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The Ever Given was successfully re-floated within the Suez Canal at 15:04 local time on March 29th.
Yesterday it was revealed that the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) formally arrested the Ever Given pending settlement of around $916 million. An Egyptian judge granted permission for the SCA to seize the vessel after it lodged the compensation claim against its Japanese vessel owner, Shoe Kisen.
The SCA says it intends to maintain the vessel’s arrest until the claim is paid, a position that has caused fury among the ship’s insurers and ship managers, and led charterer Evergreen to investigate whether it could use a court order to treat vessel and cargo separately.
The SCA claim includes $300m for salvage and $300m for “loss of reputation”, which appears set to be rejected by the vessel’s insurer, the UK P&I Club, which revealed it had already made a compensation offer to the SCA this week.
Release from the UK P&I Club:
“Despite the magnitude of the claim, which was largely unsupported, the owners and their insurers have been negotiating in good faith with the SCA.
“On 12 April, a carefully considered and generous offer was made to the SCA to settle the claim. We are disappointed by the SCA’s subsequent decision to arrest the vessel today. We are also disappointed at comments by the SCA that the ship will be held in Egypt until compensation is paid, and that its crew will be unable to leave the vessel during this time. The SCA has not provided a detailed justification for this extraordinarily large claim.
“The grounding resulted in no pollution and no reported injuries. The vessel was re-floated after six days and the Suez Canal promptly resumed its commercial operations.
“The claim presented by the SCA also does not include the professional salvor’s claim for salvage services, which owners and hull underwriters expect to receive separately. The P&I aspects of the claim are relatively modest, with the exception of a claim for loss of reputation, which is disputed.”
Ian Beveridge, CEO of the vessel’s manager, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), also voiced his concern over the arrest.
“The SCA’s decision to arrest the vessel is extremely disappointing. From the outset, BSM and the crew on board have cooperated fully with all authorities, including the SCA and their respective investigations into the grounding.
“This included granting access to the voyage data recorder and other materials and data requested by the SCA,” Mr Beveridge added.
Evergreen said it had begun to look at other ways to free cargo trapped on board, adding: “In order to lift the arrest order as soon as possible, Evergreen is urging all concerned parties to facilitate a settlement agreement to be reached.
“Meanwhile, Evergreen is investigating the scope of such a court order and studying the possibility of the vessel and the cargo on board being treated separately,” it said.
BMS said the Ever Given’s classification society, the American Bureau of Shipping, had completed its inspection following the incident and it had “been declared suitable for onward passage to Port Said, to be assessed again before departing for Rotterdam”.
Gothenburg and Atlanta. March 7, 2017 – Greencarrier Freight Services and JAS Worldwide (JAS) announced today the launch of a logistics alliance
Under the alliance agreement, JAS and Greencarrier Freight Services will provide freight and logistics services through JAS´ global network and Greencarrier's extensive operations throughout the Nordics and the Baltics. Both companies will represent each other exclusively in their respective territories.
"Greencarrier has a strong position in the Nordics and Baltics and this alliance with JAS Worldwide gives us a wider International scope and great potential to serve our customers worldwide," said Stefan Björk, majority owner, Greencarrier.
"We are delighted to launch this alliance between JAS and Greencarrier Freight Services. This expansion of our services with Greencarrier underscores the important role the two companies have in the global forwarding and logistics industry," said Marco Rebuffi, President and CEO of JAS Worldwide.
Greencarrier is one of the Nordic region’s largest privately owned companies specializing in global transport solutions. Greencarrier Freight Services is a part of Greencarrier group and employs 650 people in 13 countries. Greencarrier Freight Services offers flexible transport and logistics solutions. Our domestic market is the Nordic and the countries around the Baltic Sea. Our independent position enables us to select the best options for our customers.
About JAS Worldwide
The company was founded in 1978 in Milan, Italy and expanded into the Americas in the 1990s. While Europe and the USA can be expected to always play a huge role in the organization, significant importance has been set lately on expanding the JAS footprint within the Asia Pacific Region. JAS has made major investments throughout this area within Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. As this area continues to grow, so will the presence of JAS Worldwide..
JAS has also made significant investments in the Latin America markets; Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Panama. Today JAS covers 80+ countries with 240+ offices and agents and has over 4.000 employees globally.
On August 15th, JAS Worldwide formally announced the creation of the Americas Region, which incorporates Canada, USA, Mexico, and all Latin American countries.
The regional office, located in Atlanta, GA, is directed by newly appointed Executive Vice President of The Americas Region, Mr. Adrian Emmenegger. Adrian led JAS USA as President & CEO the past seven years, taking the subsidiary to new levels of volume, revenue and profitability.
As Adrian assumes his new position, Mr. Eugenio Fumo undertakes his new role as President & CEO of JAS USA. Eugenio spent the last 21 years working with JAS USA in several key capacities - most recently as its COO - and has been a very important component to the company growth and financial success.
