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Carrier Transicold’s TripLINK Platform adds enhanced shipboard and global monitoring capabilities

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2021-Jan-28 Thu 10:00

Carrier Transicold’s TripLINK™ platform for refrigerated container monitoring has been enhanced with capabilities to integrate with vessel-based wireless networks for improved shipboard cargo visibility and operations efficiency.  Carrier Transicold is a part of Carrier Global Corporation, a leading global…

Automated refrigerated container monitoring results in fewer claims

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2021-Jan-26 Tue 17:15

In most ports, terminal automation primarily focuses on container handling while the monitoring of individual containers is done manually. Monitoring is key in keeping the temperature of perishables at the right levels, but it is a very labor-intensive job as the temperature setting and monitoring are…

Worldwide volumes of refrigerated trade reached a new high of 169.2 million tons in 2019

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2021-Jan-25 Mon 12:16

Following the release of its eleventh annual reefer analysis, Dynamar Shipping Information and Consultancy indicates that worldwide volumes of refrigerated trade reached a new high of 169.2 million tons in 2019, according to provisional figures, indicating a growth rate of just below 2% when compared to…

Unilever tests nano factory: ‘This trial is assessing a de-centralised production model’

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2021-Jan-22 Fri 10:00

Unilever is trialling its first ânano factoryâ, which operates within a 40 foot sea container to deliver flexible production lines that can be moved all over the world. âThis trial is assessing a de-centralised production model,â one of the engineers behind the innovation tells FoodNavigator.

Container shipping may encounter unprecedented "large-scale delays”

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2021-Jan-20 Wed 12:16

In 2021, although Covid-19 has been effectively controlled within China, the pandemic is still raging around the world. It has to be said that the deteriorating situation overseas has had a great impact on the import and export trade. Ports are seeing severe congestions, empty containers continue to pile…

Hapag-Lloyd raises North America rates

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2021-Jan-14 Thu 06:16

Hapag-Lloyd will introduce two new general rates increases (GRI) in the North American market from mid-February.

The German line will increase rates for all dry, reefer, non-operating reefer, tank, flat rack and open-top containers from the US and Canada to the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea and Indian Subcontinent by US$50/TEU and US$100/FEU.

In addition, Hapag-Lloyd will implement a new GRI of US$960/TEU for all container types and US$1,200/FEU for all container types in the eastbound trade from East Asia to all US and Canadian destinations.

This rate increases will also apply for all dry, reefer, non-operating reefer, tank, flat rack and open-top containers.

Evergreen ship suffers stack collapse

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2021-Jan-04 Mon 13:30
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Evergreen Marine Corporation has confirmed that its 2014-built 9,466TEU ship Ever Liberal, has suffered a stack collapse while en route from Busan, South Korea, to Los Angeles at approximately 0230 UTC on 30 December 2020.

The Taiwanese liner operator told Container News that when the ship was around 20 nautical-miles southwest of Japan's Kyushu island, heavy winds and rough seas caused some of the containers to topple.

Up to 36 40ft containers fell overboard while 21 similar containers fell onto the ship deck.

Evergreen said, “The captain of Ever Liberal immediately notified the Japan Coast Guard to alert any vessels nearby of possible floating containers.”

At the Japan Coast Guard’s instruction, Evergreen appointed salvors to recover the containers that fell overboard.

Evergreen explained, its offices are close to Taipei port and, “All shore-based support and management resources can render full assistance to facilitate the processing of damaged containers, and to minimise the impact on the ship's schedule.”

General Average will not be declared, Evergreen said, as all losses incurred will be covered by the company’s insurers.

Evergreen stated that all crew members are safe and Ever Liberal remains seaworthy and is continuing its voyage. No hazardous goods are contained within the affected containers.

Two sides of the same coin

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-26 Sat 17:13

Modern industries demand better service levels and the pandemic has spurred the process of change in the supply chain. Next year could be a pivotal period in the evolution of the shipping industry, shifting it towards a more collaborative approach. The pandemic is tipped to have far reaching consequences, writes Nick Savvides, Container News' managing editor, more profound than just stacking the odds.

