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Archives for January 2023

Jesper Axell appointed Managing Director for GEODIS Sweden

Since 2018 Jesper Axell has served as Deputy Managing Director for the GEODIS Sweden organization.  He has now been appointed to the role of Managing Director.

Jesper joined GEODIS in 2006 and contributes an extensive knowledge and a strong business acumen derived from several management roles within GEODIS Sweden. Most recently as Deputy Managing Director and National Sales Manager.  

The Swedish organization has thrived under Jesper’s leadership and continues to show strong results. Jesper has been a driving force in the re-launch of Contract Logistics in Sweden, developing GEODIS’ local footprint and further securing the company’s position as one of the market leading freight forwarders in Sweden 

Jesper will continue to report to the Scandinavian Sub-Regional Managing Director, Magnus Tornerhjelm. “Jesper has handled the day to day running of GEODIS Sweden for the last three years and has been a visible and steady leader throughout a very turbulent and dynamic time in the logistics and shipping industry”, says Magnus Tornerhjelm.  

Jesper Axell tillträder rollen som Managing Director för GEODIS Sweden AB

Sedan 2018 har Jesper Axell haft rollen som Deputy Managing Director i GEODIS Sweden AB. Jesper har nu antagit rollen som Managing Director.

Jesper började på GEODIS 2006 och bidrar med omfattande kunskap och ett starkt affärsmannaskap ackumulerat genom flera chefsroller inom GEODIS Sverige. Senast som Deputy Managing Director och National Sales Manager.

Den svenska organisationen har blomstrat under Jespers ledning och fortsätter att visa starka resultat. Jesper har varit en drivande kraft i lanseringen av Contract Logistics i Sverige, utvecklat företagets lokala fotavtryck och ytterligare förstärkt GEODIS position som en av de marknadsledande speditörerna i Sverige.

Jesper kommer fortsatt rapportera till Magnus Tornerhjelm, Scandinavian Sub-Regional Managing Director. “Jesper har skött den dagliga driften av GEODIS Sverige de senaste tre åren och har varit en synlig och stadig ledare under en mycket turbulent och dynamisk tid inom logistik- och sjöfartsbranschen”, säger Magnus Tornerhjelm.


GEODIS is a leading global logistics provider acknowledged for its expertise across all aspects of the supply chain. As a growth partner to its clients, GEODIS specializes in five lines of business: Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport. With a global network spanning nearly 170 countries and more than 44,000 employees, GEODIS is ranked no. 7 in its sector across the world. In 2021, GEODIS generated €10.9 billion in revenue. 

TT Club supports NaVCIS to help combat freight crime

The National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (NaVCIS) is a police unit with a freight team that collates, analyses and disseminates Road Freight Crime information across England and Wales. The unit has been recently tasked by the UK Government’s Home Office with delivering a Problem Profile on freight crime.  TT Club is supporting NaVCIS Freight and its report with the aim of obtaining increased public funding to address the situation.

The ten-thousand-word report entitled ‘Profile of HGV, Freight & Cargo crime across England & Wales 2022’ (Freight Crime) now completed, is extensive in detailing a range of aspects from types of crime to varied methodologies and from locational analysis to direct and indirect costs to cargo owners and the economy overall.  It also has an number of recommendations on how such crimes can be combatted.

The report and other NaVCIS Freight analysis estimated the value of losses across England and Wales in 2022 amounted to £66.6 million.  There were 4,995 HGV and cargo crime notifications received last year (with data on reports still coming in) and NaVCIS Freight participated in 284 arrests, supporting a further 43 crime operations involving this type of crime.  The unit’s work has in part been responsible for the reduction in the indirect cost to the national economy from an estimated £700 million in 2019 to £428 million in 2021.

