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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.

Air France KLM partners Air France KLM Martinair Cargo has selected SkyCell - a purpose-led technology company engaged in transforming the pharmaceutical supply chain – as its preferred unit load device (ULD) tracking partner.

This latest partnership will see SkyCell deploy its state of the art, built for purpose IoTs across Air France KLM Martinair Cargo’s entire ULD fleet; providing the airline group with real-time visibility into its ULD operations on the SkyMind platform and driving significant operational and cost efficiencies.

With SkyMind, Air France KLM Martinair Cargo will gain complete control over ULD operations — mitigating the extensive manual efforts historically associated with tracing and tracking, leading to substantial time and cost savings, as well as boosting operational efficiency.

SkyMind utilises state-of-the-art technology, including advanced readers and tags, to provide airlines with real-time visibility into their entire ULD fleet. This visibility enables airlines to make informed decisions and operate proactively rather than reactively, resulting in improved operational efficiency.

Adriaan den Heijer, EVP Air France-KLM Cargo and Managing Director Martinair: “We’ve decided to invest in the latest asset tracking technology with SkyCell. A new technology solution called SkyMind has been developed. Implementing state-of-the-art tracking devices to locate our ULDs will not only enable us to track our assets but will also significantly enhance our operational quality. Real-time ULD tracking will enable us to address the issue of ULD losses, whether by ground handling partners or our valued customers, and will ensure seamless movement of cargo. With improved ULD management, we can optimise our operations and deliver exceptional service to our air cargo industry partners.”

Nico Ros, CTO and co-founder SkyCell: “We’re excited about our partnership with Air France KLM Martinair Cargo as we establish a new standard in technology for Air Cargo’s ULD (Unit Load Device) management. This achievement is made possible through our close cooperation with Air France KLM Martinair Cargo and the integration of SkyMind, our IoT-driven visibility platform with specialised ULD management. The partnership marks a major transformation in the airline industry towards automation, with a strong focus on efficient ULD management, streamlined dispositioning and improved asset utilisation.”

Maersk Tamil Nadu A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) and the Government of Tamil Nadu signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today during the Tamil Nadu Global Investors Meet 2024.

As per this MoU, Maersk and the Government of Tamil Nadu entered a partnership that allows both to explore strategic opportunities together and enable the state’s growing trade.

"We have a long-standing 25-year relationship with the state of Tamil Nadu. The state’s conducive business ecosystem, robust infrastructure and a future-proof talent pool make it an attractive destination to invest in. We offer robust integrated logistics solutions in Tamil Nadu to various global and local customers across sectors such as Renewables, Automotive, Electronics, etc. Looking at the potential for growth in trade out of the state, we are now ready to explore opportunities that will allow us to develop land for integrated logistics hubs, build warehousing infrastructure and a sustainable distribution network to strengthen our integrated logistics solutions." Vikash Agarwal, Managing Director, Maersk South Asia.

Tamil Nadu is currently the third-largest contributor to India’s GDP, with the potential to become the second-largest next year. It is also the third-largest exporter from India, with an ambition to become a 1 trillion USD economy by 2030. In a state with such ambitions and a clear roadmap aided by a conducive business ecosystem, the right policy framework, a competitive environment and a large pool of young and future-proof talent, it is a win-win for Maersk and the state to partner and explore all potential opportunities for enabling trade.

The state of Tamil Nadu is currently connected to the global ocean network through Maersk’s two major service calls. Further, Maersk has a robust distribution network that connects the ocean ports to the hinterland, where many of the manufacturers and consumers are located. Maersk also has a cold storage facility in Chennai, which caters to its customers’ frozen and chilled cargo.

In addition to these, Maersk will now explore opportunities to invest in land development to create logistics hubs. These logistics hubs will implement the best practices from global examples to drive maximum efficiency while delivering resilience to customers’ supply chains. Maersk will also study the customer needs for storage facilities and build modern, state-of-the-art warehousing facilities that would incorporate the latest Warehouse Management Systems for the most efficient inventory management and focus on waste reduction. Finally, Maersk will also invest in building a fleet of electric trucks that will ensure sustainable and environment-friendly distribution. This is an imperative for some of the top customers of Maersk who have set for themselves stringent NetZero targets and who reply on logistics partners who can deliver decarbonised solutions.

"We are happy to collaborate with Maersk as a strategic logistics partner. To attract global investments into the state, the availability of effective logistics and supply chain solutions is key. We believe this collaboration would bring the right global expertise, network, and ambition to enable the growth of trade in the state. Guidance, Tamil Nadu shall facilitate necessary support and bolster existing conducive environment to implement best global practices for proposed investments." V. Vishnu IAS, Managing Director and CEO, Guidance, Tamil Nadu.

