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USC, Ports Partner to Improve Supply Chain Technology

Redesigning supply networks to operate in the digital economy requires supply chain thought leaders to accelerate the move to enhanced digital capabilities - Image courtesy USC Marshall Center

A strategic partnership with the USC Marshall Center for Global Supply Chain Management aimed at improving the global competitiveness of the nation’s supply chains was signed by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on October 14 at the University Park campus. “Through this new partnership, we hope to encourage ports around the country to increase efficiency by adopting new technologies that will provide more information on the flow of goods to port users and stakeholders,” said Secretary Pritzker. “The ability to move cargo quickly through our ports is critical to national and regional trade, economic growth, and our nation’s overall competitiveness.” The partnership with USC Marshall will allow for collaboration on digitalization of the nation’s supply chains, including applications related to IoT (Internet of Things). The first formal event of the partnership will be the Port Community IT Systems Exhibition and Technology Challenge at USC on Nov. 18-20. The gathering will open with a symposium offering leaders from ports communities and supply chain owner organizations, as well as public policy and academic experts a chance to explore how digital innovations can increase port operating efficiencies and reduce overall supply chain congestion. “The Port of Los Angeles isn't just the nation's leading cargo port—it’s a laboratory for ideas and technologies that show how ports across America can thrive


CEVA Opens European Center of Logistics Excellence

CEVA logo with tagline

  CEVA Logistics, a leading global supply chain management company, today announced the opening of its first Center of Logistics Excellence in Europe. Situated in Ashby de la Zouch, United Kingdom, the opening marks CEVA’s third Center following the launch of Centers in Jacksonville and Singapore. The Centers demonstrate ‘real world’ logistics innovation through supply chain optimization and enhanced visibility


Elemica to Acquire Optimum Logistics

Elemica has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Stolt-Nielsen’s subsidiary Optimum Logistics Ltd. Under the terms of the agreement, Elemica will acquire the full technology platform and the ongoing business operations of Optimum Logistics. Elemica will integrate Optimum's technology into the current Elemica platform to launch a global ground, rail, container, and marine logistics solution for Elemica Network companies and will expand its Network to include logistics service providers


ABF Expands Supply Chain Service to Europe & Turkey

Continuing its strategic expansion abroad, ABF Global Supply Chain Services is now serving Europe and Turkey with ocean transport. The company provides a single contact for full-container-load (FCL) and expedited less-than-container-load (LCL) supply chain solutions. Previously, ABF introduced ocean service for countries throughout Asia, including India. ABF GSCS now operates with offices in Turkey, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium


Supply Chain & Logistics Excellence Awards A Big Hit

Recipents of SCALE Awards

CII-Institute of Logistics, as a part of its continuous endeavor in driving excellence and enable in sharing best practices in logistics and supply chain management organized the maiden Supply Chain And Logistics Excellence (SCALE) Awards on 21 & 22 May 2014 at Mumbai.  The Award comprised 10 categories in logistics service industry and 4 in user industry.  Awards list enclosed.  R Dinesh, Chairman, CII Institute of Logistics Advisory Council


US Leaders Work toward Supply Chain Innovation

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

The Federal Maritime Commission’s (FMC) Supply Chain Innovation Team Initiative, led by Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye, was launched today at FMC headquarters in Washington, D.C.   Over the next two-days, industry leaders from 34 companies will be working in teams with the goal of developing process innovations to improve the reliability, resilience and competitiveness of America’s global supply chain.  


Floating Rail Bridge Between U.S. and Mexico

CG Railway, Inc., located in Mobile, Ala., operates the only rail vessel service in the United States market providing an alternate transportation mode between the U.S. and southern Mexico.   Every four days, CG Railway provides a safe, fast and eco-friendly rail-ferry service transporting all types of rail cars to and from Mobile, Ala. and Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz. CG Railway’s direct service provides competitive rates with fast reliable transit


Titan Refloats the Monongahela

Photo courtesy Titan

Leveraging the strength of Titan's 300-metric ton linear hydraulic pullers, Titan safely refloated the Monongahela, a decommissioned tanker ship on the James River in Virginia last week.   The salvage team, led by Capt. Guy Wood, executed several test pulls on the tanker before last week's successful refloating to verify the holding power of the anchors being used and to help with the determination of refloating calculations


Maersk Line Wins SCA Award

Award presentation: Photo credit SCA

Maersk Line wins 'Shipping Line of the Year' title at Supply Chain Asia (SCA) Logistics Awards 2012 in Singapore. The company was judged best in class among operators in the region – beating other finalists that included APL, Cosco, Hanjin, and Yang Ming. John Corris, Head of Regional Key Client Management, accepted the trophy from SCA on behalf of Maersk Line Asia Pacific Chief Executive Thomas Knudsen. 

