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Thursday, January 18, 2018

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Global Boat Transportation Alliance

PSP, which provides worldwide freight forwarding, express courier services and packing as well as boat transportation, is launching a global boat transportation alliance to give its customers a seamless global service. The company has chosen firms in Germany, Italy, Spain, India, South Africa, China, Dubai, Australasia, the USA and Antigua to join the affiliation. By creating an alliance, PSP will be able to strengthen its position within the market, running its own sailings, services and charters and becoming less dependent on shipping lines.

FCS Logistics Renamed GreenCarrier Finland

The IATA approved Finnish forwarding company Oy FCS Logistics Ltd has been renamed GreenCarrier Finland Oy, with effect from 23 February, 2009. All contact details will be unchanged with the exception of e-mail addresses, which will adopt the style firstname.familyname@greencarrier.com. The company’s new website address will be www.greencarrier.com. FCS Logistics was acquired by the Gothenburg-headquartered logistics specialist GreenCarrier International in June 2008 as part of its strategy to strengthen its position in the Nordic region. Founded in 1995, FCS offers international air and sea container transport services and as an IATA approved forwarder, the company has contracts with major airlines around the world. It also offers charter transport and on-board courier services.

ITIC Urges Brokers to Call

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Online Retailer Amazon Expands into Ocean Shipping

Amazon.com Inc's China arm has registered as an ocean freight forwarder, according to the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission, a move that will give it more control over shipping products from Chinese factories to U.S. shoppers. The registration is the latest indication that Amazon plans to expand its logistics reach to cut costs for its retail business and potentially provide third-party logistics services to other industries. Its new status as a freight forwarder, or "non-vessel operating common carrier," gives Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, a foothold in the $350 billion a year ocean freight business. It will not operate ships but subcontract that work.

DHL Expects Immunity in Price Fixing Investigation

Deutsche Post expects its DHL forwarding business to be granted immunity from prosecution and fines by Singapore antitrust authorities, who are investigating 11 companies for alleged price fixing, the German logistics company said. The Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) said this month it was investigating 11 freight forwarding companies, including Deutsche Post unit DHL Global Forwarding, for alleged price-fixing of air freight forwarding services. Deutsche Post told Reuters last week that the probe related to pricing and surcharges in the forwarding industry from 2002 to 2007. Forwarders buy cargo space from airlines, shippers and truckers and bundle shipments for customers, such as carmakers, high-tech firms and agriculture firms.

Barge Damaged on Maiden Voyage

The Eva Joan, the newest barge of Petaluma sand and gravel importer Landing Way Depot, remains stuck in San Francisco Bay after suffering damage July 4, according to the Petaluma Argus-Courier. The barge was launched in the Petaluma River in early June but began taking on water while returning from its maiden voyage with 3,000 tons of Canadian sand offloaded from an ocean freighter. The sand was transferred to another barge and the Eva Joan was towed to a marina in Alameda while naval architects try to determine what went wrong. (Source: Petaluma Argus-Courier)

Port's Container Volume Down 16%

According to a May 20 report from The Post and Courier, a recent uptick in a few categories of exports was not enough to offset falling demand for most other goods that come through the Port of Charleston, the latest figures show. The State Ports Authority said at a board meeting on May 19 that the number of containers that crossed its piers during the first 10 months of its fiscal year was down by about 127,000, or 16 percent, as of April 30. (Source: The Post and Courier)

Australian Rigs Feared as Terrorist Targets

Australia’s $14.6b North-West Shelf project remains vulnerable to terrorist attack, with "gaping holes" in its security, the Courier Mail reported. The use of small wooden fishing boats laden with explosives as the most likely method of attack. Some of the key issues include security issues include a lack of information sharing and the absence of a co-coordinating body. The value of liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced on the North-West Shelf climbed to more than $2.3b last year. The Australian government committed $107m in last year's Federal Budget to improving security of offshore energy assets. It has also introduced laws requiring oil and gas operators implement security plans. (Source: Courier Mail)

Salvage Operations for Barges to Begin Next Week

Salvage operations to recover two barges stranded in the Ohio River won’t begin before Monday, when high water recedes, the U.S. Coast Guard said, according to the Courier Journal. River Salvage Co. of Crescent, Pa., has been hired to secure the two barges that broke loose early Tuesday when cabling or a coupling snapped just after the tow had cleared McAlpine Locks. Two runaway barges were secured, but one remains partly submerged on the Indiana shore midway between the Sherman Minton and K & I bridges, and another is partly underwater and lodged at the McAlpine Dam. Both are out of the commercial channel and aren’t impeding river traffic. One of the stranded barge’s cargo of salt spilled in the river, while the other barge lost about 1,450 tons of liquid fertilizer.

