First keynote confirmed for Global Shippers Forum

The Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) have revealed the first keynote speaker for the Global Shippers Forum and ICHCA International Conference 2018 on 10–11 May 2018, to be held at the MEGATRANS2018 trade event at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Ana Hinojosa, Director – Compliance and Trade Facilitation at the World Customs Organisation (WCO), will present on 10 May.
Hinojosa was elected Director of the World Customs Organisation’s Compliance and Trade Facilitation unit in January 2016, and previously was President of the Executive Women in Government organisation in the US, and Deputy Assistant Commissioner at US Customs and Border Protection.
This is the first time Hinojosa has been in Australia to meet the local customs broker and freight forwarder community. She will be presenting on existing and emerging trade facilitation projects and the future of global customs compliance.
Click here to register for the conference or to find out more.
Early-bird rates are currently available for members of the following organisations:
Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA)
International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA)
Container Transport Alliance of Australia (CTAA)
Australian Cotton Shippers Association (ACSA)
Australian International Movers Association (AIMA)
Australian Horticulture Association (AHEA)
Women’s International Shipping & Trade Association (WISTA)
Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA)

DHL to bolster Irish and UK food supply chain

Taste Ireland, an Australian distributor of Irish and UK foods, has announced a new end-to-end freight agreement with logistics company DHL.
DHL Global Forwarding will ship Taste Ireland’s products on direct sailings to Australia, selected to minimise transit times and the risk of in-transit food expiry. DHL will ship temperature-sensitive products in its refrigerated containers.
Prior to shipping, DHL will consolidate and pack Taste Ireland’s orders from customers including supermarket chains Coles and Woolworths as well as Irish pubs in Australia, to reduce container numbers and optimise transport costs and times for the distributor.
“We chose to work with DHL because of their exemplary track record in handling time-sensitive food shipments with strict compliance, accuracy, and efficiency,” said Eamon Eastwood, CEO, Taste Ireland.
“As our business continues to grow at breakneck speed, we needed a forwarder who could not only simplify and speed up our shipping process across numerous line items, but give us full visibility of and confidence in our shipments’ freshness when they arrive at each customer’s door.”
DHL will also pre-clear Taste Ireland’s shipments with Australian customs, and offer door-to-door airfreight for more urgent shipments.
“We’re excited to be helping Taste Ireland as it makes the leap from SME to global supplier of repute, by giving them total visibility and compliance across every facet of the logistics process as well as the support of our world-class customs clearance processes,” said Tony Boll, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding – South Pacific.
“The time previously spent on in-house logistics management can now go into how Taste Ireland markets and sells Ireland’s favourite foods to meet untapped and increasingly hungry demand throughout Australia and the South Pacific.”

World’s first electric cargo ship used to haul coal

China has launched the world’s first all-electric cargo ship, though it is being used to haul coal, news site ThinkProgress reports.
China’s Guangzhou Shipyard International ship has a capacity of 2,200 tons and is designed for short-haul trips, with its 1,000 lithium batteries offering around 50 miles of travel on a two-hour charge. While loading and unloading at ports, the ship will charge ready for its next trip, news site reports.
State-run news site Global Times shared that the cargo ship is being used to transport coal for electricity generation on the Guangdong Province’s Pearl River, and it could in future be used for passenger travel, or “ro-ro” (roll-on/roll-off) voyages.
Chinese environmentalist Wang Yongchen told the Global Times: “This kind of ship takes into consideration the harmony between humans and nature and can protect water quality and marine life, and should be copied by other ships sailing on local rivers.”

Port of Melbourne potentially limited by containership growth

A report produced by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on the country’s stevedores has suggested that Port Botany has overtaken the Port of Melbourne for container trade due to constraints at the Victorian port, as first reported by The Age.
In 2016/17, Port Botany handled 34 per cent of Australia’s container movements, with 33 per cent going through the Port of Melbourne – down from 36 per cent in 2015/16.
While the report did not directly link the Port of Melbourne’s reduced volume to the increasing size of container ships, it noted that it is the most likely port to put limits on the size of ships visiting the country.
The Age noted that the biggest ship to visit Australia, the 347-metre Susan Maersk that docked at the Port of Brisbane in October, would have been unable to travel up the mouth of the Yarra River to Swanson Dock, and its 10,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) load may or may not have managed to fit underneath the West Gate Bridge.
In a recent newsletter, industry body Shipping Australia wrote that with only one terminal able to take the larger ships – Webb Dock, with Swanson Dock out of reach – “Melbourne is already the limiting factor for the size of ships coming to Australia’s east coast ports and is preventing Australians benefiting from the efficiencies of larger ship operations.”
“The risk is that shipping lines may consider by-passing Melbourne for Adelaide or Sydney and use rail, or a smaller ship feeder service (possibly from New Zealand) to make the connection,” it added.
“This would ultimately cost the Victorian consumer, the Port of Melbourne and the state economy.”

