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iCargo Launches EU-Funded Logistics Program

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iCargo, the pan-European cargo and logistics project part funded by the EU, has formally launched its three and a half year framework program.   The project, formally titled “Intelligent Cargo in Efficient and Sustainable Global Logistics Operations” includes research, development, demonstration and dissemination elements designed to improve the performance of real-world logistics. Building on the success of the previous Freightwise and e-Freight frameworks, iCargo will develop an affordable, open information architecture that allows real world objects, existing systems, and new applications to efficiently co-operate. This will enable more cost effective and lower-CO2 logistics, through improved synchronisation and load factors across all transport modes including contributing to a reduction in the number of freight vehicles in urban traffic   David Quesada, Co-ordinator of iCargo commented: “By ensuring extensive dissemination of research results, demonstration and pilot cases, validation activities, the results of iCargo will be transferred to the international transport logistics community immediately after the project. This will ensure that the value generated by iCargo can be adopted and utilised in the commercial cargo and logistics domain.”   iCargo is a consortium of 29 European organisations including:  


IHI Cuts 1,200 Jobs

Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. (IHI) will cut its work force by 1,200 from the current 13,200 by the end of March 2001. A spokesman said the company plans reduce its 560 administrative staff by 30 percent, including those in finance and general affairs. The comprehensive heavy machinery manufacturer will focus on aerospace, environment protection equipment, logistics and other areas that have large potential for growth, he said


STX Shipbuilding Wins $199m Deal

SEOUL, Sept 29 Asia Pulse - South Korea's STX Shipbuilding Co. said Friday it has won a $198.6m deal to build four container carriers for a Japanese company. STX Shipbuilding will deliver the vessels for NYK Line, Japan's leading logistics company, by the end of 2009, the company said in a regulatory filing. The company, ranked seventh in the world by order backlog, earlier this week revised its order target for this year upward to 73 ships from 54 vessels.


Huntington Ingalls Subsidiary Partners With HHIC Holdings

Virginia Beach, Va. - Huntington Ingalls Industries announced that its subsidiary, AMSEC, has signed an agreement with Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines Inc., a subsidiary of HHIC Holdings Co. Ltd., to work together in providing maintenance, repair and logistics services to the U.S. Navy and other customers in the western Pacific region. The agreement with HHIC-PHIL allows AMSEC to benefit from Hanjin's state-of-the art shipyard at Subic Bay, Philippines


Chinese Shipyard Inks Creon Jack-up Rig Order

Jiangsu Yangzijiang Offshore Engineering Co. Ltd. signs contract for the rig with Creon associate company Explorer 1. The directors of Creon the resources infrastructure investment company, announce that Jiangsu Yangzijiang Offshore Engineering Co. Ltd. has entered into a contract valued at US$170-million with Explorer I Limited to construct and deliver a Le Tourneau Super 116E Class design self-elevating mobile offshore jack up drilling rig.


Sharp Surge in Russian Traffic via Hamburg

Feederschiff auf dem Köhlbrand

Russia is the second-most important trading partner for the Port of Hamburg in terms of seaborne container handling.   With a total volume of approx. 675,000 standard containers (TEU) handled between Hamburg and the Russian ports, the volume of container traffic was up by a further 13.3 per cent in 2012, consolidating the lead in foreign trade with Europe and overseas via Hamburg. This positive trend is also attributable to Russia’s decision to join the WTO


Management Dynamics Hires Three Regional Sales Directors

Management Dynamics, Inc. the market leader in tariff and contract management solutions for the ocean transportation industry, today announced that the company has hired three regional U.S. sales directors to support the company's continued expansion into the shipper, freight forwarder, and Non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC) markets. Michael Roberts will be responsible for Rate Explorer® product sales in the Southeast region; Patrick Taylor will lead Management Dynamics' sales


Tschudi Shipping Considers Alaska Port Possibilities

Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell

Tschudi Shipping Co., one of Norway's oldest shipping firms, will begin exploring the possibility of establishing a transshipment port in western Alaska, Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell said today. Treadwell, who leads the state's work with the eight-nation Arctic Council, applauded Tschudi's decision, saying it is a tremendous step toward developing Alaska's economic opportunities related to Arctic shipping. Tschudi Shipping Co


General Mills Strategically placed in Port Salford

Courtesy Port Salford

  General Mills UK & Ireland – responsible for a range of market-leading brands, including Old El Paso, Green Giant, Betty Crocker and Nature Valley – is to be the first tenant at a new state-of-the-art distribution hub that will save 600,000 road haulage miles each year whilst providing a “future proof” solution to market trends.   The 280,000 sq. ft. site at Port Salford – which will be run by food and drink logistics expert Culina Group –


Massive Explosions at Port of Tianjin Kill 44

Picture: Xinhua

 A series of huge explosions shook  the warehouse at Tianjin Port International Logistics Center in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin late Wednesday, killing at least 44 people and injuring hundreds more, according to officials and state media.   The People's Daily newspaper said at least 520 people were injured, more than 60 of them seriously. As of Thursday morning, an unknown number of people remained unaccounted for in the wreckage.  


