ICS Issues Guidance To Ship-Owners In The Face Of The Corona Virus
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the global shipping body representing 80% of the world’s merchant fleet, is advising its membership companies to take steps that limit the spread of the novel Corona Virus (2019-nCov). The instructions reflect advice given from the World Health Organization (WHO), who stated that if certain measures are taken, there should be no “unnecessary restrictions of international traffic”, meaning ports and global shipping can continue to operate. Mr Guy Platten, the Secretary-General of ICS, commented: “The shipping industry will always prioritize the health of our crew and members of the public above all else. We have recommended that all our members across the world follow the WHO measures. As an industry, we fully understand the importance of playing our role in halting the spread of viruses.
London Gateway Secures New Service
DP World London Gateway has welcomed a new IEX service, Al Rawdah, which will link the East Coast of India to the UK which will open up more trading opportunities with India. With this new service, the number of direct services between the Indian sub-continent and London Gateway increases to three per week – more than any other port in the UK.
Previously the only option cargo owners had was to transship in Colombo, Sri Lanka with containers being offloaded from ships, stored on a yard, and then reloaded on ships for the journey to the UK. The direct service provides enhanced security of cargo and preserves the integrity of the supply chain. This service is a collaboration between COSCO, Hapag Lloyd, Yang Ming, ONE and OOCL, and operates nine 6,500 TEU vessels on a weekly fixed rotation.
CSAV Overtakes Kühne To Become Hapag-Lloyd’s Largest Shareholder
Chile’s CSAV has become Hapag-Lloyd’s largest shareholder after it acquired additional shares from Qatar Holding for $330m in the German carrier earlier this month to boost its stake from 27.8% to 30%, Alphaliner reports.
Hamburg-based Kühne Maritime now is the second-largest shareholder with a 29.6% stake.
Splash reported CSAV was exiting the roro segment to fully focus on container shipping. The company’s container business merged with Hapag-Lloyd in 2014.
DCSA Sets Track And Trace Standards
The Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA), a non-profit group of nine major ocean freight carriers, published track and trace standards in an effort to unify information sharing and further digitalization goals. Carriers, shippers and third parties can use track and trace standards to "enable cross-carrier shipment tracking" and can download the standards from the DCSA website. The data model ensures track and trace data definitions are consistent for all users, leveraging any system.
For shippers, this new standard will simplify shipment visibility across multiple carriers, enabling them to better plan and optimize shipment handling activities. For carriers, it will unify T&T information sharing with other parties, ensuring accurate and efficient communication regardless of the underlying technology or platform. For the industry as a whole, the DCSA T&T standard will set a new bar for collaboration that focuses on delivering a great customer experience while improving efficiencies for all stakeholders in the supply chain.
Sri Lanka East Terminal To Operate In Three Months
Sri Lanka’s government will make the East terminal of the Colombo Port operational within three months as per the Sri Lanka Ports Authority. In this election manifesto setting out his plans for the years 2020-2025 President Gotabaya Rajapaksa prioritized the development of the East Container Terminal. The government said it plans to double the container handling capacity at the Colombo Port. The 2020-2025 policy document said Sri Lanka will attract private investment into a planned West container terminal and study the feasibility of a ‘cross-berth’ terminal between two existing terminals. In 2019, CICT handled 2.9 million containers at Sri Lanka’s Colombo Port.