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Tianjin Explosions

Port city of Tianjin rocked by explosions.

On Wednesday 12.08.15, at around 23:20 local time, a huge explosion took place at a warehouse storing hazardous goods within the port city of Tianjin.

Buildings within a 2km radius had windows blown out, offices blocks were destroyed and hundreds of cars burnt-out.

The terminals and port operations are currently on lock down until the full extent of the damage can be assessed.

Due to this, vessel operations and the access to the port and surrounding areas has ceased.

We are in the process of obtaining further information from our local agents and respective shipping lines but we anticipate the recovery time could be extensive.

Once further information is obtained we will update you accordingly.

Please contact your operational contact at Neptune to discuss any specific shipments.

For further information on this story, please refer to the following BBC article:-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-33900268

(This link is to a third party site of which Neptune Shipping Agency has no involvement in regarding the contents and management.)

Summer Shutdown 2015

Summer factory closures

A large number of factories throughout Europe will soon commence their annual summer shutdowns. These closures will mainly affect the Italian market with the majority of factories closing from 7th August 2015 and reopening on the 24h August 2015.

Before and during this period, Neptune Shipping Agency will continue to operate their Container, Trailer and Multimodal services throughout Italy and the rest of Europe, however we will be limiting the amount of vehicles we are sending to Italy and mainland European destinations as demand will inevitably be reduced.

In addition, we would also like to make you aware that, up until the end of August there will be a driving ban for heavy vehicles every Saturday and Sunday, and on some occasions on a Friday. Due to this situation and the inevitable increased tonnage being shipped during this period, deliveries are likely to incur a slightly longer transit time than usual, but we will of course make every effort to deliver your goods at the earliest opportunity as we always do.

We would therefore advise customers to make sure their consignments are available for collection at the beginning of the week, and that orders are placed well before the shutdown commences to avoid disappointment.

If consignments are available for collection during the actual shutdown period, we will of course endeavour to collect and deliver as soon as possible and within our normal transit times, but allowances will need to be made due to the circumstances.

For more information regarding the aforementioned, then please do not hesitate to contact the following staff members who will be more than happy to assist with your enquiry:

SPAIN and PORTUGAL:

Adam Reid
Email: Adamr@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386525

Rich Bellerby
Email: RichB@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 38651

Josh Searle
Email: JoshS@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386602

Jeremy Gubbin
Email: JeremyG@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386520

ITALY and REST OF EUROPE:

Ian Webber
Email: IanW@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386523

Paul Wilson
Email: PaulW@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386508

Sam Sharland
Email: SamS@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386640

Driver Shortages

The FTA warn of delivery delays in run up to Xmas.

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) are warning that the implementation of new driver regulations has roused industry-wide alarm that UK bound cargo will face material delays in terms of delivery (and consequent price increases), in the run up to Christmas.

Drivers in this vital industry are furious with the statutory implementation of the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC), which all truckers had to complete by September 10th.

As a result of these new regulations, haulage companies are widely reporting that many of their senior drivers have chosen early retirement rather than invest the £3,000 required to obtain the CPC, a course which takes a week to complete. The FTA have said it’s not only the Driver CPC which is causing the shortage. In addition the cost of license acquisition means that drivers are unable to fund these, most especially self-employed hauliers. Added to the insurance problems for the younger generation, the industry is experiencing fundamental challenges in recruiting young drivers.

That said, according to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), “the vast majority of drivers have met the deadline” - out of the estimated 675,000 professional drivers in Great Britain, 664,000 drivers have reportedly completed the 35-hour course by the 10th September deadline, although it has been advised that a large percentage of transport managers who attended an Association conference on the day the CPC law came into effect, still reported driver shortages as a huge problem (although the DVSA have insisted that figures for new truckers acquiring licenses were on the rise this year with a 3.2% year-on-year increase). Unfortunately these statistics mask the fact that drivers are deserting the more onerous and unpredictable process that haulage to and from freight terminals, docks, ports and end users represents and are finding work in domestic transport industries that offer kinder more ‘family friendly’ working hours and conditions.

The build up to Christmas is therefore likely to set a big challenge for freight service operator forwarders and hauliers - the focus will be on the capacity of agency drivers and subcontractors to fill the void, but as these are also in short supply, customers should factor in the expectation that there will be an unavoidable increase in transport delays and delivery/collection problems in the coming months.

If you would like to receive further information with regards to this news, please do not hesitate to contact your account handler.

Mersey Port Strike

Trade Unions have voted in favour of strike action

We have received word from Mersey Port Authority that members of UNISON, GMB, Unite and NUT have voted in favour of industrial action and as a consequence strike action is planned for Thursday 10th July 2014.

There is the potential that the services provided by Mersey Port Health Authority may be affected due to industrial action taken by its members. The Authority will do its utmost to ensure that where possible services are provided uninterrupted, and operations continue, however, there is the possibility that delays may be experienced. In order to reduce and minimise any potential delays, it would be appreciated if you could consider the following:-

> Where Ship Sanitation Certificate Inspections or water samples are requested, if there is the possibility for the inspection to be conducted on an alternative day or days, could you provide the dates and times of when the vessel will be available?

