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Kuehne Nagel Lenovo To support enterprises in their commitment to minimise their environmental footprint and combat climate change, Lenovo is joining forces with Kuehne+Nagel to create a first-of-its-kind logistics service in the technology industry.

Through a purchase add-on, Lenovo customers can now ship IT equipment and devices with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), a fuel produced from sustainable feedstocks that when used reduces GHG emissions.

SAF is currently the most effective measure to significantly reduce the environmental footprint of air freight. When opting for SAF, Kuehne+Nagel will provide an emission reduction certificate to Lenovo and its customers indicating the amount of SAF litres per purchased device for any trade lane and carrier handling the shipment. This transparency allows customers to reduce their scope 3.1. emissions for purchased goods and services according to the amount of CO2e1 avoided in the transport.

Yngve Ruud, Member of the Management Board of Kuehne+Nagel, responsible for Air Logistics, comments: “Kuehne+Nagel continues to develop easy and value-adding sustainable shipping options for its customers. We are pleased that Lenovo chose our innovative SAF concept which offers emission certificates not only to Lenovo but also to its customers and thus supports all stakeholders across their supply chain in achieving their SBTi2 targets. Now, Lenovo customers can avoid CO2e emissions while shipping air freight regardless of the lane or airline”.

“This innovative approach we have forged with Kuehne+Nagel continues our commitment to delivering sustainable products and solutions. At the same time, we continue to explore, deploy, and champion all opportunities to reduce emissions generated through handling, storage, and transportation of our products,” said Gareth Davies, Head of Global Logistics at Lenovo.

Further records Port of Koper With growth in all commodity groups, the total maritime throughput of the Port of Koper reached 23.2 million tonnes last year, an increase of 12% compared to 2021.

After record results at the end of last year at the Container and Car Terminals, historic milestones were also reached at the General Cargo, Dry Bulk and Liquid Cargoes Terminals.

Last year, we achieved a record volume of 1,000,909 tonnes of cargo handled within the general cargo commodity group (+22% compared to 2021), more precisely in the general cargo sub-segment as we keep separate statistics for the Timber Terminal and the Reefer Cargo Terminal. The increase in steel product volumes, mainly in imports, was driven by production in the automotive, white goods and construction materials industries. There was a marked increase in project and special cargoes, especially for the needs of the newly emerging battery plant in Central Europe.

There were more imports of mining equipment, and we managed to retain business related to the import of wind turbines, which are being installed at an accelerated pace in the back markets of the Port of Koper. New business was also won in the handling and storage of rubber used in the rubber and automotive industries. Initially, rubber was received by container shipments, but subsequently, mainly due to the nature of the cargo and the conditions of maritime transport of containers, customers preferred to transport it by conventional ships with special crates, which are shipped both by wagon and by truck.

We also set a record at the Reefer Cargo Terminal for banana ripening. Namely, a total of 21,239.64 tonnes of bananas were ripened in the cold storage facilities at the Port of Koper last year.

The fact that 2022 was indeed an above-average year is confirmed by the record results at the Liquid and Dry Bulk Terminals. The historic performance of the latter was driven by increased throughput of soybeans, which are mainly imported from South American countries, and salt, which is used for road gritting. Aluminium ore also increased. From January to December inclusive, we handled 1,820,940 tonnes (+1% compared to 2021) in the dry bulk segment, surpassing the record milestone set in 2019, when we also surpassed the magic million milestone.

During the pandemic, the aviation industry took the biggest hit, but it has recovered considerably over the past year. This was also evident at the Liquid Cargoes Terminal, where we reached a record 1,343,330 tonnes. This means we handled 59% more liquid cargo compared to 2021. Therefore, jet and diesel fuel were up, and we also saw a significant increase in chemicals.

“Last year’s excellent performance in our strategic commodity groups – containers and cars, was followed by outstanding results in most of our other specialised terminals. All this shows that we reacted in time at key moments and successfully adapted to the conditions in the global logistics markets. Like many other European ports, we faced several challenges last year, but we were able to make good use of them and even succeeded in shifting some trade flows from the North to the Adriatic on a permanent basis. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate my colleagues for their efforts and perseverance, and my business partners for their long-standing trust and support,” said Boštjan Napast, President of the Management Board, commenting on the latest achievements of the Port of Koper.

