Friday, May 14, 2021

Some Snippets of Industry News That Failed to Make the Headlines This Week

Smaller Items That May Prove of Interest to Readers
Shipping News Feature

UK – This week the Road Haulage Association (RHA) launched a new campaign 'RHA Heroes' to encourage the recognition of staff and teams who have gone the extra mile over the last year. The five-week annual campaign, formerly HGV Heroes, has been expanded to include the coach and van sectors to reflect the RHA’s new membership base and all are urged to nominate for the awards.

All nominations will receive an RHA Heroes ‘Thank You’ certificate before a panel of industry figures decide on a winning RHA Hero or team of heroes; they’ll get an ‘experience prize’ of their choice to the value of £1,000. Closing date for entries is Sunday 6 June and all details can be found on the dedicated website.

UK- In more RHA news the organisation has published long-awaited guidance to improve safety around the use of tail lifts. The Tail Lift and Pallet Truck Guidance Document aims to help operators reduce the risk of death and serious injury when palletised goods are delivered by vehicles fitted with such equipment. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provided technical support to the group as they developed the guidance which has been keenly anticipated across the haulage and logistics industry.

The guidance sets out industry best practice, and supports businesses to review their health and safety processes. It helps firms with establishing safe systems of work, risk assessments, staff training and support, incident reporting, equipment maintenance, and reminds employers of their responsibilities. The guidance is the culmination of several years’ work by the RHA, the Association of Pallet Networks, haulage and logistics operators, and transport law experts Backhouse Jones.

UK – GB Railfreight (GBRf) and A.P. Moller –Maersk have signed a two year deal, the first rail collaboration between the two companies. The service will operate from Felixstowe to the newly built facility of Newell & Wright in Tinsley and will consist of daily trains, five times a week. This is however a continuation of a longstanding relationship between GBRf and Newell & Wright. This new service will incorporate five new eco-fret 2 wagons recently procured from VTG.

UK – Logistics UK has returned to scheduling classroom-based training for its compliance courses. These courses are being scheduled in line with government Covid guidelines with spaces on popular courses such as Driver CPC and Transport Manager CPC likely to fill up fast. David Jordan, Deputy Operations Director at Logistics UK, comments:

“Logistics businesses have played a vital role throughout the pandemic, ensuring the nation is stocked with the supplies it needs. Training remains of critical importance so that operators can continue to run their fleets safely, as well as being crucial for continuous personal development and organisational resilience.

UK – The Maritime Charities Group (MCG), Trinity House, Nautilus Slater Fund and the Merchant Navy Welfare Board have announced the extension of the MCG Retraining and Redundancy Bursary Fund until the end of this year. The fund provides extra cash for training and refresher courses and is aimed at merchant seafarers who’ve lost work due to Covid-19 and want to stay in the industry, with half of the £40,000 grant still available.

The charities want to spread the word, especially to ratings, ferry crew and female seafarers that applicants can claim up to £500 towards training or qualifications of their choice. To find out more about the MCG Redundancy and Retraining Bursary Fund and how to apply click HERE.

SWEDEN – The new inland barge service between Stockholm Norvik Port and Port of Västerås to be operated by German group Rederei Deymann has appointed GAC Sweden AB as the port and booking agent for the service. GAC Sweden will work with Deymann’s commercial representative in Sweden, Barge Transport Sweden AB (BTSA), to run the service. BTSA will set rates for the service and GAC will handle bookings as well as provide ship agency and supporting services for the barge at Stockholm, Västerås and along the route linking the two.

SWITZERLAND – Daphne Technology, a climate tech start-up which has designed and patented solutions to reduce air and sea pollution for ships, has partnered with Crowdcube, the world’s largest equity crowdfunding platform, to offer a stake in the company to the public. According to Dr Mario Michan, Founder & CEO Daphne Technology, the company has already raised €8 million, including funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (and other sources).

The company says it offers a ‘universal green converter’, specifically engineered to help the maritime industry to reach net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 or earlier, no matter what fuel is used. The company supports DNV’s Green Shipping Programme and owns patents that build on proven technologies, including Dielectric Barrier Discharge (DBD) and Electron Beam Flue Gas Treatment (EBFGT), which removes toxic pollutants and GHG emissions from engine and boiler exhaust gas.

DENMARK – The Danish Energy Agency through the EUDP (Danish Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program) is supporting a collaboration between Blue World Technologies proprietary high-temperature proton exchange membrane (HTPEM) technology, and Welsh group Clayton Power’s lithium-ion battery solution to provide an instant and continuous power supply via a next generation methanol fuel cell solution.

The aim is to develop a compact, flexible, and modular solution in the power range between 5 – 15 kW making it perfect for installation on board heavy-duty trucks to generate silent and vibration-free energy powering appliances (air conditioning, TV, microwave, refrigeration and other equipment) during vehicle stops or as a portable/mobile generator. The fuel cell power unit has zero particle emission and has a net-zero carbon operation when powered with methanol from renewable sources.

Photo: The facility at Newell and Wright, Tinsley where the new contract between Maersk and GBRf will operate. Courtesy Newell and Wright.