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FedEx Ramadan UAEFedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the world’s largest express transportation company, is celebrating Ramadan with more than 100 team members volunteering their time to provide food supplies to those in need.

In collaboration with SmartLife Foundation, 1,070 care packages have been delivered to blue-collar workers.

The Ramadan initiative, held annually by local team members, saw an increase of 60% support with team members coming together to pack food boxes containing essential items such as rice, lentils, spices, oil, dates, sugar, flour, and tea, which were then distributed by SmartLife Foundation to laborers in Ras Al Khaimah.

The Ramadan initiative is part of FedEx Cares, the company’s global community engagement program, developed to help make the world a better place through volunteering and charitable giving.

Lufthansa Cargo KNThe Lufthansa Cargo freighter with the registration D-ALFK took off for the first time under flight number LH8406 to Seoul, South Korea (ICN) with a new flight-ready livery: with the inscription "Flying into the Future CO2-neutral" and the addition "Power-to-Liquid Sustainable Aviation Fuel", logistics service provider Kuehne+Nagel and Europe's leading cargo airline Lufthansa Cargo are now drawing attention to their joint mission.

The two companies are working together to promote the forward-looking power-to-liquid technology in order to advance the decarbonization of air freight. Kuehne+Nagel and Lufthansa Cargo had agreed on an exclusive partnership to this last year.

"We are very pleased to now also visibly express our joint commitment and to publicize it with the help of the global deployment of our freighter. A successful and sustainable transformation of airfreight can only succeed if we join forces with strong partners - which is why we are very proud to have Kuehne+Nagel at our side as a supporter of this forward-looking technology," explains Dorothea von Boxberg, CEO at Lufthansa Cargo.

Yngve Ruud, Member of the Management Board of Kuehne+Nagel, responsible for Air Logistics, says: "With the new Boeing 777 freighter D-ALFK in Kuehne+Nagel’s livery, we are sending a strong signal our company’s commitment to sustainable airfreight. We are already seeing a great deal of interest from our customers who want to avoid the carbon emissions of their shipments worldwide and the synthetic SAF project with Lufthansa Cargo is of utmost importance for our joint mission of CO2-neutral aviation."

The logistics service providers have jointly committed to supporting the world's first production site for synthetic crude oil in Werlte/Emsland in Germany by purchasing the equivalent of 20 metric tons, or 25,000 liters, annually. The synthetic fuel based on this is considered the fuel of the future, which is expected to further reduce the CO2 footprint of aircraft engines in the future. The production site in Werlte is operated by the Bonn-based NGO atmosfair. The first quantities of crude oil are to be produced this year and used as synthetic fuel in aviation.

CO2-neutral fuels or Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) are an essential pillar on the way to CO2-neutral flying. These fuels can be produced in various ways. To date, Lufthansa Cargo and Kühne+Nagel have used Sustainable Aviation Fuels of biogenic origin, i.e. synthetic kerosene based on used cooking oils, for example. In the case of synthetic kerosene, which is also known as power-to-liquid fuel, on the other hand, the synthetic crude oil is produced from regeneratively generated electricity, water and CO2. Because of this process, PTL-based aviation fuel is considered CO2-neutral. The power-based fuels are currently still in the development stage towards industrial production, but are already considered a long-term alternative to conventional kerosene or biogenic SAF, as they are theoretically to be produced without availability limits.

Crowley Athena Crowley has taken delivery of Athena, its fourth and most powerful Tier IV ship assist and harbor escort tugboat.

The 77-foot Athena provides the agility of its compact size without the sacrifice of power – offering the most bollard pull for a tug under 80 feet in the market. The vessel operates on a pair of Caterpillar Marine 3516 Tier IV-compliant engines, resulting in lower greenhouse gas emissions while achieving a power output of nearly 6,800 horsepower and 96 tons of bollard pull.

“We are proud to add another powerful vessel to our Tier IV fleet,” said Paul Manzi, vice president, Crowley Shipping. “Joining sister Tier IV tugs Hercules and Apollo as well as our tug Valor, Athena further exemplifies Crowley’s commitment to sustainable performance for customers, advancing our progress to reduced emissions and a smaller carbon footprint.”

