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K Line (THAILAND) Ltd. 50th Anniversary Party held in Bangkok

K LINE (THAILAND) LTD. (“KTL”) held its 50th Anniversary Party at Plaza Athénée Bangkok on December 1, 2014.

KTL’s 50th Anniversary was celebrated by about 700 people who gathered for the party including Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva, the former Prime Minister of Thailand, Mr. Shigekazu Sato, Ambassador of Japan to Thailand and many distinguished guests from Port Authority of Thailand, government agencies, customer companies and other related people.

In his speech, Mr. Jiro Asakura, President of KAWASAKI KISEN KAISHA, LTD. expressed his sincere gratitude for all attendees who have given support and cooperation to KTL for 50 years in order to develop business in Thailand. He also stressed how the company continues to advance its systems of quality control, conservation of environment and safety standards.

KAWASAKI (BANGKOK) LTD. (former name of KTL) was established in 1964, after which business continually progressed in accordance with economic growth of Thailand. KTL and 7 other group companies in Thailand are now successfully providing a broad spectrum of business services including shipping agencies, inland transportation, custom clearance, machine installation, warehousing, cold storage, freight forwarding and insurance agency. One of KTL’s group companies, BANGKOK COLD STORAGE SERVICE, LTD., has recently opened its second cold storage in a suburb area of Bangkok. In 2015, it is scheduled to open K Line Bang Phra Logistics Center near Laem Chabang port which will consist of warehouse, container depot and truck depot.

In 2015, ASEAN Economic Community (“AEC”) will be established and it is expected to accelerate economic growth of ASEAN countries more and more  beyond their respective borders. The “K” Line Group includes companies such as KTL and representative offices in various countries throughout Asia. In order to provide our esteemed customers with the highest quality total logistics services, we are constantly improving our business operations and will further  strengthen our overall worldwide organization, not only to meet shippers’ needs but to also contribute to each local economy where our operations are located.

 

141203 KLine Thailand 50th Anniversary Party

From the left, Mr. Vitthya, Chairman of K Line (Thailand) Ltd., Mr. Abhisit, the former Prime Minister of Thailand, Mr. Asakura, President of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.,
Mr. Sato, Ambassador of Japan to Thailand, Mr. Ishida, Managing Director of K Line (Thailand) Ltd.

 

SAL Heavy Lift GmbH enters offshore wind energy sector

1 December 2014

In October 2014, SAL successfully completed its first offshore wind-farm-related operation on the Baltic Sea. This offshore operation was part of the Wikinger offshore wind farm project developed by Spanish energy company Iberdrola, whose test pile contract was awarded to German engineering and services group Bilfinger. Bilfinger subcontracted SAL to carry out the tests, and accordingly, SAL’s main offshore installation vessel MV LONE independently conducted the driving of 9 piles into the seabed to a depth of approximately 35 m, including loading and transporting the piles. The piles are for the purpose of confirming the design from a soils perspective.

SAL had sporadically engaged in offshore operations in the past, including implementing a project to deliver equipment underwater (wet-handshake) off the coast of India and a project to change the equipment modules of a floating production, storage and offloading vessel for oil and gas off the coast of Nigeria. SAL then officially entered the offshore operation sector after constructing MV LONE and MV SVENJA, which are equipped with dynamic positioning systems. In 2013, SAL Offshore B.V. was established in Delft, Netherlands, and since then SAL has actively participated in offshore projects, including the installation of submarine pipeline equipment in the Mediterranean and the installation of a tide power generator off the coast of Scotland. This piling work is SAL’s first offshore wind-farm-related operation.

The project was started at the end of September after 4 months of careful planning and thorough preparation, including with significant support from engineering. MV LONE was first fitted out with additional living quarters and project equipment, including 6 tugger winches at Rotterdam. MV LONE was then loaded with the piles, a template for specifying the pile driving positions, a level for setting a pile, an ROV (underwater robot), and an underwater hammer at Sassnitz, Germany, and traveled to the planned construction site of the offshore wind farm approximately,30 km off the coast. MV LONE carried out a series of activities, namely, installation of the 110-t template at the seabed, insertion of piles into the template, and hammering of piles into the seabed. The operation was divided into two sessions in accordance with the water depth, and 9 piles were successfully installed in about 10 days. A further testing campaign of the piles is planned to be carried out by MV LONE in December.

