Global & Regional News

  • Confidence grows for air cargo in Asia

    Apr 28, 2017 — Airfreight volumes on Asia-Europe trade lanes eastbound and westbound are expected to surge in the coming months, according to the latest survey results for the APAC Forwarding Index. Around 54% of survey respondents predicted Asia Pacific air cargo volumes across all lanes will be higher in three months time than at present, with 37% expecting them to remain the same and just 9% lower.
  • U.S. rail traffic up 4.7 percent; AAR comments on Trump tax plan

    Apr 28, 2017 — U.S. railroads moved 515,131 carloads and intermodal units for the week ending April 22, a 4.7 percent increase compared with the same week a year ago, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported Wednesday.
  • Rotterdam to shape Gujarat’s port development

    Apr 28, 2017 — In a major boost to Gujarat’s future maritime development, the Port of Rotterdam has agreed to a strategic tie-up with the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) to lend its expertise in a slew of projects including planning for new ports and churning out skilled professionals in shipping and transport sectors.
  • Singapore remains world’s maritime capital for 2017

    Apr 27, 2017 — MPA Singapore announced that the country has once again clinched the top position, in Menon’s Leading Maritime Capitals of the World Report (“Menon Report”).
  • Port of Calais Reports Record High in Freight Truck Traffic

    Apr 27, 2017 — One of the busiest ports linking France and the UK has reported a large upswing in freight vehicles passing through on its cross Channel routes. A renewed upsurge in haulage traffic has been confirmed in the first three months of 2017 and allowed the Port of Calais to realise the best quarter in its history through an absolute record for the month of March and the passage of 181,005 cargo units which used the Calais port facilities. The number of heavy goods vessels crossing through the French port grew by 11.2% compared to the first trimester of 2016, with 507,850 heavy goods vessels passing through the port.
  • Shanghai port, world's busiest, grapples with traffic congestion

    Apr 24, 2017 — The world's busiest container port, Yangshan in China's business hub of Shanghai, is battling severe congestion wrought by dense fog, higher-than-usual volumes and the aftermath of a shake-up in shipping alliances, ocean carriers and port officials say. More than 100 container vessels are now waiting outside the port, where the average waiting time at berth last week went up 6.2 percent, to 18.2 hours, versus the previous week.
  • Cordero to run Port of Long Beach as executive director

    Apr 24, 2017 — The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has tapped former Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero as executive director of the Port of Long Beach.
  • U.S. Maritime Industry Stands Behind Jones Act Ruling Letter Changes

    Apr 20, 2017 — The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), representing interests of the domestic maritime industry, has submitted comments strongly in support of the recent U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) notice proposing to revoke previous letter rulings inconsistent with the proper enforcement of coastwise laws, including the Jones Act.
  • Are Sri Lanka’s ports the next Great Game for China, India and Japan?

    Apr 18, 2017 — Increased international interest in the Indian Ocean comes at a convenient time for Sri Lanka, as the country continues to recoup after the end of its decades-long civil war which ended in 2009. While opportunities present themselves, all this attention also comes with its own set of complications.
  • Shippers must declare EU road freight weights from 7 May

    Apr 16, 2017 — Less than a month from now, a new law is set to come into force within the European Union that will force shippers to declare the weight of their cargo to hauliers transporting goods within Europe.
  • Emirates flies America’s Cup boat to Bermuda from New Zealand [VIDEO]

    Apr 14, 2017 — Emirates SkyCargo flew 44 tonnes worth of boat and associated gear from Auckland to Bermuda for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup sailing competition, which will begin in late May. The boat, called “New Zealand Aotearoa” is the Emirates Team New Zealand’s race boat. The shipment included all associated support equipment, including the team’s chase boat.
  • Biggest Ship to Ever Call On U.S. East Coast Arriving in May

    Apr 14, 2017 — The biggest ship ever to visit the U.S. East Coast will make its maiden call in Charleston, South Carolina next month after sailing through the expanded Panama Canal from China. The MV Cosco Development, which measures 1,200 feet long and 158 feet wide, can transport up to 13,092 TEUs. It is scheduled to call at the South Carolina Ports Authority’s (SCPA) terminal in Charleston Harbor on May 13.
  • Self-Driving Trucks, Delivery Vans at Vanguard of Autonomous Vehicle Revolution

