Author: Yakup Can Sekmen

One Belt, One Road Looks to Reshape Global Trade Landscape

COSCO, the China Ocean Shipping Company, is investing billions of dollars into a very unlikely location for a highly ambitious project. Unlike their previous ventures in Greece where they purchased a large number of ports, the Chinese shipping giant is pouring investment into landlocked Kazakhstan. The project has been called the “the project of the century” by Chinese President Xi Jinping. The infrastructure work in Kazakhstan is taking place to build a gigantic transport hub in the farthest point from any Asian or European ports. By many, the project is seen as a political and financial gamble to reshape...

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Containers as a Medium of Art

The French artist Jean René, also known as JR, is famous for his work with large-scale printed images on unconventional and glorious surfaces. Describing himself as a “photograffeur,” JR has travelled around the world in search of stories to tell with his unique medium. His search for new surfaces to apply his art even led him to a container terminal in France. As a part of his project “Women are Heroes,” JR collaborated with the Port of Le Havre to create many breathtaking images. The work he created as a part of this project has far more depth than...

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Why Has the Rail Move Turned into a Nightmare?

The history of railroad transport has been one of continuous enhancement of capacity through technological innovation. Yet, maintaining the capacity to guarantee good service when there is not the demand to meet that capacity, can be costly. With increasing competition among rail companies, and trucking options waiting to tear their share away, some rail companies have been forced to tighten their belts. CSX Corporation is among those who have been forced to take some cost-cutting measures. The company’s new CEO, Hunter Harrison (formerly the CEO of Canadian Pacific Railways), adopted these measures right after taking his position. His agenda...

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The World’s First Zero Emissions Freight Carrier

For decades, the principle of “doing good for the world” has been the cornerstone of Norwegian foreign policy. However, with the announcement from YARA (a Norwegian Chemical Company) and Kongsberg (a long-established marine solutions company of Norway), the “doing good for the world” principle found its match in commerce. Last October, Kongsberg, in collaboration with the Norwegian government and scientific institutes, launched the world’s first test site for autonomous shipping vessels at Trondheim Fjord. Only eight months after the site’s operations began, the “YARA Birkeland” project was born. The YARA and Kongsberg partnership announced their plan to build world’s...

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U.S. Coast Guard to Honor Hamilton

On Thursday, the United States Coast Guard announced a honorary ceremony for their founder, Alexander Hamilton, via a news bulletin. The ceremony is scheduled to take place today, May 26th, at his grave site on the grounds of Trinity Church. As a part of Fleet Week New York, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton will honor the Coast Guard founder and the namesake of their vessel, with a wreath laying ceremony. The presentation of the wreath will be by the U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team. The National Anthem will be performed by Coast Guard Auxiliary Member, professional musician...

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