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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 …

  • Cordero leaves FMC to lead the Port of Long Beach

    April 19, 2017

    Mario Cordero (pictured, right) has been appointed as executive director of the Port of Long Beach in California, the second busiest container port in the US. He is leaving his role as a Federal Maritime Commission member having served as chairman for almost six years until January, when US president Donald Trump appointed Michael Khouri …

  • European ports: Sailing into a tide of protectionism?

    April 4, 2017

    The repercussions of last year’s political eruptions have yet to be felt in Europe’s ports and growth is expected to continue this year, bringing with it much-needed investment. But port operators and shipping companies remain on alert for any shift in trading patterns While last year was one of political earthquakes, from Britain’s vote to …

  • Lázaro Cárdenas handles consignment of over 550 BAIC vehicles

    April 3, 2017

    The Mexican Pacific Coast port of Lázaro Cárdenas took delivery of a major consignment of over 550 imported BAIC finished vehicles at the end of March. The port handled its first-ever shipment of vehicles on behalf of the Chinese state-owned enterprise in March last year, when it imported 163 D20s that were destined for dealers …

  • Seat: A megatruckload of progress

    March 30, 2017

    Seat’s supply chain leaders open up about rail infrastructure, the carmaker’s use of automation and its service parts network In this story… Seat’s European network Multimodal and connected Aftersales in motion Seat has been emblematic of Spain’s automotive ups and downs over the past decade. It suffered badly during the country’s severe recession following the 2008 …

  • Gdansk increases car volumes as Nissan signs contract with Adampol

    March 22, 2017

    The Renault-Nissan Alliance has signed a three-year contract with Polish logistics provider Adampol for the weekly import of Nissan vehicles through the port of Gdansk, in northern Poland. The vehicles are being imported from Japan, Spain and the UK for delivery to markets in central and eastern Europe (CEE) including Poland, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, …

  • Major investment to double vehicle handling at Philadelphia port

    March 22, 2017

    The US state of Pennsylvania is investing $93m in the port of Philadelphia’s finished vehicle terminal to more than double annual import capacity there to 350,000 vehicles. The move is part of an overall $300m government investment in infrastructure, warehousing and equipment at the port. The capital investment programme was first announced in November last year …

  • ATI invests in multi-level car park to deal with Philippine imports

    March 22, 2017

    Asian Terminals (ATI), the Philippine port operator and developer, is investing 1.3 billion Philippine pesos ($25.8m) in a five-level vehicle storage facility at the port of Batangas to handle continued growth in imports of vehicles to the country. Batangas port accounts for the majority of the country’s annual car imports and last year handled more …

  • SCPA breaks ground on second inland port in South Carolina

    March 21, 2017

    South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) has broken ground on a new inland port in the town of Dillon. The move follows its recent success in establishing an inland logistics hub used by BMW and tyremaker Michelin. In choosing a location in the eastern part of South Carolina with close proximity to I-95, class one railway …

  • Strikes avoided as Spain attempts to overhaul stevedoring policy

    February 21, 2017

    Threatened strikes by Spain’s port unions have been temporarily called off and talks resumed with the government as the country attempts to overhaul and liberalise stevedoring policy under pressure from the European Union (EU). The EU has called for a change to practices in the stevedoring sector in which all terminals contract labour from an …