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A.P. Moller – Maersk strengthens global Air Freight offering

Today, A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) announces the intended acquisition of Senator International, a well-renowned global freight forwarding company with a strong air freight offering. Furthermore, to expand its own controlled air network, Maersk is adding aircraft to its operations: three leased cargo planes to be operational from 2022 and two newbuilding Boeing aircraft to be deployed by 2024. Copenhagen. Air freight is a crucial enabler of flexibility and agility in global supply chains as it allows companies to tackle time-critical supply chain challenges and provides transport mode options for ...

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Don’t exacerbate delays by overlooking customs side of shipping

Amid the uncertainty permeating global shipping, one thing is certain: Delays at port are inevitable — and will be for quite some time. This leaves importers no time to spare, rendering additional delays unaffordable. Freight rates have increased dramatically across the board in 2021, with some describing it as shadow inflation. FreightWaves covered the topic extensively, noting that ocean cargo shippers are paying more than they ever have for the worst service they’ve ever experienced. If the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach only had Yelp scores. The Southern ...

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Next generation METIS data-acquisition system sets new standards in digital shipping

METIS Cyberspace Technology SA has launched the next generation of its automated data-acquisition system, Ship Connect, in a move which enhances data transfer and monitoring while also enabling the development of ship performance analytics based on standard protocols. Through a robust, flexible and unified data-transmission framework, the upgraded system enables the processing and visualisation of real-time and historical data both on board and ashore. Such is the efficiency of the data-transmission process that readings are transferred from vessel equipment to the METIS cloud platform in a second or less, making ...

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Hybrid upgrade for Viking Supply Ships sharpens competitive edge of LNG-powered PSVs

In the highly competitive oil & gas market, still suffering from oversupply and recovering from the oil price crash of a few years ago, it is essential that platform support vessels (PSVs) are as attractive to charterers as possible. For those operating in the highly regulated North Sea, this means high fuel efficiency and low emissions to comply with legislation and satisfy the often even stricter requirements of oil and gas producers. For two LNG-powered PSVs operated by Sweden’s Viking Supply Ships, this meant upgrading to a hybrid battery power ...

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Odfjell SE: Sale of last short-sea vessels

Odfjell SE has entered into a sales agreement for the last three 9,000 dwt short-sea vessels that have operated in the company’s regional trade in Asia. The sale marks an exit from Odfjell’s short-sea regional trade in Asia as the remaining vessel on a timecharter to Odfjell will also be re-delivered to its owners in January 2022. These vessels have not been able to deliver satisfactory results and we have consequently taken the decision to exit this niche market. Odfjell has, through this transaction, completed the transition to a sole ...

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Svitzer Europe Strengthens Service In Northern England With Acquisition Of New Tug

Leading towage operator Svitzer has announced the purchase and renaming of the Immingham-based tug Innovation, following the end of a chartering agreement for the vessel from Damen Marine Services. After the acquisition, the three-year-old vessel was renamed to Svitzer Eleanor and its ownership officially passed to Svitzer. Svitzer Eleanor will follow the naming theme of fellow tugs in service in Immingham, including Svitzer Josephine, Svitzer Kathleen and Svitzer Laura. The name Svitzer Eleanor was picked by and named after Eleanor Wright, the daughter of Training Master Sam Wright, who has ...

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COVID-19 – MPA updates crew change guidance and issues new requirements for ships arriving in Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has made further updates to its requirements for cargo ships undertaking crew changes in Singapore. The new Port Marine Circular PMC 39 supersedes its PMC No. 38 of 2021 and PMC… Man on oil tanker The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has made further updates to its requirements for cargo ships undertaking crew changes in Singapore. The new Port Marine Circular PMC 39 supersedes its PMC No. 38 of 2021 and PMC No. 15 of 2021. As per the latest ...

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Smartcontainer launches Rotterdam-Moscow rail shuttle

Yesterday, Smartcontainer’s Rotterdam-Moscow rail shuttle became a reality with its very first departure. For the first time since 2005, there is now a direct rail connection with the Russian capital. For now, the train will make a weekly round trip. “Since 2020, trade between the Netherlands and Russia has been on the rise again,” says Frank Donkers, director of Smartcontainer. “So there is certainly a need for reliable, sustainable and cost-effective container transport. With our shuttle service, we can provide it.” Representatives of the embassies of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and ...

