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POLB Named Best in N. America

The Port of Long Beach earned “Best Seaport in North America” honors at the 2013 Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards in Beijing. The 2013 Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards recently hosted in Beijing by the Cargonews Asia shipping trade publication, witnessed the 16th win in the past 18 years for Long Beach. The award recognizes the best ports as judged by importers, exporters, and logistics and supply chain professionals. "We deeply appreciate this recognition, which comes from members of the supply chain industry,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director J. Christopher Lytle. "We will continue to work hard to improve our Port from top to bottom, from terminals, channels and bridges to customer service. We thank our customers, the Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards and Cargonews Asia for this honor.” The annual Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards, known informally as the “Shippers' Choice” awards, are based on an annual poll of thousands of professionals in freight transportation services. This year’s event was the 27th annual AFSCA awards. It is a highly regarded distinction in the industry. Awards also are given in many categories, including best shipping lines, container terminals, air cargo terminals, airports and rail haulers.

Board Game Seeks to Transform Supply Chain Learning

Pat Smedley & Andy Page

Three years after its inception, today sees the official launch of an innovative new board game designed to teach young people of all ages about the importance of today’s supply chain in global commerce. The game - Business on the Move - aims to inspire, excite and educate young people from the age of 9 to 19 and beyond. The aim of the game is for players to move different products from China to their U.K. customers by land, sea and air, as quickly

Decom North Sea Helps Supply Chain Companies

Brian Nixon chief executive Decom North Sea at Aberdeen Harbour. Photo courtesy ThinkPR(Scotland) Ltd

An industry body set up to ensure businesses are ready to secure opportunities from decommissioning work over the coming years will shortly launch a major mapping exercise to help the supply chain benefit from the $38.6b to $46.3b of North Sea work forecast for the future.  The work by Decom North Sea will help promote the capability and capacity of the North Sea supply chain for decommissioning projects, as well as showcasing supply chain companies and their individual expertise and

Stewart, Wilson Promoted by Northrop Grumman NNS

Northrop Grumman Corporation's Newport News sector announced two promotions. Becky Stewart is promoted to vice president, Surface Ship and Submarine Fleet Maintenance and Veasey Wilson is promoted to vice president, Supply Chain Management. Stewart, who previously served as director for Surface Ship and Submarine Fleet Maintenance, is responsible for all aspects of naval and commercial surface ship and submarine fleet maintenance from pre-contract through delivery.

CEVA Wins Best Green Logistics Operator Award


  CEVA Logistics, a leading global supply chain management company, was awarded the Best Green Logistics Operator award at the 28th Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards (AFSCA) held in Shanghai recently. The annual awards organized by Cargonews Asia are designed to honor leading organizations for demonstrating leadership as well as consistency in service quality, innovation, customer relationship management and reliability.

London Gateway Will Add Value to Supply Chain

DP World’s London Gateway, the U.K.’s new deep-sea port and Europe’s largest logistics park opening in Q4 this year, will prove that ports add value to the supply chain, delegates to the 11th annual 3PL Summit and Chief Supply Chain Officer Forum in Chicago were told yesterday. Peter Ward, London Gateway supply chain commercial manager, said, “London Gateway is overturning the traditional view that ports add cost, not value

L.A., Long Beach Create Supply Chain Working Groups


  Seeking new supply chain efficiencies, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have announced the creation of working groups focusing on peak operations and terminal optimization to develop ways to strengthen the competitiveness of the San Pedro Bay port complex.   Participants in the issue-specific working groups will be drawn from goods movement industry stakeholders, including shipping lines, cargo owners, labor, railroads, trucking interests, equipment owners and more.

ODU to Offer Undergraduate Major in Maritime Managment

Old Dominion University will offer a new undergraduate major in maritime and supply chain management in the fall of 2006. The major will be the first of its kind in Virginia, and the second in the country, according to school officials. It will be offered as a bachelor of science in the business administration degree program. Students will have to complete courses in business, accounting, economics, marketing, finance, information technology, management and general education classes

New V-P Shipbuilding at HII

Lori Harper: Photo credit HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries appoint new Vice President in Shipbuilding Division HII announce the promotion of Lori Harper to vice president of supply chain management for the company's Ingalls Shipbuilding division. In this capacity, Harper will be responsible for all Gulf Coast supply chain management functions, including sourcing and procurement, inventory control and material operations in support of all Ingalls contracts

Enhanced Security Criteria for Importers

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued enhanced Importer Security Criteria for the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT). The Security Criteria Implementation Plan provides that, effective immediately, importers applying to join C-TPAT must submit a completed, comprehensive security profile with their application. Importers who are already C-TPAT members must harden their physical supply chain within 60 days; adopt enhanced internal supply chain management practices

Epic Gas Secured Credit Facility for 7 Newbuilds

Pic: Epic Gas Ltd.

