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‘Play for Pink’ Fundraising nears Half a Million Dollars

A charity initiative by insurance services company Thomas Miller ( Americas) Inc  has very nearly broken the half a million dollars barrier in funds raised for the Breast Cancer ReseaPlay for Pink - Image 11rch Foundation over the last three years, thanks to the ‘Play for Pink’ Golf Day held last month.  A total of 112 players representing companies throughout the US maritime and insurance community and also from Venezuela and Panama participated at the Forsgate Country Club in New Jersey.

This was a corporate golf day with a difference and thanks to the generosity of the hosts, sponsors and guests, it will make a real difference in the fight against breast cancer.  $206,000 was raised to add to the ‘Play for Pink’ donations from the last two years in order to reach a total of just under $500,000. 

Thomas Miller is the manager of shipping and transport insurance mutuals, UK P&I Club and TT Club.  Mike Jarrett, president of Thomas Miller (Americas) Inc thanked all the participants, “The commitment of the UK P&I and TT Club members as well brokers, attorneys and industry consultants in supporting our fund-raising efforts is astonishing.  I’m proud to be able to bring together the maritime community in the US to help research into the eradication of breast cancer; a blight that has touched us all either directly or indirectly”.

Among the organisations participating (many representatives of which are highlighted in the accompanying images) were:

  • Royal Caribbean Cruises
  • Disney Cruise Line
  • Bouchard
  • Harley Marine
  • Phoenix Bulk
  • Seaboard Marine
  • US Shipping
  • Dunlap Towing
  • Mediterranean Shipping (MSC)
  • Chembulk Tankers
  • AP Moller-Maersk
  • Diamond S Shipping
  • OEC Group
  • Atlantic Container Line (ACL)

Thomas Miller Americas considers itself dedicated to this cause and its fundraising efforts will be on-going.  Organization of each event and recruiting of sponsors begins in May each year and the 2019 Play for Pink Golf Day is already on the calendar for 1st October.  “The maritime community in this part of the world is as altruistic as any industry group,” comments Jarrett, “And we look fo

“K” Line takes delivery of Coal Carrier “SHONAI MARU” for JERA Trading Pte. Ltd.

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., Tokyo, (hereafter called “K” Line) is proud to announce the delivery of “SHONAI MARU,” a 100,000 DWT-type special coal carrier at MarugaCoal Carrier “SHONAI MARU” Nov18me Shipyard of Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., Japan on November 15, 2018.

SHONAI MARU was jointly developed by Imabari Shipbuilding and “K” Line to maximize transport volume to the discharging port, Chubu Electric Power’s Hekinan Thermal Power Plant, Aichi prefecture in Japan. SHONAI MARU is so-called “Hekinan MAX.”

SHONAI MARU is equipped with latest energy-saving and ecological technology such as WAD (Weather Adapted Duct) which promotes her propeller efficiency plus a ballast water management system that prevents damage to marine ecosystems.

SHONAI MARU will be principally involved in long-term service carrying thermal coal to Chubu Electric Power’s Hekinan Thermal Power Plant for JERA Trading Pte. Ltd.

Vessel’s Specifications
LOA 249.99 M Deadweight Tons 101,847 MT
Beam 43.00 M Gross Tons 57,842 T
Depth 18.70 M Net Tons 31,523 T
Full Draft 12.994 M Hold/Hatch 6/6

BSI and TT Club Issue Semi-Annual Global Cargo Theft Intelligence Report

First edition of a new regular report reveals violent truck hijackings account for 24% of cargo theft incidents globally; food and beverage sector most targeted at 27%.  Other detailed trends and risk mitigation advice included

BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions and leading international transport and logistics insurer, TT Club launch the first joint 2018 Semi-Annual Global Cargo Theft Intelligence and Advisory Report. The report brings together threat and intelligence data from BSI’s supply chain security country risk intelligence tool, SCREEN and TT Club’s insurance risk management and loss prevention insights.

