Global logistics news roundup; DHL, Maersk

Logistics global news roundup
DHL runs airports logistics disaster plan; Maersk hit by global sea freight market shrinkage; Cargo shipping under attack in Middle East

DHL runs airports logistics disaster plan 

The first Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) Program was successfully completed at Paro International Airport in Bhutan. 

The GARD Program is a global public-private partnership aimed at supporting airports in planning for their role as logistical hubs in the event of disasters such as floods, earthquakes, fires, and landslides, as well as integrating the airport's role in national emergency plans.

The Program saw 50 participants work on various topics, including identifying potential bottlenecks and action measures to quickly increase capacity in case of a disaster.

The program is a joint effort between participating countries, the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers (IFATCA), and lead trainer, DHL Group.

“The GARD program aims to get as many airports as possible in high-risk countries prepared for disaster.," said Carl Schelfhaut, Head of the GoHelp Program for Asia Pacific, DHL. 

"We are happy to see Bhutan participating with the support of our partners. The location of the airport presents unique challenges and we have worked with the local team in getting them disaster ready."

  • In other DHL news, DHL Global Forwarding Japan has opened a new air freight office at Kitakyushu Airport. The office will handle the import, export, and domestic transportation of semiconductor shipments.
    The move comes in response to the growing transportation demands of semiconductor-related companies surrounding the Kyushu area.
    “At DHL, our specialists have become adept in semiconductor transportation at key Japanese airports," said Karsten Michaelis, President DHL Global Forwarding Japan. "It's a significant step towards refining and streamlining airfreight services tailored to semiconductors in Japan."

Maersk hit by global sea freight market shrinkage

The major shipping lines have reported a substantial year-on-year (YoY) decrease in Q3 revenue.

According to supply chain research and analysis specialist Sea-Intelligence, the market shrinkage is the result of exceptional growth in 2021-2022 due to the pandemic. As a result, it says, revenues are falling to levels consistent with the pre-pandemic market.

Earlier this month, Maersk announced cost-cutting measures to counter challenging market conditions. This includes reducing its workforce from 110,000 to 103,500. The Danish shipping giant's Q3 2023 revenues fell to $12.1bn, compared to $22.8bn in Q3 2022.

The Sea-Intelligence’s report also revealed there has been significant growth in the demand for recreational goods and services in the maritime industry.

Cargo shipping under attack in Middle East

Cargo vessels have come under attack in international waters in the southern Red Sea off the coast of Yemen, the US military has revealed. Yemen's Houthi group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

One ship is in danger of sinking and another is "lightly damaged", military sources say.

The incident follows a series of attacks in Middle Eastern waters since war broke out between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas on Oct. 7.

The vessels attacked are the Bahamas-flagged bulk carrier, Unity Explorer, owned by Unity Explorer and managed by London-based Dao Shipping. The ship was scheduled to arrive in Singapore on December 15.

The other ship was Number 9, which was headed to Suez, and is a Panama-flagged container vessel owned by Number 9 Shipping and managed by UK-based Bernhard Schulte Ship Management.


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