Sea Freight

Countdown begins to new container weights laws

WSC issues reminder to shippers and carriers that regulations apply one year from today

Asia-east coast rate premiums ‘under threat’

Expected rise in transpacific container services via the expanded Panama Canal could result in oversupply, says Drewry

Wan Hai jumps to top of reliability league

Shake-up in liner on-time performance as alliances struggle with schedules

Asia-Europe spot prices rebound to nearly $600

Rates rot finally over as carriers succeed with GRIs on both the Asia-north Europe and Asia-Mediterranean trades

Ocean Three leads Asia-Europe capacity cull

CMA CGM says the three-month withdrawal programme may be extended if conditions do not improve by the fourth quarter

Singapore starts further expansion

New terminal, designed to cater for the next-generation mega container ships, will give world’s second-largest container port 50m teu annual capacity

ICTSI backs US labour law amendment

Legislation would help prevent slowdowns such as those that hit west coast ports earlier this year

China fines 21 box carriers in antitrust probe

Subsidiaries of Cosco, China Shipping, Maersk, OOCL, and Evergreen among those penalised for allegedly misreporting rates, falsifying information, or other violations

Logistics ‘the answer to box lines’ woes’

Carriers are depriving themselves of revenue by ignoring landside opportunities, says Contship Italia boss

Protests close port of Calais

Eurotunnel access also partially blockaded by port workers, causing severe disruptions to freight vehicles

Asia-Europe rates fall another 15%

SCFI reaches new lows last week on key east-west trade and other trades from Shanghai

Shippers call for customer-regulator dialogue on alliances

ESC insists cargo owners’ experiences should be heard, as competition watchdogs pledge ‘renewed intention to cooperate’ in monitoring container shipping activities

RCL enters big-ship league

Thai feeder operator teams up with three other carriers to deploy seven 6,500 teu ships on Northeast Asia-Middle East trade

Intra-regional strength aids charter rates

Prices rebounding for panamax and post-panamax vessel sizes

Uneven global economic growth dents port investor appetite

But leading indicators such as inventory levels point towards stronger growth in second half of the year, Drewry notes

Advice & Insight

SPCT sharpens competitive edge to backdrop of Saigon terminals over-capacity

The completion of the Soai Rap channel dredging project in the first half of last year, made the DP World-operated Saigon Premier Container Terminal (SPCT) the deepest in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC).

Port of Rotterdam highlights role as innovative port for the food industry

9 million tonnes of fresh and frozen products enter the Dutch port annually, while 15 million tonnes are exported

Hamburg port logistics group gears up to handle bigger ships

Hamburg port logistics group, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), has announced orders for a total of five new container gantry cranes capable of handling 20,000-teu capacity vessels.

DP World forges ahead with Dubai Jebel Ali expansion

Port operator DP World continues to forge ahead with the expansion of its flagship facility at Dubai’s Jebel Ali (JA) port.

HAROPA-Le Havre develops hub role for Asian-origin goods bound for Africa

The HAROPA port consortium - Le Havre, Rouen and Paris - is developing a role as a European transhipment hub for Asian-origin goods bound for West Africa.

Freight People

Management merry-go-round continues at DGF

DHL Global Forwarding’s former EMEA chief Thomas Nieszner returns, as Rajeev Singh-Molares moves on

IJS Global appoints new Emea ocean freight director in European expansion

Freight forwarder opens new branches in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg

Crane Worldwide hires new VP of global sales

Former Seko, EGL, and Ceva senior executive Terry Unrein ‘comes home’, bringing decades of experience to role

Swiss appoints new head of cargo

Current global sales manager Ashwin Bhat to succeed Oliver Evans from 1 October

Shippers’ champion Chris Welsh awarded MBE

Global Shippers’ Forum secretary general and FTA director of global and European policy is recognised for ‘services to shippers and the shipping industry’

Have Your Say

Cross-Channel pricing review: Quarter 2

Freightex CEO Tim Phillips expects UK international road freight prices to rise in the coming months, due to the impact of the migrant crisis and seasonal demand increases

Russia: Clear understanding of freight insurance is vital

Panditrans’ Alexander Petrenko outlines the crucial differences between liability and cargo cover in this sometimes-confusing market

Nepal: Back on the road

After flying to Nepal several weeks ago to cover the immediate aftermath of the 25 April earthquake, Lloyd’s Loading List.com journalist Mike King returned to the struggling Himalayan country again this month

An open letter from the World Food Programme

Agency seeks to encourage others to continue their efforts to support humanitarian actions as part of their daily work

Death, taxes and multi-country customs compliance…

Kewill’s Andreas Giger says appropriate planning and investments in the right technology and infrastructure will ensure smoother operations and lower risk