Vietnam Shipper No 116
Bigger container ships may be holding back recovery Shipowners may look to larger vessels to overcome their immediate cost challenges, but industry players have warned that bigger ships present a host of other challenges which the industry has to prepare itself for.
Vietnam Shipper No 115
Shift in food transport from bulk to boxes Food importers in Asia are switching from dry bulk cargo ships to container vessels, which normally carry goods such as toys and TVs, as they offer a way to import smaller amounts and can be cheaper per tonne.
Vietnam Shipper No 114
New era begins as P3 celebrates FMC ruling Denmark\\\'s AP Moeller-Maersk\\\'s Maersk Line, France\\\'s CMA-CGM and Swiss-based Mediterranean Shipping Co - the world\\\'s three biggest container-shipping companies by capacity - won approval for their proposed P3 Alliance from the US Federal Maritime Commission by the end of March.
Vietnam Shipper No 113
Container weight debate heats up: Shippers should pay attention to the possible impact if the proposed amendments to the International Convetion of the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) are adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in May 2014.
Vietnam Shipper 109
E-W cascading sparks N-S rate war as capacity proves hard to soak up. In July and August carriers maintained June\\\\\\\'s eastbound capacity levels at 1,167,000 TEU in July, cutting one per cent in September to 1,146,000 TEU through the cancellation of 12 sailings in September against two in August.
Vietnam Shipper 108
Mega ships to put pressure on rates, warns analyst The arrival of 18,000 TEU Triple-E ships are going to put further pressure on container freight rates. The cost-saving attributes of the mega size vessels could cut both ways as shippers would like some of these savings in costs to be passed on to them in the form of lower freight rates.
Vietnam Shipper No 106
Challenging times for European carriers Emirates’ introduction of a daily passenger B777 from Dubai to Lisbon single handedly more than doubled airfreight capacity from Portugal, one of the Eurozone’s weakest economies, to the Near East and Asia. Nothing could better illustrate the problems afflicting the European airfreight market and its native carriers. Demand is weak, and competition intensifying.
Vietnam Shipper No 104
A new day for global air cargo security They call the October 2010 terrorist bomb hidden inside a shipment of printer cartridges air cargo’s “9-11.” That’s because, although the flight from Yemen to the U.S was thwarted, the threat nevertheless shook the air cargo industry around the globe.
Vietnam Shipper No. 99-100
Logistics The emissions-trading battle continues Late last year, complaints against the EU for deciding to implement its carbon-trading scheme to airlines flying in and out of Europe starting in 2012 were passionate.
Vietnam Shipper No. 98
Logistics Time and Money Advantages of Logistics Clusters These clusters are agglomerations of logistics activities in a region or logistics park, and there can be huge cost-saving advantages to locating in them.
Vietnam Shipper No. 96
Logistics - Beating the Odds in Latin America - Multinational corporations are gambling on the Latin American market\\\'s growth potential. But when it comes to meeting the region\\\'s supply chain challenges, all bets are off.
Vietnam Shipper No. 95
Shipper and Law - Forwarders\\\' Standard Trading Conditions - The 10th annual SMIC seminar on Forwarders\\\' Standard Trading Conditions, held in November 2011, wrapped a decade of unabated effort hammering for the freight industry\\\'s attention on loss prevention by proper freight documents.
Vietnam Shipper No. 94
Logistics Understanding Vietnam customs procedures As a result of Vietnam\'s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2007, the customs environment in Vietnam has undergone significant change.
Vietnam Shipper No. 93
Seafreight - Box rates set to sink again as capacity rises - Moves by container shipping companies such as Orient Overseas Container Line to boost revenues on transpacific services between Asia and North America could be derailed by an increase in shipping capacity that would depress freight rates.…
Vietnam Shipper No. 92
Seafreight- The Savannah-Vietnam Connection Just Got Stronger - The fastest growing and fourth largest port in the U.S., the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), is now increasingly playing a larger role in U.S.A. trade with Vietnam.
Vietnam Shipper No. 91
Seafreight - Top 20 container lines - Backed into a corner by the changing dynamics of container shipping, a handful of the world’s top liner carriers finally made their move in the last 12 months.
Vietnam Shipper No. 90
Seafreight - Port development – Beyond the sea-land interface - One of the major trends in the port industry is to develop logistics centers, for example free trade zones or international logistics zones. The strategy is aim to accommodate value-added logistics activities and to attract global companies. Thanks to these specific logistics zones, ports are able to secure freight volume, attract foreign investment and create new employment.
