Dear Customer,

This is a very important Notice about your LCL Shipments Under Document No: CAS3250B, due to some unavoidable port circumstances in Karachi – Pakistan that hit us hard for completing the process of Bank and Terminal, we must unfortunately raise the cost of logistics on this particular document as one of ADHOC basis.

We have avoided raising our prices for as long as possible, but we can no longer prolong the inevitable. We have enclosed the list of CRF that goes into effect for this rate hikes of Rs.1500 And/or Aed.51 Per Cartons/Package.

We remain committed to do whatever we can to protect and deliver your cargo.

We wish to thank you for your valued account and know that you will understand the necessity for this price increase.

For more details on your specific cargo, please contact your customer service representative. However, we appreciate your flexibility in how to contact us wherever this has not yet been the case.


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Thank you for your support.


Royal Gulf Shipping & Logistics LLC

Latest News From Cargo World

HACTL Development Holdings Ltd. has signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement with Liaoning Airport Management Group Co., Ltd. with a view to developing Shenyang Taoxian International Airport as a regional cargo hub.

The agreement was signed by De Jia Wang, chairman of Liaoning Airport Management Group Co., Ltd. [front left in photo], which owns Shenyang Airport, and Tony Cho, managing director of HDHL [front right in photo], after a visit to Hactl’s SuperTerminal 1 in Hong Kong.

According to Hactl, Shenyang is targeting the development of cool chain and pharma traffic.

“We are delighted to be working with our friends at Shenyang on their exciting plans, and supporting their ambitious growth strategy,” said Mark Whitehead, chairman of HDHL. “Cool chain logistics is an area of particular expertise at Hactl, and we have much experience and knowledge to share with our new partners.”

Shenyang Airport will initially focus on market analysis, while HDHL will provide guidance on design, construction and operation of new facilities.

The single-runway airport’s cargo terminal is a joint venture between the airport, China Southern Airlines and Sinotrans, handling cargo for China Southern, Shenzhen Airlines, Beijing Capital Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Spring Airlines, China Postal Airlines and SF Airlines. It handled approximately 142,000 tonnes of cargo in 2015, according to Hactl.

Tideworks Technology has announced that Ceres Terminals has gone live with its Mainsail Vanguard TOS in New Orleans.

Ceres operates New Orleans Terminal LLC in a joint venture with Mediterranean Shipping Company at the Napoleon Avenue Terminal.

The terminal currently handles around 165,000 containers per annum and operates with on-dock rail.

Mainsail Vanguard will be delivered under a SaaS (Software as a service model), and replaces an in-house TOS based on an Advent application. New Orleans Terminal becomes the second in the Ceres network to go live with Tideworks’ software.

“The Port of New Orleans is very busy port complex at the centre of important international trade lanes, so our terminal must operate smoothly and efficiently in order to manage the high volumes of traffic,” said James Parker, vice president of Ceres Gulf New Orleans. “Tideworks delivered a comprehensive, high-quality solution and we’re confident it will help us operate more efficiently. We’re very pleased with the work they’ve done and the outstanding customer service the Tideworks team provided throughout the implementation process.”

Ceres has deployed Tideworks’ core TOS Mainsail Vanguard application and its Spinnaker Planning Management System.

In addition, Tideworks implemented Traffic Control, which allows for dynamic control of container handling equipment and electronic dispatching of work orders, and Forecast, its web portal for communication with trucking companies, shipping lines, and other parties.

Tideworks also integrated with the terminals existing gate automation system, from smart-Tecs, and added an appointment system for trucking companies. In addition, Tideworks is providing its managed EDI service, known as EDI PorterSM. The IT infrastructure supporting the TOS is hosted at Tideworks’ hardened data centre.

Tideworks has offered a SaaS option for many years and recently branded this offering as Citadel MC. “Customers who choose this option benefit from no upfront IT capital expenditure, typically quicker startup times, and a known total cost of ownership,” Tideworks stated.

“We are thrilled to have our TOS fully operational at New Orleans Terminal,” said Michael Schwank, president of Tideworks. “They have been a pleasure to work with, and we’re very proud of the result. We look forward to our continued partnership with Ceres.”

Montreal terminal operator has gone live with Navis N4 at its Maisonneuve and Viau terminals.

Termont Montréal Inc has gone live with release 2.6 of the Navis N4 TOS at both terminals as part of a project to expand terminal productivity and improve efficiency.

Termont has been operating the Maisonneuve terminal for over 25 years.

Viau is a new terminal being set up by Termont Montréal Inc, a company owned by Terminal Termont (itself a partnership between Logistec Stevedoring and Cerescorp) and Cortelina International Corp. Ltd, with an initial capacity of 600,000 TEU per year. It is 1.5km from Termont’s Maisonneuve terminal.

