Wednesday, August 23, 2017
The Cargo Agency Programme was amended to meet the evolving needs of the air cargo industry and better reflect the change in relationships and the transformed role of the freight forwarder, reported Toronto's Materials Management and Distribution.The new IFACP Freight Forwarder Agreement shall govern the relationship between freight forwarders and air carriers participating in the programme."Simplifying the governance structure reduces the administrative requirement to manage the programme," said IATA director FDS operations, Juan Antonio Rodriguez."Given that more than 80 per cent of transactions are performed by freight forwarders acting as principals, the proposed IFACP better clarifies and validates the business through a buyer-seller relationship."IFACP addresses the principal-to-principal relationship between freight forwarders and airlines, helping to clarify liability issues on cargo claims, as well as supporting members to work towards key industry goals such as e-freight adoption, according to Mr Rodriguez.Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) and Air Canada Cargo are pleased that an IATA-FIATA Governance Board (IFGB) has been established to govern the activities of the IFACP. It will jointly, with equal airline and forwarder representation, manage the programme and provide the policy, strategy, oversight and guidance as to how the IFACP operates.During the roll out, current participants of the IATA Cargo gency/Intermediary Programme will be provided with a new agreement and will automatically join IFACP and continue their existing enrollment in CASS once they have signed and returned the paperwork.
The 15 tonne belly offering is already looking extremely promising in both directions and may even spill over to Virgin Australia's Melbourne-Los Angeles service, according to London's Air Cargo News.While the inaugural flight went purposely light on cargo for operational reasons - four tonnes of mostly perishables including health supplements, wine, fresh fish, meat and cheese, heading northbound - the subsequent return flights in the immediate days following were nearly fully booked, hitting an average of 12 tonnes with a 97 per cent load factor. Cargo sales on these Virgin Australia flights are marketed by Virgin Atlantic Cargo, which also sells space on Virgin Australia's existing long-haul services from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne to Los Angeles."The new route is extremely significant because we are now able to give our customers in both points of sale more choice with regular frequencies to and from Hong Kong, which is one of the world's premier air cargo markets and gateways," says John Lloyd, managing director of Virgin Atlantic Cargo, adding "our expectations for the route are high".The southbound portion is perhaps a no-brainer - the strong production economies of Hong Kong and China generate substantial e-commerce shipments for Australian consumers, along with some degree of more traditional electronics and general cargo.But it is the northbound leg that has exceeded expectations. "We were also pleasantly surprised about the potential of the northbound market and the level of demand we identified," says Mr Lloyd.He highlights the State of Victoria's pre-eminence as a high-quality agricultural producer which is generating a good level of demand from customers for Australian produce across a wide-range of fish, meat and packaged food goods, as well as for milk powder. From a revenue perspective, the composition of this northbound produce is a healthy situation - dense cargo which makes for very good positional revenue."We expect both the southbound and northbound sectors to make an important contribution to the overall route profitability," Mr Lloyd adds.
The MOU, inked between the Cathay Pacific Group and Airbus in Toulouse, France, is valued at approximately HKD31.7 billion (US$4.05 billion) at current list prices.The new aircraft, which are scheduled to be delivered between 2020 and 2023, are intended to replace Cathay Dragon's existing single-aisle fleet of 23 aircraft, comprising 15 Airbus A320s and eight Airbus A321s.Cathay Pacific CEO and Cathay Dragon chairman Rupert Hogg said: "We look forward to introducing the aircraft into our fleet and expanding the reach of the Cathay Pacific Group to more customers."The intention to purchase these 32 environmentally-friendly aircraft will allow us to add new destinations to Cathay Dragon's network. We also intend to increase frequencies on some of our most popular routes in order to provide our customers with more travel choices and convenience."Having focused on modernising and expanding Cathay Pacific's long-haul fleet in recent times, this is an exciting new chapter for Cathay Dragon following last year's rebranding to enhance a seamless travel experience for our customers."The substantial investment we are making in new aircraft underlines our confidence in the future of the Cathay Pacific Group, as well as our commitment to bolstering Hong Kong's position as Asia's largest international aviation hub as we bring new connectivity to and from our home."Airbus COO Customers, John Leahy, said: "Airbus is proud to have been selected to supply Cathay Dragon's future single-aisle fleet. This is another major endorsement of the A321neo as the aircraft of choice for airlines in the middle-of-the-market segment."The A321neo offers the lowest possible operating costs, longest range capability and most spacious cabin in its class. It will be the perfect aircraft for Cathay Dragon as it builds on its success as one of Asia's leading regional carriers."According to Airbus' design specifications, the A321neo has a seating capacity of up to 240 passengers and has an extended range of up to 7,400 km. The aircraft also shows impressive figures in terms of noise reduction, up to 50 per cent less than that of the current A321 aircraft.
