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  • Coleman World Group's Jeff Coleman takes on new advocacy role for Army

    Jul 27, 2017 — Jeff Coleman, president and CEO of Coleman World Group, has been appointed as civilian aide to the secretary of the Army. Civilian aides to the secretary of the army are business and community leaders appointed to advise and support Army leaders throughout the U.S. CASAs include educators, business leaders, attorneys and others. CASAs advise Army officials concerning public sentiment regarding the Army in their areas and promote the Army at local events and public speaking engagements.
  • Arpin employee raises $5,000 for veterans’ charity, honored as top 10 individual fundraiser

    Jul 26, 2017 — Mark Dearborn, vice president of corporate accounts of Arpin Group, raised $5,000 for the Boston-based veterans charity fundraiser event, Run to Home Base. He was honored as a top 10 individual fundraiser and an all-star fundraiser. Dearborn has been participating in Run to Home Base since 2014 and has personally raised $13,000 for the charity. He ran the 9-kilometer course in 43 minutes, a personal best.
  • Far East traffic boosts Schiphol cargo volumes

    Jul 26, 2017 — Amsterdam Airport Schiphol saw cargo demand improve by 8.7% year on year during the first six months of 2017, with volumes boosted by Far East tarffic. In total, Europe's number three cargo airport saw demand over the first six months reach 866,713 tonnes, up from 797,069 tonnes during the same period in 2016.
  • Trucking Industry Debates Driver-Assistance Technologies

    Jul 26, 2017 — The National Safety Council and the National Transportation Safety Board hosted a roundtable discussion prior to this week's Fleet Safety Conference here about the future of advanced driver assistance systems in trucking. The series of discussions brought together leaders in the world of driving assistance technology, the trucking industry, original equipment manufacturers, media, and insurers to talk about the current state of ADAS and how it could most effectively be implemented into commercial trucking.
  • Sri Lanka’s cabinet ‘clears port deal’ with China firm after concerns addressed

    Jul 26, 2017 — Sri Lanka’s cabinet cleared a revised agreement for its Chinese-built southern port of Hambantota, the government said, after terms of the first pact sparked widespread public anger in the island nation. The port, close to the world’s busiest shipping lanes, has been mired in controversy ever since state-run China Merchants Port Holdings, which built it for $1.5 billion, signed an agreement taking an 80 percent stake.
  • Port Houston Cranes “On the Way”

    Jul 25, 2017 — Three new Super Post-Panamax cranes bound for Port Houston’s Barbours Cut Container Terminal departed Shanghai, China Sunday. These cranes are part of a $700 million modernization program under way at Barbours Cut to increase cargo-handling efficiency and capacity. In addition to new cranes, other improvements are expected to increase terminal capacity from 1.2 million to 2 million TEUS, adding to the 14 ship-to-shore wharf cranes and 44 rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs) currently operating there.
  • Dynamic airfreight pricing, what it means for shippers and forwarders

    Jul 25, 2017 — Posted airfreight rates with promotions change about once a month, on average. When airlines make the shift to dynamic pricing, rates change constantly, driven by excess capacity and diminishing time before departure, writes Manel Galindo of Freightos.
  • More attacks on truck drivers revive supply chain fears by UK shippers

    Jul 25, 2017 — Increasing violence against truck drivers in mainland Europe means major UK shippers are fearing for their cross-Channel supply chains. On Friday, a driver heading to the UK was attacked about a mile from Calais after leaving the cabin to check his vehicle having seen a group of people attempting to enter it. An alert issued by Kuehne + Nagel (K+N) said the driver was struck over the head with a brick before the group hijacked his lorry.
  • Maersk Line introduces new cyber security measures following Petya attack

    Jul 24, 2017 — Maersk has introduced new undisclosed security measures it said in an update to customers on Thursday. “In response to this new type of malware, we have put in place different and further protective measures. Due to confidentiality we cannot share details on these measures at this stage,” Maersk said. Addressing concerns over customer data integrity it said that no data breach or data loss to third-parties had been identified to date.
  • Norway Takes Lead in Race to Build Autonomous Cargo Ships

    Jul 24, 2017 — Two Norwegian companies are taking the lead in the race to build the world’s first crewless, autonomously operated ship, an advance that could mark a turning point in seaborne trade. The Yara Birkeland, now under development, is scheduled in late 2018 to start sailing fertilizer 37 miles down a fiord from a production facility to the port of Larvik. Using GPS, radar, cameras and sensors, the electric ship is designed to navigate itself around other boat traffic and to dock on its own.
  • What are the Largest Barriers to Supply Chain Improvement?

    Jul 20, 2017 — The lack of forecast accuracy tops the list, cited as one of the top three barriers by 37% of respondents - even though there is not much anyone can seem to do about forecast accuracy. That was followed by lack of supply chain visibility, and then a lack of cross functional collaboration.
  • World Container Index takes a dip

    Jul 20, 2017 — The Drewry World Container Index is down by 6.3% to $1421.4/40 ft container this week, but up by 15% from the same period of 2016. The average composite index of the WCI, assessed by Drewry for year-to-date, is $1,546/40ft container, which is $120 lower than the five-year average of $1,666/40ft container.
  • Double-digit revenue growth at United Cargo confirms strong market

    Jul 20, 2017 — Surging volumes at United Cargo pushed cargo revenues up 22.1 percent, year-over-year, to US$254 million in the second quarter of 2017, pushing the year-to-date growth rate and revenue numbers up to 17.9 percent, y-o-y, and $474 million, respectively.
  • Maersk still feeling effects of cyber attack, but FMC provides breathing space

    Jul 20, 2017 — Maersk is to conduct a “full post-mortem” on last month’s Petya cyber attack that crashed its global computer information systems. It said today enquiries would begin “once our service has returned to more normal conditions”. It said it had put in place “different and further protective measures” – details of which it declined to share – in response to the new type of malware virus that had breached its own and Microsoft’s antivirus updates and patches.
  • FedEx's TNT Reels From June Cyberattack as Damage Lingers

    Jul 18, 2017 — FedEx Corp.’s TNT unit is still slogging through some transactions by hand and information systems may never fully recover from a June cyberattack that is expected to deal a blow to earnings.
  • Singapore’s role in China’s Belt and Road initiative

    Jul 17, 2017 — International law firm Ince&Co presented Singapore’s role in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, mainly referring to its geopolitical location. Since the 14th century, Chinese traders have spoken of sailing through the Dragon’s Teeth Gate, a rocky outcrop at the gateway to the port at Singapore. While the Dragon’s Teeth Gate was destroyed in 1848, some still speak of Singapore today as the gate to ‘China’s Windpipe’.
  • European airports call for urgent action to stop Brexit harming aviation

    Jul 17, 2017 — Jon Conway, director general of the Switzerland-based European industry body, wants the end result of negotiations in Brussels between the UK and the European Commission to “ensure connectivity in the wake of Brexit” and to avoid a "cliff edge scenario". The airport services industry is calling on the UK and the EU to minimise the impact of Brexit on passengers, movement of air cargo, businesses and employees.
  • New Istanbul Airport inks €250-million cargo service deals

    Jul 17, 2017 — With Turkish Cargo posting a 30 percent, year-over-year, jump in 2016, to 3.6 billion freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), the scale of Istanbul’s new six-runway airport is suddenly looking more pragmatic. On the logistics side, the country’s new airport is nearing completion, setting the stage for a new global cargo hub that could present real competition to freight hubs to the south, such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
  • Self-Driving Trucks Could Be on Highways in 3 to 4 Years

    Jul 17, 2017 — Heavy-duty trucks that don’t need a driver behind the wheel could be on the road in as little as three years. That’s the assessment of industry experts speaking at the Automated Vehicles Symposium in San Francisco on Wednesday, where they laid out a tentative road map for how self-driving trucks will begin to integrate with the existing fleet.
  • Move for Hunger Featured on Upworthy

