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Archives for May 2020

TT Club welcomes impetus given to electronic bills of lading development

The target of 50% of all bills of lading to be electronic within the next decade has been set by the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) in an announcement made last week.  The international freight transport insurer, TT Club welcomes the commitment by the group of container shipping lines that together operate nearly 70% of the world’s capacity.  The initiative is consistent with the increased trend towards digitisation across the industry to improve efficiency and reduce costs.  However, the current pressures felt through the supply chain as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have no doubt spurred the action.

In its role as liability insurer and adviser on risk management throughout the container industry, TT Club is active in encouraging digitisation, including the cumbersome bill of lading processes.  Additionally, the mutual has been providing valuable guidance to operators on the unique practical issues that they are experiencing with the physical transfer of bills of lading and other documentation due to lockdowns, government restrictions and other COVID-19 related disruptions. The Club has compiled a dedicated COVID-19 webpage¹ to communicate such advice, including numerous briefings, FAQs and links to further regulatory information.

Peregrine Storrs-Fox, TT Club’s Risk Management Director comments, “As early as the late 1990s TT Club recognised the substantial benefits that would accrue to the entire international unitised supply chain, as well as liner shipping businesses, through the adoption of electronic documentation, taking its part in the foundation of bolero.net². This initiative also understood that the bill of lading is but one component in much broader trade practices, including buyers and sellers and, critically, banks. As a result has developed a significant array of trade offerings that wrap around the fundamental characteristics that are fulfilled legally in the traditional bill of lading.”

TT Club is concerned that there continues to be such significant reliance on paper-based processes, whether certification, checks, or the range of contractual documents in international trade.  The opportunity for seismic efficiencies and broader benefits were extensively explored in TT Club’s joint work with McKinsey & Co, ‘Brave new world? – Container transport in 2043’³ which adamantly concluded that the future for the container shipping industry was digital.

Some advances towards true digitisation have been made over the last two decades, including the formation of DCSA itself, with a mission to bring efficiencies through standardised messaging amongst shipping lines. More pertinent to the electronic bill of lading (ebsl) itself, the last few years have seen a proliferation of options being brought to market, mostly embracing to greater or lesser extent the much-vaunted distributed ledger technologies, or Blockchain. It is also clear that TradeLens, the consortium founded by Maersk and IBM, also has ebsl in sight.

Storrs-Fox concludes, “The current pandemic has inevitably advanced the digital cause. It is entirely reasonable for DCSA to grasp this particular nettle, taking full advantage of the lessons learned over the last two decades. Indeed, the plethora of physical documentation and ‘chops’ for every international transport involving sea carriage remain fertile ground for further efficiencies that may yet dwarf those immediately in view.”





About TT Club

TT Club is the established market-leading independent provider of mutual insurance and related risk management services to the international transport and logistics industry. TT Club’s primary objective is to help make the industry safer and more secure. Founded in 1968, the Club has more than 1100 Members, spanning container owners and operators, ports and terminals, and logistics companies, working across maritime, road, rail, and air. TT Club is renowned for its high-quality service, in-depth industry knowledge and enduring Member loyalty. It retains more than 93% of its Members with a third of its entire membership having chosen to insure with the Club for 20 years or more.

GEODIS supports rising medical company LabMed to supply health protection goods to Europe and North America

The Singapore based enterprise LabMed has entrusted global logistics company GEODIS to support the company’s growing activity in new markets by delivering urgently needed PPEs from Asia to the COVID-19 ‘hot-spots’ of Europe and North America.

GEODIS is providing LabMed with customs brokerage, short-term storage solutions and transport management services from LabMed’s factory in China via a distribution hub in Singapore to a wide array of international destinations including India, Malaysia, Germany and the United States.

“In terms of fulfilling our multi-faceted needs, GEODIS has been well up to the task,” says Wilson Ang, LabMed’s Regional Managing Director in Singapore. “The close attention and efficiency of the GEODIS staff has been impressive, from the local service in China to the performance at our many destinations.”

The partnership between LabMed, a family owned subsidiary of Kin Seng Hong Pte, and GEODIS began in early May 2020, with the immediate need to swiftly react to fast-changing market demands and devising flexible end-to-end supply chain solutions. LabMed has been called upon to significantly increase its production of surgical masks, sanitising gel and other PPE at its own plant in Dong Guan, Southern China. From initial small shipments of 10 tons of sanitizer to India to bulk supplies of millions of masks to Germany, LabMed’s pipeline of PPE has grown rapidly to include other parts of South-East Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States.

