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IMO Bravery United States Coast Guard search and rescue officer Caleb Halle to receive IMO 2023 Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea.

​Caleb Halle, Aviation Survival Technician Second Class of the United States Coast Guard (USCG), based at the Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, is to receive the 2023 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea.

Caleb Halle, Aviation Survival Technician Second Class of the United States Coast Guard (USCG), based at the Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, is to receive the 2023 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea, for his outstanding courage, endurance and determination shown during the rescue of the seven-strong crew of the tugboat Legacy in January 2023.

Four individuals or sets of nominees will receive certificates of commendation for their acts of bravery. A further 13 will receive letters of commendation.

The recipients were selected by a Panel of Judges, whose recommendation was endorsed by the IMO Council, meeting for its 129th session (17-21 July).

A total of 47 nominations were received for the 2023 award from 18 Member States, one Associate Member and three non-governmental organizations in consultative status with IMO.

On 14 January 2023, the tugboat Legacy was en route towing a barge when its tow lines snapped in strong winds and heavy swells. The vessel and its crew of seven were adrift in violent rolling seas, 35 nautical miles (nm) off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland on the east coast of the United States of America.

After several unsuccessful rescue attempts by a USCG cutter, a helicopter rescue team was dispatched. Helicopter CG-6566 was to execute a rescue plan led by Aviation Survival Technician Second Class (AST2) Caleb Halle.

Once at the incident scene, the helicopter crew attempted a hoist operation from the stern of the Legacy. In hugely challenging circumstances, AST2 Halle was able to help one survivor to reach the rescue basket before determining it was unsafe to continue. He identified a safer location on the main deck and notified his crew to reposition. AST2 Halle ensured the safe recovery of two further survivors. Running low on fuel, the helicopter had to depart the scene. But AST2 Halle volunteered to remain on site to reassure the four remaining tugboat crew and to assist a relief Coast Guard helicopter when it arrived.

Helicopter CG-6024 reached the scene as darkness was falling, making conditions increasingly difficult. Communications between AST2 Halle and the helicopter were lost as it approached, and after several failed attempts to deploy its rescue swimmer, Mr Halle was able eventually to assist his colleague to reach the violently pitching main deck of the tugboat. Working together, they managed to hoist the four remaining tugboat crew to safety.

AST2 Halle conducted a final search inside the Legacy to ensure no one was left behind. A large wave hit the boat - and at this point the water-tight seal of his survival suit was damaged.

As the two rescue swimmers were, themselves, about to be hoisted off the tugboat, it suddenly pitched violently upwards, throwing them both into the freezing and turbulent water, close to the tugboat propellors. AST2 Halle's survival suit was beginning to flood. The situation was critical, but once the helicopter was able to regain position, both rescue swimmers were finally winched from the sea.

The Panel of Judges agreed that, throughout the operation, AST2 Caleb Halle clearly demonstrated exceptional bravery and determination, despite the extreme conditions and the complexities of a multi-unit rescue, coupled with communications failures.

Mr. Halle was nominated for the Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea by the United States of America.

The Council agreed to award certificates of commendation to:

The crew of the tug vessel SL Diamantina, nominated by Australia, for their crucial role in the three-day-long coordinated rescue of 21 crew members from the bulk carrier Portland Bay, carrying 1,000 tons of fuel oil. A marine pollution incident was prevented.

José Cardoso Lemos, subsistence fisher, nominated by Brazil, for his bravery, selfless actions and determination in singlehandedly pulling 25 survivors off the sunken passenger vessel Dona Lourdes II to safety on his fishing boat, before assisting with the recovery of the bodies of others who had drowned.

The crew of the fishing vessel Zhe Long Gang Yu 05668, nominated by China, for their outstanding courage and tireless efforts during the rescue of another fishing vessel, the Zhe Ling Yu Yun 30058, which had caught fire, with flames quickly spreading due to strong winds. Twelve survived; sadly, one fisher lost his life.

Aviation Survival Technician Third Class John Walton, rescue swimmer on board helicopter CG-6009, Aviation Training Centre Mobile, Sector North Bend, United States Coast Guard, nominated by the United States. AST3 Walton played a vital role in saving the life of a person thrown overboard from the motor yacht Sandpiper when it capsized.

Letters of Commendation will be sent to:

The Master and crew of the M/V Guo Yuan 8, nominated by China, for their roles in the rescue in severe weather and sea conditions of five of the 22 crew members of the capsized cargo vessel Jin Tian.

The Master and crew of the M/T Liao You 123, nominated by China, for the rescue in strong winds and freezing temperatures of the three crew of fishing vessel Liao Ying 35419 who were suffering from hypothermia.

