ONE names five-strong international team of regional chief executives

By Gavin van Marle

Newly merged Japanese container line Ocean Network Express (ONE) has appointed Divisional Directors to run its operations in five key regions: East Asia; South Asia; Europe and Africa; North America; and Latin America.

NYK’s Shunichiro Mizukami has been appointed ONE Chief Executive for the east Asia region, covering China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam. Mr. Mizukami has been based in Hong Kong since October, having previously served as NYK’s South Asia Managing Director in Singapore.

Colin De Souza, previously MOL’s Regional Director of ASEAN, will continue to be based in Singapore and becomes ONE’s regional head of South Asia, covering the Indian Sub-Continent, the Middle East, Oceania and South-east Asia. His colleague from MOL, Jotaro Tamura, has been named as the Europe and Africa head. Mr. Tamura has been based in London since October and previously was the General Manager of the business coordination group of MOL’s car-carrying division.

Another MOL executive, Peter Duifhuizen, who worked for the carrier in its Latin America trades since 2006, has been named ONE Latin America chief, while “K” Line’s sole contribution to the regional management board comes in the form of Nobuo Ishida, who will head ONE’s North America region.

“To be a truly global organisation and shipping line, ONE believes its work force should have people with international orientation, outlook and background to ensure the service quality that we give is really supporting the global trade and, more importantly, to make sure that ONE can really come across as one team globally to service the customers,” said ONE Chief Executive Jeremy Nixon.

Reprinted courtesy of The Loadstar (www.theloadstar.co.uk)

Customers angry as ‘capacity-hobbled’ UPS quietly pushes up fuel surcharges

By Alexander Whiteman

UPS has denied claims it has been forced to increase fuel surcharges to offset costs associated with wet leases as it struggles for capacity amid surging e-commerce volumes. The U.S. integrator was accused of not properly informing customers it had split its domestic and international air freight fuel surcharges.

Chief Executive of Spend Management Experts John Haber said the Export index is almost 18 per cent higher than the U.S. Domestic Air Index. “Talking to many of our customers, we found they were not formally notified of the fuel surcharge change/ increase,” Mr. Haber told The Loadstar. “We understand costs are rising in the shipping world, but we’d like an explanation on why there is such a difference between export and domestic air in order to logically explain to our clients.” (more…)

National railways heat up investments in cool cargo

National railways heat up investments in cool cargo

By Keith Norbury

Canada’s two major railways are each ramping up their cold chain game. Canadian Pacific Railway in February launched a trademarked TempPro service for perishable products that is being augmented by the purchase this year of more than 400 new 53-foot “SlimLine” reefers. Canadian National Railway, meanwhile, plans to add more equipment to the 2017 addition of 100 reefer units to its CargoCool fleet, which now has 720 units, Senior Media Relations Manager Patrick Waldron said by email. “Each 53-foot CargoCool container offers the power of almost 100 refrigerators and through ReeferTrak, our team has real time visibility to temperatures inside the box, ensuring that perishable cargo is protected at all times,” Mr. Waldron said. (more…)

Global Cold Chain Expo draws Canadian companies to Chicago

Global Cold Chain Expo draws Canadian companies to Chicago

Several Canadian companies will exhibit at the Global Cold Chain Expo in Chicago in late June. Among the Canuck exhibitors is Vancouver-headquartered VersaCold, which operates Canada’s largest temperature-sensitive logistics network. VersaCold President Doug Harrison said the expo presents a “great opportunity” for his company’s operations and business development personnel to meet with customers and participate in educational sessions. “It is a big event,” said Mr. Harrison, who has attended the expo in the past and whose company is a member of the Global Cold Chain Alliance, which organizes the expo. “There are a lot of people. There are a lot of conversations taking place. There are great educational programs. There are great networking opportunities.” (more…)

Report on 12th Arctic Shipping Summit, Montreal, February 21-22

By Brian Dunn

The University of Manitoba is building the largest sea-ice research institute in the world in Churchill to detect the effects of oil spills in Arctic waters. The facility, called the Churchill Marine Observatory (CMO) & Network on Oil Spills in Ice-Covered Arctic Waters, is being headed by Feiyue Wang, Canada Research Chair in Arctic Environment Chemistry, University of Manitoba.

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Capacity increases may put transpacific container rates under more pressure

By Gavin van Marle

As shippers and carriers on the transpacific prepare for the annual contract negotiating season – which kicked off with the Journal of Commerce’s Transpacific Maritime (TPM) convention in Long Beach – industry analysts have predicted planned capacity increases on the trade could bring long-term rates under further pressure. Alphaliner has calculated that capacity between Asia and the U.S. west coast is likely to increase by 8 per cent by July, with new services already announced by APL and South Korea’s SM Line. In addition, the Ocean Alliance is expected to increase capacity by around 10 per cent across its services as it cascades larger vessels onto the trade, with one service – the PSW6 – expected to see ship sizes increase from 8,000 to 13,000 TEUs. The analyst said THE Alliance had been upgrading its vessel sizes by a similar magnitude over the past year and, while the 2M partners have yet to finalize their transpacific fleet deployment, Alphaliner believes Maersk and MSC could “phase newbuildings of 10,000-15,000 TEU into the trade, as well as ships of 13,000-15,000 TEUs, cascaded from the Asia-Europe routes where more ‘megamax’ ships of 18,000 TEU-plus will come onstream and set tonnage free for redeployment”.

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