“In Asia-Pacific, GEODIS has a strong focus on enabling Asian based SME businesses to grow their markets”, comments Rene Bach-Larsen, GEODIS’ Sub-Regional Managing Director, ASEAN. “While GEODIS is a trusted partner to global multinationals, we also function as the lifeblood of regional economies through the services we provide.”

“During the current pandemic, we are even more intimately involved in the business of local customers who partner with us. As an essential service, we continue to fast-track their growth, using for instance, specially arranged weekly scheduled flights to many destinations and locating the necessary carrier capacity, whatever the mode. Our GEODIS colleagues at delivery locations around the world enable a truly door-to-door service for vital supplies to reach frontline workers and protect many more.”

The current crisis has required innovative responses from logistics professionals to achieve their customer’s delivery goals. Unprecedented demand peaks on certain trade routes, widely variable carrier capacity across transport modes, critical time constraints, staffing issues and communications challenges have blighted almost all international supply chains.  In providing such response, the application of ingenuity and tailored solutions benefit greatly from the ability of supply chain management to be controlled by one entity. 

About GEODIS – 

GEODIS is a worldwide leader in transport and logistics, recognized for its commitment to helping its customers overcome their logistical constraints. With five lines of business (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express and Road Transport), a direct presence in 67 countries and a global network spanning 120 countries, GEODIS is ranked first in France, sixth in Europe and seventh worldwide in its field. In 2019, GEODIS had more than 41,000 employees and generated €8.2 billion in sales.

About LabMed.

Label Med Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Kin Seng Hong that was established since 1977. As set up by Wilson Ang and Jason Tan, LabMed is a company specialized in manufacturing disposable civil mask, medical mask, surgical mask, KN95-FFP2 mask and other medical instruments. Strategically located in Singapore with an access to a wide distribution network both locally and globally. We are a strong connection in exporting our products to all over the world focusing on United states, France, Germany and United Kingdom.

The company has cooperated with many local well-known medical device companies, MNCs as well as government entities to provide new and old customers with procurement services for medical supplies such as medical masks, protective suit, rubber gloves, goggles, thermometer, disinfectant, hand lotion, mask production equipment as well as nasal swab test kit for Covid-19.


GEODIS delivers 13 Million Masks to the US with the help of an Antonov AN-124 Aircraft

GEODIS, leading global supply chain operator, has transported 13 million masks from China to the U.S. utilizing an Antonov AN-124, the world’s second largest aircraft. This shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE) arrived at Hartsfield – Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) at 4 p.m. last Friday (22nd May) and is the largest delivered to the airport during the COVID-19 pandemic.

©2020 Decisive Moment Event Photojournalism, Geodis, ATL Airport, Antonov

“With the help of an Antonov AN-124, GEODIS has been able to make sure millions of essential workers receive the masks they need to stay safe and healthy during these unprecedented times,” said GEODIS Americas President & CEO Randy Tucker. “Our team at GEODIS and our partners, including the Hartsfield – Jackson Atlanta International Airport, that helped make this happen so quickly are supply-chain heroes. We are proud to serve on the front line in partnership with our clients to keep essential materials moving across the globe and business running at a time when the world needs us most.”

The Antonov, which GEODIS chartered on behalf of its client, is an aircraft specially designed for transporting large quantities of cargo. It has the added benefit of allowing freight to be rolled on and off the plane, making loading and unloading operations easier and faster.

Experienced in this critical element of the global supply chain response to COVID-19, GEODIS established an air bridge between China and France to transport PPE for the French Government as early as March. Involving multiple flights over the subsequent weeks, and employing two Antonov AN-124s, the consignments will consist of several hundred million masks. 


GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport) coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries, translates in top business rankings, #1 in France, #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide. In 2018, GEODIS accounted for over 41,000 employees globally and generated €8.2 billion in sales.

Construction of Next-Generation Environmental-Friendly Car Carrier Fueled by LNG 

(2nd report) -Installed LNG fuel tank

On May 7-8 2020, LNG fuel tanks have been installed on a car carrier which is under construction at Tadotsu Shipyard Co.,Ltd. (Imabari Shipbuilding Group).

The construction is currently on going with estimated delivery within 2020 fiscal year.

Installation of LNG fuel tanks

The vessel is equipped with a Dual-Fuel Diesel Engine (Mitsui MAN B&W ME-GI), and the Fuel Gas Supply System (FGSS) engineered by TGE Marine Gas Engineering GmbH of Mitsui E&S Group. The FGSS is composed of LNG fuel tank and high-pressure pump. The LNG fuel tank on the vessel is an independent tank of type C, which allows the design pressure to be set higher than other types of LNG fuel tanks. Because the boiling point of methane which is the main component of LNG is -161.5℃, LNG is constantly vaporized due to heat input from outside of the tank. Therefore the tank pressure is increased by the vaporized gas inside of the tank. The type C independent tank allows vaporized gas to be kept in the tank for a relatively longer period of time.

