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Industry News from BIFA

  • A14 improvement scheme finally underway

    The A14 Improvement Scheme, to upgrade the Cambridgeshire section of the dual carriageway between Huntingdon and Cambridge, began this week after years of campaigning from hauliers, motorists and local residents. A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Annex A the proposed routeThe 21-mile stretch is one of the UK’s most notorious accident and traffic blackspots, and can lead to serious disruptions for haulage companies using the ports of Ipswich, Felixstowe and Harwich.

    The road is also one of only a handful of routes that connects Britain’s motorway network in an East-West trajectory, with the Huntingdon to Cambridge stretch linking the A1(M) and M11. As a result, it is one of the country’s busiest stretches of dual carriageway, but has very little in the way of emergency refuges, parking or service areas and is frequently running over capacity.

    The works were officially opened by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and Highways England Chief Executive Jim O’Sullivan on Monday 28 November.

    Mr O’Sullivan said, “I want the A14 to redefine what a road scheme can achieve and, in addition to a significantly upgraded road, I am determined that our work here will leave behind a positive legacy for people living along the A14 – providing better, safer journeys, setting hundreds of young people off on fulfilling careers in construction, and boosting the capacity of the whole country to deliver world leading infrastructure improvements.”

    Under the Improvement Scheme, the road will be widened from two lanes to three along a 21-mile section, along with improvements to the A1 and M11 interchanges. The work is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

    Source: SMMT

  • Maersk Line to acquire Hamburg Sud

    Hamburg Süd is the world's seventh largest container shipping line and a leader in the North - South trades. The company operates 130 container vessels with a container capacity of 625,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent). It has 5,960 employees in more than 250 offices across the world and market its services through the Hamburg Süd, CCNI (based in Chile) and Aliança (based in Brazil) brands. In 2015, Hamburg Süd had a turnover of USD 6,726 million of which USD 6,261 million stems from its container line activities. 

    "Today is a new milestone in Maersk Line's history. I am very pleased that we have reached an agreement with the Oetker Group to acquire Hamburg Süd. Hamburg Süd is a very well-run and highly respected company with strong brands, dedicated employees and loyal customers. Hamburg Süd complements Maersk Line and together we can offer our customers the best of two worlds, first of all in the North - South trades," says Søren Skou, CEO of Maersk Line and the Maersk Group.

    "We are proud to join the global market leader Maersk Line. While gaining access to a superior network and systems we will continue the Hamburg Süd brand and business model offering personalized solutions to our shippers and consignees. By joining forces both Maersk and Hamburg Süd will strengthen their product portfolio and cost position to the benefit of their customers," says Dr. Ottmar Gast, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Hamburg Süd Group.

    "Giving up our engagement in shipping after an 80 year-long ownership in Hamburg Süd was not an easy decision for my family. We are very confident, though, to have chosen the best of all possible partners. Maersk will preserve and grow Hamburg Süd and what the brand and the whole organization and a highly dedicated workforce stand for: reliable and high quality logistical services to our customers," says Dr. August Oetker, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Dr. August Oetker KG, the management holding company of the Oetker Group.

    On 22 September 2016, Maersk Line announced that it would grow market share organically and through acquisitions.

    "The acquisition of Hamburg Süd is in line with our growth strategy and will increase the volumes of both Maersk Line and APM Terminals," says Søren Skou.

    Hamburg Süd and Aliança will continue as separate brands and continue to serve customers through their local offices.

    "Hamburg Süd and Aliança have competitive and attractive customer value propositions, which we want to preserve and protect. We wish to maintain the personal touch and engagement they offer their customers. In short, Hamburg Süd and Aliança customers will also be Hamburg Süd and Aliança customers in the future," says Søren Skou.

    In the combined network, Hamburg Süd and Maersk Line's customers will have access to the dedicated end-to-end services provided by Hamburg Süd in the North - South trades as well as the flexibility and reach provided in Maersk Line's global network. Furthermore, the combined network will enable Maersk Line to develop new products with more direct port calls and shorter transit times.

    "Our combined network will provide exciting opportunities to develop new products and exploit operational synergies. Hamburg Süd and Maersk Line customers will benefit from more choice and better products," concludes Søren Skou.

    The acquisition is subject to a satisfactory due diligence, final agreement and subject to regulatory approval in amongst others China, Korea, Australia, Brazil, the United States and the EU. Maersk Line will work closely with the authorities. Maersk Line expects the regulatory process to last until the end of 2017. Until then, Hamburg Süd and Maersk Line will continue business as usual.

    With the acquisition, Maersk Line will have container capacity of around 3.8 million TEU (3.1 million TEU) and an 18.6% (15.7%) global capacity share. The combined fleet will consist of 741 container vessels with an average age of 8.7 years (9.2 years).

    The agreement with Hamburg Süd has no financial impact in 2016.

    Maersk Line expects to communicate further details following the approval of the sales and purchase agreement expected early in the second quarter of 2017. Maersk Line expects to close the transaction end 2017.

  • GLEC framework launched in Brussels

    panel involving the first five adopters of the Framework (DHL, Kuehne + Nagel, DB Schenker, Intel and HP) discussed the benefits of the GLEC Framework and issues in its implementation. Benefits cited included the ability to gather granular-level data across modes and regions in the supply chain in a simple manner, enabling global harmonisation of carbon footprinting. Outreach by carriers and shippers in particular was identified as essential in driving the framework’s use and development, in order to have the best possible data and highest uptake. Training on implementation of the framework was also identified as a future priority.

    The LEARN project, in which CLECAT is a partner, was also presented. The project aims to build a co-ordinated network of industry, government and civil society stakeholders to promote a globally harmonised, multimodal carbon footprinting methodology, as the basis for eco-labelling, certification, and carbon footprint measurement and reporting. This would then form the basis of carbon-efficient decision making in the logistics chain. In a panel discussion to launch the project, CLECAT Director General Nicolette van der Jagt said that the project was needed in order to aid companies in saving money and emissions by having visibility over their carbon footprints. LEARN will help promote the goal of sustainability and provide high quality data for effective business decisions.

    The framework is available here.

    Source: CLECAT

  • THE Alliance next to unveil planned services

    THE Alliance said its product, which is subject to regulatory approval, would be characterized by “fast transit times, a broad port coverage and deployment of modern and most-efficient ships”. Itclaimed: “Our best ship for the loop principle and our dedicated shuttle service design are the basis for one of the most competitive products available in the market.”

    THE Alliance intends to offer 31 services across the east-west trades, deploying 240 ships over 75 ports in Asia, North Europe, the Mediterranean, North America and the Middle East. This will feature five Asia-North Europe loops, compared with the Ocean Alliance’s proposed six, and three strings between Asia and the Mediterranean, one less than its rival.

    However, according to Alphaliner, THE Alliance will be the smallest of the three VSA groups between Asia and Europe, with a capacity share of approximately 28% – after deducting Hanjin Shipping’s pre-bankruptcy share and assuming the merger between Hapag-Lloyd and UASC completes. On the transpacific, THE Alliance will be behind the Ocean Alliance’s 39% capacity market share, its 28% share ahead of the 2M + HMM at 19%.

    THE Alliance also published its “base-plan” of port rotations for the 31 services, saying it “will keep the market informed about further steps and the final, more precise service rotations”. Indeed, a number of loops only specify country calls or regional hubs, suggesting that negotiations with terminals have yet to be concluded.

    Source: The Load Star