Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Previously, he held senior leadership roles at Menzies Aviation with the most recent being senior vice president, managing the company's operations at 50 airports in Europe.Mr Goovaerts will be responsible for overseeing the company's catering, ground and cargo handling operations at 10 airports in Australia, the Philippines and Singapore, managing a workforce of 6,000 employees, reported London's Air Cargo News.International airport operations senior vice president Ross Marino said: "We are pleased to have Dirk join our global management team to strengthen and expand our operations in the Asia Pacific region. Dirk brings with him a strong mix of operational experience, technical breadth, leadership and passion for customer care."
Dnata opened its 37,000 square feet Dallas cargo centre in November 2017. The centre includes a 14,000 square feet perishable handling facility, dedicated to innovative cool-chain solutions to ensure that perishables such as pharmaceuticals, fruits, vegetables, fresh fish and seafood, meat and flowers maintain their freshness during the entire air transportation process.In the past 12 months, dnata handled over 500 tonnes of perishable cargo in Dallas.IATA created the CEIV Pharma programme to provide a globally consistent pharmaceutical product handling certification that focuses on air cargo and temporary storage.Dnata has received CEIV Pharma certification for its Amsterdam, Dubai, Singapore and Toronto facilities, as well the GDP certification for its Amsterdam, London, Manchester, Singapore, and Zurich facilities.Dnata commenced ground handling and cargo operations in the United States in 2016. Currently, the company serves over 60 airlines at 28 airports in the United States.
"In a period of heightened trade tensions and structural economic change, it's critical that we use data like that presented in the 2019 International Airfreight Indicator to improve the way we plan, regulate and invest in our freight sector," IPA chief executive Adrian Dwyer said."Without useful data to examine and measure our freight sector we will be flying blind on our international trade."The call follows the release of a report by executive member network IPA and BIS Oxford Economics, which indicates that belly cargo flying into and out of Australia was worth A$109 billion (US$77.226 billion) in 2018. That figure is anticipated to grow to A$114 billion this year.The 2019 International Airfreight Indicator shows that while air cargo accounts for just one per cent of Australia's trade volume, it punches above its weight in terms of value, and by that metric, 21 per cent of the country's traded goods is airlifted, reported London's Air Cargo News.Some 80 per cent of Australia's air freight imports and exports is transported in the bellyholds of passenger aircraft. The majority of its international air freight passes through the major airports of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.Mr Dwyer added: "Every day more than 550 international flights arrive and depart Australia, yet until now, we have been remarkably blind to the value, the type of commodity and the economic contribution of goods that travel in the belly of these aircraft."In a national first, the 2019 International Airfreight Indicator shines a light on a multi-billion industry that has historically gone unnoticed in our broader trade debate. The Indicator shows that airports are crucial to our trade story and the cargo transported beneath passengers is vitally important to airlines, airports and the Australian economy."
The UK Parliament voted last Thursday 413-202 in favour of a having Prime Minister Theresa May seek an extension to Article 50, the process under which Britain would leave the European Union. British lawmakers also voted 334 to 85 against a second Brexit referendum.Next Thursday Prime Minister May is expected to ask the European Union to extend the Article 50 deadline.An EU spokesman was cited in an American Shipper report as saying: "An extension of Article 50 requires the unanimous agreement of all 27 member states. It will be for the European Council (Article 50) to consider such a request, giving priority to the need to ensure the functioning of the EU institutions and taking into account the reasons for and duration of a possible extension."Thursday's vote followed one on Wednesday by parliament to reject a no-deal Brexit, but Mrs May said that remained the default option for the country.Following that vote, the FTA announced that it "has doubled down on its advice to logistics operators and importers and exporters to prepare for a no-deal outcome.""As further debates and votes take place in the House of Commons over the coming days, FTA is advising those businesses responsible for keeping Britain trading to keep planning for the worst-case outcome for logistics and supply chains ?a no-deal Brexit ?in order that raw materials, goods and services continue to reach those who need them with limited delays. "With only 13 working days left until the UK's planned departure from the EU [on March 29], time is running out to make these arrangements," the FTA said.FTA head of global and European policy Pauline Bastidon said: "Managing to keep things going in the face of continuous uncertainty and the prospect of significant and sudden changes in regulatory requirements is not a menial task. Logistics and supply chain managers in the UK now face what is possibly their biggest challenge in almost a generation."The reintroduction of customs formalities and food safety checks for trade with the EU, the restrictions placed and red tape imposed on transport operators, and the significant cost of re-organising the way we do logistics and manage supply chains should not be underestimated. "The challenge for our members will be to turn sometimes incomplete government procedures into workable business processes to keep supply chains running in an efficient way ?in less than 13 working days! This is not a trivial job and the scale of the challenge should not be underestimated," she added. Increased import taxes and transport delays could all mean a rise in prices given that 30 per cent of all food consumed in the UK comes from the EU. What's more is if a no-deal Brexit was followed by a drop in the value of the pound sterling as that would also have the same effect, the BBC said. Traffic at ports and highways is expected to see further delays.Forwarder Flexport said already shippers are transferring UK assets to European Union member countries. It said assets based in the EU will start looking like a safer bet, avoiding any UK logistics delays sparked by Brexit.