Serving the Pacific Northwest out of Puget Sound, Washington, Athena, built by Diversified Marine Inc. and chartered from Brusco Tug & Barge, complies with U.S. EPA Tier IV pollution control technology criteria. The vessel is outfitted with remote monitoring for increased vessel efficiency and data interchange.

“We are pleased to have built another record-setting tug for Crowley’s fleet. Athena is going to be a head turner in the Puget Sound,” said Frank Manning, vice president, business development and operations, Diversified Marine. “We appreciate the partnership between Brusco Tug & Barge and Crowley and look forward to continuing to move the needle in tug performance, technology and sustainability.”

Koper Rijeka 13 April 2022, Koper port hosted the Slovenian Minister of Infrastructure, Jernej Vrtovec, the Croatian Minister of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure, Oleg Butković, and the President of the Rijeka Port Authority, Denis Vukorepa, on a working visit.

Boštjan Napast, President of the Management Board of the Luka Koper, presented the Slovenian port’s business and organisational methods. The guests also had the opportunity to observe the port at work and to visit the areas planned for the port’s expansion.

“I am glad that we have been able to meet in such a group and I am impressed by everything I have seen at the Port of Koper. My sincere congratulations. We all know that you are the leading port in this part of the North Adriatic, that you have a smart governance concept that has been carefully developed from the very beginning, and that the port is majority state-owned. We are still in the development phase and we are struggling, but we will have to join forces and do our very best to adapt to the new conditions around the world and in our part of Europe,” Butković said, commenting on the Slovenian port’s governance model and operational performance.

Vrtovec stressed the need to improve the connection to the hinterland as soon as possible. “We are constrained with regard to the expansion of the Port of Koper, although in the last year we have increased the concession area by a further 18 ha. I am convinced that the construction of the second railway line will speed up work and free up terminals at the Port of Koper.”

Napast shared encouraging news about acceleration in the development and capacity of the Container Terminal: “Two new super post-Panamax cranes are arriving. We will also be opening up additional container stacking areas in the next month, and we have already secured additional storage areas. All in all, we have increased our capacity by about fifteen percent. At the same time, we are in the process of acquiring new equipment that will further speed up operations.”

Atlas AirAtlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: AAWW) announced the appointment of Doug McKeen to the newly established position of Senior Vice President, Labor Relations.

In this new role, Mr. McKeen will be responsible for continuing to develop and implement the Company’s labor relations strategy, as well as the administration of labor agreements that govern represented employees at Atlas.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have a leader of Doug’s caliber on our team,” said Atlas Air Worldwide President and Chief Executive Officer John W. Dietrich. “His employee-focused approach, depth of labor relations experience and productive relationship-building skills will be a great asset to our Company and our teams. In his 30+ year career, Doug has built a solid reputation as a fair, thoughtful negotiator who is respected by all who sit with him around the bargaining table.”

Mr. McKeen previously worked at United Airlines as Senior Vice President, Labor Relations for 11 years, where he developed, implemented and applied labor strategy and negotiated labor agreements for more than 70,000 domestic and international represented employees. Before joining United, Mr. McKeen was Senior Vice President, Employee Relations and Communications at ASTAR Air Cargo. Prior to his time at ASTAR, he held executive labor relations leadership roles at US Airways, Northwest Airlines and America West Airlines.

Most recently, Mr. McKeen worked with Atlas in a consulting capacity as the Company’s lead negotiator in the completion of the recent collective bargaining agreement with its pilots.

Mr. McKeen holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Iowa and a juris doctor degree from Hamline University School of Law.

CSafe General Counsel CSafe Global, the innovation leader in temperature-controlled container solutions for the transport of life-enhancing pharmaceuticals, announced today that Koby R. Kreinbring, JD has joined the company as General Counsel.

Mr. Kreinbring brings more than 20 years’ experience in corporate law with more than a decade in the life science industry. Prior to joining CSafe Global, he was the General Counsel for Merck Digital and the Merck Science and Technology Office for Merck KGaA where he was responsible for global legal matters including commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory/trade compliance, litigation, antitrust, corporate governance and much more. He also provided legal support to Merck’s global innovation hubs in China, Israel, the U.S., and Germany. Earlier in his career, Kreinbring held corporate legal roles with Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, HNI Corporation and Squire Patton Boggs.

