Saturday, March 17, 2018
In its latest India market forecast, Airbus said India will have to procure 1,320 new single-aisle aircraft and 430 wide-body aircraft valued at US$255 billion.According to Airbus, most of the air traffic growth is expected to be driven by the fast expanding economy, rising wealth, urbanisation and ambitious government-backed regional connectivity programmes.By 2036, Indians will each make four times as many flights as today. As a result, traffic serving the Indian market is expected to grow 8.1 per cent every year, over the next 20 years, which is almost twice as fast as the world average of 4.4 per cent, reports the STAT Trade Times of Navi Mumbai.The domestic traffic is expected to grow five-and-half times over the next 20 years, reaching the current level of the US domestic traffic, thereby making it one of the world's fastest growing markets, said Airbus.India is set to become the world's third largest aviation market by 2020, and Airbus is well positioned to partner its growth with its backlog orders of over 530 aircraft till date.The overall product line of Airbus comprises best-selling A320 Family in the single aisle market, A330 and A330neo, A350 XWB in the mid-size widebody category and the flagship A380 in the large aircraft segment.In the freight market, Airbus currently offers the new-build A330-200F and the passenger-to-freighter (A330P2F) programme.
Statistics show that airports in EU countries achieved growth of 6.4 per cent for the month while non-EU airports fared significantly better, their cargo traffic increasing by 19.3 per cent compared to January 2017.The ACI report shows that Europe's top cargo airport by volume, Frankfurt, processed 158,009 tonnes of freight during the month (down by 0.4 per cent year on year). Amsterdam Airport Schiphol's throughput fell by 1.4 per cent to 133,215 tonnes - but London Heathrow's tonnage was up by 6.9 per ent at 133,029 tonnes, London's Air Cargo News reported.Director general of ACI Europe, Olivier Jankovec, said: "If you put aside the persisting negative impact of last year's airlines bankruptcies, 2018 is off to a good start for air traffic at Europe's airports. The main driver for that is continued and robust economic expansion across our continent and beyond."While oil price volatility is more of concern in the medium-term, geopolitical tensions remain at the very top of our risk cards for the coming months."
It has started a new company, Hong Kong Air Cargo Logistics, a fully fledged ground transportation provider for the local market in tandem with the cargo carrier. The new company aims to develop Hong Kong into a cargo transportation hub across the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau, Greater Bay Area.Since starting operations last year, Hong Kong Air Cargo has expanded its route network to cover six destinations in the region. The carrier currently operates cargo services from Hong Kong to Bangkok, Dhaka, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore and Taipei. Additionally, they are the general sales agent of Hong Kong Airline's cargo business. The all-cargo destinations of Hong Kong Airlines include Shanghai, Zhengzhou, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Dhaka, Almaty and Istanbul.Assistant CEO of Hong Kong Air Cargo, Zheng Meng, said: "With the completion of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, the Shenzhen-Zhongshan bridge as well as the 'Belt and Road' and the 'Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area' initiatives introduced by the Chinese Government, moving forward, Hong Kong Air Cargo will focus to develop a fully integrated transportation network in the Greater Bay Area including air cargo, ground transportation and warehousing services with an aim to build Hong Kong as the logistics hub."
The new facility specialises in health supplements and cosmetics. It offers the full range of Tigers' logistics services, including international freight forwarding, customs brokerage and order fulfilment.Vice president Amber Braband said in a report by London's Air Cargo News: "Our new Dallas facility is perfectly positioned to allow us to deliver omni-channel orders across the USA."Our global warehouse management system and SmartHub: Connect are integrated with customers' order management systems, allowing for real-time order processing."Our eShop, which will be available to customers across our US offices in March, will enable customers to enter the e-commerce market," she added.Tigers is present at 16 locations across the US and is planning further expansion this year.
GC2M Corp is a company dedicated to R&D with focus on environmental aspects, agriculture production, mining remediation, aquaculture, alternative energy and logistics, according to a news release.The company develops new technologies and products, always looking for sustainable development, fair trade, human well-being and ecosystems maintenance or improvement. GC2M Corp is also involved in consulting and humanitarian-voluntary work. It has been participating as speaker in conferences and exhibitions at a national and international level.GC2M Corp has developed a new technology for Ballast Water treatment that not only destroys undesirable bacteria, but also contributes to oil spills' recovery and sub-products' development from filtered ballast water that could be used in soil remediation.
Climate Home News reports the four countries are trying to delete key aspects of a draft global agreement on greenhouse gas emissions, which is due to be legislated at the upcoming 72nd MEPC gathering in London.The group has deleted sections proposing to cap greenhouse gas emissions from shipping at 2008 levels and reduce them "significantly" by 2050. The four countries have also demanded that the wording on the bid to make shipping a zero-carbon sector by 2075 be changed so the firm date of 2075 is replaced with "no later than in the second half of this century."April's MEPC gathering is viewed by many as one of the most important shipping environmental meetings in history, reported Singapore's Splash 247.Last month the Council of the European Union stressed that the IMO must stand firm to ensure the interntional shipping industry adheres to commitments made in line with the Paris Agreement."The Council of the EU emphasises the need for the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to take swift and appropriate additional actions in order for international shipping to contribute its fair share to the fight against climate change and to agree in April 2018 on an initial greenhouse gas IMO emission reduction strategy," the council stated.It added: "This should be underpinned by an adequate emission reduction objective, consistent with the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement, including a list of candidate short, mid and long-term measures equally applicable to all ships, as agreed in the roadmap for developing a comprehensive IMO strategy on reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships."
