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Archives for February 2018

Papp Italia is now Dachser Italy Food Logistics

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Kempten/Pradelle di Nogarole Rocca, February 28, 2018. In 2017, Dachser fully acquired the Italian food logistics provider Papp Italia. Effective immediately, the branch in Verona in northern Italy is now called Dachser Italy Food Logistics S.R.L.

As a major food producer and consumer, Italy plays a major role in the transport of goods around Europe. This is what led Dachser to acquire a 50 percent share in Italian food logistics provider Papp Italia back in 2012 following two years of collaboration. Dachser acquired the company outright in 2017, and now the transition to Dachser systems and renaming the entity mark the final steps in the integration process.

At the heart of the integration was the migration of all logistics processes and IT systems to Dachser standard ones, a phase that was completed by mid-February. This means that Dachser Italy Food Logistics is now seamlessly integrated into all Dachser network processes. Customers benefit from the consistent product portfolio vivengo as well as from access to the eLogistics platform for end-to-end shipment tracing, proactive discrepancy notifications, and straightforward order and warehouse management. The location is also connected to a further 33 countries through the European Food Network. Every day, goods are routed from Verona to the European Food Logistics hub in Frankfurt, as well as to other terminals in the network.

Alfred Miller, Managing Director Dachser Food Logistics: “With its strategically strong position in northern Italy, Dachser Italy Food Logistics is an ideal starting point from which to expand and further internationalize our contract logistics business for food in Italy. By introducing standardized processes, we’ve made the service we can offer European food producers and retailers even more attractive. This takes our import/export business to a whole new level, which in turn further strengthens the European Food Network.”

From its headquarters and central terminal in Verona, Dachser Italy Food Logistics regularly delivers 230,000 metric tons of fresh, temperature-controlled, and ambient food to more than 1,200 (retail and industry) recipients across Italy every year. The facility near Verona has a warehouse offering 17,000 m2 of storage in a variety of temperature zones as well as 41 loading bays. Some 170 employees take care of distribution, warehousing, and administrative operations. In Taranto (Apulia), Dachser Italy Food Logistics has a branch whose main job is to organize full loads for Italy and for export.

About Dachser:

A family-owned company headquartered in Kempten, Germany, Dachser is a leading supplier of logistics services worldwide.

Dachser offers comprehensive transport logistics, warehousing, and customer-specific services in two business fields: Dachser Air & Sea Logistics and Dachser Road Logistics. The latter consists of two business lines: Dachser European Logistics and Dachser Food Logistics. Comprehensive contract-logistics services and industry-specific solutions round out the company’s offerings. A seamless shipping network—both in Europe and overseas—and fully integrated IT systems ensure intelligent logistics solutions worldwide.

Thanks to some 27,450 employees at 409 locations all over the globe, Dachser generated revenue of 5.71 billion euros in 2016. That same year, the logistics provider handled a total of 80 million shipments weighing 38.2 million metric tons. Country organizations represent Dachser in 43 countries.

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The European Commission Decision and Recording of Extraordinary Loss

February 22, 2018 : Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line”) announced today that the Company has received notification of a European Commission Decision imposing a fine on “K”Line of € 39,100,000 for infringement of EU competition Law in connection with the deep sea car carriage services which started or ended in the EEA.

Since September 2012, the European Commission has investigated certain car carriers including “K” Line in this matter, and “K” Line has fully cooperated with the investigation.

“K” Line takes this matter seriously and has taken steps to further strengthen its compliance and training programs to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

“K” Line will record the equivalent amount in Japanese yen as an extraordinary loss in the fiscal year ending March 2018.  In conjunction with this, “K” Line has not changed its forecasts for consolidated financial results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, announced on January 31, 2018.


Full Details of Innovative Supply Chain Safety Measures Published

ICHCA International has today published a digest of entries to the 2nd TT Club Innovation in Safety Award, comprising no fewer than twenty-two effective improvemen180215 2nd TT Club Innovatin in Safety Awardsts to supply chain practices

15.02.2018 – Presented at ICHCA’s 65th anniversary conference last year, the 2nd TT Club Innovation in Safety Award aimed to highlight the importance of safety at a time of increased operational demands on the cargo handling infrastructure and operations worldwide. The Award, open to any individual or organisation involved in cargo logistics around the world, required entrants to show that a product, idea, solution, process, scheme or other innovation had resulted in a demonstrable improvement to safety. The range of entries displayed both a great diversity of safety issues, as well as tremendous passion, effort and ingenuity.

