European Rail Freight Day


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  • Snapshot of the shipping market today



     2017 was a disruptive year that raised a lot of questions. The shipping market is still just as difficult. Three alliances control the sector and last year saw four takeovers or mergers, with the market still suffering the consequences of the collapse of Hanjin. Giant cruise ships have been ordered that will run on LNG.


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    Ports, Inland Waterway Coopérations



    How are upheavals in shipping transport affecting ports? What about the newly emerging supply chain? Ports are investing to increase their unloading capacity. Above all, they are creating alliances between themselves, by coastal zone and along the rivers linking them to the hinterland. All major French shipping ports now lead onto an inland waterways network.


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    Changes to the port community



     The risks associated with shipping and logistics affect how ports operate. There are a number of professions in a port community, including forwarding agents, handlers, logistics operators, customs and veterinary services. In this complex ecosystem, ports can fail to operate correctly. 


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  • Multimodal transport, towards a franco-german hub



    The Franco-German border consists of a river located between the North Sea and the Silk Road. Ports in the Rhine basin are now coming together to optimise this position and quickly forward goods received by sea and rail. Nine have already partnered up around Strasbourg, Mulhouse and Duisburg to pool their skills and streamline goods flows between ports.


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    Artificial intelligence in ports



    The Maersk cyber attack has left its marks. Ships and ports are now vulnerable to having their VSAT systems hacked. Piracy has evolved. It still exists in some parts of the world, but we can prevent it. Software piracy is another threat entirely that requires constant vigilance. It has emerged throughout digital transition of ports and the birth of autonomous ships.


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    Shipping and inland waterways working towards energy efficiency



    LNG-fueled ships have set sail. Electrical ferries are being tested. Airbus will attempt to tow cargo using kite-surf sails. Alternative shipping transport is no longer science fiction. It doesn't have the choice. The international Marpol convention requires environmental externalities from shipping to be reduced as far as possible.


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