Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Finnair said in a statement that Cargo Eye is a solution enabled by the Internet of Things (IoT) that will transform its cargo operation and create additional value for customers. The tool integrates multiple data sources, transactional enterprise resource planning (ERP) data and IoT sensors into a presentation layer with a visual layout for operational steering for its cargo control centre (CCC)."The Cargo Eye provides end-to-end visibility for Finnair operations, and will in the future also enable a more comprehensive transparent real-time information to customers. It is a platform for real-time business steering, identifying exceptions that require action to be taken. The tool has been created with Qoco Systems," the airline said.The tool has been integrated with various systems that feed data into it, such as booking data, location, temperature and humidity of shipments monitored by sensors, and ground transport vehicles location or temperatures of shipments monitored by trackers.
Air consignment volumes have doubled in 2017, compared to the same period last year, and the division's targets for the whole year were reached in just nine months, said the company.London-based Europa attributes the boom in business to a new operating and reporting structure with new department heads brought in to oversee the import, export and pricing teams separately.Said air freight manager Andy Serpant: "Our rapid expansion into the commercial sector has allowed us to grow export services, increasing our reach across the globe."
The new route between Shenzhen and Los Angeles is operated three times a week on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Outbound flights depart from Shenzhen at 23:30 and arrive in Los Angeles at 20:00. Inbound flights depart from Los Angeles at 22:50 and arrive in Shenzhen at 05:40 local time, said a release posted by PR Newswire.In recent years, Air China has been expanding its global route network to complement important government strategies, including the 'One Belt, One Road' initiative and the development of the Yangtze River Economic Belt and Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area.Air China now operates flights out of four main hubs in Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Shenzhen. Meanwhile, Air China and Shenzhen Airlines have also been expanding Shenzhen's international route network.In 2016 Air China partnered with Shenzhen Airlines to launch a new route between Shenzhen and Los Angeles via Beijing and a non-stop route between Shenzhen and Frankfurt. These new services expanded Shenzhen's international route network and helped to drive the development of Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport.Every day Air China family carriers operate 179 daily departures to 74 domestic and international destinations out of Shenzhen. As an Air China family carrier, Shenzhen Airlines has a fleet of 200 aircraft and operates 220 domestic and international routes.
The briefing will also be broadcast as a live webcast at: www.facebook.com/HelsinkiCommission.Ships on the Mediterranean Sea have rescued 117,000 refugees and migrants bound for Europe so far in 2017, and many more since the crisis first reached the continent in 2015. In the past two years, 12,000 refugees and migrants have died or gone missing.Many of the sea rescues have been conducted by coast guard and naval ships from frontline European countries; the European Union's Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex); and EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia.Merchant ships have also played an important role in the rescue of migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean Sea. According to the International Chamber of Shipping, merchant ships have rescued 41,300 of them since 2015.This briefing will examine how rescue operations work; what ships are obligated to do when they become aware of a vessel in distress; issues of human trafficking and smuggling; and how well governments, shipping companies, and international organisations coordinate and collaborate with each other on sea rescues.Other issues to be discussed are the major challenges that currently exist for navies, coast guards, and merchant ships involved in rescue operations; and recommendations to address these challenges.The panelists are: Embassy of Italy to the US, Minister Counsellor Catherine Flumiani; Embassy of Greece to the US, First Secretary and Consul Michalis Stamatis; European Union Delegation to the US, Political and Military Counsellor Ludwig Blaurock; International Chamber of Shipping marine director John Murray; and International Organization for Migration deputy director general Laura Thompson.
The works are being conducted within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (E):(A) 22 degrees 17.139'north/114 degrees 11.170'east; (B) 22 deg. 17.117'N/114 deg. 11.188'E; (C) 22 deg. 17.055'N/114 deg. 11.079'E; (D) 22 deg. 17.092'N / 114 deg. 11.092'E; and (E) 22 deg. 17.114'N / 114 deg. 11.132'E.The works are being carried out by a flotilla of vessels including five dumb lighters, two tugboats and two guard boats. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements. A working area of 15 metres around each lighter has been established.Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights have been laid out to mark the positions of the anchors.The marine works are being performed from 0700 to 2300 hours, and the vessels employed for the works will stay in the area until the work is completed. These vessels will display signals in line with international and local regulations.
