INSIGHTS: Transportation Industry Outlook 2019
The driver shortage will once again shape the trucking industry in the coming year. For ocean shipping, that’s a real problem. Any transport mode is only as good as the one that immediately follows or precedes it in the intermodal supply chain.For trucking, the outlook hasn’t changed much in the last two years: Too much freight and not enough drivers to haul it. It’s both the best and worst of times all at once. True, this means the U.S. economy is still very healthy. But, it also means that carriers struggle to recruit and retain quality drivers – and that can be frustrating.
California: MSC Pays $630K for Air Quality Violations
Swiss container shipping company Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) paid $630,625 in penalties to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for violating the Ocean-Going Vessel At-Berth Regulation.According to CARB, the violations were discovered during a routine audit of the company’s 2014 visits to the Port of Oakland and the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.The investigation by CARB revealed more than 2500 violations for both the Oakland and LA/LB fleets for failing…
KVH’s IP-MobileCast Service Providing an Edge
KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), announced today that numerous global fleets have subscribed to or expanded their deployments of its IP-MobileCast content delivery service in recent months, reflecting the increased importance that ship managers are placing on the competitive advantages of a focus on staffing optimization. Navigator Gas, operator of a fleet of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tankers with worldwide clients, selected IP-MobileCast for 28 vessels. OSG Ship Management…
Taiwan Launches its Highest-Capacity Container Ships
State-backed shipbuilder CSBC Corporation, Taiwan has launched two domestically developed and constructed vessels in the southern Taiwan port city of Kaohsiung, reports Taiwan Today. YM Window and YM Width are 368 meters long, 51 meters wide and can carry 14,198, 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of containers. A 40-foot container—the most commonly used size—is around two TEUs. CSBC Chairman Lai Sun-quae said the vessels are a significant step up from the company’s last batch of 10 container ships produced from 2011 to 2015 that could carry around 8,000 TEUs.
SCF Unicom Marks its Quarter Century
Press release - On 11 March 2015, a reception took place in Limassol (Cyprus) to mark the 25th anniversary of Sovcomflot’s technical management subsidiary SCF Unicom. Unicom was established in 1991, in Cyprus, to allow global charterers to transport their freight with the help of Sovcomflot Group’s fleet. Over the years, Unicom has become one of the most recognisable brands within Sovcomflot Group, Russia’s largest shipping company. Nowadays, Unicom is a true leader in global ship management…
Senior Appointment at Royston Diesel Power
Marine diesel engines specialist Royston announced that appointment of Shaun Whitley as its new workshop manager at the company’s Tyneside-based engineering center. At Royston, Whitley will have full responsibility for the operation and management of the company’s diesel engine workshop facility and company’s engineering team. His role includes the project management of all scheduling of engine, turbocharger and fuel injection refurbishment work schedules, as well as responsibility for all quality control and compliance with OEM technical standards.
Deadline Extended for SHIPPINGInsight Award
The judges have extending the deadline to submit entries for the 2015 SHIPPINGInsight Award from Aug. 15 to Sept. 15 to give more time for companies to participate. The annual SHIPPINGInsight Award recognizes a ship operating company and its technology partners for a successful project that advances the state-of-the-art in ship and fleet optimization. A panel of independent judges will review entries and select the winner. The award will be presented at a gala luncheon Oct. 13 at the SHIPPINGInsight 2015 Fleet Optimization Conference & Exhibition in Stamford, Conn.
Entries Sought for SHIPPINGInsight Award
Entries are now being accepted for the 2015 SHIPPINGInsight Award, which will be presented at the SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference & Exhibition, Oct. 13 in Stamford, Conn. The annual award honors a ship operating company and its technology partners for the successful implementation of an innovative technology or initiative that advances the state-of-the-art in ship and fleet optimization. A panel of independent judges will review entries and select the winner. The award will be presented at a gala awards luncheon on the opening day of the conference.
Research Vessel Delivered by Damen for 'Silent' Operation
Damen delivers silent in operation Research Vessel ‘Simon Stevin’ to DAB Vloot, the Flemish Government fleet operator. The RV 3609 was jointly designed by Damen Shipyards Gorinchem and VLIZ, the Flemish Institute for the Sea. While hull and hot works were built at Damen Shipyards Galati (Romania), the outfitting was done by Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam (The Netherlands). The ‘Simon Stevin’ will be used offshore for scientific research on climate change, sustainable fishing, energy production at sea and for educational purposes.