The carrier said that its new GCX service, which was launched late last year, is the first phase in its expansion into the South Asia and Middle East markets and has seen strong demand. The service connects China with ports in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Middle East and Southeast Asia.GSL is looking to strengthen their Intra-Asia offering and extend into the Middle East and Africa. "We see many opportunities in the Intra-Asia sector and the new GCX service was introduced to meet growing demand from our customers for services linking China with South Asia and the Middle East," said GSL managing director, Danny Hoffmann.Mr Hoffmann added that China's Belt and Road initiative had also had a positive impact on trade with South Asian countries."We have seen a significant increase in demand to Indian Sub-Continent areas which is a direct result of investment by Chinese, Korean and Japanese companies," he noted.The GCX service, which operates with six vessels of 6,500 TEU on a weekly basis calling at Xingang, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Shekou, Da Chan Bay, Port Kelang, Colombo, Karachi, Jebel Ali, Colombo, Port Kelang, Singapore and back to Xingang, has improved GSL's network significantly in the region helping to meet many customer requirements, reports Seatrade Maritime News of Colchester.GSL aims to expand its services within the intra-Asia segment and develop a relationship with the vast growing continent of Africa.
The increase in this type of work - to propellers, in particular = follows the introduction of the European Monitoring, Reporting, Verification (MRV) regulation which has seen more shipowners look at ways to further lower fuel consumption and emissions when operating to and from European ports.The EU MRV regulation entered into force in July 2015. It mandates shipowners and operators to monitor, report and verify CO2 emissions for vessels larger than 5,000 gross tonnes calling at any EU and EFTA port. Data collection requirements became effective on a per voyage basis in January 2018.An example of the company's performance-enhancing upgrade work was a recent project carried out on a 229 metre long bulk carrier berthed in Bremerhaven. In this case, the bulker's five-bladed propeller was modified to achieve optimum efficiency at lower speeds."A major benefit of this approach is that the work is carried out rapidly without the need to take the vessel out of service for drydocking, which is costly in terms of both time and money," said Hydrex production executive Dave Bleyenberg.Hydrex engineers are able to carry out underwater repair, conversion and modification work anywhere in the world, in any weather conditions and even in ice.Before the next winter season, Hydrex engineers carried out a modification programme, altering the blades to a very specific design which would make them less prone to damage from ice and debris, while having a minimal effect on the overall efficiency of the propellers.
The collaboration agreement will give the ports an advantage on the East Coast, as facilities along the coast face the logistical stress expected from the opening of the expanded Panama Canal and the steady escalation in size of mega vessels, Griffith Lynch, executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority, said at a recent conference, IHS Media reported.Altogether, Norfolk and Savannah handled 5.3 million loaded TEU in 2017, more than the 4.8 million loaded TEU handled by the Port of New York and New Jersey, the largest port on the coast, according to PIERS.By pooling information on operating practices, comparing notes on new technology and perhaps in the future coordinating ship arrivals at the two ports, they can improve operational efficiency and command more attention from beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) than alone, the executive directors of the ports said.Mr Lynch said the two executive directors spent a full day with their support teams comparing the design each has for expanding their rail operations, which are a key part of both of their future plans."We are not doing the same thing. But we learned from each other," he said. "That is a great example of what this whole thing is about."The Federal Maritime Commission in April unanimously voted not to block the East Coast Gateway Port Terminal Agreement between Virginia and Georgia, the first of its kind in the United States, that some analysts believe will set a precedent for port partnerships. The two ports had submitted the agreement two months earlier.Under the agreement, the ports will be able to jointly acquire operating systems and equipment; meet to share information on cargo handling, gate operations, turn times, staffing, and infrastructure; jointly draft agreements with carriers, shippers, and other terminal operators; and sync marketing materials to attract joint services, alliances, and carrier network agreements. The two cannot jointly set rates or charges, however."This is not just a port agreement, this is a gateway port agreement," Mr Lynch told the conference. "So, I think we both believe that as these vessels get larger and continue to move in that direction, not everybody is going to be a winner. It can't be, because there are ports that just can't handle the magnitude and the volume that these vessels bring.""The gateway port agreement helps us ensure that for the future we will be able to handle this cargo," Mr Lynch added.CEO and executive director, Port of Virginia, John F Reinhart, who spoke on the panel, said: "One of the things we looked at is we were both operating ports. We said, 'What are the areas where cooperation and collaboration would add value?' Some of these came real quickly. Customer service. If we can come up with better customer service and customer service that meets the requirements of the BCOs, we will be more competitive."How far that cooperation extends remains to be seen, but one frontier not yet passed is coordination in berthing windows. "That was something that drove this discussion and decision to do this [agreement]," Mr Lynch said."We are not there yet, though. I see a time at the end of the day [when] what happens at any container terminal is all the ships want to come at same time. The berths are 40 to 50 per cent utilised, but they are congested in many cases."That kind of situation could be alleviated through computerised coordination, which he described as "the uberisation of berthing".
"We expect a lull in March as East Asian nations celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday, and then a rebound in April," Port of Long Beach executive director Mario Cordero said.In February the port of Los Angeles handled 725,059 TEU, up 15.9 per cent year on year. Loaded imports increased 28.1 per cent to 383,089 TEU; loaded exports rose by 1.4 per cent to 157,591 TEU; and empty containers grew by 7.8 per cent to 184,378 TEU, reported American Shipper.The port of Long Beach handled in February 661,790 TEU, up 32.8 per cent over the same month last year. Loaded imports rose 37 per cent to 342,247 TEU; loaded exports were up 9.3 per cent to 130,916 TEU; and empty containers spiked by 46.5 per cent to 188,628 TEU.On the Pacific coast at the Port of Oakland, loaded imports reached 73,666 TEU last month, loaded exports stood at 73,905 TEU and empty containers totalled 40,604 TEU.