Friday, March 1, 2019

Weekly Look at Shipping and Logistics News Ranges Across the Industry

What You Might Have Missed at First Glance in the Field of Transport
Shipping News Feature
US – This week's look back at some general news from shipping and logistics that you may have missed starts with the announcement that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the body that ensures both passenger and freight aircraft are safe to fly by screening anything carried, particularly weapons and anything for possible terrorist use, has added nine additional domestic and international carriers to its TSA Pre✓© expedited screening program.

The new partnering airlines are Air India, Asiana Airlines, China Airlines, Eastern Airlines, Elite Airways, EVA Airways, Japan Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, and Volaris. The announcement brings the number of airlines participating in the scheme to 65 domestic and international carriers and travellers using the scheme can avoid the necessity to remove shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts or light jackets. To date in 2019, nearly 94% of passengers in TSA Pre✓® lanes waited less than five minutes. US nationals and lawful permanent residents of the US can apply at a cost of $85 for five years.

US – Supply chain specialist Tigers USA has moved its Miami team to a new, larger facility to strengthen its focus on the Latin American region as well as meet growing global e-commerce demands. The new purpose-built facility, which will be led by Branch Manager Elena Varona, measures 34,115 square feet, and includes a new office as well as a warehouse with nearly double the storage capacity of the previous Miami location.

The facility is bonded and serves as a Container Freight Station (CFS) and an In-Bond Export Consolidation (IBEC) warehouse. Tigers USA’s South Florida team was first established 30 years ago, and provides outbound logistics services to Latin America and the Caribbean, and inbound logistics services to the Asia Pacific region. This includes weekly direct consolidation services into Miami from Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as from Shanghai, Ningbo, and Shenzhen in China.

NETHERLANDS – Following the merger of technology specialist Infoplaza BV and meteorological experts BMT ARGOSS BV in July 2018, the trading name of BMT ARGOSS will change to Infoplaza Marine Weather with immediate effect. With this change the full range of international offshore and maritime services of both companies will be incorporated under the Infoplaza brand.

Infoplaza BV and BMT ARGOSS BV have fully integrated over the last 6 months and will now be marketed under one brand. The combined service capability of this new organisation will be promoted as Infoplaza Marine Weather. Infoplaza Marine Weather will automatically benefit from BMT ARGOSS’s expertise in high-resolution / near-shore modelling and MetOcean consultancy, combined with the state-of-the-art dashboards Infoplaza provides to its customers.

NETHERLANDS – Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has confirmed an extension of its contract with VSTEP for use of the company’s Response Simulator. The aviation module within the RS system, which has a wide variety of objects for incidents in airport environments, will assist Schiphol to maintain high training standards within airport grounds and increase safety awareness.

Using the simulator it is possible to create and integrate specific airports into the scenarios, which allows Schiphol to train in a 3D replica of the airport grounds. An unlimited amount of scenarios, with added focus on incidents taking place in and around airports, can be created.

UK – The contract to construct the new multimillion pound port terminal, Tilbury2, on the banks of the River Thames has been awarded to the GRAHAM group. Last week the Secretary of State for Transport gave the go ahead to create the new port terminal and associated multimodal facilities on land at the former Tilbury Power Station to owners Forth Ports.

GRAHAM has been awarded the contract for both the Terrestrial and the Marine Package. The Terrestrial contract incorporates Roll-On/Roll-Off (RoRo), highway works, the relocation of the existing railhead, and a fixed structural steel bridge to the linkspan. The Marine contract includes works within the tidal estuary beyond the existing sea wall/flood defences, including a floating pontoon, link-span/articulated bridge, associated pilings and river bed preparation for the berth.

UK – The British International Freight Association (BIFA), the trade association for UK freight forwarding and logistics companies, has announced that both of its Customs-related training courses now have official Continuous Professional Development (CPD) accreditation. CPD accreditation is one of the highest standards for both academic and practical qualifications, ensuring teaching and learning remain up to date. Carl Hobbis, BIFA’s training development manager commented:

“Getting your courses CPD accredited to prove that they have a structured, practical and methodical approach is essential. It indicates to employers and HR practitioners that the courses have reached a certain standard. It gives them confidence that by sending their staff on one of our courses those employees will be obtaining and developing the skills to maintain a sustainable and competitive advantage.

“As you would expect, we have seen a massive surge in Customs training enquiries so to have both courses accredited is fantastic news. We also have our one-day Introduction to Import and Export course accredited and will also have accreditation for all apprentice activities as well, such as behind-the-scene tours and networking events.”

UK – Earlier this month BDO completed its merger with Moore Stephens LLP, creating the largest British based accountancy and business advisory firm focused on mid-sized, entrepreneurially-spirited businesses, many of which are in the shipping and logistics sector. The new entity, trading under the BDO banner, now has offices in over 160 countries and a presence in every major shipping location.

UK – Berkshire based Walker logistics says it has been charged by men’s grooming products specialist, King of Shaves, with the responsibility of re-working services for the company’s Amazon products. With a growing proportion of sales coming via the online retail giant’s sales King of Shaves wanted a partner experienced in value-added and fulfilment services of the type demanded.

Photo: Between Feb. 18 and 24, TSA screened 15.6 million passengers and discovered 83 firearms in carry-on bags. Of the 83 firearms discovered, 75 were loaded and 30 had a round chambered. To see how stupid people are when it comes to carry-on luggage take a look at the TSA Top Ten finds for 2018.