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Saturday, July 20, 2019

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Descartes Acquires STEPcom

Descartes Systems Group (TSX:DSG) (Nasdaq:DSGX), a leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that it has acquired STEPcom, a leading Business-to-Business (“B2B”) supply chain integration network based in Switzerland.STEPcom has connected trading partners to its B2B network for more than 15 years, helping supply chain participants connect, collaborate and seamlessly exchange electronic data. A community of more than 600 customers leverage the STEPcom suite of solutions to automate supply chain processes and streamline a wide array of complex…

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WiseTech Global Acquires Xware

Global logistics software group, WiseTech Global has announced the acquisition of Xware, a messaging integration solutions provider in Sweden.Xware’s secure, interoperable messaging solution, xTrade, is designed to link organisations to their suppliers and partners, allowing them to safely share information across application to application, business to business, managed file transfers, business process management and IoT ̶  essential for real-time messaging, queued business flows and data integration.


Captain Alex Miya & Audrey M. Edmonson of Miami Dade County (Photo: TNPA)

Miami Delegation Returns to Port of Cape Town

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) welcomed a high-level delegation from the Miami-Dade County in the United States for a tour of South Africa’s second busiest port, the Port of Cape Town, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. The visit formed part of the Miami-Dade Business Development Mission to South Africa from March 24 to March 27, 2019.The Miami-Dade delegation was led by Ms Audrey M. Edmonson, Chairwoman of the Miami-Dade County Commission. She was joined by senior representatives of entities including Miami-Dade Aviation Department…

Christie Thomas. Photo supplied by Huntington Ingalls Industries

Christie Thomas New Vice President at Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced that Christie Thomas has been promoted to vice president of contracts and pricing at its Newport News Shipbuilding division. She will succeed Tom Johnston, who will retire on April 1. Thomas will have overall responsibility for contracts, pricing, and export/import licensing and compliance for the Newport News shipyard and will report to Don Godwin, Newport News’ chief financial officer. She joined HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division in 2006 and has held director-level positions in supply chain management…

Christie Thomas,  vice president of contracts and pricing at its Newport News Shipbuilding division. (Photo: HII)

Shipbuilder HII Names Thomas VP Pricing, Contracts

Huntington Ingalls Industries said that Christie Thomas was promoted to vice president of contracts and pricing at its Newport News Shipbuilding division. She will succeed Tom Johnston, who will retire on April 1. Thomas will have overall responsibility for contracts, pricing, and export/import licensing and compliance for the Newport News shipyard and will report to Don Godwin, Newport News’ chief financial officer. She joined HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division in 2006 and has held director-level positions in supply chain management…

Eddie Aston (Photo: CEVA Logistics)

CEVA Appoints Managing Director for UK, Ireland and Nordics

Supply chain management company CEVA Logistics has appointed Eddie Aston to the position of Managing Director, UK, Ireland and Nordics (UKIN). Aston joins CEVA from Northgate the commercial van hire and leasing organization where he was UK Managing Director. In his new role he brings extensive, international executive level experience in supply chain management, logistics and business-to-business service companies where he earned a reputation for delivering durable top and bottom line improvements across a number of vertical markets.

Photo: Pacific International Lines Pte Ltd

PSA, PIL, IBM on Blockchain Development

Ocean carrier Pacific International Lines (PIL), terminal operator PSA International and IBM plan to utilize blockchain for better security, efficiency and transparency in supply chain business networks and trade finance. Three companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today to explore and trial proof of concept (POC) blockchain-based supply chain business network innovations. The MOU was signed by Ms Lisa Teo, Executive Director (Corporate Development) of PIL; Mr Oh Bee Lock…

DSV Pins Growth Hope on e-commerce

CEO: freight forwarding industry undergoing transformation; plays down threat from new entrants. Danish freight forwarder DSV will invest more to meet rising demand for services such as e-commerce and address competition from new players including Amazon.com which is seeking a greater role in the logistics supply chain. DSV has specialised in complex transportation logistics for business-to-business customers but now wants to expand its e-commerce services where it sees great potential due to rapid growth in internet sales, CEO Jens Bjorn Andersen said in an interview.

