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A.P. Moller – Maersk completes the acquisition of KGH Customs Services

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A.P. Moller – Maersk has finalised the acquisition of KGH Customs Services, a pan-European customs services provider, further strengthening its capabilities as an integrated container logistics company, offering end-to-end supply chain solutions to its global customers.

“I am very pleased that we can now officially welcome KGH into the Maersk family”, says Karsten Kildahl, Regional Managing Director of Maersk in Europe. “The integration process now begins, and we are very excited to start working together and start learning from one another.”

“The whole KGH team is looking forward to closely collaborating with our new Maersk colleagues on providing a range of different services within the transportation and logistics industry as one combined entity. Our enhanced product portfolio and geographical reach will enable us to serve our customers and their growing needs even better”, says Lars Börjesson, CEO of KGH Customs Services.

During the remainder of 2020, Maersk and KGH teams will work together on establishing a joint operating model and optimal structure to serve their customer base going forward. Customers will meanwhile continue to interact with their current contacts in both organisations and enjoy the usual level of service.

Lars Borjesson, CEO of KGH, will going forward lead the combined customs related activities of both KGH and Maersk in Europe.

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CMA CGM and Port Authority of Singapore sign MOU

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The CMA CGM Group, a global player in sea, land, air and logistics solutions; and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, in June inked a Memorandum of Understanding to initiate a collaboration on the development of capabilities and solutions across maritime decarbonisation, digitalisation and innovation. The MOU also seeks to prime for a future-ready maritime workforce through training and skills development.

The MOU was signed by Mr Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, and Ms Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive, MPA.

Decarbonise shipping through clean energies and technologies

To accelerate maritime decarbonisation, the two parties will explore the use of zero and low-carbon marine fuels such as e-methanol, e-methane and biofuels for commercial shipping. Research on technologies such as carbon capture solutions is another objective of the MOU.

As CMA CGM advances to be a net zero carbon company by 2050, and diversifies its energy mix, the Group recently ordered another 10 dual fuel LNG-powered vessels and 6 dual fuel methanol-powered vessels. Three of these LNG vessels, which will also be e-methane ready, will be registered under the Singapore flag. Such efforts to position the Singapore Registry of Ships for a low-carbon future reaffirm Singapore’s commitment towards decarbonization of the maritime industry.

The CMA CGM Group’s e-methane ready fleet currently counts 29 vessels in service and will have a total of 77 by 2026.

Digitalising and innovating the maritime ecosystem

Various collaboration opportunities would be explored under the MOU for greater digitalisation. These include maritime cybersecurity and just-in-time shipping, achieved through secure and seamless data exchanges for port and cargo documentation and reporting. The MOU would also see the two parties work together on innovations such as shipboard automation for more safety, efficiency and smarter solutions onboard vessels. CMA CGM and MPA will also explore establishing and investing in Singapore-based incubators and accelerators to grow Singapore-based marinetech start-ups.

The CMA CGM Group is committed to developing BETTER WAYS for a renewed shipping and logistics offering that adapts constantly to customers’ needs. In this regard, the Group accelerates shipping and logistics digitalisation by investing in R&D as well as in IoT, artificial intelligence and blockchain solutions, to develop smarter and more secure service offerings, while delivering a smoother user experience for both customers and employees. ZEBOX, the startup incubator and accelerator founded in 2018 by Rodolphe Saadé, participates in this strategy by supporting startups focusing on transport, logistics and mobility, and industry 4.0.

Transforming the maritime workforce to be future-ready and build the sustainable transport and logistics of tomorrow

Globally, the CMA CGM Group has 150,000 employees, including some 880 maritime staff in Singapore, a strategic International Maritime Hub, home to the Group’s Asia-Pacific regional office, ship management entity and fleet center.

Priming a future-ready maritime workforce is key to meet the major challenges ahead and navigate the maritime transformation arising from decarbonisation and digitalisation. Under the MOU, CMA CGM will strengthen existing collaborations with MPA in attracting talent through maritime scholarships such as the Tripartite Maritime Scholarship. The CMA CGM Group and MPA will cooperate on new industry-wide initiatives to attract and empower the Singapore-based maritime workforce, tapping on the MPA Maritime Cluster Fund.

