Logistec to provide stevedoring services for Port of Sydney, NS

Starting immediately, Logistec will provide marketing services on behalf of Port of Sydney and will provide all stevedoring services at its Joan Harriss Cruise Terminal. The terminal presently consists of a multi-purpose berth, which serves for both cruise and cargo vessels. A second berth will be constructed over the next twelve months, in time for the 2019 cruise season. “We’re excited to continue this partnership with Port of Sydney. Now we have the chance to find new supply chain opportunities for cargo via the beautiful region of Sydney, Nova Scotia”, said Rodney Corrigan, Executive Vice-President, Operations of Logistec Stevedoring Inc. “This agreement will benefit both the community and the local economy.”

U.S. Coast Guard proposes increase in pilotage costs

The U.S. Coast Guard issued proposed rates for Great Lakes pilotage services during the upcoming 2019 shipping season. The Coast Guard sets rates annually for U.S. pilots on the Great Lakes through a federal rule making process, which can be found here: (https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/10/17/2018-22513/great-lakes-pilotage-rates-2019-annual-review-and-revisions-to-methodology) (more…)

2020 sulphur fuel cap may spark a crisis for carriers that can’t recover the cost

By Sam Whelan, Asia correspondent

IMO’s 0.5 per cent sulphur fuel cap will cause an “existential crisis” for container carriers, unless they can pass on the added bunker costs to shippers. APL Chief Executive Nicolas Sartini said carriers had little choice but to opt for considerably more expensive low-sulphur fuel from January 2020, since the alternatives – using LNG or fitting ships with scrubbers – were not viable short-term solutions. “We are 100 per cent behind the regulation as it’s good for the environment,” he told delegates at the TPM Asia conference in Shenzhen in early October. “The problem is the new fuel cost is between $250 and $350 per tonne more expensive than the fuel we buy today.” (more…)

Freight Management Association elects new Chair and Vice-Chair

Following the Freight Management Association of Canada (FMA) Annual General Meeting in Toronto on October 15, the Board of Directors elected Gary Fast, Vice-President Transportation Canadian Tire, as Chair of the Association and Kleo Landucci, Chief Commercial & Corporate Affairs Officer of Ashcroft Terminal Ltd. as Vice-Chair for 2018-2019. Mr. Fast and Ms. Landucci have been members of FMA’s Board of Directors for some time and bring extensive supply chain experience to the Association and its member companies. (more…)

Hapag-Lloyd attempts to avoid a ‘messy’ IMO 2020, unveiling its ‘fairer’ MFR

By Mike Wackett

Hapag-Lloyd has rolled out its plans for recovering the extra cost of compliance with IMO’s 0.5 per cent sulphur cap for shipping, which comes into force in less than 15 months. It no doubt hopes its proposals will be better received by customers than those of its rivals – slammed by suspicious shippers as “lacking transparency” and  “blatant profiteering”. (more…)