Friday, May 24, 2019

From Rail Freight to Deep Water Ports and Logistics Some Stories You May Have Missed

Snippets of Multimodal Trade News from Around the Globe This Week
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UK – iPort Rail the a new, 30-acre multimodal rail freight facility in Doncaster, South Yorkshire and part of Verdion's iPort logistics hub, now has a new intermodal rail connection with the Port of Felixstowe operated by GB Railfreight. The iPort Rail facility sits next to Junction 3 of the M18 motorway and is already host to some big name importers and occupiers including Amazon, CEVA, Fellowes and Lidl.

The new service departs the port’s South Rail Terminal at 04:05 each day, Tuesday to Saturday, arriving in iPort at 10:47. The return service departs at 15:32 arriving back in Felixstowe at 23:25. Regular rail services are also run from Felixstowe to Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Teesport, Birmingham, Birch Coppice, Doncaster, Selby, Hams Hall, Wakefield, Ditton (Widnes), Rotherham and Cardiff.

UK – Quality Freight (UK) Limited, which provides chartering and a range of port services operating from a 40 acre multimodal facility at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, has been acquired by the Peel Ports Group for an undisclosed sum. Peel Ports is the UK’s second largest port group, owning and operating six of the UK’s principal ports.

Peel Ports Chief Executive Mark Whitworth said the latest deal fitted with the group strategy of extending the range of services beyond the core stevedoring and storage services typically offered by the company. Quality Freight will continue to trade as a separate brand.

UK – Anyone who doubts the efficacy of the Multimodal Exhibitions as a place to meet old friends, network and drum up new business should have a word with Howard Tenens Logistics as the company returns next month for the twelfth successive year. This year on stand 4020, located in Hall 4, will be showcasing the range of services the company has to offer including expertise within the pick and pack sector and international logistics, as well as the continued investments in its property portfolio. Elliot Ashton - Development Manager at Tenens comments:

"Multimodal has always been a major highlight of the year for the Group. Showcasing Howard Tenens at Multimodal for the past eleven years has enabled us to meet with some of our leading customers. These initial meetings have since progressed and formed a number of highly successful working relationships with the likes of Costa and Asahi."

UK – The Port of Tilbury has signed a long-term agreement with leading industrial gas company Nippon Gases Europe to import CO2 to the Thames port. The agreement will see weekly shipments arriving at the port, with Nippon Gases Europe investing in a permanent storage terminal at the port which became operational this year.

The shipments into Tilbury of carbon dioxide are carried on Nippon Gases’ dedicated ships in refrigerated liquid form and are intended primarily for the UK’s beverage and food markets. Nippon Gases Europe produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and speciality gases.

US – Dupré Logistics, which has operated across Texas and southeast New Mexico since 2014 hauling raw crude oil from the wellhead to pipeline injection sites and rail facilities, has expanded with a facility in Pecos, Texas four times the size of its predecessor. In the West Texas region, Dupré currently employs 40 drivers in the area and is looking to hire more.

The maintenance facility will service and maintain the Dupré fleet and will open for business to other Class 8 providers in the region. Along with the new and larger maintenance facility, Dupré is also building a housing unit to accommodate non-indigenous workers in light of the severe housing shortage in the area.

US – Harvey Gulf International Marine, LLC chose GE Power Conversion’s latest SeaGreen Energy Storage System for its offshore platform service vessel (PSV), Harvey Champion to manage energy sources according to load demand. SeaGreen ESS can provide backup power in the event of a power blackout, which is hugely disruptive to vessel operations. It can also provide critical reserve power in the case of the failure of any engine or smooth out peak power fluctuations.

Included in the transformer-less solution are two 1000A systems, each with batteries, drives and supporting cooling and safety systems, all mounted within a single ISO container. The ‘plug-and-play’ approach makes the solution a simple, fast and cost-effective choice for vessel upgrades and can be fitted retrospectively or to new builds.

SWEDEN – Dachser Air & Sea Logistics has established a foothold in the country by opening an office for air and sea freight in Gothenburg. Dachser currently has eight employees at the new location in Gothenburg, and plans grow this to around twenty. Working together with its Swedish overland transport organisation, which has four offices in Sweden.

Dachser says it can now offer its existing and potential customers the full portfolio of multimodal logistics services and indeed Scandinavia seems to be a region for growth for the group. Dachser Air & Sea Logistics opened a branch office in Kolding, Denmark in 2018 adding to an existing office in Copenhagen, whilst in Finland, it has offices in Helsinki and three further locations.

SWEDEN – Another milestone for Stockholm Norvik Port this week with the completion of the 450-metre container quay. Now out on the quay crane tracks are being laid, bollards are being fitted and guardrails, barriers and fenders are being installed. Opening of the freight facility is scheduled for May 2020.

Stockholm Norvik Port is Sweden’s newest port, with both a RoRo port and a container terminal. The container terminal has a natural depth of 16.5 meters and the length of quay and terminal area needed to be able to handle the largest vessels operating in the Baltic Sea. There will be rail and road access for import and export freight.

JAPAN – Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., Tokyo, (K Line) received delivery of the Miyagawa Maru, a 100,000 DWT-type special coal carrier at Marugame Shipyard of Imabari Shipbuilding, Japan on 21 May. The Miyagawa Maru was jointly developed to maximise transport volume for the discharging port, JERA’s Hekinan Thermal Power Plant, Aichi prefecture in Japan.

Miyagawa Maru is a so-called Hekinan MAX and, at a shade shy of 250 metres is equipped with latest ecological technology such as a turbocharger VTI (Variable Turbine Inlet) which optimises energy-saving, plus a ballast water management system that prevents damage to marine ecosystems. The 102,000 dwt ship will be principally involved in long-term service carrying thermal coal to the Aichi Plant.

Photo: GBRf will supply the rail freight link from Felixstoweto iPort, Doncaster.