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May 13, 2014: DB Schenker's newest integrated logistics facility in Singapore, set to be completed in May 2014, has attained the Green Mark Platinum award, the highest standard under the Singapore's Building & Construction Authority (BCA) Green Mark scheme.

The facility, located at the Tampines LogisPark, 15 minutes from Changi International Airport, will serve customers from key industries, such as Healthcare, Electronics, and Automotive, amongst others. The 41 million Euros facility will have a gross floor area of approximately 54,520 square meters spread across three floors.

The new DB Schenker facility will feature a passive design composite wall panel as part of the building perimeter, providing highly effective thermal insulation. A rainwater management system will contribute to enhanced water efficiency for landscape irrigation, while an efficient air-conditioning system will serve to minimize energy consumption and improve air flow distribution within the premises.

In terms of energy savings, an estimated 1,108 tons of CO2 will be saved annually. These are some components of an integrated building management system designed to create a green and sustainable environment. The BCA Green Mark program is a highly stringent and holistic benchmarking scheme which incorporates internationally recognized best practices in environmental design, construction, adoption of green building technologies, and environmental performance.

The BCA Green Mark scheme recognises buildings which aim to achieve a sustainable built environment, and rates buildings according to the five key criteria of Energy efficiency, Water efficiency, Environmental protection, Indoor environmental quality, and other green and innovative features that contribute to better building performance.

The Green Mark Platinum award is the highest achievable standard in the scheme, and is very much in-line with DB Schenker's goal of reducing its specific carbon emissions by 20 percent from 2006 to 2020. Currently, DB Schenker is setting new CO2 reduction standards worldwide.

DB Schenker is one of the leading providers of integrated contract logistics and supply chain management solutions in Singapore, with a current warehousing space capacity of more than 252,000 square meters.


May 08, 2014: Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP), a project of One Earth Future Foundation, is launching the fourth installment of its annual reports detailing the economic and human costs of African maritime piracy. The study titled "The State of Maritime Piracy 2013" examines the costs incurred as a result of piracy occurring off the coast of Somalia, as well as in the Gulf of Guinea.

The study finds that attacks by Somali pirates are increasingly rare, and that, at between $3 billion to 3.2 billion, the overall economic costs of Somali piracy are down almost 50 percent from 2012. However, at least 50 hostages remain in captivity, held on average for nearly three years under deplorable conditions.

somali piratesRegarding Africa's West Coast, this report is the first comprehensive attempt by any organization to quantify the total economic cost of maritime piracy in that region. Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea remained a significant danger in 2013, says the report, with levels perpetuated by a lack of open reporting and a lack of coordinated effort among stakeholders.

"The efforts of the international community and the shipping industry have considerably reduced the threat of Somali piracy," says Jens Madsen, one of the report's authors. "But we have yet to achieve the goal of 'Zero/Zero' – zero vessels captured and zero hostages held," he adds. The study finds that while the combined economic costs of suppressing Somali piracy are markedly down, there has only been a slight increase in the investment in long-term solutions ashore. Research also shows that the shipping industry increasingly relies on individualized risk mitigation, observed in the decreased use of some of the more expensive anti-piracy measures such as increased speed and re-routing. Shippers are also turning to smaller and less expensive teams of armed guards as the perceived risk of piracy is declining.

While attacks by Somali pirates have declined sharply, with no large vessels taken in 2013, there are still, however, at least 50 hostages in captivity, who have been held on average for nearly three years under deplorable conditions. At the same time, regional and local seafarers and fishermen in the region remain at high risk as pirates continue to target locally operated vessels to facilitate larger attacks.

Turning to maritime piracy off Africa's west coast, the study finds that a critical lack of reporting on both the piracy and maritime crime here makes analysis difficult. "Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea is fundamentally different to that taking place in the Indian Ocean," says Mr. Madsen. "We observe not only a high degree of violence in the attacks in this region, but also the lack of a mutually trusted reporting architecture and the constantly evolving tactics of West African piracy makes it extremely difficult to isolate it from other elements of organized maritime crime."

