With the shipping lines current performance, consignment level visibility has never been more important

The ability to track shipments in transit enables shippers to manage inventory in motion, limit disruptions and mitigate risk. But with shipping schedules currently in tatters, the lines’ predictive locations tools are not reliable, leaving Metro to find a solution. Real-time shipment tracking, provides a clear view of inventory, location, route and transit, which enables

Montreal Port strike threatens more North America disruption

The ongoing labour dispute, which resulted in 19 days of strikes last summer, has escalated sharply in recent days, with shippers diverting cargo through Halifax and other ports. Tension was already building when the seven-month truce, after last summer’s strike, ended in late March, with both sides accusing each other of negotiating in bad faith and in

Ever Given, General Average declared, and vessel arrested by the Suez Canal Authority to recover $1 billion compensation

The 400m long vessel blocked the canal for six days and more than a dozen tug boats, multiple dredgers and 800 personnel were used in the recovery operation, with Egyptian authorities reportedly seeking more than $1 billion in damages to cover these costs and the loss of canal revenue. The Ever Given’s owners notified Evergreen on

Global ports likely to face weeks of ‘critical’ delays

Terminal operations and supporting infrastructure at the most important mainland European and UK ports will be put under immense pressure over the next four weeks, as they try to work through the backlog of 1.9m teu delayed by the six-day Suez Canal closure. Over 370,000 teu is currently en route to Singapore, adding to the

View from the coast – I see no ships!

Last weekend may be the first one our Transport Manager, Simon Balfe, hasn’t seen a Ultra Large Container Vessel (ULCV) on a berth at Felixstowe, but that hasn’t deterred the port from investing in its capacity to handle more of these gargantuan craft. Many of which are en-route, bunched-up after the Suez blockage. ULCV’s are the giants

India and Bangladesh enter new lockdowns, impacting supply chains

Having just come through a full weekend lockdown, Maharashtra state (location of the major port of Nava Sheva) government imposed lockdown-like curbs, including curfews, in the state from 8pm on 14th April for the next 15 days for everything but essential services, which includes transport, supply chain and customs operations, with Bangladesh entering a week

Carriers tackle post-Suez scheduling and equipment issues

As global shipping struggles to adjust from the Ever Given grounding and the six day Suez Canal closure, container carriers have the challenge of recovering schedules and repositioning containers due to the effect of over a week’s loss of capacity. With close to 20 container shipping services calling at ports across Europe and Asia each week, a lot of capacity has

Lloyds List: Sometimes, no publicity really is bad publicity

Shipping executives had an opportunity to be front and centre in the international news cycle and deliver an important message about how trade works. Instead, they chose to hide in the shadows. Complaints about sea blindness will not be taken seriously next time they matter. A week-long shut down of the Suez Canal courtesy of