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Menlo Expands Freight Brokerage Service into Eastern Europe

With the opening of a Prague office dedicated to its European Freight Brokerage Service, Menlo Logistics is expanding its reach into Eastern Europe.

Amsterdam, 20 July 2015

Menlo Freight Brokerage was fully established in Europe in 2013, operating initially from the company’s European headquarters office in Amsterdam. With growth in customer demand, Menlo recently expanded its brokerage operations, opening a second office in Prague. The new office extends the reach of Menlo’s freight brokerage services to the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Romania and Russia in coordination with current operations in Amsterdam.

Menlo Freight Brokerage is a transportation service which extends the 3PL warehousing and supply chain management services portfolio of Menlo Logistics in Europe. This dedicated freight brokerage operation provides cost-effective multimodal transportation booking and management solutions supporting the freight transport needs of commercial and industrial businesses throughout Europe

Koert Bloemers, Menlo’s General Manager Transportation Europe emphasized the significance of the Prague move, “The key aims of the new office are to broaden our footprint through new business relationships in Eastern Europe and extending the high quality services already established in Amsterdam.”

With its expanding freight brokerage capabilities, Menlo is now able to offer a wide-ranging service from arranging transportation for single shipments to total transportation management solutions. This is supported with a strong, widespread carrier and procurement network, coupled with a team of transportation specialists who consistently deliver innovative solutions for customers

Menlo’s Managing Director, Tony Gunn also commented, “In establishing Menlo Freight Brokerage in Europe we have adopted best practices from our North American colleagues, where it is branded Con-way Multimodal, and combined those with our Lean tools and a team of European transport specialists to create a unique service offering for European shippers. The concept is different from the historically well-known in Europe, freight forwarding, or expedition model. Brokerage has a greater higher flexibility and operates with a wider supplier portfolio, creating better purchasing power and worldwide coverage.”

For more information about Menlo’s expanded transportation brokerage services in Eastern Europe, contact our Prague office at +420 702 281 336

Or by email to Vasicek.Martin@menloworldwide.com

ENDS

About Menlo Logistics Europe

In Europe, Menlo Logistics maintains twenty dedicated or Multi-Client Logistics Centers and Transportation Control Towers located in the Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Hungary and the United Kingdom. This Warehouse and Transportation network can serve as pan-European distribution solution using one or several facilities.

4PL Supply Chain and Transport Management Solutions as well as 3PL Warehousing, VAS  and Distribution services are offered to a variety of vertical industry sectors including Retail & Consumer, e-Fulfilment, Healthcare, e-Returns, Manufacturing Support, Data Center Logistics; Spare Parts and Aftermarket Supply and High Tech Logistics. The European headquarters is at the multi-client Amsterdam Distribution Centre in the Netherlands. www.menlologistics.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.

Eagle Ocean Marine continues to grow market share

Robust development of recent years supported by strong operating results: Mutual club pedigree enhances Insurer’s stature in fixed premium sector

The American Club

Joe Hughes, Chairman and CEO of Eagle Ocean Agencies, Inc.

NEW YORK, JULY 20, 2015: Eagle Ocean Marine (EOM) – the specialist fixed premium P&I and FD&D (Freight, Demurrage and Defense) facility underwritten by the American Club – has reported a solid fourth year of operations, and a strong start to its fifth year of activity, following the successful renewal of its quota-share and excess of loss reinsurances with Lloyd’s underwriters as of July 1, 2015.

Over the past year, tonnage insured by Eagle Ocean Marine grew by nearly 20% over the figure for the previous twelve months, on a premium income of over $6 million. In addition, steadily rising levels of inquiries and orders indicate a promising outlook for EOM’s future development, despite strong competition in the sector.

At the operating level, EOM has continued to perform very well. Both the incidence and severity of claims has remained low, reflecting a prudent policy of risk selection and premium pricing. Results to date indicate a cumulative combined ratio of below 70%, connoting strong profitability for the Club and its reinsurers. This, together with confidence in EOM’s prospects generally, informed the recent renewal of the facility’s reinsurances which were completed on positive terms.

