BOXBAY-A high rise container storage solution by DP world

DP World who are well known for their container terminal operations around the world has come up with an innovative solution which is designed to transform the way containers are handled in container terminals – whether greenfield or brownfield..

A greenfield terminal is a newly built terminal built from scratch for the purpose of container terminal operations, whereas a brownfield terminal is an already existing container terminal which needs to be modified or upgraded and has several infrastructure or development constraints such as space..

In this day and age where the urban world is facing space constraints in terms of land, whether it is buildings or container terminal storage, the only way seems to be UP..

A new joint venture between global trade enabler DP World and industrial engineering specialists, SMS Group has done just that by launching BOXBAY – a new high bay container storage system that will transform the way containers are handled in the ports it operates in..

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8 tip’s to reduce freight forwarding expenses

If you use shipping services often, price may definitely a very important factor for you. Especially if you own a business that includes constant freight forwarding. People often think that the way carriers ship the freight are pretty much fixed and cannot change.

But just because everyone is used to the standard freight shipping ways and expenses, it doesn’t mean that is the only way. Luckily for you, there are many ways to reduce freight forwarding expenses.

Here are 8 tips to reduce freight forwarding expenses. Follow these steps and start implementing the changes that will help you today.

1) Evaluate your method of transportation

The first way to reduce freight forwarding expenses is to evaluate and reconsider your mode of transportation. Most noteworthy, sea freight transportation is typically a cheaper option than air freight, especially for international shipping.

On the other hand, the best way to ship freight locally may be by rail or road. Hence, chose your mode of transportation according to the products you are shipping and their travel distance. You can do research on the advantages and disadvantages of each shipping mode online.

Consider alternate ways of shipping or even a hybrid of multiple modes, if necessary. Get your free cost estimate online from several different companies and make a comparison. Maybe you can cut costs by using a combination of air, sea and ground transportation. Take time to do solid research and know your options.

8 tips to reduce freight forwarding expenses

2) Ship during off-peak periods

Keep in mind that shipping a day later or earlier can make a difference and reduce freight forwarding expenses.

For example, Friday is typically an off-peak day for shipping road freight. This is because most customers are trying to get their products delivered by Thursday, so it can be on shelves Friday and ready for sale during the weekend.

Interestingly, Mondays can also be slow days, resulting in carriers looking for road freight. Of course, this could be a great option. This depends on the type of your cargo. For example, canned goods have more flexibility than fresh goods.

Shipping on off-peak days could be an ideal option for the shippers of non-consumer type products.

3) Become a regular and enjoy the benefits

This may be a good way of getting the best price for services in general, in any industry, really. So, take some time to get to know your shipping carrier and work on building a relationship. Remind your carrier how long you have been using their services and that you are a loyal customer. Once your carrier knows they have and will continue to have steady business, they are likely to offer better conditions.

Hence, rather than switching to a new carrier, develop a good relationship with your current one. You will be surprised how much you can save through a strategic, long-term relationship. Every reliable company will do their best to keep regular customers.

Also, consider getting a longer-term contract as a way to lock in a better rate. This is a much better option than adjusting each year to the rising prices.

A good relationship and communication with your shipping company can improve the efficiency of your operations and reduce freight forwarding expenses. Being a loyal customer with a steady single lane, you can save up to 12% compared to standard pricing. Not bad, right?

8 tips to reduce freight forwarding expenses

Do research on prices, options and combinations of freight shipping that could suit your needs

4) Ship more products, less often

If you can manage to do so, try shipping more goods less often. Because it is a lot cheaper to ship ten pallets at once than to send two pallets every two days. Retailers tend to ship smaller cargoes more often, which only increases their costs. Obviously, some goods need to be shipped more often, but if that is not your case, try this method to reduce shipping freight expenses.

5) Be aware of additional charges

Maybe you didn’t know this, but carriers often perform other services than just driving. They may have to load or unload the cargo, wrap some pallets, or make additional stops.

Such services are often not included in your cost estimate. Consequently, customers sometimes end up being surprised when they receive their invoices. For this reason, make sure you ask the company about all the extra fees you can expect.

Some of the most common unforeseen fees come from not understanding and not applying accessorial fees. In order to learn to recognize these services that may be extra charged, consider learning some of the shipping jargon.

The more you know about how to identify them, the easier it is to reduce and eliminate these costs. Some common extra fees are:

  • Weight adjustments
  • Residential adjustments
  • Additional handling fees

6) Go hybrid

In order to reduce freight forwarding expenses, you can try to use a mix of transportation. A good combination of ground, air, and ocean transportation can reduce transportation time and cost accordingly.

Try to use the best of every transportation mode. For example, if air shipping is proving to be too expensive for you, but shipping via ocean will last too long, make a combination including ground shipping as well, if necessary.

Not all discounts have the same value, so make sure you do the math

8 tips to reduce freight forwarding expenses

7) Hire carriers based near your ship-to points

If your ship-to points are on their regular route, it is more likely to get a lower rate. Reducing the miles is a great way for you to reduce freight costs.

