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Targa Telematics UN Targa Telematics, a technology company specialising in the development of IoT solutions and digital platforms for connected mobility, has joined the United Nations Global Compact, an initiative to develop, implement and adopt sustainable and corporate social responsibility policies.

The UN Global Compact is the world's largest strategic corporate citizenship initiative. Since its inception in July 2000, more than 9,500 companies and 3,000 associations from 160 countries worldwide have joined. It is committed to promoting, within its sphere of influence, ambitious collaborative projects to develop the ten universally shared principles and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

By signing this agreement, Targa Telematics renews and strengthens its commitment to integrate core principles related to respecting human rights, work standards, environmental protection and fighting corruption to its strategy and daily operations.

Targa Telematics, particularly through its R&D hub in Treviso which currently employs around 60 professionals, is contributing through its commitment to develop and experiment with Sustainable Development projects, providing its clients with the know-how and technological expertise to implement next-generation mobility solutions that guarantee a lower environmental impact. “The decision to join the United Nations Global Compact program is part of a larger framework of choices that drive us towards a more sustainable, inclusive, people-centric company model, promoting a culture of corporate citizenship” said Nicola De Mattia, CEO of Targa Telematics. "It was quite natural to join this project, since we have always adopted certain principles, which are the basis of our values, knowing that significant goals for the community can be achieved only with the contribution of many".

EFW DHL Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW), center of excellence for Airbus Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversions, re-delivered its 10th A330-300P2F aircraft to DHL Express today in time for the Asian high season for e-commerce and cargo demand.

DHL Express, launch customer for EFW’s A330-300P2F program, is currently the biggest operator of the A330-300P2F fleet. DHL Express’ A330-300P2F fleet will continue to grow, with eight more aircraft on firm order to be redelivered by EFW of which some are already inducted for a conversion in Dresden, Germany at EFW. Together with partner airlines EAT, ASL and Air Hong Kong, DHL Express is operating its A330-300P2F fleet in Europe and Asia as well as on transatlantic flights from Leipzig/ Germany to the U.S.

“DHL Express is delighted to welcome the 10th A330-300 P2F to its aircraft family. Since becoming the first operator to take delivery of the A330-300 P2F in 2017, the aircraft has proven to be ideally suited to short- and mid-range sectors in Asia Pacific and Europe. The aircraft delivered today is the youngest aircraft, we have converted to date and we are excited to see it serve our customers in Asia from 2023 onwards”, says Malcolm Macbeth, Senior Vice President Global Network Management DHL.

“EFW has been a trusted converted freighter solution provider for DHL and its network partners for decades,” says Jordi Boto, CEO of EFW. “Our 10th re-delivery of an A330-300P2F to DHL is an important milestone for our A330P2F program and longstanding partnership with DHL. We are very happy to be supporting DHL’s operational needs throughout these years, and are fully committed to helping them grow their new-generation Airbus freighter fleet further with our A330P2F program.”

EFW’s A330P2F program is developed in collaboration with ST Engineering and Airbus, with EFW holding the Supplemental Type Certificate and leading in the overall program as well as marketing & sales efforts. The A330P2F program comes with two variants – the A330-200P2F and A330-300P2F – which are both equipped with advanced technology that offers airlines additional operational and economic benefits. The A330-200P2F can carry a gross payload of up to 61 tons of weight to over 7.700 km, while the larger A330-300P2F can carry a gross payload of up to 63 tons and a containerized volume of up to ~18.581ft3 (~526m3).

ST Engineering and EFW have conversion sites in Singapore, Germany, the U.S. and China. To meet the rising demand for freighter conversions, ST Engineering and EFW will work with third party conversion houses with facilities in Turkey and China to support the A330P2F program.

Port of Bilbao record season With the arrival of the cruise ship Borealis today, Saturday 17 December, the Port of Bilbao closes a successful cruise season, with a record number of calls and passengers.

The 238 m. long Borealis, of the Fred Olsen company and consigned by A. Pérez y Cía, docked at around 08.30 this morning and will depart at 23.00 with some 900 passengers on board.

