Thursday, September 3, 2009

Other Shipping, Transport and Logistics News in Brief

A brief synopsis of some industry facts from around the world
Shipping News Feature

IRELAND – Research and Markets, the international market research organisation, announced the availability of the Worldwide Process, Distribution & Logistics Consulting Industry report, the annually published Barnes survey featuring industry statistics from and forecasts for the worlds 47 largest trading countries. The report is available here with prices from € 266.

SWITZERLAND - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced this week that a survey of the major carriers showed airlines losing circa $1 billion monthly overall (Freight and passenger operations).

The 11.3% decline in cargo demand for July was also a relative improvement over the -16.5% recorded in June and the -19.3% average for the first seven months of the year. Despite this improvement, the July freight load factor of 47.6% was lower than the 49% recorded in July 2008.

UK – An official report into the grounding of the Bahamian flagged Riverdance, a 6000 tonne cargo vessel which ran ashore on the Lancashire coast in January 2008 has been scathing regarding the safety of the RoRo vessel.

The report states that no allowance for the possibility of bad weather was made when the vessel was loaded. Because cargo disposition was unknown the master’s efforts to redistribute the load at sea were based on estimates. The 19 man crew and 4 passengers were all rescued from the ship safely before the ship had to be cut up where she lay near Blackpool.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) also said the vessels ballast was never adjusted regardless of cargo or expected weather and the vessel was moving too slowly for the conditions. The Riverdance, operated by Heysham-based Seatruck Ferries, and heading in from Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland, rolled over to port, shifting the load of unaccompanied trailers and their cargo.Water flooded the main deck, the main port engine failed and the vessel foundered.

INDONESIA – Following our earlier report Garuda Indonesia have made a statement regarding the accusations made against them of Fuel and Security surcharge price fixing by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

“We never imposed a fuel surcharge on cargo shipped from Australia and indeed, have never charged shippers in Australia any form of fuel surcharge." The company conceded it did impose a security surcharge on cargo carried from Australia but said it was done "without reference to any other airline".

The ACCC has warned their investigation is ongoing and so far six airlines have been forced to pay A$41 million with more penalties expected.