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      Friday, September 24, 2021
      The increase puts it on target to beat last year's record total of 1.38 million tonnes. In August, the airport processed 125,050 tonnes, an increase of 15.1 per cent compared with a year earlier.The airport is the largest hub of express airline DHL, which has this year benefited from a boom in e-commerce demand. It is also the first regional airfreight centre for Amazon Air in Europe.The airport is also serving as a transshipment centre for medical relief supplies and protective equipment in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic."Freight charter flights have regularly been handled during the last few weeks and months - in addition to normal services - and many of them have been transporting millions of Covid-19 tests, for example," the airport said.In total, more than 80 cargo airlines fly to the airport.
      The roll out on the platform, which means forwarders using CargoAi will be able to check prices and make bookings with IAG Cargo, comes after the successful conclusion of a test phase in France, reports London's Air Cargo News.IAG Cargo chief commercial officer John Cheetham said: "In today's digital world, there's no such thing as business hours with customers increasingly wanting the option of booking online, any time, from anywhere, to any destination on our network. We're always looking for fresh and innovative products to support customers such as CargoAi, a powerful yet simple e-booking tool."Matthieu Petot, chief executive of CargoAi, said "the integration of the cargo capacities of IAG's five airlines is undoubtedly a fantastic opportunity for our users."
      Hong Kong flag carriers Cathay Pacific recently released its August traffic figures yesterday, revealing a 9 per cent month-over-month bump for cargo, but volumes were still only 66 per cent of August 2019 levels.Cathay's chief commercial officer Ronald Lam said: "While August is traditionally a quieter month for cargo due to the summer holiday period in the Northern Hemisphere, this was not the case this year and demand continued to be buoyant."He said the airline had already ramped up its freighter schedule to peak season levels, with transpacific flights now at 39 per week, while two additional passenger-freighters were added to the fleet, giving it six in total.Mr Lam added: "At the same time, our teams have been agile in responding to the constantly changing operating environment brought on by the Covid outbreaks in various parts of our network. This has particularly impacted our services to Shanghai, where authorities have increased quarantine requirements for ground staff to contain the situation."As well as the current restrictions on the mainland, Hong Kong's own quarantine rules have previously impacted Cathay's operating capacity. According to the carrier, the Hong Kong government has extended the quarantine exemption for crew flying to high risk countries until October 31.Brian Wu, director of Hong Kong-based BEL International Logistics, said the city's air cargo capacity would depend on the government's Covid strategy moving forward.He told The Loadstar: "The capacity of scheduled flights are still very limited and rates are high."We see there are more and more charter flights, either freighters or 'preighters' towards the end of the year."If the government policy becomes stricter on quarantine requirements, then there will be even less capacity, while the herd immunity approach would boost trading and the economy."On the mainland, meanwhile, one Chinese forwarder in Shanghai noted how large swathes of regular scheduled capacity is still "missing" from the market, because of lack of ground handling staff and crew quarantine rules."Rumours are there will be a few flights back to Pudong (PVG) in the next few weeks, but we never know how it will play out," he explained."So long as the quarantine requirement for airline crew and ground handlers is not loosened, then I do not think many flights can come back, and we will face peak season with a big shortage of capacity."
      The Singapore-flagged dry bulk carrier, Thor Monadic, owned by Thorsen Shipping of Singapore, arrived in Hong Kong waters on August 24 and among the 23 vessel crew members on board, 15 of them tested positive for Covid-19 the day after. They were all carrying the L452R mutant strain.Hong Kong Police boarded the Thor Mondic on September 6 to investigate the circumstance around the Covid-19 cases. They searched the vessel for evidence, and the information was presented last week in court.Media reports indicate that the ship's logs reflected that when the vessel entered Hong Kong waters several crew members had fevers, were coughing, and reporting difficulties breathing. The captain, however, reported to health authorities that the vessel was free of disease and requested a pass.The 53-year-old captain of the Thor Monadic, a Thai citizen named Ekarat Timwatthana, was brought before a chief judge and charged with committing fraud. He's alleged to have knowingly and deliberately provided false information to the Department of Health so that they would approve the vessel's entry into Hong Kong waters around August 23.The captain is facing up to 14 years in jail on the increased charges of fraud. He was released on HKD10,000 (US$1,300) bail but made to surrender his travel documents. He has to remain in Hong Kong and report three times a week to the police. His case is scheduled to be heard on November 11.
