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  • 02 Dec 2019 11:16 AM | Anonymous

    New partners are going on to join with the valuable contribution of the members!

    Today we are glad to welcome TRANSORIENT ULUSLARARASI TASIMACILIK VE TICARET A.S. from Turkey with the recommendation of Vertex Express Co., Egypt.

    Let’s have a warm welcome to our new member on board of the Freight Midpoint.

    Wish you a great cooperation together!


    ADDRESS: Istanbul Ticaret Sarayi Oruc Reis Mahallesi, Vadi Caddesi, No: 108, 8. Kat, Ofis No: 490, Giyimkent, Esenler 34235, Istanbul, Turkey
    CONTACT: Arif Ozer Ozsan
    TEL: +90 212 467 26 00 / 04
    FAX: +90 212 438 26 17


  • 28 Nov 2019 6:23 PM | Anonymous

    FM keeps expanding from all corners of the world!

    Today we are glad to welcome AIR SEA CARGO AG from Switzerland with the Management's reference.
    Let’s have a warm welcome to our new member on board of the Freight Midpoint.

    Wish you a great cooperation together!


    ADDRESS: Frachthof West, P.O. Box, 8058 Zurich Airport - Switzerland
    CONTACTS: Sandro Gretler
    TEL: +41 44 816 91 00
    FAX: +41 44 816 91 09


  • 28 Nov 2019 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 27 November 2019

    The Blount Island Marine Terminal in the Port of Jacksonville, Florida will be upgraded at the cost of $239 million for which the groundbreaking ceremony was held recently.

    The upgrade will expand container handling capacity at the SSA Marine facility to 700,000 TEU annually when work is complete in 2023.

    US Department of transportation Maritime Administrator Rear Adm.

    Mark Buzby joined elected officials and leadership from JAXPORT and SSA Marine on November 22 to break ground on the new state-of-the-art international container terminal.

    The SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal is a public-private partnership between JAXPORT and SSA Marine, with more than 65 percent of the landside improvements being funded by SSA.

    Phased yard improvements are underway at the terminal that will allow the facility to accommodate up to 700,000 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units) annually.

    Berth upgrades are expected to be complete in 2021 and will allow the terminal to simultaneously work two post-Panamax vessels.

    The Jacksonville Harbor Deepening Project includes construction of a vessel turning basin that will allow larger vessels calling on the terminal to turn at Blount Island.

    The SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal offers 80 acres of terminal operating space, with the option to grow up to 120 acres as space becomes available.

    The facility features three post-Panamax electric container cranes and terminal plans include the addition of three more state-of-the-art container cranes.

    The facility is expected to create or protect 3,500 jobs, in addition to attracting new businesses and jobs resulting from the terminal’s increased efficiency and capacity.

    During the groundbreaking, Admiral Buzby formally presented JAXPORT with a previously awarded $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

    The grant will fund terminal enhancements that will allow the facility to accommodate more containers on an expanded footprint.


  • 26 Nov 2019 12:15 PM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 23 November 2019

    The Port of Hamburg reckons it has increased its market share in the first nine months of 2019.

    Hamburg, Germany: The Port of Hamburg has reported an overall increase of 3.2% in cargo throughput in Q1-Q3 2019, to 104 Mt.

    Containerised traffic increased by 6.9% in unit terms to 7M TEU, of which sea-to-sea transhipment traffic accounted for 2.6M TEU (+ 4.3%).

    Port-hinterland traffic grew by 8.6% to 4.4M TEU. Of this, intermodal rail accounted for 2.1M TEU, a gain of 11.9% year-on-year and a market share of 47%.

    The number of calls by mega-ships with a nominal intake of ≥ 18,000 TEU increased by 18.3% to 123.

    A total of 31.6 Mt of bulk cargoes were handled in Hamburg in the first nine months (- 2.1%).
    Hamburg states that it "regained market share up of 0.7 percentage points in competition with other major container ports, whose growth averaged 3.4%.

