Global & Regional News

  • Trump White House Seeking Public Comment on Which Maritime Regulations to Remove

    May 24, 2018 — The White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs is seeking public input on how the federal government can reduce the regulatory burdens imposed on the maritime sector as part of the Trump Administration’s broad plan to deregulate American industries.
  • US Army flows fresh tanks, troops into Europe

    May 24, 2018 — All told, 3,300 troops of the 1st Armored Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas, will bring 2,500 pieces of equipment across the Atlantic Ocean. The formation will relieve the 2nd Armored Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division, which will return to Fort Riley, Kansas.
  • House Appropriators Keep Meal-and-Rest-Break Provision in Transportation Bill

    May 24, 2018 — A provision aimed at ensuring uniformity nationwide for meal-and-rest-break laws for truck drivers will stay in a House funding bill after surviving a Democratic-led effort to remove it May 23.
  • New Port of Rotterdam app cuts waiting time by 20%, reduces CO2 emissions

    May 24, 2018 — The port said in a press release that the application enables more effective utilisation of capacity at its terminals, as well as the precise planning and coordination of a range of vessel services, including bunkering, servicing and maintenance and provisioning. In addition, Pronto directly contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions in the port, it added.
  • Dwindling Merchant Marine fleet crimps U.S. ability to wage war

    May 17, 2018 — The once-mighty U.S. Merchant Marine fleet has nearly collapsed under the weight of high labor costs, zigzagging federal policies and intense competition from abroad, damaging America's position as the only country in the world able to supply and sustain a long-distance war.
  • Cargo hit by customs delays as Brazil officials stage new walk-out

    May 17, 2018 — More strikes have hit Brazilian customs offices – the National Union of Fiscal Auditors began a 30-day walk out on Monday. Day-to-day operations across all customs offices in the country will be affected by the dispute, but the union says “essential” services will continue to be provided.
  • Trucking market acceleration still heading up

    May 17, 2018 — A large majority of freight transportation and logistics industry stakeholders, including shippers, motor carriers, 3PLs, brokers, and others, continue to marvel at the overall state of market conditions, especially in the trucking sector.
  • Ukraine plans two major projects in Black Sea ports this year

    May 7, 2018 — Ukraine plans to launch two major projects in Black Sea ports this year, the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) said Friday, citing the country’s Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan. One of the projects envisages the construction of a container terminal in the port of Chornomorsk, while another project stipulates for the modernization of the port of Yuzhny, the USPA said in a statement.
  • Brexit expected to increase supply chain complexity

    May 4, 2018 — The UK's withdrawal from the European Union is likely to increase supply chain complexity, according to speakers at the Multimodal exhibition and conference. During a session on Brexit, Peter MacSwiney, chairman of Agency Sector Management (ASM) and co-chair of the Joint Customs Consultative Committee (JCCC) Brexit sub group said that politicians hoped that technology would be able to offset any new supply chain complexity caused by the exit from the EU.
  • Port of Montreal project set to expand rail infrastructure

    May 4, 2018 — The Canadian government will invest CA$18.4 million to improve rail infrastructure at the Port of Montreal, Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced last week. The intermodal project will "optimize" the port's rail network capacity, particularly in the port's interchange zone.
  • What the Denham amendment means for the trucking industry

    May 2, 2018 — The Denham-Cuellar-Costa Amendment has garnered mixed reaction from the trucking industry. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) believes the amendment will help streamline interstate commerce by federalizing hours-of-service rules, but the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) believes the amendment will rob truck drivers of needed rest breaks and rightful pay.
  • Singapore to set up up maritime cybersecurity centre

    Apr 26, 2018 — Speaking at a Maritime Cyber Security Seminar in Singapore Tuesday, Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore chairman Niam Chiang Meng pledged the authority's continued support towards awareness building and capability development to help the industry boost its cyber resilience.
  • U.S. Questions COSCO’s Takeover of Long Beach Terminal -Report

    Apr 23, 2018 — A U.S. national security review has raised concerns about a takeover by China’s COSCO Shipping Holdings Co of a large container terminal in Long Beach, California, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The terminal is part of COSCO’s planned $6.3 billion deal to buy shipping firm Orient Overseas International Ltd (OOIL) , the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
  • 25th Infantry Division Soldiers Aid Relief Efforts on Hawaii Island Kauai

