[caption caption="The FMC final rule concludes a two-year process into an application filed by the World Shipping Council. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Container lines will no longer be required to file ‘essential terms’ of contracts with cargo owners with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) under a rule formally adopted by the regulatory...
[caption caption="Shipping industry stakeholders are debating who should bear the financial cost when certain events inside a terminal prevent the timely pickup of containers. Photo credit: Ari Ashe/JOC.com."][/caption]The container shipping industry remains far apart on whether the Federal Maritime Commission’s (FMC's) proposed rule on detention and demurrage will resolve or...
ACCRA, Ghana — Senior maritime and transport officials in Ghana identified piracy and corruption as central challenges in the development of an efficient port and supply chain network in West Africa. Incidents of piracy and armed robbery were singled out by Richard Anamoo, director general of Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority,...
[caption]Maersk Lebu. Credit: Fotoflite[/caption]Underscoring Southeast Asia’s new role as the world’s piracy hot spot, pirates attacked six vessels, including two container ships, in the straits of Malacca and Singapore Friday and Saturday Authorities believe the same group, comprising four to five perpetrators armed with knives, were behind all six incidents, according...
When it comes to piracy, carriers must balance the speeds and routes their vessels take with crew safety and delivering maximum efficiency to clients. Typically, ships move at slower than their maximum speeds to reduce fuel usage and increase savings for both carriers and customers alike. While these benefits are tangible,...
Shippers have plenty to worry about — including volatile pricing and cargo delays — but piracy should be less of a concern, as the number of incidents has been falling since 2010. The general decline can be attributed to renewed international efforts to combat piracy. Pirate attacks targeting container vessels fell...
[caption align="left"][/caption]A Mediterranean Shipping Co. container ship and a bulk carrier were attacked in separate but possibly related incidents off the coast of Indonesia, according to the intergovernmental anti-piracy office ReCAAP. The two incidents, which are reported to have happened within hours of each other, involved ships sailing eastbound in the Straits...
Militants loyal to ISIS could bring Somali-style piracy to the Mediterranean, threatening the world’s largest trade lane, European officials warn. It’s been 200 years since pirates operated in the Mediterranean, but recent developments in North Africa suggest the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria could launch attacks on commercial and passenger...
Maritime piracy fell to an eight-year low in 2014 as a continuing decline in attacks off Somalia offset a surge in ship hijackings in Asian waters. Attacks against small tankers off South East Asian coasts saw global hijackings rise to 21 in 2014 from 12 in 2013, according to the International...
Events on the U.S. West Coast dominated on JOC.com this past week, as labor negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association could finally be heating up. Five of the Top 10 stories on JOC.com in the past week focused on the issue. This round of...
With piracy in West Africa on the rise, a newly released report highlights how pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea are far more violent than in Somalia and less-focused on ransom, requiring the industry to take a different approach to curb attacks. The set of standards, a 12-page document entitled...
While it is obvious that beneficial cargo owners shipped early this year through the West Coast in anticipation of the July 1 deadline for contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and waterfront employers, reports of cargo surges at Canadian and U.S. East Coast ports in May and...
European shipowners are asking the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers to endorse a maritime security plan aimed at safeguarding ships around the globe. The European Commission and the European External Action Service joined forces to write the security plan earlier this year. Today, the European Community Shipowners Association asked...
Eleven sailors from the Malaysia-flag container ship Albedo held hostage for more than three years by Somali pirates have arrived safely in Kenya, according to mediators who helped secure their freedom, Al Jazeera reported. The 1,066-TEU vessel, which had a 23-man crew when it was attacked, was hijacked about 1,500 kilometers off...
Manchester - UK – Poseidon Marine Security has launched a global marketing campaign for its new product ProtectaDeck, an anti-piracy barrier for the shipping industry to protect vessels and oil rig platforms from the increased number of piracy attacks throughout the world . ProtectaDeck prevents intruders from boarding, is inexpensive, as well...
