Port of Brownsville feeding steel slab to Ternium’s new hot rolling mill at Pesqueria


Steel is now rolling off Ternium’s new state-of-the-art hot rolling mill in Pesqueria, Mexico. The new hot rolling mill,

located at the Ternium Industrial Center outside of Monterrey, has produced its first two coils, the company announced in May. “This is a very important

milestone, as it is the result of the effort of many people who invested their dedication all this time. It’s a success for all the team”, said César Jiménez, the company’s CEO. The new rolling mill, with

an annual capacity of more than 4 million tons of hot- rolled products, specialized


will produce for


automotive and white goods industries. It includes the latest equipment in technology and is

100 percent automated,

with more than 6,000 sensors installed throughout the mill, which allows for excellent precision in its operations, the company said. “The rolling mill represents

the hope and the desire to enter new markets in order to meet and satisfy our clients’ needs,” said Paulo López, Rolling Mill Director of the Ternium Industrial Center. “The rolling mill represents

the hope and the desire to enter new markets in order to meet and satisfy our clients’ needs,” said Paulo López, Rolling Mill Director of the Ternium Industrial Center. All the steel slabs processed

at the Pesqueria plant move through the Port of Brownsville. So far this year 32 vessels have called on the port to deliver more than 1.6 million metric tons of steel slab from Brazil and Russia to feed the new hot rolling mill. Gulf Stream Marine has partnered with Ternium to provide the cargo handling operations at the port. Under construction is a major

terminal development at the Port of Brownsville to maximize the efficient loading of railcars for steel slab shipments to feed Ternium’s mill. On-port rail service is provided by the Brownsville Rio Grande International Railway, operated by OmniTRAX. The shortline railroad connects with Kansas City Southern de Mexico for steel slab shipments to the hot rolling mill operations at Pesqueria. The new plant is part of phase 2 of

the Ternium

Industrial Center, along with the galvanizing and painting lines, which started operations in 2019.

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La Compagnie, the 100% SMART BUSINESS CLASS airline, has appointed Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) to support its first-ever venture into the air cargo market. It has awarded WFS a three-year contract to handle cargo onboard its Airbus A321LR services from Paris Orly to New York’s Newark International Airport, which will increase from the current four flights a week to seven in September.

Air New Zealand has been awarded more international cargo flights under the Government’s Maintaining International Air Connectivity (MIAC) scheme. With the scheme extended through to October, the airline will operate around 30 flights per week to 13 destinations including Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, as well as maintaining air connectivity with key Pacific ports.

Another brand-new Boeing 777F aircraſt is being added to Luſthansa Cargo’s highly efficient freighter fleet. Delivery of the aircraſt is expected before the end of this year. A total of fiſteen full-freighters will then be in service for Luſthansa Cargo’s customers.

Air China has extended its cargo handling agreements with Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) at London Heathrow and in Frankfurt.

dnata has partnered with Kale Logistics Solutions to develop a next-generation e-commerce platform for the cargo community in the UAE. The partnership will see the two companies take dnata’s existing platform, CALOGI to a new level to provide best- in-class, one-stop services, including appointment and customs services management, to customers through advanced digital solutions.

So far this year, 32 vessels have called at the Port of Brownsville to deliver more than 1.6 million metric tons of steel slab from Brazil and Russia to feed the new hot rolling mill in Pesqueria, Mexico. (Port of Brownsville photo.)

In total, $2.5 billion were invested for phases 1 and 2 of the Ternium

Industrial Center, where around 1,000 employees work.

Port of New Orleans progresses toward development of new container terminal

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Program Management/Program Controls Services of

for the Louisiana

the development International

Terminal (LIT), a new container facility capable of handling 2 million TEUs annually and serving the industry’s largest vessels. “This RFP represents tangible

progress toward maintaining our gateway’s continued competitive advantage and building on Port NOLA’s 50-year history as Louisiana’s only international container port,” said Brandy D. Christian, President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans and CEO of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad. “A second terminal ensures we will be able to meet current and future container volume demand and continue to

serve Louisiana as an economic driver, creating new jobs and unmatched opportunities for private sector businesses.” The approximately 350-acre

container terminal with a 3,500 linear foot wharf is situated within more than 1,000 acres of developable green-field property. The site, located within the federal government’s $14 billion flood protection system, also features

naturally deep-draſt riverfront acreage, a 50-foot Mississippi River Channel, documented ability to navigate ships with a capacity up to 23,000 TEUs, access to six Class I railroads through New Orleans Public Belt Railroad and interstate highways. The location also has the ability

to grow Port NOLA’s container- on-barge service, a partnership with the Port of Baton Rouge

and Seacor Marine. Adjacent

acreage will enhance the project’s economic impact with


to accommodate distribution centers, value-added and logistics-related businesses, buffer operations from the community, and encompass community enhancement projects. The estimated $1.5 billion

project, with an intended opening in 2027, will require public-private


Current and prospective industry partners, including terminal operators, carriers, and others have expressed serious interest in potential financial participation in the LIT development. Port NOLA is developing a comprehensive Request for Proposals (RFP) for a development partner and expects to begin the procurement process within the next few months.

Boeing and BBAM Limited Partnership (BBAM) announced on July 12 that the lessor is expanding its 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter fleet with 12 additional firm orders. The agreement brings BBAM’s 737-800BCF orders and commitments to 31 as e-commerce and express cargo markets continue to drive strong customer demand for freighters. BBAM will be the first customer to have a 737-800BCF converted at Cooperativa Autogestionaria de Servicios Aeroindustriales (COOPESA), a Costa Rica-based maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider. In May, Boeing announced it would open two conversion lines at COOPESA in 2022.

Aviation Horizon has signed a global cargo general sales agency contract with Air One Aviation to support its launch venture into the all-cargo market for regional 737 freighter services. The Saudi- based private jet operator has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737-400SF conversion and two more are due to join its fleet in the next three months. Each aircraſt will offer 18,500 kilos of cargo capacity, utilising 11 ULD positions.

American Airlines Cargo expanded its European network with the reintroduction of service to the Greece capital of Athens, effective the week of June 7. The seasonal service includes a B787- 8 aircraſt from Athens international Airport (ATH) to Chicago O’Hare I nternational Airport (ORD), and a B777-200 aircraſt in the aſternoon from ATH to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). The airline previously served the city two years ago, but with smaller equipment.

Frontier Airlines has returned to Costa Rica, with nonstop service to Miami International Airport (MIA) and Orlando International Airport (MCO) beginning this the week of July 1. Frontier will operate two flights a week to San José, Costa Rica, and in September, the airline will increase service from these cities to five weekly flights, as part of the airline’s plans for expansion in the Florida region.

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