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A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S Accelerates Transformation and Grows Revenue in 2018

22.2.2019
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Progress on the transformation of A. P. Moller - Maersk continued in 2018. Customers benefitted from integrated offerings, digital solutions and robust network improvements. Since 2016, the topline has grown by 43%, to USD 39bn in 2018, an additional USD 12bn in turnover. "In 2018, we made significant progress in implementing our strategy. With the expected demerger and listing of Maersk Drilling in April, the separation of our Energy-related businesses will be almost complete. We have successfully integrated Hamburg Süd, accelerated our digital transformation and come together across sales, customer service, delivery and products as one company with customers at the centre of our attention. We are starting to see growth both in Ocean and non-Ocean segments," said Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Moller - Maersk.

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Demand for Ecuadorian Organic Bananas Increases

22.2.2019
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The demand for organic bananas in the world is increasing steadily, and this is reflected in Ecuador’s export figures. The orito or baby banana also registers a positive trend. Around 310,000 boxes of organic bananas are shipped weekly. Between January and October of last year, organic bananas accounted for 7.2% of total exports of the fruit, achieving revenues of US$ 241 million according to figures from Pro Ecuador. The United States, the European Union and Japan are the main markets that demand this product, and banana farmers work every day so that their farms maintain production standards that allow them to maintain organic certification.

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Ecuador Participates Successfully in Fruit Logistica

22.3.2019
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Ecuador strengthened commercial ties with Germany during its participation in the Fruit Logistics Fair 2019, held in Berlin and which was evaluated as successful by the Ecuadorian authorities. As in every edition, the event was an opportunity for exchange among producers, exporters, importers, distributors, representatives of supermarkets and service providers. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Ecuador, the event was also a space to disseminate other services related to logistics, transport, packaging, designs, technologies and information systems and agricultural, environmental and marketing innovation. At the meeting, the Minister of Agriculture, Xavier Lazo met with representatives of the German Government to strengthen links, as well as with different actors in the private sector, especially importers interested in Ecuadorian fruits.

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Peru Warns that Transporters’ Strike will Waste Thousands of tons of Bananas

22.2.2019
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The strike by heavy cargo carriers also puts mango exports at risk, according to the Peruvian Association of Producers and Exporters. Juan Carlos Rivera, manager of the Peruvian Association of Producers and Exporters of mango (APEM), said that the stoppage by transporters will paralyze the production of mango and organic bananas in the region. He also stressed that this eventuality puts at risk the future exports of the products could result in millions in losses for exporters and farmers. He pointed out that more than 1,000 tons per day would not be able to be exported.

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Rotterdam Port’s City Terminal to Have a New Distribution Centre

15.2.2019
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Port of Rotterdam Authority and Neele-Vat Logistics signed a contract for the development of a distribution centre on the last vacant lot at the City Terminal site near Eemhaven (Heijplaat-Rotterdam). The construction will start next year, and Neele-Vat Logistics will initiate the distribution activities in the course of 2021. Neele-Vat Logistics intends to build a hall with around 10,000 m² of storage capacity, 60 dock doors and an annual throughput of some 50,000 containers.

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Colombia: Banana Exports Increased in 2018

15.2.2019
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The banana sector in Colombia ended 2018 with a production figure of 100,491,531 boxes of bananas, equivalent to US $ 859,217,084, increasing the number of boxes exported by 2,472,738 compared to 2017. Producers and marketers affiliated to Augura represented 78 % of the total volume and exported value". 2018 was complex for Colombian agricultural exports however; the banana sector grew by 2.52% compared to 2017. It was a year that was influenced by weather factors such as the El Niño Phenomenon and a high presence of wind in the producing areas, that decreased fruit production in some months of the year," said the president of Augura, Juan Camilo Restrepo Gómez.

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Yilport reports 5% year-on-year Increase in Container Throughput for the Full Year of 2018

15.2.2019
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Yilport Holding, port management and logistics subsidiary of Yildirim Group, worldwide terminals handled 6.41 million TEU containers in 2018, reporting 5% year-on-year volume growth compared to 2017, the company said in its release. The company closed in on its target to rank among top 10 international container terminal operators by 2025 as it is listed in the 12th place according to 2018 Drewry’s Global Container Terminal Operators Annual Review and Forecast Report. The company also reached another high after winning Port Operator of the Year Award by Lloyd’s List in December 2018. Yilport Holding reported a 5% year-on-year increase in container throughput for the full year of 2018, led by its 10 container terminals in Turkey, Scandinavia, Iberia, and Latin America.

