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October 28, 2014: Due to reduced port availability and port closures in North Europe during Christmas and New Year vacation period, Maersk Line will implement a contingency plan for a number of scheduled port calls. The impact has been minimised by securing alternate routings wherever possible.

Below please find the westbound sailings and port calls affected.

  • Asia - Europe 2 (AE2)

Week 47

Estelle Maersk 1412, ETA Shanghai Nov 19th, omitting Antwerp.Coverage with AE1 Maersk Salalah 1410, ETA Shanghai Nov 19th, via Zeebrugge transship or AE2 Estelle Maersk 1412, ETA Shanghai Nov 19th via Rotterdam transship. Alternatively following AE2 Edith Maersk 1410, ETA Shanghai Nov 26th.

Week 48

Edith Maersk 1410, ETA Shanghai Nov 26th, omitting Rotterdam. Coverage with AE10 Merete Maersk 1410, ETA Shanghai Nov 29th.

  • Asia - Europe 6 (AE6)

Week 47

Botswana 1412, ETA Ningbo Nov 19th, omitting Felixstowe. Felixstowe coverage with London Gateway inducement call.
Alternatively coverage with AE7 Gjertrud Maersk 144W, ETA Ningbo Nov 21th.

Week 48

HS Rome 1412, ETA Ningbo Nov 26th, blank sailing. Le Havre coverage with AE7 Gunvor Maersk 151W, ETA Ningbo Nov 28th with Le Havre inducement call. Hamburg coverage with AE2 Edith Maersk 1410, ETA Shanghai Nov 26th.

  • Asia - Europe 7 (AE7)

Week 48

Gunvor Maersk 151W, ETA Ningbo Nov 28th, omitting Bremerhaven. Bremerhaven coverage with Wilhelmshaven inducement call.
Alternatively Bremerhaven coverage with AE2 Edith Maersk 1410, ETA Shanghai Nov 26th

  • Asia - Europe 10 (AE10)

Week 48

Merete Maersk 1404, ETA Ningbo Nov 28th, omitting Bremerhaven and Algeciras. Bremerhaven coverage with Wilhelmshaven inducement call. Alternatively Bremerhaven coverage with AE2 Edith Maersk 1410, ETA Shanghai Nov 26th. Algeciras coverage with AE2 Edith Maersk 1410, ETA Shanghai Nov 26th Algeciras inducement call.


October 27, 2014: Hapag Lloyd has announced upcoming service enhancements to our services between New Zealand – South East Asia – North-Europe / Mediterranean (via connectivity to our Fareast mainliner services).

From end October / early November onwards, we will be offering an extended port coverage, increased capacity and improved transit time on our New Zealand services.

A new weekly service offering competitive transit time to Auckland will also be introduced.
The port rotation of the improved New Zealand services are as follows:

  • NZA1 (New Zealand Loop A-1)

Tanjung Pelepas • Singapore • Brisbane • Tauranga • Lyttelton • Port Chalmers • Tanjung Pelepas

Effective sailing, Lexa Maersk voyage 495S/N will call Singapore on October, 28 2014, Tauranga on November 12, 2014.

  • NZA2 (New Zealand Loop A-2)

Tanjung Pelepas • Singapore • Wellington • Timaru • Napier • Auckland • Tanjung Pelepas

Effective sailing, Jens Maersk voyage 433S/N will call Singapore on October, 28 2014, Wellington on November 17, 2014.

  • NZA3 (New Zealand Loop A-3)

Singapore • Tanjung Pelepas • Auckland • Tauranga • Singapore

Effective sailing, Maersk Virginia voyage 414S/N will call Singapore on November 1, 2014, Auckland on November 19, 2014.


October 27, 2014: The Norwegian city of Stavanger is a new destination on Lufthansa Cargo's freighter schedule. As of 8 November, one of the cargo airline's Boeing 777F will link Houston with Stavanger every Saturday, providing a direct freighter service between two of the most important centres of the global oil and gas industry.

"Both in Houston and Stavanger time-critical technology for offshore and deep sea oilfield drilling is produced", explains Alexander Kohnen, Director Sales & Handling Nordic and Baltic at Lufthansa Cargo. "In most cases, speed is of the essence. With our direct cargo connection, time- critical express consignments will reach almost every destination in the world within 24 hours."

In total, Lufthansa Cargo will serve more than 300 destinations across 100 countries with the coming winter schedule. 45 stations will be flown to by the freight fleet.


October 27,2014: IAG Cargo today announces it has launched its innovative Cargo Connector service in Frankfurt, Germany, the first of its kind in the market. Freight forwarders in Frankfurt can now opt to have IAG Cargo collect and transport shipments, of less than 300 kilos, direct from their premises to the airport at no additional cost.