LV Pierre Bonneau, MP Vanessa Legall and MT Guillaume Colin, helicopter detachment of the Flotilla 34F on board the patrol frigate Prairial, French Navy, nominated by France, for their roles in the international rescue operation of the Peruvian Navy vessel BAP Guise, which had caught fire.

Louis Vasseur, volunteer rescue swimmer and crew member on board the all-weather boat SNS 086 Cap Fagnet, Fécamp Rescue Station, National Sea Rescue Society, nominated by France, for the rescue of two crew members of the sailing vessel Appollonia during a storm.

Clément Belin and Nino Verlie, crew members of the intervention, assistance and rescue tug Abeille Normandie, nominated by France, for their rescue using an inflatable boat of two people who were being swept off Carnot dyke at Le Portel in the Pas-de-Calais due to rough seas.

Diego D Sachs, Sascha Kümpel, Nick Tamm and Marek Möckel, members of a Towing Assistance Team of the Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration, nominated by Germany, for their actions which saved the lives of those onboard the cargo vessel Royal II which was disabled and drifting towards the coast and at risk of grounding or collision. A serious marine pollution incident was avoided.

Captain Anil Choudhary and the crew of the M/V Helios Leader, nominated separately by India and Singapore, for their contributions to the rescue operation of more than 300 people on board the wooden boat Lady R3 which was adrift and taking on water in rough seas.

The crew of the patrol vessel 3016, Coast Guard Station Donghae, Republic of Korea Coast Guard, nominated by the Republic of Korea, for the 63-hour long rescue of 10 crew members of the fishing vessel 133 Samhwa which had suffered engine failure and lost communication in extreme weather.

Captain Yeonghwan Park, Master of the fishing vessel 2016 Sinaesan, nominated by the Republic of Korea, for the rescue of the nine-strong crew of the sinking cargo vessel Hyundai Fashion. They had abandoned ship in dangerous waters and deteriorating weather conditions.

Captain Anatoliy Golev and the crew of the tanker NCC Najem, nominated separately by Saudi Arabia and the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF), for their roles in the rescue in strong currents and high waves of 35 survivors who were found in the sea after their vessel capsized. They also recovered a body.

The team of the Fene Strategic Base (A Coruña), including the officer responsible for SAR and pollution response operations, and the diving intervention unit of Ardentia Marine, Maritime Rescue and Safety Agency, nominated by Spain, for the night-time rescue in rough seas of the only crew member of the capsized sailing vessel Jeanne Solo Sailor.

DCC Michael A Filippone, DC1 Rilee E Williams, DC2 William J Parker and DC2 Kevin B Smith, Damage Control Division of the USCGC Midgett, United States Coast Guard, nominated by the United States, for their professionalism and diligence during the international rescue operation involving the Peruvian naval vessel BAP Guise which had caught fire.

Captain Sergey Vasiliev, Master of the M/V Nordic Qinngua, nominated by the Faroes, for the rescue in heavy seas and strong winds of two people who had abandoned their capsized rowing boat and were found in a life raft in heavy seas and rough winds.

The Panel of Judges decided that 15 nominations of merchant vessels involved in the rescue operation of migrants, submitted by Georgia, India, Marshall Islands, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), will receive certificates in Special recognition for merchant vessels and their crew involved in the rescue of mixed migrants at sea (resolution A.1093(29)). The captain and crew nominated by India have already been issued with such a certificate.

Currently, only Member States can nominate crews deserving of recognition in the rescue of migrants at sea carried out by merchant vessels. Following an increase in the number of nominations received from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in consultative status with IMO, the Panel of Judges agreed that resolution A.1093(29) should be revised by the IMO Secretariat to allow the submission of nominations by intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) in cooperation with IMO and NGOs. The Council agreed to forward the revised draft Assembly resolution to the Assembly for adoption, to allow submission of nominations by IGOs and NGOs, as well as by Member States.

CN nomineesCN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) and Wabtec Corporation (NYSE: WAB) announced an order to enhance an additional 60 locomotives in CN’s existing fleet through Wabtec’s modernization program.

The investment supports CN’s commitment to drive growth in a sustainable manner and build success for customers, employees and communities.

“Modernizing these locomotives cost-effectively improves the reliability of our existing fleet and contributes to reducing our rail carbon footprint,” said Mark Grubbs, Vice-President Mechanical at CN. “In addition to reducing the environmental impact of our own operations, it helps us to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of our customers.”