“Termont is currently expanding its operations to efficiently handle well over one million TEUs of container traffic and accommodate customer growth,” said Julien Dubreuil, General Manager of Termont Montréal Inc. “Our project team worked closely with Navis to optimize our terminal operating system and support our increased automation requirements. We have been working on these upgrades for about a year and are proud that the implementation has been delivered on budget.”

Termont currently handles more than 500,000 TEUs annually using STS cranes, RTGs, and front-end loaders.

N4 replaces Navis SPARCS and an in-house system.

“Navis is excited to partner with Termont to optimize terminal operations during this high-growth period for the Port of Montréal,” said Chuck Schneider, VP and General Manager Americas with Navis. “The TOS is vital to the management and development of terminal productivity, and Navis plans to continue working closely with Termont during its expansion.”

2017 will see the launch of a new organisation for companies involved in container resale, conversion and innovation: the Container Traders’ and Innovators’ Association

With over 2M containers entering the secondary market annually, CTIA’s aim is to provide its members with the platform, resources and forums to:

  • Promote the professionalism and value of the resale sector
  • Exchange industry best practice
  • Develop initiatives and innovations
  • Aid compliance and engage with safety, regulatory and environmental agencies
  • Provide technical support
  • Organise conferences and networking events

Membership of the association will be open to any company involved in selling, buying, trading containers for the secondary market, or involved in container conversion and innovation.

The CTIA’s membership profile is:

  • Container traders and resellers
  • Shipping lines, leasing companies and transport/intermodal operators: who are selling their containers into the secondary market
  • Container innovators: Recognising the rapidly expanding use of shipping containers for an ever-growing range of modular building applications.

CTIA offers architects, designers and constructors a forum to share innovative concepts for housing, hotels, restaurants, offices and other temporary facilities.

CTIA will be introduced at the Intermodal Europe event taking place in Rotterdam this November (15th-17th November).

China’s economy and its trading/logistics environment are going through a period of change that looks set to continue.

This year has been notable for the considerable changes that have taken place in China’s shipping, ports and logistics sectors, and there is more to come as companies prepare themselves for the country’s ‘new normal’ economic and trading environment.

Carriers are deploying bigger ships, creating the familiar problem of oversupply. The past year has seen liner companies cascade much larger tonnage into the West African market, particularly on trades with Asia. Principally, the moves have occurred because of the need to find homes for vessels that have been displaced from Asia/Europe strings as a consequence of even bigger ULCVs (14,000 TEU) being phased into operation there.

Container throughput at the Port of Salalah, part of APM Terminals’ global terminal network, reached 1.584M TEU in H1 2016, a 29% increase year-on-year
Salalah handled 2.56M TEU and 7.9 Mt of general and bulk cargo in 2015.

The completion of a new deepwater general cargo and liquid bulk terminal in December 2015 has enabled significant growth, with the facility now handling around 1 Mt monthly, states APMT.

Partly, too, container volume growth is the result of Salalah’s proximity to the open sea, and its ability to accommodatethe largest ULCS in the Asia/Europe trade lanes. Around 90% of Salalah’s container traffic is transhipment cargo movement.

“The largest vessels regularly calling Salalah are about 16,000 TEU capacity, vessels which are normally deployed in the Asia/Europe trade lane, for which port calls are decided based upon the sustained ability to handle ULCS performance levels,” noted Port of Salalah CEO, David Gledhill.

At present, the largest vessel calling Salalah is MSC ZOE, which is also biggest container ship currently in service worldwide, with a stated capacity of 19,224 TEU.

“We are seeing a trend of deployment of these large vessels on major trade lanes and we expect to see more of these calls in the near future”, said Mr. Gledhill. Approximately 30 container liner services call Salalah on a monthly basis, linking the Arabian Sea facility to all major ports in Europe, the Mediterranean, the US East Coast, East Africa, the Indian Sub-continent, the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf.

“With the shipping industry witnessing significant changes in terms of structure and alliances, we have seen enhanced connectivity to East Africa, Somalia and North Oman in 2016,” said Mr. Gledhill. “We are actively engaged in discussions with the shipping lines who want to leverage the location of Salalah to increase penetration into regional markets like Yemen, countries around the Red Sea and Iran.”

The general cargo facility is currently handling 200,000 Mt of limestone and 550,000 Mt of gypsum monthly, among other cargoes. The new berths are used for discharging grain, loading bagged cement, berthing of the vareious navies engaged in anti-piracy operation, and for cruise vessels.

Container through the port of Charleston reached 1.94M TEU in FY 2016 and the port is confident for the year ahead.
Despite the global economic headwinds, the South Carolina State Ports Authority (SCPA) is looking forward with confidence.

