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Envirotainer Delta CargoEnvirotainer, the global market leader in secure cold chain solutions for air transportation of pharmaceuticals, has been granted seven patents by the Swedish Patent Authority, with a further two pending.

These recognise the high standard of technical innovation in the development of Releye®, which comes in large RLP and RAP sizes. The Releye® RAP is the only one of its type in the world, combining high capacity with superior features.

Among the patents is Releye® frost protection. Accumulation of ice in a temperature-controlled unit can reduce efficiency or even lead to failure, causing temperature deviations and the loss of vital pharmaceuticals. The implications for patients can be disastrous, while costing pharmaceutical firms financially and reputationally.

The frost protection reduces humidity in the container and therefore any potential for ice on the cooling system. It’s an important benefit for shipments travelling to the tropics, where humidity can be high and infrastructure lacking.

A design allowing air flow in walls was also granted a patent. This distributes cooling evenly throughout the container, providing an even climate without hot or cold spots that could damage highly sensitive pharmaceuticals. It also means pallets can be loaded against walls without restricting airflow. This maximises the volume of pharmaceuticals a container can carry. With air freight costs so high, using every cubic centimetre of space is vital.

Other patented features include cargo straps, automated test cycles, base plate fastenings, modular design, recessed temperature sensors, trend-controlled cooling and air curtains which run when container doors open. The last two of these innovations are awaiting patents.

With Swedish patents granted or pending, the same innovations have been submitted to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), which aids applicants in seeking protection internationally.

Commenting on the news Dan Matttson, Head of Technical Product Management at Envirotainer said, “When we launched the Releye® range, we raised the bar in cold chain transportation to new heights of control, monitoring and autonomy. The patents officially recognise our innovation and illustrate the technical lengths we’ll go to when striving to keep temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals safe while transporting them efficiently, sustainably and effectively.

“Envirotainer has a long history of being the marketing leader in the cold chain solution industry. These patents underline the excellence that comes as standard with our solutions.”

Crowley Eastern Pacific U.S. shipping and logistics company Crowley has awarded Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) a contract for the charter of four newbuild containerships powered by liquified natural gas (LNG) for Crowley’s U.S.-Central America trade.

Using LNG significantly lowers vessel greenhouse gas emissions, such as sulfur oxide, carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide while eliminating particulate matter compared with conventional diesel fuel. In addition, these vessels will be fitted with high-pressure ME-GI engines from MAN Energy Solutions, reducing methane slippage to negligible levels and making these vessels the most environmentally efficient in their category.

Each vessel, which will have capacity for 1,400 TEUs (20-foot container equivalent units), will feature 300 refrigerated unit plugs to reliably transport perishable cargo. Operating under a long-term time charter to Crowley, the ships will expand Crowley’s fleet and supply chain capabilities connecting U.S. markets to Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

“We are excited to develop our U.S. market footprint through these long-term time charters with such a reputable partner,” said EPS CEO Cyril Ducau. “Like EPS, Crowley enjoys a rich history and diverse business portfolios, but more importantly, their organization is driven by a vision to lead the industry’s decarbonization efforts. Once delivered, these vessels will be IMO 2030 compliant five years ahead of schedule and will play an important role as the world and industry transition to cleaner energy sources.”

“These four ships will play a significant part in driving Crowley’s strategic growth in our supply chain services for the U.S., Central America and Caribbean. In addition, the vessels use of LNG and emissions technology will advance the company’s commitment to innovation and decarbonization in the shipping industry as part of our sustainability strategy,” said Tom Crowley, company chairman and CEO. “As more companies diversify their supply chains using nearshoring and the resources of Central America, Crowley will enhance our end-to-end logistics services to be partners in their growth.”

The vessels will be built by Korea’s Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and are slated for delivery in 2025.

DB Ukraine Deutsche Bahn has pledged long-term assistance and support to Ukrzaliznytsia (UZ), Ukraine's state-owned rail company.

The CEOs of the two companies – Dr. Richard Lutz from DB and Oleksandr Kamyshin from UZ – met in Berlin today to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in which they agreed to deepen their partnership. The agreement will ensure that UZ receives assistance with rebuilding the Ukrainian rail system. It also covers collaboration to expand rail freight corridors and terminal capacity, as well as extensive consulting services for the introduction of European standards for rail operations and management.

