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Port of LAThe Port of Los Angeles and Logistics Victory Los Angeles (LoVLA) have received a donation of more than 11,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) from Harbor Freight Tools, a long-time customer at the Port of Los Angeles.

The equipment will be distributed by LoVLA to various health and medical facilities throughout the City in the fight against COVID-19.

“We are greatly appreciative to Harbor Freight for this generous donation, as PPE equipment continues to be urgently needed by frontline health care workers throughout the region,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka, who is also serving as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Chief Logistics Officer during the pandemic. “Harbor Freight is a great example of what the private sector can do to help during this pandemic.”

The Harbor Freight Tools donation includes 1,500 nitrile gloves, 500 N95 respirator masks, nearly 9,300 deluxe face shields, as well as 60 five-gallon spray bottles.

“We know how acute the need is for personal protective equipment, especially for the heroic healthcare workers on the front lines caring for COVID-19 patients,” said Eric Smidt, owner and founder of Harbor Freight Tools. “We’re grateful for their work and dedication and proud to partner with the Port of L.A. to deliver our PPE donations to hospitals in our hometown.”

Established in late March 2020 by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, LoVLA is a City of Los Angeles resource linking medical providers and workers in need of critical PPE supplies with suppliers of PPE equipment. Through supply chain optimization, City purchasing and donations, LoVLA has been able to facilitate the acquisition of millions of PPE units over the last six weeks for use by the region’s medical community.

Harbor Freight Tools was founded in Southern California in 1977, when 17-year-old Eric Smidt began transforming his father’s small sales business into a successful mail-order company. That first year, Smidt cut out the middlemen and sourced tools directly from the factories, realizing that if he could buy tools directly for less, he could pass the savings on to the customer. Today, Harbor Freight has over 1,000 stores across the country with over 20,000 employees. The company is still family-owned and remains true to its humble beginnings, while serving more than 40 million customers who depend on Harbor Freight’s quality and value to earn a living, repair their homes and cars and pursue their hobbies.

Rotterdam DroneThe Port of Rotterdam has completed aerial delivery of a parts consignment by drone to Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit, the biggest vessel in the world

Pioneering Spirit is currently moored at Alexiahaven in preparation of upcoming offshore activities. This is actually the first drone delivery ever made in the Netherlands to a vessel. This pilot project, which was set up by Dutch Drone Delta, Allseas and the Port of Rotterdam Authority, is intended to determine whether and how drone deliveries could increase transport efficiency in the port of Rotterdam. The airspace over the port area will be safely managed under the slogan ‘Rotterdam, the safest port to fly’, allowing parties to take optimal advantage of new technologies to make the port safer, smarter and more efficient.

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) industry is going through an exciting evolution, and the sector is primed for further growth. Drone development is in full swing and this technology can have a major impact on traffic and transport. New European regulations have cleared the way for new applications. Ultimately, this may even include autonomous unmanned freight and passenger transport. To this end, the next few years will be devoted to the phased preparation of airspace and drone technology. The recent delivery constitutes a major first step in this process, since it involved the delivery of an actual package following a long-distance flight by the UAV. While in this case, the delivery was still directly monitored by human observers, in the near future, it will be handled entirely beyond the pilot’s physical line of sight.

Port of the future

“Utilising new technologies allows us to make our port smarter, more streamlined, more efficient and safer. The current pilot project is a prime example: it makes a significant contribution to more efficient transport in general; and in due time, it will specifically help to reduce the pressure on our road network. We intend to safely structure our airspace under the slogan ‘Rotterdam, the safest port to fly’. The results of this pilot project can also serve as input for the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management when it drafts the required legislation and regulations. This will enable Rotterdam’s port business community to take optimal advantage of these new developments,” says Port Authority adviser Ingrid Römers.

Options for drone deployment in the port area

Stephan van Vuren, one of the people behind the Dutch Drone Delta initiative: “The sky’s the limit when it comes to using drones in the port area. Incident prevention and control, for instance; or water pollution; firefighting; monitoring port operations or damage. Other examples include everything from systems and bridge inspections, construction and maintenance of infrastructure, and deliveries to ships and oil rigs, to the rapid medical transport of blood and human organs. And in the longer term, we may even be seeing heavy freight deliveries and passenger transport! This pilot project in the port of Rotterdam has allowed us to directly demonstrate the added value of drone technology in a complex environment.”

