Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Freight and Logistics News Roundup

Emergency Beer Shipped and Other Items
Shipping News Feature
IRELAND – US – What better way to start the week’s roundup of miscellaneous freight and logistics sector items than talk of celebrating Saint Patrick's Day with a cool pint of an Irish beer? When the call came to the International Airline Marketing (IAM) office, the GSA in Dublin for American Airlines Cargo, saying levels of the precious fluid were critically low, the Irish sales agency team sprang into action to ensure expats and locals alike could enjoy their traditional tipple on the big day.

13,600 kilos of beer to be sold in Texas in time for the upcoming holiday were collected in Ireland and delivered by truck to American's London Heathrow facility. On arrival, the operations team prepared the barrels for flight on one of the airline's Boeing 777-300 wide body aircraft to Dallas/Fort Worth where a truck connection was organised so that the extra barrels of beer could be on-forwarded to Houston just in time for Saint Patrick's Day.

EGYPT – Ecoslops, a technology company that upgrades ship-generated hydrocarbon residues, or ‘slops’, into valuable new fuels and light bitumen, a process we have detailed previously, today announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent with EGPC (Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation), through one of its subsidiaries, SSCO, in order to explore the feasibility of creating an oil residue collection and recycling plant in the Suez Canal region.

The object of the agreement is to identify the slops collection and recovery services that could be installed and then used by ships passing through the Suez Canal. Following the feasibility study, it has been agreed that the two partners will invest together in the joint venture that would be eventually created, with Ecoslops as a major shareholder, and overseer of the management of the project. Vincent Favier, Chairman and CEO of Ecoslops, said:

“More than 17,000 vessels travel through the Suez Canal annually. This amounts to 10% of the world’s maritime traffic, and with the extension of the Suez Canal in 2015, this number will rise again. The agreement with Egypt must be capable of addressing the currently unmet needs of ship-owners, which will further improve the attractiveness of the Suez Canal as a global transport route.

"This agreement is a fantastic opportunity for Ecoslops to set up a unit at the heart of one of the maritime sector’s main transport routes. Our unique know how also guarantees Egypt and the unit’s clients a long-term and traceable solution, which will ensure the best and most sustainable treatment of the slops, above and beyond the best practices required at the environmental level.”

RUSSIA – AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) reports that it has seen a substantial increase in demand for the company’s Boeing 747 freighters. In 2016, the airline saw a 47% increase of charter flights using its 747 freighters as against 2015, largely due to specialist demands. Sergey Lazarev, General Director at ABC, said:

“We were chosen for these specific flights due to our reputation for on-time performance as well as our proven expertise in managing safe deliveries of high value production equipment. This is also a strong reflection of the growing demand we are seeing for Boeing 747F charter services, which we are able to meet due to the continued expansion of our 747 fleet.”

UK – Hebridean haulage contractor DR MacLeod is running its first new Mercedes-Benz truck after more than 35 years in the road transport business. The company began trading in Stornoway in 1981, with a single vehicle. The latest addition to a fleet that now numbers 55 trucks and 90 trailers is a highly specified Actros 2551 tractor unit. Mr. MacLeod said:

“We’ll be benchmarking the new unit carefully against other vehicles on the same work. Fuel economy will be critical, of course, but so too will after sales support. The relationship with the dealer is crucial to us; we’ve been given every assurance we could ask for so although these are still early days I’m confident the Actros will prove a valued addition to our business.”

LUXEMBOURG – Following the acquisition by the KION Group, Dematic, a supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimize the supply chain, announced plans for integrating Egemin Automation into its organization. The integration, which is targeted for completion by the end of calendar year 2017, will result in the world’s largest Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) supplier while enhancing Dematic’s system integration capability in Europe. Jeff Moss, Dematic International CEO, stated:

“As a member of the KION Group, Dematic and Egemin Automation will leverage KION’s leading market position and continued investment in forklift technology to offer an unprecedented level of expertise, technology and world-class manufacturing to customers. By combining three great brands, the Dematic Mobile Automation business is now effectively the world’s leading provider of innovative AGV and warehouse technologies that will optimize the supply chain.”

Photo: Beer stored ready for a flight to the US.