DB CEO Dr. Richard Lutz said: "We have the utmost respect for how unwavering and courageous our Ukrainian colleagues have been in doing their jobs under wartime conditions. For millions of people, rail is the only means of transportation; for the economy, it is the most important lifeline. A functioning rail system will be essential as Ukraine rebuilds. DB and the entire European rail family are keenly aware of this fact, and we stand in firm support of our colleagues in Ukraine. It is both an honor and our duty to partner with UZ on its pathway to a bright future."

Oleksandr Kamyshin, CEO of Ukrzaliznytsia, said: "In fostering independence from Russia's harmful influence, reorienting the European rail system to new opportunities needs to be the priority. I am confident that a partnership between DB and Ukrzaliznytsia can offer major benefits to both sides in expanding freight transport and grain exports to Europe. There is no doubt that DB is an expert in this area. I am confident that our partnership can bring forth valuable results. Powerful synergies can be drawn from DB's professionalism and follow-through, coupled with UZ's courage and motivation, and these synergies can offer Europe and Europeans new resilience and more options for shifting traffic to rail. I would like thank Dr. Lutz and DB's employees for supporting Ukraine."

Dr. Volker Wissing, German Federal Minister for Digital and Transport, said: "I have been deeply moved by the incredible courage and perseverance which rail employees in Ukraine have shown in transporting countless people to safety and keeping supply chains running in their country, in collaboration with colleagues throughout Europe. As far as I am concerned, Ukraine will continue to receive all the support we can offer. Long-term civilian partnerships like this one, which will strengthen the country during this crucial phase of the war and beyond, are an important factor in this regard."

DB and UZ began working together to modernize and reform Ukraine's rail system even before Russia began its war of aggression. The new partnership aims to improve rail freight transport in general and agricultural transport in particular. Experts from DB Cargo will help develop and upgrade freight corridors for transshipment between broad gauge and standard gauge.

It is already possible to access some major freight hubs in Ukraine's western rail network with European standard-gauge freight cars, and this greatly lowers transport times. The option of using Ukrainian hopper cars is being considered as a way to increase grain exports to the European Union, since these cars can hold much higher volumes of grain than containers can. DB Cargo's Polish and Romanian subsidiaries in particular are already using rail networks close to the border to transport large quantities of grain. This rail service offers a useful alternative to the sea route from Ukraine, since that route remains difficult to use.

DB will continue to assist UZ in establishing corporate structures, which, among other things, are a requirement if Ukraine is to receive financial assistance for rebuilding. DB also plans to provide UZ with spare parts, and it is assessing the option of providing freight cars, though they would need to be retrofitted to broad gauge, which would be a complex undertaking.

DB has already provided UZ with some 500,000 euros' worth of protective clothing. At the Vienna meeting of the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) in July, rail companies committed to providing emergency aid and called for sufficient funding for the Rebuild Ukraine plan.

With its 22,300 kilometers of track and some 250,000 employees, UZ is one of the most important rail companies in Eastern Europe.

DP WORLD 9M2021DP World has won the latest in a string of court rulings, as it defends its rights as shareholder and concessionaire in Djibouti’s Doraleh Container Terminal.

The Court of Appeal of Hong Kong has dismissed the latest request by China Merchants Port Holdings seeking permission to file a second appeal before the Court of Final Appeal, against its previous decision that DP World’s suit against the company should be heard before Hong Kong Courts, and not the courts of Djibouti.

DP World and joint venture company Doraleh Container Terminal are bringing multi-billion dollar claims against China Merchants alleging that it induced the government of Djibouti to expel DP World from the country and hand over the Doraleh terminal to China Merchants. China Merchants investments in other ports and free zone projects in Djibouti, in breach of DP World’s exclusivity rights, will also be examined.

China Merchants surprisingly argued that the case should be heard by the Djibouti courts, despite Hong Kong being its home jurisdiction. The High Court of Hong Kong agreed with DP World’s arguments that the case should proceed in Hong Kong and ordered China Merchants to pay its legal costs. The Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal against that decision, and has now refused to grant China Merchants permission to file a second appeal before the Court of Final Appeal.