Air Canada freighter network Air Canada Cargo today announced that scheduled service to Liege with its Boeing 767 freighters will begin next month, while flights to Basel are slated to begin in April.

Air Canada Cargo will operate flights twice per week to Liege, with service increasing to three flights per week later in the year. Basel, one of Europe's premiere pharmaceutical hubs, will see two flights per week. They will originate in Toronto and have a stop in Halifax.

The routes will connect these European destinations to Toronto and Air Canada Cargo’s extensive global network.

“Air Canada Cargo continues to expand its freighter network to provide customers with reliable, year-round service that connects key European markets with Air Canada and Air Canada Cargo’s global network through its Toronto hub,” said Matthieu Casey, Managing Director, Commercial at Air Canada Cargo.

These new routes are in addition to the recent start of service to Dallas, Atlanta and Bogota as Air Canada Cargo continues to expand its freighter network.

ceva flagCEVA Logistics is connecting ocean freight shippers with greater visibility of their cargo through a new global agreement with project44.

The global ocean agreement follows the one between the two companies in July 2021 to provide enhanced visibility for CEVA’s Ground customers.

As a result of integrating project44’s ocean and port visibility solutions, CEVA will be able to provide greater accuracy and timeliness in the tracking process of ocean shipments. With Automatic Identification System (AIS) vessel tracking, customers will be able to closely monitor shipment location. When not at sea, shipment notifications and analytics will include other carrier milestones, transfers, and dwell times, as well as exception alerts and management. The enhanced visibility and analytics will enable better decision making and collaboration between CEVA and its customers.

The project44 track and trace functionality will be directly integrated into CEVA’s all-in-one digital portal. The MyCEVA platform is designed to give customers greater control over their shipments—from instant quoting and booking to real-time tracking and documentation.

The portal has continued to add additional capabilities since its introduction in July 2020. The multi-modal, multi-carrier platform is fully integrated into CEVA’s global operations for both imports and exports and includes a door-to-door CO2 calculator, where shippers can review options and choose the most eco-responsible routings for their cargo. MyCEVA’s customer service agents are available for immediate support in local languages and time zones and are connected to the company’s global station network.

Stephane Gautrais, global head of ocean freight, CEVA Logistics, said: “Data is like gold in the shipping industry, and project44 will help us mine the value from the data, all for the benefit of our customers. To integrate leading visibility directly into our MyCEVA platform is just one more example of our commitment to Responsive Logistics. We understand what our customers want and need, and we deliver. This time around, it’s greater ocean shipment visibility, but there’s certainly more to come.”

Jett McCandless, Founder & CEO of project44, said: “The dynamic nature of the ocean shipping industry exposes the essential need for high quality, real-time supply chain visibility insights. CEVA Logistics’ commitment to helping shippers optimize costs, performance and emissions using project44’s Movement platform demonstrates their commitment to delivering an exceptional customer experience.”

Port of Los Angeles container dwellAt his annual State of the Port address, Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka announced cargo volumes of nearly 10 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units for 2022, the second highest in the Port’s 115-year history.

The achievement marks the 23rd consecutive year the Port of Los Angeles has been ranked the busiest container port in the nation.

Seroka outlined priorities for 2023, pledging to focus on economic growth and job creation, improving the quality of life for surrounding Port communities, and furthering sustainable, zero-emission business operations.

“Over the past few years, as we’ve risen to each and every challenge, we have become a stronger, more resilient port,” Seroka told a crowd of more than 500 in attendance at the annual Pacific Merchant Shipping Association event. “The capabilities that we developed during that time have positioned us well to grow our market share, fulfill our commitment to create jobs and build a better quality of life for our communities.”

Seroka said the Port will continue to lead technology innovation in the maritime industry to drive further efficiency. He announced new features to its Port Optimizer™ digital tracking portal, including providing exporters more predictability and tracking capability on outbound shipping services.

“Data infrastructure gives us tremendous insight into supply chain issues, trends and process improvement opportunities which were simply not available before,” Seroka said. “These new tools will add to the stability and growth of America’s global trade.”

