Containershipping: Restoring Balance
The repositioning of empty containers costs the liner industry an estimated $15-20billion every year according to Boston Consulting Group (BCG), as containers sit idle at a depot or are repositioned to a different loading point while empty. This is time spent not earning revenue, whil incurring additional costs, and is estimated by BCG to account for 5-8% of total operating costs for an average container liner. These expenses can include inland repositioning by rail or road onto a different port or terminal…
ICTSI, Navis Announce Global Partnership
Navis, a part of Cargotec has announced a new global partnership agreement with International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ITCSI), around a centralized pooled approach and global volume view that supports ICTSI growth strategies around the world. The partnership allows for Navis’ innovative N4 platform to be adapted more easily to ICTSI’s global footprint.By leveraging N4 within its 31 terminal network, ICTSI will be able to improve overall site functionality and deploy…
Advancing Digitization in Shipping
CMA CGM becomes the first ocean carrier listed on Freightos. Global freight moves towards the ‘one-stop shopping’ standard.CMA CGM Group and global online freight marketplace company Freightos have established an ambitious pilot agreement whereby CMA CGM has become the first ocean carrier listed on Freightos. Online bookings, guaranteed pricing, and secured capacity on CMA CGM China-US trade lanes are available on the platform, with further extension to additional lanes planned in the near future.For its part…
Morten Mosegaard Christensen New CFO for Maersk Tankers
Maersk Tankers has appointed Morten Mosegaard Christensen as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).Christensen joins Maersk Tankers from Danske Bank where he serves as interim CFO and Chief of Staff. Previously, he has held leadership positions at Danske Bank, including Head of Group Finance and Head of Group Financial Management.He has long experience in finance in areas such as performance management, tax, cost control, accounting, business intelligence and capital management. He has also worked in strategy and business development at a senior management level.
CMA CGM Unveils 'Customer Centricity' Strategy
Customer experience management has become a strategic necessity to satisfy customer demands, deliver consistent and rewarding service, and ultimately strengthen customer relationships. On the occasion of the 18th TPM Annual Conference currently taking place in Long Beach, California, the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in maritime transport, unveils its customer centricity strategy to create the customer experience of tomorrow. A year ago Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group, defined ‘Customer Centricity’ as one of the Group’s core strategies.
DMA to Digitalise Port State Control
The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) and European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) are examining how online control of certificates could make Port State Control (PSC) inspections more efficient. This happens in the wake of the DMA’s implementation of digital certificates on Danish ships. Time is money, and PSC inspections are time-consuming since they include scrutiny of the ship’s certificates as well as inspection of its compliance with operational and safety regulations. But how to make PSC inspections more efficient without compromising safety? By enabling online control of certificates.
GAC Announces IT Appointments
The GAC Group has announced two key IT management appointments as the group aims to maximize the effectiveness of digital tools to serve and grow its global business. Chief Information Officer Martin Wallgren says GAC’s new digital platform focuses on market intelligence, customers, the commercial ecosystem and new means of gathering and sharing data. The new appointees will form part of central team dedicated to consolidating the group’s digital development to date and lay the groundwork for future development.
Tideworks Launches New TOS Data Platform
Tideworks Technology Inc., a full-service provider of terminal management and planning software solutions, has introduced Tideworks Insight, a real-time and historical data platform. The new product is now in operation at Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT) in Panama after a successful beta partnership, and is available for implementation at other terminals. “We are thrilled to add Tideworks Insight to our list of product offerings,” said Michael Schwank, president of Tideworks.
Navis Puts TOS on Cloud 9
You don’t have to go it alone. The most experienced Terminal Operating System provider on the planet has already been there and done that. The average terminal is a city unto itself – a jumble of berths, loading docks, automated cranes and transportation vehicles, equipment control systems, yards of containers, integrated gates and tracking systems, all linked into the outside world via rail and trucking connections, and of course, the ocean. These entities and technologies need to be able to communicate with each other…
Wallem Group, Inmarsat Sign Fleet Xpress Deal
Inmarsat has reached an agreement with Wallem Group, one of the largest and ship management companies in the industry, establishing the phase-in of Fleet Xpress as its favored connectivity choice for ships at sea. Already contracted for over 10,000 vessels since it was launched just over one year ago with a rapidly increasing share of the VSAT market, Fleet Xpress delivers high-speed broadband to the maritime market through a unique combination of Ka-band backed up by the mobility and reliability of FleetBroadband using Inmarsat’s L-band capabilities.
