A transload facility at Vancouver developed by Maersk and Canadian Pacific is open for business.
The new Pacific Transload Express facility will bring “more speed and agility to demand fluctuations while also reducing demurrage and detention costs,” Maersk touted.
The facility consists of 117,000 square feet and 103 doors, and it has the ability to transload international containers into domestic 53-foot trailers. Maersk Warehousing & Distribution will serve as the facility’s exclusive operator.
The facility’s aims is to serve customers involved in the Asia-Pacific Northwest supply chain. Anticipated customers primarily will include fast-moving consumer goods in the retail and lifestyle segment, with auto parts representing the remainder of customers.
The facility was built on land owned by Canadian Pacific (CP) that is adjacent to its intermodal facility in Vancouver. CP will shuttle containers by rail from the three major Vancouver container terminals — the Centerm, Vanterm and Deltaport terminals — to the Pacific Transload Express facility.
The facility is part of an effort to reduce transit times, which can range from 35 to 75 days from an origin in Asia to a destination in North America. Maersk intends to add a sortation system at the facility to support operations there.
Maersk also said the facility will help meet environmental social governance goals because integrating and extending CP rail service from the Port of Vancouver “will eliminate over 100,000 truck trips per year in the Vancouver area (almost 60,000 round trips per year) and save over 4,000 tons of carbon dioxide (greenhouse gas) emissions per year.”
Source: Freight Waves
The Rail Working Group (RWG) is the international nonprofit charged with global implementation of the Luxembourg Rail Protocol, a uniform system for identifying, recognizing and enforcing security for creditors financing railway rolling stock. It is promoting a new global digital platform for tracking freight and wagons.
The platform allows to identify rolling stock on the world’s railways using the URVIS (Unique Rail Vehicle Identification System). It will work on cloud technology. However, for this purpose cars will need to be provided with numbers in the URVIS system.
To accept the car into the system, it is necessary to install mobile sensors on it, which are powered by solar energy. Then connect to the system gateways to ensure tracking and accounting of rail freight and wagons. This creates a single global identifier for the rolling stock.
The feature of the project is that participation in it allows customers to take advantage of a reduced rate loan under the Luxembourg Protocol. It is used to organize railway logistics chains. However, we will have to agree that at the same time tracking the condition and location of the car with the cargo will be available to creditors. In this way, the lender can reduce its risks.
Know Your Cargo (KYC) program is installed at the client accordingly. It opens access to the positioning of rolling stock.
The interest of private investors, who provide customers with soft loans, is to create a new international system for recognizing creditors’ rights to rolling stock, regardless of its location, to increase funding for the purchase of wagons and the efficiency of investment in it (from the private sector).
The Luxembourg Rail Protocol was adopted in 2007 under the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment. It is currently ratified in some EU countries and Mozambique. It is expected to be signed in South Africa in the near future. A number of States (Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Namibia, Malta, Finland, Ukraine and Mauritius) are working on the Protocol.
This document applies to all rolling stock, including locomotives, tram cars and subway trains. And the protocol itself is expected to enter into force for member states in 2022.
Source: Ukraine Rail Monitoring
EUROCONTROL’s latest data snapshot reports the aviation industry’s COVID-19 recovery, this summer, with flights back to 71 per cent of 2019 levels within the EU.
This average, however, conceals a wide variation between countries and between different traffic flows for each country. The graphic illustrates this variation, taking examples from some of EU’s larger aviation markets.
EUROCONTROL noted in a data snapshot in March that domestic flights were holding up better during the COVID-19 pandemic than international flights. This summer, that trend has continued. Turkey, indeed, exceeded 2019 domestic flight counts already in July. Then Italy beat that in August, reaching 107 per cent of 2019, with France, Greece, Norway, and Spain all at 90 per cent or more. In the graph, German domestic flights stand out by being overtaken by other flows.
International arrivals and departures include long- and short-haul, and both passenger and cargo flights. COVID-19 passenger travel restrictions have mostly affected international passenger flights, and this is reflected in the relatively low figures for international flights (as compared to domestic ones). From the graph, UK and Norway remain particularly weak on this flow: still less than half of 2019 levels. Key holiday destinations, on the other hand, saw a rapid recovery in July and even more in August.
Overflights, not touching an airport in the country, often make a significant contribution to revenues of a country’s air navigation service provider. The UK has the weakest overflights of these eight countries, with both Ireland and North Atlantic, which make up most of this flow, slow to recover. Italy and Spain are much stronger, with a strong acceleration starting in July; for example, Italy picked up flights from France and Switzerland to Greece, both of which are already above 2019 counts.
Global demand, measured in freight ton-kilometers (CTKs *), increased by 8.6% compared to July 2019. Overall, growth remains significant compared to the long-term average growth trend of around 4.7%. It is reported by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
As comparisons between 2020 and 2021 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, all comparisons to follow are to June 2019, which followed a normal demand pattern.
The growth rate has slowed slightly since June 2019, when demand increased by 9.2% (compared to pre-COVID-19 levels).
Capacity continues to recover, but is still 10.3% lower than in July 2019.
The strongest growth in air cargo traffic in July compared to the “dock” July 2019 was observed in the countries of North America – by 21.2%. In the countries of the Middle East – by 11.3%. More moderate growth was recorded in Europe (6.1%) and Asia-Pacific (1.2%). The decline was noted only in Latin America – by 9.8%.
The shipping industry is experiencing the worst crisis in several decades. Over the past year, the average world cost of transporting one container has increased by 370%, on some popular destinations prices have increased by 500%.
Today shipping a 40-foot container from China to the east coast of the United States costs $ 20,000, although a month ago the price was half that.