Mr Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group said, “Decarbonization, digitalization, and innovation are strategic priorities for CMA CGM and the entire shipping industry. Given Singapore’s key position in our global network, I am very pleased to sign this partnership with the Maritime and Port Authority. It will allow us to address the challenges ahead and strengthen our existing strong ties with Singapore, its industries and its digital ecosystem, while reflecting our attachment to this country”.

Ms Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore said, “We are happy to work with a like-minded partner like CMA CGM who shares our bold ambitions to make international shipping more sustainable and resilient, and who which also believes in taking pragmatic and concrete steps towards these aspirations. I am confident that this collaboration will contribute meaningful solutions to the industry’s needs, strengthen the local marinetech ecosystem, and also build the maritime workforce capability in Singapore”.

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PIL introduces new service West Coast South America 6

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Pacific International Lines introduced a new weekly direct service linking China and Korea with four key countries in South America – Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia and Chile. The new service, known as West Coast South America 6, will commence in July 2022 from Ningbo, China.

WS6 aims to augment PIL’s existing two services WS2 and WSA, strengthening PIL’s connectivity into Colombia and Chile. It will be served by a consortium of ten vessels with an average effective capacity of about 3,300 TEUs, jointly deployed by PIL, Wan Hai Lines and Yang Ming Lines.

Mr Tonnie Lim, Chief Trade Officer, PIL, said, “We are launching this new WS6 service to broaden PIL’s presence in West Coast South America, and capitalise on the growth potential of the Latin American region. This is also part of PIL’s efforts to meet the needs of its customers worldwide for a more comprehensive coverage in Central and South America.”

The ports of call for this WS6 service are:

Ningbo – Shanghai – Qingdao – Pusan – Manzanillo – Lazaro Cardenas – Puerto Quetzal – Buenaventura – Valparaiso – Ningbo

Pacific International Lines is the largest carrier in Southeast Asia and is ranked 12th among the world’s top container shipping lines. PIL has developed into a global carrier with a focus on China, Asia, Africa, Middle East, South America and Oceania.

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PSA and OOCL successfully complete a joint pilot project

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PSA Corporation Ltd and Orient Overseas Container Line Limited have successfully completed a joint pilot project to integrate and enhance the flow of containers between two PSA facilities – Keppel Distripark and the On-Dock Depot.

In alignment with its overall decarbonisation efforts, PSA initiated this logistics solution to reduce overall trucking distance for empty container collection and returns within Singapore and have been working closely with shipping lines and the local logistics community. OOCL is the first line to support and join this pilot project to cut supply chain inefficiencies, improve truck productivity and reduce carbon emissions from truck trips.

The enhanced flow of empty containers between KD and ODD can reduce an average of 93% of kgCO2e per trip due to the significantly shorter distance. The collaboration between PSA and OOCL seeks to drive sustainability and productivity among stakeholders in Singapore’s logistics and supply chain industry. A key partner who participated and supported this joint initiative is Hup Soon Cheong Services Pte Ltd, the largest warehouse operator and haulier in KD. Other than improving the utilisation of their warehouse dock bays, the operator benefited from improved truck trips by significantly reducing time on the road and cutting carbon emissions at the same time.

Ms Seow Hwee, Head of Cargo Solutions Business, Southeast Asia for PSA said, “True value across the logistics value chain is best unlocked through collaborations with likeminded partners. PSA is delighted to have the steadfast support of OOCL and Hup Soon Cheong Services in this green and sustainable initiative, where we work together to achieve synergy for enhanced productivity. I am pleased with the positive results, meeting our primary objectives and am looking forward to the support from all our partners as we seek to further improve supply chain efficiencies.”

Mr Richard Hew, Managing Director of OOCL Pte. Ltd. said, “The urgency to decarbonise the world’s logistics value chains has never drawn more attention internationally and within the industry. It is our true pleasure working with PSA and Hup Soon Cheong Services to open the door to a greener and more efficient value chain, especially during this pandemic time filled with business disruptions. We are very pleased to have business partners that has a similar vision in terms of the sustainability agenda. This pilot trial is indeed one of the milestones along our decarbonisation journey, and we are keen to establish additional long-lasting sustainability collaborations with our business partners and customers.”

Mr Alfred Hau, CEO, Hup Soon Cheong Services Pte Ltd, said, “With a common mutual objective between all parties, we managed to kick start the trial without much hassle. The process is smooth and straightforward. It improves our efficiency with the reduction of distance and time as well as cutting the CO2 emission. It is great to be a part of this green journey.”

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