PTI: News Review after Technical Upgrades


In a technical endeavour to improve the service PTI brings to you, we experienced some technical issues yesterday with our website and email newsletter, we would like to bring to you the news that you may have missed yesterday, today, and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Full service has now been resumed.

In case you missed out on yesterday’s content, here is a list of our top news stories:

1) Automation: Spreading Across Nations

Dutch consulting firm Dynamar has livened up debate on the automation scene with a detailed report which covers Northern European container volumes. Dyanmar has also provided a free review of the report for download. You can download the free review here.

2) Suez Ports in Sandstorm Lockdown

Some of Egypt’s key ports, situated around the Suez Canal were closed temporarily due to an intense sandstorm. Many ports had to cease operations because of poor visibility. This incident came at an inconvenient time as Egypt not long ago inaugurated the canal.

3) China’s 800ha Pakistan Mega-Plan

China has leased more than 800ha of land from Pakistan in a bid to prepare for the construction of a new economic free zone in the country, Gwadar Port, which is expected to play a key role in the US$46bn China-Pak economic corridor.

4) The Uniqueness of the UK Ports Sector

An insight into the way that both UK and European ports are governed. The UK ports sector is unique in that it is a privatised entity, compared to the more common state-owned port model within the EU.

5) Long Beach’s Record-Breaking Run

This story reported on the Port of Long Beach’s second consecutive month of record-breaking TEU volumes. This piece has continued relevance, not only because the apparent pressures placed on various US ports by megaships, but also because of the congestion caused by labour strikes in early 2015.

Read about how Long Beach resolved US West Coast congestion

6) BIMCO Appeal Declined as Piracy Rises

This piece articulated BIMCO’s rejected appeal to stop illegal fishing off of the coast of Somalia – an activity which is placing increasing threat on commercial shipping.

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