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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.

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.

Tiaca BlueSkyThe International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and Air Cargo Belgium held the official launch workshop for the first global TIACA BlueSky airport community sponsored by Brussels Airport.

The TIACA BlueSky program, launched in 2022, is the air cargo and logistics industry’s only program designed to provide individual companies with a verified independent assessment of their sustainability credentials.

Air Cargo Belgium and Brussels Airport Company have established a sponsorship fund which will support up to 15 members with their BlueSky assessment by co-sharing their fees, formally establishing the first BlueSky community. The first wave of six pioneering companies joined together for a kickoff workshop lead by Change Horizon. Participants from Aviapartner, dnata, EFL Global, Ninatrans, Swissport and WFS, a member of the SATS Group joined together to get sustainability insights, understand the benefits and
principles of BlueSky and get ready for the assessment and verification process.

Fully aligned with TIACA’s Air Cargo Industry Sustainability Roadmap, the BlueSky assessment covers the 8 critical priorities for air cargo companies; 1. Decarbonization; 2. Elimination of waste; 3. Protection of biodiversity; 4. Support for local economies and communities; 5. Improvement of lives and social well-being; 6. Efficiencies and profitability; 7. Attraction, retention, and development of employees; 8. Building and nurturing of partnerships.

Further waves of participants will follow with the objective of creating a broader view of the entire airport community status regarding its sustainability journey. The collective results will also provide Brussels Airport and Air Cargo Belgium clear guidance as to where their community could benefit from additional sustainability project initiatives.

“One of TIACA’s main focuses is to collaborate and unite the industry. The holding of this workshop and launching the first BlueSky Community shows how much we can get done if we work together for a common front. This initiative is focused on creating a sustainable future by assessing and tracking where an airport community is on its path towards a sustainable air cargo future.” stated Steven Polmans, TIACA Chair.

“Brussels Airport believes that the future of air cargo needs to be sustainable and is, constantly taking initiatives and implementing improvements towards it. At the same time, we are encouraging our stakeholders to also become more sustainable. By supporting the TIACA BlueSky program we are supporting our partners within our community in their efforts. With this first TIACA BlueSky community program, Brussels Airport continues to pioneer, in collaboration with our tight-nit Brucargo community towards a more sustainable cargo industry.” stated Geert Aerts, Chief Cargo & Real Estate Officer, Brussels Airport Company.

"This is a landmark moment for BRUcargo and the air cargo industry at large. By coming together as a community to participate in the BlueSky program, we are not only highlighting our commitment to sustainability but also setting a precedent for collaborative progress on a global scale." stated Freek De Witte, Director Air CargoBelgium.

Logistics UK response DfTSpeaking about today’s announcement from the Department for Transport to allow young people to undertake their theory tests to become an HGV driver before obtaining a provisional licence, Chris Yarsley, Senior Policy Manager for Road Freight Regulation at business group Logistics UK said.

“Allowing young people to start their driver theory training before obtaining their provisional licences will kickstart their route into becoming HGV drivers. However, it is worth remembering that driving a vehicle of this size is a technically challenging occupation, which is highly regulated for a reason, and we will be ensuring as part of the consultation that all the necessary training for qualification as a safe and compliant driver is still achieved before taking to the roads.”

Logistics UK is one of the UK’s leading business groups, representing logistics businesses which are vital to keeping the UK trading, and more than seven million people directly employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With decarbonisation, Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. Logistics UK supports, shapes and stands up for safe and efficient logistics, and is the only business group which represents the whole industry, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods.

INFORM Duisburg Gateway TerminalINFORM is poised to enhance the Duisburg Gateway Terminal (DGT) operations through its advanced AI-based solutions, ensuring a robust start as the terminal initiates operations and scales up.

This partnership focuses on leveraging AI technologies to streamline intermodal logistics, pioneering Europe’s first CO2-neutral intermodal terminal in the heart of Duisburg's port.

