• 2017 November 24 11:30

    GVT to increase the frequency of its rail shuttle service between Rotterdam and Chengdu in China

    As of December, GVT-Group of Logistics will be increasing the frequency of its rail shuttle service between Rotterdam and Chengdu in China to five round trips per week. “More and more parties are discovering the service as a useful complement to air freight and ocean shipping,” says GVT’s General Manager Roland Verbraak.

    The Chengdu-Tilburg-Rotterdam-Express first completed its route – which runs via Kazakhstan and Moscow – in June. The service started with three weekly round trips. After first expanding to four, this schedule will now be increased to five runs per week in December. Verbraak: “Traditionally, we handle a lot of electronics products from China. But by now, our cargo also includes a sizeable volume of seasonal production – shoe collections, for example. At the end of the day, rail transport increases your flexibility and allows you to take more effective control of your stock management. Everything is delivered ‘door to door’ within 15 days.” Moreover, rail transport is 75 percent cheaper than air freight. And from a Chinese perspective, Rotterdam forms an efficient logistics hub for cargo destined for the United Kingdom and Spain as well as the US Eastern Seaboard.

    The cargo that moves in the other direction – from West to East – is very diverse. “Cars, medicine, and lately a lot of Hoegaarden beer and machinery for the cotton industry in the Chengdu region.” The shuttle service is operated by Railport Brabant in collaboration with the Chinese rail operator CDIRS. It is the showpiece of the ‘Get Ahead in Europe (link is external)’ initiative. Through this campaign, which was launched in September, partners Logistiek Midden-Brabant and the Port of Rotterdam Authority aim to draw Asian companies’ attention to the advantages of this Dutch axis as an efficient gateway to Europe.




2017 December 18

11:23 Sirius Shipping took over the management for the vessel M/T Donia
10:59 The Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority expanded its land by nearly 10 ha in the port of Świnoujście
10:30 Brent Crude futures price up 0.24% to $63.38, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.16% to $57.42
10:04 Russian Navy oceanographic ship Yantar pays business visit to Buenos Aires
09:42 Admiral Vladimirsky, research ship of RF Navy’s Baltic Fleet, lays it course to Indian Ocean
09:20 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,619 points
09:08 Egypt officially starts operations of the Mediterranean’s largest gas field
08:11 DNV GL introduces first classification guideline for 3D printing

2017 December 17

08:08 APL enhances India Pakistan-Mediterranean Express Service with new port calls
07:06 Data on the LNG terminal in Świnoujście published on the ALSI platform
07:04 HELCOM and BONUS tighten collaboration for the good of environmental protection action in the Baltic Sea
06:57 Viking Sun sets sail on first world cruise from Miami to London

2017 December 16

07:46 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to West Africa
06:51 Hapag-Lloyd announces new rates from Far East Westbound East Asia (including Japan) to Europe N.C. and Mediterranean
06:49 Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam to launch a pilot project with ‘fixed windows’ for inland vessels with large call sizes
06:45 Miriam Maes to succeed Rutger van Slobbe as Chair of the Port of Rotterdam Authority Advisory Board
06:37 DNV GL launches first class guideline for additive manufacturing

2017 December 15

23:12 Russia and USA filed first ever joint note to IMO on shipping in Bering Strait and Bering Sea
18:20 Onezhsky Shipyard launched self-propelled hopper Silnaya (photo)
18:06 DOF sells the vessel Skandi Marstein
17:06 The Port of Gdansk to expand the Oliwskie Quay
16:50 Russia’s State Duma approves ensuring the priority of ships flying RF flag in the segment of short-sea shipping
16:21 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to West Africa
15:34 Construction at NIBULON’s transshipment terminal in Mykolaiv is in full swing
14:45 Klaipėdos Nafta and Eesti Gaas begin cooperation in small-scale LNG distribution business
14:18 Arctic Economic Council welcomes Korea Shipowners’ Association as first sub-Arctic member
13:51 Baltic Workboats delivered 24m combat pollution and diving support vessel to Port of Klaipeda
13:29 WMU Executive Board 21st Session meets in London
12:56 Marine Recruiting Agency launches training project for Rosterminalugol
12:33 Skangas to source LNG at import terminal on Isle of Grain, UK
12:10 Ningbo Zhoushan Port volumes up 9.6% to 933 million tons in Jan - Nov 2017
11:58 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company holds training with participation of crane ships crew
11:32 Africa maritime cooperation centre launched
11:09 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) up 14% to 13.1 mln t in 11M’17
10:44 Brent Crude futures price up 0.11% to $63.38, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.39% to $57.26
10:30 Rolls-Royce delivers first mobile MTU gas engines for Rederij Doeksen
10:11 Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) handled 39.21 mln t of cargo in 11M’17, up 6.5% Y-o-Y
09:57 IAA PortNews offers video of virtual round-table meeting “Best practices of coal transshipment in Russian ports”
09:32 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,668 points
09:16 GTT signs new Global Services Agreement with Chevron Transport Corporation
08:25 Safe Bulkers announces acquisition of a Post-Panamax class dry-bulk vessel
07:05 Port of Los Angeles sets new record for highest monthly container volumes
06:04 CMA CGM announces new FAK rates from Asia to North Europe
05:04 The Foundation Det Norske Veritas assumes full ownership of DNV GL
04:43 Damen Shiprepair & Conversion wins contract for first European conversion of a dredger to dual-fuel LNG / MGO

2017 December 14

18:03 Bunker prices still maintain the potential for growth
18:02 Pacific centre launches on low-carbon shipping mission
17:37 Gazprom and Shell to handle oversized equipment for Baltic LNG at Commercial Sea Port of Ust-Luga (photo)
17:29 Key decisions from MEPC 71 related to implementing BWM Convention outlined at BWMTech London Conference
17:05 Ulstein and TTS shortlisted for OSJ Innovation Award
16:35 HHI Group receives support of LR in building an LNG-fuelled future
16:05 Aker Solutions secures subsea services agreement with Statoil
15:50 Commercial Sea Port of Kandalaksha handled 1.46 mln t of cargo in 11M’17, up 3 times Y-o-Y
15:36 Special issue of PortNews magazine published for Transport Week is available online
15:25 United Nations experts endorse RF initiative
15:07 BASF extend their fleet with another Konecranes barge handler
14:52 Infrastructure development will be one of priorities of Vladimir Putin’s new presidential term
14:45 CMA CGM launches new, innovative and complementary set of products
14:03 Wärtsilä and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries MME to collaborate in creating improved power and propulsion for ships
13:31 CLdN adds fourth weekly sailing between Gothenburg and Zeebrugge