Asia Pacific airports cargo falls in December
Airports in Asia Pacific recorded a 2.5 per cent drop in airfreight in December 2018, while Middle East airports saw a 0.9 per cent fall compared to the same month in 2017.
Airports Council International (ACI) Asia Pacific, attributed the December decline in traffic to a “weakened global economy, reduction in exports and manufacturing activities”.
Among the top ten cargo hubs, Doha posted the highest growth rate in December at 6.8 per cent, followed by Guangzhou at 4.7 per cent and Dubai at 2.3 per cent.
Ocean Alliance to cancel 10 transpacific sailings
The Ocean Alliance plans cancel 10 transpacific sailings in March and April, as a result of expectations of weak volumes on the trade.
The decision by APL, CMA CGM, COSCO, Evergreen and OOCL will result in some 74,000 TEU culled from US west coast services and more than 35,000 TEU from those destined for the east coast, according to data from Alphaliner.
Yantian Express cargo not yet discharged
Offloading fire damaged cargo from the Hapag-Lloyd containership Yantian Express is expected to take another five weeks while a port is yet to be found to discharge undamaged boxes.
In a customer advisory Hapag-Lloyd alliance partner Ocean Network Express (ONE) said that operations to unload the distressed cargo at a facility in Freeport Bahamas were ongoing and were expected to take another week. However, cargo that was undamaged in the fire onboard the vessel at the start of the year cannot be discharged at this facility, which is only for distressed cargo, ONE said.