Several key findings from the TT Club/BSI report highlight the severe impact which cargo theft has on global supply chains. As highlighted in the report, the Food and Beverage sector suffers from the highest rates of cargo crime across the globe, accounting for 27 percent of all incidents; whilst Consumer Products and Hi-Tech Electronics industries suffer high rates of cargo theft as well. Transport by road is the most often targeted mode for cargo crime across the globe, attributed to over 75% of all cargo theft incidents, with warehousing being the second most vulnerable target 19 percent.

BSI and TT Club have authored this report to demonstrate their shared goal of educating the transport and manufacturing sectors about the dynamic cargo theft risks present across the globe. With the enhanced awareness of cargo crime trends across the globe, industry will be able to engage in a proactive approach in preventing cargo crime and also minimising the financial loss and brand reputation damage that results from cargo crime.

The report highlights key risk insights into the trends in the following cargo disruption-related topics, including:

  • Regional Breakdown
  • Countries of concern
  • Tactics and Trends
    • Targeted modes
    • Targeted Commodities
    • Top Locations of Thefts
    • Prevalence of hijackings
  • Incident Highlight and Analysis article

Furthermore, the report includes several pieces of loss prevention advice to counter the identified threats presented in the report. The risk mitigation advisory sections have been co-authored by BSI’s Advisory Supply Chain Security team and the TT Club’s claims and loss prevention team.

To download the BSI/TT Club Semi-Annual Global Cargo Theft Intelligence Report –2018, please click on this link- https://www.ttclub.com/loss-prevention/publications/tt-club-bsi-cargo-theft-report-h1-2018/

ENDS

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.   www.ttclub.com

About BSI

BSI is the business improvement company that enables organizations to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. For over a century BSI has championed what good looks like and driven best practice in organizations around the world. Working with over 86,000 clients across 193 countries, it is a truly international business with skills and experience across a number of sectors including automotive, aerospace, built environment, food, and healthcare. Through its expertise in Standards Development and Knowledge Solutions, Assurance and Professional Services, BSI improves business performance to help clients grow sustainably, manage risk and ultimately be more resilient.

To learn more, please visit: www.bsigroup.com

About BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions
BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions is the leading global provider of supply chain intelligence, auditing services, audit compliance and risk management software solutions, and advisory services. Our mission is to help corporations, governments and associations identify, manage and mitigate global supply chain risks and maintain world class governance risk and compliance programs.  Our holistic supply chain risk management suite is designed to predict and visualize risk, and develop robust risk mitigation and compliance management programs to protect your supply chain, brand and reputation. Our intelligence-infused supply chain solutions and global network empower our clients to understand global supply chain risk with unequaled precision.

To learn more, please visit www.bsi-supplychain.com

Antje Lochmann – New Managing Director of GEODIS Freight Forwarding Germany

Antje Lochmann Nov 18

Antje Lochmann, Managing Director of GEODIS Freight Forwarding Germany

GEODIS announced the appointment of Antje Lochmann as the new Managing Director of GEODIS Freight Forwarding Germany. Beginning November 1, 2018, she will head up the German freight forwarding business for GEODIS headquartered in Hamburg.

Antje Lochmann joined GEODIS in 2011 and has held several positions where she was responsible for sales, marketing, key accounts, tender management, and sales controlling. Most recently, she was the Director National Sales & Marketing of GEODIS Freight Forwarding Germany. During her time at GEODIS, she has worked on many national and international projects and has established a good network.

“Antje Lochmann knows the market, the freight forwarding community and our organization through her years of experience. With her strong commitment, she has contributed significantly to the company’s success and will continue to do so in her new role. As part of our leadership approach, we at GEODIS put emphasis on career progression for our young executives. Therefore, I am very proud to be able to fill this important position with an in-house candidate such as Antje,” said Thomas Kraus, GEODIS President & CEO North, East and Central Europe.

Antje Lochmann succeeds Matthias Hansen, who was recently appointed Global Product Head of Ocean Freight. Along with his former role as Regional Vice President (RVP), EMEA, Matthias has been leading Freight Forwarding Germany for the past 12 months. He will be supporting Antje Lochmann during a two-month transition period through December 2018

GEODIS – www.geodis.com

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 2017, GEODIS accounted for over 40,500 employees globally and generated €8.1 billion in sales.

