THIS week's Shipping Hong Kong conference features a Business of Crisis Media Management session today, (Tuesday February 28) at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Members Suite 3/F in Happy Valley, where one can learn public relations techniques and how the US Coast Guard deploys social media to advantage.

On Wednesday, February 29 there will be a session on marine insurance and P+I (property and indemnity) Clubs, and piracy from all angles - financial, armed guards, contractual, negotiations and cost to the industry and possible solutions. China pollution legislation, vetting, hedging strategies (freight/bunkers/currency) and magic-pipes are all covered.

"We look at the all important issues of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act and how they can affect you in Hong Kong and elsewhere. For owners the important issue of sanctions worldwide, how do you handle it and where will it end? The closing session will deal with how to plan and manage potential risks.

On Thursday, March 1, there will be a session on China's changing trade patterns, the new sea route over the north pole, the quality and cost of ships and in these depressed markets.

Should you outsource your ship management - listen to our experienced panel who have seen both sides. Sinopacific chairman Simon Liang discusses industrial shipowners and an examination of non-banking finance and using mergers and acquisition and private equity for restructuring.

For more information Noelle Wong or Adam Thompson, call +852 2840 0224.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

MARINE mutual, the UK P&I Club, has announced it is launching a risk management scheme utilising a BowTie approach to identify areas of risk and minimise the occurrence of incidents, following "much" study and "in-depth trials" with a number of unidentified ship owners.

The new offering will be presented publicly for the first time in Asia during the Shipping Hong Kong Week this week (February 27 to March 2), and at the Business of Shipping conference on March 1, where the club's loss prevention director, Karl Lumbers, will explain the concept.

"Working with those members who wish to identify the various threats to the smooth (claim-free) running of their vessels, we conduct reviews on those areas which may cause claims. Thomas Miller P&I Ltd, the manager of the UK Club, has access to an incomparable amount of claims data resulting from extensive analysis of previous incidents over a period of 23 years and it is this that has enabled the club to identify 'threats, consequences and controls', the foundations of developing BowTie reports on individual vessels."

The BowTie methodology is a way of outlining in a graph both the controls that should be in place to contain a threat and therefore stop an incident, and the controls that should be in place to minimise the effect of any incident that does occur.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

 

NEW YORK's strict ballast water rules imposed by its Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) that threatened ocean-going ships this summer have been dropped because technology does not exist to meet regulatory demands, reports American Shipper.

In comments filed this week with the US Environmental Protection Agency, New York's DEC commissioner Joseph Martens, New York state will instead uphold EPA standards in through December 2013.

Said American Great Lakes Ports Association director Steve Fisher: "This eliminates the unworkable ballast water rules. It protects jobs and supports the thousands of Americans who make their living in the maritime industry."

Mr Fisher said under the New York rule demanded standards 100 times stronger than those established by the UN's International Maritime Organisation (IMO). No such technology exists, he said, adding that next year's rule would be 1,000 times more demanding than the IMO standard.

A coalition of environmental groups including the National Resources Defence (NRDC), Great Lakes United, Alliance for the Great Lakes, National Wildlife Federation and Northwest Environmental Advocates said: "The EPA's new proposed permit isn't tough enough to protect the Great Lakes and other vulnerable watersheds throughout the country."

Said Ed Kelly, president of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey: "This removes the potential for serious economic damage to the New York-New Jersey port and to commerce on the Great Lakes and St Lawrence Seaway."

Said Raymond Johnston, president of Canada's Chamber of Marine Commerce, applauded the decision. (Canada shares the seaway with the US.) The governors of three Great Lakes states said in September that New York's regulation could close the waterway and "imperil thousands of maritime-related jobs in the Great Lakes states and Canada" if not changed.

The US Chamber of Shipping said they were unable to "purchase systems deemed compliant. The US should either recognise other national type certifications or delay implementation of the requirements until systems are available for purchase".

Ballast water treatment kills marine life in ballast tanks with chemicals or ultraviolet light to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species migrating to new waters.

"New York remains concerned. We hope that a strong national solution can be achieved," said Mr Martens. "At the same time, shipping and maritime activity is critical to New York state and international commerce. A technically feasible national standard which recognises the critical economic role played by our waterways is the only viable way to address the spread of destructive aquatic invaders through ballast water."

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

 

THE Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) will auction 200 containers that have stayed for more than 100 days at the Port of Mombasa after a partial waiver on storage charges failed to induce owners to remove them, reports Nairobi's Business Daily.

To clear congestion, the KPA announced in December that it would partially waive storage charges on overstayed containers if owners removed them by March.

