Issue 2 2019 - Freight Business Journal IAG is top dog for pet transport
IAG Cargo has launched a new pet transportation service on fl ights from the UK through its partnership with PetAir UK and British Airways. It off ers an improved online booking experience and custom crates to suit each pet and coincides with the unveiling of IAG Cargo’s new meet-and-greet pet area at London Heathrow. PetAir UK off ers a UK-wide home
pet collection service and can also manage all import permits, export documents and fulfi l veterinary requirements in house. All pets are fl own in a temperature-controlled environment
in customised crates that are lined with layers of
absorbable vet bedding that wicks away moisture. IAG Cargo manager of global
products, Daniel Johnson, said: IAG Cargo’s dedicated team of skilled and passionate animal handlers work alongside PetAir UK to ensure the highest level of care for pets for their journey to any of our 350-plus destinations.” PetAir UK veterinary director,
Luke Gamble, added: “Our team off ers a wealth of expertise, with many of us being vets or vet nurses. The new service allows us to elevate the standards of pet shipping to a new level and give our customers an elite service and total peace of mind.”
Put liner consortia on the chopping block, say shippers
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including the Clecat forwarders’ organisation, the Global Shippers Forum and the European Shippers’ Council meeting have called for the shipping line consortia block exemption to be repealed. At a roundtable in Paris hosted by
the OECD’s International Transport Forum on 19 February, they said that market developments over the last fi ve years meant that an in-depth review of the regulatory framework was needed; this had
not occurred since 2009. They said that it had become obsolete given that most of the carriers operate in alliances and that market concentration is increasing. Neither service quality nor
productivity have improved over the years, they claimed. They called on the European
Commission to repeal the Consortia
Regulation unless a revised regulatory adopted.
framework Block Exemption is
CMA CGM has upgraded its Europe/ Indian Ocean and Australia NEMO service in partnership with MSC. The service is now weekly, with improved northbound transit times from Australia to Europe and expanded coverage of 19 ports, including six hubs off ering dedicated feeder services. UK call for the service is London Gateway.
Container operator Zim has made a direct investment in technology company Ladingo, which facilitates personal import of large and bulky items to online shoppers. While currently nearly all B2C e-commerce purchases are shipped by air, this can be expensive and there are weight and size limitations. Ladingo seeks to provide a technological solution to complex ocean freight.
Hapag-Lloyd says it will be the fi rst operator in the world to convert a large container ship to use liquefi ed national gas (LNG). It plans to retrofi t the 15,000teu Sajir, one 17 vessels in the fl eet designed to be LNG-ready, to operate using either LNG or low-sulphur fuel as a backup. LNG could reduce CO2 emissions by 15 to 30% and sulphur dioxide and particulate matter by more than 90%.
The Department of Transport has axed its controversial contract with Seaborne Freight to operate a ‘Brexit-buster’ ferry service between Ramsgate and Ostend, but said it was in advanced talks to fi nd another operator. The government had faced criticism for off ering a £13.8m contract to Seaborne, which had been trying for some time without success to charter vessels and restart services to the port of Ramsgate. The government’s move was
triggered aſt er Ireland’s Arklow Shipping decided not to support the venture. Contracts
Government and Brittany Ferries and DFDS remain in place. Meanwhile, the government
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has agreed to pay £33m to Eurotunnel in in a hastily- agreed out-of-court settlement of a lawsuit over the provision
of ferry services in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The Tunnel operator had complained that contracts with ferry operators to provide additional capacity to help deal with any bottlenecks on the Channel aſt er 29 March had been carried out in a secretive a
manner, including subsequently abandoned
deal with would be operator Seaborne for a new Ramsgate- Ostend service. Eurotunnel wrote to
transport secretary Chris Grayling saying that it should have been considered in awarding the contracts, pointing out that it had owned the MyFerryLink operation until forced to abandon it by the UK competition authorities. • Eurotunnel has set a new freight record in January, carrying 145,960 trucks, 1% more than in January 2018.
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The Port of Dover has the resilience to cope with moderate disruption aſt er Brexit and there is enough short sea capacity to absorb signifi cant overfl ow at the port in the event of capacity constraints, according to an independent study by Drewry. The shipping consultancy
said that despite all the political arguments about Brexit and its consequences, there has been a surprising lack of analysis of the implications for the short sea trade between the UK and the EU, and how traffi c might be routed
in future if Dover faced capacity constraints. Drewry has now carried an
assessment of the capacity of the port, to determine under what circumstances it could become a bottleneck, along with the availability of alternative routes for freight traffi c. It concluded that Dover has
the border control, check-in, embarkation
area and berth
capacity to cope with a 50% increase in process times in key areas, although peaks would need to be managed.
Hamburg Süd demonstrated its future Remote Container Management system at the Fruit Logistica trade show in Berlin on 6-8 February. All the line’s refrigerated boxes have been fi tted with the technology which uses satellite and mobile radio technology to monitor containers and the condition of the cargo inside including its location, temperature profi le, relative humidity, and concentrations of oxygen and CO2. Certain settings can also be adjusted remotely.
Brittany Ferries says its new Honfl eur vessel will not be delivered in time for the 2019 summer season, due to problems at the German FSG shipyard with Irish Ferries’ ship, WB Yeats, which is also behind time. Brittany Ferries says it hopes it will receive a concrete proposal from FSG to secure the contract to deliver Honfl eur in the very near future.
The Marseille Fos port authority is backing a Blockchain pilot that aims to enhance logistics on the Mediterranean-Rhone-Saone axis. Due on stream in June, the proof of concept prototype will test the security of the digital transport chain. The Blockchain solution will give certifi ed users direct access to protected documentation, allowing them to share data without the need for dedicated infrastructure. Implementation of the pilot will be shared by three companies – Marseille Gyptis International (MGI), the cargo tracking specialist; BuyCo, providers of a collaborative platform simplifying imports and exports of containers; and Blockchain solutions specialist KeeeX.
Seven ship-to-shore and 20 RTG gantry cranes have arrived for installation in the Port of Tema, Ghana, the fi nal part of a $1bn investment by APM Terminals, Bolloré Africa Logistics and Ghana Ports. With crane commissioning and operator training now taking place, the new port is on schedule to open on 28 June. Tema will be able to handle the world’s largest container ships.
PD Ports has gained Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status for its operations at Teesport, the fi rst port in the Northern Powerhouse region to do so.
Marseille Fos port chief executive Christine Cabau Woehrel is leaving her post to re-join shipping line CMA CGM to become director of assets from 12 March. The port said that a successor would be named in the coming weeks.
The British Ports Association welcomed the Government’s new Sector Deal for Off shore Wind launched in early March. It includes plans for 30% of UK electricity to be generated by from off shore wind by 2030 and will see a huge growth in off shore developments, much of which will be facilitated by UK ports.
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