Issue 8 2019 - FBJNA MSC Completes Maiden Voyage of 23,000 TEU Vessel

The new class of 23,000+ TEU vessels are now a reality on the high seas, as was evident when MSC Gülsün, the world’s largest container ship, arrived in Europe in mid-August aſter completing its landmark maiden voyage from the north of China. MSC Mediterranean Shipping

Company added the MSC Gülsün to its 2019-2020 global shipping network of MSC, a world leader in transportation and logistics, as confirmation of its commitment to investing in the world’s largest and busiest trade lanes. The MSC Gülsün and 10 other

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C.H. Robinson makes huge investment in innovation, technology

C.H. Robinson President and CEO Bob Biesterfeld announced the company’s largest investment in innovation, advanced technologies

and talent,

supported by recent in-depth customer research, that will shape the future of the logistics ecosystem. C.H. Robinson has committed investing $1 billion

to in

technology over the next five years, doubling its previous $1 billion investment in technology over the last 10 years. With more than 1,000 data scientists, engineers and developers, the company is continuing to invest in global talent in this critical area, making an already strong team even stronger. “We are a platform-driven company with


technology built by and for supply chain experts, powered by our information advantage,” Biesterfeld said. “It’s when these tools are leveraged by the smartest and most relentless experts— who really understand and are

ships in this class are in the MSC pipeline. Built at the Samsung Heavy

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Industries (SHI) Geoje shipyard in South Korea, MSC Gülsün sets a new standard in container shipping, in particular in terms of environmental performance. At some 400 meters long and

committed to our customers’ business—that we create extreme value in the supply chain for our clients’ benefit.” Speaking at the Council of

Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP) EDGE Conference in Anaheim, CA, Biesterfeld explained how big data and digital technologies, including artificial intelligence, machine learning and predictive analytics, are having a profound impact on the supply chain marketplace. He discussed why only those who leverage both technology and talent will compete and win on supply chain in the future. “C.H. Robinson solves logistics

problems for companies across the globe and across industries, from the simple to the most complex,” Biesterfeld said. “We put the customer at the center of everything we do – listening, understanding their needs and using our expertise to solve their most complex logistics challenges.”

more than 60 meters wide, MSC Gülsün has a record-size capacity for a container ship: 23,756 TEU. Bigger ships generally emit less CO2 per container carried, helping companies which move goods on MSC’s services between Asia and Europe to lower the carbon footprint of their supply chains. The vessel is equipped with more than 2,000 refrigerated

During his remarks, Biesterfeld

also shared specific feedback and actionable insights from more than 3,000 shippers, both domestic and international, highlighting their evolving priorities and needs. Among some of the research findings: Technology is more important than ever with 88% of shippers who contract to purchase freight saying that technology is extremely or very important when choosing a logistics provider; visibility and predictive tools are external logistics providers’ most important assets, with 65% of customers saying they either have or are planning

containers, boosting the trade of food, drink, pharmaceutical and other chilled and frozen items between Asia and Europe. This new class has been

designed with a wide range of environmental,


stability and safety matters in mind. MSC Gülsün features a remarkable approach to energy efficiency with the shape of the bow designed to enhance energy efficiency by reducing hull resistance. State-of-the-art engineering

minimizes wind

resistance, resulting in lower fuel consumption. MSC

Gülsün’s improved

energy efficiency and fuel economy ensure that MSC is on track to meet international 2030 environmental policy targets set by the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) ahead of time, building on a 13 % improvement in CO2 emissions per ton of cargo moved already achieved across the MSC fleet between 2015 and 2018. To comply with an upcoming

marine fuel regulation in 2020, the ship is also equipped with a UN IMO-approved hybrid Exhaust Gas Cleaning System and has the option of switching to low-Sulphur fuel, or to be adapted for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the future.

on implementing real-time visibility and insight tools in the next two years; local expertise is key, with 83% of shippers saying that having a logistics partner with local and global expertise is essential to their business needs. The results from the customer

research demonstrate how important new capabilities, visibility into supply chains and deep expertise in local and global needs are. During his remarks, Biesterfeld highlighted the findings and identified trends in the industry to demonstrate how C.H. Robinson will continue to invest in innovation to help their customers win.


