Thursday, December 24, 2020

A Short Catch Up on Some Smaller Supply Chain Related Items

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UK – Menzies Distribution has announced the acquisition of logistics and supply chain services business Bibby Distribution from the 213-year old, family owned Bibby Line Group. The deal sees the addition of 38 new operating sites and a large, young fleet to the Menzies' portfolio.

Over 35 years, Bibby Distribution has built an end-to-end supply chain platform that provides solutions for its customers across a number of sectors including paper and packaging and consumer products. Bibby Distribution’s customers also includes an array of grocery retailers and blue-chip organisations across a range of resilient sectors.

CAMEROON – In 2020 International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) signed a 25-year concession contract with the Port Autonome de Kribi (PAK) for the development, operation and maintenance of the multipurpose terminal at the Port of Kribi. Now the group has installed the Logstar®Terminal Operating System (TOS) to facilitate efficiency via the cloud-based solution.

The new TOS provides support for all aspects of vessel, gate, yard and warehouse operations, and all are fully integrated with billing and reporting systems. KMT is a purpose built deep water general cargo facility catering to RoRo project and heavy lift cargo, oil and gas industry, forestry and steel products, dry bulk and other general cargo.

DENMARK – NETHERLANDS – Nautilus International, the union for maritime professionals, has demanded that AP Moller Maersk, end forced redundancies on its Dutch flagged vessels. The union has presented a petition to Maersk management urging that 24 Dutch seafarers at risk of being dismissed be offered alternative employment across the company.

The world's largest containership owner recently sold its five remaining ships which sail under the Dutch flag. Following the sale, Maersk announced that Dutch Captains and Chief Engineers could remain in service, but that another 24 Dutch seafarers on the fleet will be made redundant. Nautilus International deputy general secretary Marcel van den Broek said:

"It is incomprehensible to us and our members that a profitable company like Maersk, with over 300 ships in service, would not be able to find jobs for all 24 Dutch seafarers on their fleet in addition to the Dutch Captains and Chief Engineers. Our members do not accept this and demand that Maersk will immediately withdraw all announced layoffs. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) on job security was concluded in 2011 between Nautilus and AP Moller Maersk. We still consider this agreement to be applicable."

DENMARK – WORLDWIDE – DSV Panalpina has completed the takeover of Prime Cargo’s activities in Denmark, Poland and China from Mitsui-Soko Group, an international forwarding company based in Japan. Prime Cargo is headquartered in Kolding, Denmark, but operates internationally and also has freight, warehousing and logistics activities in both Poland and China. All conditions and requirements have been met and the agreement has been approved by the relevant competition authorities.

EGYPT – The container terminal which Hutchison Ports is to develop within the Abu Qir Naval Base, just 20 kilometres from Alexandria is pushing ahead. The new terminal will have a handling capacity of 2 million TEU upon completion and a total quay length of 1,200 metres with a draft of 18 metres capable of handling mega vessels of the future.

The project includes provision for a 60-hectare container terminal yard, and an additional 100 hectares of land exclusively reserved for future expansion. The overall investment in the terminal is estimated to reach US$730 million. The new terminal has a concession for 38 years and funded by the joint investment of the two partners in phases. The first phase is expected to commence operations in 2022.

Photo: ICTSI’s Kribi Multipurpose Terminal in Cameroon