OLT Express plans to introduce 17 new international flights from Warsaw starting October this year. Tickets can already be purchased online.

OLT Express, which has only been operating since April, took the Polish market by storm. Currently, the airline offers 27 domestic services to 10 Polish cities. As from the beginning of the 2012/13 Winter Season, the carrier also plans to add new international flights to its network, with as many as 17 operated from Warsaw.

OLT Express will offer daily flights to London Gatwick, Cologne/Bonn, Brussels, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Amsterdam and Memmingen. Three times a week passengers travelling from Warsaw will be able to fly to Paris Orly, Milan, Frankfurt Hahn (on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday), Lyon (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday), Rome Fumicino (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and Gothenburg  (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday).

Twice a week OLT Express will fly to Venice and Saarbrucken (on Monday and Friday), as well as Verona and Munster/Osnabruck (Wednesday and Sunday).

Scheduled international services from Warsaw will be operated using Airbus320 aircraft accommodating up to 180 passengers

Warsaw Chopin Airport

The International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) 2012 Operations Committee (OPC) agreed to four main priorities to guide IATA’s safety initiatives over the next 12 months. These are:

Pilot and Engineer Training: Accommodating the growth in demand for air connectivity with trained pilots and engineers is a priority. IATA will facilitate this with the IATA Quality and Training Initiative (ITQI), which moves into its implementation stage. The focus will be on working with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Federation of Airline Pilots' Associations (IFALPA) and regulators to shift to a competency-based approach to training for pilots and engineers.

  • ITQI takes a comprehensive approach to training by addressing aptitude testing, multi-crew pilot licensing, evidence-based training and instructor qualification.
  • Training modernization is based on ensuing the core competencies of pilots and mechanics as defined in the first phase of ITQI (2007-2011).

Alongside training modernization, ITQI will also promote mutual recognition of standards for pilot and engineer licensing and certification of flight simulators.

Enhanced IOSA:  The Enhanced IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) program will include measures to ensure continuous conformity with IOSA standards and recommended practices (ISARPS) with quality control processes and self-auditing in between IOSA’s two-year audit cycle. A timeline for the implementation of Enhanced IOSA will be proposed for endorsement at the next OPC meeting in October. Since the end of 2008, IOSA has been a condition of IATA membership and has been supported by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and ICAO along with other key regulators around the globe.

Ground Operations:  A dedicated IATA ground operations team was created to support the IATA Ground Handling Committee as it drives safety and efficiency improvements. The Committee’s agenda includes (1) the further development and implementation of the just released IATA Ground Handling Manual (IGOM), (2) developing a standard set of ground handling instructions, and (3) the further development of the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO). These are cornerstones of the industry’s effort to improve ground safety while reducing the $4 billion cost of ground damage.

Harmonization: The OPC urged governments to focus on the implementation of targeted safety measures instead of adding costly and cumbersome regulations that do little to improve safety. Over the next months, IATA will submit three priority areas for industry to work with ICAO, the US FAA and EASA with a goal of harmonization.

“Safety remains the top priority. We have a full agenda to make an already safe industry even safer.  Industry and governments have always cooperated to achieve our common goals based on global standards and harmonization. The need to take those even further in the areas of training, ground safety, and auditing will be our priority over the coming year,” said Guenther Matschnigg, IATA’s Senior Vice President for Safety, Operations and Infrastructure.

The OPC took place alongside the IATA Ops Conference which was jointly hosted by IATA and the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) in Rio de Janeiro from 16-18 April. With Brazil as the setting, there was also a focus on infrastructure preparedness to meet the demands of the World Cup in 2014 and the 2016 Olympics including the optimization of air routes and implementation of Performance-Based Navigation. “The major world events that Brazil will be hosting are a catalyst for infrastructure improvements. These are needed to accommodate Latin America’s long-term needs in light of aviation’s key role in the region’s robust economic growth,” said Matschnigg.

