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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Container Shipments News

Ten-day Dockworker Strike to Impact Portuguese Ports

Dockworkers in the Portuguese ports of Lisbon, Setubal and Figueira da Foz will go on a 10-day strike starting Nov. 14 to protest at a potential end of collective bargaining agreements, the stevedores union said in a statement. The ports to be affected by the strike are the third, fourth and fifth biggest in Portugal, in terms of container shipments. The strike will not affect the country's largest port in Sines, nor the second-largest in Leixoes, near Porto, which together account for three quarters of all container shipments. A wider stevedores strike in 2012 against labour law changes disrupted Portugal's exports as the country struggled with an economic and debt crisis.

Maersk to Begin Qatar-Oman Feeder Runs

File Image (CREDIT: Maersk)

Maersk Line, a part of A.P. Moller-Maersk, said Friday it will begin container shipments to Qatar from Oman, avoiding trade restrictions imposed on the Gulf state by Arab countries.   The first feeder shipment - which involves using smaller ships - is expected to depart Salalah, Oman, on June 19 and arrive in Doha on June 25, Maersk Line said.   Maersk Line plans to make such service available every 10 days, but will not accept new bookings for Qatar until further notice, it said. (Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen 

USTRANSCOM Deploys Container Security System

The United States Transportation Command recently deployed a container security system which detects tampering and helps protect military container shipments moving from to . USTRANSCOM introduced the CommerceGuard container security system, provided by GE Security, Inc., a business of GE Enterprise Solutions, to better protect its container shipments. Based at Scott Air Force Base, , USTRANSCOM directs and supervises execution of the military supply chain for the Department of Defense. The command required quick action to add high technology intrusion detection and tracking to containers being transported to the of in . The system provides shipment security throughout the supply chain.

Senator Murray and Operation Safe Commerce

Senator Murray (D-WA) issued a News Release in conjunction with the arrival in Tacoma of a container shipment tracked by Operation Safe Commerce. While Operation Safe Commerce is an important tool in the protection of maritime commerce and while Senator Murray has done much to bolster funding for this program, her claim to have “created” the initiative reminds one of then-Vice President Gore’s assertion that he invented the Internet. (HK Law).

Customs and DOT Launch 'Operation Safe Commerce' Program

Associate Deputy Secretary of Transportation Jeffrey Shane and Deputy Customs Commissioner Douglas Browning jointly announced the launch of Operation Safe Commerce (OSC), a program to fund business initiatives designed to enhance security for container cargo moving throughout the international transportation system. Operation Safe Commerce will provide a test-bed for new security techniques that have the potential to increase the security of container shipments. DOT and Customs will use the program to identify existing vulnerabilities in the supply chain and develop improved methods for ensuring the security of cargo entering and leaving the United States. Those security techniques that prove successful under the program will then be recommended for implementation system-wide.

Savi Networks to Extend Services to MTC Ports

Savi Networks, a provider of RFID-enhanced information services for global container shipments, and Marine Terminals Corporation (MTC), announced an agreement to extend SaviTrak services to MTC's port facilities. MTC is a leading U.S. stevedore and terminal operating company that handles more than 25 percent of the cargo container shipments on the U.S. West Coast. The partnership brings MTC terminals into Savi Networks' growing global community of ocean cargo terminal operators leveraging SaviTrak's managed information services. MTC operates 26 terminals in 13 ports across the U.S. West coast and at major ports in the U.S. South Atlantic region.

Crowley Cargo Lightering Ops in Port-au-Prince

Photo courtesy Crowley Maritime Corp.

Crowley Maritime Corporation, working under contract with the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), successfully discharged 12 20-foot containers of relief supplies across a beach in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Jan. 22 in an experimental lightering operation. The success of this operation, which involved lifting the containers from a Crowley container ship anchored in the harbor to a smaller, shallow-draft landing vessel for transport and discharge over the beach, paves the way for container shipments directly into Port-au-Prince next week.

Maersk Accepts Qatar Box Bookings via Oman

File Image: CREDIT Maersk

Maersk Line, a part of A.P. Moller-Maersk, said on Monday it will accept new bookings for container shipments to Qatar from Oman. To avoid trade restrictions imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and others, Maersk Line said Friday it would deliver cargo to Qatar by loading containers on smaller vessels in Oman and travelling on from there. "We have now opened acceptance of cargo to and from Qatar to be transshipped at Salalah (in Oman)," Maersk said. The first feeder shipment is scheduled to depart Salalah on June 19 and arrive in Doha on June 25…

Port Slowdown Impacts Lewsiton Shipping

Image: Port of Lewiston

The Port of Lewiston's container shipments declined to the worst level in more than two decades in 2014, and port officials are blaming a union labor disagreement and a contracted operator of the Port of Portland's container terminal. Lewiston port employees handled 3,240 containers in 2014, said Manager David Doeringsfeld at a port commissioner meeting. Doeringsfeld says the main problem is that the farthest inland seaport on the West Coast can't get enough empty containers to meet demand.

