Friday, March 6, 2020

Weekly Look At Logistics Starts with International Women's Day Shipping Stories

Multimodal Global News Snippets This Week
Shipping News Feature

UK – WORLDWIDE – We commence this week's trawl through some of the shipping and logistics stories you may have missed with some tales for International Women's Day (March 8) from Nautilus International, the union which represents 20,000 maritime professionals at sea and ashore.

This year, to highlight the role of women in an industry in which only 3% of certificated officers are women, compared to 23% of ratings and 29% of uncertificated officers, Nautilus has released interviews with 20 of its female members telling about life at sea: what keeps them on board, the transition ashore, and tales of ‘swallowing the anchor’ (retiring from the sea to salt free readers). You can read the results HERE.

US – Voxware is highlighting its Augmented Reality solution and its supply chain analytics software at the Modex Show this year (Booth #7481) in Atlanta March 9-12. Simulations will demonstrate a first-person view of Voxware AR, including one that allows users to check equipment and service a malfunctioning forklift and the advantages of an RF Scan gun.

For Voxware’s VR experience, each scenario begins with the user’s avatar at a location inside a virtual warehouse, with an AR headset within arm’s reach. As the user puts on the virtual headset, the software initialises and guides the user’s actions, step-by-step in a multimodal task. Voxware’s AR solution combines voice, scanning, image capture and vision to improve worker performance and optimise the warehouse processes.

CANADA – UK – Descartes Systems Group, which specialises in logistics-intensive businesses, has acquired London headquartered Peoplevox, which provides cloud-based ecommerce warehouse management solutions. The company’s customers include direct-to-consumer brands, ecommerce retailers and traditional retailers with physical stores looking to enhance their online presence to meet the need for omni-channel deliveries to consumers. Descartes acquired Peoplevox for £19.4 million (approximately US $25.2 million), net of working capital, satisfied from cash on hand and Descartes’ existing line of credit.

UK – The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has postponed two meetings following the global coronavirus outbreak with a likelihood of more to follow. The meeting of the Scientific Group of the London Convention and London Protocol scheduled to take place from 9 to 13 March 2020 and the 107th session of the Legal Committee, scheduled to take place from 16 to 20 March 2020 are both postponed.

The move takes into account the decision of the United Kingdom on 5 March 2020 to move towards the ‘delay’ phase of its ‘Coronavirus action plan’ similar actions adopted by other UN agencies, and the increased difficulties for delegates from IMO Member States traveling from abroad to attend IMO meetings.

GERMANY – The recently-founded Women's Forum at Imperial, an African and European focused logistics provider of outsourced, integrated freight management, contract logistics and market access services, is marking this year’s International Women's Day (8 March) with numerous initiatives around the world. 30% of the homeless in Germany are women.

Imperial is therefore specifically making an appeal to collect as much clothing, shoes, medical dressings, cosmetics and hygiene products as possible through its four Duisburg offices. The donations from individual staff will be collated and delivered to the TrebeCafé in Düsseldorf, Germany, a charity which provides homeless girls and young women with a secure space where they can warm and care for themselves, get something to eat and receive advice and counselling.

GERMANY – In view of the COVID-19 outbreak, LogiMAT 2020 has joined the fast growing list of events cancelled by the event organisers. The decision was made by local German authorities following recommendations from the local Public Health office.

ITALY – The holds of a bulk tanker moored in an Italian port were the setting for the first ever survey undertaken by Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore (BV). The machine was able to conduct an intermediate survey consisting of close-up inspections and ultrasonic thickness measurements (UTM) in two cargo hold spaces.

Remote Inspection Techniques (RIT) were reflected in BV’s rules in 2019. The drone operator involved in this survey is certified by Bureau Veritas for both RIT and UTM and the required prior agreement from the flag authority was confirmed, essential as the ship is subject to the IMO Code for the Enhanced Survey Programme (ESP).

Photo: The drone used to conduct the first remote vessel survey by Bureau Veritas.