Thursday, December 23, 2021

The Bits and Pieces from the Logistics Industry You Might Have Missed

Notices of News From Around the Globe This Week
Shipping News Feature

NORWAY – US – WORLDWIDE – Digital learning and human capital management software provider Mintra extended its maritime-specific elearning library earlier this year and has now formed a partnership with shore side and on board medical management outfit Future Care, an international SOS company. Mintra is a provider of safety-critical elearning and crew management software while Future Care provides tele-medical support to thousands of vessels that operate without an on board physician.

Future Care has over 20 years of medical management and cost containment expertise within the maritime sector. It is operated by International SOS, which has a very long-standing association with Mintra and which provides a range of services, including 24/7 response, medical advice to the ship’s captain or medical officer, shore side assistance from by a network of over 91,000 approved and audited medical providers, treatment plans to help seafarers return to health and duty, as well as cost containment services.

US – WORLDWIDE – Warehouse keepers need to stay abreast of current technology and now supply chain solutions group Softeon is to host a series of six online sessions to inform and improve warehouse management skills beginning on 20 January entitled Warehouse Management Boot Camp 2022. Each session, delivered in a classroom style, will be led by experts in the field and interested parties can book individual sessions or all six.

Softeon says the lessons to be learned are essential for serious players with the WMS market now led by ecommerce fulfilment, more complex operations, interest in the Cloud and greatly increasingly levels of automation. Full information on how to register HERE.

US – WORLDWIDE – Following up on previous stories regarding the Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project and its plan to map all the world's oceans by 2030, and to compile all bathymetric data into the freely available GEBCO Ocean Map, the project has entered a new partnership with Global Oceans. Based in the US, Global Oceans is a non-profit organisation designed to integrate and mobilise private-sector offshore resources through its MARV™ ship model (Modular Adaptive Research Vessels) to dynamically expand ocean science capacity on regionally deployed manned platforms worldwide.

Global Oceans is launching new projects that will utilise MARVs™ and ocean exploration technologies to enable more intensive ocean and atmospheric investigation and greater international scientific collaboration. The pair will explore opportunities to co-finance extended mapping on Global Ocean’s projects, to make available its 6,000-metre Ocean Explorer 6000 towed system to be re-built with multi-beam sonar for mapping, and to support new Seabed 2030-related projects on MARV™ vessels. All data collected and shared with the Seabed 2030 Project is included in the GEBCO global grid, which is free and publicly available.

US – PayCargo Capital has secured a substantial lending alliance with Evolve Bank & Trust allowing freight forwarders and beneficial cargo owners to apply for and receive credit at the point of paying freight costs. PayCargo Capital is the exclusive lending partner to users of PayCargo LLC’s payment platform for moving money and vital remittance information between payers and transportation-related vendors. PayCargo LLC’s platform is the largest independent freight payments network, with over 67,000 active users remitting and receiving payments.

Qualified freight forwarders, importers, and beneficial cargo owners in North America who use the PayCargo platform can extend vendor payments by thirty days using credit. Prospective clients can apply free and fast for no obligation credit on PayCargo Capital’s website, by calling +1 888.250.7778, or emailing Offerings are only for businesses organised as a limited liability company or corporation. Restrictions apply.

UK – The changes to the Congestion Charge announced by London Mayor Sadiq Khan last week did not sit altogether well with Logistics UK. The changes reduce the hours of operation to 0700-1800 during the week and 1200-1800 at the weekend and bank holidays from 21 February 2022. The announcement also confirmed that the charge will remain at the current £15 rate. Natalie Chapman, Logistics UK’s Head of Policy, South, however welcomed the reversion back to the former weekday hours which give increased flexibility on delivery times.

She was less enthusiastic that the charges will apply on weekends and bank holidays, and that the £15 charge level will be retained, but the fleet autopay discount removed, saying this simply amounts to an additional tax for logistics businesses who currently have little alternative but to use lorries and vans to keep London stocked with all the goods the population needs.

UK – When everybody moans about the new VBS charges being levied by DP World Southampton which will see the £5 per transaction cost extended to '63' plate vehicles or older (Euro V type trucks) from 1st January 2022 they should perhaps cast their minds back to the original proposals from Southampton City Council in 2018.

The laudable aim then was to reduce pollution so the Council proposed a levy of £100 per truck, although that would probably have simply meant shippers heading for London Gateway or Felixstowe and they were persuaded to lower their sights accordingly. There have been very small incremental increases in the rates for next year which can be seen HERE. Any queries contact

UK – Logistics UK has raised more than £1,250 this year to support vital charity work across the globe, with fundraising efforts including participation in Save the Children’s annual Christmas Jumper Day and a recent Christmas hamper raffle which raised £650 for homelessness and housing charity, Shelter. Other charities supported by the association this year include Cancer Research, Macmillan, Mind, The Captain Tom Foundation. Director of HR, Emma Emmett, explains:

“As a business organisation, Logistics UK runs a committed Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme. In addition to regular litter picks around areas in which our offices are based, staff also regularly participate in CSR days throughout the year, such as volunteering at local charities and participating in organised beach cleans. We are especially excited to be participating in a number of charitable initiatives this season, including the Nourish Community Foodbank collection which delivers emergency food and supplies to people in crisis, providing them with short-term relief at a difficult time.”

JAPAN – PHILIPPINES – K Line has donated 2 million yen via the Rayomar Outreach Foundation, Inc. (ROFI), a charitable organisation established by the Rayomar Group, the shipping company’s business partner in the Philippines, after Super Typhoon Rai (known in the Philippines as Odette) ripped through the islands on 16/17 December.

ROFI supports livelihoods, medical care and education and K Line say in addition a large number of seafarers from the Philippines are on board the vessels it operates and it will consider providing seafarers and their families financial support.

GERMANY – In the true spirit of Christmas Imperial Logistics International is once again following its long-established tradition of supporting worthy causes with donations to three charities. The child- and youth hospice Malteser Hospizzentrum St. Raphael, in Duisburg, will receive €5000 to support its ongoing work with families in which a child or young person is suffering from a progressive and potentially life-shortening illness.

Hauner Verein which financially supports the Dr von Haunerschen Children’s hospital in Munich, also receives €5000. Since 1846, it has supported child patients who are not financed by public funds. The same sum goes to the Neuenkirchen-Vörden-based Clemens-August-Jugendklinik, which is a specialist hospital for child and adolescent psychiatry that treats psychiatric and psychosomatic illnesses and behavioural disorders in an open setting. The clinic provides 67 inpatient and 14 day-care places, as well as an affiliated outpatient clinic.

Photo: Recipients of Imperial Logistics Christmas charity donations. Main picture Neuenkirchen-Vörden with inset (Left to Right) Malteser Hospizzentrum St. Raphael and Hauner Verein.