Thursday, 31 July 2014

Maersk-MSC's 2M suffers poor reviews from CCTV documentary report

STATE broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) said the proposed Maersk-MSC mega 2M alliance may result in price increases for consumers and trouble for Chinese shipping lines.

STATE broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) said the proposed Maersk-MSC mega 2M alliance may result in price increases for consumers and trouble for Chinese shipping lines.

CCTV aired a critical five-minute documentary report on how the vessel sharing agreement between Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co could affect China, said London's Lloyd's List.

"Maersk and MSC will control the largest shares in Asia-Europe and transatlantic trades. They will have a bigger say in the market, and China's exporters and importers will have weaker bargaining power," the CCTV report said.

Shang Ming, the Ministry of Commerce's anti-monopoly chief, told CCTV the alliance could have an impact on Chinese consumers as prices of goods are partly determined by shipping costs.

"If there is any monopoly behaviour, the monopolist may eventually set the prices at its will. And if the prices increase, consumers would be hit," Mr Shang said.

Said China Shipowners' Association spokesman Zhang Shouguo: "Chinese-controlled fleet carries less than one-third of total exports from China."

CCTV rarely reports on container shipping, but its past negative coverage of Volkswagen and Apple has forced the multinationals to recall their products or offer public apologies.

Maersk and MSC proposed the three-way P3 Network with CMA CGM, but that ran aground over the Ministry of Commerce objections. It was thought that the two-way 2M deal will avoid the Ministry of Commerce and apply through the Ministry Transport.

Latest Portunus STS Erection & Transportation mission from a bird eye view

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

£11 million boost for hauliers as speed limit raised

Speed limit for lorries on single carriageway roads will be raised to 50 mph.

Hauliers across England and Wales could see a £11 million a year boost as the government raises the speed limit for lorries on single carriageway roads to 50 mph.
Transport Minister Claire Perry has announced the move as part of a package of measures to cut congestion, reduce dangerous overtaking and help get the country moving.
Heavy goods vehicles over 7.5 tonnes are currently stuck at 40 mph on single carriageway roads a speed limit set in the 1960s and at odds with other large vehicles on our roads.

Claire Perry said:
We’re are doing all we can to get Britain moving and boost growth. This change will do exactly that and save our haulage industry £11 million a year.
Britain has one of the world’s best road safety records and yet speed limits for lorries have been stuck in the 1960s. This change will remove a 20 mph difference between lorry and car speed limits, cutting dangerous overtaking and bringing permitted lorry speeds into line with other large vehicles like coaches and caravans. Current speed limits for HGVs were introduced around 50 years ago and need to be updated given improved vehicle technology.
Geoff Dunning, from the Road Haulage Association, said:
This evidence-based decision by ministers, to increase the limit to 50 mphwill be strongly welcomed by hauliers and their drivers. The current limit is long out of date and the frustration it generates causes unnecessary road safety risks.

The change in speed limits for HGVs on single carriageways will come into force in early 2015 and will bring England and Wales in line with other European road safety leaders, such as Denmark and Norway. Depending on the consultation responses, the increase for dual carriageways will come in at the same time. The existing limits continue to apply until the change has been put into effect.
The Department for Transport is also urging English councils to use local powers issued last year to restrict traffic to 30, 40 or 50 mph where necessary because of pedestrian and cyclist use of roads, where the road is located and the layout. The department has also announced today the intention to carry out a major study about rural road safety in the near future.
Other measures the government has introduced to boost the haulage industry include the HGV road user levy, which ensures foreign hauliers operating in the UK pay towards the upkeep of UK roads. The government has also ensured duty on standard diesel is lower than it was in October 2010 and has made no increase to HGV duty.
The government is also investing £3.3 billion in major road schemes which will provide over 500 miles of additional lane capacity to the strategic road network and £10.7 billion to add at least 400 miles of capacity on the busiest motorways.

Additional Container Weighing Legislation Adds to the Burden

Additional Container Weighing Legislation Adds to the Burden

Additional legislation will not have any significant effect on container safety in transport overseas, the European Shippers’ Council (ESC) said with respect to the issue of the proposed weighing of containers.

