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The air and rail transportation solution, which GEODIS developed in close cooperation with all partners, includes the continuous monitoring of the shipments. Employees of the Chinese supplier watch over the dispatching and loading of the containers at the Sichuan Medicines & Health Products I./E. Corporation’s production facilities in Shendong, where the certified goods are manufactured. The GEODIS teams in China and Europe monitor transport from Chengdu to the destinations in Germany. So-called GEOtags are used for the containers, which enable live tracking via GPS.

The first airfreight shipment from Chengdu Airport to Frankfurt took place on May 19. This first partial delivery consisted of 2.5 million disposable gloves, packed in 2,500 boxes weighing almost 15 tons. In Frankfurt, GEODIS employees packed the goods on 40 pallets, cleared customs and prepared them for collection.

The first of the four shipments by rail departed from Chengdu to Nuremberg on May 21. Loaded in 40-foot containers, 9,000 boxes with around nine million gloves arrived last weekend. Four more containers left Chengdu on May 28 and June 4. New ones will follow on June 18, and 25. The final shipment is planned to arrive in Nuremberg on July 11.

With its combined transport solution, GEODIS guarantees maximum flexibility in order to be able to react quickly to changes in the supply chain.

The international law firm Berg & Moll, which is specialized in projects for the Belt and Road Initiative, is responsible for contract execution and project monitoring. The transport of medical protective clothing currently involves high risks. Reduced transport capacities, short-term cancellations or changes in modes of transport, strict quality controls and purchasers who do everything they can to intercept goods while they are in transit make the whole process difficult. Claudia von Selle, partner at Berg & Moll, praised the effective teamwork: "Thanks to the great commitment of our Chinese partner and the GEODIS teams in China and Europe, all hurdles were quickly overcome."

In Germany, the team around Antje Lochmann, Managing Director of GEODIS Freight Forwarding Germany, is coordinating all the activities involved in the contract. "As a response to the new requirements and demands, GEODIS has developed a dedicated concept for transportation of medical protective clothing, and we are particularly pleased to be able to support the German Government with this know-how."

BMW RoRoBMW Group is to continue testing marine Bio Fuel-Oil (BFO) on UECC’s ‘roll on, roll off’ (ro-ro) car carrying vessels. BMW Group joins UECC and the GoodShipping Program in the previously announced trial, where BFO is being tested on UECC’s 140m, 2,080-vehicle carrier M/V Autosky.

By covering the fuel premium for a biofuel volume corresponding to BMW Group’s freight that will be shipped on the Autosky during the trial period, BMW Group will be able to claim a CO2emission reduction of 80 to 90% for these shipments, totalling more than 400 tonnes of carbon.

This is a significant and important step towards achieving a carbon-neutral supply chain for BMW, and is the core aim of the GoodShipping Program, which enables cargo owners to reduce their environmental footprint.

BMW Group’s participation in the project marks yet another significant step in the advancement of marine biofuel and climate friendly vehicle transportation, and contributes to enabling the continuation of biofuel deliveries to UECC after the trial period.

The first volume of biofuel was delivered to M/V Autosky on March 16, 2020 in the Port of Rotterdam. The trial has and will see subsequent further refuelling operations between March and July 2020. M/V Autosky is currently testing BFO on the route between Zeebrugge, Belgium and Santander, Spain.

The BFO – based on cooking oil – being used for this trial was supplied by the leading biofuel company GoodFuels. The marine biofuel ‘drops in’ to normal fuel tanks, is virtually sulfur oxide (SOx) free and delivers 80 to 90% well-to-exhaust CO2 reduction versus fossil equivalents. The joint trial proves that the means to reduce the carbon footprint of transporting goods and vehicles around the world already exist on the market and that second-generation advanced biofuels can be scaled to meet this demand.

With this scalability, marine biofuel effectively allows shipowners and operators to comply with both new legislation around sulphur content for marine fuels, as well as future regulations on carbon reduction by 2030 and 2050. Thus, the announcement marks an important milestone towards the decarbonisation of ocean freight.