The Government of Tamil Nadu will provide Maersk with the right access to information, enable faster decision-making and provide a conducive environment to implement the latest in technology and best global practices.

While Maersk will continue serving the focus sectors of Renewables, Automotive, Electronics, Textiles & Apparel, and Chemicals, it will also explore potential opportunities in serving the sunrise sectors of pharma, footwear and finished leather goods and technical textiles. Maersk will further work towards creating integrated logistics solutions with a special emphasis on these sectors to enable them to achieve scale and global competitiveness.

APM castellon sale After careful evaluation, APM Terminals has decided to divest its terminal facility in Castellón, Spain (APM Terminals Castellón) upon reaching an agreement with Noatum Terminals, which is part of Noatum, an AD Ports Group company.

The agreement, which saw Noatum Terminals acquire 100% of the facility for a total purchase consideration (Enterprise Value - EV) of EUR 10 million, has obtained all regulatory and stakeholder approvals and the change of ownership will take place effective immediately. In parallel, a long-term agreement with the stevedoring union has been achieved which will assure stability and high productivity in the coming years.

Noatum ‘s investment in Castellón, where it has already been managing a multipurpose terminal since 2004, is part of its strategy to consolidate its position in Spain. The acquisition follows various improvements implemented at Noatum Terminal Castellón, aimed at modernising and maintaining the existing facilities and equipment.

With the acquisition of APM Terminals, Noatum’s combined capacity at Castellón is 250,000m2 in size and an annual capacity to handle 250,000 TEUs, representing around 70% of the container volume capacity of the Port of Castellón.

In addition, the two terminals, which also can handle 2 million tonnes of bulk cargo alongside RoRo, are connected via direct rail links to the hinterland and serve the Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa regions – thereby positioning the port to be more competitive in capturing volumes and serving various industry sectors. It is also worth mentioning that the Castellón region holds the world's largest tile production, with 80% of its production destined for export.

APM Terminals decided to divest its terminal in the Port of Castellón after careful consideration which concluded that the terminal's activities do not fit fully with its business strategy. Keeping in mind the existing commitment to the port and its customers, the company subsequently sought an investor with a strong position in Castellón alongside capabilities and commitment to serve the customers and the specific needs of the terminal.

With this acquisition, Noatum Terminal Castellón expands its operational capacity for bulk, general cargo and container processing, while maintaining APM Terminals' third-party services and agreements at this location.

“This decision comes after careful analysis. The Castellón terminal, acquired by APM Terminals in 2015 with the purchase of the TCB Group, is not a strategic asset for APM Terminals and A.P. Moller–Maersk, and therefore plays a limited role in achieving our strategic goals,” commented Carlos Arias, Managing Director, Spanish Gateway Terminals at APM Terminals.

CPKC program record Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) today proudly announced that the 2023 CPKC Holiday Train program raised a record $1.8 million and collected more than 160,000 pounds of food for local food banks and food programs in the United States and Canada over the last four weeks.

Completing its 25th year, the CPKC Holiday Train has raised more than $24.3 million and collected approximately 5.3 million pounds of food for community food banks in Canada and the United States since its inaugural journey back in 1999.

Additionally, the CPKC Holiday Express train this year visited 20 communities in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi raising US$200,000 for the Salvation Army.

“Once again, people in big cities and small towns across the CPKC network came together to celebrate the season and support their local communities,” said Keith Creel, CPKC President and CEO. “We wish to thank the hundreds of thousands who gathered to see the Holiday Train over the past four weeks and express our gratitude to all those who gave so generously to support local food banks.”

CPKC Holiday Train concerts ran between Nov. 21 and Dec. 19, featuring performances by musical artists Virginia to Vegas, Trudy, Anyway Gang, Tyler Shaw, Kiesza, Seaforth, Tenille Townes, Breland, MacKenzie Porter and Dallas Smith.

This year’s Holiday Train concert tour stopped in 191 communities in six Canadian provinces and 14 U.S. states and for the first time traveled to communities south of Kansas City, Mo. in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana.

CPKC also operated the Tren Navideño, a specially-decorated train adorned with lights and festive scenes, bringing the holiday spirit to nine communities across Mexico as part of a unique holiday tradition running since 2010.

Los Angeles C40 Shanghai The Port of Los Angeles announces the appointment of Chris Brown to Chief Harbor Engineer, the lead position overseeing the Port’s Engineering Division.

