Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Shipping, Freight And Logistics News In Brief

Snippets of Industry Information from Around the World this Week
Shipping News Feature

DENMARK – The rules governing freight deliveries to the country’s largest cities (Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense and Aalborg) are being reviewed by the Government. Whereas most other European countries embrace night time deliveries, and drivers welcome the chance work in quieter streets with easier parking, the Danes have up to now banned collections and deliveries between 2200 and 0600 hours because of noise regulations. Now the chance to reduce congestion and emissions see the regulations liable to be changed with designated cargo routes for the truckers.

US – The Crowley Maritime Group saw the return of an old hand this week with Carl R. Fox named vice president of strategic initiatives and marketing for the liner and logistics business units. Mr Fox will operate from corporation HQ in Jacksonville, Florida overseeing vessel and infrastructure replacement programs, whilst identifying service gaps, places where Crowley can do more for its customers. Mr Fox worked previously at Crowley for eight years to 1995 and was pleased to be back.

US – Whilst on the subject of appointments, Kuehne and Nagel has appointed John Hextall as President of its North America Region. Hextall succeeds Rolf Altorfer, who steps down at his own request, and who will continue to serve Kuehne and Nagel in several key strategic project roles. Mr Hextall joins K and N after 17 years with UTi Worldwide Inc., most recently as Executive Vice President and President, Freight Forwarding,from 2008 to January 2010.

ARGENTINA – The regional commercial development bank, CAF, has agreed to loan the authorities in excess of $325 million to fund repairs and renewals to the Belgrano Cargas freight rail network which was re-privatised in 2004 and runs around 11,000 kilometres of track across 13 provinces. The lines are an essential artery for many of the country’s agricultural and mineral shipments. China recently signed agreements with the Argentine government to invest in excess of $10 billion in their railway infrastructure.

INDIA – The logistics arm of AP Moller Maersk, Damco, intend to expand their operations in the subcontinent according to the regional CEO Lars Sorenson. Mr Sorenson told local press his company intended to take a more prominent role in the trucking sector by aligning with reliable local operators in the principal cities. The company also wants to be more involved in the rail freight sector but as specialist freight forwarders, not rail carriers. “Within rail we are looking at what we call as rail overhauling. This would be like air freight and sea freight where there are middlemen taking care. We are seeing how we can offer better services in this area,” said Sorensen.