Friday, February 8, 2019

This Round Up of Freight and Logistics News Starts with a Swipe from Road Haulage Lobby

From Customs Procedures to Robotic Warehouses in the Week's Bits and Pieces
Shipping News Feature
UK – Our snippets of freight and logistics news this week starts with a pretty much expected response to the new Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSPs) announced by HMRC this week in a bid to circumvent some of the difficulties arising from a no deal Brexit. The Road Haulage Association (RHA) believes the Government’s announcement about simplified customs checks is simply not enough to prepare businesses for a no-deal Brexit. RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett said this week:

“On face value, this appears to be a positive step, but we reinforce our concerns that the sheer scale of the issue means that there is simply not enough time for businesses to get ready to leave the EU. This is just one part of the Brexit jigsaw. The French have still not defined their export process. How on earth can businesses make the necessary arrangements and plan for the future when then are still in the dark as to how the processes on both sides of the Channel will work?

“Despite our constant and incessant calls for clarity, none has been forthcoming and through no fault of its own the haulage and logistics industry is still not ready for a no-deal, no transition Brexit in less than seven weeks’ time.”

UK – Dachser Ltd in the UK is to build a new 5,175 square metre logistics centre in Rochdale to replace its existing distribution facility. The development of the 3.7 hectare (9.2 acre) site represents €16 million investment by the company. Since the acquisition of J. A. Leach Transport Limited in 2010, including the current site of Dachser operations in the North of England, business has grown fivefold, necessitating the warehouse expansion.

Located on the Kingsway Business Park adjacent to the Trans-Pennine motorway, the M62 at junction 21, the new facility will have 49 dock loading doors and an additional four level access doors. There will be an internal area of nearly 7,000 square metres, including office space. Dachser UK currently employs a total of 448 people, 106 of whom are based in Rochdale where the company expects to create many jobs over the next five years.

UK – The rising demand for goods bought and sold on the internet is bringing some radical changes to the way business is done. Now Walker Logistics is partnering with delivery giants Royal Mail and DPD, who will operate regular Sunday collections from the company’s Berkshire site. This means that consumers can receive their goods within 24 hours, even if they place an online order on Sunday. Sales Director William Walker, commented:

“The online retail market is exceptionally competitive and it is accepted that the efficiency of an online retailer’s fulfilment process is as important to that company’s ability to win business and retain customer loyalty as the price and quality of the products it sells. We believe that by giving Walker Logistics’ clients the opportunity to offer next day delivery, even to Sunday shoppers, we are handing online retailers an advantage over their rivals.”

UK – WORLDWIDE – The disaster which overtook the MV Renos when she caught ablaze in the Red Sea in August 2012 has thrown up a major change in the way some salvage claims may need to be viewed after a Court of Appeal judgment last year, now up for appeal again, tried to disentangle the insurance liabilities between those who cover hull and machinery, and wreck removal and pollution costs, which are a P&I matter.

Space precludes us from giving a detailed analysis of such a complex case, and how it’s uncertain conclusion may result in changes therefrom, but we are grateful to P&I group, the Shipowners’ Club for directing us to an analysis on its website of what may prove a ground breaking case by James M. Turner & Marius Vitas on the subject of Constructive Total Loss and SCOPIC.

UK – RUSSIA – WORLDWIDE – AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), the largest player in the Russian air freight market, and CargoHub, the cargo logistics quality and compliance platform, say they have solidified their collaboration for the implementation of the CargoClaims platform. The online tool, which received the IATA cargo innovation award in 2015, will allow ABC’s customers to manage their claims and pre-claims requests through a user-friendly online tool available at or

UK – US – Virgin Atlantic Cargo and Delta Cargo are promising customers more choice and reach, as well as the service benefits of greater automation as their trans-Atlantic joint venture partnership celebrates its fifth anniversary. The airlines’ commitment to build the partnership has already increased customers’ access to major cities in the UK and North America, with a 20% rise in the number of Delta and Virgin Atlantic flights since the joint venture began. Customers now have a choice of 74 daily flights serving 28 routes between the UK and US which, in 2018, carried over a quarter of total trans-Atlantic air cargo volumes.

US – Avantida, an E2open company, announced today that ZIM Line has partnered with it to offer ‘street turn’ services in the US via the Avantida platform. ZIM, the second shipping line to offer this service to US transporters, joins Maersk, who introduced the Avantida platform to the US and Canada last month. Avantida’s platform facilitates empty container triangulation, or the reuse of an import container for an export booking (street turn). This fully digital process offered by ZIM not only provides dispatchers and planners requesting street turns with an accurate, reliable response, it also reduces time, transport costs and CO2 emissions as truck miles are reduced.

In less than a month since Avantida launched in the US and Canada, it has welcomed over 130 transport and logistics companies to its platform. Adding ZIM to the Avantida network allows end users to experience the benefits of connecting with multiple shipping lines on one single platform. Today, the Avantida platform is active in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Lithuania, Scandinavia, Switzerland, the UK, Mexico, the United States and Canada. Overall, the platform counts on over 4,000 registered companies and facilitates an average of 2,000 transactions a day.

WORLDWIDE – With the incoming Sulphur Cap 2020 a revised edition of ‘An Introduction to Marine Fuel Analysis’ (ISBN: 978-1-908663-28-3) may prove of some interest. The book has been fully updated to reflect and explain such changes, notably the publication of the sixth edition of ISO 8217. This book is intended to provide a guide and reference for those who, whilst not specialists in the technical aspects of marine fuels, need to understand the terminology and the reporting used in fuel analysis as part of their work.

It is full of photographs, diagrams, tables and data designed to help the reader unravel some of the complexities of fuel specifications and fuel analysis and is as relevant to vessel owners and charterers, marine lawyers and port agents as it is to bunker suppliers, traders and brokers. Copies can be bought from Petrospot Publications.

Photo: A support ship from Five Ocean Salvage lies alongside the stricken MV Renos after her engine room fire caused the ship to be abandoned in 2012.