Wednesday, September 26, 2018
The milestone was achieved on account of the carrier working closely with the International Air Transport Association to establish a global eDGD standard as part of IATA's e-freight initiative that fosters paperless processes. So far Lufthansa is the only airline to support the eDGD standard, London's Air Cargo News reported."We are pleased that the eDGD has celebrated its global launch with Lufthansa Cargo. This underscores our claim to be the industry pioneer in digitisation. There is still so much more for us to achieve here together with shippers, forwarders and airports," said Lufthansa Cargo chief operating officer Soren Stark.Hand in hand with this development, the six-month pilot of the INFr8 shipping portal has been successfully launched. All pilot partners are digitally connected to the platform and can use it to process transport documents required by law.Besides Lufthansa Cargo, forwarder Panalpina has also been a key partner to Dakosy. Frankfurt Airport plays a major role in dangerous goods handling for both companies. Fraport, which is responsible for providing and operating the airport's infrastructure, has contributed significantly to the development of the portal.
According to the memorandum of understanding the trio signed in Beijing, $45 million will be made available immediately.The partners plan to cooperate on mid-term credit facilities, bonds, financial market products and aircraft financings, reported London's Air Cargo News.Bank of China Luxembourg chairman Zhou Lihong was quoted as saying: "We are happy to strengthen our cooperation with Cargolux through this strategic partnership which is a significant step in our support for the 'Silk Road in the air'."Since 2014, China's Henan Civil Aviation Development (HNCA) owns a 35 per cent stake in Cargolux, which operates a fleet of 14 Boeing 747-8 and 14 Boeing 747-400 freighters.Commenting on the financial agreement, HNCA deputy general manager Shengbo Yuan said: "There is a long standing and trustworthy relationship between Cargolux and the Chinese institutions, one that we are happy to keep building on. Agreements such as this one reflect our mutual understanding and plant the seed for many more successful endeavours."
"We are delighted to welcome SF Express as a strategic customer and to continue expanding our position in the express industry and the Asia-Pacific market," Atlas Air Worldwide president William Flynn was quoted as saying in a report by London's Air Cargo News."SF Express plays a very important role in the growing express and e-commerce industries and we look forward to providing SF Express and its customers with unmatched service and a platform for future global expansion."The Chinese carrier took delivery of its latest B757 freighter in July.
The first port logistics community in Ecuador and the entire region, the Logistics Community of the Port of Guayaquil (CLPG), has united stakeholders to be involved and serves as a platform for businesses with connections to the Port of Guayaquil in bringing research-based, technical solutions to optimise logistics capabilities within the supply chain."This collaborative, innovative and pioneering framework in the region will allow us to improve and optimise the supply chain and processes of importers and exporters operating in the Port of Guayaquil," says Jose Antonio Contreras, CGSA CEO.With greater logistics collaboration, businesses will be able to maximise the commercial potential of Ecuador's top commodities, while reducing costs at the same time. "The creation of the Logistics Community of the Port of Guayaquil creates a unique vehicle to maximise opportunities for growth," Mr Contreras adds.The members of the logistic community, companies and business organisation, represent more than 83 per cent of Ecuador's non-oil exports. The most important in volume is the banana trade, which represents 63 per cent of the non-oil exports of the country.Executive director of the Association of Banana Exporters of Ecuador (AEBE), Eduardo Ledesma, commented that the collaboration between and among different supply chain stakeholders ensures that the country stays on top as the world's largest banana exporter."The opening and approach of Contecon Guayaquil to the export sectors of Ecuador has been seen and is perceived with optimism. We, the banana exporters, see with good eyes that this initiative will allow us to reach competitive improvements for the sectors."Contecon Guayaquil, ICTSI's largest port project in Latin America, recently made strides towards greater trade facilitation, supporting the local economy through various investments in port infrastructure and technology.ICTSI has already invested US$325 million for its 20-year concession period to operate the Guayaquil Container and Multipurpose Terminals at the Port of Guayaquil, which will end in 2027.
