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FedEx Express Leipzig FedEx Express (FedEx), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the world's largest express transportation company, today announced the opening of a new logistics facility northwest of Leipzig.

The new facility in Kabelsketal, in the immediate vicinity of Leipzig/Halle Airport, is a response to the increased volume of consignments, particularly in the larger customers’ segment.

The site, which covers over 17,000 square metres, offers space for a warehouse of around 3,400 square metres and an office area of over 850 square metres. The site has six loading bays for lorries, 63 for vans and six for 7.5-tonne trucks. Twelve charging stations have been installed for the vans and six for employees' cars. The sorting capacity has doubled compared to the previous facility. A new loading and unloading concept has reduced traffic in the warehouse and thus the risk of accidents at work. A suburban railway connection close to the site ensures good connections to the cities of Leipzig and Halle.

"We are supporting our customers in the region with their growth ambitions," says Stefan Dries, Vice President Ground Operations Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Nordics for FedEx Express. "The site in Kabelsketal is well equipped for increasing shipment volumes in both freight and parcel."

The new building in Kabelsketal is the fourth location in Germany that FedEx Express has opened in the last eighteen months. Following the opening of the Nufringen station in early summer 2022 and the modernisation of the air gateway in Stuttgart in spring 2023, the company expanded and modernised the site in Karlsruhe at the end of January.

DHL Avanti DHL Supply Chain UK today announces the introduction of a new IoT temperature monitoring device to its Avanti West Coast onboard food service in a UK rail industry first.

By guaranteeing fresh food is kept at the optimum temperature, the new device will ensure food safety and enable DHL and Avanti West Coast to save a considerable amount of food each week from going to waste.

Easy to deploy and requiring zero infrastructure, each IoT device is mounted to an individual trolley where it provides a constant monitor for the trolley’s condition. Temperature readings are then accessed using a QR code scanner.

The user-friendly devices can issue immediate feedback and alerts to operators on the condition of a trolley, enabling a more accurate decision-making process on whether food should be disposed of. With over 500 trolleys supplying ambient and fresh food in DHL’s Avanti West Coast network daily, the introduction of IoT temperature monitoring eliminates time-consuming and error-prone paperwork.

All food temperature data captured by the IoT monitors is stored and can be easily accessed to evaluate patterns and performance, helping to continue improving the service.

The introduction of the new IoT devices marks a first for the UK’s rail industry. Following a successful trial, the smart monitors are being rolled out across DHL’s entire Avanti West Coast network as part of DHL’s ambition to continue improving the efficiency and sustainability of its operation.

Dan Peacock, Managing Director, DHL Supply Chain says, “The significant food waste savings achieved through the introduction of smart IoT devices into our Avanti West Coast operation shows the value of innovation and digital solutions. Nurturing and deploying new technology is part of our commitment to both our customers and the environment. I’m incredibly proud of the team for seeing the opportunity for positive change and making it happen.”

Philippa Creswell, Executive Director of Onboard at Avanti West Coast, said: “We’re committed to reducing our impact on the environment and tackling our food waste is just one area that will help achieve this. Partnering with DHL on this innovative temperature monitoring device is the latest initiative to make our catering operations more sustainable – enabling us to make more informed decisions about items that can be kept or wasted.

“The technology has transformed the way we work, and we’re excited to see how it will support safety, while reducing waste across the west coast.”

IMO Fiji IMO will open its seventh Regional Presence Office, in Suva, Fiji, to serve countries and territories in the Pacific Islands region.

​IMO Secretary-General Mr. Arsenio Dominguez (left) and Minister for Public Works, Meteorological Services and Transport of Fiji, Hon. Ro Filipe Tuisawau.

IMO Secretary-General Mr. Arsenio Dominguez and the Minister for Public Works, Meteorological Services and Transport of the Republic of Fiji, Honourable Ro Filipe Tuisawau, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the IMO Headquarters in London on 18 March, confirming the arrangement.

The Regional Presence Office will support the maritime needs and priorities of countries in the Pacific Islands region, aligning IMO actions with national and regional development policies, while providing advice on key maritime issues such as training, safety and security, legislation and marine environment. The Office will facilitate active field-level engagement in the delivery of IMO's technical cooperation framework.

