Smaller Items of Logistics Related News You Might Have Missed This Week

UK – Post lockdown any company relying on security scanning technology needs to be sure that the machines will operate accurately when switched on after a long period of disuse. Now one company working in the field, Todd Research, is offering a service including a thorough regeneration check, routine maintenance, and safety checks on radiation levels, irrespective of the make and model of the scanner. Todd says X-ray scanners are designed to be in constant operation and, if they are turned off for a long time, a variety of problems can arise, such as damage to critical components, and also that moving one means being subject to a legal requirement under IRR17 regulations to perform a critical examination following the relocation.

Todd has created a five-point checklist on how to safely wake a machine after a lay off. UK – With sustainability right at the head of the modern company agenda comes a series of video talks from some leading lights across a range of industries illustrating how a variety of major players are modernising their portfolios to effect this. Ecovadis, which offers businesses audited sustainability ratings has added the films to its regular newsletter and all can be watched HERE. UK – After GBRf announced a 5 day a week intermodal rail service between the Port of Felixstowe to the recently resurrected Tinsley Marshalling Yard, located between Sheffield and Rotherham working with Maersk Line, so Genesee & Wyoming (G&W) subsidiary Freightliner have done exactly the same.

The company says the new service will run between the UK’s busiest container port and the new Newell & Wright Transport site at Tinsley, carrying a range of goods and further supporting customers’ network requirements and their sustained efforts to decarbonise transport operations. UK – BENELUX – British freight forwarder Davies Turner says its business in the region has gone from strength-to-strength building on an existing cooperation with Mainfreight. The successful working relationship with the company in Belgium and France led to an exclusive cooperation agreement with the Dutch subsidiary of Mainfreight, with a daily trailer service between the Netherlands and the UK commencing in June last year.

The service offers a rapid collection and delivery system combined with full in-house Import and Export Customs solutions provided by dedicated Customs specialists and cargo handled between Mainfreight’s 110,000 square metre hub in ‘s-Heerenberg and Davies Turner’s own facilities in both Dartford and Birmingham, along with regular services to Manchester and Bristol. UK – FRANCE – In June 2021, Le Shuttle Freight transported 115,408 trucks, an increase of 7% compared to June 2020. Eurotunnel says the slowdown in growth observed is the consequence of a temporary and planned reduction in capacity, linked to the end of work to connect the ElecLink cable in the Tunnel. UK – SRI LANKA – Inchcape Shipping Services and John Keells Holdings PLC have signed a joint venture agreement to form Inchcape Mackinnon Mackenzie Shipping (Private) Ltd. to provide a maritime services in Sri Lanka which includes a full portfolio of fleet support services.

Together the pair have over three centuries of history in the trade. The services will include Port Agency, Husbandry, Crew logistics services, Ship Chandlery, Bunker fuel supply, Liner Agency, Marine Survey & Inspection, Logistics services to oil and gas, construction, dredging, cable-laying, Cruise tourism and others sectors, Military support services and Maritime Consultancy are also available. UK – WORLDWIDE – Expert speakers from the world of automated warehousing and logistics will present during a live webinar developed specifically for automation specialists, suppliers and partners.

The event, set to take place on Thursday, 29 July 2021, 10-11.30am BST, will discuss the latest hardware and software technological advances that are supporting the creation of faster, more secure and dynamic supply chains for the retail sector. Confirmed speakers include Tony Matthews, Head of Fulfilment at Cloud Fulfilment, Chu Zou, Head of Overseas Support at Libiao Robotics, and Sam Ryall of meeting organisers Schoeller Allibert UK who will join a panel discussion. Registration for the event can be made HERE.

ABU DHABI – COSCO Shipping Ports (CSP) container terminal at Khalifa Port says it will be the first in the Middle East to implement an autonomous port truck system. Following a two-month trial period, a total of six electric Q-Trucks will be commissioned by CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal and tasked with supporting mother vessel loading and unloading activities within the facility’s container yard. Produced by Qomolo, a sub-brand of ShangHai Westwell-Lab Technology Company, the L5 Autonomous Freight Trucks have 360 degree sensors with traffic monitoring and driving guidance systems for remote operation.

Moving forward, CSP Abu Dhabi and Khalifa Port say they will continue to explore other potential applications for AI-powered solutions within terminal and port operations. NORWAY – SWEDEN – Oslo based emissions reduction technology group Yara Marine has acquired Gothenburg headquartered Lean marine, which specialises in automated fuel-saving, performance management, and reporting solutions for vessels, with over 200 systems installed in ships so far. Lean Marine will continue to offer FuelOpt and Fleet Analytics as part of Yara Marine’s portfolio of green technologies for the maritime industry, and these offerings will be backed by Yara Marine’s global service and support infrastructure.

LUXEMBOURG – WORLDWIDE – At its recent AGM the Cool Chain Association (CCA) launched a Technical Committee and welcomed five new members. The Committee, open only to members, aims to assist, analyse, study, and manage critical points affecting product quality along the cool chain, as well as developing standards, and initiating projects. The five new CCA members include Qatar Cargo, 7P Solutions, FreshBizDev, SmartCAE, and AirCargo Consultancy Global.

CCA is planning its Cool Chain Association Perishables Conference 2021 in partnership with The Perishables Products Export Control Board (PPECB), which will take place virtually in September. US – The country’s largest grocery retailer, the Kroger Co. is working with intelligent automation and specialised software supplier KNAPP to reinvigorate the retailer’s existing Great Lakes Distribution Centre in Delaware, Ohio. The distribution centre opened in 2003 and currently services 115 stores in central and northwest Ohio, as well as southeast Michigan and the Ohio River Valley region.

During the renovation, the facility will expand by 130,000 square feet. The site uses a unique combination of KNAPP OSR(TM) Shuttle Evo (order, storage and retrieval) shuttles that deliver grocery cases in an exact sequence to the RUNPICK robotic palletizers, which KNAPP says delivers next generation efficiency and performance increases for Kroger’s supply chain network. ARABIAN GULF – Coalition Task Force (CTF) Sentinel, the multinational maritime effort to promote maritime stability, ensure safe passage, and enhance freedom of navigation throughout key waterways in the Arabian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, and the Gulf of Oman, has completed its third iteration of combined exercise Sentinel Shield.

Sentinels are large naval assets, such as frigates and destroyers, which provide over watch of two critical choke points, the Strait of Hormuz and the Bab el-Mandeb Strait. Sentries are smaller naval vessels, such as patrol craft and corvettes, which patrol key transit areas between the choke points. Each exercise increases synchronicity between partner nations enabling them to continue deterring state-sponsored malign activity in the region.

During the exercise, the United Arab Emirates Navy missile patrol boat Marban (P152) and United States Navy guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) conducted synchronized tactical manoeuvres while testing communications across systems and platforms with each other and merchant vessels.

Photo: CSP Abu Dhabi container terminal has become the first facility to implement an autonomous port truck system at Khalifa Port.