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18th June, 2013

Forwarder Term – IBC – Intermediate Bulk Container

This is a container used for the transport of fluids and bulk materials. The construction of the IBC and the materials used are chosen depending on the application. There are various types – plastic composite IBC , steel IBC  and stainless steel IBC.


American Airlines launch daily Dublin – JFK direct flights on June 13th

To celebrate the start of their new Dublin – New York (JFK) direct flight, American Airlines hosted a launch party to remember in Dublin’s trendy Madison Club.










Pictured above (L-R) at the celebration party is Brian Eccleston (DB Shenker), Sharon Hammond (Sales Manager with American Airlines Cargo GSA), Michelle Hogan and Cherrie McDonald from DB Shenker.

Michelle Hogan was the luck winner of 2 tickets to New York.  (Picture courtesy

Starting June 13 and available throughout the year, the new AA direct service will depart Dublin daily at 08.55 and arrive at JFK at 11.25, making it the first flight leaving Ireland for New York (JFK) each day.  This new direct service will operate in addition to the already popular and successful direct Dublin – Chicago summer flights. Both JFK and ORD offer excellent onward connections to a huge network of destinations in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Established in 1989, International Airline Marketing Limited (IAM) is Ireland’s leading Air Cargo General Sales and Service Agent (GSSA), responsible for over 20% of all airfreight traffic from the island of Ireland. Working on behalf of numerous world-leading airlines, IAM forms the core of an expanding group, which includes cargo trucking, handling and training divisions.

Cargolux flies horses to Canadian race

Cargolux Airlines flew a shipment of 36 racehorses from Luxembourg to Calgary, Canada on a Boeing 747-8 freighter. ( June 10th 2013 )

LuxairCARGO was the handling agent.

Cargolux used its new HMC horse stalls for the animals. The HMC not only provides higher stability but its double layer pallet base also reduces the motion feeling for the horses, greatly reducing the stress the animals feel compared to single layer pallets.

The 36 horses, originating from the Netherlands and Germany, were supervised throughout the loading process and during the flight by a team of five grooms. In Calgary, they will participate at the annual Spruce Meadows races.

Cargolux carries around 3,000 horses every year. The airline is a member of the Animal Transport Association.

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Irish Air Cargo Institute’s next golf outing is at Beaverstown GC at another great price of €30 pp

Date of outing: Fri 28 June 2013
Venue: Beaverstown GC, Donabate.
First tee time: 13:00
Last tee time: 14:04
Price: €30 pp inc prizes

This outing is set up to coincide with the 50 Year Celebration of the Irish Air Cargo Institute.

There will be a BBQ, Drinks, Prize-giving and entertainment afterwards at the Clarion Hotel, Dublin Airport.
Commencing: 7.30 PM. ALL WELCOME.

Pls let me know if you’re interested in the golf and I’ll book a slot. Places limited to 36 – so please adv ASAP.
All standards of golfer welcome. Feel free to bring a work colleague etc …

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,
Joe Reid
Phone: +353 1 8149014
Fax: +353 1 8444563


Lloyds Agency

Constantly evolving to meet new challenges Lloyd’s Agency is looking to develop an online warehouse directory (LWD) that will hold standardised warehouse survey reports and serve all parties concerned with the safe handling of cargo. Each warehouse will be allocated a unique LWD reference number and be geo-positioned. Details will also be provided on the construction, occupation, protection and exposure of each warehouse facility based on inspections undertaken exclusively by Lloyd’s Agents.

The key benefits of the LWD for warehouse operators are:

  • promotion of the warehouse facility on a global platform to a global audience
  • strength of the Lloyd’s global brand, both in the insurance and commercial world
  • trusted verification by a Lloyd’s Agent (known and respected as the honest eyes and ears of insurers from around the world)
  • possibility of reducing multiple site visits (by surveyors representing cargo insurers etc.), saving time and money

A pilot of the LWD is now available for prospective users to test and review and Lloyd’s is seeking support and input from warehouse operators and logistic providers to ensure that the site (prior to full development) captures user requirements and that it is clear, understandable and easy to use. Your participation in viewing the pilot and completing the questionnaire would be very much appreciated.

