Shipping experts remain deeply divided on how to curb the menace of overweight shipping containers despite new proposals that make would make weighing containers mandatory.
Global Shippers Forum (GSF) secretary general Chris Welsh told delegates at last week’s TOC Container Supply Chain conference in London that the GSF was working on an accreditation scheme for container weighing for known shippers, which he likened to the authorised economic operator model. However, employee representative body the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) expressed doubts about the calculation method and said it was seeking further information.
CHINA’s Ministry of Commerce has declined to approve the P3 Network, in effect killing an alliance that would have reshaped the container-shipping landscape.
Freight Operational Network Forbidden
In a strongly worded statement on its website, MofCom said on Tuesday that it had decided after a seven-month antitrust review to “forbid Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Co and CMA CGM to concentrate” by setting up an operational network.
Separately, Maersk Line, one of the three would-be alliance members,
The airline’s head of cargo James Woodrow said that there had been a shift in capacity from freighters to passenger bellies in the Asia to Europe market and that the Manchester freighters were no longer economically viable alongside Cathay’s other UK main-deck and belly-hold cargo capacity.
He stressed that the carrier was still operating twice-weekly freighters and multiple daily passenger frequencies to and from London’s Heathrow airport, although he acknowledged concerns about some customer losses in the six months prior to the new direct Manchester-Hong Kong flights.
The IMO has confirmed that the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has approved draft amendments to Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) chapter VI to require mandatory verification of the gross mass of containers.
We understand that the draft amendments will be put forward for adoption to the next MSC session – MSC 94 – in November 2014 and, if approved, will enter into force in July 2016.
MSC also approved and issued related draft guidelines regarding the verified gross mass of a container carrying cargo,
France has given Maersk Line until the end of the summer to pinpoint the location of around 500 containers which tumbled overboard from the Svendborg Maersk in international waters off the Atlantic coast in February this year.
None of the crew was injured during the incident and damage to the ship was minor.
A total of 517 boxes fell into the sea during a storm in the Bay of Biscay.
Stage set for FE-North Europe showdown
When the ‘Daily Maersk’ offer was launched in October 2011, it was touted as an unprecedented solution for Far East-Europe shippers, with daily sailings and delivery time guarantees on that route. Although Maersk continues to maintain the program three years after its launch, the impact of the ‘Daily Maersk’ has not met the expectations envisaged by its proponents. If it was one of the unstated goals of ‘Daily Maersk’ to outstrip competitors on the FE-North Europe trade,
Shipping consultants Drewry said the 1st April GRI is likely to have little effect in raising rates to sustainable levels.
“We anticipate freight rates on the Asia-Europe trade to remain highly volatile. Hence, the April GRI may lift rates in the short term but we expect these gains to erode thereafter,” Drewry’s director, research products, Martin Dixon, told Lloyd’s Loading List.com.
“Longer term, we expect rates to remain under pressure given that 2014 will see yet another year of excess capacity supply growth,
The Federal Maritime Commission has granted regulatory approval for a huge vessel-sharing agreement between the world’s top three container lines, but with stricter monitoring than is usual for a standard alliance.
The Washington agency concluded that the proposed alliance between Maersk, Mediterranean Shipping Co and CMA CGM would not be anti-competitive. The agreement becomes effective Monday.
The five commissioners voted four to one in support of the P3 Network, with only former chairman Richard Lidinsky dissenting.
Onshoring Reduces Air Cargo Volume
Passenger volume growth is outpacing air cargo, with a “big gap” emerging in the last three years as onshoring has stifled international trade volumes.
IATA chief economist Brian Pearce said that air cargo’s role as a lead indicator for passenger volumes has broken down since 2010, as witnessed by a dramatic divergence in revenues of US$20bn in 2013.
While airfreight has historically performed well at the peaks of economic growth and badly in the troughs,
Shipping Freight Southampton
The UK’s newest container berth, had its first call yesterday.
Hyundai Tenacity, the 13,082 teu (20 foot equivilant container) vessel was the first to visit the new 500 metre long, £100 million quay.
New Berth Ship Size
The new berth (SCT5) can handle the largest and deepest vessels in the world, including the new 18, 000 teu mega vessels. It has a depth alongside of 16 metres, and can be deepened to 17 metres to allow any future larger vessels.