Wednesday, July 24, 2019
In response Reformation said it will counteract potentially harmful effects of free shipping, the byproducts of which are carbon, nitrogen oxide or sulphur dioxide emissions."The strategy shows that fast fashion and free shipping don't necessarily have to destroy the planet," reports New York's Business Insider.The retailer also won over the "cool girls" with its steadfast stance that "carbon is cancelled, said the Insider report.The company assures all that it publishes a sustainability report every year, instead of issuing quarterly earnings. It also implores customers to buy carbon credits to offset their international shipping flights, or $160 to cover an average wedding.Fast shipping is especially detrimental. "Before, companies were able to consolidate, to optimise their distribution. Now, because some of them are offering really fast and rushed deliveries, that disintegrates the consolidation," Miguel Jaller of the Institute for Transportation Studies at the University of California Davis told Vox. "Every individual is buying more and wanting those goods to be at their home really fast. That creates more vehicles, more traffic, and potentially more emissions," he said.
Ensuring operations are smooth and customers remain satisfied is one of the airport's main goals."Of the 49,000 airport employees, only 1,600 are focused on management, operational and technology jobs."So, it's a huge IT and operations responsibility for a small number of people to manage," Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) IT director John Thompson told TechHQ.Mr Thompson's team has the demanding task of ensuring the airport remains digitally-optimised to handle its traffic."We're involved in everything from handling baggage systems to de-icing planes, checking passengers in, dealing with US customs, on-boarding employees and more," he explained.Technology plays a key role in ensuring the airport remains a well-oiled machine, which means preventing outages and disruption, and cutting mean time to repair (MTTR) of any description, is "critical".
The new frequency, which started on July 16, includes two weekly connections between Milan and Incheon departing the Italian city on Tuesday and Sunday. The service is routed Malpensa-Incheon-Zhengzhou-Malpensa.The main commodities that will be carried on this route include fashion items, machineries, luxury cars, pharmaceuticals, and perishable.Seoul is the fourth largest export destination out of Italy, behind New York, Shanghai, and Hong Kong and ahead of Tokyo which ranks fifth, reports London's Air Cargo News.Although Cargolux Italia does not serve Shanghai and Tokyo directly, they are linked via road feeder services from Zhengzhou and Osaka respectively."This direct connection provides an unmatched opportunity to link Italy's vibrant industrial heart with Korea's commercial gateway, home to the Incheon Free Economic Zone," the airline said.Chief Executive Cargolux Italia, Fabrizio Cortese, added: "We are delighted to have added Incheon to the Cargolux Italia service provision. The Korean destination was the last missing piece to complete our network with the top 5 Italian export destinations. We are confident that this addition will be highly beneficial to our customer base and we look forward to developing strong partnerships in Korea."
Port of Newcastle CEO Craig Carmody said DP World Australia. "walked away because the port's commitment deed made it economically unviable", reported New York's FreightWaves.In 2012, the NSW government decided to bundle Sydney's Port Botany and car port Kembla in a 50-year lease, raising AUD5.07 billion (US$3.53 billion) with Kembla as a secondary container terminal if need arose.But Newcastle wanted to build a fully automated port, with 11 quay cranes, and deep water to handle 13,500 TEUers, which would be the only terminal of that size in Australia with a potential annual capacity of two million TEU.As it stands, container volumes through Newcastle are 10,000 TEU a year.Irksome to Newcastle was that the NSW central planners had deliberately thwarted any lingering container ambitions Newcastle might have because its competitive role would undermine the value of the main container action at Port Botany.This fulfills NSW commitment to its existing strategic railfreight priorities, maximising rail to 28 per cent out of Botany by the end of next year.During the privatisation of Botany and Kembla, the ruling Liberal-National NSW government said a container terminal at Newcastle would hurt Port Botany, leading bidders to demand and to receive reassurance that a box terminal would not be developed at Newcastle.