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Panama: Banapiña to Export 15,000 Boxes of Bananas per Week to the US in 2019

15.2.2019
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On February 11th Banapiña, a subsidiary of the Del Monte multinational began exporting bananas produced in the province of Chiriqui to the West Coast market of the United States. This is the first result of the reactivation of the district of Barú, after the area fell into a deep economic slowdown after the collapse of the Cooperativa de Servicios Múltiples of Puerto Armuelles, R.L. (Coosemupar), in 2010. The vessel left from the port of Caldera on the Pacific Ocean side of Costa Rica where Banapiña manages other production lines.

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Canary Islands: Bananas Production Increase Foresee for 2019

15.2.2019
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Asprocan anticipates that the trend towards a more tropical climate will continue throughout 2019, which would result in an increase in production and, therefore, the need to seek new international markets to sell the surplus. To this end and apart from small quantities that were sold last year in Switzerland and Germany, the association will continue to strengthen the Moroccan market, which lacks production at certain times of the year. "The objective in these markets is that they can absorb the volumes that the domestic market cannot receive and which cannot be commercialized in European markets"

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New Integrated Service Sets a Higher Standard Behind the Quality of Chiquita Bananas

15.2.2019
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Chiquita Brands International, the world’s leading banana company, has implemented a new, dedicated and integrated container service that sets an even higher standard to safeguard the premium quality of Chiquita bananas across the world. The new logistic service will now operate five full-container vessels to transport bananas from Central America to Europe’s Vlissingen port in The Netherlands – a modern hub that will allow Chiquita to serve all Northern European destinations with the best transit time in the industry. The investment in this new service will result in fresher bananas and a longer shelf life, thanks to new ultra-efficient containers that positively impact fruit quality by using software that automatically regulates the containers’ compressor thereby controlling the atmosphere.

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Weak El Niño Conditions Are Present

15.2.2019
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El Niño conditions formed during January 2019, based on the presence of above-average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) across most of the equatorial Pacific Ocean (Fig. 1) and corresponding changes in the overlying atmospheric circulation. The weekly Niño indices remained above average during the month, although decreasing in the Niño-3 and Niño-3.4 regions. However, the Niño-4 region remained elevated, with a value of +0.8°C in early February. Positive subsurface temperature anomalies (averaged across 180°-100°W) increased in the last couple weeks in association with a downwelling Kelvin wave that contributed to above-average temperatures in the central Pacific. Compared to last month, the region of enhanced equatorial convection expanded near the Date Line, while anomalies remained weak over Indonesia.

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Hamburg Sud Launches Satellite Monitoring Tech

8.2.2019
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Hamburg Sud, a subsidiary of Maersk, has said it intends to use the Remote Container Management (RCM) to ensure 24/7 visibility of its refrigerated (reefer) container fleet and cargo. The carrier said in a statement that details of its RCM plans will be unveiled at the Fruit Logistica trade fair in Berlin, the world’s most important trade fair for fresh produce. An RCM uses satellite and mobile radio technology to monitor a container’s temperature profile, relative humidity and concentrations of oxygen and CO2 in real time. Furthermore, settings can be adjusted remotely. Unlike past monitoring systems, customers will be able to use an online platform or app on their phone or tablet to monitor the conditions of their cargo at any time. In addition, they will also receive a notification when individually defined parameters or limit values are reached. Hamburg Sud currently has 370,000 reefer containers, the largest of any carrier in the shipping industry, all of which have been retrofitted with RCM capability.

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New Banana War in Germany

8.2.2019
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Lidl claims the pioneering role in fair and sustainable goods, but competition presented numbers that prove the opposite. Two chains, Lidl and Edeka claim as being the first to introduce sustainable bananas for the mass market in German. It is about the image, but also about money, because fair products are in trend among Germans. Lidl had announced last autumn to switch to full-on fair-trade bananas. "After the change, we are the first grocer in Germany to offer only Fairtrade bananas," the company promotes - emphasis on "exclusively". At the Green Week in Berlin Lidl then put down a large advertising presence. Germany boss Matthias Oppitz invited the competition from the stage of the event ostensibly to pull along: "It was not our idea to be alone" Instead we would want to "persuade others to come along", said Oppitz.