Japan’s new anti-piracy law will take effect on Saturday, 17 days after it was enacted by the Diet, the nation’s parliament, the transport ministry announced this week. The new law will allow private armed guards to board Japanese-registered oil tankers and other cargo ships in waters off Somalia and elsewhere. Under the...
Ten crew members and 25 security guards aboard a ship engaged in anti-piracy services were arrested in Chennai Oct. 18 after they failed to produce proper documents allowing them to carry weapons, Indian authorities said. The MV Seaman Guard Ohio is owned by Washington-based AdvanFort International, and flies the Sierra Leone...
Global piracy has fallen to a seven-year low, but attacks off the coast of Nigeria have surged by a third, the International Maritime Bureau said. There were 188 piracy incidents in the first nine months of 2013, down from 233 in the same period last year, and the number of hostages...
The Japanese government adopted a new anti-piracy bill at a cabinet meeting this week that would allow private armed guards to board Japanese-registered oil tankers and other cargo ships in waters off Somalia and elsewhere. The government will seek to have the bill enacted during an extraordinary session of the Diet,...
A suspected Somali pirate chief has been arrested in Belgium after he was lured to the country by police posing as filmmakers who wanted him to star in a documentary about his exploits. Mohamed Abdi Hassan, known as “Afweyne” or “Big Mouth,” allegedly has pocketed millions of dollars in ransom payments...
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Awake.AI has launched a user-friendly berth planning tool that helps to improve collaboration between all port actors and is fully integrated with other port IT systems. Berth Planner’s AI-empowered predictions provide insights on arriving and departing ships, suggest the most efficient berth option and give warnings when the berth is double booked or there are […]
Several UN agencies have issued a set of guidance to help supply chain enterprises protect seafarers’ rights, amid concerns that the number of crew stranded at sea by COVID-19 restrictions could surge from the current level of 200,000. The Human Rights Due Diligence Tool is a joint initiative of the UN Global Compact (UNGC), the […]
An agreement has been made between APM Terminals (APMT) and Plaquemines Port to discuss the future of the Plaquemines Port Harbour and Terminal District (PPHTD). As part of the agreement, APMT will be considered as the future terminal operator of the facility which is in the early stages of development as a deep water, multi-modal […]
Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) consolidated its presence in the Indian container port market during the 2021 fiscal year, raising its market share to 41% as its flagship hub in Mundra became India’s leading container port. Mundra Port in the state of Gujarat handled 5.66m teu, placing it almost 1m teu ahead of […]
MADE.COM, one of the largest occupiers of DP World London Gateway’s logistics park, is set to exercise an expansion option in its lease agreement and double its onsite capacity. The leading digital lifestyle brand in home will open an additional 350,000 sq ft of warehousing over two phases, with the first phase complete by August […]
Strong demand and significant disruption to global supply chains drove freight rates to record levels in the first quarter of the year, helping Maersk deliver an operating profit of US$3.1bn, representing a remarkable sixfold increase. In a market affected by operational challenges such as bottlenecks, lack of capacity and equipment shortages, volumes grew by 6% […]
Atlantic Container Line (ACL) is acquiring 150 new containers equipped with Carrier Transicold PrimeLINE reefer units featuring the Lynx Fleet digital solution for monitoring and control of refrigerated shipments. The shipping line, which is part of the Grimaldi Group, is adding the 40 ft high-cube refrigerated containers for fleet expansion, serving on trade routes between […]
The Port of Rotterdam and German steel companies thyssenkrupp Steel and HKM have begun to jointly investigate setting up international supply chains for hydrogen. Together, the partners will explore hydrogen import opportunities via Rotterdam as well as a possible pipeline corridor between Rotterdam and thyssenkrupp Steel’s and HKM’s steel sites in Duisburg. For decades, both […]
The Canadian government has passed legislation which makes it illegal for dockworkers at the Port of Montreal to continue their strike, although the local union is gearing up for a court battle. According to the port authority, the decision means that the operational and commercial uncertainty related to labour relations between the dockworkers’ union and […]
Swift Cargo, one of India’s leading non-vessel owning common carriers (NVOCCs), has joined the TradeLens blockchain-based platform to use its electronic bill of lading (eBL) product, hoping to eliminate delays related to documentation. The TradeLens eBL, recently approved by the International Group of P&I Clubs (IGP&I), will digitise bills of lading, along with other critical […]
