Fortnightly maritime news for the industry and PortXL community.

Maersk launches new offering to book container space in new fully online process

With the launch of Maersk Spot, the Danish carrier said it aims to introduce a truly online product that can break the cycle of overbookings and offer a much simpler way to ship a container with load guarantee.

Blockchain consortium to curb dangerous goods misdeclaration

Maritime Blockchain Labs (MBL), founded by BLOC and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF), has established a consortium to explore the use of blockchain in tackling the significant risks and challenges associated with the declaration and handling of dangerous goods.

Freightos bullish on big transpacific rate increases next week

Freightos, the online international freight marketplace, is predicting a “big” transpacific rate rise next week, with significant increases in China-US East Coast and China-US West Coast prices.

China Merchants 5G intelligent port innovation lab inaugurated at Shenzhen

China Merchants Port Group, a subsidiary of China Merchants Group, has signed co-operation agreement with China Mobile and Huawei for 5G port industry development, and opened its 5G intelligent port innovation lab at Shenzhen.

Tanzania scraps massive Chinese port project

In one of the biggest pushbacks against Chinese president Xi Jinping’s Belt Road Initiative Tanzania has suspended the construction of the $10bn Bagamoyo port project, citing the onerous financial conditions put in place by Beijing.

IMO pushes for gender equality with #IAmOnBoard Day of the Seafarer theme

The hashtag links with the IMO World Maritime Day theme, Empowering Women in the Maritime Community.

Record 29 contracts inked at PortXL Shakedown

A record 29 contracts have been signed at the 2019 PortXL Shakedown with the largest contract supporting the development of the renewables industry.