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Evergreen launches Far East Panama Service
SCT sends life detection device to Sichuan
Xiamen launches first rail cargo service to central Asia
Guangxi to invest US.2 billion on air, water, rail and road infrastructure
Taiyuan-Guangzhou rail cargo service soon to be launched
UK P&I Club enjoys slight 7.2pc increase, sees higher premiums ahead
NYK Logistics lands PURE Digital UK distribution contract
GAC swoops Best Ship Agent award in Singapore
Small Michigan carrier's 747 freighter splits in two on take off from Brussels
Northwest Airlines to launch two new China-US routes
Emirates to start Guangzhou-Dubai direct flight in July
Hainan Airlines to launch Beijing-Seattle flights June 9 servicing NBA teams




Evergreen launches Far East Panama Service

EVERGREEN has launched a new container service linking Far East and Panama to satisfy the fast-growing shipping markets of Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean region.

Evergreen altogether deploys eight 2,728 TEU ships on the Far East Panama Service (FPS) and the maiden voyage was operated by Aphrodite, which departed in Kaohsiung port on May 24, a company statement of Evergreen said.

Port rotation of the FPS is: Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Ningbo, Mexico, Panama and Kaosiung. One rotation is expected to cost 56 days.

FPS is specially designed for the two emerging markets of Central and South America and the Caribbean. The upgrade of the former China-US East Coast Service (CUE) of Evergreen will help to improve the carrier's service quality as it can deliver cargo from Far East to Central and South America and Caribbean in a much shorter time, the statement said.





SCT sends life detection device to Sichuan

SHENZHEN's Shekou Container Terminal Co has. sent a life detection device together with two operators of the device to the earthquake ruins in Sichuan province on May 18 to help the rescue.

In addition, the company has also donated CNY200,000 for the disaster and organised fund-raising events among its employees to collect over CNY120,000. All fund will be donated to rescue and rebuild of the earthquake through its parent company China Merchants' charity fund organisation.





Xiamen launches first rail cargo service to central Asia

SOUTHEAST China coastal city Xiamen has launched its first international rail intermodal service, which is via the Alataw Pass to Kazakhstan's capital Astana, Logistics Week reported.

Maiden run of the service was launched recently, using a train with 35 cars, carrying a total of 2,200 tonnes of cargo.

Yuan Dong, a manager from Xiamen's Uni Logistics Inc., operator of the service, said the service has greatly shortened transportation time to 7 to 9 days from the previous 12 to 15 days.

Before launch of the service, trade cargo from Fujian province, where Xiamen is located, to central Asia were mostly transported on sea to Europe then transshipped to central Asia on train, which cost longer time and more cost.





Guangxi to invest US.2 billion on air, water, rail and road infrastructure

SOUTHWEST China's Guangxi Autonomous Region government plans to invest CNY260 billion (US.26 billion) on air, water, rail and road traffic infrastructure over five years in a bid to develop itself into a regional traffic hub between China and Asean countries, Xinhua reported.

Guangxi Governor Ma Biao said by 2010 the region will have built up a main frame of air, land and water integrated traffic network connecting its neighbouring provinces and Asean countries.

On railway, Guangxi will invest CNY115 billion on building up a number of new lines covering a total distance of 1,450 kilometres, including from Nanning to Guangzhou and from Liuzhou to Nanning.

On road infrastructure, Guangxi plans to invest over CNY120 billion to form a network of 14 expressways covering its neighbouring provinces and countries.

On water transportation, the region is to spend about CNY23 billion adding another 100 million tonnes to its port capacity to raise the total capacity to 220 million tonnes.

On air transportation, the government will spend CNY3.5 billion on developing a air network covering major cities in the Asean countries, Japan, Korea, Europe and US.

Mr Ma said after the network has been built, it only takes 3 hours to get to Guangzhou from Nanning, 4 hours to Kunming and Changsha, and four and a half hours to Guiyang by rail. If by expressway, it only takes 3 hours to travel from Naning to Hanoi, 6 hours to Guangzhou, 7 to 8 hours to Kunming and Guiyang.

