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Bollore pleased to make UPWIND more widely available

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In 2018, Bolloré Logistics launched its internal alert platform allowing all employees to benefit from real-time feedback from our agencies closest to operations, and to be able to propose alternatives solutions to meet our customers’ commitments.

UPWIND describes unforeseen external events (port congestion, climatic event, political, social movements) or internal (computer attacks, fires…), their impact on the supply chain and the proposed continuity plans of our operations.

Today, Bolloré Logistics wishes to provide additional and differentiating value in the external information that we transmit to our customers.

Thus, we are pleased to make UPWIND more widely available. By consulting the “MARKET UPDATE” section of the Bolloré Logistics website, visitors will be able to consult current or upcoming events around the world.

Small bonus for Bolloré Logistics customers who will have the possibility of subscribing to email notifications.

 
 

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In 2018, Bolloré Logistics launched its internal alert platform allowing all employees to benefit from real-time feedback from our agencies closest to operations, and to be able to propose alternatives solutions to meet our customers’ commitments.

UPWIND describes unforeseen external events (port congestion, climatic event, political, social movements) or internal (computer attacks, fires…), their impact on the supply chain and the proposed continuity plans of our operations.

Today, Bolloré Logistics wishes to provide additional and differentiating value in the external information that we transmit to our customers.

Thus, we are pleased to make UPWIND more widely available. By consulting the “MARKET UPDATE” section of the Bolloré Logistics website, visitors will be able to consult current or upcoming events around the world.

Small bonus for Bolloré Logistics customers who will have the possibility of subscribing to email notifications.

 
 

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27 September 2023 |

Bertling offers Ecological Footprint Tracker

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Recently it was Zero Emission Day, a day to raise awareness of the urgent need for cleaner energy sources and environmental protection.

In a landscape dominated by CSR reporting requirements, IMO 2023 regulations, European Emissions Trading Standards and increasing pressure on companies to reduce emissions and carbon footprints, Bertling offers a tailored solution – our Ecological Footprint Tracker.

The challenge is that greenhouse gas emissions data is scattered, often across multiple systems. Companies need access to reliable data at their fingertips to effectively meet their reporting obligations. Knowing your carbon footprint is essential to making informed decisions about environmental protection. This is why our customers are made aware of the emissions associated with their shipment, including the estimated footprint when they confirm their booking. Powered by EcoTransIT, our system seamlessly calculates emissions for entire transport chains across all modes. Real-time results are displayed on a visually intuitive dashboard integrated with your IT platform for easy project management and tracking. Data security is guaranteed by the fact that our IT systems are ISO27001 certified.

Bertling’s Ecological Footprint Calculator simplifies emissions tracking, allowing you to easily calculate your carbon footprint and transport-related emissions from project start to finish.

For customers looking for a comprehensive sustainability solution, Bertling can tailor offerings to meet the needs of entire projects, ensuring a holistic approach to environmental responsibility.

Want to know the carbon footprint of a particular transport? That’s no problem. On Bertling’s website, they have integrated a public footprint calculator in the sticky menu on the left. Simply enter the weight, locations, and mode of transport. their system will give you a clear overview of the emissions.

 
 

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Recently it was Zero Emission Day, a day to raise awareness of the urgent need for cleaner energy sources and environmental protection.

In a landscape dominated by CSR reporting requirements, IMO 2023 regulations, European Emissions Trading Standards and increasing pressure on companies to reduce emissions and carbon footprints, Bertling offers a tailored solution – our Ecological Footprint Tracker.

The challenge is that greenhouse gas emissions data is scattered, often across multiple systems. Companies need access to reliable data at their fingertips to effectively meet their reporting obligations. Knowing your carbon footprint is essential to making informed decisions about environmental protection. This is why our customers are made aware of the emissions associated with their shipment, including the estimated footprint when they confirm their booking. Powered by EcoTransIT, our system seamlessly calculates emissions for entire transport chains across all modes. Real-time results are displayed on a visually intuitive dashboard integrated with your IT platform for easy project management and tracking. Data security is guaranteed by the fact that our IT systems are ISO27001 certified.

Bertling’s Ecological Footprint Calculator simplifies emissions tracking, allowing you to easily calculate your carbon footprint and transport-related emissions from project start to finish.

For customers looking for a comprehensive sustainability solution, Bertling can tailor offerings to meet the needs of entire projects, ensuring a holistic approach to environmental responsibility.

Want to know the carbon footprint of a particular transport? That’s no problem. On Bertling’s website, they have integrated a public footprint calculator in the sticky menu on the left. Simply enter the weight, locations, and mode of transport. their system will give you a clear overview of the emissions.

 
 

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26 September 2023 |

Sarens acts swiftly on damaged Humbeek bridge

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When a boat hit the deck of the Humbeek bridge in Temse, Belgium this past July, Sarens acted immediately to contact our client, Herbosch-Kiere, and offer a barge to remove the damaged bridge deck as soon as possible.

After speaking with the client on Friday, Sarens Technical Solutions & Engineering worked swiftly over the weekend to prepare the barge Josef-Rosa and sail it from Ghent to Willebroek for final preparations. This particular barge was chosen because it needed to pass a 19,5-metre wide bridge in Willebroek, and it measured only 19 metres wide.

After one day of preparations in Ghent and another in Willebroek, the barge was ready to remove the damaged bridge by Tuesday. Meanwhile, all the other equipment, including SPMTs, pumps, and supports, had been sent from the yard to Willebroek via truck, which only took 20 minutes. Sarens also provided hydraulic winches, two 700-tonne cranes, and a CS350 jacking system.

