Shifl and Terminal49 partner to give shippers unprecedented visibility into container movement

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With more inventory delayed than ever before, shippers are scrambling to find solutions. A significant collaboration between Shifl, a digital freight forwarder, and Terminal49, a container and shipment tracking platform enhances data accessibility, providing the same level of visibility to all shippers, whether they ship 5 or 20,000 TEUs a year.

Shippers are struggling to navigate capacity shortages, port congestion, and reliability issues—all of which have become defining features of the current supply chain environment. This new collaboration brings shippers improved data accuracy and end-to-end visibility while keeping them in the loop at all times.

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X-Press Pearl off the coast of Sri Lanka – Update

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As everyone is aware by now, the the X-Press Pearl, a Singapore flagged feeder vessel operated by X-Press Feeders started burning on the 21st of May off the coast of Sri Lanka.

On the 2nd of June, the vessel started sinking despite valiant efforts to fight the fire and as of 12th June is still hanging in there with the fore (bow) of the ship clinging to its last vestiges above the sea level while the aft of the vessel is submerged and resting on the sea bed at a depth of 21 meters.

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The journey of X-Press Pearl comes to a fiery end in Sri Lanka

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Despite valiant efforts by the ship salvors, Sri Lankan Navy, Indian Navy and many other entities involved in the firefighting and salvage operations, as expected, it has been announced that the journey of the X-Press Pearl has come to an end.

X-Press Feeders, operators of the container ship X-Press Pearl issued a notice that despite salvors successfully boarding the vessel and attaching a tow wire, efforts to move the ship to deeper waters failed, and the ship’s aft (rear) portion is now at the bottom of the sea bed at a depth of 21 meters and the bow (front) slowly sinking as well.

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Drama on X-Press Pearl intensifies as Captain and 2 officers banned from leaving Sri Lanka

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The news about X-Press Pearl is fast becoming a sensation (next probably only to the Ever Given – which is still stuck in Egypt by the way) as the interest in its happenings is growing day by day.

As of the 31st May 2021, the news was that the flames on board the ship has been contained although the ship was still emitting smoke.

In the meantime, local news media in Sri Lanka is reporting that based on an order the Colombo Additional Magistrate’s Court, the Captain, Chief Engineer, and the Second Chief Engineer of the ship have been banned from leaving Sri Lanka as investigations are continuing.

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X-Press Pearl – fiery saga continues amid concerns of serious impact on the environment

It is rarely that a 2-3 month old ship faces a possible fiery end of its life.

The world hopes that will not be the case with the X-Press Pearl – a Singapore flagged 36150 DWT container ship which is still burning in Sri Lankan waters, off the port of Colombo since the 21st of May.

This is amid serious concerns of severe environmental impact due to the incident in which several containers have already fallen off the ship and have washed up ashore, especially near Negombo a popular tourist destination in Sri Lanka.

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project44 consolidates position as market leader in supply chain visibility with acquisition of ClearMetal

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project44 has announced that it has acquired San Francisco-based ClearMetal, a market leader in international supply chain visibility and predictive analytics for enterprises.

This acquisition places project44 on the cutting edge of logistics AI, enabling customers to improve agility, and resiliency across their global and multi-modal supply chains.

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Update 27.05.2021 – X-Press Pearl fire off Colombo

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As you may have read, the X-Press Pearl, a 1400+ TEU capacity, 2 month old feeder vessel operated by X-Press feeders on their Singapore/Middle East service is currently burning in the Indian Ocean close to the port of Colombo.

The fire which started on the 19th of May 2021 while waiting at anchorage, was subsequently brought under control with the help of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), Sri Lanka Navy and the Sri Lankan Airforce which dropped fire suppressing powder on the vessel, but the fire started again followed by an explosion which is still burning.

Here is the latest update on the situation.

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Alone, and on fire : X-Press Pearl continues to burn outside Colombo

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Alone, and on fire – this seems to be the status of X-Press Pearl, a feeder vessel operated by X-Press feeders on their Singapore/Middle East service currently burning in the Indian Ocean close to the port of Colombo, is one of the premier transhipment hubs in the Indian Ocean.

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Suez Canal Authority softens stand on Ever Given while blame game continues

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It’s been a while since we wrote about the Ever Given, the main character in one of the most complicated stories in shipping history which ironically didn’t involve any damage to the ship or containers on board..

No one knows though about the status of the cargoes on board – especially perishable cargo in reefer containers or cargoes with a shelf life still inside the containers on board or any hazardous cargoes that maybe stewing in the hot African sun..

Just in case you have forgotten what happened, here is a recap and also the current status..

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Blank sailing schedules portend delays well into the summer – project44

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A project44 analysis of the schedules of various shipping lines indicates that cargo delays could last well into the summer with several blank sailings seen in the schedules.

With maxed-out vessels skipping more ports, project44 is warning shippers to adopt proactive supply chain strategies that anticipate delays.

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Comprehensive liability cover – from Russia with love or not………..

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Recent changes to regulations in Russian law now make it possible for forwarders and road hauliers to access full liability cover, similar to that enjoyed by those in the global supply chain.

However, most insurance products on the market don’t offer comprehensive protection.

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Supply chain delay worsens as container rollover rates rises across many ports

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“Rising Rollover Rates Show Worsening Maritime Supply Chain Delays”.. This is the gist of April’s container rollover statistics published by project44 the global leader in advanced visibility for shippers and logistics service providers.

The report and figures indicate that maritime supply chain woes are worsening, with little indication that carriers are addressing the industry’s serious capacity issues.

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Rainbow containers, a symbol of diversity and #InclusionAlltheway

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In their Sustainability Report of 2020, Maersk mentioned that “Diversity and inclusion are part of our value system, and our support for social justice and anti-discrimination is also expected by our employees“.

In line with this, Maersk launched their Maersk for Inclusion Excellence groups in the North American Region.. As part of this initiative, Maersk painted two (1×20′ & 1×40′) of their shipping containers with a rainbow to symbolise inclusion and diversity and integrated these containers into their fleet.

These containers are on a world tour and have currently reached Netherlands.

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New due diligence tool to protect seafarers’ rights released

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New due diligence tool aims to help businesses uphold their responsibility to protect human rights at sea.

This is the message from the IMO who have issued a wide-ranging set of guidance to help enterprises using shipping services to protect the human rights of seafarers, as hundred of thousands are still stranded on ships due to COVID-19 imposed travel restrictions.

The Human Rights Due Diligence Tool is a joint initiative of the UN Global Compact (UNGC), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN Human Rights), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

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Singapore restricts seafarers with recent travel history to India

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Seafarers are the backbone of the maritime sector. There are an estimated 1,647,500 seafarers serving on various ships globally. Off these, more than 770,000+ are officers and 870,000+ are ratings (non-officer rank).

In terms of ratings, Philippines is the biggest supplier of ratings, followed by China, Indonesia, Russia and Ukraine whereas China is the biggest supplier of officers, followed by the Philippines, India, Indonesia and Russia.

India as the 3rd largest supplier of seafarers in the rank of officers accounts for around 9.35% of the global seafarer population. This makes India a popular destination for crew signing on and off.

While the 2nd wave of COVID-19 continues its onslaught on India in the recent weeks, seafarers who have recently visited India may find themselves in a bit of a pickle especially if their shipping route involves Singapore and they were planning to sign on to the ship at Singapore.

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