News Archive :

  • France minister urges its businesses not to be in a hurry to leave Russia.

    “The Minister of Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire said (March 04) that now it is better to pause business rather than to leave the country in a hurry unilaterally and without warning anyone,” the source added. The reported quote from the French finance minister is in sharp contrast to his earlier statements regarding the issue.
    Representatives of French corporate majors, were reportedly invited to attend the meeting on Friday evening. According to the publication, none of the 15 French business majors operating in Russia have left the country so far.
    Swedish company IKEA and H&M Group have temporarily closed stores and halted online sales in view of the latest events. (05/03/2022).

  • UK can import Russian gas and oil despite sanctions.

    The Department for Transport says the port ban is directed at vessels, not cargo. The ban applies to all Russian-owned, operated, controlled, chartered, registered, or flagged vessels. Moreover, the sanctions won’t block ships registered in other countries from transporting oil or natural gas from Russia. The UK relies on Russia for around 4% of its gas supplies and a larger proportion of its oil.

    Picture : Crude Oil Tanker "Ariel" left Primorsk in Russia and arrived in Milford Haven in Wales, Feb. 27. Flagstatus : Marshall Islands. (05/03/2022).

  • Why the West may sanction Russian shipping companies before it sanctions oil & gas.

    Sanctions on Russian oil and gas exports may be against the West’s own interests, as prices are already high, and this would take out significant supply. From looking at the data, however, there could be more scope to sanction the ships and companies that carry them, due to the lesser impact on global trade and exports.
    Ships with Russian Companies in their ownership structure as a proportian of world fleet : Tankers 7,4 %, LNG Cariers 3,5 %, Bulkers 0,9%, Containe-ships 0,6%, LPG Carriers 0,3 %.
    Source: Analyst firm VesselsValue, London. (24/02/2022).

  • World Economic Forum, 2018 : "Identity in a Digital World A new chapter in the social contract". Updated February 2022.

    The vaccine passport has less to do with health. It is about creating a lock into a system where all people on earth have a digital ID that the financial capital and dictatorial authorities can use for whatever they want. A new world opportunity for small and big digital businesses ? (17/02/2022).

  • The president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, says Ukraine may reconsider giving up nuclear weapons.

    The commitment that Ukraine assumed in the 1994 within the framework of the agreement with Russia, USA and UK on nuclear weapons, are called into question.
    Zelensky said that in a speech on the Security Conference in Munich (Germany), dated 19/02/2022.
    Soviet-era expertise and equipment enable the country to quickly acquire nuclear weapons. (24/02/2022).

  • Russia demands security guarantees but what Putin really wants is Ukraine ?

    In summer 2021, Putin published a lengthy treatise that aimed to expose the alleged historical illegitimacy of Ukrainian statehood and explain why Russians and Ukrainians are, in fact, “one people.” The Russian leader ended his essay by declaring: “I am confident that true sovereignty of Ukraine is possible only in partnership with Russia.” When taken together with the past eight years of undeclared war between the two countries and Moscow’s current military build-up on the Ukrainian border, such statements paint an unambiguous picture of Russian resolve to regain control over Ukraine at all costs ? Source : ukrainealert.(04/02/2022).

  • Will dark stores be the future of retail? Online customers get their goods within 24 hours delivery.

    A dark store is a warehouse located in close proximity to high demand areas, full of groceries, where staff called "pickers" select the goods that have been ordered by an online customer. They operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Dark stores can reduce logistics costs by 25%.(12/01/2022).

  • Nuclear power in the EU: 25 percent of the EU's power production came from nuclear power in 2020, Eurostat reports.

    At the beginning of 2020, 13 EU Member States with nuclear electricity production had altogether 109 nuclear reactors in operation. France accounted for more than half of nuclear power, ahead of Germany (9 percent), Spain (9 percent) and Sweden (7 percent). 50 billion euros must be invested in existing nuclear power plants by 2030 and 500 billion in next-generation technology, according to EU Commissioner Thierry Breton. (19/01/2022).

  • Will the EU Commission propose nuclear & gas climate-friendly ?

    An expert group has given their advice, by January 21, 2022. The feedback will be sent to the European Commission. Then the text is due to be finalised this month. The proposal will then be sent to the EU Parlament and the Council of Ministers. They have a deadline for approximately 4-6 months.
    (21/01/2022).

  • Shippers turn to rail and air freight between China and Europe. as container shipping capacity and prices reached its limits.

    During the first three quarters of the year the number of sea to rail services for China’s west land sea trade corridor was up 35% year on year. Among which, some 1,493 trains departed from Chongqing, an increase of 77% year on year, transporting 75,000 teu containers. Currently, China’s west land sea trade corridor is connecting with 311 ports from 106 countries. According to Global Shippers Forum GSF and MDS Transmodal. (09/12/2021).