SAL will continue to actively participate in offshore projects by taking full advantage of its engineering capability developed through heavy-item shipping and harbor construction projects, recent experience in offshore projects, high-quality vessels, and the quality work provided by its skilled competent crews.

Maritime safety – two steps forward, but much still to be done

Last week saw the International Maritime Organization’s Maritime Safety Committee (IMO MSC) finalise work on two measures that are significant for standards of safety in the unit load industry, be it maritime or land-based.  International transport insurance provider, TT Club however, believes that while the IMO’s recent actions are significant, they are but two stakes that begin to mark out the ground for what needs to done in developing safety throughout the supply chain.

The adoption by the IMO of the amendment to SOLAS (the Convention for Safety of Life at Sea) concerning verification of gross mass for containers is welcomed.  Such verification will become mandatory in July 2016. The implications of this modest change are reverberating through the international transport community, emphasising as it does shippers’ responsibility to declare gross mass accurately and clarifying the means by which this can be done.

Much work remains to be done by the relevant governmental authorities worldwide to deliver uniform enforcement. Yet prior to this, consistency of both ways and means of carrying out either of the two methods of weight verification outlined in the amendment must be developed throughout the supply chain and across the globe.  Perhaps even more importantly, those contracting to carry or handle container cargo need urgently to identify how each will develop compliance.  The IMO’s move has implications for all parties involved in unit load transportation.

The second welcome ‘stake’ is the approval, with immediate global effect as a non-mandatory Code of Practice, of the CTU Code and its related ‘Informative Material’. While only some jurisdictions may enshrine the code in national legislation, the entire freight industry must recognise that this detailed guidance for the safe packing of unit loads may now be used in litigation to demonstrate good practice.  The TT Club wishes to stress forcefully that all parties need to develop ways to implement and encourage compliance with the CTU Code.*

TT Club’s Risk Management Director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox has for some time been drawing the industry’s attention to the consequences, including bodily injuries, of inappropriate load distribution and badly secured cargo within CTUs (Cargo Transport Units).  He asserts, “Increased levels of training of those employed by shippers, consolidators, warehouses and depots to pack containers, road trailers and other transport units is now essential.”

TT Club’s views are supported by both the International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association (ICHCA) and developer of e-learning training courses for the transport industry, Exis Technologies.   ICHCA will be repeating its successful and informative CTU Roadshow, first held in Harwich earlier this year, in Hull in the New Year, the date of which will be confirmed shortly.  Exis Technologies was commissioned by TT Club to develop the CTUpack e-learning™ course**, which was launched in January 2014.  This foundation course provides lessons focusing on the issues most relevant to the packers of unit loads, including forces and stresses encountered during transport and how these impinge on the safe packing and securing cargo in a CTU.

Storrs-Fox advises, “Such training is clearly the number one loss prevention measure and, if adopted as a core feature of the operator’s culture, can greatly reduce the number of incidents incurred globally each year throughout the industry.”

These two elements begin to mark out new safety parameters and will undoubtedly, if adequately and consistently implemented, bring about some improvements through the supply chain. However more needs to be done particularly in the maritime mode.

TT Club is amongst those in the international shipping community who are urging attention to be focussed on the findings of the MARIN ‘Lashing@Sea’ investigation. While the issues highlighted in that report of cargo weight are in hand, others relating to ship planning, lashing, and dynamic ship-board information are extant. The recent initiative by ICHCA to hold a seminar on ‘Container Lashing and Securing’ in Rotterdam (10th December http://www.etouches.com/ichcacontainerlashingseminar ) *** is welcomed in this regard. The event will explore what the industry as a whole can do to reduce the risks and inefficiencies associated with current container lashing and securing practices.

While recognising the complexity of international supply chain logistics and infrastructure, TT Club urges the relevant entities at IMO to seize all the issues that give rise to ‘unknown variables … [that] erode or eliminate the safety margins in place,’ as succinctly described by the UK Maritime Accident Investigation Branch’s report on ‘MSC Napoli’ in 2008.

*The CTU Code can be downloaded from the UNECE website at http://www.unece.org/trans/wp24/guidelinespackingctus/intro.html

** CTUpack e-learning™ can be purchased directly from www.ctupack.com. There are discounts for courses purchased in quantity.  Exis Technologies also sells Hazcheck Systems for the management of dangerous goods in sea transport www.hazcheck.com and online IMDG Code training courses www.imdge-learning.com

*** http://www.ichca.com/press-releases/110-lloyds-register-bromma-and-german-lashing-robert-boeck-join-debate-at-ichca-container-lashing-securing-seminar

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About ICHCA International

Established in 1952, ICHCA International is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the safety, productivity and efficiency of cargo handling and movement worldwide.

