Thursday, 9 February 2017

Air Freight News :

E-commerce powers UPS record 2016 revenues.

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A US domestic e-commerce boom helped UPS’ last quarter revenues to accelerate by 5.5% across the global supply chain, leading to a full year record revenue result of $61bn for 2016.
The logistics giant saw US domestic fourth quarter revenue climb 6.3% to $10.9bn, “driven by e-commerce” while international export shipments soared 8.4%, led by the Asian and European regions.
David Abney, UPS chairman and chief executive, said: “Revenue and volume growth accelerated for UPS during the holiday season and we provided high service levels for our customers.  
“The International segment delivered another extraordinary performance, while the US managed through considerable changes in product mix. Our strategies and initiatives are creating long-term value for both UPS customers and shareowners.”
In a company outlook, UPS chief financial officer Richard Peretz said: “The investments in ORION and automation provided benefits during the quarter.”

Peli Bio Thermal launches new re-useable large volume container.

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Passive air cargo container firm Peli Bio Thermal has launched Credo Cargo, a new re-usable passive product that allows entire pallets of temperature sensitive cargo to be loaded.
Speaking on the side lines of the Temperature Controlled Logistics event, director of worldwide marketing Adam Tetz explained that the company already had a re-useable system for larger amounts of cargo – the Credo Xtreme and modular Coolpall Vertos – but this needed to be loaded by hand.
In contrast an entire ISO pallet of cargo can be loaded into Credo Cargo using a pallet truck. In total, the unit has a volume 1856L and covers temperature ranges of 2C to 8C, 15C to 25C and –20C.
Tetz said the container can either be rented or purchased outright and can be re-used between 25 and 50 times.
It offers temperature protection for up to 120 hours and has an easy to use coolant loading system that is flat-pack, modular and stackable.
The units can also be broken down allowing one unit to fit in another to reduce costs on the return leg of a journey.
Rhenus group continues push in South Korea.

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Freight forwarder the Rhenus group has opened another office in Busan today following the launch of services in South Korea in November.
The company said it would provide air and seafreight services from the new office, which will also handle project business for the oil and gas industry, provide third-party logistics services and operate domestic services.
“We now have our own branch in the south of the country in addition to the capital Seoul. We can offer our logistics services from here and continue to broaden them. The new business site therefore matches the ongoing expansion of our Asian network,” said Tobias Bartz, the Rhenus Board Member responsible for Asia.
The company said that in addition to trade with Europe, Busan is also an important hub for traffic to Japan and Greater China. It is famous for its ship building industry.
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Mumbai Port leads the way as coastal shipping catches on

Business Standard
In a bid to strengthen its revenue from coastal cargo, Mumbai Port, the country's largest port, has chalked out a strong marketing strategy to garner a variety of bulk cargoes such as agri products and engineering goods in the coming months. "We are in talks with EEPC (Engineering Export Promotion Council of India) for project cargo and FCI (Food Corporation of India) for various agri products as we aim to further increase our volumes from the growing coastal division," Y A Wanage deputy chairman told Business Standard. Currently, Mumbai Port handles coastal cargo for iron ore, cement, petroleum products and finished steel goods. Over the last two years, finished steel (under break-bulk category) has seen a ten-fold growth in coastal cargo volumes, having jumped to nearly 500,000 tonnes during April-December from a meagre 43,120 tonnes during April-March 2014-15.

Major ports register cargo growth post demonetisation: Mansukh Lal

The Dollar Business
Post-demonetisation, 12 main ports of the country have recorded a considerable growth in terms of cargo handled in the months of November and December by recording a rise of 11.2% and 12.7%, respectively. “Cargo handled by major ports after demonetisation have shown a growth in comparison to the same period last year,” Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Mansukh Lal Mandaviya, told Rajya Sabha in a written response. The Minister said 56.7 million tonnes of cargo was handled by the ports in month of December last year (growth of 12.7%) and registered 54 million tonnes cargo in the month of November (a growth 11.2%). During the April-October 2016period, these ports handled 370 million tonnes of cargo. In FY 2015-16, the major ports in the country had handled 606 million tonnes of cargo compared to Rs.581 million tonnes of cargo in FY 2014-15.

The Chennai Oil Spill: A Lesson for India’s Maritime Agencies

The Diplomat
For over a week now India’s maritime agencies have been grappling with a massive oil spill off the coast of Chennai that has created a storm in the national media. On January 28, two vessels, the M.T. BW Maple and M.T. Dawn Kanchipuram collided with each other outside Kamarajar harbor at Ennore, causing a huge quantity of furnace oil to spill into the sea. The focus now is on India’s maritime safety record and why almost ten days after the accident central and state agencies are still struggling to tackle the impact of the polluting oil. The spill is being seen as one of India’s worst ecological disasters ever. As a blanket of toxic sludge envelopes Chennai’s beaches, ecologists are confronted with the prospect of large-scale destruction of sea life and a near-permanent imbalance in the marine ecology of the region.

