Thursday, January 24, 2019
The move follows flights at London-Gatwick airport being severely disrupted for two days in December 2018 due to a criminal invasion of airspace by drones around the runway and airport buildings.The government will introduce additional 5km long by 1km width exclusion zones from runway ends, alongside an increase to the airport restriction out to the current Aerodrome Traffic Zone around airports (approximately a 5km radius circle).Drone pilots wishing to fly within these zones must only do so with permission from the aerodrome Air Traffic Control, reports London's Air Cargo News.The proposed measures were announced as the UK government published its response to a consultation document, Taking Flight: The Future of Drones in the UK, which received replies from more than 5,000 respondents.Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg, said in the foreword to the document: "Whilst increasing the restriction zone would not prevent a deliberate incident, it is important that proportionate measures are in place to help protect all arriving and departing aircraft using our aerodromes and avoid potential conflict with legitimate drone activity."She explained that the recent disruption to Gatwick airport operations, affecting tens of thousands of passengers in the run up to Christmas, was a stark example of why continued action is required to make sure drones are used safely and securely in the UK."We have been working with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) which has been running its long standing 'Dronesafe' campaign and 'Dronecode' guide to help to raise awareness amongst the general public of these rules and regulations. Commercial users of drones are able to operate drones outside of these rules - but only once granted CAA permission to do so on the basis of meeting strict safety conditions," Baroness Sugg added.The UK government is also working with manufacturers to introduce new technologies, including geo-fencing, where a drone can be automatically prevented from flying within protected areas through in-built software, and "electronic conspicuity", which will allow the automatic identification of all airspace users, including drones.
Its strategic location within the ALPS Free Trade Zone at Changi Airport provides an innovative and integrated information hub that will enable team members to proactively monitor customer shipments 24/7/365 at the same time as providing updates and full visibility to them, the company said.Operationally effective from mid-January 2019 at the Changi Airport facility, the Control Tower will utilise the newly designed, next generation, FirstTrac computer system to manage shipments."This new initiative is an exciting start to 2019 and will give customers operating across multiple time-zones even greater confidence in our services. All our global solutions are under-pinned by cutting edge IT and state of the art facilities and the new Control Tower will enable our highly trained teams to maintain robust operating procedures," says B&H Worldwide Group CEO, Stuart Allen.
Unspecified engine issues likely caused the crash, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer which quoted the Ohio State Highway Patrol.News photos showed the front end of Douglas DC-3 broken off, exposing the interior with bits of plane debris spread about. It appeared to have skidded into trees about 60 miles south of Cleveland."There's pieces of debris up against the house and things. We're very lucky that maybe the trees stopped them from going into the house," Michael Morrison, identified as a property owner near the crash site, told ABC News. "I've never felt a force inside the house that strong where it shook the house."The plane was a DC-3-65TP, a twin turbo-prop model that first flew in 1944, according to Aviation Safety Network, a website dedicated to flight safety. A modified version of the plane first flew in 1986, the site said. It was not immediately clear how old this particular plane was.The crash killed pilot Brian Stoltzfus, 55, and co-pilot Curtis Wilkerson, 56, the Plain Dealer reported, citing the Highway Patrol.The plane had taken off from the private Stoltzfus Airfield, where the phone went unanswered.Mr Stoltzfus was identified as the president of Priority Air Charter, according to its website, which also advertised a DC-3 for sale.
The event was marked by the offloading of a CMA CGM container from the MV Sinar Sangir. "More than hitting our targets, this new record highlights Subic Bay International Terminal's capability to continuously outpace market growth, and readiness to serve the vibrant Subic Freeport market," said SBITC president Roberto Locsin.He added: "Along with further investments in port equipment and systems, we continue to work hand-in-hand with our customers to improve the efficiency of our operations and processes and inevitably make their experience a more pleasant one."One of the country's most technologically-advanced box terminals, Subic Bay International Terminal has an annual capacity of 600,000 TEU.
