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Presidential Address: Helen Noble - NMCI Thursday 22nd February

06 February 2018

Presidential Address: Helen Noble - NMCI Thursday 22nd February

Invite to Presidential Address - Helen Noble

Our 2018 President, Helen Noble invites our members and stakeholders to her Presidential Address on Thursday, 22nd February from 2pm to 4pm in the National Maritime College of Ireland. 

Hosted by CIT's President Dr Barry O'Connor, the event will have Helen as Keynote Speaker being welcomed to her year of Presidency. 

Members, stakeholders and students are welcome to attend.

Booking Essential.

Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM 

National Maritime College of Ireland, Cork 
Main Auditorium
National Maritime College of Ireland
Co. Cork



«May 2018»

A New Generation of Technologies for Contract Logistics

By Brendan Ryan, Global Sales Leader in Logistics.

The decision by the UK to leave the European Union, represents a shift to ‘Identity Politics’, a time where people in Britain and elsewhere are trying to decide who they want to be as the forces of change reshape the world. The politics of the Trump administration to bring industry back to North America also impacts global trade and is yet another form of identity politics. The changes rifling through the contract logistics industry from IoT (Internet of Things) and enabling technologies is creating new waves of thinking with service providers trying to determine best solutions that fit their business strategy. We might in turn refer to this as ‘Identity Logistics’.

Identity logistics brings into sharp focus the dichotomy in service providers where larger companies have invested in automation and IoT solutions and smaller companies that do not have the wallet of business or volume profiles are not able to invest in disruptive technologies. Cloud computing has gone mainstream for many enterprises and the IoT is changing how companies do business. The impact of drones and autonomous vehicles, blockchain, augmented and virtual reality, machine learning and artificial intelligence keeps growing.

Smart Warehouses are Becoming a Reality
Today’s warehouse is far more than just a facility in which to store inventory. Leveraging the latest supply chain technology and IoT technology, a ‘Smart Warehouse’ can now serve as a hub to boost efficiency and speed throughout the entire supply chain. In manual warehouses, we grew accustomed to workers moving around the warehouse with RF Scanners. However, in the smart warehouse industrial wireless solutions, devices, sensors and radiofrequency identification (RFID) tags drive production and enable warehouse managers to know the exact location and progress of any product at any time.

Cisco uses smart technology in test programmes to reduce the amount of labelling on packages. Hands-free wearables allow workers to move about and access information and instructions from anywhere in the warehouse.

IKEA is another leading company using IoT robotics to make its warehouse operations more efficient. The data which is captured by the sensors is sent to the warehouse management monitoring team that keeps an eye on all the warehouse operations. Not only does this real-time flow of accurate information increase the overall efficiency, but it also reduces equipment damage, worker injuries, downtime and stock shrinkage.

Customer Technology is Shaping Country Networks
With a massive shipping spend in the region of $12 billion annually, Amazon is an example of a company that proactively integrated its smart warehouse network. These include leased airplanes to freight forwarder licenses, drones to private truck fleets. Machine learning within Amazon has become a ‘new normal’, where artificial intelligence is now considered a component of every form of technology.

Similarly, Alibaba have smart warehouses where robots do 70% of the work. They can carry up to 500 kilograms above them around the warehouse floor. They have special sensors to avoid colliding into each other and they can be summoned using Wi-Fi. When they run out of battery, they can take themselves to a charging station.

Big Data Analytics & Advanced Inventory Management Systems
One of the largest expenses for many organisations is the cost of inventory so many companies embed IoT sensors on parts, packages and equipment to track them throughout their journey and know exactly whe

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The Sinking of Mail Boat RMS LEINSTER

The sinking of the Mail Boat RMS Leinster in Dublin Bay on October 10, 1918 in a German U-Boat attack saw the loss of 550 lives and is the subject of a new book.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, the principal means of transporting individuals and goods between Ireland and Britain was the Mail Boat service which operated between Dún Laoghaire and Holyhead.

Up to the “Great war” of 1914 to 1918 there were four ships used on the route, each named after an Irish province; Munster, Leinster, Ulster and Connacht. The ships were operated by a private company called The City of Dublin Steam Packet Company. The carriage of mail between both countries was the central role of the service with postal workers sorting mail as the ship travelled. Carrying passengers between both port towns was another very important commercial activity. This created employment at times of dire poverty throughout Ireland and in the Holyhead area of North Wales.

When Britain declared war in 1914, the military authorities decided that all ships must be utilised for the war effort. As the island of Ireland was still under British rule the four mail boats were considered as part of the war effort. Following the German-French war of 1870, Germany retained lands which had previously been part of France and unsurprisingly this caused constant irritation to the French. The French were regularly encouraged by British Government Ministers to continue demanding back their lands. Nevertheless, the German empire had not become involved in any conflict in the years following 1870, and indeed this was true right up to 1914, which was in stark contrast to the constant campaigns and wars involving the British Army and Navy. “Britannia Ruled the Waves” in those years and they used that power to restrict movement of shipping and therefore worldwide trade.

The German economy, thanks to advancements in technology, was seeking new outlets for their goods world-wide. Britain, by ruling the waves, curtailed these exporting efforts by Germany. Continued control of the sea restricted the German trade development along with various regional conflicts around the world, including the French-German tensions, led to Britain declaring war in 1914. The cause of “Catholic Belgium” was used as a reason for the declaration of war, but British Government ministers later admitted that they would have declared war in any case.

For Britain the main reason for war was control of the seas and therefore world trade. With the outbreak of war, the British war office took control of all shipping in these islands. The City of Dublin Steam Package Company was ordered to make its ships available for carrying troops. The Leinster Mail Boat was ordered to retain 500 spaces on all of its sailings for soldiers, while sister ships were given other war time tasks. On a number of occasions, paying passengers revolted when they were refused permission to board the Leinster Mail Boat due to the number of soldiers travelling.

Because of the speed of the Mail Boat Leinster, the authorities believed that it could out-run any German attack. However, they did not allow for the speed of a torpedo. The ship was armed but a protection balloon type observation unit, which operated out of Malahide Castle, was unavailable at the time of the attack. In recent times there had been a number of ships sunk by the German U Boats and the Mail Boat Leinster itself had a narrow escape while departing Holyhead. Nevertheless, there was no special protection vessel accompanying the Mail Boat Leinster on her final voyage.

At a few minutes before 9.00a.m. on 10 October 1918, just one month befor

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