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CSX double stackCSX (NASDAQ: CSX) today announced that it has reached agreements with two unions that provide paid sick leave for approximately 5,000 railroad workers.

The agreements were reached with the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way (BMWED), which represent engineering employees, and the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen (BRC), representing mechanical workers.

Joe Hinrichs, President and Chief Executive Officer of CSX stated, “CSX is committed to listening to our railroaders and working with their representatives to find solutions that improve their quality of life and experience as employees. These agreements demonstrate that commitment and are a direct result of the collaborative relationship we are working to cultivate with all of the unions that represent CSX employees. We greatly appreciate the leadership of the BMWED and BRC in working towards these agreements.”

Nearly 4,000 BMWED and over 1,000 BRC workers are employed with CSX. The company has great respect for the work performed by its front-line employees to provide safe, reliable rail service for the nation, and will continue to pursue similar agreements with its remaining unions.

DP World sets new UK record DP World saw a 5% rise in the volume of trade handled by its two hubs in the UK last year, as the leading provider of smart logistics solutions continued to extend its reach further into the supply chain.

London Gateway alone reported a 14% rise in volumes to 2,053,000 TEU – the first time it has ever exceeded two million units in a year, consolidating its position as Britain’s second biggest container terminal. Together with Southampton, the two terminals handled a record 3,850,000 TEU compared with 3,675,000 in 2021.

Ernst Schulze, UK Chief Executive of DP World, said: “We help trade flow across the globe and this outstanding performance shows our ability to deliver on our commitment to boost growth, support businesses, create jobs and improve living standards in the UK.”

“Within a decade, London Gateway is likely to be handling up to 30% of the country's containerised trade. Its port-centric logistics park will be one of the largest in Europe, employing 12,000 people and underpinned by investment in a second rail terminal and a new fourth berth.”

“At Southampton, we are investing to future-proof the port by improving its infrastructure and introducing warehousing facilities for our customers. We are committed to expanding its capacity as well as making it one of Britain’s most sustainable ports.”

Last month, DP World recently partnered with Economist Impact to launch the latest edition of Trade in Transition, a global trade barometer. The research showed that companies in the UK experienced strong growth in 2022, with expansion of up to 50% in the value of exports reported by 62% of those surveyed. 53% reported a similar rise in the value of imports.

With a global network spanning more than 300 business units in over 75 countries, DP World is continuing to extend its capabilities across the UK supply chain, with the latest step the launch of a new intermodal train service in November connecting London Gateway and Southampton.

Over the last 10 years, DP World has invested £2 billion in the UK, supporting thousands of jobs. Over the next 10 years, the logistics provider has earmarked a further £1 billion of investment, with a £350m new fourth berth at London Gateway now well under construction.

MIA busiest airport in Florida Miami International Airport (MIA) is kicking off the new year with a new passenger record and title: the busiest airport in Florida.

In 2022, MIA served more than 50.6 million passengers, shattering its record of 45.9 million set in 2019 by nearly 10 percent and surpassing Orlando International Airport’s (MCO) 2022 total of 50.1 million travelers last year by half a million.

MIA welcomed a record 29.3 million domestic travelers last year compared to 23.5 million in 2019 while also serving 21.3 million international passengers in 2022, which was one million less than in 2019 but 8.3 million more than in 2021. Compared to the airport’s total of 37.3 million passengers in 2021, when the aviation industry was still recovering from the pandemic, MIA served 13.3 million more passengers in 2022 for a giant leap of 35 percent year over year. In 2022, MIA also matched its record of 2.7 million tons of freight set in 2021, by handling 2.2 million tons of international freight and 500,000 tons of domestic shipments.

"In addition to MIA leading our community’s successful economic recovery from the pandemic, it is again leading the way for the state of Florida as well! Congratulations to the MIA team and partners on surpassing 50 million passengers for the first time in its history. Passenger growth represents tourism revenue, job creation, and expanded opportunities in Miami-Dade County – making all county residents proud." Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.

