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A potential economic recession and the supply chain bullwhip are colliding

Freightwaves’s SONAR app has a lot of excellent data that it makes readily available. This post by the CEO shows some clear trends in freight, particularly ocean freight.

One of the interesting graphs shows that recently the number of containers per shipment has dropped a lot. It’s based on the number of bills of lading, and the container volumes in twenty-foot units (TEU) in green.

The most obvious fact predicting this number is that order size for containers is dropping. Perhaps the shippers need less stuff.

Or perhaps they are finding other ways to get them. Walmart and Home Depot, for instance, are running their own liner services, so perhaps shipments moved on them are not showing up. Or perhaps they are ordering domestically.

The service on the container lines and alliances has been so horrible that supply chain managers who really need reliability are becoming squeamish about using them.

I think we can look for these ratios to stay similar till the container lines and alliances start regularizing their schedules and improving their on-time delivery rates.

SONAR is a good place to look for an overview. Now there needs to be some analysis. Visibility is only so valuable. It needs analytics to determine causes and relationships.

Craig Fuller, CEO at FreightWaves Follow on TwitterTuesday, June 21, 2022

A potential economic recession and the supply chain bullwhip are colliding – FreightWaves

Low loads double methane slip on LNG carrier voyage

A study by scientists from Queen Mary University oof London scientists measured methane and CO2 emissions from marine power sources. They instrumented a new LNG carrier (2021 completion), on both the main engines and the generator engines.

Note that generator engine emissions are not considered in monitoring the emissions from a ship, according to current standards.

The methane slip, escape of methane through gaps and orifices in the machinery, was found to be quite low, and the generator engines were found to be the biggest source.

This is a quite new ship and one might expect lower emissions from the latest technology. But the study points to the need for including generator engines in the rules and in the monitoring. Studies on other ships and other voyages would be a good idea, and to their credit, the ship owner, Cheniere, has said it will continue to study emissions from its fleet.

Gary Howard | Jun 14, 2022

Low loads double methane slip on LNG carrier voyage

New report highlights scale of shipping’s renewable challenge

This report indicates that to reach the 2050 net-zero goal marine shipping would require more renewable energy than the world generates today.

The report was commissioned by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and was authored by Dr Stefan Ulreich of Germany’s University of Applied Sciences.

It’s hard to believe that such an increase in renewable energy can happen by 2050.

The report can be found here: Fuelling the Fourth Propulsion Revolution

Sam Chambers May 17, 2022

New report highlights scale of shipping’s renewable challenge – Splash247