More consolidations in Asian container sector

Three big Japanese carriers – Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) announced their container business merger in later half of 2016.  The $ 2.9 billion Ocean Network Express with capacity of 1.4 million TEU was born. Capacity equals approx. 7 % of global TEU capacity. According

Olympic Spirit and new sanctions

February has been busy time here in Korean peninsula! Olympic city Pyeongchang was intentionally misspelled as PyeongChang trying to avoid confusion of Olympics being held in North Korean capital. International Olympic Committee made exemptions to its own rules in order to allow North Korean athletes to participate more. IOC president Thomas Bach was portraying himself

Bitcoin and real use cases?

Bitcoin is often portrayed as crypto currency that is good for nothing but shady and illegal transactions among dishonest parties. Illegal goods being delivered against payment with untraceable and uncontrollable currency, Bitcoin. Ironically, for these exact reasons, intractability and independency from banks and government regulations Bitcoin can, according to Bitcoin supporters, be helpful for people

Upcoming year 2018

It is again the time of the year when everybody is planning and making promises for the new year. Especially rapidly changing shipping industry would appreciate some concrete knowledge about future. Something to base your plans for next year on. Such knowledge however is very rarely available. All we can do is guess: We have

Dry bulk to China

There are two types of ships sailing the high seas that beat all others in terms of size: Capesize bulk carriers and ULCC oil tankers. Neither of the two can fit through Suez or Panama Canals. Long distances and only single product as a cargo: coal/iron ore or oil. Let us take a closer look

Northern Sea Route – Expectations and realities

Sea route starts from Northern coast of Norway, along the Siberian coast and turns south before Alaska. Northern Sea Route (NSR). From Rotterdam to Yokohama 40% distance compared to via Mediterranean and Suez Canal. Global warming and shrinking arctic ice, NSR is soon open. Newspapers and headlines are preparing us for the scenario where majority

Low-carbon transport chain from mill to port

In future, electric trucks and electricity-driven work machines will cut the CO2 emissions in product transport chains. How much? At what price? When? These are some of the questions to which Steveco intends to find answers in collaboration with research partners. The trend is clear. Customers are more and more interested in how products have

Co-operation between Steveco, Binderholz and VR Transpoint to boost exports of sawn timber

Steveco and VR Transpoint have devised a comprehensive logistics chain for the export transport of sawn timber. The goods delivered from Binderholz’s sawmills operating in Lieksa and Nurmes in Eastern Finland will be concentrated into effective rail carriage to the ports in Kotka and Hamina. The logistics chain from the sawmills to the ship will

Loading Azipods requires professional skill 

Written by Martti Linna A great many large, heavy products are manufactured in Finland and transported by sea to locations around the world. That includes Azipod propellers, manufactured by ABB’s marine industry business and shipped via the Port of Hamina to destinations that span the globe. As an expert in transportation logistics, Steveco is an

Automatic for the People

Finnish Transport Safety Agency Trafi published new traffic safety and environmental impact reports at the end of September. The reports take a look at the state of aviation, maritime, rail and road in Finland and elsewhere. One of the most interesting themes is the spreading of automation on the roads. As various automatic, driver-supporting systems