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DHL remains world's leading air freight forwarder
Thursday, 28 June 2018 03:13

DHL Global Forwarding held onto its number one spot as the world's largest air freight forwarder in 2017, however, second placed Kuehne + Nagel continued to close the gap.

According to the latest annual figures from analyst Armstrong & Associates, the world's top 25 air freight forwarders experienced rapid growth last year, with their total tonnage rising 11.1 per cent to 16.1 million tons, reported London's Air Cargo News.

This surpassed market growth of nine per cent due to acquisitions and investments made by the top players.

DHL Global Forwarding saw its air cargo demand in 2017 increase by 8.1 per cent to 2.3 million tons.

However, European forwarder Kuehne + Nagel grew at twice the market rate with a 20.4 per cent spike in air freight volumes to 1.6 million tons. Performance was boosted by the acquisition of Commodity Forwarders in the US and Trillvane in Kenya, both perishables specialists, while it said industry-specific air freight solutions, for example for the pharma and healthcare or the aerospace sectors, generated significant growth.

Holding on to third place was Germany-based forwarder, DB Schenker, which achieved a 10.3 per cent increase in air freight demand to 1.3 million tons on the back of growth in automobile and consumer goods in Asia and Europe, while its strongest growth was on the trade route between Asia and the US.

Fourth and fifth placed Panalpina and Expeditors, both of which moved up one place in the rankings from last year, saw demand rise by 8.1 per cent and 10 per cent compared with 2016.

The fastest growing freight forwarder was Crane Worldwide Logistics, which registered a 44 per cent increase in demand to 281,083 tons. The forwarder has been targeting the European air freight market of late, opening new offices/facilities at London Heathrow and Amsterdam airport. The increase saw the forwarder soar four places up the table to 21st position.

One other trend in this year's figures is that no forwarder registered a decrease in volumes, although demand was flat at UPS and Pilot Freight Services.

Excluding these two companies, FedEx Trade Networks and Supply Chain registered the smallest increase of just three per cent to 276,400 tons, pushing the company down three places in the list to 23rd place.

Maersk offers all-water Asia to eastern Canada-Asia loop
Wednesday, 27 June 2018 01:31

MAERSK Line will launch its own weekly all-water service from the Far East to Montreal and Halifax, the company has announced.

Maersk's AE6 service will connect ports in China and southeast Asia to its new Med / Montreal Express (MMX) at its terminal in Algeciras.

Maersk's facility at Tanjung Pelapas, from which the AE6 sails non-stop to Algeciras, will receive cargo from the widest southeast Asia scope. From Algeciras, the MMX sails non-stop to Montreal, followed by Halifax. At Montreal, Maersk Line is using the Cast terminal.

Next sailings of the MMX rotation as follows: Ningbo on Tuesday, June 19; Shanghai on Thursday, June 14; Yantian on Monday, June 18; Tanjung Pelepas on June 16 and Algeciras on Friday, June 15.

Monday, 25 June 2018 02:00

Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd. has taken delivery of its first new container vessel, the 14,000 TEU ONE Stork.

According to ONE, the ship was built at the Kure Shipyard of Japan Marine United Corporation and features the Japanese line’s magenta branding. The sublet owner is Nippon Yusen Kaisha.



“ONE is excited to take delivery of the first newbuilding container ship with our new corporate colour, magenta,” said Jeremy Nixon, chief executive officer of ONE. “The magenta colour shows our intentional drive to do things differently and explore newness in this market. There is no doubt that she will be one of our most important core fleet. We are committed to continue the company’s efforts to provide higher-quality and more competitive services for our customers.”

The vessel features a hull form which allows for improved cargo-loading efficiency and minimized engine-room space. The dual system in its main engine allows for flexible operations and reduced carbon emissions, with high or low output ranges.

The ship will be deployed on THE Alliance’s EC4 service connecting Asia and the East Coast of North America, with a port rotation of Kaohsiung – Hong Kong – Yantian – Cai Mep – Singapore – New York – Norfolk – Savannah – Charleston – New York – Singapore.

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