Monday, April 23, 2018
Mr Hariri has held a number of leadership positions in transportation, supply and logistics, reported London's Air Cargo News."The new chief executive will lead the company and strengthen its current position in accordance with the transformation strategy which took into account the development of all services provided, the promotion of performance and production, in addition strengthen the aspects of security and safety in all stations and facilities to meet the international quality standards," the carrier said in a statement."Saudia Cargo currently is going through important stages of its transformation 2020 programme launched early 2017 in line with the Saudi 2030 vision, aiming to upgrade the various services and sectors," the statement said.
"All leading airlines of the Middle East are now our partners as they want to offer their clients the most reliable packaging solution to transport highly temperature-sensitive air cargo shipments," said DoKaSch Temperature Solutions managing director Andreas Seitz.With this master agreement airline will expand its TempCheck cool chain service offering for temperature-controlled pharmaceutical shipments as its customers will be able to lease the Opticooler, or the "flying warehouse," from Etihad Cargo, reported the American Journal of Transportation.The Opticooler, an electric air-conditioned container, can keep pharmaceuticals exactly within their temperature range. Due to redundant components, the Opticooler has a very high fail-safety rate. Just like in a normal warehouse, a constant temperature can be maintained if the Opticooler is occasionally connected to the power grid.Apart from its cargo hub in Abu Dhabi, Opticooler will be available across Etihad Cargo whole network of 90 destinations in 50 countries.
"Cargo pilots of our collective airlines strongly oppose this and implore Congress to reject this provision without delay," said a joint statement from the Air Line Pilots Association International, the Independent Pilots Association and the Teamsters air division."The desire to pursue single-piloted or autonomously piloted cargo aircraft seriously places the American public and the flight crews in a tenuous position. For many years, aviation has been the safest form of transportation in the US," they said.Contained within the FAA Reauthorisation Act of 2018 is a programme that would see the FAA, in consultation with NASA and other relevant agencies, establish a research and development programme in support of single-piloted cargo aircraft assisted with remote piloting and computer piloting."With reports regarding computer hacking, accidents in current military and civilian drone operations, and mounting reports of autonomous vehicle accidents, we think any serious consideration of this technology is premature," said the statement.
The new warehouse includes more dock doors, as well as two conveyor belts with processing capacity of up to 3,000 pieces per hour, reports New York's Air Cargo World.Shipments DHL processes in Ontario focus on international trade and e-commerce, and include documents, small parcels and palletised freight. "DHL's expansion in Ontario is a direct reflection of our customers' business growth, which has been bolstered by an uptick in international shipping, largely due to the rise of e-commerce," said DHL western US manager John Fox. The Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce reported that air cargo moving through the Ontario Airport (ONT) increased by more than 15 per cent year on year in 2017.
Rail costs between Dhaka and Chittagong are costs US$150-$260 per box, while trucks charge $300-$400.Today, six per cent of Bangladesh's container cargo is transported by rail, and officials say the new tracks will reduce transits 50 per cent.Bangladesh, currently in its seventh five-year plan, which covers 2016 to 2020, has set goal of a 15 per cent rail transport share by 2020. "Once transit time goes down, both importers and exporters will show increased interest in transportation through rail," said Bangladesh Railway deputy traffic director Mainul Islam. He said the plan calls for three new inland container depots (ICD), one in the Pubail area in Gazipur district, where most containers are taken because it is a big garment centre and two others, one near the Bangabandhu Bridge west railway station, and the other in Chittagong."The Dhaka ICD won't be able to accommodate the load when container volume goes up significantly in a couple of years. So, we are building more ICDs," he said.He said a freight train undertook a trial run between Kolkata and Dhaka with 60 TEU, and will start a regular run within a month or two. "I foresee a major boost in container transportation in Bangladesh by rail in the coming days," said Mr Islam.Bangladesh's two seaports handled 2.6 million TEU in 2017, a figure that almost certainly will increase in 2018, and most of this cargo is trucked to and from inland points.