    Jul 13, 2017 — Move for Hunger reports: "Earlier this year, we helped college kids #MoveOutForHunger! Upworthy captured the campaign perfectly! Thank you to Doorsteps, Atlas Van Lines, and Food Recovery Network for helping us feed over 4,000 people! #MoveOut17"
  • U.S. Trucking Industry Debates Whether To Alter Driver Pay Model

    Jul 13, 2017 — As technology allows shipping companies to digitally peer into the cab of a big rig, some in the industry are starting to ask if it is time to change the way truckers are paid. Major carriers such as J.B. Hunt, Swift Transportation and Schneider generally pay drivers per mile. Other companies, including UPS and FedEx, have switched to hourly pay, which analysts say typically provides truckers with higher incomes and covers delays outside of their control.
  • Top 25 cargo airlines: FedEx maintains top spot but ABC and Qatar on the up

    Jul 13, 2017 — FedEx was once again the busiest freight airline in the world, while Qatar Airways, AirBridgeCargo (ABC) and All Nippon Airways were among the fastest growers in 2016 (see end of article for full table). The annual World Air Transport Statistics report from Iata showed that in freight tonne km (FTK) terms, FedEx was the busiest airline in the world last year with scheduled traffic totalling 15.7bn FTK on the back of a slight 0.6% year-on-year decline in demand.
  • Giant Antarctic iceberg ‘could pose hazard to international shipping lanes’, scientists warn

    Jul 13, 2017 — A giant Antarctic iceberg has broken free of the continent and could be about to drift into busy international shipping lanes, a team of British scientists has warned. The iceberg has broken away from the Pine Island Glacier (PIG), part of the Western Antarctic ice sheet.
  • Gosselin Mobility announces Mike Cazalet’s move back to the USA

    Jul 12, 2017 — Mike Cazalet, president of Gosselin Mobility announces his departure from Gosselin at the end of September 2017. After four years based in Antwerp, Belgium, Mike has agreed with the Gosselin Board that the time is now right to return home to the USA.
  • Uber Shows Off Latest Autonomous Truck Design

    Jul 12, 2017 — Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group has released a video of its latest autonomous heavy-duty truck design, shown operating on the streets of San Francisco. The truck features new sensors and upgraded components, including a new spinning 64-channel lidar design, according to a report by TechCrunch.
  • FMCSA plans nationwide ELD implementation tour

    Jul 11, 2017 — The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will conduct an electronic logging device (ELD) implementation tour starting later this week at the Iowa 80 Truckstop Jamboree. In December, the federal mandate requiring nearly all interstate commercial drivers to use ELDs to monitor hours of service is set to begin.
  • Cybersecurity must become a priority

    Jul 11, 2017 — Paul R. Walters, Director, Cyber Service Delivery, Cybersecurity & Software Integrity, ABS, says that cyber hygiene is critical and calls for actions towards cyber awareness. It is not a matter if you will ever be hacked but when, Mr. Walters notes, therefore cybersecurity must be a priority and company officers should recognize a series of risk factors and conditions for control.
  • Brexit Bulletin: Tricky Trump Trade Deal: Not so fast.

    Jul 11, 2017 — That’s the message from trade analysts and business leaders after President Donald Trump last week pledged U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May that she could secure a trade deal with the U.S. “very, very quickly.”
  • The Logistics Confidence Index grows overall but the performance of the Air and Sea indices diverge

    Jul 11, 2017 — Air freight expectations have taken the Logistics Confidence Index higher in June, but growth has been tempered by results in sea freight. Though IATA statistics trail the current situation by two months, they nevertheless offer a window into the confidence of the air freight industry; April results from the organization showed yields up by 4.5% year-on-year, whilst FTKs rose by 10.5%. The Sea Freight Index demonstrated a far more mixed picture. In this instance, the present conditions declined, offsetting a slight improvement in expectations.
  • Fewer containers being lost at sea, says World Shipping Council

    Jul 11, 2017 — The debate about how many containers are lost overboard at sea was reopened today. Liner shipping lobby group the World Shipping Council (WSC) has released its latest survey, which claims there has been an industry-wide reduction in lost boxes. In any case, the WSC argues, the number of containers lost at sea is far lower than often supposed.
  • Nigeria: Workers to Shut Down Ports Over Passage of Ports & Harbour Bill

    Jul 10, 2017 — Port workers are set to embark on nationwide protests on Tuesday over their disagreement with some sections of the Ports and Harbour Bill, which they observed could lead to massive job losses. A source close to the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Lagos that the protests would take place simultaneously in all the seaports.
  • COSCO Shipping shares climb after bid to become third-biggest container line

    Jul 10, 2017 — COSCO Shipping Holdings Co Ltd saw its stock climb on Monday after bidding $6.3 billion for a Hong Kong peer, a deal that would see it become the world's third-biggest container shipper and underline China's supply-chain ambitions.
  • Maersk ready to restore operations after cyber attack

    Jul 7, 2017 — Danish shipping giant Maersk said that it expects its container operations to get back to normal early next week, after the recent cyber attack that affected its shipments.
  • Panama Canal seeks feedback on toll structure modification

    Jul 7, 2017 — The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced that it held a public hearing on its tolls structure modifications proposal, concluding a 32-day formal consultation period for industry feedback. The modified tolls are expected to safeguard the Canal’s competitiveness, charge a fair price for the value of the route and provide a competitive service to the global shipping industry, according to Panama Canal Administrator, Jorge L. Quijano.
  • Port Authority of Singapore’s big innovation push

    Jul 7, 2017 — The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore recently signed five Memorandums of Understanding with local and international companies to spur research and innovation. From digitalisation to robotics, automation and smart data analytics, the port authority is gearing up for the future.
  • Japan’s big three lines set up holding and operating firms for ONE

    Jul 7, 2017 — Japan’s big three shipping groups – K Line, MOL and NYK – have officially established Ocean Network Express (ONE), making further progress on the integration of their container shipping businesses. The combined container fleet of the Japanese trio is expect for formally commence operations from 1 April 2018.
  • Analysis: Piracy in the Indian Ocean

    Jul 6, 2017 — Following the hijacking of the Aris 13 in March, the first merchant vessel to be taken by pirates operating from Somalia since May 2012, at least half a dozen further instances of attacks have been reported in its coastal waters. The question remains as to what lies behind the sudden spike in attacks on shipping passing through the Gulf of Aden and if this portends a return to large scale Somali piracy and robbery at sea in the Indian Ocean.
  • Laptop ban lifted on flights from Dubai, Istanbul

    Jul 6, 2017 — The U.S. has lifted the ban on carry-on electronic devices for flights departing from Istanbul and Dubai, Emirates and Turkish Airlines said. The cessation is effective immediately.
  • U.S. driver turnover rate climbed in 2017’s first quarter

    Jul 6, 2017 — The driver turnover rate at U.S. truckload fleets rose slightly in the first quarter of 2017, though it remains at historically low levels. In the first three months of the year, the annualized turnover rate at large truckload fleets rose three percentage points to 74 percent. ATA notes that’s 15 points lower than the same quarter last year and a near-historic low.
  • Houthi militia ‘planting mines in Bab Al-Mandab Strait’

    Jul 6, 2017 — The Houthi militia and forces loyal to Yemen’s ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh have begun a new wave of mining in the areas around the port of Hodeidah, in an attempt to cause damage to vessels passing through the Bab Al-Mandab Strait, it has been claimed.
  • Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to raise traffic mitigation fee

    Jul 6, 2017 — The West Coast MTO Agreement (WCMTOA) recently announced that on August 1, 2017, the Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF) at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will increase by 2.3 percent. The adjustment matches the combined 2.3 percent increase in longshore wage and assessment rates that take effect on July 1.
  • Accenture: With IIoT, there's growth in 'unexpected opportunities'