IATA

Share your food & feed a child

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has today given the green light for its "Share Your Food, Feed a Child" social media campaign on behalf of UNICEF. Through this social campaign, Schiphol is helping UNICEF with its work for children all over the world, for example in the Sahel, where currently thousands of children are severely malnourished.

Participants in the campaign can visit the campaign page via www.schiphol.nl/shareyourfood. On this website, the participant can select his or her favourite restaurant and dish at Schiphol. After approval has been given by the participant, the selected restaurant and dish will be posted on the participant's Facebook wall and "shared". Schiphol and Horeca operators HMS Host and Select Service Partners Schiphol will donate 20 cents per shared dish to UNICEF, which will use this donation to help a severely malnourished child and, for example, provide extra nutritious milk.

Share Your Food, Feed a Child at Schiphol
Beyond passport control in the terminal, travellers will be confronted with different kinds of creative campaign displays. For example, the menus on the tables in the restaurants will encourage visitors to share their favourite meal on Facebook. The shared meals are also visible on a feeder next to the monitors on which the flight times are announced. On these so-called "food feeders", travellers will see the favourite dishes of other airport visitors and will immediately know where they can go for a great meal before boarding the plane.

Schiphol Group-UNICEF cooperation
On 26 January, Schiphol Group and UNICEF Nederland launched their intensive three-year cooperation programme. This means that, for the coming three years, UNICEF Nederland will receive the proceeds from the collection stands at the airport. In addition, Schiphol is setting up activities and projects in favour of the United Nations children's rights organisation. The "Share Your Food, Feed a Child" social media campaign is the first project in this context.

Save a child's life with extra nutritious milk:
Therapeutic milk is being distributed in countries where children are suffering from malnutrition. The milk powder is enriched with vegetable oil, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. If the child's mother is also malnourished, breastfeeding can be insufficient. Therapeutic milk is also given to older children who are so malnourished that they are unable to eat solid food straight away. The enriched milk is the first step towards saving a child's life.

UNICEF operates in more than 150 countries and regions, ensuring that each country respects and protects the rights of children. UNICEF helps children to survive and overcome poverty through aid programmes in the fields of water, health care, education, nutrition and protection. UNICEF's aid is structural, but the organisation is also there for children in emergencies. Under the motto 'Unite for Children', UNICEF joins forces with private individuals, organisations and governments.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

ESE, Brussels: Today the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) jointly celebrated the MSC certification of the Norwegian North East Arctic cold water prawn fishery. At the MSC booth, certifier Det Norske Veritas (DNV) presented the certificate to the NSC Communication Advisor Ingrid Dahl Skarstein and Norwegian seafood companies.

About the fishery
The Norwegian prawn fishery takes place all year around along the Norwegian coastline, up near Svalbard and in the Barents Sea where both small inshore vessels and larger ocean-going vessels between them catch around 20.000 tonnes annually. The stock is shared with other nations but the Norwegian fleet, which comprises 89 vessels, catches around 90 per cent of the total catch. Europe is the main market for the fishery and both fresh and frozen prawns are sold in Sweden, the UK, Denmark, Finland, Italy and France.

The Norwegian prawn fishery successfully completed the assessment against the MSC standard for sustainable fishing just before the ESE. Certifier DNV found that the cold water prawn stock in the Barents Sea is in excellent shape, that exploitation levels are moderate to low, and that the impacts of this fishery on other species and the ecosystem in the Barents Sea are limited. The fishery received three conditions of certification, one of which asks for the adoption of a harvest control rule for Barents Sea prawns.

“Norwegian fisheries management world-class”
Camiel Derichs, MSC Deputy Director Europe, hosting the press event said: “Norwegian fisheries management is world-class and this is demonstrated through MSC certification of many of the key commercial fisheries. More than 75 per cent of the export value of Norwegian wild -caught seafood is now MSC certified.  I congratulate these fisheries on an excellent result and look forward to working with our partners in Norway in the years to come to add value to sustainable seafood.”

