Newsletter – October 15, 2020

  • Newsletter – October 15, 2020


    Air freight sector ‘must accelerate COVID-19 vaccine preparations’
    Two influential air freight industry bodies today called for urgent industry collaboration to address “a concerning lack of readiness for COVID-19 vaccines logistics”.
    Pharma.Aero together with The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) expressed a strong concern over the current state of air cargo readiness for the upcoming and vital requirement for worldwide COVID-19 vaccine transport, with only 28% of the industry feeling well prepared for it today. Read more here.


    Port of Halifax Returning to Normal Fluidity
    Update provided by the Port of Halifax, October 14:
    The Port of Halifax is well on its way to restoring normal fluidity at its two container terminals arising from additional volume in recent weeks brought on by industrial action in Montreal and a surge of imports.
    On October 5th and October 12th, two vessels lifted out 1,800 diverted containers back to the Port of Montreal. This alleviates congestion at both terminals, and allows more intermodal imports and exports to flow as usual by rail.
    With the above action and CN’s commitment, the port expects the remaining diverted cargo to be moving by the end of the week. Meanwhile, regular Halifax-discharge and loading cargo continues with the full cooperation of the longshore labour force, the trucking community, the terminal operators and CN Rail.

    Heavy September cargo rollovers at Asian transhipment box ports
    Supply chain disruption due to container rollovers at leading Asian transhipment ports eased marginally for shippers in September compared to August but remained far higher than the same period last year at most hubs, according to Ocean Insights, a leading real-time and predictive ocean container tracking data provider to freight forwarders and shippers. And early indications for October suggest that significant rollovers and subsequent supply chain disruptions will continue deep into the fourth quarter. Read more here.

    Shippers must forecast their freight capacity needs better, say forwarders
    Shippers must become more accurate with their forecasting, say forwarders, particularly when it comes to air freight.
    At a customer event yesterday, Flexport’s head of air freight, Neel Jones Shah, urged shippers: “You need to plan ahead for 2021.”
    He added: “Forecasting tools have never been more critical. You don’t have the luxury of air cargo capacity sitting on the sidelines, you have to get it right.  Read more here (login required).

    Boxship sector takes first steps towards ammonia use as fuel
    A Collaboration between Lloyd’s Register, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and MAN Energy Solutions has resulted in the approval in principle of a design for an ammonia-fuelled 23,000 teu containership.
    DSME developed the basic design of the ammonia propulsion system and MAN Energy Solutions was responsible for the development and specifications of the ammonia dual-fuel propulsion engine. Read more here.


    Regulators hold up Vancouver terminal decision on environmental issues
    SUPPORTERS of a new Vancouver container terminal have received extra time to address what a government review deemed a ‘significant” environmental impact, while a competing project has begun the start of its environmental review.
    Federal and provincial authorities recently gave the go-ahead to begin a public review of GCT Canada’s planned expansion of the Deltaport terminal. Read more here.

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