Fortnightly maritime news for the industry and PortXL community.


Amazon’s digital freight brokerage platform goes live

Amazon has quietly taken its digital freight brokerage platform live at, and it is undercutting market prices from 26 to 33 percent.

CMA CGM unveils digital ecosystem

CMA CGM has followed in the footsteps of Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd, debuting an online instant box booking system.

An Overview: Digital Freight Forwarding V.S. Digital Shipping Lines

From Flexport, TradeLens, the Digital Container Shipping Association to other global shipping conglomerates and startups emerging to fight for a piece of the digital pie, here’s an overview of the key players and initiatives so far.

Maersk introduces digital ocean customs clearance

Danish shipping major Maersk has launched Customs Clearance online shipping management platform in seven European countries with the aim to provide simple and easy-to-use solutions.

Wallenius, Swedish Orient Line create new shipping company

Wallenius and Swedish Orient Line (SOL) have established a new shipping company that will transport forestry products and other goods in a network covering the Gulf of Bothnia, the Baltic Sea and the North Sea.

Tightening of US – Iran oil sanctions good news for tanker trades

The ongoing shale and OPEC wars, now brought to the fore by the likely quick disappearance of Iranian shipments, could have other impacts with US refineries still not fully programmed for sweet crude, and the flow of oil to export markets could continue its steady rise.

Kongsberg closes ten-year ‘power-by-the-hour’ deal with Havila

Following soon after Kongsberg’s takeover of Rolls-Royce’s Commercial Marine business at the beginning of April, the company announced a ten-year service agreement with Havila Kystruten AS covering four coastal cruise vessels.

ClassNK releases cyber security guidelines

The classification society, ClassNK, has released new guidance on appropriate cybersecurity measures required for the safe design, construction and operation of ships.


Rotterdam Alumnus and cybersecurity startup Threatspan announced as finalist for SeaTrade Awards 2019

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