Friday, August 16, 2019

More Freight, Logistics, Haulage and General Shipping News Released Over the Past Few Days

Weekly Update of Some Less Well Publicised items from Around the Industry
Shipping News Feature

UK – US – We start the regular update of some lesser known news from around the world of freight and logistics with the announcement that mobile marketing agency Purplegator is taking aim at the UK HGV driver market with the same sales technique used in the US, which it claims has been having considerable success in attracting passive job seeking drivers, that is those who aren't actively looking for work but may be interested in knowing about suitable opportunities.

The company says traditional recruitment efforts in finding road haulage drivers often do not produce enough good candidates to maintain proper staffing. As a result, an increasing number of fleet owners are turning to mobile marketing as part of a fresh new recruiting effort. Marc Jarrett, of emjay consultancy who is helping the Company expand their UK presence, says that social media marketing in conjunction with geo-targeting is the leading way to reach a target audience today and Purplegator has perfected this medium for recruiters.

UK – FRANCE – Getlink, the company responsible for Channel Tunnel activities is blaming the lack of recovery in the automotive market, and a slowdown in UK consumption for a decline in truck traffic with July figures down 10% against 2018 (130,936 as against 144,990). Since the beginning of the year, more than 940,000 trucks have crossed the Channel on Le Shuttle Freight services (down 5%).

Later holiday departures in 2019 were the cause of a drop of 7% in passenger shuttle traffic in the same month which has seen the seven month total fall 3% to below one and a half million vehicles with 1,460,147 recorded journeys. August traffic figures will be published on Wednesday 11 September before the markets open.

UK – Further to our story earlier this week in which transport union RMT complained about the treatment of self-employed drivers working for parcel carrier Yodel, the company has issued the following statement:

“We continue to have productive discussions with the GMB and are disappointed by the announcement from one of its regional representatives, which contains a number of inaccurate statements. Our independent courier contracts have been updated in line with recent legislation, and the termination notice period is extended on both sides to give the operation and our independent couriers greater security. We are pleased to report that the vast majority of courier partners have already accepted and signed the new contracts.”

SINGAPORE – Tank Storage Asia 2019 will take place on September 25/26 this year and the event will focus on several challenges, developments and solutions in the Asian bulk liquid storage industry. Key themes that will be discussed during the two-day conference and free-to-attend exhibition include innovation, particularly technological developments affecting the sector, specifically drone inspection and robotics and IT.

Legislation will be another key theme discussed plus market dynamics such as supply and demand and how the Sulphur Cap will affect storage in the region. Alternative fuels such as hydrogen and safety will also get a hearing. The exhibition section is free to attend whilst Conference places come at a fee.

SWEDEN – Helsingborg based ForSea which recently converted two of its RoRo ferries, the Aurora and the Tycho Brahe to battery power, is to make one of its older ships on the same Öresund ‘floating bridge’ service which connects Sweden and its neighbour Denmark, a freight only vessel.

The long term decline in car and passenger traffic, coupled with the demonstration that passengers prefer to use the larger and more modern ferries, are given as the reasons to cease such operations on the Mercandia 4 which means retail and food and beverage services will no longer be available aboard her.

ESTONIA – Trelleborg’s marine and infrastructure operation has been awarded a contract to install its rope-free automated mooring system, AutoMoor, at the Old City Harbour at the Port of Tallinn, which is the biggest harbour in Estonia and one of the busiest passenger harbours in the world. Trelleborg will install six units of its AutoMoor T40 Twin Arm at the Old City Harbour’s Berth 13 cruise ferry wharf to facilitate faster berthing processes and improve safety levels within the port environment.

Using vacuum technology to rapidly attach to and secure a vessel at berth, AutoMoor reduces vessel motions and continuously monitors all mooring loads acting on the vessel at berth. This provides live data to the operator to optimise day-to-day port and terminal operations. It also minimizes personnel involvement to reduce human error and improve safety.

CHINA – As from last month forwarder Greencarrier Freight Services in Greater China has introduced its first all-electric trucks in an effort to cut its logistics carbon footprint. Deployed in Shanghai the vehicles have an effective range of approximately 240 kilometres between charges and the batteries can be recharged within 2 - 3 hours making them an ideal solution for delivery routes in and around cities.

US – Rail giant Genesee & Wyoming is to open a Choice Terminal™ bulk transfer facility on its Georgia Southwestern Railroad, Inc. (GSWR) subsidiary in Bainbridge, Georgia. Operated by G&W railroads, Choice Terminals transfer bulk materials, including agricultural products, aggregates, chemicals and lumber, between railcars and trucks, providing customers who are not located directly on a railroad with the opportunity to reduce transportation costs by using rail rather than long-haul trucks.

GSWR’s Choice Terminal is located on a 15-acre site with two tracks accommodating 19 total railcars and offers open-truck access. The 270-mile GSWR provides customers with access to the North American rail network via interchanges with Class I railroads CSX and Norfolk Southern.

US – Truckload carrier Schneider is to open a new operating centre in Wilmer, Texas next year equipped with a host of new amenities for drivers. The new premises replace the existing depot serving the Dallas area and will contain 50% more tractor and trailer stalls (644 in total), Wi-Fi, exercise equipment, showers, laundry facilities and a full service café, etc.

There will also be a maintenance building that will double the capacity that is available at the current location with 10 tractor bays, 5 trailer bays and 3 express bays plus pits, a parts room and open stem bay stations. Over 500 drivers within Schneider’s Regional, Over the Road and Dedicated service offerings will be managed out of the Dallas operating centre. The 14,000-square-foot driver services building and 47,000-square-foot maintenance building sit on over 50 acres, which allows for future growth.

DENMARK – GERMANY – Eagle Bulk Shipping, which owns and operates Supramax and Ultramax dry bulk tankers has announced the establishment of a new commercial office in Copenhagen, relocating from its existing base in Hamburg. The Copenhagen office will be led by Mathias Groenvald, who recently joined Eagle Bulk. Mr. Groenvald previously served as Senior Vice President, Head of Chartering for Clipper Bulk, and has over 30 years of dry bulk industry experience.

GERMANY – For the past month freight forwarding and logistics provider Gebrüder Weiss has been collaborating with Bosch Secure Truck Parking, a Europe-wide online booking platform. At the international transport hub of Nuremberg, secure truck parking is in short supply and now the Austrian headquartered company is making ten spaces at its facility in the city available for the use of truckers.

The Bosch platform shows real time information about available spaces which, for a charge, can be reserved by drivers and dispatchers via the Internet or on an app, or leased for a specific period. One particular benefit of the new parking with Gebrüder Weiss is the high level of security. The whole site is secured and under video surveillance and the automatic barrier only opens when a camera recognizes the number plate. The company had previously registered sites at Vienna and Wels in its home country.

Photo: Secure parking is always welcomed by trucking companies worldwide.