Vietnam Shipper Issue 89
Global Supply Chain Predictions for 2012 Business outlook: Consumer consumption for non-premium product offerings will be slightly better than 2011 but much softer than in good economic times. Key drivers will be economic uncertainty, currency stability, and continued high unemployment in developed countries. In lieu of robust growth, paring operating costs will be key to generating profitability. However, sales of premium products and services will be the strongest in years. In 2011, unprecedented volatility became the new business norm. Global organizations will rely on new product innovation and emerging markets as the major source of growth.
Vietnam Shipper Issue 88
Port development – Beyond the sea-land interface - Part 1 About 90 percent world trade is transported by sea, so maritime transportation has become a backbone in the global supply chain. As an interface between sea and land, ports have played the most important role in the chain. The tendency of globalization of the world production as well as supply chain –based competition put more challenges for ports in their development. Our series will provide a view about port development, especially in the context of European ports.
Vietnam Shipper Issue 87
2011 year-end review - Part One: As 2011 draws to a close, a handful of air cargo leaders have taken the time to reflect on a tumultuous year. From supply chains ravaged by the Japanese tsunami to economic instability permeating the U.S. and the eurozone, the airfreight industry has taken numerous hits throughout 2011. But can the lessons gleaned from these difficult times be used to avoid similar fates in the future?
Vietnam Shipper issue 86
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said that “talents are best nurtured in solitude, but character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.” Well, the stormy billows of the airline industry will certainly test the character of air cargo executives in the next few months; as the current storm passes, every talent will be needed to successfully see it through. The cargo forecast for 2012 comes against a backdrop of economic uncertainty, job stagnation and debt crises; these are telling times in the industry.
Vietnam Shipper Issue 85
The top 50 cargo carriers In the past eight months, the world has watched in horror as a magnitude-9.0 earthquake and a subsequent tsunami ravaged Japan in March, a series of tornados devastated the Southern U.S. in April, and the eruption of Iceland’s Grímsvötn volcano in May halted air traffic. In an ongoing crisis, residents of the Horn of Africa face mass starvation and famine. Adding to this bleak picture are the economic instability and political unrest experienced in many parts of the world. It has been so bad, in fact, that many sectors have lost significant profitability and have seen cuts in every corner.
Vietnam Shipper No. 84
Seafreight - Dry bulk shipping market: gloomy horizon - According to the September 2011 World Economic Outlook of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the world economy is projected to grow by 4.0% (in difference -0.3 % from the figure 4.3 % in the June 2011 WEO projection) in 2011, and to keep the same prospect of the rate 4.0% (in difference - 0.5 % from the figure 4.5 % in the June 2011 WEO projection) for next year.
Vietnam Shipper No. 83
Seafreight - A review of maritime transportation - Shipping is the dominant mode of international transportation. Seaborne trade accounts for 89.6 percent of global trade in terms of volume, 70.1 percent in terms of value; whereas airborne trade constitutes only 0.27 percent global volume and 14.1 percent trade value.
Vietnam Shipper No. 82
Seafreight - Fuel of the future? At first glance a fuel switch from heavy bunker oil to natural gas for containerships has many attractions. The bunker oil burned by most containerships in their large, slow speed two-stroke engines is the very dregs of the crude oil refinement process after everything else useful has been removed.
Vietnam Shipper No. 81
Seafreight - Dry bulk shipping market remains gloomy - According to the June 2011 World Economic Outlook Update of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the world economy is projected to increase by 4.3 % in 2011, broadly as expected in the April 2011 WEO projection (in difference -0.1 % from the figure 4.4% of the April 2011 WEO projection), and prospect for 2012 remains unchanged (the growth by 4.5%).
Vietnam Shipper No. 80
Seafreight - Suez dominoes stretch to Southeast Asia - Egypt’s political unrest in late January and early immediate effects on ocean container shipping.
Vietnam Shipper No. 79
Seafreight - Container ship – New frontier - At the beginning of 2011, Maersk Line announced the huge project of Triple E container ships. These ships can carry 18,000 TEU, which will be the largest container ships in the world as well as attain the operating limitation of container shipping.
Vietnam Shipper No. 78
Seafreight - The Vietnamese shipping industry: Ship-owners and operators are still overcoming tough time - Although Vietnam-controlled fleet has been remarkably developed in recent years, issues of safety management still remain. For operations, Vietnamese ship-owners and operators have been negatively affected by the collapse of shipping market and its high fluctuation since the end of 2008.
