THE Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG) has launched a new website to offer updates on the industry advisory group's views and lobbying activities, which are intended for companies involved in the air freight supply chain and regulatory bodies.

The website,, provides information and updates on its four priority areas of security, e-commerce, customs and trade facilitation, and the sustainability of the global air cargo industry. The website also lists the focus areas for each of its four task forces and identifies the members of each group.

In addition to providing e-news updates for registered users, the site gives updates on the regulatory issues affecting the air cargo industry. It also profiles the role the industry plays in driving economic development.

Visitors to the site are invited to share their views on the major issues facing the air cargo industry, including new areas that they believe GACAG should be aware of or involved in. The website also provides links to global customs bodies and non-governmental organisations, as well as, a listing of industry events.

"GACAG has been involved in a great deal of activity since its formation, initially putting its own infrastructure in place and then identifying its focus areas and objectives and forming task forces," said GACAG chairman Michael Steen.

"More recently, we have started greater dialogue with other key groups and responded to issues that affect air cargo industry or offer the potential to improve the way we do business. The website provides an overview of our progress to date and will be continually updated as we move forwards. It also gives the industry the opportunity to talk to the group about area issues we need to be aware of."

GACAG was formed in November 2010 to provide the air cargo industry with a "stronger, unified voice" in its dealings with worldwide regulatory authorities and other bodies whose decisions directly impact on air cargo.

It was founded by the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Global Shippers' Forum (GSF), and The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA).

It said it has also been developing closer ties with other global organisations such as the World Customs Organisation, World Trade Organisation, Universal Postal Union, International Civil Aviation Organisation, and the Airport Services Association.

Furthermore, GACAG has also had meetings over the past 12 months with the Transportation Security Administration of the US Department of Homeland Security and US Customs & Border Protection in Washington.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

-     Birds Eye’s cod and haddock Fish Fingers land MSC stamp of approval
-     Move will help 3.4 million British households to eat more fish from certified sustainable sources

London – Birds Eye, the UK’s leading frozen food brand, has today announced that across Europe, its entire Cod and Haddock Fish Finger range has achieved MSC certification. The move will switch 5,200 tonnes of fish products to sustainably certified produce in the UK market and increase the total weight of MSC labelled products sold by 20 per cent[i].

The UK consumes over 185 million[ii] Birds Eye Cod and Haddock Fish Fingers each year. Today’s news means that 62 million British mealtimes will now be made from certified, sustainably sourced produce.

The move comes at the beginning of the 15th year of the MSC which was co-founded by the Birds Eye brand, WWF and international conservation leaders, to create an independent certification and ecolabel programme for sustainable and well-managed fish. The MSC certification means the fishery has demonstrated that it is well managed and sustainable through a comprehensive, independent scientific assessment.

The switch to more MSC certified supply forms part of Iglo Group’s company-wide sustainability plan, Forever Food, which aims to certify 100% of its fish range to help protect global fish stocks.

Iglo Group, which owns Birds Eye, operates across eleven European markets and sells MSC certified fish in more countries than any other food brand. Birds Eye sells Cod and Haddock Fish Fingers to 3.4 million[iii] homes each year.

Martin Glenn, CEO of Iglo Group - Birds Eye’s parent company - said: “As Europe’s leading frozen fish manufacturer, we have an important role to play in working to ensure the long-term security of our oceans, but also in making it easier for consumers to eat in a more sustainable way.

The UK is the world’s second largest consumer of cod, a fish whose stocks were previously under serious threat. As part of our Forever Food programme, we have worked hard to protect and rejuvenate this species and I am proud to announce that both our Cod and Haddock Fish Fingers have been certified by MSC as sustainable.”

Birds Eye helped rejuvenate depleting cod stocks in 2007 with the introduction of the Alaska Pollock Omega 3 Fish Finger - a move which encouraged 78 percent[iv] of consumers to switch from cod to Alaska Pollock, resulting in a 3,000 tonne reduction[v] in its yearly cod catch.

The business has actively campaigned for reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy, in particular, driving support for an end to the wasteful practice of discards and calling for a revised fisheries management framework such as regionalisation which would help fisheries manage resources better.

Birds Eye’s entire fish portfolio – from cod to salmon - is now in the MSC programme – either in assessment or already certified.

Rupert Howes, Chief Executive, MSC said: “The growth in engagement and support for the MSC programme over the past 15 years has been amazing. We are starting to see clear evidence that commitment to certification is fostering real and lasting change in the way the oceans are fished and we could not achieve that without the support and leadership of companies like Birds Eye.