> For imported food checks, it would be appreciated if you could ensure that any documentation or information that has been requested or is required to enable the processing and release of consignments, is provided at the earliest opportunity.

Should you have any questions or wish to discuss this further with a member of our team, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Summer shutdown 2014

Summer factory closures

A large number of factories throughout Europe will soon commence their annual summer shutdowns. These closures will mainly affect the Italian market with the majority of factories closing from 8th August 2014 and reopening on the 25th August 2014.

Before and during this period, Neptune Shipping Agency will continue to operate their Container, Trailer and Multimodal services throughout Italy and the rest of Europe, however we will be limiting the amount of vehicles we are sending to Italy and mainland European destinations as demand will inevitably be reduced.

In addition, we would also like to make you aware that, up until the end of August there will be a driving ban for heavy vehicles every Saturday and Sunday, and on some occasions on a Friday. Due to this situation and the inevitable increased tonnage being shipped during this period, deliveries are likely to incur a slightly longer transit time than usual, but we will of course make every effort to deliver your goods at the earliest opportunity as we always do.

We would therefore advise customers to make sure their consignments are available for collection at the beginning of the week, and that orders are placed well before the shutdown commences to avoid disappointment.

If consignments are available for collection during the actual shutdown period, we will of course endeavour to collect and deliver as soon as possible and within our normal transit times, but allowances will need to be made due to the circumstances.

For more information regarding the aforementioned, then please do not hesitate to contact the following staff members who will be more than happy to assist with your enquiry:

ITALY:

Ian Webber
Email: Ianw@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386523

Sam Sharland
Email: Sams@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386640

SPAIN:

Adam Reid
Email: Adamr@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386525

Rich Bellerby
Email: richb@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386518

PORTUGAL:

Josh Searle
Email: joshs@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386602

REST OF EUROPE:

Paul Wilson
Email: Paulw@nsa.com
Tel: 01579 386508

Sink The Pirates Now!

EU demands action on High Seas Piracy.

European ship-owners are calling for better protection from pirates, and asking for the council of ministers to endorse global actions to safeguard maritime security.

For further information click on the link below:

http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/127652/european-shipowners-call-for-better-protection-from-pirates/

The links on this page are to third party site(s) of which Neptune Shipping Agency has no involvement in regarding the contents and management

China rejects P3 Alliance

Newsflash – China rejects P3 Alliance

China’s Ministry of Commerce have ruled against the formation of the P3 Alliance. 3 of the largest Carrier’s; CMA, MSC and Maersk planned to co-operate on multiple levels. Combined, they would have had a near 50% share of the market. Lloyds Loading report the ministry as stating that: “Other than undermining other market players, P3 is likely to put the interests of shippers and ports in jeopardy”.

CMA have stated they are, “…confident that (we) will maintain (our) operating performance and continue to over-perform the industry.” A similar message comes from MSC who state, “We are disappointed by the decision of Chinese Ministry of Commerce but will continue our efforts to operate more efficiently and provide our clients with a comprehensive and excellent service.”

We will keep you updated of further developments.

ADD - EU caves to China

Good News! The EU ADD investigation is now over.

The EU have been investigating an anti-dumping complaint made by the ‘Agglomerated Stone Association of Europe’ who alleged that Chinese stone manufacturers were exporting record amounts of stone and flooding the European market, leaving little or no chance for European firms to compete.

By letter dated 18 February 2014 addressed to the Commission, the complainant withdrew this complaint and as of today 13.05.2014 the investigation has been terminated with no ADD applied.

The EC have today released the below announcement to the Press:

“The anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports into the Union of tiles and other articles of flat surface, blocks and slabs of artificial stone bound by resins or of an agglomeration of stone and/or glass and/or mirror bound by resins originating in the People's Republic of China and currently falling under CN codes ex 6810 11 90, ex 6810 19 00, ex 6810 91 00, ex 6810 99 00, ex 7016 10 00, ex 7016 90 40, ex 7016 90 70 and ex 7020 00 80 is hereby terminated.”

Should you have any questions or wish to discuss this further with a member of our team, please do not hesitate to contact us

EU ADD attack on China

EU ADD attack on China

The EU are investigating an anti-dumping complaint made by the ‘Agglomerated Stone Association of Europe’

From the 27th of August 2013 a provisional ADD (Anti Dumping Duty) could be imposed by the EC on Agglomerated stone with as little as 24 hours notice.

It may take longer for the Commission to formalise a decision but the investigation will have to be concluded one way or the other by the end of September 2014.

If provisional ADD comes into force, these will be held on deposit until the final decision is made whether or not to make the ADD definitive.

A PDF document is available with more information. Please click the below link to download a copy:-

ADD PDF document

(The links on this page are to third party site's of which Neptune Shipping Agency has no involvement in regarding the contents and management.)

FMC clears P3 alliance

The Federal Maritime Commission has granted regulatory approval for a huge vessel-sharing agreement between the world’s top three container lines, but with stricter monitoring than is usual for a standard alliance.

For more information on this story, please read the full transcript on Lloyd's Loading List website:-

www.lloydsloadinglist.com

(The above link is to a third party site of which Neptune Shipping Agency has no involvement in regarding the contents and management.)

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