The modernizations will help to improve locomotive fuel efficiency, where CN remains a leader in the North American rail industry, consuming approximately 15% less locomotive fuel per gross ton mile than the industry average. The program supports CN’s science-based target to reduce its Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 43% per gross ton mile by 2030 from a 2019 base year, and with CN’s commitment to setting a net-zero 2050 carbon emission target aligned to a 1.5-degree scenario.

Wabtec’s Services team will modernize CN’s 60 certified pre-owned Dash-9 locomotives to bring the total modernized fleet to 110 locomotives. The company will transform the locomotives from DC to AC powered traction and will feature enhancements such as the FDL Advantage engine upgrade and a suite of digital solutions including Trip Optimizer, and LOCOTROL Distributed Power. These upgrades are expected to extend the life of the locomotives and provide benefits, including targeted fuel efficiency improvements of up to 18% through a combination of engine and digital technology enhancements, a more than 40% increase in reliability, and up to a 55% increase in pulling power. The total program is expected to enable CN to realize up to approximately 50,000 metric tons in annual greenhouse gas emission reductions, the equivalent of removing nearly 10,700 non-electric passenger cars. Additionally, the modernization order will reuse or recycle approximately 11,000 metric tons of steel.

“Our modernization solutions allow CN to enhance its existing fleet by upgrading to Wabtec’s state-of-the-art technology to enhance the locomotives’ performance to current standards,” said Alicia Hammersmith, President of Wabtec Freight Services. “Our modernization program supports the circular economy and is a key component of Wabtec’s sustainability approach through processes that reduce waste, extend life, and improve fuel efficiency, thereby driving emissions reductions and helping customers save money.”

DB Group profit difficult The boom in regional, local and long-distance transport continues.

Demand for travel on trains operated by Deutsche Bahn (DB) continued to grow in the first half of 2023 – by double digits. The Germany Ticket bolstered this trend with some 11 million local public transport subscriptions sold sector-wide in the first two months the ticket was available. Volume sold in rail passenger transport in Germany saw even higher growth than passenger numbers in comparison with the first six months of 2022 – which translates into more kilometers traveled by passengers in climate-friendly rail transport. DB-Long Distance even set a record in volume sold.

Despite the difficult framework, with ongoing inflation and falling freight rates on international freight markets, DB Group as a whole again generated an operating profit (adjusted EBIT) which totaled EUR 331 million in the first half of 2023. However, operating profit was over EUR 500 million (around 62%) lower than in the first six months of 2022, due in part to DB's higher expenses up front for improvements to the infrastructure. DB Group's adjusted revenues totaled roughly EUR 25 billion in the first half of 2023 (compared with roughly EUR 28 billion in the same period of 2022).

"We aren't even close to tapping the full potential for demand," said Dr. Richard Lutz, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO, in Berlin. "That is good news for DB and for the climate." He added: "The support for rail shows us that continuing to invest in more climate-friendly rail transport is crucial, even in challenging times. At the same time, we are committed to increasing our profitability."

In addition to the general increase in costs and DB's much higher expenses for the rail network, changes in the Group's operating profit compared with the first half of 2022 were largely due to industry-wide normalization of freight rates in air and ocean freight. As expected, this global development affected DB's logistics subsidiary, DB Schenker. "Even though freight rates in air and ocean freight are normalizing, DB Schenker generated a significant operating profit of EUR 626 million in the first half of the year," Lutz said.

The logistics subsidiary's positive contribution to DB Group's bottom line was nearly three times higher than before the pandemic. In 2022, DB Schenker generated the largest profit in its history, due in part to freight charges, which were extremely high throughout the world at that time.

All units involved in rail operations in Europe (the Integrated Rail System), DB's core business, increased their revenues in the first half of 2023, in some cases considerably. Growing demand for passenger service contributed to these increases. More than 808 million passengers took regional trains in Germany in the first half of 2023 – around 11.5% more than in the first six months of 2022. More than 68 million passengers took DB's long distance trains in the same period, which was an increase of 9 million, or 15.4%.

The increase is evident especially in volume sold, which also takes the length of journeys into account and is measured in passenger kilometers. At roughly 21.7 billion passenger kilometers, DB Long-Distance far exceeded performance in the first half of 2022 (18.3 billion passenger kilometers) and surpassed the previous half-year record, which it set in 2019. DB Long-Distance improved its operating profit in the first six months of 2023 by more than EUR 130 million.

DB's rail freight business unit, DB Cargo, continued to make losses. Negative effects included the deteriorated competitive environment for rail freight transport, much higher electricity prices compared with fuel prices, and a less dynamic market. On the whole, the Integrated Rail System posted an operating loss of EUR 339 million in the first six months of 2023. Much higher expenses at DB Netze Track for infrastructure improvements were the biggest factor.

