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US Maritime Unions Step Up to the Plate to Fight Coronavirus

Efforts to Maintain Supply Chain as Hospital Ships Arrive

US – With the US now having more cases than any other in the world, the country's supply chain is coming under ever greater pressure as the Covid-19 virus spreads across the states. This inevitably means the US maritime unions are finding themselves on the frontlines to aid the government's efforts to combat the spread of the virus.

Monday, March 30, 2020
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Maritime Union Boss Asks Employers to Help Protect Public Health

Stevedores Need the Attitude Taken by Logistics and Intermodal

AUSTRALIA – The scourge of the virus has, so far, been seen less in the country than many places elsewhere, but the curve is heading steeply upward very fast and now the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has written to major businesses in Australia's marine supply chain seeking the urgent implementation of a consistent, industry-wide framework aimed at preventing viral transmission on worksites.

Sunday, March 29, 2020
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Workforce Experts Link with Warehousing Group to Put Hospitality Staff Back to Work

Virus Means Logistics Sector Takes Up New Recruits

UK – The current crisis is causing some unexpected effects as Britain faces up to weeks of lockdown with staff from numerous areas of the workforce left twiddling thumbs and many signing up to the government's proposed volunteer scheme, an astonishing total currently exceeding 700,000 souls willing to help out. Now two groups from entirely different sectors, logistics and online workforce management technology, are working together to alleviate some of the problems.

Sunday, March 29, 2020
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Virus Again Dominates Our Weekly Logistics News Round-Up

Covid-19 Infects Almost Every Story

WORLDWIDE – With the Covid-19 virus sweeping the planet there really isn't much else within transport and logistics not touched by the subject, despite attempts to maintain a sense of normality as the industry goes about the business of keeping society resupplied via a uninterrupted supply chain.

Friday, March 27, 2020
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Transport and Logistics Staff Still Moving On Despite the Current Crisis

Appointments and Departures in Shipping and Associated Sectors

SWEDEN – Despite the current hiatus, there is still some staff news coming from the logistics industry. First up I-Tech, the bio-technology company responsible for Selektope®, the barnacle repelling active agent for use in marine coatings, has appointed Per Svensson to the role of Sales Director.

Friday, March 27, 2020
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Americans Must Work Together to Maintain Supply Chain and 'Bad Actors' Will be Punished

Federal Maritime Commissioner Sums Up US Virus Situation at the Sharp End

US – Although he has clearly set out the views from his own personal perspective, Daniel B. Maffei is a nevertheless a Commissioner with the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), and his opinions as to the state of shipping and the effect of the Covid-19 virus on the marine sector are well worth listening to.

Friday, March 27, 2020
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Forwarding Agents Prepare for Changing Storage Patterns as Supply Chains Evolve

Virus May Close Fulfilment Houses and Have Importers Seeking Alternatives

UK – With the global pandemic now starting to hit Europe particularly hard many companies are seeking ways to protect their supply chains from the effects thrown out by the Covid-19 virus. Certainly the reduction in volumes of imported goods for the European market will be starting to bite for many wholesalers, retailers and manufacturers, as stock and parts are sold or used up and shipping service volumes are drastically cut.

Thursday, March 26, 2020
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French Container Shipping Giant Disposes of Assets to Chinese Port Management Group

Wholly Owned Terminals Now Move to Joint Venture

WORLDWIDE – In 2013 we revealed how French container shipping giant CMA CGM had agreed to sell almost half of its Terminal Link subsidiary, established in 2001, to port operator China Merchants Holdings (International) Company Ltd (CMHI). Now, having seen the Chinese group restructured as China Merchants Port (CMP), and still retaining that 49% stake in the container handling operation, a further deal between the two has been agreed.

Thursday, March 26, 2020
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Airfreight Carriers Come Into Their Own as Battle to Fight Virus Continues

Passenger Planes Become Cargo Charters to Ferry Vital Supplies

UK – EUROPE – US – WORLDWIDE – We have mentioned briefly some of the work being undertaken by the global airlines to assist in the fight against the global pandemic by converting now defunct passenger aircraft to cargo flights in a bid to ferry vital supplies as and when they are needed.

Thursday, March 26, 2020
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