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ceva flagCEVA Logistics announced today the appointment of Milton Pimenta as its new managing director for its Latin America (LATAM) Region to continue driving growth and operational excellence.

With his decades-long knowledge and experience in the logistics sector, Pimenta is tasked with leading the LATAM region into the next phase of the company’s strategic growth plan for LATAM.

"I am deeply honored and excited to lead CEVA Logistics in the dynamic Latin America region," said Pimenta. “We have a deep-rooted culture of operational excellence at CEVA, and I am committed to building upon that culture by delivering innovative logistics solutions and exceptional service to our valued customers. Together with our dedicated team, we will continue to drive growth and success in LATAM, ensuring that CEVA remains a trusted partner for all of customers’ supply chain needs.”

Pimenta’s journey at CEVA began in 2001. Since then, he has showcased his leadership in a variety of roles, including business development and operations. He served as Senior Vice President of Contract Logistics and Ground Transportation between 2015 and 2018. Following his success in Latin America, he embarked on an international assignment in 2019 to lead the transformation of CEVA’s business in Australia and New Zealand, where he served as Managing Director until December 2023.

Scallog challenges The de-globalization of supply chains, the questioning of "just-in-time", rising freight costs: logistics specialists face a number of challenges in meeting consumer demand and requirements.

They need to be resilient and agile in managing their flows and order picking. In this respect, the SCALLOG robotic solution is a key competitive advantage for optimizing picking, in the shortest possible time and at the lowest possible cost. As proof, SCALLOG's customers meet their daily economic and business challenges with efficiency and agility, using its Goods to Person solution - robots that transport shelves to operators!

Faced with a land shortage on the "Lille-Paris-Lyon" backbone, France's goal of zero artificial development by 2050, and a context of economic uncertainty, logisticians are keen to optimize m² in their warehouses, by exploiting headroom, tracking down voids and prioritizing flexibility. Already, more than a quarter of SCALLOG's customers operate its Goods To Person robotic solution under or on mezzanine floors, in both new and existing warehouses. New ecological regulations mean that today's latest-generation logistics platforms must include green spaces and water recovery tanks, in addition to parking lots, which are synonymous with unused m². The same applies to existing warehouses, where every m² needs to be made profitable, without the need for land extension. The SCALLOG solution acts on two key factors in warehouse performance: yield per m² and human productivity. It makes storage denser, while eliminating the need to move around and limiting the number of tedious movements required of operators. In this way, the SCALLOG solution can divide the picking area by 2 or even 3, and increase operator productivity by over 40%.

In an increasingly VUCA (Volatibility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity) world, such as the delivery delays and soaring shipping prices resulting from the attacks in the Red Sea, logistics - and de facto warehousing - requires constant adaptability in order to absorb hazards and meet consumer demands in terms of product availability and speed of delivery. One of the key factors in transforming variations in demand and various contingencies into business opportunities in the warehouse is a resolutely agile and adaptable intralogistics system. 100% of SCALLOG's customers rely on its decade-long experience and multi-sector expertise acquired from over 70 installations to make their intralogistics agile. In addition to deploying its Goods to Person robotic solution, SCALLOG is firmly positioned as an integrator, working closely with the Logistics Department to maximize existing intralogistics (station conveyors, etc.). In this way, SCALLOG's robotic solution serves the business needs of logisticians, with an emphasis on adaptability, scalability and agility!

As crises multiply and new growth drivers emerge, a company's business priorities can change rapidly, whether in terms of offering, business or distribution channel. Constantly striving to differentiate themselves in competitive markets, at a time of reindustrialization, concentration of players and new consumer demands, companies in the industrial, retail and agri-food sectors are looking for new growth drivers in terms of "top-of-the-range" or even related offers and services. Once again, logistics, and de facto warehousing, are on the front line in supporting company growth and the new uses of private and professional customers, such as hyper-connectivity, responsible consumption, second-hand goods, etc. More than a third of SCALLOG customers, from 3PLs to manufacturers, have already extended their Goods To Person robotics solution, on one or more sites, to optimize their BtoB or BtoC order picking, with a view to expanding and diversifying!

