Monday, May 8, 2017

A Freight News Roundup in Brief with Some Items from the World of Logistics

A Collection of Smaller Stories from the Past Week
Shipping News Feature
UK – Beginning our brief round-up of the smaller items in freight and logistics this week comes news that CargoLogicAir (CLA) has taken delivery of its third Boeing 747 freighter in less than 18 months. The London Stansted Airport-based airline, which received its UK Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) at the start of 2016, now operates two Boeing 747-400 cargo aircraft and a new generation 747-8 Freighter. Dmitry Grishin, CEO of CargoLogicAir, said:

“The arrival of our third aircraft keeps us on track with our development strategy and will ultimately enable us to look at developing new routes from the UK to markets where we see a sustainable demand. After a successful first year of profitable operations that was boosted by a strong peak season, we have continued to perform well in the first quarter of 2017 and remain on course to grow our fleet to five 747 freighters over the next three years as we look to increase our support of customers in the UK market.”

UK – The fully updated 2017 edition of the Freight Transport Association’s European Road Transport Guide sponsored by Eurotunnel is now available. The 22nd edition of the guide provides information and advice for road transport operators moving goods to Europe and beyond, whether they are working as professional international hauliers or in the own account sector. The guide includes essential facts for fleet operators, including details of public holidays, weekend lorry bans and toll prices.

New content includes brief, early comments on how Brexit might affect international operations; top tips for safe summer and winter driving; precautions to consider when travelling to risky destinations; drivers’ hours and new restrictions on weekly rest in the cab; and minimum wages and requirements around the posting of workers in some member states.

FTA’s international members receive one copy of the guide free of charge and can buy additional copies at a discounted price. Non-international members and the general public can also buy copies (code 4055) from Shopfta online at or by telephone on 03717 11 11 11.

SOUTH AFRICA – Sappi Southern Africa, a subsidiary of Sappi Limited, the world’s largest manufacturer of dissolving wood pulp (DWP), has chosen Kuehne + Nagel as its preferred partner for sea freight order management. For the next three years Kuehne Nagel will manage 80,000 TEU equivalents per year. Marcus Balzereit, Managing Director Kuehne + Nagel Southern Africa, said:

“Kuehne + Nagel is proud to partner with Sappi Southern Africa and we are looking forward to the next stages of implementation to enhance and extend our relationship further. The solution provided by Kuehne + Nagel is a clear evidence of our ability to optimise supply chains and to make use of customised, cutting-edge digital solutions.”

SOUTH AFRICA — Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has appointed Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo Holdings to plan, fund, construct, maintain and operate a new liquid bulk handling facility at the Port of Ngqura. Construction is due to commence in the 4th quarter of 2017, with commissioning planned for the 3rd quarter of 2019.

Phase 1 of the liquid bulk facility will provide approximately 150,000 cubic metres of storage capacity for refined petroleum products and will replace the tanks currently in use in the Port of Port Elizabeth, which will be decommissioned and the land redeveloped. Future phases will provide for an additional 550,000 cubic metres of storage capacity and handling.

AFRICA – Online marketplace is partnering with SEKO Logistics to accelerate the growth of its business, which already trades with over 500,000 local companies in Africa every day. - part of the JUMIA Group serving 23 African countries - was founded in 2012 and is already the largest online retailer in Africa in markets such as Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Egypt.

It has chosen SEKO Logistics as its official logistics partner to operate JUMIA’s Fulfilment Centre in China, as well as to provide cross-border shipping services for orders from Chinese merchants. SEKO says it won the contract on the strength of its extensive experience and expertise in supporting the supply chains of various online marketplaces for cross-border ecommerce orders from Asia Pacific.

US –May 5 saw the grand opening of a new Schneider facility in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. Schneider, a truckload, intermodal and logistics provider known for its bright orange equipment, says it is responding to industry demand by expanding its footprint in this growing region.

“We’re really excited about the opening of our new Shrewsbury facility,” said Cathy Petrilli, division manager at Schneider. “Not only is it in a great location with proximity to major metropolitan cities, but it underscores our commitment to the greater New England area. Plus, it enables us to provide more capacity to shippers who move freight in and through the region.”

