Hapag-Lloyd Freight Vessel

After the merger with UASC (United Arab Shipping Company), Hapag-Lloyd has boasted one of its youngest fleets in the cargo industry. The vessels will be dismantled accordingly to the environmental regulations and certified shipyards. The seven-year-old container ships that had a capacity of 4,101 TEU will be recycled in Turkey and in China. The shipyards within Turkey and China are certified to recycle ships in an environmentally friendly manner.

The COO of Hapag-Lloyd said that the recycling of these ships is part of the restructuring project of their fleet. In 2017, the company already had three older vessels from the former UASC fleet that was dismantled in an environmentally friendly manner.

Also, Hapag-Lloyd is now offering a service to the East Coast of Africa for the very first time. They are already demands to Mombasa and Daar-es-Salaam over Jeddah for onward transshipment and local distribution.

They are expecting in April to deploy four vessels each with a capacity of 1,200 TEU in the new East Africa Service. This will be a sole operation.

Senior Managing Director Region Middle East, Lars Christiansen, informed that this would a trade which their customers have wanted the company to serve for awhile now. And EAS will benefit from Hapag-Lloyd’s strong presence in the Middle East and connection to the global network.

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Written by Iris Arden (Ramon Inc.)

Source: https://www.worldcargonews.com/news/hapag-lloyd-to-recycle-more-vessels-49099

The Challenges of Transportation Today

Regardless of the era, people moved. Whether if you were a Viking that navigated the seas, the Chinese that invented the compass, or the Arab that invented the kamal, people found ways to move from one place to another.

In America, the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways was built forming the National Highway System of the United States today. In 1992, they declared the project completed, but there are a lot more challenges and new projects to overcome. The whole route has a total of 47,856 miles, one-quarter of all vehicles use the interstate system and the cost of construction in 2006 was $425 billion.

CarTraffic-637406498.jpgNow let’s take into consideration the cost for traffic. It costs $124 billion a year. And the cost of traffic will increase to $186 billion in 2030. With the American population growing 3.3 million per year according to the Census Bureau’s decennial census, finding positive solutions to decrease traffic becomes a major challenge.

Some studies convey that the urban population by 2030 will be 60%. If right now we already face major traffic, imagine by 2030.

Other countries have implemented strategies to decrease traffic. For example, Cheonggyecheon Stream in Seoul had a 16-lane freeway. They removed the freeway which decreased traffic, increased public transportation, and brought environmental improvements to the city.

In America, a few cities are trying to improve their public transportation infrastructure, but there are still projects concentrated on developing more highways. For example, in Dallas, the Texas Department of Transportation mentioned a study to remove the bandwagon freeway, but they are already planning a $100 million renovation project of the freeway.

Written by Iris Arden (Ramon Inc.)

Sources:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/federicoguerrini/2014/10/14/traffic-congestion-costs-americans-124-billion-a-year-report-says/#75ddda04c107

https://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2015/07/robert-puentes-proposes-new-american-transportation-policy-000160