    Apr 19, 2018 — Army aviators and other soldiers with the 25th Infantry Division assisted emergency response efforts here for the island’s residents and tourists in the aftermath of recent heavy rainstorms and mudslide-producing flooding.
  • Panama Canal Tugboat Captains Locked in Heated Dispute with Management Over Safe Manning of Tugs

    Apr 19, 2018 — Panama Canal tugboat captains are locked in a heated dispute with the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) regarding the manning and safe operation of tugboats in the new Neopanamax locks. The dispute escalated in recent days since the ACP announced sanctions against some tugboat captains who the ACP accused of interrupting the performance of the Canal and causing economic loss by refusing to transit vessels on April 12.
  • Blockchain on Verge of Revolutionizing Shipping Industry

    Apr 18, 2018 — Globalization has brought the most advanced trading networks the world has seen, with the biggest, fastest vessels, robot-operated ports and vast computer databases tracking cargoes. But it all still relies on millions and millions of paper documents. That last throwback to 19th-century trade is about to fall.
  • Shipping Industry Switch to LNG Bunker Fuel Not Enough to Meet Strict Carbon Regulations – Analyst

    Apr 18, 2018 — Switching to liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel ocean-going vessels may not be enough for shippers to comply with long-term emissions regulations and they will have to find additional ways of reducing emissions, JBC Energy said on Tuesday.
  • Malacca Strait security needed by ASEAN

    Apr 17, 2018 — Multilateral cooperation among ASEAN militaries has been successful, but still needs to improve if the vital sea lines of communication of the Malacca Strait are to remain clear, particularly with the rise of two strategic military competitors to the east and west, namely China and India.
  • EU Action on Ship Emissions Helping to Reduce Air Pollution in Ports and Along Coastlines

    Apr 17, 2018 — Air pollution from shipping has been significantly reduced around European coastlines and ports thanks to the concerted action by the European Union and industry to reduce sulphur emissions from ships, the European Commission said in a report released Monday. The report is the first European Commission report on compliance with Directive (EU) 2016/802, more commonly referred to as the Sulphur Directive, which regulates SOx emissions from ships in European waters.
  • Patrick bracing for seven-day strike at Port Botany

    Apr 16, 2018 — Patrick stevedores is urgently seeking to stop allegedly unlawful industrial action at Port Botany as it braces for a seven-day strike that threatens to cripple its operations. The company has alleged the Maritime Union of Australia is unlawfully organising stevedores to refuse to work with an alternative workforce in solidarity with the terminal's contracted maintenance crew, who are preparing to take a week of protected industrial action from Wednesday.
  • U.S. West Coast ports report mixed message for first quarter

    Apr 16, 2018 — The Port of Long Beach has completed its best ever first quarter, with marine terminals handling almost 1.9 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) January through March. The quick start is 19.4 percent more than the first quarter of 2017, the Port’s busiest year ever.
  • Iqbal says Gwadar Port to emerge as top sea port of Asia

    Apr 11, 2018 — Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal said that Gwadar Port will emerge as the top sea port of Asia after completion of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.
  • Maersk Considering Female CFO Amid Gender Gap in Top Management

    Apr 11, 2018 — A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S is considering hiring its first female chief financial officer, as the century-old conglomerate seeks to make up for a widening gender gap in top management. Shipping is a traditionally male-dominated industry and Jim Hagemann Snabe, who’s been chairman for a year now, says more diversity would be good for business at Denmark’s largest company, which operates in 130 countries.
  • Morocco’s Tanger-Med port running at full speed

    Apr 10, 2018 — Inaugurated in 2007, the Tanger-Med port complex, not far from the Strait of Gibraltar, handled 51.3 million tonnes of cargo, on a par with the Port of London. Its industrial park, connected to a free-trade zone, is creating jobs at a rate that “exceeds expectations,” port Director-General Jaafar Mrhardy. With 750 companies and thousands of employees, the port generated $6.8 billion of revenue in 2017.
  • World’s First Autonomous Shipping Company Established in Norway

    Apr 5, 2018 — Shipping group Wilhelmsen and technology firm KONGSBERG, both from Norway, have joined forces to establish the new company, named Massterly, which will launch later this year offering the complete value chain for autonomous ships, from design and development, to control systems, logistics services and vessel operations.
  • FMC Orders Carriers to Disclose Demurrage Practices

