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Page 18 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC JAN-FEB , 2019 Volga-Dnepr delivers its first OneWeb satellites THE FIRST delivery of satellites for the OneWeb constellation project has been completed by Volga-Dnepr Airlines. In co-operation with Volga-Dnepr partner Bolloré Logistics, an An-124-100 freighter delivered six satellites from their manu- facturing facility in Toulouse, France, to Cayenne in French Guiana. The satellites were transported in two special containers, with an overall payload of approximately 30 tonnes. Using a direct charter flight ensured OneWeb’s sophisticated equipment was delivered to Kourou, with the first satellite launch scheduled for the middle of Febru- ary. The satellites will operate in near-polar, 1,200km LEO orbit. “As an air cargo operator, we under- stand all too well how important stable internet access is, with customers relying on real-time cargo shipment data, airline specialists communicating through in- ternet systems to guarantee cost-effec- tive and timely deliveries, and innovative technologies being facilitated through the development of internet solutions. We are, therefore, especially honoured to be part of the OneWeb constellation project, which will enhance the quality of life for custom- ers globally,” said Axel Kaldschmidt, global director Aerospace at Volga-Dnepr Group. COVER STORy Why is no-one helping us? RFNSW says govt is ignoring calls to act on ‘free for all’ price hikes at Port Botany UK shippers warned long-haul seafreight at risk of no-deal Brexit AUSTRALIA’s Road Freight NSW (RFNSW) says its members are extremely disappointed that the NSW government won’t stop stevedores imposing large increases in infrastructure charges on carriers using the Port Botany terminals. For the third time in 18 months, Patrick has announced a new round of charges on trans- port carriers at its Port Botany terminal. From 04 March, Patrick will apply a new infrastructure surcharge of A$77.50 (plus GST) for all laden containers in and out of the port.This is an 88 per cent increase on the A$41.10 fee which it set last July. And once again, RFNSW says the unilateral price rise came without warning, or consulta- tion with industry. “Unfortunately, with no reg- ulation, transparency or ac- countability, it’s now a ‘free for all’ down at Port Botany,” said Simon O’Hara, chief executive RFNSW. “Stevedores are adding to their substantial revenue streams by applying ever-in- creasing port charges without intervention from the govern- ment or regulators. “Truck operators want to know why the government is doing nothing to help them? “There’s little doubt that the stevedores’ ongoing cost-shift- ing will be passed through the supply chain, with NSW consumers ultimately paying more for their everyday goods, adding to their cost of living pressures. “That’s why we’re surprised that the government won’t lis- ten and act on the concerns of our members, many of whom are small, family-run business- es, who already are doing it tough.” UK BUSINESSES involved in sea freight have been advised to hope there is not a no deal Brexit because goods sent to far-away destinations from now may not arrive by the March 29 Brexit deadline date and could find they are locked out of harbours. Business groups the CBI, the EEF manufacturers’ group, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and the British Retail Consortium (BRC) all have warned separately that the maximum shipping time to anywhere in the world is about 50 days – with the furthest being Australia and New Zealand – meaning shipments sent over the next few days to far-off ports face an uncertain reception and could be locked out. It was suggested that consignments sent to countries that have preferred agreements with the EU and which arrive after March 29 could face tariffs. The UK exports roughly GBP5 billion of goods a month to the 60 countries that have free trade agreements with the EU. The EU and the countries it has trade deals with cover about 32 per cent of global GDP. Imports to Britain could also be affected.