EOM supplies P&I and FD&D cover for the operators of smaller ships in local and regional trades. Providing P&I cover of up to $500 million per risk, it is aimed at owners who do not require, owing to the characteristics of their trade, the high limits of cover provided by the mutual system, and who prefer a fixed premium approach to their insurance needs.

EOM insures ships from all over the world except the United States. More than 70% of its business is derived from Asia, with the remainder originating for the most part from Europe, Latin America and Africa. The facility’s tonnage by vessel type is broadly based, made up of tankers, general cargo vessels, bulk carriers and tug and barge business in approximately equal shares.

Speaking in New York recently, Joe Hughes, Chairman and CEO of Eagle Ocean Agencies, Inc. which operates the facility, was upbeat:

“We are very pleased that Eagle Ocean Marine continues to do well. Its recent years’ results have been excellent: premium income, market share and operating results all continue to exhibit a positive trajectory, and augur well for the future. The recent increase in the limit of cover available under the facility to $500 million will continue to make it an attractive option to those who prefer a fixed premium solution to their P&I needs. We are determined to make EOM a growing success for all its stakeholders: its insureds, the Club, its reinsurers and its many other business associates.

“We continue to take the long view when it comes to developing market share. The EOM business model is based on careful risk selection, sensible pricing, effective loss prevention and unsurpassed claims service. It is inspired by the traditions of classic P&I mutuality. EOM seeks to occupy a special place in the fixed premium sector for those who desire a gold standard of service. We are confident that EOM will enjoy increasing success over the years ahead,” Hughes added.

Notes to Editor 

The American Club

American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association, Inc. (the American Club) was established in New York in 1917. It is the only mutual Protection and Indemnity Club domiciled in the entire Americas and its headquarters are in New York, USA.

The American Club has been successful in recent years in building on its US heritage to create a truly international insurer with a global reach second-to-none in the industry. Day to day management of the American Club is provided by Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc. (SCB) also headquartered in New York. Eagle Ocean Agencies, Inc. an affiliate of SCB, manages the Eagle Ocean Marine (EOM) fixed premium brand of the Club’s business.

The Club is able to provide local service for its members across all time zones, communicating in eleven languages, and has subsidiary offices located in London, Piraeus, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Dalian, plus a worldwide network of correspondents

The Club is a member of the International Group of P&I Clubs, a collective of thirteen mutuals which together provide Protection and Indemnity insurance for some 90% of all world shipping.

For more information, please visit the Club’s website http://www.american-club.com/
P&I Insurance

Protection and Indemnity insurance (commonly referred to as “P&I”) provides cover to shipowners and charterers against third-party liabilities encountered in their commercial operations; typical exposures include damage to cargo, pollution, death/injury or illness of passengers or crew or damage to docks and other installations.

Running in parallel with a ship’s hull and machinery cover, traditional P&I cover distinguishes itself from usual forms of marine insurance by being based on the not-for-profit principle of mutuality where Members of the Club are both the insurers and the assureds.

FD&D Insurance

FreightDemurrage & Defense insurance, often referred to as “FD&D” or simply “Defense,” provides members with cover for claims handling assistance and for legal costs in relation to a wide range of disputes. Such disputes are outside the scope of P&I or H&M (Hull and Machinery) insurance and arise from the building, buying, selling, owning or operation of a vessel.

American Club Managers announce new Global Business Development Director and other appointments and promotions

New roles strengthen and enhance the Club’s capabilities across the globe

New York, 16th July, 2015:

Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc., which manages international P&I insurer the American Club, has recently announced new appointments and promotions at its offices in Greece, the United Kingdom and China:

  • Dorothea Ioannou, Managing Director of SCB (Hellas) Inc., assumes the role of Global Business Development Director, the first woman in the American Club’s history to do so
  • Joanna Koukouli promoted to Claims Manager for the Club’s Piraeus office
  • Marivi Banou appointed as Deputy Claims Manager in Piraeus
  • Maria Mavroudi joins the Piraeus office as Business Development and Claims Executive
  • Gustavo Gomez promoted to Claims Liaison Manager in London
  • Katherine (Kat) Wang joins as Marketing Manager for Greater China and North Asia
Dorothea Ioannou, The American Club