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Kalmar launches a new digital platform MyKalmar

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has released a new platform for Kalmar’s digital services. Available on 1 November 2021, MyKalmar is the single point of access for Kalmar customers to oversee their Kalmar fleets. MyKalmar is the next step as Kalmar continues to support customers with value-adding digital solutions. The platform is versatile so it fits the precise needs of each user. The overall goal is to help customers increase productivity, improve safety and lower their CO2 footprint. MyKalmar helps customers gain greater transparency about their material handling solutions and services. ...

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Qatar’s ports see 394% surge y-o-y in cargo handling in October

Qatar’s Hamad, Doha and Al Ruwais ports have witnessed about five-fold expansion year-on-year in cargo handling in October 2021, reflecting the buoyancy in trade, according to the official statistics. The general cargo handled through three ports stood at 181,073 tonnes in October 2021, which registered a 394% and 58.3% surge year-on-year and month-on-month respectively. On a cumulative basis, the general cargo through the three ports totalled 1.39mn tonnes during January-October this year, said the figures released by the Planning and Statistics Authority. Hamad Port – whose multi-use terminal is designed ...

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Port Pro Of The Month: Sergio Prete (It)

This month, Mr Sergio Prete, President of the Port Network Authority of the Ionian Sea – Port of Taranto, tells ESPO about his long-term vision for the Port of Taranto, the main investment projects, the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the port, how he got into maritime transport, and many other interesting topics! Can you briefly tell us more about the Port of Taranto? What are its main characteristics and challenges? The Port of Taranto is a multipurpose port serving commercial, industrial, as well as touristic traffic and is ...

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Venezuela’s oil exports bounce to over 700,000 bpd in Oct: data

Venezuela’s oil exports last month surpassed 700,000 barrels per day (bpd) as supplies of imported diluents boosted production and shipments, according to documents from state-run firm PDVSA and Refinitiv Eikon tracking data. The OPEC-member country’s largest oil producing region has regained its output and blending capacity in recent weeks after Iran, one of the nation’s most important allies, began regularly supplying condensate for diluting the Orinoco Belt’s extra heavy oil. Iranian supplies are lessening the impact of U.S. sanctions on the nation’s output. In October, PDVSA and its joint ventures ...

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Nigeria’s NLNG to cut LPG exports, divert supplies to domestic market

Nigeria LNG Limited, owner of the six-train Bonny LNG plant located in the Niger Delta, said Nov. 2 it is reducing its LPG exports to increase supply to the domestic market as the country grapples with gas shortages. “As part of the measures to support the Federal Government’s efforts to deepen domestic gas supply and economic growth, Nigeria LNG is reducing LPG exports and increasing supplies to domestic market,” NLNG managing director Philip Mshelbila told participants at an industry conference in Lagos. “NLNG is now increasing supply to domestic market ...

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Faster decarbonisation: back to basics for the mining industry?

To the uninitiated, rugby is a technical and complicated game. As young schoolboys it was all a wee bit confusing and we invariably ended up on the wrong side of the score line. However, we had a wonderful Welsh coach called Billy, who, when the chips were down, would always roll out his go-to phrase: “back to basics!” These wise words seem quite pertinent right now. With COP26 underway, the world awaits tangible evidence that the huge expense and carbon footprint of the conference will be worthwhile. With that in ...

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WHEAT DIPS FOR 2ND SESSION, STRONG GLOBAL DEMAND CURBS LOSSES

Chicago wheat futures slid for a second session on Wednesday as the market’s rally to its highest level since 2012 prompted heavy selling, although tightening global supplies and strong demand capped losses. Corn lost more ground while soybeans eased after closing higher on Tuesday. “New highs are finding new sellers is unsurprising,” Tobin Gorey, director of agricultural strategy, Commonwealth Bank of Australia said, referring to gains in the wheat market. The most-active wheat contract on the Chicago Board Of Trade (CBOT) was down 0.3% at $7.89-1/2 a bushel, as of ...

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