Friday, November 9, 2018

Our Weekly Look at Some of the News in Freight, Logistics and Shipping

Some Random Links in the Global Supply Chain
Shipping News Feature
UK – BELGIUM – TURKEY – We start the week's round-up of freight, logistics and shipping stories you may have missed with one of reliability. With ballast water matters at the top of the agenda the owners of the Belgian aggregates vessel MV Pompei (pictured) turned to PSM Instrumentation when they needed a full digital upgrade to the range of sensors which the UK based company had originally fitted some 20 years previously.

The refit was carried out in Turkey at the Sefine shipyard, utilising PSM’s TankView system, this was supplied as a complete package for central control of the fuel and fresh water tanks plus the oil and ballast tanks, including their ICT transmitters and a number of bilge switches for flood detection. PSM says the optimisable marine tank monitoring system is powerful, versatile and simple to use, and obviously durable as the last two decades prove.

UK – Isle of Wight based Spinlock which designs and manufactures maritime equipment from life jackets to control products, says it is the first from Britain’s marine industry to sign up to a worldwide decree to eradicate plastic waste and pollution at source via the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with UN Environment and unveiled at the Our Ocean Conference in Bali last month.

The Global Commitment aims to create ‘a new normal’ for plastic packaging. Targets will be reviewed every 18 months and will become increasingly ambitious over the coming years. Businesses that sign the commitment will publish annual data on their progress to help drive momentum and ensure transparency. Targets include eliminating unnecessary plastics and swap to re-useable plastic by 2025, 100% of which can be easily and safely reused, recycled or composted.

UK – WORLDWIDE – The latest pronouncement from ShipServ, the online maritime e-procurement platform, predicts major changes in the next five years, driven by developments in advanced technology and applications. ShipServ found by surveying a cross section of Chief Purchasing Officers and Managers that 50% still use their e-procurement systems for purely transactional and not strategic purposes.

The whitepaper, e-procurement in Maritime; 2021 and Beyond, highlights a number of critical areas where ShipServ says maritime e-procurement will rapidly evolve, creating a more strategic approach to purchasing, which plays an important role in meeting one of the industry’s biggest challenges; vessel optimisation and maximising the value of the asset for ship owners, operators and managers.

UK – SINGAPORE – Aerospace logistics provider B&H Worldwide is to open a new Singapore Forward Stocking Location (FSL) on behalf of Lithuanian headquartered FL Technics in the ALPS Free Trade Zone at Singapore's Changi Airport. FL Technics is a global provider of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services and operates more than 30 subsidiaries globally. It is a current B&H customer at London Heathrow and this new location in Asia will further extend the two companies working relationship.

B&H' says increasing demand for inventory in Asia has been a key driver for providing additional regional capacity within its climate-controlled facility at the Free Trade Zone. The new store will be fully operational during Q4 2018. Singapore is one of B&H's strategic hubs for its global operation and this additional FSL service will build upon the already established integration and communication between B&H’s OnTrack system and FL Technics own systems.

ESTONIA – The Port of Tallinn and Estonian holding company Alexela Invest have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the intention of collaborating on LNG bunkering solutions and the possible construction of a port facility for the loading and unloading of LNG at the Pakri peninsula at Lahepere Bay, Paldiski in the Gulf of Finland.

AUSTRALIA – SINGAPORE – FedEx Express has launched a new dedicated flight four times per week between Sydney, Australia, and Singapore. The new service is to further strengthen the company’s Asia Pacific network. Customers will benefit from the increased capacity and reliability to transport retail freight, healthcare (cold chain), perishables, and lithium ion battery shipments between both markets. Additionally, customers in Australia now enjoy a 3-hour cut-off time improvement for outbound shipments to Singapore and Malaysia from Tuesday to Friday.

US – WORLDWIDE – Having worked together since 2013 freight group Kuehne + Nagel and lifting and material processing equipment maker the Terex Corporation have announced a multi-year logistics contract extension expanding geographical scope to Europe and Asia and covering the complete supply chain from raw material to end customers via K+N’s ControlTower product. KN ControlTower is designed to provide managed services tailored to meet customer needs, simplifying supply chain complexity through integrated end-to-end solutions.

SLOVAK REPUBLIC – GPS specialists Sygic, which claims 200 million users for its global navigation app, unveiled a new optimisation algorithm at this year’s ICT & Logistics trade show in the Netherlands this week. This is designed to analyse multiple waypoints in order to send drivers on efficient routes, which save on time and fuel. Sygic’s algorithm geocodes pick-up and delivery addresses, optimising them once they are manually inputted into navigation apps or scanned from package labels. Then routes with the shortest times, distances, and the least amount of traffic are displayed on the navigation app.

The algorithm can handle more than a hundred waypoints and is also used as a part of Sygic Navigation products, or as an API embedded into existing tech. The software development kit is integrated into mobile and tablet navigation apps, and doesn’t require server-side solutions, which are often too expensive for the budgets of small and medium-sized businesses.

REPUBLIC OF PALAU – The Palau International Ship Registry, which claims to be the fastest growing flag registry, added two new ship registrations during Seatrade Middle East 2018 (STMM) held last month in Dubai. PISR CEO Panos Kirnidis said from being the newest registry just five years ago it was now a SMART registry with a real presence in the maritime world and welcomed Al Rafedain Marine Services and their vessels as part of the Palau fleet.

UK – INDIA – Hermes Logistics Technologies (HLT) has welcomed GMR Group to their client portfolio to implement Cargo Management Systems at Hyderabad International Airport (HYD), India. HLT has signed a five-year contract with GMR Group’s subsidiary GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL), including an upgrade schedule to ensure Hyderabad Airport’s cargo terminal will continue to operate with the most sophisticated Cargo Management Systems available.

GHIAL is part of the New Delhi-headquartered GMR Group which specialises in the infrastructure sector with projects across India and around the world, including airports, energy, transportation, and urban infrastructure. GMR today claims the title as one of the top five private airport operators globally, with a presence in India, South East Asia, and Europe.

GERMANY – LESOTHO – Deutsche Post DHL Group has received the National Energy Globe Award for its climate protection project ‘Save80 Stoves for Lesotho’. In Lesotho, a small, mountainous country in southern Africa, people traditionally cook over an open fire. The smoke generated by these fires pollutes the environment and the air inside peoples' homes, and poses a health risk.

Since 2011, Deutsche Post DHL Group has provided financial support for the purchase of some 10,000 Save80 stove sets, and supported the distribution, use and maintenance of the stove sets as a way to solve the smoke problem. Project implementation has involved close collaboration with the non-profit climate protection organization atmosfair, as well as with local partner Solar Lights PTY Ltd. GmbH.