CMA-CGM commercialized Traxens, an innovative solution for container tracking

The French group CMA-CGM, one of the maritime transport leaders, just announced a new offer for container tracking : Traxens. This connected device is fixed on the container and then check its location by land or by sea. It enables to know the intensity of the bumps and the temperature change outside. It can also know if the doors are open or closed. By a warning system in near real time, customers can track the goods and gain agility in the different stages of the transport.

Mathieu Friedberg, Senior Vice-President Commercial and Agency Network, explained that « CMA CGM reaffirms its customer centricity strategy by offering this innovative solution. With nearly 19 million containers carried in 2017, the generalization of smart containers in the Group’s fleet will allow to collect and analyze a lot of information necessary to improve the service offered to customers and will help them optimize their supply chain.”

50 million euros from EIB for the development of Marseille Fos

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the port of Marseille Fos signed at the end of May a financial partnership of 50 million euros. The monetary institution has undertaken to pay this amount in order to support the development projects of the port. Five of them include a global investment of 136 million euros and concern among other things the redevelopment of several terminals and the « expansion of the North channel for the large cruise ships reception », as the port announced. This partnership follows the previous one signed in 2008 to build the Fos 2XL terminal.


Photo : Christine Cabau Woehrel, Chairwoman of Marseille Fos and Ambroise Fayolle, BEI’s Vice-President

Intermarine and Zeaborn to form joint venture

Maritime Holdings Delaware, parent company of Intermarine, has entered into a joint venture agreement with the German group Zeaborn. The company, which will be named Zeamarine, will include the transfer of assets and operating entities from the various commercial activities of Zeaborn as well as the company Intermarine held by Maritime Holdings, said the duo in a statement. The joint venture will have a fleet of more than 75 vessels and is expected to exceed 100 vessels by the end of the year. The shareholders of the new Zeamarine company will also commit to finance the new capital to develop the joint venture in which Zeaborn will be the majority shareholder.

DCT Gdansk breaks the 9 million / TEU in 10 years

DCT Gdansk, Poland’s largest container terminal, has surpassed the handling of 9 million TEU since its opening 10 years ago.

With 1.3 km of deep-water quay-line, 11 STS cranes handles over 460 vessels per year. In 2017, DCT Gdansk was ranked as the 16th largest port in Europe with 1.6 million TEUs processed.

“The DCT terminal that we see today, is the product of constant investment year after year to create a true gateway to the world for Poland,” said Cameron Thorpe, of DCT Gdansk SA.

Delivery of a Konecranes reach stacker in the Brest terminal by SNM Heavy Handling

Recently, SNM Heavy Handling delivered a Konecranes Liftace RS-31 reach stacker at the Brest terminal. Fitted with the Lifttace technology powered by Terex, the machine can lift until 45t in first row and 31t in second row. the RS-31 can reach a 15m maximum stacking height, corresponding to a pile of five standard containers. SNM Heavy Handling is part of the SNM Group, which gathers as well SNM Cranes for onshore handling and SNM Lift for access platforms. More info in the next issue of the Move it Magazine …

The Group Gaussin signs two contracts with the Bolloré Group

The Gaussin Manugistique Group announces the signature of two contracts with the Bolloré Group. The first deal is to market the Power Packs LMP (Lithium Metal Polymer) for Gaussin’s range of port vehicles. The LMP batteries, designed by Blue Solutions, the company that combines the electricity storage activities developed by Bolloré, have the capacity to operate with optimal performance even in a very hot environment. The second contract between Gaussin and Bolloré Ports concerns the co-development of the APM 75T electric tractor (equipped with two LMP battery packs) for the container transport in ports.

“The Gaussin Group is proud to propose a 100% made in France range of full electric vehicles.The integration of these batteries, perfectly adapted to hot countries, provides many business opportunities, in particular in the Middle East and, of course, in Africa, a continent where Bolloré operates 20 port terminals,” declares Christophe Gaussin, CEO of the Gaussin Group.

First roro service in Africa for MSC and Haropa

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), specialized in international sea transport of containers, created a new roro service linking Haropa to Western Africa. This group made, with the company gathering Le Havre, Rouen and Paris ports, the official inauguration of this new activity in Le Havre by the introduction of the MSC Immacolata. This roro ship, with a 6700 vehicles capacity, is 199m long and 32m width. With the MSC Cristina, ship with the same sizes, they will do bimonthly trips and will stop at Anvers, Dakar, Conakry and Abidjan ports, before heading back to Le Havre. The African continent is well known by MSC, since the group is already settled in more than 40 countries. For its part, Haropa continues on its path about the roro sector, because in 2017 they had experienced a growth rate of 18% in this branch.

Picture: ©Eric Houri

EPAS company just received two Liebherr LHM 420

In order to improve logistics processes of the Nordkai terminal of Emden in Germany, the German port handling company Ems Ports Agency & Stevedoring (EPAS) Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG just acquired two new port mobile cranes Liebherr LHM 420. Both have a lifting capacity of 124t and a 18m outreach. Thanks to the Sycratronic lifting system, only one person can operate the two machines simultaneously . The electronic synchronisation allows that, with 100% of the maximum lifting charge against 75% manually. This productivity gain is also obtained by the ability to handle several ships in the same time. This purchase is « the prelude to a series of investments we are planning to provide our customers with the best possible service and competitive positioning in the future », explained Heinrich Smidt, Managing Director of Epas.

MCS trusts MacGregor to improve the potential of its vessels

MacGregor, a subsidiary of Cargotec, has been tasked with optimising the container transport capabilities of 31 MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company) vessels for 6 different ship series.

The mission for MacGregor will be to optimise the productivity of the ship loading system and increase their potential. MSC, a world leader in maritime transport with fleet of 490 container ships, has a long-standing cooperation with MacGregor.

“MacGregor’s expertise in cargo systems and its continuous development of new innovations is highly appreciated,” says Giuseppe Gargiulo, Head of Department, New Building, Dry Dock and Conversions, MSC. “Its solutions greatly improve our ability to complete in the current business environment.”

Marseille Fos agrees new Distriport logistics project 

Paris-based logistics park developer Virtuo has signed an agreement with the Marseille Fos port authority for construction of a multi-user facility of almost 70,000m2 at Distriport, close to the Fos container terminals. Distriport is the larger of two logistics zones at Fos, with 360,000m2 of warehousing currently operational out of a total building capacity of 575,000m2.  Meanwhile occupancy at the 364,000m2 capacity La Feuillane zone currently represents 149,000m2 of available warehouse space.