Sea transportation and logistics play an important role for the BMW Group, which has production sites and vehicle distribution processes worldwide. When considering the carbon impact across the entire value chain of a car, the participation in this three month trial is a meaningful and immediate means to reduce the CO2 footprint of BMW Group’s transport logistics processes.

Daniel Gent, Energy and Sustainability Manager, UECC, said: “At UECC, we want to support our customers and enable them to make proactive, conscious choices about their cargo transportation. BMW Group’s participation to continue our trial on our ro-ro vessel M/V Autoskyshould therefore signal to the automotive sector that the means to decarbonise are readily available and that our vessels are equipped to meet this most important of challenges for the shipping industry.”

Anniek Sluis, Growth Captain, The GoodShipping Program, added: “We are delighted to have BMW Group join us for continuing this pioneering trial of marine biofuel within the ro-ro segment. Transportation logistics have a huge carbon impact, so the leadership shown by BMW Group to proactively take steps to decarbonise – and recognise that solutions are available – should act as a call for others in the sector to join us on this journey.”

The GoodShipping Program requires shippers to commit to a reduction in their sea freight CO2emissions. The initiative works on the premise that, as all CO2 from shipping is emitted into the same atmosphere, the means of mitigating these emissions is equally impactful, regardless of which vessels adopt biofuels over traditional bunker fuels - or the amount of 'drop in' biofuel that is added to the fuel tank, as long as it offsets the CO2 costs of transporting participating shippers' cargo.

The calculation of the original CO2 footprint and the expected Scope Three emission reductions for BMW Group were made in line with the GLEC Framework, a universal method for calculating logistics emissions developed by the non-profit Smart Freight Centre.

In the following months, further options for continuing marine biofuel uptake within the ro-ro segment will be pursued.

CHEP palletsCHEP has appointed Dominika Nosačková as Senior Manager, Regional Legal Counsel, and Susana Marquez, Asset Protection Manager Europe, bringing additional retail loss prevention experience from the European retail and second-hand goods trading industry. Both Dominika and Susana are joining a large team of Asset Protection and legal experts - all focused on working to protect the share and reuse economy by minimising losses.

The non-return, trading or destruction of pallets in order to use the raw material for a new purpose may appear to be of little importance - or even a good thing - but as CHEP’s pallets are part of a share and reuse model, any pallets that are stolen or destroyed undermine the positive impact that this circular model has on the whole industry.

CHEP’s trademark blue pallets, which are the same colour all over the world where they operate, are legally owned by CHEP and never sold to any third party. CHEP’s business model requires that this equipment is returned to the company so that it can be checked, cleansed, refurbished and then reused by other customers. Non-returning of CHEP pallets is therefore a legal infringement that can lead to legal action to recover those pallets.

John Riley, Director, Asset Productivity, CHEP Europe: “As pioneers of the circular economy, we are proud to be recognised byBarrons as the most sustainable company globally. We are passionate about protecting our pallets, and other assets, so that they can fulfil our customers’ needs.”

“During recent months CHEP has proven to be an essential service that has supported the supply of food, beverage and other basic goods into the supermarkets. Protecting our assets has never been so important. Unreturned CHEP pallets not only have a negative impact on the environment, but they also add costs to producers, retailers and ultimately the end consumers.”

Dan Berry, Vice President, Regional General Counsel, Europe added: “We have incredibly strong legal grounds to seek recovery of our pallets, and are using every option available to us, including the criminal legal system, to make sure that we get those pallets back and use the full force of the law to deter anyone from abusing our ownership rights in the future.”

CHEP’s pallets are easy to spot thanks to their distinctive blue colour and the fact that their name, trademark and legal title messages are printed on each pallet as well. Moreover, the collection of CHEP pallets is easy to arrange and is free. CHEP takes care of it and has made this service easy to access via a public contact page (http://goblue.chep.com/AssetRecovery) for anyone who wants to request a pallet pick-up.

AmericanAirlines737800newlivery copyAmerican Airlines continues its commitment to innovation by launching new features to its online booking platform on aacargo.com. These features provide customers with more autonomy when it comes to booking, schedule searching, or submitting claims online. The enhancements come after the initial implementation of the new cargo end-to-end management system on October 1, 2019.