And tomorrow, the focus will be on last-mile logistics in ever denser urban areas! Increasingly, the idea is to re-establish logistics hubs close to cities by reinvesting derelict or formerly industrial sites, or even to create small urban logistics units by converting parking lots. In our view, the Goods to Person SCALLOG robotic solution, resolutely modular and agile, is the key to the future of urban logistics, in the face of restricted space and regulatory constraints.

Peel Ports Strategic Communicator Peel Ports Group has strengthened its global container operations with the appointment of a new Strategic Commercial Director.

Marcus Connolly joins the port operator with more than 25 years’ experience in international container shipping and logistics, having held roles at A.P. Moller – Maersk and NYSHEX.

Based at the Port of Liverpool, Marcus will be responsible for developing transformational growth opportunities through group-wide strategic partnerships as well as further developing strong relationships with major shipping lines.

Marcus will play a vital role in leveraging Peel Ports’ position as an integral part of UK and Ireland supply chains, helping to develop more sustainable and reliable supply chain solutions. The close proximity of the Port of Liverpool to the North of England hinterland, to Scotland and the Midlands as well as direct Irish Sea connectivity to both Ireland and Scotland, offers unrivalled opportunities to reduce supply chain cost and emissions, increase landside asset utilisation and profitability, and reduce landside congestion.

Marcus brings with him a comprehensive background in international container shipping and expertise in building and leading successful teams across product, sales, and customer experience.

Prior to joining Peel Ports, Marcus served as Carrier Experience Director, Europe, at NYSHEX, where he introduced two-way committed ocean contracts and SaaS solutions to container shipping.

Before NYSHEX, Marcus spent more than 25 years at A.P. Moller – Maersk, including 8 years as Head of Trade & Marketing and Customer Experience functions in the UK & Ireland as well as 6 years as Head of Sales UAE, Oman, Qatar and Iran, based in Dubai.

David Huck, Chief Operating Officer at Peel Ports Group, said: “Marcus’ experience in the global container shipping and logistics industry is second to none, while his knowledge and results-driven approach will play a vital role as we look to strengthen our operations internationally.

“In the year ahead, our main aim is to further support cargo owners, strengthen our relationships with global shipping lines and importers, and continue to grow our presence as the UK’s second largest port operator. Marcus will play a crucial role in achieving this.”

Marcus’ arrival further demonstrates Peel Ports’ commitment to working closer with shipping lines and cargo owners, after the recent appointment of former B&M retail head of supply chain, Jerome Wildsmith, as BCO Sales Manager, late last year.

David Huck said: “More effective sea transport and shipping routes will offer endless opportunities for vast improvements for cargo owners, including a reduction of cost, carbon and congestion, with clear benefits.

“Currently, 90 percent of deep-sea containerised cargo comes into southern UK ports, yet 60 percent of these are destined for the North. Quite simply, this makes very little sense.

“Marcus will use his new position to help importers better leverage the Port of Liverpool’s close proximity to major distribution centres in the North, improving operational efficiencies across the supply chain.”

CN nomineesCN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) announced today that CNTL, a CN subsidiary dedicated to first and last mile trucking container pickup and deliveries, has reached a tentative agreement with owner-operators affiliated with Unifor.

This four-year agreement covers approximately 750 owner-operators under contract with CNTL in Canada until December 31, 2027.

“We are pleased that CNTL reached an agreement with Unifor and wish to thank the Union for their hard work throughout this process. We believe that this deal is good for the owner-operators and will support business needs, ensuring that they can continue delivering critical first mile and last mile services.” Doug MacDonald, Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer at CN.

plaquemines APM Terminals Plaquemines Port Harbor and Terminal District (Plaquemines Port) proudly announces the execution of a letter of intent with APM Terminals to build a state-of-the-art container terminal on the West Bank of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, United States.

APM Teriminals is one of the largest terminal operators in the world and part of A.P. Moller-Maersk, a global leader in logistics services. APM Terminals currently operates four container terminals in the U.S and 62 globally.

Louisiana Governor Jeff Landry applauded the initiative: “APM Terminals is a world leader in container terminal operations. This major commitment shows the market’s tremendous confidence in Louisiana as the home of vibrant, growing port activity. Today's announcement is a direct investment into the businesses and industries that have built Louisiana, and I look forward to the major impact our ports will continue to have on job growth and the economy here in our state.”