Offshore sector also presents opportunities for drone delivery

According to Allseas PR manager Jeroen Hagelstein, the offshore industry could also benefit from this new delivery option: “As a provider of technical services to the offshore industry, we are continuously pushing the existing technical boundaries. Pioneering Spirit is the example. With this pilot, we want to test whether drones could be an effective means to quickly and efficiently deliver materials to our vessels. Helicopter, for example, are not always available on every location. Drone delivery can be of added value when we are in urgent need of parts which we can’t repair ourselves – for example network switches or computer chips.”

DHL myportalDHL Global Forwarding, Deutsche Post DHL Group's air and ocean freight specialist, has launched myDHLi, the only fully integrated online platform for freight forwarding customers.

myDHLi's highly intuitive user interface makes it easy to use and ensures that customers have all relevant information at hand. Reflecting already well established social media functions like follow and share, relevant information can be easily accessed across organizations and trading partners. Completely transparent management of freight rates, offers, transport modes, carbon emissions, and all other relevant shipment data is readily available with just a few clicks and can be displayed in detailed analyses and reports. One of the most unique aspects is the benefit of full visibility and control over all shipping and transport modes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

"Despite accelerating digitalization and super-fast connectivity customers have a need for reduced complexity. And that is exactly what our tool does," says Tim Scharwath, CEO DHL Global Forwarding, Freight. "We have created a one-stop customer portal that is tailored to the needs of our customers. By combining services like online quotation and booking with shipment tracking, document accessibility, and data analyses we are creating not only 360-degrees visibility, but also have laid the foundation for customers to manage their logistics - anytime and anywhere. We strongly believe that digitalization bears the potential to ease and improve the daily business of shippers and freight forwarders simultaneously. This is even truer during unpredictable and challenging times such as those we are currently facing with COVID-19, and which might now act as an accelerator for digitizing the industry. That is what digitalization means to us and why we made it a cornerstone of our strategy 2025."

The platform merges existing online services like myDHLi Quote + Book and myDHLi Analytics with new services and features, and incorporates them into one innovative platform. Services like a very efficient search capability enhance the user experience. On top, developed completely in-house, the new tracking service uses end-to-end information to make shipments across air and ocean visible nearly in real-time. This gives users complete control - from pick-up to final delivery. The service also offers raw data Excel extracts. Another new feature is myDHLi Documents, which offers quick and easy access to downloadable shipment documents. All documents - quotes, commercial invoice, packing list, house bill, invoice, proof of delivery, etc. - are stored in one place. The designers adapted a mobile-first approach for seamless use on all devices. Built-in popular social media features like follow and share functions simplify communication along the supply chain by enabling customers to exchange information with colleagues, customers and suppliers. Furthermore, data can be easily analyzed and exported or directly integrated to own systems, based on a suite of APIs.

myDHLi features a modular build-up. Users can individualize their portal by selecting the specific services they want. Thanks to the single sign-on registration process, all services are available from the beginning. No additional registration or sign-in processes are needed. myDHLi is free of charge for all DHL Global Forwarding customers.

The launch begins with a pilot phase including selected customers from five continents (North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa). myDHLi is being rolled out in waves to ensure a smooth region-by-region transition. Interested customers can register for onboarding to myDHLi. Regular updates based on customer feedback will be shared. The previous customer portal, DHLi, will be available until the myDHLi roll-out is complete.

DHL Global Forwarding, Freight is continuously working on new services to offer its customers a state-of-the-art experience - all in line with Deutsche Post DHL Group's Strategy 2025 goal of "Delivering Excellence in a Digital World."

Lufthansa CabinLufthansa Cargo is now offering 14 weekly cargo flights from and to Shenzhen (SZX).

Due to the corona crisis, airfreight capacities are still in high demand. Lufthansa Cargo is now offering up to fourteen additional cargo flights a week from Shenzhen to Frankfurt. The first aircraft, an Airbus A330-300 from Lufthansa, took off from Shenzhen today, Monday, on schedule. Around three million respiratory masks and other medical protective equipment are on board, which will be flown to Frankfurt on behalf of the logistics company Fiege.

"As a reliable partner, Lufthansa Cargo has played an important role in the stable supply chain from Asia to Germany in recent weeks. The new cargo flights from Shenzhen ensure that we can make this supply chain even more flexible, so that urgently needed goods arrive quickly in Germany", says Michael Völlnagel, CEO Fiege International Freight Forwarding.