Representatives from governments, shipowners and seafarer organisations, met between February 25 and March 1 to adopt measures that aim to make a career in seafaring for attractive to young people and to retain experienced seafarers, ensure social diversity and opportunities for all."This meeting addressed the issues and approaches needed to ensure that the future of work in the maritime shipping sector is attractive, including for women and other groups vulnerable to discrimination, and that it retains qualified seafarers," said the meeting's chairperson Henrik Munthe, who is a law attorney at the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise.While there are many positive and attractive aspects to a maritime career, there are also challenges and issues that may dissuade young people from becoming seafarers and may cause experienced seafarers to abandon the profession. The projected seafarer shortage, in particular of officers, calls for promoting good practices and addressing problem areas to ensure that there are qualified and motivated seafarers in the future.Maritime shipping, as with other sectors, has been forced to adjust to ongoing technological changes. These include automation and digitalisation, reduced crew sizes and the resultant potential stress and isolation, limited shore leave and amendments to shipping operations and management. Developments in communication technology, such as Internet access, including on the high seas, are generally positive, providing seafarers with the means to keep in contact with friends and family ashore but these also may lead to less social interaction on board.Chamber of Shipping of America CEO Kathy Metcalf was quoted as saying: "We were able to communicate our concerns and possible solutions on key issues and also to highlight good practices in our industry that could be emulated. "This will help us in our efforts to ensure that shipping is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable and, therefore, ready for the future with a view to preserving and enhancing greatest asset, the seafarer."Women comprise only a small percentage of serving seafarers, making them an under-utilised resource. Too many women in the sector are said to face problems such as discrimination, isolation and even sexual harassment.Director of cruise operations at the Norwegian Seafarers' Union Lena Dyring said: "I was particularly pleased that we had a good discussion, ending with quite specific recommendations for action, including through social dialogue, to improve the seagoing life for young and ageing seafarers, women seafarers and seafarers from other vulnerable groups."The outcome of the meeting will be submitted to the governing body of the ILO for consideration at this November's session.
It's a move that is likely to largely signal the close of common-user transshipment operations in the Mediterranean, London's Loadstar reported."Contship Italia has entered into negotiations with MSC for the sale of its 50 per cent share in CSM Italia Gate, the company that controls Medcenter Container Terminal," a company statement said. "MCT is the concessionaire of the container terminal activities in the port of Gioia Tauro where MSC is already a partner and the main customer."During the negotiations, Medcenter Container Terminal will continue to be fully operational," it added.The two have been in loggerheads for one year, with Alphaliner reporting that it is centred on how much to further invest in a facility that over the years has morphed from a genuine common-user transhipment terminal into one dominated by MSC.
Trucks will be able to wait there customs documents have not been properly prepared for maritime crossings to the UK, in the event of a hard Brexit on March 29."The aim is to minimise delay resulting from customs formalities at ferry and shortsea terminals to ensure freight traffic to the UK runs as smoothly as possible," said the Port of Rotterdam Authority. Simulation research reveals the 700 additional spaces provided at buffer parking sites will be sufficient. On the northern bank in Hoek van Holland, the Municipality of Rotterdam has allocated the Oranjeheuvel site. This site is close to the ferry terminal in Hoek van Holland. Rijkswaterstaat is creating space there for around 200 trucks. In Maasdijk, in the municipality of Westland, Rijkswaterstaat has created a buffer site for around 50 trucks. The municipality of Vlaardingen, created space for 80 trucks. Southern bank parking sites are being created on Moezelweg and Seattleweg. The site on Moezelweg will provide space for 290 trucks. The Port of Rotterdam Authority, the municipality of Rotterdam, and neighbouring town as well the Dutch water authorities and participating.
It is an expansion project for the third phase shipping channel project. The total project investment is CNY340 million (US$51.6 million), covering a shipping channel in length of 11.5 kilometres.The project is scheduled to be completed in 2021, and will be able to accommodate large containerships.Xiamen port aims to handle 218 million tonnes of cargo throughput and 10.8 million TEU in container volumes in 2019.
