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CMA CGM launches eSolutions
Global shipping group CMA CGM has launched CMA CGM eSolutions, an entirely digital eco-system comprising an online agency and other eCommerce channels such as Electronic Data Interchanges (EDI) and Application Programming Interfaces (API), which allow the digital transmission of relevant information and data between CMA CGM and its customers.
"A large majority of the CMA CGM Group's bookings are made via its eCommerce solutions, among which half are made through the Group's web platform," the group noted. "With CMA CGM eSolutions, customers will have the possibility to experience a 100 per cent digital journey when they choose CMA CGM to transport their goods.
"For several years, CMA CGM has developed and launched a whole set of digital solutions such as schedule research, quotation request, booking, shipping instructions, documentation, shipping dashboard, tracking," it continued. "Today, the CMA CGM Group is strengthening its digital customer experience by offering its clients a new sales channel to ease their journey and allow them to strengthen their productivity and develop their business."
CMA CGM said that new features were currently available at regional or global level and would be gradually rolled out on the different platforms of the Group's brands.
More features will be launched in the coming months to further improve customer experience with CMA CGM and its subsidiaries, it noted.
"With CMA CGM eSolutions, the group's clients now have access to all their shipping needs with a single click, making their experience with CMA CGM simpler and more transparent to enhance their business and peace of mind throughout their journey with the CMA CGM Group," the company added.
Alphaliner: Boxship Scrubber Retrofits to Surge Ahead of IMO 2020
The number of containerships taken out for scrubber retrofits is set to increase in the coming months as the date for the implementation of the IMO 2020 rule approaches, Alphaliner said.
Citing its survey of ships identified for scrubber retrofits, Alphaliner said that 16 ships ranging in size from 2,900 TEU to 18,000 TEU are believed to be undergoing retrofit work at various yards in the Far East.
South Korea to Inject More Funds in Struggling Shipyards
South Korea plans to spend another KRW 70 billion (USD 60.1 million) to support local shipbuilders recovery efforts, the country s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said.
The financial support would be aimed at helping local shipyards in attracting orders for environmentally friendly vessels, such as LNG-fuelled ships, as they struggle to recover from an industry wide slump.
Will not extend sanctions on Chabahar port project: US to India
The US Department of State has informed India it will not be seeking to extend sanctions on the Chabahar port project, in which India has heavily invested - both financially and diplomatically.
Apart from increasing India s trade with nations in the Persian Gulf, the Chabahar port is also the starting point of the international north-south transport corridor (INSTC), and the US wants to see trade benefits reach Afghanistan and central Asia via the route, a senior foreign affairs ministry official said on Wednesday.
DP World container volumes soften in Q1 amid global uncertainty
Dubai-based ports operator DP World s container volumes softened in the first quarter of 2019 amid "“general caution" and "uncertainty" in some works, chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said on Thursday.
In a statement, DP World said that the company handed 17.5 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) during the quarter, with gross container volumes falling by 0.6 percent year-on-year on a reported basis.
VOC Port Trust plans third container terminal
VO Chidambaranar (VOC) Port in Thoothukudi plans to have a third container terminal with current handling capacity set to reach its maximum by end of this fiscal at the two private terminals.
However, the Port Trust is in a fix on identifying the right concession model to be offered to the new operator considering that two different models - royalty and revenue share - are already in vogue at the Port.
Blockchain offers opportunities for cooperation in network that lacks trust
The first blockchain applications in the Port of Rotterdam are beginning to take shape. Leading these applications is BlockLab, established by the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Municipality of Rotterdam. Aljosja Beije and Janjoost Jullens team is concentrating on two domains: logistics and energy.