“This is still an alarmingly high level of loss despite the excellent work of the NaVCIS unit,” says Mike Yarwood, Managing Director, Loss Prevention at freight transport insurance specialist TT Club.  “Recognition by the UK Government of the need for action to combat such crime is welcomed and we are hopeful that the NaVCIS Freight Crime problem profile will instil some urgency into such action and elicit financial support.   In the meantime, the unit relies entirely on funding from industry including the insurance community.  TT urges entities that don’t yet support NaVCIS Freight to proffer their support as we do ourselves.”

Key conclusions outlined in the Freight Crime report are:

  • Freight crime is committed by Organised Crime Groups (OCGs), prepared to travel hundreds of miles; highly skilled, determined and mobile criminals, aware of police tactics.
  • This is a low risk and high reward crime, regrettably low on police priorities due to available resources.
  • Supply sector under intense pressure from effects of crime, which causes disruption and delay, impacting the viability of companies, retention of staff, and investment in the UK.
  • Lack of a central crime category or tag means crime largely hidden, lenient criminal justice outcomes following prosecutions and low priority for action by government.
  • Lack of investment in infrastructure, particularly in improvement of parking security standards, to be sufficient to deter criminals.
  • Direct public health risk may arise from stolen medicines and food stuffs.

“Our report contains wide-ranging recommendations in order to rectify, or at least reduce the effects of what we believe is a damaging situation at all levels – to individuals, consumers, retail and manufacturing sectors, logistics and transport companies, insurers and the national economy as a whole.  We have put forward this advice to Government by way of this report,” DCI Brett Mallon, Head of unit at NaVCIS .  “Investment in, and legislation surrounding secure parking is not the least of these.  There are law enforcement and policing reforms regarding freight crime that are also urgently required and, of course through the recognition of the seriousness of the issue, a significant increase in resources as well.”

A recent example of NaVCIS’ effectiveness in combatting these crimes and bringing the perpetrators to justice is provided by Operation Luminary involving eighteen months work as a result of which three criminals were jailed for a range of offences related to the theft of lorries and trailers containing cargo to the value of over a million pounds.*  The methods used were sophisticated and included the use of advanced technology such as scanners, key cloning equipment and tracker radios to trace vehicles and block communication signals.  With NaVCIS’ help further successful prosecutions are anticipated surrounding serious freight offences across the country.

For its part TT Club will continue to support the work of NaVCIS Freight, participating in information sharing, investment and publicising the excellent work of the unit.  “Policing authorities and central Government must be brought to understand the extent of both the direct and consequential losses sustained as a result of this less recognised trend in freight crime,” concludes Yarwood.”


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 1,100 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.

Donation of Protective Equipment for Pasig River Cleaners in the Philippines

“K” Line Maritime Academy Philippines (KLMA), a primary training center for seafarers of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” LINE), have decided to donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as boots, gloves, raincoats to the Pasig River Coordinating and Management Office (PRCMO) engaged in cleanup activities on the Pasig River in Manila.

From Left:
PRCMO:Head of Operation Unit, Environmental Enforcement Division, Mr. Lomil V. Prado
“K” LINE:Representative, Chief Engineer, Hiroyuki Inui
PRCMO:Head of Coordination Unit, Mr. Garry S. Sibal
KLMA :President, Captain Edgardo T. Baratang

On January 16th, handover ceremony was held by PRCMO. Capt. Baratang, president from KLMA, Mr. Prado, head of operation unit, Mr. Sibal, head of coordination unit, from PRCMO and many other staffs attended the ceremony.

PRCMO was established in January 2020 under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Philippine to promote activities to maintain the cleanliness of the Pasig River and its tributaries through regular cleanup activities on the Pasig River, which is said to be one of the most polluted in the world. Our long-term environmental guideline, “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050 (Note 1) calls for support and participation in social contribution activities for environmental conservation, and as our way of expressing our gratitude to the Philippine government and people for supplying competent seafarers working on “K” LINE operated vessels for more than 35 years. With all our hearts, we decided to donate this time. We will continue to support PRCMO to revive the clean Pasig River system and leave it as a legacy for future generations.