"For Shenzhen Airport and the International Cargo Center Shenzhen, the launch of the Lufthansa connection is a further step in the internationalization of Shenzhen Bao'an Airport. We are very pleased to be able to participate in supplying Germany with urgently needed medical goods such as masks. It was an energetic effort on the part of everyone involved, especially the airport, to launch this new connection in just fourteen days," said Achim Plücker, Managing Director International Cargo Center Shenzhen.

"Lufthansa Cargo is doing its utmost to strengthen security of supplies by air and maintain supply chains. We are continuing to expand our services to ensure the fast transport of large quantities of urgently needed goods," explains Dorothea von Boxberg, Chief Commercial Officer Lufthansa Cargo.

Currently, all 17 Lufthansa Cargo freighters are in continuous operation, for example to fly medical supplies all over the world. From and to mainland China alone, 16 flights a week are currently operated with Boeing 777F wide-body freighters with a standard load capacity of around 103 tonnes. With the newly opened route to Shenzhen, a total of up to 49 additional weekly flights with Lufthansa passenger aircraft for the transportation of goods are offered in China. Since the cabin space of these aircraft can also be loaded with cargo, the average cargo capacity in practice is about 30 tonnes each. Parts of the cabin equipment were removed from ten A330-300s to accommodate a larger cargo volume.

RZD LogoRZD Logistics is testing transit of sanctioned goods from Europe through Russia to China along the northern route through Zabaikalsk.

On May 13 and 14, two 40-foot containers with powdered whey for the production of baby food left for China. The first container was delivered to the train in Malaszewicze from Duisburg and will go to Changchun, and the second container was loaded onto a truck at the production site of the Danish company Thise Mejeri in Estonia and sent to Malaszewicze, from where it will go by rail to Harbin. Both trains with sanctioned cargo will cross the border through the border crossing in Zabaikalsk.

Across Europe and China, FELB, a subsidiary of RZD Logistics, is responsible for freight forwarding; TransContainer PJSC acts as a partner in Russia. Hanging of the electronic seal will be carried out at the Smolensk-Sortirovochny railway station, removal — at the Zabaykalsk station.

“The opening of a new route for the transport of sanctioned goods is a significant and fundamental milestone on the path of increasing the transit flow of goods from European countries in the eastern direction. This was made possible thanks to the introduction of advanced digital solutions and technical innovations integrated into the transportation technology of Russian Railways Holding and our partners. Without exaggeration, I think this is the result of the painstaking, systematic, and well-coordinated work of the team of RZD Logistics and our partners from the Center of Corporate Transportation Services of Russian Railways and Digital Platforms Development Center LLC. In addition to the already existing «southern» transit route through Kazakhstan, the «northern» route opens additional opportunities for our customers and partners,” — Dmitry Murev, General Director of RZD Logistics JSC.

Port of Antwerp 1Total freight volume handled by Port of Antwerp fell in April due to the corona crisis, but rose by 0.4% overall during the first four months of this year compared with the same period last year.

The container volume rose in 2020, although other freight categories such as conventional breakbulk and ro/ro remain under pressure. The number of calls by seagoing ships was also down but a number of container ships also carried more volume on average.

Despite the impact of corona on global production and supply chains and a fall in demand as a result of the corona crisis, the port experienced slight growth in the total freight volume during the period January-April 2020 compared with the same period last year. The container volume in April was down compared with April 2019 but experienced growth of 6.1% in TEU during 2020 overall. The consequences of cancelled sailings will make themselves felt in the remainder of the second quarter. On the other hand there was a strong increase in empty boxes bound for China, which is a sign of recovery in production there.

In the case of breakbulk, with steel as the most important product, the consequences of the worldwide disruptions in trade have made themselves felt since 2019 and the shutdown of some industries due to the corona crisis has led to a sharp drop of 15.7% in April and 29.1% in 2020 overall. Due to the lack of production in the automotive industry there were no imports of new cars from Asia, and exports of European cars were similarly at a standstill. The second-hand car market was also almost completely absent as a result of the corona crisis. As a consequence the total ro/ro volume was down by 16.2% in the period January-April compared with the same period last year.

