Friday, December 14, 2018

A Look at Some Miscellaneous Freight and Shipping News from Around the Globe This Week

From Demonstrations to Scrubbers - Items You Might Have Missed
Shipping News Feature
PANAMA – News from around the globe in road haulage, ocean shipping and logistics this week begins with a milestone as the Panama Canal recorded its 5,000th Neopanamax vessel passing through. The container ship COSCO Faith passed from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean carrying freight southbound. The Neopanamax, or New Panamax ships are, as the name suggests the largest vessels capable of travelling through the newly expanded waterway.

Reaching almost double the deadweight tonnage of the older Panamax class the vessels can weigh in at up to 120,000 tonnes and measure up to 366 metres long with beams up to 49 metres making them a tight fit even for the new expanded locks. Over half the ships of the class passing since the expansion in 2016 have been container vessels with carrying capabilities of around 13,000 TEU. A quarter are LPG carriers and around 10% LNG vessels with car carriers, cruise liners and bulk tankers making up the balance.

GREECE – , The Signal Group was awarded the Lloyd’s List Intelligence Big Data Award at the 2018 Lloyd’s List Greek Shipping Awards for its Signal Ocean Platform. The platform provides charterers, ship owners and brokers with a platform to collect, aggregate, analyse and interrogate shipping data to deliver commercial intelligence. Powered by machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies, it processes the available data to deliver customised, exclusive insights for faster and more-informed decision-making.

CHINA – Exhaust gas cleaning system or ‘scrubbers’ are hot at the moment with the inception of the IMO’s new regulations to limit sulphur emissions coming in shortly and the upswing in trade has prompted suppliers Yara Marine Technologies to officially open its new office in Shanghai to meet increasing demand for newbuilds and retrofit projects.

Yara Marine has delivered more than 100 scrubbers so far representing an aggregate operation of some two million hours. Shipowners are dependent on quality products, flexible suppliers, and reliable service partners to support their global operations from 2020 and beyond and Yara Marine’s inline scrubbers are of premium nickel alloy material and come with an optional extended guarantee against corrosion, which the company says is a major feature differentiating its scrubbers from the competition.

UK – 2019 will see the first phase of the London Bus Safety Standard and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) says that much of the Standard is transferrable to other commercial vehicles. Under the Standard, the city’s buses are poised to be among the safest in the world and these road safety developments will ultimately benefit the whole of the CV Sector, making streets safer and drivers’ lives easier.

As well as active safety features such as Intelligent Speed Assistance and warning pedal indicator lights, the Standard includes other elements such as collision absorption measures in a bus’s physical design, along with camera technology that will help bus drivers see vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists, who may otherwise be outside of their field of vision.

UK – Teesside shipping and logistics giant, AV Dawson has secured a three year extension to support British Steel’s, steel rolling operations at its Special Profiles facility in Skinningrove and at its Teesside Beam Mill in Lackenby. The Middlesbrough based business, which has operated on site logistics on the sites for over five years for British Steel has secured a three year extension to manage on site operations strengthening the ongoing partnership between the two firms.

The new deal, which has come on the back of significant safety investments, secures the jobs of over 70 employees and creates a further 12 new roles. AV Dawson’s on-site services and the team carry out a variety of jobs including, de-scaling machinery, on site logistics support, managing the recycling and waste solutions and carrying out the deep cleaning operations on-site during shut-downs.

UK – Maritime union RMT has confirmed that members and supporters from the community will be holding a demonstration against the employment practices of Channel Island operator Condor Ferries in Portsmouth on Saturday December 22 at 7am – 9am, Portsmouth International Port, George Byng Way, Portsmouth PO2 8SP. RMT’s action will target the morning sailings, including Condor’s freight ships

This is the latest demonstration against Condor Ferries, a company the union insists pays ratings below the National Minimum Wage and does not recognise trade unions. The RMT says Condor’s current owners, Macquarie Investment Bank of Australia, recorded a 24% increase in 2017-18 and paid out a £57 million dividend from its European arm in 2017.

Photo: The COSCO Faith transiting the Panama Canal.