Vietnam Shipper No. 77
Seafreight - Dry bulk shipping market: weakly and hardly recovering - According to the January 2011 World Economic Outlook Update of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the world economy increased by 5% in 2010 (in difference +0.2% from the figure 4.8% in the October 2010 WEO projection), and is projected to expand by 4.4% in 2011 (in difference +0.2% from the figure 4.2% in the October 2010 WEO projection).
Vietnam Shipper No. 76
Seafreight - European seaports are paving the way for future growth - The recovery of the global economy noticeably reached the seaports in 2010: in the first half-year, Hamburg port reported growth in transhipment of around 8%, and Antwerp, growth of more than 12%, on the same period of the previous year.
Vietnam Shipper No. 75
Seafreight - Role of Thu Duc ICD system for port system in HCMC - Theoretically, Inland Container Depot (ICD) is a place to undertake such job of Receipt and Dispatch/Delivery of cargo, Stuffing and stripping of containers, Transit operations by rail/road to and from serving ports, Customs clearance, Consolidation of LCL cargo, Temporary storage of cargo and containers, Reworking of containers, and Maintenance and repair of container units.
Vietnam Shipper No. 74
Seafreight - Transpacific opportunities - Small liner carriers find room to grow in China/U.S. trade, as capacity soars - Large liner carriers may dominate the transpacific, but the trade has proven it’s still big enough for small players and upstarts to partake in container freight flows from Asia to the West Coast of North America.
Vietnam Shipper No.73
Maritime Safety Management: Conventions and Codes - MARPOL Convention - The MARPOL Convention is the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships. It is the main international convention covering prevention of pollution of the marine environment by ships causing of operation or accident. It combines two treaties adopted in 1973 and 1978 respectively and updated by amendments through the years.
Vietnam Shipper No.72
Seafreight - Maritime Safety Management: Conventions and Codes - Part II – ISM Code and ISPS Code - ISM Code is the International Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention. It is designed to concentrate on the human element in safety at sea. The Code was born after a number of very serious accidents happened during the late 1980’s in which management faults were contributing factors, especially after the loss of the Herald of Free Enterprise.
Vietnam Shipper No. 71
Seafreight - The containership size development and its impact on the Vietnamese ports - After almost 54 years since Malcolm Mclean, a truck driver later known as the “father of the containerization”, deployed for operation the first container vessel –the “Ideal X” with its carrying capacity of only 58 containers (35 feet type), the world has witnessed the advent and development of various containership generations with different sizes from some hundred TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) to thousands or even tens of thousands TEUs.
Vietnam Shipper No 70
Seafreight - “Creating a Green Port Culture” - Asia is home to eleven of the world’s top 15 ports, handling over 175 million TEU’s per annum. In South China, the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region has the largest concentration - with Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Guangzhou together accounting for 12% of global container movements.
Vietnam Shipper No 69
Supply Chain Management - Out, near and reverse sourcing - Trends in sourcing will be a major driver of change for freight movement supply chains. - The freight movement supply chain needs to brace itself for more change.
Vietnam Shipper No 68
Seafreight - Cultural sensitivity education: Limiting the adverse effects of multicultural crewing in shipping – A need for Vietnam
Vietnam Shipper No 67
Supply Chain Management - Top 10 Predictions for Global Supply Chains - None of us can fully know the longer-term impact of the current global recession, nor whether its effects will be transient or per-manent. Certainly, our sense is that many of the capabilities that proved useful in mitigating the negative effects of the recession will be reinforced by those who had the vision to develop them and cop-ied by those who did not.
Vietnam Shipper No 66
Seafreight - Influential factors on the bunker market – The factors determine the bunker price - In recent years, there has been too much fluctuation on the bunker price which has sent the ship-owner and ship operator into loses as they have to pay too much for the unpredictable bunker cost therein.
Viet nam Shipper No.65
Seafreight - Factors for port-of-call choice from shipping lines’ perspective - HCMC ports as one case - In the shipping network, port of call is playing a role as one node to feed or absorb cargo/container for vessels in the whole service string. The objective of taking any port of call into the liner service rotation is firstly based on the shipping lines’ network strategy. Normally, there are two factors for a decision of shipping lines to put one port of call into their string service rotation including the commercial factors and technical factors.
Vietnam Shipper No.64
Seafreight - What recession? - The container ports in the greater Hồ Chí Minh City area of Việt Nam appear to be beating the recession as cargo volumes have grown and development projects race ahead.
