This week's round up of news from the world of heavy lift and project forwarding.

According to a new report published by MarketsandMarkets, the worldwide freight transportation management market is set to grow from USD15.3 billion in 2014 to USD23.69 billion by 2019, at a compound annual growth rate of 9.14 percent.

The report, entitled Freight Transportation Management Market by Solutions, focuses on key adoption trends, evolution of solutions, services, future opportunities, and business cases in the sector.

It suggests that increasing international trade, globalisation and growing population are demanding a greater deal of efficiency in logistics activities to fulfil the on-time delivery demand of the end users.

This has created an "enormous opportunity" for the vendors of this market to provide on-demand, real time updated and intelligent solutions, said the report.

The environmental concerns, security and safety of freight operations, and the need for operational efficiencies are also expected to serve as major drivers for the freight transportation management market.


In business 

Hansa agrees new finance deal

Hansa Heavy Lift has completed a long-term financial agreement with its core banking group for its fleet of heavy lift vessels.

Allseas launches Central Asian network

Allseas Global has established new offices in Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkey, formed a joint venture in Pakistan, signed a partnership agreement in Kuwait and Iraq, and continued the expansion of its Dubai office.

UTC looks to food and drink

UTC Overseas has formed a new division to serve the logistics needs of food and beverage production and packaging manufacturers.

Record year for Indiana-Burns

The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor handled more shipments in 2014 than any year since the port opened in 1970, with total tonnage up 30 percent over 2013.

Timing of new US freighter security programmes "not ideal"

TIACA members have been advised that recent updates to security programmes for all-cargo aircraft in the USA must be implemented by February 16, 2015.

Pacorini places trust in Broekman

Broekman Distriport will be handling stevedoring activities for Pacorini Metals, which was awarded a logistics contract by aluminium producer Hydro.

ICHCA to host 2nd CTU Packing event

ICHCA International will be hosting its second CTU Packing Roadshow on February 17 at ABP's facilities in the Port of Hull.


Capacity developments

BNSF to transform wind logistics

BNSF Logistics has successfully tested its Blade Runner service - a new fixture designed to optimise the movement of wind turbine blades across all transport modes.

Damen delivers another stan pontoon

Kristiansund Taubåtservice, the Norwegian supplier of coastal and offshore transport services, has taken delivery of a Damen Stan Pontoon 4113.

Topsheen and Lianyungang aim for Africa

Topsheen Shipping signed an agreement with China's Lianyungang Port to operate a general cargo shipping service from the port to West Africa.

Sevenstar sets sail for season

Sevenstar Yacht Transport will begin its first sailings of the season from the Caribbean and Florida to Europe at the end of February.


Shipment of the week

Lifting Projects UK was contracted by Farrans Construction to install a 100-tonne U Tube, designed to carry services from one side of the Liverpool Docks to the other.


On the move

Porter joins UTC

UTC Overseas has appointed Ronald Porter as its senior project advisor, to be based at the company's Houston offices.


Network and association developments

The XLProjects (XLP) network added Westdijk Sweden to its list of members, as well as Conveyor Logistics in Bangladesh. Current XLP member, ACI Cargo Logistics, also added its Houston, Texas office as a network representative.

The Pacific Power Logistics (PPL) network welcomed Arise International as a new representative in Korea, and Assistance Mondiale Garantie (AMG) in Tunisia.

Dextrans Worldwide Group joined the Global Project Logistics Network (GPLN) with its offices in Singapore and Indonesia.

The CLC Projects network added a host of new members to its roster, including: Iceland's Jónar Transport; Bee Logistics' operations in Myanmar and Cambodia; ITN Logistics as representatives in Cuba and the USA; Landbridge in Mongolia; MBM Logistics from the UAE; Italy's Logimar; and NAVEX Empresa Portuguesa de Navegação representing Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Angola and Cape Verde.


All about Evie

The photo below shows some of the FIATA members at the organisation's world congress in Istanbul last year toasting the creation of a relief fund for the Ebola crisis. Within 60 minutes of announcing the FIATA Fund for Ebola Relief, over USD100,000 was pledged by FIATA members around the globe. Hearty congratulations are certainly in order for those members who contributed, although the selection who took to the stage certainly looks like the oldest boy band in the world.


Career opportunities


Dock Superintendent

Port of Everett

Everett, WA    

The Dock Superintendent is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Port of Everett's Marine Terminals including coordination of cargo movements; completion of vessel schedules and billing instructions; assignment of berths; attendance at vessel/barge arrivals and departures; directing the day-to-day activities of Longshore personnel; collaboration with the Maintenance Foreman in directing the use of port cranes, fork lifts and yard equipment.

Preferred qualifications include an AA degree in Business Administration, Marine Operations, or a related field; ten years experience in marine terminals operations and shipping. The position requires flexibility in scheduling, including frequent evening and weekend hours.

Please see the full job announcement on the website at for more details and application instructions. Hiring Salary: $70K to $80K per year, plus benefits.