As for dry bulk there was little demand for coal due to the mild winter and the shutdown of the steel industry, and so also very little outgoing traffic to the hinterland. The fact that sufficient renewable energy (solar and wind) was available in Germany also contributed to the sharp drop in outgoing coal consignments. In the meantime other bulk categories remain under pressure and are declining in volume. In the liquid bulk sector the volume was down by 2.5% in 2020, mainly due to the lower demand for oil derivatives. The volume of chemical products experienced slight growth of 0.6% during the first four months of this year compared with the same period in 2019.

Port of Antwerp is a major international port whose activities reflect developments in the European and world economies. Despite a weaker month in April the port has been able to maintain its level of activity in terms of freight volume. The impact of lacklustre demand due to the corona crisis will make itself felt more strongly in the coming months. In the meantime, Port of Antwerp is doing everything necessary to ensure efficient functioning of the port.

CSafe RKN forkliftCSafe Global has become the first cold chain packaging provider to successfully implement track and trace technology into their active air cargo containers following a flawless commercial pilot shipment.

CSafe partnered with DHL, a leading logistics company, for the pilot shipment. The RKN containers were loaded with temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals and flown from Puerto Rico to Kentucky and then transported by truck to their destination in Chicago.

The shipment began when CSafe engineers successfully integrated state-of-the-art tracking devices into the RKN containers. These tracking devices provide real-time location, container temperature, ambient temperature, container tilt, container shock, door opening/closing events and humidity.

“This technology will bring the insight into shipment status and product condition that customers expect,” noted Tom Weir, CSafe’s Chief Operating Officer. “The tracking devices continually collect data and deliver it in real-time to a cloud-based platform. From there customers and CSafe support staff will have 24/7 access to monitor every shipment and intervene if necessary. It’s this ability to intervene that will give CSafe customers additional peace of mind that their products will arrive in perfect condition for patients. Being first to market with this type of innovation demonstrates CSafe’s commitment to best-in-class products and continuous improvement across our product portfolio.”

With this first commercial pilot now finished, CSafe will move on with additional commercial test shipments during the next few months and incorporate customer feedback into their custom visibility platform. The platform will be device agnostic and able to track additional, commercially available telemetry devices. This flexibility is essential for CSafe as they implement the technology across their entire portfolio of Air Cargo, Parcel and Cell & Gene solutions.

As a key partner focused heavily on their Strategy 2025 of digitalization, DHL has been very supportive of CSafe’s efforts on this project. Patricia Cole, global head Temperature Management Solutions and Same Day for DHL Global Forwarding, noted that, “We at DHL appreciate partners who are dedicated to innovation that not only meets the current need, but goes well beyond to anticipate the future needs of our customers. This technology will revolutionize the cold chain and we are thrilled to be involved.”

CSafe’s CEO, Patrick Schafer, was not at all surprised that the team delivered in spite of challenges 2020 has brought with it. “Tom and his entire team have been researching, planning, testing and retesting every aspect of this project for months to ensure we provide the best possible hardware, software and experience to our customers. They enlisted help and insight from our partners and customers and the result is once again something we are all very proud to offer. While others may have delayed or cancelled innovation efforts due to COVID-19, we saw it as an opportunity to truly test the equipment and software. As always, the CSafe team, our partners at DHL and our active containers performed exceptionally well.”

UK Chamber of Shipping LogoThe UK Chamber of Shipping has unveiled its new five-year Strategic Plan, outlining the plans and priorities for the Chamber and confirms its position as the voice of the UK shipping industry which contributes nearly £20bn a year to our economy and supports over 180,000 jobs.

The new plan, which was launched at the Chamber's AGM in March, showcases the vision, mission and priorities the Chamber will focus on up to 2025. The full Strategic Plan can be read here.

The six strategic priorities are:

Build the influence, profile and representative voice of the UK Chamber of Shipping nationally and internationally
Promote improved shipping, fiscal, employment and environmental (in particular, decarbonisation) policy and regulation.
Develop and promote an improved cross industry safety culture to reduce accidents.
Ensure the Chamber maintains and enhances its value proposition to its membership. n Build and enhance the services provided by the MNTB.
Through a mixture of call income and alternative income streams run the finances of the Chamber on a stable basis
Commenting on the new Strategic Plan, Chief Executive Bob Sanguinetti said:

“To ensure the UK Chamber of Shipping is setting the agenda and leading from the front, we have today updated our five-year Strategic Plan. The refreshed document sets out a clear direction in which the Chamber wants to head, and makes sure we are working with our members and setting a strategic narrative to tackle new challenges and identify future opportunities.”