Brown replaces Dina Aryan-Zahlan, who was recently promoted to Deputy Executive Director of Development at America’s busiest port.

As Chief Harbor Engineer, Brown will lead the planning, development and design of infrastructure and facilities that support the diverse operations of the nation’s busiest seaport, including wharves, terminals, rail, roadways and public space.

“Chris has been a pivotal player in many Port infrastructure projects over the last two decades, including the award-winning Wilmington Waterfront Park and the current Port-wide electrification program,” said Aryan-Zahlan. “This promotion recognizes all his hard work, dedication and contributions to these critical infrastructure programs. We are excited and proud to see him take on this important leadership role.”

Most recently, Brown was the Assistant Chief Harbor Engineer responsible for division sections handling structural, specifications, architectural and electrical elements of Port infrastructure projects. Prior to that, he served as the Harbor Engineer in charge of division sections on structural, specifications, right of way, technology and CADD. From 2000–2015, he held various roles—including section head, program manager and designer—on a number of projects, most notably as project manager for the Wilmington Waterfront Park, which won Engineering News Record’s “Best of the Best Award” in 2012.

Brown started his career as a student engineer at the Port in 1993. Following a four-year stint at Holmes & Narver (now AECOM), he returned to the Port of Los Angeles and progressively built his career. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Southern California, and his master’s degree in structural engineering from the University of Maryland.

In addition to being a registered civil engineer in California, Brown is a certified construction documents technologist as designated by the Construction Specification Institute, where he serves as a board member. Brown is also a senior certified professional with the Society for Human Resource Management.

EUROGATE CTW The Damietta Alliance Container Terminal (DACT) has signed the final financing contract for its state-of-the-art container terminal in Damietta, Egypt.

The financing consortium comprises international development banks including European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (“EBRD”), the International Finance Corporation(“IFC”), Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (“AIIB”), DEG and Proparco.

The signing event for the contract took place yesterday in the New Administrative Capital Cairo at the Ministry of Transport in presence of the Transport Minister of Egypt, the Minister of International Cooperation of Egypt, as well as the German Ambassador. Representatives from all lending institutions, DACT's management team, and consortium partners came together to mark this significant milestone in the project's development.

"We are particularly proud that this group of prominent development institutions, including EBRD, IFC, AIIB, DEG and Proparco is supporting the Damietta Alliance consortium with know-how, as well as a landmark financing package tailored to the necessities of the project," stated Tom Eckelmann, CEO of the EUROGATE Group.

“Our investment in the new terminal aims to open up new markets and boost economic growth in the region. The enhanced infrastructure will significantly improve our transshipment operations in the East Mediterranean market and at the same time provide better access to the local Egyptian trade”, said Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd AG.

While the construction of the infrastructure is currently underway, the management team of DACT is already engaged in Damietta. The Go-Live of the terminal is scheduled for the beginning of 2025, with a final total operational capacity of 3.3 million TEU. The terminal will serve as Hapag-Lloyd's dedicated strategic transshipment hub in the East Mediterranean.

The Joint Venture, "Damietta Alliance Container Terminal S.A.E.," consists of three core shareholders: Hapag-Lloyd Damietta GmbH (39%), Eurogate Damietta GmbH (29.5%), and Contship Damietta Srl (29.5%). Additionally, Middle East Logistics & Consultants Group and Ship & C.R.E.W. Egypt S.A.E. each hold a 1% stake in the venture.

FedEx AsiaFedEx Corporation (NYSE: FDX) announced today that Silvia Davila has been elected to the FedEx Board of Directors.

Ms. Davila serves as the regional president of Latin America for Danone S.A., where she is responsible for leading operations in Mexico and for all categories in the Latin America region. She brings vast experience in leading financial and digital transformations to achieve sustained growth, as well as promoting diversity and inclusion and leveraging innovation for ESG agendas. Prior to Danone, Ms. Davila served as the vice president and global food chief marketing officer at Mars Belgium. She has held various leadership roles at Mars, Procter & Gamble, and McDonald’s.

“Ms. Davila is a tremendous addition to the FedEx Corporation Board of Directors, and we are pleased to welcome her and her unique skillset,” said Frederick W. Smith, FedEx Corp. Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board. “Her leadership skills and extensive expertise will provide great value to FedEx as we continue to execute our global transformation.”

Ms. Davila will serve on the Compensation and Human Resources and Cyber and Technology Oversight Committees.

Following Ms. Davila’s appointment, the FedEx Board of Directors consists of 14 directors, 12 of whom are independent.

