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  • 13 Mar 2017 9:58 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 10 March, 2017

    Heathrow Airport’s cargo volumes continue to surge with 4.4 per cent growth in February to 127,000 tonnes.

    It says emerging markets drove the cargo growth, with Brazil up 10 per cent, India by five per cent and China by 4.2 per cent, while North America grew seven per cent and the Middle East by eight per cent.

    Cargo volumes have grown 4.4 per cent in the first two months of 2017 to 251,212 tonnes and by 3.2 per cent to 1.5 million tonnes between March 2016 and February 2017.

    Chief executive officer, John Holland-Kaye says: “Heathrow is off to a flying start in 2017 – we’re delivering the best service of any major airport in Europe to record numbers of passengers and boosting British exports with record cargo volumes.”

    “Our new sustainability leadership strategy will make Heathrow a centre of excellence for sustainable aviation and planning for expansion is firmly underway with SMEs across Britain lining up to help us deliver it.”

    *NEWS SOURCE

  • 01 Mar 2017 9:28 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 28 February, 2017

    Virgin Atlantic Cargo is to provide more UK – US services in 2017 with daily London – Seattle flights and more routes from Manchester.

    It will start London Heathrow – Seattle Tacoma flights on 26 March followed by three Manchester – San Francisco services a week from 28 March and a twice-weekly service to Boston the following day.

    Virgin will also start daily Manchester – New York JFK flights at the end of May and a weekly London Gatwick service to Varadero in Cuba.

    Virgin Atlantic senior vice president for cargo, John Lloyd says Seattle is in the top 15 of import/export markets between the UK and US and there has been a lot of interest from customers.

    He comments: “It is clearly an important and growing origin, transit and destination point for cargo as demonstrated by the 10.2% increase in tonnage in 2016 through Seattle-Tacoma. It is a great addition to our U.S network.”

    Lloyd says 2016 was a challenging year but is optimistic that the new routes will help the airline grow in 2017.

    He says: “2016 was a challenging year for everyone so we are very encouraged by the growth in our volumes from the UK to the U.S, which were boosted by particularly strong increases on our routes to Atlanta, Miami, New York JFK and San Francisco.”

    *NEWS SOURCE

  • 27 Feb 2017 12:12 PM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 23 February, 2017

    The Port of Antwerp will begin to make its container terminals accessible day and night start March 20.

    Night opening could be a breakthrough for mobility," said Antwerp Port Authority strategy manager Chris Coeck.

    "To make a success of the initiative it is crucial for all parties involved to actively collaborate and show the necessary flexibility of operation," he said.

    On March 20, container terminals on the left bank will be accessible day and night, with the Deurganck dock open around the clock.

    With the new measure the terminal operators seek to spread out the truck traffic on the terminals and help to reduce traffic congestion in and around Antwerp during rush hours.

    This initiative comes from the terminal operator and MSC should also lead to fewer trucks on the road during rush hours, thus helping to reduce congestion. In this way the port will contribute to smoother traffic on the road network in and around Antwerp.

    *NEWS SOURCE

  • 24 Feb 2017 9:58 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 23 February, 2017

    New Zealand’s Port of Tauranga is on track to become the first port in the country to transport more than one million containers across its wharves in a single year after posting strong half year results.

    The port handled 510,074 TEUs in the first six months of the Fiscal Year 2017, an 8% rise compared to the volume handled in the same period a year earlier.
    Overall, the port’s half year trade volumes grew 8% to 11 million tonnes from 10.1 million tonnes in 1H FY 2016.

    Half year revenue increased by 2.8% to NZD 125.3 million (USD 90.2 million), and net profit rose by 8.5%, to NZD 41.9 million from NZD 38.6 million, as the port benefited from rising cargo volumes, increased productivity, and the recently completed NZD 350 million expansion project which made larger vessels, such as the 9,500 TEU Aotea Maersk, regular visitors of the port.

    ”Hamburg Sud last month announced it will introduce in March a big ship, peak season weekly service, with Tauranga as its only New Zealand call. The largest cruise ship ever to visit the Bay of Plenty – the 4,700 passenger, 1,600 crew Ovation of the Seas – also made its maiden voyage to Tauranga on Boxing Day and has made a couple of further calls since,” the port’s Chief Executive Mark Cairns said.

    In the first six months of FY 2017, a total of 774 ships called the port, 4% more compared to 741 vessel calls in 1H FY 2016.

    During the half year period, Port of Tauranga invested NZD 43.9 million in new infrastructure to further increase storage capacity and productivity. The investments included final payments on the two new gantry cranes commissioned, thirteen new straddle carriers and several property developments at the container terminal.

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  • 22 Feb 2017 9:26 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 21 February, 2017

    Cai Mep International Terminal (CMIT) has become the first seaport in Vietnam to dock a 18,300-TEUer, with the arrival of the Triple E class Margrethe Maersk.

