Friday, February 15, 2019

The Weekly Global Round-Up of News from Freight, Logistics and Shipping Sectors

Bits and Pieces You May Have Missed (but Would Like to Know)
Shipping News Feature
UK – We begin the weekly update of the freight and shipping industry's smaller items with the news that the need to accommodate the latest 'big box' 50 foot containers has prompted Malcolm Logistics to collaborate with trailer builder SDC and produce a skeletal unit able to carry fit two 20 foot containers as well as 40, 45 and the 50 foot long boxes. Malcolm has taken 28 of the units so far which are fitted with a rear self-steering axle and a soft docking facility to ensure no damage when positioning.

UK – AFRICA – International development organisation Transaid has welcomed Lytx as the latest supporter to sign up as a corporate member. Lytx is a major provider of video telematics, analytics, productivity and safety solutions for commercial and public sector fleets. Lytx joins a group of more than 30 industry champions committed to supporting Transaid’s primary goals of improving commercial driving standards and ensuring better access to healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa.

Transaid is set to explore opportunities for using Lytx’s video telematics systems within its professional driver training programmes, which currently operate in Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Lytx also plans to introduce Transaid to its international partners, to pursue their shared goals of reducing on-road risk for fleet operators and the driver community.

UK – Somerset based lifesaving and fire safety firm Jo Bird has come up with the SOS300 fire hose cabinet designed to withstand the rigours of marine life. The injection moulded cabinet can house up to a 25 metre long fire hose together with a jet spray nozzle and has a high quality, push fit EPDM seal whilst the use of UV resistant ASA which means it will only degrade very slowly under strong ultra violet light. The unit is available from March.

UK – The ‘float off’ of the new £10 million Red Funnel dedicated RoRo freight ferry will take place on Tuesday 19 February at the Cammell Laird yard in Birkenhead. The ferry will lift off with the tide from Cammell Laird's slipway and make her maiden seaborne trip to the Cammell Laird wet basin.

The vessel will join the company’s Southampton-East Cowes route which currently handles 53% of all freight movements across the Solent. At 74 metres in length, she will provide 265 lane metres of roll-on/roll-off freight capacity and will carry up to 12 passengers.

UK – US – British company B&H Worldwide which specialises in aerospace logistics, has joined with US firm Compass Forwarding, which has been in the same field since the 1950’s, in extending their existing partnership by way of a Memorandum of Understanding to formalise their relationship. B&H has nine strategically located offices in Europe, Asia, and the Americas whilst Compass provides additional coverage in six locations between its American, Brazilian, and Middle Eastern operations.

The pair say there are considerable synergies in the ways they operate across the arena of aerospace logistics. These include dedicated AOG desks, 24/7/365 services, airside access, COMAT handling, forward stocking locations, repair/return management, and 24/7 visibility. Both companies provide full service and support at their key hubs alongside their worldwide offices.

US – Port of Oakland containerised import volume increased 9% last month over January 2018 totals, the Port handled 81,895 TEU import containers last month and said it was the busiest January for imports in its history. Oakland’s January export volume rose 0.6% compared to last year and total container volume, imports, exports and empty containers, increased 3.2% year-over-year.

The Port said two developments in Asia, its largest market, influenced a January import surge, namely US shippers rushing imports into the country due to both lingering concerns about future Chinese tariff increases and stocking up in advance of annual Lunar New Year factory shutdowns in Asia. January marked six consecutive months of increasing imports in Oakland, with year-over-year volume increasing nearly 11% last December and 15% in November.

PANAMA – The Canal Authority (PCA) says, based on the present and projected level of Gatun Lake for the following weeks, effective February 27 the maximum authorised draft for vessels transiting the Neopanamax Locks will be 14.63 metres (48.0 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW). Vessels arriving with drafts over this depth may be allowed to transit past February 27, dependant on the actual level of Gatun Lake at the time of transit. Otherwise, they will be required to trim or off-load cargo in order to be allowed to transit. Draft adjustments will be announced in 12 inch (30.5 cm) increments, generally with at least four weeks advance notice.

SWEDEN – WORLDWIDE – Roxtec, which provides cable and pipe transits and transit safety services, is holding a webinar on 12 March between 10:00 and 10:45 CET to explain the risks in marine and offshore environments and how to mitigate them. The company’s inspectors often come across poor cable and pipe penetrations that do not meet fire protection or water-tightness demands. When striving to protect life and assets, it is crucial to have fully functional sealing solutions.

The free webinar is an opportunity for professionals working with sealing or fire protection on a daily basis or as responsible for the overall safety on board ships or offshore units to learn more on how to ensure long-term safety. Sign up for the webinar HERE.

NETHERLANDS – Over 200 companies will join under one roof to showcase the latest innovations and developments in the tank terminal industry when StocExpo Europe returns to the Ahoy in Rotterdam on 26-28 March 2019. Organisations from all over the world, including Siemens, Verwater, CTS Group, Emerson Automation Solutions and J. de Jonge, are among the exhibitors presenting their industry-leading products and services at the show.