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Friday, October 20, 2017

Road Freight

Shippers’ Voice Welcomes Call for Single Carbon Footprint in Europe

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Shippers seeking to choose ‘green’ or ‘sustainable’ transport are being put off by the confusion of initiatives and promises offered by logistics and transport companies, says  Andrew Traill, Shippers' Voice Managing Partner. “The lack of a common programme results in a proliferation of calculation methodologies, carbon calculators, sustainability initiatives and so on,” he explains. “This usually leads to increased effort and cost for companies to assess carbon emissions of transportation and also hampers collaboration with other companies in the supply chain." Dr Traill welcomes the latest initiative to de-mystify the current situation, with a European Shippers' Council forum called ‘Greening the Maritime Logistics Supply Chain’ on 28 September in Brussels. “The European Shippers' Council has effectively cried ‘Enough is enough - it is time identify what the schemes are, what they all do and which ones are going to be of use to shippers ‘.  Shippers need to know. They need tools to measure their carbon footprint and for that they also need accurate, reliable measures of the carbon footprint of the ships which carry their freight, and the ports and terminals which load and unload the freight and pass the goods on to inland carriers - by road, rail and inland waterways." A group of companies is getting together to try and bring order to this chaos in road freight logistics

Feature: Short Sea Shipping-Nurturing a Modal Shift

By David Tinsley, technical editor Swelling U.S. interest in fostering the development of coastwise shipping may be set against the backcloth of an anticipated 55 percent growth in demand for domestic freight transport over the period 2000-2010. Aside from its breathtaking scale, one of the most remarkable aspects of the U.S. projection is its similarity to the forecast, 50-percent increase in European road freight volume within the same timeframe.

Incat Sells Hull 058

A contract has been exchanged for the sale of Incat Australia’s 98m catamaran, hull 058, to a European customer. The purchaser is a long term Incat customer, and intends for 058 to join its two existing Incat vessels in operation for the northern European summer. Announcing the sale to staff at the Hobart shipyard, Incat Australia Managing Director, Craig Clifford said “The sale of vessel 058 has been foreshadowed for some time, and is great news for all Incat staff and supporters

U.K. Financial Assistance to Move Freight to Waterways

The UK Department for Transport issued its Consultation Document entitled Financial Assistance for Moving Freight from Road to Inland Waterway and Maritime Transport. The post-consultation response indicates broad support for grants to encourage increased use of waterways in lieu of roadways to transport freight in the U.K. Differences remain, however, with regard to detailed implementation.

Fratelli Cosulich Expands with Dublin Freight Office

Multi-faceted shipping group Fratelli Cosulich has expanded its freight forwarding business by opening an office in Dublin, Ireland. The move follows fast growth in its freight forwarding and NVOCC operations which operate from bases in Heathrow, Felixstowe, Izmir, Istanbul, New York, Shenzen and now Dublin. Fratelli Cosulich will move freight of all types by road, sea and air and expects its Dublin office to have balanced import and export traffic. The Dublin office details are:

Multimodal Freight Bill Introduced in US Senate

Cantwell, Booker, Murray, Markey introduce freight investment legislation aiming to eliminate chokepoints at critical highway, rail, port and intermodal facilities to support economic growth, and reduce the impact of freight movement on communities   U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) introduced legislation to establish a multimodal freight investment policy to keep America businesses

UK Short Sea Shipping Bureau Takes Shape

A UK Short Sea Shipping Bureau is one step closer to becoming a reality, according to the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS). Over recent months, the ICS has organised a number of meetings with leading bodies in the UK transport industry including the Chamber of Shipping, Freight Transport Association, BIFA, Road Haulage Association and British ports' groups, all of which have given the bureau their full support. The next step is to secure funding from the UK government.

