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The governments of Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, and Peru met in the Peruvian capital Lima Friday (15 June) to agree on how to promote the construction of a railway across the South American continent.

The shipping industry's international trade associations of BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO and WSC have called on the member states of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to make progress on key challenges around the global sulphur cap to avoid compromising safety or unfairly penalizing individual ships.

Shipyards are the backbone of the Dutch maritime cluster. For centuries, these shipyards have been a breeding ground for innovation.

From the 18th-century cargo ships that sailed the seven seas, to the high-tech vessels that are launched today, it all started with an idea combined with determination. It is an industry that can lean on the knowledge gathered by many generations.

Dutch shipyards are looking to the future and get motivated instead of discouraged when told that it cannot be done. Maritime Holland asked several shipyards on what new projects they are working on and how they see the future.

The Federation of European Private Port Companies and Terminals (FEPORT), the organization that represents the interests of a large variety of EU terminal operators and stevedoring companies, has encouraged the container terminal industry to prepare for the fourth industrial revolution after establishing a Terminal Industry Committee 4.0 (TIC 4.0).

The Port of Rotterdam has advanced its plans to make the port the most sustainable and innovative port in the world by testing an EnergyPod, a container to generate, store and convert solar and wind power at its offshore and Maasvlakte 2 facilities.

At the present time, a group of African governments assisted by China are planning future trans-African transportation corridors. Should some of these plans come to fruition many years into the future, the Port of Djibouti could emerge as an important African trading gateway.

  • Liebherr introduce two new reachstacker models at TOC Europe
  • Powerful Liebherr reachstacker lifts 35 tonnes in the second container row
  • New Log Handler with impressive grapple capacity
  • Innovative features and benefits for LRS 545 series released

Ocean Network Express (ONE) has announced that it has received ONE Stork, the company's first magenta-coloured new building containership with a carrying capacity of 14,000 TEU, at Kure Shipyard of Japan Marine United Corporation.

The Port of Valencia has taken a step further in its effort to reduce emissions as the first LNG bunkering was completed for Baleària's ferry at the port on June 9.

The container shipping alliance Ocean Network Express (ONE) was recently hailed as the first time that three container shipping companies, in this case NYK, MOL and "K" Line, have come together on equal footing to start a new venture. But, back in 1971, three Scandinavian shipping companies established a similar venture.

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