News from JOC
Intermodal Shipping: Building a Better Intermodal Ride1
Maersk Line and BNSF offer day-definite intermodal delivery from Los Angeles to five inland destinations
Maersk Vows to Defend Market Share Gains4
Maersk Line will not allow its renewed focus on profitability rather than cargo volume to eat into the significant gains in market share it achieved in 2011, the carrier said on Monday.
Cosco, China Shipping Consider More Vessel Sharing Pacts5
Cosco Container Lines and China Shipping Container Lines are looking to expand their vessel sharing agreements on China coastal and intra-Asia trade lanes to other routes, said Capt. Wei Jiafu, chairman of the Cosco Group.
Truck Volume Forecast to Grow 3.9 Percent in 20126
The trucking industry will outperform the U.S. economy this year, with truck freight growing 3.9 percent, greater than overall GDP, according to FTR Associates.
Asia-Pacific Airlines’ Freight Traffic7
Asia-Pacific based airline traffic in calendar 2011 declined 4.8 percent year-over-year as freight capacity inched ahead 0.1 percent. In contrast, January 2012 traffic plunged 13.7 percent and capacity declined 5.3 percent. The calendar 2011 cargo load factor was 66.6 percent, off 3.4 percentage points year-over-year, while January’s cargo load factor was 65.3 percent, off 5.7 percentage points year-over-year.
Chinese Manufacturing Expands on Export Order Rise9
Chinese manufacturing in February expanded at the fastest pace in five months, as export orders surged after a production lull caused by Lunar New Year celebrations.
Indonesia Poised for Major Logistics Growth 10
Indonesia will see rapid growth in logistics demand this year but needs huge investment in transport infrastructure to realize its true potential, according to one leading analyst.
Saudi Airlines Cargo to Fly to Saigon11
Saudi Airlines Cargo will launch a twice-weekly B747 freighter service to Saigon, Vietnam, on March 25, linking the Southeast Asian country to the Middle East and Frankfurt, Germany.
- ^ Intermodal Shipping: Building a Better Intermodal Ride (cl.s4.exct.net)
- ^ Logistics: Helping Shippers See More Clearly (cl.s4.exct.net)
- ^ Trucking: The Road to the Ocean (cl.s4.exct.net)
- ^ Maersk Vows to Defend Market Share Gains (cl.s4.exct.net)
- ^ Cosco, China Shipping Consider More Vessel Sharing Pacts (cl.s4.exct.net)
- ^ Truck Volume Forecast to Grow 3.9 Percent in 2012 (cl.s4.exct.net)
- ^ Asia-Pacific Airlines’ Freight Traffic (cl.s4.exct.net)
- ^ UASC Seeks Second GRI on Asia-Europe Trade (cl.s4.exct.net)
- ^ Chinese Manufacturing Expands on Export Order Rise (cl.s4.exct.net)
- ^ Indonesia Poised for Major Logistics Growth (cl.s4.exct.net)
- ^ Saudi Airlines Cargo to Fly to Saigon (cl.s4.exct.net)
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The DJ Trucking1 index’s rallied 30% since last summer which has taken it back to its 2011 highs. Yesterdays 4% decline in this index does not make a trend, yet it is worth watching their action in the upcoming days because it is good news for SPY to see Transports moving to new highs.
The above chart reflects that Trucking, IYT & SPY are up against some key lines at the exact same time.
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Transports ETF (IYT) has doubled S&P 500′s performance since 11/26/2012. A breakout in IYT & Trucking would be a big plus for SPY if it happens! Watch trucking from here on to see if it “Drives the broad market” past resistance.
Sherryll Byrd, a company driver for United Van Lines, has been named Trucker Buddy of the Month for November. Carole Sylvester and her second-grade class at Oak Grove School, of Ojai, Calif., nominated Byrd for the honor. For the past five years, Byrd has sent postcards to the class each week from a location he is driving through. Byrd also helps teach the class about the trucking industry as part of the curriculum in Sylvester s class (jobs in the community). Byrd has also visited the class with his wife Jackie, during which students were able to ask questions and tour his truck.
Our client are successful but still relatively new player within the freight forwarding market and due to their continued growth, they now require a senior operations person.
The person will need to be able to work on their own iniative to undertake and complete all of the tasks required to ensure an efficient import/export operation. Freight movement, container work and dealing with shipping lines are also integral to this role and experience in these areas is desirable.
