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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.

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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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Winner of TT Club Sponsored Young Freight Forwarder Award Announced

The 2014 Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year (YIFFY) Award has been presented to South African forwarder Fortunate Nompumelelo Mboweni at the FIATA Annual Congress in Istanbul.

Each year at the FIATA Annual Congress the achievements of young freight forwarders from around the world are celebrated via an awards programme.  TT Club is proud to have sponsored this award, now in its sixteenth year, since its foundation.  The process of awarding the honour of Young Freight Forwarder of the Year (YIFFY) began earlier this year when entrants from all over the world submitted papers about a wide variety of transport and logistics projects.

These ranged from the transportation of tunnel drilling equipment to Bolivia to the delivery of a catamaran in Indonesia and from a project moving radioactive isotopes from South Africa to Namibia to the expedited deployment of a Disaster Assistance Response Team in the Philippines.

From this bewildering, yet highly professional array, the YIFFY Steering Committee selected a shortlist of four regional finalists.  These four young professionals were then invited to attend the 2014 FIATA World Congress this week in Istanbul, Turkey to make a presentation on their dissertation topic.

The four regional finalists who proudly represented the future of the international freight forwarding industry in Istanbul were  –

Africa/Middle East:   Miss Fortunate Nompumelelo Mboweni, South Africa

Americas: Mr Douglas Whitlock, Canada

Asia-Pacific: Mr Saiful Ridhwan Bin Zulkifli, Singapore

Europe:   Mr Christian Hensen, Germany

Ms Fortunate Nompumelelo Mboweni from South Africa was announced as the 2014 Young Freight Forwarder of the Year

Following a comprehensive judging process, Ms Fortunate Nompumelelo Mboweni from South Africa was announced as the 2014 Young Freight Forwarder of the Year at the FIATA Congress’ opening ceremony on 13 October.  Ms Nompumelelo Mboweni works as an Airfreight Import Controller at Bidvest Panalpina Logistics in Johannesburg.  Andrew Kemp, TT Club’s Regional Director for Europe congratulated her and presented the award.

“I have been honoured as TT Club’s representative to be part of the selection process, and I personally was engrossed by the finalists’ presentations, which showed a considerable depth of understanding of their individual projects.  I have to say all four finalists performed with flying colours at the recent final presentations; it was certainly a difficult decision to pick an overall winner.  However, Fortunate prevailed and deservedly takes this year’s award,” said Kemp.

The award is presented in recognition of forwarding excellence and was established by FIATA with the support of TT Club to encourage the development of quality training in the industry and to reward young talent with additional valuable training opportunities. The TT Club has been a sponsor of the award since its inception and remains firmly committed to the importance of individual training and development within the global freight forwarding community.

Speaking at the award ceremony, TT Club’s Kemp, said, “We are proud to have been able to continue our sponsorship of this unique award, now in its sixteenth year. Once again, the competition proved to be successful in terms of attracting outstanding candidates from across the globe. The quality of the dissertations and presentations were of the usual exceptional standard and it was clear that a lot of research, planning and hard work had gone into their preparation.”

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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

 

CKYHE Alliance Files Agreement and Reports to Related Regulators for Expansion of Cooperation Scope to U.S. Trades

October 21, 2014

 

The CKYHE Alliance (COSCO, “K” LINE, Yang Ming, Hanjin Shipping, and Evergreen Line) has announced that today they will expand their cooperation scope to U.S. Trades and CKYHE files an Agreement and reports to related regulators to comply with their regulations.

Regarding the expansion of the cooperation, CKYHE already submitted a formal letter to Ministry of Transport (MOT) of PRC, filed with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) a Filing Agreement to cover U.S. trades, and informed the EU Commission of developments.

In U.S. trades, CKYHE will follow the same pattern of cooperation that the alliance members have successfully used in the Asia/Europe, Mediterranean trades during the past year. This expanded cooperation will provide the carriers with greater operational flexibility and will permit each of them to better serve its customers, offering wider port coverage, increased frequency of sailings and stable transit times.