Source MSC

Montreal - The International Air Transport Association's (IATA) 2012 Operations Committee (OPC) agreed to four main priorities to guide IATA's safety initiatives over the next 12 months. These are:

Pilot and Engineer Training: Accommodating the growth in demand for air connectivity with trained pilots and engineers is a priority. IATA will facilitate this with the IATA Quality and Training Initiative (ITQI), which moves into its implementation stage. The focus will be on working with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Federation of Airline Pilots' Associations (IFALPA) and regulators to shift to a competency-based approach to training for pilots and engineers.
*         ITQI takes a comprehensive approach to training by addressing aptitude testing, multi-crew pilot licensing, evidence-based training and instructor qualification.
*         Training modernization is based on ensuing the core competencies of pilots and mechanics as defined in the first phase of ITQI (2007-2011).

Alongside training modernization, ITQI will also promote mutual recognition of standards for pilot and engineer licensing and certification of flight simulators.

Enhanced IOSA:  The Enhanced IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) program will include measures to ensure continuous conformity with IOSA standards and recommended practices (ISARPS) with quality control processes and self-auditing in between IOSA's two-year audit cycle. A timeline for the implementation of Enhanced IOSA will be proposed for endorsement at the next OPC meeting in October. Since the end of 2008, IOSA has been a condition of IATA membership and has been supported by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and ICAO along with other key regulators around the globe.

Ground Operations:  A dedicated IATA ground operations team was created to support the IATA Ground Handling Committee as it drives safety and efficiency improvements. The Committee's agenda includes (1) the further development and implementation of the just released IATA Ground Handling Manual (IGOM), (2) developing a standard set of ground handling instructions, and (3) the further development of the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO). These are cornerstones of the industry's effort to improve ground safety while reducing the $4 billion cost of ground damage.

Harmonization: The OPC urged governments to focus on the implementation of targeted safety measures instead of adding costly and cumbersome regulations that do little to improve safety. Over the next months, IATA will submit three priority areas for industry to work with ICAO, the US FAA and EASA with a goal of harmonization.

"Safety remains the top priority. We have a full agenda to make an already safe industry even safer.  Industry and governments have always cooperated to achieve our common goals based on global standards and harmonization. The need to take those even further in the areas of training, ground safety, and auditing will be our priority over the coming year," said Guenther Matschnigg, IATA's Senior Vice President for Safety, Operations and Infrastructure.

The OPC took place alongside the IATA Ops Conference which was jointly hosted by IATA and the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) in Rio de Janeiro from 16-18 April. With Brazil as the setting, there was also a focus on infrastructure preparedness to meet the demands of the World Cup in 2014 and the 2016 Olympics including the optimization of air routes and implementation of Performance-Based Navigation. "The major world events that Brazil will be hosting are a catalyst for infrastructure improvements. These are needed to accommodate Latin America's long-term needs in light of aviation's key role in the region's robust economic growth," said Matschnigg.

Source IATA

The Port of Hamburg is among the most flexible and best performing universal ports in Europe. Hamburg’s eight multi-purpose terminals with their total of 30 berths are notable for having years of experience and cutting-edge equipment. This is a good reason for Port of Hamburg Marketing and numerous members firms from the seaport business in the region to showcase at the “Breakbulk Europe Transportation Conference & Exhibition trade fair” in Antwerp from 22 – 24 May 2012.

Around 2.5 million tons of conventional cargo were handled in the Port of Hamburg in 2011, including oversize and especially heavy machines and plant components, cartons, palletized goods and metals, as well as factory equipment and other industrial building elements. One especially gratifying feature was the increase in imports of conventionally loaded metals, which at 185,000 tons achieved a notable rise of almost 26 percent last year. A large proportion of the total consisted of slabs imported for domestic steel production from Russia, among other countries. At 543,000 tons, the main export cargoes in the conventional field are heavy and project cargoes handled at the Port of Hamburg’s special terminals.   

