Friday, June 30, 2017

The Friday Freight and Logistics News Round Up

All the Pieces Which Didn't Headline this Week
Shipping News Feature
UK – Disposable food and catering products, packaging and utensils supplier, Kavis, has outsourced management of its UK B2C supply chain to Walker Logistics. Walkers will receive incoming stock and dispatch orders throughout the UK on behalf of Kavis from its 230,000 square foot, multi-client warehouse facility just outside Reading. William Walker, sales director of Walker Logistics, said:

“Kavis has seen its online business grow significantly and sought a 3PL with the ability to accurately and efficiently pick, pack and dispatch varied and smaller order volumes to online clients but, importantly, also has the capacity and expertise to store and deliver full pallet loads to Kavis’s traditional customers such as large catering firms.”

UK – This week the Port of London Authority (PLA) and the London Tilbury Seafarers Centre (LTSC) are distributing food gift bags to crews visiting the port, to show their appreciation during Seafarers Awareness week. The gift bags include British favourites including McVities Shortbread, PG Tips and even HP Sauce, which the crew can enjoy during their short stay in the UK, while their ships are unloading. Bob Baker, PLA chief harbour master, said:

“This is only a small token of appreciation to the mariners who are vital for international trade and help deliver the 50 million tonnes of goods that come through our port every year.”

Seafarers Awareness Week is an annual campaign coordinated by Seafarers UK. In 2017 there are two themes: ‘Maritime Jobs at Sea and Ashore’ and ‘Sea Ports for Prosperity’. For more information visit HERE.

UK – Leading international freight transport insurer, TT Club, is ensuring that its Members utilising the burgeoning Asia-Europe rail corridor for container traffic are adequately protected regarding liability exposures. One of a number of initiatives the insurer has taken in order to provide effective support for this growth is to draw up robust trading conditions for multimodal transits offered by its Members. Asia Pacific Regional Director Phillip Emmanuel said:

“TT Club has throughout its near fifty year history been dedicated to facilitating container moves via all modes. We are therefore well-placed by reason of our experience and network coverage to offer relevant insurance products and service for the rapidly expanding rail oriented Asia-Europe trade.”

Depending on the start/finish points, the 9-12,000 kilometre rail journey can take between 12 and 18 days; some thirty-five trains a week on average ran last year and carried over 150,000TEU. Estimates based on the currently committed investment levels would see nearly half a million TEU moved on over 5,000 trains in three years’ time.

TT Club has drafted trading conditions for use when moving freight by rail between China and Europe. These conditions aim to offer a contractual framework to meet the requirements of the ever growing trade flowing from the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, reviving and developing the historic overland trade links. The Rail Consignment Note is a bilingual document in English and Mandarin addressing these requirements of moving freight across two continents and through multiple jurisdictions, where a number of legal regimes may be in force. The contractual terms (in English) on the reverse side of the Rail Consignment Note regulate the operator’s liability during the transit, with a Mandarin copy of these conditions available to supplement understanding. Emmanuel explains:

“This work was developed in response to a specific request from one of our Members based in Hong Kong with extensive operations in mainland China, and delivered to the market by using our expertise based in Shanghai, Hong Kong & London, this initiative is just one example of TT Club’s customer-focused service mentality and our responsiveness to market trends, in this case the rapid growth of rail-based inter-continental trade.”

UK – American Airlines Cargo has announced the opening of a new Controlled Room Temperature (CRT) facility at its London Heathrow (LHR) cargo centre. The new CRT can accommodate up to 16 times more standard euro skid pallets at one time than the previous room, providing airline customers with greater capacity when it comes to moving temperature-sensitive healthcare freight to and from LHR.

"This is a tremendous service enhancement for our European customers," says Andy Cornwell, regional sales manager for northern Europe. "This new, far larger facility, can meet their needs even more effectively now and in the future. And this will be further improved when our COL +2°C to +8°C (+35°F to +46°F) storage for pharma products comes on stream later this summer.”

UK – ShipServ, the maritime e-procurement platform, announced that it has earned ISO 27001 certification in recognition of the company’s strategy to continually develop its information security practices in line with industry best practice. The certification acknowledges ShipServ’s ability to deliver trusted data storage and processing services that enable its customers to trade in a secure, reliable, timely, and accurate way. Commenting on this certification, Kim Skaarup, Chief Operating Officer, ShipServ, said:

“We are proud to have received this recognition by QMS International. Over the years, ShipServ has taken advanced steps to ensure the safety of our customers’ data through implementing the best systems, robust safeguards, and management procedures.”

“With the continued growth of digitalisation, and the increasing challenge of cyber security, gaining ISO 27001 recognition provides our clients with the confidence and assurance that we not only prevent, but are able to defend against potential data system vulnerabilities, and ensure that their data is handled in a safe, reliable, and confidential manner.”

