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Ocean Freight Volumes Increasing
Ocean freight carriers around the world will be glad to hear that the volume of containers being moved through the container terminals of the world in 2010 is expected to soon exceed the volume of ocean freight moved in 2008. Analyst AXS Alphaliner recently announced that according to their expectations the total volume of containers being handled by the container terminals of the world would grow by about 11.6 percent through the first part of 2010, to about 545 million teu, which would exceed the 535 million record of 2008 by 10 million teu, give or take a few million. This is robust growth in ocean freight transport which seems to indicate that the business of transporting ocean freight to business around the world is starting to gather momentum again and we could be looking at an even better second half of 2010. Hopefully, this is the case, and in a few months time we are talking about a 2010 that exceeded all expectation, and a 2011 that's looking even better.

The growth in the volume of containers being handled by Chinese ports is according to sources around the worldwide industry of shipping freight to destination leading the group and sources also indicate that Chinese container ports are expected to handle up to 165 million teu in 2010. This volume is up over the 74 million teu of recorded ocean freight that was transported by Chinese ports in 2008 and if sources and indications are correct this number is only going to go up as China travels further into the century of the environment. Great news for China, ocean freight carriers doing business in China and the worldwide business of shipping freight to destination as a whole.
Posted on 12 Jan 2011 by Momentum
American Ocean Freight Carrier Prepares
Ocean freight carriers in the United States of America are gearing up to enter the transpacific liner trade to China later this year and one American ocean freight shipper has recently announced a few key appointments in its Chinese operations that suggest this ocean freight carrier is preparing to do a lot more business in China and the surrounding regions in the years ahead in the century of the environment. United States ocean freight carrier Horizon Lines recently announced that Hong Wing Lam will now be its owner's representative in China and Ben Line Agencies will be its general sales agent that will support its operations in Shanghai and Ningbo, China, respectively, in preparation for the launch of new services in a few days time.

Horizon Lines will start service on its Five Star Express weekly service that will call on the ports of Shanghai and Ningbo, in the central part of China, before heading to Los Angeles and Oakland, California around December 13, 2010. Horizon Lines indicates that they'll use five 2,824-teu ocean freight carriers on this service that will offer an 11-day transit from Shanghai to Los Angeles and an alternative to the slow-steaming services being provided around the worldwide ocean freight industry that have, at least for the meantime, been dominating the trade in ocean freight around the world.

Sources at Horizon Lines indicates that their plans to have the Five Star Express service up and running by the time indicated is on schedule and that so far indications are that customers have been very warm to the idea of the company's transpacific services and that the company has already commited a significant percentage of its vessel capacity to taking care of future requests for this service.
Posted on 10 Jan 2011 by Momentum

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