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Kerr to leave Etihad Cargo

Justin Carr EtihadABU DHABI, October 19, 2017. Etihad Cargo senior vice president David Kerr is to leave the organization at the end of 2017. The airline said his successor would be announced "in the coming months".

Kerr's resignation follows last week's news that Ulrich Oigermann will leave Qatar Airways Cargo at the end of the year after five years as CCO.

Etihad Airways CEO Peter Baumgartner acknowledged Kerr's contribution to the airline saying: "During his seven-and-a-half-year tenure, Etihad Cargo's business trebled to become a billion dollar organization. I would personally like to thank David for his tremendous work and to wish him well for the future."

Etihad has also announced Justin Carr is the airline's new vice president Cargo, Commercial. Carr is DHL's former head of Multinational Business Development for the Middle East and Africa. Appointed in July, he is responsible for global sales, key accounts, product teams and Etihad Cargo's freighter platforms.

Baumgartner added: "We welcome Justin to the team at this exciting and challenging time in the air cargo industry. His experience and familiarity with the region and customers are already paying dividends."

Pictured: Justin Carr, Etihad Cargo new vice president Commercial. Educated at the University of Natal, South Africa, he began his logistics career as a regional manager for Uniroute Logistics in Capetown before joining UTI as a general manager for the company's Central Africa division. Carr moved to Dubai in 2011 as DHL regional customer manager for the EMEA region.

KN profits from Eurasia rail links

HAMBURG: October 17, 2017. Six months after its launch, Kuehne + Nagel (KN) has added points in northern China, Japan and South Korea to its Eurasia Express rail service.

Among them is China's 'Motor City' Changchun that now has a weekly rail link with Hamburg.

KN RAILThe company is also offering sea/rail services between Japan and South Korea, LCL rail shipments between China and Russia via Moscow's multimodal Vorsino logistics terminal, and the first 14-day link between Xian in China and Kouvola in Finland.

As a result, more than 50 points in China will be linked with more than 20 in Russia with a maximum 24-day delivery time via Moscow.

"KN Eurasia Express is a success story. Delivery times are much faster compared to seafreight, while costs are much lower than airfreight, making it an attractive product for our customers," declared KN head of Seafreight Otto Schacht. "Now we're expanding this service to include commercial centres in northern China, South Korea and South- East Asia," he added.

For the first nine months of 2017, KN reported a 10.4 percent year-on-year increase in net turnover to CHF13.5 billion; a 2.8 percent rise in operating profit (EBITDA) to CHF840 million; and a 1.3 percent bump in net profit to CHF540 million.

Seafreight volumes rose 8.0 percent in the period; airfreight traffic jumped 19 percent; trucking revenue increased 5.2 percent and gross profit from contract logistics rose 7.7 percent.

"With 
strong volume growth and active cost management we further improved results in the third quarter in line with our expectations," said KN International CEO Detlef Trefzger. "The business development in the first nine months of 2017 confirms our strategic focus on value-creating solutions and makes us confident to reach our profitability targets we have set ourselves for the full business year."

BBC Chartering and Jumbo create project cargo alliance

LEER, Germany/ SCHIEDAM, Netherlands: October 17, 2017. Heavylift and project cargo ocean carriers BBC Chartering and Jumbo have agreed to collaborate in a 'Global Project Alliance' while remaining separate businesses.

The two family-owned companies combine heavylift expertise and fleet capacity and intend to offer customers "best for project" solutions by joint bidding on specific projects.

BBC Pearl"Jumbo and BBC Chartering make a great match, which one can truly call 'the biggest and the best'. We look forward to forge this alliance and intensify our collaboration on commercial, operational and strategic levels," commented BBC Chartering CEO Svend Andersen.

"We realize that the world of project shipping is changing rapidly, and that our organizations need to focus on building strategic assets that will enable them to create value in the future," he added.

BBC Chartering provides customers with 180 vessels in a project charter network for single cargo transactions, sophisticated transport projects or strategic volume contracts. The company also operates a global liner and semi-liner network with tramp capability for "any port, any cargo".

The Jumbo heavylift fleet has lifting capacities up to 3,000 tonnes and services ranging from transporting large and heavy pieces of equipment to calling at small, underdeveloped and shallow water ports.

