Friday, February 14, 2020

Our Weekly Look Around the Logistics Industry Starts with Lunch with a Football Legend

A Variety of Some of the Transport and Shipping Related Stories You May Have Missed
Shipping News Feature

UK – Those attending the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) annual Northern Ireland Logistics Lunch will be treated with a speech from former England international and Premier League footballer Andy Cole. The third highest goal scorer in the League's history and part of the 1999 Manchester United treble winning squad, Cole will regale the audience with his tales of success, failure and resilience as post-lunch entertainment. 

The event will take place at the Merchant Hotel in Belfast on Friday 5 June 2020 and will also serve as a fundraiser for PIPS Charity, a Belfast-based organisation providing suicide prevention and bereavement support services, counselling and therapies throughout Northern Ireland. A table of 10 places is available to book for £1,100 +VAT or a table of five for is £550 +VAT. For more information or to book a place click HERE.

UK – WORLDWIDE – Dreamlifts will cease acting as worldwide General Sales and Service Agent for Antonov Airlines as from 1st March 2020. The pair have partnered since 2016 when Dreamlifts first set up shop, with some staff representing the Ukrainian cargo airline since 1989. The decision affects the UK office based in Stansted which trades as Antonov Airlines UK, as well as the Dreamlifts US office in Houston, Antonov Airlines Inc.

UK – The Port of Tyne has welcomed the launch of a consultation by the UK Government on Freeports and has pledged to make a success of a free trade zone covering multiple logistics and advanced manufacturing sites across the North East. The Port says it has been championing a ‘virtual Freeport’ model, using supply chain technology and best practice from the US and China where it says such zones are operational.

With the deep-water Port of Tyne at its heart, the zone would look to support existing advanced manufacturing operations including Nissan, while fostering growth across the region’s target sectors including renewable energy and pharmaceuticals. In the coming months, the Port of Tyne says it will work with local and national political and business stakeholders and organisations to progress a Freeport bid in support of growing inward investment and prosperity across the region.

UK – WORLDWIDE – Exis Technologies, the Darlington based software division of New York container inspection company National Cargo Bureau, has been managing dangerous goods by sea for over thirty years and has now entered into a collaborative agreement with Maritime Blockchain Labs (MBL), a consortium founded by BLOC and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) to explore the use of blockchain in tackling the significant risks and challenges associated with the declaration and handling of dangerous goods.

Exis will be using its industry experience to help the MBL consortium with the build and test of a demo prototype to assess the potential for distributed ledger technology (DLT) in the maritime supply chain. Exis solutions such as its Hazcheck Systems will check the misdeclaration of hazmat cargoes via integrated blockchain technology.

UK – Recognising that around a third of all cargo claims and a significant number of seafarer accidents are connected with the use and operation of holds and hatches, the London P&I Club has launched comprehensive guidance to help seafarers and ship operators protect themselves further. A common-sense booklet generously illustrated with practical examples of best practice is being offered to all Club members and is particularly aimed at fleet superintendents and serving mariners of all ranks.

Safe operating procedures for all types of hatch covers is given and advice on how seafarers should behave when working in cargo holds and around hatches. This includes not working alone, checking toxicity levels, ensuring ladders and other access arrangements are secure, and precautions to take when fumigating. A range of cargo damage examples are given to show how poor-performing hatches can negatively impact on the cargo itself and, ultimately, increase the likelihood of a claim. Relevant inspections and tests are also detailed alongside advice on routine maintenance and repair work.

UK – Solarglide, which specialises in the supply of ship screens, blinds, wipers, curtains and films to cruise ships, commercial and naval vessels worldwide, has relocated to premises over three times the size of the former site enabling the manufacture of products on site. The company is one of the first tenants at the new 90,000 square foot warehouse and office park, Baker's Yard on the site of the original Greggs Bakery on Christon Road in Gosforth, Newcastle.

In line with the relocation, the family run business, which was established in 2008 by founder and Managing Director, Paul Pringle, has grown its staff from 7 to 11. The company, which lists the likes of Disney, Carnival, National Geographic, Royal Caribbean and the US Navy amongst its client list, is looking to recruit further in key sales and project management positions in the future.

US – Supply chain group KNAPP has opened Phase 1 of its facility expansion in Kennesaw, Georgia. The $7M initial investment is the first step in expanding US Operations to meet the rapidly growing demand in North America. With office space for up to 250 employees, the facility has added space for 400 employees and a 15,000 square foot state-of-the-art automated parts warehouse, including KNAPP’s OSR Shuttle™ Evo – as well as expanded parts and customer service capabilities.

Specialising in warehouse logistics and automation with over 43 locations and 4500 employees worldwide KNAPP says the US labour shortage coupled with the market opportunity driven by emerging technology, such as artificial intelligence, cloud-based technology and internet of things technology (IoT) are all factors in its current investments.

GERMANY – Hamburg based shipyard LNG supplier Nauticor is working with shipyard Fr. Fassmer located in Motzen/ Berne on new builds and retrofits of LNG systems. The two first worked together in 2015 when Nauticor and Fassmer started working together back in 2015 when the newbuild ferry Helgoland, the first with an LNG engine built in Germany, received its first LNG from Nauticor (then under the name Bomin Linde LNG).

Now, with the commissioning and initial LNG bunkering of the research vessel Atair, the new sea surveying, wreck search and research vessel for the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) at the Fassmer shipyard, the partnership should see the vessel enter service in 2020 replacing the previous ship with that name in this first step of the new cooperation.

FRANCE – Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has been awarded IATA CEIV Pharma certification for its new €10 million Pharma Centre at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for the handling of temperature-controlled healthcare and life science products. Opened in September last year, the Centre is the only dedicated facility at the airport in Europe with temperature-controlled warehousing, alongside a transport fleet specifically adapted to guarantee pharmaceutical shipments integrity. A Cloud based temperature monitoring solution collects temperature and humidity data in real-time via sensors and enables this information to be accessed on mobile devices.

Nearly 30 airlines and freight forwarders are already using the Pharma Centre, which is forecast to handle over 8,000 tonnes of products in 2020. New technologies used in the facility include digital systems to improve operational efficiency and shipment visibility. The warehouse management system (WMS) supports the use of barcode scanning for real-time storage capacity monitoring and management, ensuring constant tracking of shipments from the Pharma Centre to and from aircraft, with time and date statements available on demand.

Photo: Andy Cole as Manchester United fans will remember him.