Friday, June 19, 2020

The Lockdown Catch Up - a Look at the Week's Smaller Shipping and Logistics News

Some Things From Around the Industry You May Want to Know
Shipping News Feature

CANADA – UK – Logistics software provider Descartes has acquired digital freight execution platform supplier Cracking Logistics Limited (aka Kontainers). The company products enable quoting, booking, tracking and dashboard analytics. Descartes acquired Kontainers for total consideration of up to $12 million, with up-front consideration of $6.0 million in cash, plus a potential performance-based consideration.

US – CHINA – The U-Freight Group chartered an Aeroflot passenger aircraft, reconfigured as a freighter to ship over 2,000 cartons of urgently needed personal protective equipment (PPE) from Beijing to New York. This was the most recent in a number of full aircraft charters that the Hong Kong-based logistics company has arranged for customers across the globe. The client was a major manufacturer and distributor of laboratory equipment and supplies, and had purchased epidemic prevention materials from five different manufacturers in China.

US – Another win for Chinese crane maker ZPMC with the imminent arrival at the Port of Oakland of three more of the Shanghai firm’s giant ship-to-shore behemoths. The cranes are due at Oakland International Container Terminal Sept. 14, according to terminal operator SSA Terminals. At 300-feet-high, it’s believed they’d be the tallest in North America when they commence operations in January.

The cranes have a container lift height of 174 feet above the dock, a reach spanning 24 rows of boxes and will enable the terminal to work on the largest of the new generation of mega vessels. SSA operates the largest marine terminal at the Port of Oakland and placed the $30 million order for its new cranes in February 2019.

NORWAY – Ship owner Eidesvik has signed with Yxney Maritime to start using the Maress cloud-based system for data-driven decarbonisation of vessel operations. The initial agreement is for six of the fleet´s advanced offshore vessels. The Eidesvik fleet has actively been used to test technologies such as LNG, batteries, as well as the recent announcement to install an ammonia-driven fuel cell system on one of the vessels. Maress will provide detailed insight into the fuel consumption and emissions from the vessels.

PANAMA – The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) said the Maximum Authorised Draft for vessels transiting the Canal’s Neopanamax locks from June 15 has been increased to 14.02 metres (46.0 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW) based on present and projected levels of Gatun Lake for the upcoming weeks. Vessels arriving with drafts exceeding this may be allowed to transit, depending on the actual level of Gatun Lake at the time of transit. Otherwise, they will be required to trim or off-load cargo in order to be allowed to transit.

UK – WORLDWIDE – The Baltic Exchange has established a new website for its Baltic Expert Witness Association (BEWA) to supply the expert services of a wide range of professionals including shipbrokers, ship owners and operators, charterers, financiers, Masters, surveyors, naval architects, engineers and more. Born from the previous Baltic Exchange Expert Witness Panel, BEWA operates as a distinct membership tier under the Baltic Exchange umbrella and forms part of the Baltic Exchange group of maritime and related services.

In 2017, users of the expert services, including such as lawyers and P&I clubs, identified the need for a more transparent association where a broader scope of experts could be found in one place. BEWA was the result and it is managed by a council elected from its own members and is governed by its own rules. All BEWA members subscribe to the Baltic Code of Conduct.

CYPRUS – Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) and the Cyprus Marine and Maritime Institute (CMMI) have agreed to launch an initiative, ‘True North 72’ to investigate and deliver sustainable solutions. The partners say they will work together to research and explore the commercialisation of ideas in areas of strategic interest to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors as a whole.

The name True North 72 references refers to 1972, when BSM first established a presence in Cyprus, as one of the first foreign companies to register on the island. Today, the organisation employs more than 200 people in Cyprus and has been a key contributor to supporting and developing the local maritime industry.

CHANNEL ISLES – Guernsey-based integrated insurance services and risk management advisory business Astaara has secured a significant investment from the West of England P&I Club. The marine insurer’s funds are intended to assist Astaara’s aspiration to position the company as the market-leading marine cyber specialist.

Astaara is a new company focused on risk management and loss prevention, which has developed a marine cyber insurance solution supported by a dedicated analytics capability to meet the challenges that marine enterprises face in a digital operating world which exists in an increasingly hostile threat environment.

GERMANY – Logistics group Dachser has begun operations at its new hazardous materials warehouse in Malsch, near Karlsruhe, Germany. Construction work for the new facility began in spring 2018 and the €20 million, 21,800 m2 unit can store chemical products and hazardous materials such as paints, coatings, and adhesives in a total of 43,000 pallet spaces.

Baden-Württemberg is one of the top five German states for chemical industry revenue and is conveniently situated for exports to France, the number one non-domestic destination for German chemical products.

Photo: The chartered Aeroflot plane used by U-Freight for shipping PPE to New York.