In an era of increasing environmental consciousness and digital transformation, the Bolloré Logistics team in South Asia has taken a significant step towards sustainability by transitioning from traditional paper business cards to electronic business cards.
The teams can now share information with a simple a QR that integrates their contact information, social media links, company location, website address, business information, and more again in a single scan.
Using the QR code also allows this contact information to be added directly to a mobile without having to enter it manually. This forward-thinking move aligns with the company’s commitment to reducing its environmental footprint while embracing technology to streamline networking practices.
By adopting e-business cards Bolloré Logistics South Asia is once again demonstrating its to minimizing environmental impact.
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6 June 2023 | 1aforwarder
World Bicycle Day is a global celebration that invites us to recognize and appreciate the bicycle’s unique qualities, durability, and versatility.
On this special day, Bertling promote cycling as a simple, sustainable means of transportation that has a profound impact on our health, environment, and communities.
Why choose the bicycle? Regular physical activity is crucial for maintaining good health and well-being. World Bicycle Day draws attention to the immense benefits of incorporating cycling into our daily lives. The bicycle represents a simple, affordable, and environmentally friendly mode of transportation that can have far-reaching positive effects.
By opting for the bicycle over other forms of transport, we contribute to cleaner air and less congestion in our cities. The reduction in vehicular emissions improves air quality, making our environment healthier and more livable.
In connection with International Bike to Work Day on 19 May, the global Bertling offices participated in cycling activities. All employees were requested to send pictures of their cycling initiative. Whether they ride for fun, fitness, or with the family, or take essential trips to work or shop, all these initiatives are allowed and can be sent in to participate.
The winner was our Bertling Logistics Team from Lima as they organized a Cycling Day on the weekend and invited colleagues and their families to join.
Keep cycling, Bertling Team, as all kinds of cycling initiatives will make you part of the movement for safer streets, connected communities, a healthier planet, and happier people.
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6 June 2023 | 1aforwarder
Altius SA, a member of the Project Logistics Alliance representing Argentina, Bolivia, and Spain, recently delivered a transformer unit and its accessories from Izmit, Turkey, bound for Hamad, Qatar.
The shipment, comprised of 62 pieces, was intended for use in a water treatment plant. The transformer alone weighed 71 tons and measured 7 x 4 x 4 meters with a combined weight of 130 tons, including the accessories.
Following a comprehensive evaluation of various factors and available options, the Altius team determined that transporting the cargo via flatracks bed would be the most cost-effective approach compared to other transportation alternatives.
For Altius, the successful completion of this shipment serves as another significant achievement, further establishing their expertise in project logistics. The team approaches each project with a fresh perspective and unbiased outlook, striving to develop the most efficient and cost-effective solutions for their clients’ needs.
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6 June 2023 | 1aforwarder
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is introducing a collision warning system for its manually operated straddle carrier portfolio as part of the company’s commitment to safety-first design.
The system is available as an optional add-on for new machines and a retrofit upgrade for existing machines. It increases safety by providing the driver with both visible and audible warnings when there is a risk of collision, giving them more time to react to potential hazards.
These timely warnings help to prevent or reduce the severity of collisions and also reduce stress on the driver by helping them to remain alert and attentive at all times. In addition to detecting obstacles in the machine’s path or blindspots, the system also warns the driver if the spreader (whether empty or laden) is too low when the machine is approaching a container stack. The driver remains in full control of the machine at all times.
With a reduced risk of collisions, terminal operators can realise cost savings in the form of reduced unplanned repairs, longer equipment lifetime and potentially lower insurance premiums.
Jeroka Alanko, Senior Manager, Product Management, Kalmar: “Safety is one of the core design principles at Kalmar, and we are constantly striving to introduce new features and functionalities that will enable our customers to increase their operational safety. The collision warning system will help our customers to make machine operation safer and improve overall terminal safety as well as reduce repair costs and extend equipment lifetime.
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5 June 2023 | 1aforwarder
Shodesh Shipping, our members from Bangladesh, recently coordinated another shipment for the development of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.
Since the beginning of the construction of the Nuclear Power Plant, Shodesh Shipping have played a significant role as a freight forwarding and logistics agent for the project.
During the months of March & April this year, the company handled another shipment of cargo using the breakbulk vessel MV Dragonball, which arrived at Chittagong Seaport towards the end of March.
“The vessel carried 2,066 MT (2,092 packages) of bulk cargo for the continued construction of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.”
The consignee for this shipment was the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, and Atomstroyexport JSC – the main contractor of the Power Plant.
