ZIM to offer direct services between Israel and UAE

ZIM is to start offering direct services between Israel and the UAE following the normalising of relations between the two countries.

The Israeli line will be offering connections between Haifa, Israel and Jebel Ali, UAE on two of its existing services.  The company said that it’s ZIM India – East Med Express (ZIE) would offer service from Israel and the East Med to the UAE; and ZIM Israel India Service (ZII) will accept cargo from Jebel Ali to Haifa.

Rani Ben Yehuda, ZIM evp cross Suez and Atlantic business unit for ZIM, said: “We are pleased to offer our customers direct service to and from the UAE, and look forward to future growth in this trade, as well as further increase in the scope of our service portfolio.”

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Source: Seatrade Maritime News

FMC grants temporary tariff publication relief to CMA CGM

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) voted on Tuesday to grant the temporary relief from certain service contract and tariff filing requirements requested by French ocean container carrier CMA CGM.

The carrier sought relief from commission regulations earlier this month as part of its efforts to respond to a crippling cyberattack on its computer system in late September.

The commissioners granted the request for exemption from relevant service contract filing requirements and relevant tariff publishing requirements.

Both exemptions are subject to certain conditions, the FMC said. The exemption from tariff publishing requirements applies only to cargo received on or after the date of the order.

“Because the commission’s exemption authority is limited to prospective relief, the commission denies the request for exemption from the relevant tariff publishing requirements for cargo received prior to the date of this order. Instead, the CMA Group may use other procedures provided by the Shipping Act that allow them to refund or waive collection of freight charges for these shipments due to failure to publish a tariff,” the FMC said in its temporary relief order for the carrier.

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Source: American Shipper

‘We’re sold out’ says ONE, but we all face new hurdles in ‘this incredible year’

As container shipping’s rollercoaster year continues a steep climb, one senior carrier executive has declared: “We’re sold out.”

Jeremy Nixon, CEO of Ocean Network Express (ONE), said 2020, with global lockdowns and subsequent swings in demand, had been an “incredible year”.

“I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like this,” he said during an International Chamber of Shipping webinar.

“China went down [with the virus] very, very fast, and then, just as they were getting better, we had destination countries going through the same kind of shutdowns.

“So we had this incredible wave of change, which meant we had to shut down capacity, move ships around, move containers to the right places and try and understand what was going on and what customers needed, when and where.”

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Source: The Load Star

CMA CGM reboots e-commerce site following cyberattack

Dive Brief:

  • The CMA CGM e-commerce sites are operational again after a cyberattack caused them to go offline for nearly two weeks, the carrier announced Sunday.
  • The company said all main functionalities are operational: bookings, tracking, route finder, Myprices and invoices. The homepage shows an option to get a shipping schedule or track a shipment. It had provided instruction for alternative booking methods in the days following the attack.
  • This attack, along with attacks on other ocean carriers, highlights the importance of cybersecurity, Lars Jensen, the head of consulting at Sea-Intelligence, said in a LinkedIn post. “No matter how good your defenses are, there is still a risk. It is imperative to have a solid contingency plan keeping you running potentially for weeks.”

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Source: Supply Chain Dive

Career Tracks: Yang Ming names new CEO

The board of Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. has elected Cheng Cheng-Mount as chairman and chief executive officer.

Effective Thursday, Cheng succeeded Hsieh Chih-Chien as leader of the Taiwanese container carrier. Cheng was appointed by the National Development Fund, Yang Ming’s second-largest shareholder, to the company’s board of directors in 2018.

Cheng, who earned a master’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, began his career as an assistant research fellow at the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research. He was the chief economist at Citibank Taiwan Limited; president of the Academy of Banking and Finance; president of the Agricultural Bank of Taiwan; vice chairman of the Financial Supervisory Commission; and deputy minister of the National Development Council.

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Source: American Shipper