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Issue 6 2014 - Freight Business Journal

///FREIGHT BREAK Call to arms

Palletline member, Global Logistics Central was called in by construction company Speller Metcalfe to move a giant stone coat of arms discovered during the demolition of Palletline’s old Birmingham headquarters. Astonished demolition

contractors uncovered the vast Portland stone piece aſter being made aware of its existence during the works by local resident Chris Kilmister. The

coat of arms was

London Gateway looking for ladies

DP World London Gateway is looking for 50 terminal operatives to drive a variety of high-tech cranes and vehicles to move goods from ship to shore and support all other aspects of the terminal’s operations. Applications are invited from men

equally but to

encourage diversity and dispel myths that ports are not for women, DP World London Gateway wants women to take a fresh look at what the modern port has to offer. DP World London Gateway

CEO, Simon Moore, said: “It’s really important to us to have as diverse a workforce as possible bringing many benefits to all in the workplace. “We have a number of

women in our team, but not as many as we would like – and the stereotypical view of what a port is like, couldn’t be further

from the truth. He continued, “We will

train people to have the skills needed for the job. What we are looking for is a real sense of commitment to the team.” Former beautician Nicki

Allabush, from nearby Stanford-Le-Hope, has been working as a Terminal Operative for 18 months She and her colleagues have been chosen to appear in a fly-on-the- wall video series which can be viewed on London Gateway’s Facebook and YouTube channels, to give job seekers a better insight into the role they undertake. Applicants must have a

driving licence plus maths and English GCSEs along with a great work ethic. The starting salary is from £25,700 per

installed when the site was first constructed as the Birmingham Bus Garage in 1921 but had been boarded over 40 years ago when the buses were moved out. Palletline took up residency in 1998, but the building has stood empty for several years aſter it moved its headquarters to Starley Way in 2008. The site is currently being

transformed into three new car dealerships for Colliers Motor Group, who immediately recognised the historical value of the discovery and offered to cover all the costs for its recovery and removal. Chris Kilmister explains: “I

lived near to the depot when the buses moved out and have kept an eye on the building ever since, aware that the coat of arms was hidden there. When I heard that the building was about to be demolished I contacted Gary Williams, the site manager from the demolition company Longcross, and we were able to rescue the piece. Thanks to a great team effort between Palletline, Speller Metcalfe and Colliers, the piece will now be safely removed and transported to its new home at the Wythall Motor Museum.” Palletline member, Global

Logistics Central gave its time free of charge to move the coat of arms, which is currently in storage across seven pallets ready for its move to the Museum, which specialises in bus transport.

Its design is unique, in that the

man and woman pictured to the leſt and right of the image, are standing in the opposite places to the recognised Birmingham coat of arms. It has got us at FBJ thinking –

how about a modern day version for today’s freight operator? Replace the shield with a loaded pallet, put a bar code reader in the woman’s hands and a laptop in the man’s? The only problem I can see is whether today’s logistics company would be satisfied with a simple one-word slogan like ‘Forward’. In an age of lengthy mission statements, it might be a tad tricky to cram in something like ‘Setting the standard in on- time European freight delivery with fully computerised and track and trace...’

Not the retiring type

At an age when most of us are putting up our feet and pottering about in the garden shed, one remarkable guy is still designing the world’s largest freighter aircraſt. Legendary chief designer of the An-124 ‘Ruslan’ and An-225 ‘Mriya’ transport aircraſt, Victor Tolmache, at the age of 80, is still hard at work as technical director of Volga-Dnepr Group. Tolmachev, a member of the Russian Academy

annum, with benefits including on site gym, pension and more. Applicants are being asked to apply quickly - the closing date for this is 20 August.

of Natural Sciences and of the International Academy of Authors of Scientific Discoveries and Inventions, celebrated his 80th birthday in August. He can look back on an aviation career spanning over 50 years, which began in 1959 and participated in the development, creation and modification of almost every Antonov aircraſt, as well as the giant freighters. The maiden flight of the An-124 ‘Ruslan’

military transport aircraſt was back in December

1982. The ramp loading giant plane created an entirely new market for the global transportation of heavyweight air cargo and today, the aircraſt retains an indispensable role in international air logistics. Tolmachev continues to supervise Volga-

Dnepr’s projects to revive series production of the An-124 and develop the transport aircraſt of the future.

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