Security, Crisis, Conflict & Piracy

  • Challenges to US urban supply chains mount

    Feb 6, 2019 — Problems rooted in truck capacity and driver availability are likely to get worse, rather than better, regardless of the economic cycle. “Relentless competition” and widespread urbanization are two of the top trends that will reshape trucking and logistics in the US and elsewhere as e-commerce expectations set by Amazon and its customers challenge traditional delivery strategies.
  • Sudan: Continued protests to cause delays

    Jan 22, 2019 — AGS Sudan wishes to inform its colleagues and partners that the country is still in the grips of serious social unrest.
  • Maersk to begin random container inspections over safety fears

    Jan 16, 2019 — Maersk Line is set to begin physically inspecting container contents as part of its efforts to stem the increasing numbers of fires that break out inside boxes during transit, as well as boxes in which cargo moves or is damaged due to not being lashed correctly.
  • Zimbabwe: Social unrest to cause delays

    Jan 16, 2019 — Zimbabwe has been facing a difficult economic situation for the past couple of months. The president's announcement on Saturday evening of a 300% fuel price increase triggered a three-day strike by the Zimbabwean Trade Union Confederation. Many protests followed, paralyzing the economy in the country's two largest cities; the capital, Harare and Bulawayo.
  • Sudan: New anti-government protests expected

    Jan 16, 2019 — AGS Sudan wishes to inform its colleagues and partners that a call for protest was launched in Sudan for Thursday 17 January 2019. The country is facing regular anti-government protests which slow down economic activity in the capital of Khartoum and other cities around the country.
  • Mali: Strike to cause delays

    Jan 11, 2019 — The National Union of Workers of Mali (UNTM) announced, on Tuesday evening, a 72-hour general strike of workers in the public and private sectors throughout the country. Malian Customs is at a standstill, blocking all operations. The stoppage, scheduled between 9 and 11 January 2019 could be renewed if no dialogue is initiated with the government. Additional charges (storage, demurrage, etc.) are to be expected.
  • Sudan: Protests to cause delays

    Jan 8, 2019 — AGS Sudan wishes to inform its colleagues and partners that due to ongoing protests in Sudan, and especially in Khartoum, our operations are expected to slow down until Wednesday, 09 January 2019.
  • Gabon: Tense political situation to cause delays

    Jan 8, 2019 — "AGS Gabon wishes to inform our colleagues and partners of possible delays following an attempted coup that took place on Monday morning in Gabon. The situation appears to be under control at the moment and troops have been deployed, but the situation remains unstable. Please note that operations at our Gabonese branches will be affected."
  • Crew leave Yantian Express for salvage tug as box ship blaze spreads

    Jan 7, 2019 — The crew of Hapag-Lloyd’s fire-stricken Yantian Express have been taken off the vessel as efforts to bring the blaze under control have failed. Fire broke out in one of the containers on Thursday and the crew’s efforts to put it out were hampered by bad weather. Over the weekend, the fire grew more dangerous, the company said in a statement today.
  • Toys and televisions litter island beaches after cargo ship loses containers

    Jan 3, 2019 — At least 21 containers which fell off a cargo ship near the German Wadden Sea island of Borkum have washed up on the Dutch coast, littering the beaches with toys, chairs and even flat-screen tvs.