The middle corridor can fulfil different but equally important roles

“Here is an idea. Why not make the Middle Corridor a humanitarian corridor to transport essential goods such as food, energy, health (medical, pharmaceuticals etc)? These goods are always and critically needed, and the Middle Corridor will be less subject to geopolitical tension.” It is one of the suggestions by Leila Batyrbekova, founder of ECATA […]

Just two bidders left in race to take over HMM

Widespread reports in South Korea suggest the battle to take over HMM, the country’s flagship line, now has just two parties interested with logistics group LX Group dropping out of the race.  HMM’s creditors, including state-run Korea Development Bank and Korea Ocean Business Corp, have put up for sale a stake of about 58% in […]

Chaotic scenes in the Red Sea as Israeli-linked ships are targeted

In chaotic scenes not seen since the 2011 peak of the Horn of Africa piracy crisis, global merchant shipping faced a weekend of terror wrought by Houthis, Iranians and the reemergence of pirates off Somalia. At the centre of all attacks have been ships with links to Israel, and the incidents of the past 72 […]

MSC Slaps Surcharge on Boxes Through Restricted Panama Canal

MSC has slapped a bumper $297 per teu surcharge on shipments transiting the Panama Canal in response to the increasing capacity reductions. It followed the announcement on Tuesday by CMA CGM of a $150 per teu ‘Panama Adjustment Factor’, valid from 1 January. MSC’s surcharge, almost double that of the French carrier, will begin two weeks earlier, on […]

Alex Saverys becomes CEO at Euronav as CMB takes back control

The Saverys family-controlled Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB) officially took control of Euronav yesterday with John Fredriksen selling his stake in the tanker giant in return for 24 Euronav VLCCs. Now with 49.05% of the shares in Euronav, CMB unveiled a brand new management yesterday with Alexander Saverys taking over from Lieve Logghe as CEO, to […]

Products from Thailand are soon to be on their way by rail to Europe

The first official rail freight service between China and Thailand is a fact. The inaugural train departed on 17 November from Chengdu, and by now, it should already have reached its destination in Map Ta Phut, Thailand. This is the first official link launched between the two countries using the China-Laos railway. Since the service […]

DB presents Germany’s longest rail tunnel to Czech Republic

Deutsche Bahn (DB) recently unveiled a new project proposal for a better connection between Germany and the Czech Republic. It entails the construction of Germany’s longest railway tunnel, which will stretch through the Ore Mountains for 30 kilometres between Heidenau (GER) and Ústí nad Labem (CZ). The new planned infrastructure is expected to offer an […]

Scheduled capacity on main box tradelanes still at ‘unsustainable levels’

With less than six weeks to go before the end of 2023, scheduled capacity post-Golden Week on both the transpacific and Asia-Europe container is currently at “unsustainable levels”, according to new analysis from Danish liner consultancy Sea-Intelligence.  Asia-North America west coast scheduled capacity is up 24.9 percentage points compared to 2019, Asia-North America east coast […]