It’s snow joke, delivering to the Antarctic 8

Oversized airfreight carrier Volga-Dnepr Airlines has completed its sixth program for the Dromlan international Antarctic project in Dronning Maud Land. It operated five IL76 charter flights from Cape Town to Novolazarevskaya delivering over 200 tons of cargo 4,200km, landing and taking-off on an ice runway, testing crews’ skills to the limit.

DSV charter to the rescue

DSV has become one of the latest freight forwarders to charter its own ship to move customers’ containers from China to Europe, in order to beat shipping congestion and soaring freight rates. DSV used the Ocean Charter

Network to obtain a vessel from China into the Danish port of Aarhus, with UK-bound freight moved by scheduled feeder ship to London Gateway. The ship leſt China on 3 February. The forwarder’s grateful clients included retailer Gallery Direct

which had seen rising demand for home furnishings during the pandemic and needed to guarantee supply in the face of worldwide supply chain issues. Its goods arrived at its premises in Kent on 24 March. Gallery

Direct’s head of

international freight and logistics, Neil Beech, said: “Thinking outside the box and working in partnership with DSV has given us a fantastic solution by using the first bespoke charter for DSV UK and Gallery Direct to ship products to the UK.”

Partners see healthy growth ahead in Irish pharma market

SEKO Logistics and Peli BioThermal are targeting Ireland’s

growing pharma

market aſter extending their two-year partnership, supported by SEKO’s opening of a new 30,000sq ſt facility in Dublin. Peli

BioThermal, which

offers temperature-controlled, thermally protected packaging and service solutions to the life sciences industry, appointed SEKO as

its network station

and service centre in Ireland in 2019. The world’s top ten biopharmaceutical companies and 14 of the world’s top 15 medical technology companies all have operations in Ireland, contributing to the country’s €39 billion in annual exports

connected to the pharma, bio and chemistry sectors. Since signing the original

agreement, SEKO has been responsible for servicing, refurbishing, repairing and conditioning shippers from Peli BioThermal’s Crēdo on Demand rental program. SEKO’s Good Distribution Practice (GDP)- trained drivers also distribute pre-conditioned and validated containers to shippers across Ireland for loading. SEKO now also provides international movements


Crēdo Cargo units by air, sea and road and has also opened a refurbishment operation within the facility with a GDP-certified team. (Pharma report, page 22)

Issue 3 2021 - Freight Business Journal

News Roundup

Bob Andrews, managing director of Romford-headquartered seafreight consolidator Globelink Fallow has passed away. Group chief executive Daniel Tok said that his gentle manners and peaceful demeanour “won many friends in the industry. We all know him to be a supportive colleague, cooperative partner and affable business counter-part. His friendly disposition will be missed by many for a long time to come. While we mourn his passing, we also want to celebrate his life. We share fond memories of our time with him and the success we have achieved together.” The Globelink Group has opened a memorial page for Bob’s memory and for his family to cherish in the years to come at: Andrews-107667868063404

Hapag-Lloyd is to acquire Netherlands-based African shipping line NileDutch, subject to the approval of antitrust authorities. The German operator will acquire all shares of the company, established over 40 years ago and one the leading providers of container services to and from West Africa. NileDutch operates ten liner services, around 35,000teu of transport capacity and a container fleet of around 80,000teu, with 350 employees worldwide.

Containerships has added a new service between the southern coast of Spain, the west coast of the UK, and Ireland, calling at Liverpool, Dublin, Cadiz, Cartagena and Valencia. It will be operated by four 530teu vessels in two weekly loops. There is capacity for 45-foot containers giving truck-equivalent capacity.

The Welsh Government has selected Plot 9 at Parc Cybi as the site for the new Holyhead Border Control Post to handle physical checks on certain goods entering the UK from Ireland. Inspections will be required on goods such as animals, plants and products of animal origin entering Wales from the Republic of Ireland and will be the responsibility of Welsh Government. A planning consultation under a Special Development Order will begin shortly. There is a similar requirement for ports in South West Wales and work is on-going to assess potential sites.

CLdN to increase its new Zeebrugge/Dublin ro ro service to three sailings per week to cope with rising demand and is also adding a new Friday sailing to the Zeebrugge/Killingholme route. It will also introduce an extra weekend sailing on Sunday on the Zeebrugge/Purfleet route. The operator is due to take delivery of two more new 5,000-lane metre ships later this year.

London was the biggest port in the UK last year, handling 47.4 million tonnes of cargo, says the Port of London Authority. However, overall trade was down 12% from 54.0 million tonnes in 2019.

The government is to set up a £20m fund for green innovations in the UK’s maritime industry. It will support the development of prototype ships and port infrastructure, such as hydrogen- powered vessels and charging points at ports. If trials supported through the fund are successful, the aims is for the technologies to be developed commercially.

The International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA) has appointed Richard Steele as its new head of ICHCA International, taking over from Richard Brough from 1 July. He is a safety and skills professional and has been involved in the ports industry for over 21 years. He is currently the Chief Executive at Port Skills and Safety an organisation that he has led for 11 years and was previously senior learning and development manager for Associated British Ports for ten years.

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