The new terminal holds significant potential to enable new business west of the Mississippi River, allowing for new markets of import and export cargos while continuing to grow the various existing Louisiana markets. It will be the port closest to the mouth of the river (3 hours longer round trip to nearest proposed terminal); with the widest ship turning radius.

Plaquemines Port will lease the land to APM Terminals under a 30-year agreement with extension options. APM Terminals estimates the initial investment in terminal infrastructure will be approximately $500 million, which will be privately funded.

The initial phase will encompass 200 acres, on-dock rail, and a berth capable of handling the largest ships now traversing the expanded Panama Canal (14,000 TEU).

There will be options to expand the site up to 900 acres for terminal expansion and complementary logistics activities.

“In time, this greenfield site has all the potential to evolve into one of the big ship gateways into the U.S.,” said Wim Lagaay, APM Terminals’ Senior Investment Advisor to the CEO. “This venture allows us to build from the ground up, integrating cutting-edge technologies and sustainable practices to create a modern logistics hub that lifts standards of safety, efficiency, and productivity. Our collaboration with the Plaquemines Port and local stakeholders is key to developing a facility that sets new industry standards and serves as a boon to the economic vitality of the region.”

Charles D. Tillotson, Executive Director of the Plaquemines Port, emphasised the project's significance, stating: “This will truly make Plaquemines 'The Louisiana Gateway Port'. The geographic and strategic advantages are overwhelming.”

Brian Champagne, Port Commission Chairman, remarked, “This development agreement is a testament to the confidence that APM Terminals has in Plaquemines' key advantages. It will greatly increase global commerce flowing through Louisiana.”

The project is fully supported by the host parish and community. As Plaquemines Parish President Keith Hinkley stated: “We are completely united and excited about this transformative project. It will once again make Louisiana the Gulf's leading entryway to America.”

Maersk Hapag LloydHapag-Lloyd AG (Hapag-Lloyd) and Maersk A/S, an entity under A.P. Moller - Maersk (Maersk), have signed an agreement for a new long-term operational collaboration called ”Gemini Cooperation”, which will start in February 2025.

The ambition is to deliver a flexible and interconnected ocean network with industry-leading reliability.

"Teaming up with Maersk will help us to further boost the quality we deliver to our customers. Additionally, we will benefit from efficiency gains in our operations and joint efforts to further accelerate the decarbonisation of our industry." Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd.

The new cooperation between Hapag-Lloyd and Maersk will comprise a fleet pool of around 290 vessels with a combined capacity of 3.4 million containers (TEU); Maersk will deploy 60% and Hapag-Lloyd 40%.

"We are pleased to enter this cooperation with Hapag-Lloyd, which is the ideal ocean partner on our strategic journey. By entering this cooperation, we will be offering our customers a flexible ocean network that will be raising the bar for reliability in the industry. This will strengthen our integrated logistics offering and meet our customers’ needs." Vincent Clerc, CEO of Maersk.

As a part of the agreement, the two companies have set the ambitious target of delivering schedule reliability of above 90% once the network is fully phased in. As well as improved service quality, customers will also benefit from improved transit times in many major port-to-port corridors and access to some of the world’s best connected ocean hubs.

Both companies are committed to the decarbonisation of their fleets and have set the most ambitious decarbonisation targets in the industry with Maersk aiming for net-zero in 2040 and Hapag-Lloyd in 2045.

As a consequence of joining this cooperation, Hapag-Lloyd will leave THE Alliance end of January 2025. In January 2023, Maersk and MSC announced that the 2M alliance will end in January 2025.

During 2024, Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd will carefully plan the transition from their current alliances to the new operational cooperation. Concurrently, service to customers will continue along existing agreements.

Further details about “Gemini Cooperation”, including the new vessel schedules, will be announced in due course once available.

Nepal Airlines unilode Unilode Aviation Solutions, the market leader in outsourced unit load device (ULD) management, repair and digital services, and Nepal Airlines, the flag carrier of Nepal, announce the extension of their full-service ULD management partnership for another three-year term.

