Destination Bremen – Breakbulk Europe 2018

Destination Bremen – Breakbulk Europe 2018

Each year, the world’s largest exhibition for the project cargo and breakbulk industry gathers professionals together to share thoughts, strengthen connections and start new relationships.

 

For more than a decade it has been a ‘not to be missed’ event for cargo owners, ocean carriers, freight forwarders, ports and terminals and all who are interested in this vibrant industry! We are sure this year, Breakbulk Europe will be just as great as always, even though for the first time it will be held in a different location.

Will BREMEN, in northern Germany, meet the expectations of the Breakbulk Europe attendants?

We bet it will! And as during this year’s exhibition, we are calling ourselves ‘Your cargo’s concierge’, we are duty-bound to introduce Bremen to you with some of its best assets and secrets!

There is no surprise Bremen was chosen as the new hub for the shipping industry professionals. Bremenports are Europe’s fourth-largest container handling terminal, Germany’s second largest port, and, most of all, Germanys No. 1 breakbulk port! But terminals in Bremen and Bremerhaven handle actually all kinds of freight and are very universal. They are called a hotspot for logistics expertise, with more than 1,000 companies in the docks, transport and logistics industries, and a centre of competence for maritime safety. The twin ports are constantly developing and improving their services and they will definitely continue to rank amongst the most important universal ports in Europe.

What about the city of Bremen itself? Attending the Breakbulk Europe Exhibition is a great occasion to enjoy its charms! There is plenty of choice among the popular attractions of Bremen and everyone seeking some cultural experiences will find something interesting.

Bremer Marktplatz, as home to some of the greatest of the city’s attractions, is a perfect start to explore the city. You can find there one of the most beautiful civic buildings, The Town Hall, and its five-and-a-half-meter-tall Roland statue, which are among Bremen’s main historical attractions and since 2004 they have enjoyed UNESCO World Heritage status.

Another place not to miss would be Böttcherstrasse, the city’s most famous 100-metre-long lane full of remarkable architecture, museums, art studios but also charming shops and restaurants that are fun to explore.

There is also an interesting interactive science centre, called Universum, with over 300 exhibits you can play with while getting some knowledge about Nature, Humans and Technology. The impressive futuristic building is reminiscent of a maritime creature, but the question is, is it rather a mussel shell or a whale?

Of course, the city of Bremen has much more to offer and among the 25 Best Things to Do in Bremen, you will definitely find your favourite ones!

 

We have been preparing for the exhibition for months, and nothing excites us more than meeting you all in Messe Bremen.
If you are wondering why we call ourselves ‘a cargo’s concierge’, pop around and have a chat with our breakbulk specialists!
We will be there at the stand 648, always at your service!

 

In the meantime, have a look at the infographic that will let you explore Bremen in just a few minutes!

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Port Focus: Mexican Ports

Port Focus: Mexican Ports

During last few years Mexican authorities have been working on the major port modernization program for Mexican ports to meet the increased demand for logistics and supply services. They are investing about 48 billion pesos ($3.2 billion) in the projects that focus on preparing the ports for the increased E&P activity offshore Mexico.

Last year we could observe a major increase if it comes to the cargo volumes handled by the Mexican ports. According to The Secretariat of Communications and Transportation of Mexico (SCT) volumes increased by 12.2% passing the mark of 6m teu for the first time in its history.

There are four strategic locations that handle most of Mexico’s traffic: two ports in the Pacific coast, Manzanillo and Lázaro Cárdenas, and two ports in the Atlantic coast, Altamira and Veracruz.

The goal of the SCT is for these ports to become International Class Ports thanks to the major development and modernization that will increase the storage capacity and allow the access for bigger vessels.

 

Have a look at the infographic below to see how the Mexican ports’ cargo volume has grown!

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Zero Emissions – Facts and Figures Infographic

Zero Emissions – Facts and Figures Infographic

One of our writers, Rhys Rodriguez, recently wrote an in depth article on how the shipping industry is planning to combat climate change, introduce new was to use fuel and become a zero emission industry

Carbon emissions are destructive to the Earth, and the supply chain is partly accountable for releasing them. The global logistics industry contributes a combined 4% of the world’s carbon emissions a year, yet was not formally cited in the Paris Agreement (PA) on climate change. Instead, the PA tasked the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) and the IMO (International Maritime Organisation)to regulate in accordance with the 2°C by 2020 target.

Rachel Finch from the design and marketing team has put together an infographic of the key points raised by Rhys on how the industry is planning to change, grow and become greener.

To read Rhys full article, click the link below.
Port Focus: Mexican Ports

Port Focus: Mexican Ports

Last year we could observe a major increase if it comes to the cargo volumes handled by the Mexican ports.

Blockchain – Revolutionizing Shipping

Blockchain – Revolutionizing Shipping

The Maritime industry is entering a new generation of technological advances. Whether that be environmental, transportation or digital. Things are about to change

A term that has come up a lot in recent months has been ‘Blockchain’. But when I talk to people about this ground-breaking technology, that promises to revolutionize container logistics, not many people understand it.

So, what is it?

