Shipping

Coronavirus reduces global demand for containers

Coronavirus reduces global demand for containers

Published on May 20th, 2020

 

Danish shipping giant Maersk has predicted that shipping volumes will drop by as much as 25% in the second quarter of 2020 as a direct result of the impact of the current pandemic on global trade. Nevertheless, in a statement, CEO Søren Skou said Maersk is “strongly positioned to weather the storm”. Indeed, the firm posted a profit of US$197 million for the first quarter of 2020. 

New port call in Pecem for fruit en route to Europe

New port call in Pecem for fruit en route to Europe

Published on Jan 24th, 2017

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has announced a new port call in Brazil which it says will benefit fruit shippers.

From the start of this August to the end of January next year, its South America East Coast/North Europe service (NWC-SAEC I) will include a last port call at Pecem, in the state of Ceará, before sailing to Europe.

"The period coincides with the peak fruit season, and will be of particular interest for exporters of melons. Main destinations for this commodity, and other fruits exported on this route are Rotterdam and other ports in North Europe.

Record freight volume for port of Antwerp

Record freight volume for port of Antwerp

Published on Dec 29th, 2016

The port of Antwerp is set to end 2016 having handled a record volume of more than 214 million tons of freight.

And for the first time in its history, the shipping container volume has risen above 10 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units, i.e. standard containers), the port said in a press release.

Produce speeds to Europe via sea-air transshipment in Miami

Produce speeds to Europe via sea-air transshipment in Miami

Published on Oct 25th, 2016

Fresh fruit and vegetables from Central America will reach Europe and Asia faster under a pioneer programme using Florida as an ocean-to-air transhipment hub.

The new alternative to sea-air transshipment through Dubai is being launched by Crowley Maritime Corp.and its customs brokerage subsidiary Customized Brokers.

Port of Antwerp handling more freight this year

Port of Antwerp handling more freight this year

Published on Oct 24th, 2016

The volume of freight handled by the Port of Antwerp for the first 9 months of this year totalled 161.67 million tons – a figure up 3.3% on the same period last year.

In a press release, the port said its container volume for January-September saw growth of 4%, exceeding 7.5 million TEU and further expanding Antwerp’s market share for containers in the Hamburg-Le Havre range.

Barcelona: a port of reference for international logistics

Barcelona: a port of reference for international logistics

Published on Oct 04th, 2016

Until recently, Spanish fruit companies saw Europe as the main market focus, but the economic crisis and blockade on deliveries to Russia and other factors have created a new scenario forcing many companies to reassess and diversify their markets.

In this vein, the Port of Barcelona facilitates external trade for companies in the region, as shown by its traffic. Until 2007, the main volume of fresh produce traffic via the Catalan port was in imports, above all from the Southern Hemisphere with citrus at the forefront.

Maersk buys 14,800 ‘smart’ reefer containers

Maersk buys 14,800 ‘smart’ reefer containers

Published on Sep 29th, 2016

Maersk Line has ordered 14,800 new reefer containers this year, all of which feature built-in Remote Container Management (RCM) technology – a key component of its plan to offer enhanced supply chain visibility next year.

In a press release, Maersk Line said combined with the 30,000 reefers acquired in 2015, this will drive the average age of its reefer container fleet down to 7.9 years – well below the industry average of 12 years.

Reefer business explores opportunities

Reefer business explores opportunities

Published on Mar 30th, 2016

Today’s global reefer shipping business is influenced by many different macro drivers. To name but a few, global population growth, climatological changes, currency exchange rates and food safety issues can all affect the global flow of goods and therefore the global shipping business. Among all these drivers, Thomas Eskesen, founder of the Eskesen advisory group, sees more opportunities than threats, he told the audience during the 19th European Cold Chain Conference, held in Amsterdam March 6-8. However a dose of realism for the current situation is not misplaced.

New partnership between ports of Antwerp and Guangzhou

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