Shipping Search - Archive

July 2020

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You Wait Ages for One New Service - Then Two Come Along at Once

UK – It seems the new intermodal service operated by GB Railfreight (GBRf) connecting the Port of Southampton to the East Midlands Gateway (EMG) rail terminal operated by Maritime Transport was not the only win for the Felixstowe headquartered group. Freightliner has also recommenced its service from the Suffolk port to EMG, further supporting Maritime's evolution from road haulage to a multimodal logistics operation.

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New Deal Awaits Authorities Approval

AUSTRIA – GERMANY – Gebrüder Weiss has taken over large parts of the operational business of Ipsen Logistics. The consequence is that the Lauterach headquartered group has managed to increase its presence in Germany simultaneously expanding its global Air & Sea network to include national companies in Belgium, Poland, and Malaysia.

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Ignorance of Current Fees Can Cause Delays and Costs

UK – WORLDWIDE – International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC), one of the Thomas Miller group of insurance related businesses, has sent out a warning to port agents to inform their regular principals of port fee and tariff increases, even if the details are in the public domain. This will avoid disputes as well as delayed reimbursement payments.

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With EU Customs Entries Looming Now is the Time to Claim Generous Assistance

UK – From today (29 July 2020) the latest tranche of government funding for customs intermediaries has become available to increase their capacity to make declarations ahead of 2021. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), which is running the scheme in partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), is encouraging anyone, such as brokers, freight forwarders and express parcel operators, who makes such declarations to take advantage of the funding now.

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Private Motorists and HGV Operators Should Respond to Consultation to Save Lives

UK – With the government announcing plans to encourage cycling, and promising funds to free up space on Britain's already crowded road network, many in the road haulage community are looking forward to the future with some trepidation. We would go further and say without some proper legislation people are going to die due to a badly thought out policy when something can clearly be done.

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Food and Furniture Chains Follow Through on Commitment

UK – Last month we detailed how the Waitrose and John Lewis brands were building a dedicated biomethane gas filling station to enable the employee-owned partnerships's largest heavy goods vehicles to use an alternative to diesel. However as well as the trucks which deliver the bulk of goods to distribution centres, the two have a fleet of smaller vehicles for last mile deliveries and now plans for these have been confirmed.

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(Perhaps Not by as Much as Some Would Have you Believe However)

WORLDWIDE – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released data for global air freight markets in June which show some improvement, however it points out that the changes noted are at a slower pace than some of the other traditional leading indicators would suggest.

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British Hauliers Permitted to Continue as Normal Despite Covid-19 Ruling

UK – SPAIN – Hauliers concerned about returning from Spain after the UK government slapped a 14 day quarantine order on travellers coming in from any part of the country yesterday have no need to worry. Additionally there was confirmation that HGVs can hit the road a little cheaper for the next year.

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Key Location to Access Continent's Logistics Corridor

CAMEROON – PHILIPPINES – Manila based port and freight container terminal operator International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has signed the concession contract with the Port Autonome de Kribi (PAK) for the development, operation and maintenance of the Kribi Multipurpose Terminal (KMT) in Cameroon.

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Leaving the EU Means a Serious Change in Phytosanitary Packing Regulations

UK – EUROPE – One of the perennial trip wires stretched across the path of international shipping is the presence of the ISPM15 regulations. This is the International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures that requires all wooden pallets to have been treated to completely eliminate pests, and bear the relevant industry mark to evidence the fact.

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White Paper Paints a Vision of the Future - But Gets Dismissed by Industry Opponents

UK – First it was horsepower versus mechanical technology, then we had external (steam) versus internal (petrol/diesel) combustion, the latter of which first had to win the battle with electrically driven road vehicles. Now, whether you noticed or not, another fight for supremacy is taking place and it is not just a rerun, with gas also now bidding for supremacy.

