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Freight updates March 14, 2023: latest news and updates on the worldwide supply chain


The worldwide supply chain is constantly changing. Now, as we continue dealing with the fallout of pandemic-related supply chain issues, fluctuations in prices, labour disruptions, delays, and port congestion persist. These updates will share some of the latest freight news, so we can keep you abreast of the dynamic landscape that is the global supply chain. 

Li-ion batteries pose a risk to freight ro-ro services

Lithium-ion (li-ion) battery fires on board container ships have recently made two high-profile ships suffer damage. Less well understood, but still a great threat, is the risk posed by electric vehicles (EVs), which are stacked full of li-ion batteries, to car carriers, or the risks involved in the carriage of used EVs on ro-pax vessels. Read more 

How a $6 billion transmission project made it in NY

Fifteen years after the inception of the project, the construction phase of the Champlain-Hudson Power Express (CHPE) is nearing completion. When it is finished, it will become the largest transmission line in the U.S. built entirely underwater and underground. Read more.

Ocean Network Express taps Sony to develop fleet-wide smart container solution

Following Hapag-Lloyd’s decision last year to equip all its containers with tracking devices, Japan’s Ocean Network Express (ONE) has reached out to Sony to create a smart container solution across its global fleet. Read more.

Top carriers join forces to investigate scourge of fires at sea

Some of the world's biggest carriers (Maersk, Ocean Network Express, Evergreen Line and more) are joining forces with the world's first industrial safety technology accelerator to launch a new innovation initiative to reduce cargo loss at sea (e.g. from li-ion battery fires and similar). Read more

The one popular energy term we should retire at CERAWeek

In this opinion piece, the author makes a case for doing away with "energy independence" in favour of a more collaborative language that brings energy and policy leaders together. Read more

About Cole International’s Freight Forwarding Services:

At Cole, we’re proud to have offered freight forwarding services for more than six decades. Experienced freight forwarding services steward your goods along the smoothest and most efficient path from origin to destination. These updates highlight some of the latest freight news, giving you insight into the complexity of freight forwarding in our current environment. Contact us today to learn how Cole can streamline your shipping operations.

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