Navis expects that the biggest trends that will characterize the industry over the next year will include increased IT spending, more collaboration and data standardization, trade wars, smart containers, automation productivity gains, and improved carrier capacity management and environmental efficiencies.
Port of Gdansk announced that its transshipment volume is increasing. Namely, within the first 9 months of 2018, nearly 16 tonnes of general cargo were handled at the Port. The port managed to go up by two positions in the ranking of the Baltic Sea’s largest ports.
Hutchison Ports Thailand recently welcomed the container ship ‘ONE Columba’, the largest vessel to ever call Terminal D at Laem Chabang Port. The ship, owned by the Japanese joint venture Ocean Network Express (ONE), with a total length of 364 meters and a total gross tonnage of 145,647 tons, became also the largest container vessel ever to call at Laem Chabang Port in Thailand.
MSC is partnering with TRAXENS introducing smart container solutions, overcoming everyday barriers concerning non-visibility of cargo and presenting efficiency, safety and predictability. This partnership pursues to improve supply chain management for shippers.
COSCO SHIPPING Ports and PSA Singapore signed a Memorandum of Understanding on November 21 for two additional berths at Cosco-PSA Terminal in Singapore. With the launch of the two new berths, CPT will have five mega-vessel berths, and will increase the joint venture’s capacity from 3 million TEU a year to 5 million TEU.
The container ships ‘MSC Katyanim’, carrying the Panamanian flag, hit a pier in Yılport, Turkey, on November 19, as it was berthing. As a result of the incident, fuel leak was detected from the ship’s tank. After the leak, relevant authorities took action to prevent the leak from spreading.
Maersk and IBM are reportedly struggling with their blockchain platform, TradeLens, as besides them, only one other carrier has joined in, Pacific International Lines. This comes at a time when, Maersk’s competitors such as CMA CGM, Cosco, Evergreen, OOCL and Yang Ming have also established a similar platform.
Kuehne + Nagel announced that it will expand its digital seafreight platform Sea Explorer. It will now become a smart gateway for all liner services in container shipping, offering smart connections to a number of ports. Sea Explorer will be offering smart connections between 1,200 ports globally, through a pathfinding algorithm.
On 8 November, AMSA signed a contract to commence operations with Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles (ROUVs) to investigate the containers lost from the YM Efficiency. The images of the ocean floor by the ROUVs will allow an assessment by salvage experts on whether the items can be brought to the surface safely and without causing more damage to the environment.
The International Transport Forum published a report assessing the affect of alliances on the maritime transport chain and its main stakeholders. It also analyses their impacts on competition and what benefits they may bring, as well as policy options for governments.
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