Posts Tagged ‘container transport’

Heavy Haul Trucks Idle for One Minute in Future

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Freight trucking drivers idling for three minutes while conducting freight shipping services in Toronto have a new reason to try to avoid the City of Toronto in the future. The City of Toronto introduced a bylaw last week that will limit the amount of time heavy haul transports can idle while operating in Toronto to one minute that’s expected to come into force in the fall. You can probably add this to other reasons you have often hoped customers in Toronto would ask for a freight quote less often, which would mean you wouldn’t have to be trucking in the City of Toronto as often. For the moment you can still idle for three minutes legally while operating in the City of Toronto, but after the bylaw under goes a few amendments and is returned to city council for a vote sometime in July, according to sources, we can probably expect that within a month it will be illegal for you to idle for more than a minute while operating your truck while in the City of Toronto.

This is great news for the city accountants that have probably been wishing they had access to another source of quick income. The City of Toronto only issued a total of 88 tickets to vehicles in the city that were caught idling for three minutes or longer last year, so this one minute idling law should definitely increase the number of tickets that are handed out, just on pure statistics. This isn’t the best news for freight shipping companies that need to delivery freight to destinations in the City of Toronto on a regular basis however and it might even catch a trucking company or two off guard who aren’t aware of the upcoming changes to the idling laws in the City of Toronto.

Container Transport Vessel Purchase Opportunity

Friday, May 21st, 2010

The container transport shipping industry is an opportunistic industry that can often remind one of a cut throat business. Containership owners are a ruthless lot at times and it seems they’re often looking around for opportunity to knock on the company doors, often at the expense of their competition in the international industry of container transport.

One New York-listed containership owner recently heard a knock on the door and opened the door to opportunity in the form of the chance to purchase a new containership at a price that according to the shipbuilding industry is a little below the price that originally would be paid for such a vessel, after another containership owner decided to cancel the order it had put in with Chinese shipyards for the containership in question. Seaspan Corp is apparently thinking about paying around $42 million according to the latest reports for the 4,250 TEU MSC Najwa and if the deal goes through shipping industry sources think they could take delivery of this new containership as early as next month.

Currently sources surrounding this affair indicate that there could be a number of bidders currently with an interest in purchasing this new containership. At present most have Seaspan Corp on the inside track though and we could see the MSC Najwa being added to their fleet of containerships in the future, once the dust settles around the bidding process.

If Seaspan Corp is able to get this deal completed the MSC Najwa will be added to their current fleet of over 20 containerships, which are currently at work around the container transport industry. Reports from around the shipping industry also have Seaspan Corp taking delivery of around 20 more large containerships in the next two years, so it seems this shipping company is preparing to ship a lot of containers in the future.

Chinese iron ore monopoly?

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Did you know that international ocean freight carriers from over 40 different countries currently export iron ore to China? In fact, China imports so much iron ore that it has allowed Chinese steel players to negotiate a binding long-term industry wide price agreement, instead of independent contracts with individual steel mills. The number of ocean freight carriers bringing iron ore to China is expected to increase in the future as well according to many industry sources in China and the world. Iron ore from the Indian sub-continent has been the flavour in favour with the Chinese steel mills of late, but this could change in the blink of an eye, since China has negotiated so many agreements for iron ore around the world and would certainly do so again.

There have been clouds of change on the horizon in this affair as significant pressure has been brought to bear against the Chinese to make changes to the current set up. China does need to be wary of burning bridges in this affair and burning bridges really isn’t the Chinese way. The Chinese appear to be more the limp-in kind of player who thinks he can out play you after the flop, the manipulator of emotions who is always seemingly in control of his emotions on the outside. In fact, the Chinese negotiators have apparently been at work spreading a net on the waters to see who they can ensnare and get involved in the debate occurring that’s starting to get louder according to many sources.

At present, the Chinese demand for iron ore is probably too great considering the present growth in China for the Chinese to not listen to the debate and probably make some changes. China also needs the iron ore as much as or maybe more than countries need to find buyers for their iron ore and this is certainly going to make them at least listen to the comments surrounding this affair. In addition, it will take time for ocean freight carriers to get up to speed with their movements of iron ore to China and in the meantime China still needs freight carriers to constantly bring in daily loads of iron ore for business to continue.

