Issue 5 2018 - Freight Business Journal
P&O confirms larger Teesport ferry
P&O Ferries has confirmed that it will deploy a larger vessel on its Zeebrugge-Teesport route to cope with a surge in volumes following the axing of DFDS’s Zeebrugge- Rosyth route. The 18,000-ton Estraden will replace the Mistral, a vessel
approximately half its size. She will work in tandem with the existing 25,000-ton Bore Song. The Estraden has previously
been working on the Europoort- Teesport service. P&O Ferries has chartered the Stena Carrier to replace the Estraden on that route.
Kuehne + Nagel to open at East Midlands Gateway
Freight forwarder Kuehne + Nagel has agreed a 15-year lease on almost 200,000sq ſt of space on 17.6 acres of land at the Segro Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway. Estimated date of completion is March 2019. KN will relocate its Lenton
Lane and Riverside operations to the new site and will also merge the overland
currently at Minworth into the new development, which will include a 40,000sq ſt temperature-
controlled area to accommodate growth in pharmaceutical business. Kuehne + Nagel UK overland
director, Jim Hedderwick, commented:
“The new facility
will enable us to continue to develop our European groupage product and will be designed to include a 40,000sq ſt temperature- controlled area to accelerate our ambitious growth plans within the pharmaceutical sector.”
Seko opens Heathrow base
Seko Logistics has opened a new flagship airfreight and omni-parcel services facility close
to London Heathrow.
The 22,000sq ſt purpose-built location in Egham this month is part of a £5 million-plus plan to expand e-tailer business in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the US.
It also provides
additional capacity to manage new business for Seko’s hybrid logistics solutions offering fulfilment, forwarding and cross-
Five countries to test e-CMRs
The Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Romania and Serbia are to start testing electronic consignment notes (e-CMR) on cross-border transport as part of a European Commission (EC) funded project, reports the International Road Transport Union. It forms part of the AEOLIX
project (Architecture for EurOpean Logistics Information eXchange) – which includes e-CMR as one of its digital offerings. The goal is to streamline
logistics operations by developing a cloud-based IT platform for supply chain actors to exchange data and services. Transport operators in the five
countries will be able to input and store logistics
exchange data in real time via a mobile phone or tablet. Iraklis Stamos, leading IRU’s
work on AEOLIX, said, “e-CMR is
the first step towards fully
digital transport operations with clear benefits for the transport industry: lower costs and greater transparency. e-CMR must become a standard practice to make logistics more efficient and the AEOLIX project is a key contributor to achieving this.” Meanwhile, private and public
sector representatives from Azerbaijan, India and Iran met in Tehran in early July to map out an action plan to activate the
Maru owner Leman buys in Finland
Danish-based logistics company Leman – which bought UK-based Maru group last year – has now acquired Finland-based FL Services (Finlogistics). The company, based in
Kerava, 35km north of Helsinki and in Kotka, offers airfreight,
sea freight and logistics solutions and has ten employees and a turnover of €9m. Leman said the purchase
would double its presence in Finland, which until now been the smallest country in the Leman Group portfolio.
International North South Transit Corridor (INSTC) under the TIR system. Once India activates TIR in
the coming weeks, it will join the other INSTC countries – which are
border eCommerce. SEKO opened its first UK
location in 2003 and now operates eight facilities, including a 225,000 sq ſt logistics centre in Milton Keynes. Currently, the UK is the third largest eCommerce market in the world, with 46% of UK SMEs exporting and receiving revenue from overseas. Seko Logistics’ also opened
its second largest operation in Europe at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Logistics Park in February.
all TIR-ready. Azerbaijan and Iran customs will begin discussions on digitalising TIR between the two countries as a first step. Industry representatives also agreed to form a working group to support the first TIR pilots to and from India.
orphan bears to Oakland
They may feature on the California
flag but grizzly
bears are few and far between in most of the US these days. They are however a little more plentiful in Alaska and two
grizzly and two brown bear cubs recently made their way from Anchorage to Oakland aboard a FedEx Express aircraft. (Animals by Air page 18.)
News Roundup Forwarding & Logistics
Essex-based forwarder Woodland Group has introduced Woodland ‘Euro-Net’, a daily road freight groupage services to and from 70 destinations. It offers driver accompanied vehicles, standardised service levels with known and agreed lead times and full tracking and tracing.
Gefco Group has set up a partnership with Spanish automotive logistics specialist Bergé. The new equally-owned company, Bergé Gefco, will be formed by the finished vehicle logistics divisions of both companies in Spain and will have a capacity to manage 1.4 million cars annually, with more than 3 million sq m of vehicle storage, 700 vehicle trucks, 100 rail wagons and 40,000sq m of workshop space. The operation is subject to European Commission approval.
Asian-based supply chain specialist Tigers has relocated to a new two-warehouse facility in Shanghai, China to overcome space restraints in its previous operation and meet growing customer demand. The new facility, which is located close to Shanghai Yangshan Port, will allow Tigers to offer scalable solutions and has 34% more pallet spaces. It is equipped with 10-meter high racks and a mezzanine shelving system for complex pick and pack projects. It also offers sea and air freight consolidation and export, global omni-channel fulfilment, China domestic distribution, and a variety of value added services.
Tigers Germany has opened a new office at Frankfurt Airport to help expand its global footprint ahead of the global launch of its eShop online marketplace service. It will act as a gateway for Europe by creating air freight consolidation products, starting with the trade lane between Germany and South Africa. The new office, the Group’s third in the country is headed by Marc Acksteiner.
Swiss-based forwarder Militzer & Münch has set up its own organization in Sri Lanka. A new location near the port of Colombo will consolidate shipments and handle sea freight to the Indian Ocean and Asian regions and there are plans to include Europe and the US.
Kuehne + Nagel Integrated Logistics has developed a KN ControlTowerDynamic, aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises. It gives the forwarder’s smaller customers a scalable and efficient supply chain management solution with faster time-to-value and a “revolutionary” pricing model.
Temperature controlled packaging specialist Peli BioThermal has released a white paper on market solutions for protecting temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals while in transit. Active Shipping Containers vs Passive Shipping Containers evaluates the two main classes of containers used to ship temperature- sensitive pharmaceutical products.
CEVA Logistics has appointed Niels Weithe to the newly created position of global head of eCommerce. He will be based in Germany and joins CEVA from eCommerce service company Arvato where he was president of its consumer products division.
DB Schenker has started building its second logistics centre in Dubai at the city’s South Logistics District, next to Maktoum International Airport and adjacent to Jebel Ali Port. The 35,000sq m temperature-controlled site is the largest investment in the history of DB Schenker Middle East & Africa. It will also be the first mega site of DB Schenker globally to be supplied with 100% solar power. The project is the second of three phases of contract logistics development in Dubai, with the ultimate goal of building 80,000 square meters of logistics space by 2021. The facility is planned to open in the first quarter of 2019.
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