    Apr 13, 2017 — Commercial vehicles aren’t the only mode of transportation that can be automated, but when it comes to urban spaces, they’re likely to be the early movers.
  • Hapag-Lloyd: New Oceania Service - North East Asia Australia Express (NAX) Service

    Apr 13, 2017 — Hapag-Lloyd announced the new North East Asia Australia Express with dedicated allocation serving Japan, Korea and North / Central China to Australia.
  • UPS expands its ability to carry dangerous goods

    Apr 13, 2017 — Global logistics provider UPS Inc. has expanded its global dangerous goods shipping program, increasing both the volume and the types of goods that it carries between 36 countries in North America, Europe, and Asia, the company said this week.
  • Brexit set to disrupt European businesses and drive action on expat recruitment and reward

    Apr 13, 2017 — Almost two thirds (59%) of European businesses with significant interests in the UK view Brexit as “another disruption” rather than the “fundamental challenge” to their operations that is feared by a quarter (26%).
  • Gulf of Guinea Maritime Security in 2016

    Apr 12, 2017 — 2016 witnessed a marked increase in maritime security incidents over the previous year, irrespective of the counting standards. Denmark-based Risk Intelligence counted 119 verified attacks by criminals on all kinds of vessels in West Africa (Senegal to Angola) – compared with 82 in 2015.
  • Icebergs Disrupt North Atlantic Shipping

    Apr 12, 2017 — An unusually large number of icebergs have drifted into the shipping lanes of the North Atlantic in recent weeks, forcing vessels to detour well to the south to avoid danger. Icebergs have even been spotted outside of the Coast Guard's ice navigation warning area, prompting at least one notice to mariners urging additional caution.
  • UK-China rail freight service starts in Essex

    Apr 11, 2017 — The first direct rail freight service from the UK to China departed from Essex on Monday. A train with 30 containers filled with British-produced exports began the 7,500-mile journey from the DP World London Gateway rail terminal in Stanford-le-Hope.
  • ReCAAP: Actual maritime incidents in Asia down compared to 2017

    Apr 11, 2017 — The ReCAAP has published infographic to depict the mobility of piracy and armed robbery incidents against ships in Asia during January-March 2017. In general, there was an overall drop in actual piracy and armed robbery. However, the number of attempts increased.
  • Air Canada Cargo to offer freight space in direct link to Mumbai

    Apr 11, 2017 — Air Canada has confirmed that a new year-round, direct service to and from Mumbai will be inaugurated by the carrier on July 1. The service, on which Air Canada Cargo will market the available bellyhold space of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft operating the route, will complement Air Canada’s existing year-round service to Delhi.
  • Long Beach Port bracing for impact of shipping alliance reformation

    Apr 10, 2017 — It’s been called “The Big Bang of 2017.” An unprecedented number of ocean-carrier mergers last year and the collapse of the seventh-largest container carrier – Hanjin Shipping – have resulted in something Port of Long Beach officials say has never happened in the shipping industry– the reshuffling of ocean carriers from four to three new alliances.
  • Mumbai container port to be dredged

    Apr 10, 2017 — Jan De Nul Group announced that, in joint venture with Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., has acquired a contract with port operator Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust for the deepening and widening of the access channel towards Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Mumbai, India.
  • Why So Many Americans Are Saying Goodbye to Cities

    Apr 5, 2017 — New York is a microcosm of the American city. Population growth in big cities has now shrunk for five consecutive years, according to Jed Kolko, an economist and writer. While well-educated Millennials without children have concentrated in a handful of expensive liberal cities, the rest of the country is slowly fanning out to the sunny suburbs.
  • Georgia eyes June 15 for I-85 reopening

