Friday, August 18, 2017

The Weekly Round Up of Some Freight and Logistics Industry News

Supply Chain Items from Around the Globe
Shipping News Feature
UK – The weekly round'up of freight and logistics news starts with the announcement that AtZ Marine Technologies will feature at the London International Shipping Week 2017, which runs this year between 11 to 15 September, where they will, in conjunction with National Maritime, deliver a MIT Technical Talk session focused on reducing the environmental impact from international shipping oil pollution.

Whilst looking at ways oil in water can be reduced, AtZ will also discuss water lubricated bearing technology which eliminates the sea water to oil interface found in common stern tube seal arrangements, which overall, eliminates the possibility of oil pollution from the stern tube.

The talk will take place on Tuesday 12th September, 09.00am – 12.30pm at the University of Greenwich, London and more details regarding London Shipping Week news will appear here over the next few weeks.

UK – THAILAND – Logistics operator CML has become a member of the All in One (AiO) Global Logistics Network. The AiO Global Logistics Network is a non-exclusive independent network that allows businesses to professionally handle numerous specialised cargo. As well as this, it provides payment protection plans and financial guarantees for its entire network to ensure that money is safe when you do business with other AiO members. Freight Business Unit Manager at CML, James Thorpe, said:

“We are delighted to have been accepted onto the AiO Global Logistics Network. By joining a network that cares so much about the businesses that are in it, not only ensures that the very best companies are able to join, but it means that we are able to speak to over 175 global businesses about their UK and global needs.

“With an integrated common operating platform in place and partners in a number of different countries around the world, we have the capability of operating globally 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Being just one of four members from within the UK is an absolute privilege and we are looking forward to working with different AiO Global Network members going forward.”

POLAND – CHINA – Euroconsol, a leading neutral global NVOCC (non-vessel operating common carrier) and freight consolidator, announced a new, direct LCL (less than container load) and FCL (full container load) Silk Road import rail service from Chengdu, China to Pruszkow, Poland. On-carriage is offered from the Pruszkow, Poland hub to Hamburg and Rotterdam which is a 2-day transit. Additional on-forwarding will be offered to Praha, Vienna, Helsinki and Budapest in the near future.

The service connects to all major cities in China via transhipment. An Eastbound Poland to Chengdu service will be available in September from Euroconsol. The rail route from Southwest China is approximately 15 days shorter to Poland. Maciej Mazurkiewicz, chairman and CEO of Euroconsol, said:

"This Silk Road rail service is an exciting transportation development that is efficient and fast for shipments between China and Europe. Chengdu is located in Southwestern Sichuan province an ideal hub location for China-Europe shipments. We anticipate this service growing in popularity due to the speed with which it reaches European markets. In addition, it bypasses the congestion at some European port locations.”

US – The Port of Oakland officials are commissioning new equipment to curb emissions from ships. The Port is adding an additional high-voltage cable system that will connect more vessels to Oakland’s landside power grid. The Port states that this will accelerate the program that has helped cut emissions by 76% in Oakland since 2009.

A 200-foot cable-on-reel system will be deployed by Oakland International Container Terminal. It will connect to ships that can’t closely align with landside electrical vaults at berth. When the ships plug into the vaults, they’ll switch off on board diesel engines and rely on grid power. The result will be no diesel emissions during Oakland calls.

“We’re continually working to reduce emissions,” said Chris Chan, the Port’s Director of Engineering. “This is a way to build on our success and extend our reach.”

UK – Expect Distribution, which operates around 300,000 square feet of warehousing and distribution space across sites in West Yorkshire has recently announced the completion of a 20,000 square foot, expansion to its warehouse and head office facility in Bradford as part of a major investment programme and, as the operation is committed to narrow aisle storage yet needs to accommodate regular cross docking, the selection of a fork truck model which could function efficiently and safely in all areas of the warehousing operation was essential. Expect Distribution’s Storage Warehouse Manager, Chris Ramsden, commented:

“We needed trucks that would allow us to optimise storage density while at the same time permit fast and efficient individual pallet accessibility, which can become a problem with many other truck-based high density storage systems. Having operated Flexi trucks for a number of years, we were in no doubt that Flexi articulated forklift truck technology represented the best materials handling solution for us.”

“The Flexi’s ability to unload incoming trailers like a counterbalance machine and serve our narrow aisle racking means we reduce double handling. The Flexi trucks allow us to maximise storage capacity while maintaining a safe and productive operation that allows fast and efficient pallet put away and retrieval cycles and to provide an order picking assembly facility for our customers who need that service.”

The trucks have been provided on an inclusive contract rental package that means all planned maintenance, safety inspections and repairs are included in one fixed monthly rental charge. John Maguire, Commercial Director of Narrow Aisle Ltd, observed:

"We are delighted that Expect has once again chosen our proven and reliable Flexi truck technology as the ideal intralogistics solution for the company's materials handling needs. The Flexi truck is popular among logistics service providers who need to maximise storage density and require safe and efficient throughput and Expect recognise the benefits that articulated truck technology brings to their operation."

UK – Rhenus Logistics UK, which offers global multimodal cargo services, last year launched an express service which has now been extended in a national roll-out. The service, which utilises the company’s daily departures and 24-hour loading provision, was introduced to meet customer demands for a streamlined express offering. Launched in June 2016, the project commenced at the business’ Bradford terminal and was initially focused on operations across the North of England. Impressive take-up and growth has accelerated the roll-out and the express offering is now available from all 11 Rhenus sites in the UK.

Designed to meet the requirements of clients with particularly urgent needs, the service uses a combination of dedicated vehicles and the product range already offered by Rhenus’ road-freight services, providing clients with faster delivery times without the need for prohibitive costs. The roll-out of the scheme is the latest success story for Rhenus Logistics, which also recently announced the acquisition of Australian freight specialist O’Brien and a partnership with Canada’s ICECORP, significantly shoring up Rhenus’ service offering to the North American market.

Photo: Narrow Aisle Limited’s Flexi trucks rank up.