Volume produced in the rail network remained very high in the first half of 2023, at some 558 million train-path kilometers. It was down slightly, by 0.9%, compared with the first half of 2022.

Construction and modernization efforts are at record levels throughout Germany, which caused punctuality in long distance rail transport to fall to 68.7% in the first half of 2023 (down from 69.6% in the first half of 2022). "Although we are asking a lot of all stakeholders at the moment, the infrastructure is the key to sustainable improvements for our customers," Lutz said.

DB spent considerable funds up front in the infrastructure in the first half of 2023 including much more on maintenance. "Despite the difficult financial situation, we greatly increased our spendings for a better infrastructure. This will be a one-time injection until the higher funding from the Federal Government that has been announced takes effect next year," said Dr. Levin Holle, CFO.

DB increased its net capital expenditures from its own funds by 13.1% to EUR 3.1 billion in the first six months of 2023, the most ever invested in the first half of a year. Gross capital expenditures by DB and the German Government were up 16.7% to EUR 6.3 billion, which is also a record. More than 90% of all funding has continued to go toward rail operations in Germany, including for tracks, stations and new trains.

"We need to be more productive and more efficient in all areas to secure our investments in the future," Holle said. Additional expenses need to be offset with higher productivity and higher income, he added.

Holle noted conditions that had deteriorated for DB in 2023, such as lower global freight rates, higher interest rates and continued inflation. He said that expenses will also increase as a result of upcoming collective bargaining agreements.

DB Group expects these factors to lead to a significant operating loss for the full year, as it noted back in March. However, the operating loss is now expected to be lower, at slightly less than EUR 1 billion. The Group's revenues are likely to be around EUR 51 billion. All predictions depend on further developments and are subject to a high level of uncertainty.

DP World Ryder Cup Ryder Cup Europe and the PGA of America today announced a new agreement with DP World that will see the global supply chain leader become a Worldwide Partner of the Ryder Cup.

Established in 1927, the biennial competition pits 12 of the top professional golfers from the U.S. and Europe against each other in a head-to-head match play competition and has become one of the world’s greatest sporting events, captivating an audience of millions around the globe. The Ryder Cup is a complex logistical operation involving hundreds of different partners and contractors. DP World will be bringing its industry leading capabilities to help deliver the event by seamlessly connecting smart logistics with the passion and precision of golf.

With an interconnected network spanning 75 countries across six continents and day-to-day operations accounting for 10% of global trade, DP World’s logistical capabilities make it perfectly positioned to help deliver the Ryder Cup and enhance the efficiency and success of golf as a global sport. From helping to organise international tournaments to managing the smooth flow of equipment and infrastructure, DP World helps deliver the game to people all around the world, from grassroots to the professional level.

There are just over two months to go until the U.S. Team get their defence underway in Italy, and DP World is busy working with Ryder Cup Europe and PGA of America to create the smartest, most efficient, and innovative supply chain solutions to ensure the smooth running of the 2023 Ryder Cup.

This new partnership agreement with golf’s greatest team contest further strengthens DP World’s strong ties with the game of golf, and the wider sports sector, where it is on a mission to support the growth of sports worldwide through its smart logistics solutions. It has been Title Partner of the European Tour group’s main Tour, the DP World Tour, since the start of the 2022 season and the tournament Title Partner of the season ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai since 2009.

Speaking about the new partnership Daniel van Otterdijk, Chief Communications Officer at DP World, said: “At DP World, we are committed to supporting the growth of sports globally in reaching new audiences and markets through our smart logistic solutions. The Ryder Cup has become one of the world’s greatest sporting events, so we are delighted that DP World can play an integral part in delivering that for the millions of sports fans around the world. Whilst the partnership supports both our commercial and brand objectives it also allows us to showcase our global logistics network that is uniquely positioned to support the events partners and contractors with faster, smarter, and more sustainable ways of delivery.”

Guy Kinnings, Ryder Cup Director, said: “The Ryder Cup is a truly global sporting event which connects people around the world and we are delighted that DP World, which connects people through its smart trade and logistics expertise, have joined our commercial family. We of course know each other very well through our highly successful DP World Tour partnership and the Ryder Cup provides a wonderful additional platform to grow their booming business and in turn, we can utilise their logistical expertise to help deliver a truly world class event. We look forward to working together at what promises to be a truly historic match in Rome this September.”

