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vado gateway winning terminal For a terminal typically renowned for its reefer expertise, a 284% year-on-year increase in vehicle import volumes in 2023 and a strong start in 2024, the Vado Gateway in norther Italy appears to have hit upon a winning formula for roll-on roll-off customers.

With a post-Covid recovery of the automobile market, a surge in imports of electric vehicles from Asia to Europe, and a recent drop-off in demand for EVs resulting in reports of congestion at many roll-on roll-off facilities in Europe, “the timing was right for a renewed focus on this market,” according to Santi Casciano - CEO Vado Gateway and Reefer Terminal.

The terminal has been able to leverage this market opportunity, thanks to the Reefer Terminal's infrastructure, which includes a 460-meter long ro-ro quay, off-dock rail facility (4 lanes, 450 m length) connecting motorail trains with key markets in Northern Italy, and Container Terminal drafts capable of accommodating ships up to 17.25 meters. Plans are in motion to increase capacity at the rail-facility with track extension to 750m by 2026.

With the growth seen over previous years, Casciano has his sights set high. “Our infrastructure, and experience accrued over the year means that the Vado Gateway port system has all the technical features and skills necessary to serve this market with the highest standards and is a candidate to become one of the main Mediterranean gateways for automotive logistics," he says.

“Our well-connected rail network can also contribute to reducing CO2 emissions and overall improving the environmental sustainability of the entire supply chain.”

This month, a new partnership, Vehicle Logistic Vado (VLV) was also established. Partners XCA- Arcese, a leader in multi-model vehicle transportation in Europe, and Fratelli Cosulich Group, a leader in shipping and logistics, will invest in a strategically located secure area tailored to Finished Vehicle Logistics’ operations close to the Vado Ligure port complex. VLV aspires to become the gateway to the European market, offering a compelling alternative to Northern ports.

Together with APM Terminals ro-ro expertise and port infrastructure, this will provide customers with a fully integrated supply chain for vehicle logistics into Europe, and offers the potential to make Vado, the gateway to Europe for vehicle imports.

CMA CGM Koper Last weekend, the CMA CGM SCANDOLO, the first LNG-powered ship ever to call at the Port of Koper, was berthed.

The 15,000 TEU container ship from French shipowner CMA CGM represents a significant step towards a more responsible approach to the environment and a gradual reduction of CO2 emissions. On this occasion, the ship was visited by Gregor Belič, Member of the Management Board of the Port of Koper, and Bine Štancar, General Manager of the CMA CGM Adriatic Cluster.

The CMA CGM SCANDOLA is one of 35 ships in the French shipowner’s fleet powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). By 2028, the number of ships powered by decarbonised fuels is expected to increase to 120, reducing CO2 emissions by up to 20% compared to fossil-fuelled ships.

The green business decision is part of the shipowner’s commitment to achieve net zero emissions or climate neutrality by 2050, and to reduce emissions from the entire logistics group substantially in the years before that. “The arrival of the CMA CGM SCANDOLA demonstrates our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and to adopting more environmentally friendly forms of transport and logistics,” said Bine Štancar, General Manager of the CMA CGM Adriatic Cluster.

The use of LNG as a propellant in maritime transport is currently considered one of the most promising and efficient alternative energy sources, helping to reduce the negative environmental impact of maritime transport and preserve air quality. The use of LNG fuel is expected to achieve up to 99% less sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions, 91% less PM emissions and 92% less nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions both during the voyage and as local emissions while the ship is moored in port.

“We are pleased that CMA CGM’s objectives are in line with the sustainable development strategy of the Port of Koper, which is based on maintaining environmental sustainability standards, reducing the Company’s carbon footprint and increasing energy self-sufficiency through renewable energy sources. In addition, for many years now, we at the Port of Koper have been working to involve shipowners in activities to reduce environmental burdens. This is why we have recently introduced the Environmental Ship Index (ESI) scheme, which is also used by other ports to incentivise and reward cleaner ships,” said Gregor Belič, Member of the Management Board, adding that ships that meet several environmental criteria to reduce their environmental impact are already able to pay lower port charges. This is one of the key comparative advantages of the ports included in the ESI scheme.

