This Week In Global Logistics

Port of Long Beach Kicks Off Middle Harbor Project – On Monday, May 14, civic and industry leaders gathered for a ceremonial lease signing on the docks of the Port of Long Beach to celebrate the kickoff of the $1.2 billion Middle Harbor project. The project, a highly advanced terminal that will feature the cleanest and most modern technologies available to move cargo, is part of a $4.5 billion port-wide investment slated for the coming decade.

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New Initiative to Boost Exports – Commerce Secretary John Bryson and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Lisa P. Jackson, have launched an environmental technology initiative which builds on President Obama’s National Export Initiative. This new initiative includes a web-based tool that will help environmental firms find the tools and information they need to sell their goods abroad.

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A New Electric Freight Trucking System – Siemens Corp., an electrical engineering company, has developed a highway electrification system that uses overhead electrical wires to transmit energy to freight trucks in select vehicle lanes called “eHighway.” Siemens created this new technology to address the increasing carbon footprint of trucking and is currently working to implement a pilot project along Interstate 710 for trucks moving freight from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to inland points.

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E.U. Naval Forces Target Somali Pirate Base – For the first time, E.U. naval forces have attacked a land base used by Somali pirates. The multinational forces used helicopters from two warships to conduct airstrikes leaving five of the pirates’ fast attack crafts inoperable. This attack is a significant development in the war on Somali piracy.

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Drayage Strike at Port Klang – At Malaysia’s key gateway of Port Klang, non-union truck drivers are protesting delays and gate charges at container depots located outside the port. The drivers claim their earnings are limited because depot delays restrict drayage trips to one or two per day. The strike is preventing drayage movement of containers in and out of terminals.

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China and South Korea Discuss Free Trade Pact – China and South Korea will begin discussing the terms of a free trade agreement this month. Since a free trade agreement will be strategic from both economic and political standpoints, both countries are interested in establishing the accord as soon as possible. The two countries’ goal is to lift trade to $300 billion by 2016.

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Cotton Export Ban Lifted – Last month Indian authorities imposed a restriction on cotton exports after record overseas sales caused concern about domestic supplies. As the world’s second-largest producer and exporter of cotton, the government justified the ban by saying that India needed to protect supplies for its own cotton mills. Trade Minister Anand Sharma has stated that registration for cotton exports will be allowed, but will be reviewed on a fortnightly basis.

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Clean-Air Program for Ships at Port of Los Angeles – The Environmental Ship Index (ESI) is a clean-air program for vessels that is projected to significantly reduce harmful emissions such as sulfur oxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and diesel particulate matter. The Port of LA is the first US port to adopt this program; however, 14 European ports have already embraced it. Under the ESI, vessel operators are rewarded for implementing voluntary engine, fuel and technology enhancements that reduce vessel emissions beyond the regulatory standards.

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Port of Tanjung Priok Container Terminal Project Approved The long-delayed New Priok development at the Port of Tanjung Priok in Indonesia has been approved for construction by presidential decree. Phase 1 of the project will provide an additional capacity of 4.5 million TEUs and is scheduled to open in 2014. By 2023, container volume capacity will be tripled to more than 18 million TEUs in order to accommodate the largest container vessels and remove the need to transship at Singapore.

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Clean Sailing Cargo Ships – Japan has three projects in progress to make ships more ecologically sustainable by adding masts, sails, and other efficiency technologies. The Wind Challenger will use carbon-fiber sails to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 50%. The Aquarius MRE, from Eco Marine Power, incorporates solar panels, lithium batteries, control systems and sails in order to cut fuel costs 10-20%. Lastly, the NYK Super Eco Ship will use fixed sails, aiming to reduce emissions 69% by 2030.

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Port of Los Angeles to Invest in Infrastructure – The Port of Los Angeles is investing billions of dollars into its transportation infrastructure in an effort to maintain its ranking as the largest container port in the US. The port‘s ranking is threatened by North America’s Pacific Coast ports competitive intermodal service to the Mideast. East and Gulf coast ports are preparing to launch a similar development project once the Panama Canal expansion project is completed in 2015.

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Port of Melbourne Redevelopment – Ted Baillieu, Premier of Victoria, has announced a $1.2 billion redevelopment of the Port of Melbourne with hopes of solidifying Victoria’s reputation as the freight and logistics capital of Australia. The focus of the project will be the construction of a new container terminal at Webb Dock while infrastructure upgrades will also be made at Swanson Dock in order to increase existing container capacity. This announcement is an important part of the Coalition Government’s plan to provide the infrastructure required to meet growing demand.

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The Most Environmentally Advanced Terminal in the World – The Middle Harbor Project at the Port of Long Beach is combining two terminals into one large 304-acre terminal. This state-of-the-art terminal will be able to move twice as much as the older terminals in terms of containers and will cut the emissions and air pollution in half.  The lease and construction include cleaner fuel for ships, complete shoreside power, cleaner air from yard equipment, internal electric cars, and an on-dock rail system, which will be the biggest aid in cutting emissions.

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New Train Connection in Edmonton –Canadian National Railway (CN) is expanding its service to the Port of Prince Rupert in order to accommodate the growth of Alberta, one of the fastest growing industrial and consumer based economies in North America. Beginning in June, CN will add a container train connection to Edmonton and relocate its Calgary Intermodal Terminal to a larger logistics park. The new logistics park will provide Alberta fluid access to world markets as well as two prime export routes. The new facility is expected to be open in January.

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China Defends Rare Earth Export Restrictions – Earlier this week, the EU, U.S. and Japan went to the World Trade Organization (WTO) with a request to settle a dispute concerning China’s export restrictions on rare earth materials. The complainants claim that the export restriction was imposed for the sake of keeping rare earths in China for its own future use. Chinese officials have responded by stating that the rare earth restrictions have been made out of consideration for the environment and the sustainable utilization of resources, not export protection. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Liu Weimin states that China provides more than 90% of the global supply of rare earth minerals and some control measures needed to be adopted.

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Joint Hearing Concerning NY-NJ Port Tolls – State Legislators are holding a joint hearing on April 20 at the Center for the Arts at the College of Staten Island to examine the “lack of accountability” of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The hearing was called in response to last fall’s controversial toll hike along with internal and external audits critical of agency spending and other practices. The toll hike has already cut into the volume of containers handled by the New York Container Terminal on Staten Island because shippers are unwilling to pay the additional surcharges.

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What is Slow Steaming?

Definition – Slow steaming refers to the deliberate reduction of vessel cruising speed in order to cut fuel costs.

Environmental Impact – When a ship’s speed is reduced by 10%, its engine power is reduced by 27%. This results in less fuel consumption and in effect, the emissions released in line with the vessel’s fuel consumption are reduced.

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