Welcoming the digest’s publication, TT Club Risk Management Director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox said, “TT Club has always emphasised the critical nature of loss prevention in its role as a primary supplier of liability and property insurance to those in the supply chain industry. As such, we remain dedicated to encouraging safety awareness and applaud ICHCA’s initiative in publishing this wealth of innovative ideas to improve global supply chain safety. TT Club works closely with ICHCA and has done so for a number of years in producing safety advisory documents and urging sound operational practice wherever and whenever possible.”

The digest published today provides in-depth details of each safety improvement that was submitted for the 2017 Award, of course including the winning entry, Hapag Lloyd’s Cargo Patrol. This is an industry-leading attempt to reduce fraudulent cargo declarations that obscure the true identity of dangerous goods transported around the globe. Also included is an explanation of Safety Ammo, awarded the 2017 ‘Highly Commended’ prize. An RFID-based safety solution, developed with DP World Brisbane, this minimises the dangers faced by workers who physically handle twistlocks on the underside of containers on the waterfront.

The full digest, including details of all entries submitted, is available to download for free here.


Notes to Editors:

About ICHCA International

Established in 1952, ICHCA International is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the safety, productivity and efficiency of cargo handling and movement worldwide. ICHCA’s privileged NGO status enables it to represent its members, and the cargo handling industry at large, in front of national and international agencies and regulatory bodies, while its Technical Panel provides best practice advice and develops publications on a range of practical cargo handling issues.

Operating through a series of national and regional chapters – including ICHCA Australia, ICHCA Japan and ICHCA Canarias/Africa (CARC) – plus Correspondence and Working Groups, ICHCA provides a focal point for informing, educating, lobbying and networking to improve knowledge and best practice across the cargo handling chain. |

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About TT Club

TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services. Established in 1968, the Club’s membership comprises ship operators, ports and terminals, road, rail and airfreight operators, logistics companies and container lessors. As a mutual insurer, the Club exists to provide its policyholders with benefits, which include specialist underwriting expertise, a world-wide office network providing claims management services, and first class risk management and loss prevention advice.

TT Club is managed by Thomas Miller.


Swivel Software Launches to Empower Digital Logistics

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Matt Motsick, CEO, SWIVEL Software

swwA new breed of software supplier to the freight forwarding and global shipper community is born today. Swivel Software’s mission is to make it easier for freight forwarders and importers/exporters to work together through e-commerce and digitalization – shaking the dominance of established legacy supply chain management systems

Hong Kong, 15th February, 2018

The launch of Swivel Software creates a new approach to digitalizing processes for freight forwarders and beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) seeking seamless supply chain management tools.  With the emphasis on technology that is easy to access and use, and more personalized customer service than is currently available in the market, Swivel has a unique corporate pedigree.  This approach will set it, and its portfolio of products, aside in a market bedevilled with complex, inflexible software options presented to both forwarders and shippers.

Announcing the new company’s launch in Hong Kong and the simultaneous opening of its North American headquarters, CEO Matt Motsick said, “We are Swivel by name and fully flexible and adaptive by nature. Years of experience in supplying software tools to international supply chain operators has made us very familiar with the true needs of forwarders and logistics service providers.  Providing detailed and real-time information for their customers; achieving reliable connectivity with branch and agency offices; uniting operational and financial data on one platform and all for a level of investment commensurate with a SME’s budget.  At Swivel we plan to empower digital logistics for this sector of the market enabling it to better service the growing needs of an e-commerce environment.”

The brains behind Catapult International, which was sold to Dubai-based airline software specialist Mercator in 2015, Motsick has recently invested in the Paradigm Corporation, based out of Hong Kong.  Looking to forge itself a global identity, Paradigm has been re-branded as Swivel Software.  Between Mandy Mak, the original owner and now Chief Operating Office of the company and Motsick, they bring over 30 years of experience at commercializing software platforms, which are designed to instantly deliver transparency of activities performed across the international shipping industry.

