Shipping Search - Archive

October 2021

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Latest Official Statistics Show Spending Down

UK – A comment from business tax relief consultancy Catax makes interesting, and worrying reading this week, examining as it does two consecutive quarters of negative business investment, based upon the latest ONS data that covers the logistics sector. The ONS business investment statistics are an indication of net capital expenditure by UK businesses, which includes spending on items such as plant and machinery, transport equipment, software and buildings.

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Multimodal Capability for End to End Logistics

DUBAI – WORLDWIDE – In common with just about every other major shipping group DP World has clambered aboard the band wagon to offer 'a seamless, end to end supply chain', something many will feel is what freight forwarding agencies have always sought to provide.

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Useful Advice for Merchant Vessel Operators Transiting Dangerous Waters

UK – WORLDWIDE – The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) has released a new information paper providing guidance on hiring Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSCs). The use of PMSCs on board merchant ships is widely accepted as one of the measures which can assist in keeping seafarers safe from harm and protecting vessels operating in areas of increased threat.

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Port Group and Special Economic Zone Act After Discoveries

INDIA – It seems the recent seizure of almost three tonnes of heroin at the Port of Mundra was the last straw for the country's largest port operator Adani. From 15 November the company is banning all traffic emanating from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran, a policy which has brought howls of protest.

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Employers have a Responsibility for Drivers and Logistics Workers

UK – We have often written over the years with regard to the installation of alcohol interlocks, 'alcolocks', devices which ensure a driver cannot start the engine of a vehicle if his or her breath indicates alcohol has been consumed.

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European Headquartered Group Expands its Portfolio

MEXICO – ITALY – Having signed a letter of intent in late 2020 with the Ministry of Economic Development and Labour of the Yucatán State to throw itself behind a plan to develop facilities at the Port of Progreso this week the Italian shipbuilding group Fincantieri has put it corporate money where its mouth is.

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Some Random Links from the Supply Chain

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:

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Not Cabotage but Sabotage Says Road Haulage Group

UK – It seems the nature of modern politics that holding a consultation on any subject is actually merely a public relations exercise as the government response to the latest survey on the HGV driver crisis, set to end next week, has already been acted upon without waiting for the results.

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eCommerce Sector Sees New Partnership

FRANCE – US – WORLDWIDE – Austin, Texas headquartered BigCommerce, which provides an eCommerce platform for brands of all types, has announced a partnership with shipping line CMA CGM and its subsidiary NewOxatis, which supplies eCommerce solutions.

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(or Maybe He is and This is Just Another Press Induced Panic)

UK – So once again the parlous state of the British press is making major headlines based on the problems currently blighting the shipping sector - like we didn't know. We have witnessed supply chain problems since the start of the pandemic, not that this is the sole reason for what is happening now.

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Offshore Supply Vessel Will Be Testbed for Future Technology

NORWAY – With a global search underway to find any possible substitute marine fuel to replace traditional heavy oil, technology group Wärtsilä and Norwegian ship owner Eidesvik Offshore ASA have signed a landmark cooperation agreement aimed at converting an offshore supply vessel (OSV) to operate with an ammonia-fuelled combustion engine.

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Driver Problems Dog Busiest Period for Freight Movements

US – Whilst certain cloth eared officials in the UK administration refuse to accept any responsibility for the HGV driver shortage which has caused reduced supplies of certain goods in the shops, Britain is not the only place suffering, as evidenced by a White House meeting this week.

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As Driver Shortage Continues So Improvements Are Essential

EUROPE – Right across the world the need for Safe and Secure Truck Parking Areas (SSTPAs) is paramount as levels of vehicle crime escalate. It is twelve years since New York driver Jason Rivenburg was murdered whilst parked at night for a mere $7, a crime that led to a campaign by his widow Hope, and several senators, to improve things in the US.

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Exhibition and Conference Keenly Anticipated by Logistics Community

UK – As the world emerges slowly after the tribulations of Covid many in the logistics community are looking forward to the return of some semblance of normality with the fast approaching Multimodal Exhibition and Conference which opens at the NEC Birmingham on 19 October.

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Supply Demands Ultimate in Supply Chain Efficiency

GERMANY – The automation of many parts of the supply chain is racing ahead and no sector of freight forwarding and logistics is more demanding in terms of turn round times and continuity of service than the automotive sector. With the necessity for sequencing to maintain operating production lines any improvement in performance is welcome.

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Charity Honours Bravery at Sea

UK – WORLDWIDE – Last week in London three remarkable stories of skill and gallantry at sea were recognised and rewarded at a national awards ceremony. Recipients included the skipper of a 4,500 TEU container ship who won the Lady Swaythling Trophy.

