Friday, August 3, 2018

From Road Haulage to Ocean Shipping - Some Smaller Items from Around the Globe

Freight and Logistics News Pieces You May Have Missed This Week
Shipping News Feature
NETHERLANDS – We begin this weekly round-up with a couple of statistics stories illustrating the current strengths of freight flows by sea and air, firstly with a Dutch port report that shows transhipment in the North Sea Canal Area at the seaports Amsterdam, IJmuiden, Beverwijk and Zaanstad declining to 49.4 million tonnes in the first half of 2018, a decrease of 5.1%. The Port of Amsterdam itself saw transhipment fall by 4.8% to 40.2 million tonnes. In Ijmuiden, transhipment declined to 9.3 million tonnes (-4.4%), Beverwijk registered a decline to 282,000 tonnes (-18.6%) and in Zaanstad transhipment sunk to just 84,000 tonnes, a slump of 59.3%.

All is not bad news however, the decline in Amsterdam in the first half of the year was due to a fall in coal transhipment of 25.5% and oil of 6.7% fuelled by maintenance at one of the terminals and reduced trading in the futures market. Meanwhile dry bulk cargo transhipment in Amsterdam was up 16.8% to 5.2 million tonnes thanks to a boom in construction and, despite a 1.6% drop in break bulk traffic, container transhipment rose 29.6% to 454,000 tonnes (45,457 TEU), partly due to the arrival of Samskip, which now operates a liner service to the UK.

Imports at the Port of Amsterdam fell by 7.8% in the first six months to 24.2 million tonnes. Exports on the other hand were up by 0.1% at 16 million tonnes. The number of sea-going vessels visiting the North Sea Canal Area increased to 3,938 (+6.2%).

NETHERLANDS – Staying in Amsterdam, in the field of air freight Schiphol Cargo has reported a 2.3% volume increase in belly cargo figures, as China and the US remain the strongest markets, and an extension of the network leads to growth in Latin America. However the mid-year figures show overall freighter volume has decreased by 2.7% to 843,832 tonnes, compared with 2017, due to a 9.4% decrease in full freighter air transport movements (ATMs) and the ongoing restrictions on slot availability.

Despite the increase in e-commerce, the Asian inbound market was down by 2% to 147,122 tonnes, while outbound decreased by 3% to 150,623 tonnes. European figures show a 7% inbound decline to 55,821 tonnes, compared to the same period last year, and outbound was down by 4% to 59,452 tonnes. The North American market saw an 11% inbound downfall to 64,768 tonnes, and a decrease in outbound cargo of 4% to 79,055 tonnes.

Latin America showed positive growth due to a network extension on the continent with inbound cargo up 9% to 65,255 tonnes, and a 15% increase in outbound cargo to 40,445 tonnes. The African markets showed positive outbound results with a 7% increase in cargo to 26,674 tonnes, while inbound cargo decreased by 5% to 56,733 tonnes. The Middle Eastern region went down by 2% (inbound), and 11% (outbound) to respectively 42,666 and 55,218 tonnes.

UK – Red Diamond Distribution, the UK national distributor for Mitsubishi Forklifts has acquired Bristol Forklifts which covers the South West of England. The move will allow the current owners to retire whilst providing all-important continuity for one of the country’s most experienced and best respected fork lift dealerships. Under the new structure Ian Mounce will remain as General Manager, ensuring the same level of service that saw Bristol Forklifts win the Dealer of the Year Award in the FLTA Awards for Excellence.

UK – Based in Hayward’s Heath, PSM Marine has received orders from a variety of customers for its latest product, the Analogue Programmable Transmitter (APT) which is now fully certified and has received both Type Approval and Intrinsic Safety certification under IECEx and ATEX. Over 1,000 units have been ordered for fitting to such as Republic of China Navy mine countermeasure vessels, various chemical and product tanker projects, and retrofit systems for 4 vessels to replace another manufacturer’s transmitters.

These 2 wire 4-20mA transmitters are suitable for the management of tanks of liquids of all types in marine, industrial process and hazardous area applications to comply with safety and environmental regulations, and the range includes both Level Transmitters and Pressure Transmitters. Versions are offered in stainless steel, hastelloy, and titanium for a range of specific applications including ballast tanks, fuel oils, fresh water, cargo overpressure, manifold pressure and a version with a special process connection for use in ODME systems.

