Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Asian Logistic Outfits Report New Freight Developments and Saving the Whales

Contracts, Facilities and Kudos for Environmental Works for Local Operators
Shipping News Feature
INDIA – CHINA – TAIWAN – US – Global logistics provider Agility has opened the first temperature-controlled life sciences storage and handling facility in the Hyderabad Airport Zone. The 6,000-square-foot Life Sciences Excellence Centre (LSEC) at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is placed to serve pharma manufacturers in Hyderabad, Goa, Pune, Vishakhapatnam and Bangalore. The centre will provide conditioning, preparation and storage of pharmaceutical goods and operate as a control tower for Agility life sciences freight customers in India. Detlev Janik, CEO of Agility South Asia, said:

“Life sciences is one of the cornerstones of the Indian economy with exports expected to grow an astonishing 60% in 2017. This new centre will help fast-growing Indian life sciences companies meet the rising global demand for their products.”

Meanwhile in China fashion retailer Missguided is working with Kerry Logistics to support its ongoing global growth. Kerry will handle all international air and ocean needs for the UK-based retailer, as well as providing a wide range of value-added services and on-the-ground logistics support through its extensive network across the Greater China region and Asia. Emma Rowlands, Sales Director of Kerry Logistics (UK) said:

“We are delighted to be working with one of the UK’s fastest growing and innovative brands. Seamless transparency will be fundamental in managing the fast-moving supply chain for Missguided. Our strengths in Asia, combined with the recent acquisition of Apex Maritime and its affiliated companies in the US, will enable a strong platform to manage the client’s strategic growth and expansion across the globe.”

Finally Taiwanese shipping line Evergreen has received recognition for its performance in a voluntary environmental and ecological protection program. The initiative was aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions of vessels and avoiding whale collisions by encouraging slow sailing speeds in California’s Santa Barbara Channel region.

Vessels enrolled in the program were required to reduce speeds to 12 knots or less within 95 nautical miles of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. This practice helped to minimize the emissions of greenhouse gases and thus reduce their influence on air quality around coastal communities. The result was a reduction of more than 1,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases and 27 tonnes of smog-forming nitrogen oxide (NOx).

The July to November period sees an increase in whale population in the Santa Barbara Channel region; these include blue, humpback and fin whales. With thousands of vessels sailing through the Channel each year, ship strikes are unfortunately a major threat to the endangered whale population. Slowing ship speeds has proved to reduce the risk of such fatal strikes.

"When you slow ships down you provide whale conservation and cleaner air for us to breathe here on shore," said Kristi Birney, marine conservation analyst for the Santa Barbara-based Environmental Defense Center, one of the backers of the initiative.