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At a Time of Crisis Reduced Container Handling Turnover Simply Doesn't Look So Bad

DUBAI – In normal times the news that one of the world's major container handling and 'logistics enabling' groups had seen its freight trade fall off by over five percent in the first half of a year would be greeted with glum looks and talks of a recession. These however are very far from normal times and DP World's latest published figures do not seem so bad, especially compared to other transport sectors.

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The Look of Logistics for the Next Two Decades

US – MHI, the North Carolina based trade association which represents a large proportion of the country's material handling and logistics stakeholders, has published the results of its latest report looking forward to the next decade or two of key technologies which will impact the supply chain industries.

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Some Stuff You May Well Have Missed

UK – With the Multimodal 2020 exhibition now cancelled until it appears as the 2021 edition, IMHX can truly claim to be the country's largest logistics and supply chain exhibition for this year at least. The biennial event is scheduled to run between the 14th and 16th September at the NEC, Birmingham.

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Air Freight Volumes Down as Expected

NETHERLANDS – Normally positioned as Europe's fourth busiest airport, Schiphol usually gives a pretty good indication of traffic volumes, and this week the figures released show the impact of Covid-9 on the market with the total cargo volume for the first half of 2020 declining by 14.5% to 655,942 tonnes compared to 2019, as an increase in full freighter cargo did not make up for the decline in belly traffic.

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Sustainable Packaging Win for Company Down Under

NEW ZEALAND – AUSTRALIA – UK – WORLDWIDE – With sustainability now regarded as one of the prime components within future supply chain resilience programmes customers are trying to be more environmentally responsible, and the green credentials of sellers are an increasingly important factor, particularly in online shoppers' buying decisions.

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Freight Forwarders Concern at Disassociation with Government

UK – The ever present problem of the disassociation of civil servants and the respective government department which they advise, with the industry lobby groups which try and influence their thinking, must at times be a source of frustration to both parties. The current case of the Brexit negotiations illustrates this point perfectly.

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Hopeful Signs as Maritime Activity Returns

WORLDWIDE – It would seem to be a sure sign that the world is emerging from hibernation imposed by the coronavirus that the eleventh version of the bi-weekly IAPH-WPSP Port Economic Impact Barometer has been announced as the final one in the series. Active since 6 April 2020 on a weekly basis and then bi-weekly as of mid-May, co-authors Professor Theo Notteboom and Professor Thanos Pallis are working on a more comprehensive report to be published in September 2020. This summary report will provide a detailed analysis of the trends observed from survey weeks 15 to 29.

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Despite Moves to Get Crews Home Pressures Remain on Many

UK – WORLDWIDE – Yet again the generosity of the shipping and logistics professions hse been illustrated by the response to the Mission to Seafarers 'Flying Angel' campaign with so far £450,000 of the £600,000 target achieved. The fund is to assist crews stranded by the Covid-19 outbreak, many of whom are either on vastly extended contracts, or unable to reach their ships.

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Much Promised but More to Deliver

UK – In 2018 the Rail Freight Group (RFG) issued two position papers on the Transpennine Route, one outlining the commercial drivers for enhancing the corridor for freight, the other listing the advantages of the 'Diggle' route via Stalybridge and Huddersfield. Following the government's announcement that improved freight capacity and electrification are to be developed as part of the upgrade, the organisation has expressed its satisfaction.

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Rail Freight Group Continues to Expand Portfolio

UK – The influence of GB Railfreight (GBRf) on the intermodal sector continues to grow with the announcement that Britain's third largest rail cargo company has commenced its fourth daily service from the rail terminal operated by Solent Stevedores at the Port of Southampton, to East Midlands Gateway, Derby.

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Government Announces Immediate Review of Procedures

UK – The credit for the government announcement that it is to review roadworthiness testing for HGVs was immediately claimed by the Road Haulage Association (RHA) which said the decision by the Department for Transport was a direct result of its 'relentless lobbying'.