DP World Posts 3.2% Volume Growth in 2016

India Tradeways
DP World Limited, the world’s fourth biggest container terminal operator and majority owned by the Dubai government, handled 63.7 million twenty-foot equivalent units or TEUs across its global portfolio of container terminals in the full year of 2016, with gross container volumes growing by 3.2% year-on-year on a reported basis, and 2.2% on a like-for-like basis. In the fourth quarter, gross reported volumes grew by 6.0% year-on-year driven by strong growth in Asia Pacific and Europe. UAE handled 3.7 million TEUs in 4Q 2016 down marginally by 0.7% year-on-year. The Americas and Australia region delivered a broadly stable volume performance during this period. At a consolidated level, the terminals handled 29.2 million TEUs during 2016, a 0.4% improvement in performance on a reported basis and down 1.6% year-on-year on a like-for-like basis.

Garment container from Tirupur hijacked near Chennai: TEA

Business Standard
A container carrying export garments worth Rs 50 lakhs, from Tirupur was claimed to have been driven away by unidentified persons after assaulting the driver, near Chennai, an exporters' body said today. According to Tirupur Exporters' Association(TEA), the culprits had intercepted the container yesterday morning at Perungalathur near Chennai and attacked the driver and drove away. In a release here, they alleged that the driver, who was dumped near Sriperambudur reached Peerkankaranai police station and tried to lodge a complaint. However, he was asked to go to Sriperambudur police station, it said. Stating that the container was yet to be traced, the association demanded safety for the shipments of exporters in future.

Demo against major ports Bill

The Hindu
Hundreds of workers of Visakhapatnam Port staged a demonstration in front of the administrative building here on Tuesday to protest against tabling of Major Ports Authority Bill in Parliament. In response to a call by CITU-affiliated United Port and Dock Employees' Union, the workers raised slogans against the NDA Government saying the bill would lead to corporatisation of major ports. Union general secretary V.S Padmanabha Raju said the NDA government had introduced the Bill to replace Major Ports Act 1963, to weaken major ports, sell away their valuable properties and corporatise the ports. He said the major ports in the country were in possession of a huge chunk of land admeasuring 73,000 acres. “The adoption of the bill will lead to handing over of the lands to the corporates.

Green Signal for Faster Development: India’s New Freight Corridor

World Bank
The Indian Railways is building two world-class freight corridors that will transform the way goods are transported along India’s busiest routes. Given India’s energy security issues and escalating concerns about traffic accidents, congestion and the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with road transport, these efforts will help increase the share of rail transportation in the country. The dedicated freight-only lines are being built along the four key transportation routes – known as the Golden Quadrilateral – which connect Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. These corridors carry the country's heaviest rail traffic and are highly congested. The World Bank is financing about 1,200 km of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (Ludhiana - Kolkata) through a series of three projects.

Increase cooperation between the ports of Antwerp and Mumbai

Maritime Gateway
The Belgian Deputy Prime Minister, Alexander De Croo, argued on Monday for strengthened cooperation between the ports of Antwerp and Mumbai. The Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services broached this subject on Monday during a working visit to India. He stated this following a meeting with the Indian Minister for Transport, Nitin Gadkari “There is the scope to strengthen ties between the ports of Antwerp and Mumbai.” Mr De Croo has also taken part in “Antwerp Port Days” taking place in the Indian port city and inaugurated the mutual training centre between the port of Antwerp and the Jawaharlal Nehru Port, the largest container port in India. “We should consider how to fix the agenda (for strengthened cooperation) and it may be necessary to create working groups” per sphere, the Minister added.

DP World says Europe, India expected to drive growth in 2017

Arabian Business
The chairman of UAE-based ports operator DP World has forecast steady portfolio growth for 2017, driven mainly by its interests outside the Middle East. Group chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said in a statement on Tuesday that DP World’s operations in the Netherlands, India, Turkey and the UK are expected to boost portfolio growth over the coming 12 months. He added that the company is on track to meet full-year targets for its 2016 annual results, as it unveiled a 2.2 percent rise in gross container volumes over the period. Bin Sulayem said: “Despite the challenging market conditions, particularly at our flagship Jebel Ali Port, our portfolio continues to deliver ahead-of-market growth, which once again demonstrates the benefits of operating a globally diversified portfolio.

