Issue 7 2020 - Freight Business Journal


CMA CGM hit by cyber attack DHL and Old Father Thames deliver the goods

The CMA CGM Group said on 28 September that it was dealing with a cyber-attack that had affected its peripheral servers. As soon as the security breach was detected, external access to applications was interrupted to prevent the malware from spreading, it said. An investigation is underway

by internal and independent experts. External access to CMA CGM

IT applications was unavailable for several days in early October with the line’s website saying that access to e-Commerce services

was unavailable, although they

have since been restored. The incident did not affect CMA-

CGM’s Ceva Logistics subsidiary. On 2 October, CMA CGM Group

announced that it had appointed Nicolas Sekkaki as executive vice president IT, digital and transformation to accelerate its technological ambitions. Described as one of the world’s best experts in this sector, he has been chairman of IBM France since 2015, and a dedicated team will be set up to assist him in his role.

Samskip connects Scotland with Amsterdam

Short-sea operator Samskip has added a call in Grangemouth to its existing Amsterdam/Hull service, following the introduction of a second vessel onto the route.

The weekly rotation calls at Forth Ports-owned Grangemouth on Thursday and expected cargoes include food, drink, paper and steel.

DHL Express has launched what is believed to be London’s first riverboat parcel delivery service. It is part of the carrier’s commitment to using blended transport modes to improve access to urban areas and is an important step towards exploring the use of the river for small scale freight transport, it says. It is the latest addition to DHL’s

GoGreen environmental program and Mission 2050 target to reduce all logistics-related emissions to

Schiphol community sets up vaccine taskforce

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s Pharma Cargo Community has set up a readiness group to ensure the temperature-controlled supply chain is ready for the safe and efficient transportation of Covid vaccines. A taskforce led by Air Cargo

Netherlands (ACN), Schiphol Cargo and Air France KLM Martinair Cargo, including shippers, pharma producers, forwarders, airlines, ground handlers and trucking companies have met to kick start work on up to four possible ‘vaccine scenarios’, based on different temperature ranges. The vaccine readiness group will host a round table on 29 September,

open to the entire Schiphol Cargo Community, as well as Dutch Customs and the Dutch Ministry of Health, to discuss methods of mapping capacity, from ground handlers to airlines, as well as back- up solutions. ACN managing director,

Maarten van As, said: “We have a strong pharma and air cargo community at Schiphol, we know what we are talking about, and we will be ready for what is coming. As an industry interest group, part of the supply chain, we have a social responsibility to participate and do our part in the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine – it is not just about the Netherlands, it is about

getting the vaccine distributed at speed to the world.” Schiphol Cargo director of

business development, Ferry van der Ent, added: “The most important thing is

to provide a

safe, secure, and reliable trade lane, especially when there is a peak in demand, so that we can guarantee the vaccines are tamper-free, with no temperature excursions and handled properly. “The Dutch Civil Aviation

Authority is also very supportive in granting permissions for COVID-19 related ad-hoc flights. “We are now focusing on a fast

and swiſt handling process on the tarmac, getting the vaccines as soon

zero. The riverboat service, operated

by Thames Clippers Logistics, will depart Wandsworth Riverside Quarter Pier daily at 7:30am. Shipments will be loaded from electric road vehicles onto the riverboat at Wandsworth before travelling at high speed along the Thames into central London, docking at Bankside Pier for final mile delivery on DHL courier bicycles.

as possible to the end customer via the distribution channels, rather than storing them at the airport.” The airfreight community will

continue to work closely with Customs and government bodies to ensure faster release and priority checks. There will be a focus on ensuring

the proper distribution of storage to guarantee sufficient cool room capacity. This could include pre- warnings and data exchange, as well as increased security and strict handover protocols. Community members will look

at ways to speed up handovers between parties in the cool chain, including last minute delivery, quick pick-up, and airside delivery or pick up.

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