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IoT Is Changing Reefer Technology Quickly

8.3.2019
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Virtual mariner "Captain Peter" is the latest addition to the Maersk reefer fleet, with the new addition to the remote container management (RCM) system, first launched in September 2017, still undergoing tests with selected customers. Captain Peter will offer support to customers with cargo in reefer boxes giving departure and arrival information as well as temperature and atmospheric conditions inside the container. Captain Peter will be added to the improved system this year. Anne-Sophie Zerlang Karlsen, Head of Global Reefer Management at Maersk, told FreightWaves "In the first half of 2019, Maersk will release the new platform with a revamped design and new product features which will be enhanced by a virtual assistant named Captain Peter."

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Algeria Lifts Import Ban on Several Products

1.2.2019
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The Temporary Additional Safeguarding Arrangement (DAPS) entered into force and the ban on several imported products was lifted, informed the Ministry of Commerce on January 28. "The goods and products that have been subject to the provisional import suspension during the year 2018, are now free to be imported upon payment of an interim additional safeguard duty (DAPS)", according to the communique published via the official agency. The Ministry of Commerce recalls that the introduction of the DAPS as a tariff instrument, intervenes for reasons related to the safeguarding of the balance of payments, the encouragement of national production and the development of infant industries.

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Hapag-Lloyd Redeems Bond Early

1.2.2019
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German-based container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd AG has decided to partially redeem EUR 170 million of its senior note on 11 February 2019 and prior to its maturity 2022 at a fixed redemption price of 103.375 percent. According to a press release from the transportation company, the senior note was issued in February 2017 with an aggregate principal amount of EUR 450 million. The annual coupon is 6.75 percent. "This partial redemption will be done from cash proceeds, predominantly resulting from a settled long-term receivable of United Arab Shipping Company Limited in an amount of USD 152 million (around EUR 133 million as of today). This receivable arose in the course of the business combination with Hapag-Lloyd from the sale of an investment in an associate," it said in the release.

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Bolivia: Banana Growers Have Not Exported for Two Weeks Due to Floods

1.2.2019
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The floods have damaged banana exports causing damage amounting to 10 million bolivianos, meanwhile shipments to Argentina has been suspended for two weeks. The neighbouring country is still requesting the fruit, but it does not meet the quality standards to be exported and therefore it must be sold in the domestic market. Jazmani Medrano of the Agricultural Chamber of Cochabamba (CAC) explained that Argentina is demanding the product but for the moment it is not possible to comply with their request. The outlook aggravates the situation of the banana growers that already reduced exports of the fruit in 2018 due to inflation in the neighbouring country which affected sales.

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Conventional Reefer Vessels Lose Further Market Share

1.2.2019
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Total seaborne transport of fresh produce grew by five percent to 116 million tons in 2017, and containerized reefer traffic grew by eight percent. In contrast, conventional reefer vessels which have a traditional cargo operation with top opening hatches, have lost ground. Down from some 55 percent in 2000, the share of conventional carriers in the transport of refrigerated perishables has now dropped to just over 18 percent, according to Dynamar's 2018 REEFER Analysis - Market Structure, Conventional, Containers.

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Europlátano exported more than a thousand tons of bananas to Europe in 2018

1.2.2019
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Europlátano has exported more than one thousand tons of bananas from the Canary Islands beyond the Spanish borders during the year 2018 the agricultural company has reported. The report notes that they embarked on “this adventure” more than two years ago. "This thousand tons represents an increase of 46% on our record with respect to the previous year, our company has made an important effort to bring the taste of the Canary Islands to European consumers", the company highlighted.

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Dole Food fulfils EC condition for Total Produce Stake Acquisition

1.2.2019
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Dole Food has completed the sale of two Saba Fresh Cuts businesses, fulfilling a condition put in place by the European Commission (EC) in order for Irish fresh fruit and veg producer Total Produce's to acquire a 45% stake in the US company. Total Produce stated that Dole Food has sold the Saba Fresh Cuts salad businesses in Sweden and Finland to Bama International, a subsidiary of Norway's fruit and veg distributor Bama Gruppen. The two facilities are involved in the production of washed and ready-to-eat salads. Bama International has its headquarters in Oslo, Norway.

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Germany: Lidl Demands the End of the Price War

25.1.2019
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Since October Lidl sells only fair trade bananas because other supermarket chains offer bananas significantly cheaper, the price pressure for Lidl is high. Lidl purchasing chief Jan Bock now calls the trade to follow suit. "For a long-term improvement in living and working conditions in the banana-growing countries, the entire trade must pull together, so we appeal to the industry, responsible for the assortment and pricing policy," Bock said to the German press. In the interests of banana producers, a rethinking of trade must now take place."