Through Cargo Connector, freight forwarders will be able to make bookings at short notice, and will not need to invest in their own driver and truck, which can be time consuming and costly during busy periods. These benefits are among the reasons that the Cargo Connector service has proved so successful in the UK and US.

The launch comes at a time when IAG Cargo is enhancing its proposition in the German market. The carrier is strengthening its profile among the 'Mittelstand', Germany's small and medium sized businesses, which have a longstanding importance for the German air cargo industry. In particular, the addition of a new sales office in Dusseldorf and the strengthening of its German sales force will better serve the country's significant SME market and drive further business growth for IAG Cargo.

Chris Nielen, Regional Commercial Manager, Europe at IAG Cargo said: "Germany is highly competitive and among Europe's biggest markets, so we are proactively targeting the northern, eastern and south western German regions to increase our relevance among businesses there. The huge success of Cargo Connector in London and key US cities, meanwhile, makes it a logical step to bring this service to Frankfurt where we anticipate strong uptake from businesses. Being the first carrier to offer this kind of service in an area where low weight shipments are quite common, will raise the profile of IAG Cargo and support our growth ambitions in Germany."

Cargo Connector is available at IAG Cargo's UK hub operation at London Heathrow and seven US airports (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle and Houston). Drivers arrive in IAG Cargo-branded vans and in addition to collecting freight are able to process new cargo bookings on-the-spot, making it easier than ever for freight forwarders to connect to IAG Cargo's network of over 350 destinations.


October 23, 2014: As an expert in complex intercontinental traffic flows, GEFCO is investing in a new air cargo hub at Frankfurt airport in Germany and thereby strengthens its Overseas network, which is made up of 80 hubs and depots around the world. This operation forms part of GEFCO's range of bespoke multimodal transport solutions offered to its industrial clients to adapt to their production constraints and facilitate commercial operations in their strategic development zones.

This new air cargo hub, backing on to Frankfurt International Airport allows the GEFCO Group's clients to benefit from multiple air routes and service options, since Frankfurt has been a major player amongst European freight airports for many years. Air freight cargo from all around the world is handled and received there before being transported to its final destination, especially in Germany or Eastern Europe, as well as all over the world. The hub at Frankfurt enjoys access to air, rail and road transport, as well as a central location, and benefits from modern infrastructure.

Along with those of Paris, Shanghai and Hong Kong, this new hub addresses major industrial challenges: flexible solutions, optimising costs throughout the whole supply chain, reducing delivery time and managing complex global flows

The air cargo hub in Frankfurt allows GEFCO to offer its international clients, especially those from the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States), a competitive and reliable offer, by grouping air freight transports for imports and exports in the same place

In Frankfurt, GEFCO offers value added services such as customs clearance as well as solutions which are adapted to its clients from various industries, including the Automotive, manufacturing, health and FMCG sectors.

The Group also offers a High & Heavy transport solution, designed for heavy and bulky cargo: "As a major international logistics player, we execute the most intelligent logistics solutions to accompany our customers' international development," said Marc Motschmann, Global Head of Air Freight, GEFCO. "Our platform at Frankfurt Airport supports our growth strategy in Central and Eastern Europe perfectly, as it offers a modern infrastructure, which allows faster handover processes, short lead times and a complete range of services."


October 22, 2014: VT Halter Marine, Inc., a subsidiary of VT Systems, Inc., has begun construction on the first of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships for Crowley Maritime Corporation's liner services group.

VT Halter Marine and Crowley entered into a contract for the pair of ships in November 2013 and construction began with the first steel plate cutting in Pascagoula, Miss., this morning.

"We have waited with great anticipation for the Commitment Class build program to start," said John Hourihan, senior vice president and general manager, Puerto Rico/Caribbean liner services. "These new ships will embody superior technology and construction and we are anxious to get them into service for our partners in Puerto Rico."

Crowley-to-Build-Revolutionary-LNG-Powered-ConRo-ShipsThe Commitment Class ships have been designed to maximize the carriage of 53-foot, 102-inch-wide containers, which offer the most cubic cargo capacity in the trade. The ships will be 219.5 meters long, 32.3 meters wide (beam), have a deep draft of 10 meters, and an approximate deadweight capacity of 26,500 metric tonnes.

Cargo capacity will be approximately 2,400 TEUs (20-foot-equivalent-units), with additional space for nearly 400 vehicles in an enclosed Ro/Ro garage. The main propulsion and auxiliary engines will be fueled by environmentally-friendly LNG. The ship design is provided by Wartsila Ship Design in conjunction with Crowley subsidiary Jensen Maritime, a leading Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm.