Dorothea Ioannou, Global Business Development Director, The American Club

The chief focus for Dorothea Ioannou as Global Business Development Director will be to coordinate business development efforts across all regions of the world, fostering current relationships and generating new initiatives for the American Club and its Eagle Ocean Marine (EOM) fixed premium facility. She is the first woman in the history of the American Club and its Managers to have been appointed to such a high-level executive role. Dorothea is Vice President of WISTA, Hellas, and will maintain her position as Managing Director of the Piraeus office of SCB (Hellas) Inc.from where she will also fulfil her new duties.

Joanna Koukouli, the new Claims manager in Piraeus, obtained her first degree in law from the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki before gaining an LLM in maritime law from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. Joanna is a member of the New York State Bar, the Law Society of England and Wales and the Piraeus Bar Association.

Marivi Banou, the new Deputy Claims Manager in Piraeus, joined SCB (Hellas) in 2005 having previously worked in both insurance broking and ship management. She holds a degree in shipping and transport from BCA College in Athens, in association with the Metropolitan University of London.

Maria Mavroudi, the new Business Development and Claims Executive in Piraeus, joins the American Club from another major International Group club and related service provider. A graduate of the University of Piraeus and the Cass Business School of the City University in London, Maria is an associate member of the Association of Average Adjusters with broad knowledge of the marine insurance sphere at large.

Gustavo Gomez, the new Claims Liaison Manager in London, is a well-known figure in the London marine community and has worked in the Managers’ London office for several years. Having qualified as a lawyer in his native Mexico, Gus worked in P&I correspondency before becoming regional director for a local maritime law firm. He holds a Master’s Degree in law from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom.

Katherine (Kat) Wang, the new Marketing Manager for Greater China and North Asia, holds a Master’s Degree in International Shipping and Logistics from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Prior to joining the Managers’ operations in China, Kat worked for China Shipping, Hong Kong and latterly for the local office of a major Scandinavian P&I club where she gained extensive underwriting experience.

Joe Hughes, Chairman & CEO, Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc., Managers for the American Club commented:

“Members and the Club’s many other friends will no doubt join the Managers in wishing our colleagues the best of good fortune in their new roles, in which they are committed to the pursuit of exceptional Member service in every element of their growing responsibilities.”

The American Club recently reported solid progress during 2014 at the annual meeting of its members held in New York last month reporting that, despite a challenging economic climate, the Club’s business had developed favourably and 2015 had started on a positive note.

Notes to Editors

The American Club

American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association, Inc. (the American Club) was established in New York in 1917. It is the only mutual Protection and Indemnity Club domiciled in the entire Americas and its headquarters are in New York, USA.

The American Club has been successful in recent years in building on its US heritage to create a truly international insurer with a global reach second-to-none in the industry. Day to day management of the American Club is provided by Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc. also headquartered in New York.

The Club is able to provide local service for its members across all time zones, communicating in eleven languages, and has subsidiary offices located in London, Piraeus, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Dalian, plus a worldwide network of correspondents.

The Club is a member of the International Group of P&I Clubs, a collective of thirteen mutuals which together provide Protection and Indemnity insurance for some 90% of all world shipping.

For more information, please visit the Club’s website http://www.american-club.com

P&I Insurance

Protection and Indemnity insurance (commonly referred to as “P&I”) provides cover to shipowners and charterers against third-party liabilities encountered in their commercial operations; typical exposures include damage to cargo, pollution, death/injury or illness of passengers or crew or damage to docks and other installations.

Running in parallel with a ship’s hull and machinery cover, traditional P&I cover distinguishes itself from usual forms of marine insurance by being based on the not-for-profit principle of mutuality where Members of the Club are both the insurers and the assureds.


 

TT Club Urges Immediate Action on Box Weighing

TT Club welcomes the initiative of the World Shipping Council (WSC) in its recent publication of guidelines to the industry in relation to implementing the SOLAS requirements that become mandatory on 1 July 2016.

