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  CEVA Logistics Strengthens its Presence in Sri Lanka




As it further extends its capabilities across Asia, CEVA Logistics has set up a new operation in Sri Lanka officially opening the CEVA Sri Lanka office for business today. With the new set up, CEVA Sri Lanka will service clients in both the island nation and in the Maldives.

From its headquarters in Colombo customers will be offered a full range of multi-modal services including air, ocean, sea-air Customs brokerage and road transportation solutions alongside the benefits of additional services operated within a Free Zone.

CEVA‘s customers will therefore have direct access to the company‘s complete range of additional services along with the company‘s market-leading IT capabilities. Says Fuat Adoran, CEVA‘s Executive Vice President IMEA, India, Middle East, Africa:

“With our own operations being set up in Sri Lanka we are now able to take our operation in Sri Lanka and the Maldives to the next level. CEVA Logistics’ customers will find we are able to deliver more efficient solutions across a greater range of services.

Inbound customers will be able to take advantage of the strong domestic network we can now offer across Sri Lanka while exporters in this rapidly emerging economy will now have wider international access for their shipments.”

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| DATE : 2019.11.12

  American Airlines Cargo Undergoes Major Modernization Upgrade


American Airlines Cargo recently launched the first phase of its single largest investment to-date with the roll out of a new cargo end-to-end management system on October 1. The overhaul replaces the majority of the organization’s legacy technology, narrowing 90 systems down to less than 10. Not only do the new tools bring an upgraded customer experience, the evolution of the investment is part of a broader initiative to modernize the entire business.

The technology transition impacts more than 8,000 team members in cargo and airport operations, and more than 30,000 customers. A team of more than 700 people across 300 locations globally and more than 150 business, technology, and vendor partners at the airline’s new headquarters in Ft. Worth, TX supported the implementation process.

Jessica Tyler, Vice President Strategy and Development for American Airlines Cargo, has led the technology initiative since its genesis nearly three years ago. From the start, her team has been united in the belief that a people-first philosophy is necessary for this kind of transformation to succeed and move the business into the future.

“The technology changes are complex and massive, but the work to support people through this kind of journey is just as complex and has been a priority for us. While standing up the new system has been a huge accomplishment, I’m most proud of our people. Even with the challenges of a project this size, we continue to have a ‘bring it on’ attitude and remain focused on moving forward. The way the team cares for one another is what makes us uniquely ready for change,” said Tyler.

The new system is powered by the iCargo platform and implemented in partnership with IBS Software. The platform has a host of modern technology components, driving transformation in Sales, Operations, Customer Experience, and Accounting, allowing for more efficient online channels, better tracking, greater efficiency in warehouses, and a robust back-end system that will further strengthen both the customer and team member experience.

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| DATE : 2019.11.12

  DHL Launches Fastest Rail Freight Service between China and Germany




DHL Global Forwarding and Xi‘an International Inland Port Investment & Development Group Co. Ltd have launched the fastest rail service from Xi‘an in China to Hamburg and Neuss in Germany today, cutting transit time from 17 to between 10 and 12 days.

The new express rail service is the first-of-its-kind in the market to break new ground in the speed and efficiency of China-Europe rail freight, shortening total transit time by travelling through the Mamonovo-Braniewo railway border between Russia and Poland.

”Xi‘an is at the heart of the New Silk Road economic belt, taking on the same important role as it once did during the ancient route of Marco Polo‘s era,” said Steve Huang, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding China. ”A foreign investment and manufacturing hub that has seen exports increase in 2018 by 29% year-on-year, the city today is a thriving international center with high-quality production capabilities in pillar industries like mechanicals, electronics, bio-pharmaceuticals and automobile manufacturing.

By boosting greater agility whilst offering the express rail service at reasonable costs, DHL Global Forwarding seeks to connect these fast-evolving industries to rising demand and market opportunities in Europe.”

With trade between the two regions averaging €1 billion a day and slated to grow, China remains the European Union‘s second biggest trading partner, accounting for the region‘s biggest source of imports and its second-biggest source of exports. Equally, special economic zones in Greater Xi‘an are attracting growing foreign investments as the city positions itself as a hub for Artificial Intelligence (AI), 5G infrastructure and cloud computing to enhance its manufacturing capabilities.

