US shippers turn up the heat on government over 'punitive' D&D fees

The Load Star | April 07, 2020

US agricultural shippers have appealed to the US government to act to stop the “unconscionable imposition of millions of dollars of unfair … fees” placed on the industry by ports and shipping lines. The letter, sent by the Agriculture Transportation Coalition on behalf of 80 organisations, said it sought “government engagement” with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), which has developed a Proposed Interpretive Rule, but which has yet to be adopted. “Ocean carriers and terminal operators impose detention and demurrage charges on US agriculture businesses when ocean freight containers cannot be timely returned to, or picked up from, marine terminals within a short ‘free time’ window, even when the delay is caused by the ocean carriers or terminals themselves (such as when the terminal is closed, or the ship is late),” noted the letter.

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Governments hold some of the most sensitive and confidential data in the world, making them prime targets for hackers. Last year, more than 73 percent of all reported security incidents occurred within the public sector. To exacerbate the problem, many agencies are still using perimeter-focused security protocols, even though they share applications with contractors, non-employees and other public entities. Although they dictate which systems and data third-parties and employees can access, they often lack the technologies needed to enforce those policies.


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Azenta and the Government of Luxembourg Announce a Memorandum of Understanding to Facilitate Continued Healthcare Technology Development

Azenta | November 09, 2022

Azenta, Inc. (Nasdaq: AZTA) and the Government of Luxembourg today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding ("MoU") to facilitate continued healthcare technology development in Luxembourg. The Minister of the Economy of Luxembourg, Mr. Franz Fayot, and the President and CEO of Azenta, Steve Schwartz, signed the MoU at Azenta's Massachusetts-based global headquarters. Azenta, Inc. had recently acquired B Medical Systems, a leading global vaccine, and medical cold chain provider, based in Luxembourg. The MoU signing ceremony was attended by several senior dignitaries from the Ministry of the Economy of Luxembourg, Ministry of Higher Education and Research of Luxembourg, Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office in New York, Luxinnovation and Azenta, Inc. Mr. Luc Provost, CEO of B Medical Systems, and Mr. Jesal Doshi, Deputy CEO of B Medical Systems, represented B Medical Systems, a subsidiary of Azenta, during the ceremony. Confirming Azenta's desire to preserve the production activities of its subsidiary in Luxembourg, B Medical Systems, and to continue the projects undertaken by the subsidiary until then, the memorandum of understanding confirms the intention of the Ministry of the Economy to continue to support the development of the company in Luxembourg. The acquisition by Azenta should also give B Medical Systems access to new markets, thanks to the group's extensive network of customers in countries where B Medical Systems has not previously had a significant presence. The MoU signing ceremony was followed by a visit to Azenta's genomics lab in Waltham, Massachusetts by the delegation of the Ministry of Health led by the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Health, Ms. Paulette Lenert, and the delegation of the Ministry of the Economy led by the Minister of Economy, Mr. Franz Fayot. "The fact that a world-renowned company such as Azenta has acquired B Medical Systems, one of our industrial flagships, demonstrates the dynamism of the Luxembourg health technology sector, which is one of the pillars of Luxembourg's economic diversification strategy. Through this memorandum of understanding, our objective is to continue the good collaboration that already existed with B Medical Systems, particularly in its future research, development and innovation projects, as well as to identify possible synergies." -Franz Fayot The Minister of the Economy. We look forward to continued partnership and engagement with the Government of Luxembourg. B Medical Systems, which recently became a part of Azenta, has a long history of operations in Luxembourg, and we intend to build upon this already strong track record of growth and innovation, said Steve Schwartz, President and CEO of Azenta. About Azenta Life Sciences: Azenta, Inc. (Nasdaq: AZTA) is a leading provider of life sciences solutions worldwide, enabling impactful breakthroughs and therapies to market faster. Azenta provides a full suite of reliable cold-chain sample management solutions and genomic services across areas such as drug development, clinical research and advanced cell therapies for the industry's top pharmaceutical, biotech, academic and healthcare institutions globally. Azenta recently acquired B Medical Systems, a leading global vaccine, and medical cold chain provider, based in Luxembourg.

