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Shortage of containers force exporters pay double rates at Chennai Port

The Chennai Port is facing a 25 per cent shortage of containers due to supply and demand gap sparking concern among exporters who now have to pay double rates to send consignments as the pandemic has triggered a worldwide shipping crisis. Regional chairman of Federation of Indian Exporters Organisation Israr Ahmed told Express that the cost of sending a 40-feet container to the United States before Covid was $2,000. “Last year, it rose to $4,500 and now it is priced between $6,200 and $6500. Similarly, for Europe the cost was $1,100 to $1,200 earlier, and it has gone up to 5,500. The price hike is attributed to Covid that has left the global shipping lines with backlogs and delays due to labour shortage, reduced capacity of logistics systems, congestion at ports as well as quarantined cargo,” he added.

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Ahmedabad Custom Brokers’ Association organises Covid-19 vaccination drive

Ahmedabad Custom Brokers’ Association organised COVID-19 vaccination drive from 10th June to 12th June 2021. Large numbers of ACBA members’ office staff, operational staff and their family members were inoculated through a tie up arrangement made with HCG Hospital, Ahmedabad. The Vaccination drive commenced in the presence of Samir J. Shah, advisor of FFFAI and Chairman of ACBA on 10th June 2021. Welcoming the initiative, Samir J. Shah, said, “We are an association for our members. The welfare of our members is of prime importance to us. With this exercise we also extend our concern to the staff and their families.” Dr. Vasant Patel, Chief Medical Administrator, HCG Hospital has urged that “Vaccination is currently the only way to achieve herd immunity against Covid-19 and return to normalcy so every individual who is above the age of 18 years have to come forward for vaccination.”

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Continental Carriers continues their support transporting Covid relief aid to India

Continental Carriers handled yet another time critical charter movement ex-Taipei to Kolkata, bringing in much needed Life Supporting Supplies to India. Continental team placed an IL-76 and loaded 3.5 tons of three 20-ft ISO Tanks from shipper location on special trailers and hauled same to TPE airport for direct charter flight into CCU on June 10th. This is the third charter shipment in the last two weeks successfully imported by Continental Carriers. Continental carriers have been actively supporting in the transportation of Oxygen concentrators, Zeolite and other necessary required medical aid not only within the country but from abroad too. They voluntarily provided their trucks for the transportation of Oxygen from Agra for the Moolchand Hospital, Delhi.

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Air Logistics Group fights the pandemic with donation of O2 concentratorsConcentrators

India had been adversely hit by the second wave of the covid pandemic and there has been severe shortage of equipment, beds, healthcare workers, vaccines, oxygen and drugs. Air Logistics Group has contributed to international efforts towards Covid relief by donating medical grade 5 litre Oxygen concentrators to help the Covid patients in India. These concentrators were imported by Air Logistics Group (India) from the UK through its East Midlands office during the height of the second wave in New Delhi to support the needy during these crisis. This is not the first time Air Logistics Group (India) has donated medical equipment. Last year prior to the pandemic they also donated Dialysis machines to serve society . “Every drop – small or big counts in such crucial times when people are struggling for survival”, remarked Vikramjit Singh Ahluwalia, MD in India, following the donation.

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CEVA Logistics offers enhanced ground, rail transport visibility with project44

CEVA Logistics is offering its worldwide Ground & Rail customers and carrier network improved, real-time visibility through a new strategic alliance announced today with project44, a leading provider of supply chain visibility solutions. The advanced track and trace services will be rolled out globally over the next year. The visibility solutions will cover all of CEVA’s global ground and rail operations, spanning from domestic distribution networks to cross-border, multi-modal solutions and from B2B inbound to manufacturing environments to B2C home deliveries. CEVA’s existing visibility tools, including driver apps, GPS devices and web portals, will be combined with the new solution to create an overall, expanded visibility platform.