The Sarens Technical Solutions & Engineering team had to swiftly deploy its expertise to solve some of the operation’s biggest challenges and special requirements. For example, one factor was the low height required for picking up the bridge, with only 1,2 metres between the bridge deck and water level. Ultimately, the crew gained 40 cm of extra clearance due to the lowering of the water by WenZ. This made it possible to sail below the bridge with the barge and SPMTs.

First, Sarens picked up the 165-tonne bridge deck with the barge and SPMTs. Once its complete weight had been taken on by the SPMTs and barge, the crew ballasted the barge one metre higher to reach above the concrete structure with the bridge. Sarens then moved the barge as far forward as possible to enable a 90-degree turn. Finally, the crew drove a circle with the SPMTs to position the bridge deck in between the barge before sailing away.

With the bridge deck safely aboard, the barge sailed to Wintam, near where Sarens waited with two 700-tonne cranes to lift it off the barge in tandem. For this, the crew had to work around a critical time window that allowed for the barge to enter only during high tide. This gave the team only about three hours’ time to lift the bridge. Crucially, the position of the cranes was very important because they needed to stay five metres behind the quayside at an adequate distance from each other so that the bridge could pass the two cranes while slewing.

Sarens’ quick thinking, personnel training, material planning, and ability to collaborate seamlessly within a short time period made it possible for our client to open the canal to ships as quickly as possible. In all, seven team members were responsible for the project’s execution on-site. Communication on-site was very fluent, and crane operation seamless. We are pleased that we could serve our client in such a short time while still maintaining high standards of operation and most importantly, safety. Congratulations to everyone for this fantastic last-minute effort!

 
 

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When a boat hit the deck of the Humbeek bridge in Temse, Belgium this past July, Sarens acted immediately to contact our client, Herbosch-Kiere, and offer a barge to remove the damaged bridge deck as soon as possible.

After speaking with the client on Friday, Sarens Technical Solutions & Engineering worked swiftly over the weekend to prepare the barge Josef-Rosa and sail it from Ghent to Willebroek for final preparations. This particular barge was chosen because it needed to pass a 19,5-metre wide bridge in Willebroek, and it measured only 19 metres wide.

After one day of preparations in Ghent and another in Willebroek, the barge was ready to remove the damaged bridge by Tuesday. Meanwhile, all the other equipment, including SPMTs, pumps, and supports, had been sent from the yard to Willebroek via truck, which only took 20 minutes. Sarens also provided hydraulic winches, two 700-tonne cranes, and a CS350 jacking system.

The Sarens Technical Solutions & Engineering team had to swiftly deploy its expertise to solve some of the operation’s biggest challenges and special requirements. For example, one factor was the low height required for picking up the bridge, with only 1,2 metres between the bridge deck and water level. Ultimately, the crew gained 40 cm of extra clearance due to the lowering of the water by WenZ. This made it possible to sail below the bridge with the barge and SPMTs.

First, Sarens picked up the 165-tonne bridge deck with the barge and SPMTs. Once its complete weight had been taken on by the SPMTs and barge, the crew ballasted the barge one metre higher to reach above the concrete structure with the bridge. Sarens then moved the barge as far forward as possible to enable a 90-degree turn. Finally, the crew drove a circle with the SPMTs to position the bridge deck in between the barge before sailing away.

With the bridge deck safely aboard, the barge sailed to Wintam, near where Sarens waited with two 700-tonne cranes to lift it off the barge in tandem. For this, the crew had to work around a critical time window that allowed for the barge to enter only during high tide. This gave the team only about three hours’ time to lift the bridge. Crucially, the position of the cranes was very important because they needed to stay five metres behind the quayside at an adequate distance from each other so that the bridge could pass the two cranes while slewing.

Sarens’ quick thinking, personnel training, material planning, and ability to collaborate seamlessly within a short time period made it possible for our client to open the canal to ships as quickly as possible. In all, seven team members were responsible for the project’s execution on-site. Communication on-site was very fluent, and crane operation seamless. We are pleased that we could serve our client in such a short time while still maintaining high standards of operation and most importantly, safety. Congratulations to everyone for this fantastic last-minute effort!

 
 

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26 September 2023 |

Kalmar awarded IEC 62443-4-1 certification

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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been awarded IEC 62443-4-1 certification for its Kalmar One automation system.

The system is developed by the Kalmar Technology and Competence Centre in Tampere, Finland.

IEC 62443-4-1 is part of a series of standards that specify the process requirements for the secure development of products used in industrial automation and control systems (IACS). It defines secure development life-cycle (SDL) requirements related to cyber security for products intended for use in IACS environments and provides guidance on how to meet the requirements described for each element.

The SDL process of the Kalmar One automation system was independently audited by Exida, a leading product certification company.

Timo Alho, Director, Product Management, Automation, Kalmar: “We are proud to be the first solution provider in our industry to achieve this certification, which demonstrates Kalmar’s commitment to ensuring the highest level of security for its products and solutions. The certification provides additional peace of mind for Kalmar One customers by ensuring they have access to the latest patches and updates to ensure the security of their systems. It also demonstrates that the system has been developed in line with industry best practices.”

 
 

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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been awarded IEC 62443-4-1 certification for its Kalmar One automation system.

The system is developed by the Kalmar Technology and Competence Centre in Tampere, Finland.