Some Roads Reopened in Brazil, Truck Strike Persists

Striking truckers lifted their blockade of dozens of highways in Brazil after police began fining and arresting protesters, though strike organizers said they had no plans to end their stoppage now in its 10th day. Road blockages were reported at 59 locations across six states on Friday down from the Thursday count of 88 road blocks, according to the latest report from highway police. Most protesting drivers rejected an initial government offer and negotiations were not scheduled to resume

Record Freight Handled by Antwerp Port

Mobility solutions for the Left bank of the port of Antwerp courtesy Antwerp Port

  The port of Antwerp is set to achieve a freight volume of more than 200 million tonnes for the first time ever in 2015. When it comes to containers Antwerp is performing extremely well this year: with expected growth of almost 8% it will easily pass the milestone of 9 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units, i.e. standard containers) for the first time in its history. About half of the container volume is currently handled in the port area on the Right bank of the Scheldt

Seatruck Reports Growth on Irish Sea

Photo: Seatruck

Freight ferry company Seatruck is reporting growth of more than 18pc in 2016 consolidating its position as the fastest growing operator on the Irish Sea, as more hauliers switch to its services.   Seatruck chief executive Alistair Eagles said freight levels are also up 30pc in November 2016 compared to November last year. He further forecast winning even more business from hauliers switching ferry operators, following the opening of the new £125 million ($155 mln)  Bay

CMA CGM Launches Morocco Express

Photo: CMA CGM Group

The CMA CGM Group, a leader in container shipping, is launching an innovative offer to connect Morocco more quickly to Europe: Morocco Express 1/2/3.    This service is an extremely competitive alternative to road transport transiting through Spain thanks to its reliability and to the reduction of the environmental footprint.   The first departures are scheduled simultaneously on 21 October in Tangiers and Marseille with 3 different rotations for optimized service

Bahri Rolls Out BahriBunge Dry Bulk

Following announcement in Feb 2017, new joint venture plans to ship over 5 million metric tons of dry bulk commodities in its first year of operation. Photo: Bahri

Following the announcement of the joint venture agreement by Bahri, a global leader in transportation and logistics, and Koninklijke Bunge, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bunge Limited, a global agribusiness and food company, the two companies recently inaugurated the offices of BahriBunge Dry Bulk Ltd. in Dubai, UAE.    In celebration of the occasion and reveal of the new company’s logo, Mr. Abdulrahman M

Yamal LNG to Ship Two LNG Cargoes in November

(File photo: PAO Sovcomflot)

The Russian Yamal LNG project will ship the first two cargoes of liquefied natural gas in November, followed by another four in December, Russia's customs service said on Tuesday.   The Yamal LNG project is co-owned by local Russian gas producer Novatek, as well as France's Total, China's CNPC and the Silk Road Fund.   Reporting by Oksana Kobzeva 

St. Lawrence Seaway Cargo Volumes Buoyant

The Canada-flag Algolake loading wheat at the CHS elevator in the Port of Duluth-Superior. (Photo by: Terry White / Chamber of Marine Commerce)

As marine shipping continues to support the growth of the Canadian and U.S. economies, St. Lawrence Seaway cargo shipments to-date for 2917 are 14 percent ahead of 2016 volumes.   Total cargo tonnage from March 20 to September 30 reached 24.3 million metric tons – 3 million metric tons more compared to the same period in 2016, according to The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation.   “Our results point to the strength of the Canadian and U.S. economies

Maersk to Face Price War

Photo: Maersk Line

 A.P. Moller-Maersk's main sea freight business faces the threat of a new price war in a consolidating industry, though the company has been fortified by the $7.5 billion sale of its oil and gas business to France's Total Reuters reported.   Maersk, the world's biggest container shipping company, has shifted its focus this year from preserving market share to higher margins, a strategy that was helped by a recovery in freight rates, the report said.  

St. Louis Region’s Agriculture Freight Network Poised for Growth

This 15-mile section of the Mighty Mississippi is being called the “Ag Coast” of America.