Located on the joint of the South China Economic Rim, Southwest China Economic Rim and ASEAN Economic Rim, Guangxi is said to be the most convenient transport hub in southwest China.





Taiyuan-Guangzhou rail cargo service soon to be launched

CENTRAL China's Shanxi provincial capital, Taiyuan, is soon to launch a rail cargo service to southern city Guangzhou, Logistics Week reported.

The service will be mainly for transporting commodities and agricultural products, offering one run from each direction every day for 335 days in a year, providing a daily capacity of 1,280 tonnes. It is said to be able to save up to CNY20 million's transportation cost (US.87 million) every year.

Eighty per cent of Shanxi's rail cargo capacity is used for transportation of coal and iron ore. Other commodities have to be carried on trucks. High fuel price has resulted in a 50 per cent higher cost via truck than via rail. The new service is said to help enhancing Shanxi products' competitive strengths in the Pearl River Delta market.





UK P&I Club enjoys slight 7.2pc increase, sees higher premiums ahead

AN increase in claims and a slight reduction in parties covered by the International Group Pool has had a "huge" impact on shipping insurance group UK P&I Club's results for the 2007 policy year, as it saw a 7.2 per cent rise in gross premium income to US6 million.

Total funds for the year stood at 2 million, while net claim reserves and free reserves were recorded at 3 million and 9 million respectively.

According to a statement released by the insurance group, investment performance was above initial expectations at 6.5 per cent, although down from 9.7 per cent the previous year.

The high level of large claims in 2007 is expected to cost the club as much as million, down from million in 2006.

The club's non-pool record has improved since 2001 as the ratio between net premium and net ultimate claims for non-pool claims by policy year had fallen.

Retained claims (up to million each) for the year had increased from 9.3 million to 4.6 million - 18 per cent above the average for the preceding five years.

The increase is largely due to a rise in collision and personal injury claims, while reported cargo claims have decreased.

Rapid increases in crew costs, commodity prices and the devaluation of the US dollar contributed to the cost of routine P&I claims at lower levels rising way above ordinary inflation, the statement said.

In 2007, four big collisions were reported, costing .5 million. This was nearly four times that of the preceding policy year and twice the average of the preceding five years.

Commenting on the year's results UK P&I chairman Tullio Biggi said he expects P&I insurance to become more expensive in the future as the "environment in which ship owners operate is ever less forgiving of accidents of any kind."





NYK Logistics lands PURE Digital UK distribution contract

NYK Logistics has been awarded a UK-based contract from PURE Digital to handle the distribution of PURE Digital's range of DAB radios over a three-year term.

PURE Digital is a division of Imagination Technologies Group plc. NYK Logistics said that more than 6 million people in the UK now listen to radio stations available exclusively on DAB.

"Located at NYK's Tilbrook facility in Milton Keynes, the operation involves the receipt and de-stuffing of containers from Felixstowe, storage and onward distribution to major multiple and independent electrical retailers throughout the UK, using a mix of NYK fleet and network vehicles," NYK Logistics was cited as saying in a UK Transport Intelligence report.

"NYK is also providing a range of value-added services including product re-work and software upgrades, plus quality control and functional bench-testing, carried out by specially-trained employees."

NYK Logistics provides services to the consumer electronics and white goods sectors with UK customers including BSH, Casio, DSGi, Electrolux, Olivetti Lexikon, PC World, Philips, Pioneer, Sony, Samsung, Toshiba and Yamaha-Kemble.





GAC swoops Best Ship Agent award in Singapore

GAC has been named the Best Ship Agent at the inaugural Seatrade Asia Awards held in Singapore earlier this month.

The Awards recognises achievements made by companies in taking steps to improve maritime safety, strengthen security of ships and port facilities, and protect the environment, a company statement said.

Ivo Verheyen, managing director of GAC Singapore received the award on behalf of the company. The criteria of the award include customer service and efficiency, as well as the offering of new services.

