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PRIVATE cash is flowing into Indian ports as investors look to stable returns over the long-term writes Ramadas Rao in Singapore.

THE British government's initiative to kick-start the economy, by offering a new “UK Guarantees” scheme offers an investment basis for pension fund and bond financing for up to £40bn of infrastructure projects analysts said on Wednesday.

ASCIANO, Australia’s leading port operator has announced plans to axe half its Sydney workforce as it expands and automates its Port Botany container terminal.

BARCELONA Container Terminal Group (TCB) has unveiled expansion plans to enlarge its Barcelona container facility by 24 hectares to 81 hectares by mid-2013.

IT may be a relatively lesser known project, but if all plans flow as well as they currently are, Nargol port in India near Mumbai, will soon become one of the world’s largest greenfield high-tech automated ports.

GUJARAT Pipavav Port Limited of India has raised fresh capital to the tune of Rs3.5 billion (US$63.5M), the company stated on Monday.

THE UK ports industry welcomed on Monday  the government’s £9.4bn ($14.3bn) rail upgrade package aimed at establishing a faster, low-carbon rail network.

PSA Singapore Terminals is stepping up its investment in automation technologies by developing automated guided vehicle (AGV) prototypes that will operate on a 24/7 basis at its future container terminals.

Rather than wrangle on grounds of nationality to gain power, local players in Italy should use their democratic right to try to ensure decision-making over who governs ports is taken locally.

Spain’s Minister of Public Works has ruled out a move to introduce a toll on containers at Barcelona port to help finance key road and rail access points to Hutchison Port Holdings Muelle Prat.

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