Friday, 10 March 2017


Air Freight News :

Aircoolbox targets air cargo pharma market.

A new company has entered the air cargo container market, taking aim at the pharmaceutical sector.  At last week’s Temperature Controlled Logistics event in London, Aircoolbox announced it would begin targeting the air cargo pharmaceutical market with its passive container product.
Aircoolbox managing director Keith Packer said the re-usable container can be flat packed to one third of its size to help reduce the cost of transporting the box back to its origin.
The container was launched in the perishables market last year, but Packer said the company is now looking to expand into other sectors.
The units are constructed from eight panels made of food-safe high density polyethylene filled with polyurethane foam. They protect products and keep them within a temperature range of 2°C to 8°C and 15 °C to 25°C without additional refrigerant for up to 120 hours.  The fact extra gel packs are thermal blankets are not needed saves space and weight within the container, he said.

Swissport to handle Emirates SkyCargo at three French airports.

Swissport Cargo Services France, a subsidiary of global aviation service provider Swissport International, will handle the freight of Emirates SkyCargo at the three French airports of Paris Charles de Gaulle, Lyon and Nice.
The agreement comes into force on April 1 this year. It covers the full range of cargo handling services, including full-freighter and warehouse handling.
The deal is said by Swissport to have been agreed following a “rigorous selection process”.
Emirates SkyCargo offers bellyhold cargo capacity on its passenger flights to Paris, Lyon and Nice, and also offers main deck space on its scheduled weekly freighter flights to Paris and Lyon.
Simon Messner, senior vice president Europe for Swissport International, commented: “Swissport is in the right position to meet the daily needs of Emirates SkyCargo in France and will be a reliable local partner for this outstanding cargo carrier.”
Hamad International Airport still on the up.

Aerial view of HIA

Doha’s Hamad International Airport (HIA) handled a total of 1.7 million tonnes of airfreight (cargo and mail) last year.  This represented a 20.8% increase over the previous year’s throughput.
The Qatari capital’s air gateway also processed a total of 245,800 landings and take-offs during the year, up by 15.8% on the figure for 2015.

According to the airport operator: “During 2016, HIA invested in increasing its capacity, improving its product offering and redesigning its operational processes to efficiently accommodate the increasing traffic over the coming years.”

On the apron, 15 new aircraft parking stands were constructed to support the operations of Qatar Airways, the flag-carrier that hubs on HIA.  During 2016, Qatar Airways began connecting Doha directly to 14 new destinations.

Good start to the year for Leipzig/Halle.

Leipzig/Halle airport, Europe’s fifth-busiest and Germany’s second-biggest airfreight gateway, handled 84,782 tonnes of cargo in January this year, an increase of 6.9% over the same month of 2016.
Operated by Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG (which also operates Dresden airport as well as cargo and ground handler PortGround), Leipzig/Halle handled approximately 1.05 million tonnes of airfreight over the course of 2016. This represented an increase of 6.5% over the 2015 figure.
A new monthly cargo throughput record was set in December last year, when the airport handled 97,105 tonnes of cargo.
DHL Express Courier has its European air cargo hub at the airport and contributes heavily to Leipzig/Halle’s overall cargo throughput.
Sea Freight News :

Kamarajar Port Picks Axis Bank to Raise 100 Million Dollar Loan

India Tradeways
Kamarajar Port Ltd, the only union government-owned port that is run as a company, will raise $100 million from Axis Bank Ltd to part-fund a Rs 1,220 crore expansion of the port located at Ennore near Chennai. Kamarajar Port Chairman M A Bhaskarachar told India Tradeways that the port has picked Axis Bank for raising the dollar loan after it quoted the lowest interest rate of 3.15% from among two other lenders – Kotak Mahindra Bank and HDFC Bank – in a tender. The all-inclusive rate quotation of about 3.15% (six months LIBOR plus 195 basis points) submitted by Axis Bank, India’s third largest private lender, for the loan was approved by the Board of Kamarajar Port in January, he said. The loan has a tenure of five years including a moratorium period of one year from the date of fist disbursement.

