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    Tuesday, September 21, 2021
    UPS said the new facility is part of its recently completed multi-year, US$2 billion European investment plan, which has expanded the UPS network across Europe.The facility, which covers an area of 8,500 square metres and is fitted with the latest package sorting technology, can sort up to 5,000 packages per hour ??five times more than the facility in Ruzyne, which it has replaced. The Tuchomerice facility will also serve as headquarters for UPS in Eastern Europe, and will provide freight and supply chain services in addition to sorting shipments.UPS explained that that small- and medium-sized businesses near the Tuchomerice hub will benefit from greater shipping flexibility thanks to later cut-off times and daily flights as they look to reach key domestic and global e-commerce markets, including Germany. Ufku Akaltan, president of UPS East Europe District, commented: "Our investment in Tuchomerice represents more than an investment in UPS and our capabilities - it's an investment for our customers and their potential for growth and success."Located in the heart of central Europe, this new facility will play a vital role in import and export growth throughout the Czech Republic and Europe, today, and in the years to come." According to Czech Association APEK, the Czech e-commerce market totalled CZK196 billion (US$9.1 billion) in 2020, up 26.5 per cent year on year.
    The Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) has certified ALPA as the representative of more than 300 pilots at Cargojet. The pilots voted for ALPA representation in August with 93 per cent of those participating voting in favour of joining.ALPA last week lodged an unfair labour practice complaint against Cargojet with the CIRB. ALPA alleges that the airline terminated 23 probationary pilots' contracts while continuing to hire additional pilots, reports Air Cargo News, which has approached Cargojet for a response.ALPA now represents pilots at 18 Canadian airlines: Air Borealis, Pivot Airlines, Air Transat, Bearskin, Calm Air, Cargojet, Canadian North, First Air, Flair Airlines, Jazz Aviation, Kelowna Flightcraft, Morningstar Air, PAL Aerospace, PAL Airlines, Perimeter, Wasaya, WestJet, and WestJet Encore.
    The new contract will merge the pilots of Atlas Air and Southern Air, acquired by Atlas in 2016, onto a single contract, reports London's Air Cargo News.The often-fractious talks between the parties have been ongoing for more than five years and were eventually completed with the intervention of an arbitrator.However, the pilots' union, the International Aviation Professionals (IAP) Teamsters Local 2750, has expressed disappointment at the contract.The union said that members should have been able to vote on the final contract, adding that it had been 20 years since Atlas pilots last voted on an agreement. They also said that arbitration tended to favour companies over employees and that the contract offers a limited career path and compensates "below the big boys"."This victory could have tremendous long-term negative impacts, especially in the areas of pilot recruitment and retention. You can't move cargo without pilots," the union said in a series of Tweets."The contract we deserve should have been negotiated by pilots and voted on by pilots. It would not be this binding agreement forced on us by a third-party arbitrator."A union contract is about having a voice and defined career expectations. This forced contract guarantees that Atlas Air will be a place to train, not a place for a career."For pilots, this has been about career expectations, lifestyle and a voice on the job. In a time of a pilot shortage and record pilot resignations, we worry that Atlas Air Worldwide bosses just don't get it."The union also took umbrage at Atlas' use of "joint collective bargaining agreement" in its press release about the completion of talks. "It has a new forced binding agreement from a third-party arbitrator. Joint collective bargaining agreement makes it sound like we worked together. We didn't."
    The conference theme is "Resilience. Agility. Sustainability - Reshaping the Global Supply Chain", and over 15 thematic forums will be held with expert speakers from the industries sharing their insights and experiences. Some renowned names include representatives from DHL, JD.com and Li & Fung Group.Discover new business opportunities together and connect with different industry players! Register now to enjoy the early-bird special offer (available from now until September 24): https://bit.ly/3iQz1Xd.Full Pass: HK$490 (Original Price: HK$700)Standard Pass: HK$390 (Original Price: HK$500).
    CMA CGM granted filmmakers EON Productions unprecedented access to Kingston Container Terminal in Jamaica to shoot an action sequence with a seaplane, and the vessel CMA CGM Fort Saint Georges features in the film when Bond is rescued from the ocean, according to a company's statement.The French shipping group said that filming took place at the CMA CGM-operated Kingston South Quay Terminal in Jamaica, located at the exit of the Panama Canal and the crossroads of the North/South and East/West lines.Flying the French flag and under the leadership of French Masters, the 2,260 TEU CMA CGM Fort Saint Georges and the 3,504 TEU CMA CGM Fort de France along with more than 1,000 containers were mobilised for the shoot."To support the unique partnership, a dedicated team led by Tanya Saade Zeenny, executive officer of the CMA CGM Group, was formed at the head office in Marseille and CMA CGM-operated terminals in Kingston and Dunkirk," stated CMA CGM.
    The report, Cybersecurity Guidelines for Ports and Port Facilities, is intended to enable the development response plans and to help ports assess "the true financial, commercial and operational impact of a cyberattack," IAPH said in a statement.The report was compiled over the last four months with insight from security experts at 22 IAPH member ports, associate member cyber security specialists, and contributors from the World Bank. The guidelines also address what resources port organisations need to manage cybersecurity risks."We have produced this set of port and port facilities cybersecurity guidelines targeting the strategic rather than technical level," IAPH managing director Patrick Verhoeven said in the statement. "They are designed to create awareness among the C-level management of port authorities."Mr Verhoeven added that the guidelines have been sent to the International Maritime Organization's facilitation and maritime safety committees, the latter of which meets in October to provide guidelines to the maritime sector.IAPH has been active in pushing maritime authorities to adopt digitisation initiatives to create operational efficiencies in ports. The other side of that coin is ensuring ports are sufficiently hardening themselves as targets for cyberattacks. Port authorities have in recent years admitted that they are major targets for such attacks and need to create adaptive protocols to prepare for, withstand, and recover from incursions.IAPH developed a Port Community Cybersecurity White Paper in mid-2020, an initiative that the association decided needed to be followed by higher-level direction."These guidelines were a logical follow on from the [white paper] developed by IAPH in 2020 as a guide to those ports gearing up to digitalise processes and data exchanges to deal with the new normal caused by the Covid-19 pandemic," Pascal Ollivier, chair of IAPH's Data Collaboration Committee and president of digital trade advisory firm Maritime Street.
