24 March 2017

Friday Logistics News Round Up from Around the Globe  

Some of the Industry Titbits This Week in One Easy Read

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SINGAPORE – Freight services group Agility has acquired a two story warehouse close to Changi International Airport, giving it more than 600,000 square feet of warehouse space in total in Singapore. The newly acquired 177,000-square-foot warehouse is located in an area with access to an array of logistics services and two major expressways.

With their expanded footprint, Agility says it will be offering more services: automated quality inspections; a container-management e-system; a large-scale recycling program for packing materials; and enhanced warehouse management systems with regional data back-up and business-continuity features. Mykell Lee, Agility CEO Singapore, said the company’s decision to invest S$25.5 million (US$18.25 million) in the warehouse is a sign of its long-term commitment and belief in Singapore as one of the world’s foremost transportation and shipping hubs.

“We aren’t just storing goods within four walls. In an expensive market like Singapore, customers want service innovation,” Lee said. “We are offering them technology-driven solutions to optimise their supply chains across the region. We have strong infrastructure and well-trained people to help execute that vision.”

AUSTRIA – GERMANY – International transport and logistics company Gebrüder Weiss is acquiring Deutsche Transport Compagnie Erich Bogdan GmbH & Co. KG (DTC) from Diehl with economic effect from 1 January 2017. The Franconian company with locations in Nuremberg, Loßburg and Lüdenscheid employs about 240 members of staff and is to be integrated into the Gebrüder Weiss network as a wholly-owned subsidiary. Both parties have agreed to keep the purchase price confidential. The acquisition is still subject to approval by the competition authorities.

PANAMA – DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem has met with the President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela to explore logistics and industrial parks and other opportunities relating to the expanded Panama Canal. Mr. Bin Sulayem stressed the importance of the Americas to DP World and outlined how its operations in the region from Latin America to the Dominican Republic and Canada are supporting economies and facilitating trade, adding value to the development of logistics capability for the benefit of business. The DP world boss commented:

“Panama is central to the development of trade in the region and a vital artery for commerce – serving surrounding nations and connecting oceans. Its role as an enabler of trade is key to the development of commerce and economies in the region as well as providing a major global trade route. The expanded Panama Canal has boosted capability to handle increased cargo and larger vessels so the development of logistics and locations for business to take advantage of its increased capabilities are important for the government there.”

MARSHALL ISLANDS – The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) fleet now stands at 223,262,177 deadweight tons (DWT), making it the second largest registry in the world in terms of DWT. Bill Gallagher, President, IRI said:

"This is a very significant milestone for the RMI Registry. A strong legislative framework, customer driven service ethos, and a commitment to quality have all been key to our continued success. From long-standing traditional ship owners, particularly our standing as the number one flag for Greek owners, to a new wave of Chinese leasing companies, the RMI Registry is the registry of choice for owners looking for an innovative and quality driven partner.

The RMI is not only the world's second largest registry, but the Greek shipping industry's leading flag as well. The RMI has been gaining market share year-on-year and the flag today has 791 ships totalling 62,190,301 DWT (over 18.9% of total DWT of the Greek owned fleet) in its registry, making it the largest flag used by Greek controlled ships.

UK - As part of its ongoing expansion throughout the UK, Dachser has opened a new office in Bristol. This new location provides direct connections to Dachser’s entire European network for its customers located in the South West region. Dachser Bristol now offers a daily road freight groupage service to destinations across Europe, accessing the Company’s extensive European network via two key hub centres in Alsdorf and Dortmund. Dachser says this new direct service saves 24 hours in transit time to the majority of countries, giving local shippers a valuable competitive advantage.

UK – The Road Haulage Association (RHA) believes that the report into the impact of road building from the Campaign to Protect Rural England is misguided. Commenting, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said:

“Only by ensuring a road network that is fit for use can the competitiveness and productivity of the UK be maintained. We understand some of the reservations voiced by the CPRE. But, HGVs have to get the goods delivered as quickly and reliably as possible, this is vital for the people and businesses of the UK.

"Measures to reduce congestion such as new roads and Smart Motorways can only make journeys more reliable and everyone benefits - the UK needs transport infrastructure that meets the needs of UK people and businesses in the 21st century, limiting our infrastructures ability to meet demand will result in more delays, more congestion, more pollution and unnecessary waste”.

UK – The Port of Tilbury has completed its preliminary community consultation events this month which sought views on its proposals to build a new port terminal adjacent to the current port. The proposed new port terminal, known as Tilbury2, is planned to be built on a 51 hectare site which was part of the former Tilbury Power Station and will include a new deep water jetty.

The five community consultation events took place during March at locations and dates across the area and attracted over 400 people who shared their views on the proposals. This was part of the first stage of seeking views from the community, through a preliminary consultation process. The consultation continues until 21 April with the opportunity for anyone to express their thoughts and feedback through an online survey or by emailing the T2 team. Following the completion of this stage of the process, the port will further develop the scheme in light of the feedback received during the pre-planning consultation process, before undertaking a statutory/formal consultation during this summer.

The proposed terminal at Tilbury2 will act as a satellite of the main port and it is scheduled to include a roll on/roll off ferry terminal for importing and exporting containers and trailers. Tilbury2 is also likely to include a facility for importing and processing bulk construction materials as well as storage of a variety of goods, including cars. It is anticipated that an application for a development consent order to permit the new port terminal will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate (acting on behalf of the Department for Transport) in late 2017.

AUSTRALIA – Nominations are now open for the ATA’s 2017 National Trucking Industry Awards. The awards acknowledge the achievements of individuals and organisations in all fields of endeavour throughout the trucking industry.

The award categories open for nomination are:

  • Outstanding Contribution to the Trucking Industry.
  • National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year
  • National Professional Driver of the Year
  • National Training Excellence Award

The awards will be presented at Trucking Australia 2017 (21 June - 23 June) during the ATA Foundation Sponsors Gala Awards Dinner held on Friday 23 June. Nominations can be made here.

Photo: Tilbury Power station, the site of the newly proposed freight terminal.

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