The Hong Kong court ruling follows a ruling in January 2022, by the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) against the Republic of Djibouti, awarding interim damages of US$ 200 million for damages caused over the period between for the period 23 February 2018 to 31 December 2020. That was the eighth decision by an international court or tribunal in favour of DP World in its ongoing dispute with the Republic of Djibouti, and total damages due to DP World now amount to US$ 686.5 million, plus accruing interest, while the Concession itself remains legally in force.

The Doraleh Container Terminal is the largest employer and biggest source of revenue in Djibouti and has operated at a profit every year since it opened.

DP World is a leading provider of worldwide smart end-to-end supply chain logistics, enabling the flow of trade across the globe. With a portfolio of 295 businesses in 78 countries across six continents, with a significant presence in both high-growth and mature markets, the company enjoys strong relationships with governments around the world, working in partnership to strengthen economies through investment in infra-structure and the implementation of smart trade solutions.

Los Angeles C40 Shanghai The Port of Los Angeles has awarded an unprecedented $1,321,350 in grants to support 36 nonprofit organizations undertaking initiatives benefiting the communities of the Los Angeles Harbor area.

Funding for the Fiscal Year 2022/23 grants is provided through the Port’s Community Investment Grant Program, which ties grant funding to annual Port shipping and lease revenues.

“We are pleased to increase our grant allocations by more than 30% this year, made possible because of all the hard work of our Port stakeholders and staff during the past 12 months,” said Los Angeles Harbor Commissioner Anthony Pirozzi. “This increase in funding meant that 77% of the non-profit applicants this year were awarded a grant. And that’s great news for our community.”

Of the 36 grants awarded, six were made in the small category (less than $5,000), 27 in the medium category ($5,001-$99,999), and three to larger initiatives (more than $100,000).

Of the many inspiring programs receiving support this year, highlights in each category include: Boys & Girls Club of the Los Angeles Harbor – The grant will support the Club’s ongoing Port Ocean & Land Awareness Program, which provides various maritime, fishing, water-recreation and ocean-focused learning activities for youth; Cabrillo Beach Youth Sailing – The grant will support year-round after-school and summer sailing enhancement programs, serving local and at-risk youth with sailing opportunities. More than 4,000 youth sailing days will be supported through the grant; The Wilmington Teen Center – The organization will use its grant to host field trips for local youth—many who live within sight of the Port but know little about it. Participating youth will explore and learn about the Port and its nearby wetlands.

Each year, through the Community Investment Grant Program, the Port looks to fund activities and programs that support its goals in the areas of international trade, environment, sustainability, public safety and security. Since the program began in 2014, the Port has awarded more than $9.3 million in grants.

Final grant awards this year were made by a committee of six individuals – three from the Port’s Community Relations Division, one from Los Angeles Council District 15, and one community representative each from San Pedro and Wilmington.

Los Angeles C40 Shanghai After record-breaking cargo volume in 2021 and the first half of 2022, the import surge at the Port of Los Angeles slowed in August.

The Port handled an estimated 806,000 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in August, approximately 15% less than the same period a year ago.

“Some goods that usually arrive in August the for the fall and winter season shipped earlier to make sure they reached their destination in time,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said at a news briefing. “Additionally, inflationary concerns and elevated inventory levels have made some retailers and e-commerce sellers more cautious.

“We’ve been able to nearly eliminate the backlog of ships waiting to enter the port by 90% compared to earlier this year,” Seroka added. “We’ve got capacity on our terminals and the ability to handle cargo coming in more efficiently than last holiday season.”

While official August cargo volume will be available soon on the Port’s website, Seroka offered estimates that are expected to change only slightly when final.

August 2022 loaded imports reached an estimated 404,000 TEUs compared to the previous year, a decrease of about 17%. Loaded exports reached an estimated 100,000 TEUs, a 1% increase drop compared to last August. Empty containers landed at an estimated 301,000 TEUs, an 18% decline compared to last year.

Eight months into 2022, the Port of Los Angeles has moved an estimated 7.2 million TEUs, about 1.6% down from last year’s record pace.

Model Y Port of Koper Last year, Tesla selected the Port of Koper as one of its entry points in Europe for its vehicles produced in China.

More recently, Tesla also started to export the first Berlin-built Model Y from Koper.