    Apr 4, 2018 — On Monday, the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) announced that it has begun its investigation into terminal operators' and ocean carriers' practices for port demurrage, detention and free time. In its first move, FMC is ordering carriers and terminals to disclose information and documents explaining these practices.
  • First post-panamax containership calls PSA-Panama

    Apr 3, 2018 — On Monday the 13,100 teu MSC Renee became the first post-panamax to call PSA-Panama after it completed its expansion early this year.
  • Japan’s ‘ONE’ Network Starts Business as World’s Sixth-Largest Container Shipping Line

    Apr 3, 2018 — Japan’s Ocean Network Express kicked off operations on Sunday, marking the official start of business for what is now the 6th largest container shipping company by overall capacity. With the combined operations, ONE controls a fleet of about 240 vessels with a combined capacity of 1,440,000 TEU, ranking it as the 6th largest container shipping company with approximately 7% of global share. The company will offer 85 service loops and a comprehensive network linking more than 200 of the world’s major ports.
  • Schiphol's head of cargo talks mergers, slots and new challenges

    Mar 30, 2018 — Schiphol Airport’s decision to merge its cargo department with its aviation marketing division took many in the industry by surprise, given its support for the development of its freight business over the past few years. However, Schiphol head of cargo Jonas van Stekelenburg points out this is not the first time the two departments have been merged: they have been combined twice in the past 30 years and twice they have separated again.
  • ELD Mandate Law Enforcement Grace Period Is Almost Over

    Mar 30, 2018 — The three-month law enforcement grace period for trucks to be equipped with electronic logging devices is almost over. As of April 1, drivers caught without ELDs are due to be placed out of service for 10 hours, and may have points added to their Compliance, Safety, Accountability program scores, or could even be assessed a civil fine.
  • Suez Canal resumes activities after stability of weather

    Mar 30, 2018 — Suez Canal ports reopened and maritime activities were resumed on Thursday after the weather conditions improved. Villages and towns of Kafr El-Sheikh governorate, particularly those overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, witnessed severe winds on Thursday, which lead to the closure of El Brols port.
  • Australia Bans Cargo Ship Over Maritime Labour Convention Violations

    Mar 28, 2018 — Australia has banned the Liberian-flagged containership MSC Kia Ora from its ports for three months due violations of international crew welfare laws after the operator failed to pay crew wages in full and on time, in addition to other detainable deficiencies.
  • Containership and Bulk Carrier Collide in Denmark’s Great Belt

    Mar 28, 2018 — Maritime authorities in Denmark are investigation a collision between a containership and a bulk carrier in Denmark’s Great Belt, which caused some containers to fall into the water. Seven containers are reported to have been lost from the containership. At least some of the containers have been recovered.
  • An immigration bill you've never heard of will solve US's labor shortage

    Mar 27, 2018 — According to the Labor Department's latest jobs report, we're in the strongest labor market in decades. But that has left the country with a severe shortage of skilled workers. The Immigration Innovation or "I-Squared" Act has been proposed to tackle this issue. But it's gotten lost amid our nation's divisive immigration debate.
  • Abu Dhabi Ports signs agreement with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade

    Mar 26, 2018 — Abu Dhabi Ports inked a new agreement with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade to explore new commercial opportunities between Chinese companies interested in investing in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) and Khalifa Port Free Trade Zone (KPFTZ), which is considered the largest free trade zone in the region.
  • Canada Urges World Nations to Preserve Pillars of Global Trade

    Mar 26, 2018 — As the U.S. and China edge closer to a full-blown trade war, Canada has urged all nations to act to preserve the pillars of the world trading system. “We need to cherish the organizations that have been the cornerstone of the world economic order,” Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said in an interview in Singapore on Saturday.
  • Transitional period of Brexit fallout set at 20 months

    Mar 22, 2018 — This week, the European Union (E.U.) and the U.K. government made another small step toward tackling the implications of Brexit for companies operating throughout the supply chain by agreeing on a specific amount of time to have a “transitional period” so all parties can get used to the new rules.
  • Crowley: Six Months After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico’s Road to Recovery is Being Made by Sea

