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Issue 7 2020 - Freight Business Journal WFS gets ready for vaccine airlift
Global airfreight handler Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has launched Project Coldstream in response to the anticipated transport of 16 billion doses of Covid vaccine, from late 2020 and into 2021/2. According to the International
Air Transport Association (IATA), the
this be the largest airliſt of a single to
commodity ever, requiring the equivalent of 8,000 747 aircraſt. The transport of the vaccines
is expected to start by the end of 2020, reach its peak in the second half of 2021 and continue into 2022. Health services have already ordered over 5 billion doses and, already, some 65,000 tonnes of vaccine are forecast to require air cargo transportation,
More freight for High Speed 1 in prospect as Eurostar slumps
More through freight trains could be using the Channel Tunnel and the High Speed 1 line to London, said the head of the company that run the route through Kent. Dyan Crowther, chief executive
of rail infrastructure operator HS1, told an online session of the All- Party Parliamentary Rail Group on 6 October that discussions were going on with potential operators to run more freight services. She added that HS1 was also looking at its freight charging regime to try and make it simpler and more affordable for operators. Also under discussion was the penalty regime for
operators. At the moment, they face heſty fines if their services run late and delay passenger services. She told the meeting: “We’re
working jointly on freight plans and we’re in dialogue with potential operators.” Crowther revealed to the
meeting that Eurostar passenger rail services between London and Paris and Brussels are currently at a very low ebb following the
government’s imposition of a 14- day quarantine for most travellers coming from France and Belgium. It was also planning to cut services back still further from December; when it would operate on an ad hoc basis according to demand and resources available each day, she said. However, the dramatic cuts in
passenger trains could release capacity for freight on HS1, which is the only rail line in the UK able to handle Continental-gauge freight wagons. Until now, its use by freight has been hampered by lack of available paths among the frequent passenger services (which also include domestic commuter trains from London to Kent, which are still running). At the moment, a few freight
operators use HS1 to access terminals in the Barking area; Continental-gauge wagons can travel no further on the British rail network because of its restricted loading gauge. Crowther told the APPRG session that freight currently accounts for just 2% of HS1’s traffic.
plus ancillary hardware and PPE. Headed by taskforce leader,
Mike Duffy, WFS’ executive vice president for innovation, and supported by senior operations, commercial and communications specialists across WFS’ global network, Project Coldstream is working closely with airlines, forwarders and logistics providers, government agencies
and industry organisations such as Pharma.Ae
ro and The
International Air Cargo
Association (TIACA) to clearly understand temperature and handling requirements. The group will develop in-
house solutions to the challenge, ensure the preparedness of WFS’ pharma handling capability and devise plans for additional capacity where needed, working closely with WFS’ airline customers.
Fast-growing Turkish Cargo ready for Covid vaccine challenge
Turkish Cargo says it has
increased its global market share from 3.9% to 5.4% - over one in 20 of all air cargo shipments - with growth of 67% in the first half of 2020 thanks to its special cargo operations. Its operations have continued in
to and from London, Dubai, Amsterdam and Maastricht, for pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, dangerous goods and valuable cargo. It carried
30 thousand tons of medicines and nearly 10 thousand tons of medical equipment between 1 February and 31 August. As the first air cargo carrier
to hold IATA CEIV Pharma, CEIV
Fresh and CEIV Live
Animal certifications, its special cargo storage rooms at various temperature ranges at Istanbul and the Ataturk airports will give it all the capabilities required to transport the new Covid vaccine, it said.
IAG Cargo has reinstated wide-body 777 and 787 services from London Heathrow to Lagos, Cairo, Cape Town, Abuja and Accra which were paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also start a four days a week service from Heathrow to Lahore, Pakistan, in October. Daily flights to Islamabad had already resumed on 14 September.
Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP Cargo) is building a new climate-cool room, with temperatures ranging from +2°C to +8°C, at its Schiphol Pharma Hub, in preparation for the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines. It will give the carrier an extra 2,061 cu m storage space, 152 additional skid positions and dangerous goods and dry ice capability.
Kuehne+Nagel has opened airside pharma and healthcare hubs in Brussels and Johannesburg as part of its global GxP-certified network of temperature-controlled facilities for vaccines and other pharma products. Direct tarmac access minimises the risk of temperature excursions and ensures product integrity and new premises have dedicated areas for all ranges of temperature- sensitive products: <-20°C, +2° to +8°C and +15° to +25°C. They can also change or add dry ice as required for deep frozen shipment where temperatures need to be maintained below -60°C.
Qatar Airways said its global network would more than triple in size by mid-October. Its programme includes increased frequencies from its Doha hub to Manchester to 17 a week from 2 October, along with the resumption of services to Amman, Entebbe, Hanoi, Seychelles, Windhoek and Yerevan and the launch of new 787 Dreamliner flights to Accra Ghana via Lagos from 29 September. It added that its network never fell below 30 destinations even at the height of the Covid pandemic.
International Air Transport Association (IATA) head of cargo Glyn Hughes is to leave his job in January next year as part of a restructuring programme, after 30 years at the Geneva-based organisation. No announcement has yet been made about any successor.
Geodis has confirmed a schedule of return flights between China and Europe and back, through to early 2021, as part of its own controlled AirDirect service. The forwarder originally instigated full aircraft charter arrangements on this route in March with ad hoc flights and introduced a weekly timetable in June to meet the urgent need for air cargo capacity which had diminished due to the effects of the pandemic. Now, with freighter and passenger belly-hold space still in short supply, the logistics provider has announced a permanent schedule reaching into next year. Weekly direct flights will depart from Shanghai every Monday and from Amsterdam each Sunday to service demand in the traditional fourth quarter peak.
Under the deal, all employees
Transport and logistics operator, Maritime Transport has agreed terms to acquire Wincanton container transport business, Wincanton Container Logistics. The move follows a strategic review by Wincanton and its decision to focus on its core activities. Formed in 2008, when
Wincanton acquired Hanbury Davies and CEL Group in the same year, Wincanton Container Logistics provides container transport and ancillary services to shipping lines, freight forwarders and cargo owners.
and assets will be transferred to Maritime and Maritime will continue to work with Wincanton as a strategic partner, supporting a number of Wincanton’s customers’ international supply chains. The combined business will create a road fleet of 2,000 vehicles with 3,000 employees throughout the UK. Maritime Transport is one the
of largest independent
transport and logistics companies in the UK. As well as road transport, it operates nine daily trains from the container ports to five rail terminals, container storage and domestic distribution.
Freight forwarder DSV has added an extra weekly 747 freighter inbound departure from Shanghai and a new Hong Kong- Luxembourg route as part of its Air Charter Network. Flights now operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from Shanghai to Luxembourg and on Wednesdays: from Hong Kong to Luxembourg.
The KLM Cargo Compliance Knowledge Centre (CKC) has developed an app for co-loading segregation checks,
example for dangerous goods. It forms part of the AirFranceKLM Martinair Cargo Toolbox which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play and automatically adopts the language settings of the user’s phone. The CKC previously launched the Mr Beam app for pallet builders and next year plans to create a lost-and-found app - workers encountering a stray package would scan the barcode sticker and get the necessary information. The carrier says it will be the first airline to start using the Cargo Toolbox but will make it available to others in the sector, free of charge.
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