8) Choose your discounts wisely

The first thing you should look into when you want to reduce freight forwarding expenses are the rates given by a carrier.

Not all carrier discounts have the same value. For example, one carrier can have a higher base rate than the other one.

As a result, a lower discount from the carrier with the lower base rate can be more beneficial than a higher discount from the more expensive carrier. Therefore, remember to always do the math and find the offer that gives you the best price.

DSV finally get it’s way, Reaches an agreement to buy panalpine

They get us, They get us not, They get us, They get us not, They get us……………………….. and thus ends the saga of Panalpina’s buy out by DSV..

After months of speculation and back and forth, the Danish forwarder DSV will finally have their hands on their Swiss rival logistics group Panalpina through a $4.6 billion deal, making them one of the leading global transport and logistics companies in the industry with significant growth opportunities and potential..

As per DSV, if the offer is successful, DSV and Panalpina will become one of the world’s largest transport and logistics companies with a global workforce of more than 60,000 employees operating in 90 countries around the world..

In order to maintain the rich history and heritage of both organisations who have been instrumental in the development of European and global logistics, DSV will propose to its shareholders, to change its name to “DSV Panalpina A/S”..

As per Kurt Larsen, Chairman of the Board of DSV, “A combination of DSV and Panalpina further strengthens our position as a leading global freight forwarding company.

Together, we can present a strong global network and enhanced service offering to our clients, further solidifying our competitive edge in the industry.

It’s a great match on all parameters. Panalpina is a great company and we’re very excited by the possibility to join forces and to welcome Panalpina’s talented staff”.

Peter Ulber, Chairman of the Board of Panalpina, commented, “In the course of the past weeks, Panalpina’s board of directors and management have been exploring different strategic initiatives and held discussions with DSV about a potential combination.

The board of directors’ assessment is that the updated proposal of DSV is very attractive. We are now looking forward to joining forces with DSV and contributing to creating, one of the world’s largest transport and logistics companies.”

The combined DSV/Panalpina force will create the world’s No. 4 freight-forwarding company, following DHL Logistics, Kuehne & Nagel and DB Schenker..

The 20 largest freight forwarders in the world, control just a third of the forwarders market in sharp contrast to the Top 11 shipping lines accounting for almost 87% of the global container shipping market..

This makes the forwarding industry ripe for takeovers or partnerships with companies looking for ways to take advantage of economies of scale and improve profitability while also staving off competition from digital freight forwarders like Flexport whose recent funding of $1 billion already places them at $3.2 billion valuation, not very far from the purchase price of Panalpina..

DSV Chief Executive Officer Jens Bjorn Andersen believes that DSV would be able to integrate Panalpina into DSV within two to three years and is confident that competition authorities would approve the deal..

DSV has a long and successful track record of partnering with companies, with their last big one being the acquisition of UTi Worldwide Inc in 2015 and this latest combined business is expected to be exception

25 Questions on electrical engineering

Marine Electrical engineering free professional question and answers you may come across during interview, examinations, and/or while working onboard ship.

Marine electrical engineering exam questions and answers:
As Marine electrical engineering below are questions which will guide you while prepare for job interviews and course exams. We will answer some of the questions, we want our audience to make a research and answer others via our comment box.

Electrical engineering basic Questions
Explain the principle of operation of the unified motor overload protection device?
Explain the principle of operation of the automatic power switching device UPP-1?
Explain the need for motor overload protection?
Explain how the motor is protected against overload by the traditional method. What are the disadvantages of such protection?
Explain the principles laid down in modern systems for protecting motors against overload?
Explain the concepts of motor protection against overload with direct temperature control.
Explain the principle of operation of the ship insulation resistance monitoring devices (electron).
Explain the principle of the organization of the operation of the ship insulation resistance monitoring devices?
Explain the operation of the light signaling device?
What is the need to protect the motors from unacceptable voltage reduction, how ?
Explain how electric motors are protected against unacceptable voltage reduction with a voltage relay. At what parameters of the contactors is this protection assigned to the voltage relay?
what are the principles laid down in modern systems for protecting electric motors against over-current
Explain how electric motors are protected against unacceptable voltage reduction by means of contactors. What parameters should a contactor have to be able to realize this protection??
Explain how protection against unacceptable reduction of electric motors of responsible consumers is implemented?
Explain how electric motors are protected from external short circuit, how are they organized?
Explain how generator overload protection is organized?
Explain how the protection of generators against reverse power is organized?
Explain how protection of generators against unacceptable voltage reduction is organized?
Explain how the current settings of the circuit breakers are organized when organizing selective protection.
Explain how the testing of circuit breakers is perform according to the maximum switching capacity.
Explain how is the (detuning) of the protection relay against unacceptable undervoltage reduction due to a short circuit?
Draw the protective characteristics of the installation machines and selective machines with a fixed time delay
Draw the protective characteristics of the generator machines with adjustable time delay.
Explain the principle of operation of the multivibrator of the light signaling device.
Explain the principle of operation of the magnetic amplifiers of the light signaling device and the device protecting the electric motor against overloads.