The SCPA just posted a 1.4& increase in TEU numbers for its 2016 fiscal year and a 3.4% increase in breakbulk volume to 901,974 Tons. Its intermodal business continues to grow strongly with the Greer inland facility handling a record 91,698 rail moves.

“The Port achieved growth of volumes and operating earnings in spite of an overall slowing of world trade,” SCPA President and CEO Jim Newsome said. “We also accomplished significant progress on numerous critical projects – modernisation of the Wando Welch Terminal wharf, and implementation of an advanced gate system that enables us to efficiently handle that facility’s growing cargo volumes; continued fill activity and other construction work on the Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr. Terminal; and enhancements to refrigerated cargo handling capabilities at both container terminals.”

Looking ahead Newsome expects Charleston to outperform the US port average. “For SCPA, the automotive industry will remain a bright spot both in the coming fiscal year and long-term, with the opening of the Volvo North America plant. Establishment of retail distribution centres, such as the Dollar Tree facility in Cowpens, will also be a driver of growth enabled by the Port’s inland facilities. SCPA will build upon the success of Inland Port Greer with the construction a second inland facility in Dillon, South Carolina, that will open by the end of 2017”.

Charleston is benefiting from the expanded Panama Canal. “Today 16 of 26 weekly container services calling the Port of Charleston utilise New Panamax vessels, and we expect to see others upsized in the future,” Newsome said. “Top 10 ports must make significant investments to prepare facilities to serve these bigger ships, including taller cranes and stronger terminal infrastructure, as well as harbour deepening projects. We have worked diligently to ensure that the Charleston Harbour Deepening Project to 52 feet remains on track to deliver all of the capabilities needed of a modern harbour by the end of the decade.”

The port will commission two new STS cranes this fall and has two additional units on order. Plans are underway to raise four more cranes at the Wando Terminal.

Charleston is also planning to move to a new TOS, which WorldCargo News understands is being developed in-house, and improve land utilisation as part of its plan to be able to handle two 14,000 TEU vessels simultaneously.

Further to its earlier announcement regarding a potential new inland port at Dillon in South Carolina, the SCPA Board of Directors has approved a construction plan for the new facility. Construction will begin in Q1 2017 and the facility will be open by the end of the year. The site is served by an existing CSX mainline, which provides overnight access to the Port of Charleston.

EU Stage V will result in the EU having the most stringent VOC emissions limit values in the world for non-road mobile machinery.
The new volatile organic compounds (VOC) limit values for off-road diesel mobile plant (NRMM) will surpass even US EPA Tier IV, which exceeds EU Stage IV in some respects. NRMM is estimated to account for 15% of NOx and 5% of particulate matter (PM) emissions in the EU, despite the limits having been cut – at least in theory – by more than 95% between Stage I (1999) and Stage IV (2014)

Construction work has started at the new Ports of Amsterdam sea lock at Ymuiden
The new IJmuiden (Ymuiden) sea lock will cost €440M, according to the official statement by Rijkswaterstaat, the infrastructure department of the Dutch Transport Ministry, at the “first stone” ceremony attended by Transport Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen.

This price estimate is 15% lower than Rijkswaterstaat had budgeted for the 500m x70m x 18m lock. As previously reported (WorldCargo News, August 2016, p9), this will be the world’s biggest sea lock when it is opened (due in 2019). It will join and eventually replace the existing (1929-built) 400m x 50m x 15m IJmuiden lock and will be built directly adjacent to it.

Rijkswaterstaat was at first very sceptical and cautious about the quotation entered by the ‘OpenIJ’ contractors consortium, made up of BAM-PGGM, VolkerWessels and DIF. However, the bid was checked by independent consultants and subsequently in close scrutiny with the consortium as well.

Only recently Rijkswaterstaat has encountered serious clashes, including construction temporarily having ground to a halt, over extra costs for the revamp of Rotterdam’s A15 port motorway. Here too, the very lowest bid was accepted, with the contractors disputing responsibility for allegedly additional or unforeseen work.

The new lock’s Design, Build, Finance, Maintain contract, which includes 26 years of maintenance, could nonetheless still entail additional costs, Rijkswaterstaat acknowledged, stating “that’s not entirely to be excluded with major project like this…we won’t know for sure until 2020.”

However, the contributions by Noord-Holland provincial government and by the city of Amsterdam (€57M and €105M respectively) have already been capped in a separate agreement, so any overruns will be borne by Rijkswaterstaat, and hence the Dutch taxpayer.

Technically the new lock is interesting.The two lock doors will be identical, thus requiring only one spare door. It will be dug out of the existing multiple lock island in the mouth of the Noordzeekanaal in IJmuiden.