Seroka also addressed the economic benefits of the rebounding cruise industry at the Port. Following shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic, cruise ship sailings at the Port increased to 229 compared to 61 in 2021. “That’s an economic benefit of a quarter billion dollars to our local communities and L.A.’s tourism economy,” Seroka said.

Such economic benefits feed into the overall quality of life and opportunities for surrounding Port communities, said Seroka, as do Port initiatives focused on quality-of-life improvements, job creation and sustainability.

Seroka cited the Port’s Public Access Investment Plan (PAIP) – which ties cargo success to community investment – as a critical link to improving the quality of life in communities surrounding the Port. Since 2015, the PAIP has funded nearly $234 million in new public-serving waterfront infrastructure, including new roadways, public promenades and other community amenities. Progress on several major public access projects will continue in 2023, including the debut of the $71 million Wilmington Waterfront Promenade in April.

Seroka also discussed what he termed “workforce infrastructure” for bettering the quality of life of the Port’s surrounding communities, detailing the Port of Los Angeles Workforce Initiative to roll out in 2023. The new multi-entity collaborative will focus on providing career and economic opportunities for a broad range of workers. This year, the Port will also continue work on its planned Goods Movement Training Campus, a collaboration with the Port of Long Beach and the California Workforce Development Board dedicated to worker skill development, upskilling and reskilling for port-specific jobs.

“Our Workforce Initiative will serve as a road map to fill the training and recruiting needs that exist today, as well as guide us as we navigate the needs of the future, including training to work in a zero-emission technology environment,” said Seroka.

The Port’s sustainability and environmental programs were cited during the speech as a top priority in the coming year. Port initiatives in 2023 include continued planning for new Green Shipping Corridors with the ports of Shanghai and Singapore to reduce emissions along these critical trade routes, as well as promote more clean fuel usage, new ship technologies and best practices.

Work will continue in 2023 on development and deployment of Port zero-emission cargo-handling and other equipment, as well as deployment of more clean trucks funded by the Clean Truck Fund Rate. Seroka announced the Port will be part of a statewide coalition that will apply for a $1.4 billion U.S. Department of Energy grant to establish a green hydrogen hub at the San Pedro Bay port complex. All these projects are aimed at helping the Port achieve its goals of zero-emission cargo-handling equipment by 2030, and zero-emission trucks by 2035.

DHL Burtons Biscuit DHL Supply Chain today announces the introduction of 32 new temperature-controlled trailers to its Burton’s Biscuits fleet, each fitted with Carrier Transicold Vector® HE 19 units.

The new units were specified by DHL and will support its GoGreen plan with fuel and energy savings, while increasing the efficiency of the Burton’s Biscuits operation.

The 32 new units replace older assets and combine all-electric technology with a new multi-speed engine design, delivering up to 30% fuel savings over the previous model. The system’s fully hermetic scroll compressor and economiser provide a 40% increase in refrigeration capacity during temperature pull-down, as well as a 50% reduction in refrigerant escape, saving energy across the renewed fleet.

When plugged into the electrical grid on standby, the new system is also 19% more efficient, translating into reduced diesel, maintenance and electricity costs. In addition, the units significantly reduce sound pollution.

DHL Supply Chain is a long-standing strategic partner of Burton’s Biscuits, supporting the business’ international and domestic growth. DHL will operate the new trailers from Burton’s Biscuits sites in Llantarnam, South Wales and its central distribution hub in Liverpool, delivering across the UK.

Bob Naylor, Vice President, Core Transport, DHL Supply Chain, says: “We are committed to continually improving the service we provide to our customers, investing in innovative solutions and enhancing operations for their benefit. By introducing these new units into the Burton’s Biscuits fleet, we’re supporting both our internal sustainability agenda and that of the customer through reducing fuel consumption, with 30% savings.”

Des Bull, Customer Supply Chain Director at FBC Companies which owns Burton’s Biscuits, says, “As a business we are always looking at how we can limit our environmental footprint in our operations, and the diesel and energy savings our fleet is making by replacing existing trailers with these new models is one of the steps forward towards this. The new units also deliver strong efficiency benefits, particularly in their improved cooling capacity, and we’re delighted by the advancements they’re providing.”