A total of 78 cruise ships have docked this year in the cruise terminal that the Port Authority has in Getxo, with lengths ranging from 126 to 348 metres. A total of 108,154 passengers have arrived in the Basque Country, of which 1,066 have started their sea crossing here, 1,022 have finished their voyage and the rest are passengers in transit, i.e. cruise passengers who continue their route after enjoying everything that Bilbao, Bizkaia and the Basque Country have to offer. Most of the tourists who visit us by boat are British, followed by Americans and Germans.

For the Port Authority of Bilbao, these results are positive. “In addition to these post-pandemic figures on traffic flow, of great value for the economy of the area, the recovery has been rapid, and with figures previously unheard of in the Basque Country”, the Port Authority explains. In 2019, 50 cruise ships arrived, but in 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, cruises were suspended in Spain and other European countries. These services resumed in August 2021, with 14 cruise ships stopping over in Bilbao, and the start of 2022 saw cruise ships arriving but with few passengers on board, “though figures have recovered as the season has progressed”.

Throughout the year, ships have arrived both from companies that are regularly to be seen in the port of Bilbao and from shipping companies that have opted for this destination for the first time, as well as twenty cruise ships making their first stopover. In June and October, up to three cruise ships coincided in Bilbao on the same day, and in April, May, June, August, September and October, two cruise ships were handled on several occasions. Furthermore, many passengers started their cruise itinerary in the port of Bilbao, which contributes significantly to tourism in the region, as this type of tourist usually takes advantage of the journey to the port of departure to spend the night in the city of origin of their cruise and to enjoy the local tourist attractions.

The companies continue to value the facilities and services on offer in the port, such as Wi-Fi, as well as the operability of the cruise terminal and the flexibility and problem-free management and handling of stopovers and their tourists. They also highlight the proximity of the Getxo terminal to the airport, which makes it possible to offer boarding operations, the tourist attractions of Bilbao and the immediate area and the different attractions which Bizkaia, Donostia-San Sebastian and Alava-Rioja Alavesa have to offer.

The cruise sector is complex, with many variables that can upset predictions, so it is difficult to make very specific forecasts, but the goal for 2023 is to exceed the number of cruise ships calls this season. As the Port Authority points out, “this is a type of traffic that needs to develop over time. If we are going to attract, little by little, new business and new companies, we need to demonstrate repeatedly that we are capable of offering a good service. One stand-out consequence of our efforts in this field for next year is the turn around in May to Israel, which will depart from Getxo, and the six calls to be made by MSC, a company whose confidence and trust in the Port of Bilbao is progressively consolidating”.

In addition to meetings, contacts, visits and intense commercial activity, the Port Authority of Bilbao will continue to take part, as they do year after year, in different fairs and events in the sector to promote Bilbao/Bizkaia/the Basque Country as a cruise ship destination. These events include Seatrade Cruise Global Miami, the world's largest cruise event to be held from 27 to 30 March, where representatives of the Port Authority will be accompanied by Bilbao Tourism.

AAT COOLPORT Asia Airfreight Terminal Co. Ltd. (AAT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Mike Chew as the new Chief Executive Officer.

Mike succeeds Mr. Kuah Boon Kiam who had been at the helm since 2016. Mr. Kuah will assume a new role at SATS Ltd. in Singapore in January 2023.

Mike has been in the aviation and airfreight industry for 30 years. He has held various senior leadership roles in SATS group including Chief Executive Officer at Air India SATS Airport Services Private Limited (AISATS) and Chief Executive Officer at Beijing Aviation Ground Services Co. Ltd. (BGS). Under Mike’s leadership, AAT will continue to serve the Hong Kong aviation industry at our very best.

Atlas AirTitan Aircraft Investments today announced the placement of one Boeing 737-800SF converted freighter on long-term dry lease with Georgian Airlines to support its network.

Titan Aviation Holdings, a subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: AAWW), will manage this asset.

“We are delighted to welcome Georgian Airlines and appreciate their trust in Titan as we support their growing business,” said Michael Steen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Titan Aviation Holdings and Chief Commercial Officer of Atlas Air Worldwide.

