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The siren call of Charleston

More and more investors are being attracted to Charleston Port and the US state of South Carolina. After Vanguard Logistics (see ITJ Daily, 14 September 2015), it is now the turn of Main Ocean, headquartered in Jacksonville FL (USA), to make another acquisition.

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New warehouse for bits, pieces and nice-to-haves

It is fair to say that German car manufacturers are experiencing a “golden” era at present, and there is a need to expand. Against this backdrop, the property developer Goodman is currently building a 70,000 sqm facility in Kleinaitingen, in the Augsburg district (Germany) for BMW.

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Container rate erosion continues

After the spot rate index on the route from Shanghai to Rotterdam gained 24% during week 37, it slid by 9% to USD 1,167 per 40 ft last week (38), according to World Container Index (WCI). Blank sailings were unable to halt the rate erosion on the Asia-Europe trade, which is fighting its perennial overcapacity.

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Long Beach gets green train rolling

"Green port gateway", a USD 93 million rail project for improving the efficiency and sustainability of cargo movements, has been completed at the port of Long Beach CA (USA).

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NYK joins maritime anti-corruption network

The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN), a global business network that aims to realise fair trade in the entire shipping industry, has gained a new member – the Japanese carrier NYK.

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Australia moves closer to weight clarification

Members of Shipping Australia, a trade body comprising shipping representatives, shippers, freight forwarders and the regulator (AMSA) have decided that from 1 July 2016, a container cannot be loaded onto a ship unless a verified actual gross mass of the container is provided by the shipper in advance, and the shipping documentation states the method used for that verification.

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Traditional name for Rickmers newbuild

The first two in a series of three 9,300 teu newbuilds, which were built at the South Korean STX shipyard, have been handed over to the Rickmers Group, based in Germany and Singapore.

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Singapore takes top slot

The International Shipping Centre Development Index has ranked Singapore top in terms of the performances of 46 major ports. London took second place and Hong Kong was third.

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CMA CMA and Greencarrier go for greener transport

A long-term collaboration project to cut joint CO2 emissions by 30% by 2020 has been initiated by the Swedish logistics company Greencarrier Freight Service and the shipping company CMA CGM Scandinavia.

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Port of Abidjan inaugurates new quay

On 21 September 2015, the general management of the port of Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) is to inaugurate a new pier at Abidjan’s fishing port, under the patronage of Daniel Kablan Duncan, prime minister of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire.

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More space for Chinese supplier

Around 2,200 sqm of office and hall space in the Chinese Competence Centre (CCC) in Dusseldorf (Germany) will be let to a new tenant - a Chinese rail equipment supplier - with effect from 1 November 2015. The deal was brokered by the property provider Aengevelt.

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New handling solutions for e-commerce

A new software solution has found favour with the French service provider Geodis. Vincent Castaignède, the company’s head of external logistics solutions, said, “we had been looking for a logistics solution particularly suited to e-commerce, and have now found one.”

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New handling solutions for e-commerce

A new software solution has found favour with the French service provider Geodis. Vincent Castaignède, the company’s head of external logistics solutions, said, “we had been looking for a logistics solution particularly suited to e-commerce, and have now found one.”

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Birth of a new logistics service provider

A new logistics service provider has been established. Trading under the name Contenta, the firm was founded by Esüdro, a chemist shop wholesaler that has been active since 1909 and is based in Hockenheim (Germany).

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Global schedule reliability declines

In July the global schedule reliability of liner services broke the pattern of improving performance seen from March to June and declined by 2.8 percentage points from 78.6% in June to 75.8% in July.

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Gothenburg Q2 volumes seesawing

Q2/2015 was auspicious for the port of Gothenburg as the volume of containerised freight was 2% higher than in Q2/2014. Some 418,000 teu passed over the Swedish port’s quay walls in H1/2015.