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Bernhard Capital Partners Forms Department of Energy-Focused Services Platform With Acquisitions of Boston Government Services and SE&C

Boston Government Services | December 07, 2022

Bernhard Capital Partners ("Bernhard Capital"), a services- and infrastructure-focused private equity management firm, today announced the establishment of a dedicated Department of Energy ("DOE") services platform through the recent acquisitions of Boston Government Services, LLC ("BGS"), an engineering, technology and security firm for government programs, national laboratories, national security facilities, nuclear operations and complex projects, and Sterling Engineering & Consulting Group, LLC ("SE&C"), a provider of executive, project management, business development and technical consulting services focused on the DOE complex. Financial terms of the transactions were not disclosed. The platform will establish a leading national network of engineering and consulting firms with shared capabilities and an expanded client base, primarily consisting of organizations operating within the Department of Energy ("DOE") complex. Established in 2007 by Harry L. Boston, Ph.D., BGS is a nuclear engineering, safety, program management, technology and cyber security firm providing mission-driven solutions for a broad array of challenging and important programs for government and commercial clients. Bernhard Capital has an extensive track record building leading national platforms across numerous services- and infrastructure-related categories. Through these acquisitions, the firm intends to utilize its proprietary Blueprint investment approach to establish a vertically integrated offering, capable of executing critical projects in complex environments – from strategic planning and program management to the execution of engineering and technical activities. "The acquisitions of BGS and SE&C provide unique and valuable capabilities for our platform and will meaningfully expand our premier consulting and field service offerings around the DOE complex, As the DOE and broader commercial industries continue to invest ambitiously in clean energy, energy security, modernization and transitioning our energy grid and national infrastructure, the expertise of the BGS and SE&C teams will be invaluable to driving the long-term success of these essential national, regional and local projects. We look forward to working closely with Harry, Duane and their talented teams as we build an exceptional platform and execute on a shared vision to better support a diverse base of mission-critical government and commercial clients." -Chris Dillon, Managing Director at Bernhard Capital Partners. BGS and SE&C will continue to be led by their respective management teams, while benefiting from the advantages of the shared platform and Bernhard Capital's strategic partnership. Harry Boston will continue as President of BGS, and Duane Schmoker will continue as President of SE&C. The opportunity to join Bernhard Capital's DOE services platform and partner with the SE&C team provides additional resources and capacities for the BGS team to continue delivering the best engineering, technology, cybersecurity and program management solutions for our clients, from strategy and conception to implementation and execution, said Dr. Boston. The Bernhard Capital team's operational expertise and deep familiarity with the complexities of our business make them the right partner to position BGS for long-term growth, and we are well positioned to continue providing high-quality, efficient and committed services to our clients as part of this platform. Founded in 2014 by Duane Schmoker and headquartered in Richland, Washington, SE&C provides executive management and technical consulting services to organizations in the federal and commercial markets focused primarily on energy, environmental remediation and national security. Offering strategic planning, business development, proposal development, project management and technology-based solutions for some of the world's most challenging government and commercial environmental cleanup projects, SE&C focuses on providing innovative technical and business solutions for clients with a focus on the DOE and commercial markets. "We are excited to join BGS as part of Bernhard Capital's dedicated DOE services platform and are confident this partnership will benefit all SE&C stakeholders, Bernhard Capital's perspective and experienced team, alongside BGS's deep relationships and premier technical team, will allow us to enhance our technical and management capabilities and expand our presence around the DOE complex and other government-adjacent markets." -Mr. Schmoker, SE&C President. About Bernhard Capital Partners: Bernhard Capital Partners is a services and infrastructure-focused private equity management firm established in 2013. Bernhard Capital Partners has deployed capital in three funds across several strategies, has approximately $2.5 billion of gross assets under management and is ranked as one of Private Equity International's 300 largest private equity firms worldwide. Bernhard Capital Partners seeks to create sustainable value by leveraging its experience in acquiring, operating and growing services and infrastructure businesses. About BGS: Boston Government Services, LLC is an engineering, technology, and cybersecurity firm advancing our national security and competitiveness, and promoting a sustainable and healthy environmental future. BGS delivers mission-focused solutions by leveraging capabilities in engineering, operations, technology and cybersecurity to provide clients with solutions that enable efficient, secure, safe, robust, and sustainable mission performance. BGS is headquartered in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and has offices in multiple states. About SE&C: SE&C is a Richland, Washington-based provider of executive management and technical consulting services to organizations in the federal and commercial markets focused on energy, environmental remediation, national security and mining. The company has satellite offices in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Albuquerque, New Mexico. With more than 65 senior professionals providing clients with expertise ranging from strategic planning, business development, proposal development, project management and technology-based solutions, SE&C supports some of the world's most challenging government and commercial environmental cleanup projects.

