• 24 Jun 2014 8:58 AM | Anonymous
    WHAT ended the P3 mega alliance's chances to proceed was that it was just too big on the Asia-Europe route, taking up 47 per cent market share against the Chinese Ministry of Commerce limit of 30 per cent.

    "The Ministry of Commerce held fast to a 30 per cent market share. China found that P3 would control up to 47 per cent of the business on the Asia-Europe route," said US Federal Maritime Commissioner William Doyle.

    Mr Doyle noted that on the transpacific and transatlantic routes, P3 would only have 23 per cent market share which explains why its plans were acceptable to the US but not to China.

    This observation, shared by many others, opens the door to other vessel sharing agreements, which keep within the 30 per cent limit, or whatever becomes the regulatory norm.

    MDS Transmodal analysts Mike Garratt and Antonella Teodoro appealed for such norms: "The Federal Maritime Commission, the EU and the Chinese Ministry of Commerce should come out with what is/is not acceptable."

    The P3 rival, the smaller G6 alliance, another vessel sharing agreement, carried an estimated 37 per cent of cargo in the Far East-US west coast trade lane in 2013, said the MDS Transmodal analysts.

    Lars Jensen, who heads the Seaintel Maritime Analysis, said the increase in the number of vessel sharing agreements has created problems for carriers which were now competing with non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCC).

    "If a carrier operates five Asia-Europe services but offers 20 services through VSAs, what is it? A carrier or an NVOCC?" said Mr Jensen.

    "This means that what has so far been a game between 15-20 carriers suddenly becomes a game involving a large number of NVOCCs and will bring some of the carriers into some interesting discussions with major clients," he said.

    But this seems to be the way of the future, according to Maersk trade and marketing chief Vincent Clerc.

    "What the Ministry of Commerce has prohibited today is one form of co-operation. VSAs and other forms are still either in effect or a possibility and we will need to explore them," he said after hearing the news.

    Not surprisingly the China Shipowners' Association was happy: "The decision is fair, lawful and responsible. Still, it is too soon to tell whether P3 members will unite in other forms," said CSA vice-chairman Zhang Shouguo.


  • 24 Jun 2014 8:54 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 23 June, 2014

    Joint Statement of AIIS Executive Director Richard Chriss and EUROMETAL Director General Georges Kirps

    The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) recently concluded (December 7, 2013) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) undefined the first successfully concluded agreement in the WTO’s 19-year history undefined was a great achievement because it will provide significant, tangible benefits to our  members, and to all global traders, shippers, exporters, and importers, by making trade simpler, smoother, and less costly.

    As strong supporters of the TFA, we are deeply concerned about proposals by some WTO member countries calling for provisional implementation of the TFA pending the conclusion of the stalled Doha Round trade talks, or calling for a conditional entry into force of the TFA pending a successful conclusion of the Doha Round’s “single undertaking.”

    This is a matter of particularly urgent concern now because the WTO’s Preparatory Committee on Trade Facilitation (PCTF) undefined the WTO body tasked with drafting the protocol of amendment that will make the TFA part of the WTO Agreement undefined will attempt to resolve this difficulty at its June 24-26 meeting in Geneva.

    We call on all WTO member countries, especially those working with the PCTF, to reject these highly problematic proposals, and work to complete the protocol of amendment so that it can be adopted by the WTO General Council by the agreed 31 July 2014 deadline.

    Neither the Bali Ministerial Declaration announcing the adoption of the TFA nor the TFA itself contains any language allowing for the linkage of the TFA with the conclusion of the Doha Round.

    In addition, anomalous notions such as provisional application of WTO agreements and conditional entry into force of agreements concluded after long and often arduous negotiation risk undermining the comity that lies at the heart of the WTO. They also risk establishing aprecedent under which no agreement would really be final. This latter problem would cause great harm to the successful conclusion of future WTO agreements, potentially including the Doha Round itself. After all, why would any WTO member country take political risks to make the often difficult concessions necessary to achieve a final deal if the deal later becomes contingent on some other unrelated development?

    The Doha Round’s development agenda should be fully pursued, but it should not be pursued at the expense of a definitive implementation of the WTO’s long-sought, innovative, and cutting-edge Trade Facilitation Agreement.


  • 23 Jun 2014 8:55 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 22 June, 2014

    Seafarers charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) yesterday formally launched the Maritime Emergency Fund.

    The fund is disbursed as small sums to help seafarers in difficulty,AoS national director Martin Foley said at the launch event on board HQS Wellington in London.

