Some Smaller Items of Freight News You May Have Overlooked This Week
UK – SINGAPORE – Strategic Marine has developed its latest crew transfer vessel (CTV) to meet demands from the offshore wind industry, the Strat Cat 27 (SC27) was designed with a reduced environmental footprint in mind and in conjunction with UK headquartered BMT. The vessel is offered with two superstructure options for either 24 or 12 technicians. The SC27 is designed for flexibility and can be fitted with various engine makes and can reach in excess of 30 knots at full speed with bespoke options for propulsion, cranes, fenders and ride control etc. and has reduced emissions and fuel consumption compared to its predecessor. UK – Survitec, which supplies survival and safety solutions to the marine, defence, aviation, and energy markets, has completed a GBP270 million refinancing with funds managed or advised by global alternative investment manager Credit Group of Ares Management Corporation.
UK – Intermodal transport group Maritime has joined with community volunteer group, Litter-Free Felixstowe (LFF), in its national campaign for litter-free roads and lay-bys. Maritime, alongside various other hauliers and three major UK ports who have signed the litter-free pledge, will be organising regular litter picks across its 40+ depots spanning the UK and surrounding areas which drivers and staff will be invited to take part in. The campaign, titled ‘Litter-Free Roads & Lay-bys’, went live on Earth Day – 22nd April, and aims to unite members of the transport and logistics community to tackle the dramatic rise in roadside litter which continues to have a devastating impact on wildlife and the environment, whilst raising an even greater awareness to other road users nationally with the hope of eventually eliminating the litter epidemic.
UK – The Woodland Group has launched new rail freight connected services at iPort Rail, Doncaster to move containers between the ports of Felixstowe and Southampton with further services to London Gateway and Immingham to follow. By May more than 140 container movements are expected per month. The move comes after the privately owned logistics company opened a 195,000 square foot fulfilment and distribution facility at the 800-acre multimodal logistics hub iPort, developed by pan-European specialist Verdion.
The facility, which became operational in March, is located next to the rail terminal. SWEDEN – At Ports of Stockholm’s northern most port, Port of Kapellskar, transhipment cargo handling has seen a sharp rise. During the first quarter of 2021 more than 3,000 tonnes of cargo were handled at the port, all transported by DFDS from Paldiski in Estonia, and transferred to road haulage vehicles on arrival in port.
The transhipment cargo mainly consists of three types of goods: OSB sheet materials for the Norwegian and Swedish construction industries, granulated UREA in large sacks for use in AdBlue (which reduces hazardous emissions from diesel engines), and housing modules.This equates to 40% of Ports of Stockholm’s ferry freight to and from Finland, Estonia and the Aland Islands. The port handles around 3 million tonnes of goods annually. ECUADOR – The news that a Special Economic Development Zone (ZEDE) is to be created in an area adjacent to the Port of Guayaquil, the country’s main sea port, has been welcomed by local businesses.
To attract business, the ZEDE will offer several tax incentives that include exemption from Income Tax for a decade and various others for Foreign Exchange Exit Tax, VAT credit on local purchases etc.
Jose Antonio Contreras, General Manager at ICTSI subsidiary Contecon Guayaquil S.A. said the plan offered an unbeatable location with a clear regulatory framework which would encourage the country’s export business.
Photo: Crew transfer vessel Strat Cat 27.
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