Amidst the changes in the industry over the last few months due to the coronavirus pandemic, American has remained dedicated to its ongoing modernization journey – the single largest investment to-date for the Cargo division. The new features include the ability to make allotment bookings online, a flight schedule search capability that doesn't require a log-in, and an online interactive claims form.

The entire technology transition began more than three years ago and involves more than 8,000 team members in Cargo and Airport Operations, and more than 30,000 customers. With more team members working from home in the last few months and limited to virtual interactions, the team of more than 700 people across 300 locations globally and more than 150 business, technology, and vendor partners have had to adapt to keep the project on target.

“The pandemic has made this hard, particularly on a project of this size and which requires this much collaboration. Thankfully we were already committed to a mindset of adaptation and innovation, which is what has allowed us to navigate changing world circumstances and continue to make progress,” said Angela Hudson, Head of Transformation for American Airlines Cargo.

“Our new technology platform allows for a better experience for our customers, enables them to make bookings at their convenience and offers more flexibility and efficiencies behind the scenes for our team members.

The latest new tools will both streamline and advance business through reduced paper use and an increasingly more touchless system. This type of efficient foundation allows for greater flexibility and speed to market for new products and solutions to continue to provide the best in customer service.

The entire technology overhaul replaces the majority of American’s legacy technology, reducing 90 systems down to less than 10. Not only do the new tools bring an upgraded customer experience, the evolution of the investment is part of a broader initiative to modernize the entire business. The project is on track to complete by the end of the summer.

african development bank 1The African Development Bank's Board of Directors has approved a $1.2 million grant to Ethiopia’s government to finance a feasibility study for construction of a standard-gauge railway (SGR) link between Ethiopia and neighbouring Sudan.

The grant, from the African Development Fund, the Bank Group's concessional-rate lending arm, would cover 35% of the total estimated $3.4 million cost of the study. The remaining funding will be provided by the NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (NEPAD-IPPF) in the form of a $2-million grant, and by a contribution of $100,000 each from the two countries involved. The financing was approved in January.

The two-year, comprehensive feasibility study will assess the proposed project’s technical, economic, environmental and social viability, as well as alternative financing arrangements, including a public-private partnership (PPP).

The railway line will link Addis Ababa in Ethiopia to Khartoum in Sudan, with an extension to Port Sudan on the Red Sea. The route, agreed by both governments, stretches 1,522 kilometres between Addis Ababa and Port Sudan.

According to the document presented to directors of the African Development Fund, the absence of a regional arterial route linking Ethiopia, Sudan and other countries in the Horn of Africa is a brake on trade, development and regional integration. The movement of goods and people between Sudan and Ethiopia often requires the use of several modes of transport, which increases costs and lengthens journey times.

The feasibility study’s findings will be keenly awaited because its implementation would benefit a large proportion of Ethiopia’s 110 million people and 43 million inhabitants of Sudan, as well as populations in the wider region.

The proposed project is aligned with the Bank's Country Strategy Paper 2016-2020 for Ethiopia. It is also consistent with the long-term development goals of the Sudanese Government, as set out in its national 25-year strategy (2007-2031). It also accords with the Bank's Ten-Year Strategy 2013-2022 and the operational priority of infrastructure development. The proposed project also would satisfy four of the Bank's High 5 strategic priorities: Integrate Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialize Africa, and Improve the Quality of Life for the People of Africa.

LATAM Cargo LATAM Cargo Group carried out a complex operation to transport over 40 polo horses from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in less than two weeks. This trip considers around 26 travel hours.

The Latin American cargo airline applied its expertise through a multidisciplinary team that ensured the horses’ wellbeing at all times. This was achieved by complying with the rigorous procedure offered by ALIVE, animal care included in the company’s product portfolio.

Even though the COVID-19 virus has hindered clients’ ability to find horse workers (required by this service), LATAM Cargo supported its clients and offered an experienced horse worker, known in the air cargo industry for helping out in countless animal and complex-cargo shipments.

