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SYDNEY, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Only 28% of participants in the air cargo industry feel they are well prepared to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine once available, according to a survey released on Wednesday, as the industry begins to gear up for a major logistical challenge.

Ground handlers and airports feel less prepared than freight forwarders and airlines, according to the survey conducted by The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and Pharma.Aero which found 36% of participants planned to invest in additional physical or digital infrastructure.

TIACA Vice Chairman Sanjeev Gadhia, who heads Nairobi-based air cargo operator Astral Aviation, said the global distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine would be the toughest logistical challenge ever faced, with an estimated 10 billion doses requiring distribution in 2021 and 2022.

More than 40 vaccine candidates are already undergoing clinical trials, according to the World Health Organization.

“We know that as from November the first

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India’s dozen State-owned ports handled a combined 298.550 million tonnes (mt) of cargo during the first six months of the current fiscal — 14.27 per cent lower than the 348.233 mt handled during the same period last year.

Barring Mormugao Port Trust, all the other 11 ports continue to suffer from volume declines triggered by the coronavirus-induced demand destruction. However, the extent of volume decline year-on-year has been reducing since July, suggesting a slow recovery in India’s external trade.


Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants cargo comprising crude oil, petroleum products, LPG and LNG, other liquids, thermal and steam coal, coking coal and containers reported double digit declines during the first half of the current fiscal compared to last year.

Container volumes declined 20.83 per cent to 4.070 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) from 5.141 million TEUs a year ago.

Thermal and coking coal plunged 23.24 per cent and 28.04 per

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First time an Indian LNG company prices cargo tender off an India LNG spot price

SINGAPORE, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — S&P Global Platts, the leading independent provider of information and benchmark prices for the commodities and energy markets, today announced that Petronet LNG Limited has adopted the Platts West India Marker (WIM) for a tender to buy an LNG spot cargo in November. The LNG cargo will be delivered to Petronet’s Dahej or Kochi terminals. This marks the first time an Indian LNG company has concluded a spot cargo tender priced off the Platts WIM.

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Petronet LNG is one of the fastest growing companies in the Indian energy sector. It established the country’s first LNG receiving and regasification terminal at Dahej, Gujarat in 2004 with nominal capacity of 17.5 million metric tonnes per annum (MMTPA) and another terminal at Kochi, Kerala having a nominal

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TAIPEI, Sept. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — STARLUX Airlines, Taiwan’s newest luxury carrier, has deployed IBS Software’s iCargo platform to manage business and operational functions for its entire cargo business. The iCargo management platform was implemented ahead of STARLUX Airlines’ launch in January 2020, which saw maiden flights to Macau, Penang and Da Nang with three A321neo aircraft. Although COVID-19 has significantly impacted flights, STARLUX’s cargo operations have been ramping up quickly during this difficult time.   

After a rigorous evaluation process, STARLUX Airlines chose IBS Software’s iCargo SaaS-based cargo platform to provide a single, unified platform for all critical functions. iCargo now manages all aspects of STARLUX’s cargo business, including sales, airline operations, US customs, mail, Unit Load Device, cashiering, claims, cargo and mail revenue accounting, portal services, data warehousing and business intelligence modules.

“We chose the industry-leading iCargo management platform to achieve our goal of providing the

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  • France-based Flying Whales is developing an environmentally friendly cargo transport aircraft with commercial production posied to begin in 2025.
  • The LCA60T airship can off-load its up to 66-ton payload mid-air.
  • Because the LCA60T is a VTOL, it won’t require any extra infrastructure to operate, allowing it to serve more remote locations without harming the environment.
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Flying Whales is producing a blimp-like aircraft that can transport and drop off cargo mid-flight.

Several components of the cargo transport airship are made to be environmentally friendly, such as its floating capabilities powered by helium, hybrid-electric propulsion system, and lack of need for extra infrastructure during take-offs and landings.

But don’t get confused by its oblong shape and helium-powered floating capabilities: the LCA60T  is rigid and can’t be “deflated”, setting it apart from the traditional blimp despite its exterior appearance.

The aircraft was originally designed to transport

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Indian Railways (IR) has decided to permit up to eight tonnes of parcel cargo in each train run by a private operator. However, Railways has not yielded to the private operators’ request to attach an extra parcel van.

The potential private train operators had asked whether a parcel van could be attached to the private trains in the backdrop of plunging passenger traffic in the post-Covid-19 era, and in the backdrop of predictions regarding a shrinking economy.

IR specified that the point about permitting up to eight tonnes of cargo in a parcel van will be added in the contract document to be signed by both parties to permit private operators to garner some revenue from courier companies looking to use the environment-friendly and possibly cheaper rail mode.

As private train operators are free to design the seating or berth interior for trains, they have the freedom to design the

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