Logistics And Frieght Forwarding

MSC threatens to slash Gothenburg traffic in half

The gridlocked conflict between dockworkers and APM Terminals is now starting to really hurt the Port of Gothenburg. The port has previously estimated that the conflict caused a seven percent slide in cargo volumes as carriers and shippers have found other ways to transport their cargoes to and from Sweden. And now the global container carrier MSC,threatens to cut its calls in Port of Gothenburg in half unless the problems are resolved, reports Swedish media G?teborgs-Posten[1].

We are getting so strong reactions from our customers that we will definitely make a sizeable reduction on bookings in Sweden”

— Morten M?ller Weisdal, managing director, MSC Sweden

“It’s 100 percent because of the labor conflict. We are getting so strong reactions from our customers that we will definitely make a sizeable reduction on bookings in Sweden,” Morten M?ller Weisdal, MSC’s managing director in Sweden, tells the media, adding that this would be a significant reduction of around half the port calls. MSC is a major customer of APM Terminals in Port of Gothenburg and partner of Maersk Line in then world’s biggest container alliance, 2M.

The statement from MSC comes a week and a half after yet another attempt to mediate the conflict between dockworkers represented by union Svensk Hamnarbetarf?rbundet’s subdivision Ham4an and the Maersk Group’s port unit APM Terminals collapsed. The carrier is not the first customer to look toward other ports due to the conflict. In May the Swedish foresting group Stora Enso announced that it considers leaving Port of Gothenburg.

This news came in a letter to Sweden’s minister of transport, who has entered the case. According to G?teborgs-Posten, chemical group Akzo Nobel and fashion company Lindex have also opted to find other routes for its goods. However, a resolution does not look imminent.

In early June the Swedish mediator announced that he has given up efforts to mediate between the parties in the conflict. The parties have been summoned to a new meeting at Sweden’s mediation body Maeglingsinstitutionen on Friday, reports media Sj?fartstidningen. English Edit: Daniel Logan Berg-Munch

MSC’s North European business hit by fierce competition[2]

Public mediator gives up on Gothenburg conflict[3]

The Gothenburg port conflict enters a new stage of deadlock[4]


  1. ^ G?teborgs-Posten (www.sjofartstidningen.se)
  2. ^ MSC’s North European business hit by fierce competition (shippingwatch.com)
  3. ^ Public mediator gives up on Gothenburg conflict (shippingwatch.com)
  4. ^ The Gothenburg port conflict enters a new stage of deadlock (shippingwatch.com)

Demise of a Tug Captain Leads Freight and Logistics Staff News This Week

Our Latest Update on Changes for Personnel in the Shipping SectorShipping News Feature

UK – Sad news leads our weekly round-up of staff changes in the freight and logistics industry with the crew and staff of marine support company Svitzer[1] saying goodbye to one of the company’s longest serving members, tug master Ifor Jones, who passed away last month after a short illness. As seemed fitting, Jones’ colleagues and friends gathered at the Port of Felixstowe[2] to scatter his ashes[3] from one of Svitzer’s tug boats, for what is arguably the biggest send off for a single person the port has ever seen. Jones started as a cook/galley boy on the tugs serving the Port when he was just 15.

He worked his way to the role of Captain when he sadly passed away after 42 years of service. He is survived by his son Stephen and two step children Sally Ann and Jon. One of his colleagues told us:

“Ifor was hugely popular man amongst the Felixstowe people, most of his time off was spent with his wife in their motorhome. Always known as the gentle giant as he was such a kind man.” UK – Bibby Financial Services (BFS[4]) has announced four new appointments across Scotland and the North of England.

Wayne Spratt re-joins BFS as Business Development Manager in Yorkshire following sales and operational roles at Aldermore Bank and RBS Invoice Finance. Spratt has 15 years’ experience in the invoice finance industry and first joined BFS in 2002. Casey Baldwin also joins BFS Yorkshire as Business Development Executive.