More than six teams took part in this delicate transportation; coordination was fundamental in order to satisfy clients’ needs and ensure optimal service from beginning to end. These teams include CCO, COT, Quality Control, Exports, Imports and Sales.

During the following weeks, the company plans on carrying out more charter flights from Chile and Amsterdam. This reflects the importance of LATAM Cargo’s role in connecting Latin America to the world and vice versa.

ANA Water saluteANA Cargo’s first dedicated Boeing 777 freighter flight from Tokyo to Frankfurt was welcomed by a celebratory water cannon salute upon its arrival at the Frankfurt, Airport, Germany. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the ceremony was carried out in a small circle and in line with appropriate precautions.

Well known for its premium widebody service, ANA Cargo has added maindeck capacities from Japan to Europe to enhance its offer and meet customer requirements.

ANA Cargo’s June Frankfurt-Tokyo freighter service is scheduled for a weekly departure on day 3 (NH 8598 FRA-NRT ETD 15:40LT – ETA 10:05 +1). The incoming aircraft was loaded with about 68 tons of general cargo. Return flight to Japan will be with a cargo load of around 88 tons and full volume capacity.

United 787 9United Airlines is now offering cargo-only flights to key international markets including Dublin, Paris, Rome, Santiago and Zurich. These new routes will connect our freight customers and further extend our air cargo network throughout the world – for example connecting major pharmaceutical hubs in Europe and perishable markets in Latin America.

"Air cargo continues to be more important than ever," says United Cargo President Jan Krems. "This network expansion helps our customers continue to facilitate trade and contribute to global economic development and recovery. I'm proud of our team for mobilizing our cargo-only flights program that enables the shipment of critical goods that will support global economies."

Since we began our program March 19, we have completed more than 2,400 cargo-only flights, transporting over 77 million pounds of cargo. We have over 1,100 cargo-only flights scheduled for the month of June, operating between six U.S. hubs and over 20 cities all over the world.

BLG Logistics BoardBLG Logistics has recorded a 1.5 percent upturn in revenues for the year ending 2019. 

Sales totaled EUR 1.159 billion in business year 2019 were up on the previous year by 1.5 percent. At EUR 37.5 million, earnings before tax (EBT) remain at the previous year's level. The EBT margin of 3.2 percent in the reporting year was only slightly below that of 2018.

AUTOMOBILE was the strongest division in terms of sales, generating sales of EUR 603.7 million in 2019. Sales revenue grew significantly compared to the previous year by EUR 50.6 million, or 9.1 percent. Furthermore, EBT increased by EUR 15.5 million to EUR 19.3 million. That is an increase of 24.4 percent. The EBT margin increased to 3.2 percent.

Sales revenue in the CONTRACT division amounted to EUR 563.9 million. Compared to the previous year, EBT increased by EUR 178 thousand to EUR 7.4 million. Similarly, the company succeeded in increasing the EBT margin by 8.3 percent to 1.3 percent.

Sales revenue in the CONTAINER division amounted to EUR 282.3 million, corresponding with the 50-percent share of BLG LOGISTICS in EUROGATE. This represents a decrease of minus 6.5 percent (EUR 19.7 million). Earnings by the CONTAINER division, at EUR 23.7 million, were below the previous year's level of EUR 37.4 million.

Overall, the sales growth in the AUTOMOBILE division more than made up for the slight declines in the CONTRACT and CONTAINER divisions.

Emissions reduced by 29.6 percent

The company remains committed to strategically important goals such as its sustainability policy and digitalization drive. In 2019, BLG LOGISTICS already achieved the climate protection goal it had set itself for 2020. At the same time, BLG LOGISTICS also reduced sales-based emissions by 29.6 percent instead of the planned 20 percent.

The company aims to be climate neutral by 2030. This involves cutting 30 percent of absolute CO2 emissions in the company. The measures designed to achieve this goal are energy efficiency improvements, own electricity generation, and the purchase of green electricity.

Ulrike Riedel new Labor Relations Director

On July 1, 2020, Ulrike Riedel will join the Board of Management of BLG LOGISTICS as the Labor Relations Director. She introduced herself to the shareholders during the general shareholders meeting.

