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The man from Del Monte says no

The man from Del Monte says no

I never thought I’d see the day when the man from Del Monte, famous for always saying yes and giving a cheery thumbs up, would actually say no.  But it turns out that if one of his vessels is delayed in port for 36 hours with its luscious cargo rapidly losing its shelf life, he’s not so amenable after all.

It all started when the Johannes S vessel docked into an APM Terminal in Costa Rica on Saturday April 6th at 5 pm where, for reasons that have yet to be made clear (or at least public), she had to stay docked until Monday 8th April at 5.30 am.  The full article can be read here but the long and the short of it appears to be a lack of communication between the port and the Workers Union of Japdeva, who incidentally have condemned reports that a further two vessels got fed up of waiting for assistance in the same terminal and set sail for Panama instead.

Del Monte have every right to be frustrated. Not only have they had to pay for unnecessary time in port, increased costs in refrigeration and the potential of the products not meeting their high standards, but it also completely destroys any chance of the vessel staying on her planned schedule.  These are significant knock-on effects that cost money, waste fuel (imagine how many extra bunkers were being burnt just to try and claw back some of the lost time?), and most importantly causes countless headaches for the shipowners, logistics suppliers, vendors and of course, the end customer. Who wants to buy a rotten banana?

As the terminal has yet to comment, it’s difficult to surmise why this happened and therefore how it can be prevented from happening again.  Sticking to the schedule is paramount in commercial shipping, particularly if you’re a reefer vessel carrying countless tonnes of perishable fruit.  For a smaller company with more modest resources, this is the kind of catastrophe that has dire financial and economic consequences.

I really wouldn’t want to start upsetting one of the largest fruit and vegetable producers on the planet, because it turns out that the man with the jaunty panama hat isn’t quite as agreeable as you might think…

ONE want a revolution

ONE want a revolution

Schedule changes can wreak havoc in container shipping, whilst they may not always result in delay, they can be sure to cause headaches for all involved.  In an article by JOC they shared some of the worst offenders with Antwerp having the highest average number of changes at 7.4 per shipping schedule, and Rotterdam having the highest percentage of schedule changes that were over 24 hours at 49 percent.  

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Maersk and the missing port calls

Maersk and the missing port calls

In December 2018 Container Management interviewed Maersk in respect of reports stating there would be fewer port calls in some locations to improve schedule reliability and enable stable and reliable cargo deliveries to its customers. Maersk were quoted as saying: “To meet our customers’ increasing need for reliable cargo delivery, we have reviewed our service network and identified additional time to recover from the potential delays we continue to face from bad weather and other external factors.”

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Nevermind the blockchain, here’s the real issue…

Nevermind the blockchain, here’s the real issue…

It’s a fascinating concept isn’t it?  The idea of a database that can not be changed, can never be corrupted (morally or otherwise), is completely secure and yet available for public consumption at any time.  Every single transaction, be it monetary or otherwise, is verified by multiple nodes around the world, and only once that transaction is verified is it considered legitimate and its details permanently added to the record.

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Building our New React Native App – Tools and Lessons Learned

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We started building our first Android-only React Native app about eighteen months ago. Since then, we’ve taken feedback from our users and customers and added features as we went along. A complete redesign was long overdue, both in terms of the UI, UX and the development tools we use. It’s a great feeling to redesign a product and the opportunity doesn’t come around too often. This article details the tools we’ve found useful in the redesign process along with some of the lessons we’ve learned.

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Three ways to reduce your OpEx without compromising on performance

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Running ships is an expensive business, no matter the type of ship or type of trade it costs a lot of money to keep them moving. With the volatility and unpredictability of rates, it’s more important than ever to keep operating costs as low as possible without sacrificing the quality of service or operations. Read more