SCI Chairman upbeat about 2017 prospects

Maritime Standard
Captain Anoop Sharma took over the reins as Chairman and Managing Director of The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd (SCI) in September last year. SCI is India’s largest shipping company with an owned fleet of 69 ships aggregating to 5.85 million DWT (3.27 million GT) and in addition manages/operates another 53 ships on behalf of various organisations. Speaking exclusively to The Maritime Standard, Capt. Sharma said, “For the financial quarter ended 31st December 2016, we have reported a net profit of Rs. 12.49 crores, including other comprehensive income which is better than the results reported during the immediate preceding quarter. We are on the definite course for significant improvement and will certainly end the financial year in profit.”

Latvia to test Mumbai-Riga container train route this year

Baltic Course
There is a plan to test a container train route from the Indian city of Mumbai to Riga this year, Verners Lusis, CEO of LDz Logistika, said at a meeting of the Latvian Council of Ports, Transit and Logistics today. According to the plan, containers from the port of Mumbai will be shipped by sea to the Iranian port of Banda Abbas. From there, they will be carried by train to Riga. “The problem is that there is still no railway in some sections in Iran, which is why from Bandar Abbas containers are being carried by automobiles to Azerbaijan’s border. Iranian officials have said, however, that the construction of the missing railway sections will be completed in March or April and then the containers could be delivered from Mumbai to Riga in 15 days,” Lusis said. He added that interests in this route is strong in India and that India ships about 50 million tons of container cargo a year.

Indian exports rise for fifth month as commodities rebound

India's goods exports rose in January for the fifth straight month on the back of stronger commodity prices, despite growing protectionist and anti-trade sentiment in the United States and Europe. Merchandise exports grew 4.32 percent year-on-year to $22.12 billion, while imports rose 10.7 percent to $31.96 billion, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry said in a statement. Oil prices - up nearly 18 percent since the end of November - forced up the bill for crude oil, India's largest import item, by 61.1 percent to $8.1 billion, threatening to reverse recent declines in inflation. Countering that, oil exports also rose, by 29 percent to $2.7 billion, as some crude oil is processed and re-exported by Indian oil refiners such as Reliance Industries. The monthly trade deficit narrowed slightly to $9.8 billion.

Cancelled fee gives hope to JNPT productivity measure

APM Terminals-operated Gateway Terminals India at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust has ended an extra charge on imports moved under the direct port delivery program, clearing a major hurdle to gaining greater shipper support for the productivity-boosting measure. The change follows on the heels of authorities stepping up pressure on terminals to lift “unauthorized charges” tied to DPD handling as the port has struggled to meet its goal of moving 40 percent of imports via the program in the fiscal year ending March 31. “The applicable charges for delivery of DPD containers will not be billed to shipping lines,” said APMT Mumbai, which accounts for roughly 40 percent of JNPT’s total throughput.Attempts by to reach DP World Nhava Sheva, which has two facilities in the harbor, for comment on whether it would follow suit were unsuccessful.

Connecting India’s States with Good Logistics

Sat Press
The world over, poor logistics often means poor trade. In other words, how efficiently countries trade defines how they grow and compete in the global economy. For India, good logistics will also play a critical role in the success of the “Make in India” initiative, enable small-scale producers to access newer markets, and allow farmers to benefit from the timely uptake of perishable produce. India has already taken a major step forward in this direction. When it is rolled out, the goods and services tax (GST) will help integrate this vast and diverse country, transform it into one common market, eliminate inefficient taxation, and go a long way in boosting the manufacturing sector. But much more can be done. Logistics is a series of services and activities that constitute supply chains—such as transportation, warehousing, brokerages and so on.

APM Terminals acquitted in Indian competition case

Shipping Watch
APM Terminals has been cleared in a competition case in India where the Maersk Group's port unit was suspected of abusing its dominant market position. According to a complaint filed with the Indian authorities, the company had placed wrongful obstructions for its competitions in Jawaharlal Nehru Port near Mumbai. This allegedly happened by, among other things, demanding that carriers use only the logistics companies and facilities co-owned by APM Terminals or with which the company has arrangements. The port company, notes the complaint, has allegedly also made illegal exclusive deals with stakeholders in another port, Pipavav in Guajarat, where the company also owns a terminal as well as a stake in a rail company servicing the Indian mainland.

