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29 June 2011

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   ***The Pirates You Can't See Condsidered More Dangweous ...... as transport gateways are facing increased risk in the next 20 years from attacks from cyber pirates hacking into supply chain systems and the real threat of piracy in key ocean trading lanes, said a survey of 80 executives by PricewaterhouseCoopers consultants. Terrorist and piracy attacks on supply chains are expected on transport gateways according to over half of respondents, said the PwC report entitled Transportation & Logistics 2030 - Securing the Supply Chain. The cost of piracy in the
Gulf of Aden and Suez Canal alone is costing Egypt annual losses of US$640M. Security costs will rise in the logistics industry particularly in regard to IT systems. Executives from 25 countries said hacker attacks were more troubling than physical ones, with more complex chains vulnerable to accidents, said Klaus-Dieter Ruske, partner at PwC, reported Newark's Journal of Commerce. "A hacker could infiltrate the flight control system, for example, and randomly let airplanes fall from the sky. Or re-set the tracks in rail traffic and let trains crash," said one respondent in the survey. The world's gateways are concentrated at 39 regions with one such as Hong Kong-Shenzhen region handling 14.8% of global ocean and air freight traffic creating highly sensitive flows at these "chokepoints" such as Suez and Panama canals, and Strait of Hormuz. "If only a single one of these hubs fails, the economic consequences could be enormous after just a short period of time, and affect most economies around the globe," Mr Ruske added. 

U.S. Product Orders Rise 2%.......as new orders for manufactured durable goods increased US$3.6Bn or 1.9% to US$195.6Bn, the U.S. Census Bureau reported on June 24. The increase, up 2 of the last 3 months, followed a 2.7% April decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 0.6%. Excluding defense, new orders increased 1.9%. Transportation equipment, also up two of the last three  months, had the largest increase, US$2.7Bn or 5.8% to US$49.6Bn. This was due to nondefense aircraft and parts which increased US$2.7Bn.

    ***The Long Road Back ...... as
Japan's exports in May dropped 10.3% from a year earlier, hit by massive production losses in the auto sector following the earthquake and tsunami disasters, the government said.. Exports shrank to US$6Bn, marking the third straight year-on-year decline, the finance ministry said. Imports rose 12.3% to 5.61 trillion yen, resulting in a trade deficit of 853.7 billion yen - Japan's second-biggest after a 967.9 billion yen deficit in January 2009. Auto exports in May plunged 38.9% and shipments of auto parts dropped 18.5% due to production losses in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated northern Japan. The twin disasters left more than 23,000 people dead or missing, and destroyed hundreds of factories in Japan's northeastern coastal region, forcing manufacturers, such as Toyota Motor Corp. and Sony Corp., to suspend production. Japan's exports to the United States fell 14.6% in May. U.S.-bound auto exports nose-dived 43.5% in the month.

U.S. Business Logistics Costs Jump ..... as the costs to transport and warehouse goods rose to 8.3% of U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2010, as compared to 7.7% the previous year, according to the 22nd State of Logistics Report, an annual report from Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), a trade association. According to the report, logistics costs in 2010 were roughly on par with 2005, and still well below the pre-recession years. This year's report reveals the cost of the U.S. business logistics system jumped up 10.4% in 2010 to US$1.2 trillion, an increase of US$114Bn from 2009. Inventory carrying costs increased 10.3% last year due to higher costs for taxes, obsolescence, depreciation and insurance, which were offset by a drop in the inventory carrying rate and warehousing costs.

    ***Hung By Hangers .... as U.S. Customs and Border Protection's trade fraud targeting unit recently uncovered a transshipment scheme to avoid paying antidumping duties on imported steel-wire coat hangers, according to a statement. Analysts at the CBP unit responded to a complaint filed through e-Allegations, CBP's online trade violation reporting system. The hangers were shipped from
China to the United States, sent to Mexico, and then imported back into the United States as products of Mexico. The e-Allegations filing resulted in the sentencing of a Tijuana, Mexico, businessman to nearly six years in federal prison, and an order to pay more than US$3M in restitution to the U.S. government and forfeiture of more than US$4M in proceeds gained through the illegal transshipment scheme. Read More:

   ***Some Golfers Failing To Make Par..... as when it comes to buying legitimate equipment made overseas ~- beware. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said seizures of counterfeit golf equipment from China, much of it purchased over the Internet, increased 33% in fiscal year 2010 ended Sept. 30, and 37% in fiscal year 2009. Through May of the 2011 fiscal year, CBP has seized 256 sets of golf equipment with a domestic value of US$192,000 and an estimated manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$589,000 for the real items. Counterfeit golf equipment accounted for 786 seizures last year, compared to 519 seizures in fiscal year 2009, and 327 seizures in fiscal year 2008, according to CBP. The most prevalent counterfeit goods include footwear, consumer electronics, apparel, handbags and wallets, watches and pharmaceuticals.

    ***Rags Tagged ..... authorities at the Port of Los Angeles-Long Beach complex have confiscated US$14.3M worth of knockoff designer clothing in 3 separate shipments from
China during the past 3 months, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced June 10. The agency seized more than 47,000 articles of clothing that violated trademarks for Chanel, Polo, Gucci, Coogi and Dior. The domestic street value was pegged at US$173,000. In fiscal year 2010, CBP at Los Angeles-Long Beach seaport had a record year with 863 seizures, up 42% from the prior year, with a domestic value in excess of US$34M. 