Marine engineering questions and answer

Below are marine engineering questions and answers which you may likely come across someday. They seems simple.

These are marine engineering questions and answers which may look simply but might be difficult to the young professionals. this post will help to build up a basic understanding and to become familiar to such question .

1. What factors affect the reliability of the starting process?
The pressure of the starting air, fuel equipment, the standard temperature of water, oil, fuel.

2. What are the main to check when a diesel engine at low load conditions?

· Reduce the amount of oil supplied to the lubrication of the cylinders.
· Maintain the temperature of the cooling oil (water) of the pistons and cylinders
· Reduce or disable the supply of cooling water to the air coolers.
· The duration of the diesel engine at its lowest speed is allowed for not more than one hour.

3. The main features of the diesel engine at full speed?
a) make sure that the power of the diesel engine should not exceed the rated power by more than 10%
b) it is recommended to operate the diesel engine in the overload mode for not more than 1 hour with the repetition of the specified mode in not less than 5 hours of operation.
When servicing the diesel engine operating with overload, it is necessary to carefully monitor its basic parameters, the values of which should not exceed those specified in the manufacturer’s instructions for the overload mode. In this case, it is necessary to strengthen the monitoring of the operation of each cylinder, systems and diesel in general. At least 15 minutes later, control the temperature of the accessible friction parts of the diesel engine, as well as monitor the occurrence of abnormal noises and knocking and take measures to eliminate them.

4. What is the “surge” of the Turbine?

Turbine surge is a disruptive mode of operation, a violation of gas dynamic stability, a malfunction in the operation of a turbocharger, which is characterized by the appearance of a pulsating pressure that exerts a shock load on the impeller blades.

Turbine

5. What is the main design difference between MAN-type motors from MS and Wartsila (Sulzer) such as RT-Flex?

No camshaft and electronic engine management.

6. According to the requirements of the SOLAS Convention, for use on ships, fuels that have a flash point lower than?
– 60 ° С in emergency diesel generators not lower than 43 ° С;

7. According to the requirements of the MARPOL Convention in marine fuels, the sulfur content is limited:
Sulfur, not more than 4,5%

8. What is mean indicator pressure?

This is a conditional constant pressure, which, acting on the piston during one working stroke, performs work equivalent to the indicator work of the actual closed cycle. The average indicator pressure (P, kgf / cm2) is a conditional constant pressure acting on the piston during the working stroke.

Marine engineering Question and answer

Below are marine engineering questions and answers which you may likely come across someday. They seems simple.

These are marine engineering questions and answers which may look simply but might be difficult to the young professionals. this post will help to build up a basic understanding and to become familiar to such question .

1. What factors affect the reliability of the starting process?
The pressure of the starting air, fuel equipment, the standard temperature of water, oil, fuel.

2. What are the main to check when a diesel engine at low load conditions?

· Reduce the amount of oil supplied to the lubrication of the cylinders.
· Maintain the temperature of the cooling oil (water) of the pistons and cylinders
· Reduce or disable the supply of cooling water to the air coolers.
· The duration of the diesel engine at its lowest speed is allowed for not more than one hour.

3. The main features of the diesel engine at full speed?
a) make sure that the power of the diesel engine should not exceed the rated power by more than 10%
b) it is recommended to operate the diesel engine in the overload mode for not more than 1 hour with the repetition of the specified mode in not less than 5 hours of operation.
When servicing the diesel engine operating with overload, it is necessary to carefully monitor its basic parameters, the values of which should not exceed those specified in the manufacturer’s instructions for the overload mode. In this case, it is necessary to strengthen the monitoring of the operation of each cylinder, systems and diesel in general. At least 15 minutes later, control the temperature of the accessible friction parts of the diesel engine, as well as monitor the occurrence of abnormal noises and knocking and take measures to eliminate them.

4. What is the “surge” of the Turbine?

Turbine surge is a disruptive mode of operation, a violation of gas dynamic stability, a malfunction in the operation of a turbocharger, which is characterized by the appearance of a pulsating pressure that exerts a shock load on the impeller blades.

Turbine

5. What is the main design difference between MAN-type motors from MS and Wartsila (Sulzer) such as RT-Flex?

No camshaft and electronic engine management.

6. According to the requirements of the SOLAS Convention, for use on ships, fuels that have a flash point lower than?
– 60 ° С in emergency diesel generators not lower than 43 ° С;

7. According to the requirements of the MARPOL Convention in marine fuels, the sulfur content is limited:
Sulfur, not more than 4,5%

8. What is mean indicator pressure?

This is a conditional constant pressure, which, acting on the piston during one working stroke, performs work equivalent to the indicator work of the actual closed cycle. The average indicator pressure (P, kgf / cm2) is a conditional constant pressure acting on the piston during the working stroke.

More questions and answers will be added on this post. Check back.