On behalf of the Fijian Government, Honourable Tuisawau said: “The IMO Pacific Regional Presence Office provides an opportunity to address critical issues, including the challenge of providing an efficient inter-island shipping service, to ensure the safety of our Pacific people in inter-island shipping.

“As host of this regional office, Pacific Member States will be assisted in addressing global standards for ships, and compliance issues related to energy efficiency, safety equipment and maintenance of safety systems according to IMO standards.”

Pacific Island governments have highlighted the need for more opportunities in the sector, especially for young people, including certification for seafarers and wider employment prospects.

IMO Secretary-General Dominguez said: “I welcome this opportunity to enhance the global presence of the IMO as well as our ability to work in step with the Pacific region and Member States. In addition to Fiji as host country, I would like to thank the Governments of Australia, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands for their generous financial and in-kind support which has helped make this collaboration a reality.”

The new office in Suva will be IMO's seventh Regional Presence Office, to be headed by a Regional Coordinator. It will complement existing offices in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire for West and Central Africa (Francophone); Accra, Ghana for West and Central Africa (Anglophone); Nairobi, Kenya for Eastern and Southern Africa; Manila, the Philippines for East Asia; Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago for the Caribbean; and Alexandria, Egypt for the Middle East and North Africa.

There are 14 IMO Member States in the Pacific Islands region, including Australia and New Zealand. Twelve of them are small island developing States (SIDS), three of which are categorized as least developed countries (LDCs).

worldsailingkuehneWorld Sailing, the global governing body for the sport of sailing, welcomes Kuehne+Nagel as Global Logistics Partner in an agreement lasting an initial three years.

Under the agreement Kuehne+Nagel becomes the preferred logistics partner for World Sailing’s Member National Authorities (MNAs) and all World Sailing authorised events. Leveraging its global network and expertise in logistics, Kuehne+Nagel handles the transportation of sailing equipment, boats, and other essential resources.

In addition, Kuehne+Nagel supports World Sailing’s Sustainability Agenda 2030 goals by providing visibility and full carbon emissions reporting through the myKN platform. World Sailing, its partners, MNAs, class associations and sailors can also opt for alternative fuel solutions to reduce their carbon emissions.

David Graham, World Sailing CEO, said: “We are delighted to welcome Kuehne+Nagel as our Official Logistics Partner. This partnership represents a significant opportunity to combine world leading logistics support for international sailing events with sustainable practice and efficiency. Both organisations share an aligned vision for creating a more sustainable supply chain which will enhance the logistical efficiency of our events, support sailors and make a significant contribution to World Sailing’s Sustainability goals, while also helping to develop the sport.”

Wolfgang Frässle, Vice President of Event Logistics, said, “At Kuehne+Nagel, we are delighted to be able to support World Sailing as their Global Logistics Partner and to jointly explore new standards for sustainable event logistics. This is the latest in series of global event partnership appointments for us, particularly in the sports industry. We appreciate the trust that customers place in us, which supports our goal of growing the Expo and Events Logistics footprint as part of Kuehne+Nagel’s Roadmap 2026."

Movu MorelMovu Robotics, a global leader in warehouse automation solutions that stands out by bringing easier logistics automation technologies to the world's warehouses, has announced Morel Robotics as its premier integrator in Turkey.

This collaboration aims to revolutionize the country's automation landscape by bringing accessible and cutting-edge robotic technologies to businesses across various sectors.

Movu aims to redefine the future of automation with its seamless plug-and-play solutions to drive efficiency, productivity, and safety in industries worldwide. Through this partnership, Movu Robotics will leverage Morel Robotics' extensive expertise and market presence in Turkey to introduce its advanced robotic solutions to businesses seeking to optimize their operations.

Movu escala bin shuttle, Movu atlas pallet shuttle and Movu ifollow autonomous mobile robot (AMR) will be installed in Morel Robotics' showroom as a demo center for the clients. The installation will include 4000 pallet positions, 19000 tots and 8 ifollow robots. The demo center will showcase how to upgrade warehouses with Movu's accessible automation.