"There has been no major impact," said KPA supply chief Yobesh Oyaro. "KPA will now hire auctioneers to dispose of these containers when the need arises."

The KPA placed bids for auctioneers to help dispose of the overstayed cargo both within the port and the inland container depots (ICDs).

KPA managing director Gichiri Ndua said KPA had identified 466 export containers, 737 domestic import and 294 transit export containers that have been lying at the port of Mombasa for between 100 and more than 1,000 days.

Importers say the KPA's offer was meaningless because the reduction in warehouse charges - 30 US cents per cubic metre per day - was only partial while they wanted a waiver on the full Customs Warehouse Rent, which was refused.

Said KRA commissioner general Michael Waweru: "Customs Warehouse Rent is part of government revenue and unless the law is changed, we cannot give a general waiver.

Mombasa is suffering congestion which KPA attributes to lack of space following delays by importers and clearing agents to collect containers from the port and container freight stations.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

 

AFTER five years of trading into the northwest of Australia under the name Mocean Shipping Pte Ltd, the company is being renamed MM Line Pte Ltd, effective from March 1.

The move is said to be "in keeping with our continued commitment to support our long-term customers with break-bulk shipping services into Western Australia", said the company.

MM Line Pte Ltd is an independently managed company and also an affiliate of the Pt Meratus Group of companies (www.meratusline.com), which owns and operates 49 vessels on liner trades within the Indonesian archipelago.

"This change heralds our re-instated focus on delivering a regular and reliable service. All previous staff of Mocean will be retained and the new team will comprise of some additional experienced personnel from the southeast Asia-northwest Australia trade lane.

"MM Line also has the pleasure to announce the opening of their office in Fremantle (MM Line Pty Ltd) managed by Paul Zaccaria. This combination of focus on reliability added with the enhanced knowledge whilst working hard to better understand our customers will allow real-time effective decision making, improved service and above all maintain the competitive edge for our customers," it said.

MM Line will in no way be commercially represented by any of the affiliated companies within the Meratus group, such as its forwarding subsidiaries, MIF Services, MB Line NVOCC or Meratus Line.

All commercial matters will be handled entirely by MM Line staff in Singapore and Australia.


Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

 

AMERICA's biggest truckload carrier, Swift Transportation, must pay US$4 million to the Port of Los Angeles over its failure to use the $11.8 million from the port to buy new 600 trucks as part of LA's clean trucks programme, reports the Daily Breeze.

Many of the trucks purchased did not make a required 150 trips to the port each year the newspaper reports, adding that the Port of Los Angeles granted $44 million to 56 motor carriers to new buy trucks through its Clean Trucks Programme.

Separately, Moody's Investors service boosted its outlook for Swift Transportation to positive from stable after the company reported a $90.6 million net profit for 2011, its first annual profit since 2006.

"Volumes are improving, operating metrics are favourable, and our driver pipeline continues to be full," the carrier said.

Moody's expects increasing freight demand and strong truckload pricing will help the Phoenix-based company increase its revenue and remain profitable.

"We expect that Swift will be able to sustain operating margins in the eight to 10 per cent range through 2013," said Moody's.


Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

 

DP World chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem says his group recognises the importance of its container terminal in Caucedo to serve the Caribbean region, as a hub port, during a company tour of its marine terminals in South America.

The delegation visited the group's sea freight terminals in Peru, Argentina, Suriname and the Dominican Republic, as well as the new development in Brazil, a statement posted on the 4 Traders news portal said.

In March last year, Leonel Fernandez, the President of the Dominican Republic and Mr Bin Sulayem officially inaugurated the second phase of the group's terminal in Caucedo, which has increased the facility's overall handling capacity by 25 per cent to 1,250,000 TEU annually.

The expansion comprises an additional 300 metres of deepwater berth, two new yield mobile cranes in addition to five existing gantry quay cranes. A sixth quay crane and three further rubber tired gantry (RTG) cranes are scheduled to arrive in April.

Mr Bin Sulayem, was cited as saying: "The recent expansion in handling capacity of the port is an indication of our confidence in the strength of the Dominican Republic's economy, and fits with our strategy of focusing on fast emerging markets."

He noted that the terminal has been awarded the ISO 28000 security management standard, and it participates in the US Container Security Initiative (CSI), with US Customs officials stationed at the port.

The group has its eye on expanding the feeder capacity at the Caucedo container terminal through the development of an additional feeder berth at the breakwater.


Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

 

TOLL Holdings Limited, a provider of integrated logistics services in Asia, has announced a "solid" result in "challenging conditions" for the second half of 2011.

It said in a statement that net profit after tax amounted to A$158 million (US$169.24 million), representing a decrease of four per cent year on year.