Xi‘an is home to over 100 enterprises specializing in AI, bringing in a total revenue of CN¥10 billion (€1.3 billion), while global and local companies have agreed to invest CN¥214 billion yuan (€27.5 billion) in the city‘s digital development.

”Over the past four months, we have been working closely with DHL to test and start this express line. Both teams have showed a tremendously high degree of enthusiasm and professionalism,” said Qu Jinwei, General Manager, Xi‘an International Inland Port Investment & Development Group Co. Ltd. ”As next steps, we will strive to make this express rail freight a success.

Using the development model of hub and industry integration‘, we will leverage this service to strengthen the collaboration between the region‘s manufacturing and trading sectors with international logistics. This would attract more industries to our region, fortifying their capabilities to gather resources from international supply chains and sharpening their competitive edges.”

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| DATE : 2019.11.12

  Continued Growth in Container Handling in third quarter




The port of Rotterdam handled 112.4 million tonnes of freight during the third quarter of 2019. This means a total of 353.5 million tonnes has been transhipped up to the end of the third quarter. Compared with the previous year, this represents a 1% increase in cargo handling. Volume growth was mainly driven by containers, crude oil, LNG and biomass. There was a reduction in the transhipment of coal and mineral oil products.

Allard Castelein, Port of Rotterdam Authority CEO: ‘In the third quarter we again saw healthy growth in terms of containers, one of the Port Authority’s strategic spearheads.

What is worrying, however, is that the relationship between the world’s major trading blocs remains strained, as does the continuing uncertainty about the introduction of trade tariffs after Brexit.’ A total of 55.9 million tonnes of dry bulk was transhipped up to the end of the third quarter. That is a fall of 1.4% compared to last year.

Iron ore transhipment grew by 2% to the end of the third quarter. This growth mainly took place during the first six months of the year. The faltering economy in Germany has led to less transhipment in recent months.

Steel companies were hesitant about replenishing stocks. The main reason for this is the downturn in car production. Transhipment of energy coal fell sharply after a strong start in 2019, caused by the low price of coal at the time.

This downturn was due to the sharply declining share of coal and lignite in German power generation and due to maintenance work at the Maasvlakte power stations. Biomass continued to grow strongly (+84%) as a result of increased co-firing in coal-fired power stations.

Transhipment of agricultural bulk remained virtually unchanged from last year. By the end of the third quarter, the transhipment of liquid bulk totalled 159.5 million tonnes. This was almost equal to last year’s volume.

The transhipment of crude oil was above last year’s level in all three quarters, an increase of 2.8%. There was more supply because the refineries in Rotterdam and Antwerp - which are supplied through Rotterdam - increased production after the investments made in plants over recent years.

< Korea Shipping Gazette >    
| DATE : 2019.11.05

  MOL Adds New Experiential Content to VR-based Safety Education Tool




TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced the development of new content for its virtual reality (VR)-based marine safety education program, allowing trainees to virtually capture the sensations of ”falling”, ”hand being caught between something”, and experiencing ”an incinerator explosion incident”.

The program uses VR goggles and VR technology created by Tsumiki Seisaku Co., Ltd. With the VR tool, trainees can experience onboard operations, with computer graphic simulations of moving around on the ship, in conjunction with their own movements, allowing them to pinpoint dangerous areas and situation. If a crew works without recognizing a danger, there is a higher likelihood of an accident or problem.

The VR-based content enables them to think about issues that require extra care and help them plan their next moves during onboard operations.

Furthermore, the new content involves all the trainees‘ senses by introducing new equipment that replicates touching and sensing they would experience during an onboard accident, taking the training to a new level of realism.

In particular, trainees may feel an electric shock (at imperceptible current) administered by the controller, as well as hear and see the situation and feel vibration through the VR goggles. This is intended to connect the training to instinctive learning by recreating the experience of an actual accident.

< Korea Shipping Gazette >    
| DATE : 2019.11.05

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