    The ship was carrying goods from Asia to Europe, docking at Cai Mep to load and directly transport Vietnamese goods to Europe. This direct route reduces the journey times by one day and lowers costs by 10-20 per cent compared to transit routes in other nations, reported Saigon-Giai Phong Daily.

    This milestone comes after the Cai Mep International Terminal Company sent a report in September 2015, seeking the Ministry of Transport's approval to test the handling of 18,000-TEU ships at CMIT.

    Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Van Cong worked with relevant agencies including Vietnam Marine Administration, Maritime Administration of Vung Tau, Southern Vietnam Maritime Safety Corporation, and Portcoast Consultant Corporation to find ways for ships of this size to enter the port safety.

    According to CMIT director general Robert Hambleton, the handling of Margrethe Maersk on February 20 proved the ability of CMIT and Vietnam to become a transit centre for Asia-Europe cargo, and contributed to realising the government's policy of developing the Cai Mep seaport complex into an international container transit centre.

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  • 20 Feb 2017 10:21 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 16 February, 2017

    The Port of Los Angeles handled 826,640 TEU in January, a surge of 17.4 per cent over the same month in 2016, making it the busiest January in the port's 110-year history. It was also the second-best month overall for the port, eclipsed only by November 2016 volumes of 877,564 TEU.

    The port attributed the surge in January to retail stores replenishing inventories after the holidays, increased US exports and cargo ships calling ahead of the Lunar New Year, when many Asian factories shut down, reports American Shipper.

    Imports stood at 415,423 TEU during the month, while exports reached 162,420 TEU, year-over-year increases of 13.1 per cent and 28.7 per cent, respectively. The port also moved 248,797 TEU of empty containers in January 2017, 17.9 per cent more than in same month last year.

    *NEWS SOURCE

  • 17 Feb 2017 9:26 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 14 February, 2017

    Asiana Cargo has awarded Atlas Air with a contract to operate one of its Boeing 747-400 freighters on a transpacific route.

    Atlas said that the contract would initially cover a single aircraft covering "key global routes across the transpacific", connecting South Korea with several destinations in the US.

    Atlas Air Worldwide president and chief executive William Flynn said: "We are delighted to welcome Asiana Cargo as an important addition to our customer portfolio.

    “Asiana takes pride in providing reliable, high-quality service, and we are very pleased to be chosen to manage an important part of its international network.

    We look forward to providing Asiana and its customers with unmatched service and a platform for future expansion.”

    Kwang Suk Kim, executive vice president, Asiana Cargo, added: “Asiana Cargo is pleased to announce its partnership with Atlas Air, the most reliable air cargo partner.

    Asiana appreciates Atlas’ outstanding cooperation and expects to serve Asiana’s clients with enhanced freighter services."

    The service is due to begin later this month. Asiana currently offers US freighter services to Los Angeles, San Fransisco, Seattle, New York, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta and Dallas Fort Worth.

    Its fleet currently stands at 10 B747-400 freighters and one B767-300ERF.

    *NEWS SOURCE

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  • 15 Feb 2017 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 14 February, 2017

    Qatar Airways Cargo has started its first freighter service to Miami International Airport (MIA) as part of a two weekly cargo-only flight schedule that began on 3 February.

    The carrier is using Boeing 777 Freighters fly twice a week from Doha via Luxembourg, the cargo carrier’s European hub, with stops in: Sao Paulo, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Quito, Ecuador.

    On the return trip, the freighter will stop in Miami and Liege, Belgium, before arriving in Doha. Officials from MIA and Qatar Airways Cargo celebrated the new service with a reception on 13 February, after a return flight from Quito.

    Miami-Dade Aviation director, Emilio T. Gonzalez says: “We appreciate Qatar Airways Cargo for choosing MIA as a strategic hub for its Latin American cargo operations.

    “As the busiest US airport for international freight and for cargo traffic within the Americas, we expect them to see continued success on their new Miami cargo routes.”

    Qatar Airways Cargo will handle temperature-sensitive commodities out of Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Quito such as fresh flowers and pharmaceuticals, in addition to high-value imports into South America including medicine, automotive equipment, chemical products, high-tech commodities and equipment for the oil and gas industry.

    Qatar Airways chief officer for cargo, Ulrich Ogiermann says: “We would like to thank MIA, local authorities and our valued customers for their tremendous support in making our newly launched freighter services in Miami another great success.

    “Florida is an exporting powerhouse equipped with robust trade and supply chain infrastructure. We have been anticipating this excellent opportunity to expand our capacity and services into Miami in parallel with Florida’s trade growth as we aim to connect its export businesses with more than 150 destinations around the world via our state-of-the-art Doha hub.”

    MIA broke its 2015 record for total annual freight traffic last year, growing 0.37 per cent to 2.18 million tonnes in 2016. MIA also continued to be among the world’s top 10 hubs for international freight, with 1.9 million tons of international shipments last year.

    *NEWS SOURCE

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