Terminals in the Port of Hamburg and partner ports in the region also specialize in transport and logistics solutions for the fast growing offshore industry. Customized logistic solutions for the installation and supply of offshore windparks are just as much part of the range of services offered as storage, packing, and organisation of transport from and into the hinterland of the seaport.

At the “Breakbulk Europe Transportation Conference & Exhibition” the following companies will be showcasing Hamburg and the region’s strong performance on the joint stand organized by Port of Hamburg Marketing: Alfons Köster & Co. GmbH, Brunsbüttel Ports GmbH, Buss Port Logistics GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG, Lübecker Hafen-Gesellschaft mbH, Paul Grimm GmbH & Co. KG, Rendsburg Port GmbH, SWOP Seaworthy Packing GmbH and Wallmann & Co. (GmbH & Co. KG).

Source PORT OF HAMBURG

OLT Express plans to introduce 17 new international flights from Warsaw starting October this year. Tickets can already be purchased online.

OLT Express, which has only been operating since April, took the Polish market by storm. Currently, the airline offers 27 domestic services to 10 Polish cities. As from the beginning of the 2012/13 Winter Season, the carrier also plans to add new international flights to its network, with as many as 17 operated from Warsaw.

OLT Express will offer daily flights to London Gatwick, Cologne/Bonn, Brussels, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Amsterdam and Memmingen. Three times a week passengers travelling from Warsaw will be able to fly to Paris Orly, Milan, Frankfurt Hahn (on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday), Lyon (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday), Rome Fumicino (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and Gothenburg  (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday).

Twice a week OLT Express will fly to Venice and Saarbrucken (on Monday and Friday), as well as Verona and Munster/Osnabruck (Wednesday and Sunday).

Scheduled international services from Warsaw will be operated using Airbus320 aircraft accommodating up to 180 passengers

Source Warsaw Chopin Airport

DANISH shipping giant, Maersk Line, remains the world's most reliable carrier with Germany's Hamburg Sud and Singapore's APL placing second and third, according to the latest SeaIntel Maritime Analysis.

The monthly survey measures the containership arrivals at destinations within a day of schedule. Measurements are based on SeaIntel's database containing more than 68,000 arrivals across 2,200 vessels, 29 trade lanes and 52 carriers since July 2011.

Overall global carrier reliability enhanced one percentage point to 79 per cent in March from 78 per cent in February, reported London's International Freighting Weekly. This implies that most carriers were able to improve performance on individual trade lanes.

Among the top 20 carriers, MSC, the world's second largest carrier, recorded the lowest level of reliability with 64 per cent compared to Maersk's 93 per cent.

In individual trade lanes, other carriers had outstanding records. SeaIntel CEO Lars Jensen said: "MOL is the top performer from North America to South America at 96 per cent, Deutsche Afrika Linien is the top performer from North Europe to Africa at 75 per cent and Matson is the top performer on the westbound transpacific at 100 per cent."

SeaIntel said the southbound trade from North America to east coast South America achieved the most remarkable improvement, where 80 per cent of ships were on time in March against 70 per cent in February.

Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

CHINA Shipping Container Line (CSCL) has announced a new Far East-north Europe service with nine weekly sailings on top the services it has going with Evergreen, reports the Paris-based container shipping analysts Alphaliner.

CSCL has slots on five CKYH alliance loops and also joins Evergreen and Zim in its recommencement of AEX 2/CES 2 services, starting in May.

Korea's Hanjin Shipping has developed East Mediterranean and Black Sea coverage by taking slots on the Asia-Black Sea Express (ABX) run by CSCL, "K" Line, Yang Ming, PIL and Wan Hai and will soon join an intra-Med string on the Turkey-Levant Service, operated by Arkas Line and Turkon Line (TLS).

