FIATA International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations
ULD session in Geneva raised some eyebrows over at ULD CARE, a well-versed
organization that began as an International Air Transport Association
(IATA) committee in 1971 and then in 2011 became a legal entity based
ULD Care’ no nonsense leadership includes Bob Rogers based in Hong
Kong and Urs Wiesendanger, P.Log. based in Montreal.
the recent scene at FIATA ULD HQ Session earlier last week in Geneva,
Bob Rogers said:
“FIATA seems a bit out of step maybe
about 5+ years out behind the times . . . the data they are talking about
was the output of the IATA Ground Damage Database project which I was
able to get access to as it was run by Peter Hunt when he left his role
as cargo safety in Cathay Pacific to work at IATA Montreal.
“I have tons of material on the subject
and yes, it’s absolutely correct. ULD are the #1 cause of aircraft
damage, with 99% of the damage being caused to the cargo hold liners due
to use of improperly loaded/damaged ULD.”
Bob also said:
“We have a big library of pictures
of damage to aircraft.
“The damage caused during ULD handling
tend to be much worse on Airbus aircraft which tend to have smaller clearances
between the ULD permitted contour and the hold contour.
“Have no idea why FIATA has decided
to get excited about this subject now, many years on," Bob said.
“It's true that much of the damage
is caused by poor handling by the forwarding community but then again
it's the airlines’ responsibility to reject such units shipside
but of course they never do because that would cause commercial upset
so the wheel just continues to turn,” Bob Rogers said.
“Your readers might find our recently
published ULD Care White Paper which turns the focus toward efficiency
and sustainability,” Bob Rogers concluded.
It's almost a month since Hong Kong said
goodbye to the last significant pandemic restriction; the much-disliked
mask mandate which required the Hong Kong population to use masks everywhere,
including public places except the country parks.
“Removal of that kind of life here
was definitely a light blue touch paper and stand back moment for HongKongers.
“Hong Kong is springing back to life
big time with a number of high-profile events such as Art Basel (on now)
and the famous Hong Kong Rugby Sevens in a week’s time,” reports
Bob Rogers Rogers, VP and Treasurer-ULD CARE, one of the smartest people
for more than 52 years when it comes to the art of ULDs.
“On the aviation side we are seeing
a very rapid return to the good old days,” Bob added.
AB mid-Saturday afternoon March 24.
“A year ago one would have been hard
pressed to find more than a couple of active flights and they would most
likely have been cargo,” Bob Rogers observed.
United Airlines was the first U.S.-based carrier to resume direct flights
between the U.S. and China, as COVID travel restrictions from China were
finally lifted, relaunching a daily HKG-SFO service, while others including
British Airways are daily to LHR (Cathay Pacific CX has been triple daily
for a while).
Good to see B747s, A380s and other big jets
spreading their wings again as they grace the Hong Kong skies.
Bob pointed to a start-up, underscoring
that HKIA is back.
“Our new aviation “ baby”
Greater Bay Airlines (GBA), aimed at developing the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao
Greater Bay Area, and the integration of Hong Kong into Chinese Mainland’s
overall development, is up and running and recently ordered 15 more 737s
and is even talking of 787s!”
Looking further ahead there is an enormous
amount of construction activity at the airport associated with move to
a three-runway operation in a couple of years; actually the third runway
was opened a few months ago but the first runway, already 25 years old
is currently out of commission for a rebuild.
Given Hong Kong's rapid integration into the massive Greater Bay Area
(GBA) project encompassing HK, Macau, Shenzhen, Donguan, Foshan and Guangzhou
, some 70 million people with a GDP greater than Canada, those optimists
amongst us are looking forward to a very bright future as HK recovers
its place at the top of the aviation league tables.
“So happy to see the beat go on,”
Bob proclaimed, “based in no small part to HK’s people and
our unique location, lying within 5 hours flying of half the world’s
“Watch this space,” Bob Rogers