Project Selfie examined load factors used in reporting by major airlines. It turns out that there is a wide range of ways the load factor is calculated by airlines. Weight alone yields low load factors (the percent of utilization of the aircraft with respect to cargo weight). Most of the airlines use a combination of weight and size, and this is done differently for different carriers. Thus they report load factors on different bases, so they are not comparable. IATA, the industry group, wants to have a more consistent basis than weight for reporting its figures for the industry. Weight alone is not very significant.
“(Weight alone) poorly reflects how full the planes really are.”
In short they cube out before they weigh out. Packages that go by air are not very dense! This may partially explain why air freight rates are going up while load factors are not very high. So IATA has been misrepresenting capacity utilization of planes.
via IATA to review air cargo load factor calculations after Project Selfie revelations – The Loadstar
Some notes on Project selfie: Weight loadfactors a poor way of showing utilisation, Project Selfie confirms – The Loadstar
Turkey has announced a new canal parallel to the Bosporus, to connect the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. It’s an expensive project for Turkey, and the government appears to want a PPP model for at least some of the route. Here’s a map, from the article.
Several universities participated in the research needed to get the project off the ground. Work is planned to start soon, and be completed by 2023.
via Transportation minister unveils final 45-kilometer route of Kanal Istanbul project – Daily Sabah
What’s interesting about this article to me is the concept of using a container to house the battery. That way it can be removed/replaced if there is a problem, cutting down time to just long enough to lift the old battery off and put the new one in! The US doesn’t have the same type of shorter haul river waterways that are so common in Europe, but there are scenarios where similar ships would be useful, such as Oakland to Stockton, reducing road traffic and the resultant pollution without producing more.
via Port-Liner launches first emission-free barges on Europe’s waterways – The Loadstar