The proposition comes as ever growing number of shipping accidents are caused by overweight containers, incorrect declarations of the loaded container weights, poorly packed and secured cargo inside the containers.
Additional Container Weighing Legislation Adds to the Burden1
Containership Deneb in Algeciras
To handle this problem, the maritime world has requested the IMO to consider the mandatory weighing of all containers.
In September 2013 IMO reached a compromise proposal to weighing, concluding that shippers should be required to verify the gross.
The weight must be transferred “sufficiently in advance to be used in the preparation of the ship’s stowage plan.”
The lack of this data will result in the packed container not being loaded onto the ship.
If the proposal becomes accepted it would take effect in July 2016.
“We believe that the need for weighing should be based on a proper risk analysis of the quality of the data transferred between shipping lines, shippers and customs authorities.Additional Container Weighing Legislation Adds to the Burden2
Also, shippers would want to work with international organizations such as UNECE and industry stakeholders to identify the currently witnessed poor practices and developing best practices. Together, we can all promulgate these to those that handle and load containers,”the Council said.

“It is now clear that a holistic approach is needed to tackle properly the safety problem seriously,” 
ESC added.
In the end, according to ESC, there are still several topics still pending regarding weighing of containers:
• Deadline to submit weight
• Open access to PCS
• Responsibility of the tare of the container
• Acceptable margin

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

HPH Trust first half profit up 16pc to US$119.6 million, revenues up 2pc

SINGAPORE-listed global port operator, HPH Trust, has posted a first half year-on-year 16 per cent increase in net profit of HK$927.3 million (US$119.6 million), drawn on revenues of HK$6 billion, up two per cent.

SINGAPORE-listed global port operator, HPH Trust, has posted a first half year-on-year 16 per cent increase in net profit of HK$927.3 million (US$119.6 million), drawn on revenues of HK$6 billion, up two per cent.

The company said that cargo to US and EU from HPH Trust terminals showed upward trends, Throughput at its Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT) in Shenzhen grew five per cent and was mainly driven by transshipments and US cargoes. 

The company's Hongkong International Terminals (HIT) throughput grew seven per cent and was mainly due to higher transshipment volume, but offset by weaker intra-Asia cargoes, said the company.

First half throughput of HPH Trust's deep-water ports was six per cent above last year's.

Combined throughput of HIT, Cosco-HIT and Asia Container Terminals (ACT) grew seven per cent year on year mainly due to the acquisition of ACT in March 2013 and the throughput growth of HIT by four per cent.

(Hong Kong) through their investment of 40 per cent and 20 per cent respectively, in ACT," said the statement. 

"Subsequent to the transaction, ACT has changed from being a wholly-owned subsidiary to a joint venture with 40 per cent effective interest of HPH Trust," said the statement.

The company's outlook was hopeful. "Growth in the US and Europe is a major factor in determining the total volume of containers handled by HPH Trust. Consensus outlook for both is favourable in 2014," said the statement.

US gross domestic product contracted by 2.9 per cent in the first quarter of 2014 owing to harsh winter weather, said HPH Trust.

"Despite this, the growth already appears to have rebounded strongly in the second quarter of 2014. Manufacturing activities gained more momentum in June 2014 and number of new orders hit its highest level in more than four years," it said.

"Consumer sentiment rose in June as consumers remained optimistic about the economic outlook and unemployment rate fell to near a six-year low of 6.1 per cent in June,' said the statement.

"The Eurozone economy continues to grow but at a slower rate. The economic recovery is expected to continue at a moderate pace in the coming months, driven by domestic demand," it said.

"Both outbound cargoes to the US and EU have displayed upward trends. Cargo volume for transshipment and the niche trade routes of Far East, Africa, Central and South America and Oceania is expected to increase considerably," said HPH Trust.

"China's economy shows signs of stabilisation after the government's implementation of stimulus measures such as reserve requirement cuts for some banks to support growth.

"Manufacturing activities regained their strengths with HSBC China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index rising to 50.7 in June 2014 F the first time above the growth indication level of 50 since December 2013," said the statement.