Image of LNG fueled car carrier

Link:  November 28, 2019, Construction of Next-Generation Environmental-Friendly Car Carrier Fueled by LNG

“K” Line Group, as a participant in the United Nations Global Compact, is promoting activities that contribute to SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), and this project is a part of its ongoing activities.


“Weathering the Storm” salutes heroes of the sea in turbulent times

NEW YORK, MAY 20, 2020:  The American Club and Eagle Ocean Marine (EOM) have produced a video entitled ‘Weathering the Storm’ which salutes the service of seafarers in these turbulent times as they seek to protect themselves in their vital work, at sea and in port, against the ravages of COVID-19.

The video can be accessed here:

Joseph E.M. Hughes, Chairman & CEO Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc., Managers for the American Club said:

“As seafarers labor in their essential role of enabling global trade, they must now confront the perils of the present pandemic, such as isolation, with the same composure as that with which they traditionally confront the perils of the sea.

In this presentation we honor these heroes of the sea as they weather the storm during the COVID-19 crisis and continue with the vital role they play on the frontlines of the global economy.”

The Club is providing constantly up-dated advice to its Members and those insured by EOM on issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This addresses a variety of concerns that owners have expressed including the welfare and protection of their workforce.  The dedicated webpage can be accessed here

The video has been compiled with the generous cooperation of crews currently serving on vessels owned by Members of the Club, those insured by EOM and other business partners.  A roll call of these organisations can be found below

Notes to Editors

The American Club

American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association, Inc. (the American Club) was established in New York in 1917. It is the only mutual Protection and Indemnity Club domiciled in the entire Americas and its headquarters are in New York, USA.

The American Club has been successful in recent years in building on its US heritage to create a truly international insurer with a global reach second-to-none in the industry. Day to day management of the American Club is provided by Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc. also headquartered in New York.

The Club is able to provide local service for its members across all time zones, communicating in eleven languages, and has subsidiary offices located in London, Piraeus, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Houston, plus a worldwide network of correspondents.

The Club is a member of the International Group of P&I Clubs, a collective of thirteen mutuals which together provide Protection and Indemnity insurance for some 90% of all world shipping.

The American Club also operates a fixed premium facility, Eagle Ocean Marine (EOM), aimed at the operators of smaller vessels in local and regional trades.  Since it commenced underwriting in 2011 with its coventurers at Lloyd’s, EOM has enjoyed considerable success in building a growing footprint in this specialist market and generating strong profitability for both the Club and its co-insuring partners.

American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company, Ltd. (AHHIC) is a wholly-owned, Solvency-II accredited hull and war risk subsidiary of the Club, based in Cyprus.  Since it began operating in mid-2016, AHHIC has enjoyed an increasing market presence coupled with growing premium volume and rising profitability.

For more information, please visit the Club’s website

With thanks to the following for their cooperation: Andrew Moore & Associates ; Beacon Marine ; China Communication Construction Co. Ltd ; Concord Marine ; Constellation Marine Services ; Denmarex ; Eurotankers Inc. ; Evdemon & Partners ; Henderson International Group ; Highend Maritime Consultant ; IMCS Med; K’s Associates ; Kozen Marine Survey ; Meratus Advance Maritim ; National Survey Joint-Stock Company ; New Legend International Marine Co., Ltd ; New Legend International Marine Co., Ltd ; Orient Marine Services ; Patriot Contract Services, LLC ; Patriot Contract Services, LLC ; Protis Surveys ; Quest Marine Services ; Sealift Inc; Seamen’s Church Institute ; Waruna Nusa Sentana ; Wei Xu Investment Holdings Ltd ; Winson Group

Maintaining supply chains: TT Club supports the industry

While many of the Western consumer economies tentatively explore the easing of social restrictions, the global supply chain environment remains significantly disrupted and operators will continue to face many challenges.  International freight insurer, TT Club seeks to guide them with advice for turbulent times.

London, 14 May, 2020

TT Club draws attention to its dedicated Coronavirus webpage, including both risk briefings and alerts, as well as a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)*.  The insurer, in line with key elements of its mission to make the industry safer and more secure, is keen to provide commentary on issues that have arisen during the onset of the pandemic.  The diverse governmental responses around the globe have created a variable demand for goods, complex regulatory structures, and significantly changed trade patterns.

