Logistics and Shipping Update Q2, 2015

Logistics and Shipping Update Q2, 2015

Container shipping volumes have been forecasted to grow by 5.5% year-on-year across major trade lanes in 2015, described as “relatively positive” year by the Drewry Maritime Research.

A high demand for skilled workers is a key trend emerging within the logistics and shipping industry. With this they are facing 2 challenges when it comes to hiring new talent:

  1. They are facing difficulty attracting talent.
  2. They are having difficulty with the evolution of the ideal logistics skill set.

It is predicted that the industry will see a shortage of nearly 20 million professionals in 2015, in particular, “skilled logistics managers due to their ability to spot complications and create effective solutions – all in support of the company’s objectives.”

These challenges also face the tasks of finding outside partners who have the right blend of industry expertise and execution experience as well as increasing amount of focus on Corporate Responsibility including human rights, animal testing and labour practices.

Sustainability is also a huge issue facing the logistics industry, with those companies already practicing sustainable manufacturing leading the way in revolutionising how they are transporting goods. An increase in industry wide packaging and storage innovation due to this will enable significant reduced supply chain deficiencies.

Emerging markets such as the middle east are expected to see explosive growth through 2016, particularly in the supply chain management and logistics in the pharmaceutical industry.


Singapore has revised down on their shipping outlook for the coming quarter sue to the weakness of consumer demand growth.

Accorinding to BMI, “The port of Singapore’s gross tonnage will grow by 5.3% in 2015 and will expand an average 5.4% over our medium-term forecast period to 2019. Their box handling is set to grow by 3.0% in 2015, with average annual growth set at 3.6% per annum over the medium term.”

Overall in the shipping and logistics market, there existed nearly 1,000 results posted in the last 30 days of publications relating to shipping and logistics.

Such positions included warehouse assistants, supervisors and managers; Logistics managers, project managers and directors; Inventory administrators, procurement executives and managers, HSE officers, analysts, consultants, labourers, marine pilots and shipping officers, assistants and coordinators.


The UAE is the largest player in the region when it comes to shipping, and it is set to remain this way as it continues to develop its ports.

One of the reasons the shipping sector in the UAE is so successful is because its ports are constantly improved and expanded. As demand for the facilities grows they continue to add new berths and invest in new state-of-the-art infrastructure.

Jebel Ali – the largest container-handling facility between Rotterdam and Singapore – is forecast to handle a massive 14.54 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) over the course of the year, which will be boosted by an expansion to a handling capacity of 19mn TEUs.

Port Khalifa, has already handled 2mn TEUs since it started operations in 2012 and is expected to see more double-digit growth in 2015.

Logistics coordinators were the most popular job adverts available at the time of publication, with a high demand for heavy vehicle drivers, logistics supervisors & managers and sales executives.

In the shipping sector there was an overwhelming 300 advertised jobs ranging from entry level to positions requiring 20+ years experience. The most popular jobs were marine, safety, HSE and shipping officers, followed by tug masters and tug mates, crane operators, harbour masters, and marine superintendents.

Saudi Arabia

Growth at Saudi Arabian ports will be robust in 2015, thanks to the government and port authorities looking to expand its infrastructure and capacity supporting growth in dry bulk volumes.

The two-month salary boost since King Salaman has taken the throne will increase demand for containerised goods imports.

290 jobs were advertised in Saudi Arabia relating to shipping. Jobs in demand included tug masters, marine pilots, shipping officers, Safety officers, Quality officers, compliance officers and customer service representatives.

Logistic jobs were similarly in demand, with 212 advertised jobs found across a range of various industries including retail, sales, healthcare and of course, shipping.


We expect continued growth through Kuwait’s major ports with volume growth is expected to hold up according to BMI, with the major development in the Kuwaiti ports being the opening of the new new Mubarak Al-Kabir port, if it opens according to schedule.

In Kuwait there were 30 jobs advertised relating to logistics, including Sales executives, customer service representatives and logistics managers. In shipping, there were 64 advertised vacancies at the time of publication. Positions in demand ranged from Shipping Safety Officers, Shipping Officer, Engineers, Sales Executives and Customer Service representatives.


The Qatari shipping sector continues to be dominated by the export of the country’s key commodity, LNG, carried Qatar GasTransport (Nakilat). However, the country is also looking to increase its container and dry bulk shipping presence, through the development of the New Doha Port, which is being developed with an eye to capturing some lucrative transhipment trade according to BMI.

There were 91 logistics jobs available, 3 of which were logistics managers and project managers. There were also 16 contract jobs such as planning manager, marine fuels specialist and contract analyst.

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