Friday, February 1, 2019

The Weekly Round Up of News Items Involving the Transport, Shipping and Logistics Sectors

A Variety of Stories from Logistics Awards Nominations to Liquid Hydrogen Bunker Ships
Shipping News Feature
UK – Our freight and shipping round up starts this week to remind readers that, with just 10 days left to nominate for the 2019 everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards, make sure you don't miss out on the opportunity to showcase the career achievements of yourself or a colleague. The awards are designed to be as inclusive as possible and are open to women at all stages of their career, from those who go above and beyond the call of duty in their role, to leaders in organisations.

New for 2019 is the Apprentice of the Year Award, awarded to a male or female apprentice excelling in either transport and/or logistics. Becoming a finalist is an excellent way to raise both individual and company profiles, as well as encourage more women and young girls to consider a career in transport and logistics. Nominations are open until 11 February, free and easy to complete just click here.

UK – Doosan, which produces everything from pallet trucks to 25 tonne diesel fork lift trucks, has a new range of four-wheel electric counterbalance forklift trucks, the B45X-7 Series, including 4 models covering a capacity range from 4.0 – 5.0 tonne, suitable for businesses across a broad spectrum of industry including logistics and wholesale warehousing yet designed with outdoor use in mind.

Suitably protected electrical and braking systems guard against outside elements such as dirt, water and grit, whilst a tight turning circle and safety features such as Anti Roll Back, clearer visibility, Automatic Speed Control, that adjusts the travel speed for safer cornering and an Operator Sensing System that immobilises the truck and locks all hydraulic functions when an operator leaves the cab, all are included as standard.

UK – GABON – Antonov Airlines has completed a project transporting mining equipment from East Midlands Airport (EMA) to Franceville Airport (MVB) in Gabon in just nine days, facilitated by the company's in-house loading technology. The AN-124-100 ‘Ruslan’ aircraft flew two 18.68 metre long crushing machines weighing almost 70 tonnes to be used in mining operations. The giant aircraft’s 36+ metre hold made it suitable to contain the giant machines and the movement was undertaken on behalf of regular client Bolloré Logistics.

DENMARK – Safety training outfit Falck Safety Services has changed its name to RelyOn Nutec to consolidate global activities around one brand. With 33 locations across 20 countries, the company delivers safety and skills training to more than 250,000 people annually in oil & gas, maritime, renewables and other potentially high-risk industries. The change happens as the company continues to expand its safety service capabilities after investment from Danish group Polaris Private Equity which comes in as new owners.

DENMARK – INDONESIA – SOUTH AFRICA – INDIA – Dampskibsselskabet Norden A/S has signed a 10-year Panamax Contract of Affreightment (COA) with Indian utility firm Sembcorp Energy India Ltd. From 1 April 2019 until 31 March 2029 Norden will carry out transportation of steam coal in Panamax shipments totalling 12 million tonnes over the decade utilising both owned and chartered vessels. The contract covers transport from various load ports in Indonesia and South Africa to the discharge port of Krishnapatnam in East Coast India near to where Sembcorp owns and operates two coal fired power plants.

NORWAY – Four organisations, Moss Maritime, Equinor, Wilhelmsen and DNV-GL have worked together to design and approve a design for a Liquefied Hydrogen (LH2) bunker vessel. The quartet say the vessel design comes at a time when hydrogen is finally developing into a viable solution for the larger market. The project, sponsored by Innovation Norway, was launched with the objective to clarify challenges and find solutions for storage and handling of this demanding cargo and fuel on a vessel.

The LH2 bunker vessel has cargo capacity of 9000 m3, with a cargo containment system designed to maximise insulation performance and meet the most stringent safety requirements. The vessel has been developed to provide liquefied hydrogen bunkering services to merchant ships, in addition to open sea transport.

NORWAY – The drive to environmental accreditation has meant a surge in orders for those who are equipping the shipping industry with the technology required. In the quarter of a century since its formation in 1994, ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin says it has never experienced a year quite like 2018.

With over 100 systems sold in the past 12 months the company’s current order book is apparently 5 times larger than it was at this time last year which, as CEO Tore Andersen points out, makes his company ‘an overnight success that’s been 25 years in the making’.

ITALY – Whilst company executives might be striving to deter shareholders from accepting the takeover bid from CMA CGM, business continues unabated for CEVA which has renewed its partnership with Fincantieri for an additional three years. Since 2005 the Italian shipbuilder has utilised the logistics group to move components to its 10 countrywide sites.

As part of a new value-added program for Fincantieri, CEVA will now provide a full warehouse management service to the ship builder which is designed to eliminate previous problems with multiple supplier deliveries to site and lack of traceability for materials being moved within Italy.

NETHERLANDS – Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has reported a 4.1% increase in total belly cargo and an average decrease of 2.5% in overall freight volumes in 2018 figures. Schiphol remains Europe’s third largest air cargo hub after reporting freight volumes of 1.7 million tonnes in 2018, despite total full freighter movements decreasing by 10.4%, and total full freighter volumes down by 7%. Total flight movements at AAS were 499,444, just below the slot capacity of 500,000, with that figure expected to remain steady throughout 2019.

WORLDWIDE – Just a fortnight to go before entries to the Global Tank Storage Awards close on February 15. The awards, which are free to enter, celebrate excellence, safety and innovation in the industry, with the award categories relating to terminal achievements, equipment innovations, ports and individual success plus an emphasis on environmental responsibility.

The 2019 winners of the ten categories will be presented on March 26 at the Floating Pavilion, Rotterdam at a gala dinner and ceremony which attracts 200+ terminal professionals each year, from as far as Saudi Arabia, India, Malaysia, South Africa, the US and all across Europe.

Photo: One of the giant crushing machines as carried to Gabon recently by Antonov Airlines.