Contributing to MIA’s rebound from the pandemic were hub carrier American Airlines and its subsidiary Envoy, serving 31.8 million passengers at MIA in 2022, which was 63 percent of the airport’s total and an increase of one million passengers over 2019 for the airline. Since 2019, MIA has also welcomed low-cost carriers Spirit Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and JetBlue Airways, which now rank as the airport’s second, fourth, and eighth-busiest passenger airlines in seat capacity, respectively. Additionally, MIA’s record-breaking year in 2022 included the addition of 15 international routes: six in the Caribbean (Camaguey, Holguin, Santa Clara, Santiago de Cuba, and Varadero, Cuba; and San Salvador, Bahamas); five in South America (Brasilia, Fortaleza and Manaus, Brazil; and Bucaramanga and Santa Marta, Colombia); three in Europe (Dublin, Ireland; Paris, France; and Rome, Italy); and Vancouver, Canada.

Lastly, MIA ended 2022 with its busiest winter holiday travel period from December 21 to January 6, when 2.6 million passengers traveled through the airport – a 2.4 percent increase over its previous record during the same 17-day period in 2021.

"We are honored to once again serve not only as Florida’s busiest airport for international visitors but as its busiest gateway overall. This renewed role and our new record of nearly 51 million annual passengers would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department and our partner airlines, federal agencies, concessionaires, and service companies. Thanks to their commitment to the Miami market, we expect continued success at MIA in 2023." Ralph Cutié, MIA Director and CEO.

MIA’s record-breaking year follows its highest rankings ever among airports in the U.S. and worldwide in 2022, according to Airports Council International’s annual report: #1 U.S. airport for international passengers and international freight; #4 U.S. airport for total freight; #10 U.S. airport for total passengers; #9 global airport for international freight and total flight operations; #10 global airport for total freight; #11 global airport for international passengers; #12 global airport for total passengers.

 

Davies Turner EU Brexit Davies Turner is seeing excellent results from a service that it introduced to help companies to continue to supply goods to the EU despite what was expected in a post-Brexit environment.

The freight forwarding and logistics specialist’s full DDP (Delivered Duty Paid) solution for export shipments from the UK to most EU countries is helping its customers maintain both the flow of products and the same transit times that were achieved prior to Brexit.

Danny Southby, Head of European Network at Davies Turner, says that the service can simplify the process of shipping for some EU-based businesses buying from UK suppliers as it helps to remove administration, customs formalities and costs.

“Selling on a DDP basis is greatly appreciated by EU customers as they are not involved in the import Customs process and can continue to buy products from UK in the same way that they did prior to Brexit.

“The system allows us to pre-enter goods and, if there is a potential problem, we know before the trailer departs.

“The EU consignee receives goods as if they are buying from an EU supplier, and goods are customs cleared at the French Smart Border, with no VAT to be outlaid upfront by our clients. We are able to clear shipments from the UK destined to most EU countries as they enter France.”

Under Davies Turner’s full DDP solution for export shipments, import entries are completed in the name of the UK exporter, with duty (if applicable) charged back to the UK exporter, so that deliveries are not delayed.

Groupage or full load shipments are routed directly to the destination country with no requirement to stop or off-load in France, providing no customs inspection is required.

Southby concludes: “The service helps exporters to avoid delays that would otherwise be created by the need to contact importers to agree terms, and collect VAT and duty, prior to delivery.

“Brexit means that all products moving between the UK and the EU need to go through a customs process.

“By using our full DDP (Delivered Duty Paid) solution for export shipments to the EU, our customers can access a solution to keep products moving without friction, removing almost every barrier that can delay a movement, other than physical customs checks.”

Operating one of the largest networks of European overland trailer services, Davies Turner’s comprehensive network of UK branches trunk into five regional distribution centres, from where freight connects with daily, direct services to hubs across the continent.

Port of Corpus Christi awarded grant The Port of Corpus Christi was awarded $16.4 million through the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DoE) Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE) initiative to evaluate the technical and economic feasibility of permanently storing captured carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial operations.

