World Maritime News

WMNF 2019/07/25


NYNJ published ‘Port Master Plan 2050’

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has published its ‘Port Master Plan 2050’, which lays out projects to be undertaken that will enable the Port to remain among the US leading maritime gate under a proposal designed to prepare for a doubling of cargo volume over the next 30 years. The master plan outlines potential expansion and capacity increase at all of the port’s terminals with those suggested at Elizabeth and Newark.

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Maritime and logistics start-ups and top IT talent

A maritime software start-up has won financial backing from a group of leading names in the container shipping sector as it seeks to develop its offering for terminal and container operators. CMA CGM’s investment in ZeBox, a Marseille-based technology incubator and accelerator, is more than just a sign of how the container carrier is attempting to adopt an integrated logistics approach backed by modern technology. It is also a sign that carriers can sometimes accomplished more by being less in control. The key to the incubator’s success, according to the ZeBox is the way CMA CGM endeavored to build a different model more relevant to attract and develop potentially meaningful logistics technology founders. For start-ups, the benefit of corporate partners involved in ZeBox is access to resources such as data sets, market insights, and proof of concept opportunities.

Maersk is managing to hire top talent, with different qualifications than those required in the past, as the skill sets needed to run a global transport company rapidly evolve. Maersk is in the process of transforming itself from a shipping conglomerate to a transport and logistics company, now recruits more than 500 software engineers a year. Today, the company employs almost 3,000 IT specialist, a number that is likely to grow further as Maersk continues to digitalize processes, both ashore and at sea.

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Dual blockchains for shipping tests interoperability

CMA CGM and Hapag-Lloyd that joined Maersk and IBM’s blockchain platform TradeLens are among nine initial companies to also join a similar project developed by CargoSmart and Oracle. The Global Shipping Business Network (GSBN), launched in November 2018 by the shipment management software provider, said July 11 Cosco Shipping, Cosco Shipping Ports, Hutchison Ports, OOCL, Port of Qingdao, PSA International and Shanghai International Port Group have signed service agreements alongside CMA CGM and Hapag-Lloyd.

That the two European carriers have signed on to participate in both TradeLens and GSBN signals that blockchain-based shipping and global trade platform will need to be interoperable.

The CargoSmart consortium said its intended data platform will aim to strike a balance between the interests of data provider and data users, and fairly recognize the value that data providers bring to the development of technology solutions.

The question is how the data governance frameworks being developed within the GSBN dovetail with another entity to emerge in recent months, the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA), where nine of top 11 global carriers are meeting to develop liner shipping data standards. CMA CGM and Hapag-Lloyd are members of the DCSA as well.

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ILWU, APMT agree to automated LA terminal training

The Board of Commissioners for the Port of Los Angeles has reaffirmed its vote in support of a permit allowing APM Terminals to begin developing automation at its Pier 400 facility. APMT applied for the permit in order to install charging stations for battery-electric powered equipment, scaffolding to create a vertical racking system for the refrigerated containers and related infrastructure to support operation of the equipment at Pier 400.

International Longshore & Warehouse Union Local 13 and APM Terminals reached a tentative agreement July 17 on training program that will prepare longshore mechanics to maintain and repair the automated cargo-handling equipment the terminal operator will deploy at its Los Angeles facility.

James McKenna, president of the PMA, employers’ organization observed while training program in Los Angeles is terminal-specific, it might become a model upon which similar training program could be established.

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Cosco Shipping and China Mobile team up on 5G

Two state conglomerates China Cosco Shipping Group and China Mobile have agreed to work together on several business areas, including supply chain and 5G applications.

The both parties signed a strategic framework agreement in Beijing on July 19 to co-operate in areas including telecoms infrastructure, logistics facilities and development of new technologies. On the sidelines of the signing ceremony, Cosco Shipping Ports, China Mobile Research Institute (Shanghai) and two other companies also signed a letter of intent to co-establish a smart port laboratory to develop 5G and artificial intelligence.

The move followed another framework agreement between CSP’s rival China Merchants Port, China Mobile and China’s privately-run Huawei to build a 5G innovation laboratory in Shenzhen this June.

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