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ABIS Seals Agreement to Support Spanish Port Development

ABIS Holdings Energy Services Ltd has signed an agency agreement to support the development and operation of an offshore supply base on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria. The UK-based energy services provider will act as the agent for Gran Canaria Subsea and Offshore Base (GCSB), an organization that operates in the Port of Arinaga, in attracting and negotiating with clients looking to use the strategic maritime port. An ideal location for operators requiring port facilities ahead of work in West Africa and across the mid-Atlantic Ocean…

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Crowley Joins U.S. EPA SmartWay

Continuing its longtime commitment to eco-friendly practices, Crowley’s Puerto Rico liner services group has joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership, an innovative collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry that provides a framework to assess the environmental and energy efficiency of moving goods through the supply chain. As a SmartWay Partner, Crowley can benchmark environmental performance of its barges and tugs providing service to Puerto Rico by tracking emissions on a ton-mile basis…

Descartes Acquires 4Solutions

Descartes Systems Group, provider of software solutions for logistics-intensive businesses, has acquired 4Solutions, an Australia-based provider of cloud-based business-to-business (B2B) supply chain integration solutions. “We continue to look for opportunities around the world to expand the geographic reach, functional capabilities and the community of supply chain participants on our Global Logistics Network,” said Edward J Ryan, Descartes’ CEO. “We see a lot of opportunities…

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Crowley Joins Clean Cargo Working Group

Crowley Maritime Corp. has joined the Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG), a global, business-to-business initiative dedicated to reducing the environmental impacts of global goods transportation and promoting responsible shipping. Membership in the group underscores Crowley’s practice of prioritizing and utilizing technology and operations that are friendly to the environment, and of joining partnerships focused on reducing vessel emissions. “We are excited about the opportunity to join other leading cargo carriers and shippers in this collaborative…

Descartes Acquires Appterra

Logistics software provider Descartes Systems Group has acquired Appterra, a U.S.-based provider of cloud-based business-to-business supply chain integration solutions. Appterra helps its customers connect electronically, automate supply chain processes and enhance collaboration and visibility among global trading partners. Led by a team of domain experts that understand supply chain business document processes and data compliance standards across a number of industry verticals, Appterra provides B2B integration as a cloud service for its customers.

The Survival Complex was open for attendees to freely (Photo: Maritime Skills Academy)

Maritime Skills Academy Launches Survival Complex in Dover

Taking place on Thursday, September 8, Maritime Skills Academy celebrated the launch of its specialist training facility showcasing all that the state-of-the-art Academy has to offer to key industry guests. An integral part of the Viking ‘Family of Companies, the Academy provides dynamic training, with its expert in-house trainers delivering bespoke courses, which encompass the diversity of the maritime industry: including cruise ships, superyachts, renewable support vessels and the oil and gas sector.

MSA Marine Complex (Photo: Maritime Skills Academy)

Maritime Skills Academy Confirms Relaunch Date

After the postponement of the much anticipated preview event in June, Maritime Skills Academy is excited to confirm the re-launch will now take place on September 8th ,2016. Giving the maritime industry a view of what is on offer at the iconic, state-of-the-art training facility, the Academy, based at Whitfield, Dover, next to the Viking Headquarters, will bring a new high-tech Marine Survival Complex to the maritime sector. The new Complex, incorporating training and conference facilities…

William P. Doyle (Photo: FMC)

FMC’s Doyle Addresses Intermodal Hot Topics

Speaking at the Intermodal Association of North America on May 5 in Chicago, U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle discussed several of the shipping industry’s hottest topics, including ocean carrier consolidations and alliances, container weight VGM under SOLAS, and chassis. “We’ve all heard the recent announcements related to consolidations, for instance, CGM CGM and NOL-APL; and COSCO and CSCL. “We’ve all heard the announcement that Hapag Lloyd and UASC are in discussions on a possible merger.

Study: Big Volume Shipping No Longer Means Big Value Rates

Xeneta, a  benchmarking and market intelligence platform for containerized ocean freight, has used its data of global shipping rates to make a startling, and counterintuitive, claim – big volume shippers are not paying the best shipping rates. According to the Oslo-based company, over the course of the last 18 months, high-volume shippers are actually being locked in to unfavorable long-term agreements, leaving others to take advantage of the advent of low fuel prices, megaship capacities and hyper efficient supply change management.

Manohar Parrikar, Indian defence minister. Photo: Ministry of Defence.

