Monday, February 13, 2017

Freight and Logistics Catch Up - News Snippets for a Monday Morning

A Few Stories That Didn't Quite Make the Headlines Last Week
Shipping News Feature
UAE – Hamburg Süd has opened its first proprietary agency in the Middle East. The company-owned agency coordinates Hamburg Süd’s business in the Persian Gulf and has taken over all the tasks and activities for commercial operations as well as container logistics from the long-standing local agency partner Inchcape Shipping Services LLC. Vessel and customs clearance in the Ports of Jebel Ali and Khor Fakkan will continue to be handled by Inchcape Shipping Services.

WORLDWIDE – Kuehne + Nagel has launched KN Packaging to address what it says is growing demand in the consumer, e-commerce and pharmaceutical markets. The new value-added service offering is now being implemented in Kuehne + Nagel facilities worldwide focusing on three areas: the use of state-of-the art software, the deployment of the latest collaborative robots and the cooperation with local packaging providers.

Global customers will be able to benefit from the advantages of local material sourcing, design and engineering complying with local requirements and market preferences, as well as state of the art automation and software control systems tailored to their requirements.

UK – Removals specialists Anderson Transport are moving their operation to Edinburgh to capitalise on the boom in technology companies in the city and which form a major part of their current business. Sam Williamson, Manager at Anderson said:

“We've found that when most people are looking for a removals or shipping company, they tend to look offline more than online to find the most reputable companies. This is possibly because the best companies tend to establish a good reputation offline and don't have to rely on online marketing to be found.

“So although all of our online marketing was marketed towards customers in Edinburgh, we still had to overcome the hurdle of not actually being based in the city, which limited our offline reach and consequently the trust that potential customers had in our business. We've decided to move to Edinburgh mainly for this reason.”

UK – Subsea Industries’ Ecospeed hull protection system has been selected for the RRS Sir David Attenborough, the polar research ship under construction at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, Liverpool, UK.

The £150 million contract to build the vessel represents the biggest commercial shipbuilding contract in Britain for 30 years. The shipbuilder awarded a coatings contract to Subsea Industries, a pioneer in non-toxic hard-coatings, based on the performance of its Ecospeed hull coating system on the Royal Research Ships Ernest Shackleton and James Clark Ross Rob White, Senior Marine Engineer at British Antarctic Survey said:

Sir David Attenborough required a fully ice-strengthened coating for operations in Antarctica as well as providing effective antifouling between the Polar Regions, without being harmful to the environment, Ecospeed fulfils that requirement.”

Manuel Hof, Production Executive and NACE Coating Inspector, Subsea Industries, explained:

“The coating is proven to reduce fuel consumption so the vessel is not burning as much fuel, thus reducing ship exhaust emissions and [the vessel’s] carbon footprint. It also correlates directly to lower operational costs.”

Photo: the Ernest Shackleton making the most of her hull coating.