According to its Middle East Logistics Investment Opportunities 2018 study, nearly all major ports have substantial upgrades in the pipeline.The study said that if certain major airport and port development projects occurred, particular facilities risked being underutilised.According to the report, significant underutilisation of facilities is already occurring in a number of terminals.In 2016, Bahrain's throughput was about 300,000 TEU, while its Khalifa Bin Salman Port had an annual capacity of one million TEU.Qatar handled just under 500,000 TEU but has capacity to take four times that, while the Omani container ports of Duqm, Sohar and Salalah have total throughput of four million TEU, but capacity is 10.5 million TEU.The report also found that the UAE is still the dominant place for container traffic in the region.Recent figures from the Alphaliner database showed that the Saudi Arabian ports of Dammam and Jeddah and the UAE's Khorfakkann Port were last year among the 10 biggest losers of container volumes.Yet, the decline does not seem to have deterred executives from further port building: in Dubai, the Port of Jebel Ali is set to see work commence late this year to bring the facility's capacity to 22.1 million TEU, while Qatar's capacity is set to increase to six million TEU by 2020.Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Port will, in 2020, see the current four million TEU capacity boosted to 20 million TEU."Overall, it is abundantly clear that if these planned investments go ahead, there will be vast underutilisation of terminal capacity across the region, as there simply will not be the demand for the available capacity," Ti said.
Based on the start to this year and brighter economic prospects for the inbound region, London's Drewry Maritime Research expects 2018 to see southbound Asia to Southern Africa volume surpass that of 2013.While last year's total was still below the 807,000 TEU moved in the record year on 2013, Drewry says the movement represents a promising recovery.CTS said last year's exports grew fastest from North Asia, which rose 6.8 per cent to 175,000 TEU, closely followed by Southeast Asia (up 6.3 per cent to 133,000 TEU) and Greater China (up 4.9 per cent to 464,000 TEU).
HIT and VTC will jointly develop a Virtual Reality (VR) programme specially designed for container terminal, said the company statement.This can provide an overview of the port operations and arouse the learning interest of our younger generations in this industry.
"We've had an encouraging start into 2018. Profitability per transported unit increased in both air and ocean freight," said Panalpina CEO Stefan Karlen. "In ocean freight we still recorded a loss, but it has come down from the last quarter of 2017. Logistics contributed to the good overall performance with a solid EBIT result," he said.Panalpina's air freight volumes increased three per cent in the first quarter of 2018. Compared to the same period of last year, gross profit per ton increased 19 per cent to CHF739 while overall gross profit increased to CHF177.8 million. EBIT in Air Freight increased from CHF17.1 million to CHF26.9 million. The EBIT-to-gross-profit margin came in at 15.1 per cent compared to 11.8 per cent a year before.Panalpina's ocean freight volumes decreased four per cent year on year, mainly as the result of a discontinued high-volume contract, while gross profit per TEU increased seven per cent to CHF30, bringing gross profit to CHF 108.9 million. For the first quarter of 2018, ocean freight recorded an EBIT loss of CHF5.8 million, compared to a loss of CHF3.2 million the year before.In logistics, gross profit increased two per cent to CHF84.0 million year on year. EBIT reached CHF3.4 million for the first three months of 2018, compared to CHF2.4 million for the same period of last year.
Speaking at a panel session during the Sulphur Cap 2020 conference in Amsterdam, the managing director of the Finland-based producer of exhaust gas cleaning equipment explained the implications of MEPC's draft amendments to MARPOL Annex VI for approval and adoption at MEPC 73 that are designed to prohibit the carriage of non-compliant fuel oil.."If such measures are adopted, any shipowner, operator, master mariner or chief engineer found guilty of transporting non-compliant fuels intended for burning in marine engines could face stringent financial penalties and possible imprisonment," Ms Langh-Lagerlof emphasised.The proposal was one of a number of measures to reduce shipping's carbon footprint discussed at MEPC's 72nd session that met in London last week. "While we completely support initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and shipping's impact on the marine environment, the MEPC 72 decision makes clear that technical solutions are now required if shipowners are to comply with the sulphur limit requirements," she said. Ms Langh-Lagerlof went on to stress that of all the possible fuelling options the use of heavy fuel oil with a scrubber remains the "sensible option"."Given the continued concern surrounding methane slip, LNG fuel could potentially be more environmentally hazardous than the current arrangement, while the direct and indirect costs associated with burning low sulphur fuels would have a considerable impact on the shipowners P+L. "The low viscosity, low lubricity, acidity, flashpoint and cylinder oil compatibility of these expensive fuels could also result in corrosion issues and other engine problems. With a scrubber at least there's a return on the investment," she said.Referring to the operational experience of the Langh Tech scrubber installations aboard Langh Ship's fleet of five containerships, Ms Langh-Lagerlof explained that the company's closed loop scrubber removes oxides of sulphur from the HFO exhaust emissions without resulting in a corrosive wash water typical of other exhaust gas cleaning systems. "With increasing concern about the corrosive properties of wash water corroding pipework, our lightweight, compact scrubber technology manages to extract almost all the water from the scrubber sludge with the end result being simply a dry black waste that can be effortlessly and cost-effectively disposed of," she said.
