Friday, June 4, 2021

Bits and Pieces of Shipping and Logistics News Easily Overlooked

Some of the Lesser Industry Stories of the Week
Shipping News Feature

UK – John Good Logistics, one of the oldest established names in British shipping, will be changing identity on 14 June. However as the new name is currently withheld you will apparently have to wait until the refurbished brand is revealed on the rebooted website on that date.

UK – GB Railfreight (GBRf) has operated the first loaded freight service from Stanton Gate since 2009 on behalf of Ward. The company reacted to a late notice demand from Ward and was asked to transport in excess of 1400 tonnes of fragmented steel to Immingham Dock. Previous trials had been run at the site to prove the ability to transport bulk services following significant infrastructure work.

The site at Stanton Gate was recently acquired by Verdant Regeneration, a joint venture between Ward and Trust Utility Management. The team has plans to transform the former steel works, apparently one of the largest potential development sites in the East Midlands, into a national distribution, logistics and rail freight hub for the Midlands, to be called New Stanton Park.

UK – Safety conscious fleet operators, suppliers, manufacturers and individuals are invited to enter Brake’s prestigious UK Fleet Champions Awards 2021. The deadline for entries closes in just over a week’s time on 11 June 2021. The awards will then be judged and will be presented at a virtual ceremony on Thursday 23 September.

The awards recognise the achievements of those working to prevent crashes and reduce pollution caused by vehicles used for work purposes and include 10 categories from driver and vehicle safety to innovation. Details HERE.

UK – Work is progressing on the £34 million scheme to install three pairs of lock gates at the entrance lock to the Port of Tilbury which are being replaced. Each gate is approximately 15 metres tall and 19 metres wide. The outer gates will be raised in height and tied into the adjacent flood walls so that they perform the dual function of a navigational aid and flood risk mitigator.

The works are in conjunction with the Environment Agency’s TEAM 2100 programme and intended to better protect thousands of homes and businesses in the local area from flooding. Fabrication of the new middle and inner gates is underway in Holland, and detailed design work is continuing on the new gate control systems. Once completed the new dual function lock gates will ensure a high standard of flood protection for Tilbury along with the new navigation lock for operations at the port.

UK – BELGIUM – The second ship on P&O Ferries Load On/Load Off (LoLo) route between Hull and Zeebrugge went into service this week when the MV Freya sailed adding to the current vessel serving the route, the Elisabeth. The addition of the extra vessel doubles capacity on the route and increases the number of sailings in each direction every week to six.

UK – NETHERLANDS – A2B-online Container B.V. has added a fourth weekly sailing on its service between Hutchison Ports London Thamesport and Moerdijk. The new sailing was inaugurated by the A2B Comfort, one of 6 Sietas 151 type 508 TEU container ships operated by the Dutch based company in the North Sea.

A2B-online Container B.V. is a multi-modal short-sea operator specialising in full load, part load and pallet consignments to and from the United Kingdom, Benelux and Germany. It offers short sea services from the port of Moerdijk including a door-to-door service with its own fleet of more than 2,000 45ft pallet-wide containers.

BELGIUM – UK – UK manufacturer Tiger Trailers has expanded its international customer base with the delivery of fifty mega trailer curtainsiders to ECS in Zeebrugge. ECS operates an asset portfolio of more than 10,000 containers plus 600 dry and 200 refrigerated trailers, and its order from Tiger Trailers is the first in further planned batches over the next four years.

CANADA – The Captain Henry Jackman, a 34,864 dwt dry bulk cargo carrier built by China’s Jiangsu Yangzi-Mitsui shipyard, was delivered to the Algoma Central Corporation in April and will begin trading on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway in June with a water lubricated shaft arrangement from Thordon Bearings.

The St. Catharines, Ontario, headquartered company, which operates the largest fleet of self-unloading and gearless dry-bulk carriers and product tankers on the Great Lakes, again opted for the zero pollution bearings for the Equinox 3.0 vessel, as it has on thirty seven previous occasions.

BULGARIA – Gebrüder Weiss has taken over the business of Rhenus Bulgaria and awaits approval by the antitrust authorities. Rhenus has been a long-standing partner of Gebrüder Weiss in many countries and is now withdrawing from the Bulgarian market in the Road segment.

Gebrüder Weiss has been active in Bulgaria since 1993. At its two locations in Sofia (Elin Pelin) and Varna, the logistics company offers services in land transport, air and sea freight, as well as logistics solutions. The range of services will be expanded in the future by entering the Home Delivery segment and already claims primacy in several countries in Central and Southeast Europe in end-customer delivery services.

SLOVENIA – Two years after the opening of the cargo-partner iLogistics Center in Brnik, right next to Ljubljana Airport, the warehouse has already reached capacity meaning the expansion of the facility, which was originally planned for 2024-2026, has now been pushed forward to 2022. The expansion will bring the area of the iLogistics Center Ljubljana to a total of 39,100 m², including a new drone runway.

EGYPT – Tragedy in the Red Sea this week when at least two were reported dead after an offshore support vessel allegedly working under contract for the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources off Ras Ghareb hit a sunken object and foundered. The Inspecta 7 was abandoned by eleven of the crew but engineer Adal Nassar perished along with Captain Yousry Sultan who had refused to disembark whilst his crew were rescued.

Photo: P&O Ferries LoLo freight vessel Freya which has started the route between Hull and Zeebrugge this week.