Pure Container Transport Vessels on the Comeback

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Container transport vessels have been taking containers full of various types freight to international destinations in one form or another has been a traditional way of exporting goods for thousands of years. The containers have changed from the days of the early sea traders, but the concept is pretty much the same as the days of the first Mediterranean shipping companies. Pure containerships are a vessel type that has recently been thought of in the same terms that many scientists today talk about the polar bear or coral reefs of the world. A type of pure transport vessel that might have seen its last days on Earth, but it appears that we might have been wrong about the extinction of the pure containership?

In fact, only the second order of pure containerships since the beginning of the financial rough seas the ocean freight shipping industry has been riding out for the past 18 months or so was ordered by Chinese shipping company Sinotrans, recently. Does this mean that the container transport industry is about to get a boost in business somewhere on planet Earth? This is only a single order for pure containerships and it could be a test run to see if pure containerships can still compete against more versatile types of freight carrying vessels that have been on the oceans for awhile.

The lull in new pure container transport vessel construction doesn’t have to be all bad for shipyards that have traditionally made this type of freight vessel. The lack of orders will have given them time to start work on new environmentally friendly containership designs to help reduce the propeller-print of the ocean freight carrier industry as it tries to navigate the treacherous reefs surrounding the sea lanes into the century of the environment.

If the timing of pure containership builders is spot-on, we might even see pure containerships of some type emerge on the other side of the reefs in forms and shapes that will amaze and astound us?

Time to Invest in the Future?, Container transport industry, container transport, freight carrier

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Is it time for shipping companies to begin ordering new container transport vessels? There appears to be a cut-throat competition going on between shipyards competing for the latest round of new containership orders that might be an opportunity for some shipping companies to save a bit of money? The competition appears to be getting a little hotter lately as there have been reports of investigations into competition complaints.

One particular complaint centers on moves by one Greek shipping interest to raise the money it needs for new vessels by using European taxpayers money to pay for the vessels. The intensity of this dispute appears to be rising at the moment and this situation could become pretty heated in the days and weeks ahead. This affair appears to be a political hot potato at the moment in European circles, so we can probably expect some tippy-toeing to be going on around the events concerning this company. The investigation appears to be going full steam ahead though and we can certainly expect to hear something on this front in a few days.

We should probably expect more shipbuilding yards to join the competition for new container transport ships being built around the world. The volume of new ships being ordered has increased recently according to many in the freight carrier industry and a feeding frenzy of a type could begin shortly. What all this means for the world’s freight shipping industry is the question? Will the volume of containers that needs to be transported go up and is the business of shipping containers going to return to levels of old in 2010?;jsession…1+ship+purchase

Shore Power for Ships at Berth, Reducing the carbon propeller-print, container transport

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Container transport vessels berthed at the ports of the world could be using more shore power in order to reduce the carbon propeller-print and emissions of the world’s ports. It was reported that last month Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) conducted tests to see if they could feasibly use shore power for container transport ships at berth. The tests were apparently successful enough that the company is apparently going ahead with plans to power vessels at berth using shore power. The number of ships that are normally at berth according to the designers means that the use of shore power could significantly improve the air quality of Shanghai.

There will certainly be many ports of the world that will be watching what happens with this plan by the Shanghai International Port Group. If the results of the plan are as successful as the designers hope, we can certainly look forward to seeing more container transport vessels sitting at berth in the ports of the world being powered using shore power. There of course is going to be a few problems with power generation standards around the world. The various container transport vessels of the world can have varying voltage and frequency requirements with the power they use in comparison to the electrical supplies of the various ports of the world. This means that a system will have to be developed that will allow all vessels to use the various power frequencies and voltages of the various ports around the world.

This could mean that another industry will be created to design and manufacture the technology and systems that the container shipping industry needs to make use of shore power around the world. In the end though, the container shipping industry will be a little greener and this is the best part of this idea.

Container Transport Rates From China to Europe, Down for seventh week in a row

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Reports of space being hard to find for customers that need container transport service from China to Europe have steadily gone down and reports now indicate that the average price for container transport services has gone down for the seventh straight week. Differing reports on the ability of customers to find space is no surprise and this could of course be to different business practices and other factors that have yet to be determined. The important thing for customers is that space is relatively easy to find and rates are coming down. They should probably take advantage of the rates while they can, because this condition isn’t likely to last forever. Providers of container transport services on the other hand will need to control their reactions and keep the ship steady as they head further into 2010. There might be a little glut of shipping capacity at the moment, but this will quickly equalize if the volume of containers that needs to be transported keeps going up in the ports of the world and rates will begin to equalize as well.