“As we expand in the airfreight market, we are honored to partner with Titan Aircraft Investments to bring more air cargo capacity to the region with the addition of the 737-800 freighter. We look forward to a strong partnership with Titan’s excellent team as they help us meet market demand and capitalize on cargo flows between Asia and Europe,” said Irakli Mezvrishvili, General Director of Georgian Airlines LLC.

Port of Los Angeles container dwellThe San Pedro Bay ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles will phase out the option to collect a “Container Dwell Fee” on Jan. 24, 2023.

Since the program was announced on Oct. 25, 2021, the two ports have seen a combined decline of 92% in aging cargo on the docks. While the executive directors of both ports have had the authority from their respective harbor commissions to implement the fee, it was never activated because cargo owners were able to clear their long-dwelling cargo off terminals.

“I said when we launched this program that I hoped we would never collect a dime because that would mean that containers were moving off our docks. And that’s exactly what occurred,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “I’m grateful to the cargo owners and all our waterfront workers for all their successful efforts to improve the efficiency of our operations.”

“This fee was conceived as an incentive to ease congestion, keeping imported goods flowing to stores across America,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “Measured by this standard, we can all appreciate the policy’s success, and best of all, the fee was never implemented. We thank cargo owners and terminal operators for working with us to make operations more efficient, and of course dockworkers for their dedicated labor.”

Under the temporary policy, ocean carriers could be charged for each import container dwelling nine days or more at the terminal. Fee implementation has been postponed by both ports since the start of the program. The Long Beach and Los Angeles Boards of Harbor Commissioners both extended the fee program through Jan. 24, 2023. Neither port plans to extend the program beyond that date.

The policy was developed in coordination with the Biden-Harris Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force, U.S. Department of Transportation and multiple supply chain stakeholders.

Air Canada Envirotainer Envirotainer, the specialist in secure cold-chain solutions for the shipment of pharmaceuticals, is this year celebrating 10 years of commitment to Asia and the Pacific.

Having opened its regional headquarters in Singapore in 2012 as the first active cold-chain solutions provider in the region, the company has grown its presence and now runs a robust team of sales, operations and a Centre of Excellence supporting the needs of the industry.

Envirotainer works closely with leading airlines and forwarders in the region to ship temperature-sensitive products around the continent and beyond. To date, the Singapore station has moved over 5,000 containers in and out of its care, transporting an estimated 40,000 pallets of vital medicines to more than 30 countries globally.

In doing so, it's grown from a team of three to 29 staff. Between 2012 and 2015 alone, Envirotainer experienced rapid regional expansion, moving office to a location three times the size of its original premises. In addition, the Centre of Excellence station can now house 300 containers in its 1,800sqm site. Here it can maintain, repair and service its own fleet to assure serviceability and airworthiness.

The demand for secure cold-chain solutions for pharmaceuticals continues to grow in the region. As a result, the company opened a new CryoSure® station in Singapore last month to expand global availability of the ultra-cold solution for the transportation of medicines at -70°C. There is now storage capacity for up to 1,000 high-tech vacuum flasks for cryogenic shipping, known as dewars, in Singapore.

Over the past decade, Envirotainer has also run its Academy courses in Singapore to educate and train customers on best practice for the safe delivery of pharmaceuticals. The free-of-charge programme has helped more than 900 local cold-chain stakeholders, from ground handlers to manufacturers, develop their skills. The first class opened its doors in 2013, training an initial group of 20 industry stakeholders.

Even throughout the pandemic, the company continued its tireless work as a registered essential service, supporting COVID-19 vaccine shipments in addition to the growing volume of other temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals. During this period, the station also worked with a local academy to teach students about the role of containers in the cold-chain for its air cargo operations module.

Suat Toh, Head of Sales, APAC said, “This is a very proud moment for Envirotainer as we celebrate 10 years in Singapore. We started with a team of three, growing to a fully-fledged office to provide our customers with the best level of service. We’re grateful for the trust our customers have put in us over the past decade, and we’re determined to meet their demands for all temperature-controlled solutions in the future.”

Egyptian Minister of Transport FelixstoweThe Egyptian Minister of Transport, Lieutenant General Kamel Elwazer, has paid a visit to Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe.