Kannur airport gearing up for September launch

The Hindu
Kannur International Airport, State’s second greenfield airport coming up in public-private partnership mode, is gearing up for commissioning scheduled for September this year. Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL), the government company set up to execute the project, is hopeful of completing the works by April-May this year and for commissioning of the fourth international airport of the State by September. Over 90 % of the works on the air-side and 82 % of the works of the integrated terminal building had been completed. “The works are going on as per schedule. One to two months is needed for testing equipment, integration, commissioning and to get mandatory aerodrome licence from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

Peru Free Trade Agreement could help India diversify in LatAm region

Financial Express
A proposed comprehensive free trade agreement (FTA) between India and Peru covering goods, services and investments may not only raise India’s export volumes to the western South American nation but also the latter’s various preferential trade partners. The share of India’s merchandise exports to Latin America was barely 2.9% of the country’s total goods exports in 2015-16, down from 3.7% in the previous fiscal. The below-potential trade volume is despite the fact that India’s export of goods to the Latin American region grew 10-fold during 2000-09, benefiting from declining transport costs. So with an FTA with Peru, Indian exporters can get easier access to Peru’s preferential markets like Mexico and Argentina with lower import tariffs.

U.S. trade deficit falls as exports hit more than 1-1/2-year high

The U.S. trade deficit fell in December as exports hit their highest level in more than 1-1/2 years amid record shipments of technology products, but strengthening domestic demand points to further rises in imports, which could constrain economic growth. The Commerce Department said on Tuesday the trade gap dropped 3.2 percent to $44.3 billion, ending two straight months of increases. The trade deficit rose 0.4 percent to a four-year high of $502.3 billion in 2016. That represented 2.7 percent of gross domestic product, down from 2.8 percent in 2015. When adjusted for inflation, the deficit decreased to $62.3 billion from $63.9 billion in November. President Donald Trump has blamed U.S. trade policy for the loss of American factory jobs and has vowed to make sweeping changes, starting with pulling out of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.

India seeks greater Belgian participation in maritime sector

Business Standard
India has sought greater participation from Belgian companies in its maritime sector, including Sagarmala, inland waterways and development of industrial clusters. According to Minister of Road, Transport Highway and Shipping Nitin Gadkari, there is a need for India and Belgium to strengthen their ties in the maritime sector. "There are immense opportunities that exist in India in the areas of coastal shipping, inland water transport, cruise, new port development, smart-port industrial city and development of green ports," Gadkari was quoted as saying in a statement. "There is a need for Belgium to further strengthen the cooperation that already exists between the two countries in the maritime sector." On Monday, the minister met Belgium's Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo over Belgium's potential role in the Indian maritime sector.

Samudera Shipping Sells Series of Vessels

Hellenic Shipping News
The Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Samudera Shipping Line Ltd. (the “Company” together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”) wishes to announce that its subsidiary, PT Samudera Shipping Services (“PT SSS”), has completed a sale of the vessel Sinar Jimbaran to Samudera Bharat Feeder Private Ltd (the “Samudera Bharat”). The disposal of Sinar Jimbaran to Samudera Bharat is a non-discloseable transaction pursuant to Chapter 10 of the SGX-ST Listing Manual (the “Listing Manual”). However, when aggregated with other disposals of vessels (collectively the “Vessels Disposal”) by the Group over the last 12 months, it will be a discloseable transaction. The computation of the relative figures in Rule 1006 of the Listing Manual is enclosed in Schedule 1.

Sunday, 5 February 2017


Air Freight News :

Amazon plans Kentucky air hub.
Amazon plans to build a "centralised air hub" at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG) to support its growing fleet of Prime Air freighters.  When the hub site opens in nearby Hebron, the giant e-tailer expects to create more than 2,000 new jobs, with an investment put at an unconfirmed $1.5bn by local sources.
Dave Clark, Amazon senior vice president of worldwide operations, said: “As we considered places for the long-term home for our air hub operations, Hebron quickly rose to the top of the list with a large, skilled workforce, centralised location with great connectivity to our nearby fulfillment locations, and an excellent quality of living for employees.
“We feel strongly that with these qualities as a place to do business, our investments will support Amazon and customers well into the future. We couldn't be more excited to add 2,000-plus Amazon employees to join the more than 10,000 who work with us today across our robust operations in Kentucky.”
Last year, Amazon entered into agreements with US aircraft lessors ATSG and Atlas Air to lease 40 dedicated cargo planes to support Prime members with "fast, free shipping".

