Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday Freight and Logistics Round Up

Some Snippets of What Has Happened in the Industry This Week
Shipping News Feature
UK – Freight forwarding and supply chain specialists Kewill and LeanLogistics have rebranded as BluJay Solutions and launched the BluJay Global Trade Network. Kewill acquired LeanLogistics in May 2016 and the rebranding marks the completing of the integration between the two companies operations. Doug Braun, CEO, BluJay Solutions said:

“It’s no longer just about multi-modal, omni-channel and booking tools, we’re moving toward a new era of business where global trade shifts to the forefront, and supply chain becomes today’s battleground. BluJay delivers the expertise, breadth of cloud-based software applications, and end-to-end collaborative visibility that organisations need to make speed a competitive weapon, and optimise their future in the global economy.”

UK – The largest containership to ever call at the Port of Liverpool docked this week when the 6,552 TEU HS Paris berthed at the new Liverpool2 deep-water container terminal. Previously, the Port of Liverpool’s existing container terminal could only accommodate vessels up to 4500 TEU. The Paris is the first post-Panamax vessel to call at Liverpool following the phase 1 opening of Liverpool2 in November 2016. Mark Whitworth, Chief Executive of Peel Ports Group, said:

“This is a huge milestone for Peel Ports and the Port of Liverpool. The whole team is delighted to welcome [the ship] to the city for the first time. While we have the capacity to handle vessels up to 20,000 TEU, smaller post-Panamax ships are still very much part of our overall strategy and it’s essential that we can accommodate those too. We can now do that thanks to our £400 million investment at Liverpool2, providing a shorter route to market for UK importers and exporters, which reduces their costs, congestion and carbon emissions.”

US – AUSTRIA – CaroTrans, a global NVOCC (non-vessel operating common carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, announced a new alliance with TransOcean Shipping (TOS), an NVO headquartered in Vienna, Austria. Greg Howard, CaroTrans, CEO, said:

"Our relationship with TOS offers customers strong, local support and efficient transportation hubs close to key markets. We are like minded in our commitment to simplified, online freight management and e-commerce tools which offer customers timely, effective management of their customers' freight. We put our customers first, as TOS does, and go above and beyond to meet their needs. Increasingly, shippers are looking for an excellent customer experience which is the hallmark of the CaroTrans brand."

ISRAEL – Konecranes has signed an agreement with the Gold Bond Group Ltd (Conterm) in Israel for the supply of two Boxhunter Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes to Conterm’s logistics centre in Ashdod. The cranes will be delivered at the end of 2017. Conterm’s Ashdod logistics centre is a terminal equipped with facilities providing a variety of storage and handling services for cargo of all types, including containers. The terminal is an important import-export link for trade in Israel.

WORLDWIDE – Greencarrier Freight and JAS Worldwide (JAS) have announced the launch of a logistics alliance. Under the alliance agreement, JAS and Greencarrier Freight Services will provide freight and logistics services through JAS´ global network and Greencarrier’s extensive operations throughout the Nordics and the Baltics. Both companies will represent each other exclusively in their respective territories.

“Greencarrier has a strong position in the Nordics and Baltics and this alliance with JAS Worldwide gives us a wider International scope and great potential to serve our customers worldwide,” said Stefan Björk, majority owner, Greencarrier.

“We are delighted to launch this alliance between JAS and Greencarrier Freight Services. This expansion of our services with Greencarrier underscores the important role the two companies have in the global forwarding and logistics industry,” added Marco Rebuffi, President and CEO of JAS Worldwide.

DENMARK – WORLDWIDE – Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and Kuehne + Nagel have extended their logistics partnership for global external logistics services until 2020. Under the agreement, Kuehne + Nagel operates at several strategic airside locations globally and is responsible for international transport of spare parts for the SAS airplane fleet. A 24/7/365 service ensures timely delivery of spare parts, ranging from aircraft engines to bolts of cockpit windows. A Kuehne + Nagel team is constantly reviewing and optimising the supply chain resulting in both reduced logistics costs as well as increased process efficiency. Jens Davidsen, Director Airfreight of Kuehne + Nagel, Denmark said:

“Logistics solutions for the aerospace industry are of strategic importance for Kuehne + Nagel. The complex demands of our partner SAS require tailor-made door-to-door solutions. We are very pleased that SAS has extended the partnership with Kuehne + Nagel which started in 2006 for another three years. This is the result of the hard work of our team of experts and our long-term involvement and expertise in the aerospace industry.”

Photo: Liverpool2