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The Franco-African Forum at Bercy - 16/07/2015

The Franco-African Forum at Bercy

French President François Hollande confirmed that Africa is a strategic priority during the latest Franco-African forum.  The nation hosted fifty ministers and more than 500 French and African company directors in Bercy on the 6th of February for an African forum focused on joint development.

Organized by the Ministries of the Economy and Foreign Affairs, and with collaboration from the Medef employer federation, this international event was the opportunity to announce or confirm a range of measures designed to boost cooperation and economic ties between France and Africa.  A number of distinguished guests were present, including President Hollande and Presidents Macky Sall (Senegal), Ali Bongo (Gabon) and Alassane Ouattara (Ivory Coast).

We’ll take the opportunity to highlight some of the key announcements of the summit, such as the creation of an export bank for major international contracts, the launch of new training programmes for African managers and young talent, and the development of a number of public-private partnerships (PPP) to finance infrastructure, energy and digital technology, among others.

Centrimex hopes that all of our clients in Africa and Europe will be able to take advantage of these political commitments and see their transcontinental activities prosper.

Centrimex souhaite à tous ses clients en Afrique et en Europe de tirer profit de ces engagements politiques pour faire prospérer leurs activités transcontinentales.

 

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The good working practices for loading a maritime container - 07/07/2015

The good working practices for loading a maritime container

There is a code of good working practices for loading a container, and it is published by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).  This United Nations agency is mostly responsible for general maritime regulation, and in particular maritime safety (the IMO publishes the IMDG code).

They have a committee specialized in maritime safety (the Maritime Safety Committee), and this committee is in charge of safety on board ships and in port installations.  To confront the ever-growing number of incidents in this field, they have just released an update to this code of good working practices.  Centrimex is always looking for ways to give our clients the benefit of the latest technical and regulatory innovations, so our experts jumped at the chance to apply these recommendations using the skills and experience of our European and Asian loading centres

The IMO has gone beyond recommendations for packaging and securing cargo, and are aiming to raise awareness among shipping professionals of their loading responsibilities, in particular concerning weight limits.  These recommendations are great news, even if the Centrimex handling teams frequently go well beyond these measures when loading their containers.  This key expertise is one of Centrimex’s biggest assets in terms of securing container-bound merchandise.  Whether completing multi-client grouping operations or filling personalized mono-client and multi-supplier containers, each Centrimex operator is aware of their responsibilities when loading, checking and securing their cargo.

 

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Newsletter Centrimex Juin 2015 - 11/06/2015

Newsletter Centrimex June 2015

90% of the 7 billion tonnes of merchandise transported around the world travels by sea, with container ships making up more than 80% of this traffic. This situation is leading to a massive increase in the scale and concentration of merchandise in our ports. One ship-owner has just inaugurated a container ship measuring 400 meters long, 54 meters wide and a capacity of 17 700 TEUs ! The port of Antwerp is also preparing to open the largest container terminal in Europe by the end of the year, with a 3,5km dock and around forty container cranes.

With giant terminals for gargantuan ships, container transport is growing enormously and does not look set to slow down any time soon. These new logistics strategies are surely going to have a huge impact on our clients’ profits and the teams working hard to help you through these developments.

 

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