Heads I win, tails you lose, shipping’s new spin on a win win situation. Carriers are spinning the line that they are interested in their customer welfare, but as is often the case, actions speak louder than words. And while lines will make a fast buck this year, shippers have complained of a poor service, and unreliable timekeeping.

But will that continue into the future?

China Refuses 9,000 Liters of Beer, 8,000 Kilograms of Beef from Australia

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-25 Fri 05:00

The South China Morning Post (SCMP) on Wednesday reviewed Chinese customs data and found several major blockages of Australian imports over the past month, including 9,000 liters of Australian craft beer turned away at the port city of Xiamen and 8,000 kilograms of frozen beef denied entry to Shanghai. China and Australia are embroiled in a long-running trade and diplomatic feud.

Updated: Shippers blame carriers for entirely predictable US container graveyard

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-17 Thu 13:30
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Shippers are not buying into the box shortage paradigm, that the dearth of containers in Asia is caused by the pandemic, presented by shipping lines and others, with one shipper telling Container News, “Containers don’t have a life of their own, the lines manage their box fleets as well as their ships.”

Shippers believe that the cause of the container shortage and the spike in charges is the lines themselves, “Shippers are being charged astronomic rates for the lines’ own incompetence,” said one source, adding, “It’s easy to suggest it’s a problem from the pandemic, but the lines manage their own container fleets as well as the ships.”

Growing anger among global shippers, in both the US and Europe has seen the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) investigating charges and the box shortages in the US.

However, maritime consultant Mike Garratt, chairman of MDS Transmodal, which this week published a quarterly review of the container industry, argued that just by looking at the port statistics you can see that there is a problem with the view that there is a container shortage and this year there are more ‘missing’ containers than last year.

Maersk Container Industry secures Dole’s reefer mega order

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-15 Tue 12:16

Dole Food Company has ordered 500 energy-efficient Star Cool reefer units from Maersk Container Industry (MCI), which, in co-operation with the leasing company Textainer, is expected to deliver the boxes in January 2021.

The units will be enhanced with Star Cool’s smart fresh air control system AV+, a solution that reduces energy consumption. Star Cool units can control the speed of the reefer compressor to match the specific cooling demands of the cargo and therefore perform at the highest level of both precision and energy efficiency, according to a MCI statement.

Dole will pick up the new reefers with their own container vessel newbuilding Dole Maya from the port of Qingdao in China.

The world's first certified carbon neutral container is loaded in Ecuador

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-15 Tue 12:16

On December 12, Contecon Guayaquil SA (CGSA), the private administrator of the Liberator Simón Bolívar Maritime Port, loaded the world's first container with carbon-neutral certified land and port logistics. The merchandise, belonging to Tropical Fruit, was transported by sea by MSC to France, where it…

These containers will deliver Covid-19 vaccines across continents and oceans. But they were made to ship something else entirely

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-14 Mon 05:00

It's one of the biggest logistical challenges in modern history: How will millions of Covid-19 vaccine doses that must be kept at incredibly cold temperatures be quickly shipped across continents and oceans?

FMC Turns Up the Heat on Container Lines for Rejecting Agro Exports

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-09 Wed 16:00

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has threatened to use all of its possible powers to overturn international carriers' decision to drop agricultural exports in favour of repositioning empty containers from the US.

Container shortages and market forces have led some carriers to cut allocations from traditional US exporters in a bid to alleviate some of the severe problems being felt in the supply chain. The move is having a drastic impact on agricultural exports from the US, with reports of some shippers having their allocations cut from 300 to three containers a month.

After intense lobbying from the Agriculture Transportation Coalition and its partners, the FMC has announced that it is opening an investigation into these measures.

United Arab Emirates: 123 kgs of drugs hidden in fruit and veg container seized in Sharjah

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-04 Fri 13:30

Sharjah is the third largest and third most populous city in the United Arab Emirates. This week, Sharjah Customs recently seized an illegal shipment of crystal methamphetamine, weighing 123kg. The shipment, which was coming through a sea port, was hidden at the bottom of a refrigerated container loaded…

"The higher air freight rates continue to have an impact on the price of goods transported by air".