ICHCA’s privileged NGO status enables it to represent its members, and the cargo handling industry at large, in front of national and international agencies and regulatory bodies, while its ISP Technical Panel provides best practice advice and develops publications on a wide range of practical cargo handling issues.  Operating through a series of national and regional chapters – including ICHCA Australia, ICHCA Japan and ICHCA Canarias/Africa (CARC) – plus Correspondence and Working Groups, ICHCA provides a focal point for informing, educating, lobbying and networking to improve knowledge and best practice across the cargo handling chain.

www.ichca.com | www.ichca-australia.com

Follow ICHCA on Twitter @ICHCA2

 

About Exis Technologies

Exis Technologies, headquartered in Darlington, UK, is the leading supplier of compliance systems for the management of dangerous goods in sea transport and developer of e-learning training courses for the transport industry.  For over 25 years major container shipping lines, ports and shippers have been relying on Hazcheck Systems for regulatory compliance, efficiency and safety in their global operations. They serve 80% of the top container lines. IMDG Code e-learning is a cost-effective training solution for shore side staff that has been implemented by half of the top 20 container lines as well as shippers and logistics operations worldwide.  Exis will be launching a new range of courses for Amendment 37-14 training in December. CTUpack e-learning is the latest addition to their training courses. It is sponsored by the TT Club and approved by ICHCA.

www.existec.com

 

About TT Club

The TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services. Established in 1968, the Club’s membership comprises ship operators, ports and terminals, road, rail and airfreight operators, logistics companies and container lessors. As a mutual insurer, the Club exists to provide its policyholders with benefits, which include specialist underwriting expertise, a world-wide office network providing claims management services, and first class risk management and loss prevention advice. TT Club is managed by Thomas Miller

www.ttclub.com

About Thomas Miller

Thomas Miller is an independent and international provider of insurance, professional and investment services. Founded in 1885, Thomas Miller’s origins are in the provision of management services to mutual organisations, particularly in the international transport and professional indemnity sectors; where today they manage a large percentage of the foremost insurance mutuals. Thomas Miller also manages insurance facilities for all the self-employed barristers in England & Wales, as well as trustees of pension schemes, patent agents and housing associations.

Principal activities include:

  • Management services for transport and professional indemnity insurance mutuals
  • Investment management for institutions and private clients
  • Professional services
  • Building defects insurance

www.thomasmiller.com

 

 

 

 

 

“K” Line Pure Car Carrier Cooperates in Rescue of 4 Crewmen from Yacht with Rudder Trouble in the Atlantic Ocean

 

On November 13, 2014, “K” Line PCC vessel “MICHIGAN HIGHWAY” was requested by MRCC Delgada (*) to rescue the yacht “Hunter” that had sent distress signal in the Atlantic Ocean. In compliance with the request, “MICHIGAN HIGHWAY” immediately headed for the position and successfully rescued 4 crewmen in good health without any injuries. All those who were rescued safely disembarked at Livorno port in Italy on November 20.

(*) MRCC Delgada : Maritime Rescue Coordination Center Delgada

141126 Yacht 'Hunter' - crewmen waiting for rescue

(4 crewmen on the yacht “Hunter” waiting for rescue of “MICHIGAN HIGHWAY”)

About “MICHIGAN HIGHWAY”

Master:         Capt. Ognyan Stanakiev Nikolov

Flag:           Panama

Crew:          23 (Bulgarian, Filipino)

Gross Tonnage:  56,951 tons

Type of Vessel:  Pure Car Carrier

Menlo’s Genk Facility Maximises its Location Potential

AMSTERDAM — November 24th 2014 — Menlo Logistics (Menlo), the global logistics and supply chain management unit of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW) has located its Genk, Belgium warehouse site with an astute attention to both proximity to European markets and the availability of multimodal transport options.