By putting MSC certification at the heart of their procurement, and by adding the MSC ecolabel to their iconic fish fingers, Birds Eye have made a clear statement of intent that will help to pull new fisheries into the MSC programme. Some of those fisheries may have to make changes to the way they fish in order to achieve the standard. This is a phenomenal commitment that will make a significant difference in the UK market.

From September 2012, shoppers across the UK will be able to find the MSC ecolabel on packs of Birds Eye fish fingers. By making a positive decision to choose MSC certified sustainable fish, together, we can really change the way the oceans are fished by the choices we make.”

All Birds Eye Cod and Haddock Fish Fingers will carry the MSC ecolabel from September.

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On 26 March 2012, the BBC KARAN was the first vessel in the new Europe-Asia service of the multi-purpose and heavy-lift cargo shipping company BBC Chartering to berth at C. Steinweg (Süd West Terminal) in the Port of Hamburg.

In Hamburg, the new “BBC Euro-Asia Express Line” service will be offering bi-weekly eastward sailings to Asia. Alongside Hamburg, export cargo for Asia will be loaded at the following European ports: Rauma, Kristiansand, Antwerp, Bilbao and Porto Maghera. The following ports of discharge are on the schedule in Asia: Port Kelang, Singapore, Batam, Ho Chi Minh City, Haiphong and Hong Kong in South East Asia as well as Shanghai, Masan, Busan, Kobe and Yokohama in the Far East.

The freight vessels deployed will be shipping cargo westward every three weeks from Asia to Europe. On this transport route, cargo will be loaded in Masan, Yokohama, Shanghai and Singapore and discharged in Mariupol, Genoa, Bilbao, Antwerp and Hamburg. The first vessel of the “BBC Euro-Asia Express Line” from Asia – the BBC BALTIC – is expected to arrive in Hamburg on 20 May.

Within the “BBC Euro-Asia Express Line”, mainly multi-purpose ships are deployed with dead weight tonnate of 7,200 each. Moreover, the units deployed also have ice class ratings, enabling them to sail all year. The BBC KARAN is 127 metres long, 20 metres wide and equipped with two on-board cranes that can lift 150 tons each or 300 tons in combination. Where necessary, BBC deploys heavy-lift tonnage with a combined lifting capacity of 800 tons.

The new heavy-lift cargo service underscores Hamburg's significance as a universal port. A total of approx. 1.4 million tons of conventional general cargo were exported via Hamburg in 2011. The lion’s share is accounted for by exports of heavy and pro-ject cargo with roughly 684,000 tons.


PALFINGER is gradually strengthening its position in the access platform market under the umbrella brand of PALFINGER PLATFORMS. Customers benefit from a complete range of products with a working height between 11 and 103 meters “from a one-stop shop” and machines with a superior current market value.

Under Stephan Kulawik and Dr. Rupprecht Zapf, the two new managing directors who took over the reins in February, Palfinger Platforms will continue to implement its strategy based on innovation, first-class quality and global growth.

Stephan Kulawik, who worked at WUMAG Elevant from 1989 and has been with the PALFINGER Group since 2008, brings with him many years of experience as a sales and service manager. His areas of responsibility: sales, service, quality management, finances, HR and IT.

Dr. Ing. Rupprecht Zapf, who has worked in the PALFINGER Group since 1999 and has been Unit Manager at PALFINGER PLATFORMS since 2011, is well aware of the demands made at international level. He is an expert in production, materials management and development.

“We have finally left the mergers and reorganization phase behind us. We are now ready to continue on our consistent course of expansion together with our worldwide agents and partners. Priority will go to in-depth dialog with our customers.” (Stephan Kulawik, Managing Director)


EXMAR is pleased to announce the order at Hyundai Mipo of up to 8 LPG-vessels of 38,000 m³ capacity. The vessels will be delivered from the First Quarter of 2014 onwards.

These vessels will be dedicated to strengthen EXMAR’s already substantial commercial portfolio in the Midsize segment and designed to stay ahead of the upcoming amendments in environmental legislation.

  • Hull lines optimization to reduce resistance in water with corresponding savings in CO2 emissions and consumption.
  • Ballast water treatment system to minimize transfer of harmful aquatic organisms.
  • Funnel design facilitating the installation of a scrubber that reduces sulphur air emissions.
  • Engine room and deck design ready for LNG or LPG as fuel with inherent reductions in CO2, SOx and NOx air emissions.

By so doing EXMAR wishes to adhere to its tradition of providing operational and technical excellence at the service of its customers with a competitive quality fleet based on innovative designs.


HONG KONG listed China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) posted a year-on-year net loss of CNY2.74 billion (US$434.59 million) in 2011 with revenue falling 18.9 per cent to CYN28.24 billion, the company announced.