While Iran may offer some of the most interesting port/logistics investment opportunities in the Middle East, Iraq cannot and should not be ignored. The past five years have seen shipping lines, port management entities and specialist logistics firms launch new services and plough capital into Iraq’s transport infrastructure and cargo processing facilities. Principally, these investments have focused on expanding maritime cargo handling capacity in ports, such as Umm Qasr, and developing logistics/distribution facilities in the vicinity of Baghdad.

Low oil and gas prices are now having a significant impact on the economies of the Middle East region. Following two years of low oil and gas prices, budget deficits are rising, large-scale infrastructure projects are being delayed and it seems only a matter of time before trade flows are also affected.

A UPS freighter has crashed off the end of a Seoul Incheon Airport runway after an aborted take off in South Korea, writes Nigel Tomkins.

The four-man crew survived the incident without injuries, using the port-side escape chute slide, say reports from the region.

The cargo plane careered off the end of the runway after accelerating normally – apparently reaching V1 optimum take off speed – along the airport’s runway 33L when the crew rejected takeoff.

The freighter overran the end of the runway, smashed through the approach lights and the localiser antenna and came to a stop some 350 metres beyond the end of the tarmac on soft ground, reports aircraft incident watchdog Aviation Herald.

The nose gear had collapsed and the aircraft suffered substantial damage – almost certainly beyond repair.

WHILST analysts forecast the Asia-Pacific region is on course to become the fastest growing trade zone of the global economy over the next decade, south-east Asia in particular will be one of the driving forces behind its success.

As the fourth largest exporting region in the world, the Association of South-East Asia Nations (ASEAN) already accounts for seven per cent of global exports, writes Thelma Etim.

Projected to evolve as the fourth largest economy by 2050, it is no wonder that heads of state, decision-makers and business leaders from a variety of industries, along with representatives drawn from the public and private sectors, are to congregate and debate some of the most critical issues facing the region at a World Economic Forum (WEF) conference on ASEAN this week (1-2 June).

The two-day event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is especially pertinent for air cargo and logistics companies targeting the Asia-Pacific airfreight market which is currently suffering from stagnant regional and global trade, according to airline body International Air Transport Association.

Unsurprisingly, China’s economic rebalancing from exports to domestic demand is an important fixture in the programme, along with the digital transformation of industries in ASEAN and the enhancement of productivity through technology shifts.

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OPPORTUNISTIC ‘expensive’ third-party logistics (3PL) providers are contributing to the high operational costs that are hindering the burgeoning – but poorly managed – logistics sector in Indonesia, writes Thelma Etim.

The south-east Asian nation’s current logistics model, where large consumer goods companies rely on 3PLs to manage emerging market supply chains, is outdated, insists Max Ward, chief executive and co-founder of logistics company OpenPort.

“The 3PL manages dozens, sometimes hundreds of carriers, such as local trucking companies, on behalf of the client – and charges a significant mark-up on the real cost of transport,” Ward reveals.

“Carriers have no choice if they want to do business with their largest end-customers – and shippers have little visibility into the actual cost or efficiency of transport,” he adds.

Although other parties vehemently deny this is the case, Ward’s comments underscore some of the findings of a World Bank report, published last month, which clearly states Indonesian firms are incurring large indirect costs due to poor logistics, gaps in infrastructure – and restrictive licensing and permits procedures across the vast archipelago of 17,000 islands.

“This places firms located in Indonesia at a disadvantage to their peers operating in [neighbouring] countries where these costs are lower,” the report warns.

THE growing airfreight and logistics sector in Vietnam is being constrained by a string of systemic problems, ranging from inefficient border administration to outmoded transportation infrastructure, reveals a World Economic Reform report. The south-east Asian nation could develop a thriving export trade of hi-tech items, apparel, footwear and pharmaceuticals, but it needs to address this list of EIGHT critical failures, writes Thelma Etim.

1) Compared with some Asian nations, Vietnam requires more documents from importing and exporting companies – and its Customs clearance processes are notoriously much slower;

2) Transporting exports takes an average of 16-21 days in comparison with the global best practice of six. Imports involve a similarly lengthy period. Such delays result in additional costs for importers and exporters, making the country a less attractive location for trade;

3) Poor coordination among different agencies, varying interpretation of regulations and a lack of standardised processes are failing Vietnam’s e-border administration system, which has effectively not resulted in the expected reduction of shipping costs;

Vietnam e-clearance system not yet implemented

4) The nation demands significantly more information in each cargo e-manifest than other countries;

5) Vietnam has failed to implement its planned national electronic clearance system;

6) The country’s largest airport Tan Son Nhat, which handled 408 thousand tonnes of cargo in 2014, is badly overburdened;

7) Tan Son Nhat has little capacity for additional traffic, and its location amid urban congestion makes cargo handling difficult; and

8) Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City say there is a dire need for a US$662m overpass near the airport to reduce damaging traffic gridlocks.