Close to the Dutch/German border to the East and to significant concentrations of industrial activity in Belgium and the Netherlands to the West and North, the 16,000 square metre facility at Genk has particularly advantages when it comes to efficient product distribution.  With an eye also on cost-effective transport management, the location, though adjacent to major road arteries, also provides multiple alternative transport capabilities via water, air and rail. These characteristics of the site give Menlo’s Transport Management Services (TMS) ample scope to remove excess cost from its customers’ distribution as well as import/export expense.

Warehouse based value-added services are also facilitated at Genk by Menlo’s RF-enabled* Warehouse Management System (WMS) as well as by the provincial government of Limburg’s favourable policies on labour costs and infrastructure to assist local businesses.  These put the location in a favourable competitive position in comparison with many other parts of Europe.

Site Manager Rik Jossels describes how his Genk depot compliments the Menlo strategy for logistics services provision, “Menlo’s fundamental principle is to constantly review a supply chain’s performance in order to identify improvements in the process to deliver both increased efficiency and cost savings to our customers.  For these purposes the Genk facility is perfectly designed and located. It has a staff well motivated and trained to achieve these ends.”

*Radio Frequency technology (RF) helps automatic identification of objects

Key Facts about Menlo, Genk

  • Dedicated client site servicing a diversified Industrial global company
  • 16,000 square meters
  • 11.5-meter clear ceiling height
  •  6 overhead doors
  • 12 dock doors
  • Fire sprinkler system
  • Secured facility with CCTV coverage, alarm monitoring and response services

Scope of Services — Distribution

  • Inbound receiving and storage
  • Outbound distribution EU and Export
  • Kitting
  • Returns handling
  • Cross docking

Value-added

  • Repack of incoming goods
  • Export shipment management and document retention
  • Scrap handling
  • QA validation
  • Hazmat handling
  • Known Consignor Validated (Air Freight Security)
  • Labelling
  • Two shift operation

www.menlologistics.com/images/pdfs/genk.pdf

 

About Menlo Logistics Europe

In Europe, Menlo Logistics maintains seventeen dedicated and multi-client logistics centres located in the Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany and the United Kingdom. This warehouse network can serve as pan-European distribution solution using one or several facilities.

Supply chain and transport management solutions as well as 3PL, warehousing and distribution services are offered to a variety of vertical industry sectors including: lifestyle, fashion & apparel; healthcare and medtech; e-fulfillment and e-returns; manufacturing support; data center logistics; spare parts and aftermarket supply and high tech. The European headquarters is at the multi-client Amsterdam Distribution Centre in the Netherlands. www.menloworldwide.com/europe

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About Menlo Logistics

Menlo Logistics, LLC, is a US$1.5 billion global provider of logistics, transportation management and supply chain services with operations in five continents, including North America. As a third-party logistics provider, San Francisco, California-based Menlo Logistics’ services range from dedicated contract logistics to warehouse and distribution management, transportation management, supply chain reengineering and other value-added services including packaging, kitting, order fulfilment and light assembly through a strategic network of multi-client and dedicated facilities.

With nearly 20 million square feet of dedicated warehouse space in North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America, and industry-leading technologies, Menlo Logistics creates effective, integrated solutions for the transportation and distribution needs of leading businesses around the world. Menlo Logistics, LLC, is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), a $5.5 billion diversified freight transportation and logistics company.

 

Menlo Logistics Keen to Build on 2014 Growth in South Asia

Regional Capacity, Service Investments Coupled with Branding Initiative that Position Leading Logistics Provider for Continued Growth, Accelerated Market Recognition

SINGAPORE and SAN FRANCISCO — Nov. 20, 2014 — Menlo Logistics, the US$1.5 billion global logistics and supply chain management subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), continues to experience significant growth in the South Asia region in 2014 and is targeting increasing its presence in Thailand and Malaysia, and adding to its portfolio supply chain services for two major new industries as key opportunities for 2015.

These and other developments, including the company’s recent rebranding initiative, were discussed today in a briefing for industry journalists hosted by Robert Bassett, Menlo’s vice president of marketing and sales, and Desmond Chan, Menlo’s Singapore-based managing director in South Asia.

“2014 has been an excellent year for Menlo in South Asia, where in the third quarter we experienced over 10 percent year-over-year growth,” said Mr. Bassett. “We’ve added 27 new projects so far this year and expanded our client base significantly, positioning us for a good start in 2015.”

