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October 28, 2014: DP World Limited handled 44.8 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) across its global portfolio of container terminals during the first nine months of 2014, with gross container volumes growing by 9.0% on a like- for-like basis. On a reported basis gross container volumes grew by 10.1% with new volume at London Gateway (UK) and Embraport (Brazil) contributing to the increase.

Growth for the nine month period was largely driven by the Asia Pacific and India Subcontinent region, Europe and UAE terminals. The UAE delivered another strong performance handling 11.4 million TEU, representing growth of 12.6% year-on-year. We remain encouraged by the performance in Europe, which continues to display strong volume growth.
At a consolidated2 level, our terminals handled 21.0 million TEU during the first nine months of 2014, a 9.9% improvement in like-for-like3performance. On a reported level, the growth rate of 8.6% in consolidated volumes reflects the deconsolidation of Hong Kong assets in June last year.

Chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem commented: "Volume growth for the first nine months of 2014 has been impressive, and we remain encouraged by the third quarter performance which has grown 8.4% year-on-year on a like-for-like basis. It is evident that the significant investment of recent years is aiding in the delivery of stronger volume growth.

"Our flagship Jebel Ali port achieved yet another new record, with 4.0 million TEU handled in the third quarter. The port is operating at almost maximum utilisation and we are therefore pleased to announce that Terminal 3 is now operational, adding 2 million TEU capacity to Jebel Ali port. A further 2 million is expected to come on line in the second half of 2015, taking total Jebel Ali capacity to 19 million TEU. This is part of our commitment to invest to meet future capacity demands in Dubai.

"The solid nine-month performance leaves us well placed to outperform the market, which is forecast to grow at approximately 5% in 2014. As always, we continue to focus on driving profitability by targeting higher margin throughput while containing costs and improving efficiencies. Overall performance remains in line with market expectations."



October 29, 2014: November 3rd 2014 will see the launch of Espace Europe's European Express Calculator to the U.K's Freight forwarding and Logistics Industry.

After a very short registration process, manufacturers and logistics companies will be given online access to Espace's unique European Express transport tool. Armed simply with a collection and delivery postcode, customers with time-critical European freight will be able to generate their own rates and transit times for Express van deliveries to or from Europe. An online booking facility can then be used to make the booking with one of Espace's Freight Emergency Service team.

Tony Shally, M.D, commented, " As far as I know, we are the only freight company in the U.K offering online access to its European Express van pricing mechanism and a Money Back Guarantee if the delivery is late. Giving customers online access and booking facilities is the next step in this services's development. We are also currently speaking to a number of companies who are interested in integrating this software into their own websites and setting up a partnership agreement with us."

Espace's "Freight Emergency Service" was started in 2012 and has seen growth in excess off 60% in the last 2 years. Time-critical deliveries now account for 30% of its business with the remainder made up from standard European road, sea and air freight. Amongst its recent contract wins are a Formula One racing team and a global golf club and accessories manufacturer who both use Espace for U.K and European express deliveries.


October 23, 2014: Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. has announced the placement of two incremental Boeing 747 freighters into ACMI service.

The two aircraft, a 747-8F and a 747-400F, will be operated in Polar Air Cargo Worldwide's express network under an ACMI arrangement for the benefit of DHL Express, the world's leading international express shipping company, and Polar's other customers. Operations are scheduled to begin on October 26, 2014.

"We are pleased to expand our long-standing relationship with DHL and to support the advancement of its global network operations," said William J. Flynn, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlas Air Worldwide.

When the new ACMI service begins, Polar's express network will total twelve 747 freighters, consisting of five 747-8Fs and seven 747-400Fs, in ACMI on behalf of DHL and Polar's other customers. Atlas also will continue to operate a fleet of Boeing 767 Freighters in CMI service for DHL, with 11 aircraft in operation by the end of January 2015.


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 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 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 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 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 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 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."

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