London 9 July 2015

Unlike the CTU Code, which forensically seeks to identify the chain of responsibility for everyone involved in the movement of freight, the amendment to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) mandating the verification of gross mass of container overtly only names the ‘shipper’, the ‘master’ and the ‘terminal representative’, and – by implication – the competent authorities.

The complex nature of logistics means that the term ‘shipper’ may encompass a range of people involved in the contracting, packing and transporting of cargo. However, as stated in the WSC guidance, the key commercial relationship in question is with the person whose name is placed on the ocean carrier’s bill of lading. Thus, in many cases, the responsibility for actual ‘verified’ declaration will rest with a freight forwarder, logistics operator or NVOC. This means that often reliance will have to be placed on others to have adequate certified methods to provide verified gross mass – particularly for consolidation business. Of course many suppliers of homogenous shipments will already have advanced systems, which merely require some form of national certification.

Apart from having a sustainable method by which the gross mass is verified, the shipper also needs to communicate it (‘signed’ meaning that there is an accountable person) in advance of the vessel’s stow plan being prepared. The information will be sent by the shipper to the carrier, but with joint service arrangements there may be a number of carriers involved, with one taking responsibility to consolidate the manifest information, in addition to communication with the terminal.

The ‘master’ comprises a number of functions within the carrier’s organisation. Implicit in the SOLAS amendment is that the carrier sets in place processes that ensure that verified gross mass is available and used in planning the ship stow. Arguably, each carrier will need to amend systems and processes to capture ‘verified’ information. However, the simplest might be to amend the booking process, so that the gross mass information is left blank in the system until ‘verified’ data are available. This will be effective if it is clearly understood by all partner lines and terminals with whom the line communicates.

The explicit obligation of the master is simply that he shall not load a container for which a verified gross mass is not available. This does not mean that one with a verified gross mass is guaranteed to be loaded, since that would derogate from the traditional rights of a master.

Recognising the pivotal nature of the port interface, the ‘terminal representative’ has been drawn into the new regulation as a key recipient of information for ship stow planning and, critically, in a joint and several responsibility not to load on board a ship if a verified gross mass is not available.

There has been considerable debate as to whether terminals need to position themselves to be able to weigh containers, not least because of the cost of creating appropriate infrastructure, and amending systems and procedures, with uncertain return on investment. In addition there are commonly incidences of containers packed at the port, in which case the terminal activities could include assisting the shipper in producing the verified gross mass.

The SOLAS amendment places responsibility on national administrations to implement appropriate standards for calibration and ways of certifying. The overtly named parties rely on this to work smoothly and, preferably, consistently on a global basis.

Clarity of such processes needs to be matched by consistency in enforcement. Talk of ‘tolerances’ is disingenuous. SOLAS calls for accuracy. Everyone appreciates that some cargo and packing material may be hygroscopic, thereby potentially increasing mass during the journey, but that need not mask fraudulent activity, nor entice over-zealous enforcement. The UK Marine Guidance Note may be instructive here, stating that enforcement action will only be volunteered where the difference between documented and actual weight exceeds a threshold.

It is suggested that key measures of success of the revised SOLAS regulation will include not only safety of containerised movements, but also free movement of boxes through all modes of surface transport, and a shift in behaviour and culture throughout the unit load industry.

ENDS

Notes to editors:

TT Club

TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services.  As a mutual insurer, TT 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.

Customers include some of the world’s largest shipping lines, busiest ports, biggest freight forwarders and cargo handling terminals, to companies operating on a smaller scale but whose operations face similar risks. TT Club specialises in the insurance of Intermodal Operators, NVOCs, Freight Forwarders, Logistics Operators, Marine Terminals, Stevedores, Port Authorities and Ship Operators.

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

Dachser awarded for outstanding reliability

Kempten, July 7, 2015. Lufthansa Cargo honored Dachser Air & Sea Logistics in the Europe and Africa regions with the 2014 Lufthansa Cargo Quality Award for Europe & Africa. The award recognizes the logistics provider’s superior input quality. Thus, Dachser has the highest level of reliability for bookings out of all other shipping and logistics companies participating in the competition.

