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  • Grimaldi launches ro-ro service between Mediterranean and Mexico

    April 19, 2017

    Italian ocean ro-ro provider, Grimaldi Group, has set up a service between Italy and Mexico dedicated to carrying vehicles, rolling freight and project cargo. The service connects the Italian ports of Civitavecchia and Savona with the port of Veracruz in Mexico. It will run via Turkey’s port of Gemlik and ports in North America, including …

  • Ekol Logistics enters Slovenia

    March 29, 2017

    Turkish transport and logistics provider Ekol Logistics has officially entered its 15th country with the establishment of a local branch in Slovenia. “Ekol Slovenia will provide services of international and domestic FTL [full truckload] and groupage transport,” said Miha Ulcar, manager of the Slovenian branch. The company, which will be operational within a couple of …

  • International rail services start moving vehicles to Portugal and Italy

    March 27, 2017

    Two new international vehicle handling rail services have begun operating in recent weeks out of Spain and the Czech Republic. The first, operated by Takargo/Ibercargo, is being used to move Renault vehicles from Spain to Portugal, with trains originating in either Venta de Baños or Valladolid in Spain and running through to Vale da Rosa …

  • Direct train service links Baltic and Adriatic sea

    January 31, 2017

    A direct train connection has been established between the port of Kiel, in Germany, and the port of Trieste, in Italy, creating a link for rapid freight transport between the Baltic and Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Operations began on the route on January 25th, initiated by Turkish transport and logistics provider Ekol Logistics. In addition to …

  • Ekol buys majority stake in Trieste terminal operator

    December 12, 2016

    Turkish transport and logistics provider Ekol Logistics has bought a majority 65% stake in Europa Multipurpose Terminals for an undisclosed sum. The company operates a ro-ro terminal at the port of Trieste, in Italy, served by ocean and rail. The other stakeholders are forwarding company, Casa di Spedizioni, and regional private equity firm, Friula. The …

  • Alfa Romeo boosts staff at Cassino in advance of production push

    November 29, 2016

      Italian carmaker Alfa Romeo expects to add 1,800 staff at its Cassino plant in Italy by 2018 as it gears up towards increased production of the Giulia model and Stelvio SUV. Currently the plant, which is located about 100km from Naples and has produced over 7m vehicles since 1972, employs 4,300 people in two …

  • Ekol’s Alternative Transport launches sixth ro-ro vessel

    November 21, 2016

    Alternative Transport, the maritime ro-ro division of Turkish transport and logistics provider Ekol Logistics, has launched its sixth vessel at an event in Flensburg Germany. The vessel, named Meleq, will join the fleet in February next year and provide services between Turkey and Italy. The 210-metre long Meleq, which was was built by Germany shipbuilding …

  • WWL and DB Cargo Italian venture to slash transport times to Asia

    November 4, 2016

    WWL and DB Schenker’s Cargo division have agreed to develop a multimodal logistics hub in north-east Italy that will cut the transport time for vehicles to Asia by eight days compared with routes from northern Europe. The port of Monfalcone, near Trieste, is the northernmost port in the Adriatic Sea and the closest to central …

  • Iveco supplies i-Fast with LNG tractor units

    October 25, 2016

    Truckmaker Iveco has supplied ten Stralis tractor units powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) to i-Fast Automotive Logistics, the car carrier division of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) based in Italy and operating across Europe. Neither company disclosed the value of the deal. According to Iveco, it is the first delivery in Europe of LNG-powered car …

  • Automar takes a 50% stake in BLG terminal at Gioia Tauro port

    July 5, 2016

    Automar Logistics has taken a 50% stake in the vehicle terminal operated by BLG Logistics at Italy’s Gioia Tauro port (pictured) for an undisclosed sum. Automar, which is part-owned by the Grimaldi Group, provides port-based pre-delivery inspection services and road transport for finished vehicles (Bertani, Elia Ambrosetti and Mercurio are also shareholders). The company already …