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Flying shark tanks 8


American Airlines Cargo recently moved two shipments of some very notable cargo: two sand tiger sharks and three bonnethead sharks for transport from the U.S. to South America. The sand tiger sharks were


flown from New York John F. Kennedy (JFK), while the bonnethead sharks flew from Miami International (MIA), all moving to Rio de Janeiro (GIG). All five sharks were headed to their new home at an aquarium in Nova Iguazu, Brazil via two different Boeing 777-200s. American worked with Four Star Cargo to ensure the sharks arrived safely and on time. The sharks presented a


unique challenge that the American Airlines Cargo team was happy to take on. Marine animals can be particularly difficult to transport great distances. In order to ensure their health and safety, the sharks were housed in two special shipping tanks that weighed 4,850 pounds (2,200 kilos) and about 5,500 (2,500 kilos), respectively.


While bonnethead sharks are


usually only about 3 to 4 feet long, sand tiger sharks can range in size from 6.5 to more than 10 feet in length (2 to 3 meters). The American Airlines Cargo team worked with the forwarder to


ensure the animals had


enough space and oxygenated water throughout the shipping process. Just before takeoff, the shark


Port Freeport celebrates rail groundbreaking


Port Freeport recently broke ground on the construction of Phase 1 of its Parcel 14 Rail Development, a 250-acre site adjacent to State Highway 36 (SH36) traversing between FM 1495 and the Brazos River Diversion Canal. The new rail infrastructure is expected to be fully operational by July 2018.


The site will be developed


into a multimodal industrial park complete with new warehousing facilities for plastic resins packaging, cross-docking activities and distribution centers. Additional areas of the site have been earmarked for new vehicle processing and storage. Union Pacific Railroad will offer


tanks were carefully sealed and oxygenated to ensure a safe and comfortable journey. Aſter the tanks were sealed by the customer, the American team placed and strapped them securely onto PMC units, which ensure stability of the tanks during flight and handling. Once prepared, the tanks remained in the cargo facility until right before departure.


manifest train service on the new rail infrastructure. In July, Port Freeport


Commissioners approved the issuance of a notice to proceed to James Construction for the $21 million Parcel 14 Rail Development Project. Approximately 21,000 linear feet of rail track will be constructed consisting of a 6,000-foot lead track spurring from the Union Pacific main line at Cherry Street that crosses SH 36, and then connects to three ladder tracks of approximately 5,000 feet each. The rail project has been one


of the port’s long term strategic objectives for many years and will


“Our priority was to make


sure that the sharks were safe and, of course, arrived on time in Brazil,” said Wayne Zimmerman, director of Cargo Operations – MIA. “Our teams coordinated closely with the customer and worked hard to ensure this unique shipment received all of the special care needed throughout its entire journey.”


enhance landside accessibilities and supply chain efficiencies for the port’s current and future users as well as Brazoria County’s Petrochemical Industry. “In addition to adding rail


capacity to Port Freeport’s infrastructure portfolio, the new rail facility will enhance our partnerships with area industry, and will be the first step in future connections to the Texas International Trade Corridor,” said Phyllis Saathoff, Port Freeport’s Executive Director/ CEO. Port Freeport recently broke


ground on the construction of Phase 1 of its Parcel 14 Rail Development, a 250-acre site adjacent to State Highway 36 (SH36) traversing between FM 1495 and the Brazos River Diversion Canal. The new rail infrastructure is expected to be fully operational by July 2018. The site will be developed


into a multimodal industrial park complete with new warehousing facilities for plastic resins packaging, cross-docking activities and distribution centers. Additional areas of the site have been earmarked for new vehicle processing and storage.


Issue 7 2017 - FBJNA


News Roundup


For the second consecutive year, Delta Cargo has been awarded Cargo Airline of the Year at the Atlanta Cargo Awards. The annual award is based on the most tonnage handled at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Delta handled a total of 134,000 tons at Atlanta, making it the airport’s top carrier for 2016. October 2016 was the month with the highest tonnage at 13,000 tons.


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Following the award of IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) Pharma logistics Certification in July, Delta Cargo announced its approval for the carriage of the Envirotainer RAP e2 in Delta’s domestic and international widebody aircraſt. Delta Cargo officials describe this container as ideal for shipments requiring strict temperature control between +0°C and +20°C.


Delta Air Lines has named Shawn Cole, Vice President of Delta Cargo. Cole is responsible for ensuring that the airline’s logistics division continues to deliver on superior commercial, financial and operational performance. He joins the leadership team at a time when Delta Cargo is realizing the benefits of its multi- year transformation with double digit operational performance improvement and unit revenue growth far surpassing industry averages.


Virgin Atlantic has appointed Alliance Ground International (AGI) as its cargo handler in San Francisco to support its growing operations at the airport. The airline operates twice-daily services connecting London Heathrow and SFO and added another three direct flights a week from Manchester at the end of March, the only direct service between the two cities. Following an 18% increase in tonnage from LHR-SFO in 2016, volumes for the first half of 2017 rose a further 15.5% YOY, boosted by shipments such as fresh salmon.


Air Canada will launch non-stop service between Montreal and Tokyo Narita beginning June 1, 2018 on a state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner.


American Airlines Cargo has chosen Heavyweight Air Express (HAE) as its General Sales Agent (GSA) in the UAE. HAE replaces long-standing GSA, Airline Cargo Resources (ACR) which has recently chosen to downsize its commitments in the region. This is the second area of the world in which HAE was chosen as American’s GSA following its appointment to cover sales across a number of countries in central, east and north Africa, as well as South Africa in mid-2016.


United Cargo is expanding its EWR Cargo operations. Effective in September, United Cargo will its operations to a second location at Building 340. Aſter analyzing timing and traffic flow, United Cargo officials have determined that segregating our import and export processing in separate buildings will provide the quickest and most efficient service. Imports will continue to be processed at United’s current location in Building 344.


Union Pacific Railroad will offer manifest train service on the new rail infrastructure. In July, Port Freeport


Commissioners approved the issuance of a notice to proceed to James Construction for the $21 million Parcel 14 Rail Development Project. Approximately 21,000 linear feet of rail track will be constructed consisting of a 6,000-foot lead track spurring from the Union Pacific main line at Cherry Street that crosses SH 36, and then connects to three ladder tracks of approximately 5,000 feet each. The rail project has been one


of the port’s long term strategic objectives for many years and will enhance landside accessibilities and supply chain efficiencies for the port’s current and future users as well as Brazoria County’s Petrochemical Industry. “In addition to adding rail


capacity to Port Freeport’s infrastructure portfolio, the new rail facility will enhance our partnerships with area industry, and will be the first step in future connections to the Texas International Trade Corridor,” said Phyllis Saathoff, Port Freeport’s Executive Director/ CEO.


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