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Katja Wichmann, Head of Global Account Management Europe/Africa at Lufthansa Cargo, and Thomas Krüger, Regional Manager North Central Europe at Dachser Air & Sea Logistics.

To Lufthansa Cargo, one key criterion for the award is the provider’s “‘flown as planned’ performance.” This metric specifically includes booking quality, minimal no-show rates, and meeting the Cargo 2000 RCS indicator (“ready for carriage” shipment received from forwarder). Lufthansa Cargo measured these criteria each month, and is now recognizing the three partners with the best performance records. In the shippers and logistics providers category—for which at least 200 air waybills had to be flown with Lufthansa Cargo in the Europe/Africa sector—Dachser Air & Sea Logistics reached the peak position. Germany is excluded from this, because Lufthansa Cargo bestows a separate award there.

“At Dachser, the issue of quality gets top priority,” states Thomas Krüger, Regional Manager North Central Europe at Dachser Air & Sea Logistics. “This award proves that we have done our homework.” On behalf of all employees, Krüger accepted the award at a ceremony that was part of the Lufthansa Cargo Forum for Europe & Africa 2014.

About Dachser:

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

Dachser provides comprehensive transport logistics, warehousing, and customized services in two business fields: Dachser Air & Sea Logistics and Dachser Road Logistics. The latter is divided into two business lines, Dachser European Logistics and Dachser Food Logistics. Comprehensive contract logistics services and industry-specific solutions round out the company’s offerings. A seamless shipping network—both in Europe and overseas—and fully integrated IT systems provide for intelligent logistics solutions worldwide.

With a staff of around 25,000 employees at 437 locations all over the globe, Dachser generated revenue of EUR 5.3 billion in 2014. The logistics provider moved a total of 73.7 million shipments weighing 35.4 million tons. Dachser is now represented in 42 countries.

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

“K” Line to Support Ocean Transportation of a Fire Engine to be donated to Republic of Peru

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The fire engine to be donated from Association of Fukui Peru friendship

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.(“K” Line)has today announced that it has provided free ocean transportation of a fire engine to be donated to Republic of Peru from Association of Fukui Peru friendship (President: Mr. Tadashi Kiyokawa ) in Fukui Prefecture, Japan.

The fire engine is to be donated as a commemoration of the fifth anniversary of Association of Fukui Peru friendship, founded in 2010. “K” Line has decided to offer its support by providing free transportation of the vehicle to Peru as per request from both Mr. Elard Escala, Ambassador of Peru to Japan and Association of Fukui Peru friendship.

It is a second free ocean transportation by “K” Line to the Republic of Peru, following the transportation of an ambulance and a fire engine donated from The Yamaguchi Peru Association (President: Mr. Tateo Kawamura) in 2012.

On June 30, in the cooperation of Daito Corporation, an affiliate company of “K” Line, the vehicle has been loaded onto “K” Line’s pure car carrier (PCC) at Yokohama who will arrive at the port of Callao, Peru in the end of July. “K” Line hopes it may contribute to the improvement of firefighting operations in the country.

Evergreen named Best Global Shipping Line

July 01, 2015 – Evergreen Line has been awarded “Best Global Shipping Line” by Asia Cargo News at the 2015 Asian Freight Logistics and Supply Chain Awards. The accolade was conferred at a ceremony in Hong Kong last week and was accepted on behalf of the carrier by Derek Lo, Executive Vice President of Evergreen Marine (Hong Kong) Ltd.

Over 15,000 readers of Asia Cargo News were asked to select the companies that had consistently demonstrated excellence in customer service, innovation and quality of services provided. The AFLAS Awards have always been voted for by service users, not a panel of judges. This accolade of Best Global Shipping Line is therefore particularly significant as it signifies a vote of confidence in Evergreen’s quality performance from its customers themselves.

“This honour is in recognition of Evergreen Line’s consistent efforts to enhance its services to our customers,” said Mr. Lo. “Customer demand is the foundation of our strategic planning. We closely monitor the developments of the global economy and demands of our customers, adjusting our service network accordingly. Our byword is customer satisfaction.”

