Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Freight and Logistics News Roundup

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US – Shipping container volumes reached an all-time high at the Port of Oakland in 2016, with the port handling the equivalent of 1.83 million loaded 20-foot containers last year, up 7.6% from 2015 and topping the previous record of 1.82 million 20-footers set in 2013. The Port attributed the milestone to a year-long containerised export boom as well as growth in imports. Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll, said:

“This is a gratifying outcome. The job now is clear – build on the momentum we created in 2016.”

The Port states its total 2016 volume, which includes both full and empty containers, equalled 2.37 million TEUs, up 4% from 2015. Containerised export volume jumped 10.5% in 2016. In December, exports were up 13.5%, signalling the fourth straight month of double-digit export growth.

US – The Webb Institute, a college specialising in naval architecture and marine engineering, announced today that Hannah Wistort is the 2016-2017 recipient of Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship selection committee chose Wistort, who is in the class of 2017, for her academic excellence and leadership skills. Wistort, who is from Niskayuna, New York, is planning on joining the maritime industry and earning a professional engineer’s license upon graduation.

Crowley initiated the Thomas B. Crowley, Sr. Memorial Scholarship at Webb in 2007 and has since given tens of thousands of dollars in support of the school’s students. Many Webb graduates are currently employed by Crowley and Jensen Maritime Consultants, Crowley’s naval architecture and marine engineering subsidiary, in a number of disciplines from naval architecture and marine engineering, to vessel construction management and vessel operations.

UK – The Port of Garston in Liverpool is set to become home to the world's largest hydraulic crane when the machine completes its journey from Finland later this month. A Mantsinen 200M - the largest machine of its type and the first to come to the UK - is being supplied to ABP by Cooper Specialised Handling, which will also oversee its installation on the north bank of the River Mersey.

The Mantsinen 200M can discharge vessels of more than 7,000 dwt with ease and ABP state that once in operation the crane will allow them to handle any load from any vessel that can pass through the lock at the Port of Garston. The new machine combines the capacity of a traditional mobile harbour crane with the speed of a hydraulic crane to deliver fast, accurate cargo handling at a rate of up to 1,000 tonnes per hour. As well as benefitting from faster, accurate cargo handling, the Port of Garston will be able to adapt to shipments and other cargo types as its business grows. Carl Bevan, ABP's Divisional Port Manager at Garston, said:

"Our decision to invest in the latest crane technology is part of our growth and sustainability strategy for the Port of Garston and will make sure the facility is fit for the future.

"Cooper Specialised Handling came up with a cost-effective, customised solution that satisfies our diverse cargo handling requirements and will support our plans to grow the business by enabling us to operate more effectively and compete across all sectors."

The contract for the new Mantsinen 200M at the Port of Garston is one of five separate deals, with an overall value of £6 million, which the heavy lifting division of Cooper Handling has concluded with ABP. Cranes have already been delivered to Teignmouth and Swansea, while machines are also destined for the ports of Ipswich and King's Lynn as part of ABP's £1 billion investment programme.

UK – The United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) has announced the launch of a Technology Advisory Board that will develop and deliver advice and best practice guidance on how the logistics industry can implement technology to improve processes and operational efficiency. The first meeting will be hosted by software giant Microsoft at the company’s London based UK Head Office on Wednesday 8 February, 2017. UKWA’s CEO, Peter Ward, comments:

“With solutions ranging from general IT systems and automated packing solutions through to eCommerce and delivery solutions, technology is playing an increasingly critical role in the sector. UKWA’s Technology Advisory Board will provide the logistics industry with ‘best practice’ guidance for adopting and deploying a wide range of technologies and solutions that bring real bottom-line benefits.”

At its inaugural meeting the Board will consider the importance of cloud technology to the logistics industry with particular emphasis on the ways in which the sector can harness the cloud to manage rapidly emerging B2B e-commerce demands.

Maginus, the Manchester-based multichannel retail solutions supplier, will lead the meeting. Mark Thornton, Marketing Director at Maginus, said:

“We’re delighted that UKWA has asked us to play a key role in its new Technology Advisory board and look forward to working closely with UKWA and its members, to shape a truly world-leading technology strategy.”

“As big players like Amazon move further into wholesaling and distribution, it is more important than ever for smaller warehousing businesses to offer the most efficient and effective processes possible to deliver an excellent customer experience. The key to this is technology.”

SWEDEN – CHINA – Swedish shipping line Stena Bulk has held a naming ceremony for the Stena Immaculate, the ninth of a total of 13 IMOIIMAX tankers the line has ordered from the Guangzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI) shipyard. The vessel will be delivered within the next few days.

The chemical and product tanker has a length of 183 metres, a beam of 32 metres and a deadweight of 50,000 tonnes. IMOIIMAX is an evolution of an already well-established concept and was developed by Stena Teknik together with GSI. It offers several advantages such as extra-large cargo flexibility, a high level of safety and economical fuel consumption – 10-20% lower than that of equivalent vessels when sailing at service speed.

The tenth vessel of the series is expected to be delivered for service in March, 2017 and the final three vessels in 2018.

PHOTO: A Mantsinen 200M crane