The AX4 Cockpit and "Analytics by Tableau" make it possible for data to be easily analysed and visualised based on the criteria one define, said Siemens, the German appliance manufacturing giant."How many orders are you currently processing? How has your shipping volume evolved over time? Are your transport contractors keeping their deadlines?" asks the Siemen's press release."These new tools let logistics professionals navigate the flood of electronic data to find exactly what they need - for both operational and strategic planning," said AXIT marketing chief Christian Wendt.The AX4 Cockpit offers a real-time overview right in AX4 of the data and metrics you need and in a format one can customise to one's unique needs and preferences, he said.The partnership with leading data visualisation provider Tableau is said to bring a comprehensive data analytics portfolio to AXIT customers.
The sheer dimensions of 25.27 metres long by 11.94 metres wide by 25.1 metres high with a total weight of 535 tonnes were challenging to achieve a proper stowage, roll-on/off and vessel stability, reported the American Journal of Transportation.First, the engineering team had to achieve stowage on a barge with limited space on deck. Then, the marine team had to ensure seaworthiness for such a heavy and high centre of gravity load.In compliance with regulations, and after series of meetings of stakeholders including the customer, port officials, marine warranty surveyors and customers appointed third party inspectors, a plan was sketched out defining what had to be done at each stage.EGL was faced with a tidal range of more than four metres at Nhava Sheva and six metres. The barge maintained sufficient pumps to meet these tidal variations by ballasting and de-ballasting."Roll-on and roll-off of the RTGs was perfectly carried out by maintaining the barge at the same level as the jetty. The gap of 3.5 metres between the jetty and the barge was bridged by a steel ramp, designed and tested for the purpose," said the report.Sea fastening was done in accordance with the Cargo Securing Manual for the vessel and was subject to grilling discussion and requirements of marine warranty surveyors and inspectors.The resultiing plan was supported with calculations and weather forecasts for the voyage. Continuous monitoring of the weather en-route and passage planning for the barge was done to ensure safe voyage and arrival at Mundra.All four RTGs were safely handed over to customer at Mundra after roll off in record two tides.
Halterm is located just one hour off the Great Circle route, making it the closest North American east coast container terminal to Europe.Halterm is the only facility in eastern Canada that can handle 10,000+ TEU ships with on-dock rail direct to Toronto, Montreal and the US Midwest.The new Konecranes RTGs will allow Halterm to handle an increasing flow of container traffic as part of a container yard optimisation programme.Scheduled for delivery in 2018, the new Konecranes RTGs will stack one-over-five containers high, and six rows plus truck lane wide. They will be equipped with Konecranes' Active Load Control system, which eliminates container sway for very high handling productivity.They will also be equipped with the auto-steering feature, which keeps the crane on a straight, pre-programmed drive path. The new cranes will provide an effective increase in yard capacity of 160,000 TEU, up 40 per cent overall.
One man who can see such things ahead is shipping futurist Harry Valentine, a mechanical engineer in thermaldynamics, writing in Fort Lauderdale's Marine Executive magazine."The increasing demand for greater carrying capacity could lead to the development of articulated ocean going ships," he said, clearly referring to 50,000-TEUers ."While lengthening ships incurs greater stress on the hull, the installation of articulation couplings between short sections of ship promises to reduce this on extended-length ships."Articulated tug-barge vessels carry bulk freight in American coastal waters. Research has been undertaken on future coupled ships," said Mr Valentine."Today, there is scope to build single-units of up to 28,000 TEU that could become available after the twinning of the Suez Canal. The design could form the basis of extended length articulated versions."Terminals able to accommodate the 18-metre draft of such ships are under development in Southern India, Southern US and Eastern Canada."The larger ship could sail between Southern India and North America. There may be scope for innovative crane technology to accommodate the additional 10 metre height by 7.5 metre width of the larger vessel," Mr Valentine said."The Port of Vizhinjam would serve as the transshipment terminal for smaller ships that connect to ports elsewhere around India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, western Thailand, western Malaysia, western Indonesia and western Australia."Melford Terminal in Nova Scotia would connect to ports located along the American east coast as well as along the St Lawrence River and Seaway, extending to the Great Lakes."Louisiana would connect to the American inland waterway system as well as to ports in Western Florida, Texas, Eastern Mexico, several Caribbean ports.Such traffic "could warrant the development of five mega ships that would sail at 19 knots over the 7,700 nautical mile distance within 17 days on weekly departures"."Mega ships sailing at just over 20 knots between southern India and the southern US. Such ships could cover the 9,720 nautical mile distance within 20 days, allowing a fleet of six vessels to provide weekly departures including 24-hour layovers."American designers have offered designs of articulated ship that include a single coupling and also multiple couplings."The design of the articulation coupling could provide both relative vertical movement and relative roll between a 350-metre forward section and 200-metre rear section."Computer controlled bow thruster and side thruster placed near the coupling would assist stern rudder and stern propeller to maintain directional control."The American Sea Snake design involves a multi-section, ocean capable concept ship with couplings designed to allow relative roll among up to five sections of 150 metres to 200 metres each, he said.