"Clinching the Best Ship Agent award is testament to the industry's recognition and appreciation of our shipping services in Asia. The past year has been especially fruitful as we expanded our maritime service portfolio to include fire, rescue & safety systems and services, as well as weather routing solutions," Mr Veheyen said.





Small Michigan carrier's 747 freighter splits in two on take off from Brussels

A BAHRAIN-bound Boeing 747 freighter broke in two on take off at Brussels airport on Sunday, The Associated Press reported.

Four of the five crew were slightly injured, said Jan Van der Cruysse, spokesman at Brussels Airport. "The plane is very seriously damaged," he said. Rail services to and from the airport were stopped but other flights were unaffected, he said.

Francis Vermeiren, mayor of suburban Zaventem, co-ordinated rescue efforts. Firefighters coated the wings with fire retardant foam because the plane was still full of fuel.

The plane is owned by Kalitta Air, a cargo carrier based at Willow Run Airport near Ypsilanti, Michigan, which makes regular flights from Brussels, officials said. Kalitta had no comment when contacted.

The carrier is a Michigan Limited Liability Company owned 100 per cent by Conrad Kalitta.





Northwest Airlines to launch two new China-US routes

AMERICA's Northwest Airlines is to start two daily China-US direct services to expand its transpacific network, Logistics Week reported.

One is the Beijing-Seattle line, which will be launched on March 1 2009. The service will be using Airbus 330-200 passenger, which has 32 World Business Class seats and 211 Economy Class seats. The report said passengers can transship to other US destinations via flights offered by Northwest Airlines' code-sharing partners Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air.

Northwest Airlines said half of the tourists from China to US choose to go to west coast of US and the line will feed into this market need.

The other is line is from Shanghai to Detroit, which will be using Boeing 747-400 passenger aircraft has 65 World Business Class seats and 338 Economy Class seats.





Emirates to start Guangzhou-Dubai direct flight in July

EMIRATES has announced that it will start a new direct passenger service from Guangzhou to Dubai on July 1, Logistics Week reported.

The new service offers six flights a week, everyday except Fridays under the flight number of EK362/363, using Airbus 330-200 wide-body aircraft.

The service can provide a monthly bellyhold cargo capacity of 350 tonnes on single journeys. Its cargo source will mainly come from Emirates' cargo arm SkyCargo.

Emirates has been operating direct flights from Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. After the Guangzhou service has been launched, the carrier will be offering 48 passenger flights every week in China.





Hainan Airlines to launch Beijing-Seattle flights June 9 servicing NBA teams

Hainan Airlines has signed an agreement with US National Basketball Association (NBA) to jointly launch a flight service from Beijing to Seattle on June 9, Logistics Week reported.

This will be the first Sino-US airline launched since the two countries reached an expanded aviation agreement in 2007.

The new service will offer four flights a week using Airbus 330-200, cutting time from Beijing to the US from 16 to 11 hours, deploying Boeing 787s.

Hainan Airlines CEO Wang Yingming said his airline will offer ticket price discount during peak seasons when overseas Chinese students return to the US after vacation, and promote the service on NBA games shows and its website, in a bid to develop the line into the carrier's magnum opus.

According to the new Sino-US aviation agreement, Chinese carriers are welcome to enter the China-US line market without restriction. From 2007 to 2012, passenger capacity on lines from US to eastern China will be increased by 70 weekly services progressively on the basis of 2004's capacity, while the market of direct flights from six central China provinces to US will be fully open.

But an unnamed Hainan Airlines source said even if the central China market is fully open there is little demand from this region. That is also why Hainan Airlines chose to launch the new US line from Beijing.


SCT sends life detection device to Sichuan
Xiamen launches first rail cargo service to central Asia
GAC swoops Best Ship Agent award in Singapore
Northwest Airlines to launch two new China-US routes
  Emirates to start Guangzhou-Dubai direct flight in July
Hainan Airlines to launch Beijing-Seattle flights June 9 servicing NBA teams
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