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Issue 7 2020 - FBJNA

The Port of Virginia’s® cargo volumes are continuing their rebound and in August grew by more than 26,000 units when compared with July. The amount of cargo moving across


in August was 247,349 TEUs and is an increase of 26,301 TEUs, or nearly 12%, when compared with July. Loaded imports showed

the biggest area of growth: 121,914 TEUs in August vs 105,692 TEUs in July. In a year-on-year

comparison, August volume was off by more than 10,327 TEUs when compared with August 2019. “We are seeing some green

shoots and trending in the right direction and we must temper that with the fact that the trade environment is very fluid and unpredictable,” said John F. Reinhart CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority. “This month-on-month growth should continue through September, but it is hard to predict what volumes will look like in late fall. What

is important is that there are fewer blank sailings, we have new services coming online and some extra loaders

(vessels) to handle

the increasing cargo will be announced. The number of loaded import containers is also growing, and these are all good signs.”

saving measure. On Sept. 12, the port began offering a five- hour gate at VIG and access to the Portsmouth Chassis Yard on Saturdays from 7 am until noon; the Saturday gate program concludes Nov. 21. “The added operating time

allows for more reservations under TRS (Truck Reservation

set a new monthly volume mark having handled 6,076 containers, which is an increase of 17.5 percent when compared with last August. A large part of that growth is attributable to the ongoing success of the thrice-weekly barge service connecting Richmond Marine Terminal (RMT) and the Norfolk Harbor. The RMT barge service

moved 3,799 containers, which is an increase of more than 9 percent over August 2019. “The investments we are

making at RMT are yielding returns,” Reinhart said. “This is a unique operation that pushes our reach inland by nearly two hours and brings the cargo closer to its owners. It also provides real value to commuters and the environment because it helps to reduce overall truck volume on I-64, carbon emissions, and wear-and-tear on the roads.” The port continues to focus

As a result of the growth, the

port on Aug. 17 began opening gates at Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) and Virginia International Gateway (VIG) at 6 am: during the height of the pandemic the port moved its gate-opening at NIT and VIG to 7 am (from 5 am) as a cost-

Luſthansa Cargo welcomes ninth B777F in Frankfurt

Lufthansa Cargo recently welcomed its 9th B777F at Frankfurt Airport (FRA). On Tuesday, September 29, at 11:19 a.m. local time, the aircraft landed for the first time at FRA. The freighter with the registration D-ALFI was in flight as LH8145 for 10 hours and 10 minutes after take-off from Everett Airport (PAE) in Washington State. The new aircraft bears the name “¡Buenos días México!”, which it took over from an aircraft with the registration D-ALCH that had already been taken out of service. Lufthansa Cargo now

operates nine modern Triple Seven at its home hub in Frankfurt. In addition, the company is marketing the cargo capacity of four more

aircraft of this type, which are operated by the AeroLogic joint venture based at Leipzig Airport. In August, the carrier

welcomed its eighth B777F in Frankfurt with a registration number

System), and the gate provides more

Saturday access

to the terminals to motor carriers and cargo owners,” Reinhart said. “These moves help to keep our cargo flow fluid and efficient.” Also, in August, the port’s growing barge operation

D-ALFH. The new

arrivals are part of a fleet modernization program that began in 2014 and will be completed next year. “Especially in acute crises,

air cargo secures important supply routes and thus makes a fundamental contribution to the global economy,” said Peter Gerber, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo. “Mastering short-term global challenges is one of our core competencies, countering

on the health and safety of its team and its labor partners by emphasizing mask use, social distancing, and workplace cleaning.


screenings for those entering the terminals and working from home, when possible, continue as well.

long-term global challenges is our responsibility. With our new fleet we are underlining our claim to combine economic and ecological efficiency actively and sustainably,” The twin-engine B 777F is

around 20% more efficient and emits less carbon dioxide than the preceding MD-11F. In addition, the new model meets the strict noise protection requirements of ICAO Annex 16, Volume I, Chapter 14. Due to the higher cargo capacity and range, the same freight performance can be achieved in the future with noticeably fewer aircraft movements. The six MD-11 freighters

Lufthansa’s ninth B777F lands in Frankfurt. (Photo by Oliver Rösler/Lufthansa Cargo.)

yet in service will be phased out over the coming months, with the first half to be phased out within this year. Lufthansa Cargo first put the eye-catching MD-11F tri-jet into service in 1998 because of its efficiency advantages. It replaced the four-engine jumbo freighters until 2005.

Saudi Arabian Logistics (SAL), a member of the Saudi Arabian Airlines Corp., has begun running the operations of customs security areas across most Kingdom’s airports, as part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed previously by the Saudi Customs and the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program (NDLP), under the patronage of Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman.

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has won two major contracts to handle AirBridgeCargo Airlines’ (ABC) and Air China Cargo’s new freighter operations at Madrid Airport. ABC has appointed WFS to provide ramp handling for its three Boeing 747F flights a week to Madrid, while Air China Cargo has chosen WFS for ramp and cargo handling services for the airline’s three B777 and B747 all-cargo flights per week to the Spanish capital.

Emirates SkyCargo crossed a historic milestone on Sept. 15 with its freighter flight touching down at Shanghai, which was the cargo carrier’s first scheduled cargo destination in the country and marked Emirates’ entry into the Chinese mainland. Since 2002, Emirates SkyCargo has built its reputation in China by fostering a sense of reliability and by deploying capacity to cater to the growth in Chinese exports over the years.

Virgin Atlantic Cargo will be launching flights between the UK and Pakistan in December 2020, supporting growing trade volumes between exporters and importers in both countries. Trade in goods and services between the UK and Pakistan is worth some £3.3 billion a year, rising 4.7% year-on-year in 2019, with high volumes of goods such as textiles, apparel, and machinery. The UK is the third biggest global market for Pakistani exporters after the US and China and their main trade lane in Europe. Virgin Atlantic will operate three new routes; London Heathrow to Lahore; London Heathrow to Islamabad as well as Manchester to Islamabad.

News Roundup

CHAMP Cargosystems and Air Cargo Belgium have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development of an innovation roadmap of the air cargo industry. The agreement is for an indefinite period. The MoU outlines that CHAMP will be the preferred partner in the roll-out and testing of any new technologies and innovation created in the roadmap – furthering an already close relationship with the organization. In 2018, CHAMP joined Air Cargo Belgium, sharing its global air cargo IT insights as well as collaborating more closely with the members of the community.

Cargologic, the leading ground handling service provider in Switzerland, has extended its long-term partnership with CHAMP through a new ten-year agreement. Cargologic has been operating CHAMP’s Cargospot Handling solution on an in-house licensed basis for over 13 years. Through the new agreement, the company will adopt CHAMP’s Software-as- a-Service (SaaS) model, transitioning its current system to a fully managed service, hosted from CHAMP’s state-of-the- art data centers.

CHAMP Cargosystems, the integrated IT solutions and distribution services provider for the air cargo transport chain, announces the appointment of Chris McDermott as CEO, effective Oct. 1, 2020. Chris McDermott, currently Vice President Passenger Solution Lines at SITA, is appointed CEO of CHAMP Cargosystems, a joint venture between SITA (51%) and Cargolux (49%). CHAMP has 500 employees, revenues of approximately $55 million, and is a leading provider of IT solutions to the global air logistics transport industry including airlines, forwarders, and ground handlers.

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