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CMA CGM and Arkas Launch intra-Mediterranean Reefer Service

25.1.2019
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CMA CGM and Arkas Container Transport will launch an intra Mediterranean service with four 1,700-TEU vessels equipped with 200 reefer plugs each from January 29. The sailing frequency is every 10 days for a 40-day rotation using three Arkas containerships and one from CMA CGM's Short Sea Line Med operation. The port rotation is: Salerno, La Spezia, Genoa, Algeciras, Casablanca, Leixoes, Setubal, Marseille, Piraeus, Mersin, Beirut and Alexandria.

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Banana Export Ecuador 2018 Exceeds Expectations

25.1.2019
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Ecuadorian banana exports exceeded expectations in 2018 and the association of exporters AEBE announced that 344.8 million boxes of 18.15 kg were exported, representing an increase of 21 million boxes and 6 percent compared to 2017. Banana exports generated a total of about 2.739 billion dollars according to the Central Bank of the Andean country. This result was mainly due to the sales to the EU. However, according to AEBE, the following markets experienced a decline in sales: Russia (-1.09%); South America, (-7.63%); EFTA (-15.68%) and Oceania (-6.73%).

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Argentina: Banana Producers with New Technologies

25.1.2019
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This year will be important for the banana producers of Colonia Alberdi as they will begin to use a conservation and ripening chamber, which will mean a leap in quality, allowing them to plan trading measures. Good yields of the crop have been obtained in previous years, but the industry lacked post-harvest technology, which brought serious difficulties in trading the fruit. In a joint effort between Biofábrica Misiones SA, the Under secretariat of Special Projects for International Financing, and the Government of Misiones, a group of 20 producers bought the conservation and ripening chambers that will be used for the 2019 harvest.

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'Plátano de Canarias' Working to Enter Moroccan Market

25.1.2019
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Representatives of the Association of Fruit Wholesalers of Tangier have visited the island of Tenerife to see plantations of 'Plátano de Canarias', in addition to ascertaining the necessary conditions to market the product in Morocco. This is the second contact made by Asprocan, with the objective of exporting collectively to the neighbouring country. Morocco imports around 20,000 tonnes of bananas from various origins each year. It also has its own production of the Agadir variety between the months of September and April.

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Costa Rica: Dole Closes Operations and Dismisses more than 200 People in Limón

25.1.2019
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Before the start of operations of the new Container Terminal in Moin (TCM), Dole Foods has reported the closure of operations in the province of Limón affecting 240 people. Through a document, the company reported the closure of operations of the Terminal and Workshop Department of Standard Fruit Company of Costa Rica SA, a subsidiary of the American multinational, since the container service functions will be carried out within the integral tariff charged by the concessionaire APM. Likewise, they pointed out that other operations "ceased to be profitable due to the severe decrease as a result of the public concession granted by the State."

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Costa Rica: Bananas and Pineapples Compete for the First Place in Exports

25.1.2019
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Costa Rican banana exports fell US$ 59 million, a 6% slowdown according to Procomer data. Pineapple ranks as the first export agricultural product, according to data released on January 22nd by the Foreign Trade Promoter (Procomer). However, the National Banana Corporation (Corbana) disagrees with the figures, as information is still lacking to conclude how the year ended. According to Procomer, pineapple exports increased US$49 million, which represents an increase of 5%, while those of bananas fell US$59 million, a decrease of 6%. Jorge Sauma, general manager of Corbana indicated that Procomer does not have the latest data.

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Ecuador: Meeting between Minister of Agriculture and Banana Growers of El Oro

25.1.2019
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The restitution of the Banana Unit for the province of El Oro was the main request of banana producers for Xavier Lazo, Minister of Agriculture who on January 18th was in Machala holding meetings with representatives of the agricultural sector. The minister announced the forthcoming creation of the Under Secretariat of Musaceae emphasizing that the Ministry seeks to increase the productivity of the banana sector. He also said that a specialized credit line will be inaugurated to renovate plantations and improve sanitary infrastructure to ensure that farmers have sufficient cash flow to do these works.

