IMO welcomes UN resolution on key worker seafarers

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The United Nations General Assembly has called on UN Member States to designate seafarers and other marine personnel as key workers and to implement relevant measures to allow stranded seafarers to be repatriated and others to join ships, and to ensure access to medical care.

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Carriers struggle with container shortages while rollovers increase

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Carriers struggle to cope with equipment shortages as transshipment ports see an increase in October cargo rollovers, reveals the latest Ocean Insights data.

Strong demand for container shipping space on major trade lanes from Asia to Europe and North America saw cargo rollovers increase month-on-month in October as carriers struggled to keep ocean supply chains operating smoothly.

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IMO Environment Committee approves amendments to cut ship emissions

Draft amendments to the MARPOL convention would require ships to combine a technical and an operational approach to reduce their carbon intensity. 

Draft new mandatory regulations  to cut the carbon intensity of existing ships have been approved by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), meeting in virtual session from 16-20 November 2020..

This builds on current mandatory energy efficiency requirements to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping.

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Governments backtrack on climate change commitments – environmental organisations claim

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Governments have backtracked on their own commitments to urgently reduce climate-heating emissions from the shipping sector, environmental organisations have said following a key meeting of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)..

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BIC and DCSA collaborate to standardize container facility identification and digital access

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BIC (Bureau International des Containers) and DCSA (Digital Container Shipping Association) today announced completion of their collaboration to standardize the codes used to identify facilities such as depots, container yards, M&R vendors and other supply chain container facilities.

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Integrated logistics to enable efficient distribution of COVID-19 vaccine

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COVAXX and Maersk enter partnership to supply COVID-19 vaccines globally.

The goal is to bring a much needed COVID-19 vaccine to emerging and developing nations. The agreement establishes integrated logistics to enable efficient worldwide distribution of COVAXX’s COVID-19 vaccine. The aim is to distribute up to a billion doses of the COVAXX synthetic vaccine worldwide in 2021. 

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Half of the world’s container cargo data is on a single blockchain platform

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With two more major shipping leaders actively sharing information, data on nearly half of the world’s ocean container cargo is now available on a single blockchain-based data platform..

Major global container carriers MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and CMA CGM announced on the 15th of October 2020 that they are now integrated onto TradeLens (www.tradelens.com), helping ensure a more fully integrated, timely and consistent view of logistics data for their containerized freight around the world.

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Cargo theft continues to hamper growth in South African supply chains

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The prevalence of cargo theft incidents continues to have a material impact on stakeholders in the supply chain in South Africa.

Analysis of recorded incidents, increased data sharing agreements, collaborations, and widespread dissemination of findings all serve to improve our understanding of the underlying risks.

Throughout 2020, several cargo theft trends developed in South Africa. The threat and violence involved with cargo theft hijackings in South Africa are historically the primary concern for supply chains in the region.

In addition to historical risks and trends, the first half of 2020 saw an increase in thefts from facilities and theft locations diversified between the first two quarters of 2020, reaching the Eastern Cape and Western Cape.

Additionally, food and beverage and medical supplies saw an elevated risk throughout the start of 2020. Understanding these developing risks, coupled with the continual threat of in-transit operations in the country, and how to mitigate the impacts they may have on your organization is crucial in building a truly resilient supply chain.

These are some of the highlights of a new report by TT Club and BSI on South Africa’s ongoing vulnerability to cargo theft as well as the trends during the first half of 2020.

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Key protocols to support safe crew change updated

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IMO has issued updated protocols to ensure safe crew change during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Framework of Protocols was first issued on 5 May 2020 and has now been revised, with the principle purpose of emphasizing the need for compliance and strict adherence with COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements, reflecting that these are now a reality in many national jurisdictions.

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Trading houses and Charterers to start reporting on shipping emissions

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A grouping of the world’s largest energy, agriculture, mining, and commodity trading companies and charterers will assess and disclose the climate alignment of their shipping activities for the first time..

This is according to a press release from The Sea Cargo Charter..

The Sea Cargo Charter is a global framework created in order to assess and disclose the climate alignment of ship chartering activities..

Its aim is to establish a common, global baseline to quantitatively assess and disclose whether chartering activities are in line with adopted climate goals making it an important tool to support responsible decision-making..

The Sea Cargo Charter is applicable to all bulk charterers, those with interest in the cargo on board, those who simply charter out the vessels they charter in as well as the disponent owners and all charterers in a charter party chain..

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New guidance to facilitate repatriation flights for seafarers

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Passenger and repatriation flights are essential to allow stranded seafarers to go home, and for their relief crews to be able to join ships. New guidance issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to facilitate those flights marks a further step to alleviate the ongoing crew change crisis. 

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