Friday, April 30, 2021

Snippets of Freight and Logistics from Around the World This Week

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UK – Freight forwarding group CEVA Logistics says it is further driving its sustainability agenda by migrating its entire company car fleet to fully electric vehicles by 2025. No petrol or diesel cars will be permitted to be sold in the UK post-2030, and the company aims to have its entire fleet of more than 220 cars moved to all-electric vehicles before 2025.

More than half of company vehicles will be electric by the end of 2022 and the first vehicles arrived this month. Employees currently drive 1,391,039 miles annually, a carbon footprint of 380 tonnes of CO2. When the switchover to electric vehicles is complete, the carbon impact will mean an annual savings of 262 tonnes. All CEVA-managed sites in the UK are now using 100% renewable energy, meaning that all electric vehicles that charge up at these company facilities will be carbon neutral.

UK – Freightliner had a big month in March when the rail freight outfit recorded the single largest volume of aggregate in Mendip Rail’s history at 796 kilo tonnes (each equivalent to 1,000 metric tonnes), running an average 120 trains per week and surpassing the previous 761 kilo tonne record the company set in March 2020.

Despite problems during the pandemic Mendip Rail, a 2019 joint venture between Hanson Aggregates and Aggregate Industries, Freightliner has continued to haul significant volumes of aggregate from quarries in the Mendips, Northern Somerset to terminals in London and the South East of England.

With the focus on sustainability, the Freightliner/Mendip partnership has not only trialled the longest and heaviest (4,000 tonne) train on the UK network with a single locomotive using 100% sustainable fuel, but also has recently achieved the internationally recognised ISO14001 Environmental Management Systems standard at Freightliner’s Vehicle Maintenance Facility in Merehead.

UK – GB Railfreight (GBRf) officially opened its new office this week marking a new chapter starting for the 22 year old outfit. It is situated in Peterborough, next door to the company’s state-of-the-art simulators. The building will house central functions, training and the Operations departments, as well as the fleet, and the GBRf 24-hour control centre.

Green boxes are ticked with solar panels having been installed on the roof and a number of electric vehicle charging points and bike racks available and the company aspires to be the leading training provider for train drivers and managers across the rail sector with three shiny new classrooms which will be used by prospective train managers together with the simulators.

UK – FRANCE – P&O Ferries is to introduce a fifth RoRo vessel on its Dover-Calais route ‘in order to take back market leadership on the English Channel’. The 28,000 tonne Pride of Burgundy, with capacity for 120 trucks, will return to the route in June restoring the P&O Dover-Calais fleet to its pre-pandemic strength of five. The ship will sail in freight-only mode.

In 2019, P&O Ferries’ share of ferry freight volumes on the Dover Strait was more than 50% and the company has since become part of DP World and, as with all the ferry groups, trade has been devastated by the Covid-19 crisis.

AUSTRALIA – UK – Airfreight consolidator Consol Alliance has increased its services from the UK to four Australian Airports, responding to a boom in e-commerce and general cargo traffic. Consol Alliance now serves Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane a total of 20 times weekly, using premium carriers and a proven transhipment routing. Outsize or project shipments can be accommodated on a back-to-back (separate AWB) basis, still receiving attractive rates.

All cargo is pre-palletised before presentation to carriers for added security, safer transits and faster handling. The company is offering both door-door and airport-airport options. The company is now handling a record 300 tonnes of airfreight per month on the UK-Australia trade lane alone, and has already processed 500,000 inbound e-commerce parcels in the first quarter of 2021.

SINGAPORE – Specialist aerospace logistics company B&H is doubling of the size of its operation in the sovereign city state with a new facility located adjacent to its existing operation within the ALPS Free Trade Zone at Changi Airport. The new unit will enable B&H Worldwide to continue serving customers with aero assets requiring strict quality and climate control storage in a Free Trade Zone setting.

It will also provide significant additional space to store aircraft engines and other large specialist items requiring environmental controlled protection within the 28,000 square foot facility. The company operates 24/7/365 from the strategically located facility and has established a Control Tower Operation and additional Quality Monitoring Centre there from which it provides full connectivity to customers across the globe.

ANGOLA – DP World has seen its new cloud-based Terminal Operating System (TOS), ‘CARGOES TOS+ (Zodiac)’ go live at the Commercial Port of Luanda. The news follows the signing of a 20-year concession agreement in January 2021 and the system will encompass all IT and operational systems under one umbrella, providing users with real-time information on vessel, gate, and yard movements.

CAROGES TOS+, already deployed in 87 sites globally, is an off-the-shelf, cloud-based solution which was deployed in just two months, as part of continued investment from DP World into the Port of Luanda and Africa. Luanda is also being equipped with new rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes, the first of their kind introduced in Angola.

CZECH REPUBLIC – Infrastructure investment firm Ventus LLC and Singapore company Sky Logistica Pte have acquired Prague-based Skyport a.s., a central European air cargo infrastructure company. Skyport is the leading cargo handler at Prague Airport and also has operations in Bratislava and Košice, both in Slovakia.

Skyport operates in a modern semi-automated airside facility and processes more than half of all air cargo passing through Prague Airport.The airside cargo handling facility in which Skyport operates was acquired by Singapore-headquartered Elite Logistics Fund in connection with the acquisition of Skyport by Ventus and Sky Logistica.

SPAIN – The directors of the Port of Valencia (Valenciaport) are studying the approval of the specifications for the construction and operation of the multi-purpose terminal at Muelle Centro 2 in the Port of Sagunto. The new terminal will have a quay of 509 metres, a maximum depth alongside of 16 metres.

There are plans for an additional 226,000m2 of extra space including some 15,000m2 of manoeuvring area 30 metres wide next to the quay edge, and consideration is also being given to an intermodal station to handle trains of up to 750 metres in length.