Hanjin will take slots on the ABX, starting May 18 with the sailing from Shanghai of the Xin Luan Yun Gang. Part of the CKYH alliance, Hanjin together with Cosco, "K" Line and Yang Ming participate in the ABX with "K" Line and Yang Ming, providing ships and Cosco acting as slot buyer.

Hanjin joins TLS this week, bringing a third ship into the loop, the 3,017-TEU Ibn Sina, thus transforming it into a fortnightly service instead of the three-week frequency it had before. This will also provide additional calls at Piraeus and Gemlik. The Hanjin ship joins two 1,878-TEU vessels run by Arkas and Turkon. Hanjin will use Port Said and Piraeus as transshipment hubs to cover major Turkish Lebanese and Egyptian ports.

Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

MARSEILLE-based CMA CGM, the world's third largest carrier, and Safmarine, a Maersk division, will offer two joint services connecting the Far East to South Africa, Mozambique, Reunion and Madagascar.

CMA CGM will join the existing Maersk-Safmarine "Safari 1" loop as a ship provider, reported maritime analyst Alpahliner. With a transit time of eight weeks and a deployment of eight 6,500-TEU vessels, this service calls at Shanghai, Ningbo, Fuzhou, Shenzhen-Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Port Louis, Durban, Ngqura, Cape Town, Port Louis, Singapore, Guangzhou-Nansha and back to Shanghai.

Another joint service is MOZEX 2/Safari 2, which will succeed for CMA CGM to the MOZEX. Deploying seven ships of 2,200-2,500 TEU with a transit time of seven weeks, this loop will call at Tanjung Pelepas, Port Kelang, Reunion, Toamasina, Maputo, Beira, Nacala, Port Louis and back to Port Kelang. The first sailing is scheduled on May 8 from Tanjung Pelepas where the Safmarine Nimba departs.

For Maersk Line, the "Safari 2" loop replaces a transshipment service based at Port Louis (Port Louis-Reunion-Madag-East Africa relay service), which was a substitute to a Tanjung Pelepas-based relay service that was closed in January 2012 (Safari Loop 2).

Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

SINGAPORE's Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), the parent company of its container unit APL, has issued S$400 million (US$320 million) in five-year bonds under its $1.5 billion medium-term debt programme after the failure of issuing a proposed perpetual-bond a few weeks ago due to poor subscription.

The bond, with an interest rate of 4.25 per cent per annum, is the third tranche of the debt programme, which is expected to be issued on April 26. Temasek is Singapore's state-owned investment company and holds 67 per cent of NOL.

NOL raised S$580 million in two previous tranches with a longer 10-year term. NOL reportedly plans to use some of the money to repay its $422 million debt due in 2012. The company experienced a net loss of $478 million in 2011 and is likely to have significant net loss and negative operating profits in the first quarter.

Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

MEGA shipping alliances are not breaching antitrust rules, according to Aitken Spence Maritime and Logistics chairman Parakrama Dissanayake, who sought to allay shippers' feats that such blocs pose a threat, reports Sri Lanka's Sunday Observer.

Dr Dissanayake pointed out that four mega shipping alliances MSC and CGM, Maersk Line, Grand Alliance and New World Alliance and CKYHA - Evergreen from Asia to Europe control a shipboard capacity of 13.4 million TEU and a market share of 85.8 per cent. From January to April this year the four shipping alliances increased freight rates 60 per cent compared to last year.

Notwithstanding rate increases, the global fleet in the 8,000-TEU category will grow by 25 per cent this year posing a threat to freight rates and profitability of shipping lines.

In this backdrop, Maersk Line expects losses again this year as announced by its chairman of its parent group recently at its annual general meeting.