Port Botany

How the humble shipping container has revolutionised the way we live

Discover how the humble shipping container has revolutionised the way we live in new outdoor exhibition at the Maritime Museum

Container – the box that changed the world – opens 26 October 2017

In today’s global world you may have drunk coffee from Brazil or a smoothie containing frozen fruit from China. You could be wearing clothes made in India, watching a TV made in Japan, while sitting on a sofa containing wood from Argentina on a laminate floor manufactured in Sweden. All of this has been made possible by a rectangular steel box – the shipping container.
Container, an exciting new exhibition housed entirely in six 20-foot shipping containers at the Australian National Maritime Museum, will lift the lid on the history and impact of containerisation and the way the humble shipping container has revolutionised the way we live.
The exhibition opens in late October, when visitors can literally ‘step inside the box’ to learn about shipping, ports, cargo, the impact of containerisation on the ocean, the origins of everyday objects and even container architecture.

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Inside the ‘Ship’ container, the history of the cargo industry before the invention of the container and the impact of its introduction are explored. From transporting goods in crates, bales, sacks and barrels loaded by hand, the container now allows the world’s 1.5 million seafarers to deliver 10 billion tonnes of trade each year.
‘Cargo’ looks at trade, customs, biosecurity and how perishable goods are transported around the world in the cold chain. The ‘Port’ container talks about the radical transformation of ports and port cities in Australia and around the world. It also gives visitors a peek behind the scenes at Port Botany, one of Australia’s busiest ports and the gateway for 99 per cent of New South Wales’ container demand.
Peter Le Scelle, courtesy DP World.

‘Ocean’ looks at the challenges mass shipping poses to our oceans, including lost shipping containers, cargo spills and acoustic pollution, and the current focus on sustainable shipping.
The quirky and innovative ways containers are used beyond shipping, including ‘small homes’, food trucks, art installations and even swimming pools are uncovered in ‘Build’. ‘Things’ is a glass-fronted container with a shop front–style window display demonstrating the origins of everyday objects in our homes. The total number of kilometres travelled by sea by all the products in this container is 887,082km.
“As an island nation, 99 per cent of Australia’s trade is conducted by sea freight,” said Peter Dexter AM, Chairman of the Australian National Maritime Museum. “The Container exhibition highlights the importance of this industry and how it touches all of us. We are excited to be sharing this often overlooked story to the many people who visit Darling Harbour in such an innovative way.”
The exhibition has been embraced by the shipping industry with a large number of its key organisations coming on board to provide essential support to tell this important story. Major sponsor is NSW Ports, who has played a key role in the development of the exhibition. Sponsors are ACFS Port Logistics, Maritime Container Services, DP World Australia and Smit Lamnalco. Supporters are Transport for NSW and Shipping Australia. The containers are supplied by Royal Wolf and the Precinct Partner is Property NSW. It is supported by the USA Bicentennial Gift Fund.
Container is located in front of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s Wharf 7 building on Pirrama Road. The free exhibition opens on 26 October and will run until late 2018 before touring locations across New South Wales. For further information visit
Josh Kelly, Jack Harlem Photography, courtesy DP World.


Samsung sets containership record

Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has set a new world record for world’s biggest containership with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines’ (MOL) Triumph.
The 400m-long vessel is 58.8 metres wide, and has a depth of 32.8 metres. The Ultra Large Container Ship (ULCS) can transport 20,150 containers.
Three other 20,150 TEU containerships are due to join Triumph at MOL, Port Technology reports.
Final preparations are now being made for Triumph’s maiden voyage, set to take place after the ship’s delivery on 27 March 2017.
A naming ceremony took place for the ship in Geoje shipyard, South Korea, on March 15 2017. The event was attended by representatives from SHI and MOL, including the CEOs of both companies.
Triumph boasts eco-friendly features including energy-saving equipment such as propeller, rudder valve and stator.
SHI expects to deliver 10 more 20,000 TEU containerships in 2017.

