Logistics Publications


Global Day of Action for Port Workers

Posted on July 13, 2016. Category: Logistics Publications

Pic 1 In a show of solidarity, on July 7, 2016, dockworkers in U.S. East, West & Gulf Coast ports as well as ports in Europe participated in the first ever “Global Day of Action”, which was an hour long work stoppage to highlight the dock workers safety and working conditions. It was a peaceful stoppage where dockworkers united to remember fallen co-workers by silence, reading their names and prayers.Dock workers engage in a very dangerous profession. Port work requires the use of cranes, fork lifts and other pieces of very large machinery while loading and unloading containers. The profession...

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SOLAS Update on Container Weight Requirement

Posted on June 28, 2016. Category: Logistics Publications

On July 1, 2016, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will enact an amendment to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention: Chapter VI, Part A, Regulation 2 – Cargo Information. This amendment establishes a mandatory container weight verification requirement that requires a loaded container to have a verified weight before being placed aboard a vessel. The responsibility of verifying a packed container’s weight lies with the shipper, or a third party under the shipper’s responsibility. If a loaded container doesn’t have a verified weight, then it will be prohibited from being placed onto a vessel.There...

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Ten Ways the New Panama Canal May Affect Logistics

Posted on June 24, 2016. Category: Logistics Publications

Panama canal June 26th, 2016 is a big day for the historic Panama Canal , which is the only waterway connecting the Pacific and Atlantic oceans in the western world.  The canal has been undergoing an expansion project that will widen and deepen its capacity.  June 26th marks its official re-opening for operations. Larger, heavier vessels will now have passageway, potentially revolutionizing shipping practice in the Americas and beyond.Here are 10 things to consider regarding the impact of the Panama Canal Expansion:1.  In its 100+ years of existence, the Panama Canal has serviced more than 1 million ships2.  This expansion project...

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The Least Cost Carrier Isn’t Always the Best Choice

Posted on June 06, 2016. Category: Logistics Publications

There are many types of shippers in the global marketplace.  Those shippers who move freight with the carriers that provide them the most convenience, and those who forego convenience and service by choosing the least cost carrier whenever possible. In order to get the most value, consider these options before choosing a carrier:Service LevelIs the shipment time critical? What is to be gained or lost by this shipment delivering on time or late? By determining the exact service level required, the shipper will know exactly what carriers to include in the selection process. Only carriers that can...

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The biggest Container Vessels Are on the Move

Posted on May 31, 2016. Category: Logistics Publications

Cma-cgm vessel Beginning in June, the French shipping line, CMA CGM, will provide its biggest vessels for ports between Asia and the USA. These vessels are some of the biggest vessels in the world and are designed with the latest technologies in order to provide more protection of the environment. A total of 6 container vessels, with 18 000 TEU, will join the Pearl River Express Service. These vessels are the biggest of their kind: CMA CGM Bougainville, CMA CGM Kerguelen, CMA CGM Georg Forster, CMA CGM Vasco de Gama, CMA CGM Zheng He and CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin.Last December, the CMA CGM Benjamin...

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The Giant AN-225 Lands in Prague

Posted on May 31, 2016. Category: Logistics Publications

Plane Antonov AN-225 Mriya (Dream or Inspiration in English) with civil registration UR-82060 is the biggest aircraft ever built. The whole fuselage of Airbus A-320 can easily fit into its cargo hold. It is powered by six turbofan engines with a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tons (710 short tons). On August 11, 2009, the heaviest single piece, a generator for a gas power plant, was shipped from Frankfurt, Germany to Yerevan, Armenia weighing 189,980 kg (418,834 lb.). The maximum total payload that was ever shipped before was 253,820 kg (559,577 lb) on a flight from Kyiv to Odesa in Ukraine on September 11, 2001. The longest pieces ever shipped were...

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The Future of The Air Cargo Industry and Our Climate

Posted on May 27, 2016. Category: Logistics Publications

Climate change and global warming are issues that have been discussed all over the world for quite some time.  Most recently, at the Paris Climate Conference in December 2015, 195 Countries agreed upon a first ever, legally binding climate agreement that will go into effect in 2020.With all eyes on limiting global warming and controlling emissions, how long will it take before Air Cargo is being examined?  Possibly sooner than we think.  A report by the Center of Biological Diversity stated, “Airplanes could generate 43 Gigatonnes of pollution through 2050”.   It goes on to say that a...

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The Future of E-commerce for Fresh Produce

Posted on May 25, 2016. Category: Logistics Publications

For the fresh produce industry, E-commerce has gradually become the key in the past several years. With a huge amount of money invested, E-commerce and supply chain management is making significant changes in the industry. The traditional mode of production, trade and consumption will be replaced by the new model that can provide higher quality, lower cost, more convenience and more comprehensive services.Since early 2014, several online fresh produce service providers, have been focusing on exploring the B2B (Business-to-Business) + O2O(Online and Offline) mode of innovation and development, and have gradually become the leading enterprises in the fresh...

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Rebuilding Algeria’s Maritime Industry

Posted on May 25, 2016. Category: Logistics Publications

Twenty years ago, Algeria’s merchant marine fleet had more than seventy vessels, today there are only six. The absence of a national fleet has resulted in the country losing at least $4 billion per year. Some ships have been destroyed and the whereabouts of other vessels is unknown. Some reports indicate that at least 25 vessels are being detained around the world for non-payment issues. The fleet’s disappearance is due to the government’s failure to adopt a fleet development policy, resulting in the halt of maritime sector investments.The impact is enormous as 95% of Algerian goods...

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Truckload Rate Fluctuation

Posted on May 24, 2016. Category: Logistics Publications

The market for truckload shipments has been up and down. The current market for truckload shipments has been lacking consistency crippling truckload carriers, putting many out of them out of business. Currently, the truckload market has a much greater volume of trucks willing to load than freight available. As a result, pricing is in the control of the shippers.  Expectedly, shippers have been taking full advantage, driving down rates as low as possible resulting in superb cost savings.  Driving rates lower and lower has been frustrating for some carriers, but there is not much they can do about...

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