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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Two Maritime Veterans Create Avalon Freight Services

Harley Franco (Photo: Avalon Freight Services)

Avalon Freight Services co-founded by Greg and Tim Bombard and Harley Franco, will debut freight service on Friday, April 1, 2016. Currently scheduled to operate a minimum of five days a week, year round, the company will transport freight from Berth 95 in San Pedro and the Pebbly Beach freight facility in Avalon. In addition to scouring the country seeking the best Landing Craft and Tug and Barge systems, the new company will provide the safest, fastest, quietest, most efficient…

GAO Compares Costs of Freight Shipment Modes

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued its report comparing the costs of road, rail, and waterways freight shipments that are absorbed by the government and not passed on to consumers.  The analysis shows that on average additional freight service provided by trucks generated significantly more costs that were not passed on to consumers than the same  amount of freight service provided by either rail or water.  The report estimates that freight trucking costs that were not passed on to consumers were at least six times greater than rail costs and at least nine times greater than waterways costs per million ton-miles of freight transport.  GAO-11-134 (2/28/11).     (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)

Halonen Named COO, Greencarrier Freight Services

Jarmo Halonen Photo Greencarrier Freight Services

Greencarrier Freight Services has promoted Jarmo Halonen to the role of Chief Operating Officer, with combined responsibility for the company’s air, ocean, road and rail freight activities. This is the first time the four modes have been brought under the control of one director. Greencarrier Freight Services, one of the Nordic region’s largest privately owned companies specialising in global transport solutions, has been growing steadily and now employs 625 people in 13 countries.

Pilot Freight Services Recognized as a Top Provider

Pilot Freight Services, a worldwide provider of transportation and logistics services, announce its recognition by three trade publications. Pilot Freight Services, Inc. is a full-service transportation and logistics provider with over 75 locations throughout North America and a recently opened station in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The company’s freight forwarding services encompasses every mode of transportation, including air, ground and ocean. The company was awarded its 23rd Quest for Quality Award from Logistics Management magazine, and recognized as the #1 Overall Freight Forwarder. Additionally, Pilot was named to Inbound Logistics magazine’s Top 100 3PL Providers list, and SupplyChainBrain’s “100 Great SC Partners” list.

Pilot Freight Services Post Strong Revenue Growth in Q2 2012

Pilot Freight Services announce reported revenue of $126.5 million for the second quarter, ending June 30, 2012. This marks a 12.5 percent increase over the same period in 2011 and a continued strengthening in the momentum of ten consecutive quarters of revenue growth. Pilot Freight Services, Inc. is a full-service transportation and logistics provider with over 75 locations throughout North America. Pilot is also a founding member of the World Freight Alliance (WFA), operating in more than 190 countries worldwide. The company’s freight forwarding services encompasses every mode of transportation, including air, ground, and ocean, serving all corners of the globe.

Globe Express Strengthens Local Market Presence

Mubarak Al Kabir

Market strategy focuses on delivering innovative supply chain solutions that complement Kuwait’s growing reputation as a major logistics hub. Globe Express Services announced that it has intensified its regional growth plans by providing a full array of innovative supply chain solutions in Kuwait. The company is consolidating its presence in Kuwait to take advantage of the government’s aggressive investments in large-scale logistics and transport infrastructure projects, including…

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.

Greencarrier Freight to Cooperate With Ekol Logistics

Greencarrier Freight Services has signed a cooperation agreement with Turkey’s leading logistics company, Ekol Logistics. The agreement covers Sweden, the Baltic states and Turkey, and will provide a range of services for Greencarrier customers having a need for transportation services between these two regions. According to Peter Nevhagen, the CEO of Greencarrier Freight Services International, Ekol Logistics will become a strong partner with potential for new transport solutions. “With its integrated logistics services, Ekol offers efficient supply chain management from a single source,” said Nevhagen. “Thanks to flexible supply chain solutions and timely utilization of opportunities, customers gain significant competitive advantages.

Partnership Eyes Reduced CO2 Emissions

Photo: CMA CGM

Logistics company Greencarrier Freight Service and shipping company CMA-CGM Scandinavia have initiated a long-term collaboration project to cut joint CO2 emissions by 30 percent by 2020. The partners aim to achieve this goal through the development of new and sustainable logistics solutions that will also be made available on the market. One example is a joint solution involving sea transport to Gothenburg and further transport to Torsvik, where trucks have now been replaced by rail transport. This change has resulted in a 70 persent reduction in CO2 emissions.

DOJ: Former Liner President Guilty in Price-Fixing Conspiracy

Former Executive Convicted for Role in Price-Fixing Conspiracy Involving Coastal Freight Services Between the Continental United States and Puerto Rico. Following a two-week trial, a federal jury in Puerto Rico today convicted a former executive of a Florida-based coastal water freight transportation company for his participation in a conspiracy to fix rates and surcharges for water transportation of freight between the continental United States and Puerto Rico, the Department of Justice announced. Frank Peake, the former president of Sea Star Line LLC, was found guilty today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico…

New Scheduled International Cargo Shipping Service

Photo courtesy of US Department of Transportation

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) today joined the Port of Cleveland in announcing the launch of the Port of Cleveland’s Express Ocean Freight Service. The new service will run between the Port of Cleveland and Antwerp, Belgium via the Saint Lawrence Seaway and is the first regularly scheduled international cargo shipping service to a U.S. port on the Great Lakes in decades. “Our ports play a critical role in freight movement…

Gothenburg, Rotterdam New Service Begins

Courtesy Port of Gothenburg

The opening of a new freight service to Rotterdam is a welcome development, presenting further opportunities for Swedish industry. The company behind the new service is the ro-ro* carrier CLdN, whose vessels will call at the Port of Gothenburg twice a week. A new freight service has been introduced between Gothenburg and the continent, operated by Luxembourg-based ro-ro company CLdN. The company’s vessels will depart twice weekly from Logent Ports and Terminals at the Port of Gothenburg, bound for Rotterdam.

