Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Fuel requirements on the flights are covered by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which the companies said will save around 174 tonnes of conventional kerosene each week, reports London's Air Cargo News.A Boeing 777F aircraft was used for the first flight on the regular route, which took off recently from Frankfurt.Jochen Thewes, Chief executive of DB Schenker: "As of now, carbon neutral supply chains are also feasible with airfreight. Our weekly flights between Frankfurt and Shanghai are the kick-off of a new era. We are proud to have already convinced so many customers of this future-orientated product. Next, business and politics have to take charge to create more capacity for regenerative fuels and clean aviation."Lufthansa Cargo CEO Dorothea von Boxberg, added: "With the world's first sustainable cargo flight with DB Schenker at the end of 2020, we demonstrated that flying without fossil emissions is already possible. Today, we jointly launched the world's first regular sustainable cargo flight connection. This paves the way for many more connections of this kind. We are counting on the determination of our industry and the dedication of consumers to get this off the ground together."In November last year, Lufthansa Cargo and DB Schenker partnered for the first time to carry out the first ever CO2-neutral freighter flights powered by SAF.The flights took place on November 29 and operated from Frankfurt to Shanghai utilising a Boeing 777 freighter aircraft. A maximum mix of 50 per cent SAF is allowed to be used on a flight, but airlines get around this problem by covering the flights from a centralised pool of SAF from their overall jet fuel procurement.In recent months, other companies have been highlighting their sustainability efforts, as the airfreight sector works towards operating in a more environmentally friendly way.Last month, Kuehne+Nagel entered into an agreement with American Airlines to deploy 11 million litres of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).In December last year, DHL Express signed a deal with energy firm Shell Aviation that will see it being supplied sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to power flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. During the same month, Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP) and K+N partnered to launch a zero-emissions airfreight route, enabling K+N's cargo on Los Angeles-Amsterdam flights to be covered by SAF. Atlas Air also carried out a flight with a SAF mix.
The Black Swan can carry 350 kg of cargo up to 2,500 km at an 80 per cent lower cost than any aircraft, said Dronamics.The developer and operator of large cargo drones said that its Dronamics Airlines service will have subsidiaries in Ireland, Australia and Canada, which are countries seen as leaders in drone regulations.They will also be the regions with the first customer case services in e-commerce, pharma and spare parts logistics, details of which will be revealed later this year.As part of its ramp-up for commercial operations, Dronamics has appointed aviation executive Sergio Oliveira e Silva as the chief operating officer (COO), a new senior management team position.He joins the organisation from his former position of managing director, Asia of a global aviation services public listed company. Over a 25-year career, Oliveira e Silva has held executive-level positions with some of the industry's largest operating companies within different international regions for privately held and publicly listed companies.As COO he will be responsible for the set-up and operations of the airline business, the deployment of the drone port network, and the upcoming operational authorisations under the fast-evolving drone regulations around the globe.The company said that the appointment comes as the first step in building up a global structure that will support the roll-out of the same-day delivery service of Dronamics.Based in London and Sofia, Dronamics was founded in 2014 by the two Rangelov brothers, one an economist and the other an aerospace engineer.The company's team includes aerospace and logistics experts and is the winner of IATA's Drone Innovation Award.A private company, Dronamics is funded by leading entrepreneurs and executives in aviation, logistics, and technology from the US, Europe, Africa and Asia, as well as by Founders Factory, Speedinvest and Eleven Capital.Dronamics is IATA's first Strategic Partner for drones worldwide and has been named by the European Commission as a Top 10 EU-Africa startup.
