Xiamen hit by COVID-19 outbreak – possible impact on shipping not ruled out

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China has been the epicenter of global trade for many decades and was successful in controlling the COVID-19 outbreak reasonably well.

However, things seem to be getting worse in China with several port and business closures in Yantian, followed by Ningbo due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

Reports are circulating that the city of Xiamen is facing an outbreak of COVID-19 forcing residents of Xiamen in China’s Fujian province to go into lockdown as of 13th Sep night after after 32 infections of the highly transmissible Delta variant was detected with most of them being traced back to Putian where the latest outbreak originated.

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Another shipping line goes electronic with their bills of lading, this time Hapag Lloyd

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Global trade rebounded in Q1 2021, increasing by about 10% YoY and 4% QoQ. It is expected to further rebound in Q2 and projected to grow by 16%. However the outlook remains uncertain as per UNCTAD.

While global trade grows and shipments crisscross across the globe, the documentation for these shipments are still in paper mode even in this digital age.

Dealing with physical printing of paper is a practice that the shipping industry continues to depend on and these paper documents includes insurance policies, invoices and some very important documents like bills of lading.

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Port of Long Beach achieves strongest August on record

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The peak shipping season started with a roar and lifted the Port of Long Beach to its strongest August on record.

Dockworkers and terminal operators moved 807,704 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of container cargo last month, an 11.3% increase compared to August 2020. Imports were up 11.7% to 407,426 TEUs and exports decreased 5.3% to 119,485 TEUs. Empty containers moved through the Port rose 19.7% to 280,794 TEUs.

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CMA CGM to stop all spot freight rate increases

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The shipping industry and particularly exporters and importers have been subject to heavy freight rate increases since the 3rd quarter of 2020 increasing from around $2,032/40′ in September 2020 to $10,519/40′ in September 2021.

Many customers have been complaining about the attitudes of shipping lines who they claimed were breaching contracts and demanding higher spot freight rates.

Perhaps taking cognisance of this, CMA CGM, the world’s fourth largest container shipping line has taken a decision to stop all spot rate increases.

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Port of Long Beach implements “Truck Alert” program

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Port of Long Beach to offer traffic alerts with a new texting service. The ‘Truck Alert’ program is aimed at reducing delays, improve cargo movement. The port has been in the news recently due to high levels of port congestion. Apart from the increased demand in goods, the delays are also attributed to the constrained landside operations due to shortage of chassis and also ineffective utilisation of truck booking windows. 

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Last-mile optimisation webinar – discussion points and feedback

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On August 19, a webinar was held to talk about last-mile optimization and the challenges facing the industry today. The webinar was moderated by Cathy Morrow Roberson, President of Logistics, Trends & Insights LLC, with the participation of Neil McEvoy, Senior Management Consultant at C3 Solutions, Walter Heil, Senior Vice President, Business Americas at Locus, and Vishnu Rajamanickam, Head of Market Intelligence at Charlie Pesti.

Here is the link to the Webinar and also some of the discussion points below.

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South Africa’s highest Court declines to consider whether ship arrests are unconstitutional

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The Constitutional Court has recently rejected an application for leave to appeal brought by a shipowner, Parakou Shipping Pte Ltd against a judgment of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) upholding the arrest of an associated ship.

In doing so, the Constitutional Court found that the application for leave to appeal did not raise a constitutional issue.

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DP World’s BOXBAY high bay storage system completes real-world trial, exceeds expectations

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Two years after launching BOXBAY, a new high bay container storage system, DP World has completed the testing of the high bay storage concept at its first full-size facility in Jebel Ali port in Dubai.

As per a media release from DP World, more than 63,000 container moves have been completed since the facility, which can hold 792 containers at a time, was commissioned beginning this year.

The test is said to have exceeded expectations with BOXBAY working faster and more energy efficient than anticipated.

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Ana Ruiz Garcı́a de los Rios is FONASBA’s Young Ship Agent or Broker for 2021

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FONASBA is very pleased to announce that the winner of its Young Ship Agent or Broker Award for 2021 is Ana Ruiz Garcı́a de los Rios, of Bergé Logistics, who is based in Madrid.

Ana is both the first female winner of the Award and the first from Spain.

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Berthing delay skyrockets as operations at Ningbo container terminal still suspended

Berthing delay skyrockets as Ningbo, the 3rd largest ports in the world suspends container terminal operations due to a positive case of COVID-19.

Data provided by project44 confirms that a large volume of container ships are at anchor outside Ningbo-Zhoushan waiting for berth space.

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Executive Insights with Jett McCandless on project44’s record growth

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project44 is the world’s leading advanced visibility platform for shippers and logistics service providers. project44 connects, automates and provides visibility into key transportation processes to accelerate insights and shorten the time it takes to turn those insights into actions.

project44 announced record growth in Q2, including enterprise net dollar retention of 129% and 123% year-over-year growth in ARR.

We caught up with Jett McCandless, CEO and Founder of project44, for some Executive Insights and to find out more details on the progress of the company, its strategy and the secret behind its phenomenal growth.

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Wood Chip carrier Crimson Polaris splits in two in Japan

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Crimson Polaris, a dedicated wood-chip carrier operated by NYK, owned by MI-DAS Line S.A and managed Misuga Kaiun Co. Ltd was swept away by strong winds while it was anchored and ran aground off Hachinohe in Aomori prefecture in Japan on August 11 2021.

The hull of the vessel eventually split in two in the early hours of 12th August and oil from the vessel has spilt into the ocean. The oil leak from the ship has reportedly spread around 15 miles but the extent of any environmental impact and quantity is still under investigation and unclear as yet.

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Webinar on Delivering for the future: Opportunities and opinions on last-mile optimization

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Cathy Morrow Roberson, Supply Chain Writer & Researcher, sits down with Neil McEvoy, VP Customer Experience at C3 Solutions and Sinead Croke, CX Director at Hermes on the 19th of August 2021 at 10:00 hrs EST in a Webinar to discuss the challenges and opportunities that the last mile brings.

Reserve your space today.

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Transnet Port Terminals – South Africa lifts Force Majeure

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Transnet Port Terminals (TPT), the State Owned Enterprise responsible for the operation of port terminals in South Africa has officially declared Force Majeure at the container terminals of Durban, Ngqura (Coega), Cape town and Port Elizabeth.

This declaration comes on the back of speculation that Transnet was the victim of a cyber-attack, something that was not confirmed by TPT till the 26th of July 2021.

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