The report notes it is generally agreed the solution to piracy ultimately lies in building up capacity onshore, but it stresses that relatively little investment has been made towards sustainable solutions. "While I am encouraged that more money is being spent on longer-term solutions ashore, these still only represent the equivalent of 11⁄2 percent of the total annual cost of the piracy," says Marcel Arsenault, Chairman of One Earth Future Foundation. "Until we have more economic opportunity and better governance ashore, we risk piracy returning to previous levels as soon as the navies and guards have gone home."


May 06, 2014: CEVA Holdings LLC ("CEVA"), one of the world's leading non-asset based supply chain management companies, today reported results for the first quarter ended 31 March, 2014.

"CEVA continues to show strength in Contract Logistics driven by initiatives the company put in place to increase profitability," said CEVA CEO Xavier Urbain, who took over as the company's Chief Executive in January. "We have not, however, been immune to market conditions that have impacted Freight Management. Despite that, I am pleased to report we had our strongest quarter in nearly two years for new business wins, showing particular strength in Freight Management as we exited the quarter. While revenue from these wins won't be reflected until subsequent quarters, it shows positive momentum in the business.

"During my first few months at CEVA, I have visited many of our operational bases and have been impressed by both the professionalism and commitment of our people. It is clear that we have tremendous potential that can be focused on building the top line while we also continue to keep tight control on costs."

CEVA reported revenue of $1,865 million for the three months ended 31 March 2014, down 8.9% year-on year, as continuing weakness in Airfreight and Oceanfreight overall impacted Freight Management performance, where revenues decreased 11.5% compared to the same period last year.

Adjusted EBITDA1 increased 7.5% to $43 million, driven by a strong performance in Contract Logistics where profits increased 37.8% as part of CEVA's decision to exit underperforming contracts last year, which also resulted in an expected and planned reduction in revenue in this segment. The strong performance in Contract Logistics was offset by weakness in Freight Management where lower volumes and margin pressure out of Asia adversely impacted performance.

The quarter showed momentum in new business performance led by excellent results in the Automotive sector led by two significant individual wins with blue-chip customers. These major new contracts are being implemented currently.

During the first quarter, CEVA announced a number of new contracts, expansions and enhancements, including a three year contract with MANN+HUMMEL, a customs brokerage deal with Volvo, an expanded presence in Panama City, as well as in four strategic Mexican markets, and the introduction of CEVA's Mobility Suite based on CEVA Matrix® Transportation Management Solution (TMS).

Separately, the company also announced the completion of a capital structure refinancing that extended all material maturities and increased liquidity by $100 million.


May 07, 2014: Cargolux Airlines International S.A. and Cargolux Italia S.p.A. have been awarded the status of Authorized Economic Operator (AEO).

CV ItaliaThe EU AEO status was granted by the Luxembourg and Italian customs administrations on behalf of the Directorate General for Taxation and Customs Union of the European Commission. It is recognized by all 28 EU member states and by third countries that have a mutual recognition agreement (MRA) with the EU.

The status was awarded after an in-depth procedure that included application, qualification and on-site audit phases during 2013. Each of Cargolux Airlines and Cargolux Italia were required to fulfill a range of criteria that included amongst others a compliance record with customs regulations, a satisfactory system of commercial and transport records management and appropriate safety and security standards.

As AEO operators, both airlines can offer simplified customs access for shipments throughout the EU, using electronic messages instead of paper documents. Additionally, they can benefit from customs safety and security control facilitations when goods enter or leave the customs territory of the EU. This can be extended to the international supply chain in countries holding an MRA with the EU, currently including the USA, Japan, Norway and Switzerland; while China and Canada are in negotiation.

The AEO status will also prove valuable when new EU Union Customs Code regulations are implemented in the coming years.


May 06, 2014: The Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association (GPCA) today announced the launch of a three-year assessment programme across the GCC region that will promote supply chain efficiency, flexibility and transparency in the petrochemical and chemical industry.