Recent challenges presented by port congestion on the US West Coast provide evidence of such efforts. Delays at these ports lasted from the third quarter of last year to the first quarter this year, thus boosting demand for capacity from the Far East to the US East Coast. Limited by the constraints of the Panama Canal, carriers were not able to deploy bigger ships on the traditional route from the Far East to the US east coast.

Last year Evergreen made use of its flexible 8,500 TEU ships to launch a new Asia – US East Coast service via the Suez Canal. These L-class vessels are of the maximum size that can pass under the Bayonne Bridge and call at the pivotal East Coast port of New York. The new service provided a perfect alternative to a delayed land-bridge routing via the congested West Coast ports.

The AFLAS Awards recognize outstanding performance, service innovation and the efforts in environmental protection by transportation service providers around the world. In addition to ocean carriers, the annual survey by Asia Cargo News also covers seaports, container terminals, logistics companies and many other players in the global transportation service chain.

Enhancement in Quality of Safe Navigation by Installment of State of the Art Ship Handling Simulator at “K” Line Maritime Academy (Japan)

To implement a firmer measure for enhancing our business base “For safety in navigation and environmental preservation”, ”K” Line Maritime Academy (Japan) has newly installed the latest model of ship handling simulator as training equipment for Captains and Deck Officers. “K” Line Maritime Academy(KLMA), based at Machida city in Tokyo, has, as one of its core functions, “K” Line’s education and training schemes for its marine personnel.

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Ship Handling Simulator and BRM Training Course in KLMA (JPN)

This simulator corresponds to ship handling training for 14,000 TEU Mega Container Vessel which are due to be delivered in fiscal 2015 and enable us to accommodate larger container ships of recent years. Thereby, we can conduct more effective training for Captain and Deck Officers who can confidently put into practice the group’s basic philosophy- “Establishing and maintaining safety in navigation to protect human lives, cargoes, and the natural environment at sea”.

Along with the installment of ship handling simulator, Bridge Resource Management (BRM) Training Course with the said simulator was certified by Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (Class NK). BRM Training Course is the requirement of STCW Convention and it is obliged to exercise the course for Captains and Deck Officers.

The certification proves that BRM Training Course conducted by KLMA (Japan) provides the high-quality training fulfilling the global standard.

In line with the installment of ship handling simulator, the training center has establish the Quality Management System on its own and acquired ISO 9001 certification by Class NK.

Though “K” Line has been providing standardized training for all seafarers onboard our group vessels through KLMA, “K” Line will offer higher level of globally standardized training by incorporating objective assessments from this third-party accreditation organization, which contributes to strengthening safety and efficiency in navigation.

Remarks 1: KLMA is the cluster of our seafarers’ training centers developed in 5 countries around world that provides the career path program for “K” Line seafarers.

Remarks 2: BRM is a management method that aims to archive safe navigation by enhancing teamwork in the Bridge and making effective use of navigational equipment, information, etc. It is a requirement of STCW Convention in which Captains and Deck Officers are obliged to acquire knowledge and skills about BRM as their competency.

Remarks 3: STCW Convention (The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers,1978) was adopted in response to the tanker oil spill accident which was occurred due to grounding on the southwest coast of UK in 1967. The establishment of STCW Convention aimed to improve the quality of seafarers’ competence equivalent to the international qualification standards. It came into force in 1984 and adopted a new set of amendments in Manila in 2010 called “The Manila Amendments” as a result of implementation of comprehensive review of human error in marine accidents.

Evergreen’s Penultimate L-type is Named

June 30, 2015

Evergreen Group today held the naming ceremony for EVER LOVELY, the ninth of its L-type vessels to be built by CSBC Corporation in Taiwan and the penultimate vessel in the thirty strong series. The ceremony took place at CSBC’s Kaohsiung shipyard and was officiated by Mr. Bronson Hsieh, Evergreen’s Second Vice Group Chairman. The official rope-cutting of the new 8,508 TEU vessel was performed by Mrs. Anna U. Obermeier, the wife of Mr. Pier Luigi Maneschi, Chairman of Evergreen Shipping Agency (Italy) S.p.A.

