Daily Archives: December 25, 2013

IAG Cargo announces next-generation aircraft routes for 2014

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IAG Cargo has unveiled new routes for its next-generation aircraft; the B787 and A380. The aircraft, which are being delivered to British Airways, will be deployed across a number of key routes in the IAG Cargo network throughout 2014, offering increased cargo capacity for customers as well as specialist features for the safe transportation of temperature-sensitive goods.

The B787 will launch from four locations on IAG Cargo’s global network, with the first flight leaving Hyderabad on 30th March. After this initial route, the aircraft will service Chengdu starting on 5th May, followed by flights leaving Philadelphia from 5th June and Calgary from 5th July. In addition, the A380 will begin its service to Washington from 1st September 2014 and is set to start services to Johannesburg in February 2014.

Steve Gunning, Managing Director at IAG Cargo commented: “Today’s announcement highlights IAG Cargo’s long-term commitment to investing in the future of our fleet and cargo business. Our new capabilities, combined with our extensive global network, firmly positions IAG Cargo as a cargo business of the future. For our customers, this will mean even greater reliability for cargo capacity when transporting goods, as well as ensuring the efficient delivery of highly specialised shipments across the globe.”

Both aircraft are well-suited to the transport of highly sensitive goods; such as pharmaceuticals and perishables. The B787, equipped with specified air conditioning capabilities in the hold, will prove beneficial to customers in the pharmaceutical manufacturing hubs of Hyderabad and Chengdu; ensuring stable conditions to export temperature sensitive goods from these regions. In addition, particularly with high volumes of electronics leaving Chengdu, the B787 aircraft also offers increased cargo capacity for shippers.

The A380 similarly offers a specialised service on-board flights; being enabled with air conditioning in the forward hold and heating and ventilation in the rear hold. The modernisation of IAG Cargo’s fleet will enable a set and maintained hold temperature to within 1C accuracy, further ensuring the safe delivery of some of the world’s most precious and sensitive cargo.

To demonstrate the significant benefits that customers will gain over the coming years from the introduction of next-generation aircraft, IAG Cargo has released a film focusing on the features of the aircraft most relevant to the cargo industry. This can be viewed on the IAG Cargo YouTube channel; http://youtu.be/gqh0lX0eEis

The deployment of these aircraft marks IAG’s on-going fleet modernisation programme. The fleet renewal plan will ensure that IAG Cargo has the capacity to meet cargo demand across the network for years to come.

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Maersk Line voted Global Ocean Freight Carrier of the year 2013

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Global forwarder DHL has named Maersk Line carrier of the year for DHL Global Forwarding 2013.

The result was clear after DHL conducted a global survey in all their frontline offices in order to obtain feedback on carriers’ performance in a host of different areas such as sales and customer service quality, responsiveness, speed to market, competitiveness, service delivery and reliability.

Likewise, DHL asked their regional procurement offices in Bremen, Singapore, Miami and New Jersey for their assessment of carrier cooperation. A third survey was launched to evaluate the CO2 footprint and general sustainability measures provided by the DHL carrier partners.

In all 3 surveys Maersk Line came out on top and won the Global Carrier Award 2013.
Maersk Line even increased the distance to runner up MSC. Hapag-Lloyd kept the spot as number while CMA-CGM and NYK were closing in.

“We hereby would like to congratulate Maersk Line on this achievement. We would like to thank you too for the continued support of the global carrier strategy 2013 and will inform you shortly of the new carrier landscape 2014,” said Executive Vice President of Global Ocean Freight, Andreas Bödeker, at the award ceremony. Maersk Line’s Chief Trade and Marketing Officer Vincent Clerc accepted the award on behalf of Maersk Line.

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Hapag-Lloyd AG is discussing a possible merger with Cia

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Hapag-Lloyd AG is discussing a possible merger with Cia. Sud Americana de Vapores SA, Latin America’s biggest container shipping line, as the companies struggle to overcome a global trade slump that has left their industry in crisis.