    ***The Dangers of Karaoke ........as an electronics importer is singing the blues after federal officials in
Los Angeles seized a nearly US$1M shipment of karaoke machines with bogus brand-name labels. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol spokesman Jaime Ruiz said June 9 that more than 1,900 machines with counterfeit "SD" labels - for Northern California-based SanDisk Corp. - were seized in mid-May. Ruiz said privacy laws prohibit him from naming the importer, who wasn't fined and is not the subject of a criminal probe over the machines that arrived at the Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex from China. He said his agency hopes' losing the valuable shipment would incentive enough to keep the importer from trying to deal in counterfeit devices again.

   ***Corresponding With Your Plants ..... as the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said it has revamped its Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) stakeholder registry e-mail subscription service. The service allows individuals to receive information about PPQ activities on a variety of plant health topics. Subscribers will be able to choose from a range of PPQ topics, such as PPQ "hot issues," federal notices, irradiation programs, foreign pests and diseases, plant pest programs, and updates to manuals and the Fruits and Vegetables Import Requirements database. Subscribers may also select how often to receive e-mails.

U.S. Railroad Intermodal Traffic Up .... as for the year's first 23 reporting weeks ending June 11 it was up 8.4% year-over-year with 6.4% year-over-year growth in week 23. Intermodal rail volume in the U.S. increased in the 2nd week of June by 6.4%, as did Canadian railways in the same period. Despite an increase for Mexican rail in the first 23 weeks of the year of 4.6% to 329,796 carloads and healthy surge of 14.2% at 170,816 trailers & containers, the week ending 11 June saw a drop in carloads, and trailers and containers by 3.2% and 28.9% respectively.  Rail volumes for North America (US, Canadian & Mexican railways) were up 2.8% year on year at 8.70 million carloads with an increase of 7.5% at 6.38 million trailers and containers. 

Second Eurasian Land Bridge .... as a new direct rail freight service launched on May 9 linking Chongqing, an industrial hub located in southwest China, and the Port of Antwerp, the second largest port in Europe. This aims to speed up the potential development of freight transportation across Eurasia and to shorten the duration of the journey between China and Europe. Compared to the 36 days of transit time for ocean transport from east China's ports to west Europe, this new service currently takes only 16 days for trading goods between Chongqing & Antwerp. According to the Chongqing Mayor, this new freight rail service is also safer & less expensive than maritime transport. It supplements the 10,800-km Eurasian Land Bridge to northeast China, and will link the country's southwest industrial belt, as well as its southern Pearl Delta manufacturing hub with Europe      

   ***China Picks Up Speed .... as it will launch a much-anticipated high-speed-train link between
Beijing & Shanghai on June 30. The link, which has been operating on a trial basis since mid-May, "has passed safety assessment and currently is fully qualified for the launch of service," the railways ministry said in a statement released late June 23. Work on the US$33Bn high-speed railway started in April 2008. The railway ministry has said the trains will run between 250 & 300 kph. (155 & 188 miles per hour) on the Beijing-Shanghai link, although the line is designed for a maximum speed of 380 kph.

China To Visit Burma ..... as southwest Yunnan province has started construction on the Longrui Expressway that is part of sea-land intermodal transport passage linking China to Burma, reports Xinhua. Longrui Expressway begins from Longling county and ends at Ruili city bordering Burma. It is also a part of Hangzhou in Zhejiang province to Ruili expressway. The two-way four-lane expressway is 128.4 kms long and 24.5 meters wide with a designed maximum speed of 80 kpH. The US$1.66Bn expressway will be completed in 4 years including building nine large bridges, 91 smaller bridges and 15 tunnels. It will cut driving time from Kunming to the Burmese border to eight hours. 

   ***Revolving Truck Doors ..... as the driver turnover rate at large truckload fleets rose to an annualized rate of 75% in the 1st quarter of 2011, the American Trucking Associations said. That's a 6% increase over the 4th quarter of 2010, and a 92% leap from an annualized rate of 39% in the 3rd quarter. The rapid increase in driver turnover the rate at which drivers leave a company within a year comes as competition for experienced truckers intensifies. "The driver market is tightening," ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said. "We hear nearly every day from fleets who cannot find enough drivers to meet demand." As driver pay and benefits increase, truckers tend to jump from carrier to carrier. In addition, carriers tend to focus recruitment efforts on experienced drivers. The turnover rate increased most at large truckload carriers. Smaller truckload fleets saw their turnover rate rise 1 percentage point to 50%, the ATA said. That is still the highest turnover rate for small truckload carriers since 2008. Less-than-truckload carriers have a much lower turnover rate. Few LTL drivers spend more than a day or two on the road and they can earn higher pay. The LTL turnover rate rose 2 percentage points from 6% in the 4th quarter of 2010 to 8% in the first quarter. LTL carriers are also hunting drivers.

    ***Unwanted Passengers .... as iMoveGREEN, an agent for Bekins Van Lines, has recently discovered a main carrier of Bed Bugs: moving blankets! While Bed Bugs continue to be a pandemic across the
United States, most logistics companies still do not take preventative measures to aid against Bed Bug infestation. Moving blankets especially, are often neglected and left un-cleaned between moves, leaving shipper belongings susceptible. iMoveGREEN has a new protocol, whereby after every single move, the blankets that were used are taken in large sealed bags to the company's drying department where the blankets are sprayed down and heated in commercial dryers on high heat for 1.5 hours.

