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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


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.


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


CEVA Wins Best Green Logistics Operator Award

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  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.


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

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  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


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


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


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


Management Appointments at Modern Terminals

Keith Saunders

Modern Terminals Limited (MTL), Hong Kong’s longest established container terminal operator, today announced the appointment of Mr. Keith Saunders as its new Managing Director – Hong Kong, effective from 1st February 2016. Mr. Saunders will lead Modern Terminals’ Brand


Container Weighing at Felixstowe Port

The Port of Felixstowe is to offer a container-weighing service to exporters

The Port of Felixstowe has confirmed that it will offer a container weighing service to ensure UK shippers are able to comply with new international regulations that will come into effect on 1 July 2016.   Commenting on the new service, Stephen Abraham


BAE Systems Awarded £201m to Advance Successor Sub Design

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The U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded BAE Systems £201 million to further the design of a successor to the Royal Navy's Vanguard class submarines.   The funding will allow the business to mature the design of the new class of submarines, which will carry the U.K


Port of LA’s January Volumes Up 33%

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704,398 TEUs leads Los Angeles to busiest January in port history    The Port of Los Angeles handled 704,398 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in January 2016, an increase of 33 percent compared to January 2015, making for the busiest January in the port’s 109-year history.


East-West Shippers See Contract Rates Slide

Ocean freight rates for cargo moving under contracts on the major East-West trade routes saw another reduction in the last quarter of 2015, according to Drewry’s Benchmarking Club, a closed user group of multinational retailers and manufacturers who closely monitor their contract freight


ZIM to Expand Its Refrigerated Container Fleet

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 ZIM Integrated Shipping Services has announced the expansion of its refrigerated container fleet in order to answer the demand for its innovative ZIMonitor service.    Launched in early 2015, ZIMonitor allows customers to track, monitor and remotely control sensitive


IMO and WCO Partner on e-Business Compendium

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 IMO and the World Customs Organization (WCO) have signed a partnership agreement to maintain, update, publish and distribute the IMO Compendium on Facilitation and Electronic Business.    The compendium provides essential guidance and standardised forms for electronic exchange of


Retail Imports Wind Down After End of Holiday Season

Jon Gold (Photo: NRF)

With the holiday season over, import cargo volume at major U.S. retail container ports is expected to slowly decline through the first quarter of the year, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.  


WWL, Baltimore Port Ink 30-Year Deal

Port of Baltimore secures growth with 30 year WWL deal Photo Baltimore Port

Administration to serve the Port of Baltimore for another 30 years to 2045. The contract is expected to generate 2,500 jobs over the next three decades. Baltimore is the leading auto and RoRo port in North America, and WWL ranks as its top RoRo customer


Borouge, Maersk Agree to Reduce CO2 Emissions

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 Abu Dhabi-based petrochemical company Borouge signed an agreement with Maersk Line to reduce carbon dioxide emissions for their shipments.    Besides being the first plastics producer in the Middle East to sign the Carbon Pact with Maersk Line


Maersk Line Starts Colombia Express Service

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 The largest global container firm Maersk Line has launched a new weekly service between Santa Marta and Turbo in Colombia and Northern Europe specifically designed for refrigerated cargo.   Danish container shipping giant added this new service from Latin America to Europe and a new


Ecochlor Selects Drew Marine for Global Resupply and Service Support

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Ecochlor signed an agreement with Drew Marine to assist them in providing logistics support for the resupply of their BWTS precursor chemicals at selected ports and harbors globally. In addition, Drew Marine will provide chemical storage at designated ports, delivery of the precursor chemicals


What if Shippers Miss Weight Rule Deadline?

Pic: Maersk Line

 It seems increasingly unlikely that all shippers will be ready to meet their new verified gross mass obligation in July. What impact will this have on supply chains?    Drewry has previously alerted exporters and importers of the lack of progress and the many uncertainties left


Royal IHC and DIHAG Acquire Allard-Europe

Royal IHC and German company DIHAG Holding GmbH have jointly acquired the Belgian steel and iron foundry, Allard-Europe NV. IHC and DIHAG each take an equity stake of 40% and 60% respectively.   Through this acquisition, IHC is able to realize a reliable supply chain (competitive on


Retailers Call on Union and Ports for Long-Term Stability

Matt Shay (Photo: NRF)

Strike at NY/NJ Waterfront Shows Need for Discussion   The National Retail Federation called on the International Longshoremen’s Association and the U.S. Maritime Alliance to seek long-term stability at East Coast and Gulf Coast ports following last week’s strike at the Port of






 
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