Friday, November 15, 2019

Some of the Smaller Freight and Logistics Pieces You Might Have Overlooked This Week

From Cargo Throughput Records to New Vessels - Snippets from the Industry
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HONG KONG – In just 24 hours last week Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) broke its all-time record for the most freighter aircraft handled in a day. 88 of the record 104 freighter flights were fully handled by Hactl, both on the ramp and in its SuperTerminal 1 facility. Hactl is the only cargo handler in Hong Kong which can provide both terminal and ramp handling of freighters as a single service package.

Recent upgrades to Hactl’s IT system, including a new airside management app, meant the company has increased its ramp efficiency and productivity, with the peak of activity on the 3rd November taking place between 0200 and 0300, when Hactl simultaneously handled 13 freighters.

SWEDEN – The country’s newest port, Stockholm Norvik Port, has received its location codes, one for the container terminal and one for the RoRo terminal. The codes are assigned according to the United Nations Code for Trade and Transport Locations, better known as the UN/LOCODE. The port location codes are SESTO plus the code NCS for the container terminal, and SESTO plus the code NRS for the RoRo terminal.

From the beginning of May 2020 the Stockholm Norvik Port will take all the containers that currently go to the Frihamnen Port in Stockholm. Containers bound for Stockholm must be marked with the new location code, regardless of where in the world they originate.

NETHERLANDS – The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has given qualified support to the Dutch government’s plans to decrease the speed limit on motorways during daytime from 130 km/h to 100 km/h. The move is principally to reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions. ETSC says that night time is also perilous for drivers, with Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director, pointing out:

“Higher speeds are always associated with a higher frequency of collisions and more severe consequences. So a reduction in speeds on Dutch motorways will save lives. That’s to be welcomed, especially as motorway deaths in the Netherlands reached their highest level in a decade last year. However, it is important to point out that almost 40% of deaths on motorways in the EU occur during hours of darkness.

“Switching back at night to 130 km/h, a relatively high limit by European standards, cannot be recommended from a safety point of view. It should go without saying that enforcement will be critically important to the effectiveness of this measure. But in recent years the Netherlands has cut back on enforcement of traffic offences. We hope the new measure will go hand-in-hand with a boost to police checks.”

UK – FRANCE – Figures released by Getlink (formerly known as Eurotunnel) claim a new all-time traffic record with 153,600 trucks transported, topping the October 2018 statistic by 1% and beating the previous record (March 2019). Since the beginning of the year, more than 1.3 million trucks have crossed the Channel aboard Le Shuttle Freight.

The company puts the increase down to the possibility of Brexit on 31 October (we all know what happened there) but Passenger Shuttles carried 205,371 passenger vehicles, also up 1% compared to October 2018 making this the best month of October since 2003. Getlink says this rise was due to a favourable calendar effect related to the half-term holidays.

RUSSIA – Unifeeder, the multimodal logistics group and subsidiary of DP World, is adding Kalingrad, a Russian exclave on the Baltic Sea, to its feeder and short sea network which now consists of 46 ports. Starting December 8 a weekly service will call at both terminals in Kaliningrad, Sea Commercial Port and Baltiysk, as well as all major terminals in Hamburg, and offer connections to/from the company’s other European locations.

US – Hydrographic, sub-sea technology and data company Ocean Infinity has launched its third vessel, Normand Frontier which will operate on a three-year year charter with the Norwegian ship owner Solstad Offshore signed off in December 2018. The Normand Frontier is a modern, fuel-efficient, multi-purpose vessel capable of both supporting AUV and USV operations, as well as deep water search and recovery services.

The mobilisation of this third vessel adds to Ocean Infinity’s current fleet consisting of the Seabed Constructor and MV Island Pride in a fleet of 5 AUVs, 3 USVs, 2 ROVs and ancillary equipment.

Photo: The MV Island Pride, one of the Ocean Infinity fleet.