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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Air Travel News

(File photo: Port of Long Beach)

Automating Freight Forwarding Must Be Done Strategically, Says iContainers

Automation is one of the hottest topics in freight forwarding, especially among the new digital freight forwarders, all wanting to transform this immense and complex world of ocean freight with technology.But these claims of ‘disrupting’ the industry have raised questions, especially in relation to their impact. Studies published by Barclays and more recently, Transport Intelligence, noted the lack of an impact from this ‘disruption’ - as claimed by many of these new digital freight forwarders.The opportunities are there.

Port of Oakland Executive Director, Chris Lytle (Photo:Port of Oakland)

Port of Oakland, Japan Strengthen Ties

Port of Oakland Executive Director, Chris Lytle, called for strengthened business ties with Japan. Addressing visitors from the Japanese Port of Hakata, Lytle listed opportunities for growth at sea and in the air.“It’s extremely critical for us to have good, strong free trade partners such as Japan,” Lytle told a visiting delegation from the city of Fukuoka. “Japan is a very large and very important part of our business.”Lytle's  remarks came on the 30th anniversary of a sister port relationship between Oakland and Hakata.

Photo: Port of Amsterdam

Amsterdam Port Revenue Grows in 2017

Havenbedrijf Amsterdam N.V. realised revenue of EUR 150.1 million, compared to EUR 146.3 million in 2016. The operating result increased from EUR 73.3 million in 2016 to EUR 74.3 million in 2017. These and other key figures are stated in the annual report published. Koen Overtoom, CEO of Port of Amsterdam: "Record transshipment of 81.3 million tonnes in 2017 contributed to our good operating result of more than 74 million euros. 2017 also saw the arrival of a number of fantastic businesses in the Port…

Stephen Ng, Director of Trades of OOCL, received the verification certificates from John Rowley, Managing Director, Management Systems & Inspection Services at Lloyd’s Register. (Photo: Lloyd’s Register)

OOCL Increases Scope of GHG Reporting Verification

Hong Kong-based container shipping company OOCL said it has made progress in its pursuit of higher standards and transparency in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reporting. According to classification society Lloyd’s Register, OOCL has not only met the GHG Scopes 1 and 2 inventory verification requirements that it announced last year, but also for Scope 3 which focuses on indirect emissions associated to air travel by employees of its Hong Kong office and as defined in the "Greenhouse Gas Protocol – A Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard".

Repatriating Sick and Injured Seafarers

Following a recent roundtable with Rowland Raikes, Medical Rescue International, Markus McMillin, Claims Executive at UK P&I Club, discusses the varying circumstances surrounding medical repatriation of seafarers, and the related challenges and associated costs. Medical repatriation is the transportation, home or to another medical facility, of a seafarer following an accident or illness when medical personnel and/or equipment are required for the journey. The two main themes…

Image: Institute for Atmospheric Physics

Ambitious Countries Must Push for Shipping in Climate Deal

Countries calling for an ambitious agreement at the Paris climate summit must insist that language on aviation and shipping emissions be reinserted or the prospects of keeping global warming below 2°C, let alone 1.5°C, will be fatally undermined, green groups have warned. The latest draft deal, issued days before talks are due to end, dropped any mention of the two international transport sectors, which fall outside national reduction targets and therefore require an explicit reference in the agreement.

Coastal Inspiration (Photo courtesy of BC Ferries)

For Ferries, Commercial Light at End of Regulatory Tunnel

A review of the ferry industry’s latest challenges and opportunities attracted a record 340 delegates to Vancouver last week for the 39th annual Interferry conference. The global trade association event exposed a string of concerns – notably over punitive safety and environmental regulations – but also highlighted the financial potential of new routes, onboard shopping incentives and the use of LNG fuel. Alongside sessions on the future of the industry, Canada-based CEO Len Roueche outlined a vision for maintaining Interferry’s influential lobbying role among politicians and regulators.

Modern Compasses Improve Oil Production

By using the Earth’s magnetic field, combined with new innovative technology, oil and gas drilling companies are increasing oilfield productivity while reducing development costs and environmental impacts. This technology has applications across the world, and public-private collaborations between the U.S. Geological Survey and partners have successfully implemented the technology. These days, multiple reservoirs of oil and gas can be accessed from a single platform by drilling vertically and then horizontally.

Energy Specialist to Head Up G2 Crew Services

G2 Crew Services, the recently formed JV between Griffin and GAC, has announced  the appointment of Gary Pearce as CEO with effect from August 5. Previously Senior Vice President Global Energy Services for Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), Gary Pearce led the team responsible for CWT’s strong growth and high levels of customer satisfaction within the Offshore and Energy sector. “Whether their origins are in crew or corporate travel, the offshore industry is served by companies limited to providing point-to-point air travel” said Gary Pearce.

Safety-conscious Interferry Sets Sights on Perfection Myth

The trade association event takes place in Malta from October 5-9 with an agenda dominated by safety issues. Insights on how the aviation industry builds and maintains safety culture will come from special guest speaker Jarle Gimmestad of Norway-based operational safety consultancy Gimmestad AS. He was previously with Scandinavian airline SAS as a captain and then as human factors and crew resource manager, which included working with the accident investigation group. Pointing to the continuously improving safety record of air travel…