Flexport & the Changing Face of Shipping Logistics
Ryan Petersen and his Flexport team are seeking the help re-write the global logistics playbook. Ryan Petersen is the founder and CEO of Flexport. He is also the founder and ex-CEO of ImportGenius.com, the largest provider of business intelligence to the import-export industry. Armed with an MBA from Columbia and a B.A. in Economics from UC Berkeley, he is also a licensed customs broker and freight forwarder, with his built company squarely around an online dashboard backed by leading venture capital firms like Founders Fund, Google Ventures and Bloomberg BETA.
Marcura Launches Cloud-based Fixture Manager
The Marcura Group, a Dubai-based group of companies focused on providing business solutions to the maritime industry, announced the launch of MarDocs, an innovative, cloud-based collaboration tool. Charterers find themselves with ever-growing numbers of fixtures that refer to “as per last” without being under proper document control. Increasing governance requirements makes it critical to convert the fixture process into a highly structured, compliant and legally controlled documentation process, but without delaying or confusing the fast-paced freight brokering work.
Descartes Acquires Datamyne
Descartes Systems Group, a leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce via the Global Logistics Network (GLN), announced that it has acquired Datamyne, a provider of cloud-based trade data content solutions for customers to analyze import and export trade activity. Datamyne, primarily operating in the U.S. and South America, collects, cleanses and commercializes logistics trade data from over 50 nations across five continents, including key markets in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the European Union.
Clarksons Platou's Inaugural Seminar at DMCA’s Dubai Maritime Week
The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) is set to facilitate a first-of-its-kind seminar dedicated to Middle East shipping and offshore activities. The event will be conducted by Clarksons Platou, a global leader in maritime brokerage and investment banking, as part of Dubai Maritime Week 2016 – the third edition of the region’s first comprehensive maritime event organized by the Authority, which will run from October 30 to November 3. The seminar is expected to attract several…
FleetWeather Renamed Accuritas Global Solutions
FleetWeather Ocean Services, experts in business intelligence and analytics for the commercial shipping industry, today opened its doors under a new name and new brand: Accuritas Global Solutions…A business intelligence and analytics company. Executive Vice President Jess Hurwitz announced the name change reflecting continued focus and growth in providing industry-unique business intelligence, analytics and consulting services, and expansion from working within the commercial shipping industry to other modes of global transportation. The new name is effective immediately.
Shell, Rolls-Royce, MAN Ink LNGi Deal
DNV GL’s new LNG intelligence portal (LNGi) aims to bring stakeholders from across the LNG industry together to share market intelligence and contribute to the uptake of LNG as a ship fuel. Leading LNG suppliers and engine manufacturers including, Shell, the Marine division of Rolls-Royce and MAN will be some of the first companies to use LNGi. The portal, which was launched today, allows subscribers to assess the availability of LNG fuel for specific trade routes and newbuild projects.
Inmarsat Launches Fleet Xpress
Inmarsat, a provider of global mobile satellite communications, has launched Fleet Xpress; the first globally available, high-speed broadband solution for maritime and offshore operators available from a single communications provider. Fleet Xpress aims to allow ship owners and operators to enhance business intelligence, improve operational efficiency and vessel performance, and provide a host of high-value, crew welfare benefits. Fleet Xpress will also empower third party application providers to enhance existing services to maritime customers…
Marcel van Galen Joins CG/LA Infrastructure
Marcel van Galen has joined global infrastructure market maker CG/LA Infrastructure as Managing Director, Business Development. In addition to bringing sales leadership to CG/LA, van Galen will be responsible for shaping the sales team and optimizing the customer sales experience. An executive leader with over 25 years of sales and business development experience, Van Galen brings to his new role an extensive background in building businesses around data, analysis, market insights and developing long-term strategic business relationships.
