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Maersk Helps in UN Food Saving Initiative

Maersk Container Industry has joined the United Nations' SAVE FOOD Initiative to help make international food logistics more efficient. "Food should not be wasted, but too often it is, and we believe our technologies can help improve the food logistics chain," says Peter K. Nymand, CEO of Maersk Container Industry, MCI. Robert van Otterdijk, team leader in SAVE FOOD, says: "Using appropriate refrigeration technology to improve storage and transport conditions for harvested food can have a significant impact on reducing food losses and waste." The UN food organization FAO, under which SAVE FOOD is organised, estimates that globally up to 50 % of fruits and vegetables are lost between farm and fork. Transport and distribution may account for between 5% and 20% of the loss depending on the specific region of the world. Technologies like Star Cool CA and AV+ are used to control a refrigeration container's temperature, humidity, air flow and air composition. This enables longer transports and better care for fruits and vegetables. As part of SAVE FOOD, MCI and other companies in the food industry will share expertise. SAVE FOOD sees a benefit from sharing knowledge throughout the food logistics chain where actions in one link invariably affect the next. "Food is lost or wasted in all links of the food value chain, including transport and distribution


APL Outlines Supply Chain Security Plan

On July 7, a supply chain security expert from global container carrier APL outlined practical steps that would help achieve an improvement in the safety of international trade at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Symposium. Focusing on the topic of Total Supply Chain Security, Earl Agron, Vice President of Security for APL, told the high-level audience of government, military and industry leaders in Singapore that the five key steps that would help improve supply chain security


Shipping Groups: A Need For Better Policing

The eight main shipping organizations said they have agreed the need to set up better self-policing and accident investigation procedures after the Erika pollution incident off France. A working group to review links in the chain of responsibility to prevent disasters like the Erika will be set up, the shipping organizations said. The 25 year old tanker Erika broke in two off France last December causing massive pollution to western French beaches after it spilled about 10


FastShip And Schneider Partner Up

FastShip has come to an agreement for international transportation and logistics provider Schneider International to provide three major services to support the FastShip transportation network. The company is formulating a high-speed, transatlantic service linking the middle of Europe to the mid-U.S. The agreement calls for Schneider National, operating through logistics subsidiaries, to act as the North American third party logistics provider


Op/Ed: Supply Chain Hindered by Cumbersome Regulation

Ron Atapattu, Founder & CEO, Overseas Cargo, Inc. (ShipOCI)

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), which has always been a valuable resource in supply chain management, announced the formation of a Supply Chain Innovations Teams that will develop commercial solutions to supply chain challenges and related port congestion concerns, which have been an issue in the industry for quite some time. Although I believe that the FMC has made a great impact on the logistics industry, especially supply chain management


Subsea Cables Demand Good News for Supply Sector

More than 1,100 new submarine electricity cable systems are planned from 2012 to 2020, according to a new market research report. The small and highly specialized high-voltage submarine cable market is expected to see significant growth in the coming years. National governments and regional organizations are accelerating efforts to build offshore renewable power generation facilities, link remote landmasses, and interconnect their national grids


Lankofirst Debuts Fiber Rope Connector for Deepwater Mooring

Lankhorst Ropes Offshore Division (LROD) announced the latest results of offshore trials of its Lankofirst synthetic fiber rope mooring connector on booth 1517 at OTC 2013. The trials have shown a significant reduction in mooring line deployment times and improvements in health and safety using the Lankofirst connector, compared with traditional mooring line plate links and thimbles. The Lankhorst booth will also feature the ultra-low creep HMPE mooring rope made with Dyneema for permanent


China denies naval snub for Japan over fleet review

China's navy on Tuesday denied, in a roundabout way, that it snubbed Japan by not inviting it to join in a naval fleet review as part of an international symposium, saying the two events had never been linked in the first place. U.S. officials have said the United States was invited to join the parade of ships as part of activities linked to the Western Pacific Naval Symposium, which is being held this month in Qingdao, an eastern port city.


New ISSA President: Innovation, Cooperation Are Top Priotities

Abdul Hameed Hajah (Photo courtesy: ISSA)

The new President of the International Shipsuppliers & Services Association (ISSA), Abdul Hameed Hajah, has outlined his priorities for the year ahead with innovation and cross industry cooperation sitting at the top of his agenda. Hajah, who officially took over as President of ISSA on January 1, has highlighted innovation and improved productivity in the supply chain as key processes in the efficient management of today’s ships


Report Reveals Missing Value Link Offshore

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A recent survey conducted by Trelleborg’s offshore operation paints a positive industry outlook with decision makers taking a long term ‘value-add’ view. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) rated product quality, responsiveness and skills above cost as the most important supplier attributes. In fact, only 4 percent cited cost as a primary driver in determining preferred partners. However, there is a missing value link


Thyssenkrupp Wins Qatar Integrated Rail Project

Image: Thyssenkrupp AG

 Thyssenkrupp has been awarded a contract to manufacture, supply, install and maintain more than 500 elevators and escalators for Doha’s metro network, a part of the Qatar Integrated Rail Project.    The metro network in Qatar’s capital will consist of four lines: Red


APL Strengthens Asia-Europe Service Network

The new Service.