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NOBLIS NAMED CYBER GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR AT CYBERSECURITY SUMMIT

NOBLIS | November 16, 2022

Noblis is honored to be named the Cyber Government Contractor of the Year in the “Over $50M in Revenue” category by the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC). The award acknowledges companies for their “dedication, innovation and ability to advance cybersecurity technology and anticipate the threat of future cybercrimes.” “Noblis is thrilled to be recognized for work that is the heart of our mission, We value our partnership with NVTC and the opportunity it provides to share ideas with the best of the technology community.” -Mile Corrigan, Noblis’ president and CEO. NVTC announced the award last month during their annual Cybersecurity Summit. NVTC is proud to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the organizations and leaders who are innovating and mitigating risks across the National Capital Region, said Jennifer Taylor, president and CEO of NVTC. The work of our winners, including Noblis, protects our schools, workplaces and national infrastructures against cyber vulnerabilities and attacks. “Our commitment to the nation’s safety and security is an essential part of what drives us, From automated continuous monitoring solutions to end-to-end data analytics, this award really salutes our multi-disciplinary teams who create the next-gen cyber tools and techniques for agency missions.” -Chris Barnett, Noblis’ chief technology officer. ABOUT NOBLIS: For more than 25 years, Noblis has been an innovator within the federal government, committed to enriching lives and making our nation safer while investing in the missions of tomorrow. As a nonprofit, Noblis works for the public good, providing independent and objective science, technology and engineering solutions. Together with our subsidiaries, we work with a wide range of government clients in the defense, homeland security, intelligence, law enforcement and federal civil sectors.

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CCC paves way for Canadian businesses to win government contracts in Indonesia

CANADIAN COMMERCIAL CORPORATION (CCC) | November 15, 2022

The Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) is pleased to announce two new Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) that will help qualified Canadian exporters secure government contracts in Indonesia. MOUs are formal arrangements that allow countries to engage in projects of mutual benefit to grow and deepen the bilateral relationship. MOU for development of a Green Airport On the sidelines of the 2022 G20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia, CCC concluded an MOU with the province of North Kalimantan for the development of a Green Airport. The airport concept is part of COP21 commitments made by Indonesia to further develop the country’s economy, while reducing emissions by 31.9% by 2030. The proposed airport will link 8 other airports, and provide local aquaculture and agriculture industries with more direct access to major international markets. In addition, CCC is working with the Canadian Embassy and Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service to foster other opportunities regarding airport assets in Indonesia. MOU on food security, agricultural products and services In the lead up to the G20 Summit, CCC also signed an MOU with the Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises of Indonesia concerning food production. It seeks to address rising food security concerns resulting from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, by providing access to Canadian commodities, including but not limited to potash, wheat, grains, soybeans, plus other agricultural goods and services which may be appropriate. The MOU will not replace existing commercial orders and is intended to provide the Indonesian government as an option, the ability to procure and contract for products and services in this sector. International Prime Contractor Through these two MOUs, CCC will bring Canadian businesses to Indonesia and offer a unique Government of Canada guarantee. As part of the International Prime Contractor program, CCC signs government to government (G2G) contracts that have the legal effect of being signed in the name of the Government of Canada, providing an assurance of contract performance. If you have an international opportunity and want to know if an MOU applies to your potential transaction, connect with our team. “Thanks to the Canadian Commercial Corporation’s Government-to-Government contracting solution, qualified Canadian exporters in the infrastructure and agricultural sectors will now be able to bring their world-class, made-in-Canada solutions to major projects in Indonesia. The MOUs will allow our countries to engage in meaningful projects that benefit companies on both sides of the Pacific.” – Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development. CCC is proud to advance trade relations between Canada and Indonesia. These MOUs will enable CCC to bring Canadian businesses to address the priorities of the Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises, and the provincial government of North Kalimantan. Bobby Kwon, President and CEO of the Canadian Commercial Corporation. ABOUT CANADIAN COMMERCIAL CORPORATION (CCC): We are Canada’s government to government contracting agency. We help build successful commercial relationships between Canadian businesses and governments around the world by creating and supporting the successful completion of commercial contracts of public and national importance. We are also the official channel for Canadian companies looking to do business with the U.S. military.

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Governments hold some of the most sensitive and confidential data in the world, making them prime targets for hackers. Last year, more than 73 percent of all reported security incidents occurred within the public sector. To exacerbate the problem, many agencies are still using perimeter-focused security protocols, even though they share applications with contractors, non-employees and other public entities. Although they dictate which systems and data third-parties and employees can access, they often lack the technologies needed to enforce those policies.

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