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Pollution from Global Shipping - How One Major Container Line is Getting Greener

WORLDWIDE – It is now a fact of business life that most companies, particularly the largest, need to evidence their care for the environment. What that often means for anyone in the supply chain is that they need to show tangible proof which can be used to then further demonstrate to a customer's clients their own credibility. Despite its relatively low impact per tonne of freight compared to air cargo, due to its scale ocean shipping is a particular case.

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Insurers Hold Webinar to Discuss the Future Risks and Advantages

UK – WORLDWIDE – Over the past decade we have looked at the full panoply of autonomous devices being used and developed for the logistics market. Whether it be land, sea or air someone out there is advancing the technology with a view to, at least partially, removing the human element, and now the insurance sector has taken a look to see what is going on.

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Animated Video Gets the Message Across

UK – WORLDWIDE – The old adage that a picture paints a thousand words is still apparently as true today as it ever was, at least as far as the UK P&I Club is concerned as the insurer launches the latest video in a series of award-winning reflective educational training films for all to watch and learn from.

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EU Funds Fourteen Partners Work Toward Cost and Pollution Savings

NORWAY – EUROPE – The TrAM project is yet another of those experimental environmental setups tasked with bringing transport systems back from the future to the present day. Funded by the EU's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme the 14 participants are working together to develop a zero-emission fast going passenger vessel through advanced modular production.

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Some Snippets You May Find of Interest

WORLDWIDE – International freight forwarding and logistics group C.H. Robinson has joined forces with Microsoft to link the cargo specialist's global multimodal transportation management platform Navisphere to the software group's Azure IoT Central cloud system and thus provide a real time visibility option for customers.

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Reversing a Ship Through the Floes Just Got a Whole Lot Easier

FINLAND – SOUTH KOREA – RUSSIA – The Arctic LNG-2 project intends to produce, store and ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) and gas condensate from the Salmanovsky gas field of the Gydan Peninsula. The project involves the construction of three LNG production lines with a capacity of 6.6 million tonnes per year, as well as stable gas condensate. The total capacity of three lines is therefore projected to be 19.8 million tonnes of LNG per year overall.

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Fuel Price Lobby Takes on the Wrath of Khan

UK – As can be seen from the photograph, one certain thing when dealing with a statement from the head of FairFuelUK is that it will contain some expansive language. Now the fuel price lobby group has joined with the Alliance of British Drivers (ABD) in a bid to legally challenge the London Mayor over his latest policy and, together with an appeal for funds to do so, the arguments used are as demonstrative as ever.

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LNG Instruction Open to All in Cyprus

CYPRUS – WORLDWIDE – The writing is on the wall regarding fuel to be used in ocean going vessels of the future and, with electrically powered ships still not in sight as concerns anything larger than a short sea RoRo ferry, gas will be, at least in the interim, the way to go for many fleets.

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Major Business Sectors Sold Off for an Initial Thousand Pounds

UK – So the Stobart Group has made good on its recent promise that it would exit the rail sector by the end of its next financial year. The Stobart Rail and Civils businesses have been bought by Bavaria Industries Group AG, which has paid an initial cash consideration of just £1,000.

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Why Did So Few Governments Meet to Right and Obvious Humanitarian Wrong?

WORLDWIDE – Whilst the recent talks in London regarding the status upgrade of seafarers to recognise them as key workers and urgently remove red tape to permit their repatriation were generally praised, there was a cogent, and slightly less enthusiastic point made by the new head of maritime group BIMCO.

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Another Heavy Lift Happy Ending

UAE – TAIWAN – Break bulk and project heavy lift carrier, AAL Shipping has delivered a cable carousel measuring 23 metres in diameter, so that is a massive 73 metres in circumference, to the Jan De Nul Group, for the Formosa 2 offshore wind farm project, 9.5 kilometres off the coast of north-west Taiwan.

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Consultancy Considers Dangers Which Can Affect Any Type of Business

WORLDWIDE – GHD, a business started in the 1920's in Australia and which has grown to include multiple sectors in its consultancy portfolio, has taken a look at how recent disruptive events have impacted the port sector. Unusually in these extraordinary times this is not just focused on the current pandemic.