Talks are focused on whether “a possible business combination or any other form of association would be of mutual interest,” Hamburg-based Hapag-Lloyd said in a statement today.

CSAV shares rose 3 per cent to 29.40 pesos at 12.21pm in Santiago, bringing their two-day gain to 16 per cent after Die Welt newspaper first reported the talks yesterday. Hapag-Lloyd, the biggest German container line with a fleet of 152 vessels, is still reeling from the downturn triggered by the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. – (Bloomberg)

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Hapag-Lloyd to raise Asia-Europe rate US$500/TEU on January 6

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HAPAG-LLOYD has announced a general rate increase of US$500 per TEU for all cargo and container types in the Far East westbound trade from East Asia to Europe from January 6.

The general rate increase will apply to all shipments from East Asia (excluding Japan) to all north Europe and Mediterranean destinations, including the Black Sea and North Africa.

Source: Schednet

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Container firms order new ships to gain economies of scale

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Global container shipping companies have a strong appetite for new vessels, despite existing overcapacity, because they want to trade up to larger ships to benefit from economies of scale, according to shipping analysts.

Shipping association Bimco expects total container shipping fleet capacity to grow by 5.9 percent in 2013, although estimates for the amount of container capacity being scrapped are at a record high.

“Despite the challenge they face, the second tier carriers continue to have a strong appetite for new capacity,” shipping newsletter Alphaliner wrote on Tuesday.

Ordering new ships is aimed at lower operating costs to match economies of scale enjoyed by the largest carriers with the biggest vessels.

Alphaliner said the order book of the three largest carriers, Maersk Line, part of Danish conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk (MAERSKb.CO), Switzerland’s Mediterranean Shipping Company and France’s CMA CGM CMACG.UL, currently stands at 15.6 percent of their current fleet.

The combined order book of the next 18 carriers has reached 19.8 percent of their existing fleet.

Nine of 17 carriers reported positive operating earnings in the third quarter, but performances of individual carriers were mixed and operating profit or loss ranged from minus 5.1 percent for Regional Container Lines RCL.BK to plus 8.1 percent for Maersk Line.

“The largest carriers continue to enjoy significant scale advantages, with Maersk and CMA CGM, the first and third largest carriers, continuing to outperform the rest of the industry,” Alphaliner said.

Maersk Line has take delivery of five mega ships with a capacity of 18,270 TEU each this year and another 16 sister ships will be finished by DSME (042660.KS) shipyard in South Korea and delivered within the next year and a half.

The average size of container ships on the busy routes between ports in Asia and Northern Europe exceeded 10,000 TEU earlier this year.

Bimco expects that vessels with a total capacity of 450,000 twenty-foot containers (TEU) will be scrapped in 2013, which is the highest annual total ever to be scrapped in the industry.

“It is one of the best ways the industry can help themselves,” shipping analyst Peter Sand from Bimco said.

He said the average age of scrapped container ships has fallen to around 22 years from around 30 years a few years ago.

The container shipping industry has been struggling with overcapacity because of too many vessels and too few goods to transport as a result of the economic downturn.

Maersk Line, the global market leader with nearly 600 container vessels, has said it planned to increase spot rates on routes from Asia to Northern Europe by $750 per TEU with effect from December 15, a 75 percent increase if successful.

Competing liners such as Israel Corporation-controlled (ILCO.TA) Zim Lines, Chinese company Orient Overseas Container Line (0316.HK), South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping (117930.KS) and German-based Hapag-Lloyd HPLG.UL have also announced rate rises with effect from mid-December.

Bimco expects fleets to grow by a lower pace in 2014 than in 2013.
Source: Reuters (By Ole Mikkelsen, editing by Anthony Barker)

G6 Alliance to Expand Coverage to Compete With P3

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The G6 Alliance unveiled plans today to expand into the trans-Atlantic and Asia-U.S. West Coast trade lanes in a widely expected response to the proposed P3 Network partnership between the world’s three largest carriers, Maersk, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA CGM.

