BP announced a deal with FedEx to offset the carbon emissions of over 200 million FedEx Envelopes shipped worldwide yearly.

Through the carbon-neutral FedEx Envelope shipping program, FedEx will calculate the carbon dioxide released through FedEx Envelope shipments on an annual basis and purchase the equivalent amount of carbon offsets from BP’s not-for-profit, BP Target Neutral scheme. This will neutralize the equivalent amount of CO2 emissions by supporting investments in low carbon development projects that reduce or remove carbon from being released into the atmosphere.
These projects also create additional environmental, social and economic benefits locally. They include a biogas farm facility in the Netherlands, a reforestation project in the Tanzanian Southern Highlands that is converting degraded grassland to commercial forest and a landfill gas collection system at Thailand’s first sanitary landfill.

The agreement between BP Target Neutral and FedEx makes FedEx Express® the first global express transportation company to offer carbon neutral envelope shipping at no extra charge to the customer.

“Through EarthSmart, FedEx continues to lead in sustainable shipping. To offset our FedEx Envelopes, we chose BP Target Neutral based on how thoroughly they vet and research their projects, the added oversight of the independent assurance panel that monitors Target Neutral and the affordable rate structure,” says Mitch Jackson, VP Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, FedEx Corporation.

”This is a milestone agreement between BP Target Neutral and FedEX,” said Andrea Abrahams, BP’s Global Director for BP Target Neutral. “It is one of many examples in which businesses throughout the world can play their part in reducing impact of carbon emissions on the planet.”

BP is the Official Oil and Gas Partner for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralymics and BP Target Neutral is the first ever Official Carbon Offset Partner of a summer Games.

The carbon neutral program extends to all FedEx Envelope shipping options, including FedEx First Overnight®, FedEx Priority Overnight®, FedEx Standard Overnight®, FedEx 2Day®, FedEx Economy 2Day® A.M. and FedEx Express Saver®. More than 200 million FedEx Envelopes are shipped around the world every year.

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On April 10 at the Customs sq. in front of the building of the port of Odessa was a solemn meeting devoted to the 68th anniversary of the liberation of the city from invaders. For hundreds of port workers and students to the Naval Lyceum with an appeal to keep holy the memory of soldiers who gave their lives for the freedom of the homeland, asked the chief port of Yuri Vaskov, Honorary President of the State Enterprise "OMTP" Nikolai Pavlyuk, Director of State Policy for Maritime and River Transport, Vladimir Sevryukov, chairman of the trade union committee of the port Vladimir Zaikov, Chairman of the Board of Veterans port Nicholas stout. Speakers expressed their deep gratitude to generation, through the sacrificial feat which was achieved a great victory and restored the national economy. Those who came to the rally commemorated the liberators moment of silence. By the Eternal Flame monument, a monument dockers who died during World War II, laid wreaths and flowers.

Source Odessa Commercial Sea Port

MEMBER carriers of Asia Australia Discussion Agreement (AADA) has announced they will increase the rates for services from China and Hong Kong to Australia from May 15.

Freight rates for all outward shipments from China and Hong Kong to destinations in Australia will increase US$300 per TEU and US$600 per FEU for both dry and refrigerated cargo, said the AADA statement, adding that "this increase will apply in full on top of existing ongoing market rates and will be subject to accessorial surcharges applicable at the time of shipment."

AADA consists of 13 carriers serving the trade from north and east Asia to Australia. Its members include: ANL, CSCL, Cosco, Hamburg Sud, Hanjin, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), "K" Line, Maersk, MSC, MOL, NYK Line and OOCL.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

THE latest report posted by Shanghai International Shipping Institute (SISI) asserts that China's shipping market has hit the bottom since the rate collapse last year, Xinhua reports.

According to the report, the China Shipping Prosperity Index (CSPI) in the first quarter of this year is 86.35 points, lower than the prosperity 100-midpoint border, falling 3.6 points compared to the last quarter, but rate of decline has been shrinking.

Though most carriers are still pessimistic, the China Shipping Confidence Index (CSFI) has gone up 9.58 points to 68.92 points compared to the last quarter.

Since the carriers' rate restoration schemes in March led by Maersk, shipping rate has gone up to and is remaining at the level from US$1,300 to $1,400, nearly doubled that of month ago. The report said the rate increases will continue for a while but will be affected by cargo volume in the long run.

SISI's survey shows that 52.6 per cent of the carriers consider that it will be a trend to ally with other carriers as a temporary solution to overcapacity.