    As soon as a local chaplain or ship visitor identifies a need and requests funds, money can be approved and released very quickly,

    Foley added.In most cases, these are grants of hundreds of pounds, rather than thousands.The aim is to provide practical help quickly to relieve pressure on seafarers in times of need. Foley told IHS Maritime that he is seeking sponsors to contribute to the fund and hopes to raise around £10,000 ($17,000) a year.Sister Marian Davey, of the charity's Felixstowe branch, cited a ship detained in the port of Ipswich with a Russian and Cape Verde crew that had not been paid for several months.

    She said the men were short of food and water and had been unable to clean their clothes for a month.AoS provided money for food, new overalls, gloves, telephone cards, and even rags to clean the engine.

  • 23 Jun 2014 8:53 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 20 June, 2014

    The GAC Group is bringing its African market knowledge to US clients in and around the global energy hub of Houston, Texas.

    Gerrit Laubscher, Business Development Manager – Oil & Gas for Sub-Saharan Africa, will be assigned to Houston to share his expertise and focus on promoting trade and cooperation between key energy players in the USA and African oil producing countries.

    From the GAC North America Logistics (formerly known as GEMS) base in Houston, Laubscher will serve as a bridge between the two regions, offering regional expertise and guidance, in-depth local insight and market intelligence direct to customers looking to work in Sub-Saharan Africa. He will work closely with GAC’s Houston oil & gas team to broaden the exposure of global clients in his home market.

    “Houston’s role and significance at the heart of the global upstream oil & gas industry is well recognised,” says Gerrit. “Whilst modern communication technology is great, there is nothing like face-to-face contact in real time. GAC is eliminating the six hour time difference by bringing its African face and local knowledge to many key industry players in the USA.”

    GAC’s network of offices in Angola, Congo, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa works with experienced preferred agents in other oil & gas producing countries throughout West and East Africa to serve the energy industry. By combining the specialized, local logistics expertise and experience of GAC’s personnel in West Africa and in Houston, the Group is able to offer an all-round integrated support package for the oil & gas sector.


  • 21 Jun 2014 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 20 June, 2014

    Dako WorldWide Transport from Duesseldorf, Germany, has recently shipped about 40,000 tons of wind turbine components from both Germany and China to Pakistan.

    The cargoes were distributed on six vessels. For the transport of 63 blades, each 50 meters in length,  Dako handled the pre-carriage from the place of manufacturing in inland China to the Port of Qinhuangdao, as well as handling and FOB delivery, GPLN said in a statement on behalf of its member. Nacelles and drive trains which were shipped from Germany and weighed about 50 tons each.

    The last shipment of this project reached Port Qasim at the beginning of June 2014. Dako was also responsible for the supervision of discharging and the local handling at the port.


  • 21 Jun 2014 9:17 AM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 20 June, 2014

    Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen will remodel the Rowan Viking, a Keppel Fels N-class drilling rig and one of the largest of its type.

    The Rowan Viking measures 124 meters long, 95 meters wide and 170 meters high. It has been contracted to explore the Norwegian Lundin Oil Field in the North Sea and will have to be modified for the job, Damen said in a statement.

    Damen Shiprepair Vlissengen will extend the rig’s legs by 10 meters to 180 meters to work in the deeper waters. Because the leg extension work will be performed at great heights, DSV has contracted Palfinger Systems to use its JUMP System undefined Jack Up Maintenance Platform. These are platforms that can be built around, and moved up and down, the legs.

    A Mammoet PTC crane will be used to hoist the 120-tonne leg extensions. The crane will be more than 200 meters high. To make room for the crane, DSV has demolished a warehouse and is building a foundation that can withstand the crane’s 30-tonne per square meter ground pressure.

    DSV will also make safety modifications in accordance with Norwegian law and have the modified rig certified before it is deployed. The Rowan Viking will be at the shipyard for about 130 days.


  • 20 Jun 2014 12:46 PM | Anonymous

    Very happy to announce you that, 3F France Agent Darque Logistics now also became a registered agent of 3F with their recently launched TURKEY office. For your inquires of Turkey, you can also contact with them. Let's welcome Darque Logistics Turkey team on board of Freight Forwarders Family! Kindly remind that they will be with us in coming Turkey meeting as well. Wish you a good cooperation!

