Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Snippets - Smaller Stories From Around the World Regarding Freight and Logistics

Some Transport Related Items Revealed of Late
Shipping News Feature
UK – First in our round up of the smaller freight and logistics related news stories and announcements that haven’t made the main headlines, is that supply chain management company Ceva Logistics has been awarded a three year extension to its contract with bread-maker Hovis Limited. Hovis is one of the largest bakery brands in the UK and sits amongst the best known food brands in the country.

Within the contract, which first started in 2013, CEVA provides dedicated vehicles and drivers plus cross-dock warehousing services from its Mendlesham facility in Suffolk. Ceva receives Hovis product by road from the baker's Regional Distribution Center at Dagenham in Essex. It is then checked and transferred onto nine radial routes which then deliver the branded product to customers across East Anglia. This dedicated service ensures that Hovis product can be delivered accurately to a number of locations at one time with sign on glass technology minimising both time and waste.

FRANCE – Groupe Eurotunnel has completed the acquisition of Star Capital’s 51% holding in ElecLink for €75 million, equivalent to a value of €147 million for 100% of the capital of the company. ElecLink will build and operate a 1,000MW high-voltage electricity interconnector between the UK and France. Construction of the €500+ million project must start before 31 July 2017 and the interconnector must start operating before 31 July 2020.

Steven Moore has been confirmed in the role of Chief Executive Officer and under the terms of the 25 year exemption granted to ElecLink by the national regulatory authorities, the group will shortly hold an auction for part of the capacity of the new cable, which is intended to enable the financing of the project to be put in place without impacting Groupe Eurotunnel’s credit rating.

UK – IRELAND – NETHERLANDS – CHINA – BG Freight Line, the Rotterdam based, fully owned subsidiary of the Peel Ports Group, is to receive four new custom built short sea container feeder vessels optimised for the company’s Irish Sea Hub services. The new class of ‘green’ vessels has been developed by BG Freight Line operation with ARKON Shipping as project initiator/commercial manager, technical managers Jüngerhans Maritime Services, and designers CIMC ORIC.

Built at the Zhoushan Changhong International Shipyard for delivery in 2018 the ships of around 500 TEU will be constructed to DNV GL standards and will be fitted with state-of-the-art features including two stroke engines with modern wet scrubber systems for exhaust cleaning in order to comply with Emission Control Area (ECA) requirements.

UK – The World Canals Awards will be held at the PBA Gala Dinner & Awards at 19:00 on Wednesday 21 September 2016 at the Macdonald Drumossie Hotel, Inverness, Scotland. Four separate categories celebrate innovative Canal design and cutting-edge delivery by public, private and community organisations in a range of disciplines including sustainable tourism development, regeneration, heritage management, climate change and engineering.

US – Seko Logistics has been named among America’s fastest-growing private companies in the 35th annual Inc. 5000 ranking of the country’s most successful independent small businesses. Overall, the 2016 list includes over 125 Transportation & Logistics companies. Chicago headquartered Seko was ranked in the top five T&L companies with annual revenues in excess of $200 million. With its annual sales of $527.5 million, SEKO was recognized for its three-year growth rate of 60%.

Seko rose to 4,371 in the Inc.5000, climbing from 4,606 in the 2015 rankings. The rankings, produced by Inc Magazine, cover 30 industries including Advertising & Marketing, Business Services, Computer Hardware, Construction, Consumer Products & Services, Defence Contractors, Energy, Financial Services, Food & Beverage, Government Services, Insurance, Manufacturing, Retail and Telecommunications companies with aggregate revenues of $200 billion.

UK – Increased pressure from the flotilla of ever larger container ships using the port has seen Felixstowe already increase its handling capability with the construction of the ‘finger quay’ extending Berths 8 and 9 giving the capability to handle two such ships at once. Now Hutchison Ports proposes to deepen the waters alongside the Trinity Terminal and raise crane heights to allow the loading and unloading of the bigger vessels at Berths 6 and 7 on the 2,350 metre quay.

BRAZIL – Just weeks after opening its seventh office serving the Açu port complex, GAC Brazil has started operations in its eighth office in Vitória, offering shipping, forwarding and clearance services. Vitória, the capital of Espírito Santo state in southeastern Brazil, is home to one of the country’s largest port complexes, covering the ports Tubarão, Praia Mole, Vitória and Vila Velha as well as Portocel, Ubu and Regência. It serves as a distribution hub for a range of products including steel, iron, soluble coffee beans, cocoa, cellulose, bulk liquids, marble and granite.

The complex is also home to offshore support bases for the Brazilian oil and gas industry. The new office represents the latest stage of GAC’s ongoing expansion in the south-east of the Brazil which Lars Heisselberg, Group Vice President, Americas, says further strengthens the region’s contribution to the global GAC network.

Photo: More bread for Ceva after Hovis extend its contract.