The Port of Corpus Christi was the only recipient of CarbonSAFE funding in Texas and received the largest total award of those announced by the DoE. The two distinctly funded projects include the collection of geologic data onshore under Port-owned property, and under state-owned offshore tracts, respectively. The grants are designed to accelerate the development of a centralized solution to capture and manage CO2 emissions that otherwise would enter the atmosphere and contribute to global warming.

The onshore project received $9 million in federal funding and is a collaboration between the Port of Corpus Christi and Talos Energy Inc. with Howard Energy Partners, as well as the Texas A&M University System.

The offshore project is a collaboration between the Port of Corpus Christi, 1845 Carbon Storage LLC, Strategic Sequestration Development LLC, and the University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology’s Gulf Coast Carbon Center.

“We applaud the Biden Administration for making such a direct and demonstrative investment in industrial carbon management solutions with the DoE’s CarbonSAFE Program,” said Sean Strawbridge, Chief Executive Officer for the Port of Corpus Christi. “This award is a significant and historic step in the Port of Corpus Christi’s ambition to position the Texas Coastal Bend region as the nation’s premiere carbon management hub, recognizing our customers have already made significant decarbonization commitments to their shareholders and society at large.”

Each of the two proposed carbon capture and storage projects has a goal of storing at least 50 million metric tons of CO2 over a 30-year period. The bulk of the matching funds for the awarded grants will be furnished by the Port of Corpus Christi’s private sector collaborators, with the Port of Corpus Christi’s match coming by way of community benefits programming, including a new PORT-Able Learning Lab and development of decarbonization/climate-specific Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum content for Texas schools.

“As Port of Corpus Christi staff and industry partners work in the background to submit a full application for its Horizons Clean Hydrogen Hub, this award from the DoE will accelerate our efforts on another front to support the federal administration’s decarbonization objectives,” said Charles W. Zahn Jr., Port of Corpus Christi Commission Chairman. “This funding represents a gateway to new jobs and new opportunities for our community in an entirely new sector of the clean energy economy.”

 

FedEx Ford E vans For the third time in 23 years, the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy has arrived on scene in Arizona via FedEx, the Official Delivery Service of the NFL.

A FedEx Express delivery van carried the trophy to the Super Bowl Experience Presented by Lowe’s, officially kicking off the weeklong celebration leading up to Super Bowl LVII between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles.

“Each year, FedEx is honored to play an essential role in the tradition of Super Bowl Week with the delivery of the Vince Lombardi Trophy,” said Jenny Robertson, Senior Vice President, Integrated Marketing and Communications at FedEx. “Arizona continues to be a great host of the Super Bowl, and we’re excited to help formally kick off football’s most-celebrated event.”

This year, David Hokin, a FedEx Express courier with 36 years of service, had the honor of delivering the Vince Lombardi Trophy to the Super Bowl Experience Presented by Lowe’s. Awaiting Hokin’s key delivery was Super Bowl LII Champion Zach Ertz. Together, the duo showcased the trophy in front of NFL fans and media before inviting attendees to snap a photo with it.

The historic Vince Lombardi Trophy, which was handcrafted by artisans at Tiffany & Co., is made of sterling silver and depicts a regulation-size football in kicking position on a pyramid-like base that features the words ‘Vince Lombardi Trophy’ and ‘Super Bowl LVII’ along with the NFL shield.

Fans in the Phoenix area can stop by and view the trophy up close at the Super Bowl Experience Presented by Lowe’s starting Saturday, Feb. 4 & Sunday, Feb. 5 and again on Thursday, Feb. 9 – Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Phoenix Convention Center. On Sunday, Feb. 12, it will be awarded to either the Kansas City Chiefs or Philadelphia Eagles, commemorating the Super Bowl LVII Champion for the 2022-2023 NFL season.