Talks to increase the minimum wage at the International Labour Organization (ILO) have broken down as seafarers call proposed 3% increase a “slap in the face”. A three-year deal was put forward by ship-owners to provide a level of security to seafarers across the world “at a time when many workers on land are having […]
The CMA CGM Group has announced an order for 22 new container vessels from China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) Group. Aiming to accommodate market growth, the vessels are expected to join the French company’s fleet between 2023 and 2024. All the vessels under order are either powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) or very low […]
The Panama Canal has launched its transition process to decarbonise its operations, aiming to become carbon neutral by 2030. The waterway has purchased four electric vehicles as part of a pilot programme that will collect data to inform the migration of the canal’s entire fleet away from fossil fuel dependence. Part of its strategic decarbonisation […]
DP World has launched DUBUY.com, a global wholesale e-commerce platform, in Rwanda with plans to expand across Africa and across the world. DUBUY.com adds digital trading corridors to the physical corridors DP World has built across the African continent with its investment in ports, terminals and logistics operations. Clare Akamanzi, CEO, Rwanda development board, said: […]
Wärtsilä and the Port of Tanger Med are collaborating to develop a new Port Management information System (PMIS), which will utilise data exchange to boost operational efficiency, port safety and environmental sustainability. Both organisations will co-develop smart port tools for port operations and digitalisation including implementing Just-In-Time (JIT) solutions, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI). […]
MSC has introduced the electronic bill of lading (eBL) for its customers around the world, following a successful pilot phase, using a solution on an independent blockchain platform WAVE BL. WAVE BL is a blockchain-based system that uses distributed ledger technology to ensure that all parties involved in a cargo shipment booking can issue, transfer, […]
The China Indonesia Service jointly operated by Gold Star Line (GSL), Ocean Network Express (ONE) and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has begun calling at DaChan Bay Terminals. The service, which features four vessels with a maximum capacity of 4,250 teu, will call at DaChan Bay in the West Shenzhen Port area every Sunday. The […]
Russia’s largest container handling facility Container Terminal Saint Petersburg (CTSP) has begun using the Solvo.KPI dashboard toolkit, aiming to raise terminal efficiency. The module, which incorporates 54 different metrics, works as an add-on to Solvo.TOS, the terminal operating system (TOS) running at CTSP, helping the operator to organise regular automated monitoring of the terminal. The […]
South Florida Container Terminal (SFCT) has begun to close in on the completion of its three-year modernisation project to prepare for future growth. The project focused on transforming the land into a more sustainable operation with new, electric rubber-tyre gantry (RTG) cranes and added cargo storage space using a densification model which allows 2.5 times […]
The Port of Leixões has started its energy transition process as it aims to become the first port in Europe with zero emissions by 2035. Throughout this year, the Port Authority of Leixões (APDL) will present its Energy Transition Roadmap which should guide concrete actions aimed at making Leixões one of the first non-polluting ports. […]
Daniel Maffei, appointed chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), told industry figures last week that it is time for the US Government to review its shipping laws and regulations given the fundamental changes that the industry has seen since the 1980’s. Speaking at a National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, Inc., (NCBFAA) […]
Hapag-Lloyd will improve its current connections to Portugal with weekly departures from the ports of Lisbon and Leixões to and from Tangier and Rotterdam, starting on 19 May. The German company believes that with these new sailings it will secure a better and faster connection with its main line services. The first departures of the […]
Hutchison Ports Netherlands B.V., a subsidiary of Hutchison Ports Holdings, has signed an agreement to acquire the Rotterdam container terminal APM Terminals Rotterdam (APMTR) from APM Terminals (APMT). APMTR is located adjacent to Hutchison Ports’ existing ECT Delta terminal in the Maasvlakte area of Europe’s largest port and has 1,600m of deep-water quay serviced by […]
TradeLens, the blockchain platform developed by AP Moller - Maersk and IBM, has partnered with China Unicom Digital Tech for its official commercialisation in China. The subsidiary of the global telecommunication service provider China Unicom will host and operate TradeLens in the Chinese Mainland, making it available to global exporters and importers in China, along […]