    ***UPS Innovates In Reverse ..... as it said June 13, it will launch a reverse logistics service in the fall aimed at helping businesses with high-value products save money and improve customer service when handling returns or exchanges. The service, called UPS Returns Exchange, is different than typical return programs in that a consumer will immediately receive a replacement item from the UPS driver picking up a defective or unwanted product instead of sending the product back to the manufacturer and waiting for a new or repaired item to be redelivered. UPS considers electronics, health care and retail companies as potential prime users of the premium service.  The driver will assist the customer in packing the return item in the box used for replacement, which comes with resealable tape. The service reduces packaging and delivery costs by eliminating the seller's need to send an empty box to customers, and then dispatch UPS a second time to retrieve the item, saving fuel and carbon dioxide emissions. Giving the UPS driver more responsibility for preparing the return reduces risk for the shipper by ensuring the package is sent to the right destination and by the right transport mode, as well as that it is properly packaged to reduce damage during shipping, Shroff said. It can also cut down on fraud, he added, by verifying the original item is sent, so that a consumer can't falsely stuff an unrelated substitute in the box and then blame the carrier for the mistake.

    ***Big Brown More Green .... as UPS said it has installed a 250-kilowatt rooftop solar array on its
Lakewood, N.J., facility, completing a project that is expected to provide 30% of the building's annual energy needs. The company said the installation is the first in a series of investments UPS plans to increase the company's reliance on renewable energy. UPS also has existing solar installations in Palm Springs, Calif., and at its regional air hub at the Cologne-Bonn airport in Germany.

   ***German Expansion For Dachser .... as third-party logistics services provider will invest US$23M through March 2012 in a new logistics center at Erlensee, near
Frankfurt, Germany. The 505,000-square-foot site will handle up to 68 trucks at a time. Additional space is available for expansion if necessary, the company said. Dachser also has secured an option on an adjacent site with an area of more than 20,000 square meters.

    ***America Becomes Connected ...... as fifty-five years ago today, something got started that many of use every day and that most of us take for granted.   It was in 1956 that President Eisenhower signed a bill establishing the Interstate Highway System. Today, that system is
America's main street -- linking all 48 continental states along its more than 46,000 miles. From rural dirt roads to the interstate highways, there are just over four million miles of roads in the U.S.  The projected original cost of the interstate system was more than US$25Bn -- at the time, the largest public works project in the nation's history. Today, building new roads and maintaining existing ones costs close to US$140Bn a year.

   ***Danger In The Dog Days ...... as according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more traffic accidents occur in August than in any other month. June & July are among the highest accidents months of the year as well. In difficult weather conditions, drivers are often paying more conscious attention to the roads, aware of the risks involved.

    ***Court Rules Parking Lot A Highway Under NY Law ...... as when is a village parking lot a highway? When
New York's highest court says so. A Court of Appeals Jube 2 ruling means Margaret Groninger can't sue Mamaroneck for her slip and fall on ice in its parking lot. The village says it neither received prior notice about that icy defect nor caused it, and therefore can't be sued. Lower courts agreed. Groninger says state law lists only six municipal locations that require advance notice of defects: sidewalks, crosswalks, streets, highways, bridges and culverts. Four judges say this parking lot serves the "functional purpose" of a highway, "open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel." Three dissenting judges say that's so obviously untrue "as hardly to merit serious discussion."

    ***Pay Attention In Skool ..... as a new, high-profile road sign over an
Ohio interstate highway entrance will be replaced, because a contractor's spelling went off the road. The word "north" appeared prominently at the top of the sign misspelled "N-O-R-H-T." Ohio Dept. of Transportation spokeswoman Jackie Schafer says the contractor fixed the error in the Cleveland suburb of Strongsville on June 7, by placing an overlay over the word, with the correct spelling. She said the contractor will pay to have a new sign made. The Plain Dealer of Cleveland was first to report about the problem with the sign, on eastbound state Route 82 at Interstate 71.

    ***Logistics Quote of The Month .."The line between disorder and order lies in logistics..." -- 
Sun Tzu , ancient Chinese general and author of The Art of War 
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  **Bombardier (aircraft maker) 
UP with  a 12% year-on-year 1st quarter profit increase to US$225.3M.
UP with 4th quarter net income of US$558M, up 33% from last year's US$419M.
  **FedEx Freight (LTL trucker). 
UP with a US$42M operating profit for the quarter that ended May 31, compared with a US$36M loss a year ago.  
  *Shipping Corporation of
India (SCI). UP with a 50% net profit increase to US$124M, as revenues is up 2.3M. 
  **UTi Worldwide Inc. 
DOWN with US$8.7M income, less net income attributable to non-controlling interests, in the quarter ended April 30, compared to $10.1M in the same 2010 period.                           

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Freight Forwarder World Air Briefs __________  

    ***Call For Increased Lithium Enforcement ..... as a 19-member coalition comprised of air cargo associations, battery manufacturers and electronics companies has written an open letter to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood urging the U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT) to enforce penalties on shippers of lithium and lithium ion rechargeable batteries who breach air transportation safety policies. Addressing the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) May 18 citation of three lithium battery-related incidents, the coalition stated, "the failure of some shippers to comply with these requirements has been the root cause of virtually all of reported air cargo transport incidents."  Last October, FedEx Express reported a shipment of lithium ion battery packs for electric bicycles bound for
England caught fire at its Hong Kong facility before loading, according to an FAA list of battery incidents. In March, two shipments -- one that arrived at FedEx's Guangzhou, China facility from India and another from Shanghai, China, that arrived at the UPS facility in Cerritos, Calif. -- were observed smoking. In each case, the shippers did not follow International Civil Aviation Organization procedures for handling hazardous materials, such as declaring the goods as fully regulated dangerous goods, using proper packaging and following basic safety precautions, the coalition said. Signatories to the letter include the Int'l Air Transport Assn., the Air Transport Assn., the Cargo Airline Assn., the Airforwarders Assn., The Int'l Air Cargo Assn., the National Assn. of Manufacturers, the Dangerous Goods Advisory Council, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Express Assn. of America are among coalition members. 