Amazon Expands Logistics Reach in China

Amazon.com Inc is aggressively expanding its logistics operations in China as part of a broader effort to control the rising cost of shipping billions of packages. Its plans in China, outlined in filings there, include handling cargo and customs for goods headed to ports in Japan, Europe and the United States. Some analysts say the move could help position Amazon to offer shipping services to other companies, eventually competing with the likes of United Parcel Service Inc and DHL Worldwide Express BV. That would mirror the strategy of Amazon's cloud computing arm, Amazon Web Services, which is now the company's fastest growing unit. The service was launched to serve Amazon's own retail operations but now hosts data for other companies.

Panama Institutions to Close for Independence Day

From the evening of Friday, November 29 until Monday, December 2, inclusive, all banks and public institutions in Panama will be closed for the Independence Day Holidays. It will therefore not be possible to arrange cash to masters, receipt of courier mails and processing of crew visas/OK-to-Boards during this period. Clearance of ship spares via airfreight may also be intermittent. Affected parties are urged to make necessary arrangements prior to the holidays.

ChartCo Supplies Jo Tankers with ChartManager

ChartCo has supplied and fitted ChartManager on the 24-vessel parcel tanker fleet, owned and managed by Norwegian company, Jo Tankers. Captain Egil Hansen of Jo Tankers says, ?We chose ChartManager because we wanted to get our information updated as soon as it becomes available. It provides us with an easy way to follow up chart corrections and has standardized the method of chart updates on all our vessels, which is essential for overall vessel and fleet safety.? Jo Tankers is storing all chart updates and data on a laptop, to be printed as required, providing a useful means of audit trail. In terms of money spent per vessel, the company is finding that ChartManager is at least as cost-effective as sending chart updates by courier. ChartCo uses the Inmarsat Point to Multipoint service.

Barge Leaking in Ohio River

A barge was lodged against the K & I Railroad Bridge last night, leaking hot asphalt and diesel fuel into the Ohio River, as reported by the Louisville Courier-Journal. It was one of three barges that broke loose from their tow January 26 near McAlpine Locks, with two going over the dam's spillway. The Sherman Minton Bridge was closed briefly about 7:30 p.m, but reopened minutes later, when it appeared the barge was sinking. The barge was buckling, turned on its side against two pilings of the K & I. People who live near the area were complaining of diesel fumes. Tests showed the concentration of diesel to be one part per million. Authorities couldn't tell how much diesel or asphalt had leaked into the river because of darkness.

Maersk, Alibaba Team up to offer Online Booking

File Image: A maersk vessel alongside working cargo (Maersk)

Maersk, the world's largest container shipping line, has teamed up with Alibaba to allow customers to reserve space on its vessels through the Chinese company, illustrating growing cooperation between e-commerce and logistics firms. Maersk, a unit of Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk, began offering the service to Chinese shippers on Alibaba's OneTouch booking website on Dec. 22, a spokeswoman for the shipping line said on Wednesday. Shippers traditionally go through freight forwarders to book space for goods on container vessels…

Cleanup Insurance for Oil Tankers Increases

Tankers and other liquid-carrying ships calling at New Jersey ports will soon have to carry increased insurance against the chance they spill cargo, as happened Thanksgiving weekend in 2004, when a tanker ripped open in the Delaware River and fouled vast estuaries, especially in South Jersey. The Cypriot-flagged tanker Athos I spilled its gooey cargo as it approached the Venezuelan-owned CITGO terminal at Paulsboro. That came at a time when New Jersey required vessel operators to carry cleanup insurance of only $150 per gross ton of product spilled, based on a 1976 law. Now with the new measure becoming effective on February 28, the state demands operators carry policies insuring up to $1,200 per gross ton. That is the amount they could pay for each ton that may be spilled.