    Apr 5, 2017 — The Georgia Department of Transportation has set an “aggressive but attainable” goal to have Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta reopened. In a press conference Tuesday morning, GDOT officials said they plan to have the section of Interstate that collapsed following a fire reopened by June 15, approximately 10 weeks from the collapse. A fire underneath an overpass last Thursday caused the overpass to collapse, closing both lanes of the major corridor.
  • Qatar Cargo launches direct freighter service to Cambodia

    Apr 5, 2017 — Qatar Airways Cargo began freighter service to Phnom Penh today, focusing mostly on Cambodia’s garments business, which accounts for about 80 percent of the country’s exports. The weekly service, operating on the Doha–Phnom Penh–Doha route, will offer more than 60 tonnes of cargo capacity each way aboard one of the carriers A330 freighters.
  • IAM President's comments on hotels in Long Beach

    Apr 5, 2017 — There have been several recent posts and emails to the Association expressing concern and complaints about the hotel reservation process for this year’s Annual Meeting and Expo in Long Beach, Calif. We always welcome input from the members—good or bad—because that is how we have grown over the years, as well as improved the value of membership and enhanced the member experience. In the case of hotels for the conference, a number of incorrect assumptions have been made and, in some cases false information spread through various social channels. So this is an effort to clear the air and advise where things currently stand.
  • U.S. Department of State adopts collaborative contracting in logistics

    Apr 4, 2017 — DOS is seeking a new approach to a single source contract that, at its core, is doing what 3PLs do best: providing customized, reliable services through multiple modes of transportation.
  • Cartus Identifies Four-Year Trends in Top Global Relocation Destinations

    Apr 2, 2017 — Every year, companies expand or more firmly establish their presence in countries around the world where labor and market conditions will favor business growth. What countries are companies sending their employees to this year and how do they compare with the top destinations of four years ago? According to Cartus Corporation, the U.S., the U.K. and Switzerland rank as the top three on a list of ten
  • Federal Judge Extends Block on U.S. Travel Ban

    Mar 30, 2017 — A federal judge in Hawaii yesterday extended an order blocking the federal government from implementing a revised travel ban. The revised order, which was due to take effect on March 16, would have banned travelers from six mostly-Muslim nations from entering the U.S. for 90 days and suspended all refugee admissions for 120 days.
  • Ports, Truck Drivers Testing Appointment Systems 2.0 for Shipping Container Pickups

    Mar 30, 2017 — Truck drivers are on the fence about new appointment systems meant to eliminate congestion outside terminal gates that are popping up in ports from Long Beach, Calif., to Newark, N.J. That’s because they remember early appointment systems intended to allow drivers to pick up and drop off shipping containers that fell short of their intended outcome. Some were designed without input from the truckers that used them. However, new appointment systems are taking different measures to be more effective, combining advances in technology and better collaboration among stakeholders.
  • Singapore Approves Japanese Shipping Merger

    Mar 30, 2017 — The Competition Commission of Singapore has cleared the proposed joint venture between Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line).
  • China’s newest all-cargo carrier takes to the skies

    Mar 29, 2017 — Early this morning, Guangzhou-based all-cargo start-up, Longhao Airlines put its first 737-300F into revenue service on a flight between Jiangsu Nantong Xindong Airport (NTG) and Guangzhou Baiyun Airport (CAN). The carrier, which has already inked a deal to carry cargo on behalf of Shenzhen-based SF Express Airlines, has ambitious plans to put five freighters into service each year over the next decade, with a target fleet size of 50 aircraft by 2025.
  • Payment required from vessels passing via Philippines

    Mar 29, 2017 — According to a Republic of the Marshall Islands’ marine safety advisory, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has reported to its members that invoices have been received from the Provincial Government of Zambales, Philippines, seeking payment of a “Provincial Coastwatch Environmental Monitoring System User Fee” from managed vessels passing through the territorial waters of the Province of Zambales.
  • Ivory Coast rescinds port security measures, attack threat unfounded

    Mar 29, 2017 — Ivory Coast rescinded an order on Sunday to increase security at its two main ports after determining that an earlier reported threat of terrorism was unfounded, according to a document seen by Reuters. The first transport ministry memorandum had ordered security under the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code to be increased to level two due to “probable terrorist attacks” on Ivory Coast’s national territory. “After compiling the information … it emerged that the threat is not real,” the head of maritime security Colonel Bertin Koffi Tano wrote in a second order.
  • Introducing the World’s First 20,000 TEU Containership