Offshore Oil & Gas: Floating Production Market a Bright Spot
Despite industry gloom about the offshore market, orders for production floaters continue to flow. Over the past few weeks a speculatively-ordered FLNG found use off Africa, negotiations began to convert a third LNG carrier to an FLNG, an FSRU was ordered and a modified LNG tanker has been leased for storage use. Looking forward, we are tracking 30 projects considered likely to generate contracts for floating production units over the next 18 months. Among the likely awards are 18 FPSOs, 2 production semis, 5 LNG liquefaction or regasification units and 5 FSOs.
Elektrans Selects SDSD Asset Management System
Elektrans Shipping, part of the Elektrans Group have selected and are now implementing the Web based integrated fleet management system, Marine Asset Management System (MAMS). The system, offered by global SDSD Group, a well-known reputable maritime software provider since 1983, is being adopted by the Elektrans Group shipping arm throughout the entire Elektrans fleet and its global offices. The Elektrans Group recognizes the synergies and benefits of implementing the MAMS ship management software for their global, and expanding, shipping operations.
General Dynamics' Support to Arkansas Healthcare
General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics, announced today that it will continue to support and expand the analytic engine and reporting system for the Arkansas Health Care Payment Improvement Initiative (AHCPII). Arkansas was the first state to implement this type of statewide payment reform initiative that rewards service providers for providing high-quality, cost-effective care under the Medicaid program. Since its inception in 2012, the AHCPII has resulted in healthcare costs being reduced or stabilized in certain cases…
Norwegian Cruise Line Signs up for ShipServ
Cruise ship operator Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NCLH) has signed on to use ShipServ, a platform for the marine industry that enables users to automate procurement processes and capitalize on spend management tools. NCLH operates 24 cruise vessels under three cruise brands: Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, the latter two of which have been ShipServ clients since 2010. Now NCLH chose to expand the use of the procurement platform to cover all of the group’s brands.
SHIPPINGInsight to Focus on Ship Telematics
The directors of SHIPPINGInsight today announced that U.S. Merchant Marine Academy professor Capt. David Moskoff has agreed to be a special guest speaker at the 2015 Fleet Optimization Conference & Exhibition. The annual event takes place Oct. 13-14, at the Marriott Hotel & Spa in Stamford, Conn. A special area of focus for this year’s SHIPPINGInsight event is ship telematics, and Capt. Moskoff, an acclaimed expert on cyber security in the maritime industry, will kick-off a roundtable Oct. Capt.
FleetWeather Opens New Office in Greece
FleetWeather Business Intelligence, a provider of maritime business intelligence solutions and consulting services for global shippers, announced the opening of a new office this October in Athens, Greece. According to FleetWeather, the office launch is the result of a developing customer base in the region, as well as proximity to clients and additional business opportunities. Jess Hurwitz, FleetWeather’s Director of Global Sales & Marketing and Chief Technology Officer, said…
Human Factor Competencies for Future Mariner
Capt Pradeep Chawla, Managing Director QHSE & Training, Anglo-Eastern Ship Management Ltd., Presented a paper at the Nautical Institute Hong Kong Branch Seminar – “Competencies of a Future Mariner” on 23 October 2015. This paper discusses the changes that are taking place in the maritime industry and their effects on the daily life of the seafarers. It further discusses the human factor competencies that will be essential for the future mariner. The last two decades have been extremely fast paced with respect to technology influencing every walk of life.
Bunker Holding Hires New Legal Counsel
Bunker Holding, the parent company of a group of global bunker companies, has hired Casper Pasgaard Dybdal as Legal Counsel, effective December 1, 2014. The new Legal Counsel will be based in Aalborg and form part of Bunker Holding’s Credit Department. He will be servicing all offices within the Bunker Holding Group on legal and contractual matters. Casper, who holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Commercial Law, previously held a similar position where he was involved with contract management of clients/suppliers, compliance, risk management and business intelligence.