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Working in the grey area between causes and damages

“We are usually only confronted with the damages,” says Hans Frans of DP Surveys. That might sound negative, but he sees the market changing from his position as part of an independent expertise company. A number of trends are the increasing use of reefer containers, the rise of the exotic and tropical fruit.....

Would make it the world's third largest container liner

China's COSCO Shipping offers to buy Orient Overseas for $6.3B

COSCO Shipping Holdings has offered to buy Orient Overseas International for HK$49.23 billion ($6.30 billion), in a deal that will see the mainland China group become the world's third largest container liner.The proposed deal is the latest in a wave of mergers and acquisitions in global container shipping.....

Michel Janse, Total Produce:

"Food sector transport on the verge of a revolution"

Every month, Rotterdam Food Cluster asks a change maker in the food sector for innovations and new business models to weigh in on The Next Economy. Michel Jansen, Managing Director of Total Produce B.V., which is located in Waalhaven, Rotterdam, had the floor this time. This company is one of the largest.....

Maersk says it's too early to predict costs of cyber attack

Maersk said it was too early to predict the financial impact of last month's global Petya cyber attack that hit the shipping giant's computers and delayed cargoes, but added that normal operations had resumed at its ports.A.P. Moller-Maersk, Danish owner of the world's biggest container shipping line, operates.....

Low-cost digital container seal could help improve produce freshness

A new low-cost, digital seal has been developed for the CORE (Consistently Optimised REsilient Secure Global Supply-Chains) European Research Project by Dutch software company Itude Mobile.Babbler requires no installation in the fabric of a truck or container and enables the integrity of the shipment to be.....

New service increases refrigerated cargo capacity at South Carolina port

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) has opened a $14 million new refrigerated container service area at the Port of Charleston.The six-acre service area is located at the Wando Welch Terminal and features a 12-lane service canopy, on-site storage and staging for gen-sets and container washing stations,.....

China: Tianjin Airport fruit port is now officially open

Recently, 100 tonnes of American cherries from Seattle were imported through Binhai International Airport for the first time. It signals that the Tianjin Airport fruit port is now officially open for business. On May 2nd 2017, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the.....

Maersk Supply Service secures contract in the Mexican market

Maersk Supply Service has secured a long-term contract with Subtec S.A de C.V. of Mexico, a subsidiary of Blue Marine Group, for one of its Stingray new-building vessels. Maersk Supply Service will enter the Mexican market for the very first time with a long-term contract award with Blue Marine Group. Not only.....

The longest railway in the world

The world’s longest train route spans more than 8,000 miles, crosses through eight countries, and covers a greater distance than the diameter between the North and South pole.The China-Europe Block Train begins in the east Chinese city of Yiwu and crosses through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany,.....

Maersk recovers from cyber attack, back in full operation in a week

Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk said it had restored its major applications, as it brings its IT systems back online after being hit by a major cyber attack last week."Today we can finally reopen our key applications," Maersk said in a statement on Monday.The company, which handles one in seven.....

Spain: Stevedores reach agreement and call strikes off

The stevedore unions and Anesco reached an agreement on Thursday on the basic lines of the future new agreement, so the port strikes planned for this week and the next have been called off. It was just a matter of time. Following the individual agreements signed last week between the stevedores and the.....

Technical difficulties disrupt cargo exports at Indian airport

Technical glitches in the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) facility, which was launched at the Tiruchi airport on Saturday affected exports of cargo from the airport.The Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the Customs authorities were jointly involved in establishing the facility, which was built to fulfill.....

Peru: Frio Aereo to open operations center for horticultural exports in Pisco

According to Victor Mercado, the Projects Manager for Frio Aereo, this logistics operator seeks to implement a new operations center in Pisco. The company currently operates alongside the Jorge Chavez airport (Lima)."We are betting on being in other locations. The Pisco airport has the necessary conditions to.....

Uzbekistan to supply fresh produce to Novosibirsk

In August, a wholesale and retail complex for Uzbekistan's products will open in Novosibirsk. 85% of the project has already been completed and will have a total cost of about 1 billion roubles (about 14.73 million Euro).The construction of the complex was launched after the signing of a memorandum of.....

Bangladesh fruit & veg exporters losing out amid EU air cargo ban

Exporters are facing extreme difficulties in shipping their goods to the European Union due to a ban on direct cargo flights from Dhaka to the 28-nation bloc. The EU, the destination for the over 54% of the country's exports, have declared the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport a 'red zone' earlier this.....

No activity at APM Terminals yet

The container terminals of APM in the port of Rotterdam have been silent for the fourth day in a row. According to the reports no containers can yet be unloaded at the terminals. Maersk reports that the shipments are being sent to other terminals in and around Rotterdam. "With these facilities the system is.....

New express-barge "Hanse" introduced in Hamburg

The largest barge allowed on the Elbe side channel is now running regularly an express boat as a shuttle between Braunschweig und Hamburg. The new M/S "Hanse" masters the 179km distance in a transit time of less than 24 hours. "That's about as fast as a truck," says Heiko Tominski, Sales Manager of the.....

CMA CGM releases new company logo as part of new strategy

2017 has been a busy year for CMA CGM with the nomination of Rodolphe Saadé as Chief Executive Officer of the Group on February 7th, the launch of OCEAN Alliance, and the potential acquisition of Mercosul in Brazil.Upon becoming Chief Executive Officer, Rodolphe Saadé set a new strategic course with a new.....

Impact hacking continues

APM unloads ships 'manually'

The hacking which took place on Tuesday afternoon is still having major consequences for Maersk and the APM Terminals. Via Twitter, both companies are keeping customers informed of the situation.Maersk reports that some systems have been deliberately disabled. Technical recovery is being undertaken. The.....

Chokepoints in supply chain threaten global food security

More than a dozen supply chains and trade routes that facilitate global food trade are vulnerable to unforeseen crises or climate change, according to a new report.Analysts at Chatham House, the U.K.-based think tank, released a report Tuesday identifying 14 critical junctures, or “chokepoints,” through which.....

Easyfresh CEO discusses inevitable change in reefer logistics

The CEO of Easyfresh recently gave his two-cents on what he sees as inevitable change in the industry how how businesses can best prepare.Rafael Llerena, Easyfresh CEO: The price of doing the same old thing is sometimes far higher than the price of a new habit. In fact, the world doesn't like changes, yet they.....

Greek and Macedonian companies want direct Skopje-Athens air connection

Companies from Macedonia and Greece have insisted on the need for a direct airline connecting Skopje and Athens, as this would help strengthen the business ties between both countries.This was announced by the President of the Macedonian Chamber of Commerce, Sotir Ampov, in a press conference held in Skopje......

Maersk sharing data with its customers

“Customers help optimise business operations”

The data collected by Maersk Line with the Remote Container Management System (RCM) also serves to make the firm more transparent to its customers. The shipping company has been working for a long time to set up the system and use the data. "It's a unique project that gives our customers full transparency and.....

More ships docking in Qatar amid sanctions

The first of the two vessels operating the new India Qatar Express Service (IQX) has docked at Doha’s Hamad Port. The vessel, Hansa Magdeburg, had sailed from Nhava Sheva port in India, Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani Qatar) said a statement on Twitter.Mwani Qatar also announced that another ship, Paul.....