Pony Express makes first approved Dublin drone delivery.
A drone has made Ireland’s first Irish Aviation Authority (IAA)-approved parcel delivery, ferrying emergency supplies 200 metres to a boat at sea.
The Dublin flight, lasting two minutes from take-off to parcel drop, was performed by Pony Express Couriers, using a DJI Inspire 1 drone laden with a parcel weighing 250 grams.
The parcel contained medical supplies: an emergency thermal blanket, an Epi-pen, bandages, plasters, thermometer, first aid leaflet, gloves, wipes and burn dressings.  It also contained food and a drink in the form of a high-energy bar and water. The supplies were attached to the underside of the drone in a waterproof container.
Pony Express is not planning to offer drone parcel delivery services in Dublin or Ireland “any time soon”, but is keen to be “at the leading edge of all new developments” in its market sector.
Audrey Browne, operations manager of Pony Express, said: “The delivery of low value, urgent items such as takeaway food, especially to remote rural areas is highly likely”.

Pilots strike hits ATSG revenues.
A fall in revenues due to a pilots' strike has seen US-based freighter lessor Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) advise that its adjusted ebitda* from continuing operations for the fourth quarter and full year 2016 will be around $7m lower than in its prior guidance.
Said ATSG: “This reduction in guidance is due to the revenue loss resulting from a brief work stoppage in mid-November 2016 by pilots of its subsidiary ABX Air.
ATSG, which last year signed a major Boeing 767 freighter deal with stakeholder Amazon, now expects 2016 adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter to be approximately $56m and at $211m for the full year 2016.

CHAMP implements load planning software with Kalitta.
CHAMP Cargosystems has implemented its Weight & Balance application, used to manage load planning, with US-based cargo carrier Kalitta Air.
The all-cargo airline, with a fleet of sixteen Boeing 747 freighters, has obtained FAA approval for the usage of Luxembourg-based CHAMP’s software with its aircraft.
Kalitta Air is delighted with its decision with CHAMP’s Weight & Balance, and is confident it will be a key benefit for the months and years to come,” said Conrad Kalitta, chief executive of Kalitta Air, adding: “Integrating this software is proof that using the most up-to-date IT solutions will reduce fuel consumption, and improve accuracy with a highly effective automated process.”

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Multi-modal transport hub policy likely soon

The government may come out with a new policy on multi-modal transport hubs following the Union Budget made an announcement on it, say experts. On the merger of railway Budget with the Union Budget, finance minister Arun Jaitley had said presenting the Budget on February 1 that "this decision brings the Railways to the centerstage of the government's fiscal policy and would facilitate multi-modal transport planning between railways, highways and inland waterways." The Budget said a specific programme for the development of multi-modal logistics parks, together with multi-modal transport facilities, will be drawn up and implemented. "The idea of having multi-modal logistics park or hub is not new at all. But a new colour has been given to it. There has been a policy for Inland container depot (ICD) and Container Freight Station (CFS), but there isn't any policy for multi-modal logistics hub,"

Iran, India trade charges on delay of Chabahar port

Economic Times
The Budget may have allotted Rs 150 crore for the development of Chabahar port in Iran, but it may not be enough to bring the long delayed project back to life as Tehran has not yet submitted a proposal for release of the fund despite several reminders, some officials say. Indian government had set aside $235 million, or about Rs 150 crore, line of credit for the project since 2015 but is unable to release the first tranche of $150 million, they said. "The funds cannot be released without paperwork and this has not yet reached the Indian government. Even reminders from EXIM Bank to Iran have not helped," a person familiar with the matter told ET. "There are apparently no reasons behind Iran's delay in submitting the proposal for the release of loan," the person alleged.

Gadkari plans to set up 27 auto industrial clusters to attract biz

Daiji World
The Ministry of Shipping has prepared a plan to set up 27 industrial clusters at ports in different parts of the country aimed at attracting global automobile parts manufacturers. A total of Rs 8 lakh crore will be invested for these industrial corridors in the next five to eight years, and the government expects that it will generate 40 lakh direct and another 60 lakh indirect jobs, Union Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said here. The government will spend another Rs 5 lakh crore to provide the road and railway connectivity to these clusters, the minister said. Old vehicles can be transported to automobile manufacturing hubs set up in ports and they can be recycled into finished products. “Besides, these hubs can also import old vehicles from other countries for scrapping and manufacturing new products.

Cochin Shipyard enters talks to buy ABG, Shapoorji backs out

Live Mint
State-run Cochin Shipyard Ltd has started preliminary discussions to buy a controlling stake in debt-ridden ABG Shipyard Ltd, two people close to the development said. Shapoorji Pallonji and Co. Ltd, another contender, has decided to back out of the discussions, according to one of the two people. Both persons declined to be identified. As on 30 September, lenders held a 50.46% stake in the company, according to ABG Shipyard’s latest shareholding data available on BSE. A controlling stake in ABG may be valued at Rs400-500 crore, the second of the two people said. In the March quarter of 2016, the company had posted a loss of Rs1,710 crore and had an outstanding debt of Rs16,000 crore. ABG Shipyard’s debt piled up because of a fall in freight rates and an industry slump.