Jeff Price, Chief Commercial Officer, PGA of America, added: “As the leading provider of smart logistics solutions, DP World's commitment to innovation and excellence aligns perfectly with the Ryder Cup. DP World’s extensive knowledge and experience will help us deliver a world-class experience for players, spectators and partners at Marco Simone this September.”

As part of the partnership agreement, DP World will use the Ryder Cup as a global platform to engage with customers, prospects, and stakeholders, forming an essential part of its business growth in key sectors. Fans can expect to see a series of digital and experiential initiatives run in conjunction with the partnership including the presence of DP World’s ‘second life’ golf ball container in the Ryder Cup fan village, where fans will be encouraged to donate unwanted to golf balls to be given back to grassroots golf projects around the world.

DSV H1 results DSV reports good H1 results and strong cash flow, adapting to soft market conditions by leveraging its asset-light business model.

Gross profit was down 14.2% and EBIT before special items 31.6% from last year's extraordinary results but compare favourably to pre-pandemic levels.

The Air & Sea division saw a 35.7% decrease in EBIT before special items for H1 2023, impacted by lower freight volumes and rates compared to the same period last year.

The Solutions division experienced reduced activity in H1 2023, reporting a 23.4% decline in EBIT before special items compared to an exceptionally strong H1 2022. The decline was largely due to a slight drop in activity and expansion of warehouse capacity.

The Road division reported a 2.8% decrease in EBIT before special items. In a market with lower activity across most sectors, the division performed well and gained market share.

During the first half of 2023, the demand for transport and logistics services has been marked by the macroeconomic situation. In parallel, the logistics markets have quickly normalised after the disruptions in recent years. In a highly competitive market, DSV is reinforcing its commercial efforts and maintaining its ambition of outgrowing the general market while delivering value to customers.

Based on DSV's good performance in H1 2023 and the assumption of a gradual improvement in transport volumes in H2 2023, DSV upgrades the full-year outlook for 2023 as follows:

EBIT before special items is expected to be in the range of DKK 17,000-18,500 million (previously DKK 16,000-18,000 million).

Jens Bjørn Andersen, Group CEO: "In Q2 2023, we delivered a solid set of results across all three divisions and a strong cash flow. The demand for transport and logistics services is soft, and during the first half of 2023 we have demonstrated our ability to adapt to changing market conditions. The market development outlook is still uncertain, but we see signs of stabilisation and we anticipate gradual improvement in global trade volumes over the next quarters."

As announced today in Company Announcement no. 1045, we upgrade the full-year outlook for 2023 as follows:

EBIT before special items is expected to be in the range of DKK 17,000-18,500 million (previously DKK 16,000-18,000 million).

The upgrade is based on DSV's performance in H1 2023 and the assumption of a gradual improvement in global trade volumes in H2 2023. As the global logistics market continues to normalise, we expect a further decline in gross profit yields for air and sea compared to the H1 2023 levels.

A separate company announcement about the launch of a new share buyback programme of up to DKK 4.0 billion is issued today. The programme will be concluded no later than 23 October 2023.

MIA XpresSpaXWELL, Inc., an authority in health and wellness solutions for people on the go, in partnership with Clockwork, a pioneer in robotics for the beauty industry, today launched the use of Clockwork’s next-generation, fully autonomous, AI-powered express manicure in the XpresSpa® location at Miami International Airport MIA.

MIA is the second airport location in the world to feature robot manicures, following its debut at John F. Kennedy International Airport in March 2023.

“As the first in the world to introduce this type of technology in the airport setting, we’re pleased to announce the launch of our second location. With Clockwork, we have unveiled a new option for people on the go to enjoy a manicure. It is state-of-the-art and efficient, and just one-way, XWELL enhances its spa services to meet clients' journey needs." Scott Milford, Chief Executive Officer, XWELL.

"The Clockwork MiNiCURE is an express manicure service that delivers high-quality polish color through automation. Its latest version features a fully autonomous robot that uses proprietary artificial intelligence with 3D technology to paint nails effectively within minutes. An easy-to-use touchscreen guides travelers through the Clockwork experience, with an intuitive live support feature available any time help is needed. Additionally, the Clockwork MiNiCURE experience includes automated nail polish removal as well as a free polish remover pot to take home."

“Bringing Clockwork’s robot manicures to XpresSpa at MIA through our partnership with XWELL is an exciting milestone. As a hub for layovers to popular vacation destinations, MIA is an ideal location for travelers to get a fresh coat of polish before takeoff. This new location marks the continued success of our partnership with XWELL to transform and innovate services for travelers." Renuka Apte, Founder and CEO, Clockwork.