The Commitment Class, Jones Act ships will replace Crowley's towed triple-deck barge fleet, which has served the trade continuously and with distinction since the early 1970s. These new ships, which will be named El Coquí (ko-kee) and Taíno (tahy-noh), will offer customers fast ocean transit times, while accommodating the company's diverse equipment selection and cargo handling flexibility – benefits customers have enjoyed for nearly 60 years. El Coquí and Taíno are scheduled for delivery second and fourth quarter 2017 respectively.

Powered by LNG, the Crowley ships will set a new standard for environmentally responsible shipping. LNG is a stable gas that is neither toxic nor corrosive and is lighter than air. It is the cleanest fossil fuel available, netting a 100-percent reduction in sulphur oxide (SOx) and particulate matter (PM), and a 92-percent reduction in nitrogen oxide (NOx). LNG also has the ability to significantly reduce carbon dioxide (CO2), a contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, as compared with conventional fossil fuels.

Designing, building and operating LNG-powered vessels is very much in line with Crowley's overall EcoStewardship© positioning and growth strategy. The company formed an LNG services group earlier this year to bring together the company's extensive resources to provide LNG vessel design and construction management; transportation; product sales and distribution, and full-scale, project management solutions.

Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 122-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company.


October 23, 2014: Jettainer, the world's leading service partner for outsourced ULD management, continues to expand its presence in America and has now set up Jettainer Americas Inc., based in the state of Delaware. Just last month, Jettainer took over the global management and maintenance of containers and pallets on behalf of American Airlines.

New branches will be opened in central locations in the United States as part of the expansion. This will include a presence at Dallas/Fort Worth, the largest hub of new customer American Airlines, which, after the recent acquisition of US Airways, is now the largest airline in the world. Jettainer has already been managing US Airways' loading equipment – so-called Unit Load Devices (ULDs) – since 2005. The new offices will also be in Miami, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

"The American continent is one of the most important growth markets for us. That's why we are investing in our on-site presence. We are aiming to expand our market leadership with highly innovative services," says Carsten Hernig, Managing Director of Jettainer GmbH.

With the expansion of the site network, Jettainer will also introduce the new "Ground Operation Supervisor Concept" in America. For customers, this means that a central interface – a supervisor – will be created at each location to manage all coordination with the airline's ground services. This will further streamline processes and accelerate clearance on the ground.

For the rapid and accurate logging of the ULD movements at both hubs and the customer's main international locations, Jettainer has also developed the "JettApp" application, which is now available in the USA as well. This will make the management of container fleets as a whole more efficient.

"As a service provider in the highly competitive aviation market, our aim is to assure airlines of our high level of service in the long term through constant innovation. That's why we continually work together with our customers on new ways to improve processes," says Martin Kraemer, Head of Marketing & PR at Jettainer.


October 23, 2014: AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), part of Volga-Dnepr Group, is on course for another year of record growth, reinforcing its position as one of the world's fastest-growing all-cargo airlines.

In the first nine months of 2014, ABC carried 290,735 tons, a 14% increase over the same period last year. The airline's average load factor for the nine months ended 30 September was 71%, far exceeding the industry average of around 45%.

Denis Ilin, Executive President of AirBridgeCargo Airlines, said: "As a global airline operating in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, we are not immune from the downturn in international economies. However, this has challenged us to focus even more on developing and implementing new business opportunities and solutions that have given us a platform for growth. Our priority remains to deliver the highest levels of customer service, supported by the operating efficiencies of our modern aircraft fleet, because customer satisfaction is the key to us realising our market leadership ambitions."

ABC's growth in 2014 has been boosted by the continued expansion of its network, with new destinations and additional frequencies on the airline's existing routes. In September, Switzerland joined ABC's network with the launch of scheduled Boeing 747 all-cargo services to/from Basel, further extending its transport options for customers in the healthcare industry. Basel has one of the highest concentrations of life sciences businesses in the world. The airline also added frequencies to Seoul and Tokyo to increase its product range for ABC customers in the region, especially those in the automotive sector.

By adding new destinations and improving connectivity with its Moscow hub, AirBridgeCargo now offers an extensive choice of direct routes for its international customers in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific as well as over 400 connections with a delivery time of below 48 hours on almost all of its origin-destination pairs.

The airline has also announced plans to further increase its presence on existing markets. Starting from the 2014/15 winter schedule, ABC will launch additional frequencies to Munich, Milan and Amsterdam in Europe, Hong Kong and Shanghai in Asia, and Chicago and Dallas in the USA.


October 22, 2014: Rhenus Logistics, one of Britain's leading freight forwarders, has announced a new partnership with Austrian logistics giant Transdanubia. The deal will see Rhenus expand upon its longstanding market presence in Austria by working with Transdanubia to provide an improved logistics service across central Europe.

Transdanubia handles over 500,000 shipments a year, distributing a wide range of products including hazardous goods and automotive parts throughout central Europe. It has an impressive client portfolio, including some of Austria's leading organisations such as Schöller Foods.