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-03 Thu 14:55

On the MIN at Rungis, you can find Del Monte Extra Sweet pineapples of Kenyan origin transported by plane, as well as the Extra Sweet pineapple of Costa Rican origin sold under the exclusive brand HoneyGlow. "Del Monte is the world's leading distributor of pineapples, and particularly of the Extra Sweet…

ONE Apus may have lost a quarter of its cargo

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-03 Thu 14:46

An Ocean Network Express (ONE) vessel that reported a container stack collapse, on 30 November, may have lost up to 25% of its cargo as images of the collapse show a catastrophic event, with almost all of the forward cargo stacks affected.

A consultant master Mariner with experience on container ships told Container News that the loss of cargo, reportedly around 1,900 containers, could be approximately 28% of the total cargo carried by ONE Apus on this voyage.

“We calculated this using eastbound slot utilisation for Transpacific routes as reported, and the image seen on Twitter,” said the consultant, who estimates that the quantity of lost and damaged containers may be in the range of 35% of cargo on board since lost containers will not be included in the collapsed stacks still present on deck.

CO2 emissions per container visualized with HelloContainer

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-02 Wed 13:26

The Dutch shipping industry causes more CO2 emissions than all of the cars in the country combined. One container ship emits about the same amount of CO2 a year as 28,000 cars. However, not all ships are the same, which is where HelloContainer comes into play. HelloContainer is an online booking system…

GCT enhances Vanterm terminal with two new STS cranes

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-02 Wed 13:16
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Global Container Terminals (GCT) has received two modern ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, on 27 November, capable of handling 14,000TEU vessels at GCT Vanterm in Burrard Inlet in Vancouver.

The cranes are part of GCT’s US$160 million private sector investment to modernise and increase the level of operations at GCT Vanterm and comes after the announcement of Navis N4 Terminal Operating System (TOS) implementation at the terminal.

"The arrival of the two cranes demonstrates GCT’s ongoing commitment to enabling smart capacity in the Vancouver gateway and Western Trade Corridor through British Columbia," said GCT in its announcement.

GCT Vanterm’s two newly arrived cranes will be among the most advanced in North America, according to a statement, electrically powered, they feature regenerative drives that can provide power back into the grid and high-efficiency LED lighting.

The cranes will reduce glare and light pollution along with features intended to reduce operational noise, while they have also been painted cloud-white colour to mitigate daytime skyline visibility.

GCT added that the new machines, along with other equipment upgrades and process improvements, will improve safety for the workforce, increase terminal capability, and reduce equipment emissions by 55%, all within the same footprint.

 

Shipping rates in Europe and East Asia continue upward trend

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Dec-01 Tue 13:22

The largest shipping lines of the world have announced new charges in the European and East Asian regions in December and into next year.

Maersk has announced a new peak season surcharge (PSS) for reefer commodities from Far East Asia to North and South European countries. The surcharge will be US$1,000/20' reefer box, US$1,500/40' reefer container and will take effect from 15 December, apart from Taiwan, where the PSS will be effective from 1 January 2021.

On the same date, Maersk's 2M Alliance partner, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) will apply the following freight of all kinds (FAK) rates from Europe to Canada and Mexico.

ONE suspends food imports in reefers arriving at Huangpu Port

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-27 Fri 09:50
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Ocean Network Express (ONE) has announced a temporary end to bookings of food-related commodities bound for the Port of Huangpu, located in China's southern Guangdong province and operated by the Guangzhou Port Group.

ONE has taken this action due to stricter customs inspections and disinfection requirements for food import commodities (including but not limited to meat, seafood, dairy, fruits and vegetables), which has slowed down inbound reefer container pick-up activity at Huangpu port in southern China causing congestion.

The decision was effective from yesterday, 26 November, according to a company statement.

For containers in transit, the Singaporean line has suggested its customers consider a change of destination to alternative ports, especially for time-sensitive cargoes such as fresh and chilled commodities.