Vietnam Shipper No. 63
Seafreight - World Dry Bulk Shipping Market Ii 2009: A Moderate Rebound But Volatile Year - Dry bulk shipping market has picked up from the rock bottom since last December; however it was volatile during 2009. The volatility of the market is expected to remain through the coming year.
Vietnam Shipper No. 62
Seafreight - Top US ports to recover by 2013 - As the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach post another round of dismal monthly import statistics, a new assessment finds that the nation\'s busiest seaport complex will need at least four more years to fully recover its momentum - not to mention the jobs, incomes and revenues that went with it - after the worst global recession in 60 years, the Los Angels Times reported.
Vietnam Shipper No. 61
Seafreight - Top 20 container lines - Highlights of 2009 results • Top three continue to put distance between themselves and the pack, though MSC and CMA CGM gain on Maersk • APL breaks into the Top 5, but capacity gains are tempered by layups • Historic scrapping levels and order delays help offset new deliveries but capacity is still coming too fast, too soon • UASC new to the list as Wan Hai drops out.
Vietnam Shipper No. 60
Liner carriers need to save themselves - If there’s one thing the global economic crisis has demonstrated, it’s that the days are over when liner carriers based their business success off TEU counts and the size of their vessel fleets.
Vietnam Shipper No. 59
Seafreight - A pretty low \"peak\" - Liner carriers have spent much of this year cutting costs and trimming services, not to mention bemoaning exceedingly low ocean freight rates, so it\'s a little surprising to see the words \"peak season surcharge\" popping up these days.
Vietnam Shipper No.58
Developments in production and trading systems have reshaped the whole the transport and distribution industry, leading to further market consolidation and closer collaboration between different actors in the transport and logistics chain. The emergence of global production systems, in which raw materials, components, and final products are sourced, manufactured, distributed, and shipped globally, has required a profound restructuring of the transportation industry, with shipping and port services being at the forefront of these mutations.
Vietnam Shipper No. 57
Seafreight - Chain reaction? MOL’s departure from TSA and ELAA hasn’t been followed by any lines yet. But it may only be a matter of time before others jum ship. The first in a line of dominoes, or the exception in a confusing time?
Vietnam Shipper No. 56
Seafreight - World Dry Bulk Shipping Market: How Did Things Get So Bad and So Fast? The sharp drop in world trade caused by global financial crisis has led to a huge collapse of dry bulk shipping market since the third quarter of 2008.
Vietnam Shipper No. 55
Logistics - Transportation Factor In Logistics Management – Part 2: Trade-Offs Analysis - There are two key players in any transportation process which takes place in a supply chain: a shipper – who requires the movement of product between two points in a supply chain and a carrier – who is responsible for moving products. For a transporter, vehicle-related cost, fixed operating cost, trip-related cost, quantity-related cost and overhead cost are factors influencing their investment and operating decisions whereas transportation cost, inventory cost, facility cost, processing cost and service level cost are shippers’ interest.
Vietnam Shipper No. 54
Seafreight - Vietnamese Container Ports in the Asian Container Hub Port Arrangement - The concept of hub port is quite new in Vietnam. Theoretically, a hub port is a transshipment centre. In other words, the feeder is taking containers from small ports (cargo origin) in the region and feeding/delivering to the hub port for transshipment. Such container is later on will be loaded on to the bigger/connecting vessels (or so-called “mother” vessel) to move to another hub port (for second transshipment before being moved to its destination) or to move directly to its destination.
Vietnam Shipper No. 53
Seafreight - The Increase in Containership Size and Implications for Vietnamese Ports - According to UNCTAD, world growth in container port throughput increased by 11.1% in 2006, which is up from 9.6% for the previous year. Container port throughput in Vietnamese ports has also increased rapidly to more than 4.5 million TEUs in 2007.
Vietnam Shipper No. 52
Seafreight - Impact of High Fuel Costs on the Shipping Industry and the World Trade - Adding more vessels, reducing speed of ship, re-routing service, and increasing surcharge and bunker adjustment factor (BAF) are such solutions that shipping companies are now using to cope with the triple-digit bunker fuel prices to save their costs (Roberts & Jameson, 2008). Even other companies, Stena Line for instance, has no choice but to stop some of their services to reach the same end of saving any costs originated from the booming bunker fuel price as well (Dixon, 2008).
Vietnam Shipper No 51
Seafreight – Ships and Ports Explore Many Ways to Go Green - Issues of congestion, increased pollution and public image are spurring vessel owners and marine terminals to adopt green practices in every aspect of their operations.
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