Hapag-Lloyd and ONE expand services for Africa market with new launch

THE Alliance members Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean Network Express (ONE) have continued the strategy of extending a joint offering into secondary trades, today announcing the launch of a service connecting India, the Middle East and Africa.
The Middle East-India-Africa Express (MIAX) service – alternatively known as the AIM service by ONE – is set to launch in October and will connect ports in the Arabian Gulf, India, Colombo (Sri Lanka), La Réunion, …

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MSC emphasises its zero tolerance for cruel shark fin trade

Shipping giant MSC has re-emphasised its zero-tolerance policy on the carriage of shark fins, following a discovery earlier this year involving a booking by another container carrier. The carrier issued the announcement yesterday in the wake of this Reuters report, which claimsa 40ft container full of shark fins had moved from Nicaragua to Hong Kong without detection. The shipment occurred in March, after being loaded onto ONE’s Laura, then transhipped …

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GSBN launched to ‘accelerate the digital transformation of the shipping industry’

Cosco, Hapag-Lloyd and CMA CGM have come together with terminal operators to form a new digital shipping initiative – the Global Shipping Business Network (GSBN).
It is described as a “not-for-profit joint-venture to accelerate the digital transformation of the shipping industry”.
Other signatories to the services agreement, now heading to regulators for antitrust clearance, include Cosco Shipping Ports, Hutchison Ports, Cosco subsidiary OOCL, the port of Qingdao, PSA International and Shanghai...


Skou: going all the way in the transformation of AP Møller-Maersk

A “desperate” (according to one Maersk observer) Søren Skou has written a short article on LinkedIn, stating that the “first step in Maersk’s transformation has now been completed”. 
“I strongly believe that we now have the building blocks we need to succeed,” the CEO added. But, he noted, in the move towards One Maersk, there was “much work to be done”, with technology and mindset key to the change. 
“The software we build will make …

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Kari-Pekka Laaksonen appointed new group CEO at Samskip

Pan-European transport service provider Samskip has appointed former Containerships chief executive Kari-Pekka Laaksonen as its new group chief executive.
The current CEO, Ásbjörn Gislasonm will become group deputy chief executive.
Samskip said the appointment of Mr Laaksonen reflected “its strategy to align logistics services more closely with the business objectives of its client base”.
He will take up his new post, based at Samskip’s Rotterdam headquarters, on 1 August following some seven...


Peak season, what peak season? ask worried Asia-Europe ocean carriers

There was a further slippage this week in container spot rates for the European components of the Shanghai Containerised Freight Index (SCFI).
Of concern for Asia-Europe ocean carriers is that rates have so far failed to improve in the first month of the traditional peak season – for North Europe, they have now slumped by over 30% since the beginning of the year.
The SCFI recorded North Europe rates down another 1.7%, …

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‘boom!’ – new global community will boost the role of women in the supply chain

 Let’s look at the stats: just 11% of senior roles in supply chains are held by women – a figure that has actually decreased in the last two years, according to Gartner’s 2019 Women in Supply Chain survey.
And of the total supply chain workforce, women make up only 39%. 
Why does it matter? Because companies within the top quartile for gender diversity are 15% more likely to have returns above their respective national …

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Mumbai the first target for programme to tackle corruption in India’s ports

The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) and the Indian government have linked up to tackle corruption in the country’s port sector.
Copenhagen-headquartered MACN, which has launched successful programmes to target corruption among port and government officials in Argentina, Nigeria and on the Suez Canal, said it would bring this experience to help India’s ports reduce corruption, with a pilot scheme in the Mumbai gateway running until October.
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MSC charters two post-panamax containerships fitted with scrubbers

MSC has agreed new long-term charters for two post-panamax scrubber-fitted containerships with non-operating shipowner Capital Product Partners. 
By the start of the IMO’s 0.5% sulphur cap regulations on shipping, on 1 January, MSC will have installed exhaust gas cleaning systems on about half of its fleet. This will enable them to continue to burn cheaper heavy fuel oil (HFO) and enjoy lower operating costs than ships using low-sulphur fuel oil (LSFO). 
The 2007-built 8,266 teu Agamemnon will...