In his new role as General Counsel and member of CSafe Global’s senior leadership team, Koby will be responsible for legal governance across the organization and ensuring CSafe’s interests are protected as CSafe expands its global offering, service network and extensive customer base. He will also lend his considerable expertise in M&A as the company continues its integration with Softbox Systems and evaluates future growth opportunities.

“As our company continues to grow organically and inorganically, it is imperative that we have strong legal guidance to protect our business, our employees and our customers,” said CSafe CEO, Patrick Schafer. “His depth of experience not only in the healthcare and life sciences space, but also in the digital space, makes him a tremendous asset to the future of our organization.”

Mr. Kreinbring earned his bachelor's degree in International Business from Wartburg College, his MBA from St. Ambrose University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law.

BiFA appointment The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has strengthened its Policy and Compliance team with the appointment of Igor Popovics as policy and compliance advisor with responsibility for Customs and frontier-related issues.

Prior to joining BIFA, Igor was export documents and customs declaration officer at the London Chamber of Commerce, and whilst primarily fulfilling a Customs role, he gained valuable knowledge of Rules of Origin and Carnets.

He also has hands-on experience of the freight forwarding and logistics sector, having worked for a number of freight forwarding companies since graduating from London Metropolitan University.

This experience will benefit both the association and its membership as he joins BIFA at a very challenging time for those engaged in Customs and related matters, with the new procedures, and IT systems designed to facilitate the cross-border trading elements of the UK’s exit from the EU, still being implemented.

At the same time, the programme to replace CHIEF with CDS is being rolled out and government is looking at implementing its Single Trade Window initiative.

Import terminal rotterdam Gasunie, HES International (HES) and Vopak will be working together to develop an import terminal for green ammonia as a hydrogen carrier.

The companies have signed a cooperation agreement to that effect. The cooperation is a response to growing global demand for the import and storage of green energy.

This quarter, work will be started on the basic design of the import terminal. The terminal, that will operate on the Maasvlakte under the name ACE Terminal, will be operational from 2026.

Green hydrogen is seen as an essential element of the future renewable energy mix. Demand for green hydrogen is growing in the energy sector, the transport sector and the petrochemical industry, both in the Netherlands and Germany. An import terminal for green ammonia will make a vital contribution to the import of hydrogen, an essential link in the hydrogen chain, alongside hydrogen production, transport and storage. A reliable logistic chain is essential for developing the market for green hydrogen and for achieving the climate goals for 2030 and 2050.

In addition to the production of green hydrogen in the Netherlands, there will also be demand in Northwestern Europe for the large-scale import of green hydrogen, in order to meet future demand. Green ammonia as a hydrogen carrier will play a vital role. Reacting green hydrogen with nitrogen forms green ammonia, allowing the hydrogen to be efficiently and safely transported in large volumes. The ammonia can then be stored and converted again to green hydrogen. Green ammonia is also immediately usable as CO2-free fuel for example for shipping or as a raw material for example for the production of fertiliser.

At the intended location on Rotterdam’s Maasvlakte, vessels from all over the world can moor to discharge green ammonia, and in the initial phase possibly also blue ammonia. Use can be made of the existing infrastructure and the logistic facilities of the Port of Rotterdam. The site offers space for the development of an installation for converting ammonia into hydrogen. In the future, this installation will be connected to the national hydrogen network of Gasunie, that can serve the future hydrogen market in Northwestern Europe.

On the Maasvlakte, HES operates a strategic location with quayside capacity and direct access from the sea. Gasunie has at this location infrastructure of existing storage tanks and a system of pipelines. Vopak, with six ammonia terminals around the world, has extensive experience in the safe storage of ammonia. By joining forces, an attractive starting point will be established from which within just a few years, the partners will be able to realise the import location for green ammonia in Rotterdam. The eventual investment decision still has to be taken, and will be based among others on customer contracts and the necessary permits, including the EIA procedure.

WFS Turkish CargoTurkish Cargo has won the "Remarkable Air Cargo Brand" award in the Pharma-Logistics category for its transportation of pharmaceuticals.

The carrier's victory was announced at the 2022 Asia-Pacific Bioprocessing Excellence Awards Ceremony, held digitally in Singapore for the 9th time. 

