Spring is in the air – and slowly but surely we’re beginning to feel it ever more clearly, here in Central Europe. Whilst the plants are only sprouting hesitantly for a start, the same cannot be said of the major container shipping lines.
The French shipping line CMA CGM is the best example thereof. At the beginning of this year it welcomed the 20,766 teu colossus “Antoine de Saint-Exupéry” into its fleet. This ‘big prince’ set the new record for the largest ship to call at Hamburg when it berthed there for the first time. The record may not last all too long, however, as further containerships in this class are set to be launched in the near future. Smaller ships are also gaining ground again in the wake of the ULCVs, however, as editor Jutta Iten describes on page 9.
Spring feelings are dominating relations between Spain and Portugal too. Plans for a new railfreight route between the two Iberian neighbours are gathering speed, as our correspondent Jürg Streuli reports on page 22.
Enjoy the full bouquet of articles in this week’s ITJ!