Terminal tractors hardly rate as the world's most exciting high speed vehicles but that hasn't stopped Kalmar from having a test track for them.

The vehicle port handling unit of Indonesian state-owned port operator Pelindo II, Indonesia Kendaraan Terminal (IKT), is planning a listing aiming to raise at least IDR1trn ($71.5m) mainly for capital expenditure and to pay for long-term land leases.

Dunkerque Port, France’s largest gateway for non-hydrocarbons traffic, achieved throughput of 50.4m tonnes in 2017, an increase of 3% over the previous year.

ACL is to quit calling the Swedish Port of Gothenburg citing increasing costs and lower productivity.

Indonesia is making some progress in its efforts to boost intermodal transportation and relieve pressure on key land arteries on the main island of Java with the launch of a subsidised roro ferry route between Jakarta and Surabaya, local media reported.

Fresh from successfully starting operations at its terminal at Saqr Port in Ras Al Khaimah earlier this week, Hutchison Ports has been awarded a concession to operate Ahmed Bin Rashid Port in Umm Al Quwain (UAQ), a northern United Arab Emirates emirate, just to the south of Ras Al Khaimah.

A move to waive the accreditation fee for new logistics firms at Subic Bay Port is seen boosting volumes and port utilisation there and also helping to ease volumes and road congestion at the Port of Manila, local reports said.

The oversupply of ships, the costs of compliance with the Ballast Water Management Convention, the increasing administrative burden, bunker prices and Brexit add up to challenging times for coastal and shortsea shipping, said Gilbert de Bock, general manager of the Dutch shipowning company De Bock Maritime.

UK ports handled a record 10.2m teu of container traffic in 2016, 4% higher than 2015, according to official statistics released today by the Department for Transport (DfT). Total throughput declined 3% to 484m tonnes, however, mainly as a result of reduced coal imports due to the closure of coal-fuelled power stations.

Denmark's DFDS has placed an order for a pair of large ro-ro ships at China’s Jinling shipyard.

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