News / Sea-air and coastal shipping look more viable for cargo heading down under

first_img Shippers should consider options such as air-sea cargo and coastal shipping to send goods to Australia and New Zealand.According to CH Robinson, it’s vital to explore a variety of transport modes to keep supply chains moving.Andrew Coldrey, CH Robinson’s vice president for Oceania, said: “The airfreight market is fluid and changing daily, therefore it may be beneficial for international goods to be transported using both air and ocean shipping.”Indeed, forwarders are using Asian hubs such as Shanghai and Hong Kong to tranship airfreight to containerships bound for Australasia, avoiding the dearth of available air cargo capacity and taking advantage of rock-bottom intra-Asia ocean rates, with the most common routes from Europe and the US. By Sam Whelan 28/04/2020 Mr Coldrey told The Loadstar: “We recently transported 225,000 face masks for a major retailer from Shanghai to Australia, and this meant the face masks were delivered a week ahead of schedule.“Costs vary wildly with this option, depending on route, size and weight. It has been mostly used for commodities, not just food and beverages, but also machinery and manufacturing tools.”A new development in Australia has been an uptick in coastal shipping, with CH Robinson reporting a 20% increase in volumes.“A large portion of food and beverage suppliers have increased their use of the domestic shipping service, to cope with the increase in consumer demand, and negate the capacity and state-based restrictions of road and rail,” Mr Coldrey said, claiming coastal shipping can provide a 60% saving over road and rail.“We’ve seen an increase in volume movements of liquor, particularly French wine and scotch whisky,” he added.As for the remaining airfreight options, CH Robinson has engaged a number of heavylift and direct charter flights.But the 3PL warned Australian shippers to consider their logistics options should the country enter a stricter, “Level 4” lockdown, like New Zealand.“The port of Tauranga announced it was prioritising the unpacking of essential goods,” said Mr Coldrey. “We saw some delays in getting non-essential goods de-vanned and unloaded.”However, New Zealand has announced an easing of lockdown restrictions from today, which Mr Coldrey said would help to reduce the backlog.“But cargo moving in and out via air will continue to be affected until passenger flights are fully restored,” he added.He said the issue now was the impact reopening businesses would have on freight movements, as businesses only had a few days to shut down.“To ensure a smooth transition, it is important for these businesses to consider whether the recommencement of operations would be staggered, what goods or orders are required to meet the operation timeline and whether these are urgent.”last_img read more

Crews hunt for debris, black box from doomed EgyptAir jet

first_imgSearch crews are scouring for further wreckage of EgyptAir flight 804 —including for the plane’s black boxes, which could provide vital clues to why the jetliner crashed killing all 66 on board.Planes and vessels from Egypt and five other countries are searching a wide area of the Mediterranean on Saturday, a day after the Egyptian army found debris from the Airbus 320 in the sea 290km north of Alexandria.No hard evidence has emerged to why the plane dropped off radar, swerved wildly and plummeted early Thursday morning.While the presence of smoke inside the Airbus A320 is consistent with an explosion, some experts believe that it is also evidence of some form of technical fault.Investigators are considering the possibility of a terror attack.Details of smoke in the aircraft emerged from data pulled from the A320’s Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) and published in the Aviation Herald.It shows that smoke was detected in the aircraft lavatory at 2.26 am, with a second sensor going off a minute later with further faults until 2.29 am, when the system ceased recording.According to the Wall Street Journal, people “familiar with the matter” say that the alerts could be an indication of a problem with the flight control system. No militant group claims to have brought down the plane.The industry publication Aviation Herald reports that sensors detected smoke in the plane’s lavatory, suggesting a fire onboard.last_img read more

Soldotna Chamber, Troopers Hosting Background Check Workshop

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享From 1:30-3pm today (Tuesday), the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce and Alaska State Troopers will host a free background check workshop at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. RSVPs are required. Blaum also recommends using the State of Alaska’s free online Court System records at http://www.courtrecords.alaska.gov/ Blaum: “Google is a great place to start, where you can put their name in that website. There’s a website called pipl.com and you can search name and phone numbers and addresses and it will give you a good snapshot of maybe some of their social networking pages and other webpages they’re associated with.” Troopers say the information shared during these workshops is helpful for landlords, employers, students, and charitable organizations.center_img Christy Blaum, an analyst with the Alaska State Troopers, has previously hosted similar workshops with the Chamber… Call 262-9814 to RSVP.last_img read more