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US – CHINA – Following our story last month concerning the rebranding of YRC Worldwide, the trucking and logistics group, which incorporates subsidiary YRC Freight, has, as predicted, continued its disposal of assets with the sale of the groups interest in Shanghai Jiayu Logistics Co., Ltd. to its 35-percent joint venture partner. YRC bought its 65% stake in the company in 2008 after a period stretching back several years when it had grown enormously through an acquisition policy started when the Yellow Corporation bought out the Roadway Corporation in a billion dollar deal to form the Yellow Roadway Corporation.

YRC paid $47.7 million when they purchased their share of Shanghai Jiayu Logistics, principally a less than truckload road haulage outfit, but never took up the option they had to buy the balance of shares in 2010 at the $14 million agreed. The deal was described at the time by then Chairman, President and CEO of YRC Worldwide, Bill Zollars, as, “The next step in building a comprehensive portfolio of logistics services for our customers in China.”

As there has been no word from YRC we must assume their investment in JHJ International Transport, which covers all of mainland China having offices throughout the country, remains intact. The sale of Jiayu is subject to Chinese regulatory approval and expected to close in the second quarter of 2012. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. James Welch, chief executive officer of YRC Worldwide, commented:

“This is another important step in the continuing process to sharpen our focus on North American less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping. Our emphasis on core LTL services has resulted in significant increases in on-time service and our customers are responding very favourably. This transaction allows us to further simplify our portfolio and streamline our operations as we concentrate on regaining the North American LTL market leader position.”

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Bali Shipping – Anyone who happens to be involved freight distribution and who finds themselves in Hamburg in the next few months might be interested in stopping off at the International Maritime Museum for a nostalgic look at a unique glimpse into the history of the Hamburg Südshipping group. Primarily know for container transport the company predates the origin of the ubiquitous cargo box by almost a century.

“140 Years of Hamburg Süd” celebrates the 140th anniversary of the company, founded on 4th November 1871 by eleven eminent Hamburg merchants and ship owners, by way of a host of historical paintings, posters and model ships. The highlights of the show include the original model of the museum freighter “Cap San Diego” from 1961 and a 4.5-metre-long model of the celebrated Hamburg Süd passenger liner “Cap Arcona” from Blohm + Voss. Also on display are oil paintings by the well-known marine painters Hans Ritter von Petersen, Johannes Holst and Leonhard Sandrock, as well as ship posters from the 20’s and 30’s.

The latter convey a unique impression of the glamorous era of Hamburg Süd cruises. Completing the broad sweep of the special exhibition is a film on the history of Hamburg Süd, incorporating numerous historical sequences, and an interactive sea chart showing the current location of all the shipping group’s owned vessels. Dr Ottmar Gast, Chairman of the Executive Board of Hamburg Süd was enthusiastic about the show saying:

“The exhibition is like a living journey through time covering the different epochs of our history. It shows the dynamic development of a shipping company that started out in 1871 with three small steamers sailing to Brazil and La Plata and today links up the continents as one of the world’s 15 largest container lines.”

The exhibition opened this week and will run until the 25thMarch 2012

The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) which represents over 4 million union members associated with the transport industry has expressed fears over the safety of some reefer shipping containers following fatal accidents. In April of this year there were two incidents at a Cat Lai repair yard in the Port of Ho Chi Minh City whilst repairs were under way on Maersk Linereefer boxes followed by another death in Itajai ,Brazil last month.

Maersk tell us that investigations so far lead them to conclude that the three explosions have been caused by a contaminated refrigerant being injected into the cooling system. Incorrect repair processes and procedures would not be able to cause these explosions. Until the exact reason for the incidents is known and a safe repair method has been developed, Maersk Line will continue to ground all reefers that have had a gas repair in Vietnam since the 1st February. This is being done as a precautionary measure the total number of units being involved is 844 whilst the Danish group operate 230,000 reefers in total. Hutchison Ports has also advised its customers to check any containers serviced or repaired in Vietnam recently and there are reports of another similar accident in China earlier this year.

Maersk are in possession of samples from the unit that exploded in Itajai as well as gas samples from containers they have grounded and that have had gas repairs done in Vietnam. Unions are calling for full investigation into the causes and scope of the problem and ITF representative Frank Leys said the unions were pleased to see that big shipping lines like Maersk had reacted so quickly to deal with the situation and urged the US union organisations to ensure companies operating from there acted equally promptly to alleviate any risk. Mr Leys, the ITF dockers’ section secretary continued:

“Where there are possibly contaminated containers still at large, we are calling on port authorities and shipping companies to issue clear guidance on how they should be handled. The health and safety of workers is paramount and in no instance should commercial or productivity issues be allowed to supersede the welfare of workers.”

Seafarers’ section secretary Jon Whitlow added:

“We are extremely concerned for the welfare of those workers on ships who may be unaware that a defective container is being carried on board. Although we acknowledge that the maritime community is moving fast to provide the necessary information and advice on how to handle the contaminated containers in ports, we hope the same approach and priority is given to adequately inform the on board safety officers in order to protect the integrity of seafarers and ships.

“Whilst of course the explosion of a container ashore is a tragic event, we think that a similar explosion on board a vessel could have potentially catastrophic effects on workers, ships and the environment.”

Authorities in Vietnam tell us within weeks Tan Cang will begin verifying the gas quality with a specialist machine before recharging reefer containers. Last week neighbouring Cat Lai port held a meeting to review the situation and the implications for the trade in container repairs and inspections which local sources estimate will cost them up to $20 per box if standard checks are farmed out to other ports en route. A statement said that port bosses agreed to allow the shipping lines to appoint a suitable foreign inspector to oversee repair and inspection procedures.

