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APM Aarhus A booming Danish export market is not the only factor driving volume growth at Denmark’s largest container terminal, APM Terminals Aarhus.

The terminal continued to attract new services in 2021 and last week completed the installation of a further 180 reefer plugs to ensure it can continue to offer the service and flexibility that customers are looking for.

Despite supply-chain disruption caused by the global pandemic, volumes at the terminal grew by around 13% in 2020. This trend accelerated further in 2021 when the terminal handled a record 397,121 container moves – an increase of +20% over the previous year. Reefer volumes alone were up 7% in 2021. In 2022, reefer volumes are forecast to grow further as the terminal starts to handle a growing share of Royal Arctic Line reefers.

Accurate forecasting enabled APM Terminals Aarhus to plan ahead with phases 1 & 2 of its reefer rack expansion already completed in 2020 and phases 3 & 4 completed in December 2021 and January 2022 respectively. This latest addition increased capacity by 360 plugs, bringing the total capacity at the terminal to 1,548 reefer plugs.

“The additional reefer capacity will allow us to plan for additional reefer cargo,” says Helle Almind, Commercial Manager at APM Terminals Aarhus. “The reefer racks are strategically located in the yard and therefore we also expect an improvement in operational efficiency, which will benefit both landside and shipping line customers.”

APM Terminals Aarhus handles more than 60 percent of the container volumes in Denmark and continually ranks among the most efficient and productive container terminals in Europe, delivering over 33 gross moves per hour (GMPH).

ECU LCLECU Worldwide is betting on further growth in India as global importers source more Asia-made goods to meet roaring consumer and manufacturing demand.

ECU is one of the largest global cargo consolidators and a leading non-vessel-operating common carrier (NVOCC) and CEO Tim Tudor told The Loadstar demand for LCL (less-than-container-load) services would continue to grow as ocean capacity tightened this year, because of widespread disruption caused by the pandemic.

“There are currently 100 vessels outside the port of Los Angeles, and similar delays are being seen in many other ports around the world,” Mr Tudor said. “This [congestion and dysfunction] will continue to work well for LCL, as shippers reconsider their freight flow and many opt for a more continual feed supply chain, which would include more LCL.”

According to him, although a fresh surge in Covid cases in India will inevitably cause disruption, authorities at various levels are taking timely proactive steps to ward off any large-scale supply chain hiccups to enable resurgent economic activity to continue as seamlessly as possible.

“Indian ports are ably supported by CFS [container freight station] infrastructure around the ports, which came in handy during the first and second Covid-19 events and will help ease congestion in future as well, should there be disruptions due to a shortage of labour and equipment at the container terminals,” said Mr Tudor.

He believes the pandemic has redefined the business environment, accelerating the pace of automation and making industry stakeholders realise the importance of being able to react, adapt and respond in a “stop-and-start” sort of economic scenario.

“Indian companies have taken a cue or more from the past two years and have focused on improving operational experience with a stronger thrust on digitalisation,” Mr Tudor said. “The Indian government is continuing to focus on building a robust infrastructure and this, in turn, will help the logistics sector to better manage future disruption.”

He added that it was imperative for future supply chain partners to begin factoring resilience and adaptability into their calculations and rely on digital technologies that, over the past two years, had become more dependable and conventional.

A wholly owned subsidiary of Mumbai-based Allcargo Logistics, ECU has significantly broadened its worldwide network in recent years through targeted acquisitions and organic growth. A majority-stake buy in Scandinavian freight consolidator Nordicon last July was its most recent on that front.

ECU has a network of about 300 offices across 80 countries, providing 2,400 direct trade services and door-to-door offerings in 56 global markets. It is said to command 13% of the global LCL market.

Maersk Net ZeroMaersk (Maersk) announces new aspiring emissions targets expected to align the company with the Net Zero criteria of the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) pathway to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

They include a societal commitment to act now and drive material impact in this decade, and a commitment to deliver net zero supply chains to customers by 2040. The targets go beyond previous efforts to reduce emissions related to the ocean fleet as they cover all direct and indirect emissions across the entire Maersk business.