Prior to joining, Baldwin was Assistant Relationship Manager at both Aldermore Bank and RBS Invoice Finance. Lee McDonnell has been appointed as Business Development Executive for BFS Manchester having previously worked as Credit Controller. In Scotland, Ronan Patrick Fallon has been appointed as a Sales Executive.

He previously worked as a Risk and Recoveries Administrator in BFS’s Manchester office. UK – The Mission to Seafarers[5] has appointed Jan Webber as its new Director of Development, taking over from Jos Standerwick, who has been name CEO of Maritime London. UK – WORLDWIDE – BIMCO[6] has announced Anastasios Papagiannopoulos, CEO of Common Progress, as its new President, for the next two-year term.

The international shipping association also confirmed that Sadan Kaptanoglu, Managing Director of HI Kaptanoglu Shipping has been elected as BIMCO’s very first female President Designate. AUSTRIA – Klaus Bannwarth has been named as the new Branch Manager in Upper Austria at Gebr?der Weiss[7]. He takes over from Gerhard F?reder, who has decided to leave the company.

RUSSIA – Andrey Diachkov has been named Director General of the Severnoye Design Bureau[8]. US – The Commercial Vehicle Group[9] has announced the appointment of Douglas Bowen as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Global Construction, Agriculture and Military Markets, effective June 12. Bowen joins CVG from Dayco products where he served as President of North America and Australian markets.

US – Boeing[10] has appointed 29-year Boeing veteran, Jenette Tamos as Senior Vice President of Supply Chain & Operations, effective immediately. Ramos replaces Pat Shanahan, who has been nominated to serve as US Deputy Secretary of Defense. Ramos, most recently vice president and general manager of Fabrication at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, now will oversee the company’s Manufacturing Operations and Supplier Management functions.

She joins the Boeing Executive Council and reports to Chairman, President, and CEO Dennis Muilenburg. US – Delta Air Lines Cargo[11] has named Eric Wilson as Managing Director of Cargo Global Sales to succeed Rob LeBel, effective immediately. He will lead the company’s global sales team and sales partners around the world.

US – ITS Logistics[12] has promoted Mike Crawford to President of the Freight Brokerage division. Crawford previously held the role of General Manager and has been head of the division since its inception in 2013. US – SeaCube Container Leasing[13] has named Robert Sappio to the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.

Sappio will be based at the company’s headquarters in New Jersey. Additionally, Hugh MacDiarmid has been appointed Chair of the Board. MacDiarmid has been a Director of the company since 2013 and has served as interim CEO for the past four months.

US – The Kenco Group[14] has announced the appointment of Denis Reilly as President and CEO. He succeeds Jane Kennedy Greene who will continue to serve as Chair of the Board. Reilly will join the Kenco Board of Directors and report into Greene.

INDIA – Emirates SkyCargo[15] has announced the appointment of Abdulla Alkhallafi as Cargo Manager for North India.

Photo: A flotilla of Svitzer tugs move upstream past the MSC Deila carrying the ashes of Ifor Jones.

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  1. ^ Svitzer (svitzer.com)
  2. ^ Port of Felixstowe (www.portoffelixstowe.co.uk)
  3. ^ scatter his ashes (www.youtube.com)
  4. ^ BFS (www.bibbyfinancialservices.com)
  5. ^ The Mission to Seafarers (www.missiontoseafarers.org)
  6. ^ BIMCO (www.bimco.org)
  7. ^ Gebr?der Weiss (www.gw-world.com)
  8. ^ Severnoye Design Bureau (www.severnoe.com)
  9. ^ Commercial Vehicle Group (cvgrp.com)
  10. ^ Boeing (www.boeing.com)
  11. ^ Delta Air Lines Cargo (www.deltacargo.com)
  12. ^ ITS Logistics (www.its4logistics.com)
  13. ^ SeaCube Container Leasing (www.seacubecontainers.com)
  14. ^ Kenco Group (www.kencogroup.com)
  15. ^ Emirates SkyCargo (www.skycargo.com)