Nepal Airlines awarded the management of its containers and pallets to Unilode in 2018 and has since benefitted from the operational efficiencies provided by Unilode’s digital ULD pool of more than 160,000 units. Nepal Airlines currently operates two widebody aircraft to twelve international destinations and will further expand its network in the Asia Pacific region.

Doleshwar Koirala, Nepal Airlines Director, Ground Support Department, said: “Unilode’s continuous support and dedication have played a pivotal role in ensuring the smooth operations of Nepal Airlines during our partnership. Unilode has helped our airline to overcome the challenges of recent times and continue to serve our passengers with safety and reliability, in addition to supporting our cargo business. We look forward to continuing our collaboration and thank Unilode for being a trusted partner of Nepal Airlines.”

Ross Marino, Unilode Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are delighted to be recognised by Nepal Airlines for our partnership. Unilode’s commitment to delivering the highest level of services to our airline customers remains unwavering, and we are proud to contribute to the success of our customers. We look forward to continuing our full-service ULD management partnership with Nepal Airlines, whilst supporting their growth ambitions and ensuring the satisfaction of their passengers and cargo customers.”

Blackbrook European lease Blackbrook Capital (Blackbrook), a specialist European real estate investor focusing on future-proof supply chain infrastructure, today announces it has secured a lease with a European leader in contract logistics with expertise in the e-commerce and textile sectors, for its facility in Poznan, Western Poland.

The tenant will use the site to service a contract with one of the world’s largest clothing companies.

Blackbrook speculatively developed the 50,000 sqm Class A logistics facility to address the significant supply-demand imbalance in the Western Polish market. The asset, which completed in 2023, is prepared for solar energy production and was designed to a BREEAM Excellent standard.

The optimised layout and high specifications of Blackbrook’s standalone facility offers its newest tenant the flexibility to adapt the entire site to its needs and make substantial investments in internal modifications and machinery. Blackbrook has also agreed to make further improvements to the facility to ensure employee satisfaction, including additional natural light and high-end office specifications.

Jon Strang, Managing Director of Blackbrook said: “Our facility in Poznan, one of Poland’s core logistics markets, is well connected for serving both Polish and Western European markets, and has been built to meet the highest industry standards, making it a perfect fit for our new tenant. By taking the opportunity to expand the site during the development phase and make it as operationally efficient as possible, we have secured a quality long term occupier who in turn will bring fresh employment opportunities to the local area.”

Arvi Luoma, Co-Founder & CEO of Blackbrook added: “This development is a testament to our strategy to bring future-proof supply chain infrastructure assets to Europe’s under-served logistics markets. We are pleased that our newest tenant has recognised the quality, design and location of our facility, and has committed to the full site with long-term occupation in mind.”

gujarat dpworldDP World has signed multiple Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) worth INR 250 billion (approx. US$3 billion) with the Government of Gujarat, covering the development of new ports, terminals, and economic zones, strengthening its commitment to supporting trade in a growing Indian state.

In the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of UAE, and Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, exchanged MoUs around potential investments in Gujarat with Mr M K Das, Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Gujarat, during the theVibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2024 being held in Gandhinagar

The MoUs highlight Gujarat’s prowess as a role model of development and the growth engine of the nation while leveraging its logistics and maritime infrastructure.

The MoUs. underscore DP World’s commitment to facilitating trade in Gujarat by developing: Multi-purpose deep-draft ports in South Gujarat and around the western coast of Gujarat towards Kutch, Special Economic Zones in Jamnagar and Kutch, Gati Shakti Cargo Terminals (GCT) and Private Freight Stations at Dahej, Vadodara, Rajkot, Bedi and Morbi.

DP World has also signed an MoU with Gujarat Maritime Board to jointly identify opportunities to develop additional ports along the coast of Gujarat.

Commenting on the signing of the MoUs, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman and CEO, DP World Group, said : “We are very committed to India, where we have been operating for nearly 20 years. In that time, we invested almost $2.5 billion and we are going to invest more in the next 3 years in these projects. The policies of the government and our experience here is what gives us the confidence to do even more in India. We have also been present in Gujarat since 2003 and are proud to have been part of the state’s growth story. We are honoured to continue our partnership in the state by committing to strengthening its logistics and maritime infrastructure to further enable trade in Gujarat.”