Freightliner to move to Teesport

Global rail freight specialist Freightliner is to move to Teesport, which will see a £3m investment in a new rail terminal at the site by PD Ports.
The construction of a new, open access rail terminal by PD Ports will start this month, and once complete will welcome the new intermodal connections from Teesport to Felixstowe and Southampton. 
Opportunities for the establishment of further new routes to Scotland, the Midlands and the North West are expected in line with market demand. 
The establishment of the new rail terminal is the next major phase in PD Ports’ wider ongoing investment at Teesport and follows on from the £16.7m container terminal expansion development in 2011. 
This latest investment further cements Teesport’s position as the UK’s leading provider of portcentric logistics, offering greater operational flexibility, improved efficiencies for customers. 
David Robinson, PD Ports’ Group CEO, said: “We are delighted to announce that Freightliner will support the new rail terminal at Teesport.  
"We have invested significantly in expanding the intermodal services available at the port and the arrival of Freightliner will provide a greater level of service options, as well as improve our portcentric capability for our customers.“  
Freightliner Managing Director Adam Cunliffe added: “Freightliner has a long established site at Wilton with a dedicated and committed workforce.  
"Unfortunately we have found it increasingly difficult to attract volume through the site in the face of a strong feeder alternative via Teesport.  
"Volume levels through Wilton have reduced substantially during the recession and the site can no longer compete effectively as it requires an additional road shunt to rival containers that move directly through Teesport.  
"The move to Teesport will increase the opportunity for containers to be moved by rail following completion of the exciting investment by PD Ports.“
Freightliner will switch its existing services from Wilton to Teesport once the terminal is complete. 

Monday, 28 July 2014

Felixstowe: Collision involving two lorries on A14 towards Felixstowe causes major delays

Motorists travelling on the A14 towards Felixstowe are faced major delays this evening following a collision between two lorries.
The incident happened just after 5pm today between the junctions for Seven Hills and Trimley St Martin.
One lane had to be closed while recovery work took place. It was reported that this has led to queueing traffic.
A spokesman for Suffolk police said nobody suffered any major injuries in the collision.

Boxship MSC Tokyo ran aground leaving Felixstowe, probably damaged. Update

Boxship MSC TOKYO ran aground on July 24 while leaving Felixstowe, UK. Vessel was refloated and taken back to Felixstowe for inspection. Reportedly, vessel suffered some damages. At 0730 UTC July 26 MSC TOKYO was still docked in Felixstowe.

 The container ship MSC Tokyo ran aground in a rocky bottom, while leaving the UK port Felixstowe. The accident happened in good weather, caused by a navigation error. The duty officer was misled by the AIS of the pilot boat and neglected the couse of another cargo ship, which caused maneuver in the last moment to avoid collision. This lead the vessel to go over a shallow and to run aground in a rocky bottom. The container ship’s hull suffered sufficient damages. The cargo vessel was towed back to a berth for inspection and repair works. The vessel will have at least 2 days delay in the time schedule, as the hull should be fixed and reinspected. During the accident there were no injured people and no water pollution.
   The container ship MSC Tokyo (IMO: 9295361) was built in 2005 in the South Korean Hyundai Samho Mokpo Shipyard. The cargo ship is owned and operated by the German company Offen Reederei and managed by MSC. The vessel has overall length of 275.00 m, moulded beam of 40.00 m and maximum summer draft of 14.00 m. The deadweight of MSC Tokyo is 71,949 DWT and the gross tonnage is 65,483 GRT.

Photographer:Patalavaca [View profile]Title:MSC TOKYOAdded:Jul 25, 2014
Captured:July 25, 2014IMO:9295361Hits:76
Location:FelixstoweUnited Kingdom
Photo Category:Containerships built 2001-2010
At Felixstowe today, 25/07/2014.
Vessel sailed from Felixstowe at 0233 hrs on 24/07/2014 and suffered a total steering gear failure when in the deepwater channel off Felixstowe. Vessel veered off course and ran aground on the Cork Knolls (51°56'N., 1°26'E), some 4 miles East of Landguard Point.
Later towed clear, returned to Felixstowe port for inspection, and Port State Control clearance. Limited damage & it appears no broaching of the hull was sustained.

Sales rise at Port of Felixstowe owner

Rising demand and an increase in the average rate charged per shipping container has helped to push turnover higher at Hutchison Ports, which owns the Port of Felixstowe and Harwich International Port.