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5 June 2023 | 1aforwarder
Three years after the opening of its 1st Automotive Competence Center in Le Mans, France, Bolloré Logistics is pleased to announce the opening of a second one in Mexico.
Coordinated by a team of experts across the automotive supply chain, the new competence center is geared to customers in the automotive sector (manufacturers and suppliers) and provides them with harmonised processes to meet their needs.
“The automotive industry is facing many challenges which we must respond in order to support our customers in their development strategy, which is now increasingly shifting towards the relocation of their production. While pursuing our business development, our aim is to industrialise our automotive logistics approach and deliver ever more agile and optimised solutions.” said Olivier de Clerck, Automotive Director at Bolloré Logistics.
Drawing on the know-how acquired over more than 20 years in intercontinental and after-sales logistics, Bolloré Logistics offers its customers comprehensive services ranging from the implementation of multimodal transport solutions (air, ocean, road, rail) to the management and monitoring of goods flows in real time, 24-7, and the management of freight capacities on the basis of specific agreements between Bolloré Logistics and its panel of transport companies.
“The automotive industry is developing at a steady pace in the region, especially since the Canada-US-Mexico Agreement came into force in 2020. We are therefore keen to provide ongoing support and a first-class service. To achieve this, we will capitalise on our Automotive Competence Center, which brings together all our expertise in logistics and innovation and which will also serve as a regional hub.” said Rafael Cervantes, Branch Manager of the Bolloré Logistics Automotive Competence Center in Mexico.
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1 June 2023 | 1aforwarder
Electric Power Development Co., Ltd. (J-POWER),1 Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO HD),2 Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. (Chubu Electric),3 Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” LINE),4 and Albatross Technology Inc. (Albatross),5 have entered into a joint research agreement for a next-generation (floating axis) offshore wind turbine demonstration project (the “project”).
Artist’s concept of a floating axis wind turbine (FAWT) wind farm (reference movie) (Courtesy of Albatross Technology Inc.)
The Japanese government has announced the intention to maximize the adoption of renewable energy sources as part of the nation’s commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. Offshore wind power, in particular, is considered a vital part of the initiative to make renewables a primary source of power due to the potential for large-scale installation, lower cost, and economic ripple effects. In Japan, with limited shallow sea areas, there is growing interest in floating offshore wind power because it can be deployed in deep water. To promote the widespread adoption, it is essential to significantly reduce costs through technological development. In addition, increasing the ratio of domestic production (in Japan) is expected to create a strong economic ripple effect.
Against this backdrop, the five partnering companies in this demonstration project will jointly develop a small-scale (20kW) next-generation experimental floating axis wind turbine that is expected to reduce costs and increase the domestic production ratio.
The floating axis wind turbine (FAWT) is a concept under which a vertical-axis wind turbine is supported by a “rotating” cylindrical floating foundation. Its main features are as follows:The wind turbine can be tilted 20 degrees at maximum output, as it is designed to maintain effectiveness even when tilted. This allows for downsizing for the floating foundation and a significant reduction in equipment costs; The wind turbine section can be manufactured at low cost through continuous pultrusion,6 a molding process used to form composite materials into long shapes, with carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP); By taking advantage of the characteristics to install vertical axis wind turbines close to sea level due to their specific characteristics, operation and maintenance costs for the major apparatus are also anticipated to be substantially lower; Increase in Domestic Production Ratio cross-sectional shape, eliminating the need for large-scale manufacturing facilities. Additionally, this design makes sections easier to transport, and is therefore suited for domestic production; Japanese companies hold approximately 80% of the market share for carbon fiber, the raw material used in the carbon composite for the wind turbine.
J-POWER, Osaka University’s Graduate School of Engineering and Albatross are jointly conducting initial studies of the FAWT concept. Embarking on the tests signifies the next step under a new framework. For the project, small-scale experimental versions of the FAWT will be installed in Japanese waters. After confirming the validity of the analysis and design method, this will lead to an even larger scale (megawatt class) offshore demonstration project.
The five companies involved in the project will use their individual expertise to jointly develop the FAWT, which is anticipated to be a “game changer” in floating offshore wind power generation. Through this collaboration, we aim to make offshore wind power generation the primary source of electricity and contribute to the realization of a carbon-neutral society.
To develop promising technologies for floating offshore wind power generation and increase the introduction of renewable energy, thereby contributing to the realization of a carbon-neutral society.