IRELAND – DHL Supply Chain is opening a new pharmaceutical grade facility in Ireland. The brand-new, secure facility will allow pharmaceutical companies manufacturing in the country to enjoy fully compliant temperature controlled end-to-end supply chain management. The new DHL logistics centre is expected to create up to 50 jobs over the coming months. Ciaran Foley, MD Ireland DHL Supply Chain, said:

"We are very excited to open this site in Dublin dedicated to the Life Sciences sector in Ireland. DHL has already established an excellent Life Sciences customer base and reputation in Ireland through its Air, Ocean, Road and Express divisions and this new site gives customers access to a completely integrated global logistics solution. Our investment in Horizon also gives us the opportunity to provide supply chain services which are fully compliant and managed within strict regulatory controls from start to finish. This is the cornerstone of DHL's offering."

LUXEMBOURG – Cargolux Airlines has added Atlanta to its destinations served from Zhengzhou, China (CGO). The North American city becomes the second destination, after Chicago, to receive direct connections to and from Cargolux’s Chinese hub.

Effective 30 June, Cargolux introduces its first commercial service from CGO to Atlanta, in combination with Chicago, on its flight CV9765 that originates and ends in Luxembourg. The flight departs CGO on Sundays 8.45 am and arrives in Atlanta on 12.50 pm (all times local). On the westbound lane, CV7856 leaves Atlanta on Sundays at 2.50 pm and arrives in Zhengzhou at 9.15 pm. A second new service from Zhengzhou to Atlanta is inaugurated on 4 July as flight CV9793, leaving from CGO on Wednesdays at 7.15 am with arrival in Atlanta at 2.30 pm.

In addition, Cargolux connects Zhengzhou and Chicago with direct flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

US – The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), which represents the US domestic maritime industry, issued congratulations to the nearly 1,200 young men and women graduating from the seven US maritime academies this year, applauding them for their dedication and commitment to pursuing a career that will help grow the US economy. Thomas A. Allegretti, chairman of the American Maritime Partnership, said:

“At a time when our nation faces unpredictable threats, the need for qualified mariners is of critical importance due to their indispensable role in supporting the US merchant marine. We congratulate the American maritime academy graduates for passing the comprehensive US Coast Guard exam and welcome our new shipmates who will put their knowledge to work, transporting the cargo that delivers vital necessities for our nation’s economy and security.”

US – XPO Logistics announced an expansion of its global supply chain support for Sealed Air Corporation with the launch of an integrated warehousing and logistics management program in North America. Sealed Air is a global leader in food safety and security, facility hygiene, and product protection. Ashfaque Chowdhury, XPO Logistics president–supply chain, Americas and Asia Pacific, said:

“We are delighted to bring additional value to Sealed Air’s supply chain with this major expansion of our role in North America. Sealed Air has entrusted us with delivering an advanced solution for warehousing and distribution. We are now engaged in bringing our expertise to bear from both sides of the Atlantic, to give this important customer every advantage in serving its global network.”

BRAZIL – GE Energy Connections has recently successfully completed a major upgrade of the power and control facilities at the Port of Santos, historically one of the largest and busiest ports in Latin America. After the successful commissioning managed by GE, the port terminal has seen substantial improvement in its efficiency of cargo loading, discharging and stowing. For example, the time for a cargo to wait and load goods has shortened from five days to only 24 hours at the terminal, saving significant cost of docking.

As an initiative to digitize the port infrastructure, GE has also provided customised software to optimise vessel traffic management, further improving transport efficiencies. The software provides an overview of fleet activities at the harbour, bringing each individual vessel in line with the fleet’s requirement regarding time needed for loading goods and shortening or eliminating queues at the terminal. Mohammed Azeez, president & CEO, GE’s Power Conversion, said:

“The future of transport has come across the pivoting point to unlock more efficiencies and productivity, and that is enabled by electrification and digitisation. Both technologies are bringing multifaceted benefits to reduce costs as well as to optimise transporting management. The port terminal has been successfully commissioned and has been in operation reliably. We are convinced that the improved port infrastructure will bring great impact to the country’s economy, and we are delighted to be part of it.”

SINGAPORE – Ceva Logistics has been awarded IATA's CEIV status at its facility in Singapore. CEIV is designed to indicate a company or branch's level of competency as well as operational and technical preparedness in the global transportation by air of pharmaceutical products. A certified pharmaceutical location meets consistent standards and is fully capable of assuring product integrity. Michael Yip, SVP Freight Management of Ceva's South East Asia cluster, said:

"Our 90,000 sq feet facility is fully accredited for the full range of active and passive temperature ranges. We are the largest user and operator of active RKN e1 equipment outbound from Singapore and this new CEIV status recognises the full scope of our capabilities".