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IMO to deepen research into black carbon emissions

[caption caption="Research into harmful black carbon emissions from ships in sensitive regions such as the Arctic will be stepped up, the IMO has pledged. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has acknowledged research showing that some blends of low-sulfur fuel could actually increase black carbon emissions from ships in...
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Watch this space: real estate drivers (Sponsored)

Sponsored: Adam Roth, executive vice president, NAI Hiffman, on his "Rule of 1.5," and the transportation concerns that will impact real estate in 2020/2021. Roth discusses maritime and trucking regulations, precision scheduled railroading, and his bullish outlook on the market.2019 JOC Inland Distribution Conference, Chicago...
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Europe’s Green Deal rests on funding, transparency: freight groups

[caption caption="A wide-ranging group of transport associations have laid out their expectations for the European Commission's new carbon-neutral Green Deal strategy. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Meeting the carbon-neutral goals of the European Commission's Green Deal strategy will require significant investment in research and development, with an “appropriate” transport infrastructure budget and innovation...
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Post-Brexit talks to define future of UK-EU trade

[caption caption="Thousands of trucks pass through the Dover-Calais corridor every day, a key transit route that handles 17 percent of the UK's total trade. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]UK forwarders have expressed nervousness as the UK heads into 11 months of trade negotiations with the European Union, with huge uncertainties in how...
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USMCA gives sluggish Mexican economy trade hope

[caption caption="While the revamped agreement could spur investment, the deal does little to address the delays and disruptions cargo owners face in moving goods across the US-Mexico border. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The expected signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) by President Donald Trump on Wednesday will remove uncertainty for multinationals...
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Legal challenge brews in backlash against extending EU block exemption

[caption caption="There is a consensus among users of container shipping services that the European Commission's carrier block exemption regulation needs to be amended to reflect an industry that has evolved significantly in the last five years. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]A consortium of shippers, forwarders, ports, terminals, and transport unions are considering...
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Lack of US logistics standard for ‘essential’ service imperils cargo flow

[caption caption="A set of national standards for essential supply chain participants in the United States is an imperative that cannot be ignored. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]A railroad crew has reached the end of its federally mandated work hours. It stops the train and gets off, but there are no replacements in...
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Europe faces $11 billion hit from US-China ‘phase one’ deal: study

[caption caption="US tariffs on European Union auto makers are still pending, and while the coronavirus may have put the brakes on the trans-Atlantic trade dispute, the issues have not gone away. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The “phase one” trade agreement signed in January between the United States and China will cut demand...
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PIL launches new intra-Asia service

Pacific International Lines (PIL) has announced the launch of its new India service – China India Express (CIX) with the maiden voyage on the service having departed 5 June 2020.

This new service will provide a direct link between Tianjin and Qingdao in North China and Kaohsiung into India West Coast and Sri Lanka, calling Nhava Sheva, Mundra and Colombo.

Rotation of CIX:

Tianjin – Qingdao – Kaohsiung – Singapore – Port Klang (West) – Nhava Sheva – Mundra – Colombo – Port Klang (West) – Singapore – Tianjin

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Global Ports introduces digital service in Russia

Global Ports Group’s First Container Terminal (FCT) has become the first Russian terminal to transfer to a fully paperless export management system when it launched a service for the digital issuance of orders for the loading of export containers.

The Group’s new service was tested in early June at Turukhtanny customs post with clients, VMT and Rayontrans, as participants in the experiment.

The proprietary technology enables the digital exchange of legally binding documents with the customs authority and, according to the announcement, is based on Global Ports’ customer portal and Sea Port’s Portal software functionality.

Global Ports explained in its statement that the adoption of this technology means that the procedure of order preparation by forwarding companies and issuance of documents confirmed by customs has been completely digitalised.

On the basis of an order issued in this way, the terminal may start loading a container onto a vessel immediately without additional approval. All participants of the process – the forwarding company, the customs authority, the terminal and the shipping line – have online access to information about the status at all stages of the process.

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DNV GL director praises ICS for its position on seafarers during Covid-19

Work produced by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) to provide seafarers with a workable solution within safe working limits during the Covid-19 outbreak has been praised by the director of Maritime at class society DNV GL.

In an exclusive interview with Container News Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen said that the proposals from the ICS were “very good” and that the “Authorities should let go of the fear factor and agree the concrete proposals,” adding, “I wish it could happen tomorrow”.

Ørbeck-Nilssen believes that there is a fear amongst regional authorities of spreading the Coronavirus should seafarers be allowed to transfer off ships at the end of their period of employment, this has led to an estimated 150,000 seafarers being stranded aboard vessels since the virus spread out of China in February of this year.

According to DNV GL the maritime community has been caught under-prepared for the pandemic, but Ørbeck-Nilssen argues that seafarers are crucial to the global economy.

“What we thought was a pretty robust system, we realised was quite fragile, but it affects 90% of the global economy, which shows the system’s vulnerability,” said Ørbeck-Nilssen.

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Dutch plan zero emissions in short-sea shipping

A joint venture zero emissions company is aiming to create the conditions that will make a significant shift for inland and coastal shipping to renewable electric power with a network of charging points and easily replace energy packs in containers.

Four European companies supported by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management have launched a new company that will reduce carbon emissions from inland vessels to zero.

In a first step to its ultimate goal Zero Emission Services (ZES) has fitted the electric powered inland barge De Alphenaar with ZES power-packs that will provide the energy for the vessel’s operations in Europe’s inland waterways.

Two containers, ZES Packs, will be leased as the vessel shifts beer from the Heineken brewery in Alphen aan de Rijn to the port of Moerdijk, south of Rotterdam, a distance of around 80km.

ZES plans to use this concept to move the entire inland navigation and short sea sector towards emission-free sailing.