Kuehne and Nagel Board of Directors The Kuehne+Nagel Group achieved solid results in a challenging market environment in the first half of 2023.

The pandemic-related special economic situation in 2021 and 2022 continued to distort the year-on-year comparisons across the entire range of figures.

Net turnover for the first six months of 2023 was CHF 12.7 billion, EBIT was approximately CHF 1.1 billion with earnings of CHF 860 million. The conversion rate, which describes the ratio of EBIT to gross profit of the Group, remained at a high level of 24%.

Stefan Paul, CEO of Kuehne+Nagel International AG: "Kuehne+Nagel coped well with the transition from the exceptional economic situation shaped by the pandemic. In a weakened economic environment, Sea and Contract Logistics gained market share and kept earnings stable. In contrast, volumes in Air Logistics declined broadly in line with the market. While our ongoing cost control efforts became more visible in the second quarter of 2023, our strategic path is unchanged with a focus on high-quality logistics services and an extraordinary customer orientation."

In the first half of 2023, net turnover of the business unit Sea Logistics amounted to CHF 4.9 billion with EBIT of CHF 639 million. The conversion rate remained high at 49%. Container volume in the first half of 2023 was 2.1 million TEU. Kuehne+Nagel Sea Logistics was able to gain share in an overall market that declined by around 5%.

In spring 2023, Kuehne+Nagel entered into a partnership with Volvo Cars to use 5,500 tonnes of sustainable biofuels in maritime transport. Going forward, the transports for the Swedish car manufacturer will be carried out with significantly reduced fuel emissions.

Net turnover of the business unit Air Logistics for the first half of 2023 was CHF 3.5 billion and EBIT was CHF 293 million. The pace of declining volumes eased somewhat in the second quarter. Air freight volume in the first half of 2023 was 957,000 tonnes. The conversion rate was 31%.

In June 2023, Kuehne+Nagel signed an agreement to acquire Morgan Cargo, a leading Air Logistics provider in South Africa, the UK and Kenya. The company specialises in perishables, employs 450 logistics experts and handled 40,000 tonnes of air freight and 20,000 TEU in 2022.

In the first half of 2023, the net turnover of business unit Road Logistics amounted to CHF 1.9 billion with EBIT of CHF 93 million. Processed order volume was around 12 million, comparable to the prior year period, and network utilisation was consistently high.

One important factor driving the significant increase in EBIT in the first half of 2023 was the ongoing implementation of RoadLOG, Kuehne+Nagel’s proprietary transport management system (TMS) for road shipments.

The business unit Contract Logistics delivered a strong result in the first half of 2023 with net turnover of CHF 2.5 billion and EBIT of CHF 110 million.

The business unit gained market share particularly in North America, in the healthcare and e-commerce sectors. The utilisation of Kuehne+Nagel’s logistics space remained at a very high level.

Dr. Joerg Wolle, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kuehne+Nagel International AG: "In the first half of 2023, the Kuehne+Nagel Group's financial results were significantly greater than the comparable figures of the pre-Corona period and the Group has performed well in the new environment. In the coming years, Roadmap 2026 will remain the key driver of Kuehne+Nagel’s strategic development. The program, launched in March 2023, was very positively received both internally and externally and we are already seeing the first successes. Our focus remains on the provision of high-margin services and the development of market potential in Asia, Africa and the Middle East."

IMO navigating the future Maritime safety in an era of new technologies and alternative fuels central to IMO World Maritime Theme for 2024.

"Navigating the future: safety first!" has been selected for the International Maritime Organization's 2024 World Maritime Theme, which will culminate in the celebration of World Maritime Day on 26 September 2024.

The theme reflects IMO's work to enhance maritime safety and security, in tandem with the protection of the marine environment, whilst ensuring its regulatory development process safely anticipates the fast pace of technological change and innovation.

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said: "This theme would allow us to focus on the full range of safety regulatory implications arising from new and adapted technologies and the introduction of alternative fuels including measures to reduce GHG emissions from ships as IMO strives to ensure the safety and efficiency of shipping are maintained, and potentially improved, so that the flow of seaborne international trade continues to be smooth and efficient."

Safety has been at the heart of all of IMO's activities since the Organization was established in 1948. The regulatory framework is continuously evolving as gaps become apparent and as a result of IMO's proactive work to anticipate changes needed to accommodate emerging technologies and innovation – a prominent example being the currently ongoing development of a goal-based Code for maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS Code).

2024 marks 50 years since the adoption of the 1974 SOLAS Convention, the key IMO treaty regulating maritime safety.