    Jul 6, 2017 — In a report titled “Driving Unconventional Growth through the Industrial Internet of Things,” Accenture officials note that in addition to tapping IIoT to boost operational efficiency, industrial companies such as railroads and many of the shippers they serve also “can benefit greatly by seeing it as a tool for finding growth in unexpected opportunities.”
  • Laptop Ban Dropped, But Groups Mixed on Added Airport Security Measures

    Jul 6, 2017 — New security measures for foreign passengers entering the U.S.—an alternative to a proposed ban on laptops—are expected to cause slowdowns in airports abroad, and airline groups say that while the solution beats banning laptops, it might still be a bumpy road.
  • EU Expects Political Agreement on Japan Trade Accord This Week

    Jul 5, 2017 — The European Union and Japan are close to reaching political approval on a free-trade accord, which would unite two regions that make up more than a quarter of the world’s economic output. “We hope to announce on Thursday that we have a political agreement,” EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom told reporters in Madrid on Monday. “The basic agreement is there.”
  • U.S. Labor Department Moves to Revise Overtime Rule

    Jul 5, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Labor has signaled that it may move to scale back the Obama-era rule expanding overtime eligibility that has been on hold for months. On June 27, the department sent a formal request for information on the rule to the Office of Management and Budget. Once OMB reviews the request and it’s published, the public will have a chance to submit comments on the rule, which would more than double the salary at which employees must be paid overtime—from $23,660 to about $47,500.
  • New branch manager for Metropolitan in Rio

    Jul 5, 2017 — Daniel Rodrigues has joined Metropolitan Group as the manager of the company’s Rio de Janeiro branch. Daniel was brought up in Rio and has been in the moving business for 20 years. “Daniel’s energy and drive makes him the perfect fit to further enhance Metropolitan’s strategy,” said Fabrico Bertoldo, Deputy CEO.
  • East Coast Port Expansion Will Alter U.S. Trucking Routes

    Jun 30, 2017 — East Coast ports undergoing new infrastructure investments will soon accommodate some of the world's largest cargo ships moving through the Panama Canal. While the expansion is already affecting global trade, it is expected to alter U.S. trucking routes. For shippers moving Asian products to the East Coast, the ability to use larger vessels that can directly access ports like Savannah, Ga., and New Jersey will eliminate the need for long-haul shipping.
  • Nigeria records reduced pirates’ attacks in 2017

    Jun 30, 2017 — Pirate attacks in the coast of Nigeria, reduced significantly in the first half of 2017 following some measures adopted by the Federal Government, the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali has said.
  • Another Container Shipping Freight Collaboration Seeks Approval

    Jun 30, 2017 — After news came last week of South Africa's decision to reject the proposed collaboration of Japan's three largest container shipping lines, the European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the creation of the joint venture between Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, Mitsui OSK Lines, and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha in which the three freight carriers will cooperate.
  • Spanish Dockerworkers Reach Accord with Business Association – Union

    Jun 30, 2017 — Spanish dock workers unions have reached an accord with business associations on labour conditions and called off planned strikes after the government passed a sector reform, the unions and business association said on Thursday.
  • New Intermodal Container Freight Service Between China and Germany Launched

    Jun 29, 2017 — Ceva Logistics has launched a new intermodal rail freight service connecting Shilong in China's Guangdong province and Hamburg, Germany. In conjunction with the Chinese state railway company, the new regular block trains will route Shilong, Manzhouli (China), Zabakalsky (Russia), Brest (Belarus), Malaszewicze (Poland) and Hamburg with a station-to-station lead time of 17-19 days.
  • More cyber-attacks expected over the next years, Norton says

    Jun 29, 2017 — Law firm Norton Rose Fulbright released a new report revealing that over the next five years, an increase in cyber-attacks is expected due to digitalisation. More than 80% of the participants in a survey agreed that we will see more cases of hackers in the coming years.
  • The world’s 10 biggest economies in 2017

    Jun 29, 2017 — The economy of the United States is the largest in the world. At $18 trillion, it represents a quarter share of the global economy (24.3%), according to the latest World Bank figures. China follows, with $11 trillion, or 14.8% of the world economy. Japan is in third place with an economy of $4.4 trillion, which represents almost 6% of the world economy.
  • DHL launches Supply Chain Security Consultancy service

    Jun 28, 2017 — DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL Group, announced the launch of its Americas Supply Chain Security Consultancy service. Led by former customs and law enforcement professionals and with a global team of more than 250 security personnel, DHL Global Forwarding offers a robust portfolio of services to companies interested in becoming Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) members or simply achieving a more secure supply chain in general.
  • Brexit foreign worker restrictions could scuttle U.K. logistics industry, FTA warns

    Jun 28, 2017 — If Brexit sends foreign workers packing, the U.K.’s freight and logistics sector could grind to a halt, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) warned today. The association is calling for clarification on the Government’s policy paper, released on Monday of this week, regarding the rights of foreign workers in the U.K. after Brexit.
  • Maersk Shuts Down Some Systems to Help Contain Cyber Attack

    Jun 28, 2017 — A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S has shut down systems across its operations to contain a cyber attack against its computer network as it assesses the full impact. Vessels at its Maersk Line unit, the world’s largest container carrier, are maneuverable, able to communicate and its crews are safe, but the Copenhagen-based company isn’t able to accept bookings from clients.
  • Panama deal likely to “finally scupper” Nicaragua canal: Chinese state media

    Jun 28, 2017 — China’s $1bn project to build a new deepwater port by the Panama Canal, which began days before Panama finally cut ties with Taiwan, is likely to “finally scupper” the controversial and long-stalled Nicaragua canal, an article in a Chinese state newspaper has claimed.
  • How India Got Wrapped Up In China's Belt And Road Initiative, Despite Opposing It

    Jun 28, 2017 — China now has India surrounded, wrapped up by land and sea via its Belt and Road initiative (BRI). In mid-May, Nepal agreed to a memorandum of understanding to participate in Chinese President Xi Jinping’s signature foreign policy power play, and officially signed on to become a key node along the Belt and Road.
  • Air freight shippers hit as volcanic ash plume hits transpacific capacity

    Jun 26, 2017 — Asia-US capacity is currently tight following the cancellation of a number of flights due to volcanic ash in the air. Space to Europe has also slimmed down after bad weather in Shanghai and Hong Kong impacted flights. A series of volcanic eruptions on Alaska’s Bogoslof Island triggered an ash cloud which caused several airlines to adjust their transpacific operations, creating ”very tight” space, according to one forwarder.
  • Half-billion-dollar deal signals birth of new dirigibles era

    Jun 26, 2017 — When 17th century futurists imagined skylines teeming with dirigibles, they might have actually been on to something. But rather than ladies in hoop skirts pedaling across the Manhattan skyline on hybrid bicycle/balloon contraptions, the new Era of Airships 2.0 may look more like the one envisioned by Lockheed Martin, moving cargo instead of people.
  • Port of Esbjerg explores expanding possibilities

    Jun 26, 2017 — The Danish port of Esbjerg announced that it has initiated a process to clarify expansion possibilities, in order to increase activity towards 2030, both within existing and new business areas. Within the next few years, the expectation is that the port’s areas and quay will be fully utilized.
  • Touted Sea Change in Indonesia Shipping Network May Hit Choppy Waters

    Jun 26, 2017 — With its towering new cranes and wharves that can handle some of the world’s biggest ships, Indonesia’s main international port has been shaking off its reputation for inefficiency and congestion with a $2.5 billion upgrade. But the revamp is just the first step in an ambitious drive to overhaul shipping in the country, with experts warning that a scheme to dot the sprawling archipelago with a string of new harbours over the next few years could be heading for choppy waters as it still needs billions of dollars in financing.
  • Blockade backlash: Qatar to ‘expedite’ launch of new routes as Doha airfreight surges