The airline told customers it would no longer accept cargo from Cargo Link Logistics HK and Sky Pacific Logistics HK, with immediate effect and until further notice, reports London's Loadstar.The freight included a batch of China-manufactured Vivo smartphones and accessories due to be shipped to Bangkok – reportedly the Y20 model.The phones were loaded across three pallets, all of which caught fire, and it reportedly took the emergency services some 40 minutes to put out the blaze. Sources told local media that, while the airport’s operations were not affected, a 24 by 12 metre space on the tarmac was damaged.Hong Kong Air Cargo last month announced a partnership with Alibaba’s Cainiao logistics network, with frequent flights to Manila, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, almost halving Alibaba’s delivery times for Thailand.Vivo phones are made in Guangdong, but the company has recently made inroads into the Indian market and is also producing phones there. Vivo appointed Indian cricketer Virat Kohli as its brand ambassador, and has been the main sponsor for the Indian Premier league.Vivo was founded in 2009 and it announced plans in October it to enter the European market. There has been at least one previous claim of a Vivo phone exploding, but the biggest scandal involving the company came last year when Indian police found more than 13,500 Vivo phones using the same IMEI number - a 15-digit code that should be unique to each phone, said the Loadstar report.No other airlines appear to have yet banned carriage of the phone type. Samsung had to recall some S7 phones in 2017, following reports of fires. But this latest incident will no doubt trigger new scrutiny of the shipment of lithium ion batteries and mobiles.
The Philippines ended a two-month ceiling on pork prices and the US industry is already anticipating reduced tariff rates on imports of the meat. The measures come as the Southeast Asian nation battles an outbreak of the deadly African swine flu, which has also had resurgence in top pork-producing China.The Philippines is one of the fastest-growing markets for US pork, while China has become the world's biggest importer since the outbreak of swine disease in 2018. Demand for the meat is rising as businesses reopen in the US, a turnabout from last year's diminished demand when restaurants closed in the early days of the Covid crisis."You have a rebound in demand, not just in Asia but here in the US and, right now, the supply is not keeping up with it," said Steiner Consulting Group analyst Altin Kalo in Manchester, New Hampshire.Said US Meat Export Federation spokesman Joe Schuele: "With global pork supplies remaining limited this year, these reductions in import duties will help improve availability in the Philippines and provide further momentum for US exports."
Rashid Salim, acting managing director of Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) said Mombasa also posted a 14.4 per cent year-on-year increase in container volume to 389,515 TEU."Transshipment traffic recorded 69,658 TEU against 41,363 TEU during the corresponding period in 2020 - up 68.9 per cent," he said.Mr Salim said imports through the Mombasa for the first quarter increased 6.9 per cent to 162,504 TEU."Equally, exports registered an upsurge by 6.8 per cent from 146,049 TEU in 2020 to 156,007 TEU during the similar period in 2021," he said.Mombasa's performance registered a marked growth in March in both conventional and containerised cargo."A total of 3.48 million tons were recorded in the month of March 2021 against 2.71 million tons realised in the corresponding month in 2020, representing a positive performance of 768,453 tons or 28.4 per cent," he said.Mr Salim said that the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) transported 25,104 TEU from the port in March, which is an average of 8.32 trains per day, beating the daily record average of 8.1 trains recorded in February.
SEA-LNG will display monthly averages of Platts' daily LNG bunker price assessments and fuel oil bunker assessments on its websites.Upon doing so, the organisations hope to support operator's decision making around fuel choices for their fleet."We are excited that our new collaboration with SEA-LNG will add further transparency to the growing LNG bunker spot market," said APAC LNG at S&P Global Platts managing editor Kenneth Foo."Platts provided the world's first daily valuation of LNG bunkers in September 2019. This agreement provides strong validation of the importance of our independent price assessments to markets - allowing shippers and buyers and sellers of LNG to make informed decisions by evaluating Platts' LNG bunker assessments, alongside the value of traditional marine fuel bunkers on SEA-LNG's website," said Mr Foo.Said SEA-LNG general manager Steve Esau: "S&P Global Platts has a long history of facilitating the development of new spot markets. Through this collaboration, we make available additional market data to participants wanting to understand the commercial outlook of LNG as a marine fuel."
