News / Capacity control keeps ocean freight rates steady, but container rollovers increase

first_img By Mike Wackett 11/05/2020 Ocean carriers are successfully underpinning freight rates through capacity discipline, with reports of container rollovers at Chinese export hubs and detention transhipment ports.Flexport head of ocean freight (EMEA) Martin Holst-Mikkelsen told The Loadstar: “There is a high utilisation, and services on the [Asia-Europe] trade are relatively full for the coming two weeks.“We are also seeing some increase in container rollovers at ports in China as well as at transhipment hubs,” he added.Indeed, notwithstanding the slump in bookings, carriers have managed so far to keep a lid on the normal rate erosion consequences of persistent soft demand, protecting rates by withdrawing 34 – 26% – of the scheduled 130 headhaul sailings this month, according to eeSea data.Moreover, with a few exceptions, carriers appear to have no appetite for a rates war that could plunge some lines into bankruptcy.The North Europe component of Friday’s Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) recorded a slight, 0.7%, uptick in its spot rate to $744 per teu, while the rate for Mediterranean ports edged up 1.5%, to $853 per teu.And there are some optimistic signs of a recovery in the trade, with an increase in demand for bookings a few weeks out, “likely attributed to positive news surrounding Covid-19 and the gradual reopening of economies in Europe”, said Mr Holst-Mikkelsen.Meanwhile, on the transpacific tradelane, carriers have been equally judicious with their capacity management, removing 19% of headhaul capacity in May by blanking 49 of the advertised 252 sailings so far, according to eeSea data.Spot rates from Asia to the US west coast, as recorded by the SCFI, were up 0.3% on the week, to $1,730 per 40ft, although for east coast ports there was a 2% decline, to $2,717 per 40ft.According to Hapag-Lloyd’s chief executive Rolf Habben Jansen, the carrier has concluded the majority of annual contracts on the tradelane, which he said were overall “satisfactory”.Although this week there was a slight fall in long-term contract rates, as recorded by the China Containerized Freight Index (CCFI), the overall comprehensive reading is some 9% higher year on year, providing some further positive news for carriers.There are, nonetheless, some very strong headwinds for container lines to overcome as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, but Bimco’s chief shipping analyst, Peter Sand, does not agree with suggestions that there will be major changes in trade post-Covid-19.“Rolling back globalisation is not the answer to this crisis, or any crisis for that matter,” he said during a Xeneta Transportation Insights webinar last week.Every nation “tended to look inwards when a crisis happens, and protectionism is bound to show its ugly face once again”, he said. But he argued that any trend towards mass near-sourcing would result in “fewer goods, lower quality and higher prices”.And all will not necessarily be rosy for ocean carriers post-crisis, according to Mr Sand, with container shipping remaining a “cost-cutting game” and a “marginal profit business”. © Vladimir Serebryanskiy last_img read more

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RF Channel Emulator Enables Advanced MIMO OTA Testing

first_imgAnite has announced that its industry leading Propsim F32 Channel Emulator supports advanced MIMO OTA mobile device testing using a Multi Probe Anechoic Chamber (MPAC) methodology as recommended by 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project is a collaboration between groups of telecommunications associations). This innovative test environment enables users to verify that mobile devices with the latest technology features, including multiple antenna configurations and carrier aggregation, perform as expected.Anite has been an integral part of 3GPP since the start of the study on test methodologies for advanced MIMO OTA testing. All major test system integrators have benefited from using Anite’s Propsim F32 Channel Emulator to provide results to the standards community. In September last year, Anite also announced that it had helped to accelerate the initial release of the CTIA standardised MIMO OTA performance test plan.The Propsim F32 is a single unit channel emulator that supports eight dual polarized antennas for MIMO OTA testing in an anechoic chamber. It can be expanded to support 16 dual polarized antennas (required for testing larger devices), making it a future-proof solution for upcoming technologies and device formats.last_img read more

