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Call for cut in operator numbers at Kwai Chung

The Asian Logistics and Maritime conference took place at the exhibition centre in Wan Chai yesterday. Photo: Dickson Lee

The number of port operators at Kwai Chung container terminal should be reduced if Hong Kong port is to maintain its operating efficiencies after the introduction of ultra-large container ships, a senior Hutchison executive said yesterday.

Friday, 9 November, 2012, 3:59am

Hurting exporters want fairer way to set rates

Container freight rates and surcharges on the Asia-Europe route have gone up by US$4,080 a container and medium-sized shippers are complaining. Photo: Bloomberg

Wrangles between exporters and shipping lines over soaring freight rates "is a war that has not ended", a senior executive representing cargo owners says.

Sunny Ho Lap-kee, executive director of the Hong Kong Shippers' Council, made the comment yesterday after cargo owners experienced triple rises in freight rates on some routes.

7 Nov 2012 - 3:36am

Container volumes suffer as trade slows

Lower trade growth caused by high unemployment in the United States and difficult economic conditions in Europe has hit container shipping lines, which have seen a steady fall in average container shipping rates over the past two months.

15 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Transpacific freight rates to fall 10pc amid prolonged US economic slump

Freight rates on transpacific routes are likely to drop at least 10 per cent in this year's contracts because there are still no signs of economic recovery in the United States, according to shipping companies.

20 May 2009 - 12:00am

Asian shippers to feel sea change over pricing

Exemption's end will leave firms open to scrutiny

Asian shipping lines sending cargo to Europe face the same antitrust scrutiny as that directed against airlines following planned changes to European Union competition laws.

2 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Falling freight rates

I refer to Simon Pritchard's 'Focus on Economics' column headlined 'Competition would make waves in shipping trade' (South China Morning Post, July 4).

Informed press sources have recently forecast that the transpacific services operated by the major container shipping lines are alone expected to lose in aggregate some US$2 billion this year.

8 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

Lines agree on new vessels for Montreal service

Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) and Canada Maritime, long-term partners in the St Lawrence Co-ordinated Service (SLCS), have agreed to each commission new tonnage to be built simultaneously for deployment in the trade between North Europe and North America via Montreal.

It is the third time in seven years that the partners have agreed on newbuildings for the service.

23 May 2001 - 12:00am

Damaging deadlock

There is no such thing as a good time for industrial action, but the continuing lorry drivers' blockade at Kwai Chung container terminal is estimated to be costing the SAR hundreds of millions of dollars a day in lost business and delays caused by traffic congestion.

13 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

Council calls for talks on terminal fees

The Hong Kong Shippers' Council has proposed setting up a consultation mechanism with shipping conferences to discuss increases in terminal-handling charges.

The council yesterday told the Legislative Council's Economic Services Panel that under the proposal, any increases in charges by conferences would be subject to a 90-day notice period.

29 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Osra offers greater flexibility

The 1998 US Ocean Shipping Reform Act (Osra) gives carriers a level playing field to pursue global transport and logistics contracts with shippers, a leading executive says.

18 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

OOCL ready for more of same, but signs of turn

Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) says it expects the trade pattern this year to be the same as last year's.

Chief financial officer Harry Wilkinson said the carrier had a difficult 1998 but showed significant improvement in the second half, with strong exports to the United States and Europe.

4 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Conference for Kaohsiung

The Kaohsiung Harbour Bureau is organising the 1998 International Conference on Shipping Development & Port Management to be held in Kaohsiung between March 26 and 29.

Organisers said the conference would be a forum for scholars, shipping lines and officials to exchange ideas and information on shipping development and port management.

14 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Customers to be winners in new OOCL alliance

Customers of Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) can expect to benefit from the new alliance it has formed with four other shipping companies.

OOCL spokesman Stanley Shen said the line's decision had been driven by commitment to give its customers the best service.

3 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

US may look for common ground on competition

The US Federal Maritime Commission may look at joint ways of cracking down on areas that hinder competition in the shipping industries in the United States and Europe.

Commission chairman Harold Creel said this area had not been looked into previously, but might be investigated in the future.

The commission had good relations with the European Community, he said.

28 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Licence clampdown hits lines

Some shipping lines operating without a Ministry of Communications licence at Shanghai port have been banned from making direct calls from the middle of last month.

Maersk has put off its direct service and is feedering its cargo to Hong Kong, while Norasia feeders its cargo to Pusan in South Korea.

6 Sep 1996 - 12:00am