    Mar 29, 2017 — Japanese container shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has taken delivery of the MOL Triumph, the new ‘world’s biggest containership’ and the first ‘megaship’ to pass the 20,000 TEU threshold.
  • Santa Fe Group Further Invests in China with full Acquisition of Sino Santa Fe

    Mar 24, 2017 — The Santa Fe Group has acquired 100% ownership of Sino Santa Fe or Santa Fe China.
  • Vietnam: Foreign shipping lines must now publicise fees

    Mar 24, 2017 — Foreign shipping lines will have to publicise charges, surcharges of freight services for containerised goods, and port service charges from July 1, 2017. The decree is expected to make the shipping market more transparent, ease the fee burden on Vietnamese import-export firms, and promote healthy competition.
  • Industry calls for action to prevent decline in UK shipping

    Mar 24, 2017 — All sides of the British shipping industry came together at the House of Commons on 20 March 2017 to make a united call for urgent government action to prevent catastrophic further decline of the UK merchant fleet and the country’s seafaring skills base.
  • Inland Freight Container Terminal Goes from Strength to Strength

    Mar 21, 2017 — An inland container storage facility in Teesside has reported record growth over the last year. The £2.6 million Tees Riverside Intermodal Park was part of a £12.5 million investment plan that logistics firm AV Dawson embarked on from 2012 to 2015 to develop its 100 acre freight and logistics terminal in Middlesbrough. The container terminal, which has been operational since 2013, has now reached over 300 units in storage, which continues to grow each month.
  • Heathrow makes its case in countdown to Brexit

    Mar 21, 2017 — Heathrow Airport Limited has reiterated the importance of the gateway to the UK’s international trade capability, as Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to activate Article 50, which will officially trigger the process of the country’s withdrawal from the EU. The operator of the UK’s biggest and busiest air cargo hub has also once again pointed to the value of a new runway to the country’s future economic success.
  • Increase in drone accidents prompt new restrictions in Canada

    Mar 20, 2017 — The Canadian government has instituted new temporary, on year rules that prevent the use of recreational drones near airports, garnering praise from private- and public-sector stakeholders in the air transport business. In addition to clearly marking their devices, drone operators in Canada are now forbidden from flying higher than 90 meters, within 75 meters of buildings and “within 9 kilometers of the center of any airport, heliport, aerodrome or water aerodrome, where aircraft take off and land.”
  • FMC Establishes Regulatory Reform Task Force

    Mar 20, 2017 — Acting Chairman of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission Michael A. Khouri today designated the agency’s Managing Director, Karen V. Gregory, to serve as Regulatory Reform Officer. Ms. Gregory will stand up a Regulatory Reform Task Force that will work to identify burdensome, unnecessary, and outdated directives and recommend how they should be remedied.
  • Stakeholders agree on 24-hour services in Nigerian ports

    Mar 17, 2017 — Stakeholders have agreed that the maritime industry should operate for 24 hours to facilitate efficient cargo handling and delivery services to consignees. The stakeholders reached the consensus in a communique issued at the end of a one-day Town Hall Meeting on Cargo Handling and Port Charges organised by Publishers of Business and Maritime West Africa magazine.
  • Chennai Port Trust signs MoU for cargo handling

    Mar 16, 2017 — A Memorandum of Understanding was signed recently between Chennai Port Trust and the Government of Puducherry in New Delhi for handling EXIM cargo originating from Puducherry Port hinterland. The MoU envisages that Chennai Port Trust will assist Puducherry Port in handling its export cargo.
  • Panama Canal implements new vessel scheduling system

    Mar 16, 2017 — In response to growing traffic through the waterway, the Panama Canal has announced that it will launch a state-of-the-art vessel scheduling and maritime resource management system to further optimize costs, improve safety and increase the overall efficiency and reliability of the service it provides.
  • Opinion: Truck Speed Limiters Won’t Improve Highway Safety