Digitalization and automation are increasingly revolutionizing the shipping industry by introducing new technologies that enhance safety, security and efficiency, optimize performance, reduce environmental impact and ensure sustainability.

This is improving the overall efficacy and competitiveness of the shipping industry, making it possible to design, construct and operate ships more efficiently, handle more cargo, reduce costs and enhance customer satisfaction.

Shipping transports about 90% of global trade and is the least environmentally damaging mode of transport. It is manifestly obvious that improving the safety of ships and reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions go hand in hand – both are critical to achieving a sustainable and efficient maritime industry. The theme "Navigating the future: safety first!" promotes IMO's ambitious and accelerated GHG reduction policy which includes the assessment of safety risks, that come with the introduction of new and adapted technologies and alternative fuels, and the development of regulatory measures to address and ultimately mitigate those risks.

The theme is also closely linked to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and several of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 7 on ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy by facilitating access to clean energy research and technology; SDG 8 on promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all; SDG 9 on building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation; SDG 13 on taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts; and SDG 14 on conserving and sustainably using the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

The IMO Council, meeting for its 129th session, endorsed the theme following a proposal by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim.

Maersk Asia Pacific A.P. Moller-Maersk (Maersk) is strengthening its omnichannel-fulfilment capabilities in Singapore, with World Gateway 2, a brand new 1.1 million sq. ft. facility being built in Jurong West.

The ground-breaking ceremony was held on July 19, 2023, and this distribution centre is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2025.

Strategically located in the industrial area with direct access to major highway – Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE), the facility has convenient access to Tuas Mega Port and Changi International Airport. It is also within close proximity to World Gateway 1, currently Singapore’s largest automated and customs bonded warehouse. The new distribution centre is designed to have a capacity of 30,000 pallet Automated Storage & Retrieval System (AS/RS), with a large floorplate of 160,000 sq. ft. This multi-story facility will have a high ceiling with 11-metre clear height per floor, suitable for dense storage and automation. Equipped with ample loading bays and container parking places to manage peak season volumes, it caters to the booming e-commerce fulfilment needs, as well as offering logistics solutions for different industries, including Footwear & Apparel, Beauty & Wellness, Healthcare, Luxury Fashion products across Asia and the rest of the world.

"Maersk’s World Gateway 2 regional distribution centre will increase Singapore’s capacity and capabilities to support omnichannel fulfilment in Southeast Asia. With extensive use of automation and robotics systems, it will be one of the most productive warehouses in Singapore, and will also create many skilled and high value jobs in technology, digitalisation, data analytics and e-commerce." Png Cheong Boon, Chairman of Singapore Economic Development Board.

"As Maersk becomes a global integrator of logistics, our powerful omnichannel-fulfilment solutions enable our customers to have predictability, visibility and efficiency in their supply chain, improving their profitability and brand reputation in today's complicated marketplace. Our continued investment in logistics and services underscores our commitment to support customers’ business needs. Expanding the warehousing footprint and omnichannel-fulfilment competence is essential to our strategic growth, and we’re very excited about the opportunities that lie ahead." Dominic Gates, CEO of Omnichannel-fulfilment, Maersk Asia Pacific.

Supporting customers’ emissions targets and strengthening sustainable solutions is one of the strategic priorities for Maersk. This new facility will be both LEED Platinum- and Green Mark Platinum-certified for its outstanding design and performance in environmental aspects. It will be equipped with motion sensor-LED lights, solar panels, composite panel façade system for building insulation, and building management system for energy efficiency.


CSX double stackCSX (NASDAQ: CSX), one of Jacksonville’s largest employers, today announced a landmark $10 million contribution to the University of Florida (UF) to support the future graduate center, which is poised to redefine the landscape of downtown Jacksonville.

The charitable investment will be distributed over five years and solidifies CSX as the leading private funding partner of this transformational project.

“We are proud to partner with the University of Florida and the City of Jacksonville on this ambitious project to establish a world-class graduate center in the city’s urban core,” said Joe Hinrichs, CSX president and chief executive officer. “Investing in education is an investment in the future, and we believe this contribution will have a lasting impact on the region by fostering innovation, economic development, and creating bold new opportunities. This project will yield countless benefits for our community, including an influx of top-talent, which will help shape the future of Northeast Florida for generations to come."

Earlier this year, the University of Florida and local city leaders announced a partnership to explore creating a new graduate center in Jacksonville. This graduate center will create a space in Jacksonville that will shape the state’s future workforce and build a pathway for high-skilled, high-tech employees.

