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Antwerp growth trails that of Rotterdam in 2014. Jump to navigation JOC › Port News › European Ports › Port of Antwerp Antwerp growth trails that of Rotterdam in 2014 Antwerp posted a 4.7 percent increase in container traffic in 2014, trailing a 5.7 percent rise at close rival Rotterdam but reversing a 0.7 percent decline in 2013.

Antwerp growth trails that of Rotterdam in 2014

Port News›European Ports›Port of Antwerp. Nigerian terminal operators and carrier customers may be facing a bill for billions. Port and terminal operators in Nigeria, and shipping lines serving them, have been warned they may face back-charges levied on the country’s shippers amounting to billions of dollars, after a critical court case at the end of last year.

Nigerian terminal operators and carrier customers may be facing a bill for billions

The case dates back to a decision by the federal government in February last year to appoint the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) as the economic regulator of Nigeria’s ports. They would oversee “regulation of competition, pricing and service levels among providers of port and shipping services, with increased powers of enforcement”. The new drivers of Europe's geopolitics. It is going to take some time to understand the real ramifications of the result of last weekend’s Greek elections, but here’s an interesting hypothesis: rather than profligate Greek public spending being behind its sovereign debt problems and acting as the seed for the Eurozone crisis, the root cause is actually Germany’s addiction to its export economy.

The new drivers of Europe's geopolitics

According to this analysis, Europe’s largest economy exports around 50% of GDP, a level that is supported only by its membership of the EU, with its free-trade zone and common currency, and overseen by regulations from Brussels. “The loans German banks made to countries such as Greece after 2009 were designed to maintain demand for its exports. Maersk introduceert 's werelds langste shortsea service. ‘Violent’ piracy in South-east Asia offsets slide in attacks. The International Maritime Bureau today released its annual report into piracy.

‘Violent’ piracy in South-east Asia offsets slide in attacks

Attacks at sea have fallen to their lowest level in eight years, with a 44% fall in incidents since 2011 when Somali piracy was at its height. However, the news isn’t all good. Pirates – who are becoming increasingly violent – hijacked more oil tankers in South-east Asia than ever before. Arbitrator rules Panama locks contractor can seek $223 million. Jump to navigation JOC › Maritime News › Container Lines Arbitrator rules Panama locks contractor can seek $223 million An international arbitration panel ruled that the engineering consortium that is building the Panama Canal’s third set of locks has the right to seek payments from the Panama Canal Authority agency for $233 million of the $463 million in cost overruns it's claiming for cement and aggregate.

Arbitrator rules Panama locks contractor can seek $223 million

Maritime News›Container Lines Please consider registering in order to access the full article. Panama Canal answers Nicaragua project with reduced tolls and a loyalty scheme. Competition for container shipping in the Americas is gearing up as the Nicaragua canal project formally got under way last month.

Panama Canal answers Nicaragua project with reduced tolls and a loyalty scheme

However, almost in response, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced approval for the construction of a new container terminal and a reduced toll structure for liner operators next year. ACP announced the toll levels with request for comments – with a 9 February deadline. The tolls are due to be introduced in April 2016, coinciding with the formal launch of the expanded canal, and will also do away with its previously obscure Panama Canal Unit Measuring System weight/volume-based method of charging, to be replaced by a per teu method. In addition, the ACP is also set to introduce, for the first time, a loyalty scheme for container shipping lines. It said: “Frequent container customers will receive premium prices, once a particular teu volume is reached. Samenwerking CMA CGM en Multiparques in haven Angola. Drewry: winstgevendheid containervaart verbetert in 2015. Thales va moderniser la conduite de tir du Charles de Gaulle.

Panama Canal proposes new tolls, carrier loyalty program. Jump to navigation JOC › Maritime News Panama Canal proposes new tolls, carrier loyalty program The Panama Canal Authority released proposals for a new toll structure that it has been reviewing with various industry segments for the last year.

Panama Canal proposes new tolls, carrier loyalty program

WCA opens world's largest freight forwarding event. The Loadstar is pleased to announce that IAG Cargo will be sponsoring our coverage of this mammoth event.

WCA opens world's largest freight forwarding event

Join us and freight forwarders from around the globe at the industry’s largest and most important business opportunity of the year. The WCA Worldwide Conference 2015, will see over 2,500 freight forwarding executives gather in Hong Kong for 3 days of intensive One-on-One business meetings, alongside a wide range of social networking events. Acknowledged globally as the most important conference of its kind, the 7th WCA Worldwide Conference will be held from 2-5 February at the AsiaWorld Expo – adjacent to Hong Kong Airport – and combines all 4 of WCA’s general networks within one major event. The conference is an integral part of the WCA Conference Week and is a must for all members of the WCA. Attending the conference is undoubtedly the single most productive way to boost your revenues, expand your company, reach out to new markets and raise your company’s profile around the globe. Manaus, Brazil terminal aims to expand container capacity by two-thirds.