“Seeing the iconic Vince Lombardi Trophy up-close at Super Bowl Experience is a thrill for football fans across the country,” said Peter O’Reilly, NFL EVP of Club Business and League Events. “Our friends at FedEx ensure the trophy’s safe and timely delivery each year, which continues to be an essential part of Super Bowl Week.”

Port of Bilbao record season Ellerman City Liners will start, in mid-February, a weekly direct service between the Port of Bilbao and the east coast of the United States for the multimodal transport of containers.

The vessels of the British shipping company Ellerman will dock at the CSP Iberian Bilbao terminal and the rotation will be Bilbao, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg, Tilbury, New York, Wilmington and Jacksonville.

With this direct connection, transit times will be reduced to 15 days for imports and 18 days for exports between the Bilbao and New York markets.

The service is covered by the vessels "SC Mara" and "Mona Lisa", each with a capacity in excess of 3,500 TEUs. The container ships "Cape Hellas", "Windswept" and "Buxfavourite" are expected to bolster the service in the near future. The weekly call and the vessels in service guarantee regular calls without loss of rotation for shippers.

Ethiopian A350 2Ethiopian Airlines Group, the largest aviation group in Africa, inaugurates a new aviation training center in the city of Hawassa.

The new aviation training center in Hawassa will serve as the second campus for Ethiopian Aviation Academy and will currently be providing pilot trainee programs. The facility accommodates different types of classrooms, three training simulators, three aircraft parking and workshop hangars, trainees’ and instructors’ dorm rooms, a cafeteria and sports ground for various sport types.

Ethiopian Aviation Academy had been providing aviation trainings at its base campus in Addis Ababa to trainees from different parts of the world. The new training center will enable the academy to accommodate more trainees.

Regarding the new Aviation Academy campus Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Mesfin Tasew said “We are truly happy to see the inauguration of our Aviation Academy second training center in Hawassa. As Africa’s giant in the aviation industry, we are determined to reach more people who dream of becoming aviation professionals and enrich our continent with qualified personnel who will take Africa’s aviation to the next level. From the day it has been established more than six decades back, our aviation academy has been producing the best aviation professionals who are competitive at a global level. With our second training center open now, more trainees will have the chance to realize their dreams and that is a huge achievement for us.”

He added, “Apart from the basic Aviation courses, the training center will be offering various customer service and leadership trainings for companies in Hawassa and South regional states, contributing for their success”.

Ethiopian Aviation Academy (EAA) is the largest and most modern aviation academy in Africa recognized as ICAO regional Training Center of Excellence. The academy provides world class training in different areas of aviation profession. Currently the academy offers Pilot, Simulator, Cabin Crew and Catering, Aircraft Maintenance, Commercial and Ground Service and Leadership Trainings at its head quarter in Addis Ababa.

Turkish Cargo cargomart Turkish Airlines’ air cargo brand, Turkish Cargo, is now live on CargoAi’s marketplace solution (CargoMART), for users in 4 countries.

In the pilot phase, CargoMART users in France, Spain, Netherlands and Singapore will have access to booking Turkish Cargo’s new services TK SMART (general cargo service), TK PREMIUM and TK URGENT (express cargo service) instantaneously on all Turkish Cargo routes.

In keeping with its philosophy to provide full visibility to its users for informed and actionable business decisions, CargoAi’s integration with Turkish Cargo is unique in that it displays non-bookable options to its users. Where other platforms filter out such options, forwarders on CargoMART are instantly in the know and can quickly make an offline booking (via call for example) for such shipments.

"We’re thrilled to be announcing the partnership between Turkish Cargo and CargoAi, as this will significantly increase Turkish Airlines’ cargo revenue opportunities from a 360 perspective. By providing full visibility throughout the airfreight procurement process, we continue our mission to bring the best digital booking experience that CargoMART offers to our joint customers.” says Matt Petot, CEO of CargoAi.

Users of CargoMART benefit from searching for real-time schedules, bulk quoting, e-booking, the ability to track and trace each shipment, as well CargoAi’s Cargo2ZERO sustainable features to support the air cargo industry’s decarbonization mission.

