Rail During Level 3 Lockdown

A media release on sanews.gov.za notes that – The Gauteng Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Roads and Transport says the opening of rail during level 3 lockdown could spell a public transport catastrophe. The committee said it is was not pleased with the measures presented by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s administrator, Bongisizwe Mpondo, on their readiness to receive …

The Past and Future of Freight Rail in South Africa

The Past and Future of Freight Rail in South Africa The historical development of freight transport in South Africa has been similar to the developments in other countries. Initially, the centres of commerce and industry were the port cities. With the discovery of gold and diamonds the distribution of economic activity became heavily concentrated in the mining areas of the …

How Tech Can Improve Supply Chains Post-COVID

How Tech Can Improve Supply Chains Post-COVID No matter your industry, we are all in a position where we are having to adapt and make changes to our business and our own personal lives to survive, and thrive, in a post-pandemic world. When it comes to the supply chain, technology is a key factor to consider when it comes to …

What You Need to Know About the African Continental Free Trade Area

While it is sometimes confused with the African Free Trade Zone, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is a free trade area which, once fully operational, will be the largest free trade area in the world by number of countries. The Area was created by the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, with the aim of increasing Africa’s presence in …

COVID-19 could be driving force to decarbonise shipping before 2050

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The coronavirus pandemic is opening up many new opportunities for the shipping industry, Cristina Aleixendri, COO at bound4blue, said during a video conference hosted by SMM.   “The coronavirus could be the driving force enabling us to achieve the decarbonisation goals even before 2050,” Aleixendri pointed out, explaining that one possible way to cut emissions today is wind propulsion. Her Catalan start-up …

Yang Ming constructs new smart container vessels

Smart container vessels

Yang Ming has unveiled that its ten 2,800TEU container vessels, currently being constructed by CSBC, will receive Smart Ship notations from international classification societies. Starting this year, these ships will be delivered and deployed to the company’s intra-Asia services. ABS, DNV GL, Bureau Veritas (BV) and Classification Society (CR), a Taiwanese non-governmental and non-profit class society, that is not a …

Logistics Post the COVID-19 Pandemic

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In the few months that the pandemic has been around, it has completely changed our global economy, impacting every industry in some way or another. During this time we have seen people having to completely change their lives and adopt a new normal that will continue after the lockdowns have lifted and borders are open again. With post COVID-19 on …

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Could Influence the Supply Chain

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There is no doubt that the need to adopt digital supply chains is as critical as ever with the covid-19 pandemic, however, and as is the case with most areas of business, this is being shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic.   Digital Transformation of Supply Chains Are businesses who have embraced digital transformation of supply chains coping better during the …

Project Forwarders Grapple with COVID-19, Oil Price Crash

Project Forwarders Grapple with COVID-19, Oil Price Crash

The double whammy of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and cratering oil prices are giving global project cargo forwarders two things to fight at once, according to industry sources. “Normally, we only see one disaster at a time,” Chris Kent, global projects director with Pentagon Freight, told JOC.com. Efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 are distorting cargo flows on sea …

COVID-19 to Accelerate Digitalization, Automation of Container Shipping

COVID-19 to Accelerate Digitalization, Automation of Container Shipping

The world right now is in the grip of the pandemic spread — and the health situation is almost guaranteed to get worse in the coming weeks. The response to the spread has been an unprecedented lockdown of entire countries with either movement restrictions or outright curfews. At the time of writing, this affects more than 2.5 billion people globally. The …