France’s Main Trade Seaport Joins Blockchain Pilot for Freight Logistics: Report

The main trade seaport of France, Marseille Fos Port, will participate in a blockchain pilot for freight logistics in June 2019, local industry news outlet PortSEurope reports on March 6. The project aims to use blockchain technology for supply chain logistics and intermodal freight forwarding on the Mediterranean-Rhône-Saône axis (MeRS) transport corridor. According to the report, the blockchain initiative is supported French authority, the Interministerial Delegation for the development of the port and logistics for MeRS. The project is also reportedly backed and supported financially by the French public sector…

Indian E-Commerce Giant Partners With Blockchain Logistics and Shipping Platform

India’s largest e-commerce firm, mjunction services limited, has entered into a strategic partnership with blockchain shipping firm Shipnext, global maritime news agency Sea News reports Feb. 20. The new partnership intends to boost efficiency across mjunction’s supply chain, bringing value-added services to its clients, mjunction CEO Vinaya Varma said. Alexander Varvarenko, founder and CEO of Shipnext, said that mjunction’s large cargo base is expected to attract more traffic, shipowners and ship operators to Shipnext platforms. Mjunction services ltd is a joint venture of two Indian steel giants – the Steel…

Cargo Shipping Firm to Use Blockchain in Port Logistics

Russian shipping logistics company Infotech Baltika will develop a blockchain-based system for the ports in which it operates, Russian maritime news outlet Morvesti reported on Feb. 11. To develop the blockchain-based solution, dubbed Edge.Port, the firm has partnered with Moscow-based blockchain startup Iconic. The network will reportedly allow participants in port activity to store all necessary documentation on a blockchain. According to Morvesti, all services in port, including vessel parking and tug boat rentals, can be ordered and tracked online via the system, without time-consuming paperwork. Infotech Baltika told the…

Korean Gov’t Pilots Blockchain for Logistics Innovation in Country’s Largest Port

Two South Korean government ministries have launched a blockchain pilot for port logistics innovation, according to a press release from the country’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIT), published Dec. 18. MSIT, together with the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, are reportedly testing whether the technology can make Korea’s container shipping industry more efficient. As the press release outlines, the pilot will run over a period of one year in the Port of Busan, the country’s largest port, and the fifth busiest container port worldwide. The initiative aims…

Russia to Get a Blockchain Logistics Platform in 2019

Russia to Get a Blockchain Logistics Platform in 2019 December 1, 2018 by Vladimir Litvinov Denmark’s transport giant Maersk in partnership with IBM plans to launch Russia’s first blockchain logistics platform for international cargo in 2019. The question for now is whether the system, or systems like it, can gain industry-wide adoption.  Also read: Daniel Larimer Spooks, Excites EOS Community with New Token Talk Subscribe to the Bitsonline YouTube channel for great videos featuring industry insiders & experts Maesrk, IBM Continue Blockchain Logistics Meld The blockchain will be originally launched as a pilot…

U.S. Air Force to Use Blockchain to Manage Logistics, Supply Chain

SIMBA Chain SIMBA Chain, a cloud-based blockchain-as-a-service platform, has been granted a contract to help the U.S. Air Force improve its logistics and supply chain capabilities using blockchain technology. The Air Force has a highly-complex logistics and supply chain network, moving millions of parts around the world. They are exploring how blockchain can help them to better manage logistics and supply chain management activities. SIMBA Chain Blockchain Platform The Air Force will be using SIMBA Chain to securely scale its manufacturing supply chain, following a call put out earlier this…

Indian Govt. Think Tank, Oracle Aim for Blockchain Drug Logistics

Indian Govt. Think Tank, Oracle Aim for Blockchain Drug Logistics September 29, 2018 by Akshay Makadiya Indian government think tank NITI Aayog has officially signed a partnership with info-tech heavyweight Oracle and others to pilot a blockchain-powered pharmaceutical logistics system aimed at combating the growing spread of counterfeit drugs. Also see: Wealth Manager App B21 Secures Enterprise Account at OKCoin Subscribe to the Bitsonline YouTube channel for great videos featuring industry insiders & experts Weeding Out the Counterfeit Drugs The National Institute of Transforming India (NITI Aayog) and Oracle India have inked an…

FedEx Joins Hyperledger Blockchain Hub, ‘Big Implications’ for Logistics

American courier delivery services giant FedEx has joined Hyperledger, an open-source project established to improve cross-industry blockchain technologies, according to a press release published September 26. Hyperledger, which is hosted by the Linux Foundation, enables organizations to build blockchain-based industry-grade applications, platforms and hardware systems in the context of their individual business transactions. In joining Hyperledger, FedEx has become one of over 270 members. Other member companies include IBM, Intel, Deutsche Boerse, and J.P. Morgan. Kevin Humphries, Senior Vice President, IT, FedEx Services said that blockchain technology has “big implications”…

Leading UK Port Operator Seeks to Improve Shipping Logistics via Blockchain

UK’s leading port operator, Associated British Ports (ABP), has signed an agreement with digital logistics enabler Marine Transport International to develop blockchain use for port logistics, Dry Bulk magazine reports Wednesday, September 19. Under the agreement with Marine Transport International, ABP — which operates in 21 ports and carries out 25 percent of the cargo shipments in Great Britain — will take part in pilot shipments using blockchain technology. According to Dry Bulk, each party in ABP’s supply chain lacks connection with others, as port operators, carriers, and shippers use…

110-Year-Old UPS Eyes Blockchain to Streamline Delivery Logistics

Century-old delivery giant United Parcel Service (UPS) believes that blockchain technology could help streamline package delivery logistics across a global supply chain. According to documents published by the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) on Thursday, the Georgia-based UPS has applied for a patent that utilizes blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) to route packages throughout an international supply chain that may include multiple carriers. The patent application, which UPS originally filed on Feb. 16, explains that while shipping logistics providers have become quite adept at optimizing package routing to…