The Gulf Sustainability and Quality Assessment System (SQAS) is a uniform, independent and standardised programme for petrochemical logistics service providers that will enable companies to track and monitor progress in their environment, health, safety, security and quality (EHSS&Q) processes.This helps identify and improve weak areas in the supply chain and develop cost-efficient practices that shorten lead times and are environmentally sustainable.

Reports generated from the assessment will assist petrochemical and chemical companies in evaluating their service providers.

"The Gulf SQAS programme will measure the EHSS&Q standards of all the logistics service providers in the six GCC countries," said Alan Izzard, director of GPCA's SQAS program. "Certified independent assessors will evaluate a variety of technical aspects related to chemical and petrochemical warehousing, road and future rail transport and associated chemical cleaning stations, which are crucial elements of a product supply chain."

Izzard continued: "The programme will lead to an efficient and integrated system for logistics companies, driving consistent alignment with the advancements in the petrochemical and chemical industries worldwide. It will also ensure that international benchmarks are established outside the manufacturing facilities."

Dr. Abdulwahab Al Sadoun, Secretary-General of the GPCA, added: "The Gulf SQAS programme is a natural step forward in our drive towards making the region's petrochemical industry efficient, safe and successful. The initiative demonstrates that sustainability cannot be exercised in isolation, and needs to be undertaken in a holistic and integrated manner."

The programme has the support of the region's major petrochemical companies.

"To date, 29 of the region's main players, accounting for 87% of the total regional production volume, signed a declaration of support for this program" concluded Dr. Sadoun. "It is testimony of how the industry is evolving with a vision to adopt long term perspectives."

The initiative was launched during GPCA's sixth annual Supply Chain Conference, which started on May 6 and will conclude on May 8 in Dubai, UAE.

SQAS was initiated by Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council and sister organisation of the GPCA.


May 08, 2014: With an additional recent partial settlement announced today with China Airlines, Ltd. in the amount of $90 million, plaintiffs have recovered in excess of $835 million in settlements to date to compensate victims of a global conspiracy to inflate prices of air freight shipping services. These partial settlements resolve a nearly decade long case against dozens of major air freight carriers around the globe. The plaintiffs' case against the remaining defendants continues. Of these settlements, more than $475 million has already received final approval by the court.

This most recent settlement follows several additional settlements obtained by the plaintiffs on the heels of a class certification hearing at the end of 2013 in the federal Eastern District of New York. The parties are awaiting the court's decision on class certification. In separate criminal probes, 21 air cargo carriers have pleaded guilty to participation in the conspiracy and agreed to criminal fines in excess of $1.8 billion.

"We're very pleased with this development, as it brings additional compensation to the many thousands of businesses harmed by this global conspiracy to inflate prices for air shipping services," said Hollis Salzman, co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs and co-chair of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Group at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. in New York.

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. attorney Meegan Hollywood also represents the plaintiffs.

The litigation, formally titled In re Air Cargo Shipping Services Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1775, is pending before the Hon. John Gleeson and Magistrate Judge Viktor V. Pohorelsky.


May 06, 2014:  American Airlines Cargo today further expands its global cold chain capabilities with the opening of a controlled room temperature (CRT) facility at its London Heathrow Airport (LHR) cargo warehouse.

The new 300-square-foot facility is designed to maintain a temperature range of 15 to 25 degrees Celsius and will allow the airline to further enhance the critical temperature control required for passive healthcare shipments such as pharmaceuticals and biologicals.

AA CRT LHR"We offer an exceptional experience for customers who are shipping time- and temperature-sensitive products, and this is just another way we're investing in our ExpediteTC cold chain program," said Tristan Koch, managing director of cargo sales in Europe. "This new facility will help us to ensure shipments transiting, originating or connecting in London are placed in the best possible environment while they are in our care, giving our customers the peace of mind they deserve."

The London Heathrow CRT facility is the carrier's first in Europe and features the latest technology including high-tech monitoring to log temperature data as well as passive alarming and notification.

"This new room and its constant temperature will assist shippers and forwarders with two-day packages by helping to extend the life of gel packs used within the packaging," Koch said. "The facility will be of special interest to our Irish pharmaceutical customers, who have goods that transit London Heathrow on the way to other international destinations."