Davies Turner UK to India With the weak pound providing opportunities for UK exporters currently, Davies Turner is delivering a further boost to its ocean freight services between the UK and the Indian sub-continent with the launch of a direct weekly LCL service to Nhava Sheva.

Davies Turner’s previous service to Nhava Sheva was via transhipment in Jebel Ali, but by going direct, the UK freight forwarding and logistics company can offer a fast 25 day transit time port to port.

Consolidation of cargo in the UK is undertaken at one of Davies Turner’s regional distribution centres at Birmingham, Bristol, Cumbernauld, Dartford, or Manchester, for the weekly ocean freight service that departs from London Gateway port.

John Adams, Davies Turner’s Head of Trade - Middle East, ISC & South Africa, says: “India’s population of 1.4 billion people and a domestic market that is growing year on year, means there is large demand for imported goods from Europe.

“Our latest service improvement will help to support clients who want to use Nhava Sheva as a gateway by providing a quicker, efficient and cost effective service option.”

The dedicated weekly service to Nhava Sheva also has direct links to the following inland container depots (ICDs) – Ahmedabad, Garhiharsaru, Ludihana and Patparganj (New Delhi).

The new direct ocean freight LCL operation adds to other similar direct services that Davies Turner offers to gateways in Asia, Middle East, South Africa and USA including Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Durban and New York, as well as services to other areas of India that are offered via transshipment at Singapore.

Ethiopian 787Ethiopian Airlines Group (ET) has partnered with MailAmericas (MA), a private postal operator and gold member of the consultive committee for the Universal Postal Union, to develop competitive cross border ecommerce services within Africa and the Middle East using Addis Ababa as a hub.

According to this partnership, Ethiopian Airlines will offer air transport service for carrying goods across its wide network while MailAmericas will provide its market expertise and the know how it gained in Latin America and Africa, where it has networks in over 40 countries.

Regarding the partnership, Ethiopian Group CEO Mesfin Tasew said, “As the leading air cargo service provider in Africa, we are glad to team up with MailAmericas in launching ecommerce logistics services across Africa and Latin America. So far, we have jointly served more than 20 countries in Africa and Latin America, and we are keen to further expand our reach going forward. The partnership enables us to serve our customers better by leveraging the expertise, bilateral agreements and private networks of MailAmericas.”

Tomas Miguens, President of MailAmericas stated, “As one of the largest service providers of Cross Border E Commerce into Latin America, we are thrilled to partner up with Ethiopian Airlines Group and expand our horizon into Africa’s territory. We have an extensive knowledge in the region through our subsidiary Mailafrica which has provided services over 25 years. It’s our pleasure to be able to work side by side with the leading airline in Africa. This will grant every customer a better shopping experience, improving delivery time and traceability of their packages. We will continuously look to strengthen this partnership and develop new businesses to maintain a mutually beneficial relationship with Ethiopian Airlines Group.”

As part of the partnership, Ethiopian Airlines will gain access to all bilateral agreements and private networks of MailAmericas across the regions, enabling it to offer competitive
services to customers in Africa, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, and other parts of the world.

Ethiopian is building an ecommerce hub in Addis Ababa with a total annual capacity of 150,000 tons per annum to boost its ecommerce logistics service and capacity. Fully dedicated for e-commerce logistics operations, the e-commerce hub will also be equipped with an Automated Sortation System and Electronic Transport Vehicles (ETV) to ensure the smooth handling of shipments ranging from small parcels to boxes, skids, and built
up units (BUPs).

As a major global cargo network operator with a modern warehouse accommodating one million tons per annum, Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services has recorded an annual cargo uplift of about 770,000 tons in the 2020/2021 fiscal year. It serves more than 130 international destinations including 66 dedicated cargo destinations in Africa, Middle
East, Asia, Europe and the Americas with belly hold capacity and 14 dedicated freighters. Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services also uses the latest technologies for data, information and market intelligence with 100% e-AWB from its main hub in Addis Ababa.

BIFA welcomes investigation On 1 February 2023, the British International Freight Association (BIFA) is partnering with Descartes Systems, a leading provider of on-demand, software-as-a-service solutions, to deliver a members-only webinar that provides important insight and guidance on the forthcoming introduction of the Import Control System Release 2, which is due to go live on 1 March 2023.

