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Hapag-Lloyd to use XVELA to improve transparency in transportation supply chain

XVELA, a maritime business network for ocean carriers and terminal operators, announced that Hapag-Lloyd plans to implement its collaboration services to improve transparency throughout the transportation supply chain and more efficiently employ assets and resources. The first phase of this rollout will use XVELA’s services to enhance communication and collaboration between Hapag-Lloyd planners and terminal partners.

JAXPORT accommodates its largest ever container ship

JAXPORT achieved a new port record on March 18, with the arrival of the ZIM vessel Cape Sounio, the largest container ship to ever call Jacksonville. The 11,000-TEU container ship is operated by ZIM on a service offered by the 2M alliance. The ship transited the Panama Canal from Asia before reaching the US East Coast, where it loaded and offloaded cargo at JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal. 

Watch: How the Port of Rotterdam prepares for Brexit

On the night of 29 to 30 March 2019, the UK will leave the European Union. As such a development will lead to major changes, the Port of Rotterdam has made preparations to enable freight transport via the Port to run as smoothly as possible. For this transport to run smoothly, the Port said that cooperation is required from all parties in the logistics chain.

Australia to ban sheep exports from June to August

​​The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources released its proposed conditions for sheep exports to the Middle East for the upcoming northern summer to support animal welfare outcomes. Among others, the Secretary will sign an Order banning sheep exports from June to August by law. In addition, independent Observers will have to be on all voyages that can accommodate them.

Report describes four futures for the container industry

To help the container industry navigate through the changes that it will face, TT Club and McKinsey undertook a joint research project. In the report, ‘Brave new world? Container transport in 2043’, they imagine four possible versions of the future, which are built on different answers to some of the uncertainties, and ask what they mean for the industry.

Finnlines suspends Germany-Russia service

Ro-Ro and passenger services operator Finnlines announced that it is suspending its service TransRussiaExpress, due to ‘a constant deterioration on the Russian market’ the company has been facing over the last few years. 

BPA: Significant challenges surrounding ‘no-deal’ Brexit

On the occasion of the UK Parliament’s vote on Wednesday, BPA issued a new warning on the significant challenges for some ports around a ‘no deal’ Brexit and the impact upon trade. MPs voted against the prospect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal, rejecting May’s Brexit deal for a second time.

East Africa develops, South Africa trade returns to growth

In its latest East and Southern Africa (worldwide) Container Trades 2019 report by Darron Wadey, Dynamar focuses on South Africa struggling during 2017 but has now seen a return to growth. The East, Southern Africa and Indian Ocean Islands trade, abbreviated as ESAf, has a coastline stretching some 21,000 kilometers, with fronts on the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

Rotterdam takes measures to address effects of no-deal Brexit

The Port of Rotterdam Authority, the Municipality of Rotterdam, the Municipality of Vlaardingen and highways authority Rijkswaterstaat, are creating five new buffer parking sites. Trucks will be able to wait there at a temporary base if their customs documents have not been properly prepared for maritime crossings to the UK, when the country leaves the European Union on 29 March 2019.


The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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