    Jun 23, 2017 — Qatar Airways will “expedite” the launch of new routes in response to the ongoing blockade by Saudi Arabia and other Arabian Gulf and North African countries, the carrier’s CEO, Akbar al Baker, told Bloomberg earlier this week.
  • Cosco is to buy OOCL – 'almost a done deal' says insider

    Jun 22, 2017 — China’s Cosco Shipping may be about to announce that it is to acquire Hong Kong-based carrier OOCL. An insider source has told The Loadstar a takeover of the container arm of Tung family-led Orient Overseas International (OOIL) is “almost a done deal”.
  • APM Terminals to lay off 160 jobs at Gothenburg terminal in Sweden

    Jun 22, 2017 — Global port operator APM Terminals has unveiled a plan to cut 160 positions at its facility in Gothenburg, Sweden. The decision follows several labour disruptions that led to a drop in container volumes at the terminal by 25% last year. Discussions relating to the proposed layoffs are expected to be completed within the next few months.
  • Fitch: Container Shipping Freight Rates Rise, Capacity Still Key

    Jun 22, 2017 — Container shipping companies have benefited from a modest increase in freight rates since the start of the year, but a sustainable recovery in the container market will only be achieved by reaching a viable supply/demand balance through capacity cuts, Fitch Ratings says.
  • World’s First Remotely-Controlled Commercial Vessel Put to the Test in Copenhagen

    Jun 22, 2017 — Rolls-Royce and global towage operator Svitzer have demonstrated what is believed to be the world’s first remotely operated commercial vessel, Svitzer Hermod, in Copenhagen, Denmark, Rolls-Royce said Tuesday.
  • Argentina orders port workers to end strike and enter talks

    Jun 21, 2017 — The Argentine government on Tuesday ordered striking workers who have halted exports from the shipping hub of Rosario for nearly a week to suspend their stoppage for 15 days and return to the negotiating table. However, a union spokesman said Tuesday evening that workers had not received any official notification and for now the strike would continue.
  • WannaCry Exposes Defense Supply Chain Vulnerabilities

    Jun 21, 2017 — The launch of WannaCry, a strain of leaked National Security Agency ransomware, affected more than 300,000 computer users in more than 150 countries in May. The attack — which operated by encrypting a computer’s data, then demanding a payment of $300 in bitcoins under the threat of deleting all files — has since been labeled one of the largest operations of its kind in the internet’s history.
  • Closing the logistics technology gap

    Jun 21, 2017 — Global supply chains have never been more complex and difficult to manage than they are today. In fact, the traditional linear model that the term ‘supply chain’ describes doesn’t accurately reflect the fact that it has been replaced by a nonlinear network of multiple parties. Parties that are scattered across the globe working together to move goods from one location to another within a specific timeframe. This presents both opportunities and major headaches for medium-sized 3PLs and forwarders.
  • Maersk launches trade finance operation

    Jun 20, 2017 — Danish liner company Maersk Line has expanded into the trade finance business by allowing customers to finance their operations as long as they are shipping with Maersk. The financing scheme works because Maersk has a rich trove of customer information from which to base a decision on the customer's creditworthiness, according to the Copenhagen-based company. This enables companies to manage their shipping and finance needs with one provider, rather than using one vendor for shipping and another vendor—normally a bank—for trade finance, Maersk said.
  • Webinar: ELD Do’s & Don’ts

    Jun 20, 2017 — The electronic logging device (ELD) mandate goes into effect Dec. 18 this year. Whether you operate one truck or a fleet of one thousand, your commercial vehicle must have one of these devices onboard for drivers to record their hours of service (HOS) information. Yet there are many “little things” in everyday trucking operations that can complicate your use of ELDs — even leave you exposed to violations, if you are not careful.
  • Unusually Active Hurricane Season Has Gulf of Mexico In Sights

    Jun 20, 2017 — The Atlantic hurricane season is less than three weeks old yet it’s already threatening the energy-rich Gulf of Mexico coastline with flooding rains and sparking tropical storm warnings in Venezuela.
  • More Container Shipping Consolidation Expected as Smaller Carriers Try to Keep Up

    Jun 20, 2017 — There is a “high likelihood” of a new wave of M&A activity involving medium-size ocean carriers, as the gap widens between them and the largest container lines, according to shipping consultant Drewry.
  • E-AWB usage finally breaches 50% mark

    Jun 15, 2017 — The latest IATA figures show that April’s e-AWB penetration level on feasible trade lanes edged up by 1.3 percentage points compared with March to reach 50.7%, exceeding the 50% mark for the first time. In total, 730,762 e-AWBs were processed during the month.
  • Port of Charleston reopens after bomb threat

    Jun 15, 2017 — The Port of Charleston in the US is now open again following its evacuation due to a threat of a ‘dirty bomb’ onboard the Maersk Memphis container ship, USCG officials confirmed that no threat found. Also, the safety zone which had been established around the vessel for the investigation, has been lifted.
  • PortMiami handles largest container ship to call on Florida port

    Jun 15, 2017 — PortMiami yesterday welcomed the Maersk Shanghai container ship, the largest vessel to call on a Florida deep-water port, the port announced Wednesday. At 1,063 feet long and 159 feet wide, the ship has a carrying capacity of 10,081 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). The vessel started its journey in China and arrived in Miami through the Suez Canal.
  • Chinese firm starts work on $1bn Panamanian megaport

    Jun 14, 2017 — A $1bn project to build a new deepwater port and container terminal near the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal has begun. Both its developer and the firm building it are Chinese.
  • Shipping’s ‘Perfect Storm’ is Brewing

    Jun 13, 2017 — A “perfect Storm” of cyber security, regulation and cost cutting impacts global shipping, according to Allianz Safety & Shipping Review 2017.
  • Iran arrests 5 armed pirates in Kangan

    Jun 13, 2017 — Commander Heidar Abbaszadeh, Police Chief of Bushehr Province, said in the wake of several armed robberies in commercial and safari vessels in waters of Kish Island, police took action and identified hideout of the pirates in Bandar Kangan of Bushehr. “Within 48 hours, various operational units in Kangan performed coherent and coordinated missions to identify and apprehend five gang leaders in the south Iranian city,” he continued.
  • Largest container ship to call North Europe arrives at Felixstowe

    Jun 13, 2017 — The largest container ship to call in North Europe so far has made its maiden call at the Port of Felixstowe. The 20,568 TEU Madrid Maersk, operated on the 2M NEU2 Asia to Europe service, has arrived at the port with over 6,000 TEU for the UK loaded in China and Malaysia.
  • Expansion of Tanzania’s main port to boost local trade

    Jun 12, 2017 — On 10 June, the government of Tanzania signed a USD 154 million contact with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), to expand the main port in the country’s capital, Dar es Salaam, with focus in infrastructure projects to boost maritime transport and trade.
  • Shipping companies should plan for prolonged Qatar disruption

    Jun 12, 2017 — International law firm Ince & Co has advised shipping and transportation companies with cargo interests in Qatar to plan for a period of disruption and uncertainty, following the decision by a number of Qatar’s neighbours and other nations to cut diplomatic ties and close borders with the Gulf State.
  • Madagascar dockworkers protest at Parliament as global union warns Africa against partnering with ICTSI

    Jun 12, 2017 — The plight of the Malagasy 43 – dockworkers sacked in Madagascar for standing up for their rights – has reached the highest levels of the Madgascan Government today with protests at Parliament and meetings scheduled with Government to try and resolve the dispute.
  • New Ethiopian hub to officially open in late June

    Jun 12, 2017 — Ethiopian Airlines will officially open its new air cargo terminal at home hub Addis Ababa later this month. Africa’s largest carrier said that it would open the terminal, which covers a total area of 150,000 sq m, during the three-day ICAO Global Air Cargo Development Forum, which starts on June 27.
  • Intermodal stakeholders gauge impacts of the Panama Canal expansion