POABI Lumut Port of Antwerp-Bruges International (PoABI) and Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Perak (PKNP), a state development agency, have formed a strategic partnership to develop the port of Lumut in Perak state, Malaysia.

The European Commission has awarded a €1.9 million grant for feasibility studies, recognizing the port’s potential as a logistics and industrial hub. For PoABI, this is the first major project in Southeast Asia.

Malaysia lies in a major international shipping lane between the Strait of Malacca and the South China Sea. Located in Perak state, Lumut is a smaller port between Kuala Lumpur in the south and Penang in the north. Thanks to this strategic location, the port has great potential as a logistics and industrial hub.

PoABI, a subsidiary of Port of Antwerp-Bruges, supports and strengthens overseas ports and terminals through consultancy, management solutions, investment projects and training. As part of the development of the port of Lumut, PoABI set up a development company together with PKNP. This company combines PKNP's local knowledge and network with PoABI's international expertise in project management, port management and training enabling the development and management of Lumut Maritime Industrial Cluster (LUMIC). The strategic partnership aims to make Lumut a world-class maritime hub and a catalyst for Perak's growth.

Kristof Waterschoot, Managing Director PoABI: "The official establishment of this development company underlines our commitment to the development of LUMIC. Together with our partner PKNP, we are ready to create a sustainable industrial cluster, which will not only boost the local economy, but also contribute to the broader vision of progress and innovation for the state of Perak in Malaysia."
After similar projects in Duqm and Namibia, this is PoABi's first major project in Southeast Asia.

Given its strategic location and the strong confidence of foreign investors in Malaysia as the future centre of the logistics chain, the European Union has awarded a grant of EUR 1.9 million. This grant will be used for several feasibility studies. ​ Four studies on Malaysia are currently underway, laying the groundwork for a targeted approach in 2024. In the coming year, efforts will focus on Lumut and whether this port can become the gateway for Europe. This will focus on the draft master plan for LUMIC.

Movu KDL A Movu Robotics atlas pallet shuttle system gives leading logistics service provider Kris De Leeneer (KDL) approximately 45,000 storage locations and the capacity to manage a potential throughput of up to 11,000 pallet movements a week.

Importantly, this automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) fulfils KDL’s need for flexibility by allowing pallet throughput to be increased simply by adding more shuttles, while the modular rack can be extended to increase capacity to help futureproof the facility.

This project represents the first Movu atlas system for the third party logistics (3pl) market. The solution meets the issues of 3pl industry by providing flexible in product handling and throughput. In this sector it can be hard to foresee accurately future business levels, types of customers, the resulting throughput and number of pallets required, so flexible intralogistics is a must.

Founded in 2001, KDL is geared to helping its clients boost their supply chain management and move their businesses forward. The Movu atlas shuttle system plays a vital role in fulfilling these aims, sits at the heart of KDL’s new state-of-the-art 10,000 square metre Distribution Centre (DC). Opened at the end of 2022, the DC is located in Lokeren, Belgium. Being next to the highway, where land is more expensive, KDL wanted to go with height for storage to minimise the building’s footprint.

For its customers in the Chocolate Industry, stock may include ingredients and primary goods for chocolate making through to bars and boxes of chocolates, numbering as many as 1000 SKUs depending on the stock profile.

The new DC is designed to assist KDL in further improving its service for customers and to provide room for expansion of its own business. It not only centralises all logistical services on to a CO2-neutral site, but also reflects the company’s vision of the future: ‘better, bigger and easier’.

Helping to realise this vision, the Movu atlas shuttle system was installed in summer 2022 to provide a high density, multi-pallet position AS/RS. Without the need for lift truck aisles, the atlas system maximises storage capacity on a given footprint, while also removing manual handling, helping to reduce both personnel risk and picking errors.

Movu designed a system comprising a 28 metre high atlas rack comprising ten levels, with a footprint of 60 x 100 metres to accommodate the 45,000 locations. Pallets are moved and organised within the rack on a fleet of 20 Movu atlas pallet shuttles. These self-powered robotic carriers transport pallets on the rails of the rack’s storage lanes, where the pallets are housed, and on the rails of the main lane that runs across the storage lanes. Movu WES software manages the shuttle traffic within the rack, issuing orders from KDL’s Warehouse Management System (WMS). Movu has also provided an app that allows authorised operators to control the system from their smart phones.

Next to the atlas installation is the DC’s dispatch area and three mezzanine levels, each having an area of approximately 2,000 metres square, which are served by elevators and used for processing the goods. Movu collaborated with Ceratec to provide integrated in/outbound zones, advanced conveyers and turntables. Together, these systems offer a seamless flow of goods from storage to the dispatch area, where there are ten loading docks.