IEC 62443-4-1 is part of a series of standards that specify the process requirements for the secure development of products used in industrial automation and control systems (IACS). It defines secure development life-cycle (SDL) requirements related to cyber security for products intended for use in IACS environments and provides guidance on how to meet the requirements described for each element.

The SDL process of the Kalmar One automation system was independently audited by Exida, a leading product certification company.

Timo Alho, Director, Product Management, Automation, Kalmar: “We are proud to be the first solution provider in our industry to achieve this certification, which demonstrates Kalmar’s commitment to ensuring the highest level of security for its products and solutions. The certification provides additional peace of mind for Kalmar One customers by ensuring they have access to the latest patches and updates to ensure the security of their systems. It also demonstrates that the system has been developed in line with industry best practices.”

 
 

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26 September 2023 |

PCN welcomes Eastrong in Taiwan

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PCN are pleased to introduce Eastrong International Logistics as new members in Taiwan.

Located in Taipei City, they offer professional services in project cargo handling, planning and management.

Eastrong International Logistics will be in attendance and represented at the PCN 2023 Annual Summit taking place in Thailand on 12-14 November.

“Our reliable logistics capacities allow us to create unique and customised services for the most complex challenges. Specialised in breakbulk, RORO, heavy lift and integrated projects, we manage various types of industrial projects and oversized cargo.

We are well aware of the challenges, requirements and risks involved with handling special cargo and provide effective transportation solutions with rigorous planning and continuous supervision.”

 
 

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PCN are pleased to introduce Eastrong International Logistics as new members in Taiwan.

Located in Taipei City, they offer professional services in project cargo handling, planning and management.

Eastrong International Logistics will be in attendance and represented at the PCN 2023 Annual Summit taking place in Thailand on 12-14 November.

“Our reliable logistics capacities allow us to create unique and customised services for the most complex challenges. Specialised in breakbulk, RORO, heavy lift and integrated projects, we manage various types of industrial projects and oversized cargo.

We are well aware of the challenges, requirements and risks involved with handling special cargo and provide effective transportation solutions with rigorous planning and continuous supervision.”

 
 

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26 September 2023 |

What it is like aboard WALLENIUS’s state-of-the-art vessels

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What is it like to work in a constantly moving workplace? Life aboard WALLENIUS SOL’s state-of-the-art vessels is quite different compared to that on most other RoRo ships.

EVEN FOR the most seasoned sailors, stepping aboard Botnia Enabler is an experience. Not only due to its impressive size and modern technology, but also due to the tangibly warm and welcoming atmosphere. Great emphasis has been placed on creating a homely environment that boosts camaraderie and motivates people to socialise beyond their own cabins. One example is the lounge adjacent to the mess; devoid of walls, spontaneous socialising is encouraged.

From the day room, laughter and singing can be heard as crew members sing karaoke to the tunes of “I Ain’t Worried” by One Republic. The spacious sauna with a sea view provides a relaxing moment after a shift, and in the gym at the front, a sweaty strength training session has just concluded.

A significant factor behind the cosy atmosphere on board the Wallenius fleet is the personal commitment from board member and shipping magnate Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg. Margareta passed away in April 2023, but her memory lives on through her interior work onboard. Before her passing, she and a decoration team hung about 200 paintings and decorated with lighting, cushions, and teddy bears.

“I admire what Margareta did with the decorations on board. She was not only committed to the vessel, she also was committed to the well-being of the crew,” says second officer Val Jaruda, continuing:

“We’re like a family. Botnia Enabler is a home away from home.”

 
 

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What is it like to work in a constantly moving workplace? Life aboard WALLENIUS SOL’s state-of-the-art vessels is quite different compared to that on most other RoRo ships.

EVEN FOR the most seasoned sailors, stepping aboard Botnia Enabler is an experience. Not only due to its impressive size and modern technology, but also due to the tangibly warm and welcoming atmosphere. Great emphasis has been placed on creating a homely environment that boosts camaraderie and motivates people to socialise beyond their own cabins. One example is the lounge adjacent to the mess; devoid of walls, spontaneous socialising is encouraged.

From the day room, laughter and singing can be heard as crew members sing karaoke to the tunes of “I Ain’t Worried” by One Republic. The spacious sauna with a sea view provides a relaxing moment after a shift, and in the gym at the front, a sweaty strength training session has just concluded.

A significant factor behind the cosy atmosphere on board the Wallenius fleet is the personal commitment from board member and shipping magnate Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg. Margareta passed away in April 2023, but her memory lives on through her interior work onboard. Before her passing, she and a decoration team hung about 200 paintings and decorated with lighting, cushions, and teddy bears.

“I admire what Margareta did with the decorations on board. She was not only committed to the vessel, she also was committed to the well-being of the crew,” says second officer Val Jaruda, continuing:

“We’re like a family. Botnia Enabler is a home away from home.”

 
 

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25 September 2023 |

Rhenus obtains AEO-Full authorisation for new sites in France

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In order to guarantee its high-level storage services and secure simplified customs procedures, Rhenus has recently added two sites to its Authorized Economic Operator (AEO-Full) status: Ayguemortes-les-Graves, near Bordeaux, and Ennery in Moselle.

In a fluctuating international economic environment and with ever-increasing demands from clients and authorities when it comes to securing merchandise and flows, Rhenus aims to continuously meet the highest standards. AEO is one of the most widely recognised authorisations in the international trade sector. In France, Rhenus has held an AEO authorisation since 2009.

In Ayguemortes-les-Graves, Rhenus validated the addition of the AEO-Full authorisation (Security/Safety and Customs Simplification) to its current authorisation for the multi-user logistics site. This allows Rhenus to unify procedures for one of its clients, who is present on several Rhenus sites across France.

