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  Imperial Logistics Holds First Ever SAFETY WEEK for Barge Crews

Imperial Logistics has held its first ever SAFETY WEEK, as the latest element in its ongoing SAFETY TAKES US HOME campaign - which seeks to raise safety awareness and strengthen safety culture among the crews of its major barge operations in Europe and South America.

The first SAFETY WEEK was timed to coincide with “World Safety Day”, which took place on April 28th. In Europe, a task force made up of 15 Imperial Logistics senior managers, QEHS (Quality, Environment, Health and Safety) team members and safety representatives visited around 75 of the company’s vessels while on their voyages, giving “toolbox talks” on subjects such as working aloft, tank entry and “Near Miss Reporting”. They also led on-board fire training using portable fire trainers, and Person Overboard training using dummies.

Throughout the week, daily “Safety Moments” bulletins, prompting group discussion of specific safety issues, were also transmitted to the entire fleet via Imperial Logistics’ “PORTAL” software system, which is installed on all the company’s vessels.

SAFETY WEEK was also held simultaneously on board Imperial Logistics’ South American pushboat fleet based in Paraguay. In addition to practical training in the use of fire extinguishers, courses were held in defensive driving. A competition was also held, in which teams of crew members answered questions about safety.

The teams were also evaluated on such matters as implementation of safety ideas on board, and the correct completion of monthly tasks. In a move to ensure crew members would continue to think about the important messages of SAFETY WEEK, the event closed with every Imperial Logistics barge receiving its own copy of the blockbuster movie “Deepwater Horizon”, with a covering note drawing attention to the unsafe behaviour and actions that led up to the disaster; the DVDs can be watched by all crew, using vessels’ onboard TVs and DVD players. A final and lasting reminder of SAFETY WEEK and its themes was provided by the handing out of SAFETY TAKES US HOME helmet stickers for every participant.

Says Imperial Logistics Senior Vice President Operations - Shipping, Steffen Bauer: “As with all the activities in our SAFETY TAKES US HOME programme, the main aim of SAFETY WEEK was to raise safety awareness and strengthen the company’s safety culture. By constantly introducing new elements such as SAFETY WEEK, interest in the topic is maintained and everyone is reminded of the key messages.

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| DATE : 2019.05.20

  Agility Reports Earnings Increase of 7.3% for First Quarter2019

Agility, a leading global logistics provider, today reported first quarter earnings of KD 20.3 million, or 12.2 fils per share, an increase of 7.3% from Q1 2018 (Excluding IFRS-16 Impact it will be an increase of 10.2%).

First-quarter revenue was KD 378.8 million, and EBITDA was KD 46.3 million, increases of 1.9% and 22.8%, respectively. Excluding IFRS16 impact, Agility GIL reported Q1 EBITDA of KD 6.8 million, a 9% decrease compared to the same period a year earlier, the drop is attributable to costs associated with GIL’s digital transformation and commercial investments.

Agility GIL first-quarter revenue was KD 275 million, a decrease of 1.1% from KD 278.1 million in the same period a year earlier. Q1 GIL revenue was affected by currency fluctuations. On a constant currency basis, GIL revenue increased 3.4% vs. the same period a year earlier.

Net revenue increased to KD 65.4 million, a 1.2% increase over Q1 2018 (excluding the IFRS-16 impact). The net revenue increase was driven primarily by Ocean Freight and Contract Logistics, offsetting decreases in Project Logistics and Road Freight. On a constant currency basis, GIL net revenue growth was 5.1%. GIL’s overall Q1 net revenue margin was 23.8% against a 23.3% a year earlier.

Air Freight tonnage grew 5.2% in Q1 2019; Air Freight grew across multiple trade lanes and sales channels with very strong performance from strategic customers. Ocean Freight net revenue performance was driven primarily by yield improvement and TEU growth of 2.3%. GIL had stable Ocean Freight performance across geographies and sales channels with volume growth primarily from strategic accounts.

Q1 Contract Logistics performance was strong, with revenue growth of 3.6%. The Middle East/Africa region (mainly Kuwait, Dubai, Egypt) was the key driver of growth and improved margins.