The certificate is an ISO standard for the management systems of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) that helps organisations to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions."We saw the need for our workplace to be certified with ISO 45001 to proactively improve our occupational health and safety performance in preventing injury and ill-health at the workplace. The efforts toward the certification is also a testament of Northport's commitment to protect our employees, customers, contractors, service providers and port users from work-related accidents," said Northport's CEO Dato' Azman Shah Mohd Yusof.According to the CEO, Northport's journey towards ISO 45001:2018 certification began in 2012 when its Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) performance was "showing a very alarming deteriorating trend," a company statement said.The journey towards HSE excellence was divided into three phases within a period of nine years with the focus to eventually to be recognised locally and internationally. The effort was further intensified after MMC Group took over the ownership of Northport in 2016. Under the new leadership, the initiatives in getting the certification were strengthened and resulted in a 20 per cent improvement in Lost Time Injury (LTI) performance.Among the HSE initiatives undertaken by the port is the Health, Safety and Environment Omission Notification (HON), which is a mechanism designed to enforce safety compliance on port users, contractors and employees within the port premises. The launch of HON in February 2017 led to an immediate drop in the number of incidents and accidents.UCUX or 'You See You Act' is another initiative introduced by the company to enhance incident reporting. UCUX is a programme in which incident alerts can be immediately performed through the use of mobile phone via calls or text messages and action will be taken straightaway.To further enhance its safety measures, Northport has imposed the usage of vehicle stickers on all vehicles entering the port premises to ensure that only authorised vehicles are allowed to enter the port area.A speed limit of 35 kilometres per hour was also imposed on all motorised vehicles in the port area. Enforcement officers equipped with speed gun devices are placed at accident-prone areas as part of the strict implementation of the regulation to curtail the risk of traffic incidences.To strengthen the security of the port area, Northport has enhanced its terminal surveillance with the use of a drone and closed-circuit surveillance system. The new system utilises video surveillance technology, including facial recognition, license plate character identification, intrusion detection and night viewing. The system is controlled at its new surveillance centre. "With its full implementation effective May 1 2019, Northport is the first Malaysian port to use the integrated drone-closed circuit surveillance system round-the-clock to fulfil various port security needs including general surveillance, parameter monitoring and detection of suspicious activity," added Mr Dato' Azman.
But in India the problem is deeper because the country has a population that is realising the ease of ordering online and a transportation network that needs serious modernisation.India's urban population is quite well-versed with e-commerce, but large swathes of the population in the towns and villages across India are still oblivious to shopping online or are uncertain of digital transactions. In such regions, mom and pop stores control a large share of the market, bringing in larger crowds than the ones that head to local department stores and supermarkets.Nonetheless, the impact of e-commerce cannot be discounted. "The boom in e-commerce has led to a particular segment called omnichannel, which is experiencing some of the highest traffic today in India and China," said Pravat Rath, vice president of the retail business group at Tech Mahindra.The omnichannel segment is the consolidation of the various ways through which people can shop, with the underlying idea about creating a seamless shopping experience for customers, irrespective of where they buy from, be it on the desktop, smartphone, or even a retail storefront.Mr Rath further pointed towards the importance of having a central cross-country tax system, rather than a federal structure with individual states fixing different tax structures to suit their local economies, reports New York's FreightWaves.The Indian government made a landmark change to the disparate tax structures by creating a single - Goods and Services Tax - (GST), which has now aligned the economy better and made it easier for e-commerce businesses to fix product prices evenly across the country.In India, a National Logistics Policy (NLP) has been in the pipeline for several years now, with India's Union Minister of Commerce, Piyush Goyal, reviewing the NLP draft last week and proposing to get the ministries of railways, road, shipping and aviation to work together to reduce the overall logistics costs across India. Currently, logistics cost around 14 per cent of India's GDP, with the government looking to bring it down to 9 per cent."I believe a lot needs to be done at a policy level to address this situation. India needs proper infrastructure, a multimodal network that helps in faster movement of goods and services."A true multimodal network does not exist in India, and even if it does, it only remains in the corridors where there are railway lines and does not extend beyond that," said Mr Rath. "Creating multimodal hubs that connect roadways, railways, ports and airports, and to some extent inland waterways is critical."Lakshmanan Chidambaram, president of Americas strategic verticals in Tech Mahindra, interjected to explain that India was undergoing a digital revolution, and that is helping to qualitatively improve the way logistics is done in the country.Being a price-sensitive market, businesses in India will embrace technology instantaneously if it can deliver cost savings and improve operational efficiency. "Digitisation has made it easy to mount a project at minimal cost, measure efficiency and savings effectively, and scale it up successfully to a larger framework," said Mr Chidambaram.