In respect of such award, Turhan Ozen, Chief Cargo Officer of Turkish Airlines, said; "Being recognized as a leading logistics solution partner for transportation of pharmaceuticals, we have been carrying out as based on a perfectionist concept, is highly pleasing for us. We, as Turkish Cargo, will continue to provide the pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturers in the Asia-Pacific, with the best services. I hereby express thanks also to our colleagues who have contributed to such achievement."

Asia-Pacific Bioprocessing Excellence Awards recognizes exceptional bioprocessing experts, organizations and technologies that facilitate biomanufacturing excellence at enhanced speed, reduced cost, and superior quality. Embracing the best bioprocessing and biomanufacturing leaders in the industry as well as the latest developments in technologies and the best practices in manufacturing, Asia-Pacific Bioprocessing Excellence Awards provides support to today's prominent leaders and trend-setters and inspires the innovators of tomorrow.

Providing the best connections for transport to the production and trade centers in the world, Turkish Cargo continues to improve the rewarding opportunities, it offers as based on high quality service concept, for the purpose of meeting the requirements of its customers in the best manner. It also promotes regional trade by generating tailored and practical solutions

Auburn University Students QatarA group of students currently studying Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Auburn University, were given an exclusive, behind-the-scenes air cargo familiarisation tour at Atlanta Airport on 25 March 2022.

It was a joint initiative planned by Auburn University, JAS Worldwide, Swissport, and Qatar Airways Cargo. The 7.5-hour event kicked off in the afternoon, first with lunch at the JAS WW Campus Sandy Springs, a meet and greet session with JAS and Qatar Airways Cargo management, and company presentations, before transferring to Atlanta Airport. Following the airport’s introductory presentation, the students were given a tour of the Swissport warehouse and then taken airside to witness the arrival of Qatar Airways Cargo flight QR8141 from Doha, Qatar, and its subsequent offloading and reloading. In smaller groups of five, the students took turns in visiting the main deck, observing the main deck high loader in operation, and learning how the Swissport warehouse operates from cargo build-up to breakdown, as well as flight planning and preparation. Refreshments in the Swissport warehouse rounded off the educational and informative familiarisation tour.

“If there is one silver lining to the pandemic, then it is that logistics has been catapulted into the spotlight as a possible career field,” Matthias Frey, Global VP Airfreight Operations at JAS, said. “The importance of logistics became very visible over the past two years, whereas in the past, our industry was very much the silent strongman in the background, and we struggled to attract the air cargo managers of tomorrow. I am delighted that we have now been able to set up this cooperation with Auburn University. At JAS, we have committed to making this a biannual event, and look forward to welcoming many more students in the future.”

“At Qatar Airways Cargo, we are constantly looking to engage with diverse high potential and bright minds of the next generation. Exchanges such as today’s familiarisation tour, help to illustrate the very varied career possibilities available in our fascinating and so very relevant industry,” Guillaume Halleux, Chief Officer Cargo at Qatar Airways, commented. “We have worked together with Auburn University in the past, conducting speaking sessions and participating in their Job Fair. This is the first joint familiarisation tour with the university, and it will certainly not be the last, as we look forward to making it a recurring event; the second one is already planned for this Autumn.”

ACS Chicagoteam copyCapitalising on record figures for the company last year, Air Charter Service has announced expansion plans for the US Midwest with a planned recruitment drive set to start later this year.

Since opening in Chicago, the company has gone from strength to strength in terms of sales in the region. The new office opened on March 25th on North State Street and the Air Charter Service Chicago team are greatly excited by the move.

Caitlin Uhlmann CEO of the Chicago office commented “When we started, we were just a small team in a small office in the Loop. We outgrew the last office far quicker than we expected, with specialists working across the private jet and cargo divisions. I am incredibly proud of each person in the office and how far we have come. I can’t wait to increase our team further with this expansion going forward – we are looking to recruit experienced local salespeople now that we have six times the space of the previous office.

“O’Hare Airport is currently hugely expanding its cargo storage and shipping capability and is already the fifth biggest aviation shipper in the US, so the cargo business in the region is only likely to grow further. We believe that the potential for the private jet market here is huge too – Chicago has always been a major hub for aviation and has a number of small executive airports, along with O'Hare International Airport, which is the sixth busiest passenger airport in the world.”

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