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FESCO and Russian Railways launch transit service for delivery of goods

FESCO Transportation Group (“FESCO”) and JSC RZD Logistics, subsidiary of JSC Russian Railways, launch the “Trans-Siberian Landbridge”, a joint transit service for express delivery of goods from Japan to Europe through the Russian Far East by the Trans-Siberian railway.

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The intermodal chain of the “Trans-Siberian Landbridge” covers Japanese ports – the Commercial Port of Vladivostok – the Trans-Siberian railway – Brest – points of destination in Europe.

The total delivery time is from 19 days depending on port of dispatch, while the sea transportation through the Suez Canal takes about 45 days.

The test container with non-hazardous chemical products shipped from the port of Yokohama to Wroclaw, Poland, is to arrive in mid-June.

In the frame of the joint service FESCO provides sea delivery, port handling and container fleet, and RZD Logistics is responsible for the organization of railway transportation.

The test shipment allows the parties to work out the transportation technology in order to make the service available to customers in June 2019, and subsequently organize the return transportation from Europe to Japan.

It is expected that the “Trans-Siberian Landbridge” will serve for transportation of car components and consumer goods to Europe.

With this project we open a new page of cooperation with the Japanese business, offering advanced and competitive transportation products. We’ve agreed with the Ministry of Transport of Japan to jointly develop multimodal transportation through the Far Eastern ports of Russia and the Trans-Siberian railway.

Over the past 5 years, Russian Railways has invested more than 5 billion dollars in the development of railways in the East of Russia. Transportation volume along this route has increased by more than a third. We see a great potential in cooperation with our Japanese colleagues and the created infrastructure will be used for transportation of goods from Japan, said Alexander Misharin.

Today, all cargo traffic of 3 million TEU per year between Japan and Europe goes through the Suez Canal. In cooperation with colleagues from Russian Railways, we can offer our customers a faster and more efficient transportation service along the Trans-Siberian railway.

Attracting transit cargo to the Russian infrastructure meets both national strategic objectives and objective economic interests of market participants. I’m sure that the “Trans-Siberian Landbridge” will be in demand with Japanese partners and will strengthen and expand our mutually beneficial cooperation, said Alexander Isurin, President of FESCO.

As a company responsible for the development of international transit at the Russian Railways Holding, we have accumulated a unique scope of competences in this area and are now ready to offer them to Japanese partners interested in the quality delivery of goods to Europe.

Our experience in transportation through international transport corridors with India, China, Vietnam and Korea shows that modern shippers are looking for the high delivery speed and multimodal chains.

The synergy of requests from Japanese and European businesses and combined capacities of our three companies led to the creation of Trans-Siberian Landbridge and is the key to the successful development of this new service, said Vyacheslav Valentik, General Director of RZD Logistics.

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Port of Long Beach sees cargo increase

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Cargo shipments rose at the Port of Long Beach in May as the economic effects of COVID-19 started to subside.

Dockworkers and terminal operators moved 628,205 twenty-foot equivalent units of container cargo last month, a 9.5% increase from May 2019. Imports grew 7.6% to 312,590 TEUs, while exports climbed 11.6% to 134,556 TEUs. Empty containers headed back overseas jumped 11.4% to 181,060 TEUs.

The Port has moved 2,830,855 TEUs during the first five months of 2020, 5.9% down from the same period in 2019.

“Our strong numbers reflect the efforts of our Business Recovery Task Force, which is setting the path for efficient cargo movement and growth,” said Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach. “Our focus on operational excellence and world-class customer service will continue as we prioritize our industry-leading infrastructure development projects.”

“We aren’t out of the woods, but this is the gradual growth we have anticipated as the United States starts to rebound from the devastating economic impacts of COVID-19 and the trade war with China,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Bonnie Lowenthal.

As part of its recovery efforts, the Port of Long Beach has activated an internal Business Recovery Task Force that works with customers, industry partners, labor and government agencies to ensure terminal and supply chain operations continue without disruption, along with expediting shipments of crucial personal protective equipment.

