Entries by Joanne Golding

Sea Machines gains financial support to develop autonomous containerships

The prospect of unmanned container vessels serving global container supply chains has taken another step forward. Sea Machines Robotics, a US developer of autonomous vessels, announced it had raised $10m from venture capital funds. The investors were led by Accomplice VC and Eniac Ventures, but also include Toyota AI Ventures, TechNexus Venture Collaborative, NextGen VP, Geekdom Fund, […]

Happy new year as air freight marks a decade ‘in the black’

IATA claims global aviation is on course for a “decade in the black”. However, the annual pace of growth in cargo is well below last year’s “exceptional” performance. Despite the slowdown, the association remains relatively positive about future growth, albeit it at a slower pace. “The expected 3.7% annual increase in cargo tonnage next year to 65.9m […]

Maersk aims to achieve zero CO2 emission by 2050

Container shipping company AP Moller – Maersk has unveiled plans to completely cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emission from its operations by 2050. In order to meet the goal, Maersk intends to have carbon neutral vessels commercially viable by 2030, as well as accelerate new innovations and adopt new technology. The company has called for a […]

CMA CGM back in the black in Q3

CMA CGM moved back into the black in the third quarter, and recorded a net profit of $49m for the nine-month period. However, in the third quarter, the French carrier was beaten to its ‘best in class’ financial performance ranking by Hapag-Lloyd which reported a stronger recovery. CMA CGM’s turnover during Q3 increased by 6.3% on the same period last year, […]

China-US trade war tariffs force manufacturing moves

The failure of the US and China to agree on trade at the weekend makes further tariffs on Chinese goods to the US seem increasingly likely. But while most economists agree that trade wars are ineffective and harmful, some players in the logistics industry are seeing opportunities – mostly in air freight, which typically benefits from chaos […]

Peak season is upon air freight

Peak season is quickly coming upon the air freight industry.  Forwarders are reporting limited capacity on Asia-US, with rates from Hong Kong into New York now hitting HK$36 per kg (US$4.58) on major carriers such as Cathay, Cargolux and Asiana. Los Angeles rates are marginally lower, hovering at between HK$30 and HK$35++. “The air freight market […]

Heathrow cargo spend set to increase

Heathrow has been given the green light to spend £43m on its cargo activities – but input from carriers could stretch the budget further. Head of Heathrow Cargo Nick Platts has long campaigned for a freight budget, and now has a five-point plan for the cash. But one item on his wish list – a “forecasting and […]