Friday, November 29, 2019

Our Weekly Round Up of Smaller Logistics and Freight News Starts on a Chilly Note

A Variety of Bits and Pieces from Around the Transport Industry
Shipping News Feature

RUSSIA – The Harbour Master at the Port of Rostov on Don has published three requirements for all vessels calling there during the forthcoming winter season in 2019-2020. All vessels older than 30 years must have ice-strength (ice class) duly confirmed and certified by the recognised Marine Classification Society.

Towing of barges or other objects during ice navigation is prohibited except for emergency operations or towage performed by icebreaker. All ships must have on board the sufficient quantity of fuel, fresh water and provision for at least 14 days of navigation (from the date of arrival to the start point of the ice convoy).

Additionally, due to the specific climate of Azov Sea with long stormy periods followed by fast ice formation, it is strongly recommended to have the above stores on board not only during the official ice-navigation period, but throughout the whole winter navigation season. Insufficient ship's stores might be considered as a clear ground for the addition Port State Control inspection. Port bylaws can be seen here.

UK – The United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) has secured the services of Beth Thomas of Change 4 Growth USA as a speaker at its forthcoming Conference on the 3rd and 4th March 2020. Thomas, who last addressed a UKWA audience in 2017 at the House of Lords shortly after founding her current company, is a well-known motivational speaker.

Thomas worked previously for JP Morgan Change before moving into consultancy in 2005. She is a contributing author on several books and is a best-selling author in her own right with her book ‘Powered by Happy’ and this year opened Change 4 Growth UK in London.

UK – According to news reports Steve Parkin, who founded Clipper Logistics 27 years ago and floated the company on the London stock market in 2012, is looking to place a £300 million bid to take over the group with the help of Sun Capital Partners, a US-based private equity firm.

Mr Parkin, currently the group’s executive chairman, owns around 40% of the stock and his offer is being considered by a committee of independent non-executive directors. Parkin is said to be disillusioned by the restrictions involved in running a public company and by the slipping in value of the share price.

UK – Purveyor of the deck and lid container freight system, CakeBoxx Technologies will be exhibiting its unique product at the International Security Expo 2019 next week from 3-4 December at London's Olympia. CakeBoxx containers are built for security and as such, do not require doors (by far the weakest security point of a standard ISO container).

The company’s doorless models are the only shipping containers in the global transportation industry approved by the US Government’s SAFETY Act as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology and CakeBoxx can be found on Stand M40 at the London show, with registration details here.

UK – Tilbury2, the development of the UK’s largest unaccompanied RoRo freight ferry port under construction on 150 acres of land at the former Tilbury Power Station on the north bank of the River Thames, has won the inaugural National Infrastructure Planning Association (NIPA) Award for Best Project at the organisation’s awards celebration in London on 21 November.

The judges praised the team behind the Development Consent Order Process (DCO) planning process of the new port Tilbury2 which is due to open in 2020. The inaugural single award by NIPA recognises best practice in participating in the DCO for a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP).

UK – Survitec, which specialises in survival equipment for those on the water, has taken lifejacket safety and performance beyond the regulatory requirement with the introduction of a lifejacket range that has at least 150 Newton buoyancy, the minimum standard for those venturing offshore.

By re-engineering its existing Premier lifejacket range, raising the buoyancy point and re-shaping the foam, the jacket packs down smaller with no loss of buoyancy. This means more jackets can be loaded, particularly useful in the cruise industry. Ten stowed adult jackets take up 0.182 m3 of space compared to the 0.300 m3 area of ten original, 2010-designed Premier jackets. As evidence, a recent order of 19,865 Premier Compact lifejackets saw them loaded in seven shipping containers instead of the usual nine.

UK – ABP’s Port of Newport handles a wide mix of cargo for its customers, including steel, forest products, and bulk materials for the agricultural sector. To optimise this the company has invested £2.3 million in a Mantsinen 120M materials handler which can easily be fitted with different attachments to safely handle these commodities.

The new machine utilises the latest technology and is fitted with a HybriLift energy storage system that will decrease energy consumption by 35%.The crane was purchased through Cooper Specialised Handling which is the exclusive UK distributor of Mantsinen hydraulic cranes.

DJIBOUTI – Companies are warned that the country has been subject to flooding, landslides, power outages this week as four days saw almost the usual amount of rainfall received in an entire year. Many roads are impassable and supplies are likely to be delayed with many companies shut during the crisis and internal trade, and with Ethiopia, severely curtailed.

GERMANY – Bundesverband der Kurier-Express-Post-Dienste e.V. (BdKEP) the association of courier express postal services has signed a cooperation agreement with the operators of the Green-Zones portal in order to keep its members and others up to date on environmental zones and driving bans in Germany.

The question of which vehicles are allowed on the host of urban roads throughout Europe is becoming a minefield for drivers, particularly those travelling unfamiliar routes. Members of the BdKEP will receive the environmental stickers and vignettes required in Europe as well as the Green Zones environmental zone Fleet App. This has zoomable maps and entry regulations shown in real time.

Photo: It gets a little chilly in Rostov on Don, hence the warning to shipping.