Following the successful pilot launch, Turkish Cargo will expand its offering on CargoAi worldwide. The worldwide rollout will allow the full visibility and booking of all its routes to more than 6,000 freight forwarders across 63 countries who regularly use CargoAi’s marketplace, CargoMART.

Qatar Airways Penang Qatar Airways Cargo will recommence belly capacity services to Penang, Malaysia, effective 2 February 2023.

Qatar Airways Cargo will operate an A330 passenger freighter to Penang via Qatar Airways’ passenger flights to Phuket, four times a week. This adds more than 70 tonnes of available capacity each week, that will feed into Qatar Airways Cargo’s extensive international network via its state-of-the-art Doha hub.

The service complements the existing seven weekly belly-hold flights to the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, providing customers with over 200 tonnes of cargo capacity from Malaysia.

Guillaume Halleux, Chief Officer Cargo at Qatar Airways Cargo commented: “Qatar Airways Cargo is implementing its meticulous Next Generation approach throughout its network, aiming for optimum resource deployment in alignment with customer requirements.

“Our network planning team saw a perfect opportunity in the passenger A330 flight’s ground-time in Phuket, and have worked hard to establish a well-scheduled, interim passenger-freighter connection to Penang and back to maximise the cargo capacity into and out of Malaysia’s second-busiest cargo airport.

“This Next Generation-style multi-modal strategy sees Qatar Airways’ Doha-Phuket passenger connection becoming a Phuket-Penang-Phuket passenger-freighter for four days of the week, before returning to Doha again as a passenger service with lower deck cargo.”

“The re-launch of our Penang connections in an innovative and unique manner illustrates our ambition and ability, at Qatar Airways Cargo, to provide connectivity to our customers in the best possible way.

With the exception of Mail, the destination is open for all commodity types. Penang is the largest export contributing state within Malaysia, with mostly electronics/electrical equipment, general cargo and vulnerable cargo being sent by air.

Air Canada London Heathrow reception Air Canada Cargo today unveiled a renewed customer reception area at its London Heathrow facility, marking one of the latest investments in improving its services to customers around the globe.

The reception area is the first part of a wider project to modernize many parts of its London facility, which is Air Canada Cargo’s largest European hub.

The revitalized reception area in this self-handled facility provides a new customer area to receive trucked shipments. Incorporating many design elements found in Air Canada’s premium offerings at airports, the London Heathrow cargo customer reception area includes a living wall featuring three types of locally-sourced mosses that help purify the air in the reception area, reflecting Air Canada’s sustainability efforts. The new space also includes improved workstations for Air Canada Cargo customer service agents to better serve clients.

“This improvement to our London Heathrow facility is the first of many investments in both customer-facing areas and our operations. The new space better represents the Air Canada Cargo brand and is a clear sign of the airline’s commitment to London as a hub facility as it continues strategically expanding the business,” said John Lloyd, Senior Director – Europe, Middle East and India for Air Canada Cargo.

The London renovations are the latest of several significant Air Canada Cargo investments in 2022 , which includes an expansion of its facilities in Frankfurt and the signing of a long-term lease in Vancouver that will see Air Canada Cargo more than double its space at its key trans-Pacific hub. The new Vancouver facility is expected to come on-line in early 2024, coinciding with the arrival of Air Canada Cargo’s first Boeing 777 freighter.

In 2022, the arrival of two additional freighters allowed Air Canada Cargo to begin serving new destinations, including Dallas, Atlanta, and Bogota. Two factory-build 767 freighters were also acquired in 2022 and are expected to enter service in 2023.

Air Canada Cargo also inaugurated its new cold chain facility at its global hub at Toronto-Pearson as an integral part of a multi-year modernization program at the facility. It introduced temperature controlled Releye containers, part of the AC Absolute solution, for transporting pharmaceuticals, and began offering specialized equine transport services on its freighters.

Air Canada Cargo continues to invest in new technologies and has entered strategic arrangements with several web-based booking platforms that allow customers greater access to available capacity on its aircraft.

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