"Both of our companies are family owned, financially strong, and follow a long term strategy in the project shipping sector. As alliance partners we seek to fully utilize our potential arising from BBC Chartering's market position as leader in the volume market for projects, and from Jumbo's market position as leader in super heavy lift projects," noted Jumbo CCO Twan Voogt.

Compressors support Turkmenistan gas for China

Compressor skidsCALGARY: October 17, 2017. Bolloré Logistics China has chartered four AN-124-100 flights to ship compressor skids from Calgary, Canada to the vast Galkynysh gas field in the province of Mary, Turkmenistan.

Each shipment included a main skid, which measured 13.75 meters long and weighed 81.5 tonnes, and a sub-skid of 7.65 meters weighing 13.9 tonnes. Both were delivered to a Chinese Oil & Gas Engineering, Procurement, and Construction company for use at a wellhead to increase production.

China is Turkmenistan's largest gas export market. By 2014 the country's gas accounted for 46 percent or 25.9 billion cubic meters of total Chinese gas imports.

Turkmenistan is one of the few countries to have significant volumes of gas available for export and is the world's biggest gas producer to be reliant on gas exports alone.

"The level of expertise and professionalism of Antonov Airlines combined with their unparalleled flexibility were key factors for the successful completion of this project," said Sun Hongbo, managing director of Bolloré Logistics North China.

In 2006 Turkmenistan and China signed a framework agreement on gas and oil cooperation that outlined plans for joint exploration, Chinese gas purchases and the commissioning of the Trans-Asia Gas Pipeline. The agreement also included a 30-year gas sale and purchase deal of 30 billion cubic meters a year and formed the basis for a new eastern export route from Turkmenistan to China. 

DP World to expand in Dominican Republic

DP World Domincan RepublicDUBAI: October 12, 2017. DP World is planning to expand its US$400 million Caucedo port operations in the Dominican Republic with a new 400-meter berth and associated facilities.

The Caucedo Logistics Centre is a joint venture between DP World and the Caucedo Development Corporation to provide regional distribution facilities for foreign and Dominican businesses.

After a meeting with Dominican Republic president Danilo Medina, DP World chairman Ahmed Bin Sulayem noted: "The Dominican Republic has tremendous potential as a logistics hub and we're pleased to be working in partnership with the local government to maximize on these opportunities.

"Adding another berth at DP World Caucedo ensures we remain competitive and can serve the growing demand for our services in the region. We're also working on expanding the logistics park in Caucedo to attract new businesses and creating an ideal platform for the Dominican Republic to develop into a major hub for trade globally," he continued.

DP World Caucedo is 30 minutes from the country's capital Santo Domingo and close to the international airport, FTZ and and logistics parks.

Trade between Dubai and the Dominican Republic for the first half of 2017 was a reported AED48.6 million.

Freightweek news update Week 42

MARIETTA, GA: October 19, 2017. Lockheed Martin has successfully completed the first flight of its LM-100J, the 17th version of its C-130J Super Hercules freighter aircraft. Read more: LM-J.pdf

BASEL: October 19, 2017. Panalpina has reported net revenue of CHF4.065 billion, an EBITDA of CHF103.9 million and a net profit of CHF48.4 million for the first nine months of 2017. Read more: PAN.pdf

LUXEMBOURG,GD: October 19, 2017. Cargolux has passed its sixth IATA Operational Safety Audit designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. Read more: audit.pdf

MIAMI: October 19, 2017. The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has developed an online Cargo Service Quality tool to help improve visibility and global standards across the air cargo supply chain. Read more: TIACA_tool.pdf

LONDON: October 19, 2017. CargoLogicAir (CLA) has launched its second new scheduled cargo service with a new weekly route connecting London and Frankfurt with Dubai and Hong Kong. Read more: Hong_Kong.pdf

Felixstowe rail 1LEVALLOIS-PERRET, France: October 19, 2017. Geodis is implementing augmented reality at a logistics warehouse in Cologne. The solution is based on Picavi's 'Pick-By-Vision' technology. Read more: AR.pdf

MADRID/LONDON: October 19, 2017. IAG Cargo will be offering 14 tonnes a flight on a seasonal Madrid-San Francisco service next summer. Read more: Iberia.pdf

