Friday, December 20, 2019

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UK – P&I and FD&D insurance group, The American Club, has released its latest loss prevention guidance, Bunkering - A Compendium, together with website access to a comprehensive approach to loss prevention initiatives demanded by new regulations and generally by supplying guidance on operations and management.

The Compendium is intended to give guidance not only in respect of issues arising from the new MARPOL regulations coming into effect on January 1, 2020, but also in regard to best practice generally in the conduct of bunkering operations.

US – UK – Supply chain software and services provider BluJay Solutions has released the latest version of its transportation and distribution applications which it says provide greater user efficiency, enhanced visibility, optimised routing, and easy order integration. The new updates offer a range of improvements to assist users in ocean freight bookings, tracking and documentary items.

Global users will see a multi-country, multi-language Customs Management solution which enables trade across regions with a unified user interface. In addition, system updates have been made for Brexit, to the extent of what has been published by various customs authorities. Full details of the changes can be seen on the BluJay website.

US – GAC North America has responded to the commencement of LNG exports from the Lake Charles area by opening an office at the port to provide ship agency, husbandry and owners’ protective agency services around the clock. It also supports crude and products tankers as well as other vessels calling at the Louisiana deepwater port.

Located at the heart of the US Gulf Coast, the port of Lake Charles is the twelfth busiest port in the US according to the US Army Corps of Engineers waterborne statistics, with around 1,000 vessels calling annually.

VIETNAM – Wastewater treatment specialist ACO Marine has expanded its presence in Asia with the signing of a new sales and service agreement with Seven Bridges Maritime (Vietnam). The deal, aimed at leveraging ACO Marine’s position across the region, follows similar agreements signed earlier this year with Turkey’s ESKO Marine and Pakistan’s Itech Chem Enterprises.

Seven Bridges Maritime is a marine equipment and servicing company with offices across the Asia-Pacific area. Its Vietnam office is based in Hanoi and the company is set to open an office in Hai Phong, close to the country’s northern shipbuilding and repair hub. It also has a presence in the south of the country.

DENMARK – FINLAND – DSV and Marimekko in Finland have signed a partnership agreement to move all Marimekko’s central warehouse operations to DSV’s new warehouse in Vantaa in the beginning of 2020. The warehouse will support all the home furnishings, textiles, and fashion company’s sales channels including wholesale, own stores, local and global retail and e-commerce.

DSV and the design house have been partners for several years in transportation but with the newly signed agreement DSV will handle all warehousing activities, including a wide range of value-added services such as gift wrapping, fabric cutting and handling of garments on hangers. The pair started cooperating on e-commerce early on in 2019 when Marimekko opened a web shop in China and chose DSV as their logistics partner.

BELGIUM – WORLDWIDE – The second edition of the World Ports Sustainability Awards is scheduled to take place at the annual #IAPH2020 World Ports Conference in Antwerp, Belgium on the evening of 18 March, 2020 at the recently-inaugurated and fully-restored Handelsbeurs which is in the heart of the city.

The Judges have all been appointed and now, with the deadline of 31st December fast approaching it’s time to ensure ports and their partners have their nominations in place submitting their sustainability projects for the 2020 World Ports Sustainability Awards. Entry form here.

PANAMA – It seems that drones are proving a double edged sword for the Panama Canal Authority (PCA) which uses the aerial beasts to perform a variety of tasks along the waterway. The risk posed by the ever more sophisticated machines, all too often operated by the wrong hands, has however led to the banning of them, unless owned and operated by the Authority and on official assignments.

Photo: Aerial drones have proliferated globally – not always to everyone’s benefit.