Friday, October 15, 2021

A Handful of Miscellaneous Transport Related News

Some Random Links from the Supply Chain
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has welcomed the major reform of the international tax system that was announced last week at the OEDC. The landmark deal, agreed by 136 countries, will see Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) be subject to a minimum 15% tax rate from 2023. Helio Vicente, Shipping Policy Manager at ICS, commented:

"We welcome the announcement and the active engagement with the shipping industry to ensure we do not become collateral damage in what is an important amendment to the global tax regime. We will continue to work with the OECD and others to ensure that we have a robust and equitable global tax architecture."

JAPAN – K Line has conducted an Emergency Response Exercise as a part of training for the optimum emergency response prepared to react to any real major maritime accidents. The scenario pictured an ore carrier chartered by K Line colliding with a Coastal Cargo Carrier when she was transiting Tokyo Bay. A crisis-management headquarters was set up and communications established with all relevant parties.

Online tools were effectively used on the assumption that many concerned members were working remotely in response to the Covid-19 outbreak and even a mock press conference to update the media was simulated to ensure every facet of a real disaster of this nature could be swiftly managed.

CHINA – The Shandong Port Group is making great claims for its newly opened, fully automated container terminal in the Port of Rizhao. The machinery in the port uses the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System coupled with 5G, linking with its terminal operating system (TOS) to enable what it describes as ‘one click container handling’ within the confines of the port, with boxes collected and delivered autonomously throughout.

DENMARK – Inchcape Shipping Services has opened a new office in Frederikshavn that it says will enable it to offer a comprehensive package of services to ships calling in Denmark. The company now operates in all Danish ports either with its own personnel or through carefully selected and vetted partner agencies.

Among Inchcape’s key services now available from the new local office are pilotage to meet Danish Straits Passage requirements, together with other passage services such as crew change and bunkering, and operations services such as port agency and dry-docking.

DENMARK – A.P. Moller - Maersk (Maersk) has announced the signing of a global end-to-end logistics agreement with Danish Crown from 2021. Danish Crown is one of the world's largest exporters and the number one supplier of pork in Europe. The Danish Crown Group is also the largest meat-processing company in Europe, and Danish Crown Beef is a key player in the European beef market,

The three-year end-to-end agreement covers all Danish Crown’s business units, delivering solutions on ocean services, inland logistics and cold chain logistics. Access to the digital supply chain platform Tradelens, which is underpinned by blockchain technology, is also a core part of the agreement.

UK – The Woodland Group has acquired 50% of Worldwide Book Services (WBS) the pair having worked together for over a decade. The two run a joint service offering published material logistics across east and west Europe, and Russia. WBS Managing Director David Burnham remains 50% shareholder and will partner with Woodland Group to develop and grow opportunities through their shared network, global coverage, and client database.

Photo: K Line conducted a safety exercise this week.