May marked the first month in 2020 that cargo shipments rose at the nation’s second-busiest port, and followed seven consecutive months of declines attributed to the U.S.-China trade dispute and the COVID-19 epidemic.

Manufacturing in China continues to rebound from the effects of COVID-19, while demand for furniture, digital products and home improvement goods is increasing in the United States.

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Greenbrier Marine and Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. announce vessel delivery

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Greenbrier Marine, a division of The Greenbrier Companies, Inc., announced that it has delivered the OSG 204, a 204,000 barrel capacity oil and chemical tank barge for dual-mode ITB service pursuant to U.S. Coast Guard NVIC 2-81, Change 1.

The barge has been built in compliance with MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 13 Tier III standards regarding nitrogen oxide emissions within emission control areas. The state-of-the-art 581′ tank barge is among the largest in the history of Greenbrier Marine, with origins on the Willamette River in Portland dating to 1919.

The OSG 204 has been paired with an existing tug within the OSG fleet, the OSG Endurance, and will travel to the Gulf of Mexico, where it will contribute to OSG’s growing presence in the Jones Act trade.

The ATB unit has been fixed to a long-term charter commitment, with delivery to the charterer occurring late in the second quarter of 2020. Greenbrier Marine is also constructing a second sister barge, which has a scheduled delivery date during the fourth quarter of 2020.

“OSG is a great customer and a dedicated business partner and we appreciate the opportunity to work together on the construction of this vessel. The launching of OSG 204 was completed in December and the christening was celebrated on May 19 at the first virtual barge christening in the history of Greenbrier Marine, an adaptation necessitated by COVID-19,” said Richard Hunt, General Manager of Greenbrier Gunderson in Portland, Oregon.

“We are thankful for the collaborative work with OSG and all major equipment vendors and suppliers and are pleased to deliver this Jones Act-compliant barge as the start of a long-term relationship with OSG.”

“I am very pleased to add the OSG 204 into OSG’s fleet. I want to thank our site team and Greenbrier’s team for the high quality work on completing the OSG 204,” said Patrick O’Halloran, Chief Operations Officer for OSG. “I look forward to continuing the excellent cooperative relationship with Greenbrier Gunderson into the future.”

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Anchorage Launch Services signs lease for new commercial dock space at Port of Kalama

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Port of Kalama announced that Anchorage Launch Services has signed a contract to lease the Port’s new commercial dock and operate their maritime transportation services. The new tenant will use the dock as its Anchorage Launch Services Terminal to provide light cargo and commercial passenger services to the maritime shipping industry on the Columbia River from Astoria to Portland/Vancouver—and everywhere in between. Anchorage Launch Services delivers supplies, goods and products to ships to keep their operations moving efficiently.

“There is not a facility like the Port of Kalama’s commercial wharf on the entire Columbia River—this exceptional centrally-located facility includes a crane and forklift to keep us operating 24/7, 365 days a year and that enables us to serve ships more efficiently than ever,” says Alex Scott, chief operating officer, Anchorage Launch Services. “This new facility and home for our operations raises the bar on what we can offer our clients—our new terminal will save untold amounts of time and dollars for the maritime industry. This could not be a better location to serve commerce on the entire river.”

The Port modified and refurbished components of a barge to develop the long-planned commercial dock last year and prepare for a maritime client including furnishing and installing bulkheads, bullrails, fenders, ladders, new spud piles and a gangway landing platform.

“We are incredibly excited to have a maritime service provider like Anchorage Launch Services serving clients from our new commercial wharf,” says Troy Stariha, president, Port of Kalama Board of Commissioners. “Not only will their presence here better serve our visiting commercial ships—and those at ports along the Columbia River—but the growing business will add local jobs and contribute to the local economy as operations get underway. We are delighted they have chosen the Port of Kalama to call home.”

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