Thursday, July 26, 2018

Snippets of Freight and Logistics News This Week

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UAE – WORLDWIDE – Figures released this week from port and logistics group DP World shows the operation increased the number of containers handled in the first 6 months of 2018 against the previous year. The company moved 35.6 million TEU across its global portfolio of container terminals in the first half of 2018, with gross container volumes growing by 4.8% year-on-year on a reported basis and 6.0% on a like-for-like basis.

VIETNAM – ITALY – Refined petroleum and vegetable oils bulk carrier d’Amico International Shipping (DIS), has taken delivery of its new 75,000 dead weight tonne LR1 eco-ship Cielo di Cagliari, which will join the other two LR1 vessels launched between the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 by the Hyundai Vinashin shipyards in Vietnam. The vessel has already been hired in time charter by an oil major for the next 18 months, guaranteeing DIS total revenues of more than $10.5 million.

The Cielo di Cagliari is one of the six LR1 vessels ordered by DIS in Vietnam, born from the collaboration of the Korean-Vietnamese shipyard and the team of Italian engineers from the d’Amico Group who designed this new generation of eco-ship. At 228 metres long and 36 metres wide, these vessels can transport more cargo, limiting CO2 emissions and fuel consumption.

UK – To overcome the inherent deficiencies of fibre rope as against the growing popularity of steel wire as a favoured mooring option, Nylacast has introduced the ‘Chock Liner’ with its patented low friction technology. Fibre rope has a good strength to weight ratio and ease of handling, resulting in much lower risk of injury, but a major weakness of fibre rope is poor resistance to external abuse and abrasion through everyday operations and poor surface contact. Abrasion continues to be one of the most common root causes of rope failure and reduction in its residual strength.

Nylacast says Chock Liner is versatile and capable of being fitted to brand new vessels and retro fitted to existing chocks and panama fairleads with no hot works or dry docking required. Increased safety is a feature, reducing rope wear and abrasion, reducing the risk of breaking or failure. There is also no need for crew members to be near mooring lines under tension, as minimal (if any) chafe protection is required following installation of the Chock Liner.

UK – CNG Fuels and Waitrose say they are collaborating to show road fleet operators the benefits of adopting 100% renewable biomethane. CNG Fuels is opening a renewable biomethane refuelling station at Northampton as part of the UK’s first large-scale study of how compressed natural gas (CNG) can help slash road transport emissions and the project has received funding from the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) in partnership with Innovate UK intending to show that CNG stations can support the growing demand for gas.

The station will be used by a new Waitrose fleet of 58 state-of-the-art dedicated CNG trucks engaged in long-haul, inter-city and urban runs, including six trialling zero-emissions refrigeration units powered by the truck’s gas engine. Performance data will be analysed by a University of Cambridge team. Northampton will be able to refuel more than 350 trucks a day and can be supplied by mobile CNG trailers if an emergency cuts off its gas supply. Back-up power generation will allow it to continue operating in a power cut.

The partners say renewable biomethane CNG fuel is the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to diesel. It is 30%-40% cheaper and typically cuts vehicle CO2 emissions by up to 85%. HGVs account for just 5% of vehicle miles on the country’s roads but 16% of greenhouse gas emissions.

UK – INDIA – WORLDWIDE – BIMCO has terminated its agreement with ShipNEXT that allowed the use of BIMCO contracts on its trading platform and expelled the company from its membership after it repeatedly and falsely claimed that BIMCO supported its trading platform. The firm action follows repeated warnings by BIMCO which were ignored by ShipNEXT. The company has on a number of occasions claimed in marketing material that its trading platform is supported by BIMCO, claims which could compromise BIMCO’s market neutral position, according to BIMCO’s Secretary General and CEO, Angus Frew, who said:

“The claims are a blatant abuse of the licensing and membership agreement that we have with ShipNEXT and is, in our view, a deliberate policy to mislead ShipNEXT’s customers. It compromises BIMCO’s position as a neutral and commercially independent association and is totally unacceptable behaviour.” 

BIMCO has never supported nor endorsed the ShipNEXT system, and no longer has any formal licensing agreement with the company yet the BIMCO logo still appears on the Indian headquartered group’s website at the time of writing despite the use of BIMCO standard contracts on this system being no longer permitted.

If in doubt about the authenticity of any BIMCO contract, please contact BIMCO directly at

US – WORLDWIDE – Boston headquartered Sea Machines Robotics, which develops autonomous vessel technology, says it has seen huge growth in the past 18 months on the heels of the company’s announcement in March that it had opened a second office in the port city of Hamburg, Germany. The company says it has quadrupled in size in that time, also signing an agreement with Maersk to to trial its perception and situational awareness technology aboard one of the company’s new-build ice-class container ships.

Later this year, in September, the company will release its SM300, the world’s first commercially produced industrial-grade control system to provide autonomous and remote vessel control for workboats and other commercial marine vessels. This technology serves operations looking for remote commanded operator-in-the loop autonomy in survey, spill response, dredging and security/surveillance. Sea Machines is also actively developing advanced perception technology and navigation assistance technology for a range of vessel types.

Photo: DP World’s investment in such ports as London Gateway, seen here as the last tranche of dock side cranes arrived, seems to be paying dividends.