The government expects exports to grow 9.6 per cent overall this year on the back of increased semiconductor demand. March imports jumped 27 per cent to $32.2 billion, coming in above $30 billion for the first time."Rising electronics export orders and the global chip shortage all point to continuing rapid growth in the electronics sector, particularly in the foundry industry," said Oxford Economics economist Lloyd Chan."We expect exports to continue growing robustly, supported by a global recovery, buoyant demand for semiconductors, and a broadening of demand for non-tech goods such as chemicals, plastics, and metals," he said. Demand is improving in the US and Europe. South Korean exports increased 16.6 per cent in March year on year while Chinese shipments jumped 60.6 per cent in dollar volume in January and February combined.Demand for electronics during the Covid crisis has led to shortages of computer chips, pushing up their prices and further boosting the value of Taiwan's exports. Excluding January's increase, which may have been distorted by the Chinese New Year holiday, exports grew last month by the fastest pace since 2017.The country's major technology companies have been scrambling to keep up with overseas demand. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, the island's largest company, reported an almost 14 per cent increase in sales in March, with revenue hitting $4.54 billion.Exporters shipped a record-high $13.5 billion in electronic components, which includes semiconductors, in March. China and the US were the main drivers of March's growth, with shipments to China rising 36.3 per cent and to the US, up 34.7 per cent.
"The ship is ready," said Suez Canal Authority chairman Osama Rabie said in an interview on Egyptian television. Once "we agree on compensation, the ship departs and the matter is closed."Shipowners Japan's Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd has declared General Average whereby cargo owners contribute funds to get their goods with Richards Hogg Lindley appointed as adjuster. Evergreen Marine, the ship's operator, stated in a release it has received a notice from the lawyer representing Shoei Kisen, which specified that the owner had filed an Admiralty limitation claim at the High Court of Justice in the UK in accordance with the Merchant Shipping Act 1995. "The ship is ready," said Suez Canal Authority chairman Osama Rabie said in an interview on Egyptian television. Once "we agree on compensation, the ship departs and the matter is closed."The canal blockage roiled global markets and cost the Suez Canal Authority US$15 million a day in lost revenue, according to its calculation. Rabie said Egypt wants compensation for the losses, as well as the cost of freeing the vessel.The ship and its cargo are currently in the Great Bitter Lake, roughly halfway along the canal.
Operations launched March 30 at the Hugh K Leatherman Terminal with the arrival of the first container, followed by the first ship arrival, announced SC Ports."The Hugh K Leatherman Terminal is an investment in the future of South Carolina that will spur economic development, create jobs, and further our state's position as an international business destination for years to come," said state Governor Henry McMaster. "This project is a momentous achievement which highlights the strengths of Team South Carolina. I congratulate the South Carolina Ports Authority and everyone who has worked towards achieving this historic day," he said.The Leatherman Terminal, which has been 20 years in the making, is a generational milestone for SC Ports and for South Carolina. The terminal, can handle 20,000 plus TEU ships. Phase One adds 700,000 TEU of throughput capacity to the Port of Charleston.SC Ports CEO Jim Newsome said that the opening of the terminal comes at a time when US ports continue to handle unprecedented cargo volumes amid strong consumer demand. SC Ports had an all-time cargo record in March, with a 50 per cent year-on-year increase in loaded imports. "We have invested in the right infrastructure at the right time to handle growing cargo volumes and bigger ships, ensuring SC Ports remains a top 10 US container port," Mr Newsome said. Its 1,400-foot berth has five electric ship-to-shore cranes with 169 feet of lift height and 228 feet of outreach stand on the berth, are among the tallest on the east coast.The Leatherman Terminal's 47-acre container yard has 25 hybrid rubber-tyred gantry cranes and eight empty container handlers to efficiently move cargo boxes around the terminal. The rubber-tyred gantry cranes are designed to reduce emissions and energy consumption. A six-acre refrigerated cargo area has six-story tall reefer racks, enabling SC Ports to handle more fresh, and frozen goods. At full buildout, the US$2 billion Leatherman Terminal will have three berths and 286 acres, adding 2.4 million TEU of annual throughput capacity, doubling current capacity.
