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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Maersk-MSC's 2M suffers poor reviews from CCTV documentary report

STATE broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) said the proposed Maersk-MSC mega 2M alliance may result in price increases for consumers and trouble for Chinese shipping lines.

STATE broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) said the proposed Maersk-MSC mega 2M alliance may result in price increases for consumers and trouble for Chinese shipping lines.

CCTV aired a critical five-minute documentary report on how the vessel sharing agreement between Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co could affect China, said London's Lloyd's List.

"Maersk and MSC will control the largest shares in Asia-Europe and transatlantic trades. They will have a bigger say in the market, and China's exporters and importers will have weaker bargaining power," the CCTV report said.

Shang Ming, the Ministry of Commerce's anti-monopoly chief, told CCTV the alliance could have an impact on Chinese consumers as prices of goods are partly determined by shipping costs.

"If there is any monopoly behaviour, the monopolist may eventually set the prices at its will. And if the prices increase, consumers would be hit," Mr Shang said.

Said China Shipowners' Association spokesman Zhang Shouguo: "Chinese-controlled fleet carries less than one-third of total exports from China."

CCTV rarely reports on container shipping, but its past negative coverage of Volkswagen and Apple has forced the multinationals to recall their products or offer public apologies.

Maersk and MSC proposed the three-way P3 Network with CMA CGM, but that ran aground over the Ministry of Commerce objections. It was thought that the two-way 2M deal will avoid the Ministry of Commerce and apply through the Ministry Transport.

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

£11 million boost for hauliers as speed limit raised

Speed limit for lorries on single carriageway roads will be raised to 50 mph.

Hauliers across England and Wales could see a £11 million a year boost as the government raises the speed limit for lorries on single carriageway roads to 50 mph.
Transport Minister Claire Perry has announced the move as part of a package of measures to cut congestion, reduce dangerous overtaking and help get the country moving.
Heavy goods vehicles over 7.5 tonnes are currently stuck at 40 mph on single carriageway roads a speed limit set in the 1960s and at odds with other large vehicles on our roads.

Claire Perry said:
We’re are doing all we can to get Britain moving and boost growth. This change will do exactly that and save our haulage industry £11 million a year.
Britain has one of the world’s best road safety records and yet speed limits for lorries have been stuck in the 1960s. This change will remove a 20 mph difference between lorry and car speed limits, cutting dangerous overtaking and bringing permitted lorry speeds into line with other large vehicles like coaches and caravans. Current speed limits for HGVs were introduced around 50 years ago and need to be updated given improved vehicle technology.
Geoff Dunning, from the Road Haulage Association, said:
This evidence-based decision by ministers, to increase the limit to 50 mphwill be strongly welcomed by hauliers and their drivers. The current limit is long out of date and the frustration it generates causes unnecessary road safety risks.

The change in speed limits for HGVs on single carriageways will come into force in early 2015 and will bring England and Wales in line with other European road safety leaders, such as Denmark and Norway. Depending on the consultation responses, the increase for dual carriageways will come in at the same time. The existing limits continue to apply until the change has been put into effect.
The Department for Transport is also urging English councils to use local powers issued last year to restrict traffic to 30, 40 or 50 mph where necessary because of pedestrian and cyclist use of roads, where the road is located and the layout. The department has also announced today the intention to carry out a major study about rural road safety in the near future.
Other measures the government has introduced to boost the haulage industry include the HGV road user levy, which ensures foreign hauliers operating in the UK pay towards the upkeep of UK roads. The government has also ensured duty on standard diesel is lower than it was in October 2010 and has made no increase to HGV duty.
The government is also investing £3.3 billion in major road schemes which will provide over 500 miles of additional lane capacity to the strategic road network and £10.7 billion to add at least 400 miles of capacity on the busiest motorways.

Additional Container Weighing Legislation Adds to the Burden

Additional Container Weighing Legislation Adds to the Burden

Additional legislation will not have any significant effect on container safety in transport overseas, the European Shippers’ Council (ESC) said with respect to the issue of the proposed weighing of containers.

The proposition comes as ever growing number of shipping accidents are caused by overweight containers, incorrect declarations of the loaded container weights, poorly packed and secured cargo inside the containers.
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To handle this problem, the maritime world has requested the IMO to consider the mandatory weighing of all containers.
In September 2013 IMO reached a compromise proposal to weighing, concluding that shippers should be required to verify the gross.
The weight must be transferred “sufficiently in advance to be used in the preparation of the ship’s stowage plan.”
The lack of this data will result in the packed container not being loaded onto the ship.
If the proposal becomes accepted it would take effect in July 2016.
“We believe that the need for weighing should be based on a proper risk analysis of the quality of the data transferred between shipping lines, shippers and customs authorities.Additional Container Weighing Legislation Adds to the Burden2
Also, shippers would want to work with international organizations such as UNECE and industry stakeholders to identify the currently witnessed poor practices and developing best practices. Together, we can all promulgate these to those that handle and load containers,”the Council said.