The Port’s strategic position allows for even shorter intervals between production and deliveries and reduced transport-related CO2 emissions. In Koper, Tesla also benefits from our automotive logistics expertise which positions us among the top terminals in Europe.

Ethiopian Cargo B777FTitan Aircraft Investments, the joint venture between Titan Aviation Holdings, Inc. and Bain Capital Credit, today announced the placement of three 767-300ER converted freighters on long-term dry leases with Ethiopian Airlines Group.

“We are delighted to welcome Ethiopian Airlines as a strategic customer and support its growing freighter fleet,” said Michael Steen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Titan Aviation Holdings and Chief Commercial Officer of Atlas Air Worldwide. “We are honored that Ethiopian Airlines recognizes our industry and technical expertise and has placed its trust in Titan.”

Ethiopian Airlines is expected to take delivery of the first of these aircraft later this month, with the second delivery planned for later this year, and the third aircraft planned for 2023.

The addition of these three aircraft brings Titan Aircraft Investments’ freighter fleet to 10 aircraft, five of which are Boeing 767 converted freighters.

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mesfin Tasew said: “This dry lease agreement will be fundamental to our fast growing cargo operation as Ethiopian is a key global player in the air cargo business. We are glad about the partnership with Titan Aircraft Investments to enhance our capacity with three more B767 converted aircraft in addition to the existing nine widebody freighters and four B737 converted aircraft.”

Teeside International Airport Teesside International Airport Cargo is now LIVE.

Over the last 12 months we have been working on the £2.5m build of our new cargo hangar, which is now ready for business – and we now hold both Regulated Agent and ITSF status.

Our state-of-the-art cargo facility is a key piece of infrastructure to unlock global import and export potential, connecting local businesses to international marketplaces. The facility also sits within the UK’s first and largest Freeport. The Freeport benefits go beyond customs deferment on import here at TIA as all Teesside Freeport locations are linked, benefitting importers and exporters by land, air, and sea.

Not only is the North-East a net-exporting region with some huge businesses on our doorstep, but the Tees Valley region also leads in sectors such as energy and renewables, advanced manufacturing and life sciences.

The Tees Valley has huge ambitions – to become the world’s first Net Zero Industrial Cluster. Here at Teesside Airport, we are no exception. Like you, we are committed to delivering on our Net Zero mission, which is why we are aiming to become the first hydrogen-ready airport in the UK - our operational equipment is either hydrogen, electric or solar powered, giving you confidence that your operation at Teesside is sustainable too.

Centrally located in the middle of the UK, and with the Tees Valley having one of the UK’s fastest moving road commuter networks, we are ideally situated to move goods North or South with ease. Our airport also boasts a 2291m runway and is not slot-constrained in the same way as other ports, allowing for greater flexibility and faster processing. Given the challenges faced at the larger ports up and down the country, we are confident in our commitment to you that we will provide you with a fast and reliable service. You can find out more about our extensive airport capabilities on our attached Aerodrome Fact Sheet.

In line with our commitment to better service, we have some highly competitive rates for operators, and these can be found in our attached Schedule of Charges.

We can offer the following services: Security screening; Customs clearance utilising our freight forwarding community; Pallet weighing and netting; Dangerous goods (contact us for further information); Temporary storage for up to 90 days.

We would welcome the opportunity to work with you more closely and explore how we can also meet the needs of your clients. We therefore welcome those who wish to apply for a shed ID here at TIA: for your information, Teesside International Airport shed ID is MMETVS.

Maersk Dubai SouthMaersk Kanoo UAE, the global integrated logistics company, today signed an agreement with Dubai South, the largest single-urban master development focusing on aviation, logistics and real estate, for its new warehousing and distribution (W&D) facility in Dubai.

The agreement was signed by Christopher Cook, Managing Director, Maersk UAE and Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of the Logistics District, Dubai South, at the regional headquarters of Maersk West & Central Asia in Dubai.

The 15,000 sq. m. (~162,000 square feet) ‘Maersk Integrated Logistics Centre DWC’ facility in the Dubai South Logistics District will have a capacity to cater to 15,000 pallet positions and 10,000 bin locations; it will also serve as a fulfilment centre.