The company, whose parent is a Hong Kong multinational conglomerate, said the opening of Felixstowe's new £40m rail terminal has given it the ability to handle even more cargo.
Latest accounts filed for Hutchison Westports Ltd show turnover rose to £312m in the year to 31 December 2013, up from £306.7m a year earlier. Pre-tax profits dipped, however, from £30.4m in 2012 to £22.2m following a rise in administrative expensive.
The Port of Felixstowe is one of Britain's largest container ports, welcoming more than 4,000 ships each year. About 33 shipping lines operate from the port, offering approximately 90 services to and from 365 ports around the world.
Financial accounts for Port of Felixstowe Ltd show it made up the lion's share of Hutchison Westports' total turnover, accounting for £277.2m of it. Pre-tax profits for the port were also very strong at £60.3m, up from £55.4m in 2012.

During the year, a £40m rail terminal opened at the port which Clemence Cheng, chief executive of Hutchison Ports, said made it "bigger than King's Cross station". Rail volumes reached record levels in 2013 when 830,000 containers were handled at the port's rail terminals.
Since then, the Ipswich Chord has opened, which will reduce rail freight times, while work has started to extend the Port of Felixstowe's Berth 9 by 190 metres.
Cheng said: "The new extension will increase the berthing permutations we can offer and continue to ensure that we turn our customers' vessels around in the quickest possible time."
At Harwich International Port in Essex, Hutchison Ports said it expects turnover growth in 2014, while it is also hoping for an improved performance at London Thamesport in Kent, which suffered a decline in 2013 as shipping companies consolidated deep sea services at other locations.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Friday, 25 July 2014

Docks / Ports is a very dangerous environment to work in !!!!

To all you employers out there thinking about out sourcing / having casual labour within your Port. This is what skilled Dockers deal with every day somewhere in the world.

We all believe that it will never happen to 
us!!!!! this is dock work, it does and it will happen.

The majority of Dockers around the world are paid a good wage, the above pictures are one of the many factors for that good wage to be paid.

There is a reason, why we are proffesionals, there is a reason why we don't get killed every day... The reason is we KNOW what we are dealing with here...
So EU Troika and employers WHO think selfservicing and casual untrained Labour is the way forward, forget it.

Asia-Europe trade volumes continue surge

Recent data from Container Trades Statistics shows that container shipping volumes in the headhaul direction on Asia to Europe shipping lines have increased by 13.2% year on year in May.

Volumes on the first five months of 2014 on the trade lane have increased by 8% over the same period in 2013 to reach 6.2 million TEU.

The month of May marked the second largest increase reported in 2014 on the trade lane, recording just under the 14.6% increase recorded in March.

The overall Europe to Asia trade-lane saw a volume increase of 2% year on year in May.

Backhaul volumes are 1.5% ahead of the same period last year at 2.9m TEU, reported Lloyd’s Loading List, which also recorded, in terms of global volumes, that container liftings increased 5.7% when compared with last year in May, reaching 11.5m TEU.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

APMT sells off US terminal / APM Terminals Sells Le Havre Port Share

APM Terminals is selling its state-of-the-art container terminal located in Portsmouth, Virginia, US, because it doesn’t want to remain a non-operating lessor of the facility to the Commonwealth of Virginia for the next 16 years.
The terminal which will be renamed “Virginia International Gateway” has been purchased by a partnership comprising affiliates of investment funds managed by global investment firms Alinda Capital Partners (Alinda) and Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited (USS).
Erik Eisenberg, vice president, communication and branding, APMT, told Port Strategy: “We had a role in Virginia that was unusual for us, we were the landlord while the port authority took on the role of operator in 2010 under a lease to us. But this led to us having a passive role in operations at the terminal which does not suit our needs long-term.”
“We believe we add value to a facility when we are doing the operations because we have the knowledge on how to improve the business in the long-term.”
The terminal was leased to the Virginia Port Authority (VPA) by APMT after it started to lose volumes during the financial crisis. Mr Eisenberg told PS that APMT had tried to come to an arrangement to take back the operations at the terminal and all other public owned facilities at the Port of Portsmouth in 2012, but this has ultimately been refused by the authorities.
“We have a number of terminals in North America and the sale of the terminal will allow us to focus on those where we can control the operations. The sale was the next logical move for us,” Mr Eisenberg explained.
Under the terms of the sale, the partnership will purchase all of the issued and outstanding capital stock of APM Terminals Virginia, Inc., which owns the Portsmouth facility. APMT said that neither the customers calling at the facility, nor staff, will be affected by the sale.
The transaction is subject to standard regulatory approvals and is expected to close during the third quarter of 2014.

