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Serious fire on Maersk Line container vessel in the Arabian Sea
Tuesday afternoon, the Maersk Honam reported a serious fire in one of its cargo holds. 23 crew members have been successfully evacuated and search and rescue operations are ongoing for four crew members currently reported missing.
Tuesday 6 March 2018 at 15:20 GMT, the Maersk liner vessel Maersk Honam reported a serious fire in a cargo hold. Enroute from Singapore towards Suez, the vessel is currently positioned around 900 nautical miles southeast of Salalah, Oman. After being unsuccessful in their firefighting efforts, the crew sent out a distress signal and a total of 23 crew members were safely evacuated to the nearby vessel ALS Ceres, which arrived at the scene around 18:30 GMT. Regrettably, four crew members remain missing. The fire onboard the Maersk Honam continues and the situation of the vessel is very critical.
“We’ve received the news of Maersk Honam and the four missing crew members with the deepest regret and are now doing our outmost to continue the ongoing search and rescue operations. This by rerouting our own vessels, with assistance of vessels in the area – most notably ALS Ceres that thankfully acted promptly upon our distress call – and the local authorities,” says Søren Toft, Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Executive Board, A.P. Moller - Maersk.
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OOCL christens the last in latest series of ‘G-Class’ containerships
OOCL is proud to announce that the sixth and last in our latest series of 21,413 TEU containerships was christened at a ceremony held at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard on Geoje island today.
Named by our Sponsors Mrs. Shirley Peng and Mrs. Mary Liu as the OOCL Indonesia, she will begin her maiden voyage this month and join her other five sister vessels on OOCL’s Asia-North Europe Loop trade lane to form a formidable team in our fleet.
Over the years, the strength and competitiveness of OOCL’s fleet plays a very important role in the company’s business performance. We are very appreciative of our long-standing partnership with SHI and for their excellent support in completing our series of six 'G Class' containerships within a year’s time so that they can be deployed in our fleet when we needed them most.
The flexibility provided in our newbuilding program is one of the crucial elements to how we can better manage our fleet and operations in such a dynamic and challenging industry, said Mr. Andy Tung, Chief Executive of OOCL, at the ceremony when thanking the shipyard for their dedication and support. Not only was the time factor a challenge, but the actual engineering feat in building the world’s largest containerships for the first time within the given period while incorporating the best and latest innovation and technologies is a monumental project not to be underestimated.
SEATTLE, Jan. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing and Turkish Airlines announced that the carrier ordered three more 777 Freighters in December 2017. The new order came weeks after the carrier took delivery of two of the large cargo jets as part of its plan to further expand its freight business.
These freighter orders will surely contribute to our significant target for establishing a young and efficient cargo fleet, said M. İlker Aycı, Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines. The new aircraft will be delivered this year and will provide us with additional flexibility to serve more destinations while we continue to develop our global freight service.
The 777 Freighter is the largest and most capable twin-engine freighter in the world today," said Marty Bentrott, senior vice president of Sales, Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Central Asia and Africa, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. We're pleased world-class customers like Turkish Airlines recognize the value of the 777 Freighter's long range and large payload capability.
The 777 Freighter is the world's longest-range twin-engine freighter and is based on the 777-200LR (Longer Range) passenger airplane. The jet can fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload of 112 tons (102 metric tonns or 102,000 kg).
The airplane's range capability translates into significant savings for airlines: fewer stops and associated landing fees, less congestion at transfer hubs, lower cargo handling costs and shorter cargo delivery times.
Innovative passive containers for temperature-sensitive transports are now available directly from Europe’s leading cargo airline.
va-Q-tec, a leading supplier of high-performance thermal containers, and Lufthansa Cargo will be cooperating in the passive temperature-controlled container market in future. Due to the new cooperation, the containers from va-Q-tec are now available worldwide at numerous stations of the cargo airline. Customers with pharmaceutical goods in particular profit from the combination of the close and extensive network of Lufthansa Cargo with the advanced container rental service of va-Q-tec.