"As a global provider of end-to-end logistics services across all transport modes, it is a strategic imperative for Maersk to extend our net zero ambition to the total footprint of the business. The science is clear, we must act now to deliver significant progress in this decade. These very ambitious targets mark our commitment to society and to the many customers who call for net zero supply chains." Soren Skou CEO of A.P. Moller - Maersk.

Tangible near-term targets for 2030 are set to ensure significant progress on curbing direct Maersk emissions already in this decade.

These include a 50% reduction in emissions per transported container in the Maersk Ocean fleet and a 70% reduction in absolute emissions from fully controlled terminals. Depending on growth in the ocean business, this will lead to absolute emissions reductions between 35% and 50% from a 2020 baseline.

"Our updated targets and accelerated timelines reflect a very challenging, yet viable pathway to net zero which is driven by advances in technology and solutions. What is needed is a rapid scale-up which we will strive to achieve in close collaboration with customers and suppliers across the entire supply chain." Henriette Hallberg Thygesen CEO of Fleet & Strategic Brands, A.P. Moller - Maersk.

As recommended by SBTi, over the decade Maersk will go above and beyond the 1.5°C-aligned targets and invest in building a portfolio of natural climate solutions that will result in around five million tons of CO2 savings per year by 2030.

To maximise progress towards net zero supply chains in 2040, ambitious 2030 targets for a range of green product offerings are introduced, adding to solutions including Maersk’s Emissions Dashboard and Maersk ECO Delivery. They aim to reinforce Maersk as an industry leading provider of green supply chain solutions and cover Ocean, Air, Contract Logistics (warehouses and depots) and Cold Chain businesses (see fact box below). These products will utilise green technologies and solutions to ensure that they provide real emission reductions within the supply chain.

Covering indirect emissions means the targets also address emissions from e.g., inland transport services and vessel building which are provided by third party suppliers. Tackling this challenge will require extensive data insights and close collaboration with local and regional suppliers of products and services across the Maersk business footprint.

EUROGATE Rail Hungary EUROGATE Intermodal GmbH (EGIM),Hamburg-based provider of combined transport by rail and road, today announced Floyd Zrt., its Hungarian rail subsidiary, will begin operating under the new name EUROGATE Rail Hungary Zrt., effective immediately.

By renaming Floyd to EUROGATE Rail Hungary, EGIM’s goal is to support brand alignment and present its services under a more unified front. Customers and partners will experience no product or personnel changes when conducting business with the Hungarian rail company under its new identity.

Christopher Beplat, EGIM Managing Director, explains: “By rebranding Floyd as EUROGATE Rail Hungary, we are creating more transparency in the market and solidifying our portfolio of international intermodal products. This decision is another reflection of our continued commitment to simplifying rail connectivity across borders.”

Based in Budapest, EUROGATE Rail Hungary offers rail freight transport connections across Hungary, Austria and Germany. EGIM has been the majority shareholder in the company since 2008 and currently holds 64% of the organisation. The remaining 36% of EUROGATE Rail Hungary is owned by I.C.E. Holding Kft., which is headquartered in Budapest.

Qatar Airways Cargo copyQatar Airways Cargo has long been committed to ensuring that all animals entrusted to the airline for transportation, receive the best care both on the ground and in the air.

Now, following six months of intense process and product audits, Qatar Airways Cargo is proud to announce that its strict adherence to the highest standards and relevant regulations has been accredited CEIV Live Animals certification by IATA.

“We are the fourth airline worldwide to become CEIV Live Animals certified, and the first in the Middle East. This certification is testament to the dedication and detail that we put into transporting the many different live animals that are placed in our custody. Whether they are horses, household pets, livestock, or exotic animals transported on our scheduled and charter flights or wild animals being flown under our WeQare Rewild the Planet initiative, we go beyond the required regulatory standards, to ensure that the animals are given the utmost care and comfort for the entire duration of the journey.” Miguel Rodriguez Moreno, Senior Manager Cargo Climate Control Products, explains. “The CEIV Live Animals certification depicts that our handling, infrastructure, quality management, and training framework are in line with industry standards. It highlights our compliance with the IATA Live Animal Regulations alongside the Transportation of Wildlife and Animal Welfare (TWAW) Group Policy, and it shows that we have a robust supplier management system in place, allowing our principles to be implemented globally. Further, it illustrates our commitment to continuously improving industry standards when it comes to the transportation of live animals, and we thank the IATA auditors for their constructive contribution in this regard.”

