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Short term shipping deal signed

Updated February 21, 2013 09:01:00

Tasmanian businesses have negotiated a short-term solution to the state’s international shipping crisis.

The Rio Tinto subsidiary, Pacific Aluminium, has struck an interim deal with Swire Shipping to export aluminium from its Bell Bay smelter to Asia.

There is likely to be capacity on the ship for several exporters.

The announcement will be made today, ending two years of uncertainty for businesses that have been paying more to send their goods via Melbourne.

The triple-A consortium abandoned its Bell Bay to Singapore run in 2011.

Late last year, Swire proposed a service every 18 days from Bell Bay to Townsville, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

It is understood there is no ongoing taxpayer funding involved in the deal.

It comes almost a week after the Tasmanian Opposition promised to spend $33 million to underwrite a shipping service if its wins government.

The Tasmanian Opposition says a short-term international shipping service will not resolve the crisis faced by exporters.

The Opposition says the deal does not address the broader international freight task.

Topics: sea-transport, business-economics-and-finance, tas

First posted February 21, 2013 05:34:06

Fresh hopes for full shipping service

Updated February 21, 2013 20:19:50

The operator of a new international shipping service between Tasmania and Asia says it is unclear how many exporters will benefit.

The Singapore-based Swire Shipping has struck a deal with Pacific Aluminium to run a monthly service from Bell Bay to several Asian ports.

The ship will mostly carry aluminium from the Bell Bay smelter but there will be room for a small number of containers from other exporters.

Swire says it is too early to predict what the volumes will be.

The smelter’s general manager, Ray Mostogl, says the loss of international shipping in 2011 had increased costs, threatening Bell Bay’s viability.

Mr Mostogl says the shipping deal is a stepping stone towards a long term, sustainable service for Tasmanian exporters.

The Infrastructure Minister, David O’Byrne, has welcomed the deal but admits it is not a long term solution.

He says State and Federal Governments are still considering options for a more regular service for all exporters.

Topics: sea-transport, bell-bay-7253

First posted February 21, 2013 10:37:01

Global shipping industry faces unprecedented challenges

Dubai: The global shipping industry is undergoing unprecedented challenges due to slow global growth, over capacity, declining shipping and freight rates and falling volumes amid a growing glut in the industry, officials said at a conference said on Tuesday.

“A new world order has emerged in the global shipping industry following the global financial crisis in 2008. The global shipping industry is undergoing a huge challenge,” Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah, Vice Chairman, DP World & Group CEO, Port & Free Zone World, told delegates at the opening of the three-day Seatrade Middle East Maritime exhibition and conference.

“A growth rate of 2-3 per cent is not acceptable for us, declining from double digit growth of 12 to 15 per cent prior to the crisis. For us, this is recessionary growth.”

Putting these developments in context, Bin Thaniah, said, that the industry had shifted from national to regional and global in the 1980s and 1990s when Europe was beginning to emerge as a country. However, following the global financial crisis of 2008, the world has returned back to regionalism and nationalist protectionism.

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“The world order has changed a lot in the last three decades. Since 2008, the centre of gravity in the global economy is shifting from the West to the East. While the West is going back to protectionism, the emerging economies of the East are driving global growth,” he said.

“We want the Western countries to move away from protectionism and remove trade barriers that could spearhead global growth.”

His comments come a day after Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), said, the rising weight of influence of emerging economies has shifted the balance of power.

“This clearly implies a number of transitions to which we have not yet adjusted as classic Westphalia concepts of sovereignty are being challenged by the realities of interdependence. Some may consider this a problem; it is perhaps better to think of it as an opportunity to look at the real shaping factors of trade,” Lamy told an audience on Monday.

“The old theories and hypotheses which governed the way we looked at trade in the 20th century will require better calibration with the new reality of trade in the 21st century. Decades from now scholars and policy makers will look back on this period as a watershed moment in how we approached trade and economic policy. Whether we, collectively, recognised the missteps of the past and learnt from them or whether we continued to forge ahead on the road already traversed. Was it not Confucius that said one should ’study the past if you would define the future’?”

