Friday, July 10, 2020

Snippets of Freight and Logistics News You May Have Missed

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UK – Despite Covid-19 throwing a metaphorical spanner in the works when work got underway in February, Mumbai headquartered Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has managed to deploy its state-of-the-art terminal operating system at Tilbury2's RoRo facility using virtual technology to complete the project despite the lockdown.

Implementation of the TCS DynaPORT system, already in place in over 80 terminals worldwide, will mean Tilbury2, Forth Ports’ latest unaccompanied freight ferry terminal, will see vessels spend less time in the port, reducing costs and turnaround times with containers and trailers potentially out on the motorway network and on their way, in under an hour.

UK – National maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, has established a £1 million Covid-19 Response Fund to provide financial support to UK merchant seafarers and fishers affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The response fund has launched to coincide with Seafarers Awareness Week (6-12 July). The charity Society provides grants to seafarers with at least five years of sea service.

The new fund signifies a temporary change in spending priorities to reflect the disastrous financial impact on working mariners and represents the biggest uplift in the 180 year old Society’s spending since WWII. The charity is significantly dependent on income from investments to continue its long-term work but is clear that the current crisis demanded a re-assessment of the balance between existing and future need. Donations can be made HERE.

UK – WORLDWIDE – Love them or hate them drones are becoming a valid mode in certain areas of transport, whether it be carrying medicines to a ship offshore or scanning a secure rail yard. Now the insurance gurus at the TT Club are holding a webinar with experts exploring the current state of the technology in the air, road and maritime modes.

The event takes place on Wednesday 15 July 2020 between 09:30 -10:30 British Summer Time and features Svilen Ragnelov (Dronamics), Pranav Manpuria (Flux Auto) and Hussain Quraishi (Wärtsilä) as speakers. Registrations can be made HERE.

UK – FRANCE – Eurotunnel transported more than 108,000 trucks in June 2020 via Le Shuttle Freight driven by the progressive economic recovery following successive lifting of lockdown measures. Daily traffic reached a high for the period since 19 March, with 4,885 trucks transported on 24 June 2020. Since 1 January, more than 665,000 trucks have crossed onboard the Shuttles. The anticipation of quarantine measures being relaxed in the UK for tourists led to an all-time record for bookings on the weekend of 27-28 June. The publication of July’s traffic figures will be on 6 August 2020 before markets open.

UK – ITALY – The RINA-d’Amico ‘Student Naval Architect Award’ was awarded this week by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), a professional British association of naval architects founded in 1860 in London, in partnership with the d’Amico Group to Federica Fregosi, engineer, who recently graduated in naval architecture from the University of Genoa. The award ceremony this year was carried out remotely due to the Covid-19 emergency.

Federica Fregosi, who obtained a degree in Naval Architecture from the University of Genoa, was given the award for her thesis called ‘Rudder-Propeller Interaction Analysis by CFD Methods’. The thesis analysed the correct assessment of rudder performance when handling a ship by using CFD OpenFOAM software, this topic has raised increasing levels of interest in the sector in recent years.

AUSTRALIA – Proof that the pandemic is going nowhere as yet can be seen in the fact that this week New South Wales (NSW) closed its domestic border with Victoria due to an outbreak of the disease. This further worsened the situation of crew changes in NSW with local approval permits very hard to obtain. In Victoria, crew changes are possible but approvals are generally being granted only at the last minute.

The Federal Government restricted international arriving passengers to 450 a day at the request of the NSW authorities with a 50 limit of each incoming flight, a condition likely to remain in place for the next week at least and all international flights into Melbourne have been suspended until 14 July.

NETHERLANDS – Rotterdam based McNetiq has launched a new product line of magnetic anchors for fall protection when working at height. The use of personal fall protection is mandatory in the event of a potential fall hazard of two metres and more, often the case when undertaking work on ship decks and offshore drilling platforms, shipbuilding etc.

The technology used means the breakout point and shear force of the magnetic anchor can be determined in advance and the system obviates the need for welded on harness points. McNetiq says the product complies with the set safety and certification requirements.

GERMANY – UTA, provider of fuel and service cards in Europe, is partnering with DocStop, the initiative for better medical care for professional drivers, to protect truck drivers travelling through Germany during the coronavirus pandemic. Over the next three weeks, a mobile team will distribute several thousand protective masks and disinfectant to truckers at rest areas and truck stops along major traffic routes.

Photo: Tilbury2, Forth Ports latest RoRo terminal.