Bad moon rising as US shippers face further shocks to the supply chain
Delegates were in good spirits when they departed from Los Angeles last week after attending JOC’s superbly organised TPM conference at the opulent Hyatt Regency, Long Beach; but there are troubles on the horizon, for US shippers in particular, as the nation’s ports struggle to cope with the impact of ultra-large containerships on a fragile infrastructure.
And in the midst of the bidding by ocean carriers to beneficial cargo owners, just …
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A leap of faith needed by air cargo – a sector in need of growth opportunities
The air freight industry will need to take a leap of faith – and investment – to grab future growth opportunities. On the eve of the opening of IATA’s World Cargo Symposium in Los Angeles, delegate chat centred on the ...
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UASC boosts its newbuilding programme with order for seventh 18,000teu boxship
United Arab Shipping Company, which has admitted to being in talks with the members of the CKYHE alliance, has exercised the final option on its newbuilding programme and added another 18,000teu ship to the six already ordered from Hyundai Heavy ...
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Increased waiting times at airports encumber truckers’ budgets
Based on an interview with Sebastiaan Scholte, the highly articulate managing director of Jan de Rijk, for whom road feeder services to the air cargo industry represents about 40% of his business, growing handling problems at Europe’s largest airports are beginning to hit hauliers’ bottom lines. Schiphol, Charles de Gaulle, Frankfurt and Heathrow all present problems, particularly at peak times.Read more...
US truck driver shortage threat to supply chain
It is another worry for the already stretched US supply chain that the shortage of truck drivers is worsening. Is it that drivers’ pay has fallen behind the average, or is it that increased waiting at container terminals is making the job less and less attractive?
The Journal of Commerce aptly describes truck drivers as “the glue that holds supply chains together”; this article explains the background to the crisis that dishes out more woe to shippers and retailers trying to keep inventories at safe levels.Read more...
2014 has everything going for it, but weather
It will come as a welcome relief to ocean carriers struggling to return to profitability that, according to a leading economist, the world’s major markets are heading in the right direction, laying the foundations for demand growth this year and next.
Speaking at the TPM conference in Long Beach last week, Dr Walter Kemmsies, chief economist of the Moffatt & Nichol Economics Group, gave an upbeat take on the health of the world’s major economies and the stabilising of emerging markets this year and “a bit beyond”.
So it seems that with this positive backcloth, all the carriers now need to do is be disciplined in supply and demand?Read more...
Managing the supply chain: If only I could see
The exceptional winter conditions experienced by large parts of the North America have once again highlighted the fragility of modern supply chains to many – as if any reminders were needed. In this short but well-argued blog, supply chain veteran Lora Cecere advocates shippers doing everything they can to increase the visibility of their supply chains to give them the chance of being able to respond to the varying “cadences”, which is a great word to get across the idea that supply chains are flexible, organic, almost living things, rather than rigid frameworks.Read more...
Scrubber sales flop – is Brussels to blame?
With Europe’s new SOx ship emissions deadline of 1 January 2015 looming, the maritime industry appears to be possibly more unprepared than even the most cynical observers predicted. Part of the problem, this thoughtful piece argues, is that while the EC was strident in pushing through the legislation, it has been far less helpful to those companies – such as scrubber manufacturers or LNG suppliers – offering shipping companies solutions to the new laws. The net result is that compliance is likely to be pretty low.Read more...
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