The conversation around whether more vigorous steps are needed to be taken to axe the sea shipping's carbon footprint often start with the 3% figure - the industry's contribution to human-caused climate change.
The Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), initially adopted in 1996, was given new guidelines fordevelopment in December 2013 by the European Parliament and the European Council. It is expected to befully functioning by 2050, with parts classifed as the Core Network expected to be ready by 2030.
When we take a closer look at certain ports in the south of the Baltic, say the Polish Gdańsk or the Lithuanian Klaipėda, we can observe that their freight handlings in general, and container turnover in particular, have been advancing at a rapid pace for some time now.
It sometimes seems that the international freight transport arena is full of tiger pits. In particular, there's the matter of finding trustworthy partners and sub-contractors who are so vital to delivering a coordinated and seamless transport service across the globe.
In the beginning - as the saying goes - there was nothing. Then, in early 2015, the idea to establish a platform that would spur innovation in port, maritime, logistics, and energy sectors, industries which are intrinsically tied to each other, was born.
Some maritime stakeholders have declared that "radical innovation" in the marine fuel business is needed in order to meet the very ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) emission targets set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in April of 2018.
In spite of the overheatedly debated topic of cryptocurrencies, where, it seems, the main focus was put on the sharply rising or falling prices of Bitcoin and the likes, the underlying technology - blockchain - continues to attract attention, now also across the transport & logistics domain.