Mak, who has built a portfolio of Paradigm customers across Asia over the last twenty years, including names like Air Sea Worldwide, Hankyu-Hanshin and Electrolux, commented on the logistics industry’s need to digitalize.  “There is currently a big technology lag.  Other sectors are advancing in web-based software, API’s (Application Programming Interface), artificial intelligence, and blockchain technology.  The global supply chain needs to adopt these tools to the e-commerce age and forwarders in particular, need to connect digitally.  They must communicate more efficiently with their partners, agents and customers in order to service current trends in e-commerce and dynamic sourcing patterns.”

The Asian pedigree of the Swivel suite of products, with Mandarin and Cantonese options, will help significantly in integrating data from source locations and organizations across Asia with the freight’s import markets destinations. Swivel’s five primary products are:

SWIVEL 36  creates complete visibility of all supply chain activity including tracking, exception reporting, performance indicators via a so-called ‘logistics control tower’.  Of crucial management importance to C-level executives in forwarder and BCO organizations this 360 view also acts as middleware to enhance connectivity with other applications.

SWIVEL ERP is a full operations system allowing freight forwarders/NVOCCs to prepare shipments, book cargo and uniquely integrate accounting data from each branch office or agent.

SWIVEL POM   This purchase order management system tracks orders from factory door to ultimate delivery point at SKU level: status alerts, inventory flow and delivery schedules are all included.

SWIVEL E-Commerce Responding to the fastest segment of logistics, SWIVEL E-commerce allows freight forwarders to help their clients manage product flow from the time at which a purchase is made online; fully integrated where necessary with the other SWIVEL products and through API to any pre-existing bespoke applications.

SWIVEL WMS  This inventory management system allows complete control of stocks at SKU level throughout multiple warehouses globally.

Motsick concludes with an interesting analogy for current supply chain management software products, “There seems to be many new software companies that present their systems as smooth and easy, similar to a dog swimming in a lake,” he observes. “But beneath the surface there is frantic activity to keep the animal afloat. At Swivel we aim to calm the beast and have it reach the bank with minimal effort.”


Editor’s Notes

About SWIVEL Software

Based in Hong Kong, SWIVEL Software empowers digital logistics for freight forwarders and importers/exporters.  Previously named Paradigm Corporation, SWIVEL Software boasts a mix of customers from across the supply chain spectrum that have a global network of offices using its web based systems. SWIVEL Software provides solutions to increase visibility and transparency along the supply chain, enabling freight forwarders to become more efficient in international shipment planning and execution.  These products also simplify the booking and tracking process; advance e-commerce fulfilment capabilities and provide logistics personnel, division managers and corporate directors with business intelligence tools to make key decisions in a timely manner.

RollDock and SAL Heavy Lift forms world’s first pool for dock vessels

Hamburg/Rotterdam, 12 February 2018 – As of April 1st 2018 the world’s first pool for dock vessels will be established. RollDock and SAL Heavy Lift will join forces for Roll-On / Roll-Off and Float-In / Float-Out heavy lift cargoes. The pool will consist of the combined fleet of six vessels and will be managed by RollDock with SA180212 RollDock and SAL Heavy - S-CLASSL providing specialized heavy break bulk cargo support.

A great new adventure has commenced between RollDock and SAL Heavy Lift. Both companies represent industry leading brands and solutions within their respective fields of heavy cargo transportation. RollDock has over the past decade developed into a world recognized Roll-On / Roll-Off + Float-In / Float-Out carrier with their fleet of the most technically advanced dock type vessels. SAL Heavy Lift has for over 37 years, been a symbol of premium project shipping solutions with their fleet of high class heavy geared vessels. Offering unmatched opportunities for project markets world-wide, RollDock and SAL will stand together at the very forefront of technical marine heavy transport.

Paul Könst, CEO RollDock explains; “Both SAL and RollDock stands for superior shipping solutions in their respective fields, where we place the engineering part of our work at the forefront. Our companies share the same philosophy on client focus, quality, innovation and safety. With our pool, we will be offering a competitive yet high quality heavy transport service.”

