Friday, July 21, 2017

The Friday Freight and Logistic Roundup

All the Pieces that Did Not Make the Headlines
Shipping News Feature
UK – County Antrim-based Woodside Motorfreight, part of the Woodside Group, has taken delivery of a new Mercedes-Benz Actros 1836. Supplied by Northern Ireland Dealer MBNI Truck & Van, the 18-tonne Actros is the latest addition to the motor vehicles moving specialist’s fleet. Managing Director Tim Woodside, said:

“The Actros looks extremely smart, which is important given that we’re carrying some of the most prestigious cars, while we know from long experience that we can rely on MBNI Truck & Van to look after us well. We’re certainly very pleased with our latest acquisition. The Actros is now the pride of the fleet.”

UK – The Rail Freight Group (RFG) has put out a position paper on the proposed reopening of the East – West Rail link. According to the lobby group the reopening of the link will play a vital role in supporting economic development of the Oxford-Cambridge corridor, including new housing and infrastructure. In a statement the RFG said:

“Rail freight has a significant role to play in supporting and servicing that development, in supply of construction materials and in facilitating efficient logistics for consumer goods. Estimates suggest that some 85,000+ homes are planned in the corridor over the next 20 years.

“As each freight train can move the equivalent of 30 houses worth of building materials, and keep up to 75 lorries off the roads, it is clear that encouraging rail freight must be a key imperative.

“To demonstrate the potential of the route, we have produced a position paper outlining where rail freight is already successfully operating, and where the reopened route offers opportunities for growth. Yet this cannot happen unless rail freight is planned from the outset, particularly given that new and different approaches to funding, construction and operation are being considered. We therefore urge Government to ensure that rail freight is a key part of the development of this route.”

UK – Equip Outdoor Technologies, which specialises in the design and marketing of technical outdoor equipment and owns and operates two specialist outdoor brands, Rab and Lowe Alpine, have enlisted the expertise of Gideon Hillman Consulting, in order to provide design layout for all internal warehouse and operational areas within their new facility.

Gideon Hillman Consulting carried out an initial review on-site, to understand the scope of the project, and to conduct an assessment of the facility, focussing on warehouse processes including goods received, pick/pack and despatch.

UK – Oxbow, an international supplier of energy products, are now bringing petroleum coke through the Port of Tyne with the first shipment of 50,000 tonnes arriving at the Port in July.

Petroleum coke (petcoke) is a by-product of the oil refining process; it has a variety of uses in the manufacturing process of steel, aluminium, cement and an important component in the production of manufactured smokeless fuels.

The petcoke that the Port of Tyne is handling is fuel grade, producing virtually no ash when burned. From its manufacturing facility near Durham, Oxbow now produces circa 100,000 tonnes of high quality briquettes for use on stoves, cookers and open fires, across the UK and Ireland. Alasdair Kerr, Commercial Director - Port Services Port of Tyne, said:

“The Port of Tyne has diversified its bulk cargo operations to handle a wide range of commodities for customers from energy producers to recycling companies.

“This is the start of regular shipments for Oxbow and we are delighted that we have been able to work with them to add value to their business.”

UK – INDIA – Antonov Airlines has appointed Flywell Aviation as its General Sales Agent (GSA) in India, as part of its ongoing growth strategy. New Delhi-headquartered Flywell Aviation has offices in Mumbai and Bangalore, and provides services to the defence, aerospace, oil and gas, rail and construction, as well as other sectors. Michael Goodisman, Business Development Director, Antonov Airlines, explained:

“India is a very significant market for the AN-124-100s, and holds good potential for AN-225 and AN-22 flights across a number of sectors. Flywell Aviation has been active in the Indian air charter market for many years, and has a good track record of arranging project cargo flights. [Their] long experience within the Indian market, coupled with our unique offering for the transport of outsized cargo, will ensure highly professional and dynamic services to this important region.”

Antonov Airlines is the only airline to offer a payload of 150 tonnes with its newly modernised AN-124-100M-150 type, and operates the largest aircraft in the world, the unique AN-225, with a payload of 250 tonnes.

FINLAND – BELGIUM – FRANCE – INDONESIA – Konecranes has won another order for diesel-electric Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Cranes from its long-term customer SEA-invest. SEA-invest will add three Model 6 machines to its existing fleet of 36 cranes. The order includes two Model 6 four-rope grab cranes for bulk handling (max. capacity 100 t, max. outreach 51 m) for SEA-invest’s terminals in Ghent (Belgium) and Rouen (France) as well as one Model 6 two-rope crane (125 t, 51 m) for Antwerp (Belgium). Giuseppe Di Lisa, Sales & Marketing Director, Mobile Harbor Cranes, Konecranes, said:

“Worldwide, our cranes are in high demand. We are proud that our technology has convinced SEA invest once again, one of our most loyal customers.”

This worldwide reputation is serving the Finnish crane builder, having also just won a contract for the delivery of an Automated RTG (ARTG) system to a new customer, PT Prima Multi Terminal, a subsidiary of PT Pelabuhan Indonesia I. The ordered ARTG system includes eight ARTG cranes with associated software, interfaces and services. The new order also comprises three Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes.

The ordered ARTG system and the STS cranes will be delivered to the greenfield container terminal in Kuala Tanjung Port, North Sumatera. The terminal is prioritising digitisation right from the beginning and highlighted the importance of transparency, scalability and maintainability on top of the core function of handling containers cost-effectively. Janne Eklund, Konecranes Sales Director, Port Cranes, Asia Pacific, commented:

“We thank PT Prima Multi Terminal for placing their confidence in Konecranes and look forward to being part of their success story. The value our customers perceive from our automation system is delivered through elimination of unintended crane movements, reduced energy and maintenance bills, and increased productivity.”