ICS2 is a new and updated customs electronic import system that is applicable to all modes of transport and is designed to manage the advance safety and security risk analysis for all goods entering and transiting through the European Union (EU).

ICS2 is being introduced in three releases. Each release impacts different economic operators as well as different modes of transport.

Economic operators will begin declaring their goods into ICS2 depending on the type of services they provide, and modes of transport being utilised.

ICS2-Release 1 is already live for air express carriers and postal operators moving postal consignments by air. This release introduced the submission of Pre-Loading Advance Cargo Information (PLACI) into ICS2 via the Shared Trader Interface.

The ICS2-Release 2 which enters into operation at the start of March will require full entry summary declarations for all air cargo movements. This release builds on the PLACI requirements and introduces the need for economic operators to submit pre-arrival entry summary declarations; notification of the arrival of active means of transport upon entry into the EU; as well as notification of presentation of goods.

ICS2-Release 2 impacts all air express carriers, air postal operators, and air carriers that move goods into the EU, including via Northern Ireland.

ICS2-Release 3 which is the final release of ICS2 is expected to go live on 1 March 2024 and will bring on board economic operators that move goods via rail, road and maritime modes of transport.

The forthcoming webinar will provide key insights into the upcoming changes, including an overview of the ICS legislation as detailed in the Union Customs Code; an overview of ICS as a system; an outline of the legal responsibilities of individual parties in the supply chain; an explanation of the data that individual supply chain parties might be in a position to submit; an understanding of how this data may be submitted, and relevant information passed to other players; as well as suggestions to help traders to prepare for ICS2, including new system requirements for example.

Steve Parker, BIFA Director General states: “One of BIFA’s roles is the provision of information and guidance on technical matters delivered via multiple channels.

“Our next webinar, in partnership with associate member Descartes, will deliver timely guidance on a new and updated customs electronic import system.

“It is of vital importance that every economic operator directly or indirectly affected by ICS2 aligns their business processes with this new regulatory and operational regime, and completes the necessary steps to conform. Those who are not ready in time and/or have not provided the required data, could see their consignments stopped at the EU customs borders.”

DSV refurbishes trailers Refurbishing rather than replacing its trailers, DSV introduces an initiative to reduce its environmental footprint. In 2023, the leading transport and logistics company will double the life of 1,100 trailers, kicking off new trailer refurbishment programme.

Every year, the leading transport and logistics company DSV transports millions of tonnes of its customers' goods across the roads of Europe in thousands of trailers. In 2023, in its own workshops and in collaboration with equipment service provider TIP Group, DSV will refurbish 1,100 trailers that it will continue to use on its European lanes rather than replacing them with new ones.

Sometimes, innovation and technology are at the centre of DSV's initiatives aimed at reducing emissions. Refurbishing trailers rather than replacing them is an example of an initiative with a more pragmatic approach:

"DSV has high ambitions for operating more sustainably. Realising those ambitions often involves high-level innovation and new technologies. But sometimes, we can achieve great value with solutions that are more straightforward. Refurbishing rather than replacing our trailers will enable us to save carbon while delivering services of a continued high quality to our customers," says Søren Schmidt, CEO, DSV Road.

Typically, DSV uses a trailer for approximately five years before it returns it to the leasing company or manufacturer and instead leases a new trailer. Refurbishing a trailer after the first five years, DSV expects to add another full lifecycle of five years of use to the trailer.

Based on required input resources and applying recognised emission conversion factors, TIP Group has calculated an 18.6 tonnes carbon footprint of a newly produced curtainsider. Refurbishing a trailer entails significantly lower emissions. The refurbishment of DSV's 1,100 trailers includes replacement of those parts of the trailers that are most subject to wear and tear, such as the brake discs, brake pads, airbags and side and roof curtains. Based on TIP Group's calculations, refurbishment of a used curtainsider emits an estimated 2.7 tonnes of CO2. This includes both materials, energy and heating used for the refurbishment. The difference in emissions between a new and a refurbished trailer shows emissions savings of an estimated 16 tonnes per trailer and approximately 18,000 tonnes for the total 1,100 trailers, which will be refurbished in 2023.