In the Eastern part of France, Rhenus secured continuation of its AEO-Full authorisation for three additional years. The new agency, now located in Ennery (replacing the Saint-Avold site), will immediately benefit from the AEO authorisation. The teams and procedures remain the same. They meet all requirements of the AEO status.

“The quality of services we provide to our clients is of the utmost importance. The AEO guarantees the security and conformity of procedures. It allows us to accompany our clients in their international trade operations and to meet complex customs needs by relying on our teams of experts and partners, including customs authorities,” explains Laurent Schuster, CEO of Rhenus Logistics France.

 
 

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In order to guarantee its high-level storage services and secure simplified customs procedures, Rhenus has recently added two sites to its Authorized Economic Operator (AEO-Full) status: Ayguemortes-les-Graves, near Bordeaux, and Ennery in Moselle.

In a fluctuating international economic environment and with ever-increasing demands from clients and authorities when it comes to securing merchandise and flows, Rhenus aims to continuously meet the highest standards. AEO is one of the most widely recognised authorisations in the international trade sector. In France, Rhenus has held an AEO authorisation since 2009.

In Ayguemortes-les-Graves, Rhenus validated the addition of the AEO-Full authorisation (Security/Safety and Customs Simplification) to its current authorisation for the multi-user logistics site. This allows Rhenus to unify procedures for one of its clients, who is present on several Rhenus sites across France.

In the Eastern part of France, Rhenus secured continuation of its AEO-Full authorisation for three additional years. The new agency, now located in Ennery (replacing the Saint-Avold site), will immediately benefit from the AEO authorisation. The teams and procedures remain the same. They meet all requirements of the AEO status.

“The quality of services we provide to our clients is of the utmost importance. The AEO guarantees the security and conformity of procedures. It allows us to accompany our clients in their international trade operations and to meet complex customs needs by relying on our teams of experts and partners, including customs authorities,” explains Laurent Schuster, CEO of Rhenus Logistics France.

 
 

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25 September 2023 |

Hellmann expands road business in the Middle East

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Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, together with ATS in the UAE, has established a specialized joint venture HellmannATS Road Solutions.

Through this powerful partnership Hellmann expands its road logistics business in the Middle East enhancing the range of services that already includes the segments airfreight, seafreight, customs brokerage and contract logistics since entering the market in 1999. With ATS, Hellmann joins forces with a major road transportation provider in the UAE market, gaining access to a fleet of more than 600 vehicles operating in the region.

Under the terms of the joint venture, HellmannATS Road Solutions will exclusively handle all road transport operations for Hellmann in the UAE. The joint venture will be managed by Mutasim Abuhmaidan, who comes with 20 years of Middle East road freight experience having led and developed regional road freight departments with global and regional freight forwarders.

With the joint venture, Hellmann and ATS responds to the fragmented FTL trucking sector in UAE, providing not just a seamless end-to-end road transport experience, but also enhancing supply chain visibility for local and international customers. The partnership combines the decades of cross-border expertise of a leading global freight forwarder with the modern fleet capabilities of one of the largest transport companies in the UAE. On this basis, the joint venture will offer a comprehensive technology-based range of B2B logistics solutions to meet the evolving needs of global trade. HellmannATS aims to significantly increase its market share in the road transport sector in the Middle East over the coming years, with a particular focus on FTL business for global and regional customers.

“As Hellmann, we are pursuing ambitious solutions in all product areas in the UAE and greater Middle East to support our customers with the strongest all-round solutions. In this context, the establishment of the joint venture with ATS is an important milestone in the expansion of our road network across the region. As globalization continues to shape the future of international trade, the joint venture stands as an unwavering partner, delivering tailor-made solutions and revolutionizing the way B2B logistics are managed,” said Madhav Kurup, Regional CEO IMEA, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.

“As two industry titans unite, the shared commitment of excellence and innovation shines through promising unparalleled reliability, efficiency, and sustainability in the transportation of goods. This joint venture brings forth a dynamic force that not only streamlines supply chains but also paves the way for a brighter, more connected future“, shared by Amit Gandhi, CEO, ATS.

 
 

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Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, together with ATS in the UAE, has established a specialized joint venture HellmannATS Road Solutions.

Through this powerful partnership Hellmann expands its road logistics business in the Middle East enhancing the range of services that already includes the segments airfreight, seafreight, customs brokerage and contract logistics since entering the market in 1999. With ATS, Hellmann joins forces with a major road transportation provider in the UAE market, gaining access to a fleet of more than 600 vehicles operating in the region.

Under the terms of the joint venture, HellmannATS Road Solutions will exclusively handle all road transport operations for Hellmann in the UAE. The joint venture will be managed by Mutasim Abuhmaidan, who comes with 20 years of Middle East road freight experience having led and developed regional road freight departments with global and regional freight forwarders.

With the joint venture, Hellmann and ATS responds to the fragmented FTL trucking sector in UAE, providing not just a seamless end-to-end road transport experience, but also enhancing supply chain visibility for local and international customers. The partnership combines the decades of cross-border expertise of a leading global freight forwarder with the modern fleet capabilities of one of the largest transport companies in the UAE. On this basis, the joint venture will offer a comprehensive technology-based range of B2B logistics solutions to meet the evolving needs of global trade. HellmannATS aims to significantly increase its market share in the road transport sector in the Middle East over the coming years, with a particular focus on FTL business for global and regional customers.

