Friday, March 15, 2019

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Some Smaller Freight and Logistics News Items

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Shipping News Feature INDIA – We start the week's round up of some smaller shipping and logistics items in the subcontinent where GAC has handled the first tanker to berth at the newly constructed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal inside Kamarajar Port, Ennore in Chennai. The Marshall Islands-flagged LNG carrier LPG/C Golar Snow was carrying the first consignment of 78,037 m3 of LNG from Ras Laffan in Qatar for the commissioning of the terminal.

Captain Srinivasan Sethumadhavan, General Manager of Shipping Services at GAC’s Chennai Office said the opening of the first LNG terminal on the east coast of India is likely to change trade dynamics and drive industrial growth in the area whilst the outlook overall for the Indian LNG market is promising.

US – The Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad, Inc. (RCPE), a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W), was named Regional Railroad of the Year by Railway Age magazine this week for a set of achievements including completing 2016-2018 with zero Federal Railroad Administration-reportable employee injuries, investing more than $80 million in infrastructure, growing revenues 20% since 2015 and attracting more than $300 million in new customer investments along the 670-mile rail line.

The railroad only began operations June 1, 2014, running from Tracy, Minnesota to Rapid City, South Dakota, following RCPE’s purchase of the west end of the former Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern rail line from Canadian Pacific, and principal cargoes are bulk, mainly grain, bentonite clay, cement, ethanol and fertilizer.

ISRAEL – Totem Plus has signed a licence agreement with Naval Dome for use of its award-winning maritime cyber security software across a range of its advanced automation and navigation solutions. Under the agreement, Totem Plus is licensed to integrate the Naval Dome software with the hard drives across several hundred systems in the Totem Plus portfolio, providing cyber protection at the system build stage, prior to shipment to end-users. The Totem Plus systems will thus leave the factory fully cyber protected by Naval Dome.

The two companies, based just 10 kilometres apart began working together in 2017 when the Naval Dome solution was used to protect the Totem Plus ECDIS, IMAC (Integrated Monitoring, Alarm & Control), VDR and BAM (Bridge Alert Management) installations aboard a 5000TEU containership. The success of this installation together with DNV GL Type Approval in February this year led Totem Plus to acquire an annual licence for use of the technology across its product portfolio.

IVORY COAST – Danish shipping company NORDEN is opening an office in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, as part of the Company’s continued global expansion. The office becomes the company’s 11th office and means the shipping company is now present on all relevant continents supporting its asset light growth.

NORDEN says it sees West Africa as a promising region with growing opportunities within dry cargo, and being the regional hub connecting French-speaking Africa and the home to many key institutions working across Africa, Abidjan, Ivory Coast is a natural location for the new office.

MOROCCO – Royal Air Maroc has become the latest airline to join Cargo iQ, signing up at the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA)’s World Cargo Symposium (WCS) in Singapore this week. Royal Air Maroc, which is headquartered at Casablanca-Anfa Airport in Morocco, joins more than 80 other Cargo iQ members, including airlines, forwarders, Ground Handling Agents, and IT companies. Cargo iQ is an IATA interest group with the mission of creating and implementing quality standards for the worldwide air cargo industry.

UK – Road haulage outfit and logistics operator Howard Tenens has taken delivery in the past few weeks of two more dedicated gas powered vehicles making it four lorries by compressed natural gas (CNG). All four vehicles are based in Swindon and are being trialled under the Dedicated to Gas Project which is part of the Low Emission Freight and Logistics Trial, funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) in partnership with Innovate UK.

The original two vehicles arrived in 2017 and have now covered over 200,000 kilometres with no breakdowns or faults with the gas systems. This excellent performance gave Howard Tenens the confidence it needed to invest in a further two vehicles when the opportunity arose. Furthermore, the vehicles have had excellent driver feedback with no difference in performance observed between the diesel and gas models.

The dedicated gas trucks are powered solely by biomethane, which gives a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of 75% compared to diesel. Gas technology is one of the few viable options for decarbonising freight, particularly for heavy goods vehicles where electric and hybrid options are not yet feasible, therefore having an important role to play in helping the UK meet its carbon reduction targets.

UK – The Freight Transport Association (FTA) said this week that it was pleased that Birmingham City Council has listened to the needs of the logistics sector and developed a Clean Air Zone plan which will improve air quality in the city without costing the livelihoods of local and small businesses. Reacting to the news this week that the scheme has been approved, the FTA is pleased the Council has recognised the financial burden that immediate fleet upgrades would place upon businesses within its plan, by granting a one-year exemption. Chris Yarsley, Policy Manager for the Midlands, said:

“Birmingham City Council has bucked the trend set by other cities across the country to produce an air quality plan that protects the health of both its citizens as well as that of the local economy. Following a succession of disastrous CAZ proposals in cities including Bath, Leeds and Manchester, which all failed to consider the needs of local and small business, the FTA is pleased Birmingham City Council has taken the FTA’s advice on board when formulating its plans.”

Photo: The Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad runs through some beautiful countryside.

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