Introducing circular economy initiatives, such as refurbishing rather than replacing, can be an effective tool for achieving emissions reductions: "Refurbishing our trailers is a great example of how circular economy initiatives can bring us closer to realising our sustainability ambitions. With limited resources available globally, we must think smarter and more responsibly when it comes to the consumption of those resources," says Søren Schmidt.

The refurbishment of the 1,100 trailers in 2023 kicks off DSV's new trailer refurbishment programme through which all DSV-owned trailers in its European network will undergo refurbishment at least once before the company returns the trailers to the manufacturer.

Søren Schmidt is excited to expand the initiative: "Discovering the emissions reductions we can achieve through refurbishment, we have decided to establish a trailer refurbishment programme. Practical circular economy initiatives such as this programme will be pivotal in reducing DSV's overall carbon footprint," he says.

DSV will put the first refurbished trailers on the road at the end of January 2023 and will finish refurbishing the last of the initial 1,100 trailers before the end of December 2023.

Crowley ESVAGT Under the new contract, U.S.-based Crowley will manage and crew the SOV to support Siemens Gamesa’s service operations on the Dominion Energy Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project.

ESVAGT, based in Denmark, will support Crowley with design, construction, crew training and operation services as part of the two companies’ joint venture, CREST Wind, created in 2021 to deliver the best of both worlds: combining European designs and operating practices with the safety and operational expertise of the premier U.S. vessel operator.

The 289-foot vessel will feature state-of the art technologies to augment safety, workability and comfort to support the O&M activities of the wind farm project. It will have modern accommodations for 80 crew and technicians. Consistent with federal law, the vessel will be U.S. built when it enters service in 2026.

“This vessel marks another significant milestone in our overarching, combined capabilities to help develop, construct and serve the U.S. offshore wind market and America’s clean, renewable energy needs,” said Bob Karl, senior vice president and general manager, Crowley Wind Services. “We appreciate Siemens Gamesa’s trust in our capabilities, and we look forward to continuing our work to develop state-of-the-art, purpose-built vessels to meet sustainable energy demands in the U.S.”

Recognized as the largest operator of SOVs in Europe, ESVAGT has established its industry leadership in SOV concept and innovation development that provides efficient operations with safety and support for personnel at offshore wind projects.

“This first contract in the U.S. is a landmark event for ESVAGT in our quest to help drive the green transition as a global leader of SOV services,” said Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer Soren Karas of ESVAGT. “We are excited to bring our decades of offshore wind experience to bear in a new market through our CREST JV with the premier Jones Act operator, Crowley. Together, we can offer an unparalleled solution to the wind industry and are delighted that Siemens Gamesa have recognized this.”

Dominion Energy plans to construct 176 14.7 MW Siemens Gamesa wind turbines and three offshore substations, generating enough clean, renewable energy to power up to 660,000 homes. It would avoid 5 million tons per year of carbon emissions compared with fossil fuel usage for power.

“This is an important step in the development of a skilled offshore workforce in America,” said David Hickey, CEO, Service Americas for Siemens Gamesa. “This charter will enable us to provide top-tier service for the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project with a U.S.-built vessel.” The SOV advances Crowley’s full spectrum of solutions for offshore wind. The company is developing offshore wind terminals in California and Massachusetts. Crowley also offers feedering vessels, supply chain management solutions and workforce development programming built on more than 130 years of marine solutions.

Servicing an offshore wind farm is demanding labor handled by a highly specialized team of service technicians who are often offshore for weeks. During their stay offshore, the technicians live on a service operation vessel (SOV), which also hosts an on-board workshop and much of the equipment and spare parts needed to service an offshore wind farm.

The state-of-the-art SOV will incorporate the newest technologies with a highly trained crew aided by digital tools that leverage their efficiency, safety and productivity. The SOV is designed for comfort and high workability, providing a highly efficient workspace and safe transfer of technicians at the windfarm via a motion-compensated gangway and transfer boats. It will also offer recreational activities for the onboard crew and technicians, including fitness facilities, a game room, a cinema and individual accommodations.

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