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Mexican Banana Growers Restart Dialogues to Export to China

18.1.2019
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The National Council of Producers of Plátano has informed that it will seek to finalize the signing of the sanitary protocol to export bananas to China through the federal government, after the last administration did not materialize. The president of the organization, Adrián Prats Leal, said that the banana workers from Tabasco, Chiapas and those concentrated in the North Pacific, such as Michoacán, Colima and Jalisco had worked on the technical requirements for two and a half years to achieve the protocol. In an interview with the media, he said that the National Health Service, Food Safety and Quality (Senasica) and its counterpart in China had everything ready for the signing last November "but two days before the deadline the Mexican representatives did not show up," he said.

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Peru: Agro-exports Increase 15%

18.1.2019
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Peruvian agro-exports (traditional and non-traditional) amounted to US$5,875,129,000 between January and November of last year, 15% more than the same period in 2017, informed the management of Agro exports of the Association of Exporters (Adex). Shipments of the agricultural-agro industrial subsector reached US$5,206,654,000 growing 18.6% and achieved an 88.6% share of the total. The main products exported were avocados, grapes, blueberries, asparagus, mango, banana, cocoa, mandarin and other products.

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APL has announced it is adding Guayaquil, Ecuador, and Ensenada, Mexico, as ports of call to its Condor Express (CDX) service

18.1.2019
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With the extension to the port cities of Ecuador and Mexico, exporters from the country will have access to two new load ports for their Asian-bound fruits and perishable goods, APL said. The enhanced CDX service will be characterised by its competitive transit time. It also promises added reefer plug capabilities to facilitate the thriving fresh fruit trade between Latin America and Asia, particularly China and Japan. The fresh fruit season began early this year.

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Evergreen Adds Mega-Ships to Its Fleet

18.1.2019
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Taiwanese container ship operator Evergreen has added its second and third ultra-large container ships to its fleet with the delivery of the Ever Gifted and Ever Grade from the Japanese shipyard at Imabari. The two sister ships will join the Ever Golden in the China-Europe-Mediterranean (CEM) trades operated by the Ocean Alliance. All three vessels have a nominal capacity of 20,150 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU). The 400-meter-long ships have power-points for 1,300 reefer containers and will offer significant economies of scale to the line.

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Fyffes Dodges Trade Body Expulsion with Union Deal

18.1.2019
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Fyffes has averted expulsion from an influential ethical trading body after reaching a last-minute deal with workers' groups in Honduras. The Irish fruit giant will recognise STAS, a union which represents workers employed at Suragroh, a melon plantation in the country. Fyffes had been locked in a dispute over alleged abuses at the farm and refused to recognise the union. The Dublin-based company has denied allegations of poor work conditions. The new deal says that Fyffes will recognise STAS as a "legitimate representative of the affiliated workers". It also says that company representative and STAS will meet at the start of February to begin negotiating on a collective bargaining agreement.

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Ecuador: 7,000 TEU Vessel Berthed at Puerto Bolívar

18.1.2019
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Thanks to the dredging to 14.5 metres at low tide (in the second phase it will have 16.5 metres), Puerto Bolivar was able to receive the "MSC Veronique", the largest vessel so far anchored in Ecuador. The vessel anchored in the presence of the main representatives of the Turkish company YilportEcu, Port Authority and Captaincy of Puerto Bolívar. "I want to thank you for being the first shipping company to open the doors to import cargo, which we will start receiving very soon, thanks to the inclusion of Puerto Bolívar in its global itineraries as a cargo destination in Ecuador," said Alfredo Jurado, manager of YilportEcu.

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Reactivation of Banana Production in Barú

18.1.2019
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30 days after the first harvest of export bananas from the banana plantations in Puerto Armuelles, district of Barú, province of Chiriquí, the President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez, inspected for the crops on the Jobito farm, accompanied by executives from the Banapiña company and state ministers. Varela said that Chiriqui will now add bananas to its wide offer of agricultural products, the activity had declined in this very productive area of the country over the last two decades. The sublease contract of more than 1,600 farms for banana reactivation in Barú exceeds US$13 million.

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Canary Islands: Strong Winds Affect Banana Plantations

11.1.2019
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Some 3,890 tons of bananas were lost in the Canary Islands due to the wind that blew between the 22nd and 24th of December when a yellow alert was activated in the archipelago due to meteorological phenomena according to Asprocan, the producers’ association. In a statement, the Association of Organizations of Producers of Bananas of the Canary Islands indicated that the winds on those days dam-aged 1,752 hectares of crops, in most of the municipalities where the fruit is grown. Asprocan added that, despite this, everything indicates that "in general, it is a question of low intensity losses, except in the areas most exposed to the winds".