Lloyd’s Warehouse Directory pilot:

For the pilot please note that:

  • ALL data is fictitious
  • The Log-in user name is ‘demo’ and the Password is ‘demo’
  • The locations and number of sites has been restricted (4 countries – 30 sites)
  • The Advanced Search has not yet been activated
  • The option to download and/or print the Survey Reports has not yet been activated
  • It is not possible to save any notes entered in the favourites listing
  • The link to video footage of the warehouse facilities has not yet been activated

Questionnaire for warehouse operators:

If you would like to receive any additional information about this initiative and/or you experience any difficulties in accessing the pilot site, please do not hesitate to contact the Lloyd’s Agency Department by email:

Many thanks for your support.



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Institute of CharteredShipbrokers Ireland Summer Seminar

Insolvency and Global Trade

Thursday 20th June 2013 16:00 Hrs

(With a break for light refreshments)

Gibson Hotel, Point Village Dublin 1

Presented by

Kennedys Law LLP & Moore Stephens Nathans.

Mrs. Hilary Park, 19 Aylesbury, Clonmacken, Ennis Road, Limerick.


Ph: 087 6566610

Cheques should be made payable to The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.



Maersk grabs the headlines with launch of Triple-Es

Friday, 14 June 2013

Never before has a cargo vessel been built under such a glare of publicity.

Today will see the first of Maersk Line’s Triple-E ships named at a ceremony in South Korea, an event that is certain to attract plenty of attention well beyond the maritime world.

Rarely do ships grab the headlines in the way that this newest arrival will as it enters service. Expect to see crowds of sightseers at every port of call.

From the moment former Maersk Line chief executive Eivind Kolding unveiled the $1.9bn order for a series of 18,000 teu vessels at a slick and glitzy press conference in London nearly 30 months ago, construction of these newbuildings has been followed every step of the way.

The ships even have their own website, while social media has been used extensively to raise their profile even more. The Discovery Channel will be broadcasting series on the Triple-Es later in the year.

The Danish line is no stranger to pioneering ship designs. Maersk was the first to break the 6,000 teu barrier with the 1996-built, 318 m long Regina Maersk. Nearly a decade later came the 397 m Emma Maersk.

But what a difference between the arrival of those two ship classes and the Triple-Es.

Those earlier groundbreakers, both built at AP Moller-Maersk’s former inhouse shipyard at Lindø in Denmark, were cloaked in secrecy.

Although Maersk Line said the cargo-carrying capacity of Regina Maersk was 6,000 teu, it was tightlipped about the deadweight. In reality, the nominal intake of the ship was about 6% larger than stated at the time, at nearer 6,400 teu.

Emma Maersk was officially declared at around 11,000 teu. Only relatively recently did Maersk Line admit what the industry already knew; that they can theoretically carry 15,5o0 teu. That helped to scale back the relative size of the Triple-Es, with Maersk able to say the additional capacity was fairly modest.

What has been remarkable has been Maersk’s transformation from one of the most media-shy shipowners to one comfortable in the limelight, proud of its achievements and not afraid to speak about them.

That comes with risks attached, of course.

Competitors know that Maersk has paid a high price for its ships and are more than happy to point out that newbuildings ordered today will have somewhat lower slot costs.

The first of the Triple-Es will also enter service at a difficult time in the Asia-Europe trades, with westbound freight rates not far off record lows and cargo volumes weak because of depressed demand in much of Europe.

That will raise questions about whether ships of this size are needed. Only time will tell. Shipping has never been for the faint-hearted.

But Maersk should be applauded for bringing much-needed transparency to an industry that is instinctively secretive. It is good that the general public understands how the merchandise it takes for granted arrives in the shops, supermarkets and showrooms.

Maersk also wants its customers and its customers’ customers to realise that shipping is not the dirty business it is widely perceived to be, but that responsible operators are doing all they can to make their vessels cleaner, safer and more efficient.

Only by talking openly and honestly about what they do will shipowners build that trust.

Whether these ships live up to their billing remains to be seen.

Maersk has a public relations challenge on its hands to convince the rest of the business that the Triple-Es will not become so-called hoovers, sucking up cargo at any cost as their predecessors were alleged to have done.

But the new vessel today named after former AP Moller-Maersk chairman Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, and its sisterships, will be crowd pleasers wherever they go.

