Friday, December 6, 2019

Some of the Smaller Stories of the Week from Shipping and Logistics

Just in Case You Missed Anything
Shipping News Feature

TURKEY – The weekly look at some logistics items you may have missed starts with the news that Danish headquartered shipping and freight forwarding group Martin Bencher has opened an office in Istanbul. The company says the new base in the Turkish financial capital gives them enhanced access to Asia, Europe and North Africa.

DENMARK – WORLDWIDE – Bawat, which manufactures ballast water treatment systems, has received IMO Type Approval for its technology that uses only a ship’s own waste heat from the main engine or other heat sources to kill off any living organisms in the ballast water.

The system is claimed as unique and can be fitted to newbuilds or retrospectively and treatment can be carried out with the vessel under way. Type Approval certification has been issued by Lloyd’s Register on behalf of the Danish Maritime Authority and an application for US Coast Guard approval has also been submitted.

US – Consolidated Chassis Management (CCM) has launched its mobile application version of the Chassis MandR System (pronounced man-dar). This web-based resource provides full management of chassis maintenance and repair activities on any handheld smart device at the touch of a button. The app is available on Google Play or Apple App Store.

The app will also update the Intermodal Association of North America’s (IANA's) clearinghouse for Bad Order Equipment Status (BOES) if at a BOES facility. It will also manage both Driver Vehicle Inspection (DVIR) and Driver Vehicle Exception (DVER) reports and record a motor carrier's pre-trip, post-trip, or both. Users can quickly obtain approved repair estimates, ensuring chassis repair costs and time turnarounds are minimised.

US – NEW ZEALAND – Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics announced today that it has successfully commissioned an SM300 autonomous control system aboard a HamiltonJet powered workboat in New Zealand. HamiltonJet, a water propulsion specialist, is now trialling this marine technology and has offered to provide on-demand customer demonstrations in the Southern Hemisphere.

Ahead of the install, the companies’ respective development teams worked from opposite sides of the Earth to ensure the Sea Machines system could digitally communicate with the HamiltonJetlink interface for autonomous systems. The installation and integration of the SM300 was completed in Christchurch without direct oversight by Sea Machines, a success made possible by the system’s intentional plug-and-perform interfaces.

EUROPE – The European Rail Freight Association (ERFA) has called upon the incoming the European Commission to work towards a revision of the Guidelines for Railway Undertakings. Given that the Guidelines were not included in the State Aid Modernisation Package of 2012, ERFA believes it is necessary that the opportunity is taken to revise the Guidelines during the upcoming State Aid Modernisation Package.

ERFA says clarification is needed as to where funding may be permitted for freight rolling stock, plus modernise the rules for restructuring of a freight division and allow for the possibility of public funding playing a greater role in ERTMS and noise reduction measures. With no update since 2008 operators and other sectors have had the chance to return to a viable state.

UK – Aberdeen Standard Investments’ AIPUT fund (Airport Industrial Property Unit Trust) has signed a pre-let agreement with its long-standing customer, dnata, promoting the continued growth of its industry-leading air cargo facility at dnata City East, located immediately south of Heathrow Airport.

The proposed 115,000 square foot facility has been designed to operate in conjunction with a newly-completed 250,000 square foot warehouse (also operated by dnata), handling all Virgin Atlantic Cargo and Delta Cargo’s air freight at Heathrow. The existing building alone represented the largest off-airport pre-let in Heathrow’s history. Subject to planning consent, the proposed new facility will make dnata City East comfortably the largest off-site cargo handling operation at the UK’s largest commercial aviation hub.

CHINA – At the Marintec China trade fair in Shanghai, DNV GL awarded an Approval in Principle (AiP) certificate to Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, a wholly owned subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, for its new gas fuelled 25,000 TEU Ultra Large Container vessel (ULCS) design. The AiP is for a design which the builders say would be the largest containership in the world.

DNV GL and Hudong-Zhonghua have previously cooperated on many innovative projects, including on the Hapag Lloyd vessel Sajir, the world’s first LNG conversion of a large container ship. A recent strategic cooperation focused on driving new developments in shipbuilding in the gas carrier segment. In addition, in 2015, Hudong-Zhonghua developed a B type tank design and mock-up and obtained a GASA certification from DNV GL.

Photo: The scene before the CSSC booth at Marintec yesterday with Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen (7th from left), CEO DNV GL, Maritime, Chen Jun, President of Hudong-Zhonghua (6th from left) Others present include Chen Jianliang, Hudong-Zhonghua Chairman (8th from left), and Norbert Kray, DNV GL, Maritime Regional Manager for Greater China (9th from left), alongside executive members from both companies.