Friday, April 5, 2019

From Heavy Lift Freight to Cyber Crime in Logistics - Some Items You May Have Missed

Smaller Snippets of Industry News this Week
Shipping News Feature
UK – The weekly update of some of the snippets of freight and logistics news you may have missed (but need to read), starts with the recent tie up between ocean freight heavy lift specialists Spliethoff and Biglift Shipping which has now led the Dutch and German partners to seek an expanded market with the formation of Spliethoff-BigLift UK which will be managed by Jon Gliddon of Shearwater Shipping & Chartering Ltd and Andrew Saunders of Invicta Shipping & Chartering Ltd.

UK – Pall-Ex, the pallet network which currently transports over 100,000 pallets for Staples annually, is to begin warehousing, fulfilment and distribution services for Graham The Plumbers’ Merchants using Staples 500,000 square foot warehouse in Rockingham. Pall-Ex and Staples vehicles are now running under new joint livery and Graham is a Saint-Gobain subsidiary, as is Jewson which the pair have been servicing similarly for 18 months.

UK – GB Railfreight has agreed a contract extension with British Gypsum to see not only the continuation of GBRf’s existing service from Southampton to British Gypsum’s plasterboard plant in Robertsbridge, but the provision of further terminal services at Robertsbridge and additional rail haulage flow from AV Dawson in Teeside to British Gypsum’s plant at East Leake, Loughborough.

Gypsum forms the main constituent in many forms of plaster, blackboard chalk and wallboard and the partnership will now continue through to December 2021 with an average of 10 services to run per week going forward, having previously operated as an ad hoc service out of AV Dawson for British Gypsum since November 2018.

UK – Readers are reminded that the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) is holding a seminar on its new CyberRisk Programme, specifically tailored to meet the needs of the warehousing and logistics industry at a time when every facet of the freight sector is at risk from cyber criminals.

Under the microscope will be real areas of risk, developing protective strategies and mitigating the cost of an attack. The event will be held at the London office of UKWA Associate member Weightmans, 105 Fenchurch Street on May22 and is open to members at a cost of £95 and non-members of £125, both plus VAT and includes both refreshments and a buffet lunch.

UK – SPAIN – DSV has launched a new intermodal full load service between UK and Spain using a rail freight option between Calais and Boulou on the French / Spanish border. The service is initially launched to facilitate the movement between the South and Midlands in the UK to Barcelona area (post codes 08,17,25,43). Offering a full door to door service, on arrival at Boulou, DSV will collect the trailer from the train and deliver directly to the customer.

WORLDWIDE – The U-Freight Group (UFL) is further strengthening its relationship with Easyship, the global cloud-based shipping software and technology platform that enables e-commerce merchants to ship their products worldwide. With the increasing demand for cross-border e-commerce, Easyship and U-Freight have extended access to the company’s E-commerce Fulfilment Centres (EFCs) in the Netherlands, the UK and the USA.

The expanded warehousing and fulfilment partnership with Easyship will provide access to the U-Freight Group’s award-winning cross-border e-commerce solutions for merchants, allowing for fully integrated logistics for online merchants, at any stage. Over the last several years, Hong Kong based U-Freight says it has been a pioneer in developing logistics services for the business-to-business e-commerce market, which resulted in the company being early-qualified by China Customs and CIQ as a licensed Cross-border E-Commerce Enterprise, as well as a Cross-border E-Commerce Logistics Service Provider.

FRANCE – WORLDWIDE – The BIO-UV Group says it has completed successfully the testing of an enhanced BIO-SEA ballast water treatment system designed to reduce further the time in which treated water has to be held on board prior to discharge overboard. Holding time is the minimum period between the uptake and discharge of ballast water to ensure it has been properly treated. The technical advancement in UV-C technology, however, has shown that holding time can be reduced also in brackish water open seas.

The testing protocol for UV systems requires a holding time between treatments at water uptake and discharge to ensure that microorganisms are fully inactivated. To date around 150 vessels have been fitted with the BIO-SEA system including some of those of CMA CGM, Louis Dreyfus Armateurs and cruise lines MSC and Royal Caribbean. Ship owners with short sea shipping routes are directly affected by holding times in their operations, hence the focus to optimise BIO-SEA to reduce this important operating parameter. Treatment technologies that have not been certified for reduced holding time can delay ship operations, costing ship owners dearly.

GREECE – BIMCO will open an office in Athens in the early summer of 2019. The objective is to have a stronger and closer dialogue with BIMCO’s Greek membership and to recruit more Greek members. The 152 registered Greek ship owners are already the biggest group of BIMCO members measured by fleet size. The secretariat in Copenhagen will continue to be responsible for the day to day work on shipping policy and regulation.

The office will only be staffed with one person, like BIMCO’s office in Singapore, and the employee will report to BIMCO’s Head of Membership and Business Development, Erik Jensby. BIMCO is in the process of hiring the right person for the office. BIMCO has not found a physical location for the office, yet. The intention is to rent a space with another company, which is the solution BIMCO has used with its other local offices in Shanghai and Singapore.

US – Walking floors are something which don’t get a lot of publicity, even in the industry, and are usually associated with shifting extra heavy bulk cargoes inside suitable trailers, such a rocks and rubble. One company however, Keith Manufacturing of Madras, Oregon has taken the concept even further with its production of its Freight Runner concept.

This video shows the machinery in action and, although a niche market, for the right customer the system would undoubtedly prove a most effective way of decreasing trailer turnaround times to just a fraction of that using a normal fork lift operation. The company will be demonstrating its products at Promat in Chicago from 8-11 April.

Photo: Keith Manufacturing’s Freight Runner concept in action.