DGT is on track to establish itself as the largest intermodal terminal in the European hinterland, with an ambitious annual throughput goal of 850,000 TEU. Located on the historical coal island in the port of Duisburg, the terminal is innovatively planned and will be operated exclusively with crane systems and vehicles without fossil fuels, sidestepping conventional terminal equipment to minimize its environmental impact. Covering 235,000 square meters in total, this terminal represents a monumental step in the logistics sector, handling up to 1 million containers per year across its six cranes and 12 rail tracks, with daily operations for 20 trains, around 400 trucks, and 6 ships. The first construction phase of the terminal will open in summer 2024, utilizing INFORM’s Syncrotess Intermodal TOS.

Sven Zölle, Managing Director at Duisburg Gateway Terminal GmbH, remarked, “Partnering with INFORM enables us to harness the full potential of AI in our terminal operations, setting a strong foundation for DGT's operational excellence from the outset. As INFORM’s Intermodal TOS covers both the administrative parts of a Terminal Operating Systems and has a strong focus on optimization and automation, this partnership reinforces our commitment to environmental stewardship but also ensures that we remain at the forefront of technological innovation in the logistics industry.”

INFORM will implement its Intermodal TOS at DGT, leveraging a modular design that enables a high degree of automation and operational optimization. Key features include: Barge Handling: Utilizing AI to streamline barge handling, enhancing throughput and minimizing operational delays; Crane Optimization: Creation and optimization of crane jobs to refine the operations of six intermodal barge cranes, essential for the terminal's efficiency. The TOS aims to organize crane jobs to substantially decrease handling times; Together, the goal is to stepwise introduce crane automation at DGT throughout the project; Optimized Train Loading: Leveraging advanced algorithms to efficiently plan and execute train loading operations, ensuring optimal use of resources, and reducing turnaround times; Stack Optimization: Employing AI to intelligently optimize container stacking, improving space utilization and accessibility while reducing re-handling; Billing Module Integration: Facilitating the billing process with a tailored module that accurately captures services rendered, streamlining financial operations; Booking Platform Interface: Facilitating seamless integration with the DXI platform to streamline combined transport bookings and enhance operational coordination.

“This expanded suite of services underscores our commitment to delivering a highly efficient, scalable, and sustainable operating environment for DGT, utilizing cutting-edge AI to optimize every aspect of terminal operations,” said Alex van Winckel, Director Strategic Relations and Sales at INFORM’s Terminal & Distribution Center Logistics Division at INFORM. “We are thrilled to partner with the team at DGT on this groundbreaking project.”

INFORM is the market leader in AI and optimization software to facilitate improved decision-making. Based in Aachen, Germany, the company has been in the optimization business for over 50 years and serves a wide span of logistics industries including ports, maritime, and intermodal terminals with both add-on optimization modules as well as TOS solutions.


Port of Antwerp Bruges grant Port of Antwerp-Bruges is to receive a European grant of 3.2 million euros for a shore power installation for cruise ships in Zeebrugge.

From 2026, cruise ships will be able to purchase green electricity when docked. It will be four years before this becomes mandatory across Europe.

Port of Antwerp-Bruges' ambition is to accelerate the energy transition in the maritime sector. ​ The cruise terminal at the Zweedse Kaai in Zeebrugge is operated (as the only terminal) by the Port Authority itself, making it an ideal place to put that ambition into action.

The plans to build a shore power facility here fit within the project call from the EU's Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Facility (AFIF) programme as part of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The Port Authority submitted the project and, today, the EU announced 3.2 million euros in subsidies for the shore power installation.

Cruise ships consume a lot of energy while at the dock. Thanks to the shore power installation, cruise ships docking in Zeebrugge will be able to switch to green electricity from the high-voltage grid. This eliminates the need for them to generate their own electricity with diesel generators. That means no more emissions and also eliminates the noise from the running generators. In this way the impact on the environment, climate and surroundings reduces substantially.

In the meantime, the process is underway for appointing a partner to build, maintain and operate the shore power system. Talks about that are in the final stages.