Efforts to achieve the objectives of the energy transition of the Port of Koper are increasingly being implemented mainly through the provision of infrastructure for the generation of electricity from renewable sources. Investments in photovoltaic power plants on the roofs of warehouses are currently being finalised and are expected to be connected to the internal grid by this summer.

Domededovo Ethiopian Airlines Ethiopian Airlines, Africa's largest network operating carrier, is excited to announce the launch of new four times weekly passenger services to Warsaw, Poland via Athens.

The inaugural flight is scheduled as of June 16, 2024, expanding the airline's European destinations to 24.

The new route, ET 764 from Addis Ababa to Warsaw via Athens, will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Return flight ET 765 from Warsaw to Addis Ababa via Athens will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Mesfin Tasew, regarding the planned commencement of the new passenger services to Warsaw, remarked, “We are truly excited to further grow our presence in the European market with yet another new destination. This development is in harmony with our strategic intent to bridge Africa with the globe while fostering commerce and tourism within the continent. We have finalized our preparations to start delivering a gratifying journey experience to our patrons on this route.”

With its modern fleet, extensive network, and award-winning services, Ethiopian Airlines continues to be a leading airline in Africa and a global player in the aviation industry offering convenient travel options with seamless connections to more than 135 global destinations. As the airline celebrates its 78th anniversary this year, the addition of Warsaw into our network further solidifies our position as a key player in the African aviation market and beyond. With its more than 60 destinations in Africa, it is playing a key role in bringing Africa closer to the world and now to Poland in particular.

Travelers can now book their flights to Warsaw via Athens on Ethiopian Airlines' website or through their preferred travel agent. The airline looks forward to welcoming passengers on board and providing them with a memorable journey.

Cathay Pacific A350Cathay Pacific today released its traffic figures for March 2024, which showed strong demand for travel from Hong Kong driven by the Easter holiday period, and travel to Hong Kong supported by the various exhibitions and events held in the city.

Cathay Pacific carried a total of 1,883,404 passengers in March 2024, an increase of 42.4% compared with March 2023. The month’s revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) increased 38.1% year on year. Passenger load factor decreased by 6.6 percentage points to 83.8%, while available seat kilometres (ASKs) increased by 48.9% year on year. In the first three months of 2024, the number of passengers carried increased by 55.7% to a total of 5,401,778, against a 56.4% increase in ASKs and a 47.7% increase in RPKs, as compared with the same period for 2023.

The airline carried 134,551 tonnes of cargo in March 2024, an increase of 10.5% compared with March 2023. The month’s cargo revenue tonne kilometres (RFTKs) increased 4.1% year on year. The cargo load factor decreased by 4.3 percentage points to 62.7%, while available cargo tonne kilometres (AFTKs) increased by 11.2% year on year. In the first three months of 2024, the tonnage increased by 11.1% to a total of 356,380 tonnes, against a 15.2% increase in AFTKs and a 6.2% increase in RFTKs, as compared with the same period for 2023.

Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Lavinia Lau said: “Our travel business performed well in March with healthy demand across our services both leading up to and during the Easter holiday period. Student traffic from the United Kingdom was particularly strong ahead of Easter, and outbound and return traffic in general surged over the holidays.

"Demand in the premium cabins both to and from Hong Kong also remained strong. This was driven by the various exhibitions and trade shows that took place in the city in March, most notably the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show and Art Basel. We were also pleased to resume our direct flights between Bangkok and Singapore in March, which have been popular with customers.

“Cargo demand was stronger in March, with our tonnage up by 26% compared with the previous month and up by 11% compared to March 2023. Cargo demand out of Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland picked up quickly after factories re-opened following the Chinese New Year holidays, and we observed an increase in e-commerce and express shipments due to the end-of-quarter rush.

