Air & Seaport News

  • Bali airport stays shut but Lombok reopens

    Nov 28, 2017 — Bali’s international airport remains shut for a second day due to the threat of a volcanic eruption from Mount Agung. The Indonesian authorities have extended the shutdown to at least 07:00 local time (00:00 GMT) Wednesday 29 November. However, the airport on the neighbouring island of Lombok has been re-opened.
  • Port of Vietnam experiences congestion due to storm

    Nov 15, 2017 — The port of Quy Nhon, in Vietnam, is congested at the time, because of a storm that occurred in the area, resulting in multiple vessels to sink, thus blocking ship traffic, sources report. The storm hit the port on November 4, making the port authority to issue a temporary block of the channel and reduce ship traffic to vessels with draft up to 5.5m.
  • Poland Approves Plan to Build $9.6 Billion Central Airport

    Nov 7, 2017 — Poland will build central airport for as much as 35 billion zloty ($9.6 billion) by 2027, reversing a strategy based on expanding smaller regional ports with the help of funds provided by the European Union. Under the government plan, the Warsaw Okecie airport would eventually be shut. No potential dates for the closing were given.
  • SoCal Ports Approve Aggressive Air Quality Rules for Moving Cargo

    Nov 6, 2017 — The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach announced they have approved the 2017 Clean Air Action Plan Update that sets out aggressive clean air strategies for moving cargo through the nation’s busiest container port complex — which is on pace for the busiest year ever.
  • U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Calls for Increased Security Funding at LA, Long Beach Ports

    Nov 1, 2017 — While praising efforts to protect the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports from terrorist and cyber-attacks, members of Congress aired concerns Oct. 31 about threats to public safety and the economy if federal funding for maritime security programs isn’t raised to meet new threats.
  • MSC Recommences Benghazi Container Freight Services as Normality Returns

    Oct 31, 2017 — Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has announced that it will resume container freight services to and from Benghazi, Libya, now that the port has re-opened, following a three-year closure stemming from the 2011 revolution. The port, which restarted operations at the beginning of the month, was forced to close when rivalling armed groups occupied the city in 2014.
  • Russia set to ban Dutch carriers unless ABC's Schiphol slots are returned

    Oct 31, 2017 — Russia will ban Dutch carriers from its airspace from Saturday unless landing slots at Schiphol are returned to AirBridge Cargo (ABC). One source told The Loadstar flight times to Asia would increase by three to four hours if carriers couldn’t use Russian airspace.
  • DHL adds global gateway facility to O’Hare cargo development

    Oct 30, 2017 — DHL opened a 54,000 square-foot, US$10 million global gateway facility at O’Hare International Airport (ORD) last week, adding to Chicago’s growing northeast cargo campus, which DHL said was on track to be “the largest cargo development built at a U.S. airport in more than a decade, when completed in the next few years.”
  • Chinese government pushing port consolidation

    Oct 27, 2017 — Busy ports linking China and the rest of the world are now targets of a Chinese government consolidation campaign that previously spurred high-profile mergers among state-owned shipping and logistics companies. By consolidating port operations according to administrative regions such as provinces, Beijing hopes to reduce competition and promote economies of scale, according to Caixin. Officials also expect consolidated ports to be managed more efficiently.
  • New Security Rules Take Effect on U.S.-Bound Flights

    Oct 27, 2017 — New security measures for all passengers on U.S.-bound flights took effect today, with airline personnel conducting short interviews with travelers at check-in or the boarding gate. The directive was announced by the Trump administration in July as an alternative to banning laptops and other electronic devices from the cabin of inbound flights to the U.S. The new rules apply to American and global airlines and affect roughly 2,100 flights from around the world that enter the U.S. on any given day.
  • U.K. aims for final proposal on Heathrow expansion in 2018

    Oct 25, 2017 — The saga continues for London Heathrow’s third runway expansion, as the U.K.’s Transport Secretary Chris Grayling began a consultation period on a revised version of the airport’s national policy statement. The goal is to publish final proposals for the LHR expansion during the first half of 2018, which will be subject to a vote in Parliament.
  • Schiphol freighter sector dealt blow as 'local rule' for slots is rejected

    Oct 17, 2017 — Low-cost airlines have rejected proposals for a ‘local rule’ at Schiphol airport that would have given priority to freighter operators as the hub faces a shortage of slots. The airport is nearing its slot limit for the year of 500,000 and as a result is having to limit the number of aircraft calls, with freighters looking most likely to lose out because of the ad-hoc nature of their services. Slot restrictions for freighter aircraft are likely to continue next year, with estimates suggesting 10.5% of freighter calls could be turned away in 2018 compared with 2017.
  • Delays in Lagos operations due to heavy traffic congestion

    Oct 17, 2017 — AGS Nigeria Lagos wishes to inform you of the increase of road congestion around the Apapa area at the port of Lagos. This congestion, which is caused by a combination of factors (road deterioration during the rainy season, construction at the harbour and increased port activity) contributed to increased transport costs and delays in operations.
  • Sohar Port and Freezone kicks off first phase of expansion

    Oct 16, 2017 — Oman’s Sohar Port and Freezone has revealed that the first phase of its mega expansion plan is set to get under way soon. The expansion is part of the freezone’s long-term move to grow the vital industrial and maritime hub by as much as 50 per cent, a report said.
  • India renames largest port

    Sep 28, 2017 — The Indian Ministry of Shipping has announced the renaming of Kandla Port, to Deendayal Port, with effect from 25 September, 2017.
  • Third Hong Kong runway passes finance hurdle

    Sep 27, 2017 — The Hong Kong Airport Authority has released a report on the detailed funding study for a three-runway system (3RS) after it was accepted in principle by its board.
  • Coast Guard Closes Ports in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands Ahead of Cat 5 Hurricane Maria

