Tilbury and London Gateway partner-up for UK freeport bid

The UK government’s insistence that freeports will be one advantage of Brexit has seen Forth Ports and DP World announce a partnership to bid for one, incorporating the ports of Tilbury and London Gateway.
There has been speculation that Tilbury and London Gateway, both on the River Thames, could cooperate; the two operations “have the scale, global connectivity and the ability to expand and develop land at scale as the market …

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Strong winds cause container cranes to collapse at JNPT, Mumbai

Strong winds and heavy rain have caused three container cranes to collapse at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in Mumbai. The port had suspended operations because of the weather, and no one was injured.
The port has been unable to survey the damage, according to Business Standard, but a  source at the port said they were more concerned with checking that the other six cranes are functioning properly as ships are …

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Vessels redirect to other ports as strike chaos continues at Montreal

The stand-off between labour and employers at the port of Montreal saw another strike disrupting container traffic this week.
Frustrated by the situation, carriers have begun to redirect vessels to other ports.
Following the end of consecutive strikes by longshoremen and port checkers, which halted operations at the port’s terminals last week, longshoremen began another 96-hour strike on Monday, which will end on Friday.
Port checkers announced parallel action from Wednesday to Friday …

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Beirut blast: tracing the explosives that tore the capital apart

The tragic explosion at Beirut’s port will focus port authorities and governments on ensuring goods stored at ports are done so safely. According to a report by Aljazeera, the ammonium nitrate which looks likely to have been the cause of the explosion was on its way from Georgia to Mozambique six years ago. However, the ship was forced to dock at Beirut with technical problems, and officials in Lebanon prevented …

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Conf call redux: Management glee at DSV’s ‘best ever’

DSV executives could barely contain their glee as they discussed the Danish 3PL’s ‘best-ever’ quarterly results with the analyst community on the Q2 conference call.
Of course, it didn’t go unremarked that DSV’s financials have been affected to the upside somewhat by the acquisition of major rival Panalpina.
CEO Jens Bjørn Andersen was, however, at giddy pains to stress that DSV’s positive Q2 performance runs much deeper than acquired revenues, not least …

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On the wires: Q2 ’20 a stairway to heaven for DHL Global Forwarding

“Especially now, our focus [is] on our profitable core logistics businesses and the digital transformation (…). We have never been in better shape and I am confident that our company will emerge stronger from the crisis.” – Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL (DP-DHL), 5 August 2020, Q2 ’20 results, 
DP-DHL’s Q2 ’20 update? More of the same, if you bumped into the preliminary update released last month (please read: …

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As forwarders help shippers to go greener, they also find it can be cheaper

Covid-19 might have put businesses’ environmental concerns on the back burner, temporarily, but the issue is not going away – and increasing numbers of shippers are asking their forwarders for help.
“Businesses have a lot to focus on right now,” said Frank Clary, vice president sustainability for Agility. “But coming out of Covid, none of these issues will have gone away.”
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Supply chain resilience a top priority, but how do you build it?

Covid-19 has renewed focus on supply chain resilience, but despite two-thirds of companies experiencing supply chain disruption, in the past decade only half of them have taken any measures to build resilience.
A report published last week by 3D Hubs found that more than 96% of global companies are planning to make resilience a key aspect of their supply chains, although more than half have yet to do so.
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