Good communication with both customers, internal staff and external suppliers is essential and you must be confident dealing with people at all levels.
This is a senior role and would suit someone with ambitions to progress within the business.
An attractive remuneration package is on offer and is negotiable depending on experience
Rotterdam, Europe s largest freight port by cargo throughput and container volumes, has been advising its customers how to improve their profitability. Although the port has been helpful in granting discounts, the CEO says that shipping lines should also reduce freight capacity so that rates go up. He is also suggesting that they improve the logistics process to give them better margins.
Total investment of nearly USD 3- Billion in Krishnapatnam Port
All Weather Container Terminal with an initial planned annual capacity of 1.2
Mn TEUs extendable up to 6 Mn TEUs
Strategically located serving both the Eastern & Western parts of the world
Mumbai, (Ajay Rawal) : Krishnapatnam Port, one of the most advanced and largest ports in India, opened the gates of its world class container terminal for trade, connecting India with Eastern and Western parts of the world. Recognized as one of the world s finest ports, the Port will kick start the operations of its modern container terminal, which will result in bringing a paradigm shift in the Indian Container Terminal operations.
This state of the art, all weather Container Terminal will be operational round the clock, 365 days and is all set to boost its capacity to 6 million TEUs per annum within the next few years, handling the highest container volumes ever on the east coast. The container terminal is going to add numerous strengths like maximum efficiency, minimum dwell time and
maximum safety thus making it one of the finest and most modern ports in the world.
Mr. Anil Yendluri, CEO Krishnapatnam Port said, The launch of this world-class container terminal adds dynamism not just for Krishnapatnam Port but also to the Indian international trade. There is great enthusiasm among leading container lines to call at our ports due to the competitive tariff structure offered by Krishnapatnam Port.
We believe it will be a win-win situation for all stakeholders including shipping lines, agents, freight forwarders and export/import community due to the low dwelling and handling cost involved along with the world-class infrastructure already in place. Overall, Krishnapatnam Port will help accelerate the growth of this region as an industrial hub. , he added.
Strategically located in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh, Krishnapatnam Port is ideally set to boost trade not just in the vast hinterland comprising of Andhra Pradesh, eastern Karnataka, south eastern Maharashtra and northern Tamil Nadu, but going to be the central hub for international cargo between the countries located on the eastern hemisphere and
India. The port has witnessed a total investment of nearly USD 1 Billion till date, meeting the global standards in providing world-class service and facilities. This new generation Greenfield port is equipped with latest terminal operating system (NAVIS N4), offers customized container services, single-window clearance system and with a deep draft of 18 metres is capable of handling the largest container vessels, which sail the seas.
The Port has outstanding Road and Rail connectivity. A dedicated 4 lane road connects the port with National Highway- 5. A two lane Rail head provides Rail connectivity from the Port to Chennai Kolkata National Rail network.
Congestion has been the key issue the industry is facing at several ports in the country and Krishnapatnam Port has effectively addressed this issue through excellent connectivity and by providing quick turnaround time within the port. The container freight stations coming up at the port will help in seamless movement of container traffic to and from the port.
International Shipping lines start calling the terminal The Bengal Tiger Line ( BTL) feeder service will serve Krishnapatnam on a fortnightly basis,
with the first call planned for 27 September 2012. This service will rotate through Singapore, Port Klang, Chennai, Krishnapatnam, Port Klang and back to Singapore.
The terminal has recently installed five super-post panamax cranes, with a 23-row span and each capable of lifting 65MT in twin mode. These cranes can handle the largest container vessels floating in the world today.
Considering India s growing maritime trade in the world market with unprecedented growth in containerized trade and bulk commodities, Krishnapatnam Port is fast emerging as a global standards port with efficient and exceptional Port services.
Only hauler members of the Batangas trucking association can handle cargoes to and from Batangas, according to an official of Magsaysay-owned cargo carrier NMC Container Lines who did not want to be named.
Cargo owners and shipping lines, he said, are forced to enter into an agreement with the trucking group, a situation that has jacked up costs.
He said opening up the field could result in increased volume and ultimately better business for everyone, including truckers.
There have been attempts to talk to Batangas authorities about the issue but so far no action has been taken, the source said.
Despite this, NMC remains optimistic about its prospects for Batangas Port, two years after launching a dedicated service.
