Friday, February 3, 2017

Friday Freight and Logistic News Snippets

A Round Up of Industry Events This Week
Shipping News Feature

US – Amazon is to invest $1.5 billion in building its own air hub in Kentucky. The investment will see Amazon growing its fleet of Prime Air cargo aircraft and a dedicated international logistics handling facility. Once open the company expects to have created more than 2,000 new jobs. Dave Clark, Amazon Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations, said:

“As we considered places for the long-term home for our air hub operations, Hebron quickly rose to the top of the list with a large, skilled workforce, centralized location with great connectivity to our nearby fulfilment locations, and an excellent quality of living for employees. We feel strongly that with these qualities as a place to do business, our investments will support Amazon and customers well into the future.”

Last year, Amazon entered into agreements with two carriers to lease 40 dedicated cargo airplanes to support Prime members with fast, free shipping. Today, 16 of those planes are in service for Amazon customers with more planes rolling out over time.

GUATAMALA – US – NETHERLANDS – Crowley and its subsidiary Customized Brokers, in cooperation with Miami International Airport (MIA), have facilitated Florida’s first-ever ocean-to-air perishables transhipment from Guatemala to Amsterdam. The consignment included nearly 10 tonnes of snow peas from Guatemala. The refrigerated cargo arrived in Port Everglades, Florida, was trucked to MIA then departed for Amsterdam via Centurion Cargo. Frank Larkin, Crowley senior vice president and general manager, logistics, said:

“This integrated ocean-to-air cold chain solution will offer customers the most efficient way to speed perishables to new markets. As customers seek new markets to distribute their produce, this is a valuable offering in our full suite of services and embodies our commitment to innovation and high performance at Crowley.”

FRANCE – Total and shipping line CMA CGM have signed a three-year memorandum of understanding to cooperate on an environmental protection program. The two companies will combine their expertise to prepare for stricter fuel regulations in the shipping industry and further reduce the sector’s footprint by developing solutions that make container ships ever more environmentally-friendly. Total will support CMA CGM by becoming its multifuel supplier with their fuels producing less noxious emissions. Rodolphe Saadé, Vice Chairman of CMA CGM, said that:

“With the signature of this MOU, CMA CGM is continuing the sustainable development process begun several years ago. The solutions offered by Total will enable us to further minimize the environmental impact of the Group’s activities and is a next step in building a more environmentally conscious shipping industry.”

UK – Briggs Equipment has raised almost £93,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust in 2016. The money was raised by staff staging a series of fun activities throughout 2016, including cycle rides, marathons and bake sales. Briggs employees managed to exceed their £20,000 fundraising target by more than £3,000 and the sum was boosted by a contribution from the business and a further donation by Briggs Equipment's parent company Sammons Enterprises, which formed part of Briggs' 10 year anniversary celebrations, which saw the final total leap to £92,773. Briggs Equipment's Managing Director Peter Jones said:

"Here at Briggs we are committed to supporting charities and communities in need. Last year our employees nominated Teenage Cancer Trust as our charity for 2016 and they've spent the last 12 months making sure we honour our £20,000 pledge to this deserving charity.

"I'm always impressed with our employees' enthusiasm for our fundraising initiatives and the effort everyone is prepared to put in to support our chosen charity. With this donation, which will support the important work carried out by Teenage Cancer Trust, we can help to make a difference to young people affected by cancer and their families."

During the past five years Briggs Equipment has donated £300,000 to worthy causes, including Parkinson's UK, MacMillan Cancer Support and Midlands Air Ambulance.

NORWAY – Greencarrier Freight Services has opened an office in Polarbase, the main hub for oil and gas related activities in the Barents Sea, after winning a contract to provide transport solutions and port logistics for ENI Norge. Georg Skivik Moltu, Director Global Energy & Project Solutions said that:

“We already provide other customers in the area with similar logistics solutions, and we want to give the new contract the focus it deserves, so we decided to commit to opening our own office there. The northern Norway area has great potential and we are very optimistic about this new contract and winning new business for the Polarbase office.”

IRAQ/KURDISTAN – Akca Logistics has opened a new office in Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). The company states that the reason for opening the new office is that a substantial number of the clients are located in the KRG and that they intend to increase their trucking fleet in the country to exploit improved freight levels between the KRG and the neighbouring countries.

EUROPE – SOUTH AMERICA – Hamburg Süd is offering its customers a new service profile for the SAWC Service between the South America West Coast, Central America, the Caribbean, and North Europe. The weekly connection is designed to offer competitive transit times with emphasis on reefer shipments providing improved lead time from South America into London, and a very competitive transit time into Rotterdam with 25 days from Valparaíso. From Europe, customers benefit from a direct service to the main South American west coast markets and to Hamburg Süd’s main transshipment hubs Cartagena, Caucedo, and Buenaventura. Peter Frederiksen, Member of the Executive Board of Hamburg Süd, explained:

“We are constantly improving our services and have invested around $350 million in our reefer container fleet in the past three years, making it one of the youngest in the market. Additionally, in the course of 2017, we will begin replacing existing tonnage with high reefer capacity new builds. These will be deployed for the EMCS Service between Europe, Mexico, and the Caribbean, thereby significantly increasing the number of reefer plugs in this service. This will enable us to respond even better and more flexibly to the specific demands of our customers in the region,” explains.

RUSSIA – Volga-Dnepr Group is continuing to support the programme to reintroduce endangered Przewalski horses in the Ural steppe of Russia by ensuring a safe delivery of the latest 14 horses from the Hortobágy National Park in Hungary.

Przewalski horses are one of the rarest and most endangered subspecies of wild horse on the planet and had become extinct in their original habitat, the Central Asian and Mongolian steppe. With the support of the Hortobágy National Park, which currently has a herd of 380 Przewalski horses on a protected area of 2,400 hectares, they are slowly being reintroduced into the Orenburg nature reserve.

The horses each travelled in their own special horse stall on board a Boeing 737-400SF freighter operated by Atran Airlines, the Group’s regional and express cargo airline, in cooperation with Volga-Dnepr Airlines and AirBridgeCargo Airlines. Alexey Grebinyak, Lead Load Planning Specialist at AirBridgeCargo Airlines, said:

“This is our second flight on behalf of this programme so we have a lot of experience in terms of the conditions required on board the aircraft and how to prepare the stables for the flight as well as the horses’ behaviour during the flight. It is a great honour for us to be able to use our expertise in transporting live animals to support this important and historic programme to reintroduce Przewalski horses in the Ural steppes.”

NAMIBIA – GERMANY – The governments of Germany and Namibia have signed a bilateral merchant shipping agreement. The agreement will see further cooperation between the two countries to develop the Namibian shipping industry and German companies providing their expertise and investment in growing the counties logistics infrastructure.

Photo: Przewalski horses