Ocean shipping, as well as inbound logistics and distribution, have traditionally been shared among multiple stakeholders in the Middle East, resulting in complex logistical requirements. To create a seamless experience and integrated logistics solution for its customers, Maersk has strategically invested in W&D facilities and provided ocean and landside transportation. Following the inauguration of the first W&D facility (108,000 square feet) in Dubai at JAFZA earlier this year in March, Maersk will more than double its total footprint in the UAE with the new fulfilment centre.

"At Maersk, we are in constant dialogue with our customers to understand their logistics requirements and supply chain pain points. Our customers have appreciated the single-window access to all their logistics requirements through our integrated solutions." Christopher Cook, Managing Director, Maersk UAE.

He added: “Upon carefully studying different possibilities, we zeroed in on Dubai South for our new fulfilment centre considering its strategic location connected to Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) and the mainline port and hub of Jabal Ali. This will allow us to further build on our air-sea hub operation, which has become increasingly important while also satisfying the right balance between speed and cost with tremendous flexibility.”

"We are pleased to sign this agreement with Maersk, which will help expand its footprint across the UAE. Our mandate at Dubai South is to attract top international players to the Logistics District with the aim of boosting the logistics sector and diversifying the Emirate’s economy in line with the various government initiatives and strategies. In reinforcing Dubai's status as global trade and air-freight logistics hub, we will spare no effort to offer Maersk optimal solutions to further advance its air cargo operations as well as support them in their growth journey." Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of the Logistics District, Dubai South.

The Maersk Integrated Logistics Centre DWC at Dubai South will become operational later this month. The new facility will allow Maersk to operate a hybrid model of a bonded and non-bonded warehouse and truly fulfil different customer needs, including that of a fulfilment centre for end-to-end e-commerce solutions. The facility will also play an important role in supporting Maersk’s existing services, including ocean shipping, landside transportation, customs clearance, etc. Customers taking advantage of the integrated solutions from Maersk will benefit from reduced handovers of their cargo through its journey, leading to potentially faster turnaround times, higher visibility, better control and more predictability of their supply chains.

Dubai South was launched as a Dubai Government project in 2006, representing an emerging 145 square-kilometer, master-planned city based on the happiness of the individual. The city is identified as Dubai’s flagship urban project and is designed to create 500,000 jobs in an integrated, economic environment that supports all types of businesses and industries.

Rhenus CEIV Rhenus successfully obtained the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) certification from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for its Istanbul Airport branch, becoming a leading logistics service provider in the Turkish market for Life Sciences & Healthcare.

The CEIV certification ensures that Rhenus meets the compliance requirements for the handling of pharmaceutical products, such as Good Distribution Practices (GDP) by the European Union, World Health Organization Pharmacopeia standards and IATA temperature control regulations. Rhenus also benchmarks the activities in Turkey towards domestic, international and IATA conditions while mitigating the impact and the risks, with technological improvements such as customised IoT solutions, real-time tracking and monitoring.

“The IATA CEIV certification is a big milestone in serving the Turkish Life Sciences & Healthcare community and also acting as a regional hub with comprehensive industry solutions,” says Stephan Dülk, Global Head of Life Sciences and Healthcare at Rhenus Air & Ocean. “At Rhenus, we are building a global Life Sciences & Healthcare network that fully meets the regulatory requirements of the pharmaceutical Industry, setting highest standards in terms of service, quality, product integrity and patient safety."

Rhenus obtained the certification in only 16 months, with rigorous preparations across pharmaceutical product handling and transportation, staff competency, procedures, risk assessment and infrastructure, directly involving a team of experts among the Air Freight and Road Freight, Sales, Quality, HR and IT Departments.

“Our goal is to ensure service excellence for pharmaceuticals,” says Mert Gedikçi, Director of Rhenus Turkey. “This is also a source of motivation for us, because we fulfill our human responsibility towards society.”

Thanks to this achievement and its global presence, Rhenus expects to increase its shipping volumes in Turkey by 25 percent, with a 24/7 service offered at Istanbul Airport and a strategical position that connects the Far East and Europe.

Rhenus in Turkey counts 190 experts located in eleven branches throughout the country, covering logistics and freight forwarding solutions for Air, Ocean and Road Freight, Project Cargo and Warehousing, while offering comprehensive end-to-end logistics services with full transparency and customised solutions.

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