Friday, March 26, 2021

Snippets of Smaller Freight and Logistics News You May Have Missed This Week

Supply Chain Updates from Around the Globe
Shipping News Feature

UK – A TUC report 'Technology Managing People' out this month has engendered a response from the GMB union, many of whose members work in logistics and the rest of the supply chain. The report concludes that employment law is failing to keep pace with the rapid expansion of AI at work.

The GMB says many of its members say the technology makes them feel that they are subject to constant monitoring and that workers could lose their job to a computer algorithm or not be selected for a job due to the use of AI. It says unless urgent new legal protections are put in place, workers will become increasingly vulnerable and powerless to challenge ‘inhuman forms of performance management’.

UK – WORLDWIDE – Tapiit Live, a maritime technology business providing live streamed, interactive training at sea, has achieved continuing professional development (CPD) recognition from the Institute of Marine, Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) for its mental well-being course, as well as endorsement from the UK P&I Club.

Where facilities allow, courses are delivered in a ‘virtual classroom’ where seafarers are able to interact with the course tutors, ask questions and fully engage with the course material in real time. The international IMarEST recognition signifies the course’s high standards, teaching quality and in particular the positive impact it is making on seafarer well-being. The UK P&I Club has agreed for its logo to be used on all Tapiit Live’s mental well-being course material.

UK – NETHERLANDS – WORLDWIDE – Technology group Hurricane Commerce whose Aura solution covers the three critical cross-border areas of duty and tax calculation, prohibited and restricted goods and denied parties screening, has joined with Computer Vision Integration outfit Prime Vision to provide customers with a complete end-to-end data enhancement service on cross-border eCommerce parcels and packets.

FINLAND – CHINA – Wärtsilä won a contract this month to supply the Cargo Handling and Fuel Supply systems for six new 93,000 m3 capacity Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) carrier vessels. The ships are being built at the Jiangnan Shipyard in China for Singapore-based Petredec. These will be among the largest vessels of this type ever built.

DENMARK – PACIFIC OCEAN – It seems the Maersk Eureka may possess an unfortunate name at the moment as the ship certainly doesn’t ‘have it’. Having stopped twice after fuel pump problems earlier this month she is now becalmed mid ocean having stopped her main engine to await a repair crew, due 28 March.

The 13,000 TEU box ship, built in 2012, broke down on 12 then 14 March and had to be stopped again on March 22 with the service technician crew and parts sailing on an ocean-going tug from Dutch Harbor on March 25. The fear is high winds, as with the Ever Given currently stuck in Suez, may add to the problems. Repairs otherwise are due to complete March 31.

DENMARK – Due to a very strong performance in the Dry Operator business unit following significant market improvements, NORDEN raised its expectations for the full-year 2021 Adjusted Result to US$50-100 million, up from $20-60 million. The broader guidance interval reflects that the expectations are based on unrealised future earnings in a market where volatility is higher than normal.

Dry Operator now expects to realise an Adjusted Result for the full year 2021, which is higher than the record result for 2020. NORDEN will publish the interim report for the first quarter on 6 May 2021 as planned. The company says its two other business units, Asset Management and Tanker Operator, are developing in line with previously announced expectations. However, the portfolio values of Asset Management are increasing in line with higher dry cargo asset values and higher dry cargo forward rates.

AUSTRIA – Gebrüder Weiss has opened a new location in Kalsdorf near Graz. The state-of-the-art terminal with a total area of around 70,000 m2 replaces the previous logistics facility in the Styrian capital. The freight forwarder has invested around €28 million in the new building, which was completed in less than a year. The facility comprises, among other things, a 16,500 m2 logistics hall and a handling area covering 6,500 m2.

The number of loading docks has more than doubled to 92. Cutting edge video and freight measuring systems ensure that trucks are loaded safely and efficiently. A photovoltaic installation due to begin in the second quarter of 2021 is intended to supply 920 megawatt hours of electricity per year and save as much as 75 tonnes of CO2.

BELGIUM – FRANCE – Belgian yard management company Peripass, which has been selected by major European brands including Tereos, Bridgestone, XPO Logistics, Kuehne+Nagel, Lidl and Intermarché, has joined forces with Shippeo which offers real-time transportation visibility services.

The intention is to provide seamless end-to-end freight visibility and integrated logistics processes across yard and transport operations. The pair believe that the yard is an area where many companies are neglecting the opportunities available to better manage and coordinate their day-to-day loading and unloading activities for trucks and trailers on site.

BELGIUM – The Port of Antwerp, Fluxys, and Titan LNG have celebrated the christening of a new LNG bunker barge, the FlexFueler 002. Owned by gas infrastructure group, Fluxys and leading physical supplier of LNG, Titan LNG, the barge makes LNG as a marine fuel more widely available to vessels bunkering in the port.

FlexFueler 002 operates from its base at quay 526/528 and supplies LNG throughout the port and Western Scheldt. It is the third vessel to join Titan LNG’s expanding infrastructure in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region, operating in addition to the FlexFueler 001 and the Green Zeebrugge.

TURKEY – BULGARIA – The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) has published an updated edition of the information paper Guidelines for Transiting the Turkish Straits, a region which presents a unique navigational challenge. A copy of the guidelines can be downloaded HERE.

To help the development of company risk assessments for companies operating in this area, OCIMF has updated the 2007 Guidelines and provided additional guidance. This information paper considers new and updated regulations and traffic systems, outlines the risks of and recommendations for, transiting the Straits and the safety of navigation.

US – The American Trucking Associations (ATA) now has a 22 strong Law Enforcement Advisory Board to advise it how to grow and strengthen the relationship between the trucking industry and US law enforcement organisations. Formed from ATA members who have previous experience in federal, state, and local law enforcement, as well as current and retired law enforcement officials, it will convene bimonthly.

The intention is to identify areas of opportunity and provide recommendations on priority issues. During its inaugural meeting primary issues discussed ranged across combating human trafficking; increasing truck parking capacity and ensuring driver safety at rest stops; commercial motor vehicle safety and security; and enhancing access to training for drivers and company safety personnel.