Issue 4 2021 - Freight Business Journal News Roundup

CMA-CGM’s short sea Containerships arm has introduced a feeder service between Dunkerque and Bristol’s Royal Portbury Dock with connections to and from the Far East. Containerships already operates between Bilbao and Bristol.

Stevedores Jenkins Group is to purchase Felixstowe- and Ipswich- based Marexport UK from current owners, Del Corona Scardigli Group. The new locations will increase forest products specialist Jenkins’ network to 11 sites in the UK and Ireland.

Tea maker Tetley has outsourced all its inbound tea production and finished goods export logistics to Port of Tyne. It covers the movement of thousands of tonnes of raw tea and finished products each year. Tyne began working with Tetley in 2003 and shipping now accounts for 90% of its inbound and outbound transportation.

Ocean Network Express (ONE) is adding another 27,500 new units to its reefer container fleet including 850 boxes equipped with controlled atmosphere technology. The liner consortium says that despite the challenges of Covid, the global refrigerated container trade showed strong resilience in 2020 compared to dry cargo and it expects this growth to be maintained in 2021.

Dutch maritime heavy liſt transport and engineering contractor Jumbo Shipping has launched an alliance with SAL Heavy Liſt, the German-based breakbulk and project cargo specialist. They will combine their fleets and all commercial activities in over 20 countries, including marketing of 30 project cargo vessels with liſting capacities up to 3,000 tonnes.

Hapag-Lloyd has ordered 150,000teu of new dry and reefer containers from China, most of which are expected to be delivered in coming months. It has also ordered 8,000teu of special containers for over- sized or dangerous goods. At US$550 million, the carrier says it is one of the biggest container orders in its history.

The British Ports Association is to postpone its annual conference, due to take place in Aberdeen this October, to 5-6 October 2022. It said that a recent survey concluded that the majority of members were uncertain whether they would be able to attend an in-person event this year and that any restrictions that may still be in place would have greatly detracted from the experience.

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It could take between four and six months for global container shipping to recover from the blockage of the Suez Canal in March, a shipping consultant told an online conference organised by the Global Shippers’ Alliance on 30 April. Lars Jensen, chief executive of

Vespucci Maritime said it would probably take several months

to resolve all the operational issues caused by the blockage. The Ever Given accident was just one of several incidents that had unfolded at about the same time; a boom in demand, vessel and container shortages and port congestion had led to a “domino effect”, he said. The situation was further exacerbated by ships crews having to be withdrawn

aſter Covid outbreaks. The Suez incident had taken

place against the background of a global shipping market that had experienced extreme volatility since Spring 2020. Sharp dips in growth at the time, of up to 20- 30% from one week to the next, had encouraged shipping lines to declare blank sailings. But when demand recovered, fuelled


largely by a US consumer boom during lockdown, ship operators found that their vessels were not in position to move empty containers back to Asia. This in turn led to port congestion. In the midst of this already

difficult situation, the Ever Given incident occurred, Jensen noted: “In a normal market, it would have taken 2-3 months to work it out of the system” but with services already disrup t ed,

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