"Having Qatar Airways, one of the largest transporters of live animals, achieve CEIV Live Animals certification is a significant boost not only for the airline’s customers, who can be confident that their precious cargo will arrive safely, but also the region. We congratulate them on their achievement and their pioneering efforts in the safe transportation of live animals including wild animals through their ‘WeQare’ initiative.” said Brendan Sullivan, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo.

The certification applies at Qatar Airways’ Doha headquarters and the QAS Cargo Doha hub, and covers all animals (amphibians, birds, crustaceans, fish, invertebrates, mammals, or reptiles) that Qatar Airways Cargo is authorised to carry as per each respective relevant procedure. Today, around 9% of all live animals transported globally by air, travel on board a Qatar Airways flight. The cargo airline runs a 4,200 m², air-conditioned, state-of-the-art Live Animal Centre at Hamad International Airport, Doha, which includes dedicated holding areas for animals, horse stalls, pet kennels, access to 24/7 dedicated expert animal health care services, and a large 300 m² paddock. Trained staff and pilots make every effort to ensure that the animals experience as stress-free a journey as possible, by arranging the shortest transit times from origin airport to the final destination, and adapting the relevant temperature and cabin pressure whilst on board.

This time last year, Qatar Airways Cargo was also recognised as IATA CEIV Pharma certified, having demonstrated its compliance with the industry-leading practices in the booking, acceptance, handling, and transportation of pharmaceutical products. The airline now aims to obtain IATA CEIV Fresh certification in 2022.

Slovenian Logistics Expo On 11 January, the Transport Association of the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, together with the SPIRIT agency, organised a presentation of Slovenian logistics at the EXPO 2020 Dubai World Expo, which has been taking place in the capital of the United Arab Emirates since October last year and will close at the end of March.

In addition to representatives of Luka Koper, headed by the President of the Management Board, Boštjan Napast, the event was attended by the Minister of Infrastructure, Jernej Vrtovec.

At the event, which was also streamed live on the internet, representatives of logistics companies presented the best of Slovenian logistics. As we were mainly addressing the overseas foreign business public, the focus was primarily on the geographical position of Slovenia, which represents the shortest connection between the markets beyond the Suez Canal and Central Europe. As the whole presentation of Slovenia is based on the Expo’s orientation towards a green and environmentally friendly destination, we also presented Slovenian logistics in this light. The shortest route between Central Europe and the East also means lower carbon dioxide emissions. The voyage from Suez to Koper is 4,141 km shorter and just one ship of average size and speed emits 687 kg less CO2 than if it were headed to Hamburg.

Slovenia also has a high share of rail freight, especially transit transport, which means 3.5 times lower CO2 emissions compared to road transport, measured in tonnes per kilometre. This is why Slovenia has invested heavily in recent years in the renewal of its rail network and in new lines. Since 2015, it has invested more than €3 billion. This figure does not include the construction of the new track between Koper and Divača which started last year.

Slovenian logistics is not just about ports and rail. It is also Ljubljana Airport, where different types of goods are handled. It is road transport, not only of extraordinary cargo, but also of passengers; and it is warehousing, with many distribution centres and much more. According to SPIRIT estimates, there are well over three thousand companies and 39 thousand employees in the logistics sector, which together generate more than €5 billion in revenue annually.

Kuehne and Nagel haruoni siteKuehne+Nagel, one of the world’s leading logistics providers, has significantly expanded its network of offices in Africa.

These offices are managed and supported by a control tower in Durban, South Africa – a single point of customer contact responsible for a compliant, high quality and easy-to-access network across Africa. It allows for complete visibility across the network, including remote locations, while ensuring Kuehne+Nagel's global service standards; supervising data quality, enabling shipment visibility and managing cargo flow.