  • Hundreds of thousands of empty containers are filling marine terminals and truck yards across USA.

    The boxes are the result of an import surge in 2020-2021, as consumers switched spending from services to goods during the Covid-19 pandemic. An increase of 30 % compared with earlier years, according to the analyst firm Beacon Economics. The container- ships have been rushing back to Asia, without taking empty boxes in return, because of profit reasons. Now they say they will take empty boxes in return, after political pressure and new expensive terminal storage fees on boxes.(27/11/2021).

  • Strong air cargo demand from Asia to the U.S. and Europe is expected to continue in 2022.

    This results in tight capacity for terminals, trucks, workers and pilots. "The main issue for air cargo is the significant congestion on supply chains. We’ve seen terminal congestion in some airports in Korea, China and Japan which results in long delivery times and delays." The reasons are the extraordinary impact of COVID-19. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that demand continued its strong growth trend. (30/11/2021).

  • The Boxship Orderbook :(By analyst firm Clarksons Shipping).

    Against a backdrop of exceptional market conditions, containership newbuild ordering has reached record levels so far in 2021. As a result, the orderbook has expanded sharply, and by the start of October totalled 5.6m TEU, equivalent to 23% of the existing fleet. Large ships of over 12,000 teu make up 75% of these orders.
    (Date : 10/11/2021).

  • Airbus foresees demand for 2,440 freighters (880 new build) by 2040, in the global air cargo market.

    “Cargo demand, boosted by e-commerce, is driven by an expected growth in express freight of 4.7 percent per year and a general cargo (representing about 75 percent of the market) growth of 2.7 percent,” the Airbus release reads. In the next 20 years, Airbus forecasts demand for air transport to progressively shift from fleet growth to the accelerated retirement of older, less fuel-efficient aircraft. (Date : 15/112021).

  • There was more delegates at COP26 in Glasgow associated with the fossil fuel industry than from any single country. Much of the time was spent on discussing how the emissions of green- house gases can be bought and sold.

    These delegates was said to lobby for oil and gas industries, and campaigners say they should be banned. "The fossil fuel industry has spent decades denying and delaying real action on the climate crisis", says Murray Worthy from Global Witness. "Their influence is one of the biggest reasons why 25 years of UN climate talks have not led to real cuts in global emissions." Campaign groups argue that the WHO didn't get serious about banning tobacco until all the lobbyists for the industry were banned from WHO meetings.(15/11/2021).

  • Maersk pioneers first block train from Vietnam to Europe for Decathlon S.A.

    Maersk’s first dedicated block train from Vietnam to Europe left Hanoi station with twenty-three 40-foot containers are on their way to Zhengzhou, China, and from there go to Liège, Belgium directly carrying the latest products for the french Decathlon S.A., one of the world's largest sporting goods retailers. (August-21).

  • Containerships with the first regular voyages on the Northern Sea Route in 2022.

    “Already next year, we must open the first regular voyages with goods, including containers, between Vladivostok and St.Petersburg, in order to test out route and establish a goods basis.”. Putin said on Eastern Economic Forum, date 3/9-21.
    The route will be up to 14 days faster than the southern route via the Suez Canal. Russia is determined to make the route operational year-round. (September -21).

  • Russia clarifies subsidies for Containerships to sail on regular Northern Sea Route.

    The building of the new nuclear Leader-class icebreakers will be a key component in the process. Currently, ships make trans-Arctic voyages on the route only about eight months of the year because of the complicated sea-ice. The new ships will be twice as powerful as the country’s current nuclear icebreakers. Subsidies will cover the escort costs, in the first years. (September -21).

  • Maersk makes Asia-Europe AE19 ocean-rail service permanent.

    A short-sea and intercontinental rail product, which connects several origins in Asia with ports in Northern Europe, on weekly basis. The last leg of the product is another short-sea connection between St. Petersburg and majot ports in Europe.
    This route is fast and cost-competitive. (May-21).

  • Maersk moves first-ever east-west containerised rail cargo in India.

    Building an end-to-end solution for one of the largest exporters of iron pipes, Maersk moved a Doha-destined cargo on a dedicated train from Kolkata to Nhava Sheva port, this was the first time that such a movement took place from the east coast of India to the west coast, and then connecting the cargo to the required vessel. (June-21).

  • Maersk to pioneer a first-ever block train from Japan to UK via Trans-Siberian railway.

    Maersk arranges a block train from Yokohama in Japan to UK carrying sportswear and accessories. Transit from Asia to Europe via Russia is becoming a more and more attractive alternative to shipping goods via the Suez Canal, even for such sea-borne routes as Japan to the UK.
    Transit shipments from Japan to Europe were one of the biggest container flows via the Trans-Siberian railway 30 years ago. Today, Maersk´s AE19 service is helping to re-open this important transit route for shippers in Asia and Europe. (May-21).

