Sunday, May 11, 2014

Make sure the freight forwarder has experience?

how to choose a freight forwarder
This could almost be the whole list. Experience, experience, experience.
It might be fairly easy to start a freight forwarding company, but the international shipping industry is not the easiest business sector in the world and if you don't know what you're doing, you won't last long.
During Universal Cargo Management's 27+ years as a freight forwarder, we've seen many, many company's come and go.
Years of experience means your freight forwarder has dealt with different situations like dockworker strikes and port shutdowns, needs for rerouting cargo, smoothing out customs or warehousing issues, and so on.
Experience usually means your freight forwarder will help you avoid customs, warehousing, and routing problems before they even start so your international shipping will go smoothly.
Experience also gives time for a company to form and cultivate business relations around the world from which you will benefit. Which brings us to... City Moon will provide excellent quality services all of us our clients.

Dubai maritime sector has made major leaps in terms of its direct contribution to the emirate's GDP which amounted to 4.6 per cent or the equivalent of Dh14.4 billion

Dubai maritime sector has made major leaps in terms of its direct contribution to the emirate's GDP which amounted to 4.6 per cent or the equivalent of Dh14.4 billion, Dubai Maritime City Authority ( DMCA ) said in a press statement.

Maritime operations, maritime engineering, ports and shipping come at the top of marine components that contribute to the local economy, followed by maritime and recreational services and different offshore support services. The components of the local marine sector played an active role in supplying the labour market with more than 75,000 promising job opportunities to meet the aspirations of qualified human resources, especially in maritime operations, maritime engineering and ports, which accounted for 51 per cent and 25 per cent of the employment rates within Dubai's maritime sector.
DMCA also briefed Sultan Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and President of Dubai Maritime City Authority, on the latest progress being made in the implementation of the Strategic Maritime Plan of Dubai. The strategy is centered on the development, organization and promotion of the maritime sector and consolidating Dubai's position as a world class maritime center.
Bin Sulayem said that the local maritime sector represents a fundamental pillar to boost sustainable growth and overall development in the future. It also acts as a key partner in promoting Dubai's competitiveness regionally and internationally.
He said: "Maritime Strategy has gained a particular importance as it is the first plan centered on a quantum leap within the maritime sector in Dubai in order to activate its contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP) and consolidating its role as one of the most prominent value-added economic sectors. It is the embodiment of the vision and the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai."
Bin Sulayem added that the maritime plan is gaining a strategic dimension as it is centered on the development of all components of the maritime sector.
He said: "We look forward for further work on the application of maritime strategic axes which will have a central role in activating the contribution of the maritime sector in driving the growth of vital economic sectors and turn Dubai into a major center of entrepreneurship and investment."


Thursday, May 8, 2014

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Emirates Airline sees profit up by 42.5%

Dubai-based Emirates Airline has posted a 42.5 percent increase in profits to $887m in the last financial year, on the back of a 13 percent rise in revenue to $22.5bn.
Meanwhile, Emirates Group – of which the airline is a subsidiary - posted a 31.6 percent increase in profits to $1.1bn, helped by a 13.2 percent increase in revenues to $23.9bn.
Airline services subsidiary dnata recorded a 1.2 percent rise in profits to $226m, resulting from a 14 percent rise in revenue to $2.1bn.
The number of passengers carried by the airline rose by 5.1m, or 13 percent, to 44.5m, while seat factor decreased by 0.3 percent to 79.4 percent.
Hailing the 26th consecutive year of profit, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and CEO of Emirates Group, said the results reflected record increases in capacity, and a record $6bn investment across the group, including new aircraft, facilities, staff and acquisitions.
Emirates’ fuel bill over the year rose 10 percent to $8.4bn. The group’s cash balance decreased by 29.6 percent to $5.2bn, which Sheikh Ahmed said was still "healthy". The group's staff numbers increased by 11.2 percent to 75,496.
He confirmed the state-owned company would return a $280m dividend to the Dubai government's Investment Corporation of Dubai.
Sheikh Ahmed said the 80-day runway closure at Dubai Airport for essential maintenance would be a key challenge this year and while supported by Emirates he estimated it would cost the airline AED1bn ($272m) in lost revenue.
He said competition from other airlines, which "lobby their government to restrict us" remained another challenge, but was why it had invested significantly back into the business.
It received 24 new aircraft for the year and expected delivery of 20 new aircraft this financial year, he said.
In 2013-14 it raised a total of $3.3bn through a variety of financing structures, mainly to secure it's ongoing fleet expansion, with eight aircraft delivered in the financial year funded through two corporate bonds issued in early 2013 worth $1.8bn.
Across its six regions, East Asia and Australasia remained the highest revenue contributors at $6.5bn - a 14 percent increase on the previous year.
Emirates SkyCargo operations recorded a nine percent increase in revenue to $3.1bn, while revenue for its destination and leisure management division, including operation of JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai,  increased by 35 percent to $170m.
Sheikh Ahmed said the second tower at the JW Marriott would be fully operational by the end of the year.
"The Emirates Group is moving into the new financial year with confidence and a strong foundation for continuing profitability. We have a strong balance sheet, a solid track record and an international talent pool," he said.

Monday, May 5, 2014

DP World was awarded the concession to operate the container terminal in the Port of Algiers

DP World was awarded the concession to operate the container terminal in the Port of Algiers, DP World Djazair, in 2008. DP World Djazair is a joint venture between DP World and the Algiers Port Authority (EPAL). DP World also operates DP World Djen-Djen to the east of the capital city.
Since DP World Djazair was established, DP World has brought in new equipment and specialised training for its staff to improve efficiency and productivity, actively contributing to the continued expansion of the economic growth of Algeria.
In January this year, further investment began, with DP World beginning a two year programme that will see further upgrades to the infrastructure at DP World Djazair with the introduction of modern container handling equipment, including state of the art ship-to-shore container handling cranes to service vessels and rubber tyred gantry (RTG) cranes for the container yard.
The Algiers Port Authority has begun refurbishing the yard to prepare for the arrival of the new equipment, while DP World Djazair will rebuild the shipside berths to accommodate the container cranes, as well as repair three berths to improve efficiency, safety and security.
 HE Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, DP World Chairman, said:
“By working closely with our partners in Algeria, and with the excellent support of our terminal staff, we have significantly improved services at DP World Djazair, which has helped improve the efficiency of the supply chain for Algerian importers and exporters. This in turn benefits the Algerian economy and the local community.”
DP World has already implemented a programme to upgrade staff facilities and is creating a long term programme to train and develop staff at all levels. The company is also instituting performance incentive programmes that reward the workforce for higher performance throughout the terminal with a share in its profitability.

DP World, May 5, 2014