Handover Ceremony

(Note 1) “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050 :

Dachser UK to offer export consolidation to South Africa

Growth in Dachser UK’s Air & Sea Logistics (ASL) activities continues apace with the introduction of regular consolidated freight services on the export trade to South African destinations.

Northampton, 23 January, 2023

With weekly departures to Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth the service is designed to help optimize customers’ supply chains.  Dachser ASL provides the opportunity to ship smaller, less-than-containerload (LCL) shipments on a frequent basis without the necessity of delaying supplies until a larger quantity of goods are available to fill a container. Dachser’s reputation for quality and reliability, supported by its well-established IT tracking system, enhances shippers’ visibility and control.

“Supply chain disruption in the post-pandemic international trade environment has driven a need by shippers to often react more quickly to market demand with smaller quantities of goods to be delivered seamlessly,” said Chris Radley, Air & Sea Branch Manager at Dachser Northampton.  “Our consolidated, or LCL services are tailored to fulfil this developing need and the new UK to South Africa offering is already proving popular.”

The recently inaugurated Dachser export consolidation service features vessel departures with preferred ocean carrier partners from London Gateway with transit times to the South African ports of between 26 and 30 days. All handling services including customs clearance are reliably provided by experienced, dedicated Dachser teams in both the UK and South Africa.  Local hubs and CFS stations convenient to both shippers and consignees are utilised and hazardous goods are also catered for.

“Dachser’s well-established and much vaunted track and trace platform is available to monitor all shipments,” emphasises Radley. “Our eLogistics platform delivers peace of mind to our customers throughout the UK and South Africa, whether they are shipping freight throughout Europe or around the world.  Our own network of offices enables a degree of reassurance and reliability which now extends to UK exporters of groupage cargo to South Africa,” he concludes.

About Dachser:

Dachser, a family-owned company headquartered in Kempten, Germany, provides transport logistics, warehousing, and customized services in two business fields: Dachser Air & Sea Logistics and Dachser Road Logistics. The latter is divided into 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 provide for intelligent logistics solutions worldwide.

Thanks to some 31,800 employees at 376 locations all over the globe, Dachser generated consolidated net revenue of approximately EUR 7.1 billion in 2021. The same year, the logistics provider handled a total of 83.6 million shipments weighing 42.8 million metric tons. Dachser is represented by its own country organizations in 42 countries on five continents.

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“K” LINE and KEPCO Signed MoU on the Joint Study of Liquefied CO2 Shipping for Developing CCS Value Chain

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” LINE) has signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the joint study of liquefied CO2 shipping for developing Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS) value chain with The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. (KEPCO) today.

The two companies will jointly study optimal marine transportation schemes and shipping costs of liquefied CO2 emitted from KEPCO’s thermal power plants and aim to develop the CCS value chain in future.

CCS is a technology for capturing and storing CO2 and is expected to play an important role in contributing to the achievement of Carbon Neutrality by 2050. This joint study will investigate the method of liquefied CO2 marine transportation, which are suitable for long-distance and large-scale transportation and develop a more flexible CCS value chain.

“K” LINE is participating in the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) CO2 ship transport demonstration project and the Northern Lights project in Norway, the world’s first full-scale CCS project, and is developing safe and reliable liquefied CO2 transport in the new CCS market.

Related releases

June 22, 2021: Participation in R&D and demonstration project for CO2 marine transportation

February 2, 2022: NEDO Demonstration Project: The World’s First Demonstration Test Ship for Liquefied CO2 Transportation to be Built

July 29, 2022: JGC CORPORATION and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. Joins CCS Study in Malaysia

December 19, 2022: “K” LINE enters into long-term contracts with Northern Lights for two liquefied CO2 vessels

Through its subsidiary Sealogis, GEODIS becomes shipping agent for France for the shipping company Zéphyr & Borée

GEODIS has signed a partnership agreement with Zéphyr & Borée, a French start-up pioneer in low-carbon maritime transport specializing in the design of sail-powered cargo ships. This technological innovation will contribute to the reduction of emissions in the maritime transport of goods.