DP World is ready to start the development of the deep sea port at Banana in the Congo Central province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, following agreement on amendments to the initial contract between the company and the government of the country. The port will be the DRC's first deep sea port along […]
Ocean Network Express (ONE) has announced the expansion of its current refrigerated container fleet by adding 27,500 new units, including 850 reefers equipped with advanced Controlled Atmosphere (CA) technology. This new investment comes on the heels of 5,000 units (all 40’ HC) invested by ONE in early 2020, which demonstrates its strong commitment to meet […]
Minsheng Financial Leasing (MSFL) has ordered a pair of 16,000TEU container ships from Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC), the latter’s parent China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) announced on 7 May. While MSFL, the leasing unit of China Minsheng Bank, would only state that the ships will be bareboat-chartered to a European liner operator, CSSC said […]
International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has announced increases in revenue, earnings and volumes for the first quarter of the year compared with the same period last year across its three regions, Asia, the Americas, and Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). In particular, ICTSI has reported revenue from port operations of US$435.6 million, an […]
Technological advancements have continually enhanced people’s way of life. Today, e-commerce is booming. Everyone can buy products from any place in the world, without geographical limitation. This is made possible by the online stores and shipping industries. Customers will order goods then the vendor will collaborate with a shipping company to deliver the products purchased. […]
Bottlenecks in key regions such as the Los Angeles port complex and North European ports, exacerbated by the Suez Canal blockage and container shortages have seen growing congestion along supply chains. Project44's VP marketing Josh Brazil argues the industry must learn lessons from the events of the last year. Congestion at ports around the globe […]
American Trucking Associations' chief executive is among the speakers who will address the Senate Commerce Committee on May 11 as it examines operations across the nation's supply chains. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.
A rally in gasoline futures lost steam as traders expect there will be enough fuel supply to meet demand after a cyberattack led to the shutdown of the largest U.S. oil-products pipeline. Crude futures reversed gains
Tyson Foods Inc., the biggest U.S. meat company, reported better-than-expected fiscal second-quarter earnings and raised its sales forecast as beef markets strengthen and the company increases prices to pass through higher costs.
Self-driving truck startup Plus agreed to merge with special purpose acquisition company Hennessy Capital Investment Corp. V, becoming the latest developer of autonomous vehicles to seek a public listing via a blank-check firm.
NEW YORK — The cyberextortion attempt that has forced the shutdown of a vital U.S. pipeline was carried out by a criminal gang known as DarkSide that cultivates a Robin Hood image of stealing from corporations and giving a cut to charity, two people close to the investigation said May 9.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is providing emergency relief from hours-of-service regulations to motor carriers and drivers assisting operations linked to refined petroleum supply chains in the East Coast in the wake of a cyberattack against Colonial Pipeline.
NEW YORK — The shutdown of a vital U.S. pipeline because of a ransomware attack stretched into a third day May 9, with the Biden administration saying an “all-hands-on-deck” effort is underway to restore operations and avoid disruptions in gasoline supply.
Colonial Pipeline is working to restore operations after a cyberattack prompted the company to take its systems offline, threatening the supply of refined petroleum products to gas stations in major cities on the U.S. eastern seaboard.
Americold reported a net loss of $14.2 million, or negative 6 cents a share, for the period ending March 31. The company said much of the loss can be attributed to increased acquisition and integration costs.
The Lion Electric Co., a manufacturer of all-electric medium- and heavy-duty urban vehicles, announced it selected Joliet, Ill., for the construction of its U.S. manufacturing facility, with building to ramp up in the second half of this year.
Nikola Corp. posted a narrower-than-expected loss for its latest quarter as the troubled electric-vehicle startup ramped up testing of its debut battery-electric Class 8 trucks and said securities regulators investigating the company issued an additional subpoena in March.