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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.

Ro-Ro sinks and swims in the Mediterranean - 05/23/2014 - Mathieu Bouchard

A contrasting picture for trans-Mediterranean Ro-Ro. East-west routes are developing positively but traffic between Europe and North Africa is decreasing.

Marseille-Tangier: «Maybe next autumn» - 05/23/2014 - Mathieu Bouchard

Marc Grolleau, CEO of Transcargo, which operates in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, and chairman of the AFTRI (French International Road Transport Association), is fighting for the creation of a Ro-Ro link between Marseille and the Moroccan port of Tangier, a project that for him “spells the future”.

Profitability of Ro-Ro lines declines in Algeria - 05/23/2014 - Amal Belkessam, ALGIERS

Foreign shipowners complain about dire waiting times in the port of Mostaganem, which has led to a significant fall in cargo volumes imported by Ro-Ro. Even though the average wait at the port of Oran is 4 hours, the specialisation of Algerian ports is a problem for foreign operators.

LoLo or Ro-Ro: A Strategic choice - 05/22/2014 - Francis Mateo, BARCELONA

Julio Martínez Alarcón has coordinated a comparative study of Ro-Ro (roll on/roll off) and LoLo (lift on/lift off) operating systems. The exhaustive study was carried out for FEPORTS (Port Institute for Studies and Cooperation in the Valencian Region). The report was produced with the support of the European Community as part of the Terconmed project.

Tomatoes: the winning strategy of the Aurora co-operative in Sicily - 04/23/2013 - Christiane Navas

ITALY. Strength through union! Tomato producers in Pachino, Sicily, put this motto into practice when they launched the Aurora cooperative in the 1970s. For the last twelve years it has enabled them to penetrate export markets.

Good international health for Spanish citrus - 04/23/2013 - Francis Mateo, BARCELONA

SPAIN. The Spanish citrus sector is still very competitive internationally, although competition from countries such as Egypt is being more acutely felt, mainly because of the difficulty in finding alternative logistics to road transport.
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