G6 cancels calls to congestion-hit Los Angeles as ships queue outside the port

By Mike Wackett

The G6 alliance will omit eastbound calls at the port of Los Angeles on the next four sailings of one of its Asia-US west coast loops, due to the “ongoing congestion”. According to a customer advisory from G6 member APL, it will also skip other calls at the carrier’s Global Gateway South (GCS) terminal to enable it to “remain fluid”.

Due to the greater complexity of its terminal operations, the G6 grouping has probably been the worst affected of the alliances by the chronic congestion that has blighted the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach over the past few months. Local maritime information agency Marine Exchange has at times reported up to five G6 member ships at anchor, awaiting berths in the Los Angeles-Long Beach complex. Moreover, APL has itself gone on record blaming port congestion at Los Angeles as a major reason for its third-quarter losses.


CKYHE joins other major alliances with U.S. green light as 2M unveils schedules

By Gavin van Marle and Mike Wackett

As the CKYHE alliance gets the green light from U.S. regulators to operate as an alliance on North America routes, and the 2M pairing of Maersk and MSC publishes its 2015 schedules, price continues to trump reliability as shippers’ top priority.

Speaking on an American Shipper webinar, Drewry Supply Chain Advisers director Philip Damas said that while many shippers claimed to choose their carriers on the key metrics of the cost of freight rates and schedule reliability, “they don’t really focus on the latter for their procurement decisions”. He added that many shippers don’t factor-in the overall cost of poor schedule reliability to their supply chain. “Many shippers are not at the level of maturity and sophistication to measure the trade-off between cheaper freight rates and reliability,” he said. Part of the problem revolved around the way schedule reliability was actually measured, he conceded.


Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV complete merger and become the fourth largest container carrier in the world

Hapag-Lloyd and the container activities of Chilean Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV) have completed their merger, becoming the fourth-largest liner shipping company in the world.

The merger is expected to result in many synergies. Annual savings of at least US$300 million are anticipated as a result of network optimizations, improvements to productivity and reductions in costs. The merged company will have around 200 vessels with a total capacity of approximately one million TEUs, transporting some 7.5 million TEUs every year and will set up its fourth regional headquarter in Valparaiso, Chile. With revenue of around US$12 billion, the combined entity joins the elite group of international shipping companies.


SDV Belgium GDP certified for air shipments of pharmaceuticals

By entering the pharma certification program organized by Brussels Airport and IATA (International Air Transport Association), SDV Belgium is now fully equipped to handle and transport all pharmaceutical products that require an unbroken cold chain. This IATA certification demonstrates that SDV Belgium handles all pharmaceutical air freight shipments in accordance with the EU Good Distribution Practices guidelines. “SDV is proud to announce this GDP certification as part of our company’s strategy to service its growing customer base in the healthcare & life science industry” says Peter Claessens – Sales Director for SDV Benelux. “Healthcare & Life science is one of SDV’s fastest growing business industry verticals, serving pharmaceutical companies, nuclear medicine sector and medical device manufacturers. Participating to the GDP certification program in Brussels has taken us another step forward”.


Port of Hamburg sets new record

With total volume of around 110 million tonnes, Port of Hamburg set a new cargo record for the first nine months of 2014. The port handled 7.4 million TEUs, which represents an increase of 6.4 per cent over the comparable period of a year earlier. With total volume growth of 1.9 per cent Hamburg and growth of 4.0 per cent in the number of containers handled, the port is growing faster than competing ports in Northern Europe.