    ***China Volume Down ...... as big airlines suffered declines in cargo volume in May for the first time this year as domestic, but mostly overseas demand, weakened, according to the Shanghai Daily.      Cargo volume dropped 4.2% from a year earlier to 447,400 tons in May, including a 16% decline on international routes to 138,700 tons, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). The Japanese earthquake and tsunami continued to hit trade between
China & Japan with cargo volume on the route dropping 17.3% in May from a year earlier. Meanwhile, cargo volume between China and South Korea slumped 44.3%, said the CAAC. China Eastern, the country's second largest carrier, delivered 108,360 tons of cargo in the period, dropping 12.68% from a year earlier.

    ***Air Market Will Contine Strong ..... as Boeing forecasts a US$4 trillion market of 3,500 new passenger aircraft & freighters over the next 20 years with a significant increase in expected deliveries in its Boeing 2011 Current Market Outlook (CMO). Asia Pacific is forecast to need the most new aircraft at a value of deliveries of more than US$1.5 trillion in 11,450 deliveries. The region will account for more than a third of new deliveries worldwide, while the
Middle East (2,520) and Latin America (2,570) will also continue to show very strong growth. 

    ***Airbus And Boeing Count Billions In New Orders .... as the Paris Air Show ends, the world's two largest aircraft manufacturers reported orders or commitments totaling US$94Bn, mainly from carriers in Asia & Mideast, with a notable emphasis on models that save on fuel and reduce carbon emissions. In what it says is a new record for aircraft sales among any manufacturer at the Le Bourget 2011 show, Airbus has secured orders for 730 aircraft totaling US$72.2Bn. Boeing announced it had secured 129 orders totaling more than US$22.4 Bn from 11 customers. Qatar Airways ordered six 777-300ERs; Air Lease Corp. bought 20 737-800s; and Malaysia Airlines took 10 737-800s. The big purchase came from UTair Aviation, who ordered 33 737-800s and 7 737-900ERs.

    ***Canceling The Conversions ..... as citing increased demand for A320 passenger craft, Airbus has terminated its development program for the A320/A321 passenger-to-freighter conversion and dissolved Airbus Freighter Conversion. 

   ***At the
Paris Air Show .... as roll-out customer All Nippon Airways unveiled the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner due to fly long-haul commercial routes, vaunting it as a key to the ambitious Japanese carrier's expansion. The Dreamliner wowed the crowds when it landed on June 21 at Paris.

   ***British Airways Makes It's Price-Fixing Contribution ..... as it will pay US$89.5M to settle a class action lawsuit for its part in a scam involving 18 airlines and 19 executives charged with price-fixing air cargo rates between 2000-2006. The class-action suit stems from U.S. Dept. of Justice's anti-cartel investigation from 2006. The plaintiffs of direct purchasers of air freight services have already settled US$66M with South American airlines' Lan Airlines, LAN Cargo SA and Aerolinhas Brasileiras SA. Of 13 airlines reaching pleas with class-action plaintiffs, five have been settled with an agreed total payment of US$367.9M, while the others await court approval. 

    ***Buying Belgian ..... as after months of speculation, Qatar Airways has reached an agreement with Cargolux to acquire a 35% stake in the Luxembourg-based carrier for an undisclosed amount. 

    ***Newest oneworld
Alliance Member ......as it has announced the election of Malaysia Airlines into its consortium of carriers at the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) 67th Annual General Meeting in Singapore. Qantas will sponsor its entry. oneworld projects Malaysia Airlines will begin flying as part of its alliance in late 2012. Similarly, both airberlin and India's Kingfisher Airlines, currently oneworld members-elect, are scheduled to enjoy the full benefits of membership early next year. Malaysia Airlines' inclusion in the alliance will increase the number of cities served by the consortium to nearly 950.

   ***Back From The Tsunami ..... as
Sendai Airport in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, has reopened for international flights  with the departure of a charter flight operated by Hi Fly, a Lisbon-based airline. Resumption of regular international, as well as domestic, flights to and from the airport will also become possible on July 25, thanks to speedier-than-expected progress in restoration efforts in the wake of the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeastern Japanese region of Tohoku. Sendai Airport, the biggest airport in the Tohoku region, suffered particularly serious damage as it bore the brunt of the killer tsunami. It resumed domestic commercial flights on April 13, although Japanese airlines have flown only extra flights since then.

   ***Failings At Honolulu ...... as mismanagement, inadequate equipment and a staffing shortage are to blame for the actions of dozens of Transportation Security Administration employees at
Honolulu Int'l Airport who are being fired for improper bag screening, labor union officials said. The TSA announced this month it plans to fire 36 workers after a six-month investigation found that some checked bags during one shift at the airport were not screened. The agency began an investigation at the end of last year after two Honolulu TSA employees tipped off officials. The 36 employees are on paid administrative leave while the TSA goes through the process of firing them. This is the largest personnel action for misconduct in the agency's 10-year history.

    ***Missouri Lambert Int'l Airport In Doubt ...... as it is relying on a future as a China cargo hub to save it from its drowning debts of US$1.3Bn following steep decline in both passenger and cargo volumes. But it's proposal for a Midwest China Hub has been criticised by air cargo analyst Michael Webber whose damning remarks that the "big idea" was a "big lie" for an airport on the verge of "shrinking, not growing". His argument is based on the fact that neither FedEx or UPS are involved in the cargo operation at the airport and that tax incentives are a waste of taxpayers money as there is no momentum behind the Midwest China Hub Commission plans. Its crippling debt is near to 10 times its total income of 2010 with high fees driving away passenger and cargo business at US$9 per 1,000 pounds of landed weight against
Atlanta and Chicago's three dollars. The outlook for the airport is gloomy even with the launch of China Eastern Airlines three weekly cargo flights in the autumn. 