15-year old commercial vehicles may soon be off the road

Government is keen on implementing vehicle policy that aims at scrapping 15-year old commercial vehicles in the first phase, and it will send the proposal to GST Council after Cabinet nod, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said. Voluntary Vehicle Fleet Modernisation Programme (V-VMP) policy has proposed to push 28 million decade old vehicles off the roads. "We (Ministry) will try to bring the policy as early as possible. We will make a presentation before the Cabinet Secretary on February 9 and then before the PMO. After the Cabinet nod, a presentation will be made before GST Council," Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Gadkari said.

Ignored in Budget, exporters hope for sops in foreign trade policy review

Business Line
Exporters, who were largely ignored in the Budget, can hope for some incentives and thrust in the mid-term foreign trade policy (FTP) review in September with the Commerce Ministry ready to begin consultations. “The Commerce Ministry will kick-off consultations with various export bodies and councils from February 9 to examine their list of demand and re-assess growth potential,” a government official told Business Line. Another chance: While the Economic Survey for 2016-17 circulated on the eve of the Union Budget made a case for more support for exporters, especially from labour-intensive sectors such as apparels, leather and footwear, the Budget had no specific sops. The FTP review would also address issues that might creep up for exporters after the Goods & Services Tax is implemented.

Goods trains travel lighter due to slow economy

Maritime Gateway
The slowdown in the core economy has hit the Railways hard with the national transporter lowering its freight loading target for the present fiscal (2016-17) by two million tonne (mt), as per the revised estimates. Lower loading has also led the Railways to temper its freight earnings in 2016-17, which are expected to drop to
₹1.089 lakh crore from ₹1.092 lakh crore in 2015-16. In last year’s Budget, the Railways had set a target to load an extra 50 million tonnes of cargo this year, against the previous fiscal. This projection had to be sharply revised downwards, following a drop in loading and average distance of transporting coal and other commodities in the first half. The demand for coal, which accounts for 50 per cent of total freight, had dipped following lower demand for power by industry.

Tilbury’s £1bn drive to build a global trading port on Thames

Financial Times
The quest to build a global Britain begins at Tilbury, close to the mouth of the Thames, where a £1bn expansion is under way to make space for container ships from around the world.Tilbury is the UK’s third-largest container terminal, serving London and the south, but now wants to increase the size of its site from 850 to 1,100 acres and build a deep-sea jetty to welcome more ships from Europe but also make space for larger ships from Africa, India and the Far East. “There will be benefits as well as drawbacks to Brexit,” said Charles Hammond, of Forth Ports, the owner of Tilbury. “We’re prepared and that’s why we’re expanding.” About 60 per cent of the port’s traffic is currently with Europe but Tilbury is also where Jaguar Land Rover ships cars to South America.

Hamad Port now a firm fixture for MSC Shipping

Arabian Supplychain
Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has announced it will be providing a direct call at Hamad Port in Doha, Qatar in 2017. The port’s addition to the Switzerland-based firm’s New Falcon service will allow container volumes to travel west from the Far East and South East Asia, to Qatar. MSC said that customers will also benefit from a competitive transit time and better service coverage over all the major ports and inlands from Far East/Southeast Asia. The service is being operated by MSC Elma, a 299m 9,411-TUE capacity container ship. “The new facility will also serve volumes out of South and East India, via Colombo,” said MSC in a statement. “It will help to meet the growing demand of Qatar’s export market, by offering direct connections via Mundra Port to worldwide destinations.”

CMA CGM Reorganises Its Asia - West Africa Services

Maritime Professional
In line with the West Africa market trend, CMA CGM Group adapts its service offering while continuing to improve its service reliability and cost efficiency. Starting 1st week of March 2017, CMA CGM Group has decided to streamline its product offering from 5 to 4 direct weekly services on the Asia > West Africa market with an optimised port coverage: Withdrawal of WAX 2 service. The service was operated with 10 vessels of 4,500-5,400 TEU Reshuffle of the 3 services WAX, WAX 3 and AFEX with greater synergy effectiveness in the West Africa port rotation ASAF service, the lead product dedicated to South Range West Africa remains unchanged. WAX | Operated by CMA CGM with 12 vessels of 4,350 TEU, will discontinue South Africa and Nigeria calls.