News Roundup Forwarding & Logistics

Wen Parker Logistics’ Los Angeles Office Wen-Parker Logistics (WPL) announces the move into an expanded facility in the Los Angeles area. This news comes less than a month aſter Wen-Parker opened a brand- new sales office in the Dallas area.

Pilot Freight Services has a new global headquarters located in a Class A property in Glen Mills, PA. The new space, spanning 45,000 sq. ſt. over one and a half floors, consolidates three separate divisions that were previously compartmentalized across three buildings including a former schoolhouse. The new office is a purposeful reflection of Pilot’s solution-based, progressive and collaborative culture as a leading technology- forward transportation company.

CEVA Logistics has reinforced its reputation in the global energy sector with the renewal of its contract with Borr Drilling for an additional year to the end of August 2020. Borr Drilling is the market leader in international drilling contracting to the oil and gas exploration industry. It owns and operates jack-up rigs of modern and high-specification designs providing drilling services worldwide in water depths up to approximately 400 feet.

Descartes Systems Group announced that the Descartes ShipRush™ cloud-based ecommerce shipping solution now fully supports both parcel and less-than-truckload (LTL) freight to provide companies with a single platform to meet their shipping requirements. Descartes ShipRush makes it easier for customers to evaluate parcel and LTL options to make better shipping decisions for their requirements.

Agility announced that it has invested $18 million in green supply chain technologies so far through its corporate venture arm Agility Ventures. The announcement came as part of Agility’s launch of its latest sustainability report, “Values into Action.”


follows the news that Agility committed to adopt science-based targets for greenhouse gas emissions reduction and achieved third-party certification for its shipment emissions reporting.

Kerry Logistics recorded a 194% surge in profit for the six months ended June 30, 2019, which it attributes to shareholders to the record high of HK$2,790 million.

Dachser has been awarded the 3PL Excellence Award 2019 by the University of Southern California and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The award was presented on Friday, August 9 at the USC Marshall Center for Global Supply Chain Management, during the Annual Global Supply Chain Excellence Summit The 3PL Excellence award recognizes organizations and individuals that provide exceptional value as a 3PLprovider through customer service, reliability, and industry expertise. It also honors company capability, innovation, thought-leadership, customer service, company stability and reputation.

Today, the Northern Sea Route, which runs the length of the Siberian Coast, connects Asia to Europe.

currents It has been made

navigable due to the effects of global warming. Rich in its unique and largely unexplored biodiversity, the Arctic plays an essential role in regulating ocean

and global climate

patterns. The use of the Northern

Sea Route will represent a significant danger to the unique natural ecosystems of this part of the world, mainly due to the numerous

threats posed by accidents, oil pollution or

collisions with marine wildlife. To avoid posing a greater

threat to this fragile environment, Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, has decided that none of the CMA CGM Group’s 500 vessels will use the Northern Sea Route along Siberia,

which is now open due to climate change. With this decision, CMA CGM

makes the resolute choice to protect the environment and the planet’s biodiversity despite the major competitive advantage this route represents for shipping companies.

Al Khayyat Investment has achieved annual savings of more than $1 million by using Paragon’s routing and scheduling soſtware to transform its in-house transport operation. The company has dramatically improved productivity and reduced costs since investing in the transport planning solution, by better managing its vehicles and drivers that operate across the UAE. By increasing average deliveries per vehicle by 164 percent, the AKI Group has been able to lower the average cost per delivery by 65% and reduce fleet size by 38%.

Exegistics, a veteran-owned third-party logistics (3PL) and supply chain innovator, announced its recent acquisition of the Indianapolis staffing operation of Versant Supply Chain. From general labor and skilled workers to clerical and management, Versant Supply Chain’s staffing operation has proven recruiting, screening, and testing processes to identify top talent.

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