BLG expects sales decline in 2020

The CEO Frank Dreeke expects a high impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Currently, a reliable forecast of business development of the BLG Group in 2020 is not possible. But the CEO anticipates that the original expectations will not be met. However, he emphasized that BLG LOGISTICS has a solid financial basis, is robust, and is in a position to be able to weather the storm.

The general shareholders meeting voted by 98.39 percent for Dr. Claudia Schilling and by 99.29 percent for Dietmar Strehl to join the Supervisory Board. Dr. Claudia Schilling and Dietmar Strehl succeeded Karoline Linnert and Martin Günthner. The general shareholders meeting represented 86 percent of the share capital. With a large majority, it discharged the Supervisory Board and the CEO and also agreed with all their proposed resolutions. This includes the utilization of the net profit and payment of a dividend of 40 cents per share.

XPO LOG truckXPO is one of 75 companies honoured for helping shippers maintain environmentally conscious supply chain operations.

Troy Cooper, president of XPO Logistics, said, "XPO is proud to once again be recognised as a Green 75 company and a leading industry partner in sustainability. We’ll continue to build on the progress we’ve made, providing our customers with eco-friendly innovations to move goods throughout their supply chains."

XPO’s Sustainability Report provides details about the company’s environmental initiatives, including logistics automation, fleet emission technologies, sustainable packaging and alternative fuels and energy sources.

HMM Algeciras KH 070620 6On Sunday, 7 June the ‘HMM ALGECIRAS’, new flagship of South Korean liner shipping company HMM – formerly Hyundai Merchant Marine – called at the Port of Hamburg on her maiden voyage. In Hamburg she was handled at HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai – CTB. A total of 13,600 TEU – 20-ft-standard containers – were discharged and loaded.

This mega-containership was built by the South Korean shipyard group Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering – DSME – as the first ship in a new series of twelve, and recently delivered to HMM. With a slot capacity of 23,964 TEU – 20-ft standard containers – the ‘HMM ALGECIRAS’ succeeds the previous record holder owned by MSC, which deploys containerships with a capacity of 23,756 TEU. According to HMM, the ‘HMM ALGECIRAS’ is now the world’s largest containership.

This mega-containership will be deployed in the Asia-Europe trade. The Port of Hamburg was called during the maiden voyage of the ‘HMM ALGECIRAS’ in the FE-4 liner service. During June this will be merged with the FE-2 service of THE Alliance that also calls Hamburg. The repercussions of the corona crisis are affecting timetabling by liner shipping companies. These are adjusting transport capacities of their liner services to fluctuations in demand in the trades served.

With a length of 400 metres and a breadth of 61 metres, along with her eleven sisterships to follow the ‘HMM ALGECIRAS’ belongs to the ‘Megamax-24’ group. These extra-large vessels can stow 24 transverse rows of 24 containers. To conform to the environmental regulations in force since the beginning of this year, all twelve ships are being fitted on delivery with scrubbers. One of her sisterships will be named ‘HMM HAMBURG’.

Eight liner services link the Port of Hamburg with South Korea – three for containers and five for multi-purpose freight. Over the past year, 255,000 TEU were transported between the Hanseatic city and the South Korean ports of Busan and Masan. That was a year-on-year increase of 5.2 percent. South Korea currently ranks sixth among the Port of Hamburg’s top trading partners for container handling. The CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, HMM and ONE shipping companies currently operate container services between Hamburg and Korea with their own vessels, while Cosco, Evergreen, OOCL and Yang Ming do so through slot capacities. In addition, AAL, BBC, Chipolbrok and SAL include Korean ports in their multi-purpose services.

“We are delighted that in the middle of the corona crisis, the ‘HMM ALGECIRAS’ has been able to complete her maiden voyage to Hamburg with no problems. All those involved in Hamburg have contributed to the safe and efficient handling of this unusually large vessel,” said Jens Meier, CEO of Hamburg Port Authority.

“The fairway adjustment on the Elbe due to be completed shortly will in future greatly simplify the approach for large vessels. Hamburg is thus emphasizing its position as the hub port in Northern Europe,” said Ingo Egloff, Joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing.

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