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Concor clears western port backlog

Concor clears western port backlog | Containers & Dryports | Scoop.it
State-owned intermodal operator Container Corporation of India said it has helped clear out the backlog of import containers destined for Ludhiana that had stacked up at major ports on the west coast over the past few months.
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China ICD @ Rasuwagadhi

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The Chinese government has moved to build an inland container depot (ICD) at Rasuwagadhi in Rasuwa district on the Nepal-China border as a gift to Nepal....
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Food importers shift from dry bulk cargo ships to containers

LONDON (Reuters) — Food importers in Asia are switching from dry bulk cargo ships to container vessels, which normally carry goods such as toys and TVs, as they offer a way to import smaller amounts and can be cheaper per tonne.

The global transport of agricultural commodities traditionally has taken place on carriers brimming with 60,000 to 70,000 tonnes of a single cargo such as corn or sugar.

But the market is changing as ships seek to fill empty containers after unloading consumer goods in Western countries and offer competitive rates for commodities going back to Asia, the world’s manufacturing hub.

At the same time, Asian import demand for animal feed grains is increasing as rising incomes trigger a move away from the traditional rice-based diet into more meat and dairy products, providing more opportunities for smaller importers.

China is expected to surpass the European Union as the world’s leading consumer of pork on a per capita basis by 2022, while its dairy product consumption is expected to rise by 38 percent, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.

“As Southeast Asia develops economically, you have demand for better quality, high-protein diets, and ports don’t (necessarily) have the infrastructure for bulk vessel receiving,” said Brian Bickford, president of AgriLogistics, a U.S. company specializing in grain shipping.

“You’ve got a lot of small growing businesses in South East Asia that can afford 1,000 or 5,000 tonnes of an agricultural commodity but cannot participate in large trade. Containers represent an opportunity to those businesses,” Bickford added.

While buying in bulk can sometimes be economical, it also can put pressure on an importer’s working capital. A standard 20-foot shipping container holds only around 20 tonnes of grain.

“Credit lines haven’t really gone up the way food prices have increased,” said a Singapore-based trader, who sells South American corn and soymeal in Asia.

U.S. containerized grain exports to Asia have more than doubled since 2006 to reach 470,832 20-foot containers in the first 10 months of 2013, up 10 percent from the year before, according U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data.

Analysts estimate that 12 to 15 percent of Australia’s grain exports are now shipped in containers to Asia.

“We know that the grain trade in containers is growing, especially in Australia because of the proximity to the far eastern markets,” said Yuri Makarov, a senior economist at the International Grains Council.

Asia is the top destination for grain container shipments, but brisk trade also takes place from Latin America to Europe and Europe to the Middle East.

Around 12 percent of global trade in agricultural goods such as oilseeds and grains, traditionally shipped in bulk, was shipped via container in 2012, data from shipping consultancy Seabury Group showed.

Containers offer a more flexible option for smaller exporters as well as importers.

“Unless we are talking about the major agricultural trade houses, most farmers cannot fill one ship alone,” said Jan Tiedemann, a shipping analyst with consultancy Alphaliner.

“With containers it’s different. A farmer can theoretically sell 100 tonnes of grain on eBay and ship it to China.”

The cost of shipping sugar from Brazil to China in containers can vary from nearly zero to $20 per tonne, compared with up to $70 per tonne in bulk, Bas Van Goor, a sugar trader at agriculture trade house RCMA said.

“The advantage is clear for the shipper, who benefits from the flexibility of their commodity being moved in smaller shipment sizes allowing them to quickly reach many different locations,” said Vincent Clerc, chief trade and marketing officer with the world’s biggest container shipping firm, Maersk Line.

Future growth in food container trade to some extent depends on the global demand for Asian manufactured goods, which makes empty containers available in food exporting countries.

“We rely on the American consumer to do their part in keeping this a liquid business. It makes it more challenging to find a container for your shipment if the American consumer didn’t buy a Barbie doll or a Dell computer out of that container last week,” AgriLogistics’ Bickford said.

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ICD @ Tarapur

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Mumbai, Aug 7: Viraj Profiles Ltd has set up a Rs.90 crore world-class Inland Container Depot at Tarapur in adjoining Thane district. The Vaishno Container Terminal ICD providing easy access to the Mumbai Port Trust and ...
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Dar Port getting better

Dar Port getting better | Containers & Dryports | Scoop.it
EFFICIENCY and safety of the Dar es Salaam Port has of late greatly improved resulting into increased flow of customers, especially those from neighbouring landlocked countries.
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Busan, the Best CT Design in Action

BNCT, located in Busan's New Port, South Korea, is Asia's first vertical-automated terminal which can berth four of the world's largest container vessels sim...
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One simple step to increase depot safety

One simple step to increase depot safety | Containers & Dryports | Scoop.it
A gust of wind can send an empty container sailing through the air. So when the weather forecast predicts a storm or strong winds, containers depots hurry to.
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10 busiest container terminals...