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A Look at Container Based Pop Up Businesses Fighting for Custom During Lockdown

UK – We have covered the multiple uses to which shipping containers have been put over the years on several occasions. From luxury houses and boutique hotels to aquaria and kids sports facilities, plus of course the famous pop up Pen Tavern which toured the logistics exhibition scene for container group Pentalver.

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EU Border Report - Some Progress Made but Could Do Better

UK – Logistics groups of every hue reacted rapidly to the latest UK government plans for the proposed Border Operating Model that will take effect from the end of the Transition Period. The reaction was largely a metaphorical pat on the head rather than a slap on the back. When a freight trade organisation says it is ' keeping its fingers crossed' that hardly shouts inspired confidence.

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Singapore Retains Title for Seventh Consecutive Year

WORLDWIDE – The Baltic Exchange, in collaboration with Xinhua, the Chinese state news agency, has published the 2020 Xinhua-Baltic International Shipping Centre Development (ISCD) Index. The index, in its seventh edition, provides an independent ranking of the performance of the world's largest cities that offer port and shipping business services.

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Clarity and Decisive Plans Needed Immediately

UK – Trade Minister Liz Truss is not the only one concerned about the country's preparedness for Brexit. After months of doubts from the likes of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) and the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA), the Road Haulage Association (RHA) has supported the assorted worries of the freight forwarding lobby group, and criticism of tardiness from the trade storage body, to add the argument of the delivery segment to the complainants.

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Leaked Brexit Letter Overshadows Luxury Vehicle Debut

UK – US – Before she managed to grab the headlines at the weekend when a letter she had written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Cabinet Minister Michael Gove regarding the unsuitability of the country's post Brexit border plans was somehow leaked to the press, International Trade Secretary Liz Truss was in Southampton backing one of the country's most luxurious of exports.

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Charities Figure Large in Staff Moves This Week

WORLDWIDE – UK – Global maritime charity Sailors’ Society has announced the appointment of Sara Baade as its new Chief Executive Officer, starting in September. Baade has a strong background in management and strategic policy and brings extensive experience in leading an international welfare charity from her current role as CEO of The Army Families Federation.

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Smaller Stories from Throughout the Week

UK – Despite Covid-19 throwing a metaphorical spanner in the works when work got underway in February, Mumbai headquartered Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has managed to deploy its state-of-the-art terminal operating system at Tilbury2's RoRo facility using virtual technology to complete the project despite the lockdown.

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Now We Wait for Action

UK – WORLDWIDE – There was a chorus of support from shipping industry stakeholders for the International Maritime Summit hosted by the UK government yesterday. Representatives from over a dozen countries including Norway, Denmark, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Greece, Philippines and the US attended and agreed to grant enhanced rights as key workers to seafarers.

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All Doubts Might be Easily Eradicated Using Available Technology

WORLDWIDE – For the last decade or so the World Shipping Council (WSC) has taken a keen interest in the number of containers lost at sea, and since 2011 has surveyed its members annually to try and get a grip on the figures. What this has evidenced is that, despite peaks and troughs dependent on the number of serious maritime accidents, the percentage of boxes lost overboard represent a tiny fraction of those carried.

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Summer Economic Update Funds Training, Apprenticeships and Job Retention

UK – With the Chancellor revealing the second part of his three stage plan to try and mitigate the disastrous effect of the pandemic in his Summer Economic Update yesterday, all businesses were poring over the details to see what would give them most benefit. Not least amongst these would be the transport and logistics professions and the reception proved generally favourable with a welcome from such as the British International Freight Association (BIFA).

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Speeding Offences and HGV Driver Deaths in Spain Up but Generally Safety Improved

EUROPE – It's a hard thing to take away any positives from the current pandemic with a steadily rising casualty list across the world, however whilst there can be no getting away from the pain and misery created, there is a degree of mitigation in that the death toll on the roads has dropped significantly during the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Shipping Line to Create Blacklist of Crooked Wildlife Exporters

FRANCE – WORLDWIDE – One of the scandals of all international trade is the shipment of illicit cargoes of plants and animals which are taken from their natural habitat, often creatures belonging to species threatened by extinction. This can take place at every level, from the rare birds secured within tubes in an air passenger's suitcase, to much larger consignments concealed within the four steel walls of a shipping container.

