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2023 Cargo AiAirfreight's "digital enabler" CargoAi has launched a new feature to support its users with the paperless transition. Starting 3 April, the 9000+ freight forwarders using CargoMART will be able to send FWB and FHL, once the booking is made, to 80+ airlines.

While IATA announced the industry goal of achieving 100% eAWB by the end of 2022, this was not yet fully achieved. CargoAi aims to bridge the gap between paper and digital AWBs by facilitating the messaging for small and medium sized freight forwarders.

David Rose, Chief Transformation Officer at IAG Cargo commented, “We fully support this move by CargoAi and hope to see wider customer adoption of eAWB - it is a vital step forward for the air cargo industry and offers a considerable advantage in driving operational efficiency and simplifying the process of document handling.

“At IAG Cargo, we are committed to achieving 100% eAWB adoption by the end of 2023. The Air Waybill is a core part of the cargo journey, and we absolutely see digitising this element of the journey as one of the many stepping stones in our ‘Destination Digital’ strategy,” added Rose.

The launch of the FWB/FHL feature also allows CargoMART users to send all information required for ISC2, to comply with the new European customs standards. The feature is available for all leading airlines available on CargoMART such as Qatar Airways Cargo, Lufthansa Cargo, Turkish Airways Cargo and 80+ other airlines that have been directly integrated.

Reiterating the benefits of the eAWB for CargoMART users, Matt Petot, CEO of CargoAi says: "We are excited to launch this new feature to support our users, in addition to the many features already available on CargoMART. The eAWB, being digital, facilitates communication between all parties, ensuring the status of the shipment can be tracked within CargoMART itself, allowing for greater transparency and improved visibility of the shipment’s status. Of course, the eAWB eliminates the need for physical documents, not only reduces printing, handling, and storage costs, but also the waste and the carbon footprint of the industry."

Matt Petot, CEO of CargoAi, adds that the feature is in line with the CargoTech mission to enable digital adoption in the industry to improve efficiencies in the procurement process. CargoTech is an investor in CargoAi and strategically aligned technology companies specialising in airfreight digitalisation.

Air Canada Liege Air Canada Cargo today announced the start of operations for its Boeing 767 freighter to Liege, Belgium, connecting a key European destination to Toronto and the carrier’s extensive global network.

Flights will operate twice per week to Liege, with service increasing to three flights per week later in the year. Service will originate in Toronto and have a stop in Halifax.

“We are pleased to begin operating our freighters to Liege, a further strengthening of the Air Canada Cargo network as we continue to expand and provide customers with reliable, year-round service. This is another important connection from a key European market with Air Canada and Air Canada Cargo’s global network through its Toronto hub,” said Matthieu Casey, Managing Director, Commercial at Air Canada Cargo.

“We are extremely pleased about the start of the new Air Canada Cargo freighter operation in Liege, being now connected to the global network of Air Canada Cargo. Liege Airport has been chosen by Air Canada Cargo as the first ever freighter-only station, which clearly shows the fast growing importance of Liege Airport as a leading European cargo hub,” said Laurent Jossart, CEO of Liege Airport.

Next month, Air Canada Cargo will start twice weekly service to Basel, Switzerland, one of Europe's premiere pharmaceutical hubs. Liege and Basel are in addition to the recent start of service to Dallas, Atlanta and Bogota as Air Canada Cargo continues to expand its freighter network.

Delta Cargo JFK From pharmaceuticals to flowers, perishable goods flying in and out of New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport will now receive even higher-touch handling with the unveiling of Delta Cargo's newest cooler.

The new, state-of-the-art facility is the largest of its kind at JFK and offers an upgraded experience for customers with cargo that requires specialized handling for temperature-sensitive goods being shipped around the globe.

"This is just one of the significant investments Delta is making to innovate and expand our service offerings to our Cargo customers," said Rob Walpole, Vice President - Delta Cargo. "By expanding our cold chain footprint and leveraging our extensive partner and route network at JFK, we are offering an unparalleled set of options for our customers looking to move temperature-sensitive shipments through the Northeast corridor."

The JFK cooler will serve as the premier cold chain facility for pharmaceutical and healthcare products, while also enabling perishable cargo shipping of produce and fresh goods. The cooler boasts expert temperature monitoring, enhanced control and oversight, and specially trained and certified staff to ensure precise handling and integrity of the cold chain.

A marquee investment for Delta Cargo, the cooler was strategically built into the JFK infrastructure to streamline time in transit. Customers will also benefit from the hub's unparalleled global access and connectivity. Delta is JFK's largest global carrier, operating up to 34 flights to 26 cities across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East* - including the top 10 pharma markets - as well as service to key Latin American and Caribbean markets.