The new facility will feature asphalt parking for more than 120 trailers, plus personal vehicle parking and a maintenance facility with seven service bays.

US – Worldwide Flight Services’ (WFS) growing operation in North America has been boosted by new contracts with Polar Air Cargo, LOT Polish Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines.

In Cincinnati, WFS has been awarded a three-year contract to support Polar Air Cargo and its partners. The contract, which is to provide warehouse services for both Polar and its partner, DHL, will see WFS handle some 86,000 tonnes per annum for their two companies’ Boeing 747 and 767 freighter operations to and from the Ohio airport.

In Newark, LOT Polish Airlines, which recently appointed WFS in Los Angeles, has signed another contract for WFS to provide passenger, ramp and cargo services. The two-year agreement covers the airline’s seven Boeing 787 flights a week to Warsaw. In support of its seasonal services connecting San Diego and Zurich, operated by its daughter company Edelweiss Air, SWISS has signed a contract for WFS to provide cargo warehouse services for the next three years, commencing in June 2017.

US – A four-day workshop aimed at enhancing management skills for air cargo professionals will be conducted by TIACA in Anchorage, Alaska from August 29th to September 1st, 2017. The Professional Development Workshop Program gives participants an appreciation of the entire air cargo supply chain and the component sectors by encouraging discussion and the sharing of perspectives, as well as providing practical advice and insight. Vladimir Zubkov, Secretary General at TIACA said:

“We are very pleased to be providing our expertise to support and invest in the development of air cargo leaders of the future. The workshops are designed to provide attendees with a thorough understanding of the needs and challenges of the industry, to give them the tools needed to succeed.”

Topics include market and competitive analysis, brand management, revenue management, understanding and analysing financial statements, business ethics, and leading teams.

SWITZERLAND – At the recent FIATA Headquarter Session during the Meeting of the Multimodal Transport Institute, Mrs Eva Molnar of UNECE has been rewarded by FIATA, when Mr Robert Keen UK submitted the fellow’s certificate.

Mrs Eva Molnar has been honoured by FIATA for her long and outstanding commitment to the logistics and freight forwarding industry and her significant contribution and efforts to improve transportation.

Mr Keen emphasised that Eva Molnar had demonstrated “extraordinary commitment and effectiveness as a Director of UNECE Transport Section, with persistent efforts to provide the transport industry with new concepts and solutions in order to improve our metier and services.”

DUBAI – DP World has won the Dubai Quality Award in recognition of sustained business excellence and best practice at an awards ceremony hosted by the Department of Economic Development (DED) at the Dubai World Trade Centre. DP World Group Chairman & CEO Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said:

“As a global trade enabler with operations across the world, it is essential that we adapt to local needs and provide quality service beyond expectations. I am very proud of the hard work of our over 36,500-strong global family for winning this award, which proves what an enabled workforce can achieve backed by a forward thinking company vision and strategy.

“Our achievements and growth are a reflection of our country’s visionary leadership who have taught us to sustainably develop Dubai’s economy by embracing global best practices.”

ABU DHABI – GAC Abu Dhabi has completed the preparation, construction and relocation of a logistics base dedicated to supporting Paragon Offshore's operations. The global drilling services provider entrusted the handling of the entire project to establish the new base to GAC. The brief included: designing the plot and layout of the base; obtaining all necessary approvals to developing a storage facility; arranging renovation works; and relocating all cargo from Paragon Offshore’s old site to the new facility. The base will provide support to two of Paragon Offshore’s jack-up rigs.

Situated at Mina Zayed port the base has facilities tailored to the needs of the oil & gas sector, and a team of GAC Abu Dhabi staff on-site. The yard is divided into areas dedicated to drill pipes and collars, as well as general cargo, BOP (Blow-Out Preventer) parts, open top containers and heavy machinery. Paragon Offshore’s Materials Manager – Supply Chain, Mark Basil, said:

“We commend the GAC team for their support and teamwork throughout the project. We are pleased to have them working with Paragon Offshore to support our oil and gas operations in Abu Dhabi.”