and Road Initiative.

intermodal and logistics

Tractor-thief gang dismantled in Savona

Cairo Montenotte - They stole tractors in the area between Liguria and Piedmontand exported them to Romania for reselling in Eastern Europe. The gang of agricultural vehicle-jackers were caught thanks to an operation by the carabinieri police of the Cairo Operational Headquarters

intermodal and logistics

New China-Italy rail connection

Lugo - Rail Cargo Operator (RCO), the intermodal division of Austria’s Rail Cargo Group (RCG), specializing in frequent long-distance connections, handled its first rail link between Taiyuan, in China’s Shanxi province, and Lugo, located near Ravenna, Italy, on behalf of China Container Transportation Corporation (CRCT)

intermodal and logistics

Switzerland ensures slots at Gotthard Tunnel

Locarno - According to the revision of the Law on Freight Transport, the Swiss Federal Council and Parliament have instructed the Federal Transport Office (UFT) to guarantee traffic rights (slots) for both passenger and freight traffic

intermodal and logistics

Switzerland develops Rhine river ports

Basel - The Swiss Federal Office of Transport (UFT),the Cantons of Basel-city and Basel-country, and the Swiss Rhine River Ports (SRH) have signed a declaration of intent for upgrade work at the ports located along the Rhine, including the construction of a third basin at the port of Kleinhüningen

intermodal and logistics

Grimaldi: “Marebonus is running aground”

Rome - “The ‘Marebonus’ is running aground.And doing incalculable damage to Italy’s economy. The road haulage companies believed in the ‘Marebonus’ [i.e. Sea Bonus] to such an extent that they directed their investments to more and more intermodal transportation”

intermodal and logistics

Pre-clearing set to begin for automotive in Italy

Ravenna - In early September advanced customs clearance proceduresfor motor vehicles are set to start. A trial period by Italy’s Customs Agency will last six months, and it will represent the first time that vehicles are also included, since 2014, when the procedures started being applied to containers

intermodal and logistics

Titan ships machinery from Italy to India

La Spezia - Italian firm Titan Project & Logistic shipped of machinery for a tannery.The machinery was picked up from the Italian tannery after dismantling and was stuffed, lashed and loaded on a 20’ flat at the Titan premises as photographed. The shipment then left La Spezia in Italy bound for Nhava Sheva, India

intermodal and logistics

The Swisstrain expands its service offering

Frenkendorf - The Swisstrain, a transportation product offered by Frenkendorf-based Swissterminal AG, expands its service portfolio. As from 10 July 2017, the train will serve the Port of Antwerp in addition to the Port of Rotterdam.

intermodal and logistics

Venice, double link to Frankfurt

Venice - The German company Lokomotion Rail, has introduced a new pair of trains on the freight rail link between Venice and Frankfurt, on behalf of DB Cargo. They were originally meant to be used on the Bologna-Frankfurt line

intermodal and logistics

Milestone Logistics leads an alliance in Spain

Valencia - Milestone Logistics in Spain announces they are leading an alliancewith four other companies to offer full services in the supply chain. The “360 Alliance”, which offers logistics consulting services, international transport, warehouse logistics and packaging solutions, is led by Milestone Logistics

intermodal and logistics

PSA Voltri-Pra’, extended hours at gate

Genova - As a result of the increase in the flow of container traffic at the PSA Terminal Voltri-Pra’, from 1 June to 15 September, acceptance hours will be extended at the lorry gate. The summer Monday to Friday operating hours are the following

intermodal and logistics

Big breakbulk Genoa to Veracruz shipment / GALLERY

Genova - Alpha Maritime Services,Ufo representative in Italy, successfully handled breakbulk shipment to Mexico. A total of 995tns / 1,950 cbm of cargo was shipped from Genoa Port in Italy to Veracruz Port in Mexico for an important client

intermodal and logistics

HMM takes three Hanjin berths in Kaohsiung

Kaoshiung - Taiwan’s port of Kaohsiung has completed the handing over of three container berths, previously operated by the now-defunct Hanjin Shipping, to Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) on Thursday, increasing the number of HMM-operated berths to five

intermodal and logistics

Asia’s first automated terminal operational

Qingdao New Qianwan Container Terminal in China has become Asia’s first fully automated container terminal after servicing the 13,386 TEU “Cosco France” on May 11. Locals refer to it as the “ghost port” after watching its machines and trucks operating day and night to unload the vessel without people in sight

intermodal and logistics

Yilport starts investments in Ecuador

Puerto Bolívar - Yilport Holding started investments in Ecuador’s Puerto Bolívar container terminal by installing two mobile harbor cranes. The MHCs arrived on 21 May, and the equipment will be operational by the first week of June, the company said in its press release

intermodal and logistics

Assiterminal’s new president is Luca Becce

Genoa - Luca Becce, 57, who is from Savona, has held various managerial positions in the GIP Group and is currently C.E.O. of TDT, Terminal Darsena Toscana, in Livorno.

intermodal and logistics

Proven track record at JSL Global in Qatar / GALLERY

Doha - JSL Global completed the offloading,local transportation and handling of 40 modules arriving at Hamad Port from Croatia. Each module weighed 25mt with dimensions of 14.0 x 3.6 x 3.6m. When the vessel berthed at Hamad Port, JSL noticed that the cargo was very delicate and because of its hollow structure

intermodal and logistics

Throughput record for Contship in La Spezia

La Spezia Container Terminal (LSCT) has recorded its largest ever result in container throughput in the first four months of 2017. Total throughput at the terminal, which is the leading gateway container handling facility in Italy operated by the Contship Italia Group

intermodal and logistics

Genoa: new services at PSA Terminal

Genova - Tuesday 9 May was the day of the inauguration of the new ship services at the PSA Voltri-Pra Terminal. The first is Ocean Alliance’s MED1 - operated by Evergreen, OOCL, CMA, APL and Cosco - which will call at the terminal for the first time with the 14,000-TEU container carrier “Tampa Triumph”

intermodal and logistics

Russian automotive backs on track

Moscow - The big freeze in Russia’s car market may just have started thawing.Domestic vehicle sales rose late last year for the first time in almost two years with further growth during the first quarter of 2017 after a 9.4% surge year-on-year in March, according to the Association of European Businesses

intermodal and logistics

China invests $124bn in Belt and Road project

Beijing - The Chinese government is investing tens of billions of dollars as partof an ambitious economic plan to rebuild ports, roads and rail networks. China’s President Xi Jinping has pledged $124bn (£96bn) for the scheme, known as the Belt and Road initiative: “Trade is the important engine of economic development,”

intermodal and logistics

Logistics: digital and borderless into the future

Munich - The digital revolution was topic No. 1 at transport logistic 2017, which took place from May 9 to 12, 2017 in Munich. Another much-discussed topic of the discussions was rising national protectionism which is a risk for international trade

intermodal and logistics

“Marebonus” and “Ferrobonus” to start by May

Rome - “We’re satisfied with the sense of urgency and availability shown by the Ministry of Transport in relation to the needs of the haulage and logistics sector, as, by securing the funding destined for the sector in 2018 and 2019, it has recognized the sector’s fundamental role” it said from ANITA