That is good news for an industry forever complaining that it does not receive the recognition it deserves.

Lloyds List.


Weekly rail shuttle between the Amsterdam port and Berlin

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 – The Amsterdam port has welcomed a new and frequent rail connection, now that a cacao train will run from Amsterdam to Berlin on a weekly basis. With this connection, the Amsterdam port strengthens its position as the largest cacao port in the world and increases the amount of cacao stored and transhipped in Amsterdam. Onboard the train cargo flows are bundled enabling a highly sustainable and cut-rate transport. The amount of cargo carried onboard one train is equivalent to cargo transported on fifty trucks. The cacao onboard the new shuttle is offloaded at the BEHALA rail terminal operator in Berlin.

The rail shuttle is an addition to the port of Amsterdam’s European network of hinterland connections. On a weekly basis, the freight train runs from the Amsterdam port to the BEHALA terminal in Berlin and vice versa. This week Berlin celebrated BEHALA becoming a permanent partner in this project. It is one of many examples of partnerships in the Amsterdam port.

The Amsterdam port seeks to be a sustainable port, transporting more cargo by water and rail and less so by road. Sustainability, cooperation and accessibility are key terms in promoting the rail modality.

BEHALA terminal

The BEHALA terminal in Berlin has 120 employees. Turnover and transhipment levels represent 4,000,000 tons per annum, in one of the largest inland ports in Germany. Since the port is located in the centre of West Berlin, BEHALA is creating the ideal circumstances for an effective logistical solution in the Berlin-Brandenburg region. BEHALA is the transport hub for Eastern Europe, particularly for Poland.


The Amsterdam-Berlin cacao shuttle originated after intensive cooperation between Amsterdam port community members Cargill, Katoen Natie and Ter Haak. To Cargill’s cacao factory in Berlin, it is a sustainable and reliable solution when cacao supply is involved. Cargill buys cacao that is shipped from West Africa to Ter Haak’s United Stevedores Amsterdam terminal. Katoen Natie is responsible for specialist cacao storage and Ter Haak provides logistics to Germany, allowing Cargill to process cacao at its factory in Berlin.

Cacao port

Approximately 700,000 to 800,000 tons of cacao arrive at the port of Amsterdam every year, heading towards the cacao processing industry and transit sheds of the mercantile houses. This makes Amsterdam the largest cacao port in the world. A large quantity reaches Amsterdam from West African countries such as the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon. Cacao is transported in ship holds as mega bulked goods or alternatively inside containers as bagged or bulked goods. Specialist shipping companies with scheduled services from West Africa are responsible for transport. Cacao beans are vulnerable and cacao is a seasonal product: within a relatively short period of time, from October to March, supply peaks.

Smart port

The Amsterdam port is the fourth port in Europe and a large port when transhipping and processing energy products is involved. The North Sea Canal area tranships almost 100 million tons of cargo annually, approximately 75 million of which is transhipped in the port of Amsterdam. In the port region 55,000 people in total work for companies that are located in the port or for port-related companies. About 23,000 of these people work in Amsterdam.

Havenbedrijf Amsterdam NV seeks to be a smart port, adding value for clients and the environment in a sustainable and innovative manner. Port of Amsterdam helps companies grow, using the available space efficiently and maintaining the quality of the water, soil and air . This is Port of Amsterdam’s ambition based on intensive cooperation with partners in the business community, city and region.


Smile Awhile

Another Government Study

When Canadian road workers found about 200 dead crows on the highway between Toronto and Hamilton, there was concern that they may have died from Avian Flu.

So the government had a bird pathologist examine the remains of all the crows and he confirmed the problem was definitely not Avian Flu, much to everyone’s relief.

However, he was surprised that his detailed study determined that 98 percent of the crows had been killed by impact with trucks, but only 2 percent were killed by car impact.

The Province then hired an Ornithological Behaviourist to determine the reason behind the disproportionate percentages for truck versus car kills.

The Ornithological Behaviourist determined the cause in short order. When crows eat road kill, they always set up a lookout crow in a nearby tree to warn of impending danger.

His conclusion was that the lookout crow could warn “Cah”, but he could not say “Truck”


Term of the Week

Life’s Laws

Variation Law –  If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you

were in will always move faster than the one you are in now

(works every time).

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