Friday, July 14, 2017

The Handy Shipping Guide Worldwide Weekly Freight and Logistics Round Up

Industry Snippets from Around the Globe in the Past Few Days
Shipping News Feature
UK – Container logistics specialist Pentalver informs us that its Tilbury terminal is now operating a dual lane entry into its facility at the port which will bring overall improvements to yard performance and allow freight bearing vehicles to be processed more quickly. Pentalver states that this will also reduce the amount of queuing out of the depot and impacting the port estate. Another change which has been made at the site is the introduction of a new inspection area for containers. This will allow incoming boxes to be taken off hauliers visiting the depot immediately, allowing the customer to get reloaded or leave the yard empty ensuring quicker turnaround times.

The new systems have been put in place to help hauliers and customers experience a hassle free experience when entering the depot and ensuring that vehicles are turned around as quickly as possible and Pentalver commented that feedback on the new system would be greatly appreciated. Should drivers or operators wish to make any comments on the changes, please contact

UK – Espace Global Freight has launched its new Express PLUS 1 service. The service offers a heavily discounted semi-express service by co-loading two express shipments on the same vehicle and taking an extra day on the company’s standard next day delivery service. The Espace new service is designed to complement the existing express service, and like that original offering, features a Money Back Guarantee. As their service tagline states:”If we’re late, you won’t pay the rate.” Geoff Yates, Express Manager, commented:

“It’s a competitive market so I am always looking for ways to give Espace a competitive advantage. Some shipments won’t stand a dedicated van rate to / from Europe but they still need to be delivered in 48 hours. Traditional groupage services cannot do this, that’s why we developed our semi-express service. A dedicated non-tranship service at almost half the cost of a dedicated van.”

UK – Running from the 5th to the 8th of September, and with over 1,000 exhibitors, the SPE Offshore Europe Conference and Exhibition in Aberdeen will principally be of interest to many in the energy sector, with oil, gas and wind generation to the fore. Numerous aspects of maritime necessities are on show with exhibitors including such as E2S Warning Signals, which manufactures a hazardous product range including corrosion proof enclosures featuring alarm horn sounders, loudspeakers, beacons and manual call points, Beeswift and its full range of workwear and the Pharos Marine’s portfolio of navigational aids.

UK – Balsam Hill, one of the world’s largest online retailers of realistic artificial Christmas trees and other seasonal decorations, has appointed Walker Logistics to manage part of its UK supply chain for the forthcoming 2017 season. One hundred percent of Balsam Hill’s UK sales are online via the company’s website and this means that orders spike in the months leading up to the festive period and for a few weeks afterwards when Balsam Hill holds its annual clearance sale. At peak times, Walker will pick, pack and dispatch more than 2,000 orders per day for the client. William Walker, Sales Director, said:

“Because of the high volume of products to be picked, a robust IT system is essential for the smooth running of this project and we have been stress testing our infrastructure to ensure that everything will work as it should. Our ability to handle Balsam Hill’s complex requirements demonstrate Walker Logistics’ agility and flexibility.”

UK – XPO Logistics has signed a contract with craft beer brewer BrewDog, one of the UK’s fastest-growing food and drinks companies. XPO will provide temperature-controlled warehousing for BrewDog’s stockholding of craft beer at a multi-user, 125,000 square foot facility in Mossend, Scotland.

The Aberdeen-based brewery, founded in 2008 by James Watt and Martin Dickie, has grown from a two-man team in 2007 to over 600 employees and ships beer to more than 55 countries around the world. Peter Fuller, XPO Logistics business unit director, said:

“The growth trajectory of BrewDog has been phenomenal. The business previously operated on a ‘make it and sell it’ model using its own shared storage and production facilities, but it has now far outgrown these. We’re providing BrewDog with the sophisticated storage and supply chain facilities that a fast-growing company of this size needs.”

UK – Ceva Logistics has signed a five year renewal deal to manage the warehousing and distribution of UK Power Networks' (UKPN) cabling, plant and associated materials. Ceva first won the UKPN business in 2009 which was further extended to 2017 and now, following a full tender process, the company has won an expanded contract through to 2022. UK Power Networks owns and maintains electricity lines and cables as well as maintaining and upgrading power equipment across its network which covers London, Eastern and South Eastern regions.

Under the terms of the main contract, Ceva will distribute electrical cables and plant items, the disposal of dumb meters from both homes and businesses and also be responsible for managing UKPN’s flood defence system which can be deployed and erected at short notice to defend strategic locations. Ceva’s Executive Vice President UK, Ireland and Nordics, Michael O'Donoghue, said:

"A lot of what we move under this contract is non-standard so we will be deploying lorry loader cranes with highly trained drivers to ALLMI standards (Association of Lorry Loader Manufacturers and Importers), to cope with the requirements. We will also be initiating several new innovative proposals on UKPN's behalf notably implementing Paragon software across the business to enable the team to maximise routes in order to maximise resources, reduce mileage and fuel consumption and positively impact on the contract's carbon emissions"

NETHERLANDS – UK – Goltens has been awarded a contract for the engineering and retrofit installation of OceanSaver ballast water treatment (BWT) systems on-board two of BP Shipping’s gas carriers. The vessels to be retrofitted are the two 138,000 cbm LNG vessels British Innovator and British Merchant. Roy Strand, Chief Operating Officer of Goltens Worldwide, said:

“We look forward to working closely with BP and applying our well-proven process to the retrofit of these two gas carriers in the most efficient manner.”