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Lesser News Stories from Around the Industry

UK – 96%of UK logistics businesses are now reporting problems recruiting HGV drivers, according to the results from Logistics UK's September 2021 Performance Tracker, released this week. However, the Performance Tracker also highlighted that skills shortages are growing across the entire logistics industry, not just affecting the availability of HGV drivers.

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Matt Dawson to Host BIFA Award Celebrations for 2021

UK – Having finished his stint as the longest serving team captain on the BBC's Question of Sport, and presumably given up waiting for the phone to ring from the selectors after three tours with the British and Irish Lions, which included a World Cup win in 2003, rugby legend Matt Dawson is free to host the 33rd iteration of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) Awards in January.

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Who is Now to be Found Where Along the Supply Chain

UK – Transport and logistics sector-focused law firm HFW has hired two of the UK's leading top white-collar criminal defence and investigations experts, Barry Vitou and Anne-Marie Ottaway. Barry and Anne-Marie advise corporations and individuals on all aspects of economic crime, including compliance, pre-investigations, investigations, and prosecutions relating to fraud, bribery and corruption, insider dealing, market abuse and money laundering.

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Two Major Players Sign Up for New Technology

SWITZERLAND – GERMANY – WORLDWIDE – German NGO atmosfair, which aims to produce tens of thousands of litres of synthetic fuel at a plant in Werlte, Emsland, has received a major boost after receiving an order for 25,000 litres per year for the next five years from two of the transport industry's big hitters.

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Watch Out for the Regulators as Christmas Approaches

SOUTH KOREA – WORLDWIDE – OK so it may be not the biggest order for new container vessels but the fact that Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction has received its first major merchant fleet order for six years is a bellwether for the current state of the ocean shipping industry.

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Exploration of Infrastructure of Information Services

GERMANY – Hamburg Port Consulting (HPC), which supplies a logistics consultancy for ports, maritime and inland terminals as well as intermodal rail transport, has been commissioned by the German Directorate-General for Waterways and Shipping (GDWS) to conduct a study on information services for ports and terminals.

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Grateful for Government Cash BIFA Makes its Own Moves

UK – For some time now the British International Freight Association (BIFA) has been leading the drive to attract more and younger recruits to the freight and logistics professions. The Association, which principally represents forwarding companies, has welcomed the news then that the government is extending the period of time that businesses can access cash incentives for hiring new apprentices.

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Global Problem Faced with Expansion of Terminal Facilities

UK – There have been tales of woe from around the globe for the past few months telling of the number of empty shipping containers which are 'in the wrong place', causing some ports immense problems as stock built up clogging the throughput of trade.

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Who Let the Dogs Out in Belfast?

UNITED KINGDOM – It is a tragic hangover from days past that virtually all cargo leaving Northern Ireland requires screening, with the continuing grim association in the memories of many between Belfast and explosives.

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Company Switches Emphasis as the Environment Gains Importance

NORWAY – WORLDWIDE – The subject of anti-fouling paints has always been a divisive one. Now the drive to clean up what we put into the ecosystem has had a tangible effect on one of the major producers of chemical coatings to deter the growth of life forms on the hulls of vessels of all types.

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Who is Going Where This Week

UK – Warehouse space strategist, Bis Henderson Space, has appointed Alex Murray to the position of Business Development Manager. Alex Murray's appointment is part of the first phase of a recruitment drive to support plans for growth of the business and will be followed by further appointments. Alex will be responsible for driving new business opportunities, as well as developing and managing a growing supplier base.

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Some Tiny Tales from Transport and Logistics

UK – Qatari based freight and logistics outfit GAC has extended its agreement as the Official Logistics Partner of Aberdeen Football Club (AFC) with an enhanced sponsorship to include GAC branding on the sleeves of the Club's Women's team match kits, underlining its commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion. A new match ball plinth at all first team games at the Club's home ground, Pittodrie, will see GAC 'delivering' the match ball ahead of kick-off.

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One Million Pounds Available for Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles Route Improvements

UK – Under the government's National Disability Strategy funding was to be made available for certain key transport routes. Now the Department for Transport (DfT) is accepting bids for a £1 million grant to boost accessibility for ferries to the Isle of Wight and the Isles of Scilly.

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Seafarer Welfare is Paramount

UK – WORLDWIDE – Following his election in April this year this week Nick Brown, chief executive of Lloyd's Register, was formally introduced as the new Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) to a group of specially invited maritime journalists at a press conference in London.

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Touch Sensitive Articulated Lift Trucks Stop Automatically

UK – Operating a lift truck in the narrowest of aisles can be a stressful and dangerous practice which requires a high level of skill from the operator. Now one manufacturer is introducing a safety feature which it claims dramatically reduces the risk of anything untoward happening whilst working in the banks of closely spaced racking.

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