Friday, May 3, 2019

From New Design Shipping Containers to Upcoming Charity Walk for the Freight and Logistics Community

Smaller Stories From the Week Which You May Have Missed
Shipping News Feature
WORLDWIDE – The 'no door' secure CakeBoxx container outfit has extended its range adding a 20' CoilBoxx container which takes advantage of the same 'deck and lid' design as other CakeBoxx models. A specially designed floor in the container deck houses adjustable cradles onto which coiled cargos can be easily loaded, secured, transported and stored. This allows coils to remain secured in the same box while being shipped globally to destination without having to be handled or transhipped.

DENMARK – Bladt Industries and the Port of Frederikshavn have just signed a three-digit million DKK contract for the construction of an oil terminal, which will be built on the new part of the port in Frederikshavn. The establishment of the new oil terminal is a turnkey project, which means that Bladt delivers everything from design and construction to commissioning the port's new terminal, including installations, dewatering, concrete, tanks, pipes, electricity, control, and automation work.

The oil terminal will consist of 11 storage tanks and with a total capacity of 74,400 m3 for maritime products and wastewater, the plant will be Scandinavia’s largest. In addition, loading facilities, pumping station, and pipeline system will be established for import and export of both marine diesel and heavy fuel together with central heating systems and staff facilities. The planning work has already commenced, and the terminal will be finished and ready for operation by the end of 2020, when it will be rented and operated by Stena Oil.

EUROPE – DFDS, voted the World’s Leading Ferry Operator for the past 8 years consecutively, has announced a partnership with Hawk Incentives, the branded payment provider, to offer its customers a free reward card. Customers booking either a single or return journey between the 24th April and 5th June 2019, and travelling between the 25th April and 15th July 2019 will be gifted a DFDS branded reward card. Thousands of customers are expected to benefit from the promotion, with customers booking a one-way journey set to receive a £10 reward card and return travellers a £20 pre-loaded card.

Utilising Hawk Incentive’s prepaid Pure card, the reward will be able to be spent anywhere across the Mastercard network. To qualify for the reward card, eligible customers will be invited to claim their reward card 7 days after they have completed their outward journey via the Hawk Incentives Redeem platform. Once activated, the DFDS reward cards will be effective for use by customers for 12 months

US – So how do you motivate a workforce? For Dupré Logistics and its Energy Distribution Services division, the answer seems to be cash. In an effort to demonstrate their appreciation for drivers’ tenure and commitment to their customers the Louisiana based outfit has set aside approximately $1 million in bonus compensation for qualifying drivers for the first eligible period of its new incentive plan.

Attracting and retaining good quality logistics staff is proving a global problem affecting many countries and this new plan is structured so that drivers are rewarded for their longevity with the company in combination with their performance. The first cheques are being distributed throughout the next several weeks at the regular driver meetings.

GERMANY – AUSTRALIA – Heavy lift and outsize air cargo transportation specialist Volga-Dnepr Airlines has supported the construction of a 32-turbine renewable energy wind farm in Australia with the timely delivery of 80 tonnes of energy equipment from Cologne-Bonn, Germany, for its longstanding partner, General Electric.

After organising road transport to Cologne Bonn Airport the size of the iconic Antonov 124-100 cargo hold at 36×6.4×4.4 metres, allowed the 4-metre long, 36-tonne wind turbine hub and three 12.6-tonne generators to be positioned inside the airplane using the freighter’s own loading system and the external crane. The Volga staff were then able to complete the whole contract move delivering to the construction site near Hallett in the Mid North region of South Australia after its arrival by air into Adelaide.

UK – Axkid, the Swedish manufacturer of a premium range of rear-facing car-safety seats for children has outsourced management of its UK supply chain to Berkshire-based Walker Logistics. Long established across Scandinavia, Axkid has recently opened a UK office to oversee its growing penetration of the UK market and sought a logistics partner that could help sustain its growth strategy.

Walker will be responsible for picking, packing and dispatching orders to Axkid’s growing list of UK retailer partners. The contract will be managed from Walker’s 250,000 square foot multi-user fulfilment facility located close to Reading.

UK – Mersey Maritime has announced a new maritime conference; The Maritime Exchange, which will take place on Thursday 13th June in Liverpool Town Hall. The Exchange has been developed in response to the Government’s Maritime 2050 report that sets out the long-term strategy for the UK maritime sector, providing direction and recommendations for the industry to retain its competitive advantage as a world leading maritime nation.

The maritime industry currently contributes £37.4 billion to the UK economy and employs 957,000 people nationwide and the conference will provide updates about key themes drawn from Maritime 2050 including the changing landscapes of Trade, Technology and Innovation and People and Skills, with each theme being examined by an industry leading speaker and panel. The aim is to provide insight and practical applications to businesses throughout the conference.

UK – GAC UK has opened two new branches, in Harwich and Ramsgate, to meet the increased demand in oil, gas and renewables work in the South of England. Both locations are actively servicing projects within their areas, and their addition to the GAC UK network of offices further strengthens its focus on providing its energy customers with round-the-clock local knowledge and expertise.

The Port of Harwich is fast becoming a hot spot for renewable projects with development underway on a state-of-the-art operations and maintenance base for Galloper Offshore Wind Farm. The GAC team already has many years’ experience working for offshore and renewable customers from its Great Yarmouth and Felixstowe offices.

Further South, in Ramsgate, the development of the offshore wind farm industry is clearly visible from the Thanet Coastline. The port is home to the operation and maintenance of both the Thanet Offshore Windfarm and the London Array Offshore Windfarm. GAC has worked in the area remotely for many years, culminating in the establishment of its fully-fledged office there.

UK – The Seafarers UK charity is seeking teams from maritime industry businesses to fundraise by trekking in England’s spectacular Lake District, on a route across 24 peaks, all 2,400 feet or more, over 24 hours. The 31 mile course includes Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England.

Over two days, teams of four to seven walkers (plus a driver) will take in some of the most stunning countryside in Cumbria, including rivers, moors, farmland and forests. All participants will need to be physically fit, with determination, self-belief and team spirit to get to the finish line! Entry details via this link.