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18 BULKDISTRIBUTOR Ports September/October 2016 Boost for Port of Dunkirk with new TLN warehouse B elgian company Taillieu Logistique Nord (TLN) has opened a new €1.5 million warehouse in the logistics park of the Western Port of Dunkirk. The 3,000 m² extension, next to the Container Terminal (Terminal des Flandres), vastly increases TLN’s storage capacity and is expected to boost its logistics activities. The company opened its first 3,000m² warehouse in the Western Port of Dunkirk in 2008, offering a range of logistics services, including filling containers for export and stripping at import, storage of general cargo, film-wrapping, and bagging of wood, steel coils, sugar, construction materials and more. It is hoped that the new extension, together with the 4,000m² exterior storage yard, will encourage the growth of traffic through Dunkerque-Port, currently the ninth port of the Channel and North Sea range and the third-ranking port of France. Stéphane Raison, Dunkerque-Port CEO, said at the opening ceremony for the warehouse: “This is an important event in the policy of reconquering our market, because although the region handles some 750,000 full containers every year, only 25 percent of this traffic currently transits through the Port of Dunkirk. Port of Switzerland and Port of Rotterdam sign deal T he Port of Switzerland and the Basel Logistics Cluster Region have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Port of Rotterdam, reaffirming their existing close working relationship. In response to the anticipated increase in container traffic, the Port of Rotterdam is reinforcing its commitment to increasing inland waterway traffic and welcomes the construction of the trimodal Gateway Basel Nord container terminal. Other subjects covered by the MoU are the vessel registration system for container traffic (port community system) and promoting liquid natural gas (LNG) and gas-to-liquids (GTL) as a fuel and commodity. neW The agreement focuses on the expansion of the trimodal infrastructure along Europe’s most important goods traffic corridor, the Rotterdam-Basel-Genoa corridor. With the opening of the new NEAT Gotthard Base Tunnel, both the Port of Rotterdam and the Port of Switzerland are extremely keen to channel goods through this new axis. High-capacity trimodal infrastructure is essential if the ports are to meet their targets. Study focuses on future role of Jebel Ali G invent. imProve. innovate. The NEW 82.5mm Hyper Maxi Relief Valve range. Continuous product development ensures unequalled flow performance and reliability - time after time. Tested and Trusted by the industry to supply the best components for Tank Containers, Offshore, Gas, Rail & Road. Fort vale. Proven, Predictable PerFormance. Visit us at www.fortvale.com ® lobal trade enabler DP World has signed an agreement with US-based Hyperloop One to explore the role of innovation in the future of world trade. The collaboration is for feasibility studies that analyse the value of using Hyperloop systems inthe UAE, with an initial focus in Phase 1 on moving containers from ships docked at DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port via the Hyperloop tube to a new inland container depot in Dubai. The initial study will focus on efficient handling of containers, costs, benefits, demand and volume patterns of moving cargo using the new technology. DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said: “At DP World, we continually strive to think ahead and foresee change to create the most efficient, safe and profitable trade solutions. With this collaboration, we’re leading innovation in our industry once again and by testing the Hyperloop technology at Jebel Ali for cargo use, we’re taking a first step in exploring new ways of enabling trade and underlining Dubai’s commitment to innovation. “The world is changing at a pace never seen before in our history and we intend to be part of a new revolution in transport, connecting markets and economies around the world. This is an example of leading innovation in our industry and pushing the boundaries in the delivery of goods. The potential to use these kind of technologies in emerging markets outside the UAE such as Africa and Asia with large land mass is significant.” Rob Lloyd, CEO, Hyperloop One, said: “This partnership allows us to embrace the innovation of the UAE and to utilise the creativity of DP World, while expanding the variety of use cases for Hyperloop.”