"Morel Robotics brings a lot of experience and a deep understanding of the Turkish market," said Stefan Pieters, Co-CEO at Movu Robotics. "Their commitment to excellence aligns perfectly with our mission to deliver easier, modular and flexible solutions that empower businesses to thrive in an increasingly automated world."

"We are excited to partner with Movu Robotics to bring accessible plug-and-play automation to our clients in Turkey," said Hakan Aksoy, co-founder at Morel Robotics. "Together, we aim to drive technological innovation and empower businesses to achieve operational excellence via automation," added Emir Altaras, another co-founder at Morel Robotics.

With Movu's state-of-the-art robotic solutions and Morel Robotics' robust integration capabilities, businesses in Turkey can expect unparalleled opportunities to enhance their operations, streamline processes, and achieve greater competitiveness in the global market.

This partnership underscores Movu Robotics' commitment to expanding its global footprint and delivering impactful solutions to businesses worldwide. Both companies are determined to redefine the future of automation in Turkey, setting new standards for efficiency, productivity, and innovation.

Los Angeles C40 Shanghai The Port of Los Angeles processed 781,434 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in February, a 60% increase over the previous year.

It was the seventh consecutive month of year-over-year growth at the nation’s busiest port.

“Market confidence in our gateway is as strong as it’s ever been,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka at today’s media briefing. “We’ve got the world’s best longshore workforce eager to work with a long-term contract in place. And our current operational data indicates that cargo is flowing efficiently, with additional capacity available.

“With American consumers still spending and economic indicators positive, the Port of Los Angeles is well-positioned as we move into the second quarter,” Seroka added.

Seroka was joined at the Port’s media briefing by Leo Huisman, APM Terminals’ Regional Managing Director, Americas. Huisman oversees 14 container terminals in eight countries across North and South America, including APM Terminals Pacific at the Port of Los Angeles.

Huisman spotlighted how container terminals need to evolve to be successful into the future.

“Our industry has always proven resilient in the face of disruption and change over time,” Huisman said. “For our collective success in the future, terminal and port operators need to be thinking about how best to prepare for improving our infrastructure, increasing sustainability, and upskilling the workforce.”

February 2024 loaded imports landed at 408,764 TEUs, up 64% compared to the previous year. Loaded exports came in at 132,755 TEUs, an increase of 61% compared to last year. The Port processed 239,916 empty containers, up 54% over 2023.

Two months into 2024, the Port of Los Angeles has handled a total of 1,637,086 TEUs, a 35% increase over 2023.

DP World BCI DP World has launched a new collaboration with Barefoot College International (BCI), aimed at empowering rural women in Somaliland.

Through the expansion of the Solar Mamas programme, DP World and BCI are committed to providing access to clean energy and economic opportunities for women in underserved communities.

Globally, around 1 billion people lack access to electricity, with many development solutions relying on complicated technologies that are inaccessible to rural populations and difficult to maintain. Recognising this challenge, the Solar Mamas initiative works at the grassroots level to empower women with practical skills that transcend language and literacy barriers, enabling them to install and maintain solar power systems in their own villages.

In collaboration with their local communities and BCI, DP World selected 10 women from Berbera and Hargeisa to participate in a 3-month training course at BCI’s training centre in Zanzibar. During the programme, the women will learn essential skills in solar engineering and entrepreneurship, equipping them with the knowledge and tools needed to start up their own small-scale ventures in their communities.

Of the first cohort, six are from Berbera, where DP World operates the Berbera port and Berbera Economic Zone. Another four come from underprivileged areas of the capital Hargeisa. The Somaliland programme builds on the success of the Solar Mamas in Senegal, which saw its first batch of graduates in 2022. The original 19 Solar Mamas from Senegal are now well on their way to transforming their own communities by electrifying 952 homes already.

Daba Cissokho is one of the Senegal programmes’ graduates. Hailing from Kedougou in south-eastern Senegal, nearly 750km from the capital, the 42-year-old single mother of three used to run a stand in the local vegetables market to support her extended family. She speaks with pride of her new skills.

“Daba before and after the training is not the same person. I have a profession for which people will reach out to me. I am a solar engineer,” said Daba. “Women should not be scared to try or explore new things. We have so many options to improve our lives if we try”, added Fatumata Ladji Dialo, another graduate.