The port authority has announced that in this way customers can see well in advance when and which vessels are scheduled to be processed. "The overview on the PortBase website is unique as it provides market parties with insight into the terminal schedules at all Port of Rotterdam deep sea terminals in one central overview, making this website the most reliable source information on vessel arrival times, said the press release.Said port authority CEO Allard Castelein: "Forwarders that need to collect containers can use this real-time digital overview to make the necessary preparations well in advance of the vessel's arrival." This, he said, can accelerate the smooth handling of containers and certainly of cargo that is now arriving later in Rotterdam as a consequence of the Suez Canal obstruction. "This service demonstrates the added value of sharing data to the entire logistics chain," Mr Castelein said.This was done in response to many vessels delayed in the recent Suez Canal obstruction. As delayed vessels are arriving in quick succession in Rotterdam, there are many scheduling changes. "This has created a lot of confusion for market parties regarding their vessel's estimated time of arrival," said the port authority.The website is freely accessible for everyone, requires no login and looks further ahead than other tracking websites. These generally offer up to 48 hours advance insight and are less reliable as they do not have access to the terminal schedules. All deep sea terminals in the port are taking part in this partnership: APMT (terminals 1 and 2), ECT (Delta and Euromax terminals) and RWG.
China's 2020 share was down 0.9 per cent point year on year to 58.9 per cent, remaining below the 60 per cent mark for the second year in a row. The figure further dropped to 58.2 per cent in January.As the US-China trade war simmered, the coronavirus hit the global economy. The latest trends in US-bound marine transport, which also showed increased Vietnamese furniture exports, indicating a stay-at-home US lifestyle.These trends have been revealed by the Japan Maritime Centre, which tallied US-bound transportation from 18 Asian countries and regions, including Japan, South Korea, China and the ASEAN region. The figures show a notable increase in shipping from ASEAN, including Singapore and seven other countries. The volume reached 4.01 million units, based on the capacity of a standard TEU. This figure marked a 16.1 per cent increase from a year ago and exceeded the four million mark for the first time, with ASEAN's share increasing 2.3 percentage points to 21.9 per cent.As labour costs increased in China, manufacturers have set up production facilities outside the country in a strategy called "China plus one." The trend continued amid the Covid crisis. In particular, Vietnam, which contained infections relatively early, increased its presence.The US-bound volume originating in Vietnam increased 24.8 per cent to 1.99 million units, representing a share of 10.8 per cent - up 1.8 percentage points from a year earlier. The share of Thailand-originating volume increased 0.3 percentage point to 4.1 per cent. In the latest data as of January 2021, the share of the combined ASEAN region reached 23.3 per cent.The volume originating in China excluding Hong Kong increased 2.4 per cent from a year ago to 10.81 million units. The figure, which represents the first year-on-year increase in two years, is still 6.4 per cent less than the 2018 peak before US-China trade frictions started to swell.
The Shanghai Containerised Freight Index (SCFI) rose for the first time in many weeks, up by 2.6 per cent to 2,652.12 points.Rates from Asia to North Europe and the Mediterranean increased, while transatlantic rates and spot prices from Asia to the US east coast increased.Asia to North Europe spot rates increased to US$3,964 per TEU. Asia to US east coast soared to an all-time high of $5,334 per FEU while transatlantic rates hit a multi-year high of $2,851 per TEU, up 30 per cent week on week."Vessels delayed by the Suez blockage will soon start to arrive in ports in Europe and on the US east coast. It's likely that some ports will experience congestion, while other ports could be skipped as the liners would make an effort to minimise delays. Lack of equipment is another expected consequence of the incident," said brokers Lorentzen & Stemoco.
The courier expects to report a net loss of about CNY900 million (US$137.4 million) to CNY1.1 billion in the first quarter, compared to a net profit of CNY907 million in the same period in 2020, according to a filing to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Its 2020 annual report showed SF Holding recorded CNY7.3 billion in net profit, up 26.4 per cent year on year. The loss, SF Holding said, was primarily due to expanding new businesses and the large amount of resources this required over the last few quarters. In May 2019, the company set up a new division catering specifically to e-commerce deliveries, which typically brings in lower shipping fees than its other services. "The fast growing e-commerce delivery services did bring in a lot of revenue, but the new business also had an impact on the existing shipping network to some degree and squeezed its resources," a source at SF Holding told Caixin, adding that the company needed to establish a new shipping network dedicated to e-commerce deliveries. "That involved adjusting shipping routes and reallocating vehicle resources," the source said.