This week's round up of news from the world of heavy lift and project forwarding.
The news that the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is in talks with Chinese investors relating to the sale of its 35 percent stake in all-cargo carrier Cargolux Airlines International, is just the latest development in China's growing interest in foreign airline investment. Chinese aviation investment in the past has been mainly targeted at domestic services. Now, Chinese business and Beijing are looking at foreign carriers such as Cargolux.
Any move on Cargolux would follow the country's HNA Group's 49 percent stake in Turkish cargo operator ACT Airway, growing the country's interest in the global freight market. A delegation from Henan Province and its investment arm, the Henan Civil Aviation Development and Investment Co. (HNCA), conducted an extensive tour of Luxembourg International airport earlier this month, meeting airline Luxair SA, a 43.4 percent shareholder in Cargolux, as well as liaising with other logistics players based at the European gateway.
According to the Luxembourg government, HNCA is one of a number of firms expressing an interest in the shares of Cargolux. The Chinese look set to acquire the 35 percent stake in the freighter airline that the government bought back from Qatar Airlines for its original sale price of USD117.5 million.
Project cargo shippers moving containerised cargo will note the news that the IMO has agreed draft amendments to require container weight verification. Its sub-committee has accepted the compromise proposals by shipping firms and governments to provide for two independent methods for the verification of container weights.
The draft amendments will now be submitted to the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) for approval with a view to subsequent adoption. Prior to the discussions the two sides of the supply chain had been trading blows and the European Shippers Council (ESC) had issued a statement saying it felt that "measures do not add anything to safety of containers at sea in the immediate (sic) and in the future".
This week's Friday Flyer is sponsored by Broekman Project Services, located in the Port of Rotterdam, which offers a total solution for handling and assembly of project cargoes - www.broekman-group.com/bps
In the corporate world
Abnormal Load Engineering (ALE) has secured funding from a lending club of four banks to support its international expansion plans and strategic objectives.
Afriguide Logistics has completed the construction of its new head office in Durban (pictured top right).
Caracal Energy has selected Geodis Wilson as its logistics partner for the exploration of a new resource field in Chad, its primary market, in a deal worth USD46 million.
Jumbo has launched its first new K3000 class vessel, Jumbo Kinetic (pictured right), which will be equipped with dual 1,500-tonne mast cranes, at the Brodosplit shipyard, Croatia.
Scheuerle and Kamag used the facilities of Precision Enterprises in Florida to demonstrate the K25 PowerBooster modular trailer to the US market.
Gebrüder Weiss' new 10,500 sq m of handling and logistics space alongside 600 sq m of office space in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi has become operational.
The Port of Newport in Wales has taken delivery of a new 64-tonne capacity, 50 m high Liebherr LHM 180 mobile harbour crane (pictured second right).
Wagenborg Nedlift's new 750-tonne capacity Liebherr LR1750 crawler crane has completed its first heavy lift job on behalf of ThyssenKrupp in Duisburg-Bruckhausen.
Port Manatee will work with The Pasha Group to develop and market a full-service multipurpose ro-ro terminal near the entrance of Tampa Bay, Florida.
Australian Customs Professionals (ACP) has completed the shipment of a glass-bottom boat and an aluminium pontoon to Fiji on a journey that started in Cairns in North Queensland.
A number of Hitachi turbine housings, rejected at Brisbane because of the state of the timber casings, were secured by ACP who then successfully shipped them to Japan.
Jumbo Shipping has completed the transportation of the first of two 1,600-tonne flexible pipe lay towers (pictured second right) to Okpo, South Korea for French company Imeca.
Toll NQX has transported five USD5.6 million, 129-tonne railway locomotives on five separate 2,200 km truck journeys across Australia.
Super Cargo Service Co Ltd (SCS) has organised the shipment of a rotor from the South Korean port of Mesan to Vietnam in a two-piece consignment weighing 154 tonnes.
To mark the signing of its 200th member, the Project Cargo Network (PCN) has re-launched its website and is now preparing for its annual summit in November, its largest member gathering to date.
Freight Expert, Inc. from Japan has joined the Pacific Power Logistics Network (PPL).
Grand Arabia has joined the Project Cargo Network (PCN) as the third and final member in Jordan.
People and places
Lance Schneider has joined Afriguide Logistics.
Peters & May has named Noel Viera (pictured right) as general manager of its US operations.
A2SEA has named Andy Reay its new key account manager in the UK and Ireland, which he joins from ABB Consulting where he served as UK power sector business manager.
All about Evie
Evie was all of a flutter when she learned how big-hearted broker Air Partner had joined a major project to relocate live sea eagle chicks from Norway to Edinburgh, which helped the first sea eagle chick to be hatched in East Scotland in just under 200 years.
The girl is keenly watching and waiting for Tian Tian and Yang Guang, the pandas in Edinburgh Zoo, to become parents. In the meantime, she was tickled to learn that a 'panda' is now flying between Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and London Heathrow. After her initial surprise, she quickly learned that the panda turns out to be a British Airways 777-200 given a unique panda design to mark the start of the three times weekly service.
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