Besides, Chinese carriers also will get support from the government. Ministry of Transport spokesman He Jianzhong said that the government is working on measures to boost the shipping industry, including encouraging shippers and carriers to share risk while at the same time, urging consolidation through mergers.

SISI also predicts that the CSPI index will see rapid growth in the second quarter which will bring shipping back towards profitability.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

CONTAINER carriers in the Westbound Transpacific Stabilisation Agreement (WTSA) has proposed a new round of rates increases for US to Asia services with effect from May 15.

For dry cargo, rates will increase US$50 per FEU from Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland to Asia. And for all other cargo, moving via all-water or intermodal service from Pacific Northwest ports, from inland US points and from the US east and Gulf coasts, the increase will be $100 per FEU, said a WTSA statement.

Additionally, a proposed increase of $200 per FEU will be applied to shipments for French fries, frozen vegetables and miscellaneous refrigerated cargo not covered under commodity-specific programmes, for all origins and Asian destinations.

WTSA executive administrator Brian Conrad said "successive rate adjustments taken in recent months have been modest and aimed at incrementally restoring rates in the trade to compensatory levels after a period of significant erosion."

"The diverse and often seasonal nature of westbound traffic makes it necessary to adopt multiple increases for cargo moving under contract throughout the year."

WTSA comprises 10 major container carriers, which include APL, Cosco, Evergreen Line, Hanjin, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), "K" Line, NYK Line, OOCL and Yang Ming.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

OVERHANGING overcapacity in container shipping and weak European demand may well scupper recent rate increases and the sudden rise in the spot market, warns Drewry's latest quarterly Container Forecaster.

"Five new services are being launched in the transpacific before June and we believe that this will put continued pressure on the spot rates and the ability for carriers to push through increases they are seeking in May contract negotiations. This year will see another 59 ships of at least 10,000 TEU enter the global fleet," said the London maritime research consultancy.

"Given that Asia-US demand is still uncertain, this desire to re-introduce so much new capacity, rather than lay-up tonnage, could be a de-railer if there is a weak peak season. The cascading of larger vessels into the north-south trades is also becoming more noticeable and could also be a threat to their stability," said the report.

"We concur and forecast that east-west freight rates including fuel will rise by as much 13.7 per cent this year, but we should not be lulled into a false sense of security by the considerably higher spot rates in the weekly rate indices and think that all is now fixed," said the report.

"Ocean carriers have implemented GRIs [general rate increases] on both the headhaul Asia to Europe and Asia to US trades, but until very recently, even the largest 15,500-TEU vessels in the Asia-north Europe trade were not making money," the report said.

"Recent losses and the high fuel prices have forced the industry into a re-structuring which was started at the end of last year. Many carriers have now grouped together on the core Asia-Europe trade to pool their largest ships into fewer services and to share costs. This was unlikely to have happened several years ago, but has been forced out of necessity," it said.

"Nobody saw the huge $800 per TEU rate increases coming on the Asia-Europe trade and the timing of this bemused virtually everyone. Few believed it would be successful, but carriers have stood firm during a period when load factors have not necessarily been in the high 90s on the headhaul leg," said the report.

Said Drewry container research chief Neil Dekker: "Until the inherent structural capacity is truly tackled, we will continue to have periodic and violent bouts of overcapacity that will keep rates and operating margins yo-yoing up and down. Carriers do not see the severity of their situation since the number of ships in actual full term lay-up is fairly small."

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

THE obscure defendants, technically owners of a stricken containership Rena, which was wrecked on a reef off a popular New Zealand holiday spot in October, have been charged with causing the country's worst environmental disaster in decades.

Daina Shipping, not be confused with Diana Shipping, and reportedly a unit of Greece's Costamare Inc, has been charged that it discharged harmful substances after its 3,360-TEU Liberian-flagged vessel struck a reef about 12 miles off Tauranga, north island New Zealand.

Daina Shipping Co, not associated with the disaster until now, is the registered owner of the vessel and has overall responsibility for the operation of the ship, reported the Associated Press of New Zealand. The Rena was chartered to Geneva's Mediterranean Shipping Company, the world's second largest container carrier after Maersk.

A Google search did not produce a reference for Daina Shipping. Nor did a scan of the Costamare website, which lists under "Corporate Details": Costamare Inc, Costamare Shipping Company, Ciel Shipmanagement, all Athens-based as well as Shanghai Costamare Ship Management of Shanghai, and C-Man Maritime of Manila.

The New Zealand charges carry a maximum fine of NZ$600,000 (US$488,000). The owners face an additional daily fine of NZ$10,000.