UK – The Campaign for Better Transport has joined forces with other NGOs including wildlife campaigners WWF-UK, environmental lawyers ClientEarth and the London Sustainability Exchange in urging the Government to end subsidy for red diesel use on the nation's roads. Red diesel attracts subsidised duty rates and is commonly used in agricultural vehicles but also in auxiliary engines and machinery such as transport refrigeration units. In a response to the HM Treasury consultation on red diesel, which ended on July 24, the campaign groups said:

”The fact that operators of a range of diesel machinery are able to access subsidised red diesel is an unacceptable anomaly. Red diesel subsidies were never intended to support major corporations operating large vehicles or commercial machinery on the UK’s urban roads. However, this tax loophole has emerged and it is having a negative environmental and economic consequence. We therefore strongly encourage HM Treasury to end red diesel subsidies for auxiliary engines and machinery such as Transport Refrigeration Units."

UK – The government has launched a call for evidence to assist in understanding the extent and impact of emissions from brake, tyre and road wear and potential ways to address them. The call for evidence, which was first announced in the new Clean Air Strategy, will look at ways to address the impact tyres and brakes have on air quality and our environment and will help inform the design of future policy.

The Call for Evidence will run until 28 September and is aimed at stakeholders such as industry bodies, companies, environmental groups, consumer groups, academics and others including members of the public. It can be completed as an online .pdf HERE.

ECUADOR – Kuehne + Nagel has successfully completed the acquisition of the perishables business of Panatlantic Logistics S.A., Ecuador. The company, founded in 1979 and headquartered in the country’s capital, Quito, is one of the market leaders in the country in airfreight transportation of perishable products. K+N says the purchase will enable it to strengthen its position in the export market to the United States, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

SRI LANKA – GAC is the only ships agency in the country to be recognised in the first National Logistics and Transport Excellence Awards organised by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Sri Lanka (CILT). As one of nine companies to be bestowed a merit award, GAC Sri Lanka was recognised for its contribution to the country’s Transport and Logistics industry.

GAC Sri Lanka handled more than 6,800 shipping, marine and logistics jobs in 2017. The pioneer of ship supply service off port limit Galle and sole provider of ship-to-ship transfer services in Sri Lanka, GAC is the country’s leading ship agent today with a market share of around 30%. Work on one of Sri Lanka's biggest integrated distribution facilities is currently underway. The project by Spectra Logistics, a joint venture between GAC Logistics Sri Lanka and Hemas Transportation, will be fully equipped for container handling, multiple container repairing, container washing and container rigging.

EASTERN EUROPE – UK – Aerospace logistics company and winner of the 2018 BIFA Freight Service award for Supply Chain Management B&H Worldwide, has secured a three-year contract to manage Travel Service's entire logistics engineering supply chain exclusively. Travel Services is the largest airline company in the Czech Republic and operates the SmartWings brand alongside charter and private business jet operations.

Under the new contract B&H will expand its relationship with Travel Service to exclusively manage all AOG traffic, time-critical spares and routine shipments. This covers Travel Service's major operating centres in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary and a further 400 airports on four continents where the company operates. The contract will be managed through the B&H London Heathrow Control Tower providing round-the-clock 24/7, 365 service to the customer globally using the OnTrack system.

US – The Texas Motor Transport Association (TMTA) has recognised Dupré Logistics for their performance for outstanding achievement in highway safety, for the local over ‘10 Million Mile’ class, awarded in cooperation with the American Trucking Association presented by Great West Casualty. Stephen Murray, field safety supervisor, was presented the award on July 27 at the annual Safety and Maintenance luncheon in San Antonio.

GERMANY – Transport and logistics company Gebrüder Weiss is expanding its logistics terminal in Wernau near Esslingen/Stuttgart. With the ground-breaking ceremony, construction work on a new hall was officially commenced on August 2. In order to meet the increased demand for storage solutions, the logistics complex, so far covering 6,000m2, will be expanded to 7,100 m2.

The pallet shelving warehouse, the block storage warehouse and the picking area are being expanded, resulting in 11,000 pallet bays and 3,000m2 in the block storage warehouse. In addition, three new loading gates will be added. Gebrüder Weiss is investing one million euros in the expansion of the terminal, which is due to be completed by the end of the year. The Wernau location is assigned to the Esslingen branch of Gebrüder Weiss in Baden-Württemberg.

GERMANY – Rhenus Archive Services, a provider of document and information logistics, has announced a new acquisition. As of 1 August the business will take over Aktendepot Rhein-Main, a specialist in file storage and digitisation, which works with a number of businesses across the automotive sector. Rhenus will take over relationships with all of Aktendepot’s existing customers, most of which are based in the German state of Hessen. The business will also gradually move archived stocks to its own high-security filing facilities in Frankfurt and Giessen.