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Ocean Carrier Mega-Alliances: A Question Mark for Shippers

March 10, 2014 - I'd like to propose a symbol for those huge new vessel-sharing alliances that will dominate the global container trades this year and beyond: a great big question mark.

Will the mega-alliances mean lower freight rates, or higher? More sailing choices, or fewer? Better service, or worse? At this point, who knows?

Certainly not the carriers and shippers who will be most affected by the trend. 

They gathered at the Journal of Commerce's 2014 Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference in Long Beach, Calif., to discuss the impact of the alliances. But all they had were unanswered questions.

In this latest version of musical ships, the major east-west container trades are shaking out into a handful of slot-sharing partnerships. 

They include:

The G6 Alliance, which blended two previously separate groups - the New World Alliance of APL, Hyundai Merchant Marine and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, and the Grand Alliance of Hapag-Lloyd, NYK Line and Orient Overseas Container Line;

The P3 Alliance…


FOCUS ON DIVERSIFICATION : USM Invents Cocoa Butter Replacer From Mango Seed Fat

GEORGE TOWN, March 12 (Bernama) -- A team of researchers from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) has invented cocoa butter replacer (CBR) extracted from mango seed fat with palm stearin blends.

Head researcher from the School of Industrial Technology, Prof Dr Ir Mohd Omar Ab Kadir said cocoa butter was a highly demanded fat among tropical plant fats, but its world production was decreasing due to cultivation difficulties.

"According to the Malaysian Cocoa Board, land for cocoa cultivation has decreased to 10,000 hectares from 12,000 hectares from 2010 to 2013,"
he told reporters here Wednesday.

Furthermore, he said the price of cocoa of RM10,000 per tonne currently was expensive due to lack of supply, adding that CBR from mango seed fat could be one of the options for chocolate, confectionary and cosmetics industries.

Dr Mohd Omar said the research that started in 1990 showed CBR extracted from mango seed fat and palm stearin blends via supercritical carbon dioxide (SC-CO2), had si…

Ciruli predicts mango volume to be similar to 2013

by Tad Thompson | March 12, 2014

RIO RICO, AZ — The Feb. 18 USDA report indicated that so far in this young season, 620,000 cases of Mexican mangoes have crossed the U.S. border. 

As of the same date in 2013, that industry total figure was 850,000 cases, according to Chris Ciruli, chief operating officer of Ciruli Bros. LLC, based here.

These first days of Mexico’s mango deal reflect that axiom that mango trees have a large crop every other year. 

Mexico had a bumper mango crop in 2013.

The Mexican deal begins “in the extreme south, where there are not a lot of new plantings,” Ciruli said. 

Adding that on Feb. 21, as the deal moves north this spring, newer plantings will be coming into production, thus adding on to fruit numbers vs. 2013.

Overall, Ciruli predicts “the volume will be fairly similar to 2013, but not a bumper crop.”

Chris Ciruli, chief operating officer of Ciruli Bros. LLC, stands in his board room, which overlooks the company’s sales floor in their office in Rio Rico, AZ.