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Monday, January 22, 2018

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CBP: 10+2 Program Proposal

The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued its notice of proposed rulemaking regarding the filing of advance trade data (commonly referred to as the 10+2 program). Under this proposal, importers will have to file ten data sets at least 24 hours prior to foreign lading of the cargo and carriers will have to file an additional two data sets. All carriers (except for ships exclusively carrying cargo in bulk) would be required to submit a vessel stow plan not later than 48 hours after departure from the last foreign port. For voyages of less than 48 hours, the stow plan would be submitted prior to arrival in the first US port. If a carrier that is bringing containerized cargo into a US port creates or collects container status messages (CSM) in its equipment tracking system…

Customs Proposes New Cargo Rules

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published on January 2, 2008 a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) requiring importers and carriers to electronically submit additional information on cargo before it is brought into the United States by vessel. The Security Filing, also known as “10+2,” is another step in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) strategy to better assess and identify high-risk shipments to prevent terrorist weapons and materials from entering the United States. “The Security Filing will improve CBP’s ability to target high-risk cargo by identifying actual cargo movements and improving the accuracy of cargo descriptions,” said CBP Commissioner W. Ralph Basham. This initiative strengthens cargo security by making CBP screening more efficient and effective.

CBP – 10 + 2 Rule Published

The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued the interim rule regarding importer security filing and additional carrier requirements (better known as “10 + 2”). The rule will require importers to notify CBP at least 24 hours before cargo is loaded on a vessel bound for the United States of the following: (1) manufacturer or supplier name and address; (2) seller name and address; (3) buyer name and address; (4) “ship to” name and address; (5) container stuffing location; (6) stuffer name and address; (7) importer of record number; (8) consignee number(s); (9) country of origin; and (10) the commodity’s Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States [HTSUS] number.

Container Dri II Earns EcoTain Designation

Image: Clariant

Specialty chemicals company Clariant announced that its cargo desiccant Container Dri II, was awarded EcoTain status for its best-in-class sustainability and performance excellence of its cargo protection solution. In the U.S., Container Dri desiccants are manufactured in Belen, N.M. To achieve EcoTain status, Container Dri II was subjected to an assessment that measured 36 criteria in three sustainability dimensions - social, environmental and economic. The container desiccant was shown to deliver a positive benefit in all areas.

Hanjin, MSC Vessels Collide off Singapore

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

The container ship Hanjin New York dragged anchor and collided with container carrier MSC Claudia off Singapore, say local media reports. The incident that occurred at around 6pm last Friday caused 11 empty containers to fall overboard, according to the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore(MPA). The Hanjin ship “dragged anchor" and contacted the bow of MSC Claudia, the MPA said in a statement in response to queries. "The Hanjin New York dragged anchor and contacted the bow of a Liberia-registered container ship, MSC Claudia.

Navios Maritime Containers Acquires Boxship

File Image: Navios Maritime Containers

Navios Maritime Containers, a growth vehicle dedicated to the container sector, announced that it has acquired the Navios Felicitas, a 2010-built, 4,360 TEU containership for a purchase price of USD 11.45 million. The vessel was delivered to Navios Containers’ fleet in December 2017. Navios Containers financed the acquisition of the vessel with cash on its balance sheet and $6.0 million of bank debt under one of its existing credit facilities. Following this acquisition, Navios Containers controls 21 vessels, totaling 88,820 TEU.

NTSB Issues Report on 2016 Columbia River Bulker Grounding

Nenita, a 378-foot Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier laden with grain, ran aground in the Columbia River near Skamokawa, Wash., November 19, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Sector Columbia River)

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a report on its investigation into the November 2016 grounding of the bulk carrier Nenita in the Columbia River. The Marshall Islands-flagged vessel was fully laden when it suffered an engine failure that impacted its ability to maneuver and subsequently ran aground at Three Tree Point on the Washington State side of the river. The ship’s bulbous bow and hull were damaged, but no injuries or pollution were reported. The vessel was towed to Longview, Wash.

