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Weekly Snippets of News from the Shipping and Logistics Community You Might Have Missed

From Changing Ferry Services to a Particularly Spectacular Tribute for Those Keeping Us Going

BALTIC SEA – Due to the Covid-19 coronavirus, Viking Line will continue to keep services on the Baltic Sea at a reduced level. Four of the company's seven vessels will sail primarily with cargo between Finland and Sweden, the Åland Islands and Estonia to ensure security of supply. Passenger traffic has virtually come to a standstill following the authorities' restrictions. Demand for cargo transport remains high.

Friday, April 3, 2020
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Virus? What Virus? Shipping and Logistics Vacancies in a Time of Crisis Still Need to be Filled

Staff Movements Continue Despite Global Pandemic

GERMANY – IRELAND – Dachser has announced a series of changes to its Executive team. After 31 years of close cooperation in operational management positions at Dachser, CEO Bernhard Simon and his deputy Michael Schilling, COO Road Logistics, will join the logistics provider's Supervisory Board in 2021, with Simon becoming its Chair. Burkhard Eling, who joined the Dachser Executive Board as CFO in 2013, will become the new CEO of the family-owned company on January 1, 2021.

Friday, April 3, 2020
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How to Move a Gigantic Floating Spacecraft Launch Platform

Project Freight Forwarding Alive and Well

US – RUSSIA –So how does one move a 436-foot long by 220-foot wide semi-submersible mobile spacecraft launch platform? It seems project freight forwarding, which always provides some of the most interesting trade case studies, continues to turn up with the goods as this epic demonstrates.

Friday, April 3, 2020
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Ice Class Cruise Ship Attacked and Rammed in International Waters

Naval Patrol Boat Sinks After Act of Belligerence

VENEZUELA – The country, suffering under sanctions due to the US and a batch of other nations claiming its government has no legitimacy, lost one of its naval vessels this week in the most bizarre of circumstances when it deliberately rammed a cruise ship.

Friday, April 3, 2020
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Gas Carriers Provide a New Market for Hull Cleaning Technology

Water Jet System Accepted as Suitable by Another State

QATAR – We have been tracking the progress of the partnership between HullWiper, which uses remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) to clean the hulls of a range of ships, and international shipping group GAC, since 2014 and now the pair have again entered new territory.

Thursday, April 2, 2020
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Maritime Unions Declare Container Ship Arrivals Break Quarantine Regulations

Wharfies Refuse to Work if Crews Do Not Self Isolate

AUSTRALIA – Maritime union representatives are up in arms at what they claim are blatant breaches of the anti-virus precautions guidelines prescribed by the Federal government. The argument arises as three more container ships arriving from Asian ports are scheduled to discharge with no quarantine measures in force.

Thursday, April 2, 2020
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Cross Channel Statistics Interesting as Virus Affects Both Freight Truck and Passenger Traffic

Undersea Route Publishes Latest Figures

UK – FRANCE – In the face of the virus all bets are off when it comes to performance figures in every facet of commercial life. It is interesting to note therefore how the latest statistics from Getlink stack up as the company provides a unique environment for both passengers and freight vehicles passing between the two countries.

Thursday, April 2, 2020
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International Forwarding Agents Appeal for Restriction of Demurrage and Detention Charges

Shore Based Container Rates are Intended to Serve Two Purposes

WORLDWIDE – In these unprecedented times the concern is that many companies, faced with strains put on their businesses through no fault of their own, may well go to the wall. The organisation which represents the international freight forwarding community has therefore put a proposition to all shipping lines, ports and terminals to exercise restraint in their levying of demurrage and detention charges.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
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Transport Insurance Specialist Advises on Procedures During the Virus Outbreak

Mutual Insurer says Communication is the Key to Combat Contract Disputes

UK – WORLDWIDE – Everybody in the field of logistics realises the importance of their industry to society at this terrible time. Over the coming weeks there will be considerable uncertainty for stakeholders through the entire transport industry as the global economy slows, governments prioritise specific supplies, consumer spending decreases and personnel shortages become more prevalent. However, the need for the supply chain of essentials, foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment, to remain robust and efficient will be more critical than ever.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
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150 Year Celebration Postponed but Independent Freight Forwarder Shows Spirit of Logistics

Despite the Virus UK Group Keeps the Wheels Turning

UK – As Britain's largest independently owned freight forwarding group Davies Turner has doubtless seen some ups and downs in its 150 year history. However, as Covid-19 grips the world the pandemic has done nothing to dent the attitude of those in the logistics sector who are charged with maintaining the country's supply chain.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
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