In an interview with AJOT, port of Oakland maritime director John Driscoll said the gateway has created an incentive programme for Stevedoring Services of America (SSA) to order new mega cranes that have the height to service mega box ships at the Oakland International Container Terminal (OITC).Mr Driscoll said that OITC is the port's biggest container terminal and so the berthing of the bigger ships must be able to work there, reported AJOT.It is also examining the possibility of widening the turning basin adjoining OITC to provide sufficient width in the Oakland Estuary for the big ships to turn around and berth."We forecast that these 18,000 TEU ships will be coming in within two to five years. Right now, the turning basis isn't big enough. These are 1,300-foot-long ships and they cannot turn around," said Mr Driscoll."So, we are engaging with the Army Corps of Engineers and doing some simulations as to what the next step is. The best step might be to widen the turning basin. If that is the case, the permit process could take from five to ten years and so we need to get started now to fast-track permit processing."In terms of the acquisition of the new mega container cranes, he said the cost of acquiring the cranes is "all on" SSA. However, the port will offer a lower fee structure to help the company afford this huge investment.The port of Oakland's containerised cargo volume reached a record 2.55 million TEU in 2018, a year-on-year increase of 5.2 per cent. Import volume rose five per cent while exports fell 3.5 per cent. Oakland saw a 19.7 per cent increase in the transport of empty containers being repositioned for future import use.
DP World (Canada) general manager Maksim Mihic said: "We are pleased to share this historic milestone together with our partners, First Nations, ILWU, City of Prince Rupert, Prince Rupert Port Authority and CN Rail. DP World Prince Rupert is a vital link in enabling Canadian trade and this achievement reflects the potential of the port and is a sign of many more to come."During its first full year in operation in 2008, Fairview Terminal moved a modest 182,523 TEU. Since then a combination of strong local longshore labour, efficient terminal management and reliable rail service have contributed to a decade of exponential growth, according to The Bulletin, a newsletter published by the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA).DP World's Fairview Terminal has four weekly services from all three major container shipping alliances. The terminal utilises on-dock rail infrastructure to move goods from Asia into major North American markets and brings in-demand Canadian products to Asian markets.The Prince Rupert gateway has created new opportunity for Canadian businesses to ship their goods to Asian markets; in 2018 laden exports rose by 25 per cent year on year.The original design capacity for Fairview Terminal was 500,000 TEU, and with the completion of the phase II north expansion completed exactly a decade after it opened, its current capacity is 1.35 million TEU.
Jointly developed with its vessel sharing partners, CMS becomes the fifth offering that provides additional sailings between China and Malaysia. Catering to long haul cargo, shippers can expect relay connectivity to and from Penang and Pasir Gudang via port Klang where the CMS makes a weekly stop.The CMS port rotation is: Qingdao, Shanghai, Xiamen, Nansha, port Klang, Penang, port Klang, Pasir Gudang, Shekou and Hong Kong.
According to a statement, the two new berths commenced operations at the beginning of the new year and have raised CPT's capacity from three million TEU to five million TEU, reported Port Technology, London.The agreement follows on from a deal struck earlier this month, which saw Cosco Shipping unveil the International Land-Sea Trade Corridor (ILSTC) that connects western China and Hainan island to Singapore and surrounding shipping lanes.
