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THE LIGHTER SIDE


HLPFI gossip columnist Evie Aufheben delivers another collection of lighter news, anecdotes and amusing facts from the world of project cargo logistics.


Other finalists included Dimerco Express Group, Hemisphere Freight Services and Ucargo. Congratulations to all.


PCN doesn’t bottle it


Man the lifeboats


Will there ever be a day when we need to equip our buildings with lifeboats? In severe flooding and rising sea levels, caused by climate change, the lifeboats could save lives. That, at least, is what Wärtsilä believes with its latest concept. The hypothetical ship design (pictured) was launched at Slush Helsinki 2018 to raise awareness of the need to take more action against climate change.


I see no ships We learned early in the new


year that one of the three companies allocated millions of pounds by the UK government to ease any potential problems with ferry capacity on the North Sea and English Channel in the event of a no-deal Brexit did not actually possess any ships, offered no services and had very few staff. Of all the ‘amusing’ tales brought about by the Brexit fiasco, this ranks highly.


relief A big well done to Antonov Airlines and Air Partner on completing 23 flights in one month to deliver 1,500 tonnes of relief goods and humanitarian aid. An Antonov AN-124-100 aircraft made the delivery to Saipan, located in the Northern Mariana Islands, which was left devastated after it was hit by Typhoon Yutu in October.


144 January/February 2019 What a big


Unusual heavy lift


Cosco Shipping gets a round of applause for diverting one of its vessels to rescue Susie Goodall after her boat capsized violently 2,000 miles (3,218 km) west of Cape Horn during the Golden Globe Race. Weather conditions were considered too rough to launch a rescue boat from Cosco’s multipurpose ship, Tian Fu, so the ship’s cranes lifted Goodall from the sea.


Whale of a time


Cargolux will transport two beluga whales this spring, Little Grey and Little White, from China to Iceland on behalf Sea Lift Trust and Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC). We are sure that the belugas will have a ‘whale of a time’ on the specially branded Boeing 747-400ERF aircraft before their delivery to the world’s first open water sanctuary for such animals.


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winner Specialist Logistics Services scooped the Project Forwarding Award in the prestigious Freight Service Awards organised by the British International Freight Association (BIFA), receiving the award from Olympic champion Colonel Dame Kelly Holmes.


BIFA awards


As longstanding converts to recyclable coffee cups, all at HLPFI were pleased to see the Project Cargo Network (PCN) do away with plastic bottles at its conference in Costa Rica, instead providing all delegates with free reusable aluminium bottles and pitchers of water.


Chipolbrok in cinemas soon


Chipolbrok is well versed in the twists and turns of transporting multipurpose shipping, but in its latest project the carrier took on a new challenge. Turning its hand at the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, the multipurpose vessel Parandowski was used as the backdrop for an upcoming sci-fi thriller set in Portland.


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