Supply Chain Advantages for Brazilian-European Trade

 After the successful participation in Intermodal South America in Sao Paulo (Brazil), the port of Antwerp in collaboration with the local industrial and agricultural federations organised a business seminar with networking in the nearby state of Minas Gerais.   


Concordia Maritime Charters Two MR Tankers

Concordia Maritime has signed a contract for the chartering of two IMO2/3 class MR tankers. This a joint chartering arrangement with Stena Weco, and Concordia Maritime’s share amounts to 50 percent. The contract is for one year, and the charters run from June and July 2017.


Drivers of Logistics Industry

Keynote speaker Dr. Detleft Trefzger, CEO  Kuehne + Nagel International AG, and member of  member of the International Maritime Centre (IMC) 2030 Advisory Committee, speaking on the topic “Driving Forces of the Logistics Industry” at the 11th Singapore Maritime Lecture. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 The end consumer who has ever-changing needs and will be the ultimate driver of all activities of the logistics industry, said Dr Detleft Trefzger, Chief Executive Officer of global freight forwarding and logistics giant Kuehne + Nagel International AG.  


New Coal Carrier Enters Service for JERA Singapore

Isuzu Maru (Photo: NYK Line)

On April 14, newly constructed coal carrier Isuzu Maru was delivered at Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in Saikai, Japan.   The new vessel will be operated by NYK Bulkship (Asia) Pte. Ltd., an NYK group company located in Singapore, for the transport of coal for JERA Trading Singapore Pte. Ltd


HMAS Darwin Farewells the West

HMAS Darwin at Fleet Base West for the last time. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

The call of 'last line!' meant a little more than normal as HMAS Darwin slipped from the wharf at Fleet Base West and set sail for Sydney recently.   It signalled the end of the warship's long association with the west coast of Australia


MHI, Shipbuilders Form Alliances

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has reached basic agreements with Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. and Namura Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in the wake of ongoing discussions focused on forming alliances in the commercial ship business. Discussions toward concluding a similar alliance with Oshima


MOL Participated in MLIT R&D Support Projects

Image: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that its "Project for Establishing a System to Visualize onboard environments utilizing ICT" was selected by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) as part of the ministry's projects for "2017 MLIT R&D


India Approves Indo-Bangladesh Marine Pacts

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Photo: PIB

The Indian Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved MoU on passenger cruise services on the coastal and protocol routes between India and Bangladesh for starting regular movement of passengers and tourists in water crafts between the two countries.   


Quality of Ocean Carriers “Poor to Average”

Image: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 The service provided by container shipping lines is rated as poor to average and has deteriorated in the past year, according to a survey of exporters, importers and freight forwarders conducted jointly by Drewry and the European Shippers’ Council (ESC).  


Western Towboat Signs with MobileOps

Image: MobileOps Inc.

MobileOps, Inc., a Redmond, Washington software comapny that specializes in the design and development of maritime software applications (dispatch, safety, compliance, vessel maintenance, timecards, analytics) announced that it has signed a contract with Western Towboat Company of Seattle.


Scorpio Sells Two Kasamax Bulkers

Scorpio Bulkers Inc. said it has reached agreements with unaffiliated third parties to sell two Kamsarmax bulk carriers approximately $45 million combined. The two vessels, SBI Charleston and SBI Cakewalk, were both built in 2014 at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in China


Volvo Penta Names Bjuve VP, Customer Support/Training

Martin Bjuve (Photo: Volvo Penta)

 Volvo Penta of the Americas has appointed Martin Bjuve as vice president for customer support and training. In this position, he will provide strategic direction and management for support and product training for dealers and customers across the U.S


NileDutch selects ClearMetal predictive platform

Photo: Nile Dutch

 Ocean Carrier Nile Dutch will use ClearMetal's machine-learning approach to fleet and container utilization improvement. ClearMetal is a predictive logistics company that uses AI and machine learning to unlock new efficiencies for global trade.   


Belgium Accedes to Oil Pollution Response Treaty

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Belgium has become the 112th State to accede to International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation (OPRC).    The treaty establishes measures for dealing with pollution incidents


New Venture Aims to Uproot Shipping’s Status Quo

Nisomar CEO Captain Claus Hyldager (Photo: Nisomar)

Former Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) CEO assembles senior team for launch of Nisomar, a data-driven maritime services company   With a belief that innovation in shipping has fallen well behind other sectors, new entrant into the maritime industry Nisomar has launched a range of services






 
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