    ***Close Call ..... as a Lufthansa Airbus A340 headed for
Munich was forced to come to an abrupt halt at JFK Airport on June 21 after it nearly collided with an EgyptAir Boeing 777, which made a wrong turn and came into its runway. According to reports, the EgyptAir plane failed to heed instructions from the air traffic controller who commanded it to stay 250 feet away from the runway. The FAA is currently investigating the incident. There were no injuries.  

>>> Beihai Airport, in southwest China's Guangxi Autonomous Region, handled 16.19 million tons of cargo and mail in the first 5 months, a sharp increase of   83.9 % year on year. >>> Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways announced that its May air cargo and mail volume, including Dragonair's, fell 12.9% year on year to 138,095 tons. >>> Frankfurt Airport's air cargo dropped 191,837 tons in May, with the first 5 months totalling 936,320 tons, distorted by last year's May backlog of freight flights after the 6-day shutdown resulting from the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud.  >>> South Korea's air cargo volume declined 8.7% in May to 286,000 tons year on year because of fewer exports to quake-ravaged Japan, according to the transport ministry.

    ***Track Airline Flights ........ just enter the airline & flight number in Google to display the status of a flight & arrival time. For example, type "delta 123" to display this flight information if available.  

    ***Track Epress Packages ....... just enter a UPS, FedEx or USPS tracking number in Google to get a direct link to track your packages.  

   ***Ratatoulle Down Under..... as a flight crew checking the cabin of a Qantas plane before takeoff found rats in a compartment holding medical equipment, grounding the plane for more than a day. Crews did a visual check of the plane June 2 afternoon and found no more rats or any damage. The rodents had been in a cabinet holding a defibrillator. The plane returned to service June 2 morning. Scott Connolly of the Transportation Workers Union told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio that members have had concerns about hygiene and sanitation on Qantas flights.
Qantas, Australia's national carrier, has experienced a series of troubles in recent months, including an engine explosion and forced landings. Earlier that week, a Qantas flight from Dallas, Texas, to Australia made an unscheduled stop on a Pacific island after pilots feared they might run out of fuel because of strong headwinds. The Qantas spokeswoman said the airline was committed to the route - which is new and one of the world's longest for Boeing 747 jets.  

    ***Rubber Guy Burgles Bags ...... as a man was arrested in
Spain after curling himself up inside a large suitcase that was placed in an airport bus cargo bay and sneaking out to steal from other people's luggage, police said June 9. The man arrested last week was 5'10" (1.78 meters) tall and very thin, a police official in the northeastern Catalonia region said. An accomplice was also arrested. The suspects were successful on several occasions before being caught, the police official said on condition of anonymity because of department rules. The accomplice would place the contortionist thief inside the cargo bay of a bus running from the airport in the city of Girona south to Barcelona, board the bus and then retrieve him at the end of the line. During the 60-mile (100-kilometer) ride, the man would slip out of the suitcase and use a sharp object to pick locks or open zippers to get into other people's luggage. Police were alerted by bus riders who reported items stolen from their baggage.                      

OUR "C" Section:  FF World Ocean News***
FF World Ocean Briefs            

    ***Turning The Tide ...... as a Somali court has jailed an American, three Britons and two Kenyans 10 to 15 years for illegally bringing US$3.6M in ransom money to free two ships and their crews seized by pirates. The Somali government bans ransom payments ostensibly to stop piracy, but such transactions have become routine, reported
Newark's Journal of Commerce, adding this was the first time westerners have been sentenced under this law. The United Nations says US$110M was paid in pirate ransom last year. Two men charged with carrying the cash received 15-year sentences and were fined US$15,000 each, and the other four, including the pilot, got 10 years and fines of US$10,000, said the report. The Int'l Maritime Bureau said pirates took a record 1,181 hostages and seized 53 ships in 2010, all but four by Somali pirates. But hijackings have dropped 30%  because of more armed onboard security contractors and efforts by naval forces to suppress pirates, or PAGs (pirate action groups) as they are now called. Most recently, such action included two pirate skiffs being sunk by a German warship. 

    ***Record Ransoms ..... as UAE-flagged, Kuwaiti-owned 105,846-ton tanker 
M/T Zirki and its 29 crew have been released following reports that the 2nd largest ransom - US$12M - has been paid to pirates. The highest ransom paid to pirates was to the crude oil tanker M/T Iren in April: US$13M. This adds to the total of ransoms paid to US$110M, which does not include millions of dollars spent to make the drops, reports London's Containersation Int'l. 

   ***Maersk Charges For Pirates ...... as the Danish shipping giant has announced in a notice to trade that it has levied a US$70 per FEU piracy "risk" surcharge on all cargo moving between India and the Middle East.

