Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Last week, unknown quantities of "special nuclear material" were sent in violation of federal regulations from Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and the Savannah River Site in South Carolina.The nuclear matter to both labs was originally packaged and "containerised" for commercial ground cargo transportation. But it was later discovered that the documents by Los Alamos National Laboratory were prepared for air shipment in violation of well-defined federal regulations, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) said in a statement.While the packaging was not breached and the nuclear material not contaminated during its transportation, the NNSA announced that it is now investigating the case."This failure to follow established procedures is absolutely unacceptable," said NNSA Administrator Lt Gen Frank Klotz, USAF (Ret)."I require the contractors who manage and operate our national laboratories and production plants to rigorously adhere to the highest safety and security standards in performing the vitally important work they do for our national security."
However, prices were lower than in April when airlines attained a rate of $2.87 per kg due to declines on the transpacific, reported London's Air Cargo News, citing Drewry's figures.Looking ahead, the consultant forecasts an improvement in June: "Drewry's east-west Airfreight Price Index fell by 3.1 per cent month-on-month in May due to lower rates on Asia to North America."The index is now about 5.3 per cent above the same month last year, indicating strong underlying market fundamentals."
A series of volcanic eruptions on Alaska's Bogoslof Island triggered an ash cloud which caused several airlines to adjust their transpacific operations, creating "very tight" space, according to one forwarder, according to The Loadstar of UK.The Alaskan volcano is on part of the Aleutian island chain, under the flight path of many aircraft between Asia and North America. It erupted twice since May, sending an ash and steam plume up to about 36,000ft, before moving eastwards. The volcano observatory said that the "volcano remains at a heightened state of unrest and in an unpredictable condition. Additional explosions producing high-altitude volcanic clouds could occur at any time.""Airlines have had to decease capacity since last week," said one. "There has been a big challenge for airlines from Asia to the US."Others were unaffected. Mark Sutch, general manager cargo for Cathay Pacific said: "We were lucky with timing, and got away with no re-routes or cancellations."Forwarders have also told The Loadstar that poor weather in China had affected EU flights."Airlines are increasing rates to the EU, and bad weather meant about 20 flights in and out of Hong Kong have been cancelled. So space to the EU is really affected," said one.The news came as Drewry reported its latest east-west air freight price index, which saw rates drop 3.1 per cent in May, owing to lower rates on Asia-North America - although they are up 5.3 per cent year on year. But with capacity tight, that tradelane is expected to see price hikes soon. Drewry said it expected air freight rates to rebound in June.
Officials and experts said Hong Kong International Airport would be too busy between 2019 and 2020 to launch new flights before its third runway was ready, despite forecasts about soaring air travel demands. The boss of Zhuhai Airport said it was in the best position to complement the city, the SCMP reported.Part of his plan is to divert freighter aircraft, business jets and some international cargo handling to Zhuhai to free up space for more commercial passenger flights in Hong Kong.The Greater Bay Area development strategy, aimed at integrating Hong Kong, Macau, and nine cities in Guangdong province, capitalises on the economic reinvention of the Pearl River Delta. The hope is that the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, under construction now, can act as a link between the two airports.Closer ties would also be financially beneficial to Hong Kong's Airport Authority, which has a 55 per cent stake and a long-term management contract to run Zhuhai Airport.General manager of the mainland airport, Albert Yau, said Zhuhai's air hub should be factored into the Airport Authority's expansion plans to support Hong Kong's development."The key thing is to make Zhuhai Airport the fourth runway before the third runway at Hong Kong airport is complete so there is an extra take-off and landing strip for the city's economy to use," Mr Yau said."Once the bridge is complete it's about how we can find synergies in passenger and cargo transfer and make the cake bigger and bigger to compete with Shenzhen and Guangzhou. That's the objective."Hong Kong's crowded airport handles more than 1,100 commercial flights a day and has almost run out of room for more take-off and landing slots. The business jet sector has suffered significant cuts in the number of slots it can use, which on some days, is whittled down to a handful.Meanwhile, Zhuhai is building a 260,000 square metre air cargo logistics park at the airport with Hong Kong's international cargo in mind. The development, in two phases, would see Zhuhai build customs clearance and security facilities, ready within two years, to handle international cargo, particularly to and from Hong Kong.Dedicated roads through the Pearl River Delta would connect to the bridge, meaning moving cargo securely between the two airports would take 70 minutes, Mr Yau said. However, the plan would need to overcome the different customs rules in the two jurisdictions.Hong Kong handled 4.5 million tonnes of air freight last year, and the government said an estimated 70 per cent originated from the Pearl River Delta or was destined for it.