Our Mission:

The new mission is to deliver for our members trusted specialist expertise, lobbying and influence on shipping issues across national, European and international government and governmental bodies, in order to advance the competitive strength of the industry ensuring that the UK remains a leader in the global shipping business.

Values 2020-2025:

The Chamber’s nine core values are: We lead by example, we work together, supporting and valuing each other, we are committed to our members, we respect the individual, we invest in people, we establish the facts and provide insight, we are open and honest in our communication, we seek continuous improvement and above all, we act with integrity.

The Chamber also launched its updated Journal during the AGM looking back at the last twelve months and what issues the industry may face in 2020.

LATAM CargoLATAM Cargo Group has made a series of modifications to its itinerary and operation to increase its transportation capacity and thus, mitigate the decrease in belly supply.

In line with this, the company implemented a direct cargo route from Europe to North America for the first time to offer new alternatives to its customers and serve more markets. Specifically, it connects Frankfurt (Germany) to Miami (USA) twice a week, expecting to transport pharmaceuticals, auto parts and electronic products, among others. At the same, this encourages the transportation of European products to new South American destinations in freighters via Miami. These include Lima (Peru), Bogotá (Colombia) and Buenos Aires (Argentina).

On the other hand, in the Miami-Frankfurt flight, the company offers its clients greater capacity to export products from South America to Europe, mainly benefitting the transportation of perishable goods such as flowers.

After this implementation, LATAM Cargo went from seven to nine weekly frequencies offered between Europe and America, almost doubling capacity compared to the itinerary prior to the pandemic. The other seven frequencies to Europe follow the Quito (Ecuador) - Miami (USA) - Amsterdam (Netherlands) route. This way, Amsterdam is positioned as the main gateway to the European continent for the exporters of perishable goods in Latin America (Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala and Brazil).

The inbound trips for the seven frequencies begin in Frankfurt (Germany) and end in Latin America, positioning this city as the main exit door for medical supplies, electronics, auto parts and general cargo, among other types of goods intended to reach Latin America.
During the last two months and in the context of the pandemic, LATAM Cargo Group has made a series of modifications to its itinerary and operation in order to mitigate the negative effects that belly capacity restrictions may have on customers.

One of the measures consisted of multiplying the cargo capacity between Santiago (Chile) and Miami (USA) by five, going from 6 to 31 weekly frequencies in order to offer salmon exporters—one of Chile’s main industries—a robust solution. The company also launched the Santiago (Chile) - Los Angeles (USA) route for cargo transportation. Los Angeles is a city with strategic location for salmon, serving as a connection center to reach the Asian continent. Moreover, the Mexico City (Mexico) - Lima (Peru) - Santiago (Chile) route was included, benefitting the transportation of technology products, spare parts and health-oriented items to South America. In addition, connectivity from Miami to South America was increased by 15%, going from 23 to 26 frequencies.

Regarding its operation, the company began to use passenger aircraft exclusively for cargo transportation on a regular basis. This occurs both in international and domestic routes using different aircraft, including B777, B787, B767, A320 and A321. In some cases, seat containers have been used in order to optimize cargo transportation capacity in passenger aircraft. Through this strategy, LATAM Cargo complements the capacity offered by its exclusive cargo fleet, consisting of 11 B767Fs.

CN RailwayCN has announced that, in collaboration with the Halifax Port Authority, stakeholders, ocean carriers, and customers, it will now offer integrated solutions through its Moncton yard aimed at reducing short-haul trucking in Halifax.

“This intermodal service will play a key role in overall integrated solutions that drive value and support growth in the Atlantic region,” said JJ Ruest, president and chief executive officer at CN. “We are pleased to be moving forward with this initiative that will benefit all of our partners and customers.”

“The CN Intermodal Ramp in Moncton continues to have a positive impact on truck traffic as containers are loaded and unloaded onto rail at that point as opposed to being trucked to and from Halifax,” explained Captain Allan Gray, president and Chief executive officer, Halifax Port Authority. “Expanding the existing CN Intermodal Ramp in Moncton is showing positive results during this initial development phase, and we will continue working with CN, terminal operators and ocean carriers to find new ways of developing a more sustainable supply chain.”