The growth trend was supported by major investments in new state-of-the-art facilities — one in Singapore’s Benoi Sector as well as one in Shah Alam — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — and another multi-client warehouse that opened in Lakrabang, Thailand. Collectively, the three new sites added 69,000 sq. meters of warehouse space across the region, bringing the total warehouse count for Menlo in South Asia to 35, and the total space under Menlo management to 392,000 sq. meters.

New Branding Initiative Supports Growth Objectives

Also supporting the company’s growth objectives is a branding initiative designed to better present Menlo’s capabilities and value to the market. Under this initiative, which followed nearly a year of research, the company in September globally refined its brand as Menlo Logistics, launched a new stand-alone website (www.menlologistics.com) and adopted a new brand tag line, “Customer Innovation,” which research showed more accurately represented the value attribute ranked most highly and often by Menlo’s customers.

“The benefits of the rebranding are easily measurable,” said Mr. Bassett. “We were able to refine and quantify our core strengths, and then present those solution capabilities to the market through a new website and a revamped marketing and business development program. We’re already seeing results in terms of increased prospects coming to us directly for solution proposals, and expanded inquiries into our services from new and existing clients,” he added.

Singapore’s Emergence as Logistics Leader Remains the Foundation

“Singapore’s emergence as a regional logistics hub continues to provide the foundation for Menlo’s growth in South Asia,” noted Desmond Chan, the company’s South Asia managing director. “Singapore has established itself as a strong regional hub as it is a time-tested and reliable center of gravity for regional commerce.” Mr. Chan added that the continued development of Singapore’s world-class port facilities and the shift of the existing port terminals to Tuas have the potential to generate even greater efficiencies for freight transiting Singapore and the region.

“Several macro-economic trends also are benefiting the region,” added Mr. Chan. “A growing population, increased affluence leading to a rise in consumption, an improving infrastructure and the development of new manufacturing capacity have also impacted the logistics marketplace positively,” he said. “Transparency of laws, efficient and responsive Customs administration and an improving local transportation infrastructure will remain Singapore’s advantage, although the rest of the region is catching up.”

 

“Generally, all countries in ASEAN and India show promising signs of growth,” added Mr. Chan. “We currently have operations in five countries — Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, India and Australia. We also focus on specialized services for key industries, which presently include automotive, high-tech, aerospace, consumer and industrial, and wine and spirits. In 2015 we will be expanding these capabilities into logistics solutions for health care and oil and gas development, as well as additional support for automotive and industrial customers in India and Thailand.”

 

New Vertical Industries, Refined Lean Capabilities on the Roadmap

Menlo has a well-defined plan for moving forward in South Asia, including expanding into new vertical industries, refining its capabilities for current industries, and deploying its Lean efficiency and continuous improvement programs more deeply into the solutions it devises for customers.

“Customers expect competency in managing warehouses, transportation and distribution operations from their 3PLs,” said Mr. Chan. “Where Menlo differentiates is in providing these highly developed competencies along with proven skill using Lean methodologies to drive out waste and strive for continuous improvement, year after year. The process and practice innovations we develop with our Lean expertise is a recognized strength, and one that we will continue to develop best practices for,” he concluded.

About Menlo Logistics
Menlo Logistics, LLC, is a US$1.5 billion global provider of logistics, transportation management and supply chain services with operations in five continents, including North America. As a third-party logistics provider, San Francisco, California-based Menlo Logistics’ services range from dedicated contract logistics to warehouse and distribution management, transportation management, supply chain reengineering and other value-added services including packaging, kitting, order fulfillment and light assembly through a strategic network of multi-client and dedicated facilities.

With nearly 20 million square feet of dedicated warehouse space in North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America, and industry-leading technologies, Menlo Logistics creates effective, integrated solutions for the transportation and distribution needs of leading businesses around the world.

Menlo Logistics, LLC, is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), a $5.5 billion diversified freight transportation and logistics company.

 

 

Geodis Wilson Opens New Logistics Hubs to Service Global Oil & Gas Industry

Houston, 17 November 2014

Geodis Wilson, the global freight management and logistics provider, has announced the expansion of its global network of operating hubs dedicated to the sector, thus underlining its on-going commitment to the logistics demands of the Oil & Gas industry. In addition to existing hubs in Houston and Vitrolles (near Marseille), the company has just opened a third hub in Singapore. Two more, in Antwerp and Dubai, will be online by the end of the year and a further two are planned for 2015. The development is in line with Geodis Wilson’s strategic growth plan in its Industrial Projects division for the burgeoning Oil & Gas sector, where it plans to increase freight volumes by 50% within a year after opening the new hubs.

oilgas hub map

From its headquarters and primary Oil & Gas hub in Houston (established in 2009) the Company has developed its network of operational centres across the globe. The new hub in Singapore is strategically located to service the Oil & Gas clusters in Southeast Asia. The North African region is served through its Vitrolles hub in the South of France. The upcoming centre in Antwerp will serve North Sea activities, Eastern Europe and Africa, while Dubai will become Geodis Wilson’s Oil & Gas hub for the Middle East and Indian sub-continent.