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DP World connects to Middle East from Chennai and Cochin weekly

Global logistics company DP World welcomes a new weekly India South Gulf (ISG) Service at its Port Terminals in Chennai and Cochin. The new service is jointly operated by a global shipping line – Evergreen Line, and feeder operators – Feedertech and Express Feeders. The New weekly Service will directly connect DP World operated Chennai Container Terminal (CCT) and International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT) at Cochin with the Middle East Region. The service commenced with the call of vessel “MV EVER CHANT” operated by Evergreen Line on 2nd June 2021 at DP World Port Terminal Chennai and on 8th June 2021 at DP World Port Terminal Cochin. “MV Hansa Rotenburg” operated by Feedertech was the 2nd vessel deployed on this service which called CCT on 14th June 2021. The service Port rotation is Chennai – Colombo – Cochin – Jebel Ali – Cochin – Colombo – Chennai.

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CargoAir’s latest freighter to support a large European integrator

CargoAir has commenced operations with its first B737-800SF freighter, which was recently converted by Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI). The aircraft, which is registered in Bulgaria, will support a large European integrator on an upgraded existing route out of Cologne, Germany. With the new addition, CargoAir has also introduced a new aircraft livery. The converted B737-800SF offers a main deck payload of up to 52,700lbs (23,904kg) and incorporates 11 full height 88in x 125in container positions, plus an additional position for an AEP/AEH. The conversion also includes an 86in x 137in main cargo door. The design allows for containers to be loaded into the aircraft 16.5in aft of the forward door jamb, ensuring ground operators have sufficient manoeuvring room and minimise potential for door and aircraft strikes. It also includes a flexible Ancra cargo loading system, five supernumerary seats, a galley and full lavatory.

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iAero Airways operates flights for DHL Express for their global services

iAero Airways 737 Fleet US aircraft charter airline iAero Airways, part of the iAero Group aviation investment platform, has expanded its service to operate six DHL freighters. The latest aircraft to be added, a Boeing 737-800F, will operate on an ACMI basis by iAero Airways, while the other five existing aircraft are operated on a CM basis. Robert Caputo, chief executive of iAero Group, commented: “We are honored to serve such an iconic global logistics brand with our safe and reliable cargo services. “And we look forward to operating additional aircraft for DHL to help them expand their global services.”

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Blue Dart continues to use its fleet of Boeing 757 freighters to play a key role in transporting O2 concentrators and critical medical supplies to India

Blue Dart, India’s leading express logistics service provider and part of the Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL) has been facilitating the transport of oxygen concentrators amongst other essential COVID relief medical equipment across the length and breadth of the Indian terrain. Speaking about fulfilling the responsibility taken on, Balfour Manuel, Managing Director, Blue Dart said, “As we fight the second wave of COVID-19, findings of a double mutant indicate despite heightened efforts, that our battle to inoculate a sizeable population may still take a longer duration. We understand in these times when livelihood and supply Chains are stressed, our mission and purpose of ‘Connecting People, Improving Lives’ is extremely important. Blue Dart continues to use, its fleet of Boeing 757 freighters and resources at its disposal to play a key role in transporting O2 concentrators and critical medical supplies within the country; through our scheduled and International charter flights, ground network; supporting individuals and corporates alike. Through the pandemic, our people, have demonstrated their ‘Can do’ attitude standing true to our value of customer-centricity.”

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VOC Port handles longest windmill blades, sets new record

The VO Chidambaranar Port in Thoothukudi has handled the longest windmill blades in a single export consignment that comprised of 24 windmill blades of length 77.50 metres, on Sunday. This consignment marks the longest blades handled through the port so far. The Vessel ‘MV PAC Alcor’, with Length overall (LOA) of 199.9 m was berthed at the Port on June 10 and the loading of the 77.50 m long wind blades were carried out diligently. These blades, which were manufactured at Sriperumbudur and taken to the port by M/s NTC Logistics India Private Ltd, were loaded using the ship’s hydraulic and mobile cranes and were stacked three containers high conforming to safety standards. On Sunday, the vessel set off for Aransas, Texas, US. Port Trust chairman T K Ramachandran said the port was preferred for export of windmill blades and towers. “The size of windmill rotor blades is getting longer and utmost care is being taken regarding the shipment,” he added.

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