NMC maintains a weekly service to and from Batangas connected to Cebu and Cagayan de Oro using a 250 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) vessel. Volume is around 100-150 TEUs on that vessel. Most of the shipment is care of Nestle.
Right now, volume is not that appealing as (our vessel is) still half full, the NMC official said.
Other operators calling at the port are MCC Transport and Asian Marine Transport Corp. Each maintains a weekly service.
The Batangas port also handles imported completely built-up car units and project cargoes for power projects.
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Thanks in part to the Mayor s support, Chicago food trucks are hot.
WTTW s1 Check Please! 2was very smart to pick up on the trend by hosting their own Food Truck Fest, which was held last Friday evening. The concept was especially appealing to suburban-types like me, who know about food trucks but haven t had much experience with them.
I absolutely love the idea of a food truck fest. And in spite of the fact that the weather was cold, rainy and generally miserable, I had a great time.
I say that even after standing for two and a half hours in the rain and holding an umbrella while attempting to scarf down the goods from 7 out of 13 food trucks. (There was beer, wine and water too, but because of long lines which I ll get to later, I didn t get a chance to sample any of the drinks.)
My top food picks were:
Duck N Roll’s3 deliciously complex duck gumbo with edamame and diced carrots.
Wagyu Wagon s4 fries and mini sloppy joe on a brioche bun.
The vegan potatoes, peas and gravy dish from Curried Mobile5.
The margarita pizza from Caponies6. Even in the rain, the slices weren’t soggy. They tasted crispy-good.
There were a wide variety of other food truck vendors too : Bergstein’s NY Deli7, e. leaven8, Falafel Brothers9, Pleasant House Bakery10, Cupcakes For Courage11, Getta Polpetta!12, Soups in the Loop13, Ice314 and Don Rafa15.
I’m hoping that next year Check Please! hosts what becomes their Second Annual Food Truck Fest. Still, there needs to be a few adjustments. The food lines at many of the trucks were too long and consequently, the wait time was not reasonable.
For example, it took about 45 minutes to get a falafel sandwich from Falafel Brothers. At that point, someone could have handed me a whole Maine lobster with drawn butter, and I wouldn t have been happy.
Here are some of my thoughts and suggestions, which could hopefully make for an even better Food Truck Fest next year:
- Make the hours of the fest longer so there aren’t so many people there at the same time. Maybe start the event at 1 p.m. Or hold it over an entire weekend to accommodate a large crowd.
- Have the food truck owners confer with the vendors at Taste of Chicago and find out how to serve more people faster and more efficiently.
- Or, I hate, hate, hate to say this, but since the event probably raises funds for WTTW (or should), I will: They ought to consider raising the price tag for the event and selling fewer tickets.
- Have a Plan B in case it rains. Plan B could include tents and, if nothing else, some seating and lighting in the existing covered area of the parking lot. There were some long picnic tables this year that remained empty in the rain drops. Next year, if the day calls for rain, hire someone to bring the tables undercover.
- Hold the event earlier in the summer when there is less chance of bad weather.
I don t think anybody will hold any of the inconveniences against the fest s sponsors. Even with the rain and the long lines, people were happy to be there and waited patiently. No one s spirit, pun intended, was dampened.
After all, the Food Truck Fest was a spanking new event. For Check Please!, it was their first go at a food truck fest. Next year with a few tweaks, the food fest could potentially be the event of the year.
- ^ WTTW s (www.wttw.com)
- ^ Check Please! (www.wttw.com)
- ^ Duck N Roll’s (www.ducknrolltruck.com)
- ^ Wagyu Wagon s (thewagyuwagon.com)
- ^ Curried Mobile (www.curried.com)
- ^ Caponies (www.caponiesexpress.com)
- ^ Bergstein’s NY Deli (www.bergsteinsdeli.com)
- ^ e. leaven (www.eleavenfood.com)
- ^ Falafel Brothers (www.myfalafelbrothers.com)
- ^ Pleasant House Bakery (pleasanthousebakery.com)
- ^ Cupcakes For Courage (cupcakesforcourage.com)
- ^ Getta Polpetta! (www.gettapolpetta.com)
- ^ Soups in the Loop (www.soupsintheloop.com)
- ^ Ice3 (chicago.grubstreet.com)
- ^ Don Rafa (donrafarestaurants.com)