   ***New Report Tracks NVOCC Growth ..... as after taking a detailed look at the Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) market, PIERS Trade Intelligence, announced this month it has issued an exclusive report titled "PIERS NVOCC Analysis" that documents NVOCC growth since 2006. The report is now available for free download. The report concluded that as
U.S. trade with the rest of the world has grown explosively during the past decade, the NVOCC industry has grown even more rapidly. This growth can be attributed to several factors, but at the core, NVOCCs have grown because they facilitate the international transport of relatively small shipment lots that would otherwise be less likely to move across borders in the ocean freight system. According to the report, during the 2006-2010 period, total U.S. inbound liner shipping volumes declined by 2.8% per year on an average. However, volumes moving under a NVOCC flag increased by 4.2% per year from 2006-2010. NVOCCs also outperformed total trade in terms of value. In 2006, NVOCCs captured 28.2% of inbound liner shipments by value and 33.5% in 2010. Annual average growth of trade in terms of value was 0.6% from 2006-2010 compared to a 3.7% annual decline for total trade. Read the report:

   ***China To Raise NVOCC Stakes ....... as it  wants to increase the amount of the bond that U.S. non-vessel-operating common carriers must post when doing business in that country. Taking up an issue raised during bilateral talks with the
U.S. last fall, China is proposing the NVO bond rider be raised from US$96,000 to US$122,000 because of changing exchange rates, saying the current amount is inadequate. China is also proposing the dollar amount of the bond rider be adjusted when the exchange rate between dollar and the Chinese renminbi fluctuates more than 20%. The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission has issued a notice of inquiry asking for comments on the proposal.

   ***Horizon Lines Running On Fumes ..... as
America's biggest ocean carrier, must face a possible delisting on New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) because its market capitalization and stockholder equity has fallen below listing requirements. But Horizon said it will submit a plan to the NYSE on how it will restore financial compliance. If accepted, the carrier will have up to 18 months to comply with stock exchange standards. Despite the US Justice Department's April agreement to reduce the Horizon's US$45M anti-trust fine by US$15M, it is has proven impossible to continue business as before. 

   ***Enforcing The Iran Embargo ...... as French container line CMA CGM is setting up an Iran compliance desk in the wake of a falsified shipment in March that actually contained weapons bound for Iran, the carrier said June 22. The desk is part of a larger initiative by the line to better tackle security and regulatory hurdles posed by nations under int'l sanctions. CMA CGM also said it will set up a new security and regulations section on its corporate Web site. CMA CGM said the container in which the weapons were found was falsely labeled by the shippers as a shipment of lentils. It later said shipping lines only had so much ability to ensure the cargo they carry corresponds truthfully with the corresponding bills of lading. A few days before the incident, the activist group United Against Nuclear Iran urged CMA CGM to cut business ties with

    ***Dead Freight Fees
 ...... as ocean carriers are moving toward space & volume guarantees in agreements with shippers that include fees on both shippers and carriers if either side fails to meet the commitments spelled out in the agreements. APL included such guarantees and mutual penalties in some trans-Pacific contracts with shippers this year. Maersk Line is developing a similar plan that it will start to roll out on select trade lanes in the 3rd quarter and globally by mid-summer next year. The plan includes what Maesrk calls a "load protection fee" of about US$100 per dry container and US$500 per reefer container on shippers that fail to deliver booked containers to the port of departure and a similar fee it would pay to shippers for booked containers that are not loaded on outbound Maersk ships.  

   ***ENS Penalty ..... as failure to comply with the EU Customs electronic Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) within 24 hours before loading will result in fines/penalties and refusal to load cargo as of July 1, say carriers. Carriers, including Maersk Line and CMA CGM began charging fees of US$25 per ENS in line with the European Union Advanced Manifest Rule for all cargo entering EU at the beginning of the year during which ENS filings were monitored. European feeder operator Unifeeder also implemented a US$30 per bill of lading. 

   ***2010 Rebound In
U.S. Port Calls ......as report released on June 14th from the U.S. Maritime Administration shows more ships are stopping at U.S. ports. The stops, or vessel calls, rebounded by 13% in 2010, after an 8% decline in 2009. Oceangoing vessel calls reflect waterborne trade between the United States and countries around the world, and are a measure of import, export and domestic ocean shipments.

    ***Japanese Tsunami Aftermath ...... as containerized cargo exports will level off in fiscal 2011, which started on April 1, in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeastern part of the country on March 11, a research firm predicted. Containerized cargo exports from nine major Japanese ports are projected to rise only 0.2% in fiscal 2011 to 5.302 million 20-foot equivalent units after increasing a healthy 8.8% in the previous fiscal year. Nittsu Research Institute and Consulting, a subsidiary of
Nippon Express, Japan's largest freight forwarder, made the estimates in its revised "Outlook for Fiscal 2011 Economy and Cargo Transportation" report. According to the latest version of the report, containerized cargo exports from the nine ports are projected to sink 4.1% in the first half of fiscal 2011 from the same six-month period last year to 2.562 million TEUs. But they are projected to recover in the 2nd half of fiscal 2011, growing 4.6% from a year earlier to 2.740 million TEUs, as industrial production will return to levels seen before the March 11 twin natural disasters, the report says. Meanwhile, containerized cargo imports at the nine ports are projected to rise 4.5% in fiscal 2011 to 7.321 million TEUs after increasing a robust 12.6% in the previous fiscal year.

    ***St. Lawrence Seaway Throughput Up ...... as it opened this spring with volume up 3.7% in the first 2 months of the season compared with the same months last year. Cargo shipments, since the season opened March 22 to May 31, totaled 7.6 million metric tons transported, compared to just under 7.4 million in the same period last year, St. Lawrence Seaway Management reported June 22. Iron ore traffic declined 39% to 1.6 million metric tons, mainly due to the continued idling of the U.S. Steel plant in
Hamilton, Ontario. But salt, coal and petroleum products rose 31% with total grain shipments equaling 1.8 million tons on both U.S. and Canadian increased exports. U.S. shipments were especially strong because of diversions from flooding on the Mississippi River. Vessel transits rose 10% year-over-year for the same period. 