With this expansion, Kuehne+Nagel provides its customers better access to African markets and while offering African manufacturers specialized and industry-specific solutions to meet soaring demand in markets such as pharma & healthcare, perishables, emergency & relief and project logistics.

Sub-Saharan Africa plays an increasingly significant role in worldwide trade as it is home to more than one billion people, half of whom will be under the age of 25 by 2050. Kuehne+Nagel has been actively present in Africa for almost seven decades after opening its first office in Johannesburg in 1954. The company provides its customers with full visibility across a strong and compliant supply chain by combining the strengths of a local presence with Kuehne+Nagel’s global operating systems and processes.

The expanded Africa network is fully vetted and audited by an external global auditing company to ensure ongoing adherence to the highest level of compliance and ethical standards. It provides the full range of international services including Air, Sea, Road and Contract logistics to address the demands of the African continent.

"Africa is blessed with natural resources and a young entrepreneurial population. Now is the time to unlock this potential and create growing, thriving economies. There are many elements to this, one being the logistical ability to connect global markets for end consumers and suppliers. With the new control tower in Durban, we are ready to address this great African opportunity," says Lee I’Ons, President of Kuehne+Nagel Middle East and Africa.

With this expansion, Kuehne+Nagel will be represented in 18 African countries: South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Egypt, Angola, Namibia, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mozambique, Mauritius, Botswana, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Rwanda. Until the end of the first quarter 2022, Kuehne+Nagel plans to increase its footprint with a second expansion on the continent.

Envirotainer Delta CargoEnvirotainer, the global market leader in secure cold chain solutions for air transportation of pharmaceuticals, today announced that Delta Cargo has approved the Envirotainer Releye® RLP for usage on their fleet of aircrafts.

With this approval, Delta Cargo can now transport the Releye® RLP on their wide-reaching global network, increasing the capacity to meet the ever-growing need for temperature-controlled, high-quality, connected ULD solutions.

The Releye provides outstanding environmental performance, delivering up to 90% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to available passive solutions, based on life-cycle analysis. The Releye® RLP uses rechargeable batteries to power its electric heating and compressor cooling system and can power its system for over 170 hours on a single charge. With its unique feature set, the Releye® RLP sets a new standard for secure cold chain solutions bringing a temperature-controlled air freight container to market with a new footprint, industry-leading autonomy and fully integrated live monitoring.

“The introduction of the Releye® RLP, in combination with our CEIV certified pharma network, provides our customers with more choice when looking for reliable container options to support the growing demand for pharma and vaccine shipments” said Jannie Davel, Managing Director Cargo Commercial at Delta Cargo.

“We are happy to welcome Delta Cargo as a carrier of the Envirotainer Releye® RLP container,” says Don Harrison, Head of Global Key Accounts, Airlines at Envirotainer. He continued, “With the new Releye® RLP, Delta Cargo can offer their customers the latest active fully connected solution to protect the integrity and quality of air freight medicine products throughout the supply chain.”

DP World Senegal government DP World, the world's leading provider of smart logistics, and the Government of Senegal have laid the first stone to mark the start of the construction of the new Port of Ndayane.

The stone laying ceremony follows the concession agreement signed in December 2020 between DP World and the Government of Senegal to build and operate a new port at Ndayane, about 50 km from the existing Port of Dakar.

The ceremony was attended by His Excellency, Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, and Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, as well as a number of Presidents of institutions, members of the Government of Senegal, and local communities.

The investment of more than USD 1 billion in two phases to develop Port Ndayane, is DP World’s largest port investment in Africa to date, and the largest single private investment in the history of Senegal.

His Excellency, Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, said: “The development of modern, quality port infrastructure is vital for economic development. With the Port of Ndayane, Senegal will have state-of-the-art port infrastructure that will reinforce our country's position as a major trade hub and gateway in West Africa. It will unlock significant economic opportunities for local businesses, create jobs, and increase Senegal’s attractiveness to foreign investors. We are pleased to extend our collaboration with DP World to this project, which has already delivered great results with the operation of the container terminal at the Port of Dakar.”