Echoing the same, Christopher Heyman, Chairman of Seatrade, said, “These are challenging times for the global maritime industry. The impact of the financial crisis and recession in the western economies has brought difficult conditions in many market sectors, and an uncomfortable imbalance between supply and demand which some predict will last for two years or more. This combines with an operating environment of high costs and a complex regulation.”

However, despite the challenges, the regional trade in the Gulf is still growing, he said.

“It is clear, especially to those of us who come here this evening from Europe that this region is rebounding strongly. The evidence for this is to be seen from a range of reliable indicators, from cargo volumes through the ports to the traffic levels onShaikh Zayed Road,” he said.

ADPC exhibits portfolio of ports and ancillary shipping services

Abu Dhabi:Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) will showcase its portfolio of world-class ports and ancillary shipping services during its participation at the sixth Seatrade Middle East Maritime, scheduled to run from November 27-29 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Exhibiting at stand H1, ADPC will particularly spotlight Khalifa Port that commenced commercial operations on September 1, 2012. The company will additionally highlight its commitment to sustainable developments and projects that positively contribute to Abu Dhabi’s non-oil GDP.

Captain Mohammad Al Shamisi, Executive Vice-President, Ports’ Unit, ADPC, will deliver a keynote address on the opening day.

Hosting the first semi-automated container terminal in the region, Khalifa Port will also be the region’s first port with on-dock rail access when Etihad Rail becomes operational in 2016. Speaking ahead of the event, Captain Shamisi said: “Abu Dhabi Ports Company is witnessing an exciting growth trajectory. In addition to the growth in vessel traffic by 16 per cent in as compared to 2011, key projects have been delivered. The commencement of commercial activities at Khalifa Port has positioned us in a comfortable position to achieve our objective of supporting economic diversification in line with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. The new port will help grow imports into Abu Dhabi and boost the export of indigenous products from the emirate.”

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He added: “Seatrade Middle East Maritime comes at a time when we are seeking to highlight our maritime offerings. The event is particularly awaited for its showcase of advanced industry-related technology and infrastructure developments. While sharing our experience of operating a world-class ports company, we are also looking forward to gaining rich perspectives from conference panelists on the concerns that face the industry.”

National safety guidelines loom for domestic shipping

Posted November 06, 2012 12:11:19

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) says streamlining commercial shipping regulations will make it cheaper to transport goods by sea.

From next year, there will be a national set of safety guidelines for domestic shipping operators which will replace conflicting state legislation.

Yesterday, about 100 industry representatives attended a consultation session in Gladstone in central Queensland on the changes.

AMSA spokesman Richard Wallace says there is broad support for the new system.

“Shipping operators and certainly domestic or commercial vessel owners and operators have been waiting for these changes because they know the current system that we have actually prevents them from working their businesses as they want to work,” he said.

“It will mean people will be able to get national certificates which will enable them to work around all the country.”

Topics: sea-transport, regulation, federal—state-issues, public-sector, gladstone-4680

Shipping slump hits Port of Melbourne

Updated November 14, 2012 12:52:22

A report from Victoria’s auditor-general has found the financial gains from the Port of Melbourne channel-deepening project have been overshadowed by a global downturn in shipping and manufacturing.

The project is the Port of Melbourne’s largest infrastructure development and was delivered on time and $250 million under budget.

The report says larger ships are now using the port, but at a slower rate than previously forecast.

There were 118 fewer visits than expected in 2010 and 2011.

The report says the significant downturn in manufacturing and exports since the global financial crisis has led to a slump in shipping trade.

There is also an oversupply of shipping capacity.

It says the changes to shipping markets were outside the Port of Melbourne Corporation’s control, but may reduce the benefits of project if the trends continue.