“Looking ahead to the Chinese Mainland’s forthcoming Labour Day ‘Golden Week’ holiday period, we are seeing a healthy increase in travel demand from the Chinese Mainland to Hong Kong, as well as to regional destinations via the Hong Kong hub. We will be increasing our ​ Chinese Mainland frequencies to around 200 round-trip flights per week as a Group during the Golden Week to cater for this strong demand.

“In terms of cargo, we expect e-commerce demand to remain strong and for overall air cargo demand to be stable on long-haul routes.

“As the largest cargo operator at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), we also congratulate HKIA on once again being named the world's busiest cargo airport in 2023 – a status it has held for 13 of the past 14 years. We are extremely proud to be part of this incredible success story, and remain committed to continuing to work together with all stakeholders to further grow Hong Kong as the world’s leading air cargo hub.”

Davies Turner Logistics hub Davies Turner, the UK’s leading independent freight forwarding and logistics company, has opened its latest logistics fulfilment centre; its seventh bespoke 3PL facility in the UK.

Located in Atherstone in the English Midlands, the new hub further enhances the company’s capacity to deliver logistics fulfilment services to businesses seeking to outsource their supply chain management requirements.

The new multi-user hub is a fully Customs-bonded facility, with 140,000 sq ft of warehousing, incorporating a high bay fully racked area, with a top location level of 15 m and eaves height of 17 m, suitable for VNA forklift operations, as well as 20,000 pallet locations.

The new logistics fulfilment centre also features four 35,000 sq ft mezzanine floors with conveyors, barcode readers and cameras to assist in automation.

The mezzanines are set up for the sortation, rework, value added services and fulfilment activities required for the company’s growing e-commerce facilitation activities and online retail logistics operations.

There are 17 loading docks and two level access doors into the warehouse, as well as space to park 30-plus heavy goods vehicles.

Close to both the M1 and M6 motorways, the new facility marks the next phase of the company’s investment programme in its fulfilment services and rivals in size the largest logistics hub in Davies Turner’s portfolio in Avonmouth, near Bristol, that was opened in 2017.

Davies Turner’s portfolio of warehousing and logistics property across the UK now amounts to well over one million square feet, and includes 3PL fulfilment facilities at Coleshill, Dartford, Heathrow, Glasgow and two near Bristol; plus other regional distribution centres and smaller branches supporting them.

Davies Turner director, Alan Williams said: “Our large freehold property portfolio is self-funded and represents a clear and ongoing demonstration of the company’s willingness to invest in the future of our business.

“The development marks the next step in the ongoing growth of our 3PL supply chain management business and frees up some space at our other facilities in the Midlands for general freight.

“It is by no means the end of the company’s plans to continue to invest in the development of bespoke logistics fulfilment centres around the UK.”

CSX double stackCSX (NASDAQ: CSX) has unveiled its first hydrogen-powered locomotive, marking a significant milestone in sustainable freight transportation.

This pioneering achievement is the result of a successful partnership between CSX and Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) and demonstrates the company’s commitment to innovation and environmental stewardship.

The hydrogen locomotive was converted from an existing diesel locomotive using a hydrogen conversion kit developed by CPKC. The transformation took place at the CSX locomotive shop in Huntington, W.Va.

"The successful debut of our first hydrogen-powered locomotive stands as a testament to the exceptional skill and dedication of our employees at the CSX Huntington locomotive shop," said CSX President and Chief Executive Officer Joe Hinrichs. "CSX’s commitment to sustainability in our operations is exemplified by the outstanding efforts of these employees, who, through their craftsmanship, are helping advance our collaboration with CPKC. We are proud to work with CPKC to scale this hydrogen technology and help pave the way for meaningful sustainable solutions for the future.”

Converting an existing unit into a next-generation locomotive further extends the useful life of the asset. The conversion team reused several components, including the frame, cab, traction motors, and trucks.

This groundbreaking locomotive makes its debut less than 12 months after the collaboration between CSX and CPKC was announced in the summer of 2023.

Hydrogen presents a promising alternative to fossil fuels, offering greater efficiency and zero emissions. Unlike traditional diesel engines, hydrogen-powered locomotives emit only water vapor, contributing to cleaner air and environment.

