Monday, 18 February 2019

Making employee mental health a priority


DP World Southampton has signed a pledge to make the mental health of its staff as important as their physical wellbeing.
 
The Time for Change Time to Talk pledge was signed on 13th February 2019 by Port Operations Director, Steve McCrindle and Unite Union Representative, Steve Biggs in front of colleagues who support the cause.

The aim is to raise awareness; help everyone feel they can talk openly about mental health; provide advice on how to look after their mental health; and to signpost staff to sources of help and support.
DP World Southampton sponsors an employee-assistance programme, run by Health Assured, which provides its staff with support for personal issues, including a free counselling service for staff and their families.
 
The company has also made mental health awareness part of their Safety and Skills training days and introduced wellbeing champions who can encourage colleagues to have a conversation about mental health and to let them know that “it’s ok not to be ok”.

Steve McCrindle, Port Operations Director, DP World Southampton said:

“The wellbeing of our staff is not just limited to their physical health and safety on the terminal. By signing this pledge DP World Southampton wants to help raise awareness of this hidden illness and make sure that any member of staff who is facing these problems feels supported."


TRADE DIP HURTS CARGO FORECASTING



Slower international trade and further structural changes to container shipping lines is making forecasting cargo volumes “challenging”, Hutchison Port Holdings Trust has said.

Publishing its 2018 financial results, the trust said the forecast international trade slowdown is believed to be due to a slowing Chinese economy, mainly because of Government policy to address growing debt; a slowing EU economy; the lack of a deal for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and its effect on business sentiment; and uncertainty as to whether trade negotiations will result in the normalisation of US/China trade.

With regards to US/China trade it noted: “Regardless of the outcome of the negotiations, there is a risk that long established supply chains in southern China will be altered over time to the detriment of HPH Trust.”

Multinational behavioural changes

The Group has recognised non-cash impairment losses of HK$12,289m. This is in the context of “mounting global trade uncertainties” and “behavioural changes in multinational corporations caused by the current trade tensions, including accelerating the diversification of production bases outside of China and the effects stemming from the structural changes within the shipping line industry.”
More structural changes to container shipping lines are anticipated, stated the report, but further cost sharing alliances are not expected.
It stressed that the advance of “mega vessels will continue necessitating investment in port equipment and processes by deep water port operators handling these vessels.”



APL Vancounver Cleared to Continue Its Voyage

Image Courtesy: APL

The fire-stricken containership APL Vancouver was cleared for departure on February 12 and is on its way to Singapore.
The ship’s operator APL said that the 2013-built vessel continued the voyage following inspections by the salvage team and class surveyor.
APL added that additional safety measures have been provided for its voyage to Singapore, including an escort tug.
“The incident on board the vessel has been brought to an end with swift emergency response by its crew and immediate salvage operations that were activated.”
“All crew onboard has remained safe and no pollution has resulted from the situation.”
A full investigation will be undertaken to determine the cause of the incident on the 115,060 dwt boxship, the operator informed.
The Singapore-flagged vessel suffered fire in the early morning hours of January 31, while it was sailing from Shekou to Singapore. APL Vancouver was being attended by the Vietnamese Maritime Rescue Coordinating Center, fire fighters, firefighting tugs and a salvage master.