07 July 2017

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Shipping News Feature LUXEMBOURG – ECUADOR – Cargolux Airlines inaugurated scheduled all-cargo services to Quito on 2 July 2017. All four weekly Cargolux flights, that originate in Luxembourg and operate through Curitiba, Viracopos and Mexico respectively, before arrival in Quito, connect Ecuador’s capital to Amsterdam, Luxembourg and beyond. Cargolux’s direct flights from South and Central America to Amsterdam were introduced in 2016 and serve the perishable and flower markets.

SWEDEN – Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has won a three-year contract to handle cargo for Singapore Airlines’ new services from Stockholm. At the end of May, the airline launched five Airbus A350-900 flights a week connecting Singapore and Stockholm via Moscow. Services from Stockholm Arlanda Airport operate every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

With cargo capacity on the route shared with Moscow, WFS in Stockholm expects to handle 3,000-4,000 tonnes a year for Singapore Airlines. This is the second new contract in quick succession for WFS in Sweden. Earlier this month, WFS also announced it had won a contract with Qatar Airways in Stockholm to handle some 12,000 tonnes a year carried on board the airline’s 13 flights per week to Doha.

UK – A charity rail event organised by AV Dawson to celebrate the growth of its Teesside freight terminal has raised more than £6,800 for local charities. More than 200 people joined a train tour of AV Dawson’s 100 acre site, promoted by the Branch Line Society.

The train gave rail and rolling stock enthusiasts’ rare visits to the comprehensive facilities, where they experienced being shunted as part of a one hour return trip around the terminal. The journey took in different lines around the facility including the Automotive Steel Terminal, Teesside Riverside Intermodal Park (TRIP) and Middlesbrough Goods Yard. Charlie Nettle, AV Dawson Head of Marketing and Business Development, said:

“This was an amazing event which has raised a huge amount for local good causes. It was incredible to see rail enthusiasts coming from far and wide to revel in the routes, rail loops and shunts at our site. Some of these lines have never seen a passenger train, so alongside getting a behind the scenes view of our site it was also a historical moment for people to experience.”

NETHERLANDS – BELGIUM – Logistics service provider De Rijke has implemented BluJay Solutions’ integrated transportation management and warehouse management software to manage its logistics, transportation, storage, and customs in the Netherlands and Belgium.

BluJay has delivered a complete replacement of legacy software systems. Erik Schurgers, CFO at De Rijke, explained: “Implementing one system enables us to quickly communicate with customers and suppliers and quickly enter data into the system. With the BluJay platform, we take a huge step in efficiency and we can much better digitise information flows.”

GERMANY – US – Hamburg Süd has been honoured as ‘Top Ranked Carrier’ for the second successive year by the Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC), the largest association of importers and exporters of agricultural and forestry products in the US. The award is the result of the Ocean Carrier Performance Survey by AgTC’s member companies in April and May 2017. Competing with a total of 17 shipping companies, Hamburg Süd collected the highest rankings in the 18 categories by which the carriers were rated by the members. Jürgen Pump, Senior Vice President of Hamburg Süd North America, said:

“We have been a reliable and high-performance partner to the US shippers of agricultural and forestry products for many years. This renewed honour is confirmation of our major efforts and, simultaneously, an incentive to further improve our service wherever possible.”

US – Following the establishment of new facilities in various locations in Germany, China, Hong Kong and Singapore in the first half of the year, Gebrüder Weiss is now setting another milestone and announcing the foundation of an own country organisation in the US.

Five locations will commence operations on July 3: Atlanta, Boston and Los Angeles are being fully taken over from a former US joint venture. The company is also opening two further locations in New York and Chicago, which will serve as the new Head Office for Gebrüder Weiss USA. In total, around 100 members of staff are employed in the United States.

In addition to various transport services – focusing primarily on air and sea freight – Gebrüder Weiss will now offer specific logistics solutions at its new locations. The portfolio of services ranges from goods storage and local distribution to e-commerce solutions including online store systems.

PHILLIPINES – The Sailors’ Society has opened two new Seafarers’ Drop-in Centres with birthing facilities in the Philippines thanks to financial support from Swire Pacific Offshore Operations, China Navigation and the Anscor Swire Ship Management Dependents Association (ASSMDA).

The centre in Leyte includes a birthing facility and will benefit approximately 1,000 households. Its counterpart in Cebu, which was co-funded by the Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP), will help almost 7,000 families. Sandra Welch, Sailors’ Society’s Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Programme, said:

“Seafarers can spend many months at sea and it can be incredibly difficult for the loved ones they leave behind at home. Sailors’ Society is committed to transforming lives in seafaring communities and we are really grateful to Swire Offshore, ASSMDA and AMOSUP for helping fund these new centres.”

AUSTRALIA – The Rhenus group had expanded its global network through the acquisition of Australian logistics company O’Brien Customs and Forwarding, in a move which sees the global logistics specialist further expand its presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

The new Rhenus operations on the Australian continent are part of the logistics specialists’ wider expansion strategy in the Asia-Pacific region. Rhenus is planning to open a number of new business sites across the region this year, including centres in China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Jan Harnisch, COO of Ocean Freight for Rhenus Asia, commented:

“The takeover of O’Brien and the founding of the national company which will be known as Rhenus Logistics Australia allows us to roll out our service across the whole of Australia. As a result of the acquisition, we’re gaining experienced employees with local expertise and knowledge of Rhenus Freight Logistics’ air and ocean operations.”

CHINA – Parallel car importer Shandong High Speed Qingdao West Coastport has appointed GAC China its upstream logistics provider. Under the one-year contract, GAC will handle the receiving and checking, container loading and freight services of an estimated 3,000-4,000 cars exported from Hamburg and Rotterdam to Qingdao and Hong Kong every year. Simon Xu, Managing Director of GAC China, is optimistic about the growth of that market and the opportunities that it will generate:

“China was ranked as the world’s number one automotive market for the eighth year last year, with a double-digit total sales growth. We are also seeing a rising trend for the direct import of European cars into the country. Our partnership with Shandong High Speed marks the beginning of a new chapter for GAC China that will allow us to leapfrog into a new territory in the contract logistics market for fully assembled automobiles.”

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