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
CN, Canada's biggest railroad, made an unsolicited $30 billion bid for KCS on Tuesday, topping CP's agreed $25 billion bid, but CP said last week it was not considering raising its offer
Chung's trip comes days after Iran released the tanker and its captain, the last member of its 20-strong crew, with South Korea vowing to help secure the release of the funds.
EU officials have said Pfizer committed to delivering 3.5 million doses a week from the start of January, for a total of 21 million shots by mid-February
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
Libyans watching a peace process nearing a critical phase this week in Switzerland need only try driving from one side of their country to the other to understand the obstacles to diplomacy.
Wingcopter is one of several drone start-ups seeking to play a role in the delivery of vaccines in regions lacking good storage facilities or developed transport infrastructure.
Salvador Illa said a vaccination programme will start in January and by the end of the summer more than two thirds of the population of 47 million should be vaccinated.
The vaccine requires two shots per person. "We are working with Pfizer to continue helping them and supporting them achieve the objective of providing us with another 100 million doses in the second quarter of 2021," Slaoui said.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
The U.S. Coast Guard restricted travel on the lower Mississippi River from New Orleans to the Gulf, and closed the ports of Pascagoula and Gulfport, Mississippi, and Mobile
The U.S. government said 21%, or nearly 396,000 barrels per day (bpd), of offshore crude oil production and 25%, or 685 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd), of natural gas output were shut in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico
"It's the last part of the puzzle," Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) Chief Executive Vincent Ducrot told reporters. "The goal to have a flat rail line through the Alps has now been achieved."
Los Angeles - Amazon.com 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
Elected in December 2019, Tebboune wants to encourage private investors and improve the investment climate in an effort to develop the non-energy sector and reduce reliance on oil and gas
Swiss freight forwarder Kuehne und Nagel International reported on Tuesday a 12.6% drop in second-quarter core earnings
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
The German logistics company said on Wednesday it has temporarily suspended picking up import shipments from China to India, after border tensions between the countries led to clearance delays
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
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
Many African countries have already shut borders, closed schools and universities and barred large public gatherings to curb the spread of the virus, which has infected over 250,000 people around the world and claimed more than 10,000 lives
Dovrebbe scattare domattina, martedì 7 gennaio, la protesta degli autotrasportatori siciliani contro il caro navi
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
Lisbon - Portuguese fuel-tanker drivers will maintain their strike indefinitely after a 10-hour meeting of union leaders and government officials ended without an agreement.
Lisbon - Fuel-tanker drivers raised the spectre of empty filling stations and aviation fuel shortages during Portugal’s busy tourist season on Tuesday, saying they would comply with a government order to go back to work but would not do extra time.
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.
Belgrade - For the highway Bar-Boljare, 129 kilometers long.
Genoa -The future is logistics. And the Mercato di Genova has for a long time been at the forefront.
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
Marcucci: “There are 15 infrastructure elements, tangible and intangible, that Confetra considers decisive for our development”.
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
In conversation with Managing Director Fabio Pittaluga
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
Genoa - Day of mourning, funeral planned for Saturday. Some families to boycott that in protest.
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.
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
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
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
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.
Tehran - China sent an inaugural train toward Iran carrying 1,150 tonnes of sunflower seeds.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
Brussels - Members of the European Parliament’s trade committee voted by 34 votes to one in favour of a planned update to export controls on “dual use” products or technologies.
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.
Genoa - The Italian firm will share its concrete experiences on Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 for the optimization of intermodal Supply Chain.
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
Genoa - The workers have been without a contract for 22 months.
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.
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.
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
Strasbourg - VAT to be charged with rates of EU states where goods are sold. Move aimed at tackling frauds and dissuade tax schemes.
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)
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
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
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”
Genoa - This will be the first time the World Customs Law Meeting event is held in Italy, it will take place September 6-8 at the headquarters of Italy’s Customs Agency in Rome.
Toronto - Ontario Teachers’ CIO says Canada better positioned. Pension fund held talks with White House officials. Says U.S. considering copying some Canadian plans.
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
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
Genoa - On the docks Peleggi will be remembered for creating an IT infrastructure that enabled Italy to handle expanded freight traffic.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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”
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
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,”
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
“Operators are crushed by demand for lower and lower prices
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
Caserta - A call for tenders for the expansion project of its multimodal terminal was posted on the Interporto Sud Europa (ISE) website, with 26 April as the closing date. The project involves the rail area of the terminal, slated for a doubling of its intake and delivery tracks, to increase to a total of six
Podgorica - Montenegrin majority state-owned rail cargo operator Montecargo said its net profit fell to 12,789 euro ($13,895) in 2016 from 53,717 euro a year earlier. The company’s operating profit decreased 12.9% to 6.2 million euro, while operating costs declined 4.3% to 6.2 million euro
Brussels - ECG,the Association of European Vehicle Logistics is proud to announce its twentieth year as the leading voice of the European vehicle logistics sector. The Association had the pleasure to commemorate this momentous anniversary along with over 250 of its members, supporters and industry friends
Genoa - Italy’s customs one-stop-shop going digital. With the spread of electronic filing, 92% of freight clears customs in record time.
Novara - Swiss intermodal operator Hupac, in collaboration with Germany’s Kombiverkehr, has increased to five its weekly departures in both directions along the rail linking the inland port of Novara CIM (Eurogateway terminal) and the Baltic Rail Gate terminal in Lübeck-Travemünde
Genoa - Italian logistics and transport group Arcese began the construction of a new multimodal platform in Basiano, in the province of Monza and Brianza.
Doha - Qatari PCN members, Conxion Logistics & Heavy Equipment have successfully handled the national transport of a large RG boiler with dimensions of 14.00 x 3.20 x 3.80m and a weight of 70tns from Hamad Port to the Mesaieed Industrial City for Qatar Fertilizer Company
Genova - Andrea Gentile,55, is the new president of Assologistica as of a few days ago. Assologistica is the association that represents the 250 logistical operators, that is, Italy’s general and refrigerated warehouses, port terminals, freight villages and airports
Milan - Mearelli (Assologistica): “But Italy must reduce the power of the Regions”.
Laguzzi: “The Mediterranean is increasing centrality, new opportunities for rail services”
Genoa - The strategy of Ansaldo STS and Hitachi Rail Italy,its majority shareholder, is not convincing analysts. According to investment consultancy firm Equita, following results for the first nine months of the year, no indication on finding potential synergies with Hitachi have emerged