Entries by Joanne Golding

Port terminals need to be more cost effective

Pressure is mounting on container ports to improve efficiency in terminal operations, as wholesale change in the shipping industry continues to increase competition and drive down revenue per box. According to Mark Welles, Navis vice president and general manager Asia Pacific, terminal operators are “aggressively attacking their cost base and figuring out ways to use […]

MSC, CMA CGM Present Plans for Fuel Surcharges

Following the footsteps of Maersk Line, the Swiss and French container shipping giants MSC and CMA CGM have unveiled their intention to introduce a new fuel adjustment surcharge ahead of the 2020 sulphur cap. Mediterranean Shipping Company plans to introduce a new Global Fuel Surcharge as of January 1, 2019. The company expects its operating costs […]

A no deal Brexit could cause problems for haulage

As few as 1,224 UK hauliers could be eligible to transport goods to the EU if the country departs the union without a deal in place. Logistics industry representatives say a UK-EU agreement on road transport must be prioritised over a trade deal. Yesterday the UK government issued a series of technical notices outlining the situation […]

UK haulage crisis is tightening

Shippers are facing an anxious wait as the crisis in the UK haulage sector tightens its grip. CMA CGM subsidiary ANL has announced a six-day delay on export collections due to a reduction in haulage availability, and HMM revising its policy. ANL told customers the next available collection at major ports, including Felixstowe, London Gateway and Southampton, would be 17 […]

As peak season approaches so could crisis point

One forwarder told The Loadstar all UK ports had been affected by problems ranging from driver shortages and rail failures to issues arising from M&A activity. Advance road bookings now require up to 10 days lead time. “We are seeing failures on some 20% of the boxes we handle; that’s thousands of boxes, and from what we are […]

We are now entering storm and typhoon season…

Typhoons and tropical storms have already hit Asia during July and August which have had a serious impact on port operations. This in turn means that we may experience delays caused by the inclement weather. The number of vessels arriving into port is likely to be disrupted with ports closing because of poor weather conditions. […]

Wind propulsion technology testing begins

Norsepower, together with project partners Maersk Tankers, Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) and Shell Shipping & Maritime, today announced the installation of two Norsepower Rotor Sails onboard Maersk Pelican, a Maersk Tankers Long Range 2 (LR2) product tanker vessel. The Rotor Sails are large, cylindrical mechanical sails that spin to create a pressure differential – called […]

Shipping is delivering on climate change

In a piece written for the Parliament Magazine, Violeta Bulc, the European mobility and transport Commissioner explained how the international shipping sector is doing its part to contribute to global climate change efforts. Below are her thoughts: In April, more than 100 countries agreed on an initial strategy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from […]

Hapag-Lloyd cutting costs to cope with a rise in fuel prices

German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd is cutting costs to cope with a rise in fuel prices that led it to slash full year earnings forecasts last month, its chief executive told shareholders on this week. “Major cost positions have risen more than initially expected and are pressuring operating margins,” CEO Rolf Habben Jansen said in Hamburg. “We […]