Live Australia-China seaborne shipment opens new supply chain

Australia’s first live sea-bound shipment left Portland, Victoria, for China on Saturday, 4 February.
A consignment of 1,200 cattle is headed for Shidao in the northern Shandong Province, under the new health protocol agreement for feeder and slaughter cattle signed between Australia and China and the regulatory conditions set out in the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) and the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS).
The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) welcomed the historic first. “This first seaborne shipment to China is a ground-breaking moment for our industry and for Australia’s entire beef sector,” said ALEC Chairman, The Hon Simon Crean.
The cattle were sourced by Elders’ North Australian Cattle Company (NACC) within Victoria and South Australia. Patrick Underwood, Manager, NACC said animal welfare is paramount to any Elders shipment, and particularly when opening a new supply chain.
“Elders has been working very closely with Australian and Chinese authorities to ensure this supply chain operates above ESCAS standards,” Underwood said. “Processing of the entire shipment will occur within 14 days of arrival, and Elders will have its own supply chain specialists in attendance the entire time, to monitor compliance and provide additional assistance.”
Crean said the opening up of the China market for feeder and slaughter cattle reflected the growing global demand for live animals as a source of protein. “This exciting emerging market is built on the values Australia shares with China around biosecurity, traceability, welfare and an appreciation for high-quality cattle and beef,” he added. “These values have been the foundation Australia’s existing exports of beef and dairy breeder cattle to China, and so it is a natural progression for the trade to now extend into feeder and slaughter categories.”
“Australian exporters are always investing strategically to help secure new and existing supply chains, and that has certainly been the case in preparation for the China feeder/slaughter trade, as demonstrated by the many months of work which has gone into this first shipment,” Crean said. “China’s ‘closed loop’ cattle supply chains will help ensure the highest possible health, welfare, control and traceability standards are upheld,”

Telstra warns container ships off its subsea paths

Australian telecommunications and media company Telstra reportedly has to divert captains of up to 50 container ships per month found to be travelling in close proximity to its subsea cable infrastructure paths.
Darrin Webb, Executive Director, International Operations & Services and Managing Director, Northeast Asia, Telstra Corporation Limited has released an official blog posting sharing the efforts the company must go to in order to protect its underwater connectivity.
According to Webb, the container ports of Singapore and Hong Kong, two of the world’s busiest and shallowest, regularly keep Telstra’s cable maintenance team busy. “Unfortunately, the combination of heavy traffic from big commercial vessels, shallow water and the sheer number of cables that connect to landing stations around these ports, does not bode well for our cables.”
In order to avoid damage, Telstra’s maintenance team monitors the location of each container ship in relation to their cables through the ship’s Automatic Identification System (AIS). The AIS provides information on each vessel, such as their unique identification number, position, course, and speed. “If a ship gets too close, our team will make a call to the captain so they can adjust their course. On average, our team contacts 30 – 50 container ships a month,” Webb said.

Incat Tasmania signs contract for an 85-metre ship to Japan

Incat Tasmania has been contracted by Japanese ferry operator Sado Kisen for the construction of an 85-metre wave piercing catamaran for operation on the 39 nautical mile route from Naoetsu Port in the Niigata prefecture to Ogi, the southernmost port of Sado Island.

The 85-metre wave piercing catamaran will comfortably transport 700 passengers to Sado Island and also has capacity for 7 large trucks and 98 cars; the ship can carry 173 cars in car-only configuration including mezzanine decks.

A longstanding and respected operator in Japan, with origins from the Sado Steam Ship Company, Sado Kisen has a fleet of conventional car ferries and jet foils. With an operating speed of 30 to 34 knots the new Incat Hull 068 will be Sado Kisen’s first high-speed vehicle and passenger ferry. 

The 85-metre vessel was selected following a competitive international tender process, which prioritised a proven hull form and sea-keeping, reliability, efficiency, heavy freight capacity, barrier-free access, minimal crewing, timely delivery and the ability to integrate with existing port infrastructure. 

The Incat ferry will operate a year-round service replacing the 1995-built conventional 120-metre car ferry Kogane Maru. Although the Naoetsu to Ogi service will be the vessel’s main route, she will also support the Niigata to Ryotsu route on a seasonal basis.

Incat Chairman Robert Clifford and Managing Director Craig Clifford were both present at the signing ceremony in Niigata. The ship will be ready for delivery in 2015.

Incat will be expanding the production team, including taking on new apprentices in 2014 as the shipyard is also currently building a 70-metre fast crewboat for delivery to the oil and gas industry in Azerbaijan in late 2014.

Launching Ships [Video]


A great clip showing newly built ships side-launched into harbours. Looks dangerous but experts tell us the method is standard practice in the industry.


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