Key sponsors include the port of Algeciras, Agro Merchants, Anserlog, Emerson Climate Technologies, Daikin, Kuehne + Nagel, Zeeland Seaports, DP World London Gateway, foodcareplus, Fruit Logistica, Port of Dover, Seaco and Visbeen.A growing list of exhibitors showcasing the latest cold chain technology at the event include Daikin, Hamburg Sud, Hapag-Lloyd, Kuehne + Nagel, Maersk Line, RTE and Transito 2000.The technical workshop to be held at the event will focus on the theme of: "The speed of new technologies being rolled out across the manufacturing sector is mind blowing. Artificial intelligence and transformational solutions, capacity planning and predictive tools, disruptive technologies coming under the heading of 'industry 4.0' cloud-based, in-house vs off-the shelf systems are all providing new opportunities for perishable logistics in different shape or form. Find out which of these technologies could benefit your organisation," a statement from the organiser said.Attendees will hear practical experiences of both shippers and service providers to help determine: which technologies are on offer, which technologies could benefit your organisation, and how to benefit from the initial investment.
The conference will review recent case studies and expert views from senior level representatives in the salvage industry.Speakers include: Nick Sloane, director, Resolve Marine; George Tsavliris, principal, Tsavliris Salvage; Sam Kendall-Marsden, head of division, UK & Americas, Standard Club; Mauricio Garrido, president, T&T Salvage and Capt Mahamood Al-Alawi, harbour master, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company.Among those attending will be TT Salvage Deutschland; Tindall Riley (Britannia) Ltd; Hyopsung Shipping Corporation; Tripmare SpA: Wittich Bros; Marine Inc; MCGA; Otto Wulf GmbH & Co KG; Tsavliris Salvage among others.Key Topics will be salvage market update, salvage case studies, technical and operational perspectives, environmental regulations and crew training and management.For more information, Email: dpavlyk@acieu.net - or visit http://www.acieu.net . Or telephone + 44 (0)203 141 0627 F. + 44 (0)207 5930071.
Sihanoukville is the only deepsea port in the country on the southern economic corridor, a road connecting Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh and Bangkok.The agreement aims to improve the logistics environment in Cambodia and promote trade, according to a JICA press release. The funds will be allocated to dredging, procurement of cargo-handling equipment, consulting services and the development of container terminal, access roads and marine routes.The project will increase the container cargo handling capacity at the port, expected to become a logistics transfer hub for ASEAN to 450,000 TEU, one-and-a-half times current capacity.Since 1999, Japan has provided continuous support for improving the infrastructure and enhancing the management capacity of the port. In June 2017, it acquired equities in the port authority of Sihanoukville.
"This is efficient and fast. It bypasses the congestion at European ports," said Euroconsol chairman and CEO Maciej Mazurkiewicz.Onward carriage is offered to Hamburg and Rotterdam, two day transit with additional forwarding soon available to Prague, Vienna, Helsinki and Budapest.The service connects to all major cities in China via transshipment. An eastbound Euroconsol service to Chengdu will be available in September.The rail route from southwest China is 15 days shorter to Poland that ocean freight delivery.The service is in collaboration with iCargo Alliance and Eurasia International Group. Chengdu International Railway Service Co Ltd manages the intercontinental rail network running between Asia and Europe.
"This is a good trend," maritime director John Driscoll was quoted as saying in a report by AJOT. "Our cargo volume is up but with fewer ships, we reduce diesel emissions and ease berth crowding."Port authorities said 100 fewer ship calls should result in lower diesel particulate emissions in Oakland. With less vessel traffic, there's little need for ships to idle in San Francisco Bay waiting for berths at marine terminals.Vessel calls in Oakland have fallen by 15 per cent since 2007, the port said. The low point was 2015 when 1,433 ships visited.Despite fewer vessel calls, the port said loaded container volume rose two per cent in 2017. If that pace holds, Oakland could set a cargo record for the second consecutive year.The port said the phenomenon of more cargo but fewer ships reflects that shipping lines are consolidating container volumes to cut costs. With fewer voyages, carriers cut fuel and other operating expenses.One by-product of larger ships: they're loading and unloading 11 per cent more containers per visit, the port said. That challenges marine terminals and harbour truckers attempting to quickly deliver customers' cargo. It was noted, however, that terminals have overcome the challenge through longer hours of operation and trucker appointments.
