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.

The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) body has launched a call for a revitalisation of the EU’s short sea policy - which it says has been “neglected” in the past few years - via launch of a so-called Short Sea 2.0 Policy.

Indonesia's transportation ministry announced that four new short sea shipping ports would open no later than January 2015, adding that the Indonesian government would seek to create incentives in order to reduce shipping costs, local reports said.

DNV GL has developed the “ReVolt” concept, an unmanned short-sea vessel powered by a 3,000 kWh battery, as a solution to crew fatalities aboard ship.

Few would argue with the virtues of moving more freight off congested and polluted road networks and on to environmentally friendly shortsea shipping routes