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Football: Twitter reacts to Eden Hazard’s wondergoal against Liverpool

first_imgAdvertisement k06NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7pv5Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Epd( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9gvkWould you ever consider trying this?😱5q9wCan your students do this? 🌚7coyRoller skating! Powered by Firework Eden Hazard is probably the best forward in the Premier League right now and his stunner against Liverpool last night in the Carabao Cup just validated the point.Advertisement Liverpool were enjoying a winning streak from the start of the season and it all came to an end at the behest of Hazard.Hazard celebrates after scoring the wondergoal.The latest addition to the FIFPro World XI, the Belgian dribbled past three Liverpool players to shoot the ball in the far post of his fellow Belgian national team-mate Simon Mignolet in the 86th minute.Advertisement Here’s the goal:Twitter users lost their mind when Hazard scored the goal against Liverpool and here’s a glimpse of some of the best tweets from fans and former footballers:Just give Hazard what ever he wants #cfc— Bryan (@middleoftheshed) September 26, 2018Hazard asked by Sky what went through his mind for the goal: “I spoke with N’Golo on the bench & he told me he didn’t want to take a penalty, so the only solution was to score!” #cfc— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) September 26, 2018Emerson with his first goal for Chelsea, Eden Hazard with his 95th goal for the club! #CFC— CarefreeYouth (@CarefreeYouth) September 26, 2018Jamie Carragher (Ex Liverpool player & life long Liverpool fan)”Eden Hazard was the BEST player at the World Cup and the BEST player in the Premier league”Don’t ever compare Salah to the goat again..— . (@OfficialCheIs) September 26, 2018If Salah could win Puskas for that shit goal against Everton, this Hazard goal deserves a Puskas too. Because it’s even better— Mr. Jack Robinson (@jackdre02) September 26, 2018Chelsea have won at Anfield in any competition for the first time since November 2014.Eden Hazard’s solo goal seals it in style. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/Vw1ihst2c5— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 26, 2018EDEN HAZARD YOU BEAUTIFUL MAN 😍 #CFC #LIVCHE pic.twitter.com/OdiR2roTZi— Cam (@Cam_Watters) September 26, 2018Great to go through to the next round. What a goal to win the game from @hazardeden10 .Well done lads 🙌👌. pic.twitter.com/rxzBakixkm— Gary Cahill (@GaryJCahill) September 26, 2018Hazard came on and literally took the piss out of us for 20 minutes. Sound.— Matthew Ordish (@MattOrdish) September 26, 2018What a win last night. Half the team didn’t play at all this season yet showed great spirit and determination. Played in a new position and 150 start for @chelseafc What a goal from this brilliant player @hazardeden10 more of it Saturday guys please. 🙏🏻💪🏻 pic.twitter.com/D4AADDFpYe— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) September 27, 2018After nutmegging Roberto Firmino in the build-up, Hazard swapped passes with Cesar Azpilicueta, cut inside off the right, dashed past a static defence and lashed an unstoppable drive across Simon Mignolet.King @hazardeden10 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/6vhBQ2CTO5— Elijah Kuria (@Elijah97Kuria) September 27, 2018Read Also: Hazard turns on the magic as Chelsea edge out Liverpool   Advertisementlast_img read more

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Nitros provide early season test for Leafs

first_imgNelson Leafs have added 18-year-old Tyler Pisiak to the lineup in a roster move earlier this week.Adam DiBella said Pisiak is speedy winger with size and can put the puck in the net. Pisiak comes to Nelson after playing the past four seasons with the Okanagan Hockey Academy.Captain Sanchez still not ready for prime timeDiBella said Leaf Captain David Sanchez will be kept out of the lineup for both games against Kimberley and Sicamous.The 20-year-old forward from Fahler, AB, is rehabbing from a lower body injury.DiBella said Sanchez will not play this weekend but is progressing and will be back in the lineup sooner rather than later. Nelson native Curt Doyle gets start against NitrosNelson Minor Hockey product Curt Doyle will get the start Friday in Kimberley.Doyle struggled during the first two games, getting the hook in the first period of the home opener against Fernie.He came in relief of starter Carlos Siso Saturday in Creston.Nelson now has three goalies in camp after the coaching staff brought in 18-year-old Josh Bond. Not the best start of the season for the Nelson Leafs.But as one player put it, we’re just getting started.The Green and White are back in action for Week Two of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Friday when the club travels to Kimberley to meet the defending Kootenay Conference Champions.The Nitros posted a pair of wins to open the season over Beaver Valley Nitehawks, in extra time, and Osoyoos Coyotes to pull into a tie for top spot in the Eddie Mountain Division.Meanwhile, the Leafs struggled out of the gates, dropping a 3-2 OT decision to visiting Fernie Ghostriders before being steamrolled by Creston Valley Thunder Cats 5-1 in the East Kootenay City.“We are approaching the weekend games having learned that you need to play a full 60 minutes in this league to be successful,” said Leaf assistant coach Adam DiBella on the eve of the weekend games. “As always, we expect a hard-nosed physical brand of hockey that always seems to be the tone when we play Kimberley,” DiBella added.  “As for Sicamous we expect them to bring a youthful lineup with a new head coach.”Leafs add forwardlast_img read more

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