    The excellent container handling trend in the rail segment also boosted seaport-hinterland services.

    For the sixth consecutive year, Port Everglades’ container throughput exceeded 1M TEU, with a preliminary result of 1.05 M TEU in FY19 (ended 30th September). “We anticipate similar stable numbers over the next two years as we continue with the Southport Turning Notch Extension to add new cargo berths and the new [low profile] super post-panamax gantry cranes,” said Acting Chief Executive and Port Director Glenn Wiltshire.

    New automobiles highlighted the year as Horizon Terminal Services, which opened a new terminal in January 2018, increased the number of new vehicles moving through Port Everglades by 76% year-over-year to nearly 51,000.

    “New vehicles are a new business line for the Port, and further diversifies our revenue stream,” added Jim Pyburn, Port Everglades’ Director of Business Development.

    Port Everglades and Colombia’s Port of Barranquila have signed a MoU as part of a joint Sister Seaports agreement reached during the AAPA’s Latin American Congress of Ports 2019 convention, held last week in Miami.

    In recent trade with Colombia, Port Everglades handled 33,207 TEU from October 2018 to June 2019.

    Top import commodities included aluminium, wood, fruits, beverages, glassware, ceramic, plastics, and vegetables. Top export commodities included printers, machinery, vehicles, furniture, iron, steel, wood, essential oils, and perfumes.

    Nearly a third of Colombian o/d trade over Port Everglades was with the Port of Barranquilla, primarily aluminium, glass, and ceramic commodities.

    Ports of Stockholm:During the period January to October, container volumes rose by 7% compared to the same period last year.

    This is seen as a god platform for the forthcoming new container terminal at Ports of Stockholm’s (SHAB) Norvik facility.

    “The Stockholm region is growing and accounts for around 50% of Sweden’s consumption," said Nicklas Ebersson, SHAB’s Marketing Manager, Cargo. "The continuing rise in container volumes is a message of strength before the opening of the Stockholm Norvik Port in 2020."

    Stockholm Norvik Port has a natural depth of 16.5m and the size and capacity needed to be able to handle the largest vessels operating in the Baltic Sea.

    Its location, short approach lanes from the fairways and good connections to major roads and railway routes, make it an efficient and sustainable transport hub in Sweden, argues SHAB.

    When Stockholm Norvik Ports opens in 2020 it will replace the container terminal at Stockholm’s Frihamnen Port.

    The new container terminal will be run by Hutchison Ports. During 2020 the ro-ro section of the new port will also open.

    This will be run as part of SHAB’s own business operations.


  • 21 Nov 2019 5:36 PM | Anonymous

    Freight Midpoint's coverage keeps expanding in Africa!

    Today we are excited to welcome O.C. LINES SOUTH AFRICA from South Africa.

    Let’s have a warm welcome to our new member on board of the Freight Midpoint.

    Wish you a great cooperation together!


    ADDRESS: Suite 2B, 2nd Floor, The Stadium Building, Lion Office Park, 892 Umgeni Road, Durban, 4001, South Africa
    CONTACTS: Ketan Soni
    Tal Zultan
    TEL: +27 31 109 1140


  • 21 Nov 2019 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 21 November 2019

    The US Port Everglades and Colombia’s Port of Barranquilla have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as part of a joint sister seaports agreement to promote trade.​

    Colombia’s largest port along the Caribbean Sea is Port Everglades’ fifth largest trading partner.

    The two ports want to establish an alliance of cooperation aimed at facilitating international trade and generating new business by promoting the sea trade routes between the two countries.

    The MOU outlines joint initiatives, including marketing activities and market studies, training, and sharing of information on technology, modernization and improvements.​

    “International trade promotion is a priority of our port and county for generating economic prosperity,” said Broward County Mayor Dale V.C. Holness, who signed the MOU document on behalf of Port Everglades.

    “Our port’s trade with Colombia alone in 2018 reached USD 1.19 billion.”