Chennai Port Trust to procure response vessel after Kamarajar port oil spill

New Indian Express
Chennai Port Trust is now taking steps to augment its capacity to contain oil spills by planning to have an oil spill response vessel. This comes after Chennai’s coast witnessed an oil spill when two cargo vessels collided at Kamarajar Port last month. A Chennai Port official told Express that tenders had been floated for an oil spill response vessel and other equipment worth `14 crore. The new vessel will augment the existing oil spill response vessel ‘Prestige’. Interestingly, Chennai Port had oil recovery vessel ‘Annam’, a 23-year-old special purpose vessel used for recovery of spilt oil from the sea. It has wing tanks to store about 50-kilo litres of oil. It has one propulsion engine and one generator engine by which power supply is provided for the operation of skimmer and spill spray system.

VPT handles 50.9 million tonnes of cargo in 10 months

Times of India
With two months left in the current financial year, the Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) has handled 50.9 million tonnes of cargo between April and January 2016-17 as against 47.1 million tonnes during the corresponding period of the previous year, thus registering a growth of 8.22%. The major port is expecting to handle around 60 million tonne mark by the end of the fiscal, which may be the highest traffic in the last four years. While VPT is still at the fifth position out of the 12 major ports in terms of cargo handled behind Kandla, Paradip, JNPT and Mumbai ports, the Vizag Port has seen cargo volumes increase mainly on account of iron ore, container traffic and other cargo. Container tonnage increased from 4.1 million tonne during April-January 2015-16 fiscal to 5.3 million tonnes during the April-January 2016-17.

Port of Hamburg Resumes Growth Course

Maritime Professional
Container throughput achieves 1.0 percent advance in 2016/ Setting a record result for seaport-hinterland rail transport with 2.4 million TEU. In 2016 Germany’s largest universal port achieved a turnaround in seaborne cargo throughput, reaching a total 138.2 million tons in the general and bulk cargo segments. ‘Seaborne cargo throughput in the Port of Hamburg again developed upwards with an increase of 0.3 percent. Stronger general cargo throughput offset a slight downturn in bulk cargo throughput. The Port of Hamburg is also contemplating a positive trend for 2017,’ said Axel Mattern, Joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing. The successful development of seaport-hinterland transport by rail was maintained. ‘Hamburg is further extending its position as Europe’s leading rail port.

SM Line set to launch just one transpacific service

Seatrade Maritime
New Korean container line SM Line is set to launch only one of its planned two transpacific services. SM Line, which bought the Asia – US business of bankrupt Hanjin Shipping, has scaled back its plans to launch two services according to analyst Alphaliner. The new line will launch a Shanghai, Ningbo, Busan to Los Angeles service in March utilizing five 6,650 teu capacity vessels. The vessels are five of eight containerships that SM Line bought from Hanjin, and final port rotations and transit times are yet to be made public. Alphaliner noted that plans for a second string connecting South China with Los Angeles have been put on hold.

Hamburg Süd: Improved East–West services launching in April 2017

Hellenic Shipping News
Thanks to a slot charter agreement with Maersk Line, Hamburg Süd will be offering an improved service in the East–West trades in the future. In a total of five trades, the number of weekly sailings will be increased from the present eleven to 16. The number of ports called at will rise to over 60, the number of direct port pairs to more than 145. Volumes booked through Hamburg Süd will be carried on the ships of the 2M network. “The East–West trade lanes are an important part of our entire product portfolio. They give our customers seamless access to the world’s largest liner services – and do so in the customary Hamburg Süd quality,” says Peter Frederiksen, Member of the Executive Board of Hamburg Süd.

World’s First Dedicated LNG Bunkering Vessel Delivered

The new Gas4Sea partnership has taken delivery of the world’s first purpose-built LNG bunkering vessel from Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction in South Korea. Gas4Sea is made of French energy and utility company, ENGIE and Jopan’s Mitsubishi Corporation and NYK Line. The dual-fueled Engie Zeebrugge will be hompeported at the port of Zeebrugge in Belgium. From there, the 5,000 m3 LNG capacity LNG Bunkering Vessel (LBV) will supply LNG bunker fuel to ships operating in Northern Europe. The two LNG-fueled pure car and truck carriers (PCTC) operated by United European Car Carriers will be its first customers. She will run on LNG for her maiden voyage from South Korea after a few days of loading LNG delivered by trucks at HHIC’s Yeongdo shipyard, where the vessel was constructed.

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