Newsletter – December 19, 2018
AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
British Airways To Resume Pakistan Flights
British Airways has announced a resumption of flights to Pakistan after an absence of more than 10 years due to security concerns. Read more here.
OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
The future of automated ports
Although ports have adopted automation more slowly than comparable sectors, notably mining and warehousing, the pace is now starting to accelerate. Automated ports are safer than conventional ones. The number of human-related disruptions falls, and performance becomes more predictable. Read more here.
2M drops eight port calls, adds six ULCVs and returns to slow-steaming in network revamp
The 2M alliance is to phase in six more ultra large container vessels (ULCVs) into its 10 Asia-Europe service strings from next March in an endeavour to improve schedule reliability, which it said had been blighted by bad weather and terminal congestion. Read more here.
THE Alliance unveils Transpacific-Europe pendulum service in 2019 network shake-up
THE Alliance members Hapag-Lloyd, Ocean Network Express(ONE) and Yang Ming have published details of a rationalised revamped network for east-west trades effective from next year which will include a new pendulum service. Read more here.
DP World aims for 30% in cut ULCV handling times with new terminal concept
Port operator DP World is set to develop an innovative new container storage system at its under-construction fourth container terminal in Dubai. Read more here.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATES
UK businesses to spend billions stocking up for Brexit
As the UK government this week further ramped up preparations for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, UK businesses are set to spend billions during the next three months on additional stock to prepare their supply chains for potential disruption and delays. Read more here.
CANADA BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATES
Prince Rupert container terminal hits 1M TEU milestone
Prince Rupert, BC — The Port of Prince Rupert and DP World celebrated a historic milestone as Fairview Container Terminal handled its millionth container (TEU) for the first time in a calendar year. Read more here.