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Industry converges on London to ‘make sense of scale’ at TOC Europe 2014 15/07/2014

The challenges of ultra large container ships and adoption of new port technologies dominated debate at the 39th annual TOC Europe show in London this June. London, 15.07.2014 – Over 3,500 members of the international shipping, ports and transport community converged at ExCeL London on 24-26 June for the TOC Europe Conference and Exhibition 2014, making it one of the best-attended in the show’s 39-year history. With 120 speakers at four conference and seminar streams, spanning container supply chain, container terminal operations, port-centric logistics and bulk ports, plus over 160 exhibitors, the 2014 edition offered the industry the largest and most diverse programme to date.

Making Sense of Scale was the key theme of the main TOC Container Sup...

Shipping lines ‘takers, not makers’, TOC Europe delegates hear 25/06/2014

Container liner service levels are simply not meeting customers’ expectations, delegates at TOC Europe 2014 are told. London, 25.06.2014 – Container shipping lines are not performing up to the standards required of them by their customers, delegates heard on the first day of the 39th TOC Europe Conference and Exhibition, taking place at ExCel London.

In a keynote address Neville Scowen, Overseas Transport Manager for International Paper, said that liner reliability had declined, surcharges had become more complex and communication with customers was now almost non-existent. 
“Shipping lines have to make sure they can stick to the schedules they are publishing, because lead times are getting both longer and more unreliable. And they need to educate ...

Automatic container damage detection system launched by Visy and LASE 17/06/2014

Visy and LASE will showcase their new joint developments at this year’s TOC Europe exhibition. These will set a new milestone in the field of automatic container damage inspection. In order to enhance the degree of automation in ports and terminals, the game-changing LaseCDI / Visy ADDS product series has been developed to enable the automatic detection of damage to containers without disturbing the workflow.

For a presentation of the product, visit either LASE at stand F26 or Visy at stand D62 at TOC Europe in London from 24th to 26th June.

“Active” and automatic damage detection 

The product series can be used in conjunction with gate operating systems and crane OCR Systems. The examination of the container surfaces (roofs, side and end walls) b...

TOC Europe showcases innovations in container and cargo handling 16/06/2014

Technology suppliers unveil new products and services at the world’s largest and longest-running exhibition dedicated to port handling equipment.  London, 16.06.2014 – Equipment and technology play a critical role in helping maritime and inland terminals achieve better levels of performance. At the 39th TOC Europe Conference and Exhibition, taking place on 24-26 June 2014 at ExCeL, London, 160 exhibitors from around the world will display their solutions to an anticipated 3,500 attendees. We offer a sneak peek at some of the new products and services that will be on show.

Gaussin Manugistique (Stands C50-C56-C58) and CEA, the French Alternative & Atomic Energies Commission, will use the show to launch six new products for container and semi-traile...

Identec Solutions launches CTAS 7.0 Reefer system to automate entry-to-exit refrigerated container monitoring in ports 12/06/2014

New generation wireless automated monitoring and control system will allow ports and terminals to fully automate reefer container management; first customers announced. LUSTENAU, AUSTRIA – 12.06.2014 – Port and container terminal process automation specialist IDENTEC SOLUTIONS has announced the release of CTAS 7.0 Reefer, its latest generation real-time wireless monitoring and control system for refrigerated containers. The new system will be officially unveiled at this year’s TOC Europe trade show in London, 24-26 June. 

The first customers for CTAS 7.0 Reefer will include Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT), which has selected IDENTEC SOLUTIONS to provide reefer monitoring at its new automated terminal on the US West Coast. Users of IDENTEC SOL...

Advice to container shippers: make hay while the sun shines 03/06/2014

In the run-up to the TOC Container Supply Chain conference at TOC Europe 2014, veteran maritime industry analyst Ben Hackett questions the basic economics behind mega-vessels.“As long as carriers are unwilling or unable to reduce their excessive capacity, make hay and negotiate low freight rates, as the day will come when the “penny finally drops” and we shall see scrapping as a means to improving freight rates rather than bigger ships.”

That’s the advice to container shippers from veteran maritime industry analyst Ben Hackett in the run-up to the 39th TOC Europe show, 24-26 June, London. Mr Hackett takes part in TOC Container Supply Chain, one of four conferences running during the event.

With over 35 years’ experience in liner shipping, ports, e...

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