APL Exec: Collaboration is Key

Wednesday, June 20, 2007
The freight transport industry must collaborate to combat mounting congestion challenges and use a collective voice to move the issue up both public and governmental agendas, according to David Appleton, European Regional President for global container transport leader APL.

Speaking at the international transport conference, TOC Europe, in Istanbul, Mr Appleton said: “Unfortunately, supply chain congestion is not on many people’s radar screens. On the list of global issues, it does not rank very high.” He emphasised the need to address this situation because of the strain on Europe’s transport infrastructure caused by the double-digit growth of imports to Europe, mainly from Asia.

“Forecasts for trade growth in the future show that congestion within the European supply chain will not be reduced. Serious constraints on trade and a slowing of global economic growth are very real consequences,” said Mr Appleton. He stressed that the growth in trade, driven by consumer demand and the shift of production to lower cost locations such as Asia, has brought a strong response from transport providers. For example, shipping lines have invested on average Euros 9 billion per year over the past three years, with that figure estimated to increase to more than Euros 11 billion this year. Europe’s ports have also announced plans for new container terminal capacity costing more than Euros 6 billion within the past five years, explained Mr Appleton. He highlighted the importance of ensuring that the general public and policy makers recognise and suport the efforts of the industry to move products quickly and efficiently and to overcome the threat of serious choke points caused by inadequate transport infrastructure – particularly on the landside.

He focused on the need to improve the planning process for new port development and a more integrated European rail system for freight movements. In developing ports to better service the huge increases in imported goods, the transport industry as a whole must communicate its needs and the case for expansion more eloquently, said Mr Appleton. He supported calls for the European Commission to bring clarity to the way in which planning decisions are made, and how sometimes conflicting plans for land resources are to be resolved, to convey greater certainty for port planners.

Mr Appleton applauded the ports of Rotterdam and Hamburg, which among others have made significant improvement to rail facilities and increased the proportion of containers moved to and from the ports by rail, which is a less environmentally damaging and potentially congestion-relieving mode. But progress is slow. “The intermodal rail network is currently projected to handle only 15% of freight movements within Europe by 2020. And the prospect of a seamless rail system across Europe is difficult to envisage without an enormous political will,” said Mr Appleton.

Maritime Reporter July 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Hamburg Süd Christens Containership in S. Korea

Hamburg Süd yesterday celebrated the christening of its new containership San Christobal with customers and business partners at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea.

Odfjell Drilling in Tighter 2Q North Sea Market

Odfjell Drilling reports second quarter 2014 financial results showing a profit of US$29-million. Profit & loss Q2 2014 Operating revenue for Q2 2014 was USD 272 million (USD 289 million),

Brazil AHTS Contract Breakthrough for Havyard

Havyard says it is to deliver the ship design and equipment for four anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels that are to be built and operated by the Brazilian

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Simulators Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1551 sec (6 req/sec)