Friday, June 9, 2017

The Friday Round Up - A Few Freight and Logistics Stories from the Past Week

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US – Crowley Fuels has formally announced a new trucking fleet maintenance facility that the company recently constructed in Palmer, Alaska. The larger, more modern facility is now the operations hub for Crowley's state wide fuel sales and distribution business and will provide the maintenance and support of both local and line haul equipment - including around 20 trucks, 27 line haul power units and 50 tank trailers. Laura Yellig, vice president, said:

“The grand opening of this new facility is the latest in a series of upgrades Crowley Fuels has made to our Alaska fuel sales and distribution business since 2011. We have grown our terminal and line haul business to flex and respond to needs across the state, and this new shop reflects the commitment Crowley has made to safe and reliable fuel distribution in the region.”

It can only be imagined how vital is this type of supply chain operation to some of the remotest settlements in the icy wastes of North America, and Crowley’s fuel supply is quite literally a life saver for many of these smaller communities.

US – GAC’s EnvironHull’s HullWiper has won the Product of the Year title in The Environmental Leader Product and Project Awards 2017. GAC’s Andrew Boaz accepted the accolade at the Environmental Leader Conference in Denver, Colorado. The award recognises excellence in products, services and projects that provide companies with environmental, sustainability and energy management incentives and advantages.

Launched in Dubai in December 2013, the diver- and brush-free HullWiper Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) uses water jets to remove fouling rather than brushes or other abrasives which can damage expensive coatings and collects debris from the operation for environmentally approved disposal on land, thus reducing the risk of cross-pollination of waters with alien species. Managing Director Simon Doran welcomed the honour:

“This Award adds to our growing collection of accolades and it is once again thanks to our colleagues who have maintained faith and support as we lead the way in ROV Hull Cleaning, as well as our industry peers who have recognised the benefits of HullWiper. This honour gives us an even greater incentive to continue our hard work and Research & Development to make hull cleaning safer and more environmentally friendly, whilst also extending the life of a vessel’s coating system.”

ITALY – Ceva Logistics has further enhanced its position as a books logistics provider in Italy following the successful acquisition of the logistics operations of Mondadori in books and retail businesses. As a part of the deal, Ceva will operate Mondadori's warehouse facilities in Verona and Rimini. Alberto Scagnetti, the company's Managing Director of Contract Logistics for Italy, said:

"We have initiated our zero defect start-up process to ensure systems and processes are fully implemented from day one. We have developed a full suite of HR management functions to enable a fast induction for the new team members and at the same time we have been continuing with the IT integration program so that the whole Mondadori Group benefits from Ceva taking over the logistics operation".

UK – As part of a broader overhaul of its supply chain function, Musto, one of the world's leading brands of sailing and country sports clothing, has appointed Walker Logistics to fulfil orders for its extensive range of shoes and luggage to trade customers.

Musto had previously managed its entire logistics process in-house from two warehouse facilities in Essex but, following a review, opted to outsource part of the operation to a third party specialist. Walker Logistics’ sales director, William Walker, commented:

“Musto is a high-end name in technical outdoor wear and we are delighted to be working with the company to help Musto further develop its already very successful business and highly prestigious brand.”

UK – Warehousing and transport specialist GMA has continued its fleet upgrade programme with the delivery of four new DAF FTG XF 510 Super Space Cab tractor units. The new units will join GMA’s two specialised DAF FTG XF trucks which GMA purchased six months ago. GMA Transport Manager, Peter Bennett, said:

“Our additional investment in the DAF units is based on high vehicle specification, great fuel efficiency, vehicle reliability, after sales support and whole life cost. They are award-winning, clean emission trucks with a reputation second to none – and we are delighted to have them as part of our business.”

UK – The FLTA is on the lookout for its next Safety Champion and, thanks to support from sponsor Briggs Equipment UK, its winner will walk away with the title, a trophy and a £250 prize. Now in its third year, the Award recognises and rewards individuals committing to make sites safer for their colleagues and visitors. FLTA Chief Executive Peter Harvey MBE explains:

“These men and women often wear many hats in their day-to-day job. Indeed, fork lift operations is sometimes not even directly part of their job function. Yet, something clicks in them. Perhaps it was seeing a near miss or maybe reading about an accident. Regardless of what drives them, they have a vision of how things should be… and the dedication to make it happen.

“This Award is unique in that it recognises the individual driving positive change – rather than the company… although we do have an Award for that, too!”

Entries must be in no later than 30 September and the winner will be announced in November.

UK – Kiddeminster based haulier Paul R. Blackmore has taken delivery of its third new Mercedes-Benz Actros 2536 model truck. The company runs two other 26-tonners and is primarily engaged in the nationwide transportation of flat and coiled steel. Company owner Paul Blackmore has been a professional driver since 2000, and launched his own business 12 years ago. He said:

“I really am enjoying my new Actros. The cab is just a very nice place to be and because it stands out I’ve had a lot of nice comments from customers and others. Fuel-wise the Actros is a big improvement on my last truck, as well as the other two which I still own. I was averaging 11 mpg previously, but the new vehicle is regularly returning more than 12 mpg – in fact, in the last couple of weeks I’ve only dipped below that figure twice, and then not by much.”

WORLDWIDE – As of May 2017 Kuehne + Nagel will print the total amount of CO2 emissions generated by sea freight shipments on each invoice assisting shippers to identify their carbon footprint from transport operations. K+N state that with this initiative their customers are able to improve the analysis, reporting and management of CO2 emissions caused by their transport chain and thus achieve long-term reduction of the environmental impact. Otto Schacht, member of the Management Board Kuehne + Nagel International AG responsible for sea freight, said:

“Our goal is to raise visibility and awareness of the environmental impact within the sea freight supply chain. This will improve decision making with respect to carbon emissions. Due to our global IT operating platform we are able to deliver customised reporting and digital solutions not only in our core business, but also in areas such as sustainability. In order to meet the customer’s own CO2 reduction targets we can assist with moving the cargo, generating the lowest possible carbon footprint.”