Each of the facility's dedicated chambers for pharmaceuticals and perishable goods features distinct temperature zones designed to keep products ranging from vaccines to berries at their specific, required temperature throughout the entire journey. The cooler also has humidity control capabilities as well as dedicated capacity for seafood, ensuring that customers' cargo arrives at its destination as fresh as the time it was packed.

"This cargo cooler is the latest of Delta's significant investments in the transformation at this airport and another example of their partnership in creating a world-class global gateway at JFK that not only features a best-in-class passenger experience, but also state-of-the-art cargo handling that will strengthen our supply chain and boost the region's economy," said Teresa Rizzuto, JFK General Manager.

Volaris El Salvador MIA On March 28, Miami-Dade County and Volaris El Salvador officials celebrated the airline’s launch of three weekly roundtrip flights between San Salvador and Miami with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Miami International Airport.

Volaris El Salvador will operate the new service with A320 aircraft that seat 174 passengers.

Volaris El Salvador is a low-cost subsidiary of Mexican airline Volaris based in San Salvador and a flag carrier for El Salvador. The San Salvador-Miami route is also served by American Airlines and Avianca. More than 260,000 passengers traveled between MIA and El Salvador in 2022. Volaris El Salvador’s Miami launch made it MIA’s 100th airline partner and 11th low-cost carrier. MIA is now home to 57 passenger airlines and 43 all-cargo carriers.

CEVA RAP artists design CEVA Logistics is rolling out an indigenous artist’s design across six of its long-haul trailers in Australia as the company carries out its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

The artwork represents a unique and visible expression of the RAP’s place in CEVA’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in Australia.

CEVA operates across Australia with a broad range of vehicles, and six of its largest 42-pallet B-double trailers have been selected for the artwork display. The trailers will operate on the east coast and southern line-haul routes.

The artwork, entitled “two long-neck turtles protecting their home” was designed by Melissa Bell, a Gunditjmara and Yorta Yorta woman inspired by her background, her totem and her country. The artwork, like many of Bell’s other works, features the long-necked turtle, an animal that is both a cultural totem for her and a unique part of the Australian ecosystem.

Since 2020, CEVA Logistics has been implementing its “Reflect” RAP in Australia as part of its local efforts around diversity, equity and inclusion. CEVA’s RAP is endorsed by Reconciliation Australia, the national authority that guides and educates organisations on the journey regarding race relations, equality, institutional integrity and the importance of historical acceptance. The CEVA Logistics RAP operates on four pillars: education, inclusion, employment and economic empowerment. While formal education has played an important part of CEVA’s RAP so far, the new trailer design adds another dynamic and artistic aspect to the company’s actions.

Katherine Ivosevic, vice president of HR and QHSE for Australia and New Zealand, CEVA Logistics, said: “Through our Reconciliation Action Plan, CEVA endeavours to positively impact our own organisation and the communities and environments we operate across. It’s so important that we celebrate the unique cultures that are represented in this part of the world and, furthermore, that we welcome and include all. Our CEVA team across Australia is proud of the work already delivered and motivated to continue the journey.”

Good picking process CEVA CEVA Logistics and Geek+ are teaming up to more efficiently connect consumers with their favorite footwear and apparel through the use of autonomous mobile robots (AMR).

The modernization efforts at CEVA’s Grobbendonk warehouse, located in Belgium’s Antwerp province, clearly demonstrate the benefits of AMRs through delivering a more ergonomic working environment and improving efficiency, all while maintaining accuracy.

The warehouse is now equipped with a fleet of 27 Geek+ P-series picking robots and five workstations. The picking robots feature a 1,000-kilogram payload and operate at a maximum speed of 2 m/sec. The goods-to-person solution devised by CEVA and Geek+ provides a high degree of flexibility, quick integration into the existing operations and can handle daily volumes of more than 10,000 outbound items.

The Grobbendonk project represents the latest collaboration between Geek+ and CEVA Logistics. In 2021, Geek+ robots were introduced in certain automated operations at a CEVA warehouse in Australia, one of the largest distribution centers in the southern hemisphere. The Grobbendonk site applies those previous successes to online retail operations in Europe, including the creation of safe working conditions for warehouse staff.

Jean Gateau, Global Key Account Director at Geek+, said: “This project with CEVA once again demonstrates what Geek+ can do for retail operations and warehouse operators. We have already had great success with CEVA in Australia, and it’s fantastic that we can reproduce that in Europe, too.”

Bart Beeks, Global Head of Contract Logistics at CEVA Logistics, said: “At CEVA, we define innovation as the implementation of new ideas with business impact. As a result, we are always looking for the best solutions for our clients, scanning the technology horizon alongside our partners. The Geek+ solution is a great fit for our operation in Grobbendonk, providing a more comfortable working environment for on-site employees, while at the same time handling a far greater order volume.”