Chevron Shipping Awards Oil, LNG Contract to GAC

Photo: Gulf Agency Company

US-based Chevron Shipping Company (CSC) has awarded  the Dubai-based GAC Group a global three-year ship agency contract for both crude and LNG vessels. The new agreement secures the provider of shipping, logistics and marine services GAC’s status as Chevron’s exclusive global agent in a partnership that spans more than 20 years, more than 15 of which have seen GAC as its sole global agent. Operations will be overseen by GAC Hub Agency offices in Dubai, Houston and Singapore with support from GAC’s network of offices and approved agents worldwide.

Fifth Consecutive Record Year for Antwerp

Photo: Port of Antwerp

The port of Antwerp has achieved a record freight volume for the fifth straight year in a row. In 2017 the port handled 223,606,610 tonnes of freight, an increase of 4.4% compared with the previous year. Practically all sectors turned in an excellent performance: the container volume expanded in tonnage by 4.3% (123 million tonnes), liquid bulk such as oil derivatives by 5.7% (73.1 million tonnes), and conventional breakbulk such as steel by 4.8% (10.3 million tonnes), while ro/ro completed the growth list with 10.5% (5.1 million tonnes).

CargoSmart Offers Free SOLAS VGM Solutions

CargoSmart Limited, a global shipment management software solutions provider that leverages big data for greater visibility and benchmarking, announced that it offers free solutions for shippers to provide the verified gross mass (VGM) of their cargo to their carriers to comply with the new requirements from the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention. CargoSmart is working with more than 70 ocean container carriers and terminals to provide shippers with flexible and integrated solutions to manage the VGM submission process effectively and smoothly. Starting on July 1, 2016, global shippers are required to provide a verified gross mass of each container, including the cargo contents and the weight of the container, before it is loaded on a vessel.

Port of Incheon Volume Crosses 3 mln TEU

Photo: Incheon Port Authority

The Container Handing Volume by the Republic of Korea's  Port of Incheon surpassed 3 million TEU that it has processed over 1 year. Incheon Port’s 3 million TEU is a record achieved in 12 years after achieving 1 million TEU (2005) and in 4 years after achieving 2 million TEU (2013) and based on the 2016 performance, it is the best performance and accomplishment in history, putting it in 47th place out of the global container ports. Such container volume was handled with 49 sea routes.

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…

JNPT Achieves Higher Productivity in 2014

( L- R) N.N.Kumar, Chairman, JNPT, announces  the operational results (center). Also seen are A.K.Bose, Chief Manager(traffic), Neeraj Bansal, Dy. Chairman, S.K.Kaul, Chief Manager(Admn.)& Secy.

At a meeting with the Port customers and other stake holders/ agencies, the Chairman, JNPT, N.N.Kumar, announced the  performance  achieved by JN Port in calendar year 2014 totalled 64.42 million tonnes. This year container handling was 4.47 million TEU’s registering the growth of 8.48%. The share of JNPCT( the Port owned and operated container terminal ) is 1.32 million TEU’s and the other  container terminals,  i.e, GTICT and NSICT handled 1.99 million TEU’s   and  1.16 million TEUs, respectively.

Antwerp, Metz Rail Connection Doubles in Frequency

Multimodal Terminal Metz. Photo: Port of Antwerp

One year after the introduction of the rail shuttle between Antwerp and Metz, the intermodal logistics operator Multi-Modal Rail (MMR) has doubled the frequency. As of the middle of January the Dutch-French company provides a second weekly container shuttle. This increased frequency offers shippers the ideal connection to deepsea services in the port of Antwerp, for their import and export consignments in the Alsace-Lorraine region. The shuttle leaves on Monday and Wednesday from Antwerp Main Hub and arrives the following day at the MMS terminal in Metz.

