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2018/09/19/(Wed)

A.P. Moller - Maersk takes next steps in the integration to improve customer experience [Seaport]

To better serve customers and unlock growth potential in the Logistics & Services segment, A.P. Moller - Maersk will combine its offering for ocean products and supply chain services to be able to offer more comprehensive end-to-end logistic solutions for cargo owners. This is the next step in the Maersk journey to become a global, integrated container transport and logistics company.

On January 1st, 2019, Damco's Supply Chain Services and Maersk Line's Ocean Product will be integrated and their respective value-added services will be combined and sold as Maersk products and services. This will ensure an improved customer experience with fewer touchpoints and a more comprehensive service offering.

The integrated commercial organisation will operate with one management team, one sales force, a strong product organisation and one customer experience organisation, headed by Vincent Clerc, Chief Commercial Officer of Maersk. Klaus Rud Sejling, CEO of Damco, will take on a new position as Head of Maersk's Logistics and Services Products, reporting to CCO, Vincent Clerc.

Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Moller - Maersk said: "Today we are taking further steps in the transformation of our business on a structural level and how we go to market, enabling us to offer more solutions to our customers in a simpler way. Our employees play a key role in making this happen and therefore we are at the same time empowering our frontline organisation who is closest to our customers."

The regional organisations will be responsible for solutions engineering and product bundling to ensure that the company can take decisions faster, further enhancing the customer experience.

Damco's freight forwarding business, which serves customers requiring air freight or multi-carrier options in ocean freight, will continue to be run as a separate and independent business under the Damco brand. By allowing Damco to focus fully on freight forwarding, A.P. Moller - Maersk aims to build a well performing and global freight forwarding business that can grow and prosper. Saskia Groen In't Woud will be the CEO of Damco Freight Forwarding, she is currently Chief Operating Officer in Damco.

In addition to these changes, three of A.P. Moller - Maersk's regional carrier brands, including MCC Transport, Sealand and Seago Line will go to market as "SeaLand - A Maersk Company" as of October 1, 2018. The simplified naming structure for these brands will help strengthen brand recognition and ensure clarity of choice for customers.

"This integration marks a big milestone on Maersk's current growth journey towards operating as one integrated company. We are in a strong position to deliver solutions that meet our customers end-to-end supply chain management needs, thereby tapping into markets covering the whole journey from producer to consumer by building on our business strengths," Søren Skou added.

With a wider product offering from one team, a clearer brand structure, and a strong digital foundation, A.P. Moller - Maersk is poised for growth.

Posted at 22:22   パーマリンク

2018/09/17/(Mon)

Maersk to change fuel adjustment surcharge ahead of the 2020 sulphur cap [Shipping Line]

The new BAF surcharge aims at recovering the Maersk Line costs of compliance with the global sulphur cap which enters into force on 1 January 2020. This regulation has been developed and adopted by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), a specialised agency under the United Nations (UN). Whereas today ships can use fuel with a sulphur content of 3.5%, the new sulphur cap will be 0.5%.

To become compliant shipowners will have to invest in compliant fuels, LNG or scrubber technology. This is expected to lower global shipping's sulphur emissions, a known source for respiratory disease and acid rain, by more than 80%.

"We fully support the new rules. They will be a significant benefit to the environment and to human health", says Vincent Clerc, Chief Commercial Officer, A.P. Moller - Maersk A/S. "The 2020 sulphur cap is a game changer for the shipping industry. Maersk preparations to comply are well underway and so are our customers' efforts to plan ahead. The new BAF is a simple, fair and predictable mechanism that ensures clarity for our customers in planning their supply chains for this significant shift."

The regulation will bring increases and uncertainty to fuel costs for shipping. The BAF surcharge is designed to recover increases in fuel related costs. It will be charged separately from Maersk Line's freight rate.

According to industry estimates, more than 90% of the global vessel fleet will be relying on compliant fuels when the sulphur rules step into force on 1 January 2020. This will also be the case for the Maersk Line fleet, despite a recent investment in a limited number of scrubbers.

Based on expected differences in price between current 3.5% bunker fuel and compliant 0.5% fuel, external sources estimate the additional cost for the global container shipping industry to comply could be up to USD 15 billion. Maersk Line expects its extra fuel costs could exceed USD 2 billion.

Two key elements to give predictability
The BAF replaces Maersk Line's current Standard Bunker Adjustment Factor (SBF) surcharge and consists of two key elements; the fuel price which is calculated as the average fuel price in key bunkering ports around the world, and a trade factor that reflects the average fuel consumption on a given trade lane as a result of variables like transit time, fuel efficiency and trade imbalances between head haul and backhaul legs.

Combining the two factors give customers full predictability of their costs at any given fuel price both before and after 2020.

To allow customers to familiarise with the changed formula, Maersk Line's BAF surcharge will be introduced on 1 January 2019.

Posted at 18:23   パーマリンク

2018/09/06/(Thu)

Kuehne + Nagel well-equipped for peak season with upgraded European Pharma Fleet [Forwarder]

Ensuring capacity for temperature-controlled overland services
35 new trailers facilitating intermodal KN PharmaChain connection

With the ongoing market growth for temperature-controlled shipments, Kuehne + Nagel is investing in its European Pharma fleet to strengthen the KN PharmaChain overland service in the region; thereby, the company is also well prepared for the peak season ahead. Kuehne + Nagel has successfully deployed 35 new pharma trailers and before end of the year another 45 will be added to the existing fleet, with a further planned expansion of 200 trailers in the coming years.

By enlarging its own dedicated trailer fleet of standardised Schmitz Cargobull Chassis with Thermoking cooling units (mono, bi-temp and double-deck equipment), Kuehne + Nagel aims at facilitating seamless services for active temperature-controlled FTL and LTL shipments across Europe. The overland pharma fleet is part of the KN PharmaChain network, providing multimodal GxP compliant door-to-door shipping on a global scale, enhanced visibility and traceability of the deliveries, as well as intensive and proactive risk management and integrated warehousing services.

Uwe Hött, Senior Vice President Overland Europe at Kuehne + Nagel: “Logistics solutions for the pharma and healthcare industry are among the most important growth drivers for Kuehne + Nagel’s overland and regional business. This investment is part of our commitment to provide comprehensive, GxP compliant transport solutions for the industry, which can be tailored to specific needs. The continuous upgrades of our equipment and facilities as well as the ongoing training of our dedicated pharma logistics experts are the centrepieces of our KN PharmaChain overland solutions.“

The new pharma trailers are fully GxP compliant and offer state-of-the-art technology for temperature controlled transports, including dual temperature, double-deck equipment, TAPA (Transport Asset Protection Association) compliant integrated security locks to be opened remotely with a unique code, integrated control panel, printer for temperature report and GPS control for positioning, temperature, door sensors, coupling and technical status.

Posted at 22:46   パーマリンク

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