Port environmental activities include a wide array of protection and prevention programs

By R. Bruce Striegler

Increasingly, ports across the world are taking on the issues of environmental stewardship and looking at sustainability as key to their futures. Port of Prince Rupert became the first west coast port to join the Green Marine environmental program in 2010. Green Marine is a joint Canada-U.S. initiative aimed at advancing environmental excellence in the marine industry, throughout North America. The certification program emphasizes voluntary improvement of environmental performance in key areas identified by the marine industry which include water and land pollution prevention – cargo residues and oily waters, to control greenhouse gases and other air pollutants. The program takes into account community impacts such as noise, dust, light and odours as well as controlling aquatic invasive species. Participants evaluate their performance against guidelines and criteria provided by Green Marine; the results are published annually and verified by an independent third party.

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Ocean carriers increasingly targeting better-paying reefer containers

By Mike Wackett

Container lines will “accelerate their assault” on the seaborne reefer market, but their aspirations could result in equipment shortages, according to Drewry.

In its latest edition of the Reefer Shipping Market Review and Forecast, the shipping consultant predicts that, by 2021, the perishable reefer cargo modal split will have increased to around 85 per cent carried on containerships, compared with 79 per cent in 2016. Thus, Drewry estimates that dedicated reefer vessels will see their percentage of the market shrink from 21 per cent last year to 15 per cent by 2021 – not least due to a continually reducing global fleet.

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‘Active’ controlled atmosphere brings fresh technology to the reefer

By Sam Whelan, Asia correspondent

Daikin Reefer has invented new “active” controlled atmosphere (CA) technology it claims will revolutionize refrigerated shipping, allowing container lines to launch a fresh charge against air freight in the battle for perishable cargo.

According to Ah Huat Goh, General Manager, Global Marketing and Service, reefer container department at Daikin, the technology represents a significant advancement over the “passive” solutions on the market. “Active CA will open up more commodities to shipping lines because it’s more reliable and can reduce oxygen more precisely than passive technology,” he told The Coolstar.

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No box trade supply-demand balance until end 2019, says Alphaliner

By Mike Wackett

Recent forecasts from ocean carriers that a supply-demand equilibrium will be reached next year are “optimistic”, says Alphaliner. It says newbuild deliveries with 1.6 million TEUs of cellular capacity will aggravate a supply overhang that is expected to be carried over from the fourth quarter of this year.

Alphaliner’s current idle containership survey records a two-year low of 147 vessels, with a capacity of 275,897 TEUs in lay-up, but it warned that the number would  soar in the final three months of the year, with idle fleet capacity rising to 800,000 TEUs. “The total global fleet will grow by over 300,000 TEUs over the next three months from new vessel deliveries, even after adjusting for projected vessel scrapping, and this will further add to the supply side pressure,” said Alphaliner.

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Don’t believe the hype – there is a long way to go before digitization revolutionizes container shipping, says Alphaliner

By Gavin van Marle

Predictions that the current crop of disruptive digital start-ups will revolutionize container shipping has been disputed by a leading liner analyst. Alphaliner suggested that, despite the considerable hype and hundreds of millions of dollars raised by freight and logistics start-ups in Silicon Valley and elsewhere, evidence suggests that the container shipping industry is peculiarly resistant to being radically transformed.

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Short-sea operators suffer as new ocean alliances put feeders out of work

By Sam Whelan, Asia correspondent

Hub-and-spoke feeder calls have fallen “drastically” following this year’s deep-sea container carrier alliance reshuffle. According to X-Press Feeders’ Chief Executive, Tristan Howitt, ocean freight rates and volumes have shot up in 2017, with the Far East, Indian Subcontinent and Middle East trades all performing well. “However, we can’t say the same for the shortsea hub-and-spoke feeder sector,” he told The Loadstar.

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Shipping has ‘collective blindness’ and must improve its cyber security

By Alexander Whiteman

Shipping remains blind to the threat posed by insufficient cyber security. And its continuing failure to address the problem could have a huge economic impact, according to Futurenautics Chief Executive Kate Adamson. She believes the biggest threat is the industry’s critical dependence on technology, which makes it a prime target for cyber criminals.

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K+N unveils ‘transformation’ plan for its ‘customers, technology and people’

By Gavin van Marle

Kuehne + Nagel has unveiled its new corporate plan to succeed the Focus + Excellence initiative that has run since 2014. At the company’s capital markets presentation in London, Chief Executive Detlef Trefzger said KN+ NextGen was effectively an umbrella term for a range of “transformative projects” to be launched in the coming months.

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Kuehne + Nagel charges in with supply chain solution for lithium batteries

By Gavin van Marle

Kuehne + Nagel has launched a supply chain product for the lithium battery industry, as the technology sweeps across the automotive, industrial and even consumer sectors. At the recent International Motor Show in Frankfurt, the company launched KN BatteryChain to meet rapidly increasing global demand for lithium batteries.

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CMA CGM ‘outperforms the industry’ as Q2 profits hit $227 million

By Mike Wackett

CMA CGM posted a net profit of $227 million for the second quarter of the year, turning around a loss of $127 million in the same period of 2016, with the assistance of a “significant” contribution from subsidiary APL. The French carrier was the last of the liner majors that publish results to report its Q2 performance and it was the third full quarter to include figures from Singapore-based APL.

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