Friday, September 20, 2019

Bits and Pieces of Logistics News from Around the Freight Industry

Some Items You May Have Missed This Week
Shipping News Feature

UK – This week's smaller freight and logistics items start as Narrow Aisle, which makes the popular range of Flexi articulated fork lift trucks, announces the launch of a dedicated online spare parts store. Flexi customers around the world will find all the original parts and accessories they need to ensure that their Flexi lift trucks operate at optimum efficiency.

More than 9,000 Flexi articulated warehouse truck units are in operation worldwide supported by Narrow Aisle's global network of over 60 authorised distributors. All orders received by 4pm are picked, packed and despatched for same-day dispatch to the UK, Europe or overseas to ensure spare parts are delivered promptly to maximise truck uptime. In addition, a click and collect option means orders can be picked-up directly from Narrow Aisle’s Tipton, West Midlands-based spare parts hub within two hours of being confirmed.

UK – Ship’s agency GAC UK and marine consultants Orcades Marine have joined forces to offer an array of consultancy services and specialist personnel to the industry. The partnership was formed in response to rapid developments in offshore and shipping technology and the growing marine and offshore renewable energy sector.

Services will cover all UK, North Sea and North West European ports and beyond providing a wide range of consultancy services including auditing of workboats, terminals, cargo operations and surveys, navigation assessment, mooring design & analysis, offshore & marine renewable installation support. The partnership also draws on the expertise of specialists such as tow masters, rig movers, mooring masters, marine warranty surveyors and naval architects.

UK – Bolero International is partnering with Traydstream, the leader in Trade document scrutiny using artificial intelligence (AI), to provide an automatic document checking service for both its corporate and bank customers saving them time and resources as well as mitigating trade finance risks. Users of the Bolero digitisation platform will have the option to select Traydstream’s data analytics and integrated AI tools to validate transaction documentation against the underlying trade transaction as well as a vast, evolving library of ICC trade rules.

Exporters will be able to pre-check their documents prior to submission to their banks, substantially reducing the likelihood of rejection and fee-incurring delays. In the same manner banks will be able to run automatic discrepancy checks on the millions of trade documents they process making substantial savings in both time and money.

UK – EUROPE – BluJay Solutions, a provider of supply chain software and services has announced its accreditation as a Certified PEPPOL Access Point software provider. PEPPOL, is the Pan European Public Procurement Online network that enables the exchange of electronic trading documents over a European-wide network. The accreditation enables customers using BluJay’s MessageBroker EDI/B2B technology to become a supplier to the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK and other government organisations across Europe where PEPPOL is a requirement.

PEPPOL enables the connection of different eProcurement systems by establishing a set of common business processes and technical standards. Public agencies and private enterprises can quickly and easily reach any other trading partner, also using PEPPOL. Currently, there are PEPPOL members in 32 countries, with Certified Access Points in 22 European countries plus Canada and USA, according to PEPPOL’s website.

UK – The Delivery Group, e-commerce, mail and pallet specialist, has opened a new 52,500 square foot processing hub in Bristol. The £8 million development enables the company to support the rapidly growing delivery demand from clients in anticipation of peak volumes of 1 billion items.

The Bristol hub comes hot on the heels of The Delivery Group’s opening of its new Maidstone site in March and the company’s successful acquisition of ONEPOST. Bristol adds a further 30% capacity to the company’s network. The site will process and sort mail using the very latest letter and packet sortation machines, ready for delivery into Royal Mail processing points across the South, South West and Midlands.

PANAMA – Based on the present and projected level of Gatun Lake for the upcoming weeks, the Panama Canal Authority has announced that until further notice the maximum authorised draft allowed for vessels transiting through the Neopanamax locks is 14.02 meters (46 feet) TFW.

BRAZIL – Latin America based helicopter manufacturer, Helibras, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Airbus, has awarded CEVA Logistics a new five year contract through to 2024. The new deal seeks to grow the strong working relationship the companies have built up together since 2013 and covers two facilities in the north of the Sao Paulo region at Atibaia and Itajuba (Minas Gerais). The plants manufacture both civilian and military helicopters which are destined for a diverse end market including the armed forces and the oil and gas industry.

EUROPE – Hyster Europe has developed new solutions to help terminals handle containers on railroad cars in the second rail position. The new hinged elevating operator cabin is an option on the Hyster® RS46 ReachStacker which helps operators have direct visibility of the top corner pockets on the second rail containers, even when there is a high cube container on a railcar in the first rail position.

Previously, the use of cameras or staff, known as spotters, to direct the operator had their limitations, putting extra time on the operation and increasing the cost per container moved. To handle a heavy load at extended load centre, a stabiliser can be deployed at the front of the ReachStacker. There is also an optional tilt of up to 10 degrees on the cab which helps provide improved visibility and a remote operation mode negating the use of a spotter.

MEDITERRANEAN – Container line CMA CGM has introduced a new direct and weekly service between the Black Sea, Turkey, Spain and Morocco utilising 4 vessels each of 2,500 TEU. The Black Sea Marmara Morocco (BSMAR) rotation has a large number of reefer plugs to suit the local market.

Port Rotation is Odessa, Constanta, Ambarli, Aliaga, Piraeus, Malta, Valencia, Algeciras, Casablanca, Algeciras, Malta, Piraeus, Gebze, Odessa.

WORLDWIDE – Carrier Transicold has introduced the new Micro-Link® 5 controller, bringing wireless access to its container refrigeration units for improved cargo visibility and worker productivity. When refrigeration units are equipped with the controller, shipping line personnel can access and monitor refrigeration unit operations from mobile devices, such as smartphones or tablets, using the new DataLINE Connect™ app.

It is now possible to securely monitor temperature readings, check alerts, review diagnostics and download data from nearby Carrier Transicold refrigerated containers, even if the containers are stacked high above. With smart battery technology and a 32-bit ARM processor that is 150 times faster than its predecessor, the Micro-Link 5 offers expanded memory for data storage and programming – up to 2,000 times more than the current product.