COVID-19 crew change crisis still a challenge – IMO Secretary-General

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Crew change crisis is far from over and issues around vaccination need to be resolved. The crew change crisis caused by COVID-19 restrictions continues to cause challenges, despite some improvement … Read more here..

project44 Launches Port Intel, a Free Port Congestion Reporting Service

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Powered by Real-Time Container and Vessel Data from Ocean Insights, Port Intel™ Identifies Bottlenecks at Key Shipping Ports for Enhanced Agility and Resilience CHICAGO – MARCH 15, 2021 –  On … Read more here..

Massive visibility gaps in logistics – The State of the Freight Report 2021

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Stockholm, Sweden, March 10, 2021,— A survey of over 300 supply chain professionals conducted by supply-chain automation platform Centersource and logistics media consultancy Charlie Pesti details a scramble for inventory … Read more here..

project44 Acquires Ocean Insights

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project44®, the global leader in supply chain visibility, today announced it has acquired Ocean Insights, the number one solutions provider for ocean freight intelligence. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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Ocean Insights’ Report Warns of More Supply Chain Delays

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February 11, 2021. : Chinese quarantine measures are grounding truckers, just as maritime carriers are clearing out backlogs. The Chinese New Year is exacerbating COVID-19-related shipping delays outbound China. A … Read more here..

Transnet National Ports Authority moves headquarters to Ngqura

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Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is one of six operating divisions of Transnet SOC Ltd. The National Ports Authority is responsible for the safe, effective and efficient economic functioning of the national port system, which it manages in a landlord capacity.

It provides port infrastructure and marine services at the eight commercial seaports in South Africa – Richards Bay, Durban, Saldanha, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Mossel Bay and Ngqura. It operates within a legislative and regulatory environment and is governed by the National Ports Act (Act No. 12 of 2005).

As part of Transnet SOC Ltd’s (“Transnet”) ongoing cost-saving and efficiency initiatives, the National Ports Authority (TNPA) is consolidating its various corporate offices -currently split between Johannesburg and Durban – into one – at the eMendi administration building, Port of Ngqura in Port Elizabeth.

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New feature to provide a solution to containers lost at sea

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According to recent researches conducted by the World Shipping Council and others, thousands to tens of thousands of shipping containers are lost at sea each year.

As a result, the world’s waterways contain, at any moment, thousands of shipping containers floating just below the waterline.

These lost shipping containers are standing in the path of crowded shipping lanes, and present a significant danger to vessels and their passengers.

So far, tracking down these containers was a near-impossible task, but now, there is hope, and it is directly tied to a global effort to make shipping containers, the veins of the global economy, smarter.

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Container rollovers surge in December across major container ports

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Ocean Insights’ cargo delay statistics show how the bull run is wreaking havoc on the market, with container rollovers surging across major ports during December and most major carriers seeing increases in delays.

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Hydrogen council welcomes MSC into its fold, reaches 100+ members mark

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A study by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), revealed that liquid hydrogen could power nearly all container vessels crossing the Pacific Ocean, one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world..

The ICCT study found that 99% of the transpacific voyages made in 2015 could have been powered by hydrogen and fuel cells by replacing 5% of cargo space with extra storage for the clean fuel, or by adding an additional port of call to refuel..

The Hydrogen Council, a global CEO-led coalition has been working to enable the global energy transition through hydrogen..

The Hydrogen Council’s efforts have been buoyed by the joining of MSC – the world’s 2nd largest container shipping line..

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IoT based Cargo Insurance

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Among other things (including a lack of knowledge), cargo insurance is considered by many to be cumbersome due to the huge amount of manual work involved in applying for insurance and for claims, not to mention the time delays caused due to these processes and also the lack of visibility of incidents etc for the insurance industry..

In an effort to reduce these delays and provide visibility into entire shipping container fleets, Loginno an IoT visionary company from Israel has partnered with with Marsh to provide innovative IoT based cargo insurance..

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IoT standards for remote Reefer container monitoring on board vessels released

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Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA), a neutral, non-profit group established to further digitalisation of container shipping technology standards, in conjunction with its nine member carriers – MSC, Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, ONE, Evergreen, Yang Ming, HMM and ZIM has released IoT standards for remote Reefer container monitoring on board vessels..

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Centersource launches Timber Exchange, a digital marketplace for the forestry industry

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Centersource, a timber trade and technology company has launched Timber Exchange, a comprehensive marketplace and digital toolset for Forwarders, Sawmills, and Importers. Timber Exchange arrives just in time to help … Read more here..

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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