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CMA CGM reports encouraging first-quarter results

CMA CGM Group has unveiled significantly improved results during the first quarter of 2020 compared to its Q1 2019 results, which it attributes to its operational flexibility and cost controls.

The Marseille-based liner shipping company achieved a notable increase of 25% in its adjusted EBITDA (Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) reaching US$973 million, equating to a margin of 13.5%, up 3% relative to the first quarter of 2019.

The net result was also positive at US$48 million, which is translated to an increase of US$91 million compared to the first quarter of 2019 and US$170 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2019. The result includes a US$185 million gain from the disposal of terminals.

However, the company income figures were boosted by the sale of terminals, and the underlying figures revealed a slight decline in its revenues which amounted to US$7.19 billion. “This contained decrease is achieved thanks to the diverse range of industries in which the group’s customers operate, a balanced global presence, and the complementary nature of the group’s shipping and logistics activities,” stated the company.

In the same way, shipping revenue and container volumes declined by 3.3% and 4.6% compared to 2019 Q1, respectively, reaching US$5.52 billion and 4.93 million TEU. The volumes drop was a result of “the impact of COVID-19 and more specifically the shutdown of factories, particularly in Asia in February and March,” according to the company.

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Maersk enhances Asia-Northern Europe ocean-rail service

Maersk’s Asia-Northern Europe ocean-rail service, previously offered on a monthly basis in west-bound direction only, will now be provided fortnightly both export from Asia to Europe and return from Europe to Asia.

This is expected to help many customers, according to Maersk, who are currently facing difficulties with their import/export logistics, due to Covid-19.

The Danish carrier recently announced that its combined Ocean and Rail service, AE19, will now be offered on a regular basis for both directions through close co-operation with Pantos Logistics.

The entire journey, starting from Busan to Vostochny in a vessel, followed by Vostochny to St. Petersburg by rail, takes a mere 16 days. “In this way, AE19 can offer highly competitive transit times for customers,” commented Maersk.

Maersk said that following a successful pilot launch of the West-bound service last August, the recent launch of the bi-directional service has also been highly successful. Transit times from South Korea and Japan to Northern Europe have been reduced to 23-32 days from the previously 52-57 days through intermodal transportation.

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South Korea’s first state-subsidised containerships launched

Namsung Shipping has launched the first container ships that were built with subsidies from the South Korean government.

The 1,000TEU pair were christened Star Frontier and Star Explorer in a ceremony at Dae Sun Shipbuilding & Engineering’s shipyard on 3 June 2020. The latter vessel will be deployed to Namsung’s Busan-Incheon-Hai Phong and semi-linked Incheon-Hai Phong services, which the company runs jointly with Heung-A Line and Korea Marine Transport Company. Plans for the other ship have not been decided.

The newbuilding subsidies were issued as part of a broad national strategy to rejuvenate South Korea’s maritime sector. To qualify for subsidies and to discourage speculative orders, ship owners were required to demolish or sell off older vessels to overseas buyers, which are around 10% of the newbuilding price. The scrapped vessels must be at least 20 years old.

Namsung sold two 1998-built 706TEU ships, Victory Star and Carina Star to buyers in Singapore and China, respectively, in 2018 and 2019. The company received government subsidies of around KRW1 billion (US$852,514) per vessel on an estimated outlay of US$20 million when Star Explorer and Star Frontier were commissioned in November 2018.

Present at the christening were the respective presidents of Namsung and Dae Sun, Kim Yong-gyu and Lee Soo-geun, as well as officials from the Export-Import Bank of Korea and Korea Ocean Business Corporation.

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Taking the personal view for crew working on container shipping

Philip Eastell – Founder of Container Shipping Supporting Seafarers – describes the personal side of container operations at a time when crew, affected by Covid-19, find themselves under more pressure than ever before.

Whilst the world is focused on covid-19, there are many other issues effecting crew safety, on board containerships, offshore supply vessels and most especially on the international fishing fleets. Crew safety is not just about their physical protection, but also includes their health and wellbeing. Anything that effects crew safety will ultimately also affect their performance and happiness levels.

The quality of crew management varies greatly across all sectors with some companies investing heavily in both training and ways to mitigate accidents. These companies also tend to be the most proactive in also supporting seafarer wellbeing programmes and taking care of their crew health.

One company at the forefront of implementing programmes that have addressed safety at sea and reduce accidents is Shell Ship Management, who also won the International Seafarer Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) award for “Outstanding Support of Seafarers’ Wellbeing” in 2019. Their Resilience programme focuses on mental health at sea and has received international respect for their success.

They have now progressed onto another programme that addresses safety and the reasons that cause accidents, and not surprisingly, the main cause of accidents was found to be lack of sleep.

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Reasons why a one-way shipping container

stacked-cargo-containers-at-a-local-port_t20_eo6YWW Reasons why a one-way shipping container

If faced with the need to acquire a shipping container for your personal or business use, you may be wondering what’s best: one-way shipping container or used? In many instances buying new or one-way, is a better decision. If you have the budget and it matchs your these needs then one-way shipping containers are the best option. 

Cost Benefits

Buying a shipping container may involve a bigger investment at the start, but this cost only at the time of purchase. 

If you hire a shipping container, monthly payments are required, this may be lower, but overtime the cost add up. Purchasing saves you from having to bother with repeated rental payments. 

If you need to hire a shipping container for more than 2 years, you should buy it outright instead as it becomes the better commercial decision.

Enduring value of one-way shipping containers

With a shipping container hire, there is no residual value that remains. At the end of the lease container agreement, you have to return the shipping container to our depot and end rental payments, If you bought the shipping container, you could sell it at the residual value. Because of construction, shipping containers can maintain their value even a decade after the initial purchase, with some also having a lifespan of 30 years.

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