Among the expanding range of questions dealt with by TT Club’s FAQ service, cargo abandonment and seafarer welfare at port facilities, a current focus for crew exchanges, are particularly salient.  There is likely to be an increase in the abandonment of low value cargoes in containers, either delayed in transit or for which a market is no longer available, causing additional headaches for forwarders and terminals alike.  Similarly, amongst the issues faced by ports, many face a responsibility for properly protecting all involved in the safe transfer of ships’ crews, many of whom have had protracted periods at sea.

“While the current circumstances facing global supply chains and the operators that serve it are truly challenging, TT is providing carefully considered and pragmatic advice to real issues,” says TT Club’s Risk Management Director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox.  “As a specialist insurer for the international transport and logistics the Club has a unique insight into the nature and extent of risk exposures.  As such, the ability to compile and recommend mitigating measures in the current circumstances is well-founded.  In relation to the FAQs, we would welcome enquiries from the industry on issues that maybe of concern.”

Other topics currently covered by the FAQs include: dealing with customers whose cargo delivery has been delayed and the proper use of force majeure clauses in contracts; protecting key workers in a responsible way; advice on demurrage and detention charges; comments on the need to alter terms of Standard Terms and Conditions (STCs) and bills of lading in order to protect against liabilities; and a responsible approach to any relaxation of safety regulations by government authorities.

“Extraordinary circumstances will often require innovative and exceptional practices.  At this time, while supply chain stakeholders strive to maintain their valuable operations effectively, we seek to provide input that supports sound, safe practices, protecting as far as possible against unexpected liabilities,” concluded Storrs-Fox.



About TT Club

TT Club is the established market-leading independent provider of mutual insurance and related risk management services to the international transport and logistics industry. TT Club’s primary objective is to help make the industry safer and more secure. Founded in 1968, the Club has more than 1100 Members, spanning container owners and operators, ports and terminals, and logistics companies, working across maritime, road, rail, and air. TT Club is renowned for its high-quality service, in-depth industry knowledge and enduring Member loyalty. It retains more than 93% of its Members with a third of its entire membership having chosen to insure with the Club for 20 years or more.

Dachser UK Working to Sustain the NHS Supply Chain

While transport and distribution businesses across the UK are doing all they can to support those working on the medical frontline during the crisis, Dachser is proving its flexibility of service in partnership with one supplier in particular.

Dachser’s Dartford branch has provided Alsico, a leading manufacturer and distributor of workplace clothing, with regular transportation between its factories in North Africa and its main UK distribution centre in Preston since 2013. Alisco, which equips the UK market with over 3.5 million garments a year, is a specialist in healthcare supplies and is one of the largest uniform providers for the NHS.

The COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on demand and government restrictions in various countries necessitated Alsico to find new manufacturers of its products based in Europe. Added to this logistical challenge was the urgency inherent in the knowledge that the product was for thousands of front line medical and care workers.

Dachser rose to the challenge and utilising its extensive operational network across Europe quickly adjusted to the requirements of Alsico’s altered supply chain to ensure swift delivery of the essential supplies.

Dachser Dartford’s General Manager, Patrice Ollivier comments, “We are proud to have demonstrated significant flexibility in our operation.  This has involved loading trailers on weekends and bank holidays and ensuring accurate documentation flows to provide a fast, cross-border delivery service into Preston from various European locations within a matter of days. Working closely with Alsico, we remain committed and determined to do everything we can to play our part in this national effort”.



Dachser UK is part of the Dachser group, a major international logistics provider which on 31 December 2019 generated total sales worth EUR 5.7 billion. 31,000 staff working in 393 locations worldwide handled 80.6 million consignments comprising 41.0 million metric tonnes. Dachser has been established in the UK since 1975, and now has four locations which include a new logistics centre in Northampton as well as branch offices in Rochdale, Dartford and Bristol.

Dachser aims to be the supplier of choice for European logistics and value-added services. A fully-integrated European distribution network provides a comprehensive, high quality service of total freight solutions supported by the latest technology. Core services in the United Kingdom comprise European export, import and UK pallet distribution, as well as contract logistics, value added services and international sea and air freight forwarding. 

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Japan’s First LNG Bunkering Vessel Launched — Operations to Begin in Autumn 2020

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.

JERA Co., Inc.

Toyota Tsusho Corporation

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha

Japan’s First LNG Bunkering Vessel Launched — Operations to Begin in Autumn 2020

Japan’s first LNG bunker vessel (LBV) was successfully launched at the Sakaide Works of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd.