Today, American offers CRT rooms in key cities across its network, including Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Chicago O'Hare (ORD), Miami (MIA), San Juan (SJU) and New York Kennedy (JFK). The new facility at London Heathrow is the latest in a series of investments to American's infrastructure. The carrier is currently working to build a new 30,000-square-foot dedicated cold chain facility in Philadelphia (PHL), one of the most strategic markets in the United States.

American Airlines Cargo continues to see strong growth in its ExpediteTC cold chain program. In the first quarter of 2014, the carrier reported a 15 percent increase in passive business over the previous year.


May 09, 2014: DB Schenker in Belarus was named as the 'recommended provider of logistics services of the Organizing Committee (Direction) of the 2014 IIHF Ice-Hockey World Championship' in Minsk, which will be held from May 9 till 25, 2014.

DB Schenker is offering complex and global logistics services including air and ocean freight, land transport, customs clearance, onsite services, warehousing and local services such as team equipment transports.

16 teams are preparing for the start. To support them and to ensure that all athletes can concentrate purely on winning the tournament, DB Schenker in Minsk provides extensive local team luggage services and customs procedures. Dedicated trucks will accompany each team from airport to the team headquarters and venues on behalf of the organizing committee.

DB Schenker is also supporting to equip the two official fan zones near the arenas. The fan zones are permanent installations and invite fans from all around the world to communicate and share their joint interest for ice hockey. The action is not only limited to broadcasting, but will also host other festive and sports events such as concerts, playgrounds, mini-tournaments and many other things.

The range of commodities include stand building structures, welcome desks, uniforms for officials and volunteers, mascots, office equipment, doping test and broadcasting equipment and a large range of fan articles and official merchandise.


Index will allow companies to measure beyond first tier suppliers and determine practices in risk, ethics and sustainability.

May 06, 2014:The Ethisphere Institute, an independent center for research, best practices and thought leadership in corporate ethics and compliance, and the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), a professional association for procurement and supply chain management practitioners and their organizations worldwide, have partnered to develop the Supplier Risk Index, an online resource for organizations to survey the practices among their suppliers and their supplier's suppliers.

The ISM Services business unit has worked closely with Ethisphere to align the Supplier Risk Index with the needs of procurement and supply chain professionals.

"The Supplier Risk Index will enable companies, and specifically our membership organizations, to be more proactive in their approach to supplier due diligence," said ISM Services President, Bill Michels, CPSM, C.P.M., MCIPS. "ISM Services will be able to equip companies with a comprehensive survey of risk, ethics, and sustainability indices, providing unprecedented insight into their supply chains and enable companies to determine a risk profile that can better align supply chain practices with key business strategies."

Capable of surveying an organization's entire supply chain, the Supplier Risk Index identifies risks and grades organizations based on self-reported practices to help companies mitigate key risks and protect their reputations in a cost-effective and measurable way. The data gathered is comparable by the host organization and can be a useful tool for suppliers when shared during new business opportunities.

"As the global market continues to expand, organizations are increasingly putting their reputations in the hands of their suppliers," said Ethisphere CEO, Timothy Erblich. "As a recognized thought leader in the space with 100 years of experience and insight, ISM is the ideal partner to develop a resource to further support supply chain practitioners in aligning their suppliers with their business practices.

"Shire Pharmaceuticals is committed to best practices in supply chain and adding further clarity around the practices of our suppliers below the first tier," said Shire Pharmaceuticals' VP Global Procurement, Bill Dempsey. "We applaud an initiative like the Supplier Risk Index.

"As a global leader in real estate services operating in more than 75 countries, we engage thousands of vendors around the globe on behalf of our clients, who count on us to take a leadership role analyzing our partner and supplier relationships," said Jones Lang LaSalle's Global General Counsel, Mark Ohringer. "We are proud to be an early adopter of the Supplier Risk Index, which we believe is reducing enterprise risk and differentiating us from our competition."


May 01, 2014: After months of construction, planning and testing, Emirates SkyCargo's freighter fleet today officially started operating from its new cargo terminal at Dubai World Central's (DWC) Al Maktoum International Airport.