Rhenus and Transdanubia currently operate three scheduled trailer departures each week, encompassing a full reverse logistics solution from the UK to Austria. The joint venture with Rhenus is a signal of both companies' ongoing expansion, with early volume reports suggesting the partnership will be a great success.

Gary Dodsworth, director at Rhenus, said: "We're delighted to add to our growing blue chip and market-leading client base with Transdanubia. We're pleased to be working with an organisation that shares our values and vision for the future of European logistics and look forward to increasing our market share in Europe. Transdanubia is a first-rate partner when it comes to difficult or unusual transport solutions. Through its use of the very latest in logistics technical equipment, we can jointly guarantee a specialised solution, whatever the load."

Encompassing rail, road, air and sea, Rhenus Logistics has more than 75 years' experience in logistics. 


October 22, 2014: CEVA Logistics, one of the world's leading supply chain management companies, is delighted to announce a major fleet investment program within the UK.

The investment, worth $20 million, will add 120 tractor units, 40 rigid vehicles and 180 new trailers to CEVA's extensive UK ground transport fleet before the end of 2014. All of the vehicles will be fitted with telematics and the rigid vehicles will have an innovative load restraint system to enable use across multiple CEVA operations. CEVA and its customers will also benefit from some weight saving enhancements to the trailer specification, which increases carrying capacity to 29.2 tons.

Speaking about the investment, Michael O'Donoghue, CEVA's Executive Vice President, UK, Ireland and Nordics commented: "We are delighted to make this investment in our ground transport operation. It increases our size and scale and signals our optimism in the UK marketplace."

Michael continues: "We've also added innovative and creative solutions that will benefit our own operations and our customers'. All of the vehicles on order will be fitted with telematics which help us to measure, monitor and continually improve the behavior of our drivers in terms of safety and efficiency."

In the UK, CEVA has embraced a number of innovations to improve its sustainability, efficiency and environmental credentials which led to a saving of 6,000 tons of carbon dioxide in 2013. In order to make these savings, CEVA introduced longer semi-trailers, double deck trailers and improved vehicle aerodynamics. Through the use of telematics, CEVA monitors driver performance for every journey against seven fuel indicators in addition to providing safe and fuel efficient driving training for its drivers.

The new fleet will be predominately used for CEVA's Consumer and Retail operations in the UK and will form part of CEVA's ground transportation service which uses sophisticated monitoring systems to give CEVA, and its customers, outstanding flexibility, control and visibility.


October 20, 2014: National Air Cargo, Inc., a freight forwarder specializing in difficult-to-move cargo, announced today that it has filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York.

National Air Cargo, Inc. (NAC Inc.) is a subsidiary company of National Air Cargo Holdings, Inc., a Florida corporation with more than 20 different subsidiary companies. National Air Cargo Holdings, Inc., National Airlines and National Air Cargo Holdings, Inc.'s other global subsidiary companies are not parties to and have nothing to do with the bankruptcy filed by NAC Inc., a New York corporation.

NAC Inc. and its predecessor have been in business for more than 23 years. Despite downturns in the economy NAC Inc. has continued to run a stable business; however, in October 2013, a United States District Court entered a judgment against NAC Inc. The case was filed by start-up Global BTG in 2010, and alleged that NAC Inc. breached a Letter of Intent by failing to finance aircraft leases through Global. NAC Inc. continues to contend there was no enforceable agreement and there was no breach. NAC Inc. has an appeal pending at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Filing bankruptcy allows NAC Inc. to continue business without the immediate threat of Global's judgment, and therefore permits NAC Inc. to continue serving its clients, making payments to all of its business partners, and employing its valued team members in the Orchard Park New York and Herndon Virginia areas.

Christopher Alf, CEO of NAC Inc., explained, "We have appealed the unjustified and unexpected verdict in the case brought by Global BTG in 2010, but unfortunately that appeal will not be decided for some time. We believe we will be victorious in the appeal. Seeking Chapter 11 relief will permit NAC Inc. to serve its customers while reorganizing NAC Inc.'s financial situation caused by this one off event. Our focus at this time is to continue to offer the same high level of service our customers expect and rely on."

Mark Burgess, Managing Director of NAC Inc., says his team in Orchard Park "is committed to continuing uninterrupted diligent hard work in routing challenging cargo to locations around the globe. My team gives 110% every day, that won't change. We'll move cargo – whether it's lifesaving medical equipment or mission critical aircraft parts – it's what we do best." Brian Conaway, Vice President of Finance for the parent company, added, "We remain committed to performing under all our contracts and growing our business."

National Air Cargo, Inc. is incorporated in the state of New York and operates out of Orchard Park New York. The parent company is incorporated in the state of Florida.

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