The Minister was accompanied by His Excellency Sherif Kamel, the Egyptian Ambassador to the UK and a delegation from the Ministry of Transport. The group met with port executives and were welcomed by Eric Ip, Group Managing Director of Hutchison Ports, via video link from Hong Kong.

While at the port the Minister was given a demonstration of the latest remote controlled yard cranes and the first two automated tractor units working at the UK's largest container port.

Commenting on the visit, Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Felixstowe and Hutchison Ports Executive Director, said:

 "We were deeply honoured to welcome the Minister to the Port of Felixstowe and to show him some of the cutting-edge projects we have at the port. We look forward to working with him and the Government of Egypt to further deepen our relationship and to develop the new terminals at Sokhna and El Dekheila."

Hutchison Ports has been operating the Alexandria International Container Terminal (AICT) in Egypt for nearly 20 years. It recently announced an expanded cooperation with the Egyptian Government through the initialling of agreements for two new concessions to operate world-class container terminals in Ain Sokhna Port and El Dekheila Port.

CargoAi 71st anniversary CargoAi, airfreight’s fastest growing digital enabler, closes off a great 2022 with instant eBooking made available for 71 airlines from 195 origins to 447 unique destinations.

Their CargoMART eBooking platform has become the marketplace with the most available options per routes and is becoming the partner of choice for freight forwarders.

“We have been growing very fast thanks to our different approach and special focus on making it simple for our airlines to integrate and for our forwarders users to make bookings. Our unique combination of Tech and Air Cargo talents has helped to showcase that CargoAi can deliver modern tech solutions at a very fast pace to this industry. We have still a lot of work to do and 2023 looks already very exciting as CargoAi will focus on delivering new solutions outside of our eBooking platform (CargoMART) and work on customized projects for our partners.” Says Matt Petot, Founder and CEO of CargoAi.co

As of October 2022, freight forwarders were prompted with the “greenest” (i.e. least carbon-producing routes) when searching for rates on the marketplace. In November 2022, CargoAi announced a landmark partnership with Neste, the world’s leading producer of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) enabling small to medium freight forwarding companies worldwide to purchase SAF in accordance with their cargo bookings, in much smaller quantities. The awarded plug and play Cargo2ZERO solution is closing the knowledge hurdle of sustainable initiatives for airlines and freight forwarders.

CargoAi becomes the first marketplace where CMA CGM’s capacity and rate are available for instant booking, in line with CMA CGM’s first own scheduled freighter service from Paris to Hong Kong SAR and vice versa.

"We’re thrilled that CargoMART becomes the first marketplace to sell CMA CGM’s freighter service. This is a great addition to our existing airline portfolio that users on www.CargoAi.co get benefit from, especially with the perspective that 2C will further expand its network globally.” says Magali Beauregard, CCO of CargoAi.

DP World T20International League T20 and DP World have jointly announced a five-year title sponsorship that will see the upcoming six-team franchise competition, the International League T20 named as the DP World International League T20.

The agreement comes as 84 international cricket stars from across the world, such as Andre Russell, Shimron Hetmyer, Moeen Ali, Kieron Pollard and Wanindu Hasaranga, a number of shining Associate players, including Mark Watt and David Wiese, as well as 24 of UAE’s current and rising talents, look to converge on the UAE and prepare for the inaugural season of UAE’s home-grown T20 competition, which will be played in Dubai (Dubai International Stadium), Sharjah (Sharjah Cricket Stadium) and Abu Dhabi (Zayed Cricket Stadium) from 13 January to 12 February 2023.

The inaugural DP World International League T20 includes the teams Abu Dhabi Knight Riders, Desert Vipers, Dubai Capitals, Gulf Giants, MI Emirates, and Sharjah Warriors. The teams will play for the magnificent, coveted trophy through a total of 34 matches, where all matches will be telecasted live on the expansive, global Zee Network. The league’s schedule can be found by visiting www.ilt20.ae.