The G6 carriers — Hapag-Lloyd, NYK, OOCL, Hyundai Merchant Marine, APL and MOL — will deploy 240 container ships serving 66 ports in Asia, America and Europe.

The alliance plans to complete the expansion of services by the second quarter of 2014, pending regulatory approval, to coincide with the launch of the P3 network on the Asia-Europe, trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific routes. Details on port coverage will be announced at a later date.

The lines, which currently cooperate on the Asia-Europe and Asia-U.S. East Coast routes, will operate 76 vessels covering 12 services connecting 27 ports in Asia and on the West Coast of the United States.

A further 42 ships will operate five trans-Atlantic services, including two pendulum services, calling at 25 ports in the U.S., Canada, Panama, Mexico, the Netherlands, the U.K., France, Belgium and Germany.

“The proposed expansion will complement our existing services in the Asia–North America East Coast and Asia–Europe trades, allowing us to deploy the most suitable ships for each loop across the trades,” the G6 carriers said in a joint statement.

“With greater service flexibility and operational synergies, the G6 alliance will have an even more resilient and robust network – giving shippers a wider coverage area and shorter transit times without reducing the total capacity.”

Each G6 carrier will be able to offer almost twice as many sailings on the Asia-North America trade as what it currently operates separately, the alliance said.

The six container lines that make up the G6 accounted for 27.1 percent of U.S. containerized export trade and 28.6 percent of U.S. containerized import trade in the first nine months of 2013, according to information compiled from PIERS, the Data Division of JOC Group Inc. Not all services offered by these lines will be included in the G6 expansion; Hapag-Lloyd, for example, has noted that it will continue to offer its Montreal and ATA services, as well as Mediterranean services, outside of the G6.

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COSCON, Hanjin Shipping and Yang Ming to jointly launch

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COSCONHanjin Shipping and Yang Ming will launch a jointly-operated Russia – Finland service from the middle of May. Named RFS (Russia – Finland Service), this new service will be operated with 3 of 1,300TEU class vessels deployed by each partner carrier. It will provide twice-per-week service connecting Hamburg, St. Petersburg and Kotka. Meanwhile, partner carriers believe that the introduction of this new service will contribute to satisfying various needs of their customers in North West Europe. Details are as follows:

RFS (Russia – Finland Service)

Vessel Deployment: 1,300TEU X 3 (COSCON X 1, HJS X 1, YML X 1) Port Rotation: Hamburg – St. Petersburg – Kotka – Hamburg – St. Petersburg – Kotka -Hamburg Commencement Date: May 19th, 2013 (ETA Hamburg)

Hapag-Lloyd, CSAV Discuss Joint Opportunities

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Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV are currently maintaining dialogue regarding the possibilities of mutual interest should the companies engage in a business partnership or any other form of association. To date, these discussions have not resulted in any binding or nonbinding agreement between the parties.

Hapag-Lloyd said more information will be published should any relevant development occur.


CSAV NORASIA Conosur Service – Imbituba call

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Dear Customer,

This is to inform you that our Conosur Service will stop calling Brazilian port of Imbituba as from MV Cap Roca V.69, which estimated time of arrival in Imbituba is January 29, 2014.

New port rotation as from MV Cap Roca V. 69 will be as follows:

Sepetiba, Santos, Rio Grande, San Antonio, Callao, Guayaquil, Arica*, Antofagasta**, San Antonio,

San Vicente*, Puerto Madryn*, Bahia Blanca*, Itapoa, Sepetiba.

* fortnightly calls

** 3 calls per month

Should you require further information related to this specific matter or detailed schedules of this service, please do not hesitate to contact us.