Maha AlQattan, Chief Sustainability Officer at DP World, emphasised the company's commitment to women's education and empowerment: "Our investment in the Solar Mamas initiative has been a resounding success, and we are thrilled to expand this program into Somaliland. By harnessing the potential of women in solar engineering and entrepreneurship, we're not just lighting up homes; we're igniting the engines of community growth and resilience."

Rodrigo Paris, CEO of Barefoot College International added: "We are incredibly fortunate to have found a partner as committed to our core values as DP World. Their support has changed the lives of marginalized women and dramatically improved living standards in their communities. Together, we are driving positive change for generations to come."

DP World financial results 2023 DP World Limited has announced resilient financial results for the year ended 31 December 2023.

On a reported basis, revenue grew by 6.6% to $18,250 million and adjusted EBITDA³ rose by 1.9% to $5,108 million with a healthy adjusted EBITDA margin of 28.0%.

Results Highlights: Revenue growth of 6.6% was supported by Drydocks World (+$0.4 billion) and full year consolidation benefit of Imperial Logistics acquisition (+$0.9 billion) with like-for-like growth driven mainly from our Ports & Terminals and Logistics business; Adjusted EBITDA increased by 1.9% to $5,108 million; Adjusted EBITDA grew 1.9% and EBITDA margin for the year stood at 28.0%. Like-for-like adjusted EBITDA margin stood at 28.9%; Profit for the year decreased by 17.7% to $1,514 million mainly due to higher finance costs.

Robust cash generation: Cash generated from operating activities increased by 2.9% to $4,579 million in 2023 ($4,451 million in 2022); Leverage (Net debt to adjusted EBITDA) on a pre-IFRS16 basis increased to 3.5x (FY2022: 2.7x) due to higher net debt. On a post-IFRS16 basis, net leverage stands at 3.8x (FY2022: 3.0x); DP World’s financial policy remains unchanged -- to manage the balance sheet at below 4.0x Net Debt to EBITDA (pre IRFS 16) and to retain a strong investment grade rating.

Selective investment in key strategic growth markets: Capital expenditure of $2,112 million ($1,715 million in 2022) was invested across the existing portfolio; Capital expenditure budget for 2024 is approximately $2.0 billion to be invested mainly in Jebel Ali (UAE), London Gateway (United Kingdom), Inland logistics (India), Dakar (Senegal), East Java (Indonesia), Callao (Peru) and Jeddah (Saudi Arabia).

DP World focused on driving revenue synergies and building long-term relationships with cargo owners: Enhanced logistics portfolio offers value-add capabilities in fast-growing markets and verticals; DP World aims to deliver supply chain solutions to cargo owners by leveraging its best-in-class infrastructure; Group is well-positioned to capitalize on the growing demand for customised solutions in the logistics industry.

Committed to transition to net zero in line with UAE 2050 Initiative: 13% decarbonisation in Scope 1 and Scope 2 carbon emissions; Committed to investing more than $500 million to reduce CO2 emissions in the next 5 years.

Resilient 2023 Performance, Outlook Remains Uncertain: Solid 2023 performance but outlook remains uncertain due to heightened geopolitical and macroeconomic headwinds; DP World remains positive on the medium to long-term outlook for global trade and is focused on delivering integrated supply chain solutions to cargo owners to drive sustainable returns.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman and CEO, said: "We are pleased to report stable results, with adjusted EBITDA increasing by 1.9% to $5.1 billion. This achievement is particularly noteworthy considering the significant challenges posed by a deteriorating geopolitical landscape and challenging macroeconomic conditions. Our strategic focus on high-margin cargo, end-to-end integrated supply chain solutions, and diligent cost optimization have played a pivotal role in securing these results. Not only has this strategy proven effective during these testing times, but it also lays a solid foundation for our sustainable long-term growth and returns.

Our Logistics businesses have demonstrated resilience in this demanding economic landscape, attracting a growing number of cargo owners to our platform. The positive feedback for our end-to-end products underscores the value of our customised solutions, empowering cargo owners to conduct trade more efficiently. Strategic investments in high-growth sectors enable us to offer value-added solutions, and we remain committed to continually enhancing our logistics platform. This includes addressing supply chain inefficiencies and improving connectivity in critical trade lanes to better serve cargo owners.