Dirk De Fauw, Vice-President of the Board of Directors of Port of Antwerp-Bruges: "With the Port of Antwerp-Bruges shore power installation at our cruise terminal, the impact of cruise ships on our environment will be very much reduced. We are ahead of the European regulations with this. This subsidy recognises Port of Antwerp-Bruges' efforts to accelerate the energy transition in the maritime sector. ​ We are taking the lead here with a shore power installation at the only terminal we operate ourselves."

Rob Smeets, Chief Operations Officer at Port of Antwerp-Bruge: "Port of Antwerp-Bruges makes significant efforts to accelerate the energy transition in the maritime sector. This shore power installation is certainly not our first step in this field. Similarly, more sustainable fuels such as methanol and LNG are available at our port for ships that can run on them."

AAT CEO Mike Chew Asia Airfreight Terminal (AAT), a subsidiary of SATS Ltd, has made significant strides in cargo handling with the introduction of Autonomous Electric Tractors (AET) at its terminal in Hong Kong.

This innovative move positions AAT as the pioneer cargo terminal operator in Hong Kong to deploy AETs, revolutionizing cargo handling processes and enhancing overall efficiency.

"Our commitment to efficiency and sustainability remains unwavering. Thanks to the team’s rigorous testing, training and trials conducted over the past eighteen months, we have successfully deployed AETs in our cargo terminals operations, enabling cargo and ULDs towing through various routes and across different levels of the terminal." said Mr. Mike Chew, CEO of AAT. ""By utilizing electric-powered AETs, we are not only reducing carbon footprint but also ensuring resilience and the quality of service we provide to our customers."

Operational resilience is important in the fast-paced world of air cargo logistics, especially during peak seasons and manpower shortage currently faced by the industry. AETs offer uninterrupted service for extended hours, providing reliable support and maintaining operational efficiency. They are also capable of navigating adverse weather conditions such as heavy rain or fog, ensuring operations continuity. In addition, the AETs' seamless transition between manual and autonomous modes allows for high operational flexibility within dynamic work environments. By assigning iterative tasks to AETs, we also enhance manpower efficiency and improve service quality.

AAT's vision revolves around sustainability. With a range of up to 90km per charge, AETs significantly improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions by up to 35% compared to conventional diesel tractors, propelling us towards a greener future by minimizing our environmental impact.

Ensuring safety is the top priority, each AET is equipped with an extensive range of features ensuring safety. These include a robust set of nine high-definition cameras and three lidar sensors for efficient navigation. The integration of advanced three-dimensional mapping system and dGPS technology enable the AETs to effectively maneuver through obstacles and follow designated routes throughout the multi-level warehouse. The advanced braking system could also immediately bring the AETs to a halt when obstacles are detected within 10 meters to safeguard the traffic safety at workplace.

AAT had the privilege of presenting our industry peers and media representative with a firsthand demonstration of our AETs in action during the exclusive tours during the IATA World Cargo Symposium 2024, the latest addition to our operation were warmly received and impressed our guests. Their enthusiasm for our innovative move further validates our position as a frontrunner in the industry.

AAT plans to expand the fleet progressively in subsequent years while further exploring additional automation features to accommodate various operational needs.

Port of Salalah innovative solutions The Port of Salalah, Oman is piloting an innovative solution to tackle freshwater scarcity together with Maersk.

Existing freshwater generator systems aboard cargo ships produce potable water by distilling sea water using waste heat energy harnessed from their engines. This water is now being stored and excess water is being delivered to the port during berthing.

Traditionally, this system has been used to generate water only for onboard consumption, but this untapped resource has been capitalised on by optimising the process and storing excess water in tank containers before delivering to ports.

With the process optimised and tank containers stored in the right onboard location, two tank containers with a combined capacity of 50,000 litres can be filled with fresh water during an average sea voyage between two ports.

A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study conducted by the Danish Technical University has provided valuable insights into the project's environmental impact, comparing it favourably against traditional tanker truck water delivery methods.

