Friday, September 27, 2019

Weekly Round Up Covers Some Logistics Related Stories You May Have Not Seen

A Handful of Smaller Items This Week
Shipping News Feature

UK – Britain's largest bulk chemical logistics company, Suttons, which has a fleet of more than 500 vehicles and moves more than 9,000 tank containers around the globe annually, has held an event together with fleet telematics provider Microlise demonstrating the organisation's safety culture, compliance excellence and investment in innovative technology.

Customers were given the chance to view the company’s 2019 Volvo units and new general purpose tanks plus the opportunity to drive one of the rigs around the track at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in Leicestershire and climb inside Sutton’s new innovative training tank, reinforcing the safety message so important to this branch of the transport industry.

UK – Machine learning pioneer GreenSteam, which focuses on improved hull and vessel performance, has acquired BMT’s UK based data collection and performance optimisation subsidiary firm SMART, launched just two years ago. The purchase of SMART by GreenSteam, from the design, engineering, science and management consultancy, follows a strategic business review by GreenSteam, which also has offices in Denmark and Poland, to expand its portfolio of services and extend its data collection capabilities.

UK – Global maritime charity Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea) has launched a new welfare facility for seafarers in Southampton. Located in the grounds of St Joseph’s Church the Stella Maris Centre was built with a grant from the Department for Transport and officially opened by UK Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani MP.

GERMANY – US based Crowley Solutions has expanded its global footprint by opening a new office in Frankfurt, Germany, to provide supply chain, transportation management, technology and related services for government customers throughout Europe. Services include inland, ocean and air transportation, warehousing, final-mile distribution as well as host of other supply chain and logistics services. In addition, Crowley will offer its transportation management system (TMS) and related information technology portfolio.

WORLDWIDE – The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), the not for profit grouping of 170 ports and 140 port-related organisations covering 90 countries, has expressed its strong support for the Getting to Zero Coalition, the ambitious cross industry scheme jointly announced by Port of Antwerp's Chief Executive Officer Jacques Vandermeiren, together with Maersk boss Søren Toft, to eliminate greenhouse gases in shipping.

WORLDWIDE – Fuel card supplier Union Tank Eckstein (UTA) has developed a ferry booking portal for its customers, UTA Ferry, in association with the British ferry service Freightlink. On the platform, customers can book ferry tickets for more than 40 ferry companies in advance of the trip and purchase them for a reduced price with the UTA card. The service offers around 750 connections in more than 50 countries.

MALAYSIA – GAC has opened its newest warehouse at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas in Johor state, the eleventh facility in the country since it began operation there in 1994. Designed to handle fast moving goods, the 117,000 square feet, 9,000-pallet position ambient racked facility is in a Free Zone area to take advantage of exemption on customs and excise duties for imports and exports.

Located within the port, the warehouse features a selective pallet racking system, hydraulic loading bays and 24-hour monitored security and fire protection. The location is well connected by sea, road and rail to the rest of the world and linked to Singapore via the second Malaysia-Singapore expressway and the north-south highway, and also has good connections with Thailand.

Photo: Chemical logistics customers were given a close look at Suttons training tank module.