Friday, December 18, 2020

Weekly Round Up Looks at Some Smaller Transport Items

News You Might Have Overlooked
Shipping News Feature

UK – Road Haulage Association (RHA) chief executive Richard Burnett has written to Under Secretary of State for Transport, Rachel Maclean MP to decry the announcement from the Department for Transport (DfT) and Kent Country Council (KCC) that HGV drivers are to be temporarily banned from taking rest periods apart from their 45-minute break in seven Kent boroughs.

Burnett pointed out that the authorities have failed to support proper safe and secure off-road parking facilities in the region whilst seeking to restrict lorry parking on the road network for many years, and that the news sent a clear message to HGV operators that they are not valued, despite all the efforts they have made to keep the country operating throughout the pandemic.

UK – Schoeller Allibert claims its new range of repairable plastic pallets, BaYoPal, is a game changer. This stems from the fact that each component, top deck, runners, and patented bayonets, can be easily replaced. Built to ISO standards BaYoPal offers static load capabilities of 6,000kg with a dynamic load capacity of 1,500kg, an increase on previous pallet designs, and its optimal top deck design adds rigidity for stable crate stacking.

Corner ribs help withstand impact in harsh warehousing environments and speed up shrink film wrapping for faster order preparation and shipping, and the company says a recycled composite version is already being trialled with one eye on the environment. Main target markets are retailers, food processors and manufacturers.

UK – Tracking software provider Rewire Security advises us it has released the latest of its GPS and Telematics software, GPSLive. The new software allows business owners and fleet managers to view the location of vehicles in real-time, as well as providing detailed information on fleet driver behaviour, driver route history, vehicle service reminders.

The company says in the past year it as welcomed hundreds of new businesses, including Pepsico, TEC, Pendragon and H.R Owen, whilst building new partnerships with Teltonika and M2M Intelligence, to provide uninterrupted coverage in the UK and Europe. Using the out-of-the-box hardware the interface provides fleet managers with information on vehicle position, speed, date and time, ignition state, engine diagnostics, and more.

UK – PML, the global perishable cargo specialist is partnering with transport and logistics company FreshLinc to operate an HMRC / DEFRA approved Border Control Post (BCP) and ERT (bonded warehouse) facility at Fresh Linc’s Spalding HQ, enabling a speedier movement of product from the ports and extending shelf life by up to 48 hours. Developed over the last four months, the BCP will be effective from 1st January 2021 and represents a £400,000 investment.

The pair say the purpose-built 10,000 square foot warehouse with the ability to store 330 pallets is within easy reach of both Dover and Southampton docks and has dedicated inspection areas for customs and DEFRA and the training of four new dedicated staff to run the 24-hour operation handling the temperature sensitive cargoes.

CHINA – FRANCE – RUSSIA – FINLAND – COSCO Shipping has added Le Havre to its short sea RFS4 schedule serving Russia and Finland every week. This service was put in place in conjunction with its short sea-dedicated subsidiary Diamond Line, and it now connects the Normandy port directly with Russia (port of Saint-Petersburg/Bronka) and Finland (Kotka port).

With immediate effect a rotation will therefore involve two Ice Class 1 AS vessels (a class representing the highest ice certification). These ships carry all types of container and have over 300 reefer points on board. This service is made possible by particularly competitive transit times. For exports, Le Havre can in fact reach Saint-Petersburg in four days and Kotka in five; for imports, Kotka to Le Havre takes only four days.

SINGAPORE – To help meet increased demand for local food distribution in Singapore due to Covid-19, Carrier Transicold has donated a 20-foot food storage container refrigerated by the company’s NaturaLINE® unit to Willing Hearts, a charity that prepares and distributes meals to those in need. The NaturaLINE unit, which is the world’s only natural refrigerant-based container refrigeration system, is built at Carrier Transicold’s world-class manufacturing facility in Singapore.

US – Trucker Tools, seems to be having a run of success supplying its load-tracking data quality, timeliness, and compliance software to truckload carriers. Having already signed up the likes of Ryder, Werner, England and Schneider the Reston, Virginia headquartered company has now added Penske Logistics to its freight brokerage solution clients.

In addition USA Truck has selected Trucker Tools Smart Capacity platform to provide advanced, predictive digital freight matching and real-time, accurate capacity and load visibility for its freight brokerage team and network of truckload carriers. Launched in 2013, the Trucker Tools mobile driver app has been downloaded by more than one million truckers, while its Smart Capacity digital freight-matching suite is used by nearly 300 freight brokerages and 3PLs.

WORLDWIDE – BIO-UV Group’s ballast water treatment system BIO-SEA has successfully passed all land and shipboard testing and is now IMO G8 approved without any operational restrictions. Available as either a skid-mounted system or a modular package to aid retrofit, the BIO-SEA range of ballast water treatment systems have been designed for flow rates between 10m3/h and 2,000m3/h.

The company already has several hundred installations, all built at its facility in Lunel, France, operating worldwide on a wide range of vessel types, including containerships, bulk carriers, multi-cargo vessels, cruise ships, passenger ferries, offshore vessels, and mega-yachts. From October 2021, tests will be required to verify installed systems are compliant with the D2 standard during the commissioning process.

EUROPE – The European Rail Freight Association (ERFA) has announced Captrain Italia as its newest member. Founded in 1998, Captrain Italia is the second largest operator in the Italian rail freight market with 10% of total market share. With a fleet of 70 locomotives, Captrain Italia is in a strong position to further grow its market share. Captrain Italia offers services throughout Italy and at strategic border crossings.

Photo: Safe, readily available, off street parking has been a bone of contention for truck operators in many countries for decades. Image courtesy of the RHA.