Daily Archives: 11/05/2021

Abu Dhabi port aquires specialised refrigerated vehicles

Abu Dhabi port acquires refrigerated vehicles to boost local final-mile vaccine delivery

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Abu Dhabi port has acquired a fleet of specialised refrigerated vehicles to boost its local final-mile vaccine delivery to over 1 million doses per day, in support of the work by the Hope Consortium.

The vehicles are connected to Maqta Gateway’s digital blockchain-enabled solution “mUnity,”  which means the journey of vaccines is tracked through the supply chain in real-time, ensuring safe, transparent and efficient product delivery to any location.

Source: Logistics Middle East

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Reefer container freight rates soar but remain outgunned by dry box rates

Reefer container freight rates have risen sharply this year but remain far outgunned by the inexorable rise in dry box pricing, according to Drewry’s Reefer Shipping Forecaster

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Drewry’s latest Reefer Shipping Forecaster predicts tight availability of reefer containers for some time to come and the recovery in seaborne perishables trade is expected to be muted this year by the Fusarium TR4 disease afflicting banana production.

Recovery in seaborne reefer traffic is expected to be limited to 2.7% in 2021. 

Source: Drewry

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Vaccine development logistics, logistics and security update from Maersk

Hristo Petkov of Maersk provides an update on vaccine development, logistics and security as distribution efforts pick up across the globe

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Hristo Petkov, Global Head of Pharma & Healthcare at Maersk and keynote speaker at our April online seminar, Containing COVID-19: Containerisation’s Role in Global Vaccine Logistics, provides an update on the global vaccine distribution programme. 

With a focus on evolving logistics needs, the outlook for vaccine development and supply chain and cyber security considerations,  secure transportation, storage and delivery of every pharmaceutical shipment is key.

If you missed our April online seminar Containing COVID-19: Containerisation’s Role in Global Vaccine Logistics, you can register to see all sessions on demand here or even listen to our highlights via the Cool Logistics Podcast series here

Source: Maersk

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Keeping reefers clean

The Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL) has issued a Technical Bulletin (RTB-008) on the cleaning of reefer containers

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Institute of International Container Lessors (IIC) issues a bulletin on the cleaning of reefers, providing guidance on the correct cleaning products to use. Cargoes and chemicals can cause damage and deterioration to the inside of reefer containers and its components. 

Source: World Cargo News

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Shipping lines can’t cope with booming perishables trade

According to shipping consultancy group Drewry, shipping lines are “far from coping” with the seasonal demands of perishables.

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Reefer container freight rates are soaring, but shipping lines still can’t cope with the seasonal demands of perishables, according to shipping consultancy group Drewry.

With a big uptick in seasonal cargo demand together with rising bunker charges,  a weighted average of rates across the top 15 “reefer-intensive” tradelanes jumped 26% in the first quarter, reported Drewry.

Tight container supply is adding to the problem and despite record reefer production levels, container shortages are expected to continue beyond 2021. 

For customers, this presents a very challenging scenario. 

Source: The Loadstar

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Cool Logistics Podcast series launches

Announcing the launch of our new Cool Logistics Podcast series. Your chance to catch up with the best of our online seminars - keynotes, session panels and more.

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The new Cool Logistics Podcast series is now available via Spotify and other leading podcast platforms. 

Our flagship event Cool Logistics Global is now in its 13th year, taking place this year from 19  – 20 October.  But did you know that as well as in-person events, we host online seminars throughout the year with international experts and speakers discussing a wide range of topics from cold supply chain operations and infrastructure, perishables trade and supply chain, coldchain technology, container technology, shipping, transport and much more. 

If you missed our recent events – Cool Logistics Global 2020, October 2020 (a live online three-day event) and Containing COVID-19: Containerisation’s Role in Global Vaccine Logistics, April 2021 (live online one-day seminar), then you can catch up on our keynote sessions and more with our Podcast series. 

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