Port of Vancouver Tonnage Up 7%

The Port of Vancouver handled 76.5 million tons of cargo last year, up 7 percent to the highest level ever at what was already Canada's busiest ocean port. Vancouver saw increased volumes in nearly all the bulk materials it handles, and in both import and export container shipments, which the Vancouver Port Authority credited to the combination of a weak Canadian dollar and strong demand for Asian goods. Bulk wheat exports rose 26 percent to 8.5 million tons, coal exports were up 2 percent at 27.6 million tons, and shipments of forest products increased 6 percent to 6.1 million tons, according to port's annual report. The port authority said Vancouver-Alaska cruise ships handled just over 1 million passengers last summer, up 11 percent from the 1999 coastal cruise season.

Schenker: Focus on Ocean Forwarding

Schenker. Inc., an integrated logistics provider is in the process of restructuring its Hanover, Md., office to better service its ocean customers. Schenker offers a complete range of ocean freight services for all types of cargo - consolidated or full-container shipments, full and partial charters, RoRo, and barge cargo transportation. The Port of Baltimore is strategically located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. east coast, making it the closest Atlantic port to major Mid-western locations. Schenker plans to take advantage of its location and has added additional salespeople to concentrate on bringing in new and additional business from existing customers. "It is important to get our ocean freight services known to the general public.

Cargo Container Security Alliance Formed

Photo courtesy of Contguard

SC-integrity, Inc. (LoJack SCI) and Contguard Ltd. announced a strategic alliance designed to provide their customers with security and real-time visibility of supply chain assets and cargo on a global basis. LoJack SCI will exclusively offer the Contguard CMU (Cargo Monitoring Unit) service for the North American market. Working together, LoJack SCI, with its SC iOn Command Center web-based user portal and 24/7 monitoring center specialists, and Contguard, with its unique container tracking solution…

Maersk, IBM to Launch Blockchain Joint Venture

(Photo: A.P. Moller-Maersk)

The world’s largest container shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk is teaming up with IBM to create an industry-wide trading platform it says can speed up trade and save billions of dollars. The global shipping industry has seen little innovation since the container was invented in the 1950s, and cross-border trade still leaves an enormous trail of paperwork and bureaucracy. Success of the platform, which will be made available to the ocean shipping industry around mid-2018, depends on whether Maersk and IBM can convince shippers…

Port Plans $105M Investment

Malaysia's Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) intends to buy more than 400 million ringgit ($105 million) of equipment to handle an expected rise in container shipments. PTP's chief executive Mohd Sidik Shaik Osman was quoted by national Bernama news agency as saying he expected volume to triple to 150,000 TEUs by March after averaging 40,000 to 50,000 in the second-half of last year. PTP, a deep-sea port located at the south-western tip of Peninsular Malaysia, created a stir in the shipping world last year when it snatched away Maersk-Sealand, neighboring Singapore's prized client, as its anchor customer and shareholder. Maersk-Sealand, the world's largest shipping line, now owns 30 percent of PTP and is expected to channel some two million TEUs to the port.

India Launches Dredging Project

The Indian prime minister will inaugurate a deep sea dredging project on Saturday, called the Sethusamudhram Shipping Channel Project, to remove sand stone on two stretches along the channel between India and Sri Lanka. The new channel will have a depth of almost 40 feet and a width of almost 1000 feet for two-way traffic. When completed, the project will allow allow ships to travel between India's west and east coasts without circumnavigating Sri Lanka, saving about 36 hours in travel time, and fuel costs. Environmentalists worry that the project will damage a sensitive marine ecosystem. Sri Lanka is concerned about the environmental impact, and is also said to be worried about the loss of monopoly by Colombo port on container shipments in the region.