Overall, we delivered a steady performance in 2023, and despite the uncertain start to 2024 with the ongoing Red Sea crisis, our portfolio has continued to demonstrate resilience. The outlook remains uncertain due to the challenging geopolitical and economic environment. Nevertheless, we anticipate our portfolio will sustain robust performance, and we maintain a positive outlook on the medium to long-term fundamentals of the industry and DP World’s capacity to deliver sustainable returns consistently."

U FREIGHT Shanghai The U-Freight Group (UFL) has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Shanghai Hongyu Supply Chain Management Co designed to capitalise on the latter’s extensive expertise in China’s medical and healthcare sector, and UFL’s strength in international freight forwarding and logistics.

Shanghai Hongyu Supply Chain Management has a leading position in China’s supply chain management for medical and healthcare products, and the cooperation with UFL will see the two companies share resources to develop complementary domestic and foreign supply chain management networks, incorporating transportation, storage and associated logistics services.

The two companies will create a global one-stop medical supply chain service, providing clients with more choices in managing the supply chains of their medical and health care devices, as well as more integrated distribution and fulfilment operations worldwide.

Providing an important stimulus for Chinese medical and healthcare equipment manufacturers and traders to capitalise on global opportunities, the cooperation is also designed to provide effective third party logistics support for foreign health and medical device businesses to enter the Chinese market.

This cooperation will accelerate Shanghai Hongyu Supply Chain Management's global development in this niche sector by leveraging the opportunities of the UFL Group's extensive global network and 55 years of experience in international cross-border warehousing and logistics services.

Jacky Cao, general manager of Shanghai Hongyu Supply Chain Management, noted that a recent meeting of a Standing Committee of the State Council of the People's Republic of China focused on the country’s huge medical and healthcare equipment market and the need to reduce logistics costs associated with production, distribution and international expansion.

“The cooperation between Shanghai Hongyu Supply Chain Management and UFL aligns with this meeting's objectives, bringing cost effective and efficient logistics services to the medical and healthcare equipment manufacturing and procurement market, both in China and overseas.

“I firmly believe that through the cross-border integration of the logistics and procurement activities of UFL and Shanghai Hongyu Supply Chain Management, we will create even greater values, set an example in this niche sector, and drive industry development.”

Simon Wong, UFL’s CEO, says the company’s history has always been based on leveraging the benefits of cooperating with like-minded logistics businesses, rather than competing with them.

”In markets where we don’t have our own operation, we have developed exclusive partnerships with regionally strong businesses. Some of these alliances are over 40 years old. Our cooperation with Shanghai Hongyu Supply Chain Management shows how we are embracing innovation to offer one-stop manufacturing, procurement and logistics solutions in the niche medical and healthcare equipment sector.”

The alliance between the two companies will be comprehensive, encompassing not only traditional trade, but also e-commerce and other avenues.

North Standard Orca Ai NorthStandard and Orca AI have entered an exclusive partnership that will see the global marine insurer encourage its members to adopt Orca AI’s market-leading automated situational awareness solution.

Orca AI’s situational awareness platform is designed to ensure vessels can navigate safely in challenging weather conditions and through congested waters. The enhanced real time situational awareness tool enables rapid and more informed operational decision-making, reducing the likelihood of accidents or delays and ensuring a safer voyage.

The partnership will see the AI-based solution prominently feature in NorthStandard’s new Get SET! suite of innovative digital resources and practical risk-reduction tools to protect members, their crews and assets. As part of the Get SET! commitment to delivering exceptional service, NorthStandard will also incentivise members to adopt the Orca AI solution by subsidising their investments.

“Having seen how Orca AI supports the bridge team by improving their situational awareness we are confident that it reduces the number of close quarters situations. By extension this must reduce the number of collisions, so it was an easy decision to partner with them to support NorthStandard members in enhancing the safety of their operations,” said NorthStandard Global Head of Loss Prevention Colin Gillespie.

NorthStandard envisages members making significant savings as a result of using Orca AI’s advanced solution, with reduced bridge workload driving safer decisions and fewer human errors. Over time, the analysis of the available data from the Orca AI solution will allow shipowners and operators to identify safety gaps and trends in their operations that require action.