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| DATE : 2019.05.20

  APL Adds Honolulu To Eagle Express X Service

APL, part of the CMA CGM Group, today announced the addition of Honolulu as a port of call to its Eagle Express X (EXX) service. Directly connecting Central China, Korea and Japan to Hawaii, the fortnightly call to Honolulu on the EXX service marks APL’s commitment to the Hawaiian market where its APL-owned office will render strong local expertise and dedicated customer support.

Already synonymous with its expeditious 11-day transit from Shanghai to Los Angeles; the enhanced EXX promises fast and reliable transit times of 18 and 19 days to Honolulu from Shanghai and Ningbo respectively.

Calling the direct load ports of Ningbo, Shanghai, Yokohama and Busan which also double up as transhipment hubs for exports out of Hong Kong, South China and Southeast Asia, the EXX service offers extensive coverage for inbound shipments to Hawaii. Moreover, the service is also designed with a Tuesday arrival in Honolulu with same week cargo availability that is just ahead of the weekend, facilitating in-store inventory for weekend retail shoppers on the island.

APL’s EXX service has been outperforming the industry for being on-time. According to SeaIntel’s Global Liner Performance April 2019 Report, APL’s EXX service recorded a 90% on-time performance on the Asia-North America West Coast trade, surpassing the industry average of 51.6%.

Fully operated by APL, the enhanced EXX service with the fortnightly Honolulu call will be reliable when it commences sailing from Yokohama, Japan on 23 August. Every alternate week, the EXX service will call the ports of Yokohama-Busan-Ningbo-Shanghai-Los Angeles-Honolulu-Dutch Harbour-Yokohama.

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| DATE : 2019.05.20

  MSC Further Supports Preservation of Marine Environment by Joining NAMEPA

MSC Group is proud to be a new member of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), which works to preserve the marine environment by promoting sustainable maritime industry best practices and educating the public.

MSC is committed to promoting a sustainable business model, remaining true to its roots and its core family values. Regardless of the challenges and transformation we might face in today’s business world, our approach does not and will not change: we have a genuine passion for the sea, an unparalleled nautical heritage and a strong commitment to our employees and communities.    
| DATE : 2019.05.14

  Orient Overseas International Limited Announces The Sale of Long Beach Container Terminal

Orient Overseas (International) Limited and Macquarie Infrastructure Partners (“MIP”) today announced that OOIL‘s wholly-owned subsidiaries, OOCL LLC and Long Beach Container Terminal, Inc., have entered into a Sale and Purchase Agreement to sell 100% of LBCT LLC to a consortium led by MIP, for US$1.78 billion. LBCT LLC operates the Long Beach Container Terminal (“LBCT”) in the Port of Long Beach, California, United States.

The sale is undertaken pursuant to the National Security Agreement entered into by OOIL, Faulkner Global Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of COSCO SHIPPING Holdings Co., Ltd, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Justice on July 6, 2018, under which OOIL committed to divest its ownership of the Long Beach Container Terminal business.

As part of the sale, Orient Overseas Container Line Limited (“OOCL”), a subsidiary of OOIL, will also enter into a Container Stevedoring and Terminal Services Agreement with LBCT LLC for a 20-year period, confirming its significant long-term commitment to LBCT.

Commenting on the sale, Andy Tung, Co-Chief Executive Officer of OOCL, said: “Over the past thirty years, we have developed Long Beach Container Terminal into the safest, most efficient and lowest-emission terminal in the United States.

We are confident of the future prospects of the terminal under the ownership of MIP and its co-investors, and we look forward to being a long term strategic customer of Long Beach Container Terminal and the Port of Long Beach.”

Karl Kuchel, Chief Executive Officer of MIP, commented that: “We are pleased to acquire LBCT, a premier terminal in the largest port complex in North America, which serves as a gateway for trans-Pacific trade. This transaction marks another key milestone in our relationship with OOIL and we greatly appreciate their significant long-term customer commitment to LBCT.

We look forward to partnering with the Port of Long Beach and the LBCT management team to ensure that LBCT delivers high-quality service to OOCL and our other customers going forward. We are also committed to completing the current expansion of LBCT by 2022, which will significantly increase the capacity of the terminal.”

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| DATE : 2019.05.14

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