10 busiest container terminals... | Containers & Dryports | Scoop.it
Having 7 cities ranked in #world’s #top10 busiest container terminals is no mean feat, -ve #environment impact,#China pic.twitter.com/DiNLpjwGkQ
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Amazing innovations!

Amazing innovations! | Containers & Dryports | Scoop.it
cheap, lightweight, and readily available, designboom’s TOP 10 shipping container structures of 2014 includes a range of imaginative and inventive uses for the modular units.
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Maersk Line Buying More Triple-E Megaships

Maersk Line Buying More Triple-E Megaships | Containers & Dryports | Scoop.it
The world’s biggest container-shipping company by capacity will likely include vast Triple-E vessels among its planned multimillion-dollar ship orders over the next six months, the company’s chief executive said.
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British era rule shunted out for container ships

British era rule shunted out for  container ships | Containers & Dryports | Scoop.it
NEW DELHI: India is overhauling a British era rule to make it cheaper for container ships docking on Indian ports and in the process enhance ease of doing business in the country. The government...
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Nepal: Chinese support for upgradation of trading routes

Nepal: Chinese support for upgradation of trading routes | Containers & Dryports | Scoop.it
KATHMANDU: Nepal has sought Chinese support for upgradation of trading routes and early completion of Inland Container Depots (ICDs) that the northern neighbour has pledged to construct under its assistance.
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Nepal: Himalayan Terminal wins dry port bid

Nepal: Himalayan Terminal wins dry port bid | Containers & Dryports | Scoop.it
Himalayan Terminal, a Nepal-India joint venture terminal management company, has once again bagged the management contract for the Inland Container Depot (ICD) in Sirsiya,...
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Work begins on JNPT

Work begins on JNPT | Containers & Dryports | Scoop.it
PSA International kick-started work on its $350 million expansion of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust after signing a contract related to dredging and reclamation work for a fourth container terminal at India’s largest container gateway.
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Kamalapur container depot catches fire

Kamalapur container depot catches fire | Containers & Dryports | Scoop.it
A fire has broken out at the Inland Container Depot (ICD) in the capital's Kamalapur area on Tuesday evening.
Officials of Fire Service and Civil Defence control room told the Dhaka Tribune that the fire broke out around 5:20pm.
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CT handling charge hike @ Vallarpadam CT

CT handling charge hike @ Vallarpadam CT | Containers & Dryports | Scoop.it
Various industry chambers and exporter associations have urged Dubai Port World, which is managing the Vallarpadam International Tran-shipment Container terminal in Kerala, not to go ahead with the proposed increase in handling charges from January...
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CMA CGM Invests in Mundhra CT

CMA CGM Invests in Mundhra CT | Containers & Dryports | Scoop.it
CMA CGM Group said today it has signed an agreement for the development of a new common user Container Terminal at Mundra Port with Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ), India's largest port developer ...
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Container terminals’ future unclear

Container terminals’ future unclear | Containers & Dryports | Scoop.it
Halifax’s container terminals are being left out of a number of mergers and acquisitions in the North American terminal sector, but it’s difficult to read what this may mean for one of the world’s largest ice-free ports.
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Strong growth for Asian terminals in 2015: HSBC

Strong growth for Asian terminals in 2015: HSBC | Containers & Dryports | Scoop.it
Asia’s container terminal operators will be the big winners in 2015, according to the latest HSBC transport indicators report that has International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) as one of its top picks.
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Precise positioning & distance measuring

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Share Tweet Neubiberg (Germany), 2 June 2014 – Symeo, one of the world’s leading providers of positioning, distance measuring and anti-collision technologies, will present its radar and GNSS solutions for vehicle and crane positioning during the...
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Big problem?

Big problem? | Containers & Dryports | Scoop.it
The world's largest container ship, the CSCL Globe, will call at the Port of Felixstowe in the United Kingdom this week, while major US ports such as LA struggle to cope with ever-larger vessels.
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UP drivers loot UN relief items container, arrested

UP drivers loot UN relief items container, arrested | Containers & Dryports | Scoop.it
Two sealed shipping containers carrying aluminium and steel utensils worth Rs 1.25 crore meant for United Nations' relief projects in Kenya were instead found replaced with bricks and sand when it reached its destination.
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Invest in development of inland waterways: Govt

Invest in development of inland waterways: Govt | Containers & Dryports | Scoop.it
NEW DELHI: Government has taken a slew of steps to develop sea ports and water ports, and the industry should invest in the development of inland waterways, Road Transport and Highways Minister...
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4 Multimodal Logistics Parks in AP

4 Multimodal Logistics Parks in AP | Containers & Dryports | Scoop.it
Four multimodal logistics parks (one stop logistic solutions) are coming up  at Visakhapatnam, Karimnagar, Nagulapalle and Krishnapatnam, Container Corporation ...
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B'desh: Train collides with lorry @ ICD

B'desh: Train collides with lorry @ ICD | Containers & Dryports | Scoop.it
At least Six people, including a woman, have died after a lorry collided with a train at the Kamalapur Railway Station's container depot, police say.
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