      In the one-off sailing, the 2,800 TEU YM Cooperation will depart Kaohsiung and call at Shekou, Singapore, Jebel Ali and Busan, reports UK's The Loadstar.The shipping line said: "For the Middle East route where export capacity is tight, we are offering an ad hoc sailing to alleviate the burden on shippers and provide customers with faster container delivery services."Global ports continue to be affected by the Covid-19 pandemic which has reduced the efficiency of terminal operations. Many major ports are facing congestion problems, which has caused ships to wait longer for berths, resulting in delays and poor frequency of shipping schedules. Such conditions have in turn caused countries around the world to face insufficient export space and tight supply chains."In August, the Taiwanese liner operator executed ad hoc Asia-Europe and transpacific sailings.The Far East-Persian Gulf trade lane is one of several mid-haul services that is seeing a shortage of capacity as mainline operators have pulled vessels from these trades to service the more lucrative Asia-Europe and transpacific routes. In the year to July, capacities on the Asia-Europe transpacific routes grew by 35 per cent and 41 per cent, respectively.Alphaliner calculated that as of September14, just 29 ships are assigned to China-Persian Gulf services operated by mainline operators, noting that none of these services offer weekly sailings. Pro forma schedules would require fifty vessels and the diversion of tonnage has seen half of all China-Persian Gulf sailings being blanked.Alphaliner said: "The shortage of tonnage in the Far East-Middle East trade is not only the result of port congestion. Many ships have been redeployed to the main East-West routes, where cargo demand is very strong and spot freight rates are at historical highs."
      The ability to transload international containers into domestic 53-foot trailers enables customers to achieve overall cost savings (per cubic meter) for domestic distribution, while reducing storage costs related to port demurrage and inland detention, reports AJOT.Supply chains flowing through the facility will be fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) in the retail and lifestyle segment that need agile response capabilities to consumer demand fluctuations.FMCG will comprise 80-90 per cent of the volumes and auto parts 10-20 per cent."Bringing this new supply chain asset into play today marks an important new Asia/PNW gateway chapter for customers looking for faster order fulfilment achieved through integrated logistics.We're looking forward to working with CP to make this a vital pivot point for supply chain planners to help them achieve their business goals," said Omar Shamsie, president of Maersk Canada.Construction of the facility and rail infrastructure was completed last month with Maersk commencing the transloading operation of the facility on September 1. The first containers arrived at the facility earlier this month."We are very proud to open this first-of-its-kind transload facility that creates tremendous opportunity for sustainable growth," said CP president and CEO Keith Creel. "We are transforming inbound logistics in North America by reducing transit time variability thanks to CP's premium service and at the same time having a smaller environmental impact and carbon footprint by taking thousands of trucks off the road while leveraging the inherent benefits of moving goods by rail."CP will shuttle containers by rail from the three major Vancouver container terminals to the Pacific Transload Express facility. CP built the facility on CP land adjacent to its Vancouver Intermodal Facility to offer optimal transload services with fewer handoffs and better accountability of service."This was an attractive feature to our customers intent on integrating their supply chains for higher performance," added Mr Shamsie.
      The vessels are the largest containerships currently in service, being 28 TEU larger than the previous record holders, the series of seven 23,964 TEU HMM Algericas type built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and delivered in 2020.The "Ever Act" has 241,900 dwt, a length of 399.90 metres and a beam of 61.50 metres (24 rows). It has conventional propulsion and is equipped with an exhaust gas scrubber. An 11-cylinder WinGD diesel engine of the XD92B model powers the vessel at commercial speeds of up to 22.5 knots.Evergreen's latest new vessel was recently positioned from the Samsung shipyard on Geoje Island, South Korea, to Qingdao, China, where it joined Ocean Alliance's Far East - Northern Europe 'NEU6' service (which Evergreen calls 'CEM') on September 12, reports Colchester's Seatrade Maritime News.