“The Orca AI platform is already used by leading shipping companies worldwide and we believe it will quickly deliver safety and operational benefits to those of our members who choose to deploy it,” Gillespie added.

Orca AI CEO and Co-founder Yarden Gross said: “We’re thrilled to be part of this first-of- its-kind collaboration with NorthStandard. The widespread availability of advanced satellite connectivity has ushered in a new era of AI-driven technologies that connect ships to shore and opened up exciting possibilities for data-driven decision-making and enhanced operational transparency.”

By continuously monitoring the maritime environment and providing real-time data and insights, the Orca AI platform equips crew members with the knowledge and skills to confidently navigate challenging marine settings. This reduces the chances of accidents or delays through improved situational awareness for the crew and better operational decision making which all help make voyages safer and more reliable.

By detecting and alerting crew to high-risk marine targets, ships can avoid unnecessary manoeuvres and speed drops, reducing fuel burn and emissions. AI helps the platform to optimize operations, thereby reducing costs and minimizing environmental impacts.

A recent analysis conducted by Orca AI showed that in 2023, 267 customer vessels reported a 26% improvement in average minimum distance sailed, and the fleet as a whole saw an overall 33% reduction in close encounters in open waters and a 40% decline in crossing events.

“We possess the world’s largest maritime visual dataset, comprising four years of data from more than 250 vessels, totalling 20 million nautical miles or 200 years of global sailing. This data is synchronized with inputs from GPS, Radar, AIS, depth, wind, rudder, and gyrocompass sensors to secure optimal accuracy,” commented Gross.

The Orca AI platform features two operational modules, the SeaPod automated navigational assistant and the FleetView application for shore offices.

SeaPod acts as a digital watchkeeper. Leveraging AI and computer vision technology, It processes multiple sources of information to detect, track and classify targets at sea, flagging potential risks to the vessel and providing real-time alerts and predictive insights to the crew.

FleetView enables fleet managers ashore to monitor and improve operational metrics, such as the number of near-miss and close-encounter events, sharp turns and sudden drops in speed under various COLREG situations.

Orca AI’s system has been granted the world’s first Product Design Assessment (PDA) certificate from class society ABS for an AI-based navigation safety platform.

The Get SET! portfolio of navigational safety products was launched in January this year with the unrolling of the NorthStandard ‘ECDIS Training Assessment’ (ETA) platform.

KuehneNagel City Zone Kuehne+Nagel has entered into an agreement to acquire City Zone Express, a subsidiary of Chasen Holdings Ltd., a Singapore Exchange Mainboard-listed company.

Headquartered in Malaysia and established in 2006, City Zone Express has over 500 employees and operates in Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, and China. The acquisition of City Zone Express will be immediately earnings-accretive and strategically enhance Kuehne+Nagel’s cross-border road logistics service offerings in Asia.

With an own fleet of 260 vehicles and 80,000sqm of warehousing space, City Zone Express offers reliable cross-border logistics services spanning the entirety of Southeast Asia up to China. When combined with Kuehne+Nagel’s own network, logistics expertise, and its eTrucknow visibility platform, customers from booming local industries like e-commerce and high-tech will benefit from a highly dependable extended offering.

Hansjörg Rodi, Member of the Management Board at Kuehne+Nagel International AG, responsible for Road Logistics, said: “Asia’s economies are an attractive area for us to develop our road logistics services in line with our Roadmap 2026. With City Zone Express, we acquire a reputable regional player whose network and capabilities ideally complement our own. It enables us to better support our customers with tailored road logistics solutions in complex cross-border environments.”

S. Pirithivaraj A/L Selvarajoo, Founder of City Zone Express, added: “We are thrilled and privileged to become a member of the Kuehne+Nagel Group, an industry leader in air and sea freight, and a renowned player in road freight. With our combined footprint in road logistics, we can better meet the growing demand for road logistics services in Southeast Asia – a region that is known as an important manufacturing hub for critical industries like high-tech, semiconductors and e-commerce.”

Completion of the transaction is expected within the coming months. The acquisition is subject to approval from applicable regulatory authorities and Chasen Holdings’ shareholders.

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