Vietnam has long provided the essential pre trip inspections (PTI’s) required by refrigerated units. Each reefer is subject to either a 20 minute check which is suitable for empty or loaded containers or an extended test which normally takes around 3 hours and is only suitable for empty boxes. In each case the control system for the fridge unit is checked and that there are no odours, gas leaks etc plus the box is clean and trip worthy

Pemerintah Kota Pontianak meminta kepada pemilik truk kontainer untuk tidak melakukan bongkar muat barang di luar Pelabuhan Pontianak. “Kami akan pertimbangkan itu agar mereka melakukan bongkar muat di dalam pelabuhan saja dengan menggunakan truk,” kata Wali Kota Pontianak Sutarmidji, di Pontianak, Jumat (2/9/2011).

Menurut Sutarmidji, kontainer khususnya dengan tinggi 40 kaki itu sudah sangat merusak kondisi jalan. “Dan juga merusak beberapa pipa milik Perusahaan Daerah Air Minum (PDAM) Kota Pontianak,” tegas Sutarmidji.

Tidak hanya itu, kata dia, Pemkot Pontianak juga akan membatasi jam kontainer yang keluar masuk ke wilayah itu. Larangan tersebut, menurut Sutarmidji, sudah lama diberlakukan.

Bahkan, Dinas Perhubungan, Komunikasi, dan Informatika Kota Pontianak sudah melakukan tindakan tegas dengan mengempeskan ban truk-truk yang parkir di depan areal Pelabuhan Pontianak.

Dirinya pun menegaskan, Pemkot Pontianak melakukan pelebaran jalan di wilayah itu bukan untuk digunakan sebagai lahan parkir truk-truk tersebut, melainkan untuk kenyamanan aktivitas masyarakat karena tingkat kepadatan yang tinggi di sekitar lokasi itu.

Kepala Dinas Perhubungan, Komunikasi, dan Informatika Kota Pontianak Syarif Ismail sebelumnya mengatakan, banyak tronton dengan muatan peti kemas 40 feet yang melanggar larangan melintas di jalan kota pada jam tertentu. “Padahal, sudah ada aturannya tronton dengan peti kemas 40 feet tidak boleh melewati jalan kota,” kata Ismail.

Mantan Camat Pontianak Timur itu mengatakan, larangan tronton melewati jalan kota itu bukan selamanya diberlakukan. “Hanya pada waktu tertentu saja agar tidak terjadi kemacetan,” kata Ismail.

Berdasar Peraturan Wali Kota Pontianak No 16 Tahun 2009, tronton bermuatan peti kemas 40 feet hanya boleh melewati jalan kota mulai dari pukul 22.00-05.00. “Tapi, sekarang masih ada yang masuk atau keluar kota di luar jam tersebut,” katanya dengan kesal.

Pihaknya pun sudah menyurati PT Pelindo untuk tidak mengeluarkan tronton besar itu selain pada waktu yang telah ditentukan. Tidak hanya itu, Ismail pun meminta pengertian semua pihak, termasuk pengusaha.

Sebab, menurutnya, aturan tersebut dibuat untuk mengurangi kemacetan di Kota Pontianak yang kian parah. “Kami sudah menyurati Pelindo. Itu bentuk kerja sama kami,” ungkap mantan Kepala Dinas Pemuda dan Olahraga Kota Pontianak itu.

Sejak diberlakukannya Perwa No 16/2009, semua kendaraan roda enam ke atas dilarang melintas di Jembatan Kapuas I dan dialihkan ke Jembatan Kapuas II jika ingin masuk dan keluar Kota Pontianak.

Kepala Dinas Perhubungan Dicky Saromi mengatakan, untuk mendukung kelancaran pada masa Angkutan Lebaran tahun 2011, mulai tanggal 26 Agustus 2011 (H-4) pukul 00.00 WIB hingga 30 Agustus 2011 (H+1) pukul 24.00 WIB kendaraan angkutan barang dilarang beroperasi.

“Kendaraan yang dimaksud adalah kendaraan pengangkut bahan bangunan; kereta
tempelan (truck tempelan), kereta gandengan (truck gandengan), serta container; kendaraan pengangkut barang dengan sumbu lebih dari dua,” katanya, Jumat (5/8).

Dicky mengatakan, pengaturan kendaraan angkutan barang sebagaimana dimaksud tidak berlaku bagi kendaraan angkutan pengangkut, Bahan bakar minyak (BBM) dan bahan bakar gas (BBG), ternak, bahan pokok, pupuk, susu murni, barang antaran pos.

Pengangkutan barang ekspor/impor dengan container sebagaimana dimaksud yang menuju/dari dan ke pelabuhan laut yang melayani ekspor/impor serta sebaliknya tidak diperbolehkan beroperasi kecuali mendapat persetujuan tertulis (dispensasi) dan tidak mengganggu kelancaran lalin pada jalur utama Angkutan Lebaran 2011.

Persetujuan diberikan Kadis Provinsi tempat asal keberangkatan kendaraaan, dengan menetapkan ruas jalan yang dilalui dan jadwal waktu operasi Tanda persetujuan Kadis Provinsi wajib dipasang pada kaca depan kendaraan. Pengaturan arus lalin dan realisasi persetujuan Kadis Provinsi harus dilaporkan kepada Dirjen pada hari pertama setelah pemberian persetujuan. (fam)

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