BONN: October 18, 2017. DHL has introduced a final mile solution for the Life Sciences Medical Device sector. Read more: life.pdf

ANCHORAGE: October 17, 2017. Members of Alaska Airlines' 'Club 49' can now ship 100 pounds of cargo for US$10 within Alaska. Read more:  10_dollars.pdf

DORTMUND: October 17, 2017. Dachser logistics experts and Fraunhofer IML researchers are to work together on R&D projects. Read more: research.pdf

DUBAI: October 16, 2017. A recent study by Aramex in Dubai discovered that deliveries using 'what3words' rather than a conventional street address were 42 percent faster and reduced the distance traveled by delivery drivers 22 percent. Read more: what3words.pdf

FELIXSTOWE, UK: October 16, 2017. A £60.4 million rail improvement scheme, jointly funded by the UK's Network Rail and Hutchison Ports, will enable 47 freight trains to run per day in each direction between the Port of Felixstowe and the main rail line at Ipswich (above). Read more:  Better_by_rail.pdf

ABU DHABI: October 16, 2017. Etihad Airways has awarded IBS Software a multi-million dollar, multi-year contract  to implement its iCargo management solution. Read more: IBS.pdf

KING ABDULLAH ECONOMIC CITY, Saudi Arabia: October 16, 2017. King Abdullah Port has signed a 25-year agreement with AMSteel to operate the first bulk and general cargo terminal berth starting in the second quarter of 2018. Read more: AMSteel.pdf

HAMBURG: October 12, 2017. Zeaborn Group subsidiaries RZ Carrier and Rickmers-Line have been certified by DNV GL to ISO standards 9001:2015, OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 14001:2015. Read more: ISO.pdf

SHANNON: October 12, 2017. GECAS has acquired a B747-8 freighter from Boeing Capital Corporation and will continue the existing aircraft lease with AirBridgeCargo. Read more: GECAS.pdf

Hawaii to meet the MAX

DALLAS: October 12, 2017. With 44 consecutive years of profitability, Southwest Airlines has announced it will begin service to Hawaii from the U.S. mainland next year using B737-MAX 8 aircraft.

Meet the MAXSpeaking to thousands of Southwest employees at a company gathering in California, chairman and CEO Gary Kelly said: "A day long-awaited by our customers, fans, and more than 55,000 of the world's most-loved airline employees is finally within sight—a day that will showcase your hospitality, about as far Southwest as you can go in the U.S."

At the beginning of October Southwest launched nine Boeing 737 MAX 8 services with the inaugural flight from Dallas Love Field to Houston, one of the carrier's original markets first flown in 1971.

Southwest has been the world's launch customer for the Boeing 737-300, -500, -700, and MAX series and based on current plans will eventually take delivery of 200 MAX aircraft.

The airline now awaits FAA approval to operate the two -engine aircraft for more than two hours over water explained COO Mike Van de Ven: "The launch of our ETOPS work begins the next chapter of Southwest Airlines. We're thrilled to bring Hawaii next year as an option to more than 115 million customers who already fly with us annually."

In July Southwest reported Q2 net income of US$748 million on revenue of US$5.7 billion. Cargo revenue for the first six months of 2017 was US$86 million, down 1.1 percent over the same period last year, as the U.S. Airforwarders Association named it 'Domestic Carrier of the Year' for the eighth consecutive time. Southwest Q3 results will be published on October 26.

Maserati makes an entrance at Narita

Maserati 2MODENA: October 16, 2017. Maserati chartered an Air Bridge Cargo Airlines 747-400 freighter for the Japan launch of its MY18 Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabrio cars.

The car company used a hangar at Narita International Airport to unload 28 cars for both the launch and delivery to invited customers.

U.S. Autoweek magazine lists the Pininfarina-designed cars at around $150,000 that includes a hand-assembled 4.7-liter V8 Ferrari engine plus "interior personalization packages and better aerodynamics and compliance with the latest pedestrian safety regulations".

Maserati has produced more than 37,000 GranTurismo and GranCabrio models since a launch in 1947 from its historic Viale Ciro Menotti facory in Modena.

The luxury car subsidiary of the Fiat Chrysler group is forecasting worldwide sales of 55,000 in 2017 - up from 42,000 last year. Sales in China are expected to top 17,000 according to its CEO Reid Bigland.