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The New Rules Are Both Manifold and Complex

UK – EUROPE – So you thought Brexit was done and dusted? Currently those with an interest in exports and imports between Britain and Europe are waiting with bated breath for somebody to blink in the Brussels talks with regard to a free trade agreement. Although fiscally and in private commercial financial terms the EU stands to gain more from such a deal, the facts that the monetary gain is diluted between so many states, and there are still sticking points on individual sectors of trade, has led to an impasse so far.

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Digitalisation Introduced to the World of Asset Management

WORLDWIDE – Almost as if the pandemic has cast a spell on the shipping industry, the drive to digitalise an ever growing number of processes throughout the profession has gathered pace in the past few months, instituting changes and collaborations in a race to stay ahead of the game. Whether this trend is a result of the virtual world we have been forced into is irrelevant, the changes are here to stay.

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Shipping Needs Increased Diversity, Decent Terms and Conditions and More

EUROPE – In the middle of Seafarers Awareness Week (6-12 July) the union for maritime professionals', Nautilus International, has launched a pan-European campaign designed to tackle the worst inequalities faced by workers in the industry.

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Perennial Curse of Life at Sea Worsened by Pandemic as Crews Stranded

UK – WORLDWIDE – One of the most poignant messages to have come from this, Seafarers Awareness Week, is the widespread curse of mental health issues suffered by the seagoing community, a situation which has noticeably worsened during the Covid-19 pandemic with many crews unable to return home for months at a time.

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Operational Vessel Schedule Standards Published

WORLDWIDE – The Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA), the non-profit group aiming at full digitalisation of the box shipping sector, has been especially busy of late. In May it extolled the virtues of digital Bills of Lading and followed up the next month with its Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity interface standards. Now it has published standards for the exchange of operational vessel schedules (OVS).

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Latest Covid-19 Study Shows Increase in Activity for Personnel and Container Freight

WORLDWIDE – It is hard to get too excited about the news that, finally, some ships crews are being changed, after months of many being stranded aboard their vessels with all the resultant hardships that has entailed. The release of the tenth WPSP-IAPH Covid-19 Port Economic Impact Barometer this week reveals of those surveyed 55% of ports in the survey reported no crew changes have taken place in week 27.

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Deaths and Serious Accidents Should be Prevented

US – WORLDWIDE – The misdeclaration of cargo loaded within containers has caused many of the most serious incidents both at sea and in port for many years. Just last August some of the world's largest ocean box carriers announced they would be fining companies which misdeclared cargo, particularly if it was hazardous. Now a new white paper is calling for urgent reform to try and eliminate the practice.

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As Government Offers Cash for Trainees Plea for Scheme to be Adjusted

UK – When is an apprenticeship not an apprenticeship? When it's a'traineeship' apparently. The Chancellor has announced that companies will get a £1,000 cash payout if they take on youngsters aged from 16 to 24 as unpaid trainees in a bid to give them a skillset which makes them more employable. Due to be officially announced in Wednesday's upcoming Budget statement, the scheme it is estimated will cost £111 million.

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All Scandinavian Deal to Expand Overall Global Supply Chain Options

DENMARK – SWEDEN – A.P. Moller Maersk is set to acquire KGH Customs Services (KGH), a Swedish based specialist in trade and customs management services in Europe, from current owner Bridgepoint Development Capital, as part of the group policy to expand it's capabilities as an integrated container logistics company offering all round supply chain services, rather than being seen as just a shipping line.

