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    1. April 4, 2012

      Old sayings are as baffling as grammatical gymnastics

      From Mr Robert Wright. Sir, After almost 15 years of working abroad in the Middle East and the Balkans I fully identify and...

    2. March 28, 2012

      Transport: Mini-boom is small relief for shipowners

      At a time when nearly every part of the oil and gas industry has been handsomely profitable, one group over the past year...

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    1. March 19, 2012

      Transport choices: New trains of thought on freight modes

      The textile factories that cluster along the roads on the outskirts of Nantong, in China’s Yangtze River Delta, came to the...

    2. March 19, 2012

      Risk analysis: Continuity planning is strengthened

      When a vast salty wall of water crashed ashore along hundreds of kilometres of Japan’s north-eastern coast on March 11 last...

    3. March 19, 2012

      Slow boats from China – and other locations

      As the APL Jade edges away from the wharf at the South Florida Container Terminal in the Port of Miami, it maintains a speed...

    4. February 13, 2012

      Signs of cargo’s woes fill desert

      The Mojave desert in the US south-west might seem a strange place to look for the effects of the eurozone’s economic crisis....

    5. January 24, 2012

      Supply chain: Tsunami, floods and storms move logistics up the agenda

      When a tsunami triggered by a vast earthquake crashed over sea walls on Japan’s east coast on March 11 last year, some tiny...

    6. December 21, 2011

      Shipping: hard astern

      In May 2004, a queue of barges began forming in a windswept corner of the port of Antwerp. The terminals further up the...

    7. December 14, 2011

      Ports: Terminals struggle to keep pace with trade

      As modern container ships enter the port of Tema, west of Accra, they pass, unnoticed by most of the crew, a series of...

    8. December 2, 2011

      Transport: Wave of enthusiasm for liquefied gas sweeps shipowners

      In the middle of the past decade, there were few surer ways to earn a sneer from a traditional oil tanker executive such as...

    9. November 22, 2011

      Railways: Difficulty making the right connections

      Colonial-era films of Nigeria’s ports, even some relatively minor facilities, such as Burutu in the Niger delta, feature one...

    10. November 22, 2011

      Road haulage: No choice but to play a waiting game

      Godwin Ajani stands by the cab of his truck in the queue to deliver his container and complains bitterly. His trip, to Lagos...

    11. September 28, 2011

      Sea routes: New flows bring change in direction

      When Hosni Mubarak’s government first came under serious pressure from protesters this year, it awakened disturbing memories...

    12. September 28, 2011

      Somalia: Pirates add billions to the cost of world trade

      When Somali pirates crept aboard the Irene SL and took control of the Greek-owned oil tanker at about 7.30 in the morning of...

    13. August 14, 2011

      Rail chief prepares for the long haul

      If Matt Rose, chief executive of the second-biggest railroad network in the US, felt a little intimidated by the...

    14. June 27, 2011

      Bosphorus canal: Questions raised over a ‘crazy but magnificent’ project

      The steel hulls of the oil tankers, container ships and other vessels passing Istanbul’s Dolmabahçe Palace contrast starkly...

    15. April 26, 2011

      Transport outlay: China demand drives road and rail traffic

      The paintshop at General in Erie, Pennsylvania, has recently seen a growing variety of work. Alongside the familiar colours...

    16. April 26, 2011

      Ports: Container traffic brings new problems

      Until last year, container ships calling at Callao, Peru’s main port had to load and unload by processes that would be...

    17. April 17, 2011

      The job: Project archaeologist

      Jay Carver, Crossrail The Crossrail cross-London rail project undertakes to put in place an archaeology programme that...

    18. April 8, 2011

      Cities look to reduce use of cars

      The stream of traffic that pours noisily down Sheikh Zayed road on a weekday evening is a powerful reminder of the challenge...

    19. March 11, 2011

      Container shipping: Lessons in navigation yet to be put to the test

      The empty, idle container ships that started to fill sheltered bays and unused wharves during 2009 were powerful symbols of...

    20. January 25, 2011

      Shipping: Emphasis shifts from speed to reliability

      Cranes pointing idly into the sky have been a highly visible sign of the world trade downturn in many big container ports....

    21. January 25, 2011

      ECT: Well-run systems are central to success

      When ECT, one of Europe’s biggest container terminal operations, introduced a new computer system in May 2006, it should...

    22. December 22, 2010

      Traffic: Into reverse

      Taking a toll: though London’s traffic-charging scheme has cut congestion by 14 per cent in the west-central area of the...

    23. December 22, 2010

      Heathrow service improves

      An estimated 70 per cent of scheduled flights managed to depart Heathrow on Wednesday as the airport struggled to get back...

    24. September 7, 2010

      Policy shift: cities invest in public transport

      Sky train: Dubai, which has little history of public transport, opened its metro system last year When Foster + Partners,...

    25. September 7, 2010

      Singapore’s transport system sets the pace

      There are few cities in the world whose transport systems are so well run that they are reminiscent of a scene from a...

    26. August 13, 2010

      All change for ‘next phase’ on railways

      By Robert WrightWhen Iain Coucher announced in June that he was stepping down as chief executive of Network Rail, the...

    27. June 28, 2010

      London mayor in Tube pledge

      London's mayor has promised a "new era" for the capital's underground system after his transport organisation took over the...

    28. June 24, 2010

      Tube staff strike on three lines

      Staff responsible for maintenance work on three of London's busiest underground lines were last night set to start 48 hours...

    29. June 23, 2010

      Fuel duty relief for motorists

      Motoring organisations expressed relief that the Budget included no further increases on top of those announced in March's...

    30. June 15, 2010

      Rail growth rates 'unsustainable'

      Recent growth rates in the railway industry will be "unsustainable" if the sector's costs remain as high as at present, the...

    31. June 11, 2010

      Hammond blocks scores of local transport plans

      Local authorities around England have been told to stop spending on scores of transport projects approved under the previous...

    32. June 7, 2010

      Roads polarise experts and MPs

      One issue that unites almost all British transport economists - and distances them from most politicians - is their view...

    33. May 28, 2010

      Sale sharpens Maersk focus

      The sale of Netto's UK operations is the latest in a series of transactions Nils Andersen has undertaken to sharpen AP...

    34. May 28, 2010

      Maersk to stay in retailing

      The sale of Netto's UK operations is the latest in a series of transactions Nils Andersen has undertaken to sharpen AP...

    35. May 25, 2010

      Congestion charge set to rise to £10

      The daily charge for driving in central London looks set to increase 25 per cent under a package of measures aimed at...

    36. May 22, 2010

      Tube upgrade deal attacked

      Upgrade work on a key Tube line could have been delayed by up to a decade if the system's public-private partnership deal...

    37. May 18, 2010

      Can trams and trains bring express relief?

      A TGV train in Marseilles, France: high-speed rail connections are widely credited with regenerating cities worldwide The...

    38. May 6, 2010

      RATP seals deals across Europe

      The main public transport operator in Paris will acquire a number of operations around Europe in a deal to finalise a merger...

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