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  • Writer's pictureMare Greco

MARITIME | December 3, 2020

| Editors' picks | MARITIME | 12.03.2020 | | December 3, 2020

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor | Journal of Commerce | December 2, 2020

Container Management | | December 3, 2020

Sam Whelan | | December 3, 2020

Sam Chambers | | December 2, 2020



5G networks could revolutionise the container terminal industry and be the driving force behind greater automation and digitalisation.

The next 12 months in particular will be crucial to 5G’s implementation in maritime ports and terminals.

During the CTAC 2020 session titled ‘How 5G Network Deployment Can Provide the Driving Force for Innovation Projects’, Douglas Mafra, Wireless Transformation Manager, APM Terminals, predicted that 5G would “revolutionise” the industry and trigger an acceleration in smart port development.

Wireless networks have become an increasingly important area of investment for container ports and terminals because the technology used in these environments has advanced substantially in recent years.

These advances have continued as trade and demand for goods has increased. This has also meant the role of ports and terminals has changed and they must now assume the role of hubs of supply chain innovation and collaboration. | December 3, 2020


In extending its agreement with Candian Pacific Railway, Hapag-Lloyd on Wednesday said it will bring a container service to Saint John, New Brunswick, next year, laying the track for the railroad’s first intermodal service to an Eastern Canadian deep-water port.

It’s not clear what the port string of the new service will be, as details weren’t disclosed. The container line most likely will provide details when announcing its revised North American service network, which generally occurs in late spring.

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor | Journal of Commerce | December 2, 2020


Future reefer shipping growth will come from accelerating trade in exotic fruits according to Drewry, with new technology lengthening potential shipping distances and opening up markets where discretionary spend is rising.

Growth in the reefer shipping trade has largely been driven by soaring demand for proteins into swine flu-ravaged Asia, but this trend is expected to recede as domestic pig stocks recover, noted the analyst’s latest report.

Seaborne reefer trade growth has broadly matched that of dry cargo over the past 10 years, expanding at an average annual rate of 3.8%, with proteins and bananas accounting for 52% of traffic last year.

Meat has been the driver of growth over the last 12-18 months due to significant imports into China following the effects of African Swine Flu.

Container Management | | December 3, 2020


The ongoing “disarray” in Australia’s container supply chains will mean empty shelves for some retailers at Christmas.

Industrial action by the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) against Patrick Terminals was suspended in early October – pending peace talks over a new pay deal – but supply chain delays from previous MUA work stoppages are still playing out, two months later.

Shipping schedules were put out of whack, creating a backlog of “eight-to-ten” weeks, according to to carriers, but the union denies it’s to blame, instead pointing to increased peak season demand.

Sam Whelan | | December 3, 2020


Leaders of Australia, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Namibia, Norway, Palau and Portugal have committed today to sustainably manage nearly 30m sq km of their national waters by 2025, a move that will have significant ramifications for the shipping industry, not least in its drive to decarbonise.

The High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (Ocean Panel) today put forward a new ocean action agenda. The 14 world leaders of the Ocean Panel have committed to sustainably manage 100% of the ocean area under national jurisdiction by 2025. The countries will bring what they describe in a release as a “holistic approach to ocean management that balances protection, production and prosperity” to nearly 30m sq km of national waters – an area the size of Africa. The Ocean Panel also urged leaders of coastal and ocean states across the globe to join in committing to the 100% goal so that all Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) are sustainably managed by 2030.

Sam Chambers | | December 2, 2020


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