Edison Chouest to Build BP Storage Facility

Galliano-based Edison Chouest Offshore will build a storage and preservation facility for BP in Houma next year, according to Edison Chouest corporate communications director Lonnie Thibodeaux. The 122,000 square-foot facility, located at on the northeast quadrant of the intersection of La. 311 and U.S. 90, will consolidate BP’s deepwater equipment assets into one facility from more than 100 storage locations, said Thibodeaux. Additionally, the U.S. 90-La. 311 intersection is a link-up with Morgan City and Thibodaux. Chouest will probably subcontract parts of the BP building and in-house personnel will work on other aspects, officials said. Construction, which will probably consume a year, is slated to begin in January.

Inside the Atlantic Canada Shipbuilding Action Plan

In a bid to inform small and medium sized companies to tap into Atlantic Canada's $33-billion naval fleet renewal, the Government has launched the Atlantic Shipbuilding Action Plan, a long-term strategy that will facilitate the integration of Atlantic Canadian enterprises, including the construction of the Navy’s combat vessels by Irving Shipbuilding of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Plan will evolve as necessary to ensure it continues to address the ongoing needs of small and medium-sized enterprises in Atlantic Canada and their requirement for skilled workers. It will require a close collaboration with all four Atlantic provincial governments…

Ports of Indiana Names New Public Affairs Manager

Heather Bunning

Heather Bunning has joined the Ports of Indiana as the new Public Affairs Manager, and will serve as the primary contact for media inquiries related to all three of the state's public ports as well as statewide maritime, foreign-trade zone and multimodal transportation issues. The Ports of Indiana is a statewide port authority that operates a system of three ports on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan, located in Jeffersonville, Mount Vernon and Burns Harbor/Portage. Bunning will be responsible for coordinating all media releases…

UASC Prohibits Shipment of Shark Fin

Photo: United Arab Shipping Company

As part of a commitment made to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) earlier this year, United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has prohibited the carriage of shark fin and shark fin related products. WWF estimates that overfishing of sharks has led to around one quarter of the world’s shark species to be under threat. Sharks play a pivotal role in marine ecosystems and their disappearance can have severe consequences on the marine environment. The demand for shark fin as a delicacy is one of the key reasons for over-fishing.

Kenya Jails Nine Somali Pirates

A Kenyan court in the coastal city of Mombasa has sentenced 9 Somalis to 5 years in prison each for attempting to hijack the German merchant vessel 'MV Courier' in the Gulf of Aden in March 2009, reports Reuters. The men were arrested by international anti-piracy forces before being handed over to Kenya to be prosecuted, as Somalia was not considered able to try them properly. Prosecutors told the court the men attacked the ship armed with a rocket launcher, an AK-47 rifle, a pistol, a SAR80 carbine rifle, and other weapons. While handing out the sentence, the court noted that the accused had already served a long term in a maximum security prison while the trial was in progress, and therefore were given shorter jail terms. Source: Reuters  

Hili, Peterson Create Mediterranean JV

Photo: Peterson (Malta) Ltd

Hili Company, the logistics division of Hili Ventures, has entered into a joint venture agreement with leading international energy logistics company Peterson to provide oil and gas logistics services across the Mediterranean and North Africa. Peterson offers a comprehensive range of safe, reliable and value added logistics solutions to the global energy industry from locations including the Netherlands, North America and the northeast of Scotland. Established in 1920, the organisation has expanded throughout the UK with facilities at several prominent ports…

GAC Launches Global Logistics Service

GAC Group (GAC) has launched its new global supply chain management service to meet the demand for fast and efficient delivery of ship spares and marine parts. By leveraging on the group's combined infrastructure and core expertise in logistics, ship agency and marine services, GAC has created GAC Marine Logistics Inc (GML), a company dedicated to offering ship owners and spares suppliers an integrated and seamless door-to-vessel solution. "GAC has traditionally been involved in the delivery of ship spares since 1956 as part of our ship agency services. Now with GML, we have extended our service all the way from pick-up at the ship suppliers' door to delivery aboard ship," says Chris Steibelt, Managing Director, GAC Marine Logistics Inc.

2GO Mulls 25% Hike in its Revenue

Image:  2Go Group

2GO Group, Inc. plans to boost profit by a quarter this year amid a sanguine outlook on its logistics, distribution, and express courier businesses, a company official said. The company has set a P1.1-billion ($0.04billion) net income target this year, 25% up from P880 million last year, 2GO President and Chief Executive Officer Sulficio O. Tagud, Jr. said. 2GO has successfully transitioned from a predominantly shipping and transport company to a full-service logistics and supply chain solutions provider.

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