APL today announced the launch of a new weekly service - the India Pakistan Europe (IPE) Service, directly connecting the key South Asian markets of India and Pakistan to major ports in Europe. The new IPE service builds on APL’s strong market presence and local expertise in India and


Monjasa Bags Credit Facility from Société Générale

Photo: Monjasa Group

 Danish bunker fuel supplier and shipping firm Monjasa has signed a credit facility with French bank Société Générale for USD 80 million.    A statement from the company says credit facility is already operational


Lerwick Port Launches Latest VMS

Lerwick Port Authoritys new control room Photo Lerwick port

Lerwick Port Authority have inaugurated a new Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) which utilises the latest technology to improve the handling of ship movements at the busy Shetland port. Transas, a world-leader in providing harmonised integrated solutions to the maritime industry


Adani Kattupalli Port Acquires AEO Certificatio

Adani Kattupalli Port Photo Adani

Adani Kattupalli Port Private Ltd (AKPPL), a subsidiary of Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ), India’s largest port developer and operator, has been certified by the Indian Customs in its Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) programme


Has the Link between OPEC Production and VLCC Rates broken?

Graph: Poten and Partners

 For the tanker market, in particular for VLCCs, increasing Middle East OPEC production is typically a good sign.    Poten and Partners in its Shipbrokers Reports says that does not appear to be the case at this particular moment


India to Establish New Multi Modal Terminal in Varanasi

Image: The official FB Page of Nitin Gadkari

 Indian Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari has layed the foundation stone for a multi-modal terminal at Varanasi.   The phase-I of the multi-modal terminal will be built by AFCONS Infrastructure at an estimated cost of Rs.170 crore and is slated to completed by August 2018.  


Hapag-Lloyd Wins 2016 Ocean Performance Award

Photo:  Hapag-Lloyd

 The GT Nexus Shipper Council, a community group of supply chain executives representing large global enterprises, has recognized Hapag-Lloyd, one of the world's leading container liner shipping companies, as the winner of the 2016 Ocean Performance Award.   


Iran, Russia Rail Link as Rival to Suez Canal

Map: Iran Govt, Tansim

 Russia and Iran plan railway link through Azerbaijan that would aim to grab a share of the cargo now being shipped through the Suez Canal, reports Tasnim.    Russia’s transport minister, Maxim Sokolovm, said Tehran and Moscow are considering establishing a rail link that


US Retail Imports Turn Toward Holiday Season

Port of Savannah (Photo: Georgia Ports Authority)

August should be the busiest month of the year for import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports now that retailers have stocked up for back-to-school and are getting a head start on holiday season merchandise. That’s according to the monthly Global Port Tracker


Los Angeles Port Fellows Program Makes an Impact

Julio Miranda, left, Shelton Shi and Emily Yen Photo Port of Los Angeles

As the maritime industry continues to evolve, the need for developing well-trained, knowledgeable and tech-savvy port leaders of the future has never been greater. Last April, the Port of Los Angeles announced its first-ever Fellows Program


Coastal Contracts Buys Stake in Indonesian LNG Supply Chain

Image: PT. Jaya Samudra Karunia

 Malaysian offshore service provider Coastal Contracts  is tapping into the growing liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply chain in Indonesia with the purchase of a 49% stake in T Jaya Samudra Karunia for US$6.55mil (RM27mil), reports the Star.  


Asia-N.Europe Box Rates Jump 58 pct

File Image: A CMA CGM Containership (Marad)

Freight rates for shipping containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe jumped 58 percent to $1,125 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ending Friday, a person with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


Container-on-barge Returns to Baton Rouge

Photo: Port of Greater Baton Rouge

Container-on-barge services have returned to the Port of Greater Baton Rouge to provide the petrochemical industry with another option to move its products.   Operated by SEACOR AMH, the service transports empty containers by barge into the Port of Greater Baton Rouge and loads them at the


GAIL, Gazprom Renegotiating LNG Deal

Photo: Gazprom

 As weak demand in India forces it to stall some contracted supply, GAIL India Ltd (GAIL) is in talks with Russia's Gazprom to delay and renegotiate a 20-year gas purchase deal undercut by low spot prices, reports Reuters.   GAIL  and Gazprom had earlier signed a deal for two






 
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