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Virginia port sees busiest May in history

Port of Virginia reported that in May the port handled almost 261,000 TEUs, making May the busiest month in the port’s history. The month’s strong cargo volumes were a follow-up to the best April in the port’s history, when nearly 246,000 TEUs were processed.

Port of Hamburg sees strong Q1 growth for 2019

Port of Hamburg announced its financial results for Q1 of 2019, noting that it is experiencing an increase, with seaborne cargo throughput increased by 6%, general cargo throughput risen by 5.4% and bulk cargo up by 7.5%. Also, 12 liner services now link the port with 29 ports in the US, Mexico and Canada.

Asia reveals its increasing demand on US soybeans container shipping

Based on an analysis conducted by the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA), Asian countries, being led by Indonesia are expressing an increased demand on shipping containers to transmit their US soybeans purchases. The soybean marketing year begins on September 1 and ends August 31.

HHLA transmits cargo through the night, avoids congestion

CTD Container-Transport-Dienst, a subsidiary of terminal operator Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), is alleviating traffic in areas surrounding the Port of Hamburg by conducting more journeys at night. For containers which are being moved between depots and container terminals around Hamburg, the short distances involved often mean transport conducted by trucks.

HMM remains uncertain for its 2019 cargo volumes

Hyundai Merchant Marine expects uncertain results over cargo volumes to continues in 2019, because of multiple, global economic factors. The uncertainty is based on the global economic slowdown, Brexit and the US-China trade war. Yet, HMM noted that it will continue its efforts to secure additional cargoes to fill the newly-ordered 20 eco-friendly mega-container ships until delivery, after signing the final contracts for the mega vessels with three shipyards in September 2018. The units are scheduled to start joining the owner from the second quarter of 2020.

Throughput of Sea Port of St Petersburg increases by 12% in 2018

During 2018, Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg JSC handled 7.7 million tonnes of cargo showing a 12%  increase in comparison to 2017’s numbers. The increase of cargo traffic is attributed the development of yards dedicated for transshipment of cast iron, metal scrap, ore, mineral fertilizers and containers.

South African ports’ cargo volumes increase

South Africa’s port of Durban resulted with an overall throughput of 2.975 million TEU, increased from the 2.699 million in 2017. That’s an rise of 276.000 TEU for the year, equal to over 10%, which will be a boost to Transnet Port Terminals (TPT). Nationally the increase on containers was 5.3% with the total for all ports reaching 4.833 million TEU, according to the Mercury.

How Venezuela crisis affects shipping operations

The political crisis in Venezuela has in general terms no significant impact on the maritime field, according to an update by the Global P&I Correspondents. The only problems reported relate to a disruption of some  bulk cargo discharge due to the unrest impacting the availability of trucks.

Report: The impact of cargo theft on global supply chains

Logistics insurer TT Club and BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions announced the launch of the first joint 2018 semi-annual Global Cargo Theft Intelligence and Advisory Report, highlighting how cargo theft affects the global supply chain. The first edition of the new regular report reveals that violent truck hijackings account for 24% of cargo theft incidents globally.

MSC partnership introduces smart containers

MSC is partnering with TRAXENS introducing smart container solutions, overcoming everyday barriers concerning non-visibility of cargo and presenting efficiency, safety and predictability. This partnership pursues to improve supply chain management for shippers.


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