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15 Feb 2018
Rotterdam and Antwerp grew their container volume in 2017, with strong increases in volume recorded in the second half.
14 Feb 2018
Container volume at Hamburg slipped by 1 percent in 2017 even as mega-ship calls more than doubled. Port of Hamburg Marketing officials believe draft restrictions in force on the Elbe River fairway and the narrow tidal window have caused shipowners to use available transport space on their mega-ships primarily to shift loaded boxes.
20 Dec 2017
Lengthy delays in moving containers out of Antwerp could be cut down if the port’s investment in new rail services, more efficient barge operations, and a truck managing platform are successful.
19 Dec 2017
The delays are all-the-more glaring given the end of the peak season.
13 Dec 2017
Decision makers in Europe are getting a little concerned about China's surging investment in the continent's strategic sectors; still, the investment pace is not likely to slow soon.
11 Dec 2017
APL was No. 13 on the trans-Atlantic trade in the first three quarters.
29 Nov 2017
Port of Hamburg CEO Ingo Egloff had described the legal challenges as a “blockade”
29 Nov 2017
Poland's bid to become a European hub was sealed when the leading ocean carriers opened Gdansk up to direct calls from Asia.
29 Nov 2017
European shippers can realize inventory cost and transit times savings via Mediterranean routings.
28 Nov 2017
A time slot booking system has been launched at Hamburg as the port tries to smooth out the spikes caused by increasing mega-ship calls.
21 Nov 2017
Despite its draught restrictions, the Port of Hamburg delivered Europe-leading reliability through the peak August to October period.
16 Nov 2017
The inability of mega-ships to enter and leave Hamburg fully loaded is affecting container throughput and could hurt the port's competitiveness.
14 Nov 2017
Hamburg's HHLA is the latest Europe port to post a strong increase in container throughput with 2017 shaping up as a good year.
08 Nov 2017
APM Terminal's Zeebrugge facility is now 76 percent owned by Cosco Shipping Ports.
23 Oct 2017
Solid container growth at the Port of Antwerp was not enough to close the gap on rival Rotterdam that has managed to boost its transshipment business.
23 Oct 2017
By 2020, hub ports in Europe can expect the vast majority of all calls to be made by ships with a capacity greater than 14,000 TEU.
29 Sep 2017
Unscrupulous companies misdeclare cargo to sell Russian products as higher-quality imports.
15 Sep 2017
The sudden closure of the Rhine Valley Alpine rail track in southwest Germany could not have come at a worse time for Europe’s rail freight industry.
14 Sep 2017
The China-Europe rail route is gaining in popularity among shippers, but even with its rapid growth, the weekly capacity overland is just 2 percent of that offered by ocean.
11 Sep 2017
Cosco Shipping Ports Ltd. has agreed to a deal that will give it full ownership of the APM Terminals Zeebrugge container terminal.
11 Sep 2017
The Port of Rotterdam has dangled a financial carrot before the container supply chain.
07 Sep 2017
Chinese shippers in northwest and central China are increasingly relying on Russia’s Far East ports to reach international markets.
05 Sep 2017
Rail traffic between Italy and Germany is expected to rise sharply in September, which is not good news with the crucial Alpine route shut down until Oct. 7.
25 Aug 2017
Monthly traffic has doubled since May.
25 Aug 2017
A dispute between dockworkers and management is in its second year and there is no solution in sight.
24 Aug 2017
This “cost-effective” means to transferring containers is used primarily for heavy shipments.
22 Aug 2017
Shippers are not worried about the higher rates.
21 Aug 2017
Valencia likely will slip to second place behind Algeciras in the second half of the year.
20 Aug 2017
The port of Rotterdam has consolidated its position as Europe's leading container port after several years of sluggish growth.
18 Aug 2017
Diversion routes in Germany are also out of service because of engineering work, threatening further delays at Europe’s top container port.
17 Aug 2017
The stagnant traffic was also due to the delay in deepening the river Elbe.
14 Aug 2017
The three Hamburg terminals posted an 11.8 percent increase in traffic to 3.4 million TEU.
14 Aug 2017
The huge container ship that ran aground while leaving the Port of Antwerp, obstructing access to Europe's second busiest port, has been refloated.
10 Aug 2017
Shippers should be able to take advantage of lower rates at Anaklia because of its depth.