Pointing out that sustainability is one of the top priorities at Salalah port, CEO, Keld M Christensen, said that, “While committed to decarbonising operations at Salalah by 2040, we also recognise that sustainability is not only about decarbonising supply chains but also protecting our environment and its finite resources.

“With thousands of vessel calls each year at the Port of Salalah, this pilot opens the door for many more vessels to replicate this system and create an incredibly large supply of fresh water not only here in Jordan, but across the world, wherever it’s needed.”

Fresh water scarcity is an increasing problem faced by regions all over the world. According to UNICEF, four billion people — almost two-thirds of the world’s population — experience severe water scarcity for at least one month each year. Half of the world’s population could be living in areas facing water scarcity by as early as 2025.

Fresh water generated and delivered through this project can be used at the port for, among other things, basic sanitation, cleaning, and maintenance of offices, warehouses, and restrooms. It can also be used for vessel and container cleaning. Additionally, the water can also be distributed to the hinterland for use by societies facing water scarcity.

APM Terminals holds a 30% stake in the Port operating company Salalah Port Services. Other shareholders include the government (20%), government pension funds (23%), and others (27%).

Maersk Sri Lanka A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) today inaugurated its brand new warehouse in Sri Lanka at Wattala, spread over 100,000 sq. ft.

Present at the inauguration were Vikash Agarwal, Managing Director, Maersk South Asia, Biju Ravi, Head of Maersk Sri Lanka and Dr Parakrama Dissanayake - Deputy Chairman & Managing Director, Aitken Spence PLC and other leaders. This new facility is a testament to Maersk's commitment to providing integrated supply chain solutions, offering a strategic advantage for various global customers and local suppliers in the retail and lifestyle sector.

"Our new warehouse in Sri Lanka represents a strategic milestone in our commitment to strengthen our operations in the country. By leveraging Sri Lanka's growing prominence as a logistics hub and investing in infrastructure that our customers have shown interest in, Maersk aims to deliver unparalleled value to its clients while contributing to Sri Lanka's economic growth and development." Vikash Agarwal, Managing Director, Maersk South Asia.

Strategically located in Wattala, a mere 11 km from the seaport, Maersk's new facility is poised to leverage Sri Lanka's advantageous geographical position as a vital hub for trade routes connecting Asia, Africa, and Europe. With the country's thriving trade sector and government initiatives to improve infrastructure and ease of doing business, Sri Lanka presents an ideal environment for Maersk to strengthen its presence in this strategic market.

The 100,000 sq. ft. warehouse offers export consolidation and 3PL services, with 50,000 sq. ft dedicated to each. Maersk's new facility will provide end-to-end supply chain solutions, including storage, inventory management, and distribution, serving global and local customers. The 3PL facility allows suppliers to store their cargo and move quickly to consolidation points without losing time. Maersk’s next-door empty yard provides faster movement of containers into the consolidation point and then to the port. This new warehouse will be able to serve almost the entire Colombo market within four hours.

Further, the facility features rainwater harvesting, LED lighting, and solar module compatibility for environment-friendly operations.

Astrid Maersk Shanghai Maersk, a global leader in integrated container logistics, achieved a milestone as the large methanol-enabled vessel "Astrid Mærsk” berths at Yangshan port in Shanghai, for the first green methanol bunkering with simultaneous cargo and bunkering operations in China.

This historic first in China was made possible in partnership with the Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG). As Maersk celebrates its 100th anniversary to serve China's foreign trade, the event not only underscores the company's dedication to decarbonizing the maritime industry, but also pays tribute to its long history of collaboration with partners and stakeholders servicing Chinese international trade.

"For a century, Maersk’s conviction to facilitating global supply chains has been the driving force behind our active contribution to China's foreign trade, with substantial investments in infrastructure, services, and people. As we continue to pioneer sustainable practices, the deployment of large methanol-enabled vessels in the Asia-Europe trade showcases both rich heritage and the beginning of an exciting new era based on strong partnerships. For the energy transition to succeed, we need to go together, and we are working closely with dedicated partners like SIPG, customers, industry peers and regulators to cross the next frontiers in making green ocean transport the easy choice." Vincent Clerc, Chief Executive Officer of A.P. Moller-Maersk.