As Japan’s Ship Safety Act applies to floating offshore wind turbines, “K” LINE will cooperate in the practical implementation of new floating offshore wind turbines by providing its expertise, and contribute to a decarbonized society by applying the knowledge gained from this research in activities for offshore wind support vessels in the future.
To practically implement innovative floating offshore wind turbines and widely extend their use both in Japan and internationally.
The wind turbine section of the small-scale experimental units will be developed by Fukui Fibertech Co., Ltd. (Aichi Prefecture), and the floating section will be developed by Mirai Ships Inc. (Miyagi Prefecture). The carbon composite material molding technology will be developed in partnership with the Innovative Composite Center (ICC) at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology, and the motion analysis technology will be developed in partnership with Osaka University’s Graduate School of Engineering.
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1 June 2023 | 1aforwarder
Bertling are thrilled to highlight the successful partnership between Bertling Bulk Liquids and Columbus Logística Internacional, which has resulted in an exchange program.
During this program, Renata Coelho, Operational Director at Columbus, had the privilege of spending five weeks at Bertling’s office in Sweden, fostering knowledge sharing, cultural immersion, and the exploration of new business opportunities.
As the Operational Director at Columbus, Renata is responsible for a wide range of operational activities, documentation, and development of the Pricing and Booking Desk sector. She is also involved in strategic planning, budgeting, and implementing operational improvements to enhance the company’s overall performance.
Renata’s exchange program in Sweden aims to “strengthen the relationship between Columbus and Bertling, seeking new business opportunities between Brazil and Sweden,” Renata explains. She also looks forward to exchanging experiences and best practices with professionals throughout the logistics niche while immersing herself in the Swedish culture, and history, and exploring the country’s natural landscapes.
Reflecting on her experience, Renata notes that “the transportation and logistics industry in Brazil and Sweden differ in several aspects.”
In Brazil, she highlights challenges related to infrastructure limitations, bureaucratic processes, and security concerns. On the other hand, Sweden benefits from “a highly developed transportation network, advanced technology integration, and efficient logistics systems,” Renata adds.
My time in Sweden has been an excellent opportunity for my professional and personal growth.
Renata says that she has gained insights into the Swedish work culture, efficiency-driven approaches, and sustainable logistics practices. Renata values the broader perspective and enhanced intercultural communication skills she has acquired through this exchange program.
She aspires to leverage her newfound knowledge and experiences to drive positive change within Columbus. She states, “I intend to integrate Swedish practices, particularly in sustainability, into our operations in Brazil.” Renata is excited about the international connections and professional networks established during the exchange program, paving the way for future collaborations.
The Bertling and Columbus exchange program exemplifies the transformative power of international collaboration and cultural exchange. Renata Coelho’s journey demonstrates the tremendous value of stepping outside one’s comfort zone, embracing new environments, and fostering global connections.
In an interconnected world, we are excited to build bridges and enhance global partnerships in the dynamic realm of logistics.
In October, Henrik Andersson and Hilma Ståhl, from the Swedish office will go to Columbus’ office in Brazil and learn more about the transport industry in the country and explore new business opportunities. Stay tuned for more inspiring stories of collaboration, growth, and innovation as Bertling and Columbus continue to foster global connections in the ever-evolving logistics industry.
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1 June 2023 | 1aforwarder
Have the team at French industrial service provider Foselev look at the Tadano AC 7.450‑1 and they will quickly tell you that it is a perfect match for their fleet.
“We’re always taking on new challenges, especially when tackling big projects, so we really need the right crane for each work site. Our new AC 7.450‑1 puts us in an even better position when it comes to that,” explains Branch Manager Michael Mathieu, who picked up the crane together with workshop technician Loîc Bernier in Zweibrücken. The AC 7.450‑1 was handed over by Tadano France Business Leader Jean-Marie Grossmann.
More specifically, the AC 7.450‑1’s compact design, large lifting capacity, and long boom all played a crucial role in making a compelling case for Foselev. “On top of that, the extraordinary interplay between mechanical, electrical, and electronic components is something that Tadano really nailed with this crane. That’s why we’re very happy to have added a Tadano for this important fleet expansion,” Michael Mathieu underscores. In addition, the AC 7.450‑1 benefits from the merger between Tadano and Demag by having the best components of both worlds, so that his company is getting a real competitive advantage with the crane. In fact, these synergistic effects are one of the important factors that have led him to see the merger as a really positive thing. And his technician, Loîc Bernier, backs him up: “The Tadano AC 7.450‑1 is an innovative crane that offers one-of-a-kind solutions such as the Surround View system. This camera system makes travelling safer and also makes it significantly easier to position the crane at work sites.”
