The technologies needed to create remote and autonomous ships already exist, meaning it’s actually a matter of when it becomes a reality, not if, according to the Rolls-Royce led Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative.
The agriculture shipper advocate praised container weighing methods recently outlined by the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association and G6 Alliance carriers, saying terminals nationwide should adopt similar methods.
South Africa’s state-owned ports and rail operator Transnet SOC Ltd. experienced an increase in earnings and revenues for the year ending March 31, 2016, as container and automotive volumes rose.
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The proposed ocean carrier alliance will include Hapag-Lloyd of Germany; Japan's MOL, NYK and "K" Line; Taiwan-based Yang Ming; and South Korean line Hanjin, and could potentially add Dubai-based UASC and Korea's HMM down the road.
The 19 ocean carrier members of the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association are collaborating with six U.S. ports to establish a harmonized container weighing process.
Peter Friedmann accused container lines of bungling the International Maritime Organization's new container weight verification requirement, and said some now realize they face high internal costs unless they offer a more flexible approach.