Abu Dhabi WorkshopAbu Dhabi Ports held a virtual roundtable workshop with port operators from across the Arabian Gulf, to tease out shared experiences, challenges faced and best practices when dealing with COVID-19.

Hosted by video conference, and held in cooperation with the Arab Sea Ports Federation (ASPF) Regional Office based in Abu Dhabi, the agenda included presentations from Ports and Maritime Affairs – Bahrain, Mawani – Saudi Ports Authority, Kuwait Port Authority, Port of Salalah , as well as the port operators of Fujairah, Dubai and Sharjah and who all touched upon shared experiences relating to business continuity, health and safety, performance, and sea operations.

In a wide-ranging discussion, the port operators agreed on standardised sterilisation procedures when receiving vessels arriving from affected countries, preparedness to meet the challenges of COVID-19, and the measures and solutions required to create a post COVID-19 business environment.

The workshop was conducted in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Yousif Abdullah Al Subah, General Manager of Kuwait Port Authority and President of the Arab Sea Ports Federation (ASPF), who emphasised the necessity of having continuous discussions and coordination among ASPF members especially in times of difficulty: “Maritime trade serves as a vital lifeline for the entire global economy. Our meeting today reminds all those within our sector that we must not only commit to delivering business continuity and upholding the health and safety of our seafarers, but we must endeavour to take a flexible and open approach towards future plans relevant to the situation.

“Forums that have the scope to facilitate experiential knowledge sharing and support quality operational improvements ultimately contribute to boosting intra-regional and international trade. We are confident that we have unlocked measures to ensure our industry is well positioned to take the correct course of action to overcome this emergency,” he added after the conclusion of the workshop.

Captain Mohamad Juma Al Shamisi, Group CEO, Abu Dhabi Ports and Vice Chairman of the Arab Sea Ports Federation, said: “The coming together of port operators from the region with the support of the Arab Sea Ports Federation embodies our region’s spirit of unity and cooperation in responding and acting to the pandemic.

“Navigating our maritime and logistics industries into a post-COVID-19 recovery phase requires a robust regional and international effort in underscoring our resources and planning and preparing for future growth.

“Although the crisis has produced a profound impact on our lives, economies and societies, implementing agile business continuity procedures in our ports has mitigated potential operational losses and has left us well placed to recover quickly.”

Expressing his gratitude to Abu Dhabi Ports for organising and preparing the workshop, Abdulla Al Muharrami, Head of the Regional Office of Arab Sea Ports Federation - UAE, stated: “Abu Dhabi Ports has always been a fervent supporter of efforts to collaborate and activate the role of our regional office.

“We can take great pride in the success of Arab and Arabian Gulf port operators in sustaining business continuity in the face of unprecedented challenges.

“Our meeting today has borne fruit by allowing us to formulate a clear vision on the mechanisms required to overcome the crisis and providing a roadmap for growth in the post-pandemic era.”

Representing Abu Dhabi Ports, Captain Maktoum Al Houqani, Chief Corporate Authority Officer said: “Abu Dhabi Ports proudly joins hands with the region’s maritime operators in sharing knowledge on the best international practices that will enable us all to speedily overcome the challenges presented by COVID-19.

“Our hosting of this Arab Sea Ports Federation workshop affirms Abu Dhabi Ports’ status as leading the effort to ensure ports in the Arabian Gulf work together to apply measures that best support regional port operations.

“By comprehensively sharing strategic knowledge regarding social distancing and sterilisation best practices, as well as procedures concerning the movement of vessels, cargo and crew, our industry will be well positioned to consolidate and come back stronger than ever before.”

The hosting of the Arab Sea Ports Federation workshop is the latest effort by Abu Dhabi Ports in fighting COVID-19 following its successful ‘Horns of Hope’ solidary campaign which included the participation of many port operators from around the region and beyond.

The workshop programme was structured according to collated responses from questionnaires sent to the respective Arabian Gulf port operators that highlighted key challenges faced by coronavirus together with a range of potential solutions.

The workshop concluded with a pledge among all participants to continue maintaining high levels of engagement and coordination for the duration of the crisis by providing all necessary services and support. The agreement included renewing a shared commitment to enable global trade continuity, adopting best practices (according to national standards of each member port), and implementing and adhering to the highest health and safety procedures.

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