    Sep 20, 2017 — The United States Coast Guard has closed all ports in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands due to Hurricane Maria. Effective 8 a.m. Tuesday, the Coast Guard set port condition ZULU for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands because of the possibility of sustained gale force winds greater than 39 mph that may arrive within 24 hours. While port condition ZULU is in place, no vessels may enter or transit within these ports without permission of the COTP. Under the condition, all vessel movements are prohibited, and all ship-to-shore operations must cease until further notice.
  • Port Klang gets more tranquil, but it’s eerie

    Sep 19, 2017 — Until a few months ago, Port Klang was a hive of activities, with containers usually stacked six stories high. These days, it’s a lot quieter. Major shipping firms have moved their hubs to Singapore, according to recent reports. “A few years ago, we could still compete with Singapore,” said an industry player who owns a logistics company. “We managed to draw big carriers to Port Klang. I don’t think we can catch up with Singapore now.”
  • NxtPort, Air Cargo Belgium partner to develop multimodal data platform

    Sep 15, 2017 — Data platform NxtPort signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Air Cargo Belgium and its data-sharing platform BRUcloud to streamline multimodal cargo transport by reducing redundancies shared between ocean- and airfreight.
  • Hamad Port seen transforming Qatar into regional trading centre

    Sep 14, 2017 — With rapid growth expected “in the coming years,” Qatar Chamber director general Saleh Hamad al-Sharqi said Hamad Port will transform Doha into a regional trade centre, which would promote inter-trade in the Middle East region and enhance the region’s trade with the world.
  • US Seaports Prepare to Reopen After Irma

    Sep 12, 2017 — Several Southeast seaports that shut down ahead of Hurricane Irma say they will be able to reopen in the next 48 hours, allowing badly needed shipments of fuel, food and other goods to make their way into the region. A half-dozen major ports, including facilities in Tampa, Miami and Savannah, suspended operations over the weekend. Combined, they handle one in six containers entering or leaving North America, as well as tankers loaded with gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.
  • First Ultra-Large Containership Call Kicks Off ‘Big Ship Era’ for Port of New York and New Jersey

    Sep 11, 2017 — The 14,400 TEU capacity CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt became the largest container ship to ever call at the port of New York and New Jersey on Thursday after sailing underneath the raised Bayonne Bridge. The ultra-large containership arrived at the APM Terminals Elizabeth container terminal after setting the record as the first ‘big ship’ to pass under the raised Bayonne Bridge, which now gives air draft clearance to vessels of up to 18,000 TEU capacity.
  • Port Klang business hit as key firms shift operations to Singapore

    Sep 11, 2017 — Business at Malaysia's main shipping hub in Port Klang has taken a hit this year as major shipping companies shift their operations to Singapore under new alliance agreements, industry officials say. This has raised questions over the aggressive plans by Kuala Lumpur to build new harbours and rail links along the Strait of Malacca, one of the world's busiest maritime trade routes.
  • Intermodal Volume Up 2% in First Quarter, IANA Reports

    May 18, 2017 — The Intermodal Association of North America found that year-over-year international container volume grew 2.9% to 2.14 million units, and domestic traffic increased 1.3% to 1.79 million. “What’s most impressive about the growth rate is that it comes on the heels of a 2% gain in shipments in the [first quarter] of 2016. This suggests that the increase was real growth and not just a bounce back due to weaker comparisons,” the report said.
  • At Time:matters, Technology Drives Growth

    May 18, 2017 — Like pretty much everyone else in logistics, time:matters considers digitalization to be central to its future. “We want to have the platform available in the 300 most important catchment areas in the world,” said Miller. That means setting up shop in cities that host the industries where time:matters has expertise. “We’re doing this by making it as easy to book an emergency logistics service as it is to book a hotel online,” he said. “By digitalizing the chain, we make something that is very complex very easy.”
  • Pasha Hawaii Announces Shipyard for Two New Containerships

    May 17, 2017 — Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii today announced that the company has selected Keppel AmFELS in Brownsville, TX, a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) for the construction of two new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fueled containerships, with the option to order two additional vessels. Pasha Hawaii is in the process of finalizing contract specifications, and delivery of the first vessel is planned for early 2020.
  • Forwarders Call for Fast-track for U.S. Customs Chief

    May 16, 2017 — The Airforwarders Association (AfA) in the U.S. has called on the Senate to swiftly confirm Kevin McAleenan as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner, pointing out that the appointment was critical to the safe, secure and efficient movement of cargo.
  • Dubai’s DP World Confirms 10 Injured when Ship Hits Cranes at Jebel Ali Port

    May 15, 2017 — Dubai ports operator DP World has confirmed that 10 people were injured in an accident involving a container vessel at the Jebel Ali port last week. The incident occurred when the vessel collided with the harbour wall at the port’s Terminal 1 on Thursday, May 4.
  • BIMCO: Shipping Industry Faces Choppy Waters

    Jan 3, 2017 — The shipping industry has its work cut out going forward in 2017 as the period will see another year of die-hard competition, according to international shipping association BIMCO.
  • Businesses Ask FMC to Address Fees Charged when Port Disruptions Delay Pickup of Cargo Containers

    Dec 7, 2016 — IAM, along with a coalition representing retailers, manufacturers, truckers, transportation intermediaries and other business groups today asked the Federal Maritime Commission to set new policy preventing terminal operators and ocean carriers from charging unfair fees when uncontrollable incidents such as storms and strikes keep cargo from being picked up from ports on time.
  • U.S. Passport Renewal Delays

    Sep 23, 2016 — If your passport is anywhere near you, take a moment and check the expiration date. If that date is anytime during the next 24 months, it might be best to start the renewal process now or soon. Here's why...