    Mar 16, 2017 — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants all heavy trucks to have speed limiters – devices that block big rigs from driving above a certain predetermined speed. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – which is also pushing for lower speed limits – and other groups support NHTSA’s planned regulation. While no one wants to see 80,000-pound tractor-trailers traveling at unsafe speeds, there’s plenty of evidence that shows why devices that keep trucks from accelerating above a certain level for what is likely to be a short distance isn’t a good idea.
  • Finnair hit by strike at Helsinki Airport

    Mar 16, 2017 — Finnair has confirmed that it will have to cancel more than 90 of its flights through its home hub of Helsinki Airport tomorrow (17 March) because of a strike at Finland’s biggest air gateway. The strike, to be held between 3pm and 7pm Eastern European Time (EET, two hours ahead of UTC), does not involve Finnair staff, but is the result of a dispute between the Finnish Aviation Union(IAU) and Palta, a service sector employer union.
  • Cargo ship escapes attack by pirates off Boan Island

    Mar 9, 2017 — The Vietnamese-flagged general cargo ship Phu An 268 was attacked by pirates in Philippine waters off Boan Island, on March 5, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre informs. Fortunately, the captain of the vessel managed to escape the attack by increasing speed and maneuvering head towards Malaysia.
  • Global rail traffic forecast for continued growth

    Mar 9, 2017 — According to a report published by SCI Verkehr, Germany, all types of rail traffic are expected to grow up to 2025, building on the growth already achieved since 2005. The strongest growth is expected in urban rail, followed by mainline passenger and freight.
  • The regulatory fights U.S. trucking expects to face

    Mar 9, 2017 — ATA’s chief executive expects trucking to debate on a wide range of different topics in the coming year, even down to the assignment of radio channels by the FCC.
  • Container Lines to Cut Terminal Cost in China

    Mar 6, 2017 — Eleven container liner transportation companies have promised to cut or standardize the Terminal Handling Charges in order to lower nearly 3.5 billion yuan burden of export enterprises each year, according to National Development and Reform Commission. This move is expected to save more than $500m annually for the country’s traders. THC is the major surcharge of sea transportation that is collected from export enterprises by container liner transportation companies.
  • Azerbaijan inaugurates new link to Iran

    Mar 6, 2017 — Azerbaijan officially inaugurated a new cross-border link to the Iranian city of Astara on March 5 when the first test train crossed the newly-constructed dual-gauge bridge over the Astarachay river, which divides the two countries. Construction on the 8.3km link began in April 2016, and the line runs from Astara, Azerbaijan, to the Iranian border city of the same name. The Azerbaijan - Iran project is considered as a key missing link in the North-South Transport Corridor, which is proposed to provide a direct rail link between India and the Caucuses to Russia and northern Europe, and is projected to carry up to 10 million tonnes of freight per year.
  • Determining Eastern Indonesia’s hub ports

    Mar 3, 2017 — The logistics and sea transportation sectors in Indonesia are now confused by government officials’ indistinct statements and the issuance of different regulations related to the appointment of international hub ports in Indonesia.
  • Airfreight volumes up in January despite Chinese New Year effects

    Mar 2, 2017 — Chinese New Year affected airfreight demand in January, but nonetheless volumes improved during the month compared with a year earlier. The latest figures from analyst WorldACD show that air cargo demand in weight terms improved by 4.9% year on year in January, with the origins Asia Pacific and North America registering improvements of more than 7%.
  • Asia-Pacific and Middle East airports enjoyed 2016 cargo boost

    Mar 1, 2017 — Asia-Pacific and Middle East airports continued their “overall growth trajectory” for airfreight volumes in 2016, according to December and full year regional statistics released by Airports Council International (ACI). Cargo throughputs at airports in Asia-Pacific and Middle East grew 10.9% and 10.4% respectively in December 2016, with full year increases of 4.5% for Asia-Pacific and a rise of 5.8% in the Middle East.
  • Fighting rising piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