“As Hellmann, we are pursuing ambitious solutions in all product areas in the UAE and greater Middle East to support our customers with the strongest all-round solutions. In this context, the establishment of the joint venture with ATS is an important milestone in the expansion of our road network across the region. As globalization continues to shape the future of international trade, the joint venture stands as an unwavering partner, delivering tailor-made solutions and revolutionizing the way B2B logistics are managed,” said Madhav Kurup, Regional CEO IMEA, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.

“As two industry titans unite, the shared commitment of excellence and innovation shines through promising unparalleled reliability, efficiency, and sustainability in the transportation of goods. This joint venture brings forth a dynamic force that not only streamlines supply chains but also paves the way for a brighter, more connected future“, shared by Amit Gandhi, CEO, ATS.

 
 

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21 September 2023 |

impact of the Panama drought on bulk shipping

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The Panama Canal, a key player in global shipping, faces a dire crisis due to an unprecedented drought, casting shadows over trade dynamics and supply chains.

The Panama Canal, an 80-kilometre-long, man-made waterway connecting the Atlantic with Pacific Ocean, is experiencing a severe drought with water levels at record lows not seen since 2016. The passage has been in operation since 1914 and is a key maritime transit point for global trade with 13,000 vessels transiting the canal in 2022. Container ships and dry bulk carriers are the top two segments that transit the canal.

When a vessel transits the canal, around 50 million gallons of water is thrown out of the lake which needs to be replenished, but with less rainfall in the past few months, this is unlikely to happen. The authorities are working on possible solutions – reducing the cargo level, helping ships maintain draft levels and measures to reduce the amount of water lost from the lake.

To preserve fresh water in the Gatun lake, which is also the only fresh water source for Panama country, the Panama Canal authority imposed draft restrictions from 24 May at 45.5 feet, which was later revised to 44.0 feet for Neo-Panamax locks with water levels not improving and forecast to remain at five-year lows until October.

The Panama Canal Authority has also restricted the number of vessels transiting through the Panamax locks from the usual 23 slots to 14 slots – 10 large vessels and 4 regulars with premiums on heavier and larger ships. The imposed restrictions have increased the vessel backlog to a high of 162 vessels on 8 August, with the average waiting time rising to over 20 days. As the holiday season approaches, the movement of merchandise will soon pick-up, potentially leading to further congestion.

The current draft restriction of 44 feet is expected to remain so for the next 10 months. The draft restriction will increase the number of vessel trips required to move the same amount of cargo, squeezing fleet efficiency. Another solution is moving on alternative routes, such as the Suez Canal and Cape of Good Hope, which will again increase transit time and hurt fleet efficiency.

All three situations – waiting at the Panama Canal, reducing the cargo level and moving on alternate routes – will tighten vessel availability, leading to increased freight rates.

 
 

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The Panama Canal, a key player in global shipping, faces a dire crisis due to an unprecedented drought, casting shadows over trade dynamics and supply chains.

The Panama Canal, an 80-kilometre-long, man-made waterway connecting the Atlantic with Pacific Ocean, is experiencing a severe drought with water levels at record lows not seen since 2016. The passage has been in operation since 1914 and is a key maritime transit point for global trade with 13,000 vessels transiting the canal in 2022. Container ships and dry bulk carriers are the top two segments that transit the canal.

When a vessel transits the canal, around 50 million gallons of water is thrown out of the lake which needs to be replenished, but with less rainfall in the past few months, this is unlikely to happen. The authorities are working on possible solutions – reducing the cargo level, helping ships maintain draft levels and measures to reduce the amount of water lost from the lake.

To preserve fresh water in the Gatun lake, which is also the only fresh water source for Panama country, the Panama Canal authority imposed draft restrictions from 24 May at 45.5 feet, which was later revised to 44.0 feet for Neo-Panamax locks with water levels not improving and forecast to remain at five-year lows until October.

The Panama Canal Authority has also restricted the number of vessels transiting through the Panamax locks from the usual 23 slots to 14 slots – 10 large vessels and 4 regulars with premiums on heavier and larger ships. The imposed restrictions have increased the vessel backlog to a high of 162 vessels on 8 August, with the average waiting time rising to over 20 days. As the holiday season approaches, the movement of merchandise will soon pick-up, potentially leading to further congestion.

The current draft restriction of 44 feet is expected to remain so for the next 10 months. The draft restriction will increase the number of vessel trips required to move the same amount of cargo, squeezing fleet efficiency. Another solution is moving on alternative routes, such as the Suez Canal and Cape of Good Hope, which will again increase transit time and hurt fleet efficiency.

All three situations – waiting at the Panama Canal, reducing the cargo level and moving on alternate routes – will tighten vessel availability, leading to increased freight rates.

 
 

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21 September 2023 |

Vestas wins 46 MW project in Austria

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Vestas has received a firm order from Windpark Engelhartstetten GmbH, a subsidiary of WindLandKraft GmbH, for the Engelhartstetten wind park in Lower Austria.

The order consists of 11 V136-4.2 MW wind turbines and includes supply, delivery, and commissioning of the turbines. Upon completion, Vestas will service the turbines under a 25-year Active Output Management 4000 (AOM 4000) service agreement designed to ensure optimised performance of the assets.

“Windpark Engelhartstetten is a big project for the Austrian market, and we are thrilled to be a part of it,” says Christoph Manseder, Lead Director Sales for Austria at Vestas. “This is a privately developed wind project within the Austrian Renewable Energy Act and contributes to Austria’s energy transition strategy. Our thanks go to our customer for their trust in our technology”.

