Friday, July 6, 2018

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UAE – AFRICA – DP World led the spirit of Ramadan with the organisation of a range of food donation drives during the Holy month. The port and logistics provider says its efforts benefitted over 120,000 people in the UAE, Senegal, Indonesia, Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Mozambique and Republic of Somaliland. The process meant deliveries such as 34 tonnes of dates to schools and businesses in Djibouti and the Republic of Somaliland and a variety of foodstuffs to the elderly, orphans and underprivileged children.

In the UAE, DP World also ran a Ramadan Iftar (fast breaking meal) programme that provided 3,000 meals every day for workers and the elderly, Eid gifts for children at the Dubai Foundation for Women & Children and a clothes and food donation drive at its Head Office.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – In other UAE related news, Dubai Trade World (DT World) has launched a new electronic portal that it says will enable trade and make life easier for business has been launched in the Dominican Republic by. As a subsidiary of DP World, DT World will provide its ‘Mawani’ system that connects logistics services onto one platform, as well as management and consultancy services to DR Trade, a new joint venture company formed by DP World Caucedo and the Haina International Terminal.

FRANCE – WORLDWIDE – CMA CGM confirmed it will be maintaining the bunker-related surcharges which were applied to all cargo on all worldwide trades in May until further notice. In line with other carriers the container shipping line noted that a significant increase in bunker prices has been observed since the beginning of the year, a trend which has accelerated lately. The surcharge applied currently stands at $55/TEU for dry boxes and $85/TEU for reefers (with local variations and a separate tariff for short sea movements).

WORLDWIDE – As the trend for ever larger container vessels grew, so the oil tanker segment made a reverse trend and now Belgian oil transport specialist Euronav is the only company which operates Ultra Large Crude Carriers (ULCCs). Having just bought the 441,561 tonne Seaways Laura Lynn (now renamed Oceania) the company now owns the two remaining ships in the class. The vessel cost a reported $32.5 million when purchased from the Oceania Tanker Corporation, a subsidiary of International Seaways and has been re-flagged onto the Belgian registry.

AUSTRALIA – HONG KONG – With expectations of booming e-commerce volumes from China coupled with strong demand for northbound cargo capacity, Virgin Atlantic Cargo anticipates its new daily Sydney-Hong Kong services to get off to a flying start after they commence earlier this week. The company will be marketing the cargo space on Virgin Australia’s new Airbus A330 flights under the international long-haul sales and management agreement between the two airlines.

E-commerce shipments from China to Australia have boosted load factors from Hong Kong to Melbourne to close to 90% and Virgin Atlantic expects to see similar volumes into Sydney. Each A330 flight from Australia is expected to offer 15-20 tonnes of cargo capacity, although Virgin Atlantic achieved a new record of 25,431 kilograms on a single flight from Melbourne earlier this year.

NETHERLANDS – GERMANY – Port services provider the LBH Group and logistics specialist Rhenus have announced plans to cooperate closely in the European inland waterway shipping logistics sector. Both companies are currently seeking to set up a joint venture which aims to pool activities in the field of inland waterway shipping and the onward carriage of the associated goods. The companies are likely to cooperate on trade mainly using the Rhine and Main inland waterway routes.

NETHERLANDS – The new large sea lock being constructed at the entrance of the North Sea Canal at IJmuiden that will provide access to the Amsterdam port region will be late in opening. The new 500 metre long, 70 metre wide and 18 metre deep lock, making it the world’s largest sea lock began construction in January 2016 and the will now be available for shipping early 2022. From then on, the Port of Amsterdam will be accessible 24 hours a day.

The delay will not have any consequences for shipping traffic to and from the ports of the North Sea Canal because the existing Noordersluis lock will now remain operational longer and the port has said it means the current lock must remain in optimum condition.

US – Ever got fed up with trying to ascertain the cube of a bunch of freight with a multitude of individual dimensions? One company says it may solve such problems with a pallet dimensioner that hangs from the ceiling or similar support and gauges accurately the dimensions of any palletised freight including cubes, tubes, polybags and irregular, bundled or stacked items.

Qubevu says its PalletPro 4x4 instantly scans the freight, measuring to within 12mm, and with the right equipment attached, can also record the weight together with a photograph of the pallet. The technology means it is available as a stand-alone or can be linked to the cloud.

UK – House-hold brand, Quorn Foods, have chosen Johnson Logistics UK to help them meet the demands of their strong growth in the UK. Quorn Foods selected the Norfolk-based logistics experts to receive, store and distribute ingredients and packaging, as they expand production at their Methwold factory. Now available in 19 countries, Quorn is produced in a number of UK factories including Methwold in Norfolk. Quorn is a meat-free protein source, made from a naturally occurring fungus which is grown and fermented. High in protein and fibre, low in saturated fat and free from cholesterol its production creates just 10% of the carbon footprint.

The company has recently introduced a range of vegan products. Johnston Logistics UK deliver warehousing, logistics and fulfilment services for businesses throughout the UK, from their 130-acre site in Snetterton and director Rob McIndoe said Johnson has existing relationships with many of the Quorn suppliers which made the transition smooth and successful.

IVORY COAST – Conformity specialists Intertek warn this week that all shipments of regulated products with a Bill of Lading (B/L) or AWB dated on or after 16th July 2018 should be accompanied with a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) for clearance of the regulated goods at Ivory Coast Customs. Shippers should always be aware if their products are affected.

Regulated Products include: Food products, Electrical and Electronic products or Renewable Energy, Cosmetics and Hygiene products, Construction Materials, Packaging, Vehicle Spare parts, accessories and lubricants, Machines, Pressure equipment, Personal protective equipment, Products affecting health, safety and environment, Textiles, Footwear and Toys.

NETHERLANDS – US – TURKEY – The end of June saw a piece of futuristic kit developed by students at Delft University of Technology to provide fast passenger and goods transport depart for the test bed Hyperloop One vacuum tubes in California. The Delft Hyperloop Atlas 01 is intended to set a new speed record after the 37 students spent months perfecting it.

The capsule was safely packed in a specially designed flight case by DHL Freight to ensure shock-free transport of the complex system to the other side of the world on one of the company’s aircraft. In other DHL related news this week saw the official opening of a new warehouse in the Manisa Organized Industrial Zone near Izmir. The facility was built as a response to increasing customer demand in line with a growing economy and logistics industry in Turkey. For the operation of the facility, the company has created ten new jobs.

Photo: DHL staff and Delft students prepare the Hyperloop capsule for departure to the US.