In a statement about the recent transition, Adrian commented, “It has been my sincerest pleasure to be your President for the past seven years and I am extremely proud of what we have achieved together during that time. I am very happy to have Eugenio in this role and look forward to see JAS USA continue on its path to even greater success. Eugenio is taking over a healthy company with a strong team at all levels and most importantly a great group of motivated People to make a difference every day! Thank you in advance for your continuous support and efforts to keep our clients happy with what we do for them.”
In addition to the Global Forwarding Air and Ocean Services, the JAS Worldwide Americas Region is very well positioned to accommodate customers with enhanced services between Canada, USA, Mexico and Latin America. Stay tuned for future e-communications updates in the JAS Currents Newsletter and www.jas.com. Thank you for supporting the JAS Americas Region and all of the Global Subsidiaries.
2016 marks the beginning of the new Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) product at JAS. A combined initiative between JAS Worldwide and JAS USA, JAS now offers consulting services focused on efficiency and agility with regards to order management, workflow efficiency, transportation flow, order to cash flow, and inventory management. Holly Qualman, newly appointed Corporate Director of Business Development, leads JAS SCS’ efforts through a core competency that is focused on helping customers leverage best practices in organizational, process, and technology methods within their unique supply chain. This allows analyzation of current procedures in order to propose solutions to enhance the overall performance and effectiveness of their value chain, and works as a means to improve the management of fluctuating costs in the current economic environment. Working in close collaboration with JAS customers drives a shared interest in successful results.
JAS SCS specifically targets performance improvements in JAS customers’ supply chains and promotes continuous improvement efficiencies in areas such as order flows, information flows, and inventory flows. Solutions are designed collaboratively with experts from the product and service teams, Sales, IT, Customer Solutions, and Business Process Management. This combination of contributing expertise yields realistic results that considers customer satisfaction, cost, and feasibility.
JAS SCS examines ways to improve current flow models to leverage a greater degree of automation, improve visibility and communication, and reduce processing time. SCS may also analyze current transportation procedures in relation to demand and inventory requirements to offer solutions to increase speed to market, reduce costs, improve visibility, and minimize waste. The goal in developing these solutions is for SCS to work in close collaboration with JAS clients to help them get the most out of their supply chain.
The key to success is in defining the project objective, selecting an analytical approach, designing and following a structured process and timeline, and assembling the right group of people to provide the appropriate inputs.
Program recommendations may include but are not limited to:
July 18, 2016 – Cargolux Airlines International S.A. honors its top customers, including JAS Forwarding Worldwide, for their continued support and trustful cooperation by adding their name and logos to the livery of its aircraft with a ‘Powered By’ slogan.
The first three Cargolux 747 freighters now carry the added branding of a major customer, one being JAS Forwarding Worldwide, each logo along with the familiar, distinctive Cargolux colors. More company names will appear on additional members of the fleet in the near future and JAS is honored to be one of the first customers honored with a "Powered By" slogan. With this gesture, Cargolux underlines the importance of its successful long-term relations with the world’s freight forwarders who play an important role in the global supply chains and who continue to power Cargolux’s success. JAS knows that long-term partnerships with their carriers, like the one maintained with Cargolux, are paramount to long term success in the freight forwarding industry and we are excited to be part of this distinguished campaign.
"For JAS, the customer is everything," said Stefano Redditi, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for JAS. "To better serve our customers we need partners that will listen and respond to our needs fast! Cargolux has been one of those key partners for JAS for many years. We are happy to fly some of our cargo on an airplane which now carries our logo."
Cargolux has begun to apply the branding of its partners to its aircraft during festive celebrations in the presence of customers representatives and Cargolux management. The combined colors will appear throughout the Cargolux network on airports around the world. This was the case on Monday July 18, 2016 when JAS Forwarding Worldwide management and Cargolux management witnessed and celebrated the unveiling of the "Powered By JAS Forwarding Worldwide" insignia on one of their 747 freighters.
“For Cargolux, 2016 is the ‘Year of the Customer,'” says Niek van der Weide, Cargolux EVP Sales & Marketing. “We focus our efforts and energy on what our partners in the industry require from us and strive to offer perfect solutions for their needs. Working with our customers in a mutually beneficial partnership, it is an honor for Cargolux to carry their name and logos on its freighters as a sign of friendship and the strengthening of our common goals.”
About Cargolux Airlines International
Cargolux, based in Luxembourg, is Europe’s leading all-cargo airline with a modern and efficient fleet composed of 13 Boeing 747-8 freighters and 11 Boeing 747-400 freighters. The Cargolux worldwide network covers 90 destinations, some 70 of which are served on scheduled all-cargo flights. The company has more than 85 offices in over 50 countries, and operates an extensive global trucking network to more than 250 destinations as well as full and part-charter services. Cargolux also offers third- party maintenance at its modern two-bay maintenance hangar in Luxembourg. The company is specialized in B747 line and hangar maintenance up to and including C-Checks. It offers a range of specialized maintenance services and holds line maintenance approval for 777 aircraft. The Cargolux Group employs close to 1,900 staff worldwide.