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Friday, November 16, 2018

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Volvo Shows Off Self-driving Truck With No Cab

Sweden's Volvo, the world's second-biggest truck maker, presented a new self-driving electric truck on Wednesday, which it said should help respond to the boom in ecommerce and a shortage of freight drivers.Volvo said the truck, which does not have a driver's cab, was still under development and declined to say when it would be available commercially. It expects the vehicle to be deployed first in places like ports and large logistics centers."We believe there will be a driver behind the steering wheel for the foreseeable future…

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Minocha Joins INTTRA as President, Asia Pacific

INTTRA, an ocean shipping electronic marketplace, has announced that Vijay Minocha has joined the company as President, Asia Pacific. He will report to John Fay, INTTRA's CEO. Based in Singapore, Mr. Minocha is responsible for meeting INTTRA's strategic, financial, commercial and operational targets in the region. He will work to further strengthen relationships with INTTRA's customers and partners and drive business development. Mr. Minocha will join INTTRA's Executive Committee and contribute to the company's global initiatives and growth strategy. Mr.

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Frost & Sullivan Launches Malaysia Mega Trends Report

Frost & Sullivan today launched its latest research, Mega Trends Malaysia in collaboration with the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA). Mega Trends are defined as transformative, global forces that define the future world with their far reaching impact on business, societies, economies, cultures and personal lives. According to Hazmi Yusof, Malaysia Country Head and Senior Vice President of Frost & Sullivan, “We want to help our clients use Mega Trends as a framework to think about how to innovate and drive their business.

INTTRA & APL Expand Business Relationship

The companies agree that INTTRA will support APL’s global e-commerce growth strategy, as well as enhance its global customer service offerings. With more than two million container orders initiated on the INTTRA platform each month, INTTRA says it reaches the largest worldwide community of ocean freight buyers with solutions for online, desktop and system-to-system integrations. The INTTRA network includes over 64,000 companies, shipping to and from more than 130 countries. This…

Hamburg Süd Launches Free App

Hamburg Süd has just released a free app for smartphones and tablets that is available for its customers to download. The Hamburg Süd app allows customers to access information about Track & Trace, timetables, offices and news wherever they may be. The new app was developed jointly by Hamburg Süd and the IT consultancy Capgemini. It is available for Android and iOS operating systems in both German and English, and can be downloaded to the operating device from the Google Play Store (Android) or from Apple iTunes (iOS).

Ecommerce giants, the Amazon’s and Alibaba’s, increasingly will gain control of the various transport segments to ensure that their supply chain is delivering to a greater degree of efficiency. “The freight forwarder is dead in my view. It is inevitable that more cargo booking, cargo management and cargo control will be online,” said Frank Coles, CEO of Transas. (Photo: Transas)

Disruption 'Powered by Transas'

Maritime Logistics Professional caught up with Frank Coles, the ubiquitous leader of Transas, fresh from his company’s user’s conference in Malta. In typical candor, Coles paints his picture of maritime and shipping’s future. With a captive audience of more than 400 clients in scenic Malta for several days earlier this year, one might be surprised when Frank Coles admits that the meeting was not all about Transas. “I wanted something completely different. I didn’t want to talk about Transas; I wanted to talk about the industry and what we can learn from aviation.

Descartes Acquires PCSTrac Business

Descartes Systems Group said it has acquired the assets of Philadelphia based PCSTrac, Inc., including certain related assets of Progressive Computer Services Inc. dba PCS Technologies. U.S.-based PCSTrac helps specialty retailers and logistics service providers collaborate to improve carton-level visibility for shipments from distribution centers (DCs) to stores. PCSTrac’s solutions provide visibility and insight into the store replenishment supply chain, helping increase sales, enhance loss prevention, and improve inventory control.

Dr. Ruanthi De Silva from Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (middle), along with Mr. John Inge Røtting from Wilhelmsen Ships Service (left) and Jonny Lotten from EDB ErgoGroup (right).

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement Chooses eCommerce Solution

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, a global leader in Shipmanagement, has in collaboration with WSS chosen MarineLink eCommerce for its SDCs globally. Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement manages a fleet of more than 650 vessels out of which over 300 vessels are under full management. Last year EDB ErgoGroup purchased Wilhelmsen Ships Service's eCommerce solution, MTS, and has integrated it into its advanced eCommerce platform and has already added new functionality for invoice processing and logistics integration.

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MSC Launches 'myMSC'

MSC has recently launched a new customer portal called ‘myMSC’ which allows you to submit your VGM instructions online and much more. The launch of this portal has been advanced in anticipation of the new SOLAS regulation which comes into effect on the 1st July 2016. MSC will roll out additional functionality over the course of 2016. The portal will offer complete online management of your cargo including; rate requests, bookings, shipping instructions, manifest correctors, notice of arrivals, financial records, schedules, cut-off information, rates of exchange and VGM submission.