Sea Containers Approves Hotel Subsidiary Spin-Off

Sea Containers Ltd., which runs marine passenger transport and leases equipment, on Friday said its shareholders approved resolutions to permit the spin-off of its luxury hotel subsidiary Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. Sherwood also said net income at Sea Containers for the first half of 2001 should top that of the prior year's first-half, while Orient-Express Hotels expects to report higher earnings for 2001 than for 2000. Sea Containers' president James Sherwood said it was still the company's intention to divest the majority of its shares in Orient-Express around the end of the year. Before that time, the company plans to sell about 5 million shares, in blocks.

Salalah Port Container Throughput Up 29pct

Photo: Port of Salalah

The Omani port of Salalah has registered a 29.4 per cent growth in container throughput in 2016 thus retaining its status as one of the region’s preeminent container transshipment hubs, said a report in Oman Observer. In initial unaudited and unapproved financials published on Thursday, the port announced that container traffic rose to 3.325 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) last year, up from 2.569 million TEUs in 2015, says the report. The spike reverses a downtrend in volumes handled at the port’s container terminal, it stated.

Crux Systems' Launches Logistics App

Crux Systems announced  the availability of its new app that provides truck drivers, marine terminals and freight brokers with more insight into their delivery order status, container availability, routes and processing than ever before. With visibility into this data, marine terminals can plan more efficiently and reduce congestion at the gate. Drivers or dispatchers simply forward their delivery orders to orders@cruxsystems.com, and the information is automatically imported to their account.

Update: Damaged MOL Containership

Photo: PTI

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) released a statement updating the status of the containership MOL Comfort as of 11 p.m. JST on June 19, 2013. The vessel could not continue sailing under its own power from June 17 because the hull fractured in two parts while under way on the Indian Ocean, the company said. Mol Comfort', the 316-m-long vessel was carrying 4,500 containers from Saudi Arabia when it split into two roughly 840 nautical miles off the coast of India. The Indian Coast Guard coordinated the rescue of all 26 of the ship's crew (12 Russians and 14 Filipinos).

Civilian Ship Supports Operation Enduring Freedom

SS Cornhusker State arrived May 1 at Newport News, Va., after six months deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The civilian-crewed crane ship was the only ship of the Navy and Maritime Administration's Ready Reserve Force activated specifically to support the war in Afghanistan. The Ready Reserve Force is a fleet of 76 militarily useful ships maintained in reduced operating status by the Maritime Administration near potential load ports around the country. When activated, these civilian-crewed ships come under the operational control of the Navy's Military Sealift Command. Cornhusker State was activated last November to transport and provide floating storage for ammunition to sustain the war effort.

Strainstall Hull Monitering for HHI-built Containership

Strainstall Marine, a part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has recently secured an order to supply their StressAlert Hull Stress Monitoring system (HSMS) to Hyundai Heavy Industries for their new 18,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) carrier. The container carrier is owned by China Shipping Container Lines and installation of the HSMS is scheduled for October 2014. Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) earlier this year won a $1.4 billion order to build five 18,000 TEU class and five 14,000 TEU class containerships from the United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) on August 29.

TOTE Deploying State-of-the-Art Telematics in Alaska

Photo: TOTE Maritime

TOTE Maritime Alaska has announced that the installation of ORBCOMM’s telematics devices across a broad equipment platform will be complete in the coming months. ORBCOMM was selected to provide a broad portfolio of telematics solutions to monitor and control its refrigerated, dry and flatbed equipment. TOTE Maritime Alaska is a leading Jones Act carrier serving the Alaska market, connecting greater Alaska to the Continental United States and beyond. This is the second deployment for TOTE Maritime…

Horizon’s Raymond Urges Industry to Ensure Security From the Beginning

"With the question of information integrity now in the forefront, how do we further secure the supply chain when we cannot necessarily trust all the data being provided?" asked Raymond. "All shipment information should be required from the point of the shipment’s origin in advance of container stuffingS. Raymond spoke at the National Defense Industrial Association Transportation Security Administration Conference held in Charleston, S.C., this week. that more than six million containers enter U.S. than 5,000 ships from greater than 50,000 port calls. he said. through to destination. must consistently provide their information on a real-time basis," said Mr. Raymond. he added. processes necessary to shelter our nation. subsequently married to planned and actual cargo events.

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.

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