FMC Declines Reconsideration of $1.5M Penalty

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued an Order

Yunta Promoted to GM at Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that Nelly Yunta has been promoted to general manager Dominican Republic/Haiti for the company's liner services group. In her new position, Yunta will be responsible for the coordination of sales, marketing, and operations activities for the Dominican Republic and Haiti; overseeing development of policies and procedures; reviewing operating results; establishing annual revenue and capital and budgets; coordinating and negotiating contractor and service provider agreements and developing business relations. She will remain domiciled in the company's Miami office and will report to John Hourihan, senior vice president and general manager, Latin America services.

PVA Elects President, Officers and Board Members

Terri Bernstein

During the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2014, held January 18-21 in Houston, members of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) elected Terri Bernstein, BB Riverboats Newport, Ky., as PVA President for 2014. Dave Anderson, Fire Island Ferries, Inc., Bay Shore, N.Y. Margo Marks, Beaver Island Boat Company, Charlevoix, Mich. Captain Terri Bernstein is Vice President of Operations of BB Riverboats in Newport, Ky. This third-generation, family-owned business is the oldest riverboat company in the Greater Cincinnati Ohio Region.

U.S. DOJ: Guilty Plea in Price Fixing Case

Florida-Based Sea Star Line LLC Agrees to Plead Guilty and Its Former President Is Indicted for Price Fixing on Coastal Freight Services Between the Continental United States and Puerto Rico Sea Star Line Also Agrees to Pay $14.2 Million Criminal Fine. Sea Star Line LLC has agreed today to plead guilty and to pay a $14.2 million criminal fine for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices in the coastal water freight transportation industry, the Department of Justice announced. Additionally…

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.

CP Ships Acquires Borg Intl.

CP Ships Limited has acquired Borg International Freight Services Inc. Based in Montreal, Borg specializes in ocean and air freight forwarding and employs 22 people. Its annual gross revenue in 2004 was US $14 million. "The acquisition of Borg is a continuation of our plan to selectively develop logistics services as a way of leveraging strong regional market positions and adding value to our core container services. With Borg's Asian focus, we can build on the platform created by our acquisition of ROE Logistics a year ago," said Chairman Ray Miles. Borg's owner and founder Richard Azoulay is assuming a management role within the CP Ships logistics organization. Andy Wescoat appointed director of ExxonMobil Marine Fuels

CMA CGM Acquires India's LCL Logistix

CMA CGM has acquired a 60 percent stake in India's LCL Logistix as it tries to expand in freight forwarding services, the French shipping group said on Wednesday. CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipping firm, did not disclose the price of the deal to buy Mumbai-based LCL Logistix, which had sales of $120 million last year and operates freight services across India as well as in North America and East Africa. The acquisition is being done by the group's CMA CGM LOG unit which runs logistics services to complement sea transport. CMA CGM last month reported higher profits and record sales of $16.7 billion for 2014, supported by strong volumes and lower costs. Reporting by Gus Trompiz

Blu Logistics Brings Rate Management In-House

CargoSphere,  cloud-based global rate management solution and confidential Rate Mesh network for the ocean and air transportation and logistics industries, has announced the completion of Blu Logistics’ integration with CargoSphere’s freight rate management solution. Blu Logistics, a global logistics company offering sea and air freight services, customs brokerage, ground transportation, and warehousing, previously outsourced freight rate and contract management. By changing over to a self-managed system Blu Logistics has significantly reduced the cost of managing this business process area.

P&O Stena Lines Resumes Operations

P&O Stena Line has resumed full passenger and freight services from the British port of Dover after French fishermen began to lift their blockade of French ports. P&O spokeswoman Gail Isted said that the company's vessel 'Dover' had left Calais in France for Dover in mid-afternoon. "P&O Stena Line ferries will now leave Dover and Calais every 45 minutes and will revert to their usual sailing patterns overnight," the company said in a statement. Isted added that delays to passenger cars of about nine hours and to trucks of six hours were being reduced and would be cleared some time on Friday (Sept. 1). P&O Stena Line ran six tourist ferries from Dover to the Belgian port of Zeebrugge both on Wednesday and Thursday to avoid the blockade, she said.

SEAaT Welcomes New Associates

SEAaT (Shipping Emissions Abatement and Trading) announced today that international legal practice Norton Rose LLP and the freight services division of global mining group Rio Tinto have become its newest associate members. Norton Rose LLP has had shipping at its core throughout its 200-year history, and is home to one of the world’s leading transport legal practices. Norton Rose LLP has over 100 specialist shipping lawyers across the globe, providing all the services needed by today’s sophisticated and highly regulated shipping companies. Importantly for SEAaT, Norton Rose LLP also has a leading climate change practice and provides regulatory advice and transactional work on issues such as carbon trading.

J.B. Hunt: Boost in Intermodal Business

Photo:  J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc

J.B. Hunt Transport Services, one of the largest transportation companies in North America, reported increased profits in the third quarter as demand grew for transporting shipping containers. The company reported third-quarter earnings of $115.1 million,  surpassing Wall Street expectations. It posted revenue of $1.59 billion in the period, here also missing Street forecasts. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.62 billion. Profits were driven by improving margins in the company’s intermodal unit…

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