Friday, August 13, 2021

Those Lesser Transport and Logistics Related News Items You May Have Missed

Some Global Snippets from Around the Industry
Shipping News Feature

ABU DHABI – We begin this week's look at some of the smaller industry items you might have missed with the news that Abu Dhabi Ports has published a useful white paper on sustainability in Global trade and Logistics.

The report, which covers topics from emission reduction and supply chain integration of responsible policies to preserving biodiversity and community obligations, is subtitled ‘What Organisations Can Do Now to Make a Difference’ and can be downloaded HERE.

BAHRAIN –Commodore Gordon Ruddock, the latest Royal Navy commander of the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) and Coalition Task Force (CTF) Sentinel, recently shared his thoughts about how freedom of navigation in the Arabian Gulf is essential for a stable and confident global economy. You can hear his comments via this video.

AUSTRIA – EUROPE – The Austrian Ski Association (ÖSV) has selected UTA, an Edenred company and one of the leading providers of fuel and service cards in Europe, as a supplier of its UTA Full Service Cards and ÖSV will also benefit from additional UTA services while on the move. A specially-designed ÖSV fuel card was created for the occasion. With over 1,100 member clubs ÖSV will see approximately 300 ÖSV cars and vans refuelled throughout Europe using the UTA system.

ITALY – The largest cruise ship to be built in Italy has been delivered with a COMPAC seawater lubricated propeller shaft system from Canada’s Thordon Bearings. The 170,400gt MSC Seashore, delivered from Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard late last month, joins the smaller 154,000gt Seaside-class vessels MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview, both of which were delivered with a COMPAC bearing system in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

In addition to a COMPAC shaft line, MSC Seashore is fitted with an array of advanced technology designed to reduce the impact of operations on the marine environment. This includes a hybrid exhaust gas cleaning system and a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system to reduce NOx by 90%. The vessel is also designed to meet the requirements of classification society RINA’s ‘Biosafe Ship’ and ‘Sustainable Ship’ notations.

UK – Yet another live event casualty is the logistics industry favourite IMHX Connect with the 2021 iteration going virtual. Running 13 to 17 September over 50 hours of online presentations, educational content and crucial industry insights from thought-leading influencers can be accessed both in real time and on demand.

IMHX Connect 2021 is completely free to visitors and professionals from across the logistics and supply chain industries who can register to join their peers at this exciting online arena for meeting, networking and doing business by registering HERE.

UK – Interested parties can now register for London International Shipping Week with London is Open for Business and LISW21 being the first opportunity the global shipping industry will have in over 20 months to meet in person. Over 100 events are already on the calendar or are in the process of being posted and many more will be added in the next few weeks.

Visitors to the week-long event (September 13-17) must register on the official LISW21 Portal if they want to access the LISW21 official event calendar to discover all the events scheduled to take place during the week. Slotting an event online means it can be accessed and viewed by an even wider international audience than ever before.

UK – Those who attend the Logistics UK Awards at the Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster on December 9 will be entertained by stand-up comedian, podcaster and radio presenter Ed Gamble. Gamble, who is well known as a regular on BBC2’s Mock the Week, as well as the presenter of Radio X’s Sunday morning show and co-creator and co-host of the hugely successful podcast ‘Off Menu’ with James Acaster.

He also has a host of other TV credits, including being crowned as the champion of series nine of Taskmaster and has made up stand-up appearances on Live at the Apollo and the Royal Variety Performance. His appearance at the Logistics Awards 2021 will come in a break between shows on his latest nationwide tour, which runs until the end of April 2022. Tickets for the Logistics UK event are available HERE.

UK – Thanks to the continued growth of Woodland Group’s Warehouse and Fulfilment business, the global supply chain company has opened a new 45,000 square foot facility in Marks Tey, Colchester. The new warehouse has been designed to expand capacity by 5,000 pallets, has over 4,000 pick faces dedicated to e-commerce and boasts some of their latest carbon-conscious warehousing initiatives.

Since the Marks Tey location opened its doors to clients in the 1st week of August, Woodland Group have 'on boarded' new customers and brands that will all be operational for the 2021 peak trading period. The opening of this site has resulted in 10 additional roles to start while also creating opportunities to progress and diversify for Woodland Group’s existing team members.

HONG KONG – WORLDWIDE – With in-person attendance limited to 50 last month in Hong Kong, representatives from Carriers, Terminals, Forwarders and Shippers came together for an enlightening Industry Dialogue. Over 300 delegates registered for this hybrid Seminar jointly organised by The Hong Kong Shippers’ Council, the Hong Kong Liner Shipping Association and the SCLP Network for Supply Chain & Logistics Professionals.

Now anyone can catch up with discussions which included contributions from such as Maersk Line, Wan Hai Lines and Hutchison Ports with the release of a very lively seminar and panel discussion, exploring the containerised trade bottlenecks and how to work through the current challenges. Watch the video of the whole discussion, closing keywords of which were: Patience; China Opportunity; Complexity; Cooperation; Covid-19; and Innovation, HERE.

Photo: Commodore Gordon Ruddock, the Royal Navy commander of the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) and Coalition Task Force (CTF) Sentinel.