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Volvo Develops Autonomous Logistics Management System

By MarEx 2018-09-20 04:35:28

The Volvo Group has developed a system where autonomous electric vehicles are coordinated as they travel between logistics centers. The system consists of autonomous electric vehicles that are wirelessly connected to a transport control center. The control center monitors parameters such as each vehicle’s location, load and battery charge, using this data to ensure that the overall fleet logistics as well as goods and vehicle flow are as efficient as possible. The system is intended for use within areas characterized by short...

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Port of Wilmington

Gulftainer Signs $600 Million Concession for Port of Wilmington

By MarEx 2018-09-20 04:14:59

Gulftainer, a privately-owned independent port operator and logistics company based in the UAE, has finalized a 50-year concession with the State of Delaware in the U.S. to operate and develop the Port of Wilmington.  The agreement, signed by Gulftainer’s subsidiary GT USA, will see an expected investment of up to $600 million in upgrades, turning it into one of the largest facilities of its kind on the eastern seaboard. Developments will include spending $400 million on a new 1.2 million...

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Georgia Ports Authority Approves $92 Million Rail Expansion

By MarEx 2018-09-20 03:10:38

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) Board of Directors has approved $92 million for expansion of its rail infrastructure. The Mason Mega Rail Terminal will double the Port of Savannah's annual rail capacity to one million containers and be the largest on-terminal rail facility in North America by 2020. The project includes 124,000 feet of new track, 88 automated switches and rail control devices, as well as the rail and power infrastructure to support the operation of rail-mounted gantry cranes. The...

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The Australian Border Force (ABF) and Department of Home Affairs has gifted three patrol boats to the PNG Customs Service.

Australia Donates Port Boats to PNG Customs Service

By MarEx 2018-09-20 01:05:57

The Australian Border Force (ABF) and Department of Home Affairs has gifted three patrol boats and an air cargo pallet x-ray scanner to the PNG Customs Service. ABF Deputy Commissioner Operations, Mandy Newton, was in Port Moresby on September 19, and formally presented the assets which will be used to enhance security at the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Week in November. APEC is a regional economic forum established in 1989...

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Djibouti

DP World: Dark Clouds are Gathering Over Djibouti

By MarEx 2018-09-20 00:15:57

As part of its on-going dispute with the Government of Djibouti, DP World has now released a video arguing its case and saying “dark clouds are gathering over Djibouti.” The video recounts DP World's history in the African nation, highlighting the benefits it has brought including a new container terminal which has supported significant economic growth for the nation - 14.5 percent each year since 2011, supporting 10 percent of annual government spending. On September 9, the President of Djibouti...

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Hamburger Hafen Lifts World's Biggest Propeller

By MarEx 2018-09-18 11:00:24

On Sunday, a floating crane belonging to Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) loaded the biggest ship propeller in the world onto a container vessel.  HHLA (one of the Port of Hamburg's terminal operators) often loads cargoes from specialty metalworking firm Mecklenburger Metallguss GmbH (MMG) onto ships in Hamburg. However, the latest propeller, with a weight of 110 tonnes and a diameter of 34.5 feet, was larger than any before it. These shipments are not containerized upon arrival at the pier,...

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U.S. Imports Set Three New Records This Summer

By MarEx 2018-09-13 20:43:03

With retail sales continuing to grow, imports at the U.S.’s major retail container ports are expected to remain strong this month after setting three new records this summer, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. August was the third month in a row to set a new record for the number of containers imported during a single month, following July’s 1.9 million TEUs and June’s 1.85 million TEUs. The...

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Port of Colombo

Colombo Ranked Highest Growth Port by Alphaliner

By MarEx 2018-09-13 20:23:28

Industry analyst Alphaliner has ranked the Port of Colombo in Sri Lanka as the world’s No.1 container growth port among the top 30 container ports for the first half of 2018.  This first for the port follows a 15.6 percent growth in container handling for the first half of 2018, compared to the same period last year, according to Alphaliner Monthly 2018. According to Alphaliner, Singapore at No.2 experienced 11.6 percent growth, Guangzhou at No.3 experienced 8.6 percent growth, Antwerp...

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British Ports Prepare for Brexit “No Deal” Outcome

By MarEx 2018-09-13 20:03:06

The British Ports Association (BPA) has welcomed new Government proposals to help ensure maritime vessels and vehicles are able to travel to and from the E.U. post Brexit, following the publication of more of the U.K. Government’s advice on contingency planning for a “no deal” Brexit outcome. A no-deal scenario would mean that the free circulation of goods between the U.K. and E.U. would cease on March 29, 2019. For U.K. businesses trading with the E.U., the impacts would include:...

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Mid-Atlantic Ports Adapt as Hurricane Florence Approaches

By MarEx 2018-09-13 19:26:24

On September 13, as Hurricane Florence neared the Carolinas, the Port of Virginia reopened shoreside cargo operations at all of its cargo terminals for one day. The port's marine operations remain closed by order of the Captain of the Port for Hampton Roads, who declared a halt to all inbound and outbound vessel traffic at noon on Wednesday.  "The forecast . . . through Thursday night, September 13 offers manageable conditions for cargo operations," the port wrote in an update...

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