Laden containers in 2011 came to 7,438,002 TEU, company said in a filing to the Hong Stock exchange. This was a 3.2 per cent volume increase year on year, but lower demand from Europe and America depressed freight rates and earnings.

Too much tonnage afloat also depressed rates, said the CSCL statement. The worst rates appeared on Europe/Mediterranean trade lanes, while rates for Chinese domestic trade lanes held up from the year before, increasing CNY78 to CNY1,652, "mainly attributable to the sound development in the domestic economy", said the company statement.

The group's average freight rate in 2011 came in at CNY3,589 per TEU, a decrease of 23 per cent year on year. The average freight rate per TEU in international trade fell 24.7 per cent to CNY5,352, the company said.

Transpacific volume was down 12.9 per cent year on year to 1,238,811 TEU while volumes fell 0.5 per cent on Europe/Mediterranean trade lanes to 1,177,546 TEU. But Asia Pacific trade lanes posted a 5.3 per cent increase to 1,398,536 TEU while China's domestic trade came in with a robust 11.2 per cent jump to 3,544,064 TEU. Other trades fell 8.8 per cent to 79,045 TEU.

"In 2012, the shipping market will continue to be affected by the global economy and international trade as numerous uncertainties continue," said CSCL chairman Li Shaode.

"The Euro zone countries will pick up slowly as risks from the sovereign debt crisis remain while the US economy is expected to recover steadily and therefore stimulate trading demand. Moreover, stronger market demand will come from the Southern Hemisphere, which will serve as the driver for higher trading volume," he said.

"We will continue to see pressure arising from oversupply over a longer period. Shipping companies will continue to cooperate with each other. The shipping market will continue to move forward amid challenges and opportunities," said Mr Li.

The group will intensify marketing efforts by adhering to its "Large Clients, Large Corporation" strategy, said the CLSC statement accompanying the results.

"The group will thoroughly open up the container market in the Yangtze River valley as a shift of its service focus. The group will step up sales network construction in the Yangtze area, and gradually establish and improve upward and downward services in the Yangtze market to increase competitiveness," said the CLSC statement.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

HUMEN port's west Shatian port area in Dongguan just south of Guangzhou, has experienced a sharp increase in container throughput, having handled 76,700 TEU in only two months and 12 days in this year - surpassing last year's total volume.

According to Dongguan government's website, Humen port Datan phase 1 terminal posted a throughput of 38,880 TEU in January, surging 1,587 per cent year on year, and 41,300 TEU in February, surging 3,342 per cent year on year.

As of March 20, the terminal's throughput this year has reached 87,700 TEU. Its monthly throughput in March will top 50,000 TEU.

The skyrocketing increase is brought by the increasing shipping services launched at the port, says Xinhua.

China Shipping has added one more 2,200-TEU ship to its domestic trade lane calling at Humen, bringing the total of its capacity to Humen to over 10,000 TEU.

Cosco added four ships with a total capacity of 5,932 TEU to the existing 6,622 TEU, raising the total to more than 12,000 TEU.

Other smaller carriers have also launched new lines and increased their frequency to the port.

This year, Humen's throughput is expected to hit 800,000 TEU.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

HONG KONG's Kerry Logistics, a unit of Kerry Properties, has posted an 11 per cent year-on-year 2011 net profit increase to HK$740 million (US$95 million) drawn on 47 per cent more revenue of HK$16.03 billion.

The result excludes the HK$130 million fair value adjustment on investment properties, a company statement said.

During the year, Kerry Logistics' integrated logistics (IL) services growth in Hong Kong and southeast Asia drove segment revenue up 43 per cent to HK$6.89 billion.

"The IL segment has increasingly focused on the potential to serve new demand emerging from China's shift from an export-led economy to a domestic consumption-led growth model, as well as from the flow of manufacturing activities into ASEAN countries. The segment's performance was also helped by the further expansion of Taiwan operations," the company said.

International freight forwarding revenue increased 51 per cent to HK$9.14 billion with net profit from operations surging 200 per cent to HK$90 million.

The strong performance was attributed to the IFF segment leveraging rising economies of scale and a growing capability in intra-Asia and Asia-Europe trade lanes, while it said it gained solid ground in serving the growing import requirements in the markets where the company operates.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

EU naval forces will soon widen their operational scope to pursue Somali pirates ashore until 2015, according to the EU NAVFOR commander, the Royal Navy's Rear Admiral Duncan Potts.

"Piracy has caused so much misery to the Somali people and to the crews of ships transiting the area and it is right that we continue to move forward in our efforts," said Admiral Potts, reported London's Containerisation International.

The extension of the mandate underplayed by the EU naval taskforce has been accepted by the Somali Transitional Federal Government.

