Thursday, April 1, 2021

What is Happening in the World of Freight and Logistics Snapshot

Snippets of Industry News as Easter Approaches
Shipping News Feature

UK – Multimodal, the event probably most keenly missed by many in the shipping and logistics communities for the past 21 months, has confirmed it will finally aim to host its Event and Awards later this year. Dates to remember are 19-21 October 2021, with a special treat being the announcement that once again host for the Awards will be the inimitable Kevin Keegan.

Anyone who has seen the ex-England footballer speak at such events will surely be keen to repeat the experience at the VOX centre at the Birmingham NEC on 19 October and details of the Awards luncheon are available here. Registration for the 2021 Multimodal Exhibition is here.

UK – The sixth government survey into cyber security breaches was released last week. It shows four in ten businesses (39%) and a quarter of charities (26%) report having cyber security breaches or attacks in the last 12 months. Risks have increased since the onset of the pandemic. 27% of these businesses and 23% of the charities experience them at least once a week. The most common by far are phishing attacks (for 83% and 79% respectively), followed by impersonation (for 27% and 23%).

Among the 39% of businesses and 26% of charities that identify breaches or attacks, one in five (21% and 18% respectively) end up losing money, data or other assets. The average (mean) cost of all the cyber security breaches these businesses have experienced in the past 12 months is estimated to be £8,460. For medium and large firms combined, this average cost is higher, at £13,400.

UK – IRELAND – Peel Ports Group, has placed an order for two new Liebherr ship to shore container cranes for their facility at the Port of Liverpool. The pair of ship to shore (STS) cranes have an outreach and lift height of 40 metres and a safe working load of 40 tonnes under single lift spreader.

There is already a 5 strong fleet of Liebherr STS units in Liverpool with the first STS entering service in 1999. The two new cranes are replacements for two of the existing STS cranes, which will be relocated to Peel Ports’ Greenock Ocean Terminal at Clydeport. The crane design utilises high tensile steel and a lattice boom and beam, resulting in a lighter crane with reduced wheel loads, a key consideration due to the narrow span and quay structure at The Port of Liverpool.

UK – XPO Logistics and Nestlé, the world's largest food and beverage company have now fully opened the flagship distribution centre and technology hub they have developed at the Segro East Midlands Gateway in Leicestershire. The operation uses sophisticated robotics, automated sorting systems and intelligent analytics to deliver fast, efficient distribution of Nestlé products, including KitKat, Maggi and Nescafé.

The pair say sustainability was a core consideration in the design and location of the building. The site is on a railhead, and Nestlé will be dispatching exports and deliveries into the London area via rail. A liquified gas refuelling station is currently being developed at the site to enable the company to operate energy-efficient gas trucks instead of diesel. A short video shows the plant in action.

UK – US – CakeBoxx Technologies, which produces the rack and cover containers which work, well like cake boxes, celebrates a decade of service this month with an ever growing bespoke range to enhance security both physical i.e. they stop cargo such as rolled steel moving about with the potential to burst traditional doors, and as theft proof devices (how does a criminal get into the thing?).

Begun in the US in 2011 with an idea from the late Gary Whyte for a secure, two piece container with no doors, the company opened in the UK just three years later and now the units are accepted and endorsed by operations as diverse as vaccine producers and anti-terrorist outfits.

UK – Having made two successful bids for Freeport status at its facilities in Southampton and London Gateway, Dubai based DP World has made a short film in celebration and to show how the group’s operations impact positively on the supply of goods. The company says it has invested almost £2 billion in Britain over the last ten years, its largest international investment outside the Middle East. The film, produced by Studiomade, can be seen here.

ITALY – MAC Shipping (MACS) has appointed Fratelli Cusulich S.p.A. as its new agent in the country. The company will handle all aspects of MACS services connectiong Europe with Namibia, South Africa and Mozambique. The Italian market is connected to the MACS network via feeders from the Port of Leixoes and train links via Rotterdam.

MACS accommodates a range of cargoes including bulk and conventional, project movements up to 240 metric tonnes and containers from flat racks and open tops to reefers.

SWEDEN – SPAIN – Volta Trucks, whose Volta Zero is the world’s first purpose-built full-electric 16-tonne vehicle designed for inner-city freight deliveries, is moving its Volta Zero European Tour Roadshow to Madrid and Barcelona following successful demonstrations of the prototype vehicle in Paris recently where more than 300 individual vehicle demonstrations were undertaken over the past five weeks in a Covid-secure environment.

The Volta Zero will be displayed in conjunction with Volta Trucks refrigerated truck rental customer, Petit Forestier, and charging infrastructure provider, Siemens, in MercaMadrid between Monday 12 April and Thursday 22 April. The vehicle will then transfer to the MercaBarna and Eixample District of Barcelona and be displayed between Monday 26 April and Thursday 6 May 2021.

Photo: The CakeBoxx Technologies ATS 53 foot long BreakBulk Boxx.