    “As the logistics platform that connects Colombia to the world, it’s important for us to be Port Everglades’ partner in order to share best practices, increasing demand for Colombia’s perishable goods in the United States,” said Rene Puche, President & CEO, Port of Barranquilla, who signed the MOU document.​

    In recent trade with Colombia, Port Everglades handled 33,207 TEUs from October 2018 through June 2019.

    Top import commodities included aluminum, wood, fruits, beverages, glassware, ceramic, plastics, and vegetables.

    Top export commodities included printers, machinery, vehicles, furniture, iron, steel, wood, essential oils, and perfumes.

    Nearly a third of Colombia’s trade with Port Everglades was with the Port of Barranquilla, primarily aluminum, glass, and ceramic commodities.


  • 19 Nov 2019 10:59 AM | Anonymous

    FM keeps expanding with the continues support of our members.

    Today we are excited to welcome R A H SHIPPING & LOGISTIC L.L.C from U.A.E. with the recommendation of Allied Xpert Logistics, Pakistan.

    We are also pleased to have met R A H Shipping's CEO Mr. Raja Abrar Hussain in person at Intermodal Europe 2019! 

    Let’s have a warm welcome to our new member on board of the Freight Midpoint.

    Wish you a great cooperation together!

    ADDRESS: 303-B, API World Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 232268, United Arab Emirates
    CONTACTS: Raja Abrar Hussain
    Waqas Ali Khan
    Daniyal Adhami
    TEL: +971 4 3204766
    FAX: +971 4 3517466


  • 19 Nov 2019 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 17 November 2019

    Navis N4 TOS is now live at the Port of Baltimore’s Seagirt and Dundalk marine terminals.

    The Navis N4 TOS is now managing containers at the Seagirt terminal and breakbulk and general cargo at the Dundalk terminal.

    “The new Navis N4 system is the first time the port has utilized a single platform for all cargo handled at its terminals and is part of a $142 million investment in equipment and infrastructure initiatives to keep competitive in the region,” Ports America said in a statement.

    "We strive to be ahead of curve with technology advancements to foster continued success in the Port of Baltimore, adding to Maryland’s economy,” said Ports America Chesapeake Vice President Bayard Hogans.

    "Adopting a modern, streamlined TOS like N4 will provide stability and yield results as we push our capacity goals further and support sustainable growth of the port.”

    Ports America plans to leverage N4 to “aggressively pursue” initiatives in efficiency and container data transparency.

    “The upgraded system will optimize daily terminal tasks like container handling, vessel planning, yard utilization, and crane scheduling and monitoring. Among other benefits, the platform will be used to track cargo throughout the terminal, optimizing data visibility for partners and customers,” Ports America stated.

    Ports America is standardising on N4 as its core TOS. The system is used at its other facilities including Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT) and New Orleans.

    “N4 is the foundation for further integrated technologies that will enable key digital innovation for sharing data throughout the supply chain, allowing greater forecasting and management of cargo movements within and beyond the ports,” Ports America concluded.


  • 14 Nov 2019 5:05 PM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 13 November 2019

    Seattle-based Tideworks Technology is boosting its presence in the intermodal software market with a new dedicated intermodal division located in Jacksonville, Florida.

    As part of its expansion in the intermodal market Tideworks plans to hire additional staff and move its existing Jacksonville office to a new location by the end of 2019.

    The expansion is well timed; the Gulf and East coasts are the fastest growing intermodal markets in the US at the moment.

    Tideworks IPRO TOS is an established application in the market, and with key customer CSX Intermodal Terminals now running 31 facilities with its software Tideworks has a reference that spans a wide variety of operations.

    Some of the key rail operators in the US are now expanding terminals and converting some facilities to stacking operations using RTGs and widespan RMGs, which creates new opportunities for software suppliers.

    “The intermodal division will enable Tideworks to dedicate resources and continue investing in the research and development of new products and services for the global rail industry,” Tideworks stated.