The latest number of vessels captured by pirates number eight with an estimated 213 hostages, with some held onshore despite ransoms paid.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News


THE Guangxi provincial government will launch a road transport service from Bose to Kopin in Vietnam this year, which is to be the first international service of its kind in the autonomous region, reports Xinhua.

Currently, cargo and passengers moving between the two need to be transferred at the checkpoints. The new service will change this way to a direct transport style.

China's transport ministry has approved the cargo service running from Bose, across Jingxi and Longban checkpoint within the China border, to Tralinh checkpoint and Kopin in Vietnam.

The new service will become the 28th international service carrying passenger and cargo for Guangxi to build in the future. Guangxi has 10 services of this kind operating at present.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

MILEAGE of the "green roads" in northwestern China's Shaanxi province, which exempts trucks carrying perishable agricultural products from tolls, has totalled to 7,038 kilometres, Xinhua reports.

The roads were free of CNY1 billion (US$158.5 million) in road tolls in 2011, and CNY2.12 billion since the toll exemption scheme started.

This year, the Shaanxi provincial government will also not collect on 62 second-grade highways to reduce logistics costs and steady prices of agricultural produce.

Meanwhile, the province will subsidise supply chain of agricultural produce to prevent disruptive price increases.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

CARRIERS diverted ships away as farmers and political protestors blocked roads to Mumbai's Jawaharlal Nehru (Nhava Sheva) port in a battle over late land compensation settlements, successfully closing India's biggest container gateway.

The protest is scheduled to continue through Friday if authorities fail to reach a settlement.

"Protestors have set up blockades on access roads to the port to prevent trucks loading or unloading containers at cargo terminals," local shipping sources said.

The west coast port has three terminals: port-run Jawaharlal Nehru Container Terminal; Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal operated by DP World; and Gateway Terminals operated by APM Terminals, with a combined capacity of more than four million TEU.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

THE Port of Seattle is to lose the Grand Alliance consortium of three shipping lines to rival port Tacoma taking away 20 per cent of its container traffic.

The consortium of three shipping lines, Germany's Hapag-Lloyd, Japan's NYK Line and Hong Kong's OOCL of Hong Kong will relocate to Washington United Terminal in Tacoma taking with it an annual throughput estimated at 400,000 TEU. This will boost Tacoma into a top ranking container terminals in the Pacific North West.

It is likely to lead to job losses for Seattle unless the two rival ports agree to cooperate, said the Port of Seattle in a statement.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

CONTAINERISED exports from the United States grew by 2.3 per cent in the month of January at 1.4 million TEU buoyed by solid growth in Asian markets to offset losses to Europe, a 3.1 per cent increase on same month in 2011.

Shipments of soybeans were up 37 per cent or 5,034 TEU; meat, 28 per cent or 3,870 TEU; mixed scrap metal, 16 per cent or 3,679 TEU, and paper and paperboard up four per cent or 6,026 TEU. Export groups of fabrics including raw cotton, dropped 30 per cent (14,522 TEU) and synthetic resins a steeper decline of 48 per cent or 10,867 TEU.

Regionally, exports to northeast Asia led the growth at six per cent increase (24,798 TEU) followed by Caribbean growth of 22 per cent (7,479 TEU) while southeast Asia was up at seven per cent (6,125 TEU).

The petrochemical sector increased demand for oil field equipment in Taiwan at 15,219 TEU, a 30 per cent increase year over year of 65,148 TEU; China at 9,266 TEU, a four per cent increase; India up 25 per cent (6,057 TEU) and Vietnam up 21 per cent (3,385 TEU).

A decline of exports to the Mediterranean was attributed to a fall in demand for fabrics including cotton, paper and paperboard, as well as logs and lumber reflected in a decline of 15 per cent to a total of 47,293 TEU. Shipments to northern Europe slipped four per cent to 109,183 TEU due to dampening of demand.

Exports to Brazil declined 12 per cent and exports to Turkey dropped 13 per cent.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

A UNITED STATES-AFRICA trade bill is intended to boost exports from small and medium-sized enterprises 200 per cent within the next decade, said New Jersey Republican Congressman Chris Smith.

The new legislation would stimulate US job creation by 6,000-7,000 jobs every US$1 billion exported to a continent whose exports account for 20.2 per cent of US imports, he said.

"For the past decade, the US has pursued the expansion of African exports to the US under the African Growth and Opportunity Act, but that legislation was designed to be more mutually beneficial to business people on both sides of the Atlantic than it has been," said Mr Smith, according to London's Containerisation International.

Mr Smith said he believes this bill would increase the volume of goods sold to Africa by supporting small and medium-sized business amounting to 60 per cent of the nation's export volume.

The US Export-Import Bank will provide trade financing up to 25 per cent of value for US-Africa projects, he added.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

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