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Brazilian fruit exports face tight container supply

Brazilian fruit exporters, who were already experiencing difficulties in shipments caused by the pandemic, have had an additional headache since the ship Ever Given ran aground in Egypt’s Suez Canal in March

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The grounding of the Ever Given in the Suez Canal has aggravated the shortage of reefer containers that Brazilian fruit exporters were already facing. With demand greater than can be met by supply at Brazilian ports, fruit exporters are facing ongoing problems that are expected to last until the end of 2021. 

Source:Datamar News

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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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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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Shrinking salmon sizes threaten world fish trade

Wild salmon under threat by climate change with implications for the global fish trade

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Salmon are shrinking in size and scientists are trying to establish the cause – but the consensus is that climate change is the main culprit.

This change in size could impact global fish trade, as consumers in different markets prefer different sizes when it comes to their salmon: in Japan, a smaller fish is favoured but in Europe, bigger fish are popular, especially due to the popularity of smoked salmon.

Source: Bloomberg

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ONE orders 27,500 reefer containers

Ocean Network Express (ONE) orders more reefer containers in response to growing global demand.

Ocean Network Express (ONE) orders 27,500 reefer containers in order to meet growing global demand. With the reefer market proving to be resilient throughout the pandemic, this order includes 850 boxes equipped with advanced controlled atmosphere technology. 

Source: Seatrade Maritime News

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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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In the first three months of 2021, the Chinese government suddenly put a hold on the transport of reefers by rail, largely due to their concerns that COVID-19 could live longer in a cold environment. But now reefers on rail are back transporting a range of goods that require temperature-controlled conditions, including vital pharmaceuticals and frozen food as well as flowers and more. 

The team at RailFreight.com interviewed New Silk Way Logistics to discuss reefer trade by rail between China and Europe.

Source: RailFreight.com

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SeaCube Containers CEO on global shipping and the food supply chain

SeaCube Container's CEO Robert Sapphio talks ocean shipping and the impact of the Suez Canal blockage on the global food supply chain

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Robert Sapphio, CEO of SeaCube Containers discusses ocean shipping and the repurcussions of the Suez Canal blockage on the global food supply chain with Food Logistics magazine. 

Source: Food Logistics

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Six agritech trends to watch

Interest in agritech is at an all-time high, accelerated by the pandemic

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The pandemic has accelerated interest in agritech and its benefits, as there is now concern over global food security and threats to the global food system. 

Current trends to watch include strawberries, indoor growing and floating farms, and the potential of automation and vertical farming are already known.

Source: FPCFreshtalkDaily

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