 

“K” Line changes the responsibilities of Executive Officers

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) has decided in a board meeting held today on changes of the responsibilities of Executive Officers.

To read the full press release please see the attached PDF document or visit their website: https://www.kline.co.jp/en/

 

 

“K” Line announcement of Financial Highlights for 2nd Quarter FY2018

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

Please click the following addresses to read our reports.

・Financial Highlights for 2nd quarter FY2018

https://www.kline.co.jp/en/ir/library/result.html

・Notice of Forecast for Year-end Dividend for fiscal year ending March 2019

https://www.kline.co.jp/en/news/ir/auto_20181030425857/pdfFile.pdf

 

http://www.kline.co.jp/en/

 

“K” LINE Supports TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures)

“K” LINE expresses its full concurrence with the recommedations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) established by the Financial Stability Board (FSB) .

The FSB is an international organization with participating members including finance ministries, financial regulatory authorities and central bank governors of the world’s 25 major countries. The TCFD is a task force set up by the FSB, whose recommendations are aimed at encouraging companies to disclose information about the impact or risks of climate change on their businesses in order that such information may be shared with institutional investors and banking organizations. The companies that have announced participation number 527 worldwide (as of October 24, 2018).

As an action of our own, “K” LINE developmed a long-term environmental namagement vision, “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050Securing Blue Seas for Tomorrow ―(*)and has positioned the minimization of the impact of our business activities on the global environment as a priority task. Under this policy, we are advancing approaches such as reducing fuel consumption of ships under operation, constructing ships with the latest energy-saving equipment, expanding the scope of data aggregation using a data collection system, “Eco Track”, and obtaining third-party certification for the improvement of credibility and transparency of the collected data.

We, “K” LINE, take the recommendations of the TCFD as contributive to the development of sustainable society, and as an environmental front-runner, we will continue to aim for the realization of being a business that enables a greater number of people around the world to enjoy the advantage of marine transportation characterized by a lower environmental load and higher efficiency.

 TCFD Task For on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures

 *: “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050 – Securing Blue Seas for Tomorrow –: For more details, please see:

 https://www.kline.co.jp/en/csr/environment/management.html#002

GEODIS Awarded “2018 Logistics Player of the Year” in Italy

The Group took home the prestigious annual prize rewarding Italian companies that stand out for innovative approaches and solutions.

181029 Canova - Da Pra - Luigi Terzi (Logistics Awards presentation)

Pietro Lucio Canova, Business Area Director for Nord East Italy, GEODIS and Dario Da Pra, Site Manager for Bologna, GEODIS with Luigi Terzi from Assologistica

With the project “Aero roll-cages conveyor system,” GEODIS in Italy has been named “2018 Logistics Player of the Year” in the Innovation category. The well-known award, organized by Assologistica in cooperation with the magazine Euromerci and the association Assologistica Cultura e Formazione, is the most important prize for 3PL players in Italy.

Roll cages represent an evolution of trolleys, in which the unit load is hooked to the plank of the trolley through an automated system. This allows the handling of flat or hanging garments, even simultaneously. The transport chain develops on an aerodynamic architecture and grants total freedom of movement in the stock flows. In a nutshell, the handling capacity becomes highly flexible and multifunctional.

There are several benefits, including considerable savings on transport and transfer times—inbound-outbound and between floors—and a displacement of up to 20 cages for hanging garments, without overloading the operators. This solution also promotes order and cleanliness in the work areas and minimizes the need for handling equipment.

While evaluating applications in different fields, from environmental sustainability to training, from the internationalization of business to ITC, the scope of Research & Development from year to year increases the ranks of companies that are candidates for our Award,” asserts Assologistica’s Secretary-General, Jean François Daher. “This is very encouraging, as it testifies to the ability of our companies to respond to the challenges of a market in which technology has long been a dominant factor in growth and development.”