    ***NOL Buys Big ...... as the Singapore-based parent company of container APL, said June 15 it has signed letters of intent with two South Korean shipyards to build 12 vessels worth US$1.5Bn. The order includes a 10-vessel series from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co. for 14,000-TEU vessels, which would be by far the largest ships in APL's fleet. NOL is also planning to contract with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. to build two 9,200-TEU vessels. The line will also convert a July 2010 order placed with Daewoo for 10 8,400-TEU ships into 9,200-TEU vessels. In all, the orders will expand APL's order book by 160,000 TEUs to roughly 375,000 TEUs. The orders would give APL the third-largest order book in the industry after Mediterranean Shipping Co. and Maersk Line. NOL operates a fleet of 146 ships, representing 578,000 TEUs of capacity, according to maritime consultant Alphaliner.

    ***LAX - LBG Daytime Use Fee Increase....... as the PierPass program that operates in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., to provide off-peak service options for container lines and truckers, announced a fee increase of 20% to US$60, to take effect on Aug. 1. The announcement made June 7 raises the fee for cargo pickups and deliveries at the port during daytime business hours from US$50, where it has been since 2006. There is no charge for pickups and deliveries during off-peak weeknight hours starting at
6 p.m., as part of an effort to spread out cargo pickups and deliveries and cut down on delays.

   ***Weyerhaeuser Will Sell The Fleet ...... as it has agreed to sell its Westwood Shipping Lines subsidiary to J-WesCo, a holding company formed by a consortium of Japanese stevedore companies. In a letter to customers issued over the weekend, Westwood President Guy C. Stephenson said the new buyers have been key service providers to Westwood for more than 25 years. Weyerhaeuser said in its annual report includes Westwood's revenues in a category called "corporate and revenue." That segment had sales of US$253M, an US$88M increase from 2009. The company said the 53% increase "primarily consisted of increased revenues generated by our Westwood Shipping operations as a result of higher volumes and prices." Weyerhaeuser's total revenue in 2010 was US$6.55Bn. In 2010, Westwood sold five short line railroads. 

    ***APL Logistics Goes Long ..... as it has begun to deploy its own fleet of 53-foot containers in the North American domestic intermodal market with its first boxes hitting highways and railroads in the region at the end of May, the third party logistics operator said. The fleet is expected to reach 1,000 units by the end of August and in excess of that before the end of the year. 

    ***Greek In The Brig ...... as a chief engineer of a tanker has been sentenced to six months in jail after charges were made by the U.S. Justice Dept. for obstructing an investigation into the discharge of oily waste at sea. Dimitrios Grifakis, 57, of
Kallithea, Greece, was sentenced by the U.S. District Court in Baltimore after which he must live under supervised release for two years, for obstructing a coast guard inspection that took place in May 2010 aboard the Liberian cargo M/V Capitola at the Port of Baltimore.

California Whale Debate ..... as environmentalists are demanding the federal government slow down from their usual 20 knots to 10 knots to avoid collisions with whales while transiting marine sanctuaries. Over the last decade, 50 whales off the California coast have been hit by ships, reported the Miami Herald. Last year, a half dozen whales were reportedly hit. Four groups have submitted a petition asking the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to set up a 10-knot speed limit for large commercial vessels traveling through the state's four National Marine Sanctuaries in the Channel Islands, Monterey Bay, Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank, reported The Associated Press. The NOAA, which oversees marine sanctuaries, said it would review the petition. Shipping groups say a speed limit would greatly delay cargo from reaching port and more than double the time it takes the fastest vessels to travel through the sanctuaries.

    ***Lighter Loads On The Big Muddy ...... as pilots who guide ships in and out of the
Mississippi River say they will reduce the depth to which ships can be loaded because of silting from this spring's floods and a lack of funds for dredging. Capt. Michael R. Lorino Jr., president of the Associated Branch Pilots in Louisiana, whose members guide ships over the bar at Southwest pass, said the draft of ships entering the river would be reduced from 45 feet to 43 feet, effective June 3.

   ***No Loads On THe Yangtze ..... as shipping services are being suspended or disrupted, owing to a severe drought that has reduced water levels 40 per cent below the average recorded over the past half century.
China's Civil Affairs Ministry was cited as saying in a statement that rain water levels from January to April in the drainage basin of the Yangtze, have been 60% lower than average levels over the past 50 years. The drought has affected 5% of the national farmland total.

   ***The "Garbage Patch" Approaches .... as the French environmental group Robin des Bois estimates that a large percentage of the 25 million tons of debris created by the magnitude 9 earthquake and the tsunami that it triggered has been sucked out to sea. After being caught in the swirling currents for a number of years, it will congregate into two floating "garbage patches," one in the east and the other in the west of the Pacific. The debris includes damaged fishing boats, cars, shipping containers and the contents of thousands of houses, including refrigerators, along with plastics, wood, rubber and items made of PVC. Many of the vehicles will discharge their oil and fuel, creating numerous spills, while containers from industrial facilities will leak pesticides, chemicals and a wide range of other pollutants, the organisation said. The waste will move at a speed of between 5 &10 miles a day, catching the North Pacific Current and crossing the ocean in as little as 12 months. Off the coast of
California, debris is expected to circulate either north or south, taking either the Alaskan or North Equatorial currents back to the western reaches of the ocean. Much is predicted to end up caught in the vortex of the Eastern Garbage Patch, which is estimated to measure between 270,000 square miles and 5.8 million square miles. "Over time plastic debris eventually fragments into tiny particles creating 'plastic plankton' or 'microplastic,' which is a serious long-term concern, particularly for marine food webs." the organisation said.