    ADDRESS    : Kemankes Mah. Mumhane Cad. Ikizler Ishani No :42 K:4 Karakoy, Istanbul, TURKEY
    CONTACTS  : Mehmet Selcuk / President
                            Mustafa Yurtseven / Managing Director
                            Ms. Gunfer Arici / Airfreight & Seafreight Operation Manager
                            Munir Cakan / Truck Operation Manager
                            Mehmet Talha Aysel / Executive Director

    TEL              :    +90 212 243 1834
    FAX              :    +90 212 243 5491
    WEB             :

  • 20 Jun 2014 9:17 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 19 June, 2014

    But cooperation may prove challenging

    Premier Li Keqiang this week began his first state visit to Britain where he will discuss trade with his counterpart, Prime Minister David Cameron.

    China could allow Britain to take part in the construction of the 123-kilometer Bohai Strait Tunnel in exchange for a role in its high-speed railway and nuclear power projects, a senior state firm engineer told the South China Morning Post.

    With an estimated cost of US$41.7 billion, the 123-kilometer tunnel would connect Dalian in Liaoning and Yantai in Shandong province.

    “Britain has offered the technology and experience that they acquired in the construction under the English Channel,” Wang Mengshu, deputy chief engineer with China Railway Tunnel Group, said. “China has asked them to come up with a plan with technical details.”

    In exchange, China wants to participate in Britain’s construction of high-speed railway lines and new nuclear reactors. But talks could become mired in contention.

    “Britain has favored burying rail lines underground to save land, while China builds them on high bridges. We can help if they can change their mentality,” Wang said.

    He also said Britain is too small for high-speed rail. “They don’t have much land for long-haul high-speed rail projects with speeds of 350 kilometers per hour or higher,” he said. “How sincerely do they want the high-speed rail from China? We have doubts.”

    Entering UK’s nuclear industry could prove equally difficult or even more so. A researcher with the China National Nuclear Corporation said negotiations over China’s participation in British nuclear plant construction had encountered a lack of trust. China had sought a French partner to ease its access to the British nuclear market, but negotiations had not gone smoothly, he said.

    “China is a latecomer in the game and our homegrown technology only looks good on paper,” the CNNC researcher who chose to remain anonymous said. “Why would the UK buy a new third-generation reactor from China if it has not even been used at home?”


  • 20 Jun 2014 9:12 AM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 19 June, 2014

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted a construction permit to Austria’s Voestalpine Group for a US$740 million iron production plant in San Patricio County, Texas.

    The voestalpine Texas plant is being constructed at the La Quinta Trade Gateway Terminal near Corpus Christi, the Austrian company said in a statement.

    “We investigated 17 locations in eight countries for this project. In the end, Texas was the most promising on all key criteria, such as logistics, energy supply, well-trained employees, and political environment,” Wolfgang Eder, CEO of voestalpine and head of voestalpine’s steel division said.

    The plant will produce two million tons of hot briquetted iron (HBI) and direct reduced iron (DRI) annually for export to Austria, specifically voestalpine plants in Linz and Donawitz. Construction will include use of 20,000 tons of constructional steel and 13,000 tons of mechanical equipment.

    Voestalpine said the project is its biggest foreign investment and will enable it to reduce production costs in Europe.


  • 20 Jun 2014 9:10 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 19 June, 2014

    Tuscor Lloyds has handled the transport of a 58-ton cable reel from Newcastle, UK, to Manila in the Philippines by way of South Korea.

    Tuscor Lloyds collected the steel wire rope reel from the manufacturer’s facility in Newcastle and transported the heavy cargo by road to the Port of Felixstowe, a distance of about 300 miles, the UK-based forwarder said in a statement.

    The project cargo team at Tuscor Lloyds opted to ship the cargo from Felixstowe rather than the port of Newcastle because this reduced transit time and provided a more direct route to Busan and onward to the Philippines.

    The cargo was delivered quayside where two flatrack containers had already been lifted and loaded onto the container vessel. Onsite surveyors agreed to the lift plan put forward by the stevedores and used a heavy-lift crane fitted with the appropriate gear to lift the breakbulk cargo. The cable reel was lowered onto the bed of flatrack containers which had been fitted with heavy dunnage spanning the complete width of the two flat racks in order to spread the weight and increase friction.

    Securing was carried out by the port stevedores using wooden chocks (nailed in position), 2-ton webbing lashings on each corner and 4-ton webbing lashings to the arms of the reel. The cargo was unloaded at the Port of Busan with onsite cranes fitted with specialized gear and secured onto low-loader trucks.

    The reel was hauled to the Port of Masan. From Masan the cargo was loaded onto another container vessel using two more flatrack containers and again secured using wooden chocks and webbing lashings and ratchet straps before being shipped to the Port of Manila.

    *NEWS SOURCE Registered & Protected Protection Status