Maersk Saudi Arabia received the Honoring certificate of Merit

Port News
Maersk Saudi Arabia received the Honoring certificate of Merit from the Customs authority in the 26th of January 2017 in the capital of Riyadh, the company said in its press release. Maersk Line is recognized with their high level of synergy and their full support to the Saudi Customs Authority in all their ventures to develop the logistics infrastructure of the country. Saudi Arabia is going through tremendous changes to elevate their logistics performance and to move to higher ranks on the global LPI (Logistics performance index). Maersk Line proved to be an asset not just to shippers and importers, but a also to the Customs authorities and logistics industry in the country. The authorities honored Maersk Line with a certificate of merit at an event to recognize the achievement of Maersk Professionals.

Reports: Hanjin Shipping Liquidation Set for Feb 17

World Maritime News
The rehabilitation process for the former South Korean shipping giant Hanjin Shipping is set to end on February 17, Yonhap News Agency cited the Seoul Central District Court. The decision was made on Thursday by the South Korean court, some half a year after the cash-strapped carrier was put under court receivership as it succumbed to the prolonged depression in the shipping market. The company filed for court receivership in late August 2016 as its creditors, led by the state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB), said they would not provide additional financial support to Hanjin starting from September 4. In an effort to collect enough cash to pay back its creditors, the company opted to sell a number of its assets, including its entire Asia to US route network and operations on the routes, a number of containerships, as well as its overseas businesses.

Thursday, 2 February 2017


Air Freight News :

EAS in top gear for emergency auto spares charter.
EAS International a member of the  X2 Critical forwarder alliance has organised an Airbus A310 freighter full charter flight to transport automotive parts from Romania to Turkey.
Marco Muggianu, development director for EAS (the alliance member responsible for France and Romania) said: “The operation was very difficult due to the very bad weather conditions in Romania including snow, ice and minus 15 degree temperatures.”
Muggianu approached fellow X2 Critical member Qualitair & Sea Istanbul (QAS). In collaboration they chartered freighter and loaded the aircraft with 25-tons of automotive parts.
The entire operation was prepared, shipped and arrived in less than 24 hours door to door.
Added Muggianu: “This was a real X2 Critical members’ success story. The network specialises in providing value added services specifically meeting the needs of the aviation, aerospace and maritime industries."

SAA Cargo races to transport Dakar rally vehicles.
South African Airways Cargo (SAA Cargo) has transported three racing vehicles and spares for the Dakar Rally as part of a partnership deal with the Toyota Gazoo South Africa team.
The cargo division transported the three vehicles from South Africa to Argentina via Sao Paulo for the 13 day race that covers Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina.
The racing vehicles are designed in line with size restrictions for commercial cargo holds and thus built in such a way they can be disassembled to the size of the pallet and container to be used.
It takes around three hours to disassemble each car, which weigh around 2,000 kg, and six hours to reassemble them after transport.
SAA Cargo’s general manager, Tleli Makhetha said: “We are very proud of our association with this team who achieved a top ten finish at the most gruelling international motorsport race.

Record cargo year for Singapore's Changi airport.
·         Singapore Changi Airport recorded a 6.3% rise in airfreight throughputs versus prior year to reach 1.97m tonnes in 2016.
The Asian hub, the world's 15th largest cargo hub by volumes in 2015, ended 2016 with a strong December, handling 177,360 tonnes, up by 8.4% on the same month in 2015.
Changi Airport welcomed two freighter carriers — Neptune Air and Silkway West Airlines — to its family of over 100 passenger and cargo airlines last year, while freighter airline K-Mile Air resumed operations to Singapore.
A spokesperson for the airport authority said: “In terms of airfreight throughput, growth was recorded across imports, exports and transhipments.  Perishables and pharmaceuticals were segments that performed well, contributing a significant portion of Changi’s total cargo throughput.”
The top five country markets for airfreight were China, Australia, Hong Kong, the US and India.

Dubai's DWC airport saw cargo volumes up by 0.8% in 2016.
·         Dubai World Central (DWC), the Middle East emirate’s second international hub, recorded a slight increase in 2016 airfreight volumes at 897,998 tonnes, up 0.8% versus prior year.
Owner Dubai Airports stated: “[DWC]Cargo volumes registered strong growth in the fourth quarter with 252,300 tonnes of air freight, up 10.3% compared to 228,770 tonnes recorded in Q4 2015.”
DWC in the UAE is currently served by 27 passenger carriers, operating an average of 108 flights weekly to 44 international destinations and is home to 64 scheduled cargo operators that fly to as many as 138 destinations around the world.
Sister airport Dubai International Airport (DXB), reporting its full year 2016 results last week, shrugged off a 2016 third quarter cargo lull to rebound with a 3.4% rise in volumes to just under 2.6m tonnes.
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South Korea's Hanjin Shipping on course for bankruptcy