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Bits and Pieces You Might Have Missed

UK – The cancellation of the Multimodal exhibition and conference 2020 last week has left a big hole in the diary for many of the thousands of freight forwarders, shippers etc. who use the event as a highlight of their networking year. Many also attend to stay abreast of current and pending affairs in logistics, and the organisers have found a way to bridge that gap between now and the 2021 event in Birmingham next March.

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No Self Isolation for Visitors and Returning Passengers

UK – Passengers returning or visiting from certain destinations which pose a reduced risk to the public health of UK citizens, including Spain and Italy, will no longer need to self-isolate when arriving in England, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will set out today (Friday 3 July).

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As Virus Stops So Many Events Fish and Ships Contest Continues Uninfected

UK – National maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society which supports fishermen, merchant mariners and their dependants who are suffering financial hardship, is once again on the lookout for photographers to submit their favourite images of the sea, for its eighth annual competition honouring Britain's proud maritime heritage.

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Life After Medical Supplies for the Airfreight Sector

WORLDWIDE – During the course of the pandemic, for many airlines the carriage of the vast quantities of personal protective equipment has been the only bright spot. Now, as PPE volumes faded, global air cargo volumes in June provided the first real indicators of structural recovery. According to air cargo market analysts CLIVE Data Services the industry seems to be 'slowly getting back up on its feet' as volumes in the first four weeks climbed 6% versus the full four weeks of May.

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Energy Market Cannot Afford to be Halted

US – EUROPE – IRAQ – The project forwarding market is alive and well in difficult times, with major logistics shipments seemingly impervious to viral attacks. When energy production is involved it has to be business as normal as possible and heavy lift specialist fleet operator AAL has just completed such an essential movement.

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New Technology Will Speed Up Box Movements, Reduce Accidents and Cut Yard Footprint

DUBAI – The world's first container High Bay Store system (HBS) at Jebel Ali Port which we revealed in December was being constructed for port and logistics group DP World, hes finished assembling and set to start real life tests before September. BoxBay is a joint venture by the UAE outfit and the German industrial engineering specialist SMS group who say the technology is set to dramatically change the way containers are handled in ports in the future.

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Bigger Ships and Fewer Visits Can be Beneficial if Handled Correctly by Container Terminals

SPAIN – The recent changes in the patterns of cargo passing through the world's ports, so deeply affected by the conditions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic has caused those at the BEST container terminal in the Port of Barcelona to review the way freight is handled, and the performance levels required to keep the customers satisfied.

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Container Vessels and Tankers May Be Under Threat Again Off East African Coastline

EAST AFRICA – This week saw the publication of an interesting report linking the current pandemic to the possibility of the return to high levels of piracy off the coasts of East Africa. The viral statistics and spread prevention techniques in each are compared with the growth or otherwise in pirate attacks on merchant and other shipping in countries including Egypt, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, and Yemen.

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Plan Your Own Box Configurator for Extra Security and Safety

WORLDWIDE – Always looking to innovate, manufacturer of their unique 'deck and lid' shipping containers CakeBoxx Technologies has made it even easier for customers to ensure they can order a bespoke unit with all the features they need in pursuit of their business.

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Find a Box Rate and Confirm Even an Intermodal Booking in Just a Few Clicks

SWITZERLAND – WORLDWIDE – Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has upgraded its e-business platform myMSC with the addition of a new online Instant Quote function. This will enable customers to quickly and easily get shipping rates for container bookings. As with most of the major box carriers the majority of MSC's bookings are carried out offline, and it can take some time to complete a booking. Using Instant Quote, customers can generate an online quote in seconds, with just a few simple clicks, 24/7 online.

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image: Germany, F Laeisz Shipping, Flying P-Liners, Nippon Paints Marine, Peking, Peters Werft, German Port Museum, Hamburg,

Labour of Love to Recover Lost Glories

GERMANY – A grand old dame of the seas has been returned to her former glory and next month will become the museum ship of the German Port Museum in Hamburg, returning home at last after sailing out from the port 109 years previously. The ship has the most chequered of histories and was bought back by her home country eight years ago for a nominal $100!

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