Infotech How the Covid-19 is disrupting maritime transport

How the Covid-19 is disrupting maritime transport




The sun never sets at CMA-CGM. The Marseille shipowner is one of the five major global maritime transport groups. The Danish Maersk, the Italian-Swiss MSC, the Chinese Cosco, the German Hapag-Lloyd and it deliver most of the goods that cross the world in containers. In Marseille, on the twelfth floor of the glass tower designed by architect Zaha Hadid, a huge curved screen – 8.70 meters in length! – allows you to take in at a glance the 400 ships of the owner at sea. It is the “fleet center”, the fleet control center.

He has two twin brothers, one in Miami, the other in Singapore. “We follow the Sun”, explains a spokesperson for the group founded by Franco-Lebanese Jacques Saadé in 1978 and led by his son Rodolphe. About twenty experienced sailors from there optimize the route of the ships, taking into account the weather, the risk of collision with cetaceans or currents – following them saves fuel, and thus reduces CO emissions.2. Since the start of 2020, the “fleet center” has also been monitoring blockages linked to Covid-19 in real time.

Boats hide to die

Because the pandemic has deeply disrupted maritime flows, until then regulated like music paper, through which 80% of world trade passes. A sector to which little attention was paid, moreover: transport costs were at their lowest and the vast majority of cargoes arrived at the airport.

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