TPO Le Havre
TPO Le Havre

Perrigault SA., the Le Havre-based port and logistics operator and APM Terminals have completed the sale of APM Terminals’ 50% share in Terminal Porte Océane (TPO) and Société d’Exploitation du Terminal Porte Océane to Perrigault SA.

Both companies operated a 50-50 joint venture in Le Havre. TPO signed the concession agreement with Port Autonome du Havre (currently Grand Port Maritime du Havre) back in May 16, 2006.
Perrigault SA CEO Jean Bekaert said: “Our decision to expand our share demonstrates our strategic commitment to serving the French market with the finest port and logistics services in Le Havre.”
With the fourth-largest economy in Europe, and the 9th-largest in the world, France was the world’s 5th-largest exporter and 6th-largest importer in 2013, with combined trade of USD 1.21 trillion.
The Port of Le Havre, which dates to 1517, is the largest container port in France and an important center of containerized trade for the European Union.
The IMF has projected the French economy to expand by 1% in 2014, and by 1.5% in 2015.
Le Havre handles approximately 60% of all French container volume, and is the 6th-busiest container port in the Northern European port range, handling approximately 2.5 million TEUs in 2013.

Nicaragua Approves New Link between Atlantic and Pacific

Panama Canal
Panama Canal

The Panama Canal, which has enjoyed full control on the passage of ships between the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans, is about to be faced with a rival as plans for a new shipping canal across Nicaragua gain momentum.

Namely, a Nicaraguan committee composed of government officials, businessmen and academics gave the green light on Monday to a 278 km route that will span from the mouth of the Brito river on the Pacific side to the Punto Gorda river on the Caribbean, writes Reuters.
The $40 billion project would be carried out by Hong Kong-based HKND group and is expected to become operational by 2020.

The project had been considered impossible, however the key investor claims that he has the technology that will enable its execution.
The canal would be between 230 metres and 520 metres wide and 27.6 metres deep, which would allow it to handle bigger ships than the Panama Canal.
The project is set to commence by December, once the necessary environmental and social impact studies are done.
If the project goes ahead it would pave the way for the country’s economic recovery bringing in numerous job opportunities.

Nicaragua confirms canal route
The canal route will bisect Lake Nicaragua

Nicaragua confirms canal route

After months of back and forth, and much scepticism from both inside and outside the country, Nicaragua appears to have finally confirmed the route of its US$40bn inter-oceanic canal.
A committee comprising government officials, academics and business leaders approved a 172-mile route proposed by executives of the HK Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co. Ltd (HKND) leading from the mouth of the Brito River on the country’s Pacific Coast to the Punto Gorda River on the Caribbean.
HKND, based in Hong Kong, is headed by Chinese businessman Wang Jing. Jing made his money in the telecoms industry and his lack of experience in infrastructure projects of this kind has attracted criticism from some quarters.
At the proposed length, the Nicaragua waterway would be almost three times as long as the Panama Canal that it hopes one day to rival.
The canal would pass through Lake Nicaragua, the largest in Central America, a concern for the environmental lobby as the lake is an important freshwater source for the country. The impact the work will have on poor communities is another worry for many Nicaraguans.
HKND engineer Dong Yunsong said that the canal would be between 230 m and 520 m wide and 27.6 m deep.
Environmental and social impact studies are due to finish later this year, and could yet recommend changes to the plan, but committee member Telemaco Talavera said work would begin in December.
The ambitious plan is to have construction finished by 2019 with an operational start date the following year.
Much criticism has been directed at the terms of the original concession agreement signed by Wang Jing and Nicaragua’s president Daniel Ortega last summer, with some claiming it amounts to little more than a land grab.
The government though claims that the completed canal will lift the country out of poverty. Minister Paul Oquist, a close advisor to Ortega, said that formal employment in the country “would double as a result of the canal and its multiplier effect”.
He continued, saying that projects surrounding the canal, such as the creation of two free-trade zones, two ports linked by a railway and an international airport would create “a formative change in job creation”.
However, opposition politicians remain deeply sceptical. Independent Liberal Party congressman Eliseo Nunez called the announcement of the route “a propaganda game, a media show to continue generating false hopes of future prosperity among Nicaraguans”.