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    Nicaragua sidelines canal project

    2024-05-30T12:00:00Z

    Ten years on from granting a 50-year renewable concession to the Chinese group Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co. Limited (HKND Group), owned by Chinese businessman Wang Jing, to build a canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific, the Nicaraguan Government has cancelled the concession and reformed the rules governing the highly ambitious project.

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    Let’s talk sense

    2024-04-19T11:00:00Z

    One of the most startling aspects of worsening relations between the US and China (for the port sector) has been moves by the Biden Administration to ‘ban’ Chinese container cranes from US ports.

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    Shadow fleet targeted

    2024-02-27T12:00:00Z

    The newly appointed International Maritime Organization Secretary-General, Arsenio Dominguez, has called on Member States to step up and help tackle the issue of an expanding ‘shadow fleet’ of vessels operating around the globe.

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    DPW Australia – annus horribilis

    2023-11-24T12:00:00Z

    Strikes, tax avoidance allegations, a cyber-attack and heavy criticism of new terminal access charges; 2023 is shaping up to be an annus horribilis year for DP World Australia

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    Bridging the capacity gap

    2023-08-29T08:00:00Z

    Excepting some hot spots such as Southeast Asia, container trade is generally experiencing tough market conditions making the task of bridging the gap between container vessel capacity – actual and on order – more than challenging. There are actions that can reduce the scale of the problem but seemingly not one big ‘lifesaver’

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    China revs up auto activities

    2023-07-26T08:00:00Z

    The seeds of change are manifest in the automotive sector – electric vehicle sales have catapulted China into the number one slot for export sales and it is also busy growing its presence in specialist car carrier operations

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    Shape of things to come?

    2023-06-01T08:00:00Z

    French automotive giant, Renault, has commenced shipping brand new cars in containers to avoid the current high costs associated with the usual method of moving vehicles, using car carriers.

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    Reefer market analysis

    2023-05-09T10:13:00Z

    What are the major trends underway in the reefer market?

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    Sea-level rise: just how much?

    2023-04-12T09:41:00Z

    The World Maritime Organization calculates the scale of sea-level rise under different global warming scenarios. The findings are not to be taken lightly.

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    Adani rollercoaster rolls on

    2023-04-03T11:25:00Z

    The Adani Group continues to feel financial pressures with recent attacks adding to the negative impact of the January report by short-seller Hindenburg. Is there more to come?

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    Under the microscope

    2023-02-27T13:38:00Z

    Australia has traditionally had a strong interest in putting its waterfront industry under the microscope and considering how it can raise port performance.

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    Market share versus profits

    2022-12-15T11:19:00Z

    Mature markets today bring new challenges in delivering major new port capacity, especially in a competitive climate. The issue is how to reconcile the economic impact-orientated agenda of port landlords with the profit motive of terminal operators? Andrew Penfold investigates.

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    Lines and terminals: another twist?

    2022-11-15T09:15:00Z

    Container shipping lines have done very well from Covid. Freight rates reached exorbitantly high levels between mid-2021 and the first half of 2022.

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    High stakes ‘game’ in play

    2022-10-27T13:10:00Z

    It is interesting to speculate what will happen when DP World’s two terminal contracts at Jawaharlal Nehru Port – India’s second biggest container gateway in volume terms – come to the end of their concession lifetimes in 2028.

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    The World Turned On Its Head?

    2022-09-15T15:18:00Z

    Is there a seismic shift underway in the traditional rules of engagement? Will the world we know today be turned on its head and what are the priorities to survive in this challenging new world? Andrew Penfold charts the future

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    SUMMER OF DISCONTENT

    2022-07-31T10:54:00Z

    This is the summer of discontent in Europe with a raft of port and wider transport strikes in play. What is the solution, is there one? Equally, it is important that wider workforce issues are not overlooked with the current focus on pay and keeping pace with inflation.

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    TICKING TIMEBOMB

    2022-06-30T10:54:00Z

    The blockade of Ukraine’s grain export ports represents a ticking timebomb for some of the poorest nations in the world cut-off from the supply of essential foodstuffs.

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    BIDEN GRANTS WELCOME BUT…

    2022-03-31T13:37:00Z

    So-called ‘Biden grants’ aim to raise the performance of US supply chains. They are a positive step but is there linked up thinking involved and when will their impact be felt?

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    BOLLORE: THE BIG SALE

    2022-01-04T15:53:00Z

    The recent announcement that the Bollore Group is putting its African Logistics assets up for sale was not entirely unexpected, there have been murmurs in the market. What followed in short order was, however, a little surprising, namely granting the MSC Group, best known for its top tier ranking among ...

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    US WEST COAST: MORE NEEDED

    2021-12-01T12:16:00Z

    Comprehensive measures continue to be introduced across the US West Coast (USWC) to alleviate the prevailing port congestion, but will they have the desired effect or are they hampered by fundamental flaws?