In 2015, the company plans to expand into China and South Africa with the launch of additional hubs.

Companies in the Oil & Gas sector place complex and constantly changing demands on their supply chains. “As a primary provider of logistics and transport management services we must be flexible in our development”, says Philippe Somers, Senior Vice President of Geodis Wilson’s Industrial Projects Division. “The strategy of developing a network of hubs allows us to implement enhanced solutions to these dynamic requirements.”

“Our strategy is to put a knowledge-based workforce in the centre that can work in close collaboration with our customers. Therefore the hubs are staffed by highly experienced personnel with particular knowledge and skills in the Oil & Gas sector”, explains Steen Christensen, Global Head, Oil & Gas for Geodis Wilson.  Describing the customer-driven philosophy behind the dedicated global-hub network, he adds that “flexibility in the provision of logistics services is undoubtedly a key characteristic of successful service providers, particularly in Oil & Gas. At Geodis Wilson the ability to customize solutions for each individual logistics challenge is ingrained in our culture; it’s what makes us stand apart in a highly competitive market.”

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About Geodis Wilson and the Geodis Group

Geodis Wilson is a leading, global freight management company. With around 9,000 employees in 61 countries the company delivers tailor-made, integrated logistics solutions to customers enabling them to operate as ‘best in class’. Geodis Wilson, with a revenue of 2.67 bn € in 2013, is the freight forwarding arm of Geodis Group which became part of the French rail and freight group SNCF in 2008. SNCF Geodis ranks among the top 7 companies in its field in the world.

For more information about Geodis Wilson go to:

www.geodiswilson.com

www.geodiswilson-projects.com

TT Club Pinpoints Contamination as Primary Cause of Tank Container Claims

Leading freight transport insurer TT Club reveals detailed results of its claims survey highlighting tank container incidents: contamination accounts for nearly half with damage to tanks adding another third

Shanghai, 6th November 2014

Speaking at the Asia Tank Container Organization’s General Meeting (@tco Asia) in Shanghai yesterday, TT Club’s Regional Director, Asia-Pacific Phillip Emmanuel outlined the major risk exposures facing the tank container industry.  Based on an extensive analysis of the Club’s claims experience resulting from incidents involving tank containers, Emmanuel pinpointed contamination as the leading danger, accounting for over 46% of the volume of incidents on TT’s books in the last nine years.

Revealing the more detailed dangers to the Conference delegates Emmanuel explained, “Contamination can result from any number of factors.  However, the incompatibility of the tank itself with the cargo concerned is the most common cause. This is often the result of insufficient cleaning, particularly of the discharge valves and baffle plates, following the carriage of the previous cargo.  Corroded or worn man lid seals, and issues occurring either at the origin land tank or during the loading procedure are also common contributory factors.”

The chart below provides further detail of the causation profile and highlights the role that damage to tanks plays in nearly a third of the cases analysed with leaks and spills adding a further 11% of the total.

 

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Causes of Claims involving Tank Containers: By Volume (2006 – 2014)

Emmanuel provided valuable insight into the nature of these incidents and the best forms of damage limitation and risk avoidance.  “In terms of impact damage, most tanks are built to highly robust standards and the incidence of leaks from such accidents is low.  Damaged or failure of valves, seals a gaskets are much more common in occurrence,” he reported.

Emmanuel went on to define the chief safety precautions recommended to avoid such risks:

  • Comprehensively interrogate and validate the Material Safety Data Sheet to ensure the tank and its components can fulfil all special requirements demanded by the cargo and the shipper
  • Perform regular outer shell and insulation inspections
  • Fit man lid gaskets and seals correctly and ensure the appropriate tightening of swing bolts on man lids
  • Assess the most appropriate selection of gaskets and seals for each cargo. Particularly invasive cargoes can simply destroy any exposed area of the gasket and/or seal.