Germany Lobbies for India's Submarine Project

Germany is hopeful in bagging multi-billion-dollar Indian submarine project for building six conventional submarines, says a PTI report. German Ambassador to India Michael Steiner said the P-75(I) project was under discussion and that the matter also came up during German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen's visit here last month. He said that the talk did not specify the modalities of the deal on whether this should be Business-to-Business or Government-to -Government. According…

Henrik O. Madsen

UN Transforms Business' Commitment to Sustainability

Sustainability is now firmly on the global business agenda, but there is an urgent need to turn words into action. This is a key conclusion in the independent report; “Impact – Transforming Business, Changing the World” prepared by DNV GL on behalf of the United Nations Global Compact. The report concludes that the UN Global Compact, as the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, and the business community have had an impact on the development of sustainability over the past 15 years.

Dun & Bradstreet to Focus on Core Commercial Strategy

Dun & Bradstreet will acquire the entirety of Dun & Bradstreet’s ANZ business, including consumer risk and debt collection, and commercial solutions, for AUD $220 million. As part of the agreement, pending regulatory approval, Credit Data Solutions will become a partner within Dun & Bradstreet’s Worldwide Network to continue to provide commercial solutions in the region. This decision supports Dun & Bradstreet’s long-term growth strategy. Today, approximately two-thirds of the ANZ business is consumer-related…

Stephen O’Neill (Photo: Thuraya Satellite Telecom)

O'Neill Joins Thuraya Board

Stephen O'Neill has been appointed to Thuraya Telecommunications Company’s Board of Directors as of March 31. Until 2014, O'Neill was President of Boeing Satellite Systems International Inc (BSSI) and Vice President of Commercial Satellite Systems for Space and Intelligence Systems (S&IS) within Boeing Defense, Space & Security. O'Neill has 37 years of experience in the aerospace industry, principally involved in satellite and launch vehicle programs. His expertise ranges across engineering, manufacturing, supplier management, business management, business development and program management.

Photo: NEVA 2015

Russia Makes Shipbuilding a Priority

Russia’s renewed focus on the commercial shipbuilding industry was set as a key aim by Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev in his recent discussions on the development of the sector through 2015. The 2015 impetus on competitive opportunity coincides with the 13th International Maritime Exhibition and Conferences of Russia – NEVA 2015. This event provides a collaborative, global platform to promote Russia's Commercial Shipbuilding, Ship Equipment and related Maritime industries. Various industry ministries have been charged with analyzing industry prospects until 2030…

INMEX and SMM India on the Crest of a Wave

Taking advantage of the expected growth the Indian maritime industry is set to witness over the next six years, Informa Exhibitions, organizers of INMEX India, has entered in to a strategic collaboration with Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH, organizers of SMM India, to form South Asia’s largest and most important maritime exhibition and conference. The unified edition of INMEX SMM India will take place on 23 – 25 September 2015, at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, providing the maritime sector with the best of both events using synergies on one integrated platform.

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Container Shippers Join Forces for Safety

The Container Ship Safety Forum (CSSF) has been launched as a global business-to-business network that aims to improve safety performance and management practices in the container shipping industry. Founding members CMA CGM Group, Costamare Shipping Company S.A., E.R. Schiffahrt GmbH & Cie. KG, Hamburg Südamerikanische Dampfschiffahrts-Gesellschaft KG, Maersk Line, Rickmers Shipmanagement and Zodiac Maritime Agencies Ltd., have joined forces to improve safety performance through collaboration.

Henrique Schlaepfer has been appointed Managing Director Brazil for Inchcape Shipping Services. (Image: ISS)

Schlaepfer Joins ISS Management Team in Brazil

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has appointed Henrique Schlaepfer as its new Managing Director Brazil. Based in Rio de Janeiro, Henrique will report directly to regional Executive Vice President, Jaime Otero. Commencing his maritime career in 1984, Henrique served as a 2nd Naval Officer in the Brazilian Merchant Navy. He graduated with a Nautical Science degree and a post graduate degree in Business Management. He has since gained extensive experience in management positions with various companies such as CP Ship…

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Conrad Industries 2013 Profit Slip Ameliorated by New Business

Morgan City, Louisiana, shipbuilder and ship repairer Conrad Industries, has announced its fourth quarter and twelve months 2013 financial result, adding that it has acquired new business during the first quarter of 2014 totalling $67.3 million. For the quarter ended December 31, 2013, Conrad had net income of $10.1 million and earnings per diluted share of $1.70 compared to net income of $8.0 million and earnings per diluted share of $1.33 during the fourth quarter of 2012. The…