Zéphyr & Borée has chosen Sealogis, a subsidiary of Geodis, as shipping agent for France. As an agent, Sealogis will be responsible for presenting, promoting and marketing the services of Zéphyr & Borée to its clientele of shippers and forwarders. To provide a fully coherent service, Sealogis will ensure that low-carbon land-based solutions are proposed whenever possible for all pre-carriage and post-carriage transportation associated with the Zéphyr & Borée maritime service.

The shipping company, based in Lorient in Brittany, specializes in fitting out low-emission ships. A pioneer in its field, the company designs merchant ships equipped with sails, using alternative fuels to fossil fuels. 

Under an agreement with the AUTF (the French freight transport users association), Zéphyr & Borée will launch a container shipping service operating transatlantic routes, starting in 2025. The wind-powered vessels will operate a weekly service between Le Havre, Antwerp and the East Coast of the United States, along with an equivalent service sailing from Mediterranean ports.

This technological innovation will make it possible to halve CO2 emissions while guaranteeing a transit time competitive with that of traditional cargo ships.

Eric Martin Neuville, Executive Vice President, Global Freight Forwarding at Geodis, said: “This commitment to Zéphyr & Borée clearly demonstrates Geodis’s desire to support the decarbonization of maritime transport for the sake of the climate. Transporting freight via wind-powered cargo ships is an innovative project that Geodis will propose to its customers to support them in their sustainable performance.”

Amaury Bolvin, Managing Director of Zéphyr & Borée, commented: “Achieving the necessary energy transition in maritime transport will require the use of wind propulsion, as in the past. The launch of this transatlantic sailing line will demonstrate this and we believe that it will be the start of a major transition. We are pleased to be working on this project with Sealogis and Geodis, who have been partners of Zephyr & Borée from the outset.”


GEODIS is a leading global logistics provider acknowledged for its expertise across all aspects of the supply chain. As a growth partner to its clients, GEODIS specializes in five lines of business: Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport. With a global network spanning nearly 170 countries and more than 44,000 employees, GEODIS is ranked world no. 7 in its sector. In 2021, GEODIS generated €10.9 billion in revenue.

HPC completes profitability report on operations of intermodal terminal Cologne North

Analysis served as basis for the process of granting licence to operator

Hamburg, 17 January 2023 – HPC Hamburg Port Consulting, the leading logistics consultancy for seaports and the associated hinterland carriers and logistics chains, was hired in 2022 by HGK Häfen und Güterverkehr Köln KG (HGK) to conduct a profitability analysis for the Cologne North intermodal traffic rail terminal. The analysis made a fundamental contribution to the now completed transfer of terminal operations to HUPAC SA.

Credit©HGK, Cologne

As a provider of logistics solutions for rail and ship, HGK operates a total of three terminals on the Rhine in Cologne as well as a rail network that connects the city with international intermodal logistics hubs. As a public investor, HGK is making a significant contribution to the city of Cologne’s infrastructural provision of public services by successfully completing the second phase of construction at the new bimodal intermodal terminal, Cologne North. The terminal has a capacity of up to 130,000 TEU.

Based on a tender, HGK commissioned traffic consultancy company HPC to carry out a comprehensive profitability analysis. The analysis was intended to be from the perspective of both investors and operators and to serve as the basis of calculating the amount of the lease to be charged for a future investor. The tender of the intermodal operator complies with the requirements of the “Funding guidelines for handling facilities in combined transport” of non-state companies.

“By transferring the terminal to a competent and high-performing partner with its own intermodal rail products within Europe, we can significantly contribute to shifting more freight transport from the roads in the Cologne area to the more climate-friendly rail and waterways,” says Mr. Norbert Di Raimondo, who led the placement project at HGK. “In addition to key operational indicators, the placement criteria were mainly defined by qualitative, macroeconomic sustainability criteria for the northern Cologne region, which were set during the processing stage.”