The gross charter rate is US$8,500 per day, minus a 3.5 per cent commission paid to third parties, for a minimum period of eight months to a maximum of 11 months, reported MarineLink.The new time charter with CMA CGM is anticipated to generate approximately $2.04 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.The m/v Domingo is currently chartered to Nile Dutch Africa Line at a gross charter rate of $6,000 per day, minus a five per cent commission paid to third parties.Diana Containerships Inc's fleet consists of 11 containerships.
The IPA expects the total box throughput for 2017 will amount to 3.1 million TEU, representing a year-on-year increase of 14.9 per cent. The forecast is based on the performance during the first half and current trends, reported Maritime Global News.It highlighted that the percentage of the port's trading volume for the second half to the first half has continuously increased (7.3-16.5 per cent) since 2013.In addition, the IPA anticipates container throughput will hit two million TEU by September, one month earlier than the prior year.President of the IPA, Nam Bong-hyun, was quoted as saying: "I'd like to thank the owners of goods who use the port of Incheon and all people working for the port of Incheon including the terminal operating companies (TOC), shipping companies, CIQ and port transport union that have been fully supportive in the development of the port of Incheon and attraction of container volume."
The NYSHEX is a digital exchange that allows shippers, freight forwarders and ocean carriers to engage in the consummation of forward freight contracts, American Shipper reported.The overall goal of the NYSHEX is to get both parties in a transaction to agree to mutually enforceable contracts that penalise either side for failing to live up to the terms of the contract, while still using the industry's standard contract format. Buyers pay liquidated damages for no-show containers, which enable carriers to improve vessel planning and utilisation, while carriers pay liquidated damages when the contract is not operationally fulfiled, the NYSHEX explained. In addition, rates are "all-in" meaning there are no general rate increases or surcharges tacked onto offers on the NYSHEX. Buyers of container shipping services, such as shippers and non-vessel-operating common carriers, use the NYSHEX at no cost, and just have to initially be pre-accredited with the exchange to get started, while ocean carriers pay a $5 per TEU transaction fee.CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, MOL and OOCL are currently working with the NYSHEX. Looking ahead, the NYSHEX said it "will continue to bring on additional carriers to grow its service offerings and pursue future funding to build a comprehensive global exchange."
Another five US sailors were also reported to have been injured in the collision between the USS John S McCain and the Liberian-flagged oil/chemical tanker Alnic MC east of Singapore on Monday.The collision was reported at 6:24 am local time as the vessels were east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca.According to the 7th Fleet, the John S McCain was transiting to a routine port visit in Singapore when the collision occurred.The vessel, which is 505 feet long and weighs less than 9,000 tonnes with a full crew, sustained damage to her port side aft upon colliding with the 600 foot long, 30,000 gross tonne, double-hulled tanker, which is owned by Marshall Islands-headquartered Energetic Tank Inc and operated by Greece-based shipping company Stealth Maritime Corp SA, according to American Shipper.No injuries or spillage have been reported on board the nine-year-old tanker, which like the Navy vessel, was headed to Singapore.It was just in mid-June that seven US sailors were killed and three others severely injured after the ACX Crystal, a containership chartered by Japanese ocean carrier NYK Line, collided with US Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald in the Philippine Sea.An investigation by the 7th Fleet later found that the collision was avoidable and that both ships "demonstrated poor seamanship." Subsequently, the Fitzgerald's commanding officer, executive officer and command master chief were relieved of their duties, as were several junior officers.Meanwhile, two general cargo ships collided near Pingtan, Fujian in China over the weekend, with one vessel sinking and six crew members remaining missing, American Shipper reported citing maritime news outlet Splash 24/7 of Singapore.The vessel Xin Dong Yuan sank after the collision, while the An Da Sheng remained afloat. The Fujian Maritime Rescue Centre coordinated search and rescue operations, finding three bodies and rescuing four crew members. The organisation has also deployed an oil response team to clean up minor oil spills, according to Splash 24/7. Xing Dong Yuan is operated by Wuhan Chenguang Shipping while An Da Sheng is operated by Cangzhou Bohai Anda Shipping.