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Hapag-Lloyd orders 150,000 TEU of standard and reefer containers

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Hapag-Lloyd orders 150,000 TEU of standard and reefer containers. Image: Wikimedia / Tvabutzku1234
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Hapag-Lloyd is stepping up once more the investment in its container fleet in light of the current situation – similar to what the container shipping line did in 2020 in its initial response to the pandemic – as today it needs significantly more than the normal number of boxes to carry the same volume because boxes are turning slower.

The container shipping line has ordered 150,000 TEU from China – both dry boxes and state-of-the-art reefer containers. Some of the boxes were already delivered to the container carrier and integrated into its existing container fleet in the first quarter for 2021, but the majority of them are expected to be delivered in the upcoming months. Additionally, Hapag-Lloyd has ordered 8,000 TEU of special containers to be used for over-sized or dangerous goods.

“The container shipping industry currently sees unprecedented demand, which has led to a shortage of containers all over the world. With its recent container orders, Hapag-Lloyd is contributing to efforts to ease the current situation and will be able to offer its customers a much better service,” says Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd.

The investments amount to roughly USD 550 million – making it one of the biggest container orders in the history of Hapag-Lloyd.

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ONE launches digital freight booking platform by Descartes Kontainers

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ONE launches digital freight booking platform by Descartes Kontainers. Image: Flickr/ Frans Berkelaar
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Descartes Systems Group, the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that Singapore-based Ocean Network Express (ONE), the world’s sixth largest container carrier, is using the Descartes Kontainers solution to digitize the shipper-facing aspects of its freight execution operations in 11 Asian countries as part of a pilot program.

“Shippers today need a more efficient and streamlined end-to-end freight booking experience,” Hiroki Tsujii, Managing Director, Marketing & Commercial said at ONE. “With the launch of our new digital platform ONE QUOTE, powered by Descartes Kontainers, customers can now receive an instant quote for export shipments and place bookings anytime, anywhere. It’s a one stop service that completely automates traditional manual tasks.”

The Descartes Kontainers solution facilitates a fully digital customer experience including quoting, booking, tracking and dashboard analytics for shipping lines, freight forwarders, ocean transportation intermediaries (OTI) and non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCC) around the world. The digital freight execution platform enables these logistics services providers (LSP) to rapidly create branded, online self-service experiences for their customers. With its recent acquisition of Portrix Logistics Systems, Descartes can also now provide freight forwarders with a comprehensive digital solution for engaging customers and managing rates. However, the solution also helps LSPs preserve investments in existing rate management and back-office systems and quickly get their digital customer experience live through the use of standardized APIs. Even large carriers and LSPs such as ONE are able to get customers booking freight in just a few months.

“We are pleased to help ONE simplify and enhance the customer experience through digitization,” said Graham Parker, VP Digital Freight Solutions at Descartes. “As the shift to digitize customer-facing operations accelerates, it is increasingly valuable to have a leading execution platform that can provide rates, quotes, and the ability to book cargo and track it on demand on any Internet-enabled device.”

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Ocean Network Express expands its refrigerated container fleet

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Ocean Network Express (ONE) continues to expand its current refrigerated container (reefer) fleet by adding another 27,500 new units (including 850 units equipped with advanced Controlled Atmosphere (CA) technology) to meet the growing demand for refrigerated cargo around the world. This new investment comes on the heels of 5000 units (all 40’HC) invested by ONE in early 2020, which demonstrates its strong commitment to meet the demand for containerized reefer trade.

Despite the challenges triggered by COVID-19, the global refrigerated container trade showed strong resilience in 2020 compared to dry cargo and ONE expects this growth to be maintained in
2021. ONE is currently working towards the application of the latest IoT technology into its fleet of reefer containers which provides real time visibility of critical information such as the temperature and humidity inside the container, thereby enhancing cargo care during the entire voyage.

Hiroki Tsujii, Managing Director, Marketing & Commercial in Ocean Network Express (ONE) commented “ONE now has one of the largest and youngest reefer fleet in the world, equipped with
the most advanced technologies designed to handle perishable cargo demand. Since inception, ONE has been consistently investing in new reefer containers, which in turn has helped to position
ourselves in a strategically important & growing business segment.” ONE’s Global Reefer Business Planning team based at ONE’s HQ in Singapore, develops ONE’s global reefer marketing and
business strategy through the close monitoring of market demand and the close collaboration with ONE’s regional reefer teams located around the world. ONE’s Reefer technical team is available
both on board and on shore providing round the clock assistance and monitoring of its customers’ precious reefer cargo throughout the voyage.

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Drewry and Freightender partner to bring all-in-one ocean freight e-solution

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Gobal shipping consultancy, Drewry and Freightender announced that they have entered a value-add partnership, combining Drewry’s industry leading ocean freight cost benchmarking and procurement support services with Freightender’s cloud-based, next generation procurement technology platform.

With technology playing an increasingly important role in the management of complex, data heavy procurement events, both companies recognise the value to global shippers of digitally enabling programmes that help them enhance productivity and deliver commercial outcomes that balance cost containment with improved service performance.

The Drewry-Freightender partnership will enable medium and larger sized shippers to gain access to a single-source, best-in-class solution covering cutting-edge, affordable technology, market insight and best practices applied to bid planning, contract capacity clauses, carrier management and related areas. The new service, which will be marketed under Drewry’s existing e-Sourcing Ocean Freight Solution (eSOFS™) brand, provides shippers with a more effective, broader and scalable approach to managing complex sourcing events.

“The Drewry-Freightender partnership is a powerful combination to enable shippers to plan and manage increasingly difficult ocean tenders, while addressing the need to secure capacity and mitigate unavoidable cost increases,” said Philip Damas, head of Drewry’s logistics practice. “Like Drewry, Freightender is an agile, expert company which can move fast and provide specialist support for time-sensitive ocean bids.”

“Shippers are in need of an agile and flexible procurement solution that allows them to react faster to market changes and unforeseen challenges,” said Pieter Kinds, Freightender CEO. “By joining forces, we are able to deliver a total procurement solution that combines cutting edge technology with real-time intelligence and best practice expertise from a trusted partner, Drewry.”

Drewry and Freightender believe their partnership will make bid technology and bid best practices accessible to medium-sized shippers, much like the cost benchmarking services already used by larger organisations.

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