Friday, February 24, 2017

Free Gift for Freight Drivers Starts Smaller Snippets of Shipping and Logistics Industry News

Round Up of Smaller Items in the Sectors
Shipping News Feature
AUSTRALIA - Authorities in New South Wales are launching an app which they hope will encourage freight truck drivers to take a break. The ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ scheme encourages drivers to stop and take a break at participating businesses while travelling in Western and South Western NSW. Local participating businesses in the scheme donate a free tea or coffee to a driver that has driven 100 kilometres from their home postcode as indicated on their current driver’s licence.

Each participating business is identified by the Free Cuppa for the Driver logo on the front door or window of the business and a downloadable app is available for drivers to find any business offering them a free drink in their current area.

LUXEMBOURG – SOUTH AFRICA – For the fourth time, Cargolux Airlines was honoured with The STAT Times’ International Award for Excellence in Air Cargo in the category International All Cargo Carrier of the Year in Africa at the Air Cargo Africa 2017 conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. Jonathan Clark, Cargolux Regional Director Africa, said:

“The fact that we can accept our fourth award in this category already is not only a proud moment for Cargolux, it is also a gratifying appreciation by our customers of our efforts and the attention we dedicate to our African service.”

US – CHEP has been selected by the Trading Partner Alliance (TPI) as its partner to help reduce unsaleable goods in the consumer packaged goods supply chain. The TPA is a joint industry affairs leadership group formed by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). It is tasked with addressing manufacturer-retailer supply chain and information technology issues.

CHEP will conduct in-depth marketplace research and analysis, and gather data from more than 100 consumer goods supply chain experts with the goal of identifying and cataloguing successful and collaborative strategies for reducing damaged goods and other unsaleable products. CHEP is also tasked with creating an educational platform that trading partners can use to implement new damage reduction techniques. Ben Eugrin, Director of Supply Chain Solutions, CHEP North America, said:

“Unsaleable goods in the consumer goods supply chain cost manufacturers, retailers and distributors more than $15 billion annually. We are very pleased the TPA has selected CHEP for this project and look forward to working with manufacturers, retailers and distributors to help reduce unsaleable costs within their supply chains.”

UK – DP World Southampton has taken delivery of eight brand new straddle carriers as part of a multi-million pound investment and modernisation programme for the container terminal. The new machines are more fuel efficient and can perform twin lifts which will help improve the terminal’s operations and efficiency. The arrival of these machines means that the terminal operator can retire a further eight older, less fuel efficient straddle carriers. Nick Loader, Chief Executive Officer, DP World Southampton, said:

“These machines are greener and more efficient and this is important because, like all responsible businesses, we are always looking to reduce our energy consumption and carbon footprint.”

UK – Associated British Ports (ABP) has appointed building and civil engineering company Britcon to build a new £2.1 million ‘bulk store’ at its busy port in King’s Lynn. The contract includes the delivery of an 85 metre by 40 metre, steel-framed, reinforced concrete building to store dry bulk in four separate bays. Construction will start this month and is expected to complete in July.

The contract follows Britcon’s successful bid as main contractor to build a £5 million Marine Control Tower for ABP in Grimsby. The new four storey facility is to replace the existing Vessel Traffic Services centre at Spurn Point, which has become increasingly difficult to access by land because of the progressive deterioration of the peninsula. That project, due to complete in May this year, incorporates a number of environmental measures, including rain water recycling, motion sensors on LED lighting and solar panels and ground heat exchangers. Over its lifespan the new building will deliver an estimated carbon saving of 3725 tonnes.

ROMANIA – Rhenus Logistics SRL has joined the FNC Group logistics network. The company has facilities at six locations in the country and offers the full range of logistics and forwarding services, chartering and ship agency, cargo handling, warehousing & storage and customs clearance.

UKRAINE – ACO Marine has delivered three of its smallest Clarimar wastewater treatment units to Ukraine-based Nibulon Shipbuilding and Repair Yard for installation aboard a series of high specification project tugs. The three 1200hp tugboats, built to the yard’s 121M Project Tug design, will be delivered to Nibulon’s own account for barge assist operations on the Ukraine’s network of inland waterways. ACO Marine Managing Director Mark Beavis, said:

“Nibulon has implemented an extensive new build programme and we are therefore delighted that the Clarimar system has been selected for these innovative tug boats. Winning this contract, the first we have secured to supply Ukraine-built vessels, will help us increase our leverage in both the workboat sector and Ukraine’s nascent shipbuilding and repair industry.”

Photo: One of the three 121M (modernized) project tugs of 1,200hp undergoing work at the Nibulon Yard.