Friday, July 5, 2019

Weekly Look at Some Random Freight and Logistics Stories You May Have Missed

A Quick Walk Along What Is Happening Down the Global Supply Chain
Shipping News Feature
UK – We begin the weekly look at some smaller shipping and logistics stories in Britain where the Freight Transport Association (FTA) is to hold an event in Belfast next month as part of its Van Excellence programme. Operating a van in an unsafe manner can lead to large fines, imprisonment, injury, or even loss of life and the programme was conceived to negate any such problems.

’Van Operations: Your responsibilities’, sponsored by MBNI Truck & Van is taking place at RADAR NI on 21 August 2019 between 8.30am to 12.30pm, Inspector Rosie Leech MBE of the Northern Ireland Police Service (PSNI) will join Mark Cartwright, Head of Vans at FTA to instruct attendees how to reduce risk, improve safety and increase the wellbeing of their drivers. Places are free and can be booked HERE.

UK – The build up to the IMHX 2019 exhibition at the Birmingham NEC in September has started in earnest and one company at least will be unveiling new advances in battery technology aimed at the materials handling audience. Hoppecke Industrial Batteries will be showing its new trak | uplift lead acid battery whilst also explaining the advantages of upgrading certain equipment to its new, innovative lithium-ion technology.

The trak | uplift battery features active carbon, which allows precisely matched materials to deliver higher current discharge characteristics along with an improved fast charging capability and improved service life. Available as a cost-optimised basic solution, it is purpose-designed so that additional components, such as trak | air electrolyte circulation, can be retrofitted at any time.

UK – A new partnership has been announced between a number of organisations including Port of Tyne, PD Ports, Nissan, Connected Places Catapult, Accenture, Royal Haskoning DHV and Ubisoft to create the UK’s first Maritime Innovation Hub. The ‘2050 Innovation Hub’ will see partners collaborate to develop solutions to the technological challenges facing the maritime sector and the wider logistics industry both nationally and globally. This week the Secretary of State for Transport, The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, visited the Port of Tyne to open the 2050 Innovation Hub based at the Port of Tyne.

WORLDWIDE – CEVA Logistics has announced a two-year extension to its contract with Shelf Drilling through to March 2021. The Dubai-headquartered shallow water drilling services specialist has been working with CEVA since its inception in 2012. Shelf Drilling is a geographically diversified market leader with operations in four key regions, South East Asia, India, West Africa and MENAM (Middle East, North Africa and Mediterranean).

CEVA provides logistics support to the customer's hubs located in Houston, Aberdeen, Singapore and Dubai, where it facilitates exports and imports which feed a continuous flow of re-supplies and project cargo. The freight group says its consistent performance and the ability to react and support during emergencies and out of hours were key to getting the new deal.

AUSTRIA – Das Vienna Pharma Handling Center, opened in December 2018, is part of the Air Cargo Center at Vienna International Airport and is directly accessible from both, land and airside areas. Now Kuehne + Nagel has become a preferred partner with an agreement to utilise the 1,600 m2 facility for the handling of its temperature-sensitive pharma products. Patrick Mair, National Airfreight Manager at Kuehne + Nagel Austria, said:

”All services such as packaging, storage, loading and unloading of temperature-controlled shipments can now be offered in an exclusive handling area. An additional benefit of the partnership is the fact that the facility is situated directly at the apron with very short tarmac distances to all aircraft positions. This enables a continuous cold chain for our shipments and seamless, temperature-controlled transportation to and from the aircraft, which was not previously available at Vienna International Airport."

EUROPE – GEFCO has just reached its 30-year milestone in providing reusable packaging solutions for major automotive and aerospace manufacturers to transport and deliver components. The Group processes approximately 130,000 containers every day in its 26 reusable packaging management centres across Europe for a green ecosystem of about 2,000 users.

GEFCO’s eco-friendly solutions reduce packaging waste and require fewer trucks on the road, enabling higher truck loading rates as most GEFCO containers are foldable. Furthermore, all broken GEFCO packaging is 100% recycled. To further optimise supply chain operations, GEFCO has developed NETBOX, a dedicated IT system for flow tracking. Based on the data in this system, container location and movements can be adjusted at any time in line with customer requirements.

US – The Port of Oakland celebrated Independence Day in style this week when the 1,148-foot-long container ship CMA CGM Ivanhoe arrived in San Francisco Bay. The CMA CGM Group ship’s hull was draped with four 30’X60’ American flags which unfurled near the Golden Gate Bridge on Wednesday afternoon. Horn blasts and water cannons heralded the ship’s arrival on the eve of July 4th. Families and friends gathered at Fort Point and Chrissy Fields to enjoy views of the ship.

The CMA CGM Group delivers more containerised cargo to Oakland than any other carrier, with 11 weekly services calling the Port of Oakland. Based in Marseille, CMA CGM Group has its US corporate office in Norfolk, Virginia.

SWEDEN – The Vilja, an escort tug, built at Gondan Shipbuilders in Asturias, Spain and now operating in the Port of Luleå, is fitted with the Wärtsilä HY, the first hybrid power module in the marine industry. It features operating characteristics that include ‘green mode’, with zero emissions and no noise, a ‘power boost’ that delivers a higher bollard pull than any other conventional solution of comparable size, and ‘smokeless operation’.

The Energy Management System (EMS), representing the ‘brain’ of the Wärtsilä HY is designed to cope with drastically changing operating conditions. In Luleå, the vessel, the most powerful hybrid tug in operation, will alternate between normal summer time operations, and working in one metre thick ice during the winter months. During trials, the icebreaking tug achieved a 100-tonne bollard pull, while producing approximately 20% fewer emissions than a comparable conventional vessel.

Photo: The Vilja copyright: Port of Luleå.