    Jun 9, 2017 — In the run-up to the opening of the widened Panama Canal, some observers forecast an uptick in Asian containerized traffic heading to the U.S. East and Gulf coasts due to larger ships arriving. While the overall market share of traffic calling on those ports has been growing compared to West Coast ports, the expanded Panama Canal is just one factor, trade experts and port leaders say.
  • UK transport industry calls for reconsideration of Brexit

    Jun 9, 2017 — U.K. voters woke this morning to what many are calling a vote of no confidence in British Prime Minister Theresa May and her Brexit agenda. On the campaign trail, May called this a “Brexit election,” and promised tough negotiations with Europe. Ultimately, that plan backfired and her party lost its majority.
  • What a Hard Brexit Could Mean for U.K’s Transport Industry

    Jun 9, 2017 — The possibility of a “hard Brexit” from the European Union (EU) following the June 8 general election could change market dynamics for many transport companies, and spark questions about present business models.
  • New Ocean Freight Tracking Software to Reinforce Supply Chain Options

    Jun 8, 2017 — DHL Global Forwarding has launched Ocean View, a new online platform that allows shippers to track their ocean freight shipments with the intention of improving their end-to-end supply chain planning. DHL claims that Ocean View consolidates information from the company's Transportation Management System, the ocean carrier and the vessel itself for near real-time visibility of the ocean transport. It also provides a forecast on future milestones as well as a notification feature in case of route changes or delays.
  • France sends 150 cops to Calais to stop hundreds of returning migrants heading for Britain

    Jun 8, 2017 — France will send 150 more police to Calais amid fears hundreds of migrants will head for Britain this summer. Up to 8,000 were moved from the town when their Jungle camp was shut last October but 500 are feared to have returned. Many migrants, including orphaned refugee children, are starting to return to Calais in an attempt to sneak on to UK lorries.
  • Forwarders say stop procrastinating on aviation as UK heads to the polls

    Jun 8, 2017 — UK freight forwarder group the British International Freight Association (BIFA) has urged the winner of today's UK general election to "stop procrastinating" over the expansion of aviation capacity. In a statement issued as the UK heads to the polls, BIFA director general Robert Keen also said the group would highlight the importance of trade given the UK's decision to leave the European Union.
  • Gulf of Guinea Interregional Network to Fight Crime at Sea

    Jun 8, 2017 — The €9.2 million, four-year programme will support participating countries in developing joint planning, coordination, communication and IT infrastructure at a national, regional and interregional level. Nineteen coastal countries stretching from Senegal to Angola have started working together in a joint effort at fighting crime at sea.
  • Port of L.A. Approves $1.17 Billion Budget to Help Terminals Better Handle Trucks, Ships

    Jun 7, 2017 — The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners approved a $1.17 billion budget to cover infrastructure improvements and reduce the wait time truckers face when doing business at the largest port in North America. Port officials estimate that container traffic will grow 5.6% during the next fiscal year. On a calendar basis, Los Angeles handled 8.9 million industry-standard 20-foot-equivalent units, or TEUs, in 2016, a record for the Western Hemisphere. In 2017, the port is on pace to break the record again, up 10% through April.
  • Maersk says unable to ship Qatar bound cargo from UAE, seeks alternatives

    Jun 7, 2017 — Maersk can no longer transport goods in or out of Qatar after Arab countries imposed restrictions on trade with the tiny Gulf state and the company is looking at alternative shipping routes.
  • Trump's Paris pullout won't hold up transport sector's efforts to reduce emissions

    Jun 7, 2017 — Transport’s efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) will not be derailed by Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from 2015’s Paris climate agreement. This was the response from industry bodies following yesterday’s announcement that the US would be pulling out of the bilateral agreement and seeking a “better deal”.
  • China’s Belt and Road Initiative: rearranging global shipping?

    Jun 6, 2017 — Interest in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, now the preferred name for the One Belt, One Road scheme introduced by President Xi Jinping over three years ago, has intensified. An international gathering in Beijing last month sharpened the focus. This grand concept has two components, both of which are potentially of great significance for the global shipping industry.
  • Industry slow to adopt Uber-for-freight model

    Jun 6, 2017 — The Uber model for trucking still may be poised to revolutionize freight mobility, but its growth may be moving at a slower pace than anticipated. And that could be because the trucking industry as a whole is still resistant to it. However, Wallace Lau, industry principal at Frost & Sullivan, noted that market competition has grown with more and more new mobile-based freight apps spreading across the industry.
  • Papua New Guinea cargo ship prohibited from entering Australian ports

    Jun 6, 2017 — The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) announced that it has banned the Papua New Guinea-flagged cargo ship “Kiunga Chief” from entering or using Australian ports for three months, after the ship was detained for a third time in less than 18 months, due to the failure of its operators to safely and effectively manage the operations of the vessel.
  • Saudi, UAE Ports Bar Ships Flying Qatari Flag After Cutting Ties

    Jun 6, 2017 — Ports in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates’ barred ships flying Qatari flags after the two countries broke off diplomatic ties with Doha, in a move that raised fears of disruption to oil and gas shipments from the Gulf OPEC member. The Saudi Ports Authority has notified shipping agents not to accept vessels flying Qatari flags or ships owned by Qatari companies or individuals, it said on its Twitter account on Monday, adding that Qatari goods would not be allowed to be unloaded in Saudi ports.
  • FMCSA scotches plan to weigh hike in trucker minimum insurance levels

    Jun 5, 2017 — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has withdrawn a plan to propose raising the minimum levels of liability insurance that truckers must carry to $4 million from $750,000, saying it lacked sufficient information to justify further action. The FMCSA's decision leaves the required minimum coverage for bodily injury and property damage at the same levels they've been since January 1985.
  • Of Course Google’s Waymo Is Building Self-Driving Trucks

    Jun 5, 2017 — With the likes of Daimler, Volvo, and Uber working on self-driving trucks, it’s no surprise that the granddaddy of autonomous vehicles, Waymo, is getting in on the big-rig action too. Waymo (formerly the Google driverless car program, and now a standalone company under the Alphabet umbrella) is working to commercialize its technology, and has confirmed it’s exploring how its self-driving know-how can transform the trucking industry.
  • Dockers Strike Disrupts Spanish Ports and Trade Routes

    Jun 5, 2017 — Some of Spain's biggest port terminals came to a standstill on Monday as shipping companies redirected cargos to avoid a dockers' strike. After months of talks between unions, companies and the Spanish government over a reform of port hiring practices, dockers held the first of several planned strikes to protest against possible job losses.
  • Arab nations cut ties with Qatar, saying it backs terror

    Jun 5, 2017 — Saudi Arabia and three Arab countries severed ties to Qatar on Monday and moved to cut off land, sea and air routes to the energy-rich nation that is home to a major U.S. military base, accusing it of supporting regional terror groups. Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates made no demands of Qatar as their decision plunged the international travel hub into chaos and ignited the biggest diplomatic crisis in the Gulf since the 1991 war against Iraq.
  • Guidelines for cyber risk management on IMO agenda next week

    Jun 2, 2017 — IMO will held its Maritime Safety Committee, 98th Session, next week from June 7 to 16, 2017 in London at IMO Headquarters to discuss latest developments with respect to maritime safety-related issues. Among many issues under review, MSC 98 will put forward the proposal for Guidelines on maritime cyber risk management.
  • Legislation Advances to Ease Process for Military Personnel to Obtain Commercial Driver Licenses

    Jun 2, 2017 — Legislation that would facilitate access for military personnel to obtain commercial driver licenses was easily advance by a House panel in May. Under the Active Duty Voluntary Acquisition of Necessary Credentials for Employment, or ADVANCE, Act, current military service members and reservists would have access to the training and testing standards for commercial driver licenses for veterans under the 2015 FAST Act highway law. The provision in the FAST Act applied only to certain veterans.
  • Panama Canal Publishes Proposal for Modifications to Tolls Structure