Shipping empty containers is hugely wasteful, but sharing space contributes to a more sustainable environment, said its press release.Today's overcapacity in the market means containers are often transported empty, which is neither friendly to the environment nor cost-efficient, it said."LCL shipping allows for substantial savings on freight costs as the goods are shipped as containerised cargo at lower rates.Sharing space means that you use the full capacity of the containers, and by combining various cargoes into a single shipment, you contribute to a greener environment."Almost any dry cargo that fits into a container can be shipped with our LCL service," it said."If you are a small or midsize business that don't have the volume to fill a full container, but cannot afford to miss delivery deadlines, then our LCL service might be an option for you," said Greencarrier.
Los Angeles and Long Beach port officials are looking to technology and data sharing to unleash the latent physical capacity and cargo-handling productivity.LA port director Gene Seroka said pilot projects to foster data sharing among beneficial cargo owners (BCOs), carriers, terminals operators, truckers, and railways are beginning to deliver the efficiencies.Speaking to the Harbour Transportation Club, Mr Seroka said ports and their stakeholders are utilising big data to drive process improvements for trucker appointments, chassis management and extended gate hours.Long Beach port director Mario Cordero said major gateways across the United States are looking to technology and supply chain collaboration to handle mega ships and the demands they are placing on port operations.But both acknowleged there was much to do. Mr Seroka recalled how earlier in the day he was driving to the port and saw a long line of trucks waiting. "Turn times of 80 to 120 minutes are completely unacceptable," he said.Said Mr Cordero: "What if we could have zero turn times?"Although perfection was not attainable, the ports can use big data in collaboration with their stakeholders to improve the current trucker appointment regime, manage chassis through the pool of pools, and improve cargo flow through container peel-offs, he said.
The gross charter rate is US$11,000 per day, minus a 3.75 per cent commission paid to third parties, for a minimum period of 120 days up to a maximum of 220 days. The charter commenced on December 1.The time charter is anticipated to generate $1.32 million in gross revenue over the minimum period of the time charter, reported MarineLink.com.The Hamburg was previously chartered to CMA CGM at a gross charter rate of US$6,700 per day, minus a 3.5 per cent commission paid to third parties.Diana Containerships Inc's fleet currently comprises six post-Panamax and five Panamax containerships.
The Danish carrier's weaker result was due to a cyberattack this summer that had forced the carrier to shut down its booking systems for 12 days. Maersk's liftings in the first two weeks of July contracted as shippers booked cargo with other carriers.Cosco may seal its position as the leading container carrier with the acquisition of OOCL, a transaction which is expected to close soon. OOCL carried 1.6 million TEU in the third quarter. Maersk's looming takeover of Hamburg Sud would add at most one million TEU to the total, reported Global Trade Magazine, Newport Beach, California, which cited figures from Alphaliner.However Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), which ranks second to Maersk Line in deployed capacity, did not disclose its volumes or financials. If it had, it could rank number one in terms of container lifts.In third place came CMA CGM after volumes rose by 11.6 per cent in the third quarter to five million TEU, while Hapag-Lloyd is in fourth position with 2.81 million TEU after it recorded an increase of 44.2 per cent in volume on the quarter due to its merger with UASC.Hapag-Lloyd could however lose its position next year when the Japanese shipping lines "K" Line, MOL, and NYK merge their 3.6 million TEU into the Ocean Network Express (ONE) in April.Second to Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) saw the biggest gains in the third quarter, with a 41.1 per cent increase in volume to 1.05 million TEU, ranking the carrier eighth on Alphaliner's list.