Thursday, January 26, 2017

A Round Up of Freight and Logistics Items You May Have Missed

News Bites from the Transport Sector
Shipping News Feature
THE NETHERLANDS – DSV has been appointed to manage operations for Primark out of a new logistics centre in the Netherlands. The 65,000 m2 warehouse located in Roosendaal in the south of the country is owned by the client and runs on Primark’s Warehouse Management System. Peter van der Maas, Managing Director DSV Solutions the Netherlands, said:

“This go-live is an important step in the long-standing relation between Primark and DSV and we are proud of the results both our and Primark’s teams have achieved in the setup of this facility,” comments.

SPAIN – GAC are hoping to turn the Spanish port of Valencia into a major centre for hull cleaning with their robotic eco-friendly HullWiper system. GAC EnvironHull’s Simon Doran said that:

“Until now, hull cleaning in Spain has largely been associated with Algeciras, at the southern tip of the country, due to the concentration of maintenance companies using traditional methods there. But that could be changing. With the availability of HullWiper, Valencia is featuring more and more on the radar of owners and operators looking for an alternative that makes sound economical and ecological sense.”

The Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) cleans hulls without compromising hull coatings, or putting human life and the sensitive marine environment at risk. Instead of divers with brushes, HullWiper uses adjustable water jets to remove fouling and collects the debris for environmentally-sound disposal. The ROV is operated from shore with the help of lights and cameras, and cleaning can be carried out at any time, day or night, in most weather conditions, even during loading or unloading.

SOUTH AFRICA – The School of Shipping, which offers adults an education in maritime studies specifically relating to importing and exporting, and ocean shipping electronic marketplace INTTRA has announced a collaboration through which School of Shipping students will make use of INTTRA's training environment as part of their coursework.

Students will be able to simulate shipment management for the ocean stages of container transport. That process includes planning container bookings through Ocean Schedules (INTTRA's search tool to identify sailings), executing bookings, submitting shipping instructions and container weight information for SOLAS VGM compliance, tracking containers and a range of other functions. Louw Franken, Director at School of Shipping said:

"Aligning with INTTRA to create this training module enhances our program by giving our students insight into the practical application of the theoretical training we provide. By training on the premier technology platform in ocean shipping, students will develop a firm understanding of communication with carriers on core functions as well as basic operations and functions of exporting. We expect this collaboration to help create better-qualified graduates and eliminate the need for additional basic training when they join BCOs and forwarders."

POLAND – Ekol Logistics has opened a new block train service between Trieste, Italy, and Kiel, Germany. Apart from this new train, Ekol is also offering a sea connection between Kiel and Goteborg in Sweden via Stena Line. Trains will depart every Wednesday at 11:00 from Trieste and reach Kiel at 16:00 next day. The return will depart every Sunday at 13:00 from Kiel to arrive in Trieste Monday at 17:00. Alaa Jennane, the Director of Engineering Business Development of Ekol, said:

“In the continuity of Ekol’s strategy of expansion we are very glad to offer a new intermodal bridge linking Scandinavia, North Germany, Russia and the Baltic sea with South Europe and the Middle East, for example Turkey or Iran. We are sure that this new innovative solution will be appreciated as it will be the best direct service that will open new economic business opportunities for those regions.“

WORLDWIDE – To improve their digitalisation policy Maersk Line has appointed application performance company Riverbed Technology to provide their Riverbed SteelCentral to monitor business-critical applications and services and provide the ability to troubleshoot performance bottlenecks across the company. The five-year contract with Riverbed will support Maersk Line’s strategy to become the digital leader within the shipping sector. Andy Laurence, Head of Production Services at Maersk Group Infrastructure Services said:

“The digitalisation at Maersk Line has been significant. Five years ago, 20% of our revenue was digital, and today it's over 90%. As we continue on our digital journey, having a scalable and stable digital platform infrastructure and end-to-end visibility across our digital services and into the cloud is critical.”