Wednesday, September 21, 2016

An Assortment of Items from the World of Shipping, Freight and Logistics

A Quick Look at Some Other Global News Items This Week
Shipping News Feature
GERMANY – ITALY – PHILIPPINES – Hamburg based shipping company Peter Döhle Schiffahrts KG and Genoa headquartered crew management group Sirius Ship Management have formed an alliance for the recruitment, training and career development of Filipino seafarers in Manila. The partnership evolved from the long relationship between Roy Machart, General Manager of Döhle Group and Filippo Guadagna, CEO of Sirius Ship Management and who say they will use one facility to recruit and train several thousands of Filipino crewmembers.

Peter Döhle Schiffahrts has experience in training of seafarers in the Philippines having invested in the ETCC (European Training and Competence Centre). This modern maritime training centre, established in 2011 and certified ISO 9001-2008 and conveniently located in the centre of Manila, offers a wide range of maritime training programs and specialised courses that meet and exceed IMO standards and comply with the STCW. Presently, the ETCC annually sees more than 1,000 course-participants and around 2,000 Pre-Embarkation-Trainees.

US – Country music star Darryl Worley will be the celebrity guest on the Santa Train when it makes its 74th journey, on Saturday, November 19. He will accompany Santa and event sponsors CSX, Dignity U Wear, Food City and the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce on the 110-mile trek. Worley, who has three No. 1 singles on the Billboard U.S. country chart during his career, has been on the country music scene since 2000 and plans to release his first-ever gospel album next year. He commented:

“I’m honoured to accompany the Santa Train as the celebrity guest this year, the opportunity to give back and to be a part of a 74-year-old holiday tradition is one that I couldn’t pass up, and I look forward to being a part of it.”

GERMANY – WORLDWIDE – The Deutsche Post DHL Group has again called upon its 500,000 employees to participate in Global Volunteer Day (GVD) for the sixth year in a row. This year's official GVD period runs from September 22 to October 2, when employees from all business units will again team up with independent organizations and charities to help in numerous non-profit projects to benefit the communities in which they live.

The vast majority of GVD projects focus on one or other of the company's long-standing GoTeach, GoHelp and GoGreen initiatives. Many activities take place in kindergartens and schools, while others take the form of job application workshops. However, others see employees volunteer to help people in need, becoming involved in restructuring efforts to rebuild homes in the wake of natural disasters or by organizing donation drives. As environmental protection remains a major concern for many employees, some choose to plant trees, clean waste from beaches and parks, and support the recycling trend by turning old, discarded materials into something useful and new.

AUSTRIA – TURKEY – Gebrüder Weiss is expanding its presence in Turkey by opening a new office in Izmir. The office in the south west of Turkey complements the air and sea freight operations at the existing branch in Istanbul. Strategically positioned near the Bayrakli business district, Gebrüder Weiss says it can now offer its customers in the South Aegean area transport consulting and planning directly on site. With about 4.1 million inhabitants, Izmir is the third largest city in Turkey and is home to the country's second largest container transhipment centre after Istanbul. More than 4,500 export companies are based here and this region accounts for 4.2% of all of Turkey's imports.

PAKISTAN – WWG Consolidators (Pvt) Limited has been appointed Pakistan member for independent freight forwarder network The WACO System. Founded in 2008, the Karachi-headquartered forwarder offers global supply chain solutions, with operations out of Karachi, Lahore, Sialkot, Islamabad, and Peshawar.

SOUTH AFRICA – Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is on track with its R1.4 billion tug building contract and has now seen the ceremonial launch of the fourth of the nine new tugs being built in Durban. The new vessel, christened Osprey will serve at the Port of Saldanha. In line with maritime tradition, the duty of officially naming the vessel was carried out by Lady Sponsor, Thandeka Mabija, who earlier this month was appointed General Manager for Human Resources at TNPA.

This is the largest single contract TNPA has ever awarded to a South African company for the building of harbour craft. The nine new tugs are being built over three and a half years, as part of a wider fleet replacement programme that covers tugs, new dredging vessels and new marine aviation helicopters. The programme, aimed at improving operational efficiency in the ports, sits within TNPA’s R56 billion contribution to Transnet’s R300 billion-plus Market Demand Strategy. Five tugs are under construction simultaneously at any given time due to the project’s tight deadlines.

UK – A Keswick Enterprises Group company, freight forwarding and logistics provider Spatial Global, based in Castle Donington, has been named 'Employer of the Year' for Derbyshire, in the East Midlands Chamber Business Awards 2016. Sponsored by Mazars, the East Midlands Chamber's Award is designed to recognise organisations that demonstrate a commitment to people development and the implementation and promotion of a learning and development culture. Spatial Global was also a finalist in two additional categories in both the Derbyshire and Leicestershire Business Awards this year: 'Excellence in International Trade' and 'Business Improvement Through Technology'.

BRAZIL – Supply chain management group Ceva Logistics has furthered its partnership with the SOS Mata Atlântica Foundation, a Brazilian NGO. As a result of measuring its CO2 emissions and calculating usage in Brazil, Ceva says it will offset these emissions by way of a contribution to the NGO's forest restoration program ‘Future Forests’. By calculating its carbon dioxide emissions, Ceva can translate this value into the planting of thousands of Brazilian native seedlings in the Atlantic Forest biome stretching along Brazil's Atlantic coastline.

The Atlantic Forest biome is a permanent preservation area which is controlled and monitored by SOS Mata Atlântica. In addition to emissions monitoring over the last two years, Ceva Brazil has also introduced measurements for the use of water, paper, wood, cardboard and solid waste at its contract logistics sites across the country. Those readings are then evaluated on a monthly basis to calculate the exact consumption of all natural resources.

Photo: A floating dock moves the new TNPA tug Osprey away from the quayside to undergo its first tests on water.