NEWS

Cobham extends AaE contract
UK firm Cobham has inked a new contract with Australian air Express to provide air freight services to eastern Australian ports.
Cobham Aviation Services Australia will continue to provide three BAe146QT aircraft and crews to fly high-priority overnight freight services connecting Brisbane , Sydney , Melbourne and Adelaide .The A$100m contract builds on a long-standing relationship with AaE, Australia's leading air freight provider, owned jointly by Qantas and Australia Post.( Aircargo Asia Pacific )

   
Tianjin Port ranked among world's top 5
Tianjin has become one of the top five ports in the world in terms of cargo throughput with sea routes reaching 500 ports in 180 countries all over the world, Xinhua reported.
Seventy percent of the cargo throughput and half of the exports and imports cargo volume come from other provinces.
Tianjin Port has set up 12 dry ports in Beijing, Shijianzhuang and the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region among others.
The cargo throughput of Tianjin Port is expected to reach 460 million tonnes, and container throughput will hit 13 million TEUs, by 2012, according to prediction from the port. Cargonews Asia
   
MSC Adds Export Pick-up Fee
Mediterranean Shipping Company will charge a container fee for export equipment picked up at some Midwest depots as well as other locations in the United States effective Nov. 1.
The new fees, applicable to export pickups only, will be $100 per 20-foot container and $150 per 40-foot unit. The Journal of Commerce Online
   
New Ireland-Nigeria Ro-Ro Service
DUTCH-based RMR Shipping has opened a new route between Dublin, Ireland and Tin Can, Lagos, Nigeria. The company has many years' experience in exporting used vehicles, machinery and plant equipment to West Africa.
Lagos, Nigeria is the primary destination port for RMR, with additional calls in Monrovia, Liberia. Large Roll-on/Roll-off vessels are being deployed on this route. Maritime Golbal Net
   
MSC adds westbound Asia bunker charge
Mediterranean Shipping Co. said it is implementing a $450-per-TEU bunker contribution (BUC) fee on all cargo originating in Asia and destined for the Red Sea, Mediterranean, Black Sea, United Kingdom, North West Continent and San/Balt and North Africa, effective Nov. 1. American Shipper
   
OOCL Hikes China-Australia Rates
OOCL took the container liner industry's "rate restoration" drive to China-Australia trade lanes, announcing increases on shipments from Hong Kong, Macau and South China to Australia.
Effective from shipment on-board date Oct. 19, rates for all dry and reefer shipments will go up $250 per 20-foot equivalent unit, $500 per 40-foot container and $500 per 40-foot high cube container. The Journal of Commerce Online
   
 
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