    Mar 22, 2018 — It’s been called the most logistically challenging relief effort the United States has ever managed. When nearly Category 5 Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, it left a wake of destruction that residents and emergency responders are still reckoning with. Government officials knew of Crowley’s reputation and capabilities from the company’s previous rapid expeditionary response efforts around the world.
  • Crews Cleaning Up Containers at Port of Karachi After Ship Scrapes Another

    Mar 22, 2018 — Authorities in Pakistan’s southern port of Karachi have launched an effort to retrieve 21 containers knocked overboard after a ship moving into its berth brushed against a stationary vessel, officials said on Tuesday.
  • British Ports Association: Likely Brexit Deal Looks Like ‘No Deal’ for Ports

    Mar 22, 2018 — Following Monday’s agreement between UK and EU negotiators on the terms of a transition deal and ahead of the EU Council meeting later this week, the British Ports Association has published a strategic report calling for a pragmatic deal with the EU on both customs and regulatory recognition that allows both British and European businesses to get their goods across borders as quickly as possible.
  • Big Mess at Port of Karachi After Container Ship Sideswipes Moored Vessel

    Mar 20, 2018 — Dozens of shipping containers have fallen into the water at Pakistan’s busiest deepwater port containership collided with a moored vessel during berthing on Monday. The incident occurred at the South Asia Pakistan Terminals facility in the Port of Karachi, where officials say approximately 55 to 60 containers fell into the water as a result of the incident, according to local media.
  • ‘It’s on’: Melbourne ports dispute set to escalate

    Mar 19, 2018 — Maritime workers returned to work on Monday after staging a 48-hour snap strike at Qube Ports’ facility in Melbourne prompting the company to fly in workers by helicopter. Maritime Union of Australia Assistant National Secretary Warren Smith said workers had introduced industrial bans and had restricted shifts to seven hours. Shifts had varied from four to 12 hours. “Excessive 12 hour shifts are not required now and are a fatigue issue,” he said. Mr. Smith said workers would refuse to return to work if Qube was successful in its push to terminate the existing enterprise agreement.
  • Is Southeast Asia home to the most dangerous waters in the world?

    Mar 19, 2018 — Increasing piracy, shipping accidents and political disputes have made Southeast Asia a dangerous place for seafarers. But what is the cause of these issues, and to what extent are countries in the region taking steps to solve them?
  • Evolving International Container Markets Follow U.S. Lead

    Mar 16, 2018 — Two distinct markets are evolving in international container transportation with one market seeking faster delivery despite having to pay premium prices and a second market that is willing to delay delivery in exchange for lower transportation costs.
  • India: Staggering 265-fold hike in labour levy at ports killing coastal shipping

    Mar 14, 2018 — The government’s practice of continuing to charge notional labour cess on coastal cargo operations, despite the fact that most ports are now mechanised and do not require manpower for loading and unloading, is taking a toll on the country’s coastal shipping operators. Many are losing business to rail and road transport, and to ports run by the private sector.
  • Lyttelton strike not affecting Port Otago

    Mar 14, 2018 — A fortnight-long strike at Lyttelton Port has not yet prompted any increase in export or import volumes at Port Otago, but that may change in the weeks ahead. Despite a deal between the Lyttelton Port company and Rail and Maritime Transport Union having been close, 200 workers went on strike at midnight on Monday for a fortnight.
  • International manager Christina Fild started at Hertling Duesseldorf

    Mar 8, 2018 — Christina Fild, in the moving industry since 2011, has been appointed an International Manager with Hertling Duesseldorf and started on Feb. 1. “With my passion for the international moving business and with my practical experience, I’m confident to tackle any challenges in the future and I am glad that I can personally contribute to the ongoing success of Hertling”, Christina writes.
  • Djibouti Signs New Container Terminal Deal

    Mar 7, 2018 — Djibouti’s Doraleh Container Terminal Management Company has signed a deal with Singapore-based Pacific International Lines to raise by a third the amount of cargo handled at the port, the country’s Ports and Zones Authority said on Tuesday. The agreement would allow it to handle an extra 300,000 20-foot equivalent unit containers (TEU) annually, the authority said.
  • Expanded Panama Canal Marks 3,000 Vessel Crossings

