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NEWS BULLETIN
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Drewry schedule reliability report
sees performance gains during April

APL to add weekly service
covering CentralAm/US East Coast

Energy-saving propeller cap
sees global orders at 3,000 vessels

US rail freight traffic count
rolls to negative weekly total

"K" Line inks contract
to move new rail cars

Drewry schedule reliability report
sees performance gains during April

LONDON — Container service reliability reached a data-series high in April with the aggregate on-time performance for the three key East-West trades rising to 67.6 percent, up by 4.1 percentage points on March, according to Carrier Performance Insight, the online schedule reliability tool provided by Drewry Supply Chain Advisors. The previous best since Drewry’s new data series started in May 2014 was achieved in October last year (64.3 percent) after which the industry struggled to cope with heavy port congestion on the US West Coast and the implementation of new alliance partnerships and services. Indicative of the return to ‘normal’ operations on the USWC the Transpacific trade saw the biggest improvement in April with on-time reliability rising by 15.1 points to 54 percent. However, Transpacific reliability remains about 20 points down on the series peaks of June and July 2014. Reliability on the Asia-Europe trade improved for the third consecutive month in April, while the Transatlantic bucked a six month declining trend with a higher performance. The most reliable carrier in April was Maersk Line with an average on-time performance of 85 percent, followed by OOCL (77 percent); MOL and NYK (both 74 percent). At the bottom of the rankings were Wan Hai (51 percent) and PIL (40 percent).

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US rail freight traffic count
rolls to negative weekly total

WASHINGTON, DC The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending May 16, 2015 was 549,199 carloads and intermodal units, down 2.9 percent compared with the same week last year. Total carloads for the week ending May 16, 2015 were 269,092 carloads, down 10 percent compared with the same week in 2014, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 280,107 containers and trailers, up 4.9 percent compared to 2014. For the first 19 weeks of 2015, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 5,312,651 carloads, down 2.2 percent from the same point last year; and 4,959,620 intermodal units, up 1.9 percent from last year Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 19 weeks of 2015 was 10,272,271 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 0.3 percent compared to last year.

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APL to add weekly service
covering CentralAm/US East Coast

SINGAPORE — APL plans to introduce a new weekly service to enhance its network coverage in the Americas. The new America Caribbean Express (ACX) service, which links Central America and U.S. East Coast, will be operated through a vessel sharing agreement with SeaLand. Serviced with three vessels of 1700 TEU nominal capacity each, the ACX service will provide direct service with fixed day arrivals from Colombia and Panama to the U.S. East Coast. The ACX services will provide APL’s customers with connections to the carrier’s feeder network via the Manzanillo International Terminal hub in Panama, as well as integrated intermodal connections to inland U.S. East Coast destinations. Port rotation of the new service will be: Manzanillo - South Florida – New York - Philadelphia - Savannah – South Florida – Cartagena. The launch of the new ACX service is subject to regulatory approvals. The first sailing of the service is planned to depart Manzanillo, Panama in late June or early July 2015.

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"K" Line inks contract
to move new rail cars

TOKYO — Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. ("K" Line) reports it has signed a contract with Vantec HTS Forwarding, LTD. to transport Hitachi rail cars for the Intercity Express Program (IEP) that are being manufactured at Hitachi's Kasado plant. These IEP rail cars will be loaded onto new "K" Line vessels from the Port of Tokuyama-Kudamatsu, located near Hitachi’s Kasado plant, and will be discharged at the nearest port on the east coast of the UK to Newton Aycliffe, where Hitachi is constructing the train plant for these rail cars. A series of "K" Line's 7500-unit size RORO vessels are now under construction in Japan. Some of these vessels will be deployed into Japan – Europe trade, and will serve this transportation project from July onward. A total of 10 vessels of this series of 7500-unit size have been ordered with the first vessel to be rolled out in July 2015.

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Energy-saving propeller cap
sees global orders at 3,000 vessels

TOKYO — Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) and MOL Techno-Trade, Ltd. (MOL Tech) have announced that the energy-saving propeller boss cap fins (PBCF) - developed by MOL, West Japan Fluid Engineering Laboratory Co., Ltd. and Nakashima-Mitsuwa Propeller Co., Ltd., and marketed by MOL Tech - have now been ordered for 3,000 vessels worldwide. The PBCF is an energy-saving device attached to the propeller of a vessel. It breaks up the hub vortex generated behind the rotating propeller, resulting in a decrease of more than 9,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year because of a 3-5 percent reduction in fuel consumption, when installed on a large-scale containership. Research and development on the PBCF started in 1986, and sales began the following year. Since then an increasing number of shipowners, mainly in Japan, began to adopt the system. By 2006, the 19th year since the start of sales, the PBCF had been ordered for 1,000 vessels. The number of ships adopting it has doubled in just five years, reaching a total of 2,000 vessels in 2011, and now exceeding the 3,000 milestone.

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