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Project to boost cargo handling at Ohio River shipping port

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Work could start this summer on a £17 million project aimed at boosting how much cargo can be handled at one of Indiana’s Ohio River shipping ports. Plans for the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville include a new barge loading facility, some 2,000 feet of additional railway and another loading facility for trucks and trains.

Port director Jeff Miles tells the News and Tribune[1] the project will help load and unload cargo as expeditiously and cost effectively as possible. Miles says he hopes the expansion will boost the businesses already established there and help lead to projects filling its roughly 300 acres of available land.

Money for the port project is coming from a £10 million federal grant and £7 from Indiana’s port agency and private investors.


Information from: News and Tribune, Jeffersonville, Ind., http://www.newsandtribune.com[2]


  1. ^ tells the News and Tribune (www.newsandtribune.com)
  2. ^ http://www.newsandtribune.com (www.newsandtribune.com)

Mercedes-Benz launches UK limited edition Actros1, the ultimate driver’s truck

Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK has unveiled an exclusive new model which elevates driver appeal to a new level. A maximum of 100 Actros1 tractor units are being built and go on sale in March, loaded with optional technology, comfort features and visual enhancements. The eye-catching newcomer has been designed specifically for owner-drivers.

However, the Actros1 name reflects the fact that it is also destined to become the ‘number one’ vehicle in fleets run by family-owned, long-distance hauliers that choose highly specified trucks, and larger operators seeking a flagship vehicle, perhaps to incentivise and reward staff. Based on the 6×2 chassis with range-topping GigaSpace cab, Actros1 comes in either distinctive black or silver/black colour schemes. Most customers are likely to choose the 2563LS variant with mighty 460 kW (625 hp) version of the state-of-the-art OM473 15.6-litre, six-cylinder engine, but the 2553LS model with second-generation 12.8-litre OM471 with 390 kW (530 hp) output is also available as a highly fuel-efficient alternative.

Actros1 showcases Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ technological leadership. As well as a Safety Pack that includes the ground-breaking Active Brake Assist 4 and Proximity Control Assist systems, and a driver’s airbag, it comes with a high-performance engine brake and tyre pressure monitor.

Meanwhile, fuel efficiency is enhanced by the well-proven Predictive Powertrain Control system and Fleetboard telematics hardware. The vehicle also comes with revolutionary Mercedes-Benz Uptime maintenance technology. Thanks to an array of sensors which monitor the condition of the vehicle constantly, the customer’s allocated Dealer knows precisely what is required before the truck reaches the workshop and can order parts in advance while allocating sufficient time during a single visit to complete all tasks.

Inside, the luxurious Style Line interior design is complemented by a leather-trimmed steering wheel and Comfort leather massage seats for driver and co-driver, an uprated multimedia entertainment system and a Premium Comfort mattress. Practical features such as automatic climate control, an electric sunroof and sunblind, a microwave and pull-out refrigerator, and rear overhead lockers also contribute to the ‘feel-good factor’ for drivers. The Actros1 logo appears on cab and door plaques, and serves as a constant reminder to drivers – as if one were needed – that this is a truck like no other.

Colour-coded mats and bed linen are also included. Externally, the specification includes painted side guards and catwalks, Alcoa Dura-Bright alloy wheels (wider than standard at the front) with painted hubs, and roof-mounted air horns. Bi-xenon headlamps, LED tail lights and an illuminated grille-mounted star complete the striking look.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks Marketing Communications Manager Ben Grayson declared: “Actros1 brings together the very best Mercedes-Benz has to offer in terms of performance, comfort, safety, economy and maximised use, in a stunningly designed package which will make it the envy of every other driver on the road. “With this exciting new model we’re laying down a marker which says that we intend to get even closer to drivers. We’re determined to ensure that for those who’ve previously favoured other brands, a vehicle bearing the three-pointed star is now at the top of their ‘wish list’.”

Ben added: “Actros1 has been crafted from start to finish with the driver in mind and, with a maximum of 100 being built, demand is sure to be strong from discerning customers who desire the ultimate in premium exclusivity.”



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Essar Shipping set to double cargo tonnage to 30 MT by 2020

Essar Shipping Ltd (ESL), which had handled 13.06 MT cargo in the previous financial year and registered 28 per cent growth in total cargo tonnage in the third quarter of 2017-18, is all set to double cargo tonnage to 30 million tonne (MT) by 2019-20, said a company official. Essar Shipping operates a fleet of 13 ships of mostly bulk carriers, comprising one capesize, six mini capesizes, one panamax, two supramaxes, two handymaxes as well as one very large crude carrier. The average age of the company’s vessels is 10.5 years.

The 13-vessel fleet grew capacity utilisation to 94 per cent from 80 per cent in the previous fiscal, the company statement said. “The company is set to increase capacity from 15 MT to 30 MT by 2019-20 with increase in handling tonnage and higher operational efficiency,” Essar Shipping Executive Director & CEO Ranjit Singh said. He, however, he did not provide investment figures.

It said the primary goal and focus for the coming years will be on third party engagement which it aims to increase to 50 per cent by 2020. The company is weighing up plans to expand and diversify the fleet by acquiring a panamax size bulk carrier, a medium range oil tanker, and a Suezmax carrier. Moreover, Essar Shipping has four new ships on order which are scheduled for delivery by 2020, the statement said.

It said increasing the third party tonnage could drive the company?s growth, thereby raising third party cargo handling from the current 30 per cent of the total to 50 per cent. According to Essar Shipping Executive Director & CEO, “I am positive about both the dry bulk market and liquid market picking up in the coming years and we will look at investments if the opportunity is right. We will also look at exploring business opportunities in the sub-continental region and leveraging assets for captive and third-party cargo.”

“Minimal ballast operations, and business diversification, including an opportunity to work with Ultra LNG Project, are on top of the agenda,” Singh added.

(With Agency Inputs)