Friday, October 1, 2021

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Some Tiny Tales from Transport and Logistics
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UK – Qatari based freight and logistics outfit GAC has extended its agreement as the Official Logistics Partner of Aberdeen Football Club (AFC) with an enhanced sponsorship to include GAC branding on the sleeves of the Club’s Women’s team match kits, underlining its commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion. A new match ball plinth at all first team games at the Club’s home ground, Pittodrie, will see GAC ‘delivering’ the match ball ahead of kick-off.

GAC says it has enjoyed strong brand exposure through its prominent sponsorship of the club’s RedTV and match-day social media which will be further enhanced under the new deal, which sees an increased presence across all Aberdeen FC social media and digital platforms, strengthening its engagement with fans all over the world.

UK – Following our story that Dogger Bank Wind Farm support vessels are to be built in Suffolk, the RMT union was quick to respond in saying that the good news should be followed by assurances that the crews will be recruited locally, with RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch saying:

“Recruitment and training of crew will begin next year and RMT call on the contract owner, North Star and the Dogger Bank developers, Equinor and SSE Renewables to play their part in the Just Transition and crew these vessels with seafarers from Humber and North East England on collectively bargained terms and conditions of employment.”

UK – The Port of Tyne claims it is now operating its Warehouse 21, used by a wide range of the Port’s 3PL customers, including many household brand names, as a Net Zero facility, run entirely using clean energy from renewable sources. All internal materials handling within the warehouse is conducted using electric vehicles powered through renewable sources and the lighting within the facility is provided by energy efficient LEDs.

As part of Tyne 2050, the Port’s transformation strategy, over £2 million has already been invested into new clean energy assets and logistics facilities. This includes energy efficient LED lighting across the entire Port estate and electrified materials handling equipment, all supported by an advanced warehouse management system.

UK – GERMANY – With lithium batteries seemingly taking over the world nobody should be unaware of the dangers they present, particularly if damaged. As the power source for the e-bikes and e-scooters supplied by Beryl, a company dedicated to getting more people out and about on bicycles, the safety aspect is paramount.

Under the Department of Transportation’s Hazardous Materials Regulations, the transporting and storage of lithium batteries is subject to strict safety regulations. Now Beryl has contracted ZARGES to supply its UN-certified aluminium safety container to guarantee safe storage during transport of the lithium-ion batteries that keep Beryl e-bikes and e-scooters powered, even when defective or damaged. The cases will be used to transport Beryl’s lithium batteries to a range of major cities and regions across the UK, including London, Greater Manchester, Norwich and the West Midlands.

IRELAND – SPAIN – Brittany Ferries is currently carrying more than 1,000 freight units a month on its seaborne route connecting Rosslare in Ireland with Bilbao in Spain. In total, 7,874 units were carried in the first eight months of this year, which was 70% or 3,246 units up on 2020 figures.

Brittany, which has run services between the two countries since 2018, and which just divested some shares to container line CMA CGM, says since Brexit , the number of unaccompanied loads on the route have increased by 46% in just a year, mirroring wider trends across the industry.

US – FRANCE – Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), the world’s largest air cargo handler, has acquired IAS Logistics DFW, trading as Pinnacle Logistics, itself a provider of cargo handling services in the United States. Financial details were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, Pinnacle Logistics provides cargo handling services for the aviation market in the US and is focused on specialist express cargo handling for e-commerce customers. The acquisition delivers on WFS’s commercial growth strategy, which includes accelerating revenue growth in cargo handling through product development including high-growth specialist e-commerce handling.

GERMANY – This week as it celebrated its 25th year of operation, DP World’s Stuttgart trimodal container terminal confirmed the company will invest up to €35m over the next three to five years to bolster the capacity of its operations within the firm’s wider inland network. With the capacity for rail and barge operations as well as road borne freight the facility is the only one of its type in the locality.

A single train can carry the same amount of cargo as 70 trucks, while a recent study showed that barges can move a tonne of cargo 1041km with just under five litres of fuel consumed, and trains can move the same amount of cargo 768km. In contrast, with the same amount of fuel, trucks can only move one tonne of cargo a total of 233km.

The terminal's anniversary was celebrated with special visits from the Minister of Transport of Baden-Württemberg, Mr Winfried Hermann, and the Managing Director of Port Authority Stuttgart, Carsten Strähle.

GERMANY – Heavy lift logistics specialist Combi Lift has opened a Forwarding Solutions Division from today. Staff experienced in the Non-Containerised Cargo (NCC) sector will handle the shipment of pieces and goods that can be transported both with and without the use of special equipment. The department is aimed particularly at international customers in the machine building industry and plant construction sector.

AUSTRALIA – Following our story in August the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has spoken out again regarding the hundreds of infections and 28 deaths linked to the cruise vessel Ruby Princess. The MUA says the latest report, a review by the Inspector-General of Biosecurity, confirms critical errors by the Federal Government contributed to the debacle.

The union claims despite this latest examination of the Ruby Princess outbreak, gaping holes remain in the nation’s maritime biosecurity measures, including a lack of testing for foreign seafarers, a reliance on self-declaration of illness on board, and no plan to vaccinate international crews visiting Australian ports.

Photo: Members of the Aberdeen FC women’s football squad show off the latest branding from GAC.