With the acquisition of Partner, Lineage will add 101 million cubic feet of temperature-controlled capacity and expand its operations to include six fully automated warehouses and one conventional warehouse in the Netherlands, Belgium and the United Kingdom.Partner's network of cold storage facilities has a total capacity of 500,000 pallets and is designed to maximise the efficiency and cost effectiveness of their customers' supply chains, said Lineage, reported American Shipper."Our acquisition of Partner Logistics represents Lineage's ongoing commitment to serving our customers' global supply chains by delivering dynamic, sophisticated cold chain logistics solutions," Lineage president and CEO Greg Lehmkuhl said of the deal."We are thrilled to welcome the Partner team and are confident their incredible industry expertise, particularly in automation, will accelerate Lineage as a thought leader in this area with existing and new customers."Earlier this year, Lineage announced plans to construct its first automated cold storage facility in Texas and will use the new acquisition as an additional platform for new automated projects in US and European markets.
MSC's sister company Terminal Investment Limited (TIL) paid out BRL1.30 billion (US$393 million) to buy out Triunfo, which previously controlled the other 50 per cent of the port, according to Container Management.The Brazilian antitrust authority and regulator has not yet approved the sale and their decision is dependent upon whether the deal meets a set of requirements.Portonave, which handles ships of up to 10,000 TEU with an annual capacity of 1.5 million TEU, is the only container terminal at the Port of Navegantes. The facility is equipped with a 900-metre pier and six ship-to-shore (STS) cranes.MSC is one of the biggest carriers in Brazil, which is Latin America's largest economy, and this deal is set to strengthen its position.The carrier already accounts for 25 per cent of reefer container transport out of Brazil. About two thirds of this market are set to be controlled by only three shipping companies - MSC, Hapag-Lloyd and Maersk Line, which is acquiring Hamburg Sud.
Working together with the Chinese state railway company, the new regular block trains will route Shilong, Manzhouli (China), Zabakalsky (Russia), Brest (Belarus), Malaszewicze (Poland) and Hamburg with a station-to-station lead time of 17-19 days.CEVA's new year-round service solution will save customers up to 2 days in time compared with other routings and will also deliver cost savings as a result, the company said in a statement.CEVA first started its China-to-Europe rail services from Suzhou in 2010 and has built a network encompassing key Chinese cities through its "northern route" operation including Suzhou, Changsha, Shenyang, Hefei, Chongqing, Chengdu, Zhengzhou and Wuhan to European destinations including Moscow, Warsaw, Lodz, Duisburg, Hamburg, Nuremburg and Tilburg. From there it uses its extensive trucking network for onward delivery to major European cities.In addition to the new "southern route" and its existing "northern route" CEVA also operates a "middle route" via Mongolia to Europe to shorten lead times during the winter months and peak season.The company operates both FCL and LCL services ex-China which are managed through its control tower in Shenzhen with dedicated rail and road connection teams delivering high-standard customer service through a single contact point. They also provide users of this door-to-door service with 24/7 real time tracking through CEVA's web portal to provide them with total visibility on the journey."This new link further extends our comprehensive rail services between China and Europe and enables us to provide customers with a reliable, highly secure door-to-door service with real-time track and trace along the route," said CEVA's head of Cross Border, Greater China, Kelvin Tang.
He pointed out that trade activities are a source of increasing employment for women and he noted that in Rwanda, for example, 74 per cent of cross-border trade now includes women. Similarly, in Cambodia, 86 per cent of silk industry employees are women, while in China, 55 per cent of digital entrepreneurs are women, according to American Shipper.However, barriers to women seeking to establish international businesses persist. Mr Azevedo said women globally still face legal and regulatory barriers, insufficient access to capital, cultural barriers and general lack of training to gain the necessary skills.He said it's important to invest in gathering more data about how trade impacts women. "There is not enough data at present to properly assess where the gaps are and how we can address them," he acknowledged.Mr Azevedo said increasing women's role in international trade must receive greater focus at the local, national and global levels. "If we want to change things, we all need to be engaged," he said.
"Working with foreign investors is going to be a critical part of any plan we put forward," Mr Mnuchin said at the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington. "Public-private partnerships are crucial to ensuring that the American taxpayer does not bear the full cost of any proposed programme."Foreign investors such as Australia, Canada, Europe and the Middle East already invest in US infrastructure, but Trump's proposal will need even more private-sector involvement. The administration hopes to spend $200 billion to leverage $1 trillion worth of overall investment, according to The Hill, the American Shipper reported.One investment method proposed by the White House is assets recycling, which entails selling off public assets to the private sector and using the proceeds to pay for other transportation projects, The Hill said.Japan has voiced plans to invest in US infrastructure by buying debt issued by American companies - roughly $150 billion in public and private funds over 10 years - which could reportedly create several hundred thousand US jobs in projects related to artificial intelligence and robotics."The United States is one of the world's most open investment environments and will remain a leading destination for international investment," Mr Mnuchin said. "The reform programme we have put forward is going to make the US an even more attractive place to do business. Those investing here should have no doubt that their investments will be safe and secure."
