Friday, June 14, 2019

From White Finger to Mapping the Ocean Floor Snippets of Trade News This Week

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UK – As with any busy logistics operation, the facilities operated by Forth Ports require some staff to work with a range of machinery, from grinders to hammer drills, any of which can induce incurable Hand Arm Vibration (HAVS) condition, also known as white finger. To mitigate the risk the group, which operates eight of Britain’s major ports, has rolled out Reactec’s innovative wearable system which monitors the vibration exposure experienced by users.

The company has invested in 100 HAVwear watches, to upgrade their existing Reactec HAV management technology. These wearable wrist worn devices can determine in real time an individual’s exposure to vibration during every day use of the range of power tools which are used at the ports.

UK – GB Railfreight (GBRf) and Global building materials supplier Cemex held a dedicated naming ceremony for a new Cemex-liveried locomotive at held at Dove Holes Quarry, Buxton. The new locomotive called The Cemex Express was unveiled at the event by record producer and rail enthusiast Pete Waterman. Resplendent in the white, blue and red colours of the Cemex brand, the vehicle recognises the partnership between GBRf and Cemex, which has now been in place for one year.

The Cemex Express, a Class 66 Locomotive, will travel typically between Dove Holes quarry, carrying premium aggregate for ready mix and asphalt plants, and external customers throughout the UK. It will pull 22 to 26 hopper wagons that discharge their loads from underneath directly onto the plant’s conveyors. A single trainload can deliver up to 2,000 tonnes of material in one trip and will make over 200 trips for Cemex each year; the equivalent of over 20,000 truckloads.

UK – The Department for Transport published research this week into ageing tyres supporting a previous consultation on banning 10-year-old tyres from use on buses, coaches, heavy goods vehicles and mini-buses. In response, James Firth, Head of Road Freight Regulation at FTA (Freight Transport Association), commented:

“Given the amount of mileage covered by a typical commercial driver, FTA finds it unlikely that many of our members have tyres that are 10 years old. FTA is committed to ensuring the highest safety standards are met across the logistics industry, and as such, is happy to work with the Department for Transport (DfT) on this consultation. If tyres are undertaking particularly low mileage, there may be a case for exemption, but this needs to be considered further.”

UK – Maritime Transport Ltd (Maritime) has opened its new rail connected distribution terminal at the Port of Tilbury. Maritime have been on site at Tilbury for 15 years and have relocated to a new facility with rail connectivity near London Container Terminal. Handling mostly steel for distribution to Europe and rest of the world, Maritime will use an existing terminal railhead which has been converted to allow both straddle carriers and reach stackers to operate simultaneously which will double the handling capacity of the terminal.

The terminal will handle both intermodal and specialised steel wagons from the first day of operation. A 55,000 square foot Rubb shed was relocated from another part of the port to the site to provide rail connected undercover storage. Maritime can accommodate both domestic and International / EU trade in the new terminal.

HONG KONG – Yet another cargo ground handling contract for Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) as Eznis Airways of Mongolia has appointed the company to service its new Ulan Bator-Hong Kong services. The airline is now operating every Monday, Thursday and Sunday; flight time is approximately four and three quarter hours, and the airline is deploying its B737 passenger aircraft on the route.

Hactl is providing Eznis Airways with cargo terminal operations, and also handling documentation and, in addition to general cargo in both directions, inbound flights are expected to carry some perishables.

PALAU – The Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) has been recognised by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as to fully comply with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW). At the IMO headquarters in London this week Secretary-General Kitack Lim’s proposal was approved by the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) giving PISR’s white list status under STCW Convention 1978.

The STCW Convention as amended sets minimum qualification standards for masters, officers and watch personnel on seagoing merchant ships and large yachts and was adopted in 1978 by the IMO and came into force in 1984. Palau is the latest ship registry to be approved to offer maritime training under the Convention.

WORLDWIDE – The data available to produce the definitive map of the world’s ocean floor has more than doubled, just two years after the launch of an international effort to produce a complete map by the year 2030. Following the efforts of The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, coverage of the world’s ocean floor has now increased from 6% to 15%. This is equivalent to around 32,000,000 square kilometres of new bathymetric data, an area greater than the landmass of the entire African continent.

Heeding the call from Seabed 2030, industry is now making significant contributions to the Seabed 2030 mission to map the entirety of the world’s ocean floor: around 570,000 square kilometres of data, roughly the size of Kenya, have been donated by industry partners for inclusion into the new map. The General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) is the only intergovernmental organisation with a mandate to map the entire ocean floor. With its origins in 1903, GEBCO aims to produce the most authoritative, publicly-available bathymetric datasets for the world’s oceans.

SOUTH KOREA – Jotun has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the world’s largest shipyards for a new type of marine paint that reduces solvent emissions by up to 90%. An MoU has been signed with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) as the starting point of a closer cooperation and the use of a new, innovative solvent-free primer. Jotun says it focuses heavily on research and development of environmentally friendly paints, and the corrosion-protective primer reduces total solvent release by 80-90%.

The company has worked on developing the new type of marine paint for 13 years. It will reduce solvent (VOC) emissions into the air from approximately 250 grammes per litre to just nine grammes per litre. Jotun claims shipyards might save hundreds of millions of dollars by avoiding investments in plants related to the combustion of VOC’s. VOC combustion also leads to CO2 emissions, so this innovation provides a double benefit.

Photo: Forth ports workers get involved in a variety of jobs using power tools with (inset) a Reactec HAVwear watch.