Analysis: K+N, Panalpina & DSV – still street-smart and gutsy?

Judging by the interims of Kuehne Nagel, Panalpina and DSV released this month, the biggest loser in the third quarter was the ocean freight trade.
Seasonality is not the culprit, rather we can blame supply chain affairs that give headaches to all the major freight forwarders, which are squeezed between budget-cautious shippers and constrained carriers.
Not looking good
Falling freight forwarding yields in ocean are symptomatic of strained relationships along the value chain, …

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Is it time for the US to set the Jones Act adrift?

The Jones Act: an arcane law that should be consigned to the maritime history books, or a timeless piece of legislation that continues to strengthen US national security, and protect both maritime workers and the environment?

Outside of shipping circles, the question has been raised periodically, most recently in 2017 when President Donald Trump suspended the law for ten days to allow US-registered ships to deliver relief supplies to Puerto Rico during Hurricane Maria.

Under the Jones Act, the...

Zencargo: a digital approach to shipping efficiency

The shipping industry is known to be sceptical towards new technologies and scarcely interested in digitisation, but, willing or not, it is increasingly required to embrace it.

Digital logistics company Zencargo couldn’t find better timing to enter this market. Launched by entrepreneurs Alex Hersham and Richard Fattal in 2017, Zencargo is a platform that aims to make logistics easier for shippers.

Estimates from the company predict the logistics sector to be worth $15.5bn by 2023, and the marine...

Berth control: looking at the potential of auto-berthing technology

In August this year came the announcement that a group of Japanese organisations had joined forces to come up with a new auto-berthing shipping technology.

The consortium, which includes shipping giant Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), alongside Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMST), aims to bring autonomous berthing and un-berthing tech to the Japanese market by 2025.

The project is ambitious in its scope, but comes as little surprise. Tokyo – which is funding the initiative – has made...

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