>>> Sri Lankan Port of Colombo has suffered a 6% decline in throughput in the first 4months of the year as major shipping lines have been adopting route changes bypassing the port. >>> Port of Hong Kong handled 1.98 million TEU in May, an increase of 0.4% against the 1.97 million TEU handled in May of last year. >>> Hebei Province's Port of Huanghua handled just over a million tons of cargo on 23 ships in May. >>> Port of Guangzhou lifted 962,000 TEU in April, an increase of 13.6% compared to the same month in 2010. >>> The ports of Los Angeles & Long Beach container volumes grew 4.9% year on year in May, the highest monthly level this year, but against a worrying decline in retail sales, the first monthly decline year-on-year drop in 11 months.  >>>Port Metro Vancouver overall container traffic in the first 5 months of 2011 grew by 7% to 943,423 TEU and experienced the same percentage increase in trade between Asia. >>> India's container throughput at the Port of Jawaharlal Nehru (Nhava Sheva) declined nearly 2% between April and May, the first 2 months of fiscal 2011-12, to total 738,934 TEU at the west coast port's 3 terminals, down from 751,054 TEU a year earlier. >>> Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has posted a 12% year-on-year overall increase in cargo in 2010 to 74,910,284 tons as well as a 15.3% increase in revenue to US$592.2M. >>> Port of Portland said the number of automobiles moving through the port fell 53.1% in May to 9,155 units, and for the year, auto volume is down 22.6% at 76,238 units, while overall tonnage at the port is up 4.9% in 2011 to 5.9 million tons. >>> Shenzhen port, adjacent to Hong Kong, posted 3.4% year-on-year increase in container shipping to 6.84 million TEU in the first four months of the year.

    ***This Month In U.S. Navy History
1833 - 
USS Delaware enters drydock at Gosport Navy Yard in Norfolk, Va., the first warship to enter a public drydock in the United States.
1870 - 
USS Mohican burns Mexican pirate ship Forward.
1898 -
Navy Hospital Corps established.
1940 - Chief of Naval Operations asks Congress for money to build two-ocean Navy.
1958 - Navy and post office deliver first official missile mail when 
USS Barbero (SS 317) fired Regulus II missile with 3,000 letters 100 miles east of Jacksonville, Fla., to Mayport, Fla. 
1959 - Launching of 
USS George Washington (SSBN 598), first nuclear powered fleet ballistic missile submarine, at Groton, Conn.
1990 - Cmdr. Rosemary Mariner becomes first Navy women to command fleet jet aircraft squadron.
1991 - Two battle groups and amphibious ships evacuate dependents and Air Force personnel from Clark Air Force Base after
Mount Pinatubo erupts in Philippines.

    ***Living In The Can ..... as a rural
Maine couple calls home a pair of former shipping containers bought online for US$1,500. Trevor Seip and Jennifer Sansosti have spent a year modifying the containers on their 63-acre property in Ellsworth, where they hope to eventually build a conventional home. Each container measures 20 feet long, 8 feet high and 8 feet wide. One is insulated, plumbed and wired. It boasts a bed and table that fold against the wall, a sink, a camp stove, a propane heater, a shower and a composting toilet. The other has a closet and a folding futon. Sansosti tells the Bangor Daily News in Monday's editions every inch of the 160 square feet of floor space was used. Seip lived in Stroudsburg, Pa. Sansosti is from New York City. They say Maine is more tolerant of their unconventional housing choice. 

S/S Badger ........ only remaining coal-fired vessel operating under the U.S. flag not ready to retire
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We're sorry, but there were so many sinkings, explosions, pirate attacks, fires, cargo mishaps, battles on the water & other disasters at sea that we do not have room to print even the highlights this month. Many people lost their lives at sea this month

But you can read all this month's disaster news at our special Internet web feature which provides full details of each event -- our Vessel Casualties & Pirate Activity Database.  Bookmark the site and visit every day! Updated twice daily.

SPECIAL NOTE:  Please view the dramatic new pictures at our special "Gallery of Cargo Loss" website feature. 

See our new feature for June 2011: "Forget The Pilot, Call A Plumber!"

See our new feature for June 2011: "Capsize At Cadiz"

See our newest photo feature "Singles Only" - Transportation Disasters Told In A Single Photo!

Daily Vessel Casualties ...... as we don't want you to miss the excitement of our 24 hour reports of the dramatic events at sea each day -- stories of casualties & pirates --- almost none of which are carried on your local news.  Edited daily by Christoph Wahner, Esq. of Countryman & McDaniel. 

NOTE: The historic dangers of carriage by sea continue to be quite real.  Shippers must be encouraged to purchase high quality marine cargo insurance from their freight forwarder or customs broker.  It's dangerous out there.

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8th China Air Cargo Summit 2011 ...... Oct.12-14, Shenzhen, PRC

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011
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Transport Security Expo 2011 ......13-14 Sept. 2011, Olympia, London UK

WMU's Piracy Conference ........ 17-19 Oct 2001, Malmo, Sweden

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CSS Hunley To Rotate In June 2011

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Written from wire stories, the Associated Press, Reuters, Hong Kong Shipping News Lloyds & other world sources.
The Cargo Letter Correspondents:
Michael S. 
McDaniel, Esq. Editor (Countryman & McDaniel)
Christoph M. Wahner, Esq. (Countryman & McDaniel) 
Daily Vessel Casualties
Maria Payne (Countryman & McDaniel)

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