Friday, May 17, 2019

Snippets of Transport and Logistics News You May Have Missed This Week

Some Miscellaneous Items from Around the World
Shipping News Feature
GERMANY &ndash This week's round-up of freight and shipping news starts with Imperial Logistics which has formally opened the new Volkswagen Group Packaging Centre which it is managing and operating at JadeWeserPort, Wilhelmshaven. The 40,000 m2 facility took 9 months to complete. The new Centre comprises four halls which will receive around 7,000 different Audi, VW and VW Commercial Vehicles parts lines from plants throughout Europe; these will then be stored, picked, packed and containerised for shipment.

Outbound shipments will be despatched to over 30 locations in 13 countries including Mexico, China and the United States. Annual output is expected to exceed 11,000, 40' high cube containers (22,000 TEU). Imperial Logistics also provides logistics support to Volkswagen Group at ten other locations in Germany, Poland, Hungary and South Africa, employing a combined workforce of 3,600.

GRENADA – TRINIDAD – Sol Petroleum, which is sponsoring Petrospot’s Maritime Week Americas in Fort Lauderdale next week and operates in 23 countries around the Caribbean recently added offshore bunkering via the Panda PG vessel to its distribution services. It now provides ships off the shores of Trinidad and Grenada with a reliable bunkering option.

This latest addition further bolsters Sol’s regional marine fuel distribution system, which includes an ex-barge operation in Nassau Bahamas, ex-pipe in Barbados, Suriname, Guyana, Bermuda, Grand Cayman, and via truck in Saint Lucia, Grenada, Tortola, Dominican Republic, Martinique, Guadeloupe and French Guiana.

WORLDWIDE – Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM) has enforced a new criteria in its vendor selection process as part of a commitment to make maritime trade sustainable. Vendors supplying spare parts, stores and consumables will be required to demonstrate that they have a viable plan to reduce plastic usage on the products delivered. This will apply to all existing and new vendors.

WSM has pledged support to UNDP’s Sustainable Goals and is making changes in both business practices and lifestyle to reduce the use of plastics. WSM has earlier launched the #makingadifference campaign for both ship and shore staff to urge everyone to make lifestyle changes and say no to plastics.

WORLDWIDE – French container giant CMA CGM has launched a Reefer Pharma division for the temperature-controlled transportation of pharmaceutical products. Utilising its global fleet of 385,000 TEUs the group will offer a 24/7 service compliant with the European Union's Good Distribution Practice requirements, which regulate the monitoring and distribution chains of pharmaceutical products.

UK – DP World Southampton distributed a letter from port operator’s Associated British Ports (ABP) which confirms the rules regarding HGVs parking in the confines of the port. ABP is tightening up the regulations and will now enforce the Port Byelaws which it says up to now it has always taken a relaxed attitude toward.

A minority of drivers have been blocking access ways, abusing staff, damaging the property and leaving waste which has meant unnecessary cost and stress to those working within the port resulting in this understandable hardening of attitude. A copy of the letter can be seen here.

UK – UK Road Tanker Inspection Ltd. (UKRTI) is celebrating 30 years of the family run business which started life as Williams Tankers in 1989 when launched by Bruce Williams. The company has evolved to be a leading accredited road tanker testing operation led by Bruce’s daughter Kate Thompson who became a director at just 16.

Tanker inspection extends the lifetime of the vehicle and provides a safer and legal environment for the driver and others whilst ensuring reduced downtime. UK RTI celebrated their anniversary this week at the 2019 FPS Expo in Liverpool’s Exhibition Centre.

UK – Leading ships agency and forwarding agent John Good will see its Bradford office move next week. From the 20th May the new address will be: John Good Shipping, 25, Victoria Mews, Cottingley Manor Park, Bingley, BD16 1TY. All other contact details will remain the same.

UK – A new, £1.1 million radar tower, to guide ships up and down the tidal River Thames, has been unveiled by the Port of London Authority (PLA) at Northfleet, near Gravesend in Kent. Overlooking a particularly busy stretch of the river, the 49-metre high structure is topped by a state-of-the-art radar scanner and houses the latest low-energy navigational lights, CCTV and telecommunications technology.

The tower is part of a 18-strong network of PLA radars that operate day and night to help vessels navigate their way in and out of the UK’s second biggest port, from cruise and container ships, to recreational boats of all shapes and sizes. The facility is close to the new port infrastructure, Tilbury2, being developed by Forth Ports in Essex.

Photo: The new VW distribution site with (L to R) Hakan Bicil, CEO Imperial Logistics International; Astrid Lühring, VW Logistics Board Member, Beatrice Liedtke, Site Manager and Frank Leweling, Head of Project Management BTS, Panattoni Europe