    Mark Bromley has been appointed Vice President of Intermodal at Tideworks to lead the new division and oversee the testing, deployment and support of intermodal products and services across Tideworks’ global customer and partner network.

    “This expansion solidifies Tideworks’ position and commitment as a key intermodal TOS provider,” said Thomas Rucker, president of Tideworks. “It will empower us to drive future adoption of our intermodal TOS, while exploring additional ways to serve the intermodal market that align well with our business. This growth and focus allow Tideworks to deploy specialized resources for the intermodal market – a necessity in the increasingly competitive global supply chain. Our existing and future intermodal customers can have confidence and comfort knowing Tideworks has a fully-staffed team focused on the market and its unique needs.”

    “I am excited to see Tideworks’ increased commitment to the intermodal market,” said Bromley. “Jacksonville is a prime location for this dedicated team given its proximity to some of our key customers, including leading rail carriers. We look forward to working closely with our current and future intermodal customers to deliver solutions that help them remain competitive in the global supply chain.”


  • 12 Nov 2019 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 12 November 2019

    Emirates SkyCargo, over the years, has been stepping up its capabilities for flying temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals from origin to destination.

    During financial year 2018-19, the air cargo carrier transported over 75000 tonnes of pharmaceuticals, making it one of the leading players in the pharma transportation business.

    In these years of flying pharma, Emirates SkyCargo has marked three important milestones, which has transformed its pharma transportation journey.

    GDP certification for Chicago pharma facility

    As part of its pharma corridors initiative, Emirates SkyCargo opened a 1000 square metre facility at Chicago airport to offer increased protection for temperature-sensitive pharma shipments.

    The facility is now EU GDP-compliant as certified by leading certification services company SGS.

    The GDP certification validates the high standards adhered to by the carrier when transporting temperature sensitive pharmaceuticals.

    Developed alongwith ground handler Maestro, this pharma facility has a total capacity of nearly 15,000 tonnes of pharmaceuticals annually.

    It offers pharma corridor temperature-controlled zones for acceptance and delivery, cargo build up and break down, storage and direct ramp access. Since its launch, the facility has handled close to 6,900 tonnes of pharma.

    Move to GDP certified pharma facility in Copenhagen and expansion of pharma corridors

    In line with its focus on fit-for-purpose facilities and development of pharma corridors, Emirates SkyCargo has also moved its pharma handling operations at Copenhagen to a dedicated GDP certified facility for pharmaceuticals developed by WFS.

    The facility offers complete handling of pharma cargo with two separate temperature ranges of 15-25 °C and 2-8 °C. The facility is expected to boost the cargo carrier’s pharma handling operations in Copenhagen.

    Henrik Ambak, Emirates senior vice president, cargo operations worldwide, said, "Copenhagen is an important pharma station for Emirates SkyCargo and the move to a facility that provides dedicated pharma handling is aligned with our customer requirements for protecting the integrity of valuable pharma cargo while also ensuring that cargo is transported rapidly and efficiently.

    "Our current priority is to strengthen our Pharma Corridors programme. We have done this by adding more relevant pharma origin and destination stations to the initiative - we have expanded the initiative to 25 stations globally from the 12 we started with initially. We’re also working to ensure that the capabilities we are developing with support from our ground handlers are fit-for-purpose. The Chicago GDP certification is also part of our overall plan to connect pharma cargo efficiently and securely," he added.

    State-of-the-art infrastructure in Dubai

    With a total GDP-certified space sprawling over 8600 square metres, Emirates SkyCargo handles pharmaceutical shipments at Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central.

    The carrier operates a fleet of 50 Emirates Pharma Cool Dollies which facilitate transport of pharmaceuticals on the ramp. Apart from this, Emirates SkyCargo has partnered with DuPont for the use of innovative thermal blankets namely the Emirates White Cover.

    These covers offer initial level of protection against external temperature fluctuations for cargo.


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