    Jun 2, 2017 — Yesterday, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) published a proposal for modifications to its current tolls structure, signaling the beginning of a 30-day formal consultation period for industry feedback, allowing the waterway to continue providing a competitive service to its customers.
  • Three freight companies increase use of China-Europe rail

    May 30, 2017 — Three leading freight companies have announced plans to increase their usage of rail services between China and Europe. The growth of rail freight service between China and Europe hasn’t been entirely good news, however. As the Railway Gazette has revealed, the popularity of these services is proving harmful to rival cargo services, and in particular, air freight.
  • Port Everglades Gets Go-Ahead for Dock Expansion

    May 30, 2017 — Port Everglades has received unanimous approval from Broward County’s board of commissioners for a $438 million project to add new berths and install crane rails for new Super Post-Panamax cranes. The project is the most expensive capital improvement agreement awarded in the port’s history.
  • How freight is priced and paid for is changing fast

    May 30, 2017 — The way pricing and payment for freight shipments around the world is shifting quickly to digital formats designed to ultimately provide more transparency into how cargo costs are compiled. Yet in the eyes of several firms, this trend won’t necessarily lead to a more price-focused freight market. Rather, it could lead to a greater emphasis on customer service while at the same time lowering freight costs for shippers, transportation providers, logistics companies, and freight brokers alike.
  • Indefinite customs strike in Chile

    May 25, 2017 — Nisomar, the data-driven maritime services company, is advising of an indefinite strike from Wednesday 24 May by the National Association of Customs Officers of Chile (ANFACH) which will affect all Chilean ports, airports and borders in the country. The strike will cause delays to all operations, with only special cases attended, such as those related to humanitarian support and dangerous cargo. It is anticipated that over 1,900 customs officials will be striking across the country.
  • Ghana, Dubai, Singapore and Antwerp ports share ideas on efficient port

    May 25, 2017 — Professionals in the maritime industry have deliberated on how the ports of Ghana can be made more efficient so as to enhance its competitiveness in the West African sub region at a presidential conference in Accra.
  • AAPA: Ports concerned about Trump's proposed funding cuts

    May 25, 2017 — The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) on Tuesday expressed concern about port-related funding cuts in President Donald Trump's proposed fiscal-year 2018 budget. Trump's budget would reduce funding to many programs that are "critically important to ports," including Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants and port security grants, AAPA officials said in a press release.
  • German shipping group Hapag-Lloyd aims for speedy post-merger integration

    May 25, 2017 — Hapag-Lloyd (HLAG.DE) and Arab sector peer UASC are focused on speedy integration, Hapag's chief executive said after the German company announced completion of their delayed merger to creates the world's fifth-biggest shipping company. "We now not only have a very strong market position in Latin America and the Atlantic, but also in the Middle East, where we will become one of the leading carriers," CEO Rolf Habben Jansen said on Wednesday.
  • Cyber Vigilance at Sea: The New Norm

    May 25, 2017 — The risk of cyber attacks on vessels at sea continues to be significant, and it’s not going away any time soon. Each year, it seems, there are more and more reports of hacks that have resulted in loss of critical data, financial loss or problems with IT systems or shipborne systems functionality.
  • Djibouti opens most advanced port in Africa

    May 24, 2017 — Djibouti has today opened the country’s latest mega project – the Doraleh Multipurpose Port (DMP). The new 690 hectare facility is equipped with ultra-modern facilities that can accommodate 100,000 dwt vessels. The port provides a world-class logistics platform for shipping. The new facilities will vastly improve the efficiency and ease of doing business in the Horn of Africa. The project cements Djibouti’s position as a critical junction on the “Maritime Silk Road”.
  • Escalating Dockworkers’ Conflict Now Threatens Swedish Economy

    May 24, 2017 — As a drawn-out labor conflict at the Nordic region’s largest port escalates, some of Sweden’s largest exporters are warning they may be forced to find alternative harbors abroad to safeguard shipments. Container capacity at A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S’ APM Terminals facility in Gothenburg has in the past six months dropped to 80 percent of the normal weekly level of 10,000 containers due to a conflict with the Swedish Dockworkers’ Union. It could drop to 40 percent in the coming days as APM plans a partial lockout in response to the industrial action.
  • Why forwarders have the algorithm & blues

    May 24, 2017 — Internet start-ups using algorithms to offer airfreight bookings are seen as disruptors for traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ freight forwarders. Air Cargo News decided to seek out a virtual forwarder, to see what it can offer.
  • Calais migrant gangs attack British truckers for the first time since the 'Jungle' camp was demolished

    May 24, 2017 — British truckers have called for increased protection in Calais following the first serious attacks by migrants since the demolition of the 'Jungle' refugee camp. It is just over six months since the vast shantytown was torn to the ground, and some 8,000 UK-bound asylum seekers dispersed across France. Officially, they are all now banned from the Calais area, but a series of 'extremely violent' incidents on Sunday shows they are slowly returning.
  • Brexit: companies set to sever European ties

    May 23, 2017 — Many businesses are preparing to sever supply chain ties between the UK and the EU to avoid Brexit tariffs, according to survey of 2,111 supply chain managers by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. Almost one third of UK businesses that use EU suppliers are looking for British replacements, while almost half of European businesses expect to reduce their use of UK suppliers.
  • A new all-electric and autonomous cargo ship is planned for operation in 2018

    May 23, 2017 — Some of the world’s largest cargo ships emit pollution comparable to millions of passenger cars put together. The heavy fuel oil that they burn has high sulfur content and therefore, it is an important part of the world’s transportation industry that needs to transition to being battery-powered. Norway is making a first significant step toward just that with Kongsberg, a maritime engineering firm, and Yara International ASA, a large Norwegian chemical company, unveiling the concept for a new all-electric and autonomous cargo ship that they plan to have in operation as soon as next year.
  • Narendra Modi emphasizes port development

    May 23, 2017 — Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said developing modern ports was important for India to cement its position in the global trade sector. He said Kandla port in Kutch district of Gujarat, which he described as one of the major ports in Asia, will soon be connected with Chabahar port in Iran to boost India's international trade.
  • Countries Acting Alone Pose Main Risk to Trade System, WTO Says

    May 22, 2017 — The biggest risk to the global trade order is one country taking unilateral action that disrespects the system, according to World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo.
  • Intermodal Volume Up 2% in First Quarter, IANA Reports

    May 18, 2017 — The Intermodal Association of North America found that year-over-year international container volume grew 2.9% to 2.14 million units, and domestic traffic increased 1.3% to 1.79 million. “What’s most impressive about the growth rate is that it comes on the heels of a 2% gain in shipments in the [first quarter] of 2016. This suggests that the increase was real growth and not just a bounce back due to weaker comparisons,” the report said.
  • At Time:matters, Technology Drives Growth

    May 18, 2017 — Like pretty much everyone else in logistics, time:matters considers digitalization to be central to its future. “We want to have the platform available in the 300 most important catchment areas in the world,” said Miller. That means setting up shop in cities that host the industries where time:matters has expertise. “We’re doing this by making it as easy to book an emergency logistics service as it is to book a hotel online,” he said. “By digitalizing the chain, we make something that is very complex very easy.”
  • Pasha Hawaii Announces Shipyard for Two New Containerships

    May 17, 2017 — Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii today announced that the company has selected Keppel AmFELS in Brownsville, TX, a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) for the construction of two new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fueled containerships, with the option to order two additional vessels. Pasha Hawaii is in the process of finalizing contract specifications, and delivery of the first vessel is planned for early 2020.
  • Forwarders Call for Fast-track for U.S. Customs Chief

    May 16, 2017 — The Airforwarders Association (AfA) in the U.S. has called on the Senate to swiftly confirm Kevin McAleenan as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner, pointing out that the appointment was critical to the safe, secure and efficient movement of cargo.
  • China Sparks World Container Traffic Boom

