Opening Soon: Germans Race to Capture the Iranian Market

Opening Soon: Germans Race to Capture the Iranian Market

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 30, 2015

Ahead of the planned lifting of Western sanctions against Iran, businessmen from around the world are visiting the country, and as one group from Germany discovered, there is no shortage of opportunities. By Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

Smoking Ban: Shipping Shifts to Cleaner Fuel

Smoking Ban: Shipping Shifts to Cleaner Fuel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 16, 2013

Starting next year, ships fueled only with heavy oil will no longer be allowed to sail Europe's North and Baltic seas. But cleaner alternatives are costly. Liquid natural gas could be the solution. By Christian Wüst more... Comment ]


Risky Renovations: Kiel Canal Overhaul Threatens Hamburg Port

Risky Renovations: Kiel Canal Overhaul Threatens Hamburg Port

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 06, 2013

The Kiel Canal has long kept the Port of Hamburg alive, providing Germany's biggest port with a direct link to countries further east. Now, though, a massive overhaul of the waterway could prompt shipowners to switch to rival terminals. By Christian Wüst more... Comment ]

The Shipwreck and the Lorelei: Traffic Remains Blocked after Rhine Tanker Accident

The Shipwreck and the Lorelei: Traffic Remains Blocked after Rhine Tanker Accident

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 19, 2011

Nearly a week after a tanker carrying sulfuric acid capsized in a picturesque bend of the Rhine, commercial traffic on the river remains at a standstill. Two of the ship's four crew members are still missing. By Mary Beth Warner more... Comment ]


The World from Berlin: 'How Can Foul Weather Throw Germany Off its Rhythm?'

The World from Berlin: 'How Can Foul Weather Throw Germany Off its Rhythm?'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 22, 2010

The recent snow chaos in Germany has made headlines around the world and caused locals to ask: When did German transportation systems stop being efficient? Or are Germans simply spoilt by swift, uncomplicated travel? Newspaper commentators wonder what's happened to the country. more...

Hooked: Somali Piracy Is a Problem for the World

Hooked: Somali Piracy Is a Problem for the World

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 23, 2010

Ten Somalis are facing a Hamburg court as Germany holds its first piracy trial in centuries. They are almost certain to be convicted, but any legal victory for the German authorities will be purely symbolic. Off the coast of Somalia, piracy is becoming ever more sophisticated, with ransoms growing and ambushes getting more audacious. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


German Security Lapse: Communications Error Enabled Explosive Package To Go Unchecked

German Security Lapse: Communications Error Enabled Explosive Package To Go Unchecked

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 11, 2010

German customs officials wanted to search last week's package containing a bomb from Yemen, but it had left the country by the time the paperwork arrived. According to information obtained by SPIEGEL ONLINE, a communications breakdown enabled the explosive to pass through Germany without security checks. By Jörg Diehl and Matthias Gebauer more...

The Security Gaps in Air Freight: Can UPS, FedEx and other Logistics Firms Beat the Terrorists?

The Security Gaps in Air Freight: Can UPS, FedEx and other Logistics Firms Beat the Terrorists?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 11, 2010

The package bombs sent by al-Qaida and Greek terrorists reveal embarrassing security gaps in the air freight business. Some say modern imaging technology isn't enough. Besides, many shipments are loaded onto aircraft without undergoing any security screening at all. By Gerald Traufetter and Andreas Ulrich more... Comment ]


The Terror Threat in Europe: Germany Considers Blacklist for Airports with Lax Cargo Security

The Terror Threat in Europe: Germany Considers Blacklist for Airports with Lax Cargo Security

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2010

There are growing signs that al-Qaida will try to strike in Europe. The bombs from Yemen show how dangerous the terrorist organization remains today. The German government is pushing for a massive expansion of cargo inspections, and it is clear that things will never be the same again for freight traffic. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Breakthrough Under the Alps: Switzerland Celebrates Longest Tunnel in the World

Breakthrough Under the Alps: Switzerland Celebrates Longest Tunnel in the World

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2010

Workers and dignitaries alike erupted into cheers on Friday as the final bits of rock gave way in the Gotthard Base Tunnel deep beneath the Alps. The tunnel is now the longest in the world, and is the new pride of Switzerland. more...