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Ford air freights critical parts stranded on Hanjin ship
Time:2016-10-08 15:35:45

US AUTOMAKER Ford narrowly avoided a shutdown of its Broadmeadows assembly line in Australia by turning to air freight to supply needed critical parts after shipments were stranded on the 4,250-TEU Hanjin Milano, Lloyd's Loading List reported.

Ford Australia air freighted an identical shipment of sheet metal, glass, and steering components after the Hanjin Milano was caught in a stand-off with creditors and left stranded outside the Port Melbourne for two weeks, according to Australian news service news.com.au.

Ford had already announced it was to permanently close its Broadmeadows assembly line on October 7 after producing cars there for 56 years, but the parts shortage risked grinding the Broadmeadows production line to an "embarrassing" early halt.

The Hanjin Milano was eventually able to dock and unload cargo late last week after lengthy negotiations, but Ford had already made the decision to air freight a new batch of parts.

Hanjin's receivership filing in late August left as many as 500,000 containers of cargo stranded offshore, leaving shippers and freight forwarders scrambling to reorganise and to arrange alternative transport routes for cargo that was on or due to be carried on Hanjin ships.

Although most have opted for other deep sea cargo carriers, some had also looked to international air cargo, especially the longer cargo is stranded in Hanjin's network as the countdown to the Christmas sales season begins.

But forwarders reported that the preferred option for shippers trying to expedite shipments to Europe while also limiting transport costs is rail, with DHL Global Forwarding and DB Schenker both reporting higher demand for rail services between Europe and Asia, especially Korea.

Most containers on Hanjin ships are expected to be offloaded by the end of October, according to South Korean government sources. Hanjin has a total of 97 container vessels.

The government has reiterated that Hanjin Shipping and its parent firm, Hanjin Group, are fully responsible for covering the costs of discharging the more than US$14 billion in cargo from its vessels stuck at sea.

But with all the measures taken so far, around 90 per cent of Hanjin's vessels should finish offloading their cargoes by the end of October, an official at the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries told Lloyd's List.