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65% Chances for El Niño to Form

11.1.2019
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According to the last NOAA bulletin of January 10th 2019, ENSO-neutral continued during December 2018, despite widespread above-average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) across the equatorial Pacific Ocean. In the last couple of weeks, all four Niño indices decreased, with the latest weekly values at +0.2°C in the Niño-1+2 region and near +0.7°C in the other regions. Positive subsurface temperature anomalies (averaged across 180°-100°W) also weakened, but above-average temperatures continued at depth across most of the equatorial Pacific Ocean. The atmospheric anomalies largely reflected intra-seasonal variability related to the Madden-Julian Oscillation, and have not yet shown a clear coupling to the above-average ocean temperatures.

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Containers caught fire on board Hapag Lloyd's Yantian Express

11.1.2019
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Hapag Lloyd reported that on 3 January, a fire broke out in one container on the deck of the Yantian Express and spread to additional containers and that the crew of 8 officers and 15 seafarers is unharmed. Efforts to extinguish the fire in the containers were launched immediately but have had to be suspended for the time being due to a significant deterioration of weather conditions. The 7,510 TEU vessel, which is 320 meters long and sails under German flag in the East Coast Loop 5 (EC5) service, was built in 2002 and was on its way from Colombo to Halifax via the Suez Canal. At present, the ship is approximately 650 nautical miles off the coast of Canada.

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Peru: El Niño Development Announced

11.1.2019
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The director of the zonal Senamhi Piura, Jorge Luis Carranza, said that we are already facing an El Niño (FEN) phenomenon of slight intensity and the rains may start to appear more steadily this summer. "We have already switched from surveillance to the presence of El Niño. They were three consecutive months in which surface temperatures of the sea (SST) were higher than normal. The variation goes from 0.7 degrees to 0.9 degrees above normal," he said. Carranza said that in January, February and March there will be rain from normal to higher, although in the month of March there could be focal events of extreme rains that could cause havoc because the basins will be full by then.

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AUGURA Gives Recommendations to Banana Growers due to El Niño Phenomenon

11.1.2019
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The Association of Banana Growers of Colombia (Augura) has recommended to all its members a series of technical actions so that their banana crops are affected as little as possible during the first quarter of the New Year, a period characterized by light rainfall. According to official information from the National Agency for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and IDEAM, the phenomenon of El Niño will be fully developed from January to March 2019, in the north and east of Colombia, said the agency.

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Ecuador: Yellow Alert for Possible Development of El Niño Phenomenon

11.1.2019
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Landslides have occurred on some roads in the agricultural area of Naranjal in the province of El Guayas due to the overflow of rivers. The alerts were recorded in the early hours of Thursday, January 10th, 2019. As a preventive measure for the start of the rainy season in the Litoral, the National Risk and Emergency Management Service (SNGRE) declared a yellow level alert for the possible occurrence of an El Niño event. The resolution was signed by the general director of the service, Alexandra Ocles, on December 21st, 2018.

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Maximilian Rothkopf appointed to Executive Board of Hapag-Lloyd

11.1.2019
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The Supervisory Board of Hapag-Lloyd AG has appointed Maximilian Rothkopf (38) to its Executive Board effective 1 May 2019. On 1 July, he will become the new Chief Operating Officer (COO), replacing Anthony J. Firmin (65), who will retire on 30 June. Maximilian Rothkopf, who holds a master's degree as well as a doctorate in business administration, has been a Partner since 2014 at McKinsey & Company, where he has been a member of the global Travel, Transport and Logistics (TTL) leadership team.

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Colombia: Truck Drivers from Magdalena Threaten to Go on a Strike

11.1.2019
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On January 8th The Association of Truckers of the Banana Zone, Aczoban, reported in a statement that the banana trading companies in that area would be hiring Urabá transporters, thus leaving 80 affiliates of the association unemployed. "The association of truckers of the Banana Zone seriously rejects the policies that have been implemented by banana trading companies in the Banana Zone, violating the right to work of small transporters in the area, displacing those who have historically been doing this. I worked for a long time, growing together with the banana industry.