Trucks bring in and pick up goods 24-hours a day via the facility’s covered loading docks. After inspection and identification, pallets are placed on the internal transport system. The Movu atlas shuttles deposit and remove pallets via three lifts. KDL’s extensive Warehouse Management System controls the orders for put-away, pallet picking and replenishment.

The atlas shuttles transport a range of different types of goods that KDL manages for its clients. Pallets ­– which can include a mix of standard industry, Euro and plastic pallets – are weighed before entering the atlas system so that KDL knows what it is storing. Pallets with a loading of up to 1000 kg are stored on first two levels, with units up to 850 kg housed on the levels above.

On the mezzanines, teams perform value added services such as packaging, labelling and assembling. All pallets, including those for piece picking, are brought in or picked up by the shuttles. The system has 150 pallets per hour going in and the same figure going out. When goods are ready to go they are temporarily put into storage or taken immediately to the shipping zone.

The inherent flexibility of the Movu atlas system was a key advantage for KDL over a stacker crane-based AS/RS. With a stacker system, if one crane is out of action, the pallets in that aisle cannot be reached. It is also hard to reconfigure to meet changing requirements and is less environmentally efficient – a heavy crane takes more power than the lightweight shuttle to transport each pallet.

With Movu atlas, however, shuttles can easily be added or removed as demand requires. A swap facility allows the shuttles to change levels automatically so if, for example, there is a large number of pallets on one level, a shuttle can be brought in from a less busy level to improve its throughput.

The rack is currently 40% occupied, giving plenty of space for new customers but the Movu system also contributes the facility’s futureproofed design. A rear wall in the DC can be removed, if required, to allow an extension to the modular rack and the addition of more shuttles. The site has room to potentially double the capacity to 90,000 pallets in the future.

Stefan Pieters, CEO of Movu Robotics, says: “This project is a great demonstration of bringing easier automation to all warehouses. The atlas shuttle system offers a flexible, scaleable, modular approach to automation. It is quick to install, simple to integrate and easy to reconfigure or expand with minimal impact on ongoing operations.”

Kris De Leeneer, CEO of KDL said: “Having made the decision to introduce automation into our new DC, and after looking at other solutions, we were attracted to the flexibility offered by Movu’s atlas system. It allowed us to optimise floor space as well as to handle more pallets than we ever could manually. Furthermore, atlas is an efficient and scaleable automated warehousing solution that can adapt to our requirements due to its modularity and the ability to add shuttles as required.”

He added: “Movu Robotics is a neighbour in Lokeren, and we talk the same language. Having been a long-term customer of its parent company stow Group, we have a trust relationship – it really understands our requirements. That is why we decided that Movu was the company to design, install and maintain an automated storage and retrieval system that would meet our needs into the future.”

BIFA CBER January 2024 will see the British International Freight Association (BIFA) add a new training course to its one-day freight essentials training portfolio.

Introduction to Freight has been designed for anyone who is a complete newcomer to the world of freight and logistics and is a practical course for beginners that will give participants a good foundation in the processes involved when importing and exporting goods.

BIFA’s freight and customs training courses aim to be the most engaging within the industry, whether that be an online class, face-to-face, or eLearning. Delivered by a team of industry experts, the various courses have gained a well deserved reputation for being very informative and delivering great value for money; and that will be the case for the new course. In 2023, BIFA has trained over 1000 learners face-to-face on its various courses.

By the end of the course, participants can expect to be able to identify all parties involved in the process of importing and exporting goods, whilst understanding the process of a shipment, as well as the roles and responsibilities of the freight forwarding and logistics company and the various carriers involved.

Furthermore, the course will ensure that they will be able to determine the main elements required when arranging a shipment between a buyer and seller; and understand the common documents that may be needed and are used within the industry.

The course will define why shipping instructions are required and explain their roles and responsibilities.

It will also explain the differences between the commercial invoice and the packing list, and determine information that needs to be provided; whilst providing an overview of Incoterms 2020 and their role in the terms of sale.

Carl Hobbis, member services director at BIFA, who has management responsibility for the trade association’s training and development services said: "The course is an ideal starting point from which to move on to BIFA's ‘Freight Forwarding Essentials’ and ‘Customs Essentials’ courses, which give more insight into specific aspects of the logistics industry and customs processes, respectively.

"Anyone working for a BIFA member wishing to participate in the new course can take advantage of a special introductory offer and save £100 when they book and secure their spot on this course for only £190.”

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