According to tracking data from the Automatic Identification System, the ACX Crystal was being controlled by a computerised navigation system at the time of the collision, the US Navy 7th Fleet has confirmed. The possibility of the system having malfunctioned is one of the issues currently being investigated, the American Shipper reported.Seven American sailors were killed and three others severely injured in the collision.NYK reports that there were no injuries on board the 2,858 TEU ACX Crystal, or any oil spill from the Philippines-flagged vessel, which is owned by Dainichi-Invest Corp. The vessel was chartered by NYK on its 'PX1' (Phoenix 1) intra-Asia trade line linking Japan, Vietnam and Thailand ports at the time of the collision.Although the ACX Crystal suffered little damage, the US Navy ship - which is nearly four times smaller than the containership - wasn't as lucky, and suffered severe damage.According to the Navy, the collision affected the Fitzgerald's forward starboard side above and below the water line, causing significant damage and associated flooding to two berthing spaces, a machinery space and the radio room.
The call represented a double celebration it also marked the return of OOCL to the UK's largest container port after a 17-year absence.Commenting on the two events, CEO of the Port of Felixstowe and managing director of Hutchison Ports Europe, Clemence Cheng, said: "The OOCL Hong Kong is the latest in a line of mega vessels to call at the Port of Felixstowe. The port's location close to the main shipping lanes and the ports of Northern Europe, combined with a unique combination of road and rail connections, makes it the first choice for the latest generation of giant container ships."Our relationship with OOCL goes back 40 years and we are delighted to welcome them back to the Port of Felixstowe as part of the Ocean Alliance. We are honoured to have been chosen as the main UK hub for the Ocean Alliance and look forward to continuing to work with OOCL and the other alliance partners to provide the best possible service to UK importers and exporters."Managing director of OOCL, Richard Hew, added: "We truly look forward to working more closely with our customers, business partners and with the port community in developing our synergies for growth."The 210,890 gross tonne vessel was built at Samsung Heavy Industries' (SHI) shipyard in Geoje, South Korea. Measuring 400 metres in length and with a width of 58.8 metres, the OOCL Hong Kong serves the Asia-Europe trade lane as part of OOCL's LL1 service, according to a company statement.The Ocean Alliance consists of OOCL, CMA CGM, Cosco Shipping and Evergreen Line.
The vessel discharged the 9 millionth TEU to pass through the Port of Los Angeles in the span of 12 months, setting a new annual record for the most container throughput of any port in the western hemisphere.The 12-month period for this new record corresponds with the port's July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 fiscal year, and the port is on track to end the 2017 calendar year exceeding last year's record volumes, according to media reports."Congratulations to everyone involved, including captain and crew of the Ever Sigma, the ILWU labor workforce, and the Everport terminal management team in Los Angeles. Los Angeles remains an important and strategic gateway for Evergreen, and we look forward to growing our business via the Port of Los Angeles", said Roy Amalfitano, vice chairman of Evergreen Shipping Agency (America) Corporation.The Port of Los Angeles is America's premier port and develops strategic and sustainable operations to benefit Southern California's economy and quality of life. North America's leading seaport by container volume and cargo value, the Port of Los Angeles facilitated US$272 billion in trade during 2016.
Six mega ships will be purchased from Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co with eight vessels purchased from Shanghai Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Co. The 14 vessels are slated for delivery over the next two years.Traditionally, Chinese shipping companies mainly transported containers on shipping lines between Asia and Africa, and China and Southeast Asia," said Wan Min, general manager of China Cosco Shipping Corp, according to the report. "But we are now focusing on major shipping lines between Asia and Europe, and Asia and North and South America."Free trade arrangements, including the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, the China-Association of Southeast Asian Nations Free Trade Agreement and China-Australia FTA, will also offer new growth opportunities for China Cosco Shipping's container cargo services in the Asia-Pacific region," he added.Cosco Shipping Lines, the container carrier subsidiary of Cosco Shipping Corp, has an order out for 33 containerships that would add another 500,000 TEU to its total 1.64 million-TEU fleet.The China Daily report also quoted Cheng Zhiwei, an analyst with Changjiang Securities Co, who said new orders for containerships will boost the company's presence, but could also have a negative effect on the industry."The race for larger container vessels will delay the recovery of the industry as the global shipping sector has experienced rocky times in recent years," said Mr Zhiwei.But Wang Mingzhi, deputy director-general of the Waterborne Transport Bureau at the Ministry of Transport, said an upgrade was a positive move."Better-equipped ships will help the company compete against international rivals," said Mr Wang.The world's top container lines, Maersk Line of Denmark, MSC of Switzerland and CMA CGM of France hold a 40 per cent market share globally, leaving Chinese companies with "a relatively small share in comparison," according to Mr Wang.