As the next step, CSX will deploy the new hydrogen-powered locomotive for field testing and further evaluate its performance and operational feasibility. This initiative marks a significant stride forward in CSX's ongoing commitment to innovation and sustainability.

Cathay Cargo HKIA Cathay Cargo congratulates Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) for once again being named the world's busiest cargo airport in 2023, according to the latest data from Airports Council International (ACI).

As the city's home carrier for 77 years and the largest cargo operator at HKIA, Cathay Cargo is proud to be part of this success story.

Cathay’s Director Cargo Tom Owen said: “Hong Kong once again being named number one in the world for air cargo is a testament to the resilience, innovation and collaboration of the Hong Kong air cargo community. With its world-leading infrastructure, expertise and capabilities, supported by the increased development of intermodal connectivity within the Greater Bay Area, Hong Kong continues to be at the forefront of the global air cargo industry.

“Cathay’s ongoing investments in our passenger and freighter fleets, our extensive cargo network, cargo facilities, and our digital and sustainability capabilities to meet the evolving needs of cargo customers, are a reflection of our deep confidence in the long-term future of the Hong Kong air cargo logistics hub. We certainly don’t take Hong Kong’s air cargo success for granted, and remain committed to continuing to work together with the Transport and Logistics Bureau, Civil Aviation Department, Airport Authority Hong Kong, all sectors in the air cargo industry, and countless other important stakeholders to continue to grow Hong Kong further as the world’s leading air cargo hub, and the premier air cargo gateway connecting the Chinese Mainland with the rest of the world.”

Last month, Hong Kong International Airport and Cathay Cargo hosted the IATA World Cargo Symposium, one of the air cargo industry’s largest and most prestigious annual events, for the first time. The event achieved record attendance for an IATA event, and Cathay Cargo as the event’s host airline was proud to have the opportunity to showcase everything that makes the Hong Kong air cargo logistics hub truly best-in-class.

Cathay Cargo operates a fleet of 20 Boeing 747 freighter aircraft and also carries cargo in the bellies of the Cathay Group’s more than 190 passenger aircraft. In December 2023, it announced the purchase of six new state-of-the-art Airbus A350F freighters, and secured the right to acquire 20 additional aircraft in the future.

In 2023, Cathay Cargo carried almost 1.4 million tonnes of cargo, representing a 20% increase from 2022.

Emirates DB Schenker Emirates SkyCargo, the cargo arm of the world’s largest international airline, has established an API connection with DB Schenker, a global leader in logistics service solutions.

By leveraging digital tools, Emirates SkyCargo aims to elevate its world-class customer experience and enable the swifter and more efficient flow of international trade.

The host-to-host connection with DB Schenker’s internal booking engine optimizes the air freight booking process, providing agents with direct access to Emirates SkyCargo’s schedules, Standard and Contract Tariff rates and available capacity, as well as the airline’s vast global network of over 140 destinations across six continents.

Launching first in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the connection will then launch globally, facilitating trade with key markets including Hong Kong, China, Singapore, India, Germany and the USA. Initially, the service will enable agents to book general cargo, with the possibility of adding other products from Emirates SkyCargo’s multi-vertical, industry-leading portfolio in the near future.

PharmaAero Emirates SkyCargo Pharma.Aero, the global cross-industry collaboration platform for excellence in pharmaceutical transportation, proudly announces the addition of Emirates SkyCargo to its alliance.

This strategic collaboration marks a significant milestone in advancing the standards of pharmaceutical logistics on a global scale.

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, renowned for its extensive network and state-of-the-art facilities, brings unparalleled expertise and capabilities to the Pharma.Aero network. With its commitment to excellence and innovation, Emirates SkyCargo has consistently set benchmarks in the air cargo industry, making it a natural fit for Pharma.Aero's mission to enhance the transportation of life-saving medicines worldwide.