“We are delighted to be able to offer the innovative va-Q-tainer directly to our customers. The broad portfolio of Lufthansa Cargo is thus being expanded to include an excellent choice in the passive refrigeration segment”, said Dr. Alexis von Hoensbroech, Head of Product and Sales of Lufthansa Cargo at the signing of the contract.
Dr. Joachim Kuhn, CEO of va-Q-tec, added: “Our thermal containers provide five days temperature stability under even the most challenging conditions. These high performance containers will now be directly available through Lufthansa Cargo. This will have a very positive effect on Germany as the fourth largest pharmaceutical market in the world. We are very proud to have won Lufthansa Cargo as a strong partner not only in Germany but also in Asia, India, the USA and South America.”
The high-quality temperature controlled containers (“va-Q-tainer”), now offered by Lufthansa Cargo, provide temperature controlled solutions for six temperature ranges from -70°C to +25°C in five sizes, taking up to two US pallets inside. These advanced passive thermal containers offer constant temperature control over several days without the need for external energy sources. The award-winning technology enables safe transport of temperature-sensitive goods all over the world.
Qatar Airways Cargo Expands Its Fleet to 22 Freighters
DOHA, Qatar - Qatar Airways Cargo has taken delivery of its thirteenth Boeing 777 freighter at its home base at Doha’s Hamad International Airport (HIA). Continuing its trajectory of rapid growth and expansion, the world’s third largest international cargo carrier’s fleet now includes 22 freighters, comprising eight Airbus A330F, 13 Boeing 777F and one Boeing 747-8F.
Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo, Mr. Ulrich Ogiermann, said: “We are excited to take delivery of the newest freighter just days after our first Boeing 747-8F nose loader freighter joined the fleet, and at a time when we are increasing our capacity and frequencies as part of our network expansion strategy. The new freighters will be deployed on long haul routes in scheduled services and will further boost QR Charter services, allowing us to provide bespoke air charter services for various industries, including the industrial and oil and gas sectors.”
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IATA has called on the air cargo industry to abandon “complicated and convoluted” paper-based processes in order to better serve its customers.
Speaking at the 11th World Cargo Symposium in Abu Dhabi, IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said that adopting digital processes will be key in moving the sector forward.
His comments were made against a backdrop of cautious optimism for the global air cargo industry. Our customers are telling us that they expect more.
After several years of virtually no growth, air cargo demand began to rise in the second half of 2016. January cargo performance showed a 7% growth in demand compared to the previous year.
“Listening to the customer has never been more important,” said de Juniac.
“The positive forces currently supporting growth are good news. But our customers are telling us that they expect more.Complicated and convoluted paper-based processes that are basically unchanged from the 16th century are still being used in air cargo today.
“Our customers pay a premium to ship by air and they rightly expect modern processes and high quality services.” De Juniac says the implementation of digital process e-freight is vital for transformation in the cargo industry.
Japan Airlines and Boom Announce Partnership for Supersonic Air Travel
Japan Airlines (JAL) and Boom Supersonic are pleased to announce a strategic partnership to bring commercial supersonic travel to passengers.
While new and advanced technologies are changing our lives significantly, flight times for air travel have stayed relatively constant. Boom is developing a new-generation supersonic aircraft, which flies at Mach 2.2 and will cut flight times in half. Through this agreement, JAL will provide its knowledge and experience as an airline to support Boom in developing the aircraft.
As part of the agreement, JAL has made a strategic investment of USD 10 million in Boom and is collaborating with the company to refine the aircraft design and help define the passenger experience for supersonic travel. JAL also has the option to purchase up to 20 Boom aircraft through a pre-order arrangement. The two companies will cooperate closely to realize faster and more convenient air travel.
OOCL introduces another ambassador of world trade, the OOCL Scandinavia
In OOCL’s series of six ‘G Class’ containerships on order at the Samsung Heavy Industry (SHI) shipyard, we are pleased to introduce the newest and fifth 21,413 TEU containership, named the OOCL Scandinavia, into our fleet of world trade ambassadors.
