Friday, August 23, 2019

Some of the Smaller Freight and Logistics Stories This Week from Around the Globe

What You May Have Missed in the Shipping Sector
Shipping News Feature
UK – The week's round up of snippets of freight and logistics news you may have missed begins with the relocation of Eastern Caribbean shipping firm Geest Line which is returning to Portsmouth just two years after relocating to Dover. The company says it moved its cargo handling operation to the Kent port due to scheduling difficulties at Portsmouth, which have now been resolved.

Geest Line’s headquarters staff remained in Hampshire and bosses say it makes logistical and business sense to return. The company has been an exclusively Europe-to-Caribbean freight operator for more than 60 years, with weekly westbound sailings from the south of England and more recently the Netherlands. The Geest fleet, famed for banana imports, ships export consignments of container and break bulk cargo.

UK – Third-party logistics provider, Core Management Logistics (CML) has been awarded gold accreditation from Investor in Customers (IIC) in recognition of its exceptional levels of internal and external customer experience. The assessment looks at feedback from CML’s customers and its employees, including its management team and directors.

Last year the company was awarded a silver accreditation, the first year the company carried out an IIC assessment, with feedback received from the 2018 assessment being the basis of a continuous improvement plan for 2019 which CML aptly called the ‘Going for Gold’ campaign.

UK – The 12th Annual Shipping & Marine Services Forum, will take place on Tuesday, September 10 at 116 Pall Mall in London. The event is held in partnership with Fearnley Securities, in cooperation with the London Stock Exchange, and in conjunction with the London International Shipping Week 2019. This event aims to provide investors with a comprehensive review and current outlook of the various shipping markets and in addition, cover topics of critical interest to industry participants, financiers and investors.

UK – HRH The Princess Royal will officially welcome five hundred of the world’s leading maritime executives, diplomats and heads of government to the UK for London International Shipping Week in September. The Princess Royal, who is Patron of Maritime UK, will launch LISW 2019 in the regal surroundings of Banqueting House alongside the Minister for Maritime, Nusrat Ghani MP, the Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, and Maritime UK Chair, Harry Theochari.

The Princess is a well-known champion of the maritime sector, serving as Master of Trinity House, and actively supporting key Maritime UK programmes including Maritime Masters and its recent trade mission to Chile.

US – If you ever needed persuading on just how big Schneider’s truckload business actually is, a useful guide is that the Green Bay, Wisconsin based operator recently honoured hundreds of its most accomplished drivers with awards celebrating career driving milestones. Included in the esteemed awards were Haul of Fame inductions, Million Mile Driver Awards and Consecutive Safe Driving Year Awards.

102 drivers got awards for driving between 1 and 3 million accident free miles and 3 for actually exceeding the 4 million mile mark. In addition 110 drivers received accolades for remaining accident free for between 10 and 30 consecutive years whilst one stalwart managed 45 consecutive safe driving years.

US – As from October 1, the Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF), the fee imposed by US Customs and Border Protection on most import cargo, will see a rise in both minimum and maximum rates. The increases are due to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) for Fiscal Year 2020 which will see the lower rate rise by just 4 cents to $2.14 (goods under $2,500), whilst formal entries (above $2,500) will see a minimum rise by 57 cents to $26.79 with a maximum rate up $11.06 to $519.76. The MPF base rate remains unchanged at 0.3464%.

GERMANY – CHINA – WEST AFRICA – Liebherr-MCCtec Rostock GmbH together with Chinese group CIMC Raffles have signed a contract concerning the delivery of a board offshore crane, type BOS 2600. The unit will be used by BP for supply and maintenance tasks on its Jack Up accommodation platform off the African west coast.

The BOS 2600, with a maximum lifting capacity of 30 tonnes and suited to platforms with limited deck space, will be used in the BP Greater Tortue Ahmeyim Field off the coast of Mauritania and Senegal. In 2020 Liebherr will deliver the crane from its production site in Rostock, Germany to the shipyard CIMC Raffles in Yantai, China who are performing the engineering, procurement and fabrication of the Jack Up accommodation platform.

Photo: An eagles eye view of a BOS 2600 Offshore Crane.