The ship's captain and second officer have already pleaded guilty to operating the ship in a dangerous manner, releasing toxic substances and to altering the ship's documents. They will be sentenced on May 25.

Marine officials said high winds and seas have battered the wreck, causing more containers to fall into the sea and spreading oil still leaking from the ship.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

FIREMEN have yet to determine the cause of a reefer container fire at the Port of Fremantle, south of Perth, Western Australia, which destroyed 11 boxes, most of them empties.

But one containers, which belongs to a hire and servicing company Container Refrigeration, contained oil, according to firemen.

Firemen also said limited access to the containers hampered efforts to control the blaze, which took several hours to extinguish, reported the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

"A fire investigation officer is on the scene - it's not being treated as suspicious - but the cause of the fire in unknown at this stage," said a fire department spokesman.

A Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) spokeswoman told the Perth Sunday Times that stack of containers in the Rous Head Harbour on North Mole Drive, North Fremantle, caught fire about 4pm.

The Department of Environment and Conservation conducted air quality tests in the area yesterday saying the fumes posed no threat.

At 7pm, the fire is contained but not controlled. FESA says 13 fire crews with about 40 fire fighters are on the scene applying water to the sea containers to stop the fire spreading and flare-ups.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

RECENT dredging of the Mombasa channel and the turning basin has enabled the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) to dock 4,500-TEU ships when only 2,000-TEUers could get in before.

Recently, the biggest ever containership to call at the port, the 3,000-TEU MSC Jade, discharged and loaded 1,693 containers," said KPA spokesman Bernard Osero.

The Kilindini channel has been dredged to 15 metres in the inner channel, with a width of 300 metres at its narrowest. The turning basin has also been dredged to 15 metres and widened to 500 metres. Dredging by Dutch-based Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors is to be complete this month, four months ahead of schedule, reported the Nairobi Star.

Said local freight agent Peter Mwangi: "The challenge is now for the government to move fast and prepare the port to handle bigger vessels. A shallow entry has been a hitch, but now that has been addressed and work must be turned to ensuring that cargo handling facilities are sufficient."

Next to come is the 3,398-TEU MSC Roberta. Although dredging was to provide capacity for the second container terminal whose construction has began, great benefits will result for Mombasa's existing container terminal, said a KPA spokesman.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

SINGAPORE-based container carrier APL said it's on course to reduce a key carbon exhaust measure from its global shipping operations by 30 per cent within three years.

The shipping line said an influx of new vessels, running at reduced speed, puts the target within reach.

APL said that by 2015, its fleet will produce 130 grammes of carbon exhaust for every TEU of cargo transported one nautical mile. That would be a 30 per cent reduction from emission levels in 2009, when outside auditors first calculated APL's carbon footprint.

"We're changing the profile of our fleet with larger, more efficient ships that will significantly curb exhaust emissions," said APL president Kenneth Glenn. "It's the most effective way we know to make global trade environmentally sustainable."

APL said it will deploy 32 new vessels in the next three years, which will be significantly more fuel efficient than its existing fleet, resulting in reduced emissions. What's more, the ships will run at less than full speed, further curbing exhaust.

The first two of the new vessels, each with 10,000 TEU capacity, arrived last December and two more are due this month.

APL said it is undertaking additional steps to curb carbon exhaust emissions including optimising vessel trim, speed and routing; improving maintenance on vessel hulls to reduce drag in the water; and upgrading cargo handling equipment at APL terminals.

Carbon emissions act as a shield that traps heat in the earth's atmosphere and it's believed that the resulting greenhouse gas effect contributes to global warming. According to industry figures, international shipping produces 2.7 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Container shipping is estimated to be responsible for about 25 per cent of that amount.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

CONTAINERS continue to wait on trucks trying to get into the Port of Chennai as police work to clear bottlenecks on the roads outside, which have caused a cargo slowdown for a week, reports the Times of India.

Trucks have been parked in a long line outside the port. "At least 300 to 400 containers have been waiting for entry into Chennai port. Successive holidays also affected trade and slowing down clearance further," said a customs agent.

But a senior port official said the situation has improved inside the port and all vessels in outer anchorage had been given permission to berth and load or unload cargo. "The crisis should be resolved in three days," an customs official said. "We will deploy more customs officials at the port to help sort out the problem."

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

THE Chennai International Terminals has received four new ship-to-shore quay cranes and eight new rubber tyre gantry cranes (RTGs), reports the Hindu daily.

