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EAEU progress in tracking transport

Agreement has been reached by the countries making up the Euro Asiatic Economic Union, Kazakhstan, Russia, Armenia and Kirghizstan to use security seals for tracking transport. The agreement which applies only to 2 trips between two or more countries in the Union establishes the legal base for the use of this technology to reduce the number of queues and checks for freight transport in transit or in export or for trading. The agreement will introduce the tracking gradually according to the type of freight and type of vehicle used for the transport.

Mozambique is aiming for short sea shipping

The government of Mozambique has set up a plan of legal and fiscal incentives to help maritime short sea shipping with the objective of developing alternative means of transport of goods which will be integrated into the rail system and the road system. The country is in the middle of a vast programme of rail and port infrastructure to reinforce its logistics with the surrounding territory. In addition to these works reforms have been introduced which make development corridors with Maputo Bay, Beira and Nacala and to eliminate the physical railway borders for freight to and from the Kingdom of Eswatini.

IRISL increases its presence in the Caspian Sea

The Islam Republic of Iran Shipping Line Group has announced that 12 new vessels will join its fleet for goods transport in the Caspian Sea. The operation is part of the development plan for trading with countries in the area and represents an investment of 10000 million dollars for enlarging the port of Salinka. At the same time the Iranian group is working on new regular lines In the southern ports of the country and the ports of Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijani. Altogether $18 million had been set aside for financing. IRISL has also signed a contract for the building of two Ro-Ro vessels to carry containers and two general cargo vessels.                                                                                                                          The group expects container traffic in the Caspian Sea to reach 100,000 TEU.

The joint venture between Air France KLM and CMA CGM starts up

The partnership between Air France KLM and CMA CGM has officially been set up for 10 years and foresees sharing of the cargo network, the capacity of their air cargo planes and dedicated services. Apart from six Boeing 747's and 777 cargoes Air France KLM can use the capacity of the 160 long-range aircraft in the two companies fleets. CMA CMG became a shareholder in the group in 2022 by purchasing 9%. 2 years ago, it created the air transport branch, which currently operates two Boeing 777's and four cargo A330 and has ordered four new long range cargo 350 F's for delivery in 2025.

Toulon a First for Bio Bunkers

Total energy's marine fuels and Corsica Ferries have carried out the first bunker operation of bio carbonates in the Mediterranean at the port of Toulon. The fuel was carried by truck to the ro-ro Mega Express with 200 tons of bio carbonates comprising gasoil and 30% gasoil bio molecule, second generation fatty acids produced from kitchen oils and certified by RIS CC. The two companies state emissions of gas will be reduced by 20%.

Piracy at its lowest level

Piracy continues to diminish, according to the Piracy Reporting Centre of the International Maritime Bureau. 27 attacks took place in the first three months of 2023, compared with 34 last year. Pirates boarded the ships in 24 of the attacks According to IMB, although the trend is positive, the level of violence is increasing, and therefore IMB calls on the international community to be ever present and coordinated with naval forces to defeat regional and international piracy. 

Traffic in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on the increase

Traffic in the straits of Malacca and Singapore increased by 5.9% in the first three months of 2023 with 20,762 vessels. Principally containerships 5680 up 9% on last year. Tanker is down 2.7% with 4775 vessels, bulk +6.2%, with 3970 vessels and very large crude carriers +6.6%, with 2218 vessels. General cargo ships were down 2.5%, with 1566 ships. Notable increase in GML transporters with 1134 vessels +24.9%.  Ro-Ro was more or less unchanged, with 596 vessels and an increase of 1%.

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