Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Freight News Round Up

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UK – Freight forwarder Kuehne + Nagel (K+N) has opened a new branch in Aberdeen, specialised in services for the Oil & Gas industry. The 11,000 square metre facility has been fully operational since the end of March and will offer enhanced international freight forwarding and integrated supply chain solution services to the Oil & Gas industry as well as core sea freight, airfreight and overland solutions.

BELGIUM – Antwerp Port Authority has supported Hydrex Underwater Technologies plan to expand its existing site on Asiadok on the River Scheldt with new workshops and offices. As part of its expansion Hydrex has also refurbished its dive support workboats and increased its manpower by 25% to strengthen its diver-technician capability. Hydrex Chairman Boud Van Rompay said:

“We are delighted with the addition of new workshops to our existing offices and warehouses. The new facility together with our recent recruitment drive is consequent of market demand for swift and cost-effective underwater hull and running gear care.

The refurbished facility incorporates a diver training centre with three diving tanks and a workshop for constructing equipment, tools or replacement items for underwater repairs. A new storage warehouse has also been added.

DUBAI – GAC Dubai has celebrated its first month of live outbound operations for start-up online, luxury couture retailer The Modist. GAC Dubai’s dedicated Contract Logistics team assigned to the account was met with a flurry of local and international orders when the website went live, all of which were picked, packed and dispatched within hours.

GAC Says local customers in the UAE received their orders on the same day and international orders were delivered the next day, and this is a pattern that has continued since. The company claims orders for Dubai are delivered within just four hours, those to London arrive within 24 hours and New York within 48 hours. Lisa Bridgett, Chief Operating Officer for The Modist, said:

“GAC Dubai was selected as the very best partner for the inbound and outbound operations of our luxury proposition. Their strength in warehousing and commitment to the evolution of e-commerce in the region has been second to none. They have been fully responsive to our needs for 24/7 turnaround on stock, same day and international distribution, as well as support in import and export. We are delighted to be warehoused in the region and part of the wave of digital growth originating from the UAE.”

FRANCE – Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) Airport College has been recognised as one of the world’s top ten aviation training providers by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in its list of 2017 Premier Circle Members. The Paris-based Airport College is one of only two training providers in Europe to be awarded Premier Circle status by IATA this year. Yann Le Tonqueze, Managing Director of the WFS Airport College, said:

“We are extremely proud that such a respected global organisation as IATA has recognised the quality and professionalism of our training services. Ensuring its employees have the training and accreditation they need is central to WFS’ Health & Safety commitment and the Airport College enables us to also extend these services to other companies that share the same philosophy.”

HONG KONG – Finnish manufacturer of heavy duty electric drivetrains Visedo has opened a new office in Hong Kong. With China already the world’s single largest electric vehicle market, and the greater Asia Pacific region forecast to be the world’s fastest growing market for electric vehicles by 2022 Visedo Asia’s office in Hong Kong will focus on delivering hybrid and electric drivetrain solutions for three segments: marine vessels including ferries; passenger road vehicles including buses; and heavy duty machinery, in markets across Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macao, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Australia and markets in South East Asia. Visedo CEO Kimmo Rauma said:

“Since 2012 we’ve understood that markets across Asia Pacific present a unique opportunity in the race to electrify transport, not only for potential sales but for the beneficial impact such a transition will have on local populations.

“With roadside and marine-based pollution blamed for causing thousands of premature deaths across the region each year, Visedo is proud to be electrifying more commercial and heavy duty transport solutions, such as Asia’s first hybrid electric ferry in Taiwan launched earlier this year.”

US – Volvo Trucks in North America has unveiled the new Volvo VNR model. The company claims the new Volvo VNR model offers customers an overall fuel efficiency gain of up to 3.5% compared with the previous regional haul model. Göran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North America, said:

“Our goal with the new VNR was to give our customers a versatile tool to meet their individual needs and challenges in the critical regional haul market. Our investment in this new truck is a clear signal of Volvo’s commitment to meeting the needs of regional haul customers in North America today and in the future. Everything about the new Volvo VNR represents the shape of trucks to come. I’m truly excited for our customers to drive the new VNR, and to hear how it makes every aspect of the job better and their businesses more profitable.”

The Volvo VNR will be produced at Volvo’s New River Valley assembly plant in Dublin, Virginia, while the Volvo engines and transmissions powering the Volvo VNR will be produced at Volvo’s powertrain manufacturing facility in Hagerstown, Maryland.