Friday, July 17, 2020

Smaller News Items from the Multimodal World This Week

Some Snippets You May Find of Interest
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – International freight forwarding and logistics group C.H. Robinson has joined forces with Microsoft to link the cargo specialist's global multimodal transportation management platform Navisphere to the software group's Azure IoT Central cloud system and thus provide a real time visibility option for customers.

The two have previous with Navisphere currently used across Microsoft’s global supply chain, giving the company real-time visibility into inventory, at rest or in motion anywhere in the world. In addition, in collaboration with Microsoft, C.H. Robinson built Navisphere Vision, a global real-time visibility product that leverages Azure IoT solutions, machine learning and predictive analytics to assess potential disruptions across supply chains.

CHINA – AUSTRALIA – To gauge the size of shipments of personal protective equipment of late is almost beyond the imagination. For example French group GEFCO, known usually and almost exclusively for automotive logistics, has delivered 50 million medical masks from China to Australia for a leading provider of supplies for frontline health services.

To date the company has shipped 1600 m3 of medical supplies, starting from April 01, via commercial and charter flights, including converted passenger to cargo planes. The shipments were sourced and transported from various locations in China, including Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Xiamen and Hong Kong, and delivered to airports in Melbourne and Sydney.

US – It seems whilst the guys who served their country at sea during times of conflict of one type or another often go unrecognised, the recent honouring of Tom Hanks may act as a proxy after the actor received an American Maritime Hero Award this week. The award, from the American Maritime Partnership (AMP), recognizes individuals or groups of individuals who have added to the rich heritage of the United States as a maritime nation through their professional contributions, courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

Hanks has drawn global attention to the bravery of maritime heroes by starring in the film ‘Captain Phillips’, narrating the documentary short ‘Boatlift - An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience’ and starring in and writing the screenplay in ‘Greyhound’, released on AppleTV+ on July 10, a story of the pursuit of 37 merchant marine ships across the chaotic North Atlantic by a squadron of German U-Boats.

US – The trucking industry generated $791.7 billion in revenue in 2019 moving 11.84 billion tons of freight, according to the latest edition of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) annual data compendium, ATA American Trucking Trends 2020. In 2019, trucking’s revenues accounted for 80.4% of the nation’s freight bill

In an industry where most carriers are small companies, 91.3% of fleets operate six or fewer trucks and 97.4% operate 20 or fewer, there are 7.95 million people employed in trucking-related jobs, up 140,000 from the previous year. This includes 3.6 million professional drivers 0f whom only 6.7% are women, whilst minorities account for 41.5% of truckers.

US – ARL Logistics, which provides transportation management and freight brokerage services, has implemented Trucker Tools Smart Capacity predictive load-matching and automated booking system for truckload shipments. The aim is to provide its brokers and carriers with faster, more accurate and timely matching and booking of available trucks with available loads.

The company previously integrated Trucker Tools app-based load-tracking solution, which provides automated, GPS time-stamped shipment in-transit updates. The freight-matching module and ‘Book It Now®’ functionality also have been incorporated into ARL Logistics transportation management system (TMS) platform. The Trucker portfolio includes predictive digital freight-matching, automated load booking, app-based GPS-driven automated load tracking and digital document management.

CHINA – UK – Freight forwarder Davies Turner says it has seen volumes on its express Silk Road rail service carry double the container volumes year-on-year. The news that April was the busiest month to date for China-Europe freight train departures mirrors its own experience on its direct Express China Rail service. Country wide 976 container freight trains departed for Europe from various places in China during April, a 47% year-on-year increase.

Davies Turner has seen its own share increase from one to two 40-foot High Cube consolidated containers per week this time last year, to three to four currently, more than a 100% increase in the last 12 months. Blank ocean sailings due to the virus have also given the overland Belt and Road route impetus.

UK – WORLDWIDE – Maritime safety specialist Survitec makes an interesting observation this week linked to the pandemic. IMDG Code and MFAG guidelines require operators to carry 44 litres of medical oxygen at 200 bar as a minimum but, with with Covid-19 depleting oxygen to dangerous levels, this will only treat one patient for around 5 hours. In exceptional circumstances, Stage 4 Oxygen Escalation Therapy has required 60 litres per minute.

Under the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC, 2006), adopted by the International Labour Organization (ILO), a seafarer, while working on board, has the right to health protection and medical care as comparable as possible to that which is generally available to workers ashore. Therefore ship operators have a duty of care to ensure medical oxygen supplies are available.

UK – The National Maritime Museum will re-open on Monday 27th July with all the usual Covid-19 precautions and restrictions in place. No cash payments, card or online only and a time slot must be booked in advance, even by Members and valid Annual Pass holders, so arrive without a booking, or be late for yours, you may not be allowed entry. The Monsters of the Deep exhibition will open but certain other parts will be closed.

The Falmouth located museum will open as usual each day from 10am to 5pm (last entry is 3.30pm) and you’re welcome to stay as long as you like but best to check first with all the up to date information available HERE.

UK – Britishvolt has signed an MOU with the Welsh Government to develop a commercially viable 30 GWh battery manufacturing plant, and supplementary 200MW solar plant, at the former RAF base at Bro Tathan, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales. A successful partnership could enable the scalable production of world-class lithium ion batteries, to support the country’s ‘Road to Zero’ emissions targets, and transition to electrification.

After six months of careful analysis, the site was narrowed down from over 40 locations, due to a number of factors including: import/export accessibility, availability of labour and skilled staff, and convenient geographical proximity to customers and local industrial companies. It is anticipated that the initial £1.2 billion of investment from the company could eventually lead towards up to 3,500 jobs. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2021.