How did the container shortage come about? After the lockdown in 2020, China was the first to recover, and transport companies carried containers from there to the United States, but did not return back. In addition, due to the quarantine, cargo in American and European ports was processed much longer than usual.
At the same time, 96% of containers are produced by Chinese companies. It is almost impossible to increase production in the future due to the shortage of steel.
Meanwhile, China’s exports rose 50% in the first quarter of 2021. Reuters notes that shipping companies have begun to openly hunt for profits, and the shipping market has become a major auction.
The crisis was deepened by the accident of the container ship Ever Green in the Suez Canal on 23 March. Six days while the ship was being floated was enough for the world economy to lose about $ 100 million.
In May, an incident occurred in the port of Shenzhen. An asymptomatic carrier of Covid-19 was found among the workers, and the Chinese policy of “zero tolerance” led to the fact that just for one patient, the whole terminal was closed for almost a month. This led to a redistribution of goods to nearby terminals. And in August, the same incident occurred in the port of Ningbo-Zhoushan.
The crisis has already affected world prices for coffee, rice, sugar and a number of other goods. Although the end consumers will not feel this immediately.
For Ukraine, the increase in the cost of shipping goods by sea will primarily affect imports from China – prices for Chinese goods may grow by an average of 10%. If due to the pandemic it cost 2-4 thousand dollars to send a 40-foot container from China to Odessa, now the price has risen to 10-15 thousand.
Thus, it is possible to establish a railway route from China to Ukraine through two ferries, bypassing Russia. Previously, such a route was too expensive, but now it is quite capable of competing with the inflated prices of sea transportation. The same goes for air travel.
The world’s leading logistics and postal company Deutsche Post (DHL) has signed an agreement to acquire up to 100% of the German logistics specialist JF Hillebrand Group and its subsidiaries for 1.5 billion euros ($ 1.8 billion). This will allow DHL to strengthen its position in the shipping market.
“Given the strengths of our freight forwarding business, the acquisition of Hillebrand is an excellent addition to our existing portfolio. In line with our corporate strategy, we are strengthening our core logistics business and delivering long-term profitable growth, ”said Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group.
Hillebrand is a global service provider specializing in the shipping, transport and logistics of beverages, safe bulk cargo and other products that require extreme care in transport. The company employs over 2,700 people worldwide. Hillebrand has generated sales of around 1.4 billion euros over the past twelve months.
Deutsche Post competes with Sinotrans from China for the second place in the sea freight market after Switzerland’s Kuehne + Nagel International.
Source: Logistik Heute
DP World has completed testing of the BOXBAY high bay storage concept at the first full-size facility constructed at Jebel Ali port in Dubai, proving that the innovative technology works in the real world.
More than 63,000 container moves have been completed since the facility, which can hold 792 containers at a time, was commissioned beginning this year. The test exceeded expectations with BOXBAY faster and more energy efficient than anticipated.
BOXBAY is a Joint Venture between DP World and German industrial engineering specialist SMS group.
The system stores containers in slots in a steel rack up to eleven high.
It delivers three times the capacity of a conventional yard in which containers are stacked directly on top of each other, meaning the footprint of terminals can be reduced by 70 percent.
Containers are moved in, out and between slots by fully electrified and automated cranes built into the structure. Individual containers can be accessed without moving any others. The whole system is designed to be fully powered by solar panels on the roof.
Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, said: “This test proves that BOXBAY can revolutionise how ports and terminals operate. The technology we have developed with our joint venture partner SMS group dramatically expands capacity, increases efficiency, and makes the handling of containers more sustainable. BOXBAY is part of DP World’s vision to apply innovation to enable global trade and be a provider of smart logistics solutions.”
Source: DP World
Skytrax, British consulting company, presented the winners of The World’s Best Airports in 2021 rating. This year, Boryspil International Airport reached the fifth place among the best airports of Eastern Europe.
Budapest keeps the lead in the rating, followed by Bucharest, eventually Tallinn filling the third leading place. Top ten also included the airports of Riga, Tbilisi, Belgrade, Bratislava, Zagreb. In the ranking of best European Airports 2021, Munich heads the list.
In the general ranking, Hamad Airport is considered the World`s best airport in 2021.
Let us remind you, according to the Airport Council International Europe report, as per the number of serviced passengers in 2021, Boryspil Airport hit the top 15 of the largest European airports, overcoming the airports of Rome, Lisbon, Athens, Munich, Barcelona, Brussel, Vienna, Zurich, Milan and Warsaw.
Earlier the AirlineRatings agency announced the rating of the best airlines in the world.
Heavy-lift freighter operator Antonov Airlines has carried 40 tonnes of mining equipment from France to Argentina via Brazil on an AN-124-100 chartered by Dynami Aviation.
Antonov Airlines said the aircraft type was selected for the operation because it can accommodate more than 700 cubic metres of oversized cargo.
Additionally, it responded quickly to ensure the flight met a “strict deadline”, allowing operations at the mine to continue as normal.
Olha Danylova, commercial executive at Antonov Airlines, commented: “The four pieces of cargo will be used in the creation of new tunnels at a mine near to Comodoro Rivadavia. We thank our esteemed partner Dynami Aviation for its professionalism and dedicated team which always contribute to a successful transportation.”
Jérémy Sigaul, operations manager at Dynami Aviation, added: “Airfreight was the only way to safely transport this mining equipment and remain within the customer’s timeframe to limit any impacts on mining operations.”
Antonov Airlines said it has seen an increase in demand for charters for mining projects in 2021.
This year, it has completed three flights carrying mining equipment:
Thus, the total amount of mining equipment transported by Antonov Airlines this year exceeded 620 tons.
Source: Air Cargo News