Technological innovation is a crucial element for the development of logistics, one of the most sensitive factors for the entire system. An initiative like ours is 100% in 2.0 supply chain perspective and launches GEODIS in Italy towards the future,” comments Francesco Cazzaniga, Managing Director of GEODIS in Italy.

GEODIS – www.geodis.com

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 to top business rankings: #1 in France, #4 in Europe, and #7 worldwide.

 

“K” Line Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Maritime Training in the Philippines

- Ready to Accept 10,000 Students and Good Visibility for the Next 100 Years -

On October 18, at the company’s training center “K” Line Maritime Academy Philippines (KLMA(Phil)) in Pasay City, Philippines, the 25th Anniversary of the training facility as well as the completion of the renovation work of the training center were celebrated with a ceremony that welcomed the attendance of many successive local staff, including guests from affiliated companies who have been supporting our seafarers’ development activities for many years.         

Our efforts to nurture seafarers in the Philippines began with the establishment of “K” Line Maritime Training Corporation (KMTC) in 1993. In February 2008, KMTC subsequently transferred its maritime training facility in Manila to a new location of “K” Line Maritime Academy Philippines (KLMA(Phil)) in the city of Pasay.  As one of the major pillars to support our company’s business foundation, “safe ship operation and environmental conservation,” we have been and will continue striving to secure and nurture excellent seafarers.

On March 2 this year, a new building “OCEAN BREEZE,” with a seafarers’ clinic that has the latest medical equipment and lodging facilities that can accommodate 225 people, opened adjacent to the training center. Also, on July 31, the renovation work of the training center itself with the most advanced training equipment was completed and we have achieved the capability to now accept a total of 10,000 students per year.

“K” Line will celebrate its 100th Anniversary next year.  In the future, we will continue to develop and train stable and well-qualified seafarers for the next 100 years by constantly developing an even higher level of quality trainings in line with the times, always aiming to further strengthen our company’s safe operations.

 

GEODIS reduces the carbon footprint of road freight between Germany and Spain by launching a new Rail-Road Service

Since February of this year, GEODIS has been running a new rail-road line for freight transport between Hendaye (French-Spanish border) and Metz (French-Germa181022 HQ_PRESSE_GEOFRET_Graphique_EN_03_HDn border). Since this summer, five to six trains per week have been using this route. Combined with a local “door-to-door” service, this alternative offering reduces congestion on European roads as well as the carbon footprint of freight on this corridor.

This new transport service is aimed at companies that export goods from Spain and Portugal to the north of France, Germany, Benelux countries and Eastern Europe, or that import from these countries, for sectors such as retail distribution, automotive and industrial. 

The service is operated by GEODIS which provides an end-to-end logistics solution with a 1,100 kilometers railway line between Hendaye and Metz, with local delivery by road for the final miles. In the long term, a Paris stopover at GEODIS’ logistics platform in Bonneuil-sur-Marne is planned.

This new multimodal service will take up to 11,500 trucks off the road each year,” says Olivier Royer, Executive Vice President Road Transport at GEODIS. “Beyond the driver shortage and road congestion situation which we are currently facing, we will see a real impact on the carbon footprint of freight between France and Spain by significantly reducing CO2 emissions per ton transported.”

The “door-to-door” service operated by GEODIS includes cross-docking in its own warehouses located at each end of the line, as well as freight transport from Metz to final delivery points in Northern Europe or the Iberian Peninsula, using its own fleet of vehicles.

This multimodal solution makes it possible to achieve flows with a transit time similar to that of road haulage,” explains Olivier Royer. “In this way we can guarantee high volume transport at a reasonable cost, while eliminating certain factors such rising diesel prices, seasonal fluctuations in heavy goods vehicle transport or the cost of return trips that normally impact transport by truck.

A freight tracking and management system has also been set up to allow customers to learn the location of their shipment in real time. GEODIS also ensures its customers guaranteed service by offering alternative transport by road with the help of 3,800 vehicles from the GEODIS fleet or from its transport partners in the event of an incident.

GEODIS – www.geodis.com

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 2017, GEODIS accounted for over 40,500 employees globally and generated €8.1 billion in sales.