The pool will consist of six geared dock vessels, all being operated under the RollDock brand. Five of the vessels comes from the existing RollDock fleet (S and ST class vessels) and one from SAL (Combi Dock I). Through a strong global network of offices and agents, the pool will have representation in all major regions. Both companies will also continue independently and operate vessels outside the pool.

Martin Harren, Managing Director SAL states; “Between RollDock and SAL, we quickly saw the advantages of working together. Through a consolidation, we will see a better utilization of the vessels and because we share our network of offices and agents, we can offer global representation of heavy shipping disciplines”.

Justin Archard, Commercial Director SAL continues; “SAL wants to keep its place in the Roll-On / Roll-Off and Float-In / Float-Out market, however we also realize that our core service is lift operations. Whenever clients look for heavy transportation – with lifting, rolling or floating services or a combination – our setup offers them a one-stop-shop.”


About Roll Group

Roll Group offers a total solution on transportation and lifting of heavy cargo. Operating under one name, the forces of the companies RollDock, Roll-Lift and BigRoll are strengthened. With an innovative and diverse asset base, Roll Group takes care of the heaviest cargo and provide the most efficient, cost effective and practical solutions. RollDock owns five dock-type vessels, which all have the option of three loading modes – Ro-Ro, Flo-Flo and Lo-Lo, and two ice-classed BigRoll Module Carriers. On the land side Roll‐Lift operates a large number of modern heavy lift cranes, Self-Propelled Modular Trailers (SPMT’s) and Conventional Trailers. The specific characteristics of Roll Group’s asset base ensures the ability to serve a wide range of markets, such as: Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Renewable Energy, Power, Civil Construction, Dredging and Naval.

About SAL Heavy Lift

SAL Heavy Lift, a member of the Harren & Partner Group, is one of the world’s leading carriers specialized in sea transport of heavy lift and project cargo. The company was founded in 1980 as “Schiffahrtskontor Altes Land GmbH & Co. KG” and belongs to Harren & Partner Group since 2017. The modern fleet of 21 heavy lift vessels offers highly flexible options to customers. The vessels of SAL Heavy Lift boast an impressive travel speed of 20 knots, up to 3500 square metres of unobstructed main deck space and combined crane capacities ranging from 550 to 2000 tons: amongst the world’s highest lifting capacity in the heavy lift sector. As a leading global company in the heavy lift and project cargo segment, the company meets the highest standards with regard to quality, technical innovation and health, safety and environment.

Evergreen Charters Twelve 11,000 TEU Containerships

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Evergreen Marine Corp. (EMC) entered into an agreement with Shoei Kisen Kaisha today to charter twelve 11,000 TEU class containerships. The charter parties were signed by EMC Chairman Mr. Anchor Chang (left) and President of Shoei Kisen Kaisha Mr. Yukito Higaki (right).

February 12, 2018 – Evergreen Marine Corp. (EMC) entered into an agreement with Shoei Kisen Kaisha today to charter twelve 11,000 TEU class containerships. The charter parties were signed by EMC Chairman Mr. Anchor Chang and President of Shoei Kisen Kaisha Mr. Yukito Higaki.

The plans to charter these vessels were approved early last month at the board meetings of Greencompass Marine S.A. and Evergreen Marine (Hong Kong) Ltd. respectively. The two subsidiaries of EMC will each charter six vessels.  All twelve ships will be newbuildings and are due to be delivered from the third quarter of 2020 through to the last quarter of 2021.

The ship dimensions are about 333.9 meters in length, 48.4 meters wide, able to carry 11,850 TEU with a deadweight of 127,000 metric tons at a scantling draft of 15.5 meters. The vessels are designed to sail at a service speed of 23 knots and can pass through the Panama Canal.

The ship’s length over all is shorter than those of ultra-large containerships currently plying the Asia – Europe trade, making it easier to manoeuver the ships during berthing or departure and bringing greater flexibility in fleet deployment.

The newbuildings’ design will also adopt a twin-island concept, separating wheelhouse and accommodation block from the engine room and funnel area. This arrangement increases navigational visibility as well as the permissible height of container stacks on deck and therefore the cargo loading capacity.

