Friday, August 9, 2019

From Humpback Whales to Cowes Week - Some Shipping and Related Stories You Might Have Missed

A Few of the Smaller Items Relevant to the Logistics Sector This Week
Shipping News Feature
PANAMA – We begin our weekly global look at some of the smaller freight and logistics news items with evidence that slow steaming isn't only environmentally friendly as it means ships using less fuel, hence lower emissions. Until 30 November the Panama Canal will promote the implementation of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) annual recommendations on speed and maritime transit aimed at protecting cetaceans, which include whales, dolphins and other large aquatic mammals, during their nearby seasonal migration.

Ships should drop their speeds to no more than 10 knots in specified areas. In December 2014 the Canal deployed maritime traffic separation devices at both entrances as recommended by the IMO. The Canal authority says the introduction of these devices has significantly reduced the likelihood of serious incidents and accidents involving humpback whales and other cetaceans and is part of a package of measures to incentivise environmental stewardship.

SLOVENIA – The new iLogistics Center which cargo-partner has constructed near Ljubljana Airport has now begun handling freight and will be officially opened in September. With 25,000 m2 of warehouse space and 4,000 m2 of office space, the iLogistics Center is one of the largest warehouse complexes in the region and will serve cargo-partner’s clients in Slovenia as well as other Central and South-East European countries.

As we previously reported construction was completed within eleven months and the facility has 44 loading docks and a storage capacity of over 20,000 pallet slots. In addition, the location offers a 6,000 m2 small parts store as well as 5,000 m2 of cross-dock and block storage areas.

YEMEN – The offices of logistics group GAC in the country tell us that, despite clashes which erupted in the city after the funerals of key southern military officers who were killed in attacks in the last weeks, the Port of Aden remains open. With public threats from protestors to topple the government and storm the presidential palace the situation in the city remains extremely tense.

Last Sunday (August 4) saw the first meeting of the Board of Directors of the Yemen Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation (YGAPC) after a break because of the war between government forces and Houthi militias.

US – The Port of Fernandina, a rail-served, natural deep-water port on the Atlantic seaboard, has been designated by the Department of Transportation as an operator on its American Marine Highway, an action that will help move truck traffic off congested area roads and onto local waterways. Port officials said the designation is a validation of their plans to add barge services to other east coast ports, as well as opening the door to federal funding. The port was described by US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in late March this year as:

”The crown jewel for exporting northeast Florida forest products and manufactured products to China and the rest of the world. The Port of Fernandina is creatively spearheading a model of providing new and efficient services that relieve the burden on our already overtaxed infrastructure."

UK – Professor Richard Wilding OBE, Professor of Supply Chain Strategy at Cranfield School of Management and Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), has been awarded a national teaching fellowship, the most prestigious individual award in higher education. The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme and the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) showcase the outstanding impact of individuals and teams who teach or support learning in UK higher education, recognising their success and providing a platform to share the learning from their practice.

Nominees are peer reviewed by teaching and learning professionals across the Higher Education (HE) sector and are independent to Advance HE. Nominees are required to provide evidence of reach, value and impact to students and excellence within the teaching profession. On gaining an award, each National Teaching Fellow has a role in becoming an ambassador for the scheme and supporting the ongoing enhancement of learning and teaching.

UK – ABP Southampton, the Statutory Harbour Authority for most of the water between Cowes and Southampton and one of the busiest ports in the UK, is preparing for the challenge of managing all of the traffic that will flow through the port during this year’s Cowes Week, which will see up to 8,000 competitors and 800 boats out on the water from 10 to 17 August. In the lead up and during Cowes Week each year, ABP Southampton works closely with the Regatta organisers to help ensure this annual event goes without a hitch.

ABP Southampton will have an active presence both on the water and ashore with race organisers throughout the event. This includes positioning a pilot on the starting platform each day to help coordinate race and commercial traffic. The port says it will continue to work around the clock to ensure traffic moves smoothly through the Solent.

Photo: The rare sight of a humpback whale feeding in the waters off the Cornish coast this week.