Blockchain’s store information across a network of personal computers making them not just decentralised but distributed. This means no central company or person owns the system but everyone can use it and help run it. This makes it very difficult for it to be . The people who run the system use their computer to hold bundles of ‘blocks’ (records) that can be submitted to others in a chronological chain. The blockchain uses a form of math called cryptography to ensure records can’t be counterfeited. Old transactions are preserved forever and new transactions are irreversible once added.

The blockchain is best known as the underlying foundation for the crypto-currency, Bitcoin. Digital cash you can send to anyone, this is different to normal money as there isn’t a financial middleman involved. Instead, people from all over the world help move the digital money by validating others bitcoin transactions with their personal computers.

Bitcoin uses blockchain by tracking records of ownership over the digital money, so only one person can be the owner at a time. The money can’t be spent twice like counterfeit money in the physical world can. Bitcoin is just the beginning, in the future, blockchains that manage and verify online data could enable us to launch companies that are entirely run by algorithms. This would help us protect our online identities and even track the billions of devices on the internet of things. These innovations will change our lives forever and it’s all just the beginning.

How will this relate to shipping?

Container logistics is a £3 trillion a year industry, using various IT systems and massive amounts of data-entry-type paperwork. Maersk and IBM have teamed up to start using blockchain to track its cargo. For Maersk, it gives buyers, sellers and customers an official way to keep track of the goods it hauls. Everyone involved can see where the shipment is at any point. Shipping crosstrade can have up to 30 people involved, having 200 separate interactions that all require different sets of documents.

 

1 Shipment:

People Involved

 

Separate Interactions

This is usually done by countless emails, phone calls and sometimes even fax. Blockchain will allow customs officials to upload a copy of a signed document (approving the transaction/shipment) where everyone can see it. This could save up to £230 per container in terms of the labour that process documents. So, an Ultra Large Container ship that can carry 18,000 containers, could mean the savings for one ship’s full cargo would amount to £4.4 million.

The great thing about Blockchain is that no one needs permission to implement it into their business. But everyone involved would have to be ‘on board’ with the technology for it to work effectively. With a wide lack of understanding still present, this could take years to implement.

 

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Practice makes perfect

Practice makes perfect

Did you know when a movement is repeated over time, a long-term Muscle memory is created for this work?

When you do the same thing over and over, it gets easier with time. You start doing it without thinking.  For example, consider walking: Walking is a big effort for babies, but once you’ve gained muscle memory, it gets so easy.

The muscles themselves do not remember anything; rather, the brain stores memories of actions that muscles repeat. Interestingly, when pianists hear pieces they have played, their fingers begin to follow and play with music.

So, what happens when you have been repeating a task for more than 23 years?

After 23 years of practice, you have perfected shipping methods across the globe.

How do we do it?

We have passion and perseverance.
After 23 years we have made strong and trusted connections with like-minded professionals. Our shipping staff across the globe work closely with over 200 trusted agents in more than 80 countries to offer all the support your supply chain needs.

We get better at the things we care about.
We handle complex shipments that demand a high level of service from experienced personnel. Our innovative shipping methods would not be possible without our huge bank of resources built over 22 years in the forwarding market.

We believe that we can improve.
We can grow our capacity to learn and to solve problems. Our planning procedures ensure we never misdiagnose the correct solutions. We are one of the few forwarders in the industry who can consistently provide stability of service and schedules across multiple trades.

The more you practice ways of doing things, the more naturally they’ll come.
Hanjin Shipping Bankruptcy: Just the Tip of the Iceberg?

Hanjin Shipping Bankruptcy: Just the Tip of the Iceberg?

After Hanjin confirmed its collapse on Wednesday filing for court receivership, things have escalated quickly

Nearly half of Hanjin vessels have been refused from ports around the world, with ten ships and counting arrested at Asian Ports.

Freight rates between Asia-Europe and Asia-US are soaring as desperate shippers scramble to move their cargo from Hanjin vessels. The company have been suspended from the CKYHE alliance and shippers using the alliance partners may be caught up in the chaos, posing significant delays to cargo whilst the shock waves settle.

Hyundai Merchant Marine have already offered some support on the Asia – Europe routes deploying vessels on the trade lane to alleviate some of the headache for trapped shippers, (at a price of course).

Although it comes as no surprise that Hanjin announced its bankruptcy, the chain of events has sent a sobering wake up call to the industry of how quickly things unravel. Repercussions will be felt across global supply chains globally with US retailers urging government to intervene to minimise disruption.

Hanjin Shipping in Numbers Infographic

Where does the industry go from here?

Hanjin is by far the biggest bankruptcy the industry has seen and its demise has become a stark reminder of the industry’s woes.

David Fickling, Bloomberg Gadfly columnist highlighted that the acquisition of Hanjin’s assets by other shipping lines isn’t going to solve the problem, the problem being too many containerships and not enough container traffic. We are experiencing the biggest slump in global trade since 2011 alongside consistent overcapacity in the market.

“What need to happens is for these ships need to disappear and that’s just not happening. Either that demand recovers or essentially these ships have to be not just put into administration, but demolished, in Pakistan and Bangladesh beaches and torn into scrap. But scrap prices are low so this is not an attractive option.

But ultimately that is going to be how this problem is solved. Either global trade recovers and grows into this extra capacity or the solution is not going to be in the office of the bankruptcy or M&A lawyer but in a scrapyard.”

Sources: FT, Reuters, Alphaliner, Bloomberg Business

 

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