PSA India managing director V Sivarajan said that the terminal will now have seven quay cranes and 18 RTGs. This would more than double its existing terminal handling capacity.

The private container terminal inside the Chennai port is owned and managed by PSA International of Singapore.

The four post-Panamax quay cranes can lift two TEU per move. All the new cranes will first undergo commissioning tests and will be deployed for operations in May, says PSA.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

THE United Arab Shipping Company's (USAC) 13,500-TEU Al Ula, built by Korea's Samsung Heavy Industries, has been named during her Asia-Europe maiden voyage at a ceremony at the Red Sea Gate Terminal in Jeddah.

The Al Ula has joined the AEC8 service between Asia and north Europe which calls at Jeddah in both directions. The ship is named after the oasis of the Ancient Dedan city between Al Madinah and Tabuk in the middle of Saudi Arabia.

Said UASC director Abdulaziz Bin Abdulrahman Al-Ohaly: "This ceremony represents a special occasion for us as it is a reflection of UASC's steadfast commitment to grow the company and strengthen its services to enable it to compete as a leader in the container shipping industry."

Said fellow board member Abdulrahman Bin Mohammed El-Sehebani: "UASC's strategy towards growing its capacity and upgrading its network of services has always been customer centric, and we will continue to invest our efforts to deliver a best in class service."

Said USAC Mideast vice president Mohamed AL Mazeedi: "The delivery and deployment of our new fleet of 13,500-TEU ships marks a new era for UASC. These ultra large container vessels allow us to offer enhanced shipping services, ensuring wider geographical coverage and faster transit times."

The Al Ula is the fourth A13 delivered to UASC in a series of nine A13 vessels on order with the scheduled delivery of the remaining five within less than two months, reported the Shipbuilding Tribune. Capable of 25 knots, the new ship has 800 FEU reefer plugs and three holds for hazardous cargo. With the new nine A13s joining UASC's fleet, the company will own and operate 49 containerships.

The investment in the A13 class vessels is expected to yield important economies of scale for UASC, allowing the company to compete more effectively on a wider geographical spread, while ensuring a superior and faster service to customers with the most competitive transit times available in the market.

UASC has also stepped up its container purchasing, investing in new standard and reefer container units, while the company's new fully integrated liner management system called TRUST has recently become operational. This system will enhance UASC's e-commerce capabilities allowing customers to make transactions online more easily.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

THE Port of Amsterdam, without divulging its container volume in TEU terms, conceded that 2011 box throughput fell 28 per cent to 600,000 tonnes while overall cargo traffic increased three per cent year on year.

The old Dutch port in total cargo increased to 74.8 million tonnes, keeping it in fourth place among major European ports after Rotterdam, Antwerp and Hamburg.

Amsterdam fell away as a major player in containers in 2009 when it lost its last scheduled service. But in overall cargo growth last year, it overtook Rotterdam in percentage terms as Rotterdam only grew 0.8 per cent. But Amsterdam fell behind Rotterdam's six per cent year-on-year container growth which reached 11.9 million TEU last year.

Coal and oil did best for Amsterdam in 2011, each commodity up nine per cent to 15.5 million tonnes in the case of coal and 37.1 million tonness in the case of oil, offsetting a 12 per cent fall in agri-bulk to eight million tonnes. Ro-ro increased by nine per cent to 900,000 tonnes.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

THE Arab Air Carriers Organisation (AACO), representing Arab commercial airlines, said the unilateral application of the European Union's carbon tax, also known as, the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), violates the Chicago convention, which stipulates that the air transport relations between states need to be regulated by mutual consent and agreement.

The ETS will only attract conflicts and trade wars instead of helping the environment, says the AACO, reports the Khaleej Times.

Qatar Airways chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker said the ETS was one of the most controversial subjects facing the global aviation industry today.

The AACO executive committee urged the EU to listen to voices around the world, calling on it to work with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) on a global, rather than European-wide approach, said a Qatar Airways statement.

"There has to be a systematic approach to the implementation of any such scheme and, like many airlines around the world, we feel the European Union needs to take a step-by-step consultative approach before imposing programmes and penalising an aviation industry that plays a crucial role in driving economies," Mr Al Baker said.

The EU carbon tax will have far-reaching impact on the aviation industry in the Middle East. Passengers flying to Europe from the Gulf will have to pay more to offset the tax as Etihad Airways became the first in the region to introduce a surcharge last month.

The Abu Dhabi carrier increased fares by US$3 per passenger for flights into and out of Europe and $0.03 per kilogramme for cargo shipments, which came into effect from March 1.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

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