The OOCL Scandinavia will be joining her sister vessels on our LL1 service, linking major markets in China and Northern Europe together.
In commemoration of this milestone at OOCL, we are very honored that Mr. Yue Yi, Vice Chairman, Executive Director and Chief Executive of the Bank of China (Hong Kong) Ltd, was able to join us as our Guest of Honor and witness the christening of the vessel.
The OOCL Scandinavia will be joining her sister vessels the OOCL Hong Kong, OOCL Germany, OOCL Japan and OOCL United Kingdom in serving the Asia-Europe trade lane on the LL1 service and her port rotation is:
Shanghai / Ningbo / Xiamen / Yantian / Singapore / via Suez Canal / Felixstowe / Rotterdam / Gdansk / Wilhelmshaven / Felixstowe / via Suez Canal / Singapore / Yantian / Shanghai in a 77-day round trip.
FedEx Express Continues Modernization of Aircraft Fleet
MEMPHIS, Tenn. November 8, 2017— FedEx Express (FedEx), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), announced today it has completed a purchase agreement with ATR that will begin to modernize the company’s fleet of feeder aircraft.
Under the agreement, FedEx Express is making a firm purchase of 30 ATR 72-600F aircraft with options to purchase up to 20 additional ATR 72-600Fs. Delivery of the first aircraft is expected in 2020, with subsequent deliveries of about six aircraft per year over a five year period.
“The purchase of new, more advanced feeder aircraft like the ATR 72-600F is the next step in our very successful fleet modernization strategy, which has helped us greatly improve our fuel efficiency and fleet reliability in recent years,” said David L. Cunningham, president and CEO, FedEx Express. “We worked closely with ATR, which developed this new aircraft with special features to help us grow our business, especially in the air freight market where shipments are larger and heavier”
NYK to become 100% owner of forwarder Yusen in March 2018
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha hereby announces that it decided as of today to acquire the remaining 41% stake of its freight forwarding subsidiary Yusen Logistics Co. from its minority shareholders.
Maurice Ward Slovenia recently opened its new office in Koper
It is conveniently situated within walking distance from the main port gate and next to the truck terminal. The branch serves local and multinational customers –providing excellent sea freight service, customs clearance, warehousing, distribution and difficult project shipments.
Vitek Svaton, Slovenia’s Country Manager, will be running the office for the time being with the help of his colleague Aleksander Rajh who will be undertaking the daily operations.
In due course, they will hire a branch manager/supervisor for their Koper office.
ETIHAD AIRWAYS AWARDS IBS SOFTWARE A MULTI-YEAR DEAL
Abu Dhabi, UAE – IBS Software (IBS) has been selected by Etihad Airways for implementing its award winning cargo management solution, iCargo. The multi-million dollar, multi-year contract was signed in Abu Dhabi last week.
The engagement will see iCargo system manage the airline’s air cargo sales and operations worldwide, automating its network-wide booking, pricing and capacity management functions with real-time revenue management based evaluation capabilities. iCargo will also perform real-time shipment status monitoring and quality management as shipments traverse its extensive network.
David Kerr, Senior Vice President, Etihad Cargo, said: “iCargo will enable us to be available to our customers 24 hours a day through a fully integrated online booking portal. This will significantly enhance our customer service offering.
“We are also working with IBS to develop the functionality to support our customers with our product provision, loyalty programme and incentives programme. The development of this platform will allow Etihad Cargo to implement end-to-end integration of processes, provisioning for real-time data and greater operational efficiencies.
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Beside our increasing activities in Iraq and Iran, another highlight in July was the Full Charter of one IL76 supporting a giant project in China. Major piece for the charter was the 24 tons case shown on the picture, which fitted into the aircraft with a gap of a few Centimeter each side only. High professional packing and logistic job organized by the MG International team was saving a fortune for the customer and the delivery at site was possible ahead of schedule already. Customer happy.