“When there is a failure in any of the above control factors, something as simple as a change in ambient temperature through the supply chain can result in a sufficient build in pressure to cause a leak,” emphasised Emmanuel.

Looking to the future, Emmanuel concluded by outlining the priorities that TT Club consider noteworthy in bringing down both the cost and danger of tank container operation.  There needs to be wider industry analysis of incidents and accompanied by knowledge sharing, so that lessons can be widely learned.  There should be a continuous review and identification of risks together with greater transparency within the supply chain, as both its complexity increases and the nature of its environment evolves.  Finally, there must be a greater emphasis on training.

ENDS

Notes to editors

The TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services. Established in 1968, the Club’s membership comprises ship operators, ports and terminals, road, rail and airfreight operators, logistics companies and container lessors. As a mutual insurer, the Club exists to provide its policyholders with benefits, which include specialist underwriting expertise, a world-wide office network providing claims management services, and first class risk management and loss prevention advice. www.ttclub.com

Transportation of Ferries Operating in Yangon, Myanmar

November 5, 2014

SAL Heavy Lift GmbH (SAL), a 100% subsidiary of “K” Line and heavy-lift shipping company based in Germany, has transported three newly-built ferries which were constructed under the sponsorship of Official Development Assistance (ODA).

In Yangon, ferries have been transporting more passengers than their maximum capacity on a route between central Yangon and Dala area which is located across Yangon River, and those ferries which are currently operating have had damage due to being in service for a very long period. Therefore, it was necessary to replace the ferries with the new ones. The newly-built ferries (270 mt each) were built at Nakatani Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in Edajima, Hiroshima Prefecture. In mid-October, SAL’s M/V PAULA (total crane capacity 700 mt) loaded the three ferries onboard in Hiroshima and on 31 October she has completed the discharge operation of the ferries in Yangon.

It is expected that the inauguration of the new ferries will greatly improve safety of river transportation in Yangon as well as the quality of transportation environment for the Yangon citizens.

Myanmar has recently been attracting the attention as “post-China” and Japanese Government is cooperating with Myanmar with regards to the development of Thilawa Industrial Park and many Japanese companies have commenced operations in Myanmar. We “K” Line opened our Representative Office in Yangon in January 2014 and we will be providing customers with multi-modal services which would respond to their needs in marine transportation, logistics and related businesses.

Evergreen Wins Lloyd’s List Training Award

November 3, 2014

141103 Evergreen Seafarer Training Center

Evergreen Line was presented the Training Award in Lloyd List Asia Awards 2014.  The ceremony, attended by hundreds of maritime professionals, was held at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore to celebrate the achievement of the highest standards of business performance in the shipping industry

The Award in the Training Category is bestowed on the organization which has shown outstanding commitment in training its employees ashore and at sea and has demonstrated a significant contribution towards improving training standards.  From a short-list of five international companies the judges chose Evergreen Line for its investment in new facilities and courses, innovative training solutions and a sustained and effective approach to developing quality staff in the maritime sector.

Ms. Molly Mok, Chairman of Evergreen Marine (Singapore), in accepting the award said, “Evergreen Group Chairman Dr. Chang always says that people of talent are the most valuable assets of an enterprise. I am delighted to receive this award on behalf of Evergreen Line. It recognises Evergreen’s commitment to the highest standards of training to ensure safety at sea and on land, an operation that is as friendly as possible to the environment and a top quality service for our customers.”

As part of its commitment to continually improve the skills of its vessel crew, Evergreen has established the Evergreen Seafarer Training Center (ESTC), one of the world’s most sophisticated maritime training establishments. The Center provides training of the highest quality for both Taiwanese seafarers and those of other nationalities who serve on Evergreen’s fleet.

ESTC is constantly updating and augmenting the courses it offers.  In 2013, it received certification for a number of is new courses from the Japanese Classification Society, ClassNK.  These courses include Bridge Resource Management (BRM), Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (ECDIS) and Engine-room Resource Management (ERM).

In common with the existing courses the Center offers, the certification confirms that the training programs meet the requirements of ClassNK standards, International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) model course requirements and the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Code.

Lloyd’s List is an authoritative voice within global shipping industry. The Lloyd’s List Asia Awards have been presented annually to reward outstanding performance and service innovation; to highlight operating safety and social responsibility as well as to recognize the importance of education and training.

 

 

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