Opening the League is the blockbuster match between Dubai Capitals and Abu Dhabi Knight Riders on Friday 13 January (2023) at the Dubai International Stadium (Dubai, UAE) and where the competition will be launched through a dazzling opening ceremony headlined by Indian rapper Badshah and RnB megastar Jason Derulo. The inaugural edition will reach its crescendo with the final played on 12 February 2023, also played at the Dubai International Stadium.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, said: “We are proud to announce our title sponsorship of the newest competition for one of the world’s most popular sports. The partnership offers a unique opportunity to be a part of the UAE’s first home-grown cricket tournament, and once again help turn Dubai into the sports capital of the region. We cannot wait to watch the action unfold in the new year and wish the tournament organisers, teams and players every success.”

Abdulla Bin Damithan, CEO and Managing Director, DP World UAE and Jafza said: “DP World is delighted to confirm our title partnership for the DP World International League T20 competition. The event, which reflects DP World, Dubai, and the UAE’s spirit of innovation, inclusivity, and community engagement, will help introduce the sport to new audiences in the UAE, leave a legacy, and affirm the region’s unique position as a hub for world-class sports. It will also give us an opportunity to engage with our customers, prospects, and colleagues, against the backdrop of what will be a highly enjoyable festival of cricket. We cannot wait to watch the action unfold and wish the ILT20 organisers, teams, players, and fans, an enjoyable tournament.”

Khalid Al Zarooni, Chairman International League T20 commented on the sponsorship: “League management is exceptionally pleased to enter into this multi-year partnership with DP World, as title sponsor of the International League T20. DP world is synonymous with high profile sports and internationally renowned sporting events, and, we are delighted with their foresight to partner with the first home-grown, UAE-based competition. We look forward to an extremely beneficial and rewarding relationship.”

Cricket fans across the world can catch the LIVE telecast of this exciting cricket league on the League’s Official Media Partner ZEE’s linear channels, digital platform Zee5, as well as Zee Cinema SD, Zee Cinema HD, Zee Anmol Cinema, &Pictures HD, &Flix SD, &Flix HD, Zee Zest SD, Zee Zest HD, Zee Bangla Cinema and Zee Thirai.

Headquartered in Dubai, DP World has evolved into the leading provider of global smart end-to-end supply chain solutions enabling the flow of trade across the globe. With a presence in over 75 countries across six continents, powered by diverse professional team of more than 101,000 people, DP World is committed to delivering unrivalled value to its customers and partners.

IAG Cargo IberiaWiseTech Global (ASX:WTC) announced that IAG Cargo, the cargo division of International Airlines Group (IAG), is now directly integrated with CargoWise, enabling freight forwarders to efficiently choose, book, confirm and change shipments, in real-time from within the industry’s leading logistics execution platform.

IAG Cargo uses the freight capacity of passenger aircraft of International Airlines Group (IAG), which consists of British Airways, Iberia, Vueling, Aer Lingus and LEVEL. With five airlines, and over 500 aircraft it’s a model that provides IAG Cargo with great capacity and a truly global network. IAG Cargo has become one of the largest cargo operators in the world, serving key sectors of the global economy including ecommerce, tech, manufacturing, automotive, pharmaceutical and aerospace.

Direct data connection with IAG Cargo’s operational data allows CargoWise customers direct access to schedules, dynamic rates, capacity and allotment bookings. The integration also allows CargoWise users to easily change digital bookings without leaving the application, supporting IAG Cargo's Destination Digital strategy.

John Cheetham, Chief Commercial Officer at IAG Cargo said: “Connecting through CargoWise is another exciting partnership strengthening the digital development of IAG Cargo. This partnership is the latest step in our journey to transform the way we do business, making it easier than ever for CargoWise customers to book their freight directly with IAG Cargo.”

Jorre Cobelens, Vice President – Logistics Data and Connectivity, WiseTech Global, said “We are pleased that IAG Cargo has joined the growing group of leading cargo carriers that integrate with CargoWise, supporting our industry digitalization and integration strategy. This direct digital data exchange helps increase data security, data quality and simplifies the eBooking process between parties. CargoWise customers, including ten of the top 25 global freight forwarders who have either completed, or are in progress of, global rollouts of the CargoWise platform[1], will have access to IAG's dynamic rates, schedules and services for key routes between Europe, Asia Pacific, and North- and South-America fulfilling an important part of our global network needs."

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