Friday, November 30, 2018

Odds and Sods in the World of Shipping and Logistics This Week  

Some Snippets of Supply Chain News from Around the Globe

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Shipping News Feature UK – DP World won the Port Operator of the Year Award at this year's Global Freight Awards in London after a readers vote from freight forwarders, cargo owners and shipping lines. The award recognised the logistics outfits achievements in the UK with both London Gateway and DP World Southampton getting a mention. UK Chief Operating Officer, Nick Loader, commented:

“This has been a real team effort, and recognises the incredible work undertaken by the UK team at London Gateway and Southampton. We pride ourselves on delivering exceptionally high-quality service provision to our customers and striving to exceed their expectations when it comes to ensuring trade can flow with minimal delay through our UK business units.

“There have been some great examples this year of the UK team finding solutions to challenges and innovating to improve supply chain visibility – which in turn increases efficiency and productivity. I’m proud of everyone working across the two terminals, now it’s time to build on this success.”

UK – The Woodland Group has opened a new office in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire to add to a network throughout the UK and beyond. The independently owned freight forwarding outfit says it recognised a need for logistics, e-commerce and supply chain management services in the region and the expansion aligned with a company policy to invest in such regional coverage.

UK – With parliament about to vote on Theresa May’s EU-approved draft Brexit Withdrawal Agreement confusion reigns and the Freight Transport Association (FTA) is hoping to shed a little light on the subject for interested parties with an event to be held on Wednesday 19 December 2018 at the Amba Hotel Charing Cross, London ‘Getting logistics ready for Brexit’.

The event, which features FTA expert speakers, is timed to address matters based on the results of the European Council that will take place the preceding week and will cover: UK and EU customs and security procedures; employee status; international road haulage; and trade with and within the Island of Ireland, and is designed to arm companies with the insight they need to mitigate any risks and design a clear, practical plan to ensure a smooth transition into post-Brexit business.

US – The Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) has awarded 109 vessels owned and/or operated by Crowley Maritime Corp. with Certificates of Environmental Achievement in recognition of their strong safety records and environmental protection. The 109 vessels include container ships, tankers, articulated tug-barges (ATBs), tugboats and more, representing a combined 1,171 years without an environmental incident. Forty-nine of these Crowley-owned and/or -operated vessels have gone at least 10 years without an incident.

The awards are open to all owners and operators of vessels that operate on oceans or inland waterways. The association’s awards honour companies for operating vessels without any environmental incidents, displaying a commitment to respecting and protecting the environment on oceans and inland waterways. More information on the awards program can be found on CSA’s website.

ITALY – US – For the last six weeks American Airlines Cargo has been carrying more than 10 tonnes of sweet chestnuts a day between Rome's Fiumicino Airport and New York JFK to ensure customers in the US can enjoy the traditional treats during the festive season. Used in the preparation of soups, desserts, flours and creams the chestnuts originate in the Campania region of south west Italy around Naples. Highly prized by confectioners there is increasing demand for the sweet treats in America because of very limited local production.

The nuts are harvested in the mountains and placed into jute sacks before being delivered into American Airlines Cargo facility in Rome. The jute sacks are fixed onto wooden pallets and need to be kept away from direct sunlight while in transit before being loaded onto American's daily, B777-200 flights from the Italian capital to New York. The seasonal traffic usually only occurs for a couple of weeks in mid-October but with the growing demand, this year's season has already been running for six weeks and is set to extend into November.

AUSTRALIA – The Ichthys LNG Project’s onshore processing facilities at Bladin Point in Darwin have been officially opened, signalling the start-up of one of Australia’s largest LNG-processing facilities. The Ichthys LNG Project features some of the world’s largest offshore facilities, linked to its onshore processing facilities near Darwin by the longest subsea pipeline in the southern hemisphere.

BENELUX – Centre Spécialités Pharmaceutiques (CSP) celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Benelux headquarters on Tuesday 20 November and announced large-scale expansion projects. The logistics group dedicated to serving the pharmaceutical market announced CSP Benelux will increase its workforce by 25% in a structural commitment amounting to €500,000. The company, formed originally in France has been established in the ‘Pharma Valley’ of Hainaut for a decade with also an office in Nijmegen, in the Netherlands under the name of Eurotranspharma Netherlands.

CSP offers a complete solution for logistics, intermediate storage and temperature-controlled transport, guaranteeing that the quality of pharmaceutical products is maintained until the end customer, in accordance with GDP standards. It also provides serialisation marking, in accordance with the European FMD directive against counterfeit medicines.

DENMARK – Tanker group Norden has purchased two South Korean-built MR product tankers. Both built in 2009 the Nord Magic and Nord Minute each have a deadweight capacity of 50,000 tonnes. Expected to join the company fleet in December the ships will bring the Norden tanker fleet to 58 ships, 44 MRs with a cargo capacity of 45,000-50,000 tonnes and 12 Handysize vessels with a cargo capacity of 35,000-37,000 tonnes.

Norden also has two LR1 tankers on charter, as are the rest of the fleet except for 24 tankers owned by the company. The chartered vessels are operated through Norient Product Pool (NPP). Norden says it has made the latest investment in anticipation of an expected market improvement towards 2020.

LATIN AMERICA – Unique Group, integrated subsea and offshore solutions providers, has recently announced a partnership with BRAeMar Serviços Portuários e Offshore Ltda., supplier of knowledge and skill-based marine services. Based in Rio de Janeiro, the partnership will facilitate comprehensive support for the shipping, energy, and oil & gas markets in Brazil, and across Latin America.

Founded in 1997 with a focus on environmental issues and the support of marine, oil & gas exploration and production, BRAeMar will be the sole representative agency for Unique Group in the region. Unique Group’s Survey Equipment, Diving & Life Support, and Buoyancy & Ballast divisions will predominantly service customers in this region through the newly established partnership with a focus on enhancing accessibility and visibility.

Photo: DP World’s Nick Loader receiving the Port Operator of the Year Award from comedian Romesh Ranganathan.

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