Credit©HGK, Cologne

“The analysis and assessment of intermodal infrastructure and its integration into existing supply chains over the entire life cycle of cargo handling facilities and against the background of a dynamic market development is one of the core competencies of our consultancy services,” says Hartmut Beyer, authorised signatory at HPC and expert on market development of intermodal transport. “We are delighted to have been able to win the tender through our holistic approach – meaning the market study, the profitability analysis, the evaluation of the macroeconomic effects as well as the consulting on funding, all from a single source.  We extend our gratitude to HGK for their trust.”

With more than 45 years of consultancy experience, HPC is a firmly established name in the domestic logistics community. It works with a close-knit network of companies active in the intermodal traffic system. With over 120 completed projects in rail-based handling of goods around the world, HPC has made a major contribution to the development of this transport sector. In the area of funding consultation, HPC can count involvement in over 50 projects pertaining to funding acquisition at the domestic and European level.

Further information about HPC’s consultancy services for the intermodal sector can be found under

About HPC

HPC Hamburg Port Consulting operates as a logistics consulting company, specialising in strategy and transformation services for the ports, terminals, and rail sectors. Since its establishment in 1976, the Hamburg-based consulting company has delivered more than 1,750 projects across 135 countries spanning six continents, along the entire port project development cycle. HPC employs about 100 domain experts with a background as terminal operators, software engineers, logistics managers, transport economists and mathematicians. As a subsidiary of the Hamburg Port and Logistics Corporation (HHLA), HPC has its roots in port handling of container, breakbulk and multipurpose, as well as hinterland operations.

HPC untersuchte Wirtschaftlichkeit für den Betrieb des KV-Terminal Köln-Nord

Analyse diente als Basis für den Betreiber-Konzessionsvergabeprozess

Hamburg, 17. Januar 2023 – HPC Hamburg Port Consulting, der führende Logistikberater für Seehäfen und die damit verbundenen Hinterlands-Verkehrsträger und Logistikketten, ist im Jahr 2022 von der Häfen und Güterverkehr Köln KG (HGK) beauftragt worden, eine Wirtschaftlichkeitsanalyse für das Bahn-Terminal im kombinierten Verkehr in Köln-Nord zu erstellen. Die Analyse leistete einen grundlegenden Beitrag zu der nunmehr erfolgten Vergabe des Terminalbetriebs an die HUPAC SA.

Als Anbieter von Logistiklösungen für Schiene und Schiff ist die HGK-Gruppe Eigentümerin von drei Kölner Rheinhäfen sowie eines Schienennetzes, das die Rheinmetropole mit internationalen Logistik-Drehscheiben des kombinierten Verkehrs verbindet. Mit der erfolgreichen Inbetriebnahme der zweiten Baustufe des neuen bimodalen KV-Terminalneubaus Köln-Nord im Juni 2020 leistet die HGK als städtischer Investor einen wesentlichen Beitrag für die infrastrukturelle Daseinsvorsorge der Stadt Köln. Das Terminal hat eine Kapazität von bis zu 130.000 TEU. 

Auf Basis einer Ausschreibung hatte die HGK das Transportberatungsunternehmen HPC mit einer umfassenden Wirtschaftlichkeitsuntersuchung beauftragt. Die Analyse sollte sowohl die Investoren- als auch Betreiberperspektive berücksichtigen und als Grundlage für die Ermittlung der Pachthöhe gelten, die von einem zukünftigen Betreiber erwirtschaftet werden kann. Die Ausschreibung des KV-Betriebes wird von der Richtlinie zur Förderung von Umschlaganlagen des kombinierten Verkehrs nicht bundeseigener Unternehmen vorgeschrieben.