Thanks to the crane’s enormous versatility, Foselev will be using its AC 7.450‑1 to erect wind turbines and tower cranes, as well as for bridge construction and industrial projects.
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1 June 2023 | 1aforwarder
Alphatrans, our members from Ukraine, are pleased to report the success of a local delivery they recently completed involving heavy equipment.
The cargo in this shipment included four JCB-455ZX wheel loaders, which Alphatrans arranged to be transported by sea freight.
The company took on various operations, such as organising the unloading from FR containers, loading onto trailers, and passing transit customs formalities for further delivery into Ukraine.
“Our team has completed all operations as per the schedule and safely handed over the cargo to the consignee.”
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31 May 2023 | 1aforwarder
Fortune International, PCN members from Italy, are glad to share that they recently worked alongside fellow member Aqua Global Logistics to coordinate a transshipment.
The cargo involved with this shipment included a large transformer, weighing 125 tons.
Joint operations were performed by Fortune & Aqua, loading the cargo onto a vessel for onward transportation from Sohar to Marghera.
A transshipment was performed on a river barge upon arrival in Marghera, before finally being secured on a truck to be delivered to the final address.
“This shipment was a perfect cooperation – proving the efficiency of the entire PCN network.”
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31 May 2023 | 1aforwarder
Kalmar’s Shanghai plant achieves significant milestone as 6,000th machine rolls off the production line.
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is celebrating a significant milestone with the completion of the 6,000th machine, a reachstacker, at its manufacturing plant in Shanghai, China. Destined for Bodi International LLC in Mongolia, the machine was completed on 25 May 2023. The customers, employees, Kalmar dealers from Greater China and other guests joined a special event to celebrate the achievement.
Kalmar’s Shanghai plant, opened in 2005, manufactures a wide range of high-end cargo handling equipment, serving customers in the Asia-Pacific, Africa, South America, Oceania and Middle East regions. The plant is located at the south-eastern tip of Shanghai close to one of the world’s busiest ports, with easy access to both a network of navigable inland waterways and China’s vast railway network.
Bodi International LLC, founded in 1993 by national investors, is the parent company of Bodi Group, which encompasses a diverse range of industries including construction, infrastructure, mining, banking and finance, media, food and agriculture. With a development history spanning 30 years, Bodi International LLC is one of the leading companies in Mongolia.
Alex Tang, Head of Greater China, Kalmar: “Seeing our 6,000th machine completed is a proud moment, and I’m delighted that this milestone unit will be delivered to Bodi International LLC, who have ordered four reachstackers. Over the last two years, Kalmar has supplied Mongolian customers with more than 10 reachstackers supported by exceptional after-sales and spare parts supply services. Our solutions and services have garnered high praise and recognition from our Mongolian customers. With the continued expansion of bilateral economic and trade cooperation between Mongolia and China, the logistics demands of both countries are also increasing rapidly. Therefore, we anticipate even greater opportunities for collaboration in the future.”
Alf-Gunnar Karlgren, VP, Counter Balanced, Kalmar: “The Shanghai plant is a vital part of our global manufacturing network, focusing on the assembly of reachstackers, empty container handlers and terminal tractors for our customers around the world. Achieving 6,000 units produced is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved and yet another demonstration of the high esteem in which the Kalmar brand is held among leading global terminal and logistics operators.”
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30 May 2023 | 1aforwarder
Livo Logistics, a member of the Project Logistics Alliance based in Italy, recently teamed up with its Shanghai office to transport three significant pieces of belt conveyor equipment from Italy to Qinzhou, China.
The project was commissioned by Shipbuilding and Offshore Engineering Co. Ltd., and the components, weighing 138 tons and measuring 9.8 x 3.4 x 2 meters, were to serve as components in a shipbuilding yard.
To begin the project, Livo Logistics collected the components from the factory and loaded them onto special low-bed trailers using cranes. The cargo was then moved to a port with a special road permit and assistance from local authorities to ensure safe passage. Once the cargo arrived in China, Livo Logistics used a shore crane at its discharge port to unload the cargo, and the company also handled all necessary documentation, including export customs formalities.
The project’s complexity required a comprehensive and precise plan, which the team at Livo Logistics expertly executed to ensure success in each shipment stage. The shipowners’ tight deadlines pushed the company to conduct loading and unloading operations on schedule, ensuring timely delivery. Throughout the project, Livo Logistics monitored and updated the client on their shipment’s progress, showcasing their commitment to providing top-notch services.
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30 May 2023 | 1aforwarder