The year 2013 was indeed a good one for the port of Antwerp, in which it set a new record with a total freight volume of 190.8 million tonnes, representing growth of 3.6%. While the container volume contracted slightly as a result of the economic recession, this was more than made up by the excellent figures for liquid bulk, up by 31.4%. These growth figures demonstrate that the investments by private companies in combination with the targeted efforts by the Port Authority and the various trade associations are bearing fruit.Read more
Kraft Foods Group has presented Breakthrough® Fuel with its Transportation Partnership Award. The award recognizes Breakthrough®Fuel’s contributions to Kraft’s capability enhancements, cost management and service improvements initiatives.
Breakthrough® Fuel has been working with Kraft since 2010. As part of its services, Breakthrough® Fuel’s Caressa Oberschlake is embedded within Kraft’s transportation logistics team.Read more
The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is calling for enhanced shipping capacity and a "right-sized" transportation infrastructure to ensure all sectors can get their goods to market to support jobs and growth.
In response to an announcement by the federal government about short-term measures to help farmers transport their grain, FPAC is calling for a broader long-term fix to ensure Canada's reputation as a reliable supplier of goods.Read more
The port of Antwerp handled 190,849,079 tonnes of freight last year, an increase of 3.6% compared with 2012. The final figure is slightly higher than the already record volume expected at the end of 2013. The main driving force behind the growth was liquid bulk, with the container volume being slightly down as a result of the continuing The current year has got off to a good start with the arrival of the 14,074 TEU CLSL Jupiter. After MSC, Maersk Line and Cosco, China Shipping is the fourth shipping company to send such Ultra-Large Container Ships to Antwerp.Read more
According to the Baltimore Sun, longshoremen at the Port of Baltimore were to meet in early January for contract talks, after a 3-day strike in October resulted in a 90-day cooling off period.
The deadline for a new contract was January 17, the Sun reported. The proposed contract includes wage increases for workers in cruises and forest products. The port is one of the largest in the US for imports, mainly automobiles.
Finland-based UPM said Monday it appeared "there is a good probability of a strike starting the morning of Friday the 17th."Read more
From the end of January, SCA Logistics’ RoRo service will call at the Port of Oxelösund on a weekly basis. The result will be a new and efficient service for containers and RoRo freight from London and Rotterdam to the Stockholm-Mälaren Region and south-eastern Sweden. At the same time, SCA Logistics is expanding the capacity of its container traffic between Rotterdam and St. Petersburg.Read more
Grieg Star’s newest vessel, the M/V Star Livorno loaded 10,200 tons of baled woodpulp for export to the Mediterranean when she called at the Port of Wilmington on her maiden voyage. NC State Ports Authority director of liner sales, Tom Guthrie, and woodpulp supervisor, Tom Edgar, presented an engraved plaque to the vessel master, Capt. Captain Edgar Jao, to commemorate the occasion on October 21, 2013.Read more