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BLG Hyundai The BLG Group has expanded its automobile logistics site in Dodendorf in the Magdeburger Börde region.

With an additional area of 95,000 m², the inland terminal now offers a total space of 230,000 m² for around 11,000 new and used vehicles. The new area is exclusively used by Hyundai Motor Deutschland for used car operations. The President of Hyundai Motor Deutschland, Wang Chul Shin, stated: “We are very pleased that together with our long-standing partner BLG LOGISTICS we will be able to build new warehousing and processing areas, which are necessary due to the continued growth of Hyundai Motor Germany. Together, both companies will create and benefit from sustainable synergies in the rapidly changing automotive market.”

Andrea Eck, Head of the AUTOMOBILE division at BLG Group, which is headquartered in Bremen, said: "Thanks to its location, the Dodendorf inland terminal provides easy access to the A14 and A2 freeways. This and the existing rail connection give the site ideal transport links. Now, with this successful expansion, we can integrate it even more closely into our terminal network.

The BLG AUTOMOBILE division is the leading technical and logistics service provider for the international automobile industry. Using all forms of transportation – road, rail and water – BLG LOGISTICS covers the entire service chain from the manufacturer to the final customer. Almost five million vehicles were handled, transported or technically processed in the Group's network in 2020.

The company purchased the expansion area in Dodendorf in 2020, and has used the past months to specially reinforce the ground and install technical equipment. This is already the second expansion of the terminal. In 2019, BLG acquired an area of 75,500 m². All new and used vehicles from various manufacturers can be not only stored on the site, but also in future completed and processed to customer requirements in BLG's own workshop. The terminal also features a BLG automobile transport base. From there, vehicles can be transported by truck to dealers.

ATLAS AIR 767Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: AAWW) announced its subsidiary Atlas Air, Inc. has entered into a long-term agreement with FedEx to provide two 747-400 freighter aircraft on a full-time aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) basis.

This new agreement is in addition to the company’s existing multi-year peak season contract that provides FedEx with a minimum of five aircraft during the fourth quarter.

Both 747-400 freighters have entered service and are flying on behalf of FedEx to support their growing express and e-commerce network.

“We are pleased to grow our long-term relationship with FedEx. This agreement reflects the continued strong demand for airfreight capacity, particularly in the express and e-commerce markets,” said John W. Dietrich, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Air Worldwide. “Atlas is a leader in supporting express networks, with a focus on operating the most modern, fuel-efficient aircraft to deliver high levels of on-time performance for our customers.”

Amerijet Expair CargoAmerijet International Airlines has appointed Exp-Air Cargo as its Cargo General Sales and Service Agent to represent its schedule across the ten provinces and three territories of Canada.

Exp-Air Cargo will be providing full cargo sales, marketing, customer service and road feeder services connecting to Amerijet’s cargo hub in Miami.

“With two weekly departures from Canada to Miami, Exp-Air Cargo will offer great connectivity to the Amerijet network,” said Danny Olynick, President. “We offer solutions for all types of shipments from general cargo, personal effects to dangerous goods, oversize shipments, and temperature-controlled shipments.”
“We are delighted to partner with Exp-Air to broaden our reach across Canada. Exp-Air has the expertise to support both our B2C and B2B business,” said Eric Wilson, Amerijet’s Chief Commercial Officer. “With Canada’s strong ties to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Latin America, the partnership with Exp-Air Cargo will provide the Canadian market seamless and reliable access to our all-cargo services.”

Maersk JafzaMaersk Kanoo UAE, an integrator of container logistics, yesterday signed an agreement with DP World’s leading trade and logistics hub, Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) to set up its first Warehousing & Distribution (W&D) facility in the UAE.

The agreement was signed by Christopher Cook, Managing Director, Maersk UAE and Abdulla Bin Damithan, CEO & Managing Director, DP World – UAE Region & Jafza, today at Maersk West & Central Asia regional headquarter in Dubai. The 10,000 sq. mt. facility will be located within Jafza in Dubai.

Ocean shipping and inbound logistics & distribution have traditionally been shared amongst multiple stakeholders in the region, resulting in complex logistical requirements. With its new W&D facility, Maersk is taking an important step towards building a truly integrated solution for its customers wherein the customers will get a single window access to multiple logistics requirements, not only for the goods flowing in and out of UAE, but also to other Middle Eastern countries who use Dubai as a gateway to global trade.

"At Maersk, we are committed to connect and simplify our customers’ supply chains. And in today’s times, adding flexibility to their supply chains has become more crucial than ever. I am excited that we are taking a solid step in this direction with the announcement of our first W&D facility in the UAE." Christopher Cook, Managing Director, Maersk UAE.

"We are proud to welcome Maersk, DP World’s longstanding partner in trade, to set up their first Warehousing & Distribution facility of UAE in Jafza. Our incredible infrastructure combined with proximity to different operations and businesses lays the right foundation for a setup that Maersk has envisaged for its growth ambitions in UAE. Combined with the strength of Jebel Ali Port, Jafza creates the ideal multimodal trade and logistics hub in the region, connecting businesses to more than 3.5 billion consumers. This move is building on the legacy of DP World and Maersk, and we look forward to extending our support through their journey with us." Abdulla Bin Damithan, CEO & Managing Director, DP World – UAE Region & Jafza.