Emirates SkyCargo and Cargolux announce codeshare partnership
Emirates SkyCargo and Cargolux announce codeshare partnershipDubai/Luxembourg, 10 October 2017 - Cargolux Airlines and Emirates SkyCargo have announced that they will be entering into a codeshare partnership for air cargo transportation. The agreement was signed in Dubai by Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo and Richard Forson, President & CEO Cargolux Airlines in the presence of François Bausch, Minister of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, Luxembourg.
Earlier this year Cargolux Airlines and Emirates SkyCargo announced the start of a strategic operational partnership with the two carriers working closely on a number of operational areas including block space and interline agreements, aircraft charter, hub connectivity between Dubai and Luxembourg and cargo handling cooperation. The partnership has been off to a successful start with Emirates SkyCargo commencing weekly freighter services to Luxembourg from June 2017 and Cargolux transferring handling for their freighter flights at Dubai World Central (DWC) to Emirates SkyCargo in September 2017. Since July 2017, Emirates SkyCargo has also chartered Boeing 747 freighter aircraft from Cargolux’s fleet.
Air BridgeCargo brings Liege into its fold
AirBridgeCargo Airlines have introduced new freighter call for Liege airport, one of the best cargo friendly airports in Europe. With winter schedule, ABC will gradually increase its cargo capacity up to 12 flights per week, creating more opportunities for its customers in Asia, North America and Europe, using one of its modern Boeing 747 that provides up to 130 of capacity.
Liege gives an excellent example of cargo friendly airport in every aspect of its daily operations, that gives the carriers speed, flexibility, ground and airport infrastructure on a price-wise basis – things of paramount important for final decision making and for customers. Being situated at the heart of the Paris - Amsterdam – Frankfurt golden triangle, the city attracts freight volumes like a magnet, accumulating general cargo as well as special shipments.
French container shipping CMA CGM has confirmed the order for nine 22,000 TEU containerships while releasing results for the second quarter of 2017.
In order to keep up with market growth and the group’s needs, the Board of Directors of CMA CGM has approved the order for 9 container ships of 22,000 twenty-foot equivalent (TEU). This order, of which the first ships will come into service from the end of 2019, will further reduce unit transport costs, particularly on the Asia-Europe routes,” the company said.
NCA’s fuel surcharges for international air cargo departing from Japan effective from Oct 1st, 2017
The next fuel surcharge of Nippon Cargo Airlines (Headquartered in Narita-shi, Chiba: President Fukashi Sakamoto) effective from Oct 2017 will be set as follows according to the average price of the benchmark jet fuel for the month of August 2017, USD63.06/BBL.
TC1 (mainly North America and Latin America)
TC2 (Europe, Africa and Middle East)
TC3 long haul (TC3 excluding the following)
TC3 short haul (Hong Kong, China and Taiwan)
Effective date:Beginning with the AWB issued on Oct 1st , 2017
APL Strengthens Intra-Asia Footprint with New Korea China Straits Service
APL today announced the launch of a new Korea China Straits (KCS) service that will serve the key Asian markets of China, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. The weekly service will link Nansha in South China to the Straits of Singapore and Port Klang as well as Indonesia; offer superior transit between Indonesia and Manila; and call Lianyungang in Jiangsu where few carriers provide access too.
The KCS service will reinforce APL’s footprint in Intra-Asia where the carrier seeks to fortify its presence as a leading ocean carrier. The offering injects new capacity that allows APL to transport shipments from North Asia to its network of ports across Southeast Asia. It also offers yet another option that shippers can leverage for market access and competitive advantage.
The KCS service will be operated with five Panamax vessels through a Vessel Sharing Agreement with Cheng Lie Navigation.
Commencing its first southbound sailing from Dalian on 18 November 2017, the KCS service will call the ports of Dalian, Xingang, Lianyungang, Kwangyang, Pusan, Shanghai, Nansha, Singapore, Port Klang, Jakarta, Surabaya and Manila.
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Dear ASA Members, I should like to take a moment to up-date you on the forthcoming ASA Conference/Meeting which is scheduled for the 21st October 2018 and will be held at the very impressive “Continental Hotel” in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by popular demand. It will also be the 15th Anniversary of ASA and […]
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