"This initiative also highlights Shanghai’s readiness and commitment to environmental leadership, setting a precedent for other ports in China and the world to follow suit.
We are thrilled to partner with Maersk in our joint pursuit of this ambitious goal of decarbonization. Maersk and SIPG have responded to the new trend of the industries’ green and low-carbon development, and have conducted fruitful cooperation in this field. Today, the first green methanol bunkering with simultaneous operation for a large ocean-going vessel at Shanghai port marks a new milestone between the two parties. It will undoubtedly enhance the strength of the Shanghai port to establish it as a major regional hub for green methanol fuel bunkering." Jinshan Gu, Chairman of Shanghai International Port Group.

Since the first vessel call of "Sally Mærsk " in Shanghai back in 1924, Maersk has been on an exceptional 100-year journey supporting trade in and out of China.

"We are delighted to bring 'Astrid Mærsk' to Shanghai and marking the first green methanol bunkering in China. This signifies a remarkable proof point of vital green methanol infrastructure coming into place and it underscores our focus on creating long-term value by seeking innovative solutions, foster collaboration, and embrace adaptability to meet the evolving demands of the society, customers and employees. With sustainability at the forefront of our agenda, we are committed to leading the way in decarbonizing global logistics for a greener future." Silvia Ding, Managing Director of Maersk Greater China.

"Astrid Mærsk” sailed from Yokohama, Japan to Shanghai after having its naming ceremony in early April. It is the second of Maersk’s 18 large methanol-enabled vessels, scheduled for delivery between 2024 and 2025.

DP World Rumo DP World has joined forces with Brazilian railway operator Rumo to build a new terminal at the Port of Santos, to handle 12.5 million tonnes a year of grains and fertilizers, positioning the port as Brazil’s primary trade gateway and a key hub for South America.

Rumo estimates the total investment for the construction of this state-of-the-art facility at BRL 2.5 billion (US$500 million), which will be financed through a combination of Rumo's resources, loans, and potential strategic partnerships.

This is in addition to recent investments in DP World container handling facilities increasing capacity from 1.2 million TEUs to 1.4 million TEUs, while expanding the size of the quay from 1,100 metres to 1,300 metres.

Once complete the new terminal will handle 9 million tonnes of grains and 3.5 million tonnes of fertilizers a year. With construction expected to take 30 months, all other services including container handling at Santos will continue, with no impact to container handling operations.

Under the 30-year agreement, DP World will provide the terminal area located on the left bank of Brazil’s Port of Santos to Rumo and assume responsibility for operations and port services. The port is one of the largest and most modern private multi-purpose port terminals in the country. The collaboration solidifies DP World's position as the country's leading multipurpose port operator, capable of simultaneously handling containers, cellulose, grains and fertilizers.

The new terminal marks DP World’s fourth round of investment since operations began in Brazil in 2013. It comes at a crucial time with the port achieving record cargo movements in January, handling 11.9 million tonnes of cargo. Bulk solids, such as sugar and soy, accounted for 5 million tonnes, up 13.9% compared to the same period in 2023, according to the Port of Santos.

Commenting on the agreement, Fabio Siccherino, CEO of DP World Santos, said: "We are thrilled to partner with Rumo on this transformative project, which underscores our commitment to driving growth and innovation in Brazil's logistics sector. This new terminal will not only bolster trade capabilities but also create long-term value for our customers and stakeholders."

In line with DP World's global decarbonisation strategy, the new terminal will be equiped with 21 new pieces of equipment, featuring advanced technology to reduce consumption and emissions of polluting gases. DP World began the process of electrifying its Rubber-Tired Gantry Cranes (RTGs) at the Port of Santos in 2023.

DP World already invested US$35 million in 2023 to expand and modernise its facilities at the Port of Santos. The terminal currently inhabits 845,000 square metres, with an additional 130,000 square metres available for expansion.

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