The Kaizen Paradox: How Incremental Improvements Can Impede Innovation in Automation of Warehousing and Distribution

May 24, 2018

Kaizen. It is a word synonymous with improvement in organisations around the world. While the Japanese word literally means ‘improvement’, in industry and business the focus is on small, continuous steps to better processes. It is embedded in the management thinking of many organisations. Japanese businesses developed Kaizen practices around the 1950s, most notably Toyota as part of their Toyota Production System. After studying why the company was so successful at high-volume production of high-quality vehicles in the 1960s, Masaaki Imai wrote several books on Kaizen and formed the Kaizen Institute, spreading the knowledge and practice around the globe. However, there are times when Kaizen is not enough. Worse still, a small improvement can often hold an organisation back, perhaps even stifling significant development.…See Details...

INTTRA Adds Salam Pacific Indonesia Lines to its Carrier Network

May 17, 2018

​INTTRA, the largest neutral network, software and information provider at the center of the ocean shipping industry, today announced an expansion of its rapidly growing carrier network with the addition of Salam Pacific Indonesia Lines (SPIL), its first carrier in Indonesia. The addition of SPIL represents a trend by regional carriers who are joining INTTRA to gain a competitive advantage in their service regions. SPIL provides services to all Indonesian routes, with 32 offices strategically located across the Indonesian archipelago. SPIL will offer its customers a range of services through INTTRA’s network, including booking requests, shipping instructions, Track and Trace, and Ocean Schedules.…See Details...

Nominations Now Open for The Maritime Standard Awards

May 17, 2018

Nominations are now open for The Maritime Standard Awards 2018, which will take place at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai on Monday, October 15th. The event will be a glittering, high quality occasion with key decision makers from across the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent in attendance. …See Details...

HICT Opens In Vietnam Contributing To Economic Growth With First Deepwater Terminal

May 15, 2018

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) today announced that its joint venture company Haiphong International Container Terminal Co., Ltd. (General Director: Akira Kurita; headquarters: Haiphong, Vietnam) held an opening ceremony for the new Haiphong International Container Terminal (HICT) at Lach Huyen Port on May 13.…See Details...

OOCL Honored with HKAEE Gold Standing and Recognized for Outstanding Green Leadership

May 14, 2018

​OOCL has received the 2017 Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence (HKAEE) Gold Award in the Transport and Logistics Sector category at a ceremony held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 4 May, 2018. Recognized by the community as one of the most prestigious and reputable environmental award schemes in Hong Kong, the HKAEE encourages businesses and organizations to embrace green management and innovation with the opportunity to benchmark their environmental performance and commitments towards best practices within their sectors.…See Details...

Hapag-Lloyd CEO has Contract Extended

May 14, 2018

The supervisory board of Hapag-Lloyd has unanimously approved an extension of CEO Rolf Habben Jansen's contract for a further five years until March 31, 2024. Jansen was appointed member of the Hapag-Lloyd Executive Board in April 2014 and has been CEO since July 2014. Additionally, in the wake of a reorganization of Hapag-Lloyd’s Executive Board in March, management changes have been made in Asia and the Middle East. Beginning April 1, Lars Christiansen assumed the position of Senior Managing Director of Region Asia, in Singapore. Christiansen replaced Joachim Schlotfeldt, who was appointed Chief Personnel and Global Procurement Officer on the Executive Board. Dheeraj Bhatia has been appointed Christiansen’s successor in this position as Senior Managing Director Region Middle East.…See Details...

APL Further Reduces Fleet Carbon Emissions in 2017

May 14, 2018

Singapore-based shipping company APL managed to cut its carbon dioxide emissions per transported container per kilometer by 50.7% in 2017, compared to its base level in 2009. The company said that the achievement marks APL’s eighth consecutive year of improved environmental performance. “We are proud to raise the bar in reducing the carbon footprint of our fleet operations once again. APL’s concerted efforts to improve our environmental efficiency year after year underscore our commitment to a greener and more sustainable maritime industry,” Dennis Yee, APL Global Head for Safety Security and Environment, said.…See Details...

Yang Ming Upgrades Southeast Asia Service

April 19, 2018

Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. (YM) will deploy two bigger container ships of 2,800TEU in its Southeast Asia Service (SEA service) effective from 20th April 2018 to provide customers with better service. The calling port rotation is Port Kelang​ – Singapore​ – Jakarta​ – Surabaya​ – Panjang​ – Jakarta – Port Kelang with a round voyage of 14 days. In addition to SEA service, YM also provides CTI (China-To-Indonesia) and THI (Taiwan-Hong Kong-Indonesia) services covering China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Shekou to Jakarta, Surabaya and Semarang.​…See Details...

Konecranes Launches New Work Zone Safety Assistance System for Lift Trucks

April 18, 2018

​Konecranes Work Zone is the new addition to Smart Connected Lift Trucks. Work Zone is a suite of location-based services designed to improve the safety of lift truck operations, especially in busy, high-traffic environments. It includes different applications of geofencing. This is a big step for the lift truck industry and shows the future of Smart Connected Lift Trucks. As a part of Work Zone, Konecranes is introducing geofencing, a new safety and yard efficiency product, which uses GPS technology to create virtual fences around real-world areas. These areas can then be used to trigger user defined alerts, this can be information about height limitations, speed limits or other safety matters. The alerts can be displayed on the driver’s display or by SMS or email to chosen recipients.…See Details...

Wan Hai Lines to Launch Indonesia to Singapore / Malaysia Service

April 17, 2018

By introducing this new Indonesia service string, Wan Hai Lines will further strengthen its current service scope among Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia corridor and will enhance Wan Hai Lines’ market coverage to better serve customers’ needs. …See Details...