SkyTeam members look towards joint venture

China Southern and AFKLMPGUANGZHOU/AMSTERDAM: October 12, 2017. China Southern Cargo and Air France KLM Martinair Cargo have taken the first step towards a joint venture with the signing of an MoU "focused on strategic cooperation between the two parties".

Two years ago the airlines signed a cargo agreement offering customers a combination of wide-body and main-deck capacity between Europe and China and mutual access to the airlines' respective networks through interlining SPA (Special Prorate Agreements).

Commenting on the new agreement, senior vice president China Southern Cargo Zhao Fengsheng said: "Signing of this MoU leads to a new phase of cooperation between us, we anticipate concrete result coming out of this."

Over the next four years the two sides say they want to build on their existing experience in SkyTeam; expand Mail and Express business via greater shared capacity between Asia and Europe, Africa and Transatlantic markets; combine belly and main deck freight products to offer high frequency services from Guangzhou, Shanghai, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Schiphol; and explore the possibility of "one roof" handling at home base hubs.

Executive vice president of AFKLMP Cargo Marcel de Nooijer added: "We continuously want to create more value to our customers, and in doing so we are very excited to deepen the cooperation with our strategic partner China Southern Cargo. This new phase is good news for our customers."

Pictured left to right: senior vice president China Southern Cargo Zhao Fengsheng and executive vice president of AFKLMP Cargo Marcel de Nooijer.

APL adds to guaranteed service suite

APL GwangyangSINGAPORE: October 09, 2017. APL has renamed its two guaranteed service offerings 'Eagle Guaranteed' and added 'Eagle Go' to the suite with a guarantee of equipment and vessel space on its North America services departing Shanghai, Ningbo and Yantian in China and Cai Mep in Vietnam.

The three service levels come with a money-back guarantee and apply to 20 APL U.S.-bound services from four Asian ports. Shippers can now capitalize on the year-end holiday shopping season, according to the company.

"APL's 'Eagle GO' seeks to address the concerns of equipment and vessel space shortages as the Trans-Pacific trading season goes full steam," explained senior vice president for the region, Jesper Stenbak.

APL's 'Eagle GET' (previously called 'Eagle Stow') promises a 12-hour discharge of cargo from EX1, SC1 and PE1 services at its Global Gateway South terminal in Los Angeles.
'Eagle Reach' Delivering (previously called 'Eagle Guaranteed') ensures a day-definite arrival of containers on the EX1 service from the GGS terminal to rail yards in Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, El Paso, Kansas City and Memphis.

"Together with our EX1 service, this range of Eagle Guaranteed products further differentiates APL in the market place. This comprehensive suite of end-to-end solutions is tailor-made for the different needs of our customers. We are confident that this premium product will offer shippers their desired predictability for a critical competitive advantage," claimed Stenbak.

Earlier this month APL announced the addition of Durres, Albania and Thessaloniki, Greece to its Mediterranean Express 1 service and Novorossiysk, Russia Black Sea and Poti, Georgia to its Mediterranean Express 2 service rotation.

Turkish Airlines outperforms market

Milanese forwardersISTANBUL: October 12, 2017. Turkish Airlines reported a 25 percent year-on-year increase in air cargo carried to over 97,000 tons in September as traffic rose 44 percent in the Middle East and 31 percent in Europe.

For the first nine months of 2017 the airline uplifted over 810,000 tons across its network - an increase of 27 percent compared to the same period in 2016.

In Italy the airline has seen a 40 percent growth during the year according to CCO Turhan Ozen who took the opportunity to thank 120 Milanese forwarders (right) for their support recently. Ozen also announced the airline will be increasing freighter capacity and frequency to Italy next year via its fleet of 15 all-cargo aircraft.

Putting the results in context, IATA said the seasonally adjusted industry cargo load factor was 46 percent in August - compared to 40 percent in the first quarter of 2016 - and is now back to where it was three years ago.

Available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs) grew by 4.7 percent year-on-year during the month – less than half the rise in demand as daily utilization rates of widebody freighters increased.

Meanwhile, as Turkish Airlines continues to outperform the market, IATA reported its members produced double-digit growth in freight volumes for the fifth time in six months in August, although indicators continue to suggest the cyclical upturn "may be nearing a peak".

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