  • Oxygen Expresses of Railways deliver 150 tonnes of oxygen in 24 hours, to help Covid-19 treatment.

    As oxygen is a cryogenic and hazardous chemical, Railways have to avoid sudden acceleration, deceleration, have to check pressures in between, especially when it is in the loaded condition.
    Transportation of oxygen through trains is faster over long distances than road transport. Transportation through rail takes 2 days while through road it takes 3 days. Trains can run 24 hours a day but truck drivers need to take halts etc. (10/05/2021).

  • 400% increase in cyber attacks in the maritime sector under the corona.

    More than 100,000 ships are crossing the Oceans every day and night. Inspectors have not been able to travel on inspection of ships and service can not be done in port.
    In order to be able to let inspectors and employees into the home office, digital gates have had to be opened, but this also opens up for more attack surfaces.
    Ships have a long life and thus many of the computer systems are also obsolete. Ports often use standard systems, which are the easiest for hackers to attack.
    Demands for ransom are the most common motive for hacker attacks. Ships and ports manage assets such as oil and other valuable cargo. https://www.sintef.no (12/04/2021).

  • Coronavirus conundrum: Containers still in short supply.

    Demand for freight container transport has been soaring for about six months — despite or because of the pandemic. The same can be said of cargo rates and the profits made by shipowners.
    40ft Container prices out of China now up to $13,000. The price a year ago was $ 2,500. Customers need a 6 week wait to book space on a ship. Start to look around and notice the empty shelves coming in the U.S. (10/04/2021).

  • Girteka Logistics, Lithuania

    Girteka Logistics is one of Europe's largest transport companies. They deliver more than 770 000 Full Loads annually. They have 7 400 trucks and 7 800 trailers operating in Europe, Scandinavia and CIS countries.The company has 18 000 professionals and have extensive full cover route networks in Europe, Scandinavia and CIS/Russia. (01/03/2021).

  • Shipping giant A.P. Moller Maersk A/S, with plans to build the first container ship running on biofuel.

    The Maersk ship will be a small vessel known as a feeder that can move up to 2,000 boxes and will be added to its network in 2023. The ship will be able to burn conventional bunker fuel, and Maersk said this dual-propulsion capability will be a feature in all of its future ship orders. Maersk’s new ship will run on biomethanol, which can be sourced from paper-mill waste. Maersk chose biomethanol because it is available for use now. The ship will be the first in the world. Maersk says its goal is to have an entirely carbon-neutral fleet by 2050. (25/02/21).

  • Ammonia on the ship's tank can provide great environmental benefits.

    We get ammonia by combining nitrogen and hydrogen, two elements that are abundant in nature. From 2020, the ship "Viking Energy" runs on ammonia, as a pilot project. The ammonia is converted to electrical energy. This process will now be further developed. The technology is emission-free. In addition, ammonia takes up less space and is cheaper to purchase. (Sintef.no). (20/02/2021).

  • Widerøe (Norway) will offer parcel / aircargo delivery

    Delivery across the country within 24 hours, from February 2021. The company is now establishing itself in a new logistics segment to generate new revenue and utilize aircraft, cars, warehouses and people that the company already has. ...In some places, we probably have to join partners to carry out pick-up and deliveries. Widerøe is the largest regional airline in Scandinavia, and flies to 50 domestic and international destinations. (15/01/2021).

  • Megatrend 2021 : Online Shopping.

    Megatrends such as globalization and digitalization have an enormous impact on global trade. Globalization and Digitalization are driving online shopping and shipping around the world to new heights whilst Covid-19 accelerates E-commerce boom. Particularly in current days of uncertainty many giant stores will be going online with their sales promotion. With the result of fast transport needs as well. 01/01/2021.

  • DHL GoGreen Strategy :

    DHL has begun shipping parcels in London using the river Thames.
    The service will see parcels loaded from electric vehicles onto the riverboat.
    The boat will then ferry the parcels in central London, from where DHL couriers on bicycles will deliver them to customers’ homes. 15/04/2020.

CREATIVE THINKING :

"Antibac" directly from China to Norway by road !

The route from Shanghai to Duisburg.

On Sunday, April 12, 2020, Prime Cargo AS, Norway, sent a truck with 22 tons of Antibac Hand Wash from Yuyao just south of Shanghai.

On Saturday 2 May 2020, the cargo arrived in Norway as it should, after 20 days on the road.

- China has rules that prohibit the export of alcohol by train, and aircargo become too expensive and the sea route takes too long....

The cost reduction compared to sending 22 tonnes by plane is over 80 percent. However, this transport method by road will not be relevant for so many other types of goods than just Antibac. (With COVID 19 prices and extreme demand).

The total driving distance is over 10,000 km. The route passed through China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany and Sweden.

In Norway the cargo was picked up by 12 different recipients and then distributed on the Norwegian market.

(Source : Modern Transport Magazine, Norway, and Prime Cargo AS).

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