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Caption : (from left to right) Mr. Sun-Quae Lai, CSBC Chairman, Mr. Pier Luigi Maneschi, Chairman of Evergreen Shipping Agency (Italy) S.p.A., his wife Mrs. Anna U. Obermeier and Mr. Bronson Hsieh, Evergreen Second Vice Group Chairman

EVER LOVELY is owned by Evergreen Marine (Singapore) Pte Ltd. The ship is 334.8 meters in length, 45.8 meters wide, and has a draft of 14.2 meters. In common with its L-type sister ships, it can cruise at speeds up to 24.5 knots. With delivery immediately after the event, the vessel joins Evergreen Line’s Far East –South America route and replaces an older unit on the trade.

As a refinement to their original eco-friendly design, the L-type vessels built by CSBC this year are fitted with a brand new energy-saving bow. This improvement enables the ships to further enhance fuel-efficiency and reduce emissions. In light of the success of this design adaptation, Evergreen is conducting a bow refitting program. By the end of this year, fifteen of its L-type ships will be equipped with the improved feature.

As a core value of its corporate policy, Evergreen is dedicated to environmental protection and makes every effort to further cut its carbon emissions. In addition to building a fleet of eco-friendly ships, Evergreen also adopts carbon-cutting concepts throughout its service chain. In a recent development, the carrier introduced an innovative green transport service featuring Eco-trucks in Finland through its agent Greencarrier Liner Agency Oy. The 33-meter long truck can carry two 40’ containers simultaneously on permitted sections of roads, thereby cutting greenhouse gases by 40% compared to the alternative of using two individual trucks.

RTG cranes from Konecranes for the new Baltic port of Bronka

Saint-Petersburg, 15 June 2015

IMG_7413On 11 June the freighter “Meri” was the first vessel handled in the new Russian Baltic port of Bronka. She delivered the first three of a total of ten RTG cranes from Konecranes in Finland. The firm is among the world’s leading manufacturers of cranes and lifting gear. Arriving from Hanko in Finland, the “Meri” was the first merchant ship to transit the new, recently constructed canal providing access to Bronka, then making fast at the already operational Berth 3. Discharge of the three RTG cranes constituted a dress rehearsal for clearance of a vessel at the new terminal in Bronka, in advance of the official start of operations in Bronka in September. Delivered in a state of operational readiness, the RTG cranes rolled ashore from the “Meri” on their own wheels and will in future be deployed at the Port of Bronka container terminal. A second batch of three RTG cranes will be delivered by Konecranes in mid-August.

“We are extremely satisfied with the mutually agreed fitting-out of the RTG cranes ordered from Konecranes, and their punctual delivery. At our new Port of Bronka, we are installing highly efficient, state-of-the-art equipment. We are convinced that with these RTG cranes from Konecranes, we shall achieve high operating reliability and productivity in container handling at our new multi-purpose port,” says Alexei Shukletsov, CEO of the Port of Bronka.

Konecranes possesses immense knowhow in designing port solutions. The rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTG) supplied for container handling at the Port of Bronka not only fulfil normal performance specifications but also feature numerous standard innovative functions. While cutting maintenance costs, these also boost performance and reliability. This both enhances operational dependability and minimizes costs for maintenance and spares. In the tough operating conditions in the Russian Baltic port of Bronka, that will be a distinct advantage.

About the Port of Bronka

The deepwater Port of Bronka is being built on the Southern bank of the Gulf of Finland, on the outskirts of St. Petersburg and near the municipality of Lomonossov. The multi-functional cargo handling facility comprises two terminals plus a logistics centre. Covering 107 hectares, the container terminal offers five berths along quays extending 1,176 metres. The Ro-Ro terminal covers 57 hectares, and with a quay length of 630 metres permits simultaneous handling of three ships. At the first stage of construction, handling capacity of the container terminal totals 1.45 million TEU per year, plus 260,000 units at the Ro-Ro terminal. A first-stage water depth of 14.4 metres enables the Port of Bronka to handle post-Panamax vessels. The multifunctional Bronka handling facility is scheduled to enter service in September 2015.