The thousands of truck drivers who use the port's second largest terminal will still be able to pick up or drop off containerised cargo during the day as normal.Starting from October 29, TraPac will charge an extended gate fee of US$30 for all import and export truck transactions (not empty containers) which will be payable by the importer or exporter.Port officials said the objective of the night operations is to speed up cargo flows and reduce truck queues that sometimes build up outside the terminal gates, reported American Shipper."A number of our stakeholders have asked for these improvements. Not only will we provide extended hours for the drayage community, we are also determined to provide greater service to the overall supply chain," said TraPac Oakland vice president Brian Bauer.By matching the operating hours of the port's largest terminal, SSA Marine's Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT), which started night operations two years ago, TraPac said it is providing the same opportunity for trucking companies and warehouses to enhance their operations.TraPac and OICT combined handle 80 per cent of all containerised cargo at the port of Oakland.
The pilots launched the industrial action in response to a controversial plan by the federal government that would "reduce the benefits afforded to pilots in their capacity as public employees", including paid time off and long-term disability pay, according to a report by The Brussels Times.The strike, which could soon spread to inland waterways as well, began after a meeting with the Flemish government's vice-minister-president Liesbeth Homans during which the two sides failed to reach an agreement."What the unions are doing now is unprecedented, and demonstrates anything but a sense of responsibility," Mr Homans was quoted as saying by The Brussels Times. "Anyone with any sense of responsibility will come to the table instead of crippling the Flemish economy and holding a huge number of businesses and their employees hostage."According to BlueWater Reporting, the port of Antwerp receives 100 regular cargo services operated by several of the largest shipping lines and all three of the major east-west shipping alliances, including 77 direct strings connecting the port with regions outside of Europe and 41 intra-European loops, reported American Shipper.
The journey for the giant propeller started from its production facility in Waren an der Muritz in Mecklenburg-western Pomerania and transported by road to Hamburg where it was temporarily stored at Hachmannkai quay close to the HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort until it was ready for loading.The jib of the floating crane raised the propeller from the transport platform and carefully lifted it over the towering side of the 300-metre-long containership. It was a delicate operation that involved lowering the heavy load centimetre by centimetre into the hold of the ship, reported Hellenic Shipping News.The "Hyundai Supreme", a 5,000-TEU box ship, then departed from the port of Hamburg headed for the Far East. The propeller on board is destined for the South Korean port of Busan. From there, it will be transported on to the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering shipyard, where the first of eleven 23,000-TEU container ships are being built for MSC.
The 29 vessels comprise eight 19,000 TEU ships, six 16,000 TEU ships, eight 14,000 TEU ships and seven 13,000 TEU ships, reported Singapore's Splash247.The shipping line signed a framework agreement with French bank BNP Paribas and China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation in August regarding the financing for its fleet's scrubber conversion projects. The carrier planned to select a number of Chinese yards to perform the work.
The vessel is the third 20,000TEU ship delivered by Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding to Cosco this year.The ship reached 22.66 knots during speed tests, exceeding the 22.5-knot speed requirement for the design of this type of ship, Melbourne's Baird Maritime reported.The vessel incorporates an intelligent ship energy efficiency management system, which can automatically determine optimal berthing, manoeuvring, and fixed speed navigation.The ships energy consumption can be monitored in real time, as can the distribution of both output static and dynamic energy to ensure efficient energy utilisation. The system will automatically activate an alarm if the energy consumption indicator readout exceeds a set limit.The system will also automatically upload ship status data to an online database whether in manual or automatic mode.The ship will undergo final commissioning work and is expected to be named and delivered in mid-October.
The shipping carrier said that "by replacing the current CHL service and splitting it into two new ones, transit times for Ho Chi Minh exports and Laem Chabang imports on the respective routes will be shortened. The new service arrangement will also enhance the linkage between Inchon and China with better frequency and newly added Xiamen gateway".The port rotation of the new China-Ho Chi Minh service (CHL): Dalian, Xingang, Qingdao, Hong Kong, Shekou, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Shekou, Inchon and Dalian.The port rotation of China-Laem Chabang Service (CHL4): Dalian, Xingang, Qingdao, Hong Kong, Shekou, Laem Chabang, Hong Kong, Xiamen, Inchon and Dalian.