Dr Dissanayake said that under the current European Union regulations, each consortium within major east and west trade lanes can have a maximum market share of 30 per cent. Maersk Line controls 19.3 per cent as against MSC/CGM-CMA's 29.9 per cent on the Asia-Europe route. Grand Alliance and New World Alliance have 17.3 per cent while CKYH and Evergreen have 18.4 per cent.

"Therefore, it is evident that the mega shipping alliance recorded so far does not appear to break any antitrust rules. However, in the short term, shippers would not be able to do much as the regulations come up for renewal again only in 2013," Dr Dissanayake said.

He said mega consortia will provide shippers with better service frequencies and port coverage. Also further membership in lines will be better placed to compete against "daily Maersk service from Asia to North Europe."

Dr Dissanayake said that a question is being posed: "Will all this lead to fewer transshipments since ocean carriers will gain economies of scale to call at secondary ports?"

Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

GERMANY's global liner shipping company, Hapag-Lloyd, has signed an agreement with the Dubai global shipping and logistics provider GAC to handle their vessels calling at ports in Nigeria and Ghana.

GAC will act as full liner agents for Hapag-Lloyd, actively selling its liner services in the region, as well as providing a range of shipping agency and complementary services for its fleet, the company said.

The deal comes as part of Hapag-Lloyd's strategy to develop and expand its presence in sub-Sahara Africa. Currently, the company operates a fleet of 150 container vessels with 300 offices in 114 countries.

GAC Nigeria managing director Neale Proctor, to lead the business, said: "GAC and Hapag-Lloyd share the same sound, ethical values and approach to business, evident in a commitment to looking after people, going the extra mile to surpass customer expectations, operating in an environmentally-aware way and having active social responsibility programmes. Both companies also combine global presence with strong local knowledge.

"In Africa, we have similar strategic ambitions, including the desire to take advantage of the opportunities in the region's largely untapped markets. Together, GAC and Hapag-Lloyd will last the course," Mr Proctor said.

GAC has operated in Nigeria since 1978. The company has been building its reputation in its chosen markets since 1956 and employs over 9,000 people in more than 300 offices worldwide.

Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

WUHAN, the big city in the middle reaches of the Yangtze, plans to invest CNY114.8 billion (US$18.2 billion) in logistics infrastructure, including 173 construction projects over the next four years, reports Xinhua.

The municipal government will boost logistics sector development in industries of business trades, manufacturing, ports and bonded area. It will build around its downtown six complex logistics park and eight specialty logistics centres covering medicine, bonded area, dangerous chemicals, cold chain, automobiles, steel, home appliances and production materials, and build about 100 distribution depots at business congestion areas, key industry areas and large communities.

Wuhan's logistics sector revenue stood at CNY1.5 trillion in 2010, accounting for 10 per cent of municipal GDP.

Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

MALAYSIA's Northport has appointed a new chief executive officer, Abi Sofian Abdul Hamid, 50, who says his first task will be to improve customer retention and ensure container capacity development schemes stay on track as well as making sure new quay cranes and rubber tyred gantries (RTG) arrive and are put to work.

"The main priority now is to ensure no disruption to business operations. Necessary enhancements and improvements which can add value will be implemented as the need arises," he told the Malaysia Star.

Mr Hamid replaced Hassan Abdul Kader, 59, who retired after 19 years at Northport, after his contract expired on March 31.

"I would like to thank Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid, the chairman of NCB Holdings or the opportunity to take Northport to the next level of excellence," he said.

"I will also ensure Northport is the port of choice in nation building. Human capital development to complement capital infrastructure development will be the way forward to enhance the values and spirits of our team at Northport," said the new chief executive.

Northport and Kontena Nasional are wholly owned by NCB Holdings, which in turn is 55.9 per cent owned by Permodalan Nasional and 15.7 per cent by the regional container line MISC.

Northport hopes to lift 3.2 million TEU this year and is expected to increase its capacity to 5.5 million TEU from the current five million a year once it completes the development of wharf 8A that would eventually be operated as CT4.

Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News
 

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