“It is an honour for Maersk Line to win such an award


Retailers Applaud Introduction of Port Legislation

Senate bill aims to mitigate impact of labor disputes at America’s ports. In a letter sent today, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) welcomed the introduction of the Protecting Orderly and Responsible Transit of Shipments (PORTS) Act in the U.S Senate. The bill, sponsored by Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), would amend the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to provide state governors a mechanism under federal law to mitigate the destructive impact of port labor disputes on the


Two New SEA\LNG Partners

SEA\LNG, which works to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, has welcomed two new partners, each representing key aspects of the LNG maritime value chain: ABS and Keppel Offshore & Marine’s Gas Technology Development.  


Aker/DNV GL Ink Frame Agreement

Kjell Einar Eriksson Photo DNV GL

Aker BP has awarded a new frame agreement to DNV GL, covering a wide range of safety, verification, inspection and classification services across its installations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The five-year contract, which includes options for extension


Steel Handling Facility for London Thamesport

London Thamesport and the Armitt Group have signed an agreement for a purpose-built, 120,000 square feet specialist steel handling facility. Pictured at the signing are (l to r) Nicholas Marshall, Commercial Director Armitt, Clemence Cheng, Managing Director Hutchison Ports Europe (seated), Allan Seedhouse, Director Armitt, Charles Gray, Managing Director Armitt (seated), Mark Taylor, Director, Hutchison Logistics (UK) Photo  Hutchison Ports)

London Thamesport has signed an agreement with UK shipping agent and logistics company The Armitt Group for a purpose-built, 120,000 square feet specialist steel handling facility at the Kent port.   Construction of the first phase of 60,000 square feet is well underway


Industry to Prevent Shipping of Counterfeit Goods

Brand owners and representatives from the international shipping industry have joined forces in signing an historic declaration of intent aimed at preventing the maritime transport of counterfeit goods. Leaders from global shipping firms, freight forwarders


Charter Owners, Operators Confront Container Market’s ‘Great Divergence’

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

The latest Container Shipping Forecaster from Maritime Strategies International highlights the contrasting fortunes of liner operators and tonnage providers.   The entire container shipping industry remains under significant pressure. Whilst freight rates have improved marginally from the


Adani Ports Organize Trade Meet in Rajkot

Shahzad Athar, GM, APSEZ - Container Marketing, addressing the audience, Photo APSEZ

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ), India’s largest port developer and operator’s, container terminal, Mundra, recently organized a trade meet at Rajkot with the intent of showcasing the capabilities of Mundra Port and recent developments thereat, to their stakeholders.


COSCO Shipping, DEME Signs Umbrella Agreement

Photo: DEME

 The Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME and COSCO Shipping - the largest shipping company in the world - will work closely on the development of offshore wind energy in China.    The umbrella agreement was signed today in the presence of Belgian


DNV GL Debuts Tool to Support Wider Adoption of LNG as Fuel

Fitness for purpose of LNG - New tool helps overcome quality issues and protect engines by calculating the PKI methane number

New easy-to-use calculator helps overcome quality issues and protect engines European Autumn Gas Conference, The Hague: Greater use of LNG as fuel would reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases, but barriers remain to its widespread adoption


Hawes Joins TMG

Kevin Hawes  (Photo: TMG)

Kevin Hawes has started at  Seattle-based maritime services company and consultancy The Maritime Group (TMG) International Ltd., as Business Development Manager and Senior Consultant. Based at TMG’s London office at Victoria Embankment


Long Beach Volumes Dip on Hanjin Fallout

File photo: Port of Long Beach

October container volumes were down 6.2 percent at the Port of Long Beach compared to the same month last year, as the fallout from the Hanjin bankruptcy continues to settle. According to the port, a total of 581,808 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) moved through docks last month


Port of LA and GE Transportation to Digitize Shipping

Photo: GE

 The Port of Los Angeles and GE Transportation are partnering to digitize maritime shipping to help goods reach consumers faster.   First-of-its-kind port information portal delivers fast, data-driven insights to enhance maritime supply chain performance and better serve ultra-large


Indiana Logistics Summit - a Big Draw

Nearly 500 people attended the 14th Indiana Logistics Summit Photo Ports of Indiana

Nearly 500 people descended upon the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis Nov. 16-17 during the 14th annual Indiana Logistics Summit to hear over 20 speakers discuss global logistics issues and their impacts on the regional economy. "Global Connections" was the theme and attendees


Seattle and Tacoma Report Strong October Box Volumes

Port of Seattle image by Don Wilson

The ports of Seattle and Tacoma reported October full load import and export volumes that were the strongest for the month since 2012. Year to date, imports and exports for October continue to support a strong peak season for the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA)


E-business in Forwarding - Threats and Opportunities

Image: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 In this white paper, Drewry consultants investigate the drivers behind the accelerating use of new e-business models and online platforms in international shipping transactions and assess the implications for freight forwarders, ocean carriers and those investing in the technology and


Gibdock Welcomes Back Thomson Majesty

Thomson Majesty (Photo: Gibdock)

A familiar cruise ship visitor has returned to Gibdock, with the Gibraltar yard undertaking exacting repair and renewal work on Thomson Majesty, the Thomson-operated luxury vessel owned by Louis Cruises.   The project involved two weeks in Gibdock’s No






 
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