Trouble has been brewing for six weeks, since DP World warned it would strip workers of income protection insurance under a proposed labour agreement that also includes a 2.6 per cent pay increase.Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) members voted to launch "industrial action" against DP World Australia starting from March 22. Along with rolling strikes of between one and 24 hours, including bans on overtime and shift extensions."Importers [and] exporters start feeling detrimental impacts if delays are extended beyond 12-24 hours, although with advance notice, transport operators can make alternative arrangements," said Paul Zalai, director of the Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Australian Peak Shippers Association. The FTA represents nearly 100 importers and exporters and shipping related firms, including the Australian Cotton Shippers Association, the Australian Meat Industry Council, Cargill, Kmart Australia, Costco Wholesale Australia, Airbus, Alibaba, Target, and Toshiba.The strike is limited to the DP World Australia-operated terminals at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Fremantle. But shippers fear the dispute could spread to terminals operated by other companies if cargo owners and container attempt to divert cargo normally handled by DP World to those facilities. In addition to DP World Australia's operations, Hutchison Port Australia, part of Hong Kong's Hutchison Port Holdings, has terminals at Sydney and Brisbane, while Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) has a terminal at Melbourne and Patrick Terminals operates facilities in Sydney, Brisbane, and Fremantle."We recently witnessed a situation whereby industrial action at Hutchison spread to other stevedoring operations that accepted the working of affected vessels on a sub-contracted basis. What was once a work-around to ensure business continuity may no longer be a viable option," Mr Zalai said, adding that the delays caused by the Hutchison dispute spread lmost immediately?to other facilities when lines switched terminals.Trouble has been brewing for about six weeks, ever since DP World Australia warned it would strip workers of income protection insurance under a proposed labour agreement that also includes a 2.6 per cent pay increase.Australia's Fair Work Commission approved the union's application to go ahead with industrial action in mid-February, but said the union must give DP World five days?notice of any strike action.
This follows a public tender offer from CMA CGM that values CEVA at CHF1.67 billion (US$1.66 billion) with each share priced at CHF30. Reuters said this offer price has won agreement, after a takeover bid from Denmark's DSV was rejected in October.An additional acceptance period is to run from March 20 to April 2, reported London's Air Cargo News.As for developments at DSV, Capital Group Companies has raised its shares in the transportation service provider to 5.04 per cent of the total share capital and voting rights.DP World profit up 13.7pc to US$2.81 billion as revenues rise 19.8pcDUBAI global port operator DP World increased 2018 operating profit (EBITDA) 13.7 per cent year on year to US$2.81 billion, drawn on revenues of $5.65 billion, which increased 19.8 per cent.Growth in revenues was attributed to acquisitions and a small increase in container volumes.Container volume stood at 71.42 million TEU, which is 1.9 per cent on 2017. Box volumes in the United Arab Emirates were 15 million TEU in 2018, down 2.7 per cent year on year."Our Europe and Americas portfolio saw strong growth with continued ramp-up in London Gateway (UK), Yarimca (Turkey) and Prince Rupert (Canada), while performance in Africa remains robust driven by Dakar (Senegal) and Sokhna (Egypt)," said chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem."In the UAE, the softer volumes were due to the loss of low-margin throughput, where we remain focused on high margin cargo and maintaining profitability," he said.On a gross volume basis, Asia Pacific and India handled 32.9 million TEU, up 3.2 per cent on the previous year. DP World terminals in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, handled 29.46 million TEU, up 3.1 per cent on the 2017 figure. Terminals in the Americas and Australia handled 9.04 million TEU, which was 0.9 per cent up on the previous year.
It is believed that the fire first broke out in the containers on the upper deck on February 14. The vessel was re-directed to Hong Kong, where the fire was thought to be extinguished but restarted on February 24. The crew were reported to have reacted quickly to bring the fire under control and all the containers were safely unloaded in Hong Kong under the close supervision of a salvage company, local authorities and fire experts.The ship then continued its journey to Qingdao, but a further three containers caught on fire while approaching the port of Shanghai. Again, the fire was extinguished by the crew, reported Kiev's Maritime Bulletin.The ER Kobe is now at the Luhuashan anchorage where all remaining 43 containers loaded with charcoal have been safely discharged. The vessel was then shifted from Yuanyuansha anchorage to Waigaqiao terminal.A detailed investigation of the cargo damage and the claims handling is ongoing. All actions are being taken in coordination with charterer, agents, P&I and port authorities.ER Kobe is expected to later continue on her way with an adjusted schedule. She is under the management of manager ER Schiffahrt GmbH & Cie KG and deployed on the ICC service on a rotation of: China, Singapore, Malaysia, India, and back to Sri Lanka.