    Mar 1, 2017 — ‘The Gulf of Guinea, which has been Africa’s main maritime piracy hotspot since 2011, could become the world's most piracy-affected area.’ This was a key observation made by American and African experts at a workshop organised by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in Abidjan from 14 to 17 February. This finding and others depicted a rather disheartening picture of maritime security in Africa.
  • Brexit Bulletin: Team May Hits Back

    Feb 24, 2017 — Brexit negotiations have yet to formally begin, but U.K. lawmakers are already balking at the European Union’s position. Senior Conservatives are hitting back against claims from Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern, made in a Bloomberg interview yesterday, that Britain should be charged about 60 billion euros when it leaves the EU.
  • Kenyan standard-gauge railway to start trial operation in March

    Feb 22, 2017 — Construction of the $US 3.8bn 472km Mombasa - Nairobi standard-gauge railway (SGR) is due to be completed in March by China Railway and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), which has a 10-year concession to operate the line, to allow test running to begin in preparation for the start of train operation in June.
  • Mumbai Port’s staff strength to halve by 2021; operating profit to rise

    Feb 22, 2017 — Mumbai Port, the country’s biggest state-owned port, will see its staff strength halve by 2021 as large number of employees are due for retirement. With the port having no plans of fresh hiring to replace the retired employees, it is gearing up for a strong operating profit in the coming years. As on March 31, 2016, Mumbai Port has a staff strength of 10,364 employees.
  • Photos Reveal Fire Damage Aboard APL Austria in South Africa

    Feb 17, 2017 — The salvage of the APL Austria has entered the mop-up phase after a major fire broke out in one of the vessel’s cargo holds as it was off Port Elizabeth in South Africa. The fire started in one of the cargo holds of Liberian-flagged vessel on Sunday while the ship was some 30 miles off the coast of South Africa, headed west to the Indian Ocean. Overnight on Sunday the vessel was brought to the nearby port of Ngqura where firefighting continued for several days.
  • White House to Issue New Travel Order

    Feb 17, 2017 — After criticizing the “bad decision” he got from an appeals court panel last week, President Trump said in a press conference today that he will issue a new executive order on travel next week. It appears that instead of pursuing the issue through litigation, Trump will issue a new directive which he said will conform to the legal ruling handed down by the courts. “The new order is going to be very much tailored to what I consider to be a very bad decision,” Trump said. “We can tailor the order to that decision and get just about everything, in some ways more.”
  • Rickmers in Plea to Creditors for Help to Escape Going Under as Debts Mount

    Feb 17, 2017 — Beleaguered panamax containership owner Rickmers Maritime Trust (RMT) has pleaded with its creditors for help to restructure its debts. Singapore-headquartered RMT posted a full-year 2016 net loss of $180m, after charter revenue of just $69m, and continues to carry an enormous debt pile.
  • Port of Los Angeles sets busiest January record

    Feb 16, 2017 — The Port of Los Angeles handled 826,640 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in January 2017, an increase of 17.4 percent compared to January 2016. It was the busiest January in the port’s 110-year history, outpacing last January, which was the previous record for the first month of the year. It was also the second-best month overall for the Port, eclipsed only by last November’s 877,564 TEUs.
  • Lufthansa and pilots' union agree to mediator's recommendation

    Feb 16, 2017 — The dispute over pay between Lufthansa and its pilots looks to be coming to an end as both groups have agreed to mediator recommendations. The two groups said they agreed to the mediator’s recommendation of an annual pay rise of 2% backdated to January 2016, another rise of 2.3% from January 2017, another rise of 2.4% in 2018 and a further 2% in 2019. Lufthansa said that implementing the agreement would cost around €85m per year. The dispute resulted in strikes late last year.
  • Adapt to situation, closure to continue for 2 years – Official; ‘Ghazali’ traffic chaos irks motorists