CSAV Group

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ATS Fuel Surcharge: Effective Dates: from 2013/12/23 to 2013/12/29

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Effective Dates: from 2013/12/23 to 2013/12/29

Updates will be posted on the ATS Web Site every Friday and become effective the following Monday for a period of 7 days.

Please note:

Benchmark Price Index ONE Ground Courier
(up to 499 lbs)
Benchmark Price Index TWO Ground LTL
(500 lb and over)
Diesel Motor Fuel Diesel Motor Fuel
Cents per Litre Fuel Surcharge
111.1 – 112.0 12.75
112.1 – 113.0 12.75
113.1 – 114.0 13.00
114.1 – 115.0 13.00
115.1 – 116.0 13.25
116.1 – 117.0 13.25
117.1 – 118.0 13.50
118.1 – 119.0 13.50
119.1 – 120.0 13.75
120.1 – 121.0 13.75
121.1 – 122.0 14.00
122.1 – 123.0 14.00
123.1 – 124.0 14.25
124.1 – 125.0 14.25
125.1 – 126.0 14.50
126.1 – 127.0 14.50
127.1 – 128.0 14.75
128.1 – 129.0 14.75
129.1 – 130.0 15.00
130.1 – 131.0 15.00
131.1 – 132.0 15.25
132.1 – 133.0 15.25
133.1 – 134.0 15.50
134.1 – 135.0 15.50
135.1 – 136.0 15.75
136.1 – 137.0 15.75
137.1 – 138.0 16.00
138.1 – 139.0 16.00
139.1 – 140.0 16.25
140.1 – 141.0 16.25
141.1 – 142.0 16.50
142.1 – 143.0 16.50
143.1 – 144.0 16.75
144.1 – 145.0 16.75
145.1 – 146.0 17.00
146.1 – 147.0 17.00
147.1 – 148.0 17.25
148.1 – 149.0 17.25
149.1 – 150.0 17.50
150.1 – 151.0 17.50
151.1 – 152.0 17.75
152.1 – 153.0 17.75
153.1 – 154.0 18.00
154.1 – 155.0 18.00
155.1 – 156.0 18.25
156.1 – 157.0 18.25
157.1 – 158.0 18.50
158.1 – 159.0 18.50
159.1 – 160.0 18.75
Cents per Litre Fuel Surcharge
111.1 – 112.0 18.00
112.1 – 113.0 18.25
113.1 – 114.0 18.50
114.1 – 115.0 18.75
115.1 – 116.0 19.00
116.1 – 117.0 19.25
117.1 – 118.0 19.50
118.1 – 119.0 19.75
119.1 – 120.0 20.00
120.1 – 121.0 20.25
121.1 – 122.0 20.50
122.1 – 123.0 20.75
123.1 – 124.0 21.00
124.1 – 125.0 21.25
125.1 – 126.0 21.50
126.1 – 127.0 21.75
127.1 – 128.0 22.00
128.1 – 129.0 22.25
129.1 – 130.0 22.50
130.1 – 131.0 22.75
131.1 – 132.0 23.00
132.1 – 133.0 23.25
133.1 – 134.0 23.50
134.1 – 135.0 23.75
135.1 – 136.0 24.00
136.1 – 137.0 24.25
137.1 – 138.0 24.50
138.1 – 139.0 24.75
139.1 – 140.0 25.00
140.1 – 141.0 25.25
141.1 – 142.0 25.50
142.1 – 143.0 25.75
143.1 – 144.0 26.00
144.1 – 145.0 26.25
145.1 – 146.0 26.50
146.1 – 147.0 26.75
147.1 – 148.0 27.00
148.1 – 149.0 27.25
149.1 – 150.0 27.50
150.1 – 151.0 27.75
151.1 – 152.0 28.00
152.1 – 153.0 28.25
153.1 – 154.0 28.50
154.1 – 155.0 28.75
155.1 – 156.0 29.00
156.1 – 157.0 29.25
157.1 – 158.0 29.50
158.1 – 159.0 29.75
159.1 – 160.0 30.00

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