Sea Freight

ICTSI ‘targeted by ILWU stoppages’

Firm claims west-coast port go-slows unfairly focused on its Oregon subsidiary, risking long-term damage to Portland container business and state’s economy

Freight to quadruple by 2050, predicts OECD report

Changing trade patterns will increase average transport distances as North Pacific overtakes the North Atlantic as leading trade route

Evergreen joins elite group with 18,000 teu newbuilding deal

Taiwanese line confirms plans to acquire 11 ultra-large boxships

East coast US weather disruptions continue

Container backlogs expected to take weeks to clear

Höegh Osaka discharge begins

Most cargo thought to be undamaged by vessel’s three-week ordeal outside Port of Southampton

Cost of ocean transport down on last year despite sulphur regulation

Declining fuel prices mean container transport costs are lower than in 2014, even though low-sulphur fuel requirements have come into force

Severe snow hits transport in US northeast

Ports closed, flights cancelled, with many roads also out of action

Emergency anchorages set up as LA/Long Beach delays worsen

Marine Exchange activates contingency plans to cope with gridlock in the harbour

Competition unaffected by mega-alliance launches

Service differentiation and choice still healthy on East-West container trades despite new 2M, CKYHE, G6, and Ocean Three vessel-sharing agreements, Drewry reports

Asia-north Europe rates jump as January GRIs come into effect

Freight prices up nearly 25%, yet wary carriers announce further rises to help lessen impact of customary Chinese New Year crash

New EU shipper rules ‘could reveal confidential data’

Current plans to identify ‘buyer’ and ‘seller’ before vessel loading could lead to disclosure of sensitive business information, claim carrier, forwarder and cargo-owner representatives

Long Beach volumes rise despite congestion

But growth lags behind that of San Pedro Bay rival Los Angeles

Shipping voices concerns as world economy downgraded

New demand challenges as IMF cuts projected global growth to 3.5%, says Bimco

PSA reports 5.8% growth

Port giant says liner alliances and ULCSs are increasing the pressure on port operators

Strong year for Los Angeles despite congestion woes

US port urges the ILWU and PMA to resolve contract dispute following its busiest year since 2007

Advice & Insight

Reshuffled - Part 2

The new carrier mega-alliances started in the East-West container trades this month. Now that the game of musical chairs has stopped, for the time being at least, Drewry reviews the competing services in the big Asia-North Europe trade to see which carrier group has the edge

Reshuffled - Part 1

The new carrier mega-alliances started in the East-West container trades this month. Now that the game of musical chairs has stopped, for the time being at least, Drewry reviews the competing services in the big Asia-North Europe trade to see which carrier group has the edge

Why container leasing firms are just ticking over

Box manufacturers and lessors have struggled to shake off the gloom

Five shipbuilding predictions for 2015 - Part 2

Potential downside seems larger than upside. Unlike shipbuilding capacity, optimism is in short supply in this industry

Five shipbuilding predictions for 2015 - Part 1

Potential downside seems larger than upside. Unlike shipbuilding capacity, optimism is in short supply in this industry

Freight People

Hansa Heavy Lift appoints new EMEA head

Addition of Maximilian Harmstorf marks end of HHL’s restructuring to a regional system

Thomas Kraus joins Geodis as group marketing director

Former CEO of TNT Express Germany charged with ‘developing a cohesive and differentiating marketing strategy’ for French group

Riaan Blom to head Africa sales for ISS

New Inchcape regional VP was formerly regional manager for Oil & Energy at DHL Global Forwarding

Anders Dommestrup named CEO of Victoria International Container Terminal

Prior to joining ICTSI, he was COO of Modern Terminals in Hong Kong

FTA appoints new CEO

Association promotes internal candidate David Wells to top job

Have Your Say

Maritime safety – two steps forward, but much still to be done

TT Club’s Risk Management Director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox assesses just how last month’s deliberations by the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee will advance the cause of container and unit load safety in the future

Competition implications of 2M and mega-alliances

Higher vessel utilisation of ultra-large containerships will give participants a strong hand, but improving profitability ‘involves much more’, analysts argue

Driver shortages are no surprise

Robert Jervis, director of freight and logistics exhibition Multimodal, says the profession has lost much of the appeal it once had

Pack it in! We mean it.

TT Club’s risk management director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox, highlights the dangers of badly packed containers and other cargo transport units (CTUs) and welcomes the attention the subject is getting internationally

Drivers can face penalties for illegal immigrants

Concern continues as number of clandestines stowing away in vehicles increases, reports Rothera Dowson solicitors