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Maritime black carbon emissions must decrease



May 15, 2019 /

The Clean Arctic Alliance has issued a call for international shipping operators and national governments to cut maritime black carbon emissions. Black carbon particles are predominantly produced by ships burning heavy fuel oil; when black carbon is released by vessels operating in the Arctic region, the particles reduce the reflectivity of ice and snow –…


Air cargo carriers develop online distribution



May 15, 2019 /

After years of criticism that cargo airlines were failing to develop new distribution channels - the increase in digitisation and online sales means online distribution is on the increase.  Air France-KLM Cargo has signed up to Freightos’s air freight WebCargo platform, which claims to be the world’s largest. It allows AF-KLM customers to view live rates, assess capacity availability…


Vessel emissions won’t be cut by sailing slower



May 8, 2019 /

Policy director of the UK Chamber of Shipping Anna Ziou has slammed French proposals to impose speed limits as a way to cut shipping emissions. She claims it would give a “false impression” of the industry taking action.  Ms Ziou’s objection follows an outcry from container lines following the French IMO delegation’s proposals becoming public last month.  “To achieve a 50%…


China-Europe rail service exports grow by 106%



May 8, 2019 /

China’s Belt and Road initiative (BRI) may have faced recent strong criticism from the EU, but that has not dented the growth in its exports to Europe. Chinese officials have claimed a 106% increase in the value of cargo travelling by rail from China to Europe, equating to some $33bn. Xiao Weiming, from the office of…


$586m loss hits ONE’s parent carriers



May 1, 2019 /

Japanese merged carrier Ocean Network Express (ONE) recorded a net loss of $586m in its first year of operation, however it said it expected to move into the black in its second year.  ONE, formed from the container businesses of K Line, MOL and NYK,was supposed to produce synergistic returns for its parents. Instead it has dragged down the P&L…


UK shipping sector wants assurance on four areas of concern over IMO 2020



April 24, 2019 /

The International Maritime Organisation has been urged to clarify four areas of IMO 2020, as carriers scramble for compliance with the forthcoming low-sulphur fuel limit. The “once-in-a-generation disruptor to shipping’s commercial environment” takes effect on 1 January 2020: a fuel sulphur content limit of 0.5%, down from 3.5% in some parts of the world, at…


Air Freight Demand Ends Year Up 3.5%



February 13, 2019 /

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released full-year 2018 data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) grew by 3.5% compared to 2017. This was significantly lower than the extraordinary 9.7% growth recorded in 2017.  Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 5.4% in…