Messe Munchen Southeast Asia Messe München takes its international logistics cluster for the first time to Southeast Asia.

From 1 to 3 November 2023, the inaugural edition of the new trade fair for transport logistics and air cargo will gather key players in global supply chains such as DP World, Dubai South, DHL, dnata, Changi Airport and Etihad in Singapore. Its timing is well chosen, as established trade routes are increasingly shifting in the wake of global crises to find new ways to reliably connect global markets. Singapore and the entire Southeast Asian region are of particular relevance in this development, as the location is already one of the leading hubs and is likely to become even more dynamic in the future as an internationally trusted region from a geopolitical perspective.

The interest in the first transport logistic Southeast Asia is correspondingly high: “The current occupancy of two halls at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre already exceeds the originally expected size of the exhibition. We are currently planning to add a third hall," confirms Michael Wilton, CEO of MMI Asia, the regional subsidiary of Messe München, the positive response. In total, up to 10,000 square meters of space will be available on site for exhibitors and visitors. In addition to the key topics of global logistics such as digitization and sustainability, the thematic focus of the associated conferences consequently also includes resilience.

With Singapore having historically been a major hub for trade to and from Asia, many of the world's logistics service providers already have their branches and regional headquarters there. In addition, the Singapore shipper network is also strong. Many of the shippers that have a presence in the ASEAN region or throughout Asia are also present in Singapore. The three-day event will provide managers of supply chains and distribution networks with access to the companies providing these services and gives them the opportunity to present their services and products to the market.

"With Southeast Asia, we are expanding our transport logistic portfolio to include a new and very dynamic world region. This allows us to attract new customers and partners to our show and to help existing customers who are present at our events around the world to enter new markets in an emerging region," adds Dr. Robert Schoenberger, Head of transport logistic exhibitions.

Messe München is the organizer of the world's leading events for the transport logistics and air cargo industry. transport logistic Southeast Asia is the latest in a series of leading trade fairs that includes India (Mumbai), China (Shanghai), Türkiye (Istanbul), South Africa (Johannesburg), the Americas (Miami) and the world's largest logistics event and mother show in Munich.

Port of Rotterdam ECT Following the successful trial of one smart bollard along the quay of the Hutchison Ports ECT Delta terminal on the Maasvlakte, the Port of Rotterdam Authority has now installed six so-called ‘smart bollards’.

The six bollards, which were developed in collaboration with Straatman BV, Zwijndrecht, are positioned side by side at one berth for large container ships. Since the bollards measure the strength of the mooring lines, more insight is gained about what the consequences of berthing, docking and idling container ships at the quay are.

The installation of smart berths is in line with the Port Authority’s policy of making the port safer and more efficient through digitalisation.

The Port of Rotterdam Authority specialises in the construction and maintenance of quay walls. It manages 80 kilometres of quay wall and 200 kilometres of bank shoring. In doing so, it now also uses information obtained from sensors in the quays. This information has shown, among other things, that quay walls have a longer lifespan than commonly believed. Thanks in part to this information, the European standards for structural design have been updated. The creation of the smart berth is part of a series of measures aimed at using digital technology to manage highly capital-intensive assets such as quay walls more efficiently.

For more than a century, Straatman B.V., located in the Dutch city of Zwijndrecht, has specialised in the design, manufacture and supply of high-quality products for the global maritime industry.

sipg maersk MOUA.P. Moller-Maersk (Maersk) announced today that the company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) on strategic cooperation for Shanghai Port methanol marine fuel project.

The two parties will join hands to explore green methanol fuel vessel-to-vessel bunkering operation after Maersk’s green methanol container vessels being delivered in 2024.

Maersk has set a net-zero emissions target for 2040 across the entire business, and the delivery and operation of its 19 vessels with dual-fuel engines able to operate on green methanol will accelerate the evolution of climate neutral shipping. Therefore, establishing port bunkering infrastructure for methanol is imperative and critical to achieve this goal.

"Collaborating with ports globally to build green fuel bunkering infrastructures is necessary to service methanol vessels. It is an important step as Maersk strives to lead the decarbonization of end-to-end supply chains and make a meaningful environmental impact in this decade. We are very pleased to form the partnership with SIPG, leveraging its strong capabilities in bunkering service and port operation. Through joint efforts, we can provide low-carbon logistics service for our customers, also contributing to China’s pledge to be carbon neutral by 2060. Meanwhile, we also endeavor to cultivate synergies with SIPG and fuel manufacturers to optimize fuel infrastructure efficiencies." Mr. Vincent Clerc, CEO of A.P. Moller-Maersk.

As SIPG, the main operator of the world’s busiest container port, also commits to becoming a leader in developing green and ecological ports, the agreement will also support the aspiration of Shanghai Port to become one of the world’s first commercial green methanol refuelling points, and as a regional green methanol fuel bunkering centre.