“It is now clear that a holistic approach is needed to tackle properly the safety problem seriously,” 
ESC added.
In the end, according to ESC, there are still several topics still pending regarding weighing of containers:
• Deadline to submit weight
• Open access to PCS
• Responsibility of the tare of the container
• Acceptable margin

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

HPH Trust first half profit up 16pc to US$119.6 million, revenues up 2pc

SINGAPORE-listed global port operator, HPH Trust, has posted a first half year-on-year 16 per cent increase in net profit of HK$927.3 million (US$119.6 million), drawn on revenues of HK$6 billion, up two per cent.

SINGAPORE-listed global port operator, HPH Trust, has posted a first half year-on-year 16 per cent increase in net profit of HK$927.3 million (US$119.6 million), drawn on revenues of HK$6 billion, up two per cent.

The company said that cargo to US and EU from HPH Trust terminals showed upward trends, Throughput at its Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT) in Shenzhen grew five per cent and was mainly driven by transshipments and US cargoes. 

The company's Hongkong International Terminals (HIT) throughput grew seven per cent and was mainly due to higher transshipment volume, but offset by weaker intra-Asia cargoes, said the company.

First half throughput of HPH Trust's deep-water ports was six per cent above last year's.

Combined throughput of HIT, Cosco-HIT and Asia Container Terminals (ACT) grew seven per cent year on year mainly due to the acquisition of ACT in March 2013 and the throughput growth of HIT by four per cent.

(Hong Kong) through their investment of 40 per cent and 20 per cent respectively, in ACT," said the statement. 

"Subsequent to the transaction, ACT has changed from being a wholly-owned subsidiary to a joint venture with 40 per cent effective interest of HPH Trust," said the statement.

The company's outlook was hopeful. "Growth in the US and Europe is a major factor in determining the total volume of containers handled by HPH Trust. Consensus outlook for both is favourable in 2014," said the statement.

US gross domestic product contracted by 2.9 per cent in the first quarter of 2014 owing to harsh winter weather, said HPH Trust.

"Despite this, the growth already appears to have rebounded strongly in the second quarter of 2014. Manufacturing activities gained more momentum in June 2014 and number of new orders hit its highest level in more than four years," it said.

"Consumer sentiment rose in June as consumers remained optimistic about the economic outlook and unemployment rate fell to near a six-year low of 6.1 per cent in June,' said the statement.

"The Eurozone economy continues to grow but at a slower rate. The economic recovery is expected to continue at a moderate pace in the coming months, driven by domestic demand," it said.

"Both outbound cargoes to the US and EU have displayed upward trends. Cargo volume for transshipment and the niche trade routes of Far East, Africa, Central and South America and Oceania is expected to increase considerably," said HPH Trust.

"China's economy shows signs of stabilisation after the government's implementation of stimulus measures such as reserve requirement cuts for some banks to support growth.

"Manufacturing activities regained their strengths with HSBC China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index rising to 50.7 in June 2014 F the first time above the growth indication level of 50 since December 2013," said the statement.

Freightliner to move to Teesport

Global rail freight specialist Freightliner is to move to Teesport, which will see a £3m investment in a new rail terminal at the site by PD Ports.
The construction of a new, open access rail terminal by PD Ports will start this month, and once complete will welcome the new intermodal connections from Teesport to Felixstowe and Southampton. 
Opportunities for the establishment of further new routes to Scotland, the Midlands and the North West are expected in line with market demand. 
The establishment of the new rail terminal is the next major phase in PD Ports’ wider ongoing investment at Teesport and follows on from the £16.7m container terminal expansion development in 2011. 
This latest investment further cements Teesport’s position as the UK’s leading provider of portcentric logistics, offering greater operational flexibility, improved efficiencies for customers. 
David Robinson, PD Ports’ Group CEO, said: “We are delighted to announce that Freightliner will support the new rail terminal at Teesport.  
"We have invested significantly in expanding the intermodal services available at the port and the arrival of Freightliner will provide a greater level of service options, as well as improve our portcentric capability for our customers.“  
Freightliner Managing Director Adam Cunliffe added: “Freightliner has a long established site at Wilton with a dedicated and committed workforce.  
"Unfortunately we have found it increasingly difficult to attract volume through the site in the face of a strong feeder alternative via Teesport.  
"Volume levels through Wilton have reduced substantially during the recession and the site can no longer compete effectively as it requires an additional road shunt to rival containers that move directly through Teesport.  
"The move to Teesport will increase the opportunity for containers to be moved by rail following completion of the exciting investment by PD Ports.“
Freightliner will switch its existing services from Wilton to Teesport once the terminal is complete. 

Monday, 28 July 2014

Felixstowe: Collision involving two lorries on A14 towards Felixstowe causes major delays

Motorists travelling on the A14 towards Felixstowe are faced major delays this evening following a collision between two lorries.
The incident happened just after 5pm today between the junctions for Seven Hills and Trimley St Martin.
One lane had to be closed while recovery work took place. It was reported that this has led to queueing traffic.
A spokesman for Suffolk police said nobody suffered any major injuries in the collision.