Asian Review
Hanjin Shipping is heading for liquidation after a court decided Thursday to essentially pull the plug on the struggling South Korean container giant, potentially closing the curtains on the company's 40-year history. The Seoul Central District Court elected to discontinue Hanjin's rehabilitation plan due to the shipper's falling liquidation value and the lack of any turnaround sponsors. The court is set to finalize the bankruptcy decision on Feb. 17 after two weeks to give creditors or other parties a chance to appeal. The bankruptcy proceedings are able to move forward because the court managed to sell off Hanjin's stake in a U.S. terminal, a major creditor told the Nikkei on Thursday. Hanjin, once the world's seventh- or eighth-largest container shipper, applied for court receivership last August.

Refreshing approach to growth via prudent measures: Gautam Adani

Indian Express
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s focus on agriculture, rural employment and infrastructure in his Budget for 2017-18 shows Narendra Modi government’s ability to balance growth with prudence, billionaire Gautam Adani said on Thursday. The Budget provides for “growth for the rural and underprivileged – build-up of infrastructure in urban India, affordable housing, fiscal prudence and most importantly, more money in the hands of honest taxpayers. A refreshing approach towards growth through prudent budget measures,” he said. The Adani Group Chairman said he sees this year’s Budget in the backdrop of fragile global economic condition and continuing uncertainty. “Amidst this backdrop, India is considered to be a bright spot by international agencies including IMF and UNCTAD,” he said in a statement.

Budget is reasonably balanced for an inclusive growth: Adarsh Hegde

Business Standard
The union budget 2017 with an agenda to transform, energise and sanitise India is reasonably balanced for an inclusive growth of the Indian economy. A couple of initiatives announced in the budget presented on February 1 bring some cheer to the sector. The government has taken the onus of setting up 100 India International Skill Centres which will definitely create a larger impact to address the issue of skilled labour in India. Another good move of the government in the budget to offer tax relief to corporates is the carrying forward MAT for additional 5 years. The bold target of 2500 crore digital transactions for 2017-18 will transform the way India transacts. The implementation of end to end solutions by railways for some commodities and significant investment in development of national highways, are steps towards ensuring multimodal connectivity and better transport system.

JNPT shippers to pay higher rates

Shippers using India’s top container port should expect to prepare to pay more to use the gateway, but the improvements the higher rates fund should improve productivity. India’s Tariff Authority for Major Ports, or TAMP, last week approved a request from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust to increase cargo-related charges 16 percent and marine dues 21 percent. Cargo-related charges cover stevedoring, wharfage, and demurrage, while marine dues include berth hire and pilotage charges. “The revised scale of rates will come into force after expiry of 30 days from the date [Jan. 24] of notification of this order,” the port regulator said. The increase could ease pressure on JNPT to make up funding shortfalls for infrastructure upgrades meant to ease congestion and improve productivity levels.

Budget with long term objective to steer economy, says exporters

SME Times
Hailing the Union Budget limiting revenue deficit to 2.1 percent of GDP and pegging fiscal deficit for 2017-18 at 3.2 percent, while focusing on rural India and infrastructure, S C Ralhan, President of FIEO, the apex exporters body, said that the budget has drawn a road map for bringing economy back on track and accelerating it in medium term. The investment of close to Rs.4.00 lacs crore in the infrastructure encompassing road, railways, aviation would not only improve competitiveness of manufacturing and exports sector but would reduce the logistics cost of exports as well. President, FIEO said that while Trade Related Infrastructure Scheme is welcomed, it would require sufficient funding to make an impact. The MSME sector with a turnover of upto Rs.50 crore will get a boost with reduction in income tax, while SEZs may draw a consolation in carry forward of MAT from 10 years to 15 years.

India Opens Special Account in Its Annual Budget For Iranian Chabahar Port

Sputnik News
After much dilly dallying, India has started special allocation for development of Chabahar port in Iran in its annual budget. Indian government has allocated $22.5 Million for the development of Chabahar port in financial year starting from April this year. India had received contract to develop a multipurpose cargo terminal (600 meters length) and a container terminal (640 meters length) at Chabahar port last year in May. Indian government had agreed to equip both the terminals with equipment worth $85 Million. Last year, Indian government had allocated $15 Million for the said project. Indian has also planned major event at Chabahar port in April this year whereas it will showcase the opportunities for private players. India had pledged $500 Million investment in the project mostly from Indian private companies having business interest in Iran.