The series of ten 2,800-TEU ships being built at CSBC Shipyard in Kaohsiung with the first sea trials scheduled for early 2020.The selection VisionMaster Net will allow for standardisation across the fleet of ships and will be able to securely share data provided from the navigation systems to different locations on the ship and to operations centres ashore, for analysis and support, the shipping line said as reported by Colchester's Seatrade Maritime News.Chief marine technology officer of Yang Ming Transport Corp Jackie Ho said: "We are very happy to be working with Sperry Marine on our next generation of container feeder ships which are designed around big data and will be the most connected vessels we have built to date."By combining a new level of navigation technology with the reliability of Sperry-s global service network, we can build a platform for digital navigation that will contribute to safety and efficiency."David Watts, regional business development director, Asia-Pacific at Sperry Marine, commented: "As a global shipping company, Yang Ming are also very keen to continue their close relationship with the Sperry Marine's global service network, with the option to use remote diagnostics when needed."
The six-month-long negotiations between the southern California local and APM Terminals seem to have been resolved amicably, with the ILWU achieving its goal of creating a programme to re-skill and up-skill longshore workers to maintain and repair automated cargo-handling equipment. In the coming month, APM will deploy the equipment on a 100-acre parcel of its container terminal in Los Angeles."We believe that it is critical to the continued success of the port of Los Angeles that the ILWU is trained for the jobs of the future. As we prepare to modernise pier 400, we are glad to be working in partnership with the ILWU and PMA [Pacific Maritime Association] on implementing a training programme that complements the changes at pier 400," APM said in a statement, reported IHS Media.APM Terminals' request for the construction permit that is needed to install electrical recharging equipment for the automated straddle carriers it will deploy at pier 400 can now move forward to the final stage of the approval process before the Los Angeles City Council. If the council takes no action by August 7, the agreement will become final on the next day, and the construction permit will be issued.APM intends to deploy driverless, battery-powered auto-straddle carriers at pier 400. Dozens of existing jobs in which longshore workers drive diesel-powered yard tractors to shuttle containers between the vessel and the container stacks will be scrapped. However, under the agreement, longshore workers who have been trained in the maintenance and repair (M&R) of diesel equipment will be retrained for M&R work on zero-emission electrical equipment.Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) president James McKenna said the training programme has two parts. One part calls for re-skilling regular longshore workers who want to become mechanics. Another part of the programme will up-skill existing ILWU mechanics to perform M&R work on the jobs being created by automation, such as repairing and maintaining electric and battery-powered cargo-handling equipment.This training programme might become a model upon which similar training programmes could be established, Mr McKenna observed.