“Gator Nation is excited and grateful to be engaged in this work with our extraordinary state, local, and philanthropic partners,” UF President Ben Sasse said. “We’re putting our shoulder to the wheel and pushing hard in the same direction to create a space in Jacksonville that will shape the state’s future workforce and build a pathway to prepare the high-skilled, high-tech employees of tomorrow. UF is ready for the next phase of this work and to lead the way toward making this shared vision a reality.”

Service is a guiding principle for CSX, as evidenced through the company’s commitment to its customers, current and future employees, and the communities where it operates. CSX’s signature philanthropic initiative, Pride in Service, supports hundreds of thousands of military, veteran and first responder service members across 26 states, while also representing the pride the company takes in serving its own local community. Supporting the economic growth and educational advancement of Jacksonville is a natural extension of this mission.

“Jacksonville is a city on the move, and my administration is honored to continue to build on that momentum with one of the best public universities in the nation,” said Jacksonville Mayor Donna Deegan. “We are excited to continue the work of the previous administration that invited UF to expand its presence here in Jacksonville, and we know there are numerous ways this center will support and bolster our city’s strengths in fintech, health care innovation, and other key industries. It’s a new day in Jacksonville, and both UF and vital partners like CSX will be a critical part of our important work to make Jacksonville a technology and innovation hub.”

This historic $10 million donation showcases CSX's commitment to Jacksonville and is a key component in a public-private partnership that includes support from Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Florida State Legislature, and other Northeast Florida civic, community and industry leaders. The proposed center received $75 million in the state’s 2023-2024 budget signed into law June 15 by Gov. DeSantis. The state’s contribution has been amplified by a $50 million pledge from the City of Jacksonville and $62.5 million in gifts from key industry and philanthropic supporters from across the region. By providing significant financial support to this transformative graduate center, CSX exemplifies its role as a corporate leader and catalyst for progress.

The university is moving forward with raising funds for the center’s next phase, which will include project development, potential site selection and programmatic evaluation. Mori Hosseini, chair of the UF Board of Trustees, said the university community is excited about the support of CSX, Gov. DeSantis, the Florida Legislature, and community leaders across the First Coast and looks forward to a rewarding partnership that will address critical statewide workforce demand.

“UF is ready for the next phase of this work and to lead the way toward making this shared vision a reality,” Hosseini said. “On behalf of the entire UF community, we are grateful to CSX and all those who are helping us advance this impactful and innovative opportunity in Northeast Florida. Our vision for this center is to leverage UF’s strengths in professional development and graduate education to future-proof Florida’s workforce. We are thrilled to partner with the State of Florida, the City of Jacksonville, and pioneering companies like CSX to bring this to life.”

Teeside hails best time New figures have revealed that Teesside Airport’s cargo handling facility has seen its best week for business since it was officially launched just under one year ago.

The £2.5million state-of-the-art facility provides cutting-edge screening technology, as well as handling, freight forwarding, customs clearage and storage.

This week has seen 12 movements pass through its 21,000sq ft hangar, including automotive parts for two new customers. Antonov An-26 and ATR 72 planes were among the aircraft transporting the goods to the airport, and can carry up to 5.5tonnes and 9.2tonnes of cargo respectively.

It all saw Teesside handle a new record of 23tonnes of cargo in the past week alone.

Teesside’s cargo facility might be the new kid on the block, but it has gone from strength to strength since it opened for business in August last year. In January, it became the UK’s newest Border Control Point – meaning it can now handle flowers, fruit and vegetables.

The facility can offload, process and get cargo on the road in as little as 30 minutes following aircraft touchdown – giving it a growing, highly regarded reputation for taking on urgent or last-minute goods. The airport’s location at the heart of Northern England – and at the centre of Great Britain – also puts it in prime position for manufacturers and businesses not just in Teesside, but across the country.

The news came ahead of the biggest weekend for the airport since it was brought back into public control. The beginning of school summer breaks had the airport ready to receive the most holidaymakers in a single day since 2019.

They were taking advantage of Teesside’s raft of summer flights to hotspots such as Alicante, Antalya, Bourgas, Corfu, Faro and Majorca.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “Teesside’s continuing to make a name for itself for holidaymakers, and it’s fast becoming the go-to cargo facility for our local businesses too.

“There are more than 70,000 companies within an hour of the airport, so this is just the beginning of what we could achieve – but we’ve come a long way in a short time.

“As we continue to develop our airport and invest in its land and assets, passengers are just one part of helping reach our potential. The great news that our cargo offering’s going from strength to strength, plus getting the first steel in the ground for our business park just days ago, shows that we’re doing all we can to keep Teesside flying for years to come.”

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