Pinterest Linkedin Facebook Share AdvertisementSACRAMENTO – The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) Foundation will host its second annual CAWG Foundation Gala, which will feature a reception, silent auction and a friendly wine competition judged by California political leaders. It will be held at The Sutter Club in Sacramento on March 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.The goal of the gala is to bring together California legislators, government officials and CAWG members to increase awareness of the foundation’s accomplishments and raise money for scholarships for children of California winegrape grower employees.For the wine competition, legislators and government officials were invited to nominate California red or white wines. Nominated wineries that have confirmed for the competition so far include Beach House Winery, Bloomfield Vineyards, Claiborne & Churchill Winery, Cooper Vineyards, Doffo Winery, Fiddletown Cellars, Four Brix Winery, Gratta Wines, Iron Horse Vineyards, J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines, Michael David Winery, Oak Farm Vineyards, Opolo Vineyards, Rosenblum Cellars, Rusack Vineyards, Scheid Vineyards, The Steven Kent Winery, Wiens Family Cellar and Wilson Creek Winery. For event information, visit www.cawg.org (calendar and events).“We were pleased with the enthusiastic response at last year’s event and wanted to build on that this year,” said CAWG President John Aguirre. “With the support of participating wineries and legislators and success in fundraising, we can make a difference in the lives of students by providing financial assistance for their education.”Contacts:Meredith Ritchie, CAWG Communications, 916-984-4473, [email protected] Collins, CAWG Manager of Member Relations, 916-379-8995, [email protected] the California Association of Winegrape Growers Foundation The CAWG Foundation is a nonprofit public benefit corporation. Each year the foundation awards two $8,000 four-year scholarships to students planning to attend a campus in the University of California or California State University system, and four $2,000 two-year scholarships to students planning to attend a California community college. Scholarships are awarded to high school seniors whose parent or legal guardian is employed by a California winegrape grower. The Robert Miller Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student who resides on the Central Coast and plans to major in enology or viticulture at Allan Hancock College or Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The foundation awards at least seven scholarships each year and has awarded $371,500 since its inception in 1998. For more information, visit www.cawgfoundation.org.About the California Association of Winegrape Growers CAWG provides industry leadership to advocate for public policies, research and education programs, and sustainable farming practices to enhance the business of growing California winegrapes. The organization represents the growers of more than 50 percent of the gross grape tonnage crushed for wine and concentrate in California. For more information, visit www.cawg.org.Advertisement TAGSCalifornia Association of Winegrape GrowersCAWG Previous articleDan Goldfield Passes President Torch for the Sonoma County Vintners FoundationNext articleAfternoon Brief, February 27 Press Release Home Industry News Releases Second Annual CAWG Foundation Gala to Raise Funds for Student ScholarshipsIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessSecond Annual CAWG Foundation Gala to Raise Funds for Student ScholarshipsBy Press Release – February 27, 2017 31 0 Email ReddIt Twitter
The cavalier attitude of ocean carriers towards the ordering of new ultra-large tonnage is almost entirely to blame for the current dire market conditions within the container industry and the collapse of the charter market, according to a respected maritime consultant.Alphaliner said that the gravity facing containership owners compared with that during the financial crisis in 2009, but suggests that the context is now “rather different”.“This time, carriers’ reckless order wave of the past few years is largely to blame for the overcapacity that wreaks havoc to the market,” said Alphaliner, “while the poor health of the world economy has only made things worse.”The full extent of the carnage exacted on the boxship charter market in 2015 was recounted by Alphaliner in its latest update. By Mike Wackett 11/01/2016 It said that after a “wind of optimism” that had prevailed among containership owners in the first half of the year it became obvious by August that the market was changing direction, which would eventually lead to a rate collapse.Indeed, in the last weeks of 2015 daily hire rates for containerships of over 4,000 teu plunged to all-time lows.For example; according to Alphaliner’s data, charter rates for an 8,800 teu ship plummeted from $31,000 per day in the first half of the year to $8,000 in the second half as demand almost totally dried up.The influence of the ‘big three’ container lines, Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM, on the charter market is substantial: between them they accounted for 36% of the chartering activity in 2015, according to Alphaliner’s records.Hence, as their new mega-container vessels have been delivered for Asia-Europe deployment, the trio have cascaded incumbent ships into smaller trades and off-hired, or not extended, smaller boxships, thus exacerbating the difficulties for the weakening charter market.Looking ahead, Alphaliner said that the prospects for 7,500 teu to 9,000 teu ships could improve later in the year with the opening of the new Panama locks as carriers prepare to “shake-up service patterns” to reduce unit costs.However, what is potentially good news for the owners of bigger vessels, is very bad news for the current fleet of panamax containerships.“The situation can only get worse in 2016 for conventional panamaxes, already vastly affected by a chronic oversupply” said the consultant. “The new Panama locks are expected to open at the start of the peak season, just when panamax chartering activity picks up as seasonal Asia-US east coast loops are launched. “This time, it will be much larger ships that stand to benefit, leaving many traditional panamaxes stranded,” it said.In terms of other smaller sectors, Alphaliner’s view is again mostly negative for the year, given the cascade impact from panamax ships looking for any form of employment. In fact, it suggests that the only size of containership likely to enjoy a positive outlook this year is in the 1,000-1,800 teu sector.These vessels, notes Alphaliner, could benefit from the dearth of newbuilding ships of this size coming on stream and their niche deployment requirement for trades that have physical restrictions such as in draught or length.
By Alex Lennane 05/12/2018 Lufthansa Cargo has stepped up its cooperation with digital booking platform cargo.one, acquiring a minority share in the Berlin-based company.Founded in 2017, cargo.one has developed a platform for booking and marketing air cargo capacity, and offers dynamic spot rates.Peter Gerber, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo described cargo.one as “another important step towards the digitisation of our industry”.“We are pleased to have been one of the first airlines to recognise the potential of this multi-airline platform for our customers and to have made ourselves compatible. We are impressed with the technology and user-friendly product.“Our customers’ overall experience is now strongly improved by being able to more efficiently book air cargo capacity.”Lufthansa Cargo has made a series of partnerships with tech companies. It invested this year in US start-up Fleet Logistics, an online marketplace which matches customer demand with available capacity provided by logistics companies.The carrier is also anchor partner to US technology accelerator Plug and Play, which brings start-ups and established companies together within the supply chain and logistics platform. The programme provides an opportunity for logistics players to network with, and learn from, each other, exchange ideas and drive digitisation.“The close cooperation between Lufthansa Cargo and technology start-ups melds comprehensive air cargo experience with a technology driven, fresh view of global logistics processes,” said Boris Hueske, head of digital transformation at Lufthansa Cargo.“By acquiring a share in cargo.one and Fleet Logistics, Lufthansa Cargo is emphasising its strategic commitment to elevating the air cargo industry to a higher level of digital maturity,” added Mr Hueske.