“We are glad to continue our cooperation with Vestas and are proud to expand our portfolio by a further eleven wind turbines after the successful construction and commissioning phase,” says Clemens Regehr, managing director at WindLandKraft GmbH.

Turbine delivery is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2024 with commissioning scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2024.

 
 

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Vestas has received a firm order from Windpark Engelhartstetten GmbH, a subsidiary of WindLandKraft GmbH, for the Engelhartstetten wind park in Lower Austria.

The order consists of 11 V136-4.2 MW wind turbines and includes supply, delivery, and commissioning of the turbines. Upon completion, Vestas will service the turbines under a 25-year Active Output Management 4000 (AOM 4000) service agreement designed to ensure optimised performance of the assets.

“Windpark Engelhartstetten is a big project for the Austrian market, and we are thrilled to be a part of it,” says Christoph Manseder, Lead Director Sales for Austria at Vestas. “This is a privately developed wind project within the Austrian Renewable Energy Act and contributes to Austria’s energy transition strategy. Our thanks go to our customer for their trust in our technology”.

“We are glad to continue our cooperation with Vestas and are proud to expand our portfolio by a further eleven wind turbines after the successful construction and commissioning phase,” says Clemens Regehr, managing director at WindLandKraft GmbH.

Turbine delivery is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2024 with commissioning scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2024.

 
 

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21 September 2023 |

PLA introduces Safelogic Freight Agency in Ukraine

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PLA are excited to introduce Safelogic Freight Agency representing Ukraine, as the latest member of the Project Logistics Alliance community.

Safelogic, founded in 2020, in Ukraine, has firmly positioned itself as a highly proficient logistics and transportation enterprise. Since its establishment, Safelogic has consistently strived for perfection, embraced innovation, and remained devoted to delivering unparalleled logistics solutions to its customers.

With specialized expertise that spans the full spectrum of international cargo transportation across various industries, Safelogic boasts the knowledge, skills, and experience required to excel allowing it to be the trusted authority in the field and upholding the high standards of the provided solutions. Their extensive network and local expertise enable them to navigate the intricacies of cross-border logistics seamlessly to and from Ukraine, the Black Sea region and all across Europe.

Key Services:Project Logistics – Construction: heavy machinery and equipment; Energy: renewable energy projects, wind turbine parts and solar panels; Mining: minerals, machinery, and equipment; Infrastructure: materials needed for roads, bridges, and other critical projects; Aerospace: aerospace components and equipment; Sea Freight – FCL, OOG, RORO, Breakbulk and Breakbulk Chartering; Road Freight – transportation of goods in EUR and the CIS countries; LTL service within Europe with the “door to door” scheme; FTL; Execution of export and transit documents (EX1, T1, CMR, TIR); Military Cargo – adhering to strict regulations and protocols for secure transportation, special government permissions, coordinating military convoys; Dangerous Cargo – transportation of hazardous materials, including those classified up to ADR 1.1; Rail Freight – quality rail transport in cooperation with renowned carriers and freight forwarders; carry out complex intermodal projects, wagon and container transportation; Multimodal Transportation; Air Freight.

 
 

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PLA are excited to introduce Safelogic Freight Agency representing Ukraine, as the latest member of the Project Logistics Alliance community.

Safelogic, founded in 2020, in Ukraine, has firmly positioned itself as a highly proficient logistics and transportation enterprise. Since its establishment, Safelogic has consistently strived for perfection, embraced innovation, and remained devoted to delivering unparalleled logistics solutions to its customers.

With specialized expertise that spans the full spectrum of international cargo transportation across various industries, Safelogic boasts the knowledge, skills, and experience required to excel allowing it to be the trusted authority in the field and upholding the high standards of the provided solutions. Their extensive network and local expertise enable them to navigate the intricacies of cross-border logistics seamlessly to and from Ukraine, the Black Sea region and all across Europe.

Key Services:Project Logistics – Construction: heavy machinery and equipment; Energy: renewable energy projects, wind turbine parts and solar panels; Mining: minerals, machinery, and equipment; Infrastructure: materials needed for roads, bridges, and other critical projects; Aerospace: aerospace components and equipment; Sea Freight – FCL, OOG, RORO, Breakbulk and Breakbulk Chartering; Road Freight – transportation of goods in EUR and the CIS countries; LTL service within Europe with the “door to door” scheme; FTL; Execution of export and transit documents (EX1, T1, CMR, TIR); Military Cargo – adhering to strict regulations and protocols for secure transportation, special government permissions, coordinating military convoys; Dangerous Cargo – transportation of hazardous materials, including those classified up to ADR 1.1; Rail Freight – quality rail transport in cooperation with renowned carriers and freight forwarders; carry out complex intermodal projects, wagon and container transportation; Multimodal Transportation; Air Freight.

 
 

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20 September 2023 |

New Tadano HK 4.070-1 for Pluimers Kraanverhuur

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Ask about the Tadano HK 4.070-1, and Willard Pluimers, the managing director behind the Rijssen, Netherlands-based crane service provider of the same name, will be more than happy to tell you all the reasons why he thinks it is an excellent purchase.

“We chose this particular crane mainly because it’s a lot more cost-effective to buy and operate than an all terrain crane, given the sorts of jobs we intend to use it for. It’s also very simple to operate,” he said on taking delivery of the crane at his company’s business premises in Rijssen. The crane was formally handed over by Tadano Sales Manager Netherlands Richard Beenen.