"We are happy to collaborate with Maersk in support of its mission to decarbonise the shipping industry. As the demand for sustainable fuels increase, establishing the green fuel bunkering service will be another milestone for SIPG, improving port services and enhancing the competitiveness of Shanghai port, in a bid to transform the company into a low-carbon and eco-friendly energy hub in Asia Pacific. SIPG will continue to work with shipping companies to foster Shanghai shipping hub gateway and the green, low-carbon transformation of shipping industry in Shanghai." Mr. Gu Jinshan, Chairman, Shanghai International Port Group.

Maersk and SIPG will deepen cooperation in stages. In the first phase, SIPG, as Maersk’s potential energy bunkering service provider, will carry out services of vessel-to-vessel bunkering and fuel tank storage at port. In the potential second stage, the parties will explore how to form an all-round energy strategic partnership to promote the extension from bunkering services to the upstream of the green methanol industry chain.

DHL Passport DHL Global Forwarding (UK) Limited, the air and ocean freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, has been awarded a new International Secure Delivery contract with His Majesty’s Passport Office (HM Passport Office) until 2028, following open competition.

DHL Global Forwarding (UK) Limited has held this contract since 2011 and works closely with DHL Express to provide the secure and trackable delivery services overseas on behalf of HM Passport Office and the General Register Office (GRO), and for Emergency Travel Documents on behalf of the Foreign, Commonwealth, & Development Office (FCDO).

Alan Padbury, Regional Director for the South at DHL Global Forwarding (UK) Limited, says: “We are proud that DHL has been entrusted with this important contract for another five years. We have continuously strived to provide a first class service to HM Passport Office, GRO and FCDO and the millions of passport holders that we have safely handled documents for over the past 12 years.

“We are delighted that our quality service and commitment has been recognised with the award of this new contract. We will continue to ensure that we meet the high standards that HM Passport Office has come to expect as standard from DHL.”

Lord Murray, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Office, says: “The safe delivery of passports and supporting documents is a key element of the service, and we look forward to continuing our work alongside DHL to meet the needs of British passport customers overseas.”

DP World Dehli Capitals DP World and Delhi Capitals have announced a long-term partnership.

DP World, a leading provider of smart end-to-end logistics, is now the Global Logistics Partner of the popular cricket franchise.

The new multi-year partnership unveiled at the Leela Palace Hotel in New Delhi, will see DP World featured prominently on the back of Delhi Capitals official match jerseys as well as training gear.

The partnership extends beyond logistics to a shared vision of high-performance premised on innovation. This vision also resonates well with the Indian capital, New Delhi, a multi-cultural city and a global hub, that like DP World, connects across borders.

Rizwan Soomar, CEO & MD India Subcontinent & Sub-Saharan Africa, DP World, said: “Over the years, cricket has transformed itself, with ever evolving formats unlocking enormous potential for players across the world and making the game engaging and exciting for a diverse set of audiences. Similarly, DP World is relentlessly focused on innovation, constantly seeking out new opportunities to revolutionise global trade and open opportunities for our customers to grow. We are delighted to announce this partnership bringing together two leading organisations that are ready to go beyond conventional boundaries to change what’s possible for everyone.”

DP World, through its world-class multimodal logistics capabilities spread across more than 75 countries, ensures seamless movement of trade around the world, including India. The company plays a critical role in supporting the game of cricket across the world. From transporting the cork of cricket balls to moving the willow that is used for making bats, DP World’s agile, reliable and transparent supply chain solutions are helping make cricket possible for players across the globe.

Speaking about the new partnership, Dhiraj Malhotra, CEO, Delhi Capitals, said: “We are excited to sign a multi-year partnership with DP World. The organisation is a global leader in logistics and therefore it's a huge privilege for us to have DP World as our Global Logistics Partner. The organisation has a strong global presence, and it will certainly help us grow the Delhi Capitals brand.”

The 2022 T20 season was viewed by over 400 million fans across the globe, making it one of the largest sporting events in the world. Partnering with Delhi Capitals provides DP World with a vibrant platform to engage with customers, prospects and stakeholders within India and beyond.

The new partnership is part of DP World’s growing global portfolio of cricket partnerships. The company is the title partner of the DP World ILT20 in the UAE, and the naming rights partner of the DP World Lions and the iconic DP World Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. The company also became the title partner of the DP World Asia Cup, that took place in the UAE in 2022.

DP World will begin their exciting journey with Delhi Capitals with one of cricket’s most brilliant minds, Ricky Ponting guiding the team, against Lucknow Super Giants on 1 April 2023. The season will see Delhi Capitals returning home to the Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium after 3 years.

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