    Mar 7, 2018 — More than 3,000 vessels have now transited the Expanded Panama Canal less than two years since the new locks opened for business, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has announced. The containership MSC Caterina marked the 3,000 vessel milestone during a northbound passage from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean last Friday.
  • Major Fire on Ultra-Large Containership Maersk Honam in Arabian Sea, Situation ‘Critical’

    Mar 7, 2018 — An ultra-large containership belonging to container shipping giant Maersk has suffered what is being described as a ‘serious fire’ in one of its cargo holds in the Arabian Sea. According to an emailed statement from Maersk Line, the MV Maersk Honam reported a serious fire in a cargo hold on Tuesday 6 March 2018 at 15:20 GMT while enroute from Singapore towards Suez, Egypt.
  • Mexico On Course To Double Port Capacity

    Mar 6, 2018 — Mexico’s Programa Nacional de Infraestructura (PNI), or National Infrastructure Program, aims to double existing port capacity by the end of 2018. Currently, ports have a combined capacity of 470m tonnes, up from 260m tonnes when the plan was first introduced in 2012. The target for this year is to reach 520m tonnes.
  • The Future of Shipping in East Africa

    Mar 6, 2018 — The emerging markets of East Africa offer companies boundless possibilities, as technology, agriculture and natural resources fuel economic growth, in what will be one of the most prevalent emerging markets in a new phase of Globalisation. Africa will have six of the world’s ten fastest growing economies this year, according to the World Bank. All of this potential does not mean that trade is then presented on a silver platter to shippers and manufacturers.
  • Large Containership Loses About 70 Containers Overboard Off U.S. East Coast

    Mar 5, 2018 — A 10,000 TEU containership lost about 70 containers overboard on Saturday night while about 17 miles off Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. The U.S. Coast Guard is warning mariners of navigation hazards.
  • Nigeria – Cargo Palletization and Form “M” Requirements

    Mar 5, 2018 — All containerized import cargo destined for Nigeria must be palletized. This new guideline is applicable for all Nigerian bound cargo departing from various origin ports as from the 1st of January 2018. In addition, Form "M" number must be reflected on Bills of Lading and Cargo Manifests for commercial goods.
  • Malaysian domestic lines weather impact of lifting of cabotage

    Mar 1, 2018 — The strongest remnants of Malaysia’s domestic shipping sector seem to have taken the impact of the relaxation of cabotage rules in June in their stride and have seen good performances from their container shipping operations.
  • Port of Savannah Harbor Deepening Project Reaches Halfway Point

    Mar 1, 2018 — The project to deepen the navigation channel leading to the Port of Savannah has reached its halfway point with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completing the outer harbor dredging. The harbor expansion project will deepen the Savannah River to 47 feet at mean low water, allowing Neo-Panamax vessels coming through the Expanded Canal to take on heavier loads.
  • Hapag Lloyd Triples Operating Profit in 2017

    Mar 1, 2018 — German container shipping firm Hapag-Lloyd on Wednesday reported its 2017 operating profit more than tripled, citing higher transport volumes and a slight recovery in freight rates. It also said that besides worldwide container transport demand and rising freight revenue, last year’s merger with Gulf peer UASC provided more efficiencies.
  • COSCO Shipping International Books Full-Year Profit

    Mar 1, 2018 — COSCO Shipping International (Singapore) recorded a net profit attributable to equity holders of SGD 263.9 million (USD 198.9 million) for the full year of 2017, marking a major recovery when compared to the full-year loss of SGD 466 million booked in 2016.
  • Pirates Attack Two Ships in One Day off Nigeria

    Feb 28, 2018 — Armed pirates attacked two vessels in separate incidents on February 24 off the coast of Bonny Island, Nigeria, according to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre.
  • Duqm container terminal to be ready by 2019-end

    Feb 28, 2018 — A new container terminal at Duqm port, which will have an annual capacity to handle two million twenty-foot equivalent units (TUEs), will be ready by the end of 2019, according to a top-level port official. “We are now building the platform, rail, and warehouses. By the end of 2018, we will order the big equipment, including cranes, for the port,” Reggy Vermeulen, chief executive officer of the Port of Duqm, told the Times of Oman in an exclusive interview.
  • Penang Port to spend $46m on expansion

    Feb 26, 2018 — MMC Corp-owned Penang Port is allocating MYR180m ($46m) for expansion plans this year to boost capacity to 2.8m teu from 2m teu currently.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.