In addition, the ships are specially designed to enable the loading of 40 foot containers on top of two 20 foot units; also known as “Russian stowage” or “mixed stowage”.  Such arrangement can not only increase the vessel’s loading flexibility but also maximize cargo-carrying capability.

Evergreen Line’s current operating fleet incorporates around 200 containerships with a total capacity above 1.1 million TEU.  To further enhance service quality and competitiveness, the carrier is continuing its fleet renewal program.  With delivery of these newbuildings, Evergreen will redeliver older tonnage upon expiry of their charter agreements. In this way, the efficiency of its operating fleet will be optimized and the competitiveness of its services enhanced.


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Evergreen Marine Corp. (EMC) entered into an agreement with Shoei Kisen Kaisha today to charter twelve 11,000 TEU class containerships. The charter parties were signed by EMC Chairman Mr. Anchor Chang (left) and President of Shoei Kisen Kaisha Mr. Yukito Higaki (right).

Evergreen Orders Eight 11,000 TEU Containerships

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Evergreen Marine Corporation (EMC) and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) have signed the contracts for ordering eight 11,000 TEU containerships today (Feb/08). Representatives of both parties posed for a photo at signing ceremony. From left to right: EMC President Lawrence Lee; EMC Chairman Anchor Chang; SHI CEO J.O. Nam; SHI CMO K.H. Kim

February 08, 2018 – Evergreen Marine Corp. (EMC) entered into an agreement with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) today to order eight 11,000 TEU containerships. The contracts were signed by EMC Chairman Anchor Chang and SHI President & CEO J.O. Nam. Four ships will be owned by EMC’s subsidiary, Greencompass Marine S.A. and a further four by Evergreen Marine (Hong Kong) Ltd. The newbuildings are planned to be delivered from the first quarter of 2020 through the second quarter of 2021.

Evergreen Marine Corp. emphasizes that the aim of this newbuilding program is to meet future market demand and to continue with its ongoing fleet renewal.  On delivery of these new ships, Evergreen will redeliver older chartered vessels as their charter periods expire to help optimize the efficiency of its operating fleet and enhance the competitiveness of its services.

The ship dimensions are 334 meters long, 48.4 meters wide, able to carry 19 rows of containers on deck and has a scantling draft of 15.5 meters.  The vessels are designed to sail at a service speed of 23 knots and can pass through the Panama Canal. The ship hulls are shorter than those of ultra large containerships plying the Asia – Europe trade, making it easier to maneuver the ships during berthing or departure and brings greater flexibility in fleet deployment.

The newbuilding design adopts a twin-island concept, separating wheelhouse and accommodation block from engine room and funnel area.  The arrangement increases navigation visibility as well as the permissible height of container stacks on deck and therefore the cargo loading capacity.

In line with the stringent eco-friendly criteria that Evergreen has imposed on its own operation, the ships are equipped with various environmental protection devices, including a ballast water treatment system and alternative maritime power to fully comply with the regulations of international maritime agencies and authorities concerned.



ONE Ready to Take Bookings from February 1

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha

Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd.


Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “ONE”) announces that acceptance of bookings for its container shipping service begins in stages from February 1, 2018*.

ONE is a joint venture of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “K” Line”), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd  (hereinafter referred to as “MOL”), and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (hereinafter referred to as “NYK”) set to start its business operations on April 1, 2018.

With the commencement of ONE’s business operations, there will be up to four companies, namely ONE, “K” Line, MOL, and NYK operating on the same service concurrently during the transitional period until three pre-existing lines completely stop operating vessels. To help our customers to place bookings with the right party, we have provided more information of the operators on each route and service in “Booking Ownership Guide” and “Vessel Voyage Direction List” on four companies’ websites at the following URLs:

Booking Ownership Guide:


Vessel Voyage Direction List:

If a customer makes a booking with an operator different from those in the “Booking Ownership Guide” or “Vessel Voyage Direction List”, we will attempt to coordinate between ONE and “K” Line / MOL / NYK to ensure handover to the appropriate operator upon confirmation of the customer’s intention.

*Please contact each country’s ONE office for more detailed information regarding booking acceptance start timing.


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