The official start of operations was marked by the very early morning arrival of an Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777 Freighter from London Heathrow, carrying a full load of more than 100 tonnes of cargo. The load of cargo included vehicles, ship spares, pharmaceuticals, oilfield equipment and an aircraft engine, some of which are for distribution in the U.A.E., while other cargo will be carried onward by Emirates passenger aircraft at Dubai International Airport (DXB) to various markets around Emirates' network, such as South Africa, China, India and South Korea.

Construction of phase one of the cargo terminal and supporting facilities began in July last year, and with its completion operations are now in full swing with 250 staff on site. The newly opened terminal is equipped with start-of-the-art technology and will be able to handle 700 000 tonnes of cargo annually and have 500 staff when phase two, scheduled to be completed by September this year, comes into operation. The terminal has the potential for further expansion to reach 1 million tonnes.EAD 777F Tarmac Extended

"The start of operations at DWC today is a major milestone for Emirates SkyCargo. Our various teams, along with many of our partners and stakeholders, have been working very hard over the past few months to complete phase one of the project. We have also held numerous trials to test the readiness of every aspect of the facility and the movement of cargo between the DWC and Dubai International to ensure a smooth transition and enable us to meet our customers' expectations," said Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo.

"We are very pleased that we have met our timelines and the move has gone according to plan. This new facility gives us the additional space and capacity required to manage the growth of our cargo business and have a dedicated, modern and efficient hub for our freighter operations, which contribute 35 percent of Emirates SkyCargo's total revenue," he added.

Emirates SkyCargo currently has a fleet of 12 freighters, 10 Boeing 777 Fs and two Boeing 747-400 ERFs, which operate to more than 50 destinations around the world. Cargo arriving on freighters will be transported by dedicated trucking services between DWC and Dubai International Airport along the Emirates Road (E-611) which will be the main corridor for connecting cargo between freighters and the passenger fleet. The current trucking fleet numbers 47, which will be increased relative to future growth requirements.

The newly opened terminal is equipped with state-of-the-art technology. It features a fully automated material handling system which is one of the world's first to have an automated Quick Dolly Transfer System that enables quick transfer of 6 Unit Load Devices (ULDs) simultaneously. In addition, an automated pallet handling system, advanced storage system, offices, workstation areas, modern communication and security systems and many amenities for employees, including canteens have been installed. The perishable area has been designed to handle about 140 000 tonnes of cargo per annum, featuring three large areas each with different temperature ranges.

The terminal infrastructure also includes 45 truck docks and 80 truck parking spaces, in addition to 12 aircraft stands directly in front of the terminal.


May 05, 2014: Iran's second home-made ocean-going cargo ship, named 'Iran Shahr-E-Kord', was successfully tested in the waters off the country's southern port city of Bandar Abbas, the managing director of Iran Ship Building and Offshore Industries Complex Co. (ISOICO) announced.Iran container ship

Addressing a ceremony to mark the launch of the ocean-going ship, Hamid Rezaeian said that Iranian experts in ISOICO have built the ship in Bandar Abbas.

With a length of 187 meters and a width of 30 meters, the ship has the capacity to carry 2,200 containers.

He added that some of the main parts of the ship, including the deck parts, have been built in Shahr-e Kord, the capital city of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province in central Iran.

Rezaeian went to say that Iran Shahr-E-Kord ocean-going cargo ship is a high-speed and "an advanced and up-to-date" container ship, and added that the ship will soon be delivered to the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL).

According to reports, ISOICO has also produced Iran's first ocean-going ship named "Iran-Arak". It was launched in 2009. It weighs over 7000 tons and is able to carry over 30,000 tons of cargo or 2,200 TEU.

Iran-Arak can accelerate to 32 knots (59.3 km/h) and is able to sail 25 days non-stop. The vessel, which has cost $50 million to construct, has a length of 185 meters, a beam of 30 meters, and a draft of 10 meters and uses more than 16.7 MW to reach 21.5 knots (39.8 km/h).

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