India’s first container cargo movement through inland waterways

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In what is seen as a landmark moment in the history of shipping in India in recent times, PepsiCo will move 16 containers filled with food and snacks on a vessel, the MV RN Tagore (for Rabindranath Tagore) from Kolkata to Varanasi on river Ganga using the National Waterway-1..

This will mark India’s first container cargo movement through inland waterways..

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MSC continues its investment in smart containers

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Smart containers are dubbed as one of the innovations that is set to change the way in which we carry out traditional container shipping services..

This innovative technology is said to transform a standard ISO container into a smart, connected object which collects and communicates real-time data on its position and movements throughout its journey..

MSC’s is partnering with TRAXENS to convert 50,000 of its dry cargo containers to smart containers..

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More shipping lines join the 2020 sulphur cap fuel surcharge bandwagon….

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Currently the bunker fuels used in all modern commercial ships have a high content of sulphur which is quite harmful to the environment..

The current global limit for sulphur content of ships fuel oil is 3.50% m/m (mass by mass)..

The IMO has been working to reduce harmful impacts of shipping on the environment since the 1960’s and as from 1st of Jan 2020, has implemented regulations that sets the new global limit on the sulphur content at 0.50% m/m..

IMO has advised several methods through which ships can meet lower sulphur emission standards, which obviously comes at a cost.. Read and share your comments on how these new costs may affect you..

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Pros and Cons of a Consol Box

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In the course of business you might have heard of the term “Consol Box“.. In this article we look at what a consol box is, how it works and the pros and cons of a consol box..

A Consol box is considered by many as a simple way to get shipments to their destinations cheaply and efficiently..

As a customer, you need to understand the way consolidation works and the options that are available for the proper planning, execution and delivery of goods to the destination..

As with any activity there are Pros and Cons of using a consol box which is discussed below..

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6 points to help you compete in the shipping and freight industry

6 steps to compete in the shipping and freight industry

Competition is one of the constants in business, something that can spur you on and make you better or something that can bring you down..

Every industry has competition in varying degrees.. Some companies look at their competition and say “Yeah ok, whatever” (think Google/Facebook).. Some companies look at their competition and say “Oh crap, that’s close” – like a lot of companies in the shipping and freight industry..

While competition comes in various forms, there are several cases where you may really struggle to find a way to stand out from your competition..

Let me explain further with some examples relatable to the shipping and freight industry..

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Executive Insights: TNX Logistics Co-Founder & Managing Director Alex Hoffman on striking the perfect human/machine balance

Logistics companies can deploy the best technology and still fail if their personnel lack training and experience. Anyone whose been around the industry a while remembers Deutsche Post-DHL’s €345 million New Forwarding Environment (NFE) IT program disaster. And while DPDHL seems to have pulled through, mistakes like that can sink smaller firms. On the other hand, we’re well into an era where it’s impossible not to adapt and adopt new technology, which makes expert advice all the more important.

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Executive Insights: ShipChain CEO John Monarch on eliminating the barriers to blockchain in logistics

Will blockchain revolutionize the shipping and logistics industry, allowing it to move past inefficient legacy technologies by handing companies the keys to high-tech solutions, at an affordable cost? That’s ShipChain CEO John Monarch’s vision, and over the past year, his company’s platform has emerged as one of the foremost contenders in this burgeoning market.

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Executive Insights: PhishTrain Co-Founder Jake Sylvestre on mitigating risks in logistics

New technology has opened users up to cybercrime, thanks to security loopholes, lack of training, or sometimes both. We chatted with PhishTrain Co-Founder Jake Sylvestre about how managers should think about security, and what steps they can take to protect their clients, their reputations, and ultimately, their bottom line.

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Executive Insights: OriginTrail CEO Tomaž Levak on new solutions to old problems

We are getting close to full visibility and accountability in the shipping and freight business, thanks to blockchain.

Here’s how. Blockchain-based solutions align accountability with responsibility and create a neutral layer that incentivizes greater sharing of data.

We talked with OriginTrail CEO Tomaž Levak about how that works. “By performing consensus checks in each step of the supply chain we are effectively creating a single version of truth and supply chains with integrity,” Tomaž explained.

“Such end-to-end visibility can, in turn, be used to overcome not only data fragmentation but can support various other use cases.”

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Is the ship register or ship registry liable for containers falling off a ship..??

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As you may have read, I recently wrote about “Containers lost at sea, why it happens, what to do when it happens and also about What is a ship register or ship registry..

Recent news reports of 83 containers falling off a ship off the coast of Australia in heavy seas seems to have triggered a question in the minds of some people Is the ship register or ship registry liable for containers falling off a ship..??

When reading the news articles about this incident, I noticed something very interesting in the way in which the general public and the shipping fraternity identify a ship, its markings and the areas of concern.. 🙂

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