„Mit der Übergabe des Terminals an einen kompetenten und leistungsstarken Partner mit eigenen, intermodalen Zugprodukten im europäischen Raum, können wir entscheidend dazu beitragen, mehr Güterverkehr von den Straßen des Kölner Raums auf die klimafreundlicheren Verkehrsträger Schiene und Wasserwege zu verlegen“, sagt Norbert Di Raimondo, der das Vergabeprojekt bei der HGK verantwortlich leitete. „Maßgebend für die Definition der Vergabekriterien waren neben betriebswirtschaftlichen Kennziffern auch qualitative, gesamtwirtschaftliche Nachhaltigkeits-Kriterien für die Region des Kölner Nordens, die im Rahmen der Bearbeitung festgelegt wurden.“

„Die Analyse und Bewertung intermodaler Infrastruktur und ihre Integration in bestehende Lieferketten vor dem Hintergrund einer dynamischen Marktentwicklung gehört zu den Kernkompetenzen unserer Beratungsdienstleistungen über den gesamten Lebenszirkel einer Frachtumschlags-Anlage“, sagt Hartmut Beyer, Prokurist bei HPC und als Fachexperte für Marktentwicklung Intermodalverkehr verantwortlicher Projektleiter. „Wir freuen uns, dass wir mit einem ganzheitlichen Ansatz, der die Marktbetrachtung, Wirtschaftlichkeitsanalyse, Analyse der gesamtwirtschaftlichen Effekte sowie der Fördermittel-Beratung ‚aus einer Hand‘ umfasst, überzeugen konnten. Wir danken der HGK für das entgegengebrachte Vertrauen“.

HPC ist mit mehr als 45 Jahren Beratungstätigkeit in der nationalen Logistik-Community fest verankert und verfügt über ein enges Netzwerk mit im Kombinierten Verkehr tätigen Unternehmen. Mit weltweit mehr als 120 umgesetzten Projekten im schienengebundenen Güterumschlag hat HPC zur Weiterentwicklung dieses Sektors signifikant beigetragen. Im Bereich Fördermittel-Beratung kann HPC auf mehr als 50 Projekte nationaler und/oder europäischer Fördermittelakquise-Projekte zurückblicken.

Weitere Informationen über HPC-Beratungsdienstleistungen für den Intermodalsektor finden Sie unter

Über HPC

HPC Hamburg Port Consulting ist ein Hersteller-unabhängiges Logistikberatungsunternehmen, das sich auf Strategie- und Transformationsberatungsleistungen sowie Softwarelösungen für Häfen, See- und Binnenterminals sowie den intermodalen Schienenverkehr spezialisiert hat.  Seit seiner Gründung im Jahr 1976 hat das Hamburger Beratungsunternehmen mehr als 1.750 Projekte in 135 Ländern auf sechs Kontinenten entlang des gesamten Entwicklungszyklus von Hafenprojekten durchgeführt. HPC beschäftigt rund 100 Fachexperten mit einem Hintergrund als Terminalbetreiber, Softwareingenieure, Logistikmanager, Verkehrswirtschaftler und Mathematiker etc. Als Tochtergesellschaft der Hamburger Hafen- und Logistikgesellschaft (HHLA) hat HPC seine Wurzeln im Hafenumschlag von Containern, Stückgut und Mehrzweckgütern sowie im Hinterlandverkehr.

Fraud is the biggest threat to cargo losses

Criminal fraud in its many and various manifestations within the global supply chain is seen by International freight transport insurer TT Club as a primary and growing threat.  Carrier fraud in particular is a dominant occurrence. Renewed vigilance is required and encouraged by the insurer.

London 12th January, 2023

The almost exclusive use of online facilities to process business transactions allows a myriad of fraudulent pursuits to find opportunities within the complexities of the global supply chain. These have many manifestations; from payment fraud that involves existing mandates and impersonation of executives to procurement fraud featuring false invoicing.