Pluimers was just as sold on the HK 4.070-1’s technical features, particularly the Volvo tridem axle group, which, with its steered trailing axle, gives the carrier a very small turning radius. In fact, he is a big fan of the Volvo carrier for a lot of reasons, including the Volvo I-Shift transmission’s popularity with his crane operators and Volvo’s famously high standards of quality and service. All of which are part of the HK 4.070-1 package.

For Pluimers, further plus points include the crane’s H-style outrigger system and five outrigger bases, which make the machine extremely versatile at tight work sites. And then there’s the Tadano Smart Chart system. “This intelligent control system for combined main boom and rooster sheave operation increases the available lifting capacity to the point where we can even use the HK 4.070-1 for lifts in the 80-tonne class,” he said. For Pluimers, these features all add up to make the Tadano HK 4.070-1 the perfect all-round package.

 
 

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Ask about the Tadano HK 4.070-1, and Willard Pluimers, the managing director behind the Rijssen, Netherlands-based crane service provider of the same name, will be more than happy to tell you all the reasons why he thinks it is an excellent purchase.

“We chose this particular crane mainly because it’s a lot more cost-effective to buy and operate than an all terrain crane, given the sorts of jobs we intend to use it for. It’s also very simple to operate,” he said on taking delivery of the crane at his company’s business premises in Rijssen. The crane was formally handed over by Tadano Sales Manager Netherlands Richard Beenen.

Pluimers was just as sold on the HK 4.070-1’s technical features, particularly the Volvo tridem axle group, which, with its steered trailing axle, gives the carrier a very small turning radius. In fact, he is a big fan of the Volvo carrier for a lot of reasons, including the Volvo I-Shift transmission’s popularity with his crane operators and Volvo’s famously high standards of quality and service. All of which are part of the HK 4.070-1 package.

For Pluimers, further plus points include the crane’s H-style outrigger system and five outrigger bases, which make the machine extremely versatile at tight work sites. And then there’s the Tadano Smart Chart system. “This intelligent control system for combined main boom and rooster sheave operation increases the available lifting capacity to the point where we can even use the HK 4.070-1 for lifts in the 80-tonne class,” he said. For Pluimers, these features all add up to make the Tadano HK 4.070-1 the perfect all-round package.

 
 

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20 September 2023 |

Smiths Detection sells landmark 3D X-ray scanner

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Smiths Detection, a global leader in threat detection and security screening technologies, today announces that it has achieved the 1,000th sale of its HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX computed tomography (CT) X-ray scanner.

The HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX produces high-resolution volumetric 3D images for quicker and deeper baggage assessment and automatic explosive detection with low false-alarm rates. This provides an advanced security screening experience that allows passengers to leave electronic devices and liquids in their hand luggage, enabling passengers to move through airport security checkpoints faster, without compromising on safety. The state-of-the-art security scanner ultimately leads to greater safety outcomes, more efficient operations and improved passenger satisfaction.

Already in use in airports around the world, the HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX has been shown to reduce time spent at security by up to 50%, with 90% of passengers at Milan Linate Airport passing through security in fewer than five minutes[1].

Philo Daniel, Global Director Aviation and Urban Security said: “This is a significant achievement for us at Smiths Detection and is reflective of the remarkable system that the team have produced. Not only does the HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX generate the highest quality images, but it also helps make faster decisions and has the quickest belt speed on the market – all of which contributes to getting passengers through security faster, while helping to make the world a safer place.”

In addition, the HI-SCAN 6040 boasts the lowest energy consumption of its type, which not only helps customers achieve their sustainability goals but helps to reduce noise and heat emitting from the system – resulting in a calmer security screening experience and a low cost of ownership.

The system has ECAC EDS CB C3 approval and featured on the Transport Security Administration’s (‘TSA’) CPSS QPL & APL for base, medium and large configuration checkpoint CT checkpoint screening systems. The CTiX scanner is also STAC, ENAC and IPMO approved, and has TSA APSS v6.2 Level 1 certification.

Earlier this year, Smiths Detection announced the launch of the HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX Model S, which offers the same high-standards with a smaller footprint. This system has already achieved ECAC EDS CB C3 certification in Europe, with further local approvals to follow.

 
 

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Smiths Detection, a global leader in threat detection and security screening technologies, today announces that it has achieved the 1,000th sale of its HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX computed tomography (CT) X-ray scanner.

The HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX produces high-resolution volumetric 3D images for quicker and deeper baggage assessment and automatic explosive detection with low false-alarm rates. This provides an advanced security screening experience that allows passengers to leave electronic devices and liquids in their hand luggage, enabling passengers to move through airport security checkpoints faster, without compromising on safety. The state-of-the-art security scanner ultimately leads to greater safety outcomes, more efficient operations and improved passenger satisfaction.

Already in use in airports around the world, the HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX has been shown to reduce time spent at security by up to 50%, with 90% of passengers at Milan Linate Airport passing through security in fewer than five minutes[1].

Philo Daniel, Global Director Aviation and Urban Security said: “This is a significant achievement for us at Smiths Detection and is reflective of the remarkable system that the team have produced. Not only does the HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX generate the highest quality images, but it also helps make faster decisions and has the quickest belt speed on the market – all of which contributes to getting passengers through security faster, while helping to make the world a safer place.”

In addition, the HI-SCAN 6040 boasts the lowest energy consumption of its type, which not only helps customers achieve their sustainability goals but helps to reduce noise and heat emitting from the system – resulting in a calmer security screening experience and a low cost of ownership.

