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A high speed rail connection for new ports at Ashdod and Eilat - 04/24/2015 - Hélène Lesman, in JERUSALEM

ISRAEL. Israel will soon have new ports at Eilat on the Red Sea and Ashdod on the Mediterranean. To facilitate the transport of freight, a high speed railway line will connect the two seas.

Algeciras aims to defend its title as the “Port of the Mediterranean” - 04/24/2015 - Francis Matéo, in BARCELONA

SPAIN. The Port of Algeciras aims to maintain its leading position in goods handling in the Mediterranean by reaching 100 million tonnes this year.

The Port of Barcelona looks ahead to 2020 - 04/24/2015 - Francis Matéo, in BARCELONA

SPAIN. The Port of Barcelona aims to improve road and rail access in a bid to increase goods traffic by 50% thanks to scheduled investments in cooperation with the local government (Generalitat of Catalonia) and the state (Ministry of Equipment).

Ro-ro traffic gets a boost in Marseille thanks to higher volume container flows - 04/24/2015 - Caroline Garcia, MARSEILLE

FRANCE. Marseille is banking on container shipping to regain its position as the leading port in the Mediterranean. These investments will also benefit ro-ro services.

The Port of Patras will be linked to the Greek railway network by 2020 - 04/24/2015 - Angélique Kourounis et Thomas Iacobi, in ATHENS

GREECE. Athens aims to open up the country via modernisation of its ports and road and railway networks. Priority will be given to infrastructures connecting ro-ro services to railway lines and the Port of Patras should be the first to benefit by 2020.

Portugal banks on ro-ro services to strengthen its links to Europe - 04/24/2015 - Marie-Line Darcy, in LISBON

PORTUGAL. The port of Leixões near Porto hopes to become less peripheral in Europe by developing ro-ro services thanks to a 26m-long ramp and a 310m-long quay.

Development of the port of Rijeka continues thanks to the “Gateway Projekt” - 04/24/2015 - Giovanni Vale, in ZAGREB

CROATIA. Since 2003, almost €190 million has been invested in Rijika, Croatia’s largest port, to boost its competitiveness and link it the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). A further €31 million has been allocated for 2015.

Southern Europe is banking on container shipping to boost ro-ro - 04/24/2015 - Caroline Garcia, MARSEILLE

MEDITERRANEAN. Ports in southern Europe are working hard to lure container traffic from Anvers and Rotterdam. An increase in ro-ro traffic could follow in its wake.

BCL creates new innovations between the Balearics and the Iberian peninsular - 05/23/2014 - Francis Matéo, BARCELONA

Balear Container Lines aims to establish itself by proposing a new “made to measure” logistics model

Grimaldi Lines' Just In Time (JIT) strategy - 05/23/2014 - Francis Mateo, BARCELONA

Grimaldi Lines is focusing heavily on the development of its ro-ro services from Spain since this mode of transport enables regular services that are better adapted to its freight customers' Just in Time strategy. The shipping company is preparing for a rise in demand from its two home ports of Barcelona and Valencia, particularly if Spanish exports remain strong. Interview with Mario Masserotti, Adviser Representative of Grimaldi Group in Spain.

“We hope to be given the same berthing priority as ships flying the Algerian flag” - 05/23/2014 - Amal Belkessam, ALGIERS

Like other operators working in Algeria, Amal Louis, Line Manager of Marfret's North Africa services, hopes for recognition of the shipping company's regular Ro-Ro services. The shipping company believes that the use of trailers has not been fully exploited in Algeria due to the difficulties of port passage and the country's weak exports.

Tanger Med redraws the map - 05/23/2014 - Julie Chaudier, CASABLANCA

The building of the Tanger Med port might seem to have had little impact on ferry traffic to Morocco. However, even if the number of vessels passing through the new facility remains limited, the port's potential for Ro-Ro traffic competes with the port of Casablanca.

Italian ports open new maritime routes - 05/23/2014 - Ariel F.Dumont, Roma

Italian ports are attempting to thwart the crisis hitting the sector with full force by opening new maritime routes, notably to North Africa. Now is the time for partnerships, especially with Algeria.
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