UK – CANADA – Rhenus UK celebrated the loading of its first consolidated container to Toronto, an important milestone in the freight forwarding specialist’s expansion into the Canadian market. The shipment follows the Rhenus’ announcement of a new partnership with Icecorp, one of Canada’s most widely recognised logistics providers. With a network of nine facilities across Canada, Icecorp will serve as an official strategic partner for Rhenus in North America. Speaking of the new service, David Williams, managing director of Rhenus UK, said:

“Our new partnership with Icecorp marks a very important milestone for Rhenus’ operations in North America. The success of establishing the partnership in a relatively short timeframe, and of the first departure, is a real testament to the hard work and dedication of both the Rhenus and Icecorp teams.

“The new partnership is exciting not just for Rhenus in the UK, but also for the broader global Rhenus network. We’re looking forward to working closely with Icecorp in the coming months and further developing our relationship.”

US — Dupré Logistics was selected as a 2017 Inbound Logistics Green Supply Chain Partner (G75). Inbound Logistics editors chose the G75 based on four benchmarks: measurable green results, sustainability innovation, continuous improvement and industry recognition. Dupré joins 74 other national and international shippers, ports and logistics providers striving to be the most sustainable supply chain partner for their clients.

“Being ‘Green’ is part of our Always Forward Thinking philosophy. We are committed to the environment and the communities in which we operate for the betterment of our clients and the people in their communities,” said Reggie Dupré, Dupré Logistics CEO.

The company’s overall fuel conservation and emissions reduction strategy addresses fuel efficiency and environmental performance to not only improve supply chain efficiency but focus on safe service. Dupré’s fleet has a number of specifications that contribute to the overall company green results including a vehicular top speed of 62 mph and the utilization of fuel-efficient tyres. Utilisation of technology such as Omnitracs and Green Road technologies monitor safety and fuel economy.

US – Amerijet International is the first all-cargo airline of US origin to earn IATA's CEIV-Pharma certification. Amerijet has invested heavily in technology, infrastructure and processes over the last few years to ensure the safe handling and transportation of high-value and temperature sensitive cargo. Vic Karjian, President and CEO of Amerijet International Airlines, said:

"This certification reconfirms our commitment to offering the highest consistent quality, professionalism and transparency to our customers. Being the first all-cargo airline from the US to receive the Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics is a direct result of hard work and the investments we have made over the last few years to our Temperature Controlled (ATC) program.”

JAPAN – US – Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ team of specialists in Asia Pacific was recently contracted at short notice by Nippon Express to transport 197 tonnes of sensitive automotive machinery from Japan to the United States. The airline’s Hanoi-based Load Planning experts were on hand to quickly assess the cargo and prepare the most efficient plan for its delivery from Tokyo to San Francisco. The outsize shipments were transported on board four Volga-Dnepr An-124-100 freighter flights. Hiro Tsukada, Volga-Dnepr’s representative in Japan, said:

“Nippon Express is a very important and long-standing customer of Volga-Dnepr so its team are well aware of the unique capabilities of our An-124-100 freighters. Given the need for a fast response for this delivery, the fact that we have a full team of planning specialists located in Hanoi to serve customers in the Asia Pacific region was another big advantage we were able to provide. Having local experts in the same time zone as our customer made our cooperation even easier and meant we could reduce the required planning time and meet the short delivery deadline.”

CHINA – SINGAPORE – MAG45, a supplier of supply chain management solutions and expertise, has signed an agreement with Becton Dickinson Asia (BD). The contract involves an annual amount of about $10 million.

Becton Dickinson (BD) is a global medical and biosciences company with its headquarters in the US, with 40,000 employees worldwide and more than $10 billion in sales. The agreement covers the delivery of parts for machine maintenance in a total of four of BD’s Asian sites: three in Suzhou and one in Singapore. To support BD in Singapore, MAG45 has opened a hub there. Bauke Zeinstra, Managing Director at MAG45, said:

“I’m extremely proud to join Michael Mok, Senior Director Manufacturing Greater Asia with BD, in having placed my signature on this collaboration. The business development process has taken more than two years, and was led by MAG45’s Chinese branch.”

CHINA – DHL Supply Chain has commenced management of all aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul logistics activities for Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon in the airlines’ home base at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), part of a 10-year contract signed earlier this year.

The contract will see DHL Supply Chain take overall responsibility for the storage, warehousing and domestic transportation of 80,000 specific aviation part types, components and equipment used to maintain Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon’s combined fleet of 180 aircraft. Jez McQueen, Managing Director, DHL Supply Chain Hong Kong and Macau, said:

"This new deal makes Cathay Pacific both the top customer for DHL Supply Chain in Hong Kong, as well as a global pioneer in adopting third-party logistics for aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul. We are extremely honoured that one of the world’s most respected airlines has turned to us to manage this critical part of the supply chain that ensures the safety of thousands of lives every day. The airline and MRO world is rapidly changing, which means that the supply chain now has a very important role to help organizations meet both their customer promises as well as the financial returns that investors require."