CKYHE acknowledges its environmental obligations, and their cooperation will be benefits to the environment. Each line is committed to environment-friendly shipping; a quality known to be highly valued by their customers.

After the regulators approve, the parties will discuss and agree their cooperation with a target implementation date of the spring 2015.

The CKYHE carriers wish to thank their customers for their support and look forward to continuing to serve them.

 

“K” Line Continues to be Included in FTSE4Good Global Index

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) has been selected as a constituent company of the FTSE4Good Global Index Series, the leading SRI (*1) index provided by FTSE Group (*2). “K” Line has qualified for inclusion in the FTSE4Good indices since 2003.

The FTSE4Good is an equity index series that is designed to facilitate investment in companies that meet globally recognized corporate responsibility standards. For inclusion, eligible companies must meet stringent environmental, social and governance criteria.

“K” Line always strives to reduce environmental impact, strengthen corporate governance and support communities in which it operates as a good corporate citizen.

*1 SRI (Socially Responsible Investment) describes an investment strategy which takes account of social, ethical and environmental factors as well as financial performance.

*2 FTSE is wholly owned by London Stock Exchange Group. FTSE is a global leader in indexing and analytical solutions. FTSE’s indices measure multiple markets and asset classes in more than 80 countries.

“K”Line Recognized by CDP as Leader for Corporate Action on Climate Change

October 15, 2014

“K” Line has been recognized as a leader in reducing carbon emissions and mitigating the business risks of climate change, as well as disclosing the information, and was selected as member of both CDP’s (*1) Japan Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) and CDP’s Japan 500 Climate Performance Leadership Index 2014(CPLI) for the first time at CDP’s debriefing session today.

Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI)

We were ranked in the top 10% of the respondents in the 500 surveyed Japanese companies, and recognized as an excellent company that provides a high level of transparency in the disclosure of climate-related information in CDLI.

Climate Performance Leadership Index(CPLI

Information provided by nearly 2,000 listed companies has been independently assessed against CDP’s widely-respected scoring methodology and ranked accordingly. ”K” Line is one of the 187 that has been awarded an A grade for its climate performance, earning a position in this global ranking of corporate efforts to mitigate change.

In order to build a logistics infrastructure with excellent energy efficiency, we have been constructing newer energy-efficient ships, reducing fuel consumption of our operating fleet and have received third-party verification for reliability and transparency of GHG emission data from processes ranging from upstream to downstream. We are regarded as demonstrating corporate responsibility in responding to climate change issues, an attitude that we have strongly evaluated and sincerely pursued, which has now bore fruit.

We will continue contributing to social sustained development from now on as a company fully committed to environmental preservation.

*1: CDP

CDP is an international, not-for-profit organization providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information. CDP works with market forces, including 767 institutional investors with assets of US$92 trillion, to motivate companies to disclose their impacts on the environment and natural resources and take action to reduce them.

 

For further information please contact:

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd (“K” Line)

Kumiko Iwasa

General Manager, Environment Management Group

Tel: +81-3-3595-5205

 

Shipowners’ Club announces ‘nil’ general increase at next renewal as half yearly results strengthen the Club’s finances still further

14 October 2014

The Shipowners’ Club has released its half yearly results as at 20th August for the 2014/15 year, and reports a strong underwriting performance with a significant increase in free reserves over the same period last year.

Highlights* include

  • Earned premiums US$120.3M
  • Ultimate claims US$73.6M
  • Underwriting surplus US$4.6M
  • Investment return US$11.6M
  • Increase in free reserves US$15.3M
  • Capital and free reserves US$314.1M
  • Combined ratio 95.5%

The decision to withdraw from the Pacific North West fishing sector, taken last year, has resulted in a loss of premium income but is expected to have a positive effect on the underwriting result.   Despite this, gross earned premium is ahead of the 2013 figure at the half year stage, and underlying organic growth remains strong.