    Feb 15, 2017 — The closure of Ghazali Bridge on Sunday brought traffic to a standstill on several roads leading to the surrounding areas. Director General of the Public Relations and Security Media Department at the Ministry of Interior Brigadier Adel Al-Hashash explained that closure of the far end of Ghazali Bridge at the intersections with Jahra Road and Jamal Abdulnasser Road caused the traffic jams. He affirmed the closure is “temporary” to pave way for the completion of Jahra Road Development Project. He said the closure will continue for two years.
  • Dryad Maritime’s Piracy Report Highlights Gulf of Guinea as New “Hotspot”

    Feb 14, 2017 — Dryad’s 2016 figures highlighted a significant increase in offshore maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea compared to 2015. The figure of 49 attacks at sea for 2016 is a huge increase on the 2015 total of 20 attacks. The number of crew kidnapped (51) is also significantly greater than the 31 abducted for ransom the previous year. The Somali pirate threat in the Indian Ocean remains broadly contained with the main focus being the ongoing civil war in Yemen and the implications to shipping in the region.
  • World’s Biggest Shipping Company Voices Alarm at Trump Trade War

    Feb 9, 2017 — A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, the owner of the world’s biggest container shipping line, is paying particular attention to noises coming from the United States that suggest the new administration is moving closer to a trade war with China. President Trump’s rejection of trade agreements with the rest of North America and Europe have done little to unsettle Maersk’s management. “But when the talks come to a potential trade war with China, we sit up and listen,” Soren Skou, the CEO of the Copenhagen-based company, said in an interview Feb. 8. “That would have a very negative effect on our business.”
  • Tanzania awards standard-gauge contract

    Feb 9, 2017 — Tanzania’s government has awarded a contract for the construction of 205km of Tanzania’s proposed standard gauge railway to Yapi Merkez Insaat Ve Sanayi (YMIVS), Turkey, and Mota-Engil, Portugal. The $US 1.2bn contract is part of the 1216km stretch that will eventually link Dar es Salaam with the rest of the country as well as Rwanda and Burundi.
  • Port of Antwerp opens new training centre in India

    Feb 9, 2017 — Indian port professionals who follow courses given in Mumbai by APEC, the port of Antwerp training centre, can now benefit from a purpose-built training facility. The new facility was officially opened on Monday this week during the annual Port of Antwerp Mission to India, in the presence of Belgian deputy prime minister Alexander De Croo, port alderman Marc Van Peel, APEC principal Kristof Waterschoot, JNPT chairman Shri Neeraj Bansal and Indian Port Association chairman Shri Sanjay Bhatia. After the inauguration the guests attended a first lesson in the new training centre.
  • On the rails: Growth in Asia’s slower lane

    Feb 9, 2017 — Last October the British and Chinese governments agreed to allow more than double the number of passenger flights between the two nations and threw the door open to unlimited cargo flights. To date, however, no air carrier has availed itself of the opportunity. Instead, rail, as well as rival ground-based modes, have risen in popularity.
  • Made in Vietnam: Emerging logistics giant isn’t slowing down post-TPP

    Feb 6, 2017 — With an already existing free-trade agreement with the European Union that will begin to kick in next year, and with its proximity to the massive Chinese economy directly to the north, Vietnam has enough options – even without the Trans-Pacific Partnership – to become a thriving manufacturing country, a logistics nerve center for Southeast Asia and a booming airfreight hub.
  • Alabama Port Authority Announces Deal With Cuban Counterpart

    Feb 6, 2017 — The Alabama State Port Authority has announced a new memorandum of understanding with the National Port Administration of Cuba, potentially laying the groundwork for future trade deals.
  • Panama Canal Breaks Monthly Tonnage Record

    Feb 6, 2017 — In January, the Panama Canal set a new monthly tonnage record of 36.1 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS), with the transit of 1,260 ships through both the expanded and original locks, the canal authority announced.
  • Brexit: Fresh legal challenge blocked by High Court

    Feb 3, 2017 — A group of campaigners who want Britain to stay in the EU single market argued that Parliament must approve the UK's exit from the European Economic Area. But the judges refused to give the green light for the challenge, saying the judicial review was "premature". The latest legal challenge was brought by supporters of a so-called "soft Brexit" - which would see the UK remain a member of the EU's internal market.
  • Algeria: $3.5bn El Hamdania port to compete with Tanger Med

