Monday, September 12, 2016

A Round Up of News Detailing What is Happening in Shipping, Freight Forwarding and Logistics Sectors

What the Global Supply Chain Providers are up to at the Moment
Shipping News Feature
GERMANY - Six hundred eighty-two trainees and students all across Germany have begun their training at freight forwarder and logistics provider Dachser, more than ever before. Dachser has also set a new record for professional drivers, 87 young drivers decided to train with Dachser this year. In total, the family-owned company is training 1,511 new recruits in 76 locations nationwide with another 255 trainees outside of the family run company’s home nation. 639 new recruits have launched their careers in freight forwarding and logistics, office management, IT, warehousing, warehouse logistics, and professional driving with another 43 beginning logistics targeted coursework in business management.

UK – Freight by Water (FbW), the operation dedicated to expanding the use of domestic waterborne cargo movement, has recently published a study of the mode as it applies to the River Thames and is of the opinion that its conclusions could be extrapolated to apply to much of the rest of the country. The staff at FbW are keen to speak with any stakeholder with regard to the report, particularly with regard to the introduction of a nation wide Strategic Water Network.

This concept is designed to formally designate priority freight routes and guide local authorities as regards future planning decisions. The latest Department for Transport (DfT) statistics show that while coastal traffic between Britain’s sea ports fell by 2% freight movement on inland waterways jumped 8% to 1.5 billion tonne-kilometres. The report can be read in full here.

UK – Debenhams has renewed its omnichannel logistics contract with DHL Supply Chain for a further five years. DHL will continue to manage Debenhams’ warehousing and distribution, handling stock for its online business and replenishing the retailer’s 160+ UK stores.

LUXEMBOURG – PUERTO RICO – Europe’s largest freight only airline, Cargolux, is introducing a new direct flight from Luxembourg to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, on 2 October. The flight, CV 8387, leaves Luxembourg every Sunday at 22.15 hours and arrives in San Juan on Mondays at 1.30h (all times local). Cargolux says it has utilised highly specialised cool chain equipment and the most modern dedicated freighter in the industry, the 747-8F, which is ideally suited for perishable and cool chain shipments with its four independently adjustable climate zones, superior range and speed.

The airline has already established four weekly service from Aguadilla to Europe which it claims are strongly supported by shippers and forwarders in the South and Central American perishables and flower industry. In addition, Cargolux already operates four indirect weekly flights from Luxembourg to Aguadilla.

UK – Airport City Manchester, the £800 million expansion of Manchester Airport owned by the Manchester Airports group and being developed as a joint venture by Carillion and the Beijing Construction Engineering Group, has agreed the advance sale of the logistics facility Alpha on the site to to LaSalle Investment Management for £12.2 million on behalf of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund. Alpha is a 130,000 square foot facility which will be split into units between 17,500 square feet to double that size at rents starting at £7.50 per square foot with occupation from January 2017.

BELGIUM – Executives from the port and logistics group with operations in 33 countries Katoen Natie, recently visited Craigavon, Northern Ireland to celebrate the delivery of the company’s 1000th Hyster® truck, received from the plant there. The latest truck will be used in Antwerp, Belgium where the company is headquartered and will join a mixed fleet of electric and LPG vehicles, from 1.6 tonne capacity forklifts through to high capacity lift trucks and container handlers.

UK - Turners of Soham has bought the second largest container operator in the UK, Goldstar Transport which will continue to operate under the same name and board of directors. It will increase the group fleet to 1,750 vehicles and increases turnover by around £95 million a year to over £400 million. Goldstar, which currently operates 350 of its own vehicles and has a similar number of dedicated subcontractors from its 10 locations across the UK, will boost Turner’s three core areas of its road haulage operation, temperature controlled, tanker and container transport.

Photo: Freight by Water – hardly a new idea, a Thames barge under way in the 1880's.