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Sohar Port & Freezone expansion paves way for world’s mega ships

Sohar Port & Freezone expansion paves way for world's mega ships

If the proposed expansion of the Sohar Port & Freezone goes ahead, it will establish the country’s status as a supply chain and logistics hub, by enabling it to welcome the world’s largest vessels in port, according to Hutchison Ports.

The proposal will form a key part of the Omar Vision 2040 and in conversation with Port Technology International, a spokesperson for Hutchison Ports Sohar said that the expansion is part of a wider strategy to place Oman on the map as home to some of the world’s most important international ports.

As well as creating local jobs and hopefully attracting foreign investment, the proposal will see the port capable of welcoming the world’s largest shipping lines with fleets of 23,000 TEU vessels. 

Source: Port Technology International

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Hordes of reefer containers on the move by rail again

Since the 1st of April refrigerated transport to China has resumed. It was put on hold over concerns about the transmission of the coronavirus via containers. Chinese rail companies are now fully back on track with the cold chain, to the delight of the European industry.

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If 2020 exposed the global food supply chain’s vulnerability, what is in store for 2021?

If 2020 exposed the global food supply chain’s vulnerability, what is in store for 2021?

The pandemic shows no signs of slowing, even with the prospect of a global vaccine rollout on the horizon. The conditions created by it will continue to shape how we choose, consume and make food. But, what does that mean in practice? In short, local supply chains, less labour-intensive methods of production and a more discerning consumer base.

Improved shelf life, taste and pesticide-free growing practices could drive consumer demand for produce grown in controlled environments as trends for 2021 emerge. 

Source: Food Logistics

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Hordes of reefer containers on the move by rail again

Since the 1st of April refrigerated transport to China has resumed. It was put on hold over concerns about the transmission of the coronavirus via containers. Chinese rail companies are now fully back on track with the cold chain, to the delight of the European industry.

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Can cheap meat make future pandemics more likely?

Can cheap meat make future pandemics more likely?

South African scientists warn that unless we change our relationship with meat protein, future pandemics look increasingly likely.

The term “once in a generation” has been used frequently to describe the havoc being wreaked by COVID-19. Yet some scientists feel that the current pandemic, which has already infected more than 16 million people and killed more than 600,000 people worldwide, is only a dress rehearsal for an even bigger one.

Source: New Food Magazine

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Refrigerated trade reaches new record, led by growth in demand in China

Refrigerated Trade reaches new record, led by growth in demand in China

11th annual reefer analysis by Dynamar Shipping Information and Consultancy indicates worldwide refrigerated trade volumes reached a new high of 169.2 million in 2019.

The demand growth in China was reflected in the provisional figures, which indicated Chinese meat imports had risen by around 46% year-on-year. Strong growth was also reported in fishery products and fruit, while other major growth areas for refrigerated trade included Ecuador, with banana exports increasing once more, Brazil, on the back of strong meat exports and South Africa.

Source: Hellenic Shipping News

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Can PM’s call for Brits to eat fish save the UK fishing industry post Brexit?

Can PM’s call for Brits to eat fish save the UK fishing industry post Brexit?

Calls for ‘Eat British Fish Campaign’ deemed too little, too late by UK fishing industry leaders.

Barrie Deas, chief executive of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations, said fishing communities were “very disappointed” with the post-Brexit trade deal signed by Mr Johnson.

This gave “free access” to EU fleets to fish in UK waters, he added, but without “securing revised quota shares that would reflect the UK’s new status as an independent coastal state”.

He did, however, welcome the idea of a buy-British campaign.

Source: BBC News

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Global round-up report on the banana industry

Global round-up report on the banana industry

The banana industry has been seeing many ups and downs so far this year, and Hugo Castro of GinaFruit does not expect this pattern to change anytime soon. He says: “The hurricanes in Central America at the end of last year greatly reduced the banana supplies coming from Guatemala and Honduras, and this has been putting pressure on the market.”

What are the leading news stories across the banana industry right now? This useful global round-up will bring you up to speed.

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Impact of Brexit already estimated to have cost fresh produce sector 49 million pounds

Impact of Brexit already estimated to have cost fresh produce sector 49 million pounds

New operational procedures, inspections and bureaucracy required amount to approximately 400 Euros per truck as EU exporters struggle to adapt.

The EU exports over 3.2 million tons of fresh fruit and vegetables to the UK yearly, representing 40 percent of the UK’s internal demand. The staged introduction of UK controls is also helping the sector to adapt to new border customs and phytosanitary checks. So far this has prevented the “worst-case scenario’ of chaos and long lines at the EU-UK border affecting the quality of perishable trade. However, the sector is already facing significant additional costs through the need for new operational procedures, inspections and bureaucracy.

Source: FPC Freshtalk Daily

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Waitrose produces first report into how to improve the lives of the women involved in its supply chain

Waitrose produces first report into how to improve the lives of the women involved in its supply chain

Leading UK fresh produce retailer Waitrose says it wants to ‘talk openly about issues’ food producers face, highlighting issues such as discrimination, sexual harassment and women’s land rights.

The retailer said it wants to “talk openly about issues” food producers face, and said that despite continued efforts to protect the welfare and wellbeing of workers, harassment, child slavery, and low pay still exist.

In its new report, Waitrose, and the John Lewis Partnership as a whole, highlighted the likes of discrimination against migrant strawberry pickers in southern Spain, sexual harassment in Egypt, and women’s land rights in Kenya.

Source: FPC FreshtalkDaily

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Chilean ports steam ahead with port worker vaccination process in Latam region

Chilean ports steam ahead with port worker vaccination process in Latam region

Chilean sanitary authorities recognise port workers as ‘keyworkers’ and ‘essential personnel’, ensuring they are a priority group for vaccination against coronavirus – recognition of the important role they play in keeping trade moving.

It is important to give visibility to these countries where there is recognition to port workers, and Chile has stood out within Latin America for leading the vaccination process in the region, inoculating essential personnel since December 2020, starting with health front-line workers, a campaign that went on through January 2021. Starting in February the Health Ministry began the massive vaccination process for the entire population, prioritizing the elderly and other essential workers not related to the health front-line, among which are the port workers of the country.

Source: MundoMaritimo

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MSC breaks its reefer record in 2020

MSC breaks its reefer record in 2020

With over 1.9 million reefer containers moved in 2020, MSC broke its previous record of 1.8 million, set in 2019 – ‘another successful year’ for its reefer services, led largely by demand for medicine shipments under temperature-controlled conditions.

The increased capacity has helped service the high volumes of trade activity between Europe and Asia, boosting the trade of food, drinks, pharmaceuticals and other chilled and frozen products.

Giuseppe Prudente, MSC Global Chief Logistics Officer, said, “Reefer containers and temperature-controlled solutions have gained popularity over the course of 2020.

“At MSC, our customers remain our top priority and we’re glad that we’ve been able to keep their reefer operations functioning amid the pandemic.

“The growing demand has also opened up new market possibilities, which we have been able to support thanks to our continual investment in the best technologies for refrigerated transport solutions.”

Source: Port Technology International

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