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, said: “Today’s laying of the first stone not only marks the start of construction, but also turning the vision of President Sall, into reality. As the leading enabler of global trade, we will bring all our expertise, technology and capability to this port project, the completion of which will support Senegal’s development over the next century. We thank President Sall, his government, and the Port Authority for the trust and confidence placed in us.”

Phase 1 of the development of the port will include a container terminal with 840m of quay and a new 5km marine channel designed to handle two 336m vessels simultaneously, and capable of handling the largest container vessels in the world. It will increase container handling capacity by 1.2 million Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) a year. In phase 2, an additional container quay of 410m will be developed.

DP World’s plans also include the development of an economic/industrial zone next to the port and near the Blaise Diagne International Airport, creating an integrated multimodal transportation, logistics and industrial hub.

Maersk TufailTufail Chemical Industries and Maersk Pakistan signed a partnership earlier this week wherein Maersk would provide ‘Maersk Flow’, a digital tool, to Tufail Chemical to streamline and manage their supply chains efficiently.

The partnership marks a significant step towards modernising logistics and improving supply chain performance with less time and effort.

Tufail Chemical Industries conducts business with tech and appliance industries and has been importing plastic raw material, industrial chemicals, aluminium products, and polymer for their manufacturing processes. Tufail Chemical Industries has now built additional manufacturing capacity and is not only satisfying local requirements but also expanding into global market with export footprint.

"Expansion of our business has led to increased complexity in our supply chains. Challenges such as lack of visibility on inbound shipments, milestones updates, documentation status and communication with our suppliers became more prominent, and ultimately started impacting our day-to-day routines" Pervez Tufail, Co-Chairman, Tufail Chemical Industries.

Maersk Pakistan, Tufail Chemical Industries’ ocean transportation partner, stepped in to offer a pilot run of ‘Maersk Flow’, a digital supply chain management tool to streamline their supply chains. The ‘Maersk Flow’ solution enables transparency in critical supply chain processes and ensures that the flow of goods and documents is executed as planned. It also reduces manual work and costly mistakes, while empowering logistics professionals with all the current and historical data they need to sustainably improve their supply chain.

Saira Yasin, Director Exports, Tufail Chemical Industries added, “With ‘Maersk Flow’ our team is able to plan our operations accurately, thus avoiding excess inventory at the warehouse and we are now able to shift our end products rapidly to the market.”

"Every day, thousands of products are moving through our customer’s supply chain, on multiple carriers, coming from and reaching many supply chain partners and stakeholders. This complexity has traditionally been managed fully manually via spreadsheets, emails and phone calls, which despite lots of hard work is leading to reduced visibility and control – and ultimately higher costs or lost sales. With ‘Maersk Flow’ we have offered Tufail Chemical Industries to take full control of their supply chain management and ensure that the flow of goods and documents is executed as planned." Wajeeh Ud Din Ahmed, Chief Commercial Officer, Maersk Pakistan.

‘Maersk Flow’ extends Maersk’s customer reach and strengthens the company’s position as an industry leader in digital solutions. It also plays the role of an important link in the integrated logistics solutions offered by Maersk to its customers while ensuring all their end-to-end logistics are taken care of under the same roof.

Emirates SkyCargo monumentous 2021Emirates SkyCargo successfully navigated the complex landscape of the global logistics and supply chain industry in 2021 by focusing on its signature strengths and values- agility and responsiveness, customer focus, innovation, fleet and network capabilities.

The airfreight division of Emirates notched up numerous milestones throughout the year, reinforcing its leadership position in the global airfreight industry.

"This has been without question one of the most challenging years for our industry as the pandemic continues to create difficulties across the entire supply chain and across all modes of transportation. However, Emirates SkyCargo has been a first mover in ensuring that trade lanes remain open by reinstating flights and providing additional capacity on key trade routes across six continents. We remain committed to offering the highest levels of service to our customers with safety at the centre of everything we do," said Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo.

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