Friday, May 10, 2019

Snippets of Shipping and Transport News You May Have Missed This Week

A Few Stories From Around the Globe
Shipping News Feature
US – To the surprise of no one President Donald Trump continued political support of the Jones Act when he met with Congressional leaders from the Senate and House to discuss US Maritime Policy recently. The President confirmed no changes are in the offing for the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, a regulation which protects all domestic water borne trade by mandating US built vessels, owned and flagged in America and crewed only by US citizens and permanent residents. William P. Doyle, CEO & Executive Director of the Dredging Contractors of America said:

“President Trump had the Jones Act matters all under control form the get-go. Mr Trump is all about jobs and national security, he’s never wavered on this. We appreciate the President’s support for the Jones Act.”

US – Redwood Logistics based in Chicago, Illinois, has acquired Eminent Global Logistics which was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Eminent, a provider of transportation management systems implementation and integration services, bolsters Redwood's current technology integration and consulting services platform.

TURKEY – DSV has moved into a new logistics facility in Istanbul, which consolidates all warehouse operations in the area, a total of 45,000 m2 for open and closed warehousing including 2,000 m2 offices. The facility is state-of-the-art, with top-level security and ISO management certifications for environmental and quality management and for information security, as well as a total of 6,000 m2 bonded warehousing.

DSV says Tuzla is in the logistics centre of Turkey, and the facility is surrounded by several industrial zones such as chemical, FMCG and automotive. For transport, the Tuzla facility is located close to both ports, airports, a good road network and options for transport via rail.

MOZAMBIQUE – Despite recent tragedies life goes on and the port city of Maputo on the Indian Ocean is one of the most important transhipment points for goods of all kinds on the east coast of Africa. The Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) has just taken delivery of two Liebherr mobile harbour cranes type LHM 550.

The LHM550 is the perfect crane when it comes to high professional bulk handling of cargoes like ferrochrome, which is one of the main products being handled. MPC had already bought two similar units in 2015 and increasing demand was the key driver to purchasing two more of the high capacity cranes.

SWEDEN – EUROPE – As detailed in a previous story the newly established joint venture company Wallenius-SOL has been formed for the ocean carriage of forestry products and now has ordered the first of up to four ice class vessels designed by Knud E Hansen.

Hansen will supply the engineering package for the construction and approval by classification and flag state authorities. Construction will be by Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore Ltd., China and this is the 4th series of ultra-large RoRo vessels designed by Hansen since 2016, resulting in more than 20 of these vessels being built in the coming years.

SINGAPORE – As from May 8 the licence to operate bunker craft by Southernpec (Singapore) Pte Ltd has been revoked by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) when it discovered the company had been involved in malpractice using a magnet to interfere with a mass flow meter during a bunkering operation. The company is also under investigation for other offences including breaching its terms of its Bunker Supply Licence.

UK – The GMB Union says that ASOS workers who are employed by XPO Logistics at the company’s Barnsley site, have been threatened with bailiffs over unpaid bills after long-running payroll chaos. The GMB claims its office has been inundated with calls from members who have been paid incorrectly, leaving many unable to pay their bills and being faced with bailiffs at the door. Deanne Ferguson, GMB Regional organiser, said:

“Some workers say they have had incorrect deductions from their pay stretching back many months. Many of them have had bailiffs turn up at their door, the stress caused is utterly appalling. GMB was told this was due to a ‘system failure’, XPO logistics is a large company employing thousands of workers. It is not good enough to blame ‘system failure’ when people’s livelihoods and homes are at stake.”

Photo: One of the new LHM550 mobile harbour cranes from Liebherr settles down to work in the Port of Maputo.