Carrier fraud, in which criminals imitate hauliers and other sub-contractors, including drivers with falsified documents, accounted for 84% of TT claims involving fraud or deception in 2022. TT is eager to pinpoint these risks and offer advice to industry on how to not just identify potential fraud but to minimise and avoid losses through them. 

“No one – from freight forwarders, shippers, and carriers to container owners and logistics, ports, warehouse and depot operators – should underestimate how lucrative an industry fraud is. Using sophisticated, low-risk tactics, fraudsters can easily steal large amounts of money or consignments of cargo,” says Mike Yarwood, Managing Director, Loss Prevention at TT.

“Incidents of fraud that target international supply chains across the globe are not perpetrated by opportunistic criminals working in isolation but in the majority of cases the work of sophisticated organised crime gangs. They have well-honed methodologies that are adaptable in the face of detection devices and changes in operating procedures, as the experience of recent disruption to the freight transport system has proved. Our awareness and readiness to protect our businesses must be stepped-up.”

TT has produced significant resources* to assist operators to shield themselves from fraudulent activities as it sees 15% of its cargo theft claims arise from fraud or deception.  Specific examples include the intentional submission of false invoices purportedly from an established supplier but actually generated by a fraudster infiltrating the online payment system and duplicated or inflated invoices. Other cases, falling into the category of mandate fraud, experience criminal deception by manipulation of bank transfer details by a fraudster pretending to be an organisation paid regularly by the operator by hacking into the victim’s email traffic and imitating a genuine supplier alter bank transfer details for payment of a legitimate invoice. 

TT found however that carrier fraud dominated its claims of this type last year.  There are instances of fake carriers intercepting haulage instructions from forwarders or shippers and posing as the authentic carrier; also falsifying cargo pick-up or delivery documentation to steal loads.

One common tactic is where fraudsters pose as a forwarders using a freight exchange site and provide false instructions to a driver. They match a legitimate haulier to a shipper, facilitating the movement of goods. The fraudster then acts as a ‘middle man’ between these two legitimate companies, arranging the collection and directing the driver. Once the trucker has collected the goods, the fraudster provides new instructions to deliver to an alternative address where the cargo is stolen.

“A key aspect of this scenario is that the driver and the shipper are not in direct contact with one another,” explains Yarwood. “To avoid incidents such as this and other frauds it is crucial to make employees aware of the possibilities, to take extra care to verify documentation and instructions directly with customers and/or trusted partners, especially in pressure situations where carrier options might be in short supply or when there are particular time constraints.” He advises. 

These are but samples of the various modus operandi employed by those intent of defrauding supply chain businesses. TT is determined to maintain a flow of information designed to help the industry combat such practices and to underline both their extent and devious nature in order to reduce financial losses and further disruption to fragile supply chains.

* TT Talk | Be alert to ‘carrier fraud’ (

   TT Talk | Procurement fraud (

  TT Talk | Mandate fraud and CEO fraud: do not be a victim (

  TT Talk | Identifying & avoiding fraud (


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 1,100 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.

New appointments to the GEODIS executive committee

GEODIS, world leader in transport and logistics, announces the following appointments:

  • Stéphanie Hervé, Group Executive Vice President, Contract Logistics
  • David-Olivier Tarac, Group Chief Financial Officer
  • Amaury Valicon, Group Chief Performance Officer

Stéphanie Hervé and David-Olivier Tarac will become members of the Group’s executive committee, strengthening the management team working with Marie-Christine Lombard, Chief Executive Officer of GEODIS. Amaury Valicon remains a member of the executive committee, which he joined in 2018 on his appointment as Chief Financial Officer.

Left to right:  David-Olivier Tarac, Group Chief Financial Officer — Stéphanie Hervé, Group Executive Vice President, Contract Logistics — Amaury Valicon, Group Chief Performance Officer

Stéphanie Hervé started her career in 1996 as a logistics solution designer at FM Logistics. She joined GEODIS in 1998 as head of engineering and solution design for the Group, before taking on operational responsibilities in France and other countries from 1999. She took over the general management of contract logistics activities in France, Spain and Morocco in 2007, and was appointed Chief Operating Officer for the Western Europe Middle East Africa region in 2018. Stéphanie holds a Master’s in logistics and transport.