Topics: state-parliament, states-and-territories, manufacturing, port-melbourne-3207

First posted November 14, 2012 12:50:11

Shipping activity at Port Qasim

Sunday, 30 September 2012 15:29 Posted by Shoaib-ur-Rehman Siddiqui

shipKARACHI: Three ships carrying containers arrived at QICT to discharge palm oil at LCT, chemical at Evtl on Saturday.

Berth occupancy was maintained at 50pc at the Port on Saturday where a total of seven ships namely M.V MSC Lana, M,V Fisher-D. M.V Star Sea Cosmos, M.T AL-Salam-II, M.T Zao Galaxy, M.T Amagi Galaxy, M.V Shan Dong Hai Tong are currently occupying berths to load/offload containers, cement, iron ore, diesel oil, palm oil, chemical, fertilizer was handled at Port during last 24 hours.

Cargo handling operations were carried out smoothly at the Port where a cargo volume 75043 tonnes comprising 72630 tonnes import, 2413 tonnes export and 2707 (Tues) was handled at the Port during last 24 hours.

 M.T AL-Salam-II, M.T Amagi Galaxy, sailed on Sunday morning.

M.V Mire at Fotco arrive on Sunday.

Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2012

Reopening Nato supply: Govt justifies $5,000 fee for shipping containers

Includ­es charge­s for infras­tructu­re rehabi­litati­on, inspec­tion of suppli­es, enviro­nmenta­l impact, port servic­es. Includes charges for infrastructure rehabilitation, inspection of supplies, environmental impact, port services. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE


As Pakistan and the United States make some headway in bilateral talks, Islamabad’s demand for $5,000 per container for transporting goods to Afghanistan through its territory remains the biggest stumbling block.

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has ruled out paying Pakistan this amount, but officials familiar with the talks say Islamabad’s demand is “neither irrational nor out of the blue.”

The supplies made to Isaf and Nato forces stationed in Afghanistan have ruined Pakistan’s road infrastructure over the last nine years of cooperation, they added.

The infrastructure was used for eight years without paying any charges. In the ninth year, the US started paying a nominal handling fee of $220 per container to National Logistic Cell – the army’s logistics arm, officials said. Terming Pakistan’s demand as “extortion,” Senator John McCain, a former Republican presidential aspirant, had claimed that the US was paying $250 per container to Pakistan.

Why $5,000?

Roads in Pakistan are designed to have a life of ten years but have depreciated significantly since the damage caused by a single container is equivalent to 1,500 to 2,000 cars.

Officials said the National Highway Authority needs $1.6 billion to rebuild the damaged infrastructure and, for this purpose alone, it has proposed a charge of $1,000 per container.

The additional $4,000 includes charges for scanning, inspection and examination of the supplies, charges on account of road safety, environmental impact and port services, they added.

For the last eight-and-a-half years, Pakistan allowed Nato and Isaf containers to leave the ports without scanning them. The Federal Board of Revenue, however, claims it had started scanning the containers but refused to speak on record.  Officials said Pakistan will not provide security to the containers.

Comparing with NDN

Even after paying $5,000 per container to Pakistan, the cost of shipping supplies through Pakistani territory will be less than that incurred using the Northern Distribution Network (NDN) – and will take less time.

Each container coming through the NDN to Afghanistan costs $14,000. About 40 to 45% of the NDN comprises sea routes, while the rest is covered through rail and road networks.

The Pakistani route, on the contrary, costs $7,000, since 80 to 85% of the distance is via sea while the rest is through road, officials said.

However, officials say, the US insists the $5,000 per container fee to Pakistan will surge the cost of the route and make it comparable to the NDN. The US has threatened Pakistan that sticking to the demand may put its ties with Nato countries at risk, officials added.

CSF payments

During the recently-concluded technical-level talks, both sides have resolved certain outstanding issues vis-à-vis reimbursements under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF). Both sides, however, were reluctant to share details due to the ‘hostile’ US Congress. Officials said the US was ready to pay CSF payments for the period between May and November 2011.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 27th, 2012.