Jump to navigation JOC › Port News › International Ports Manaus, Brazil terminal aims to expand container capacity by two-thirds.

Manaus, Brazil terminal aims to expand container capacity by two-thirds

New bid for reconciliation on contracts as US west coast port congestion worsens. Employers and dockworkers on the US west coast are set to return to the negotiating table, after beginning 2015 with a renewal of hostilities.

New bid for reconciliation on contracts as US west coast port congestion worsens

The US Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) confirmed early today that it was set to respond to a joint request from both employer body Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the workers’ International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union (ILWU) for help in negotiations over the renewal of a master contract that expired at the end of last May. FMCS acting director Allison Beck said: “In response to a joint request for assistance from the parties, collective bargaining between ILWU and PMA representatives will continue as soon as possible under the auspices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). Cargolux announces 'repudiation' of collective work agreement. It would have been nice to have started the new year without an immediate Cargolux story. But unfortunately, the permanently newsworthy airline has, of course, issues to discuss – and this particular one will likely trigger many stories in the coming year.

Lack of agreement between management and unions means the current Collective Work Agreement, which expires in 11 months, has been rejected. World's biggest carriers grew again last year as ever-bigger boxships arrived. According to Alphaliner’s 2014-2015 fleet review of the top 20 ocean carriers, Maersk Line increased its total cellular capacity by 318,000 teu in 2014 to 2.89m teu, equating to 604 ships and an expansion of 12% on 2013. The world’s second biggest container line – and Maersk Line’s partner in the soon-to-be-launched east-west 2M alliance – MSC, grew its operating capacity by a more modest 168,000 teu, or 7% in 2014, to reach 2.54m teu on a fleet of 497 owned and chartered vessels.

However, Alphaliner notes that MSC is set to receive 30 new ships this year with a total capacity of 357,000 teu – including six 19,200 teu units on long-term charter – which could see the Geneva-headquartered carrier move ahead of Maersk in the world rankings, at least in terms of capacity. That said, following the final delivery of its 20 flagship Triple-E 18,300 teu vessels, Maersk is likely to announce a new fleet refurbishment programme, which could include a combination of owned and chartered-in ships. APMT2 breidt nu al uit. 'Morten Maersk' loopt binnen in Wilhelmshaven. Maersk revamps weekly India-East Africa service.

Nieuw tariefsysteem Panamakanaal. Panama Canal agrees to pay cost overruns, advancing expansion project. Jump to navigation JOC › Maritime News › Container Lines Panama Canal agrees to pay cost overruns, advancing expansion project The Panama Canal expansion cleared another hurdle in its path after authority agreed to pay $233 million for cost overruns incurred by a consortium of engineering firm, but the move puts the project close to busting the $5.25 billion budget. Panama Canal OKs new transshipment container terminal. Jump to navigation JOC › Port News › International Ports Panama Canal OKs new transshipment container terminal The Panama Canal Authority recently cleared the way for building a big new transshipment port at Corozal near the Pacific entrance of the canal that is expected to boost traffic once the current expansion project is completed in early 2016. Beer pipeline to cut truck traffic, emissions in Belgium.

Jump to navigation JOC › Trucking Logistics › Private Trucking Fleets Beer pipeline to cut truck traffic, emissions in Belgium A Belgian brewery in a medieval city plans a more sustainable means of moving beer from its fermenting tanks to a remote bottling plant. Gdansk port moves to privatize multipurpose terminals. Perils of the sea. Transaero declares 'mayday' MOL goes 'on the offensive' with new year order for 20,000teu mega-containerships. MOL says it will operate ships of 20,000 TEUs in cost-cutting effort. Strong growth for Asian terminals in 2015, HSBC predicts.

18,300 teu Marstal Maersk calls at APM Terminals Maasvlakte II. CMA CGM and logistics group Multiparques join together in Angola. SX-class OOCL Taipei christened in Shanghai. Outdated Hong Kong port will have to move, latest study advises. Les investigations se poursuivent à bord du Norman Atlantic. Japanese government takes major stake in container terminal. Recordoverslag voor Hamburg. Toch bemiddelaar arbeidsconflict Amerikaanse havens.

Funding issues dog Nicaragua and Panama canals. CMA CGM releases details of east-west network within Ocean Three Alliance. NYK, APMT to jointly develop auto terminal at Pipavav. Pork shipments vault Brazil into major food supplier to Russia. Balkans rail deal to add link in China-Europe network. EU ziet streng toe op allianties. 'Pieter Schelte' op 10 januari in Rotterdam. E-commerce and 3D-printing – the shape of things to come for our supply chains. US economy grows by most in a decade on consumer-spending gain. Clear sailing on the Pacific for Matson as Horizon takeover strengthens core market. Logistics benefiting from China’s rapid e-commerce growth. 'TUI zet reder Hapag-Lloyd in de etalage' Eucap Nestor … la décision adoptée d’ici la fin juillet ? Containers - Rena captain charged as 70 containers fall from ship.

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