    The commission said its five members voted unanimously to approve the initiatives, which stem from Commissioner Rebecca Dye's probe of how Covid-19 disrupted ocean supply chains. Over the course of 2020, the probe became more narrowly focused on the congestion facing landside transportation and logistics.The first initiative will provide more immunity to truckers and shippers that complain about unreasonable bills from ocean carriers. The FMC will issue a policy statement prohibiting retaliation against vendors and customers that level complaints against ocean carriers, the extent of legal damages that may be assessed for complaints made against ocean carriers, and the specific parties that can file such complaints.The FMC also voted to move forward on asking whether new rules are needed that would require ocean carriers and marine terminal operators to disclose additional information when billing for detention and demurrage and the timing of such charges.The vote approved an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, which would allow interested parties the chance to chime in on the new rules.The FMC's last formal rulemaking on detention and demurrage came in April 2020 when the agency said that such fees should only be used as a way to prompt customers to retrieve containers in a timely manner.Along with policing detention and demurrage, the FMC said it approved the hiring of additional staff to its dispute resolution division, reports IHS Media.
    New analysis from Alphaliner shows carriers have blanked up to 50 per cent of dedicated Asia-Middle East sailings due to a lack of tonnage and vessel delays as well as the keenness to ensure other higher paying routes are better serviced, reports Singapore's Splash 247.Shanghai to Jebel Ali spot freight rates are the lowest of all the deepsea routes monitored by the Shanghai Containerised Freight Index (SCFI). The current rate of US$4,000 per TEU is a far cry from the $20,000 per FEU being raked in by carriers on Shanghai to US west coast destinations at the moment.Alphaliner analysis shows none of the seven dedicated Central China-Middle East services operated by the big carriers currently offers weekly sailings due to a chronic lack of tonnage."The shortage of tonnage in the Far East-Middle East trade is not only the result of port congestion: many ships have been redeployed to the main East ??West routes, where cargo demand is very strong and spot freight rates are at historical highs," Alphaliner pointed out in its most recent weekly report.The Asia-Red Sea trade is also affected. The Ocean Alliance operates two services jointly with Pacific International Lines (PIL). These loops require seventeen ships, but are currently operated with only eight vessels, according to Alphaliner data.Many other regional trades have been hit hard as global liners have focused more tonnage on the main east-west trades from Asia to North America and Europe - the biggest loser being Africa.Other routes such as intra-Asia and to Oceania and Latin America are also seeing less coverage this year too.Olaf Merk, project manager for ports and shipping at the International Transport Forum (ITF) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), questioned whether regulators ought to be looking into this shift in global coverage as well as the host of other issues carriers are accused of in recent months.
    All the ships will be deliver by November 2024, with Samsung Heavy now very close to filling out its docks through to 2025, reports Singapore's Splash 247.The CMA CGM box fleet, the world's third largest, has recently broached the 3 million slot mark for the first time. The Marseille-headquartered firm has spent more on LNG dual fuelled tonnage than any other carrier.Orders for new container shipping capacity have reached a record of above 3.5 million TEU so far this year, exceeding the previous high from 2007, according to UK consultants Drewry.
    Maersk, which carries about one-fifth of all seaborne freight and is thus seen as a bellwether for global trade, has benefited along with other container shipping groups from extraordinary demand this year following the end of most coronavirus lockdowns.The Danish group said it expected its underlying operating profits to be US$18 billion to $19 billion, up from a forecast of $14 billion to $15.5 billion last month and $4.3 billion to $6.3 billion in February.This would be the highest operating profits in the company's history, beating the previous record of about $12 billion in 2008, just before the global fiscal crisis caused earnings to tumble the following year.Chief executive Soren Skou deflected questions about whether he was embarrassed the group was now expecting profits four times the level that was anticipated at the start of the year, saying he was "pleased" that customers were doing so well they wanted so many goods shipped."There's nothing in our data that suggests the current strong demand is about to abate. Demand is driven both by very strong consumer demand for products both in the US and even in Europe, and on top of that we have this inventory rebuilding cycle going on," Mr Skou said.He conceded that the situation was "clearly getting worse" in Los Angeles, a crucial port on the US west coast for trade with China and the rest of Asia. Congestion outside the port had eased to only about ten ships last month but stood at 59 ships last Wednesday, with Mr Skou blaming a lack of dock workers and truckers.Maersk had expected a "normalisation" of its business in the second half of this year, but Mr Skou confirmed that on current outlook there was none in sight, meaning it would be at least 2022 before conditions ease.The chief executive said companies worldwide were trying to make their supply chains more robust. He said Maersk was doing everything it could to help customers.Maersk updated other numbers as well, saying it expected free cash flow of at least $14.5 billion instead, up from a previous forecast of at least $11.5 billion. Underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation should be $22 billionn to $23 billion, up from $18b billion to $19.5 billion.Asked whether there could be a fourth profit upgrade during the fourth quarter, Mr Skou replied: "I really hope this is it because it's getting a bit crazy."