Ocean container shipping operators intend to impose new “emergency” surcharge

For many global logistics managers, the ocean cargo container shipping industry appears to move from one crisis to another without addressing fundamental supply and demand business practices. Further evidence of this surfaced in recent weeks when the world’s leading vessel operators announced the introduction of “emergency” bunker surcharges in response to rising fuel costs. As a throwback to bygone days of “cartel” action, this tactic was done in unison, placing higher costs on existing bunker surcharges.

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8 Helpful Tips for Moving Out for the First Time

Moving out for the first time can often be a truly daunting task for a number of valid reasons. Number one, you may feel scared of the upcoming relocation simply because you’ve never moved house before, and number two, moving out of your parent’s hou..

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IMO Takes First Steps to Address Autonomous Ships

The IMO has officially commenced work to look into how safe, secure and environmentally sound Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) operations may be addressed in IMO instruments. The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) endorsed a framework for a regulatory scoping exercise, as work in progress, including preliminary definitions of MASS and degrees of autonomy. MASS has been defined as a ship which, to a varying degree, can operate independently of human interaction.

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America has a massive truck driver shortage. Here’s why few want an $80,000 job.

About 51,000 more drivers are needed to meet the demand from companies such as Amazon and Walmart that are shipping more goods across the country, according to the American Trucking Associations. The driver shortage is already leading to delayed deliveries and higher prices for goods that Americans buy. The ATA predicts that it's likely to get worse in the coming years.

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Will Hong Kong do the necessary to revamp its maritime industry?

With characteristic candour and acute business acumen, Hong Kong’s latest efforts to revamp and revive its maritime industry actually look like they have a good chance of succeeding. However whether they work or not will depend on another key characteristic of the city – its democratic political process.

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Strikes in Brazil

OMNI would like to thank Laura Ganon at Fink Mobility for providing the following information about two strikes in Brazil.

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