New TSHD Launched for Van Oord

Van Oord’s first of two new midsize trailing suction hopper dredgers (TSHD), Vox Amalia, has been launched at the LaNaval shipyard in Bilbao, Spain. Its twin, Vox Alexia, is slated to be completed early next year. “These two vessels are designed for capital dredging, coastal works and dredging of trenches for pipe and cable routes for offshore installations such as wind farms,” explained Gerard Alkema, Project Manager Plant Design & Construction at Van Oord. The dredgers have a hopper volume of approximately 18,000 cubic meters and are equipped with two suction pipes with submerged e-driven dredge pumps, two shore discharge dredge pumps and six bottom doors. Each vessel is 158 meters by 36 meters and can accommodate 38 persons.

APM Terminals Moin Bullish on Reefers

APM Terminals Moin, Costa Rica. Photo: APM Terminals

APM Terminals is preparing an expansion of the Moin Terminal in Costa Rica's cooling export facilities. Six new STS cranes and 29 RTG cranes to operate the deep water port of Moin Container Terminal, which opens in 2018. The Port of Moin is 18 meters deep docks. Larger container ships with increased cooling capacity can then enter Costa Rica directly. Costa Rica's Port Limon-Moin is ranked as the 13th largest in Latin America and fourth in Central America with a container volume of 1.09 million TEUs in 2014.

$22 Mln Cocaine Bust in Port of Philadelphia

Philadelphia CBP seized 709 pounds of cocaine concealed in furniture shipped from Puerto Rico. (Photo: CBP)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said its officers in the Port of Philadelphia seized 709 pounds of cocaine concealed inside furniture on a containership arriving from Puerto Rico, the largest local cocaine load discovered by the CBP in a decade. Officers made the discovery after detecting an anomaly in one of the shipping containers while conducting inspections a seaport in Pennsauken, N.J., on November 2. The contents of the container were emptied at CBP’s Centralized Examination Station in Philadelphia…

Tests on New Technology To Secure Cargo Movement

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta announced the successful completion of a test of new technology that will help to secure cargo containers entering ports and border crossings throughout the United States. The test, carried out through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) program, involved the use of electronic seals (E-Seals), a radio frequency device that transmits shipment information as it passes reader devices and indicates if a container has been compromised. “This new technology will help to enhance the security of our nation’s transportation system by enabling us to track cargo shipments into the United States,” Secretary Mineta said.

Sino-Global Shipping Enters Agreement With COSCO

Image: Sino Global

Sino-Global Shipping America, a non-asset based global shipping and freight logistic integrated solution provider,  has announced the signing of an Inland Transportation Agreement  with COSCO Beijing International Freight Co in which COSFRE Beijing will utilize the Company's full-service logistics platform to arrange for the transport of its container shipments into US ports. In addition to the Agreement with COSCO Beijing, the Company has entered into a Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement with Sinotrans Guangxi, a subsidiary of Sinotrans Limited.

New Service Port of Hamburg

On the first trip of the new South America service SAFRAN, the CMA CGM Violet put in to Hamburg on 03 December 2008. Loading and unloading was carried out at the Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB) of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA). Built in 2006 at South Korea's Hyundai Mipo dockyard, the French shipping company's container vessel is 222 metres in length and 30 metres wide, and has a container slot capacity of 2800 TEU as well as 590 reefer connections. When fully loaded (39,400 DWT), the ship reaches a maximum draught of 12 metres.

Internal Waterway Shipping 2008 Results

Now at 12.2 million tons, the volume of goods carried between the Port of Hamburg and the hinterland by inland waterway vessel in 2008 exceeded all previous levels. This marked a 1.5 percent increase on the operating results of the previous year. In Germany as a whole, the shipment of goods by inland waterway vessel in 2008 dropped by 1.6 percent. The most important goods categories were mineral oil products, gases, coal and agricultural and forestry products. The latter chalked up the highest rate of growth last year, followed by chemical products, fertilizers and finished and semi-finished goods, which are generally carried by container. Container transport is of special importance for the Port of Hamburg.

Shipping Routes via Oman Opened to Give Qatar Food Lifeline

Qatar and container lines have launched new shipping services via Oman in an effort to sidestep a port ban in neighbouring countries and secure a food lifeline after other Gulf states severed ties with Doha last week. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and some other Arab countries cut diplomatic, travel and trade ties with Qatar last week, accusing it of supporting Iran and funding Islamist groups, accusations Doha denies. The severing of air, sea and land transport links has closed crucial import routes for Qatar and its population of around 2.7 million people who are dependent on imports for most of their food needs. China's COSCO Shipping Lines Co Ltd, Taiwan's Evergreen and Hong Kong Kong's OOCL have suspended container services to and from Qatar.

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