Newsletter – March 22, 2018

  • Newsletter – March 22, 2018

    Call for harmonisation of air cargo screening device requirements
    The air cargo industry would like to see greater harmonisation of rules and regulations around air cargo scanning devices to reduce the need to have different set ups in each country.
    Speaking at the World Cargo Symposium, independent aviation security consultant Jennifer Haigh said that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) had arranged a meeting of various stakeholders in Bonn to try and find some harmonisation in scanning requirements.  Read more here.

    Digital evolution of air freight advances with e-Dangerous Goods Declaration
    The air freight industry has moved a step closer to digitalisation and data-sharing with the launch of the e-Dangerous Goods Declaration (eDGD).  Read more here (login required).

    United suspends pet cargo flights after multiple dog-related incidents
    After cabin crew instructions led to the death of a dog on board a United flight last week, with another dog mistakenly shipped to Japan, the US carrier has suspended carriage of pets. The Verge reports the suspension as temporary while the airline conducts a “thorough and systematic” review of its pets in cargo policy. United says that while new reservations will not be accepted, it will honour any pre-existing agreements. Read more here.

    Fierce rivalry breaks out between Hyundai and SM Line for shippers
    KOREAN rivals Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) and SM Line are competing hard for shippers at home and abroad, reports Business Korea.
    Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. (HMM) and SM Line Corp have succeeded in establishing partnerships with large companies one after another.
    Earlier, the two companies decided to find ways to survive separately rather than cooperation between the national flag carriers under the government’s intervention.
    SM Line decided to ally itself to Cosco, mostly because as a small container carrier it had been largely formed from assets of bankrupt Hanjin Shipping, which was already in an alliance with Cosco, now Asia’s biggest shipping line.
    SM Line CEO Kim Chil-bong recently met with Cosco Shipping Lines CEO Wang Haimin to discuss detailed issues to enhance collaboration between the two companies.
    The two companies have agreed to expand the scope of cooperation to the ocean, including the Americas, in the medium and long term. [Excerpted from]

    Maersk Honam still some weeks from discharging cargo
    More than two weeks after a serious fire broke out on the Maersk Honam, the 15,000 teu containership is still several weeks away from being able to discharge its cargo at a suitable port, although this is most likely to be Dubai’s Jebel Ali, the world’s largest container line says.  Read more here.

    Heung-A the latest Korean carrier to tell worried shippers: ‘We’re not sinking’
    Another South Korean shipping line under financial pressure has had to write to customers to dispel market rumours of a second box carrier crash. Reda more here (login required)

    Maersk and MSC unveil new 2M Asia-Europe network, with 17 fewer port calls
    2M alliance partners Maersk Line and MSC will launch a revamped Asia-Europe and Asia-Mediterranean network in May that will see port calls reduced by 17.
    Maersk Line announced this morning it had taken the step of reducing the number of calls as a way of maintaining better schedule reliability. Read more here.

    Tight box charter market exepcted to get another boost from slew of new services
    The already tight charter market for boxships is predicted to get another big boost in the next month as a raft of new services launch.  Read more here.

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