Second half sales revenue came in at A$4.4 billion, up five per cent. On the other hand, total operating profit (EBIT) fell by two per cent year on year to A$248 million.

According to Brian Kruger, managing director, he said the group's exposure to the resources sector as well as the faster growing markets in Asia helped offset the difficult conditions in discretionary retail and in the manufacturing sector in Australia.


Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

 

RUSSIA's National Container Company (NCC) has announced that its Ukrtranscontainer terminal (UTC) is recommencing operations at the Port of Illichivsk on the Black Sea near Odessa.

This comes after an agreement was reached between UTC and the port authorities to jointly operate the terminal was "re-affirmed" by the Ukraine's Arbitration Court of Odessa Region at the end of last year, an NCC statement said.

"UTC took over the terminal's management without interruption of vessel handling. Organisational arrangements (employee relocation, property transfer, etc) have been implemented to restart operations. UTC proceeds with rendering services on the same contractual terms that were valid in Illichivsk port in the current year," it said.

Vladimir Burulya, China Shipping Agency director in the Ukraine, said: "I am sure that after NCC's return, Illichivsk port will keep on growing as the main container gateway to Ukraine. We expect important changes in the terminal's operation, which will be implemented due to the experience of the international investor."

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

 

US CUSTOMS and Border Protection (CBP) has proposed a rule change on imported merchandise which allows cargo to move without duties being paid to another US port before re-export under bond.

CBP requests for comments from trade to be submitted by April 23.

In-bond movements allow freight to move under a bond that provides for liquidated damages if the conditions of the bond are not met but the system has been exploited through smuggling of restricted or high duty items.

To tighten the system, the CBP rule would compel agents to file electronic in-bond applications instead of paper documents, reports American Shipper, adding that it would also require information on the safety and security of the goods and its six-digit Harmonised Tariff Schedule number.

Any diversion of merchandise from intended destination port to another would need permission from CBP and be within a 30-day maximum to transport under bond between US ports. Arrival and location of merchandise would need to be filed within 24 hours of arrival at the destination port, it said.



Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

 

THE European recession is expected to depress air freight volumes of the members of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA), which fell 13.7 per cent in January year on year.

International cargo load factors fell to an average of 59.6 per cent, a drop of 5.7 percentage points despite a 5.3 per cent reduction in capacity, according to the AAPA.

"With Europe sliding into recession, we expect this to be another challenging year, but remain optimistic given signs of recovery in the US and continuing positive momentum in Asia," said AAPA director general Andrew Herdman.

Mr Herdman also said the continuing decline was a reflection of the early timing of Chinese New Year in January, when Asian factory production slows down, as well as the uncertain state of the global economy.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

 

 

AIR FRANCE-KLM and Martinair will return to Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta with a twice-weekly freighter service effective March 27 after a three-year absence operating a freighter service from Paris to Atlanta over a 12-year period.

The service will be operated by Air France Cargo with Air France-KLM Cargo and Martinair Cargo providing sales and customer service that will run alongside current passenger flights.

"I am pleased that Air France is choosing to grow its cargo business in Atlanta," said Mayor Kasim Reed, adding that he expected it to generate US$8 million to $12 million a year.

"Air France's decision to begin all-cargo service into Atlanta furthers our position as one of the world's premier logistics hubs. Air cargo is important to Atlanta and the south eastern United States, and it is critical to our continued growth and success as a city and a region," he added.

Said Air France-KLM sales vice president US Alain Pages: "These new flights are made possible through our close working relationship with Delta Cargo and will offer our customers in the southeast US greater access to our global array of products and services."

Air France-KLM passenger flights, Delta Air Lines' transatlantic flights and Alitalia's flights from the US operate in close coordination as part of the North Atlantic Joint Venture (NAJV).

Between 2010 and 2011, total international air cargo flights at Hartsfield-Jackson increased 40 per cent. Nine of the top 10 global cargo airlines provide service to and from Atlanta.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

 

 

LUFTHANSA Cargo company, time:matters GmbH, a German provider of express logistics services, is continuing to expand its "same day" air network by adding Scotland's Aberdeen airport as a new station for transporting urgent and complex shipments.

The development brings the number of same-day air network stations to 104, a company statement said.

"With Aberdeen, we are incorporating the focus area for the oil industry in the North Sea region into our network. The new station is therefore interesting for customers from the oil and gas, ship spares and maritime industries.

"Their time-critical shipments benefit from several daily direct flights to the international hub Frankfurt (FRA) and subsequently from the fastest possible access to our entire same day air network. This translates into shorter transport times and increased flexibility for our customers and their highly urgent shipments," said CEO Franz-Joseph Miller.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

 

 

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