    Feb 2, 2017 — The government of Algeria is to press ahead with the development of a new $3.5bn port and industrial zones at El Hamdania, in an attempt to replicate the success of the Tanger Med project in neighbouring Morocco. El Hamdania, which is located 70km west of Algiers, is to be developed in phases with eventual annual handling capacity of 6.3m TEU per year, spread over 23 berths. This would rank it second in Africa, after Tanger Med’s 9m TEU per year.
  • Aramex May Move U.K. Jobs to Netherlands or France on Brexit

    Jan 31, 2017 — Aramex PJSC, the Dubai-based courier and logistics company, is considering minimizing its operations in the U.K. and serving Europe through the Netherlands or France if Brexit agreements do not favor free trade flows.
  • After Chaos at Airports, Homeland Security Says Order to Return

    Jan 31, 2017 — The U.S. government said it was taking steps to restore order to the global air transport industry after a weekend of chaos following President Donald Trump’s travel ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries. Permanent U.S. residents from nations covered by Trump’s order should no longer be detained at American airports and no one covered by the ban should be getting on planes overseas, the Department of Homeland Security said.
  • Pony Express makes first approved Dublin drone delivery

    Jan 30, 2017 — A drone has made Ireland’s first Irish Aviation Authority (IAA)-approved parcel delivery, ferrying emergency supplies 200 metres to a boat at sea. The Dublin flight, lasting two minutes from take-off to parcel drop, was performed by Pony Express Couriers, using a DJI Inspire 1 drone laden with a parcel weighing 250 grams.
  • U.S. Pending-Home Sales Rebound Despite Rise in Mortgage Rates

    Jan 30, 2017 — Contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes rebounded last month as buyers adjusted to the recent jump in mortgage rates, according to figures released Jan. 30 from the National Association of Realtors in Washington.
  • IMO Cautions Against Extending EU-ETS to Shipping

    Jan 9, 2017 — Including shipping in the EU?s Emission Trading System (EU-ETS) could undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping on a global basis, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim said in a letter to senior European officials.
  • IAM Submits Comments to USTRANSCOM on Household Goods Channeling Concept Pilot Program

    Nov 10, 2015 — IAM yesterday submitted comments on the U.S. Transportation Command’s recent Federal Register Notice about the Household Goods Channeling Concept Pilot Program. IAM believes the proposed pilot is ill-conceived and poorly timed.
  • IAM attends GSA pre-solicitation meeting

    Aug 6, 2015 — IAM attended the GSA pre-solicitation meeting yesterday in Washington D.C. IAM’s Senior Vice-President, Chuck White, and Programs Director, Brian Limperopulos, discussed international trends and issues affecting the industry with both GSA officials and transportation service providers from the industry.
  • IAPH: A Smart Conference in a Smart Port City

    Jun 15, 2015 — The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) convened at its 29th World Ports Conference in Hamburg, Germany, 1-5 June 2015, under the theme of “City of Hamburg – Calling at the smartPORT”, was successfully concluded, attracting more than 900 delegates, accompanying persons, guest speakers and exhibitors from across the world.
  • Scott AFB Visit Summary and 2015 Peak Season Shipment Refusals

    Apr 2, 2015 — On Mar. 31, IAM President Terry Head and Senior Vice President Chuck White met with the new Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) Personal Property Director, Lt. Col. Michael Erhardt; the outgoing Personal Property Director, Capt. Aaron Stanley; and other key SDDC staffers. The key discussion item was obviously SDDC’s recent decision not to allow shipment refusals during the 2015 Peak Season.
  • International Association of Movers Names Charles L. White Senior Vice President

    Feb 2, 2015 — The International Association of Movers (IAM) is pleased to announce that Charles “Chuck” L. White has been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President.
  • IAM Logistics Network (ILN) Online Directory Launch

    Dec 10, 2014 — The new and improved ILN Online Directory has launched. Now anyone can easily search for ILN member companies geographically or by name keywords, allowing IAM members, ILN members and the general public to find companies they can potentially partner with on logistics projects.