    May 15, 2017 — Preliminary data from Drewry’s Container Trades Statistics (CTS) indicates that world container traffic surged by 10% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2017, fuelled mainly by spikes in imports and exports from China. The CTS numbers point to intra-regional trade as the primary driver of growth with volumes up by 17%, versus 7% for deep-sea traffic.
  • Dubai’s DP World Confirms 10 Injured when Ship Hits Cranes at Jebel Ali Port

    May 15, 2017 — Dubai ports operator DP World has confirmed that 10 people were injured in an accident involving a container vessel at the Jebel Ali port last week. The incident occurred when the vessel collided with the harbour wall at the port’s Terminal 1 on Thursday, May 4.
  • Gosselin Mobility and DT Moving announce the merger of their international moving operations

    May 13, 2017 — In an agreement finalised this week between Gosselin CEO Marc Smet and DT Moving Managing Director, Nick Kerr, Gosselin has acquired and merged DT Moving with its Gosselin Mobility operating companies. The deal brings together DT’s UK and France businesses under the Gosselin umbrella, creating an enlarged European moving network of 51 offices in 34 countries.
  • Tesla’s Road to Electric Trucking May be Easier Than Many Assume

    May 12, 2017 — The leap to electric trucks for Tesla Inc. and others isn’t as improbable as many in the trucking industry assume. That’s the finding of an investment report issued Wednesday by Alexander Potter, an analyst at Piper Jaffray & Co. The key, Potter said, is that much of the trucking industry overestimates weight needs. That leaves room on trucks for the weight of the large battery packs that provide power for electric vehicles.
  • First 20,000 TEU ‘Megaship’ Docks in UK

    May 12, 2017 — The 20,170 teu MOL Triumph became the largest ship to ever visit the UK when it docked at the port of Southampton this week. MOL Triumph is the first in a new breed of ultra large container vessels (ULCV), or so-called’megaships’, entering service this year with capacity to carry more than 20,000 twenty-foot. It was delivered to Japanese container shipping company, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines’ (MOL), back in March.
  • New online tool connects ports worldwide (video)

    May 12, 2017 — The Port of Rotterdam Authority has launched ‘Navigate’ at the Transport Logistic Fair, in Munich. The beta version of this online tool contains deep-sea and short-sea schedules connecting to 550 ports worldwide, as well as rail and barge connections between Rotterdam and more than 150 European inland terminals.
  • Schiphol successfully tests automatic compliance analysis

    May 10, 2017 — Initial testing of an online compliance checking system that reduces delays by pinpointing mistakes on airway bills has successfully concluded. The system was developed as part of Schiphol’s Smart Cargo Mainport Program, and speeds up cargo flows by detecting data errors in air waybills.
  • RFP to study Cross-Harbor Rail Freight Tunnel connecting NJ and Brooklyn

    May 10, 2017 — The Port Authority will soon be issuing an RFP (Request for Proposals) for a “Tier II” Environmental Impact Study to explore the impact and feasibility of the long-contemplated Cross-Harbor Rail Freight Tunnel connecting Brooklyn to New Jersey.
  • A Map Like This Persuaded Trump to Save Nafta, For Now

    May 10, 2017 — Location is everything in the real-estate biz, so it’s not entirely surprising that a map changed former developer Donald Trump’s mind. President Trump was close to withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement last month, before he saw a U.S. map highlighting areas that rely on business with partners Mexico and Canada. It just so happened many of those states supported Trump in the 2016 election, giving him a strong motivation to renegotiate rather than abandon the pact, he told the Washington Post.
  • In the Wake of the Titanic - Icebergs in the North Atlantic

    May 10, 2017 — Ice is beginning to choke major trade routes causing some carriers to rethink their operations. More than 400 icebergs have drifted into the shipping lanes forcing vessels to reduce speed and or divert hundreds of miles to avoid danger.
  • Naval mines found off Yemen’s coasts

    May 9, 2017 — The Royal Saudi Navy vessels operating with the coalition supporting legitimacy in Yemen have found a number of maritime mines off the coast of Yemen’s port of Midi, the coalition command said on Monday.
  • Travis Kalanick gives us a sneak peek at Uber Freight

    May 9, 2017 — There is currently not much information about the company’s efforts with regards to the same, but Kalanick shared an image of what appears to be the first ‘Uber Freight’ truck. These words are stenciled along the sides of the long truck, which is standing in a deserted parking lot. The photograph was shared by him in a tweet.
  • Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Trucks: Holy Grail or Hot Potato

    May 8, 2017 — Kenworth, Toyota, UPS and other major trucking and transport names have launched high-profile hydrogen fuel cell projects in recent weeks. Buzzy start-ups are pledging ambitious rollouts. But despite the pedigrees of the companies and the millions of dollars going into development and testing, many industry experts are skeptical about the business case for fuel cell technology — especially for large, long-haul vehicles.
  • Port efficiency to attract more shipping lines, port users to Subic

    May 8, 2017 — International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) continues to make a strong case for the Subic Bay Freeport as a key international trading gateway of the Philippines after achieving productivity levels at par with that of the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT).
  • 5 Ways to Cut the Risk of Cargo Theft

    May 8, 2017 — While risk modeling is an important part of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), few companies use the information to identify threats within their supply chain by trade lane, and their vulnerability against those threats. Part of threat analysis includes how the shipment is routed, the number of stops it makes, and identifying each player in the supply chain.
  • Air cargo demand growth reaches six year high

    May 3, 2017 — Air cargo traffic grew at its fastest rate since late 2010 in March as the industry continues to benefit from an uptick in world trade and export orders. The latest figures from airline body IATA show that in freight tonne km terms traffic increased by 14% year on year in March, which is the fastest pace of growth recorded since October 2010, a recession bounce-back year.
  • New report addresses Somali security issues

    May 3, 2017 — A new report, conducted by OEF Research in cooperation with OBP and Secure Fisheries, highlights that it is not only piracy that affects maritime security in Somali land, but other complex issues as well, such as illegal fishing, coastal violence, and human trafficking. In particular, there are eight important factors which create an insecure maritime environment in Somali waters.
  • As Arctic Ice Vanishes, New Shipping Routes Open

    May 3, 2017 — As global warming melts sea ice across the Arctic, shipping routes once thought impossible — including directly over the North Pole — may open up by midcentury. But high costs may keep the new routes from being used right away.
  • QIS: new autonomous truck technology could transform insurance industry

    May 1, 2017 — The introduction of truly driverless long haul freight vehicles has the potential to create a once-in-a-century economic impact—and a new role for insurers.
  • New Shipping Alliances Bringing Chaos to Asia-Europe Tradelanes

    May 1, 2017 — “Organised chaos” – that’s how one carrier describes the Asia-Europe schedules of the Ocean and THE alliances, believing there’s very little hope of vessels hitting itineraries before June. The source, an alliance member, told The Loadstar the transition of ships and containers from previous schedules to their new alliance hubs had proved more complex than expected – the result being containers stranded at terminals between Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
  • What shippers really want: Airfreight’s true customers speak out

    May 1, 2017 — Airport codes BCN and BQN are strikingly similar at first glance. But to a Spanish pharmaceutical manufacturer in Barcelona, located thousands of miles from a misdirected shipment of temperature-sensitive components languishing in a warehouse in Puerto Rico, that one letter represents millions of dollars per day.
  • Confidence grows for air cargo in Asia

    Apr 28, 2017 — Airfreight volumes on Asia-Europe trade lanes eastbound and westbound are expected to surge in the coming months, according to the latest survey results for the APAC Forwarding Index. Around 54% of survey respondents predicted Asia Pacific air cargo volumes across all lanes will be higher in three months time than at present, with 37% expecting them to remain the same and just 9% lower.
  • U.S. rail traffic up 4.7 percent; AAR comments on Trump tax plan

    Apr 28, 2017 — U.S. railroads moved 515,131 carloads and intermodal units for the week ending April 22, a 4.7 percent increase compared with the same week a year ago, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported Wednesday.
  • Rotterdam to shape Gujarat’s port development