The plea was made during the EU-Canada Summit held recently in Montreal where Mr Trudeau could not have had a better place to show European Union officials the benefits of a free trade agreement than the Port of Montreal.Montreal's European volumes increased by 6.6 per cent in 2018, the first full year that CETA between Canada and the EU was in effect. The 2016 agreement abolished tariffs on more than 90 per cent of goods.Mr Trudeau toured the port with European Council President Donald Tusk as part of a trade summit with EU officials. The cordial summit with Canada's second largest trading partner contrasted with the prickly relationship with its largest, the United States, under tariff-prone President Donald Trump.Thanks to CETA, exports of goods to the EU increased by 7 per cent in 2018 to CAD44.5 billion (US$33.9 billion) But the boost to the EU was greater - a 9 per cent increase in goods exported to Canada to CAD60 billion."It is clear that CETA has brought many benefits to people on both sides of the Atlantic," Mr Tusk said after the summit.Mr Trudeau acknowledged that the benefits to Canada's exports lagged behind the EU's, but told reporters, "We have tremendous confidence that Canadian companies will continue to benefit and increase their opportunities to grow their businesses through selling more to Europe."But with the bulk of CETA's provisions already in place, Mr Trudeau's biggest concern may be right at home. Canadian businesses have been slower to take advantage of export opportunities.A recent survey found that only 7 per cent of Canadian exporters had awareness of CETA, underscoring the dominance of the US market. Canada exported CAD438.4 billion in goods to the US in 2018, 10 times more than the EU.Apart from lack of awareness by exporters, CETA has met resistance within some corners of Canada.Two federal opposition leaders, Jagmeet Singh of the New Democratic Party and Elizabeth May of the Green Party, signed a letter urging French leaders to reject CETA."We agree that trade between our countries and continents is important," the letter stated. "However, we believe in a type of trading relationship very different from this one. We strive for a trading relationship that addresses the fundamental issues of inequality, human rights and climate change."The letter also cited the threat to Canada's supply management system, which tightly controls the production, sale and export of dairy and poultry products.Dairy, in particular, has been a point of contention in CETA. Canadian dairy processors received part of the tariff-free quota of EU cheese. EU officials reportedly lodged complaints about having limited access to the Canadian dairy market, reports American Shipper.
The port's executive director, Mario Cordero, said: "The story we saw develop in 2018 was retailers forwarding goods to beat tariffs."For 2019, it seems that the cargo is all here and warehouses are filled. That's disrupting container movement and the growth we would normally see this time of year."The port handled 677,167 TEU in June with imports shrinking by 14 per cent while exports fell by 1 per cent. Empties loaded onto ships to fill with goods in Asia decreased by 9 per cent.The port moved 3.7 million TEU during the first half of 2018, 7 per cent below last year's total, reports UK's Container Management.
UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned Iran of "serious consequences", and called on Iran to observe the rules that safeguard commercial shipping and for Iran to release the tanker and its crew, describing its seizure as "state piracy".UK shipping in the region has all but halted after the UK Department for Transport requested all British-flagged ships to avoid the Strait of Hormuz until further notice, having raised the threat level to 'critical' for UK ships in Iranian waters, reported UK's Lloyd's List.In a statement to members of UK's parliament, Mr Hunt said the tanker was seized while passing through Omani territorial waters and in full compliance with international laws.Mr Hunt said that Iran's seizure of the tanker was "a flagrant breach of the principle of free navigation on which the global trading system and world economy ultimately depends".In a letter to the president of the United Nations Security Council the UK earlier stated: "Current tensions are extremely concerning, and our priority is to de-escalate."We do not seek confrontation with Iran. But it is unacceptable and highly escalatory to threaten shipping going about its legitimate business through internationally recognised transit corridors".The Stena Impero is currently being held by the Iranian authorities at anchor just off Bandar Abbas port. The 23 crew members, who are Indian, Russian, Latvian and Filipino, have been taken off the ship for "questioning", Iran's Press TV has reported.There are eight UK-flagged vessels over 10,000 dwt in the Persian Gulf, all at anchor. These include four chemical tankers, a liquefied petroleum gas carrier, a naval auxiliary vessel, a containership, and one general cargo ship with container capacity.While the threat remains targeted to UK ships, the UK Chamber of Shipping has argued that an international response is now need to resolve an international problem."We are working closely with [the government] on restoring confidence and security among the shipping community so that trade can continue to flow freely through the region over the coming days," UK Chamber of Shipping chief executive Bob Sanguinetti told Lloyd's List on Sunday evening.While Mr Sanguinetti has declined to comment on whether the current deployment of naval assets is sufficient, he is of the opinion that the shipping community needs to be reassured by the presence of adequate support to guarantee their safety and security."We mustn't forget that, looking beyond the specific incident, Iranian activity in the past two months has had an impact on the interests of over 20 countries - this is an international problem. It requires an international solution," Mr Sanguinetti was quoted as saying.