      The cargo flows will be concentrated at CTT's four berths, which will function as Cosco's "preferred hub" in Europe, HHLA said in a statement. Terms were not disclosed, reports IHS Media."The maritime world is currently facing intense changes. Long-term, trusting customer relationships - such as the ones HHLA has tended to for 40 years in trade with China - are that much more important now," Angela Titzrath, chairwoman of HHLA's executive board, said in the statement.The minority stake is the eighth port investment in Europe by the terminal-handling arm of state-owned Cosco Shipping Holdings. The other investments include control of Piraeus port in Greece, where it plans to increase its stake in the Piraeus Port Authority from 51 percent to 67 percent, plus interests in Belgium's Antwerp Terminal, Rotterdam's Euromax Terminal, CSP Zeebrugge, and Spain's Bilbao and Valencia terminals.Cosco Shipping is a customer of CTT, with two Asia services, a Mediterranean service, and a Baltic feeder service handled at the terminal. HHLA noted that CTT would continue to be open to all shipping lines.China is by far Hamburg's largest trading partner, with the 1.3 million TEU handled in the first half of 2021, representing a 14.2 percentage point increase year over year. The total throughput of Hamburg in the first six months reached 4.3 million TEU, a 5.5 percentage point increase on 2020.With the first stage of the Elbe River widening and deepening project completed, there is improved access for mega-ships and their huge call sizes that can exceed 10,000 TEU per visit."Even for the extremely large container ships of the mega-max class, offering slot capacities of between 18,000 and 24,000 TEU, the Port of Hamburg is now more readily accessible," Jens Meier, CEO of the Hamburg Port Authority, said in a statement.
      As the number of containerships queued in San Pedro Bay hit 65 a week ago the two ports jointly announced the planned measures in concert with the US Department of Transportation.The announcement did not give specifics as to what the extended hours would be, but it said the Port of Long Beach would take the first step towards 24/7 supply chain by maximising night-time operations while the Port of LA will expand weekend gate opening hours."In addition, both ports have called on marine terminal operators to incentivise the use of all available gate hours, especially night gates, to reduce congestion and maximise cargo throughput capacity," the joint statement said.The two ports said they would work closely with the trucking community so that they understand the opportunities created.Port of LA director Gene Seroka said: "These steps, in addition to what has previously been recommended, demonstrate that the Port of Los Angeles will continue to innovate in order to manage this historic cargo surge.""The Port of Long Beach is prepared to take bold and immediate action to help the supply chain move the record cargo volumes that keep our economy moving, and we appreciate the support and leadership shown by the Biden-Harris Administration," added Port of Long Beach director Cordero.So far this year the Port of LA has handled 7.27 million TEU, up 30 per cent year on year.
      CMA CGM had already been a victim of cyberattack last year, but the French container line is not alone. Other notable cases include the NotPetya attack that affected Maersk in 2017, the outage at the International Maritime Organization and Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) last year and an attack on South African ports operator Transnet earlier this year."There is one incident on a ship every day, and attacks on shipping have increased 900 per cent in the three years to 2020," said HFW global head of shipping Paul Dean. "There is a ransomware attack once every 10 seconds."Speaking in a webinar before the latest attack, Mr Dean said container shipping had a greater vulnerability to attack than was seen in other sectors.Hackers say they have exposed part of CMA CGM's customer data via a link to Google Drive and threatened to 'lay out the entire database' in a week."What happened on Golden Ray could easily happen on a containership from a cyberattack," he said. "Reefers and pressurised containers are also equally vulnerable. In terms of reefers, hackers may not be interested in food, but may be in relation to chemicals and dangerous goods."You could imagine a stowage plan being altered and containers being put in the wrong place."Cyber security should be seen as an act of seaworthiness and due diligence in the same way that the International Safety Management Code was.The IMO's Maritime Safety Committee adopted Resolution MSC 428(98) in 2017 to give guidance on good practice in cyber security. "We do have IMO MSC 428, but again compliance is not enough, the same way that a vessel being in class does not mean it is seaworthy," Mr Dean said.The bigger issue, however, was the commercial one. "You have tight turnaround times in ports, so there is less time to remediate," he said. "The costs of delay are enormous. We need to be looking at protection against the key financial exposures."The solutions included undertaking a maritime cyber security review. Operational technologies on board ships needed to be reviewed as well."There are many high-risk systems on containerships," he said. "The risks are real and if they are not keeping you awake at night, they should be. But the good news is that there are solutions."