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MSC Full VGM Compliance

One week after the implementation of the new SOLAS regulation ‘Verified Gross Mass’ (VGM), MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company confirms an outstanding early experience of compliance rates by shippers. MSC France, which covers seven ports in the French Metropolitan area, saw a 100% verified record on all its initial sailings under the new jurisdiction. Of 627 containers loaded on 1st July, every single one was found to be fully VGM ready and compliant. In the days immediately after VGM coming into effect – from 2nd until 6th July – a total of 2…

Locus Software Joins INTTRA’s Network

INTTRA, a neutral electronic transaction platform, has announced Locus Software Limited has joined its network of partners. Locus Software is the developer of Odyssey, a global, cloud-based, all-in-one enterprise shipping solution for ocean carriers and NVOCC’s designed to expand ecommerce collaboration with their customers, agents and business partners. This new relationship will provide Odyssey customers with out-of-the-box integration with INTTRA for booking, shipping instruction, and eVGM submissions as well as publishing sailing schedules and tracking data.

Andrea Metzger

Metzger Appointed Managing Director at Geodis Logistics

Andrea Metzger has been appointed Managing Director of Geodis Logistics Northern Europe, an entity grouping the logistics activities of Geodis in Belgium, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands. Andrea Metzger is a graduate of European Business School. She began her career at Price Waterhouse then moved on to Dyckerhoff AG before joining Geodis in 1999, as Financial Director and then as Managing Director of Geodis Logistics in Germany. Her remit is to consolidate Geodis growth in the strategic region, home to the large ports of the North Sea.

Jill Maone (Photo: SpotSee)

SpotSee Appoints Malone as Marketing Director

SpotSee, a leader in shock and vibration monitoring through low-cost connectivity and data, and parent to established brands such as ShockWatch, ShockLog and OpsWatch, announced that it has appointed Jill Malone as the company’s marketing director. In her role, Malone is the brand leader for SpotSee and is responsible for planning, development and implementation of the global marketing strategy, public relations and branding. Malone brings more than 10 years of expertise in strategy and implementation of multi-channel digital marketing campaigns.

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Maersk Container Line Leads in Reliability Says Report

The report, a joint effort between ecommerce network provider INTTRA and container shipping analyst SeaIntel, examined the performance of the top 20 container lines in schedule reliability. In the past year, Maersk Line has been the No.1 carrier in eight of the months and No.2 for four. The report also highlights, among others, the effect of Daily Maersk on Maersk Line's June reliability, a month when many carriers saw reliability dip. "Maersk Line reached a 98% on time performance to North Europe in June…

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Container Tracking ensures that your shipment is always 'just a click away'

"Our 24 x 7 multi-referential container tracking facility ensures that your shipment is always ‘just a click away’!," says CMA CGM. CMA CGM Container tracking is available anytime anywhere- from your personal computer, laptop, tablet or mobile device guaranteeing you virtual accessibility from any device or location. Our container tracking facility also provides the ease of search using any of the three key shipment referential – Booking Number, BL Number or Container Number, in effect, ensuring you maximum visibility at all stages of the shipment cycle with minimum pre-requisites.

FLIR Systems Elects Two New Directors

FLIR Systems, Inc. announced that Cathy Stauffer and Catherine A. Halligan have been elected to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. The addition of Stauffer and Halligan increases FLIR Systems' Board of Directors to 10 members, eight of whom are independent. "I am pleased to welcome Cathy Stauffer and Cathy Halligan to FLIR Systems' Board of Directors," said Earl R. Lewis, Chairman of the Board of FLIR Systems. "With over five decades of executive marketing experience between them…

BW Fleet Management Selects MarineLink

Oslo based BW Fleet Management have chosen to sign a 3 year “BuyerLink” Service contract with EVRY, to use the MarineLink Service and run in parallel with their other eCommence providers who integrates directly with their Oracle EBS Purchasing application. BW Fleet Management has used the MarineLink service for many years for transactions with Wilhelmsen Ships Service, Alfa Laval and engine manufacturer Wärtsilä. However, this year they decided to split their eCommerce between two service providers, MarineLink from EVRY, being one of the winning suppliers.

ShipX Auction Website for Maritime Assets

ShipX (www.shipx.org) is the new Internet auction site for shipping. With increased ship breaking and a new focus on liquidation of surplus stock to improve cash flow, ShipX offers the opportunity of maximizing asset value in a competitive bidding environment. ShipX allows sellers to expand their market and maximise the price at a reasonable cost. A maximum cost of sale is assured with the no sale, no fee policy. The auction fee is 3%, to a maximum of $990, only if the auction is successful. There is no membership fee for either sellers or buyers.