Chinese roro operator Bohai Ferry has ordered two multipurpose ro-ro vessels at compatriot shipyard Yantai CIMC Raffles.

The Port of Hamburg saw container throughput fall 2.7% to 4.3m teu in the first half of 2018, mainly due to handling of fewer empty boxes. The port said in a press release that 525,000 teu or 15.6% fewer empty containers were handled during the period, while throughput of loaded containers was almost flat at 3.8m teu, sliding just 0.6%.

Ton van den Bosch, global head of ports & terminals at Ince & Co, highlights the emerging trends in the logistics, intermodal and supply chain sectors and suggests that further consolidation and integration can be expected.

DP World is broadening its logistics base with the EUR660m  ($763.8m) acquisition of the Unifeeder Group from Nordic Capital Fund VIII and certain minority shareholders.

Joining the trend of port operators building up inland logistics capabilities, PSA International is taking a 60% stake in Ashcroft Terminal (AT), an inland port facility about 300km east of the Port of Vancouver in western Canada.

The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) has been boosted by the joining of Ningbo Zhoushan Port Group as a member.

Japanese container line joint venture Ocean Network Express (ONE) has inked a deal with Freightliner in the UK that will see signficant volumes of traffic shifted from road to rail.

DP World is expanding its facilities at the DP World Prince Rupert Fairview Container Terminal after agreeing with the Port of Prince Rupert on the terms of a project development plan that outlines the next phase of expansion at the terminal.

The Northern Europe gateway ports still have a slight edge but the Southern Europe ports are catching up fast and the way forward should be more towards complementarity than competition, container port industry experts said at a webinar organised by the Contship Italia Group.

Major port operator Hutchison Ports is boosting its drive into intermodal services in Europe with the launch of a new brand, SYNERGY, which will be responsible for the deployment of intermodal services between Hutchison Ports BEST in Barcelona and the main railway terminals in Spain and Southern Europe.

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