GST rollout vital for logistics sector

Business Line
The Finance Minister has made a number provisions for the port and logistics sector, including plans for 2,000-km coastal roads in the Union Budget but experts feel that more details about the GST roadmap and its impact on the sector should have been shared with the market. Allcargo Logistics Ltd Executive Director and COO, Prakash Tulsiani said the Finance Minister has only mentioned about IT systems for GST rollout but the GST roadmap has not been spelled out. The budget has made provision for the sector but connections between GST and budgetary provisions have not been explained, he said. Arif Patel, Vice-Chairman of Patel Roadways, said the budget provisions for logistics sector should have been synchronized with the implementation of GST. If the GST does not get implemented, it will have repercussions on the sector, he warned.

China’s ‘Silk Road’ Plans Stir Protests in Sri Lanka

The Wire
China signed a deal with Sri Lanka late last year to further develop the strategic port of Hambantota and build a huge industrial zone nearby, a key part of Beijing’s ambitions to create a modern-day “Silk Road” across Asia. The agreement was welcome relief for the island nation of 20 million people. As they try to reduce the country’s debts, officials in Colombo see China’s plans to include Sri Lanka on its “One Belt, One Road” initiative as an economic lifeline. China has spent almost $2 billion so far on Hambantota and a new airport and wants to spend much more. But Beijing now faces a new and unpredictable challenge to its presence in Sri Lanka and broader Silk Road project. Hundreds of Sri Lankans clashed with police at the opening last month of the industrial zone in the south, saying they would not be moved from their land.

Colombo terminal annual volume soars 28pc to two million TEU

Sea News
The company said ultra large containerships and very large containerships contributed 70 per cent to the volumes achieved last year. The higher volumes handled by CICT contributed to the overall throughput of the port of Colombo increasing by an estimated 11 per cent in 2016, Maritime in Sri Lanka reported. CICT general manager, commercial and marketing, Tissa Wickramasinghe, was quoted as saying: "It must be emphasized that this historic achievement of two million TEU was made possible mainly by the synergies developed through our parent company China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPH). "The ability to access the CMPH global network was the key factor in gaining and attracting new transhipment volumes to the port of Colombo.

FFFAI and JSC RZD Logistics sign agreement on North-South ITC development

Maritime Gateway
JSC RZD Logistics, one of the leading companies on Russian forwarding services market, and Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations in India (FFFAI) recently have signed an agreement on strategic partnership aimed to coordinate efforts in development of the North-South ITC (International Transport Corridor). JSC RZD Logistics and FFFAI agreed to work together to expand the number of contacts with Russian and Indian freighters in order to attract the cargos to the North-South ITC. They are planning to develop Russian-Indian logistics cooperation as well. The signing of the agreement took place during the International Rail Business Forum “1520 Strategic Partnership: The Caspian Region”. “The association with our Indian partners is essential for the successful development of the North-South ITC. The signing of the agreement is another evidence of the interest towards project.

Haifa Port – the first in Israel to enter the era of 14,000 TEU ships, with today’s call of the Maersk Elbaa

Hellenic Shipping News
This morning (Thursday), the Maersk Elba container ship (13,092 TEU) arrived at Haifa Port’s state-of-the-art Carmel Terminal. The Maersk Elba is the largest ship ever to dock in Israel, and its visit formally inducted Israel’s leading port into the exclusive club of ports that handle high-capacity 14,000 TEU Mega ships. This ship, part of the weekly service line operated by the 2M Alliance of Maersk and MSC, links the ports of South Korea, China and Singapore to Haifa Port, and from there continues to the Adriatic ports. It entered the Carmel Terminal, where it was operated on by 4 STS cranes with an average productivity of 136 containers per ship hour. All who familiar with the shipping industry understand that preparing Haifa Port to welcome this new generation of ships was a lengthy process that has only now come to fruition.

This is Why the Bunker Industry Needs MFMs

Ship & Bunker
January 1st, 2017 stands out as a landmark date for the bunker industry: the day that MFMs (mass flow meters) became mandatory for IFO deliveries in the world's largest bunkering port, Singapore. The initial feedback has been good so far. In the world outside Singapore, most port authorities are taking a wait-and-see approach regarding the prospect of compulsory MFMs, while others simply say that they have no authority to mandate their implementation. Caution is perhaps understandable, but excuses about a lack of authority are more concerning. Let's be realistic, the bunkering industry has a mixed reputation and the frequent allegations of short volumes only make it worse. It's unlikely that any port authority is unaware of this. And while some may have no legal control to mandate changes, they're all capable of working with their governments or customs authorities to adopt new standards.