© Kheng Guan Toh | Dreamstime.com The Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) has continued on its bull run this week, its comprehensive index ticking up another 16 points today to 1,184, which is 53% higher than a year ago.Container spot rates on the transpacific recorded modest increases, the SCFI component for the US west coast edging up $34 to hit a new record for the tradelane of $3,440 per 40ft, a massive 167% above the same week of 2019.And with another GRI planned by the carriers for 1 September, the prospect of a $4,000 spot rate from Asia to west coast ports looks increasingly likely.These rates are fast catching up with the longer east coast route, as shippers look to speed up their supply chains. Nevertheless, rates to east and Gulf coast ports, as recorded by the SCFI, are at $3,951 per 40ft, having increased by $41 this week, and some 60% higher than 12 months ago. Freightos CMO Eytan Buchman said the “generally unexpected” rebound on the route was being driven by a different mix of commodities to those shipped during a typical peak season.“While home goods and appliance volumes surge, and PPE orders are still high, the typical back-to-school, retail fashion and manufacturing orders are down, year on year,” he said.According to eeSea data, capacity on the transpacific will exceed carriers’ proforma levels in September, as not only have their networks been fully restored, but several lines have also launched extra loaders. The latest is MSC’s new Santana service between Yantian and Shanghai in China and Busan in South Korea to Long Beach and Vancouver.The carrier said the extra service, launching at the end of the month, was “in anticipation of continuous strong transpacific market demand” and will remain in place until further notice.Meanwhile, the European components of the SCFI also moved ahead modestly this week, with North Europe up just over 1%, to $937 per teu, and for Mediterranean ports up 2.3%, to $996 per teu.However, shippers on the route are bracing themselves for a raft of increased FAK rates and PSSs (peak season surcharges) next month in the usual cargo rush prior to the Chinese Golden Week holiday in early October.Reports to The Loadstar this week from one NVOCC based in China indicate that space remains tight, but that the number of rollovers has reduced from their peak of early in the month as the extra loaders kick in.However, the contact added, a shortage of equipment was the latest challenge for exporters.“A number of the lines will only release boxes from their depots a week before the ship arrives,” he said.Indeed, Hapag-Lloyd said this week it had introduced a “temporary measure” of restricting the release of containers at its mainland Chinese depots to “eight days prior to the estimated time of arrival of the intended sailing”. By Mike Wackett 21/08/2020
Sub-council 17 chairperson, George March, Ward 60 councillor, Mark Kleinschmidt, chairperson of Yorkshire/Groenvlei neighbourhood watch, Moosa Omar, mayco member for safety and security and social development, JP Smith, PR councillor, Garin Cavanagh. Six neighbourhood watch groups within Ward 60 received equipment worth R50 000 from councillor Mark Kleinschmidt, as part of the ward allocation budget.The neighbourhood watch groups received bicycles, torches and reflective jackets.Mr Kleinschmidt said he identified that crime and traffic calming required much attention in his ward, which includes Athlone (west of the railway line, south of Klipfontein Road, east of Kromboom Parkway and north of Mosman Road), Crawford (west of Jan Smuts Road, south of Kromboom Parkway, east of the railway line and north of Kendal Road), Lansdowne, Mowbray (Mowbray Golf Club), Rondebosch East and Sybrand Park.Said Mr Kleinschmidt: “SAPS are unable to tackle crime on their own, and I realised that our neighbourhood watches were playing a significant role as partners in being the eyes and ears in alerting residents and the relevant law enforcement agencies in Ward 60.”The six neighbourhood watch groups who benefited from the donation, are Sybrand Park, Garlandale, Lansdowne and Rondebosch East (Lanroe), Lansdowne Corridor (LansCor), Kenwyn and the Yorkshire/Groenvlei group, who, according to Mr Kleinschmidt, operates effectively in the ward.He added: “It was for this reason that I called on Charl Viljoen, who is a safety and security trainer, to present the Broken Glass Training session, which was held on Thursday March 9, at the Lansdowne civic centre. It was attended by 78 neighbourhood watch members, including the Lansdowne community police forum (CPF). The response from the neighbourhood watch groups was excellent, and additional members from outside of Ward 60 also requested permission to attend. Mr Viljoen must be commended for his enlightening presentation and we express our sincere gratitude to him.”The hand-over ceremony was held at the Athlone stadium on Monday May 15.Mr Kleinschmidt also sang the praises of the various neighbourhood watch members.“The presentation of safety and security equipment to the neighbourhood watch groups is an indication of my commitment to the selfless ordinary men and women who give of their time and efforts selflessly to assist in crime prevention in our community. Their cross-borders initiative is a further strategy to widen their catchment area in assisting law enforcement agencies to apprehend criminals and reduce crime in the City of Cape Town. “I trust that the safety equipment that is received may assist in their crime prevention tasks, and thank each member for their dedication and commitment,” Mr Kleinschmidt proudly said.
Stokes’ quad injury meant he was unable to bowl in England’s victory over the West Indies at the Manchester ground last week, which sealed a 2-1 series victory.He was selected as a specialist batsman for that match, with England dropping Zak Crawley from their top order to make room for an extra bowler.Now England captain Joe Root and coach Chris Silverwood must decide whether to adopt a similar strategy as they go in search of a first series win against Pakistan since 2010.Stokes bowled in the Manchester nets on Monday but rain cut short his planned stint on Tuesday.“We still need to know a bit more about where Ben is at,” Root said at his pre-match press conference.“Because of the weather he wasn’t able to bowl outside so we’ll probably wait on that tonight and make a decision in the morning (Wednesday).“Ben being able to do everything he can do is huge for this team and it shows how pivotal he is, but if he’s not fit there are a number of ways we can go.”– All-action Stokes –Given Stokes’ all-action style, Root said judging his fitness was difficult.“It’s a bit like telling him after nine overs on the bounce not to bowl and trying to take the ball out of his hand — it’s difficult,” he admitted.But Root backed his vice-captain to deliver an honest assessment of his fitness ahead of the start of the Test on Wednesday.“He’s so committed to the team and the cause that he will always put his body on the line.“I suppose the more he’s played, the older he’s got, the maturer he’s got, he has got better at understanding that there are limitations to what he can do sometimes, even though those limitations are probably further for him than for other players.”If Stokes can bowl, England could add him to the attack that played in the West Indies finale.Alternatively, they may decide to drop Somerset spinner Dom Bess and rely on Root’s occasional off-breaks for variation in a seam-dominated attack.But if England recall an extra batsman to balance up the side, Root and Silverwood could be left with the awkward decision of choosing between James Anderson, their all-time leading Test wicket-taker, and in-form fellow paceman Chris Woakes.“I couldn’t be happier to have so many headaches,” Root insisted. “To have such strength in depth is really pleasing and long may it continue.”England have lost the first Test in each of their past five series.But, fresh from the West Indies campaign and against a Pakistan side who have played just two intra-squad games since their arrival, Root said his side could have an advantage.The skipper said he believed playing competitive Test cricket so recently would give England “a bit of a head start” but added: “I think it is really important we don’t take that for granted.“We are very aware Pakistan are a talented team and very ‘up’ for this series.”
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