Newsletter – February 10, 2020
AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
Quebec premier says returns will fly high with $30 million airship investmentcanadianshipper.comMontreal, QC — Quebec Premier Francois Legault is dismissing naysayers who are accusing his government of wasting $30 million on a company that wants to build giant airships to transport heavy cargo around the province’s far north. Read more here.
OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
Hapag-Lloyd launches remote reefer supply chain monitoring toolcanadianshipper.comHamburg, Germany — Container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd is adding near real-time monitoring of its reefer containers to their product portfolio. “Hapag-Lloyd LIVE” increases the transparency of the cold chain by offering customers a number of data sets about the condition and location of their reefer containers. Read more here.
Misdeclared shipment of shisha charcoal could have ignited Yantian Express fireseasnews.com.trGERMANY’s Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation has released a 73-page report probing the blaze that engulfed Hapag-Lloyd’s 7,500-TEU Yantian Express containership one year ago while sailing to Montreal, Canada, damaging cargo. Read more here.
GROUND AND RAIL FREIGHT UPDATES
Battle for truck capacity looms as China’s factories and warehouses reopentheloadstar.comFreight forwarders in China are expecting a battle for truck capacity next week as factories and warehouses slowly reopen following the coronavirus outbreak.According to Shanghai-based Marco Reichel, APAC business development manager at Crane Worldwide Logistics, some manufacturers will restart on Monday, while others will stay shuttered until 14 February. Read more here.
Slowdown ordered after second train carrying oil derails near Saskatchewan towncanadianshipper.comGuernsey, SK — The federal government ordered lower speed limits for all trains carrying large amounts of dangerous goods Thursday, hours after a fiery derailment in rural Saskatchewan sent thick black smoke into the air. Read more here.
Indigenous rail blockades cause chaos for Ontario travellers, commutersnationalpost.comOntario commuters scrambled to make last-minute changes to their travel plans on Sunday as protesters continued their blockade of two crucial VIA Rail routes, part of a demonstration against a natural gas pipeline being built more than 4,000 kilometres away. Read more here.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATES
China outbreak fallout spreads to supply chainscanadianshipper.comWashington, DC — Hyundai Motors is suspending production in South Korea, a sign that the economic fallout from China’s viral outbreak is spreading.For other companies bracing for losses from coronavirus, the damage has so far been delayed, thanks to a stroke of timing: The outbreak hit just when Chinese factories and many businesses were closed anyway to let workers travel home for the week-long Lunar New Year holiday. Read more here.