Friday, November 3, 2017

A Cross Section of Current Global Road, Sea, Air and Intermodal News Stories

From Big Rigs in California to Deaths from Malaria it's All in the Week's Round-Up
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UK – As you can see the modern, gender neutral HSG Press Room is hard at it as usual to bring you the run down on intermodal freight this week. We start the round-up of smaller articles in the industry news looking at the latest reinforcement of HGV driving laws in Britain. As the DVSA started to punish drivers who take full weekly rest breaks in cabs outside formal rest areas (i.e. service areas and truck stops) from the 1 November, the UK's Road Haulage Association (RHA) is working to highlight the issue. RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said:

“We are worried that many operators won’t know of the change in the law and could be fined if they park inappropriately. Rest facilities for HGV drivers are scarce and in order to comply with their working hours they need somewhere safe and secure to rest. The authorities are duty-bound to tackle this urgent problem.

“Punishing drivers for illegal parking is one thing, but changes to the current, poorly equipped infrastructure must be made in order to keep Britain’s economy moving.”

The new legislation also applies to weekly rests taken in public lay-bys, on or close to public roads and on motorway slip roads. Penalties will include fines and prohibitions and the RHA recommends that where weekend rests are taken in paid for lorry parking facilities that drivers keep receipts to demonstrate they have parked appropriately and so avoid false punishment.

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is already running a campaign to highlight the dire standards that drivers in the UK have to put up with and is asking for photographs of the facilities encountered by drivers to be sent to the association.

UK – Chiltern Cold Storage has underlined its trust in the quality and durability of Gray & Adams equipment by commissioning four new semi-trailers. The fast-growing company operates 53 refrigerated trailers, 75% of which are built by Gray & Adams. Paul Jackson, MD and founder of Chiltern, said:

“Gray & Adams supplied my very first trailer, and I’ve been a loyal customer ever since. Its equipment leads the field in terms of reliability and longevity, its trailers still look good after six years on the road, and this is reflected in the terrific residual values which its products command.”

UK – HRH The Princess Royal, patron of Transaid, has paid tribute to the road transport and logistics industry for helping to develop a sustainable model for road safety which is saving lives across sub-Saharan Africa. The Princess Royal was speaking at Transaid’s annual showcase event in London, held at law firm Eversheds Sutherland on 9 October 2017. The event was focused around the launch of a new Professional Driver Training project in Uganda (PDTU) – Transaid’s largest independently funded road safety initiative to-date. Addressing more than 100 supporters, The Princess Royal said:

“The number of people dying on the road each year in sub-Saharan Africa is third only to deaths from malaria and HIV/AIDS. We have the ability to reduce that figure through road safety projects, but there simply aren’t that many organisations attempting to do so in the way that Transaid can. The extraordinary support the transport and logistics industry has shown to Transaid, and the way the organisation works, demonstrates the huge value of professional driver training.”

UK – Ever increasing air cargo volumes at Heathrow are only exacerbating age-old problems for companies that have to use the airport’s cargo centre (widely known as the horseshoe) says the head of the UK’s trade association for freight forwarders. Robert Keen, the British International Freight Association’s (BIFA) Director General, he comments:

“Congestion at the horseshoe is as bad as it has ever been and the local police are now turning away vehicles, leading to a huge rise in complaints from our members. Britain's largest port by value recently announced that its cargo volumes have soared over the past 12 months. Last month its non-executive Lord Deighton launched a new plan to minimise the impact of emissions caused by freight vehicles around the airport. Our members, who currently are enduring misery on a daily basis when using the airport’s cargo centre, want action not words.”

UK – European ferry operator DFDS is partnering with the UK’s largest breast cancer research charity Breast Cancer Now, to raise funds to support the organisation’s work in beating breast cancer. The ferry operator is donating £5 to the charity for every booking made on its Dover to Calais or Dunkirk services, through a dedicated ‘Think Pink’ page on the DFDS website. Fares for travel are from £35 each way for a car and up to nine people and customers can also choose to match DFDS’ donation and add-on an extra £5 to the charity if they wish.

