Friday, November 22, 2019

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UK – As demand for urban emission free deliveries grows Gnewt, the UK’s largest all-electric delivery fleet, has partnered with carrier integration platform Metapack to expand its delivery services across London. All retailers on the Metapack platform will now be able to utilise Gnewt’s electric vehicles for their delivery requirements including click and collect. Gnewt will use its London based fleet to process and deliver parcels and deliveries routed through the Metapack platform.

Gnewt is part of Menzies Distribution, itself responsible for in excess of 110 million consignments of retail stock, parcels, newsprint and marketing materials across the UK every year, and on a mission to create a nationwide, sustainable logistics service.

UK – DSV has officially opened its new 95,099 square foot distribution centre in Southampton. To celebrate the official opening of this new strategically located warehouse facility, DSV held an opening and innovation event at the Mount Park site with a ribbon cutting ceremony by Southampton Mayor Peter Baillie.

UK – The UK Chamber of Shipping launched its 2019 election manifesto a four four-point plan for the 2019 General Election. In its ‘Stand up for Shipping’ manifesto, the Chamber calls for more investment to make the UK a world leader in green maritime technology and tax credits for companies who invest in research and development to help cement the UK as a world leading shipping nation.

UK – Global maritime charity Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea) is holding a series of Christmas carol services for seafarers in Great Britain. The inaugural service in Glasgow on Sunday December 8 will feature the CloseShave Chorus who will bring their unique acapella barbershop vocal harmonies to the event at Glasgow University.

Three more Stella Maris carol services will follow; in Southampton (9 December), South Shields (11 December) and London (12 December), allowing supporters and the local community in those areas to come together and raise their voices for seafarers.

UK – Berkshire-based Walker Logistics has announced three further additions to the growing list of clients that it serves within the cosmetics and skin care sector. Luxie, which produces a range of make-up brushes; New Flag, a distributor of beauty products; and Grahams Natural UK, which offers natural therapeutic skin care products, will all now have their UK supply chains managed by Walker. All three companies had previously outsourced key logistics processes to another third party logistics company and turned to Walker when that business was placed in Administration earlier this year.

US – Ocean Infinity, the next generation sub-sea technology and data company, announced that it has reached a significant milestone in battery technology for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs). In partnership with Kraken Robotics 18 months of testing resulted in Ocean Infinity’s new 6000 metre pressure tolerant batteries demonstrate an increased possible survey range to 700 kilometres for the company's HUGIN AUVs in tests conducted across a period of more than four days without a battery change.

GERMANY – Construction work has begun to expand Dachser’s Öhringen branch. By summer 2020, the existing transit terminal will be 3,500 m2 larger. A new storey will also be added to the office building, increasing its floor space by 600 m2. Dachser is investing some €9.5 million in the project.

ARGENTINA – US – On November 21, American Airlines Cargo safely transported 10 brown bears from Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). The bears originated from the Mendoza Zoological Park, about 1200 kilometres from Buenos Aires, and will end their journey in Colorado at a Wild Animal Sanctuary. David Vance, VP Operations for American Airlines Cargo, observed:

“All team members involved worked together to ensure a successful, safe, and seamless experience for the bears and our customers. It’s always an honour to play such an important role in animal transport, and we are thankful to have been selected for this incredible opportunity.”

GIBRALTAR – The GAC Group has opened an office in Gibraltar to provide shipping and logistics support and offer a full range of ship agency, husbandry and freight services, as well as ship-to-ship transfers and bunkering through GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd. Gibraltar serves as a primary supply point for passing ships and, according to the Gibraltar Port Authority, approximately 60,000 vessels transit the Strait of Gibraltar every year, with nearly 240 million gross tonnes of vessel calls in 2018 alone. Ivo Verheyen, Group Vice President, GAC Europe comments:

“Coming hot on the heels of the opening of GAC Ireland and a four new GAC UK offices, GAC Gibraltar ticks all the global, regional and local boxes for our expansion strategy. It’s another critical step forward towards the goal set out in our five year plan, Delta21, to achieve global leadership in shipping services and expand our logistics capabilities.

INDIA – PSA’s Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals (PSA Mumbai) located in Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNP) in Maharashtra, India's largest container gateway, and Gateway Rail Freight Limited (GRFL) have launched launch a weekly train service operated by GRFL between PSA Mumbai and GRFL’s Inland Container Depots (ICDs) in North India at Garhi-Harsaru (Gurugram, Haryana), Ludhiana (Punjab), Piyala (Faridabad, Haryana), and Viramgam (Ahmedabad, Gujarat). Mr Mike Formoso, Managing Director, PSA India, said:

“JNPT ports continue to offer the fastest transits between India’s West Coast and the NCR by average 2.6 days, according to Logistics Data Bank (LDB) data. The usage of rail at JNPT has been on an upward trend in recent months, reaching 18% in October. This is due to a combination of efficient inter-terminal transfers between terminals of rail containers, initiatives by Indian Railways to cut short distance haulage charges which has shifted some road traffic to rail in the Nhava Sheva area, and the start of scheduled rail services from PSA Mumbai and JNPT.”

Photo: Part of Gnewt’s all electric fleet recharging at their base.