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Tensions in Middle East trigger war risk premiums in freight rates


The capture of the MSC vessel is the latest in the crisis affecting shipping routes on the Red Sea and could cause even more problems for global shipping. 


Bridging troubled waters in global shipping


Deep-sea vessel operators are facing attacks when transiting the Middle East and Africa but Inchape Shipping Services and Ambrey have recently provided advice in their Global Shipping Report

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Ford’s Dubai PDC will distribute service parts to GCC, Africa and Asia Pacific


Ford’s 42,000 sq.m parts distribution centre in the Dubai World Central economic zone will store 85,000 SKUs and leverage cutting-edge technology

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Maersk opts for land bridge due to Panama Canal drought


Maersk has changed its services due to the ongoing drought affecting the Panama Canal and is instead opting for a ‘land bridge’ to mitigate disruptions.


Red Sea blog: Live updates


Houthi attacks on vessels passing through the Red Sea are increasing, causing container ship and ro-ro operators to reroute vessels to avoid danger. Follow Automotive Logistics’ live blog for the latest updates. 

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Escalation in Taiwan could cause further semiconductor crisis in 2024


As tensions and regulatory frictions rise, semiconductor supply may face disruption, prompting investment in semiconductor facilities in the US. 


Ford breaks ground on Dubai PDC with DB Schenker


Ford has broken ground on a 42,000 sq.m parts distribution centre, which is expected to open in January 2025 and will be operated by DB Schenker


Houthi forces seize NYK car carrier in Red Sea


An NYK-chartered car carrier, the Galaxy Leader, has been hijacked by armed Houthi rebels in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen

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Sallaum Lines expands ro-ro capacity with new PCTC orders


The shipping firm moves finished vehicles for OEMs like Ford and BMW between the US, Europe and Africa.

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Stellantis plans to make cars in South Africa by 2025


Stellantis is planning to make vehicles at a new plant in South Africa, part of its plan to sell 1m vehicles in the Middle East and Africa region by 2030, with 70% of those made locally

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Lithium-ion battery gigafactory database


Track electric vehicle lithium battery gigafactories by manufacturer, location, manufacturer, current and planned gigawatt (GWh) capacity.


Dave Bozeman to replace Frederiek Toney at Ford


Frederiek Toney, vice-president of the Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD), is leaving the company later this year after a career stretching 22 years. Dave Bozeman will take over from him

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Ukraine’s vital link in the European supply chain


The closure of Ukraine’s supplier industry and the impact on logistics routes reveals how important the country is to European automotive production

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Jens-Peter Riemann heads automotive for Kuehne + Nagel in Middle East and Africa


Jens-Peter Riemann has moved from his role as global automotive business development director at a Danish transport and logistics giant, DSV to head automotive and mobility for Kuehne + Nagel in the Middle East and Africa


DSV Panalpina buys Global Integrated Logistics for $4.1 billion


DSV Panalpina has bought Agility’s Global Integrated Logistics, with significant gains for its Road, Solutions and Sea & Air divisions, and making it one of the top three logistics providers globally


Sean Bricknell appointed head of inbound logistics and packaging at Volvo Cars


Sean Bricknell (pictured) has moved from BLG Logistics to take up a new role as head of inbound logistics and packaging at Volvo Cars

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Smart tools for sustainable logistics at Hellmann


Monika Thielemann-Hald joined Hellmann Worldwide Logistics just as Covid started disrupting manufacturing for east to west. But as global head of automotive logistics she has helped steer the company through the crisis with the right mix of teamwork and smart technology

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Electric vehicle and hybrid vehicle plant database


Track factory locations for electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid and hybrid vehicles by manufacturer, model and location


Light at the end of the Suez Canal but challenges for automotive


Of the many disruptions the pandemic has caused, the chain reaction of delays and spiralling costs in container global container shipping must have been one of the hardest to deal with. The delays in the Suez Canal were just the icing on an already unappetising cake.


Signs of movement on the Suez Canal


One week after the Evergreen container vessel MV Ever Given became lodged across the Suez Canal, it appears as of March 29 that efforts to shift the 400-metre-long, 200,000-tonne vessel have been successful. The chairman and managing director of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), said on Monday that the Panamanian container ship had been successfully refloated and the backlog of vessels is now moving through.