Read more in the Report: Development's trump in BTJ 6/2016
The industry is expecting the introduction of a global 0.5% sulphur cap in 2020, bringing about the same challenges and fears Northern Europe and North America had to tackle, but this time on a worldwide scale.
Read more in: The 0.5% global sulphur cap in BTJ 5/2016
I am concerned that a lack of emphasis on the safe handling of dangerous goods, epitomised by the dramatic explosion in the Chinese Port of Tianjin last year, is leading to increased risk in global trade.
Read more in: Explosion & fire risk in BTJ 5/2016
The company's transalpine route via Switzerland proved to be the strongest trade lane last year, noting an increase by 19.4% year-on-year to a total of 450,862 road shipments by rail.
When TEU-converted, the German rail freight haulier carried as much as 1.97 mln 20-footers last year.
In addition, the Swedish port took care of 246.0 thou. new cars last year, an increase by 15% year-on-year, and the highest figure since the 2008 financial crisis.
The ferry company also transported more pax cars across the route in question last year – by 4.5% year-on-year to a total of 326,818 vehicles.
Out of over 10.17 mln travellers going through Tallinn's quays in 2016, as much as 509.7 thou. came/left on-board cruise ships (+1.1% year-on-year).
The Lithuanian seaport set its new historic record in freight turnover last year, beating its up-to-date all-time high from 2015, standing at 38.51 mln tn.
The company's transport performance in 2016 rose even more - by 5.4% year-on-year to a total of 3,332 mln tn-km.
Over half of the company's 2016 container handlings were made by its German facilities, summing up to 8,234,357 TEU (+/-0.0% year-on-year).
With 3,175,611 TEU (+5.9% year-on-year), the Intra-Asia/Australasia trade lane proved to be the strongest in OOCL's network last year.