Friday, June 7, 2019

Wind Energy to Milk Vans - Some Smaller Freight Forwarding and Logistics Items You May Have Missed  

A Smorgasbord of Stories Which May Have Escaped Your Notice This Week

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Shipping News Feature WORLDWIDE – Airlines AirBridgeCargo (ABC) and CargoLogicAir (CLA) have become the first air freight only carriers to join the air cargo booking platform cargo.one. The pair say that via the partnership they can market to hundreds of freight forwarding companies digitally. The system is planned to go live later this summer after completion of the integration of the carriers' in-house systems with cargo.one.

US – American Airlines Cargo has added new destinations to its international network started this month with an additional wide body service to Germany for summer 2019. New routes include Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Munich, Germany (MUC) on a Boeing 787-800, adding a second wide body flight to Munich in addition to year-round Airbus A330-200 service to Munich from Charlotte (CLT) that launched in March.

The second new route from the US to Germany is Philadelphia (PHL) to Berlin, Germany (TXL) on the Boeing 767-300, with service starting on June 7. The Munich area is home to leading automotive manufacturers and their suppliers whilst Berlin is a hub for machinery, pharmaceuticals, electronics, and fruit logistics.

US – Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), the world’s largest air cargo handler, is extending its North American network to Atlanta after winning the tender to operate Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s (ATL) new Cargo Building C, the most modern cargo terminal in Atlanta, and a key part of the airport’s multi-billion dollar master plan to accommodate the future aviation needs of the region.

WFS is taking a long-term lease on the new facility having recently expanded its facilities in Paris, New York JFK, Brussels, Copenhagen and Madrid which, with the addition of Atlanta, adds a further 700,000 square feet to its international operations footprint. In 2018, cargo volumes at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport rose 4.7% to over 700,000 tonnes, which followed a 7.5% increase in the previous year.

NETHERLANDS – US – Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) is also collaborating with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote cargo trade and investment between metro Atlanta and the Netherlands. From September this year AMS and ATL will be working on the formation of the Atlanta Cargo Network, with the aim to increase exports from ATL to AMS of agricultural and manufacturing goods produced in Georgia, which will be measured by an economic impact assessment study due in 2021.

The agreement will connect the key cargo operators and logistics providers at AMS and ATL to further strengthen the new trade and logistics corridor, and will be supported by Cargonaut, which operates the Cargo Community Information Platform at AMS. ATL is currently working with Kale Logistics Solutions, a provider of logistics technology solutions, and the air freight community in Atlanta to create the next generation of airport cargo community system.

IRELAND – Two years ago, Dachser acquired a majority share in Irish logistics company Johnston Logistics Ltd. Now the process of fully integrating the operation into the Dachser network is now nearing completion with the rebranding and associated name change to Dachser Ireland Ltd. Dachser made the official announcement at the transport logistic trade fair in Munich.

German owned Dachser and Johnston Logistics have been partners since 2007. In 2017, Dachser acquired a majority stake in the company. Since then, the two companies have gradually become increasingly integrated. In September, Johnston Logistics Ltd. will change its name to Dachser Ireland Ltd.

NORWAY – Norwegian RoRo operator UECC (United European Car Carriers) has signed a nine-vessel service and certification agreement with Survitec, representing the largest single contract the safety service supplier has received to-date for its new SOLAS 360 service. The five-year contract for the servicing and inspection of the vessels’ life-saving appliances (LSA), follows the 2018 introduction of the novel servicing arrangement.

Equipment covered in the UECC agreement includes lifeboats, davits, and all fixed and portable fire extinguishing systems, which are maintained, serviced, inspected and certified at Survitec’s global network of service centres, using standardised high-end equipment and processes. A liferaft exchange programme is also included in the agreement to avoid the lengthy servicing times associated with more conventional repair and servicing arrangements.

NORWAY – Wilhelmsen Ship Management has strengthened its foothold in the renewable wind energy market through the acquisition of a 50% share of Norsea Wind AS and it’s subsidiaries to offer a unified and integrated solution to the renewable wind energy market. NorSea Wind, founded in 2016 as a subsidiary of the Norsea Group, provides project management and logistics planning throughout all stages for on and offshore wind farm projects.

UK – Freshways, which is the UK’s largest independent processing dairy, produces and distributes some 6 million litres of milk per week nation-wide from its processing facility in Acton, West London and operates around-the-clock, seven-days-a-week. Historically, the dairy has relied upon a fleet of counterbalanced forklift trucks to load vans with full plastic transport containers, ‘clappers’ as they are known, filled with ‘pouches’ of milk and unload the empty ones that come back to the Acton site using the van’s side and rear doors.

However the handling process was resulting in frequent damage to the van fleet so an alternative method was sought. Freshways opted to trial JCB Teletruk technology at the Acton site. The truck uses a telescopic boom mast in place of the standard lift truck’s vertical lift mast configuration and, following the success of the trial, Freshways has taken delivery of a diesel powered Teletruk which has been supplied by JCB agent Hiremech.

UK – A ‘Women in Shipping’ Summit will take place during London International Shipping Week 2019 (LISW19), 8-13 September 2019. As an officially endorsed event of LISW19, the summit will take place at 10-11 September 2019 at the Mary Ward House Conference & Exhibition Centre, London. The event is focused on professional development for women working in shipping, on board and on shore.

The two-day summit will feature a line-up of some of the most impressive names in shipping, both men and women who will tell the story of their journey through the industry to inspire and empower personal career development plans. Over the course of the summit there will be keynotes, presentations and sessions which will cover opportunities for diversity, challenging unconscious bias, health, mentoring and attracting talent, and helping women find their executive voice.

Photo: Wilhelmsen Ship Management is stepping into wind power with its acquisition of Norsea Wind.

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