Reinsurance costs have grown in recent years but the enhanced ‘stop loss’ cover that the Club now has with Swiss Re will mitigate future claims exposure.  Despite one large casualty, claims activity in the first half has been relatively modest, with fewer high value claims and fewer claims overall.

There is a small underwriting surplus in the first six months of the policy year itself but there has also been improvement on prior years to produce a combined ratio of 95.5% at the half way stage.  The Club’s investments have resulted in a return on capital of 2.2% at the half year and an overall surplus of US$15.3 million has been added to free reserves which now total US$314.1 million.

Commenting on the results, Chief Executive Charles Hume said, “The Club remains in a strong financial position and our Board has decided that there should be no general increase applied to premiums for next year. In addition, we will absorb any increase in reinsurance costs; we will continue with our policy of not applying any adjustments for reinsurance at a later stage.  For our pooled membership, we maintain our policy of no additional or release calls.  We thank our Members and their brokers for their continued support and the trust that they place in the Club. We remain committed to them and to the smaller and specialist vessel sector.  However, we are aware that some Members have moved into trading sectors that have resulted in the operation of larger vessels. We are prepared to consider these larger units, and this also extends to regionally trading tankers and dry cargo vessels where we are prepared to consider vessels up to 20,000 GT, and in some cases larger.”

*Six-month period 21st February – 20th August 2014 (Unaudited)

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Notes for editors

Shipowners’ are a mutual marine liability insurer, providing Protection & Indemnity insurance to small and specialist vessels since 1855. We work with more than 600 broking companies globally and insure over 33,000 vessels across a range of operating sectors and geographical areas. We are a member of the International Group of P&I Clubs.

Dachser expands capacity in Belgium

Kempten, October 13, 2014. With its move to a new and larger property in Willebroek, Belgium, international logistics provider Dachser is boosting its presence in the Benelux region. New construction took five months, with the new logistics center launching its operations on October 6th. Construction included a 7,000-square-meter transit terminal with 68 gates and a three-story office building that measures 2,300 square meters.

 

DA_WB_Quelle Dachser

“In recent years, we have experienced strong growth in Willebroek, and our capacity in the old facility had reached its limits. The newly added capacity will help us continue to develop new opportunities together with our customers,” says Aat van der Meer, Managing Director Dachser Benelux.

Willebroek is a strategically favorable location between Brussels and the port of Antwerp. As a result, this branch office has excellent connections to the most important European and international economic regions. Dachser Belgium has been at this location since 1995 and currently employs a staff of 90 people. The newly built facilities are less than five kilometers from the former premises, which will be closed once the move is completed.

The new transit terminal is a state-of-the-art facility that has an underfloor conveyor chain for convenient and safe transport of shipments. Furthermore, at 37,800 square meters, the new property’s size provides ample room for expansion.

The commissioning of the newly constructed facilities in Willebroek is yet another milestone in Dachser’s development in Belgium. “We have maintained a presence in the Belgian market since 1975 and since then, we have significantly expanded our network,” says Michael Schilling, COO Road Logistics at Dachser. “By dovetailing overland freight services with air and sea transport, we can provide our customers with seamless access to international markets.”

 

About Dachser:

Dachser, a family-owned internationally operating company headquartered in Kempten, Germany, is one of the leading logistics providers in Europe.

Dachser provides comprehensive transport logistics, warehousing, and customer-specific services in three business fields: Dachser European Logistics, Dachser Food Logistics, and Dachser Air & Sea Logistics. Comprehensive and multi-disciplinary services, such as contract logistics, consulting and advisory services, and industry-specific solutions round out the company’s offerings. A seamless transport network – both in Europe and overseas – and information technology that is fully integrated into all its systems provide intelligent logistics solutions worldwide.

With a staff of 25,000 employees in 42 countries at 471 locations all over the globe, in 2013, Dachser generated revenue of almost EUR 5 billion and handled about 70 million shipments.

For more information about Dachser, please visit www.dachser.com.