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Shippers and airlines cooperate to enhance air cargo supply chain

The Global Shippers’ Forum and Cargo iQ have agreed to work together to implement the Cargo iQ quality management system and promote sustainability in airfreight. The agreement outlines six areas where the two groups will work together towards a more efficient, quality-driven, and secure air cargo supply chain, and explores methods for industry and shippers to better meet customer needs.

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Global Ocean Commission welcomes G7 focus on the ocean

  The Global Ocean Commission (GOC) welcomed the strong position on marine security and the protection of the marine environment expressed in the G7 Leaders’ Declaration and related Action Plan. GOC commends G7 leadership for highlighting the health and governance of the ocean as priority issues. GOC hopes that the G7 countries follow up from on this Declaration and lead accelerated action to reverse the current cycle of ocean decline. Regenerating and protecting the marine environment is vital to shifting the world onto a sustainable path, which is why the Commission fully supports the G7’s concrete commitments to tackling marine litter. GOC also notes the G7 pledge to promote a transparent, precautionary approach to deep sea mining. Like the new G7 Action Plan to Combat Marine Litter, the Global Ocean Commission stressed the growing problem of plastic pollution in its 2014 report and has been calling for coordinated, targeted action to eliminate plastics entering the ocean. GOC said it is ready to extend assistance or support to the G7 as they implement their important Action Plan. It is also very encouraging that climate change is a major focus of the G7 Leaders’ Declaration. The Global Ocean Commission welcomes the leaders’ stated determination to ...

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Global Shippers’ Forum welcomes data collection change at IMO

  Global Shippers' Forum has welcomed progress made by the International Maritime Organisation's (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) 68 on the development of a data collection system for ships to help reduce carbon emissions. At MEPC 67 in October, delegates agreed that a system based on fuel consumption only could be introduced. But at MEPC 68 a plan to consider energy efficiency metrics such as transport work was supported.  This will help shippers report their emissions in the supply chain. An inter-sessional group will now be formed to conduct an analysis of the different types of activity data that could be calculated and to evaluate the options for whether energy efficiency metrics can be applied. Secretary General of the GSF, Chris Welsh, said: "We are pleased to see that energy efficiency metrics are back on the agenda and will be subject to further investigation.  Overall this is a very pleasing outcome and GSF has made progress in raising the profile of shippers' needs in this debate." GSF had previously submitted a technical paper to MEPC 68 expressing concern that a data collection system restricted to collecting data on fuel consumption would fail to assist shippers in reporting on their supply ...

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GSF calls for rigorous monitoring KPIs for shipping alliances

The need for shipping alliances to reach out to customers The Global Shippers Forum (GSF) has called for a manageable but rigorous set of monitoring KPIs that can provide the required level of confidence to customers that ocean shipping alliances can deliver tangible benefits in terms of reduced costs, competitive ocean rates and improved services for shippers.Speaking at the Transport Week Conference' in Gdansk, Poland, Chris Welsh - GSF Secretary General - outlined the need for shipping alliances to reach out to customers and start showing demonstrable improvements in service quality and innovative solutions for shippers. A necessary first step is to sort out the current lack of reliability and predictability of their joint operations which is adversely affecting shippers' maritime and logistics supply chains.Chris Welsh said: "Shipping alliances need to take responsibility for monitoring, measuring and benchmarking their performance on key trade routes to demonstrate enhanced alliance performance, and make that information transparent to regulators and their customers as evidence of their commitment to showing the pro-competition benefits of improved alliance services."During his presentation entitled Maritime Alliances - A Customer's Perspective' Welsh stated that the first thing the alliances could do is sort out the reliability and predictability of ...

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