UK –Organisers at the Ocean Business 2019 exhibition say that 80% of space has been sold. With still more than 18 months until the show is due to take place at the National Oceanography Centre, in Southampton UK, the organisers have been overwhelmed by how quickly re-bookings have been flooding in. Cheri Arvonio, event manager, said:

“Never before, have we had such an incredible response to re-booking exhibition space. Exhibitors see Ocean Business as the perfect platform to seek out new opportunities for a relatively low cost. Such a rapid and positive response has been astounding!”

The organisers have now opened up the last few remaining stands to new companies wishing to exhibit. Interested parties are encouraged to be quick as every show to date has been a sell out and for a number of years there has been a long waiting list.

US – XPO Logistics has announced financial results for the third quarter 2017. Revenue was $3.89 billion for the quarter, compared with $3.71 billion for the same period in 2016. For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, the company reported total revenue of $11.19 billion, compared with $10.94 billion for the same period in 2016. Bradley Jacobs, chairman and chief executive officer of XPO Logistics, said:

“In the third quarter, we generated the highest revenue, net income and cash flow of any quarter in our history, and our $370 million of adjusted EBITDA beat expectations. We benefited from positive market dynamics, including e-commerce demand for contract logistics and last mile, growth in intermodal, and a brokerage market that is trending in our favour. Our diversification is yielding results.”

US – City and Port of Oakland officials are meeting with neighbours to hear concerns about big rig traffic on streets in West Oakland. The agencies say they anticipate a new West Oakland Truck Management Plan by the fall of 2018 that will address trucking problems in the area. The goal: steer heavy truck traffic away from West Oakland residences bordering the Port.

“This will be a plan that relies on community input to address truck circulation and parking,” said Patricia McGowan, Senior Planner for the City of Oakland Planning and Building Department. “We want trucks to be less disruptive by controlling where they drive and park.”

About 3,000 trucks daily transport containers in Oakland, said Richard Sinkoff, the Port’s Environmental Programs and Planning Director. Most of that traffic sticks to Port roads or nearby freeways, he said. But truckers in search of fuel, food or repairs, sometimes detour through nearby West Oakland.

The City designated truck routes around the area in 2005, said Ms. McGowan. But not every driver stays on track, she pointed out. The new plan will specify where trucks can drive and park. It will also strengthen enforcement of truck restrictions.

The City and Port are conducting workshops to find out what else needs to be in the plan. “That’s why we are holding the public meetings and encouraging public input,” said Ms. McGowan. “We want the community to come together with the City and the Port to develop a plan that addresses their concerns.”

US – PERU – ECUADOR – CaroTrans, the global NVOCC (non-vessel operating common carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, announced the expansion of its cooperation with the Craft Group, a major multinational leader in NVOCC services in South America, with the addition of Peru and Ecuador to the alliance's LCL/FCL service portfolio. The longstanding CaroTrans-Craft alliance has served the US - East Coast of South America trade with direct container services between the US and Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay and now adds coverage of the West Coast of South America with Peru and Ecuador to add further value as a consistent, unified agency network in the Americas.

"The CaroTrans-Craft alliance is strong and getting stronger as we build out our U.S.-South America service network. We are thrilled to be expanding our relationship with Craft to deliver the same high level of service and support to logistics service providers for Peru and Ecuador shipments. We're both committed to personalized, first-class service which is critical in today's ever-changing, volatile container shipping market," said Kika Veiga, Latin America Trade Development Director, CaroTrans.

PHILIPPINES – Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. (SBITC), a unit of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) operating the container terminals of the Subic Bay Freeport, has come out in support of the waiver of the US$200 accreditation fee by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) for new logistics firms that will transact and do business at the Freeport.

From October 18 to December 31, SBMA will waive the US$200 accreditation fee for the first 80 new business entrants and the first 20 accredited entities due for renewal provided that these firms guarantee to bring in at least one container within one month from filing of application or renewal of SBMA’s accreditation certificate.

“We support and laud this SBMA initiative of waiving the Freeport’s accreditation fee. Not only will this foster brisk business in Subic, it will further position Subic as a key logistics hub in the country with new logistics firms expected to hold their offices and operations in the Freeport,” says Robert R. Locsin, SBITC general manager.