If shipping companies just keep a steady course, they should be okay, and then they can take a serious look at the fleet they have idle and make any adjustments they feel might be necessary in their operations. Environmental requirements and economic conditions could mean that the container transport industry will have to invest in a new generation of vessels specifically designed to help them exist in a new shipping world. This could mean many idle vessels will never again travel the shipping lanes of the world and could end up as so much scrap metal.…tm_medium=email

New European Container Transport Service, Container transport to Ireland, container transports

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Customers that need to move container transports between the Port of Southampton and the destinations of Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Greenock, South Shields, Grangemouth and Portugal have a new service they can use. It was announced the other day that one feeder operator would begin providing weekly services between these destinations in the future, which will give customers that need to move container transports between the locations in question another option. This new service apparently means that they’re five current container transport services available for customers between these destinations. It also means that customers have a nice variety of shipping services to select from and the companies involved have competition that pushes them to improve services for customers.

Is this too much capacity for the ports in question? This is an interesting question, but certainly one that will be answered in the future. One would think that there are maybe agreements in place that were one of the main reasons for the company in question enhancing services between the destinations in question. One thing is for sure, there’s going to be a more ships traveling between the Ports of Southampton, Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Greenock, South Shields, Grangemouth and Portugal in the weeks and months ahead.

If the customers that the new service needs to be healthy and competitive show up for a ride, the shipping company in question is going to be pretty busy in the future. If things go as well as the company has planned for their new shipping service, they might even think about adding more services between these destinations in the future. All of this of course all depends on many factors, but it’s certainly something that the company in question has taken into account.…20017768303.htm

Container Transport Up in February and January, Volumes of containers increasing, container transport

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Light the candles and break out the party hats, it could be time to celebrate an end to the bad times in the container transport industry and welcome back the goods times we remember. That’s if you think the latest container transport volumes for February are good enough to celebrate about? According to the European Liner Affairs Association (ELAA) the volume of westbound containers between Asia and Europe went up by over 50 percent in February as compared to the volume of containers reported in February of 2008. Does this mean we’re going to see container volumes continue to go up? This is exactly the question that most people in the container transport industry will be asking themselves after hearing about the increase in container volumes and if you have the answer to this question you could be rich over night and heralded as a genius by history.

The news that the volume of containers being moved between Asia and Europe went up by such a spectacular amount is obviously good news. The real question we’ll all be asking is whether it’s just a blip on the radar screen or something that indicates a true pull back of the recession. The volumes recorded for January and February are apparently comparable to the volumes of containers that were transported in the same months in 2008. What this exactly means for the future is the question?

We certainly should stop for a moment to toast to the improvement in container volumes in January and February, but we should still be wary of a return to the volumes of old in the months ahead. We need to try to keep business rolling forward and get some momentum behind the business of freight in the world, now that the volumes of containers has started to increase and return to the levels of old.…20017766238.htm

E1 A1 Israel Airlines Has Seen Better Times

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

The air freight industry of Israel has problems to deal with that only a select few air freight carriers in the world have to spend company time and resources on. Israel has essentially been in a state of war since the day of its creation and the war of survival continues today. The problems of air freight carriers attempting to provide customers with air freight services in the midst of a state at war can probably only be imagined by most air freight service providers. Israel’s air freight carriers have been dealing with a war on the southern border of Israel of late, along with the worldwide financial crisis which has been strangling business opportunities for companies conducting the business of freight around the world for awhile now.

The problems of doing business in a theatre of war can be seen in the numbers that E1 A1 Israel Airlines posted in 2009. E1 A1 Israel Airlines watched as their revenue dropped by fifty percent of that experienced in 2008. It isn’t a surprise then that they lost almost twice as much in 2009 as in 2008, considering their revenues and loss of business due to uncontrollable circumstances. Certainly there are a lot more factors involved with the numbers posted by E1 A1 Israel Airlines during the past two years, but then they have a lot of company around the world. They also have problems to deal with in their air freight business that other providers around the world generally don’t have to worry about. Hopefully, the war will come to an end or they’ll find ways to deal with their problems that they haven’t thought of before. The Israelis are a very resilient people and they’ll think of something to help improve their air freight industry. Either way, the air freight industry is very important to Israel’s survival, so we can probably expect the business of freight to continue at Ben Gurion Airport, even if the country is at war.