The system has ECAC EDS CB C3 approval and featured on the Transport Security Administration’s (‘TSA’) CPSS QPL & APL for base, medium and large configuration checkpoint CT checkpoint screening systems. The CTiX scanner is also STAC, ENAC and IPMO approved, and has TSA APSS v6.2 Level 1 certification.

Earlier this year, Smiths Detection announced the launch of the HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX Model S, which offers the same high-standards with a smaller footprint. This system has already achieved ECAC EDS CB C3 certification in Europe, with further local approvals to follow.

 
 

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20 September 2023 |

Hoegh takes proactive measures to reduce the risk of fire

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“Together with a clear decarbonisation target, safety is our top priority both on our existing fleet and when designing our new Aurora class vessels.

Fire safety has been a focus area and part of the design work from day one,” says the COO of Höegh Autoliners, Sebjørn Dahl.

Recent fire incidents aboard EV-carrying vessels have brought attention to factors such as thermal runaway, saltwater intrusion, and compromised battery cells or components. Industry stakeholders, insurers, and safety experts have underscored the need for vigilance.

At Höegh Autoliners we focus both on pre-emptive measures and emergency plans to help mitigate danger. To improve fire detection and the ability to handle a possible fire we have among other measures implemented an extended number of fire zones, and installed heat and smoke detecting cameras and fire blanket stations on all cargo decks. We have more than the Class required amount of CO2, which serves as a highly efficient fire extinguisher on board our vessels.
“We’ve also improved the onboard digital platform. This enables us to include early warning if any loaded unit would send out notification of anomalies such as elevated battery temperatures,” says Dahl.

We are currently not accepting transportation of second-hand Electric Vehicles as they may represent higher risk. Höegh Autoliners have a close collaboration with DNV which enables us to be up to date and informed on the latest research and data on fire safety.

Prior to loading, our fire risk management includes optimized procedures.

Specifically, we aim to maintain high-voltage batteries in electronic and hybrid cars charged ideally below 30 percent and not above 50 percent, effectively mitigating the risk of fire incidents. This deliberate approach curtails energy density on the vessel’s deck, thereby reducing the potential severity of fires.

Secure and safe transportation of cargo to its destination is a key priority for us at Höegh Autoliners. Our cargo handling personnel are well trained and competent to take care of the cargo we carry on board our vessels. We have developed procedures and best practices for cargo handling, to minimise the risk of damage, and are continuously improving our operations so that we can provide the best possible service to our customers at all times. Höegh Autoliners follow best practices in the industry, which reflect years of hands-on experience. Our crew are undergoing regular refresher training on fire safety and firefighting techniques. In cooperation with local training centres we are focusing on hands-on fire-fighting techniques as well as safety procedures for high temperature fires. We conduct regular drills so that the crew are very familiar with their duties, location of equipment and use of the onboard equipment and systems. This will ensure that the crew have the capabilities to apply the correct firefighting method depending on the situation.

Fire incidents can be life-threatening, lead to environmental impacts and cause great damage on the vessels. Therefore, fire safety is among our top priorities at Höegh Autoliners.

 
 

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“Together with a clear decarbonisation target, safety is our top priority both on our existing fleet and when designing our new Aurora class vessels.

Fire safety has been a focus area and part of the design work from day one,” says the COO of Höegh Autoliners, Sebjørn Dahl.

Recent fire incidents aboard EV-carrying vessels have brought attention to factors such as thermal runaway, saltwater intrusion, and compromised battery cells or components. Industry stakeholders, insurers, and safety experts have underscored the need for vigilance.

At Höegh Autoliners we focus both on pre-emptive measures and emergency plans to help mitigate danger. To improve fire detection and the ability to handle a possible fire we have among other measures implemented an extended number of fire zones, and installed heat and smoke detecting cameras and fire blanket stations on all cargo decks. We have more than the Class required amount of CO2, which serves as a highly efficient fire extinguisher on board our vessels.
“We’ve also improved the onboard digital platform. This enables us to include early warning if any loaded unit would send out notification of anomalies such as elevated battery temperatures,” says Dahl.

We are currently not accepting transportation of second-hand Electric Vehicles as they may represent higher risk. Höegh Autoliners have a close collaboration with DNV which enables us to be up to date and informed on the latest research and data on fire safety.

Prior to loading, our fire risk management includes optimized procedures.

Specifically, we aim to maintain high-voltage batteries in electronic and hybrid cars charged ideally below 30 percent and not above 50 percent, effectively mitigating the risk of fire incidents. This deliberate approach curtails energy density on the vessel’s deck, thereby reducing the potential severity of fires.

Secure and safe transportation of cargo to its destination is a key priority for us at Höegh Autoliners. Our cargo handling personnel are well trained and competent to take care of the cargo we carry on board our vessels. We have developed procedures and best practices for cargo handling, to minimise the risk of damage, and are continuously improving our operations so that we can provide the best possible service to our customers at all times. Höegh Autoliners follow best practices in the industry, which reflect years of hands-on experience. Our crew are undergoing regular refresher training on fire safety and firefighting techniques. In cooperation with local training centres we are focusing on hands-on fire-fighting techniques as well as safety procedures for high temperature fires. We conduct regular drills so that the crew are very familiar with their duties, location of equipment and use of the onboard equipment and systems. This will ensure that the crew have the capabilities to apply the correct firefighting method depending on the situation.

Fire incidents can be life-threatening, lead to environmental impacts and cause great damage on the vessels. Therefore, fire safety is among our top priorities at Höegh Autoliners.

 
 

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19 September 2023 |
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