DP World's existing investments in Gujarat include a container terminal in Mundra, along with rail connected private freight terminals at Ahmedabad and Hazira. This is complemented by cold storage facilities in Surat and Bharuch, freight forwarding offices in Ahmedabad and Gandhidham, and express cargo services across the state. Additionally, DP World ensures global connectivity for businesses in the region by running weekly coastal services via DP World's Unifeeder Group, linking Mundra, Kandla, and Hazira ports to several international ports. The company recently launched a first-of-its-kind dedicated scheduled Rail Freight Service, ‘SARAL’ connecting traders from south Gujarat such as Surat, Vapi, Valsad Vadodara, Bharuch, Ankleshwar to the markets in and around North Capital Region (NCR).

On 25 August 2023, DP World signed a $510 million concession agreement with the Deendayal Port Authority to develop, operate and maintain a new 2.19 million TEU per year mega-container terminal at Tuna-Tekra in Kandla. On commencement, this greenfield terminal will have state of the art equipment and a 1,100 m berth capable of handling next-generation vessels carrying more than 18,000 TEUs.

Antwerp port digitalisation As of today, 60% of the containers collected daily at the deep-sea terminals in the Antwerp port use a new data platform, Certified Pick up (CPu).

This launch marks a major milestone in the digital transformation of container handling and transport. The next step will follow soon, with other users gradually migrating to CPu over the coming weeks. The platform should be fully deployed by the end of January.

Every day, around 2,500 containers are handled at the deep-sea terminals in the port. The release and collection of a container involves several parties: ship agents, terminals, transport companies (truck, rail, barge) and services such as customs. The launch of Certified Pick-up (CPu) is a key moment in the digitalisation of this logistics chain, a transition that the entire port community has been working on. The system contributes to a safer, more transparent and more efficient container process.

This new way of working requires changes in the way many companies operate. A phased approach has therefore been chosen. This spreads the pressure on users to register, giving them more time to prepare. 60% of all unloaded containers are being collected via CPu. The system is working well but will be continuously monitored during this launch phase. The feedback received from those using the system is acted upon immediately. As a result, we are currently working on solutions that will further improve the performance of the system.

Over the next few weeks, other users will gradually migrate to CPu. We aim to be 100% live by the end of the month. Throughout this transition period, we will continue to work closely with the port community. In order to ensure a smooth transition, we ask all stakeholders, including but not limited to shipping companies, ship agents, container terminals, forwarders and logistics companies, barge and rail operators and trucking companies, to register and transfer pick-up rights all the way to the transport operators. Nearly 3,500 companies have now registered on the platform, two-thirds of which are foreign companies, with a total of 16,000 unique users. ​

IMO Secretary General Mr. Arsenio Dominguez, who took up office as Secretary-General of IMO on 1 January, named the Senior Management Committee members.

New IMO Senior Management Committee is announced.

The Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has announced his leadership team, one week after taking up his new position.

Mr. Arsenio Dominguez, who took up office as the 10th elected Secretary-General of IMO on 1 January, named the Senior Management Committee members on 8 January: Director of Administrative Division – Ms. Azara Prempeh; Director of Maritime Safety Division – Mr. Hiroyuki Yamada; Director of Legal Affairs and External Relations Division – Ms. Dorota Lost-Sieminska; Director of Marine Environment Division – Ms. Heike Deggim; Director of Technical Cooperation Division – Mr. Jose Matheickal; Director of Conference Division – Mr. Xiaojie Zhang; Chief of Staff - Mr. Damien Chevallier.

 In his new year message, Mr. Dominguez pledged to build on IMO's successes and do more.

"With me as the 10th Secretary General, I welcome you to join us in an era of progression of the Organization, one that leads by example and with higher values from inclusion, diversity, and transparency. I look forward to working with you for the years to come into a new and exciting era to make this maritime sector a much better one," Mr. Dominguez said.

Mr. Dominguez, from Panama, succeeded Mr. Kitack Lim of the Republic of Korea, who was Secretary-General of IMO from 2016-2023. Mr. Dominguez was confirmed as Secretary-General by the IMO Assembly 33rd session, which met in November-December 2023.

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