NWSA attributed the fall in volumes to factory shutdowns in China over the Lunar New Year holiday and to vessel delays that also triggered a reduction in calls and volumes into April, reported American Shipper.Total international container volumes in March were down 10.1 per cent to 245,723 TEU, as the volume of international imports dived 12.8 per cent to 117,452 TEU and international exports fell 7.5 per cent to 128,271 TEU.Domestic cargo throughput decreased by seven per cent to 56,792 TEU after volumes to/from Alaska declined 7.6 per cent on the back of soft market conditions and shipments to/from Hawaii were down four per cent.Breakbulk volumes, on the other hand, jumped 43.7 per cent to 54,766 tons during the first quarter, but year-to-date auto volumes plunged 28.8 per cent to 31,568 units, "mirroring the overall decline in the North American auto import market," NWSA said.
Head of the Nova Scotia port Karen Oldfield said it definitely a question of perseverance after being ready to handle mega ships for several years, reported AJOT.Last year, containerised cargo volume rose to a record 560,000 TEU, up 16 per cent over 2016. The previous peak was 550,462 TEU in 2005.Among regular port customers are Hapag-Lloyd, Zim, ACL, APL, Maersk, OOCL, Evergreen, CMA CGM, Eimskip and Yang Ming.Tropical Shipping moved from Saint John to Halifax and launched a service between Halifax and the Caribbean in January 2017. With Tropical involved in the reefer trades, the port of Halifax added more reefer plugs, and there are today 600 reefer plugs at the Halterm International Container Terminal.Halterm CEO Kim Holtermand has indicated that the South End facility can accommodate larger containerships of 14,000 TEU plus.In this regard, there is speculation that the port will in future extend the Halterm berth to handle two mega ships simultaneously.Meanwhile, continuing to be in virtual limbo are two major container terminal projects in Nova Scotia, which both need to overcome railway connection and other issues.Several years ago, Melford International Terminal announced plans to build a terminal at the Strait of Canso, with initial capacity of 500,000 TEU and expanding to two million TEU in a final phase. There has been little progress in terms of financing and shipper commitments.Somewhat more advanced, but still not formally launched is the Novaporte project by Sydney Harbour Investment Partnership, with a capacity of one million TEU in the first phase. Here, too, the goal is to transload containers from large ships onto smaller feeder services to the east coast and up the St Lawrence River. Ports America has signed on to operate the terminal, but there has not yet been a formal commitment from beneficial cargo owners or shipping line.
These securities will be convertible into CEVA common shares subject to obtaining all required regulatory approvals. The investment takes place in connection with CEVA's planned initial public offering on the SIX Swiss Exchange on April 20 and remains conditioned upon its successful completion. With this transaction, CMA CGM aims to increase its role in the logistics sector, a business closely related to shipping, said the Marseilles-based company. CEVA employees number 56,000 in 160 countries, generating revenues of US$7 billion in 2017. CEVA is the fifth biggest contract logistics providers and the 10th largest forwarder worldwide, managing nine million square metres of warehouses in more than 750 sites. "Its long-standing blue-chip customer base includes leading players in the automobile, consumer & retail (including e-commerce), industrial & aerospace, technology and healthcare sectors," said the CMA CGM statement. Following this equity investment, CMA CGM will nominate two members of CEVA's board. The two companies have agreed to explore potential opportunities to work together towards the development of joint commercial offerings, according to terms that will be defined in the coming months. The closing of the transaction remains subject to the completion of CEVA's IPO as well as to the approval from regulatory authorities. Said CMA CGM chairman and CEO Rodolphe Saade: "Together, the two companies will also explore possible cooperation, allowing us to propose an ever more differentiated and qualitative offering while integrating services beyond maritime transport."
Asia-Mediterranean trade ticked up 0.2 per cent to $601 per TEU. Asia to the US west coast remained flat at $1,152 per FEU while those to the east coast stuck at $2,193 per FEU.