zoom By examining the correlation between carrier terminal ownership and the choice of port calls by the 2M and upcoming Ocean and THE liner alliances, Drewry said that the choice of port call is often not in line with carrier terminal ownership interests.The shipping consultancy conducted a research analysing the relationship between the extent of interests in terminals that carriers have in ports in a selection of gateway and transhipment port markets, and the ports of call in these markets, as selected by the three major alliances that will be in place from second-quarter 2017.Gateway markets included Benelux ports, the Pacific South West and South China/Hong Kong, while transhipment markets covered hubs in Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean, Middle East and Central America/Caribbean.The research showed that in the Benelux gateway port market, the port choices made by the Ocean and THE alliances correlate very closely to the member lines’ terminal interests, but for the 2M the opposite is true.“What this analysis shows is that individual lines are not entirely in control of their own destinies when it comes to port choices, as partner lines in their alliances may have conflicting port choice preferences and particular idiosyncrasies,” Neil Davidson, Drewry’s senior analyst for ports and terminals, said.The horse-trading between alliance members extends beyond port choices and into the choice of specific terminals within any given port, according to Drewry.“Even if a terminal operator brings in a shipping line as a joint venture partner, this is no absolute guarantee of securing an alliance’s volume,” Davidson concluded.
Crime in Wetaskiwin, Alta., a town of 15,000 about an hour’s drive south of Edmonton, is getting worse at a faster rate than any other Canadian urban area, a Maclean’s analysis has shown.From 2012 to 2017, Wetaskiwin’s crime severity index (CSI) — a measure used by Statistics Canada that accounts for the seriousness of crimes as well as their number — increased 100.63 points to 257.54.For comparison, Red Deer, the community with the second-fastest growing CSI, saw an increase of 58.65 points over five years. Canada’s overall CSI fell 2.56 points to 72.87 over the same time period.Meanwhile, Estevan, Sask. had the fastest-dropping crime severity index in the country with a 58.54-point reduction.The community with the highest overall CSI is North Battleford, Sask., which held the same dubious honour last year. The industrial and agricultural community’s crime severity index was 371.58 in 2017, 38 points higher than Thompson, Man., Canada’s second-most dangerous place.Click here to read the full story on Macleans.ca.On this week’s episode of The Big Story, Aaron Hutchins went to Wetaskiwin to investigate, and he found a community that knows solutions are needed, but isn’t sure where to start – or if the town’s leadership is even willing to acknowledge the problem and act. It’s the same pattern other cities have faced, and the question is where it goes from here.Audio Playerhttp://radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_1105.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.