NEWS\\\ News Roundup
Short-sea shipping operator Samskip has formally launched its Logistics arm, the latest move in a streamlining operation that started in May last year. Samskip Logistics brings all of Samskip’s dry and reefer forwarding activities into a single business unit, including Samskip Icepak Logistics and forwarding services previously operated through country organisations branded under Samskip. Cold storage and terminal business FrigoCare has also been brought under Samskip Logistics management, but maintains separate branding.
Hull City Council’s Planning Committee has granted approval to plans by global wind energy firm Siemens for a turbine blade factory and associated facilities on the port’s Alexandra Dock. This now means that the entire Siemens development has full planning approval.
North-east-based port owner and operator, PD Ports has completed acquisition of the Groveport private inland port complex on the River Trent. Groveport handles a mix of bulk cargoes through its 190 acre freehold site, and has a dominant position in the UK’s market for imported steel long products.
DP World London Gateway has appointed Andy Browning as cargo supply chain manager. He joins the port from beverage logistics company JF Hillebrand, where he worked as supply chain and logistics solutions development manager for blue chip brands and leading retailers.
MSC is adding a direct call at the east coast Indian port of Hazira from July 2015. The route, operated by seven 9,000teu ships, is served from Felixstowe in the UK.
Maersk Line has signed a US$1.1 billion contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries for nine 14,000teu ships, plus an option for a further eight. They have a much more flexible operational profile than previous designs. By moving away from hulls designed with a certain speed and draſt in mind, they can be deployed on East-West or North-South trades where requirements differ, with no impact on fuel consumption. They will join the fleet in 2017.
Heavyliſt carriers Swire Shipping and Rickmers-Linie have signed a connecting carrier partnership. Swire Shipping will be able to connect its breakbulk and project cargoes in India and the Middle East, through Rickmers-Linie’s Middle East and India to around 12 ports. The monthly multi-purpose service offers vessels with a liſting capacity of up to 120 tonnes.
China Southern Cargo has launched a new 777 freighter between Guangzhou and London Stansted. It will initially operate twice-weekly but a third service will be added from 23 July. The return service is via Frankfurt. There is also a four times a week service between Guangzhou, Paris CDG and Vienna.
Luſthansa Cargo is to extend its joint venture with Japan’s ANA Cargo to the eastbound leg from 3 August. The two carriers launched a joint venture, initially from Japan to Europe, in December 2014. It will give customers in Europe access to the two carriers’ shared network, including over 90 weekly direct flights to Japan, starting with customers in the UK, Germany, France and Austria.
IAG Cargo has officially opened its London Heathrow/Kuala Lumpur route on 27 May. The service is operated by a Boeing 777-200ER, departing Heathrow daily and next day connections are available to almost all destinations on the IAG Cargo network.
Emirates will launch a new five days a week service from its Dubai hub to Mashhad, Iran from 1 September. The Airbus A330-200 will offer 17 tonnes of cargo capacity each way. Emirates already serves Tehran.
Issue 5 2015 - Freight Business Journal
There has been little direct effect on freight services to and from Greece as a result of the country’s financial crisis, freight operators reported in mid-July. Most said it was a case of business as usual, although volumes to the country had already been depressed for some time. Nikki Greenwood at Excel Shipping, which
operates weekly trailer services to the country commented: “The main issue we have with the Greek market is the slow down – volumes have reduced significantly in the past years, and the situation in the last week does seem to have had
a big effect on cargo movements. We haven’t had any operational difficulties with truck fuel as we tend to source Romanian and Bulgarian drivers and generally these truck re-fuel in Luxembourg.” Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) reported
a near-normal situation as far as ports were concerned. There were no reported delays at Piraeus container terminal due to the capital controls, although remittances outside Greece from a Greek bank account were not possible at the time of writing. ISS added that imports are expected to be affected in the near future but
Business as usual despite Greek crisis
initially only for local importers that do not have a non-Greek bank account. Some industry commentators are concerned
though about the longer-term effects of the crisis, especially if Greece were to crash out of the Euro, or even the European Union. Founder of international parcels specialist ParcelHero Roger Sumner-Rivers says that, in such a scenario, delivery fees and higher import costs would rise. He warned: “If Greece exits both the Euro
and the European Union it will have no choice but to impose new excise duty, import VAT and possibly border controls. “
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