 Epic Gas Ltd has closed a new USD 120 million post-delivery senior secured credit facility to finance its remaining seven owned vessels under construction.   The facility covers approximately 65% of the contract price of the vessels, and has been closed in partnership with Coordinator

P&I Clubs Welcome Changes on Container Weighing

UK P&I Club, a shipping protection and indemnity mutual insurers, and TT Club, an  international transport, freight and logistics insurance provider, have welcomed the amendment to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on the

AT&T Network Connects Maerskā€™s Reefer Containers

Photo: Maersk

A.P. Moller-Maersk Group has entered an agreement with AT&T to use its Internet of Things (IoT) technology to connect its refrigerated containers. In what is reported to be one of the largest industrial IoT deployments of its kind, Maersk is working with AT&T to track and monitor the

East-West Shippers' Contract Rates Falling -Drewry

Ocean freight rates for cargo moving under contracts on the major East-West routes have seen a sharp reduction since the beginning of the year, according to Drewry’s Benchmarking Club, a closed user group of multinational retailers and manufacturers who closely monitor their contract freight

MHI's Two New Firms Commence Operations

MHI Shipyard, Nagasaki Credit Wiklpedia CCL

  On October 1 two new wholly owned group companies of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) succeeding to MHI's ship construction operations in the Nagasaki district will commence business operations. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shipbuilding Co., Ltd

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

WCI/ICMB Agriculture Video Educates Millions

WCI President Michael J. Toohey

WCI and the Illinois Corn Marketing Board have undertaken a campaign with Google and YouTube to raise public awareness about the critical importance of inland waterways transportation to production agriculture.   The goal of the campaign is to have more than one million people view

Long Beach Port Weighs Options to Enhance Efficiency

Temporary depot closes, creating new opportunities as cargo rises

  The Port of Long Beach today announced plans to seek new ways to use a largely undeveloped 150-acre pier to help move cargo more efficiently as the Port continues to welcome increasing trade. With the looming closure at the end of this month of the temporary storage depot at the

Jebel Ali Port Wins 'Best Seaport' Award

HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman (Photo:  DP World)

Press release - DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port has retained its leadership position by winning the Best Seaport – Middle East Award for the 21st year in a row at the Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards (AFLAS) 2015 in Hong Kong.

Dubai World Launches Rotterdam Terminal

 RWG celebrated its official opening. Photo: Rotterdam World Gateway

 DP World, together with joint-venture partners APL, HMM, MOL and CMA-CGM, has officially opened the Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) terminal, providing the global supply chain with the most innovative and automated container terminal in the world.  

Angeles Box Throughput up 3.8%

Out bound containers at Port of  Los Angeles

  August 2015 containerized cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles increased 3.8 percent compared to the same period last year. The Port handled a total of 786,677 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in August 2015. It was the strongest August performance since 2006, when 790

Caterpillar Again Named to Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

Doug Oberhelman, Caterpillar Chairman and CEO

  Caterpillar Inc. has been named to the 2015 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), recognizing Caterpillar as a sustainability leader in the Industrial Engineering sector. This marks the 16th time Caterpillar has been included in the DJSI list.

Felixstowe Port Top For Customer Care

Martin Woor, Senior Manager Strategic Rail Development at Hutchison Ports UK, (centre) receiving the Customer Care Award on behalf of the Port of Felixstowe from John Smith, Managing Director of GB Railfreight, (left)

  The Port of Felixstowe, the Port of Britain has walked away with the coveted Rail Freight Group 2015 Customer Care Award for its continued and sustained improvement in customer service.   This Award recognises the port’s commitment to delivering for its customers’ real

Economic Importance of River Thames

Photo: Totally Thames

 The vital role that the River Thames plays in the economy, the movement of freight and the transport of passengers – and also in the wellbeing of the capital’s residents – has been made clear in two new reports launched by the Port of London Authority (PLA) this week during

ABP Named 'Business of the Year'

Innovation Continuous Ship Unloaders are delivered to the Port of Immingham

  Associated British Ports (ABP) has been named Business of the Year at the Rail Freight Group awards last night.   Judges hailed ABP’s record of innovation in the freight sector, particularly the Immingham Renewable Fuels Terminal (IRFT) on the Humber

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