As cargo handling capacity increases along the Mississippi River, this 15-mile section of the Mighty Mississippi is being called the Ag Coast.   Located in the heartland of America, one 15-mile section of the Mississippi River in the St. Louis, Missouri, region delivers the highest level of grain barge handling capacity anywhere along the Mighty Mississippi. In fact, it is now being called the “Agriculture or Ag Coast” of America in terms of barge transfer facilities for

Stena Adds Vessel on Gdynia-Karlskrona Line

(Photo: Stena Line)

Stena Lines reports the number of units carried by its Baltic Sea South freight business increased significantly in the first eight months in 2017, following strong growth through 2016.   This calls for increased capacity, and from Monday, August 28, a fourth ship, M/V Gute, has been taken into operation between Gdynia and Karlskrona.   “Over these last few years we have experienced a very positive volume development and we believe this will continue and we are very happy

Traders Scramble to Avert Regional Fuel Shortages

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) Leeylutung)

Mexico buys gasoline from Europe, Asia; in rare move, Europe exports diesel to Brazil.   The crippling of the U.S. Gulf Coast refining hub by Tropical Storm Harvey roiled global oil markets on Thursday as traders scrambled to buy gasoline and diesel from distant markets to avert supply shortages in the United States, Mexico and Brazil.   A slew of gasoline tankers has been booked over the past two days out of Europe to the United States and Latin America, with around 12

Ecuador, DP World Begin USD 1bln Port Construction

Photo: DP World

 The President of Ecuador Lenín Moreno and DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem today performed a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of the greenfield multi-purpose port project at Posorja, Ecuador.   The ceremony follows the 50-year concession the company won last year from the Government of Ecuador to build a facility with 750,000 TEU (twenty-foot container equivalent) of capacity to fuel the country’s economic growth and

New Orleans' Big Plans Showing Dividends

(Photo: SEACOR)

A Container-on-Barge service intended to be an integral part of the regional intermodal equation is gathering momentum – and customers.    Quietly, the Port of New Orleans (NOLA) has marked some important accomplishments in the past two years, across multiple business sectors. For example, in April 2016, NOLA’s Board dedicated a $25 million Mississippi River intermodal terminal, capable of handling 160,000 twenty-foot-equivalent (TEU) units per year by rail

Hong Kong Looks to Ride Out Boxship Turmoil

File Image: A view of busy Hong Kong Harbor (CREDIT: Joseph Keefe)

Hong Kong's port expects a slight rise in container shipping volumes this year despite continuing global turmoil in the sector.   The global container industry, which transports everything from bananas to iPhones, is showing signs of better returns after a near-decade long slump.   Nevertheless, worries over global retail demand and too many ships have continued to put the brakes on a bigger recovery.  

Global BCOs Hit by Rising Contract Rates from Asia

Graph: Drewry Benchmarking Club

 Contract freight rates paid by Beneficial Cargo Owners to move their products by container have increased for a 4th consecutive quarter, according to actual contract rate data from the Drewry Benchmarking Club.   Average contract rates on two major container trade routes - from Asia to North Europe and North America – have increased by another 4% between the second and the third quarter of this year

Global Trade Surge Fuel Oil Markets

Global trade is growing at the fastest rate for six years - which is both a symptom and a cause of the recovery in commodity markets.   World trade volumes were up almost 5 percent year-on-year from May to July, according to estimates compiled by government economic planners in the Netherlands.   Growth was four times faster than at the same point in 2016 (http://tmsnrt.rs/2y89NxC).   Global trade and commodity markets are linked in a circular causal relationship

NORDEN to Ship Road Salt from Chile to US

A NORDEN dry cargo vessel loading salt in Patillos (Photo: NORDEN)

NORDEN has entered into a 10-year contract effective 2020-2029 for the transportation of 4-5 million metric tons of road salt to be loaded in Caleta Patillos 1,400 kilometers north of the Chilean capital Santiago and discharged primarily on the American East Coast in ports between Boston and Baltimore.   Road salt – or rock salt – will be carried on Supramax vessels. The contract covers 8-10 voyages per year of 50,000 metric tons each

Work Begins at Wardha Dry Port

Nitin Gadkari. Photo: Official FB page of Nitin Gadkari

 The Indian Minister of Shipping Nitin Gadkari will perform the Bhoomi Poojan (Ground breaking ceremony) the Wardha dry port at Sindi (Railway) in Wardha, Maharashtra on 2nd October, 2017.     The Dry Port is being developed by the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in a bid to cater effective logistics services to the industries in Vidarbha region and improve cargo throughput at the Port.  

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