Week 19, 2018


Friends it is Thursday again and the 10th of May. Spring has arrived finally in Stockholm, where I am based, and besides sneezing constantly and having dry eyes due to allergy it is great to see that my favourite season is finally here.

One of the things that came to mind last week was the closure of Boracay Island in the Philippines when it became apparent that the hotels were not dealing with their sewage properly and the beaches were rife with human waste.

I applaud the Philippine president for taking action and dealing with what has become a tourist "hell" in terms of pollution, exploitation etc., which, if gone unchecked would destroy one of the country's top tourist destinations.

There have been cases of tourist (Chinese in particular) not understanding how to behave abroad. The loud American tourist is everpresent in hotel lobbies around the world. Tourism is the World's largest business and contributes a large portion to many country's GDP.

Check out this list of up and coming tourist countries besides the US and France.

So, next time you are on holiday give a thought to the locals, they may be tired of us no matter how much money we spend and perhaps reduce our own noise and pollution level (in the case of many Scandinavians it's mainly alcohol-fuelled) and we all know that the Germans take the top spot at the pool already at 6 am :-).

For business this week we first visit Finland, then we head south to the country of Chile. If you haven't been,  Chile is very much worth a visit. from excellent food to superb wines!

We speak to a couple of local freight forwarders and hopefully learn something from them.

We also have some interesting articles about Myanmar in today's newsletter and our usual sector news, light moment, history and so on.

I remind you as well that if you are looking for competent staff in freight forwarding and shipping consider placing a job opening ad with Project Cargo Weekly. The cost is reasonable our reach is some 57,000 recipients worldwide.

Enjoy and have a great rest of the week...end

Yours sincerely, Bo H. Drewsen

Wiima Logistics Oy – Finland

Interview with Mr. Lauri Heilio - CEO and Partner

Tell us about Wiima Logistics business model.

Wiima Logistics main idea is to provide turn-key solutions for project logistics. Also as a global fourth party (4PL) logistics provider, we can manage logistics processes from end-to-end as a turn-key solution or only certain parts of the logistic process if needed. Our business model is based on open books costing, which is exceptional, especially in project logistics. Through transparency we aim to build long-term, trusted partnerships...Read more...

Eurotrans Overseas – Chile

Interview with Mr. Italo Lizana - CEO

Chile is a very long country with several ports. Which are the main ports used for moving breakbulk and project cargoes?

Usually, the main ports in Chile for breakbulk cargos are: Valparaiso / San Antonio – Antofagasta / Puerto Angamos. Read more...

Shipping News - Combi Lift kicks off major project in Russia with tug delivery 

With the loading of eight custom-made Damen tugs, German heavy lift expert Combi Lift reached an important milestone in the Gazprom Amur Gas Processing Plant Project in Russia. This officially marks the transition period between the project’s intense planning and long-awaited implementation stages. Read more...

Cross Ocean

Shipping News - Myanmar Logistics on the Rise

Myanmar is not always in the news, so to speak, but China is making its influence felt there. The country is developing in terms of logistics, so if you are a project freight forwarder perhaps its time to make tracks and visit Myanmar before its too late. Read the following 2 articles for more input.

  • New investment to boost capacity at Myanmar city terminal 

    Asia World Port Terminal (AWPT), one of Yangon’s main city terminals is looking to boost capacity by a third as it purchases new equipment that will enable containers to be stacked seven high from five high currently. Read more...

  • How a massive influx of Chinese migrants has changed Myanmar’s second-largest city Mandalay

    The makeover of Mandalay reflects a Chinese footprint across Southeast Asia that has grown alongside Beijing’s economic and military clout. Read more...


  • Lonza Expanding Operations In Greenwood County, Sc

    Lonza, one of the world’s leading suppliers to the pharmaceutical, biotech and specialty ingredients markets, will invest $46 million over the next five years to expand its operations center in Greenwood, South Carolina. The company plans to add 50,000 square feet to its facility at 535 North Emerald. Read more...

Grain and Maritime Ukraine

Featured Video

Quality project logistics videos are not always easy to find like this one I came across made by Hemisphere UK. Naturally, as always, the proof is in the pudding and not always in a video, still it is worth watching and why not speak to Hemisphere?


  • Looking ahead into 2018 Cleveland Cascades already have 14 chutes of various sizes and application uses on order and in progress.

    Cleveland Cascades also has projects reaching completion which will be used for loading Soda Ash in L.A. USA and another which will be loading clinker in Cyprus. The company is also working on three identical chutes loading grain out of New Orleans, USA and a new Polyhalite loading chute for the UK. Read more...

  • Shangri-La to open massive luxury hotel in Manama as part of Bahrain Marina

    Several waterfront villas and a luxury hotel are being planned for Manama, the capital city of Bahrain. The property, to be managed by the iconic Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, will form part of the immense 310,00 sqm Bahrain Marina development, which is a landmark waterfront development for the city that will include not only the five-star property and villas but also freehold apartments, a fully-integrated family entertainment centre, cinema complex, boardwalk, marina, yacht club, and a recreational waterfront space with dining and retail options. Read more...

Packaging Tech

  • Comexi sells slitters into Pakistan

    Comexi has strengthened its strategic alliance with Universal Packaging and International Packaging with the sale of four slitters, including the first Comexi Laser in the country. Read more...

VN Projects

This Week in Shipping History

In the pool with my father. MV Thyra Torm on charter to K-Line at Kingston, Jamaica in the background, 1968

Light Moment of the Week

Video of the Week

ONE  - Ocean Network Express
Editors note:
 The joint brands of K-Line, NYK, and MOL have taken off with spectacular pink colours and a strong logo, the Japanese seem intent on really showing the world that they can jointly rule the waves. Japan generally stands for quality and PCW also believes in shipping.

Photo of the Week

Morning sunrise near Genoa onboard CMA CGM Rigoletto at La Spezia, Italy

"Example is not the main thing in influencing others. it is the only thing."

- Albert Schweitzer -

"Those with the least power are the first to exert it"

- Ancient Burmese Proverb -

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