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Romania: CITRONEX Opened New Banana Ripening Centre

4.1.2019
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One of Europe’s largest banana importers and “YELLOW” brand distributor opened a new distribution center in Romania. The company has built banana ripening chambers in Timosoara, city located in west Romania. "This location is not accidental. From Timisoara we have easy access also to Hungary and Serbia. From now on we are closer to our customers - explains Marek Szulc, Managing Director of the company. The new distribution center is equipped with high-tech 26 double ripening rooms “Penthouse System” (44 pallets each) and 216 pallets storage rooms for green banana and pineapples.

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Port of Algeciras handled 4.4 million TEUs up to November

4.1.2019
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The Port of Algeciras (Spain) handled a total of 4.4 million TEUs up to the end of November, representing an increase of 9.6% compared to the same period of the previous year. In fact, the Algeciras enclave has handled more than 527,000 import and export containers at the Juan Carlos I Pier and the Exterior Green Island up to November. The positive data shows that the total merchandise traffic has increased to 98.5 million tons, which is a growth of 5.4% com-pared to previous years. The general cargo sector has improved by 6%, handling a total of 63.6 million tons.

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Peru: More than 21,000 Hectares Planted with Export Products

4.1.2019
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The general manager of the Olmos Tinajones Special Project (PEOT), Juan Saavedra Jiménez, informed that four years after the start of the irrigation works, more than 21,000 hectares of various agroexport products have been planted. According to figures from the Pro-Olmos Association, the project has generated an investment of over US$ 750 million for Lambayeque due to the creation of 38,000 hectares of new land, where 20 national and foreign companies plant their crops using a pressurized irrigation system.

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Colombian Banana Growers Alerted over El Niño Phenomenon

4.1.2019
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The main banana workers' association in Colombia has alerted the growers of this fruit to the arrival of the "El Niño" phenome-non and recommended that they take preventive measures for the next six months. The Banana Association of Colombia (Augura) made a series of "nutrition" recommendations for the climatic conditions of the El Niño phenomenon for banana cultivation following a number of predictions of this climatic event for the first semester of 2019. Among the recommendations are the applications of "anti-stress nutrients" to reduce the negative impacts of low rainfall caused by the meteorological phenomenon in the Caribbean producing countries, which should be applied as an additional measure to the conventional fertilization plan established for the farms.

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Maersk Quits Dry Containers Production to Focus on Reefer Market

4.1.2019
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AP Møller-Maersk’s box building arm, Maersk Container Industry (MCI), has quit the dry container manufacturing sector to focus on the reefer market. The Copenhagen-headquartered firm today explained that while the dry container manufacturing business had “been under considerable pressure for some time, reefer volumes continue to grow, due to global demand for fresh produce and other commodities”. It will formally close its dry box manufacturing facility in Dongguan, China, which has lain idle since the start of December. MCI chief executive Sean Fitzgerald said: “Regrettably, our decision to focus on the cold chain business will impact our factory in Dongguan which has been idle due to the tough market conditions.

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Costa Rica: Drop in Banana Exports

4.1.2019
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Low in the value of exports of bananas and juices and fruit concentrates impact-ed on the general behavior of agricultural and food sales abroad, during 2018. According to figures from the export portal of the Foreign Trade Promoter (Procomer), the value of banana sales abroad, accumulated between January and October last year (latest available data), fell by 4.4% compared with the same period of 2017, since they went from $ 880 million to $ 841 million. In the case of juices and fruit concentrates (including, especially, orange and pineapple) sales in that period fell 18% in value, since they went from $ 201 million be-tween January and October 2017, to $ 165 million in same period last year, ac-cording to Procomer statistics.

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Ecuador: Price of Banana Box For 2019 Set At $6.30

31.10.2018
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The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), through the Ministerial Agreement 135 of October 26, set the precio referencial or minimum price to be paid to growers for a box of bananas -only the fruit- of a 41.5 to 43-pound box of bananas at $6.30 for 2019. This year the box stood at $ 6.20. The agreement, signed by Minister Xavier Lazo, also establishes the minimum support prices for the other types of banana, as well as export values in port (FOB).

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Why European Container Lines Are Winning the Reefer Market Share Battle

14.9.2018
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Asian container lines will have to adjust their management structures if they want to keep up with their European peers in the field of box reefer shipping. According to new analysis from Drewry Maritime Research, Asian lines have fallen behind the three leading European operators, Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM, in one of the few areas of unitised shipping that has shown continuous growth in recent years. “Asian shipping lines will need to make something of a mentality shift if they want to take full advantage of a segment of the container shipping market that is far outpacing dry cargo,” it said.

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