David-Olivier Tarac’s career began in 1998 at the Directorate of Naval Construction in the French Ministry of Defense. He moved to the French Treasury in 2000 and then took up a position in the State Shareholdings Agency, part of the Ministry of Finance, the Economy and Industry. In 2004, he joined the strategic consulting firm, the Boston Consulting Group. In 2008, he was appointed Deputy Chief Financial Officer of the ADP Group. He became an executive vice president of TAV Airports, based in Istanbul, in 2012, and then in 2017 he moved to New York as managing director in charge of the ADP Group’s North and Latin American activities. He joined GEODIS in July 2022 as Deputy Chief Financial Officer. David-Olivier Tarac is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines de Paris.

Amaury Valicon has held a broad range of responsibilities in finance for over 20 years, of which nearly 15 years in the transport industry. After 7 years in the banking sector at BNP Paribas and Bayerische Landesbank in structured finance and securitization, he joined the M&A team of SNCF Participations in 2004. He then moved to the finance department of SNCF Logistics in 2011 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer of SNCF Logistics in 2014. In January 2018, he joined GEODIS as Group Chief Financial Officer and was appointed to the executive committee. Amaury graduated from the ESSEC business school.


GEODIS is a leading global logistics provider acknowledged for its expertise across all aspects of the supply chain. As a growth partner to its clients, GEODIS specializes in five lines of business: Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport. With a global network spanning nearly 170 countries and more than 46,000 employees, GEODIS is ranked world no. 7 in its sector. In 2021, GEODIS generated €10.9 billion in revenue.

“K” Line Agreement for Research and Development of the “Safe Berthing/Unberthing Assist System”

~To improve safe ship operation and realize autonomous ships in the future~ 

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” LINE), Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen, Ltd. (“K” LINE KINKAI), and Kawasaki Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (KHI) have agreed to carry out the research and development of the “Safe Berthing/Unberthing Assist System” to enhance safety and efficiency of vessel maneuvering, berthing/unberthing, and mooring operations in ports.

The research and development aim to advance and improve safety and efficiency in berthing,

Unberthing, including mooring by combining expertise from “K” LINE and “K” LINE KINKAI with advanced technologies from KHI.

Currently, safe berthing/unberthing operations in ports are ensured by well experienced and knowledgeable shipboard crew about characteristics of ship specific maneuvering and mooring equipment features. For further improvement of safety, this system incorporates the latest technologies, including AI, to assist in safe berthing/unberthing operations. It will be the first system in the world that provides integrated support for all necessary operations from maneuvering in port, berthing/unberthing, mooring including mooring line monitoring. We will install the system on domestic vessels operated by “K” LINE KINKAI as a testing ground for this research and development and establish this system by spring 2025.

“K” LINE group is currently working on the “K”-Assist Project (“K” LINE Autonomous Ship with Safe and Intelligent Supporting Technology), which aims to further enhance safe ship operations through the integration of expertise in safe operations and advanced technologies. “Safe Berthing/Unberthing Assist System” is one of the components of the project.

“K” LINE will continue research and development to improve safety even further by providing more sophisticated support for shipboard crew and reducing their workload, as well as to realize autonomous ships in the future.

Overview of “Safe Berthing/Unberthing Assist System”

*1 KICS® (Kawasaki Integrated Control System) is a system that can comprehensively control multiple steering elements such as controllable pitch propeller, swivel thruster, side thruster, and rudder.

*2 DPS (Dynamic Positioning System) is a system that maintains the vessel’s planned position and heading by automatically controlling the vessel’s propulsion system and rudder. It features real-time monitoring of the vessel’s position through GPS or other position-measuring devices. 

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