The LBV is scheduled to be delivered at the end of September 2020 and will be the first LBV to be operated in Japan. After the delivery, the LBV will be based at JERA’s Kawagoe Thermal Power Station and commence ship-to-ship LNG bunkering business for LNG-fueled vessels.

In 2018, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (“K” Line), JERA Co. Inc., Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) jointly established Central LNG Shipping Japan Corporation (CLS), which owns the LBV and ordered its building, and Central LNG Marine Fuel Japan Corporation (CLMF), which will promote the LNG bunkering business in the Chubu (central) region of Japan.

The expertise and strengths of each company will be utilized to provide LNG bunkering solution in the Chubu region and promote a shift to marine LNG for ships.

Merits of LNG

Compared to heavy fuel oil, the use of LNG can reduce emissions of sulfur oxides (SOx) and particulate matter (PM) by approximately 100%, nitrogen oxides (NOx) by as much as 80%, and carbon dioxide (CO2) by approximately 30%.

Links for reference

January 26, 2018 release: “K” Line, Chubu Electric, Toyota Tsusho, and NYK Line Begin Joint Discussions on LNG Bunkering Business in Japan

May 10, 2018 release: “K” Line, Chubu Electric, Toyota Tsusho, and NYK Line Establish LNG Bunkering Joint Ventures and Launch LNG Bunkering Business in Japan

July 6, 2018 release: Japan’s First LNG Bunkering Vessel to Start Operation in 2020

“K” Line Financial Highlights for Fiscal Year 2019

Please be advised that “K” Line Tokyo Head Office published the following press releases today.

Financial Highlights for FY2019

Notice on Differences between Consolidated Financial Forecasts and Results

for the Full Year ending March 31, 2020, Record of Provision for Loss (Operating Expenses),

and Dividend from Retained Earnings (No Year-End Dividend)

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Dachser expansion in Erfurt

Amt Wachsenburg/Kempten, May 7, 2020 – Logistics provider Dachser is setting the course for its future growth in the German state of Thuringia, where it is investing in its logistics centre in the city of Erfurt. In addition to a new 20,000 m2 warehouse with office space, the company also plans to construct a waiting zone and parking spaces for trucks. The groundbreaking ceremony took place yesterday in a lot off of Am Lützer Feld in Arnstadt, an Erfurt suburb.

From left to right: André Tonat, Sales Manager DACHSER Erfurt, Michael Beyer, Project leader, OFB Projektentwicklung, Dr. Rimbert J. Kelber, General Manager DACHSER Erfurt, Ralph Holeschovsky, General Manager Helaba Immobiliengruppe, Hardy Kutz, Contract Logistics Manager DACHSER Erfurt, Andras Hagen, Project leader Max Bögl, Developer

Due to the coronavirus, only a few people attended the groundbreaking. “We’ve been working here in Erfurt for many years in structures that have been built up across multiple sites,” says Dr Rimbert J. Kelber, General Manager of Dachser’s Erfurt logistics centre. “We are consolidating them into this new warehouse so that we can offer our customers contract logistics services—in other words, storage, and value-added services—all from a single source at a state-of-the-art location. This enables us to tap into opportunities for further growth in the region, as we want to get things going again once the coronavirus crisis is past.”

Dachser will move into the new warehouse as a tenant. It is not far from the current transit terminal on Industriestrasse on a lot measuring 28,000 m2, with two warehouses offering 10,000 m2 of storage space each. Combined, both buildings contain 20,300 pallet spaces and 8,500 m2 of block stacking space. After the new facility is finished in the first quarter of the coming year, Dachser will use it to handle contract logistics activities for various customers in the consumer goods sector.

“Even in times of crisis, we keep looking toward the future, and we are confident we will be able to continue our success at the Erfurt location after the corona crisis is over,” says Alexander Tonn, Managing Director European Logistics Germany, who is responsible for Dachser’s industrial goods business in Germany. Dachser opened its first location in Thuringia in 2004 and provides logistics services for customers from the industrial and food sectors.


About Dachser:

A family-owned company headquartered in Kempten, Germany, Dachser offers 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 range. A seamless shipping network—both in Europe and overseas—and fully integrated IT systems ensure intelligent logistics solutions worldwide.

Thanks to some 31,000 employees at 393 locations all over the globe, Dachser generated consolidated net revenue of approximately EUR 5.7 billion in 2019. That same year, the logistics provider handled a total of 80.6 million shipments weighing 41.0 million metric tons. Country organisations represent Dachser in 44 countries. 

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