Trevor Caswell, Chairman of Pharma.Aero, expressed his enthusiasm about this partnership, stating, "Emirates SkyCargo's decision to join Pharma.Aero underscores our shared commitment to excellence in pharmaceutical logistics. Together, we will leverage our collective strengths to ensure the safe, secure, and efficient transportation of critical medical supplies, furthering our mission to serve patients worldwide."

Julian Sutch, Global Head of Pharma Sales, Emirates SkyCargo said, “We are one of the healthcare industry’s leading partners, moving over 2 million kilograms of pharmaceutical cargo around the world every week. Through this partnership with Pharma.Aero, we are committed to lending our insight and capabilities to solve the industry’s biggest challenges and working collaboratively with other stakeholders to achieve a truly unbroken supply chain.”

Pharma.Aero serves as a collaborative platform bringing together Life Sciences and MedTech manufacturers, airports, airlines, freight forwarders, ground handlers and other logistics providers to drive innovation and best practices in the transportation of healthcare products. Emirates SkyCargo joins a distinguished group of industry leaders within the Pharma.Aero alliance, further solidifying the organization's position as a global leader in pharmaceutical air transportation excellence.

Los Angeles C40 Shanghai The Port of Los Angeles handled 743,417 container units in March, a 19% increase over the previous year.

It was the eighth consecutive month of year-over-year growth at the nation’s busiest port.

For the first quarter ending March 31, local dockworkers moved 2,380,503 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) across Los Angeles marine terminals––nearly 30% more than 2023. It was among the Port’s best first quarter starts, behind only the pandemic import surge in 2021 and 2022.

“Moving into April and the second quarter, I expect robust cargo flow to continue here,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka at today’s media briefing. “A strong job market and continued consumer spending, along with our ability to handle additional volume, will help drive cargo to Los Angeles in the coming months.”

Seroka was joined at the Port’s media briefing by Anne Neuberger, Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Tech. As Deputy Assistant to President Biden, Neuberger advises on matters related to cybersecurity, digital innovation and emerging technologies.

Among other topics, Neuberger shared insights on President Biden’s recent Executive Order to bolster cybersecurity at U.S. ports.

March 2024 loaded imports landed at 379,542 TEUs, up 19% compared to the previous year. Loaded exports came in at 144,718 TEUs, an increase of 47% compared to last year. It was the Port’s best export month since January 2020 and marked 10 consecutive months of year-over-year export gains.

The Port processed 219,158 empty containers, up 7% over 2023.

Porthos project After a period of preparation, there is now a noticeable start to construction of the infrastructure on the Porthos project for transportation and storage of CO2.

Today, the first drilling took place. The drill made a hole under the seawall on the Maasvlakte.

Via a compressor station, Porthos will transport captured CO2 through the port of Rotterdam to a platform some 20 km off the coast. From this platform, CO2 will be permanently stored in empty gas fields 3 to 4 km under the North Sea bed. After that, CO2 will be arriving from the port area to the compressor station on the Maasvlakte. From this point, a pipeline runs to the platform out at sea. Today, a tunnel was drilled that runs under the seawall on the Maasvlakte.

For today’s drilling under the seawall, a drill with a diameter of over 300 mm was used. This drill dug under the seawall to just under the seabed. The casing tube for the CO2 pipeline is about 800 mm. To facilitate this, the tunnel will be widened to about 1050 mm. The casing tube, with an overall length of 600 metres, consists of 34 pipes that were welded together last month. The casing tube will be pushed down the drill hole from the landward side. The CO2 pipeline itself will be led through the casing tube sometime in 2025.

In the near future, work will continue on the CO2 pipeline at other locations in the port of Rotterdam as well. This subterranean tubing system will move captured CO2 from companies to the compressor station. The system will transect multiple waterways, train tracks and roads in the port area. Porthos will be operational in 2026.

Porthos is a joint venture of EBN, Gasunie, and the Port of Rotterdam Authority. Porthos plans to store about 2.5 Mton per year for 15 years, totalling around 37 Mton. Thanks to Porthos, the Rotterdam port industry will soon be reducing its CO2 emissions by about 10%. The onshore compressor station and transportation system under construction will accommodate future CO2 storage projects.

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