    Apr 28, 2017 — In a major boost to Gujarat’s future maritime development, the Port of Rotterdam has agreed to a strategic tie-up with the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) to lend its expertise in a slew of projects including planning for new ports and churning out skilled professionals in shipping and transport sectors.
  • Santa Fe Group Further Invests in China with full Acquisition of Sino Santa Fe

    Mar 24, 2017 — The Santa Fe Group has acquired 100% ownership of Sino Santa Fe or Santa Fe China.
  • U.S. Immigration and Travel Restrictions - IAM President’s Commentary and Update

    Feb 2, 2017 — After last week’s Executive Order by the U.S. on immigration and refugees there has been considerable press coverage in the US national news and overseas. Surprisingly, as of today, IAM has not received a single inquiry or question relative to the matter from one of our members. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t questions; and the closer the Association gets to launching the registration process for our 2017 Annual Meeting and Expo there undoubtedly will be questions and concerns raised that need to be addressed.
  • JK Moving Services Holds Ribbon-Cutting for New Facility

    Jan 19, 2017 — IAM member company JK Moving Services held an open house on Wednesday, January 18, to celebrate the opening of its new 75,000 square foot warehouse facility in Sterling, Virginia.
  • IMO Cautions Against Extending EU-ETS to Shipping

    Jan 9, 2017 — Including shipping in the EU?s Emission Trading System (EU-ETS) could undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping on a global basis, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim said in a letter to senior European officials.
  • BIMCO: Shipping Industry Faces Choppy Waters

    Jan 3, 2017 — The shipping industry has its work cut out going forward in 2017 as the period will see another year of die-hard competition, according to international shipping association BIMCO.
  • Businesses Ask FMC to Address Fees Charged when Port Disruptions Delay Pickup of Cargo Containers

    Dec 7, 2016 — IAM, along with a coalition representing retailers, manufacturers, truckers, transportation intermediaries and other business groups today asked the Federal Maritime Commission to set new policy preventing terminal operators and ocean carriers from charging unfair fees when uncontrollable incidents such as storms and strikes keep cargo from being picked up from ports on time.
  • U.S. Passport Renewal Delays

    Sep 23, 2016 — If your passport is anywhere near you, take a moment and check the expiration date. If that date is anytime during the next 24 months, it might be best to start the renewal process now or soon. Here's why...
  • IAM Visit to SDDC – February 18

    Feb 24, 2016 — On February 18, IAM staff and Board leaders met with SDDC staff at their offices at Scott AFB. Present from SDDC was the full Personal Property Directorate leadership team, Lt. Col. Todd Jensen, SDDC Director of Personal Property, Danny Martinez, Personal Property Business Processes Division Chief, Jill Smith, Chief, Personal Property Systems Integration Division, David Jones and Rose Lindsey.
  • IAM Submits Comments to USTRANSCOM on Household Goods Channeling Concept Pilot Program

    Nov 10, 2015 — IAM yesterday submitted comments on the U.S. Transportation Command’s recent Federal Register Notice about the Household Goods Channeling Concept Pilot Program. IAM believes the proposed pilot is ill-conceived and poorly timed.
  • Who should pay extra fees for shipping alcohol?

    Oct 1, 2015 — Should service members pay for extra costs associated with shipping home alcohol from overseas locations as part of their household goods? “In the past, industry had been told that any excess cost over and above the normal customs cost would be payable directly by the military members ... that was the standard for a number of years,” IAM Senior VP Chuck White said. “Now SDDC has questioned that paradigm.”
  • IAM attends GSA pre-solicitation meeting

    Aug 6, 2015 — IAM attended the GSA pre-solicitation meeting yesterday in Washington D.C. IAM’s Senior Vice-President, Chuck White, and Programs Director, Brian Limperopulos, discussed international trends and issues affecting the industry with both GSA officials and transportation service providers from the industry.
  • IAPH: A Smart Conference in a Smart Port City

    Jun 15, 2015 — The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) convened at its 29th World Ports Conference in Hamburg, Germany, 1-5 June 2015, under the theme of “City of Hamburg – Calling at the smartPORT”, was successfully concluded, attracting more than 900 delegates, accompanying persons, guest speakers and exhibitors from across the world.
  • Scott AFB Visit Summary and 2015 Peak Season Shipment Refusals

    Apr 2, 2015 — On Mar. 31, IAM President Terry Head and Senior Vice President Chuck White met with the new Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) Personal Property Director, Lt. Col. Michael Erhardt; the outgoing Personal Property Director, Capt. Aaron Stanley; and other key SDDC staffers. The key discussion item was obviously SDDC’s recent decision not to allow shipment refusals during the 2015 Peak Season.
  • International Association of Movers Names Charles L. White Senior Vice President

    Feb 2, 2015 — The International Association of Movers (IAM) is pleased to announce that Charles “Chuck” L. White has been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President.
  • IAM Logistics Network (ILN) Online Directory Launch

    Dec 10, 2014 — The new and improved ILN Online Directory has launched. Now anyone can easily search for ILN member companies geographically or by name keywords, allowing IAM members, ILN members and the general public to find companies they can potentially partner with on logistics projects.
  • IAM's 52nd Annual Meeting Opens with Fanfare

    Oct 8, 2014 — This year’s conference theme – “Where the World Comes Together” – simply states a fact: IAM’s conference is unparalleled in that it draws together in one place nearly 2,000 attendees, representing 2,400 member companies located in over 170 countries around the world. It is an awesome scene as people from disparate cultures and countries come together seamlessly to participate in membership meetings and education sessions, sit down together in one-on-one meetings, work business deals over a shared lunch in the expo, and visit over 100 exhibitors to learn what is new in technology or packaging or customs brokerage. It is, indeed, a microcosm of the world.
  • NDTA-DC Installs New Board of Directors

    Jul 9, 2014 — At a luncheon held on June 19, the Washington, DC chapter of the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA-DC) formally installed its new Board of Directors for 2014/2015. Among those board members present at their swearing in by LTG Ken Wykle, President of NDTA, were Bill Farmen, Jason Trubenbach, Irvin Varkonyi, Earl Boyanton, Craig Hymes, Jon Kaskin, Terry Head, Steve Pimpo, and Bill Wanamaker.
  • IAM Hall of Honor 2014 inductees announced

    Jun 30, 2014 — IAM is proud to announce the selection of two distinguished individuals to be inducted into the IAM Hall of Honor at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. Now in its seventh year, the Hall of Honor recognizes individuals who have had a profound influence on the household goods removals Industry and the Association. The 2014 inductees will join 42 other members of the IAM Hall of Honor.
  • 2014 Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarships awarded

    Jun 27, 2014 — The Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund Board of Directors is proud to announce that it has awarded ten deserving students with scholarships of $5,000 USD each.
  • Attendees pronounce ILN Regional Meeting a success

    May 23, 2014 — IAM is pleased to report that those attending the first regional meeting of the IAM Logistics Network in Antwerp, Belgium, have pronounced it a success. With an ambitious agenda in hand, the 35 attendees representing 20 member companies spent more than two days immersed in the business of logistics.
  • SDDC Fall 2011 PPF

    Nov 1, 2011
  • 2011 Young Movers Conference IAM Presentation

    Sep 15, 2011
  • IAM Presentation at the CMSA San Diego Chapter

    Jul 1, 2011
  • YP-35 at the Young Movers Conference

    Jun 1, 2010
  • IAM Presentation to the Young Movers Conference

    Jun 1, 2010
  • SDDC AMSA 2013 Military Summit Slides

  • SDDC Industry Day Slides - April 3, 2013

  • 2013 Euromovers Congress - Innovation and Standardization in International Moving

  • 2013 Euromovers Congress - IAM Initiatives to Protect Your Business

  • CMSA 2013 Annual Meeting Presentation - Trends in International Moving