In June, Maersk Line A/S’s information systems were severely disrupted by the so-called Petya virus. FMC provided Maersk with relief to help them get through the difficult situation. In Mid-July, a researcher penetrated a ship’s internet system through its very small aperture system (VSAT). The ship was operating in the South America trade. VSAT Vulnerability An internet security researcher identified as “x0rz” discovered that many shipboard VSAT systems can be penetrated thr
A US government report on a solution for supply chain congestion occasioned by megaships is set to be published in Autumn, 2017, according to American Shipper. The United States Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) plans to get permission to design a national data portal for seaports. It had launched an industry-led supply chain innovation project including 36 companies in May, 2016. Its initiative set out to address inefficiencies in supply chains on a national level encountere
President Trump’s point person in his push for deregulation has sent regulatory officers at all agencies instructions to submit a budget for fiscal 2018 that produces “a net reduction in total incremental regulatory costs.” In a Sept. 7 memo, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator Neomi Rao called on agencies to plan implementation of Trump’s executive orders on easing regulatory burdens by better controlling regulatory cost allowances. The director of the
SEPTEMBER 7, 2017—This morning the 14,414 TEU CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt became the largest capacity containership ever to pass under the newly elevated Bayonne Bridge and visit the Port of New York and New Jersey. Launched by French shipping giant CMA CGM, the Theodore Roosevelt arrived in the New York-New Jersey port after transiting the expanded Panama Canal locks, as the largest capacity ship to use the passageway.
Four times bigger than the Statue of Liberty and five
With rail lines to Gulf Coast ports out of commission, ships grounded, and crews surveying ship channels for shifting sand and displaced navigation aids, cotton, sorghum and wheat growers fear a halt in deliveries will lower prices and force foreign grain importers to look for other markets. As of Thursday, port facilities remained closed at Houston and Corpus Christi, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection also reported suspended commercial trade operations at the ports of P
A futuristic automated collection system that sucks food waste and garbage through miles of underground pipes has been chosen for a new 100-acre residential development in Seoul, South Korea. The system, chosen for the site in Gangnam-Gu, Seoul’s third largest district, will span 399,741 sq m on completion and include a subterranean pipe network over 15 miles long. People inhabiting 6,642 residential units and 144 retail units will have three tonnes of general waste and more
A team from Japan’s Tohoku University has found an economical way to improve the properties of “shape-memory” metals, so called for their ability to spring back after being deformed. The method could allow the mass production of such metals for applications such as earthquake-resistant construction materials.
Most metals are made of a large number of crystals but, in some cases, their properties improve when they are formed of a single crystal. However, single-crystal metal
A Chinese state-owned space and military technology group will investigate the feasibility of a magnetic levitation (maglev) rail system that would leave Elon Musk’s futuristic Hyperloop concept in the dust. China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), which develops space and missile technology, plans to research a "flying" train network that it says could eventually have a top speed of 4,000km/h.
China was a pioneer in maglev rail, completing a 30.5-km line f
For U.S. rail traffic, 2016 wasn’t exactly a banner year. Total carloads fell 8.2 percent compared with 2015’s level, marking the second consecutive year of declining traffic, according to data from the Association of American Railroads (AAR). A weak manufacturing economy and turmoil in energy markets were two of the main reasons for the decline, AAR officials said earlier this year. With their traffic dwindling among primary money-makers like coal, some Class Is have refocus