If 1.3bn teu of containers were to be lined up end-to-end, they would go around the earth almost two hundred times.

Keeping up with the latest technological advances, the Port of Barcelona has unveiled PierNext, a digital knowledge hub set up to provide information on the innovative initiatives that are transforming the world of logistics, transport and ports internationally.

The container shipping industry is becoming increasingly competitive and complicated and leading terminal operators such as Hutchison Ports are taking steps through the use of technology to serve their customers better as well as cut down inefficiencies.

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has lashed out again at the Port of Felixstowe over continuing issues with container operations.

Crank up your PC at the start of an exceptionally busy morning and inevitably there will be a ghastly pause, a spinning clock and then the dreaded message: “Updates installed – please restart your computer”.

The Port of Felixstowe reported an improvement in volumes handled last week, although still lower than expectations, as it continues to grapple with problems caused by its new terminal operating system installed last month.

Maersk Line is diverting one of its transatlantic services with MSC and its COEX service to the Port of Liverpool for 12 weeks from Felixstowe which has been hit by delays over the last month since installing a new IT system.

Freight forwarders have been warned not to expect compensation from the owners of the Port of Felixstowe owners following serious delays that resulted from a new operating system introduced last month.

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.

Hutchison Ports is continuing to invest in its main terminal southern Europe terminal Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST), with an order with Kone Cranes for another six Automatic Stacking Cranes (ASCs) scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2019, adding to the 48 ASCs currently at the terminal. 

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