By selling only the bulk - and not the RAO Tankers business - for an undisclosed purchase price, "Hamburg Sud is focusing as planned on its liner business with its two container shipping brands, Hamburg Sud and Alianca," said Hamburg Sud chief executive officer Arnt Vespermann."As part of Maersk, the world's largest liner shipping company, this clear focus is a logical step." The deal is expected to close at the end of the first quarter.Mr Vespermann said China Navigation would make a "good new home" for Hamburg Sud's bulk businesses, which operate under the names of Rudolf A Oetker (RAO) and Furness Withy Chartering, as well as the bulk activities in Alianca Navegacao (Aliabulk), reported American Shipper.The bulk shipping business in Hamburg Sud operates from Hamburg, London, Melbourne and Rio de Janeiro with a chartered fleet of 45 vessels in the handysize, supra/ultramax and kamsarmax/panamax sizes.Headquartered in Singapore, China Navigation is the wholly owned deep-sea ship owning and operating division of the multinational Swire Group. The company employs 2,500 staff globally and owns and operates 135 vessels consisting mainly of dry bulk carriers and multipurpose liner vessels.Swire Bulk, its dry bulk trading business, was established in 2012 and trades a modern fleet of 100 handysize and supra/ultramax vessels comprising owned, long-term and short-term chartered tonnage.
The exact value of the deal has not been disclosed, however, each vessel is estimated to cost US$38 million, reported Business Korea.It noted that according to TradeWinds, Shell is planning to place an order for large-scale tankers on Hyundai Mipo Dockyard under its Project Solar. Previously, the oil giant placed an order for up to 30 vessels for the project.The 30 ships include sixteen 35,000-DWT petrochemicals carriers, eight IMO type II 50,000-DWT mid-sized crude oil carriers and six 50,000-DWT mid-sized crude oil carriers. IMO type II vessels are capable of carrying harmful substances which require measures to prevent leakage.Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co won a $215 million deal with Angelicoussis Shipping Group in Greece for one liquefied natural gas floating storage and regasification unit (LNG-FSRU).Furthermore, Daewoo Shipbuilding announced earlier this month that it has obtained an order for four very large crude carriers (VLCCs) from a shipowner in the Oceanian region. This is the first order received this year and is worth KRW409.50 billion (US$364.49 million). The VLCCs are scheduled to be delivered to the shipowner at the end of February 2021.
Singapore's Splash247 quotes a weekly report from Braemar ACM shipbroking as saying CMA CGM is ordering ten 15,000-TEU ships from Hudong-Zhonghua and Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding."Against the backdrop of a unremarkable start to the year on the chartering market, the first large orders of the year have come to light with CMA CGM ordering a total of ten 15,000-TEU split amongst two Chinese yards," the latest weekly container report from Braemar ACM Shipbroking states.In addition, OOCL is reportedly close to ordering a series of the largest boxships ever built.Broking sources suggest CMA CGM has managed to negotiate a price in the region of US$1.1 billion for the 10 ships.Hudong-Zhonghua and Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding, both part of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), are being tipped as the winners of the huge order. The pair are already contracted to complete a series of 22,000 teu giant ships for the French liner.CMA CGM officials declined to confirm the deal when contacted by Splash247.A ten-ship order would suggest the ships are bound for the Asia-Mediterranean tradelane, observed Andy Lane from Singapore's CTI Consultancy. "15,000 TEU are excellent ships. They can be used on the transpacific, Asia-Med or Asia-Middle East," Mr Lane said.Last week Drewry claimed major lines have sated their appetite for ultra large container vessels (ULCVs), with the UK consultants optimistically slashing its projected boxship order forecasts from 2020 onwards.While he had yet to hear of the CMA CGM order, Martin Rowe, who heads up shipbroker Clarksons Platou's Hong Kong operations, told Splash247: "My initial reaction is here we go again. Last week we were treated to various pundits declaring that the newbuilding boom in ULCVs to be finally over. However, this week we learn OOCL are ordering six 23,000 TEU ULCVs, which will be the worlds' largest container vessels when delivered, and here now is CMA CGM apparently doing something similar."With one new ULCV delivering approximately every week in 2019 against a background of Trump trade wars and a slowing economy in Europe and elsewhere one can only assume that the experts within the liner companies are taking a rather long-term view of things in the expectation of a broader recovery further down the line."Hua Joo Tan, an analyst at box watchers Alphaliner, on hearing the CMA CGM news, told Splash247: "So much for the end of the capacity race."