Maritime losses at sea are always worth reviewing. Allianz, a major insurer, has published this report on 2016 shipping incidents, and trends to be expected in 2017 and beyond. See the pdf below for the full report.
This review focuses on key developments in maritime safety and analyzes shipping losses (of over 100 gross tons) during the 12 months prior to December 31, 2016. It also identifies some of key risk management challenges the industry faces moving forward.
Source: Safety & Shipping Review 2017 – Supply Chain 24/7 Paper
This interview with Ryan Peterson, CEO of Flexport, is fascinating. It is well worth registering at the Loadstar in case you don’t already have access.
Ryan points out that only 75% of freight bookings are kept. This may be a correlative of on time percentage of about the same amount for ocean carriers; but it is more symptomatic of a situation in which the uncertainty breeds more uncertainty. It’s like new product introductions; no one knows if your new product (disk drive, for example, in the business I was in years ago) is going to sell; it has plenty of promise, but also lots of competition. As a result your distributors (NVOCCS and freight forwarders) over-order, trying to convince you they can peddle lots of them, for fear that they will be cut out of the allocation when you start to deliver but can’t give them their whole order. In a sense, for an ocean alliance every voyage is like a new product launch. People over-order, they plan, but can’t full ships, so they cancel (or reroute, changing schedule). It’s a no-win for everyone.
Ryan is right in my view; data and sharing it can help. The issue is whether companies can be talked into sharing data. That’s what his firm is partially about– facilitating the exchange (for a price of course!). And for many firms, shippers and carriers, it should be worth it; a trusted intermediate can greatly reduce transaction costs.
Listen up– you’ll learn a lot!
Source: PODCAST: Behind the Flexport phenomenon; Ryan Petersen interviewed – The Loadstar
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Good article on the effects of larger box ships (which are calling at fewer ports). The hinterland infrastructure is going to have to adjust. I don’t think the ocean carriers are going back to smaller ships. The big ones are just too efficient to give up.
Source: Bigger box ships calling at fewer ports puts serious pressure on hinterland connections – The Loadstar
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