Maersk’s new W&D facility in Dubai will be an addition to the existing global footprint of over 250 warehouses that cover 1.5 million sq. mt. across 50 countries. The facility will offer a total storage capacity of 80,000 cubic meter and cater to various types of goods across sectors such as petrochemical, retail & lifestyle, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), technology and automotive amongst others. The facility is strategically located with not only a close link to seaport operations but also to the Al Maktoum Airport. This will allow the facility to serve consumers requiring air cross-docking and those moving less-than-container-load (LCL) cargo as well.

The Maersk W&D facility will be powered by state-of-the-art warehouse management system that implements modern technologies and digital solutions for efficient inventory management, track & trace at unit-level and offers rich dashboards for higher visibility and deeper insights. For example, with advanced solutions for expiry date management, wastages in FMCG can be brought down to zero, thus building a cost competitive edge for Maersk’s customers. Christopher Cook added, “Our customers deserve solutions that add value and create efficiencies to their supply chains. With our state-of-the-art W&D facility, I am confident that we are poised well to take on this responsibility.”

The W&D facility from Maersk will be an addition to the existing services provided that include ocean shipping, landside transportation, customs clearance, contract logistics and e-comm solutions. Customers taking advantage of 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.

Maersk PharmaMaersk has been providing global pharmaceutical players in Central Europe professional warehousing and distribution services since 2001, specifically tailored to meet the needs of this demanding customer segment.

Building further on its experience and to address growing customer needs, Maersk launched a project in late 2020 to create a second pharmaceutical warehouse as part of its existing warehousing and distribution centre in Mszczonów near Warsaw (Poland), which has now been officially inaugurated and is made available to customers.

Maersk’s pharma customers already using its existing warehouse are eyeing the new facility, which addresses their needs for high quality and environmental standards.

"We are really impressed with Maersk’s new dedicated pharmaceutical warehouse, constructed according to latest technological trends. It’s one of the few to have photovoltaic panels. Such new technologies are in line with Boehringer Ingelheim’s strategy: Sustainable Development - For Generations - and might be a valuable attribute for such specialized facilities in the near future." Grażyna Sass, Head of Supply Chain at Boehringer Ingelheim Poland.

Another global pharma customer, Bayer, has already extended its collaboration with Maersk and will be transferring its business to the new warehouse as its first tenant.

"Bayer Sp. z o.o. has once again selected Maersk for a five-year collaboration in the area of warehousing services. Our plan is to transfer from Maersk’s current pharmaceutical warehouse to their newly opened state-of-the-art facility offering sustainable and scalable solutions, as their first tenant. We were particularly drawn by carbon neutrality, green logistics and environmentally friendly solutions it offers, which is of great importance for Bayer and Maersk in order to ensure sustainable growth." Maria Agata Struzik, Supply Chain Head at Bayer in Poland.

The new warehouse – the first one in Poland with BREEAM Excellent certificate - is fully dedicated to pharmaceutical customers and is located on a plot fully owned by Maersk. The building has photovoltaic panels installed on the roof, as well as a chilled water system used to supply power to the coolers of all air handling units and fan coils. In addition, the heat recovery installation will supply the buffer tank located in the gas boiler room and recycled heat collected in that way will be used to supply heaters in air handling units during the summer. The facility will have integrated Quality Management System implemented, based on Good Distribution and Manufacturing Practice (GDP) and ISO certificates.

The pharmaceutical industry is becoming increasingly focused on sustainability across its production and supply chain, in line with the EU’s Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe, which paves a way for the industry to contribute to EU’s climate neutrality, with a focus on reducing greenhouse emissions along the value chain.

"We know from our pharma customers that they expect their logistics partners to not only provide them with solutions – like warehousing and distribution – that meet their growth ambitions, but also match their environmental and sustainability targets. That, coupled with features that enhance quality control and the market knowledge of our staff, make this facility an attractive option for global pharma customers strongly present in Central Europe." Hristo Petkov, Global Vertical Head, Pharma at Maersk.

Cold storage is one of the key services Maersk offers to its pharma customers. Today, the global Maersk Pharma team handles over 25,000 orders per year for more than 30 key clients transporting pharmaceutical and veterinary products, medical devices, and dangerous Pharmaceutical goods.

FACT BOX: Fully compliant with EU GDP (Good Distribution Practice) (2013/C 343/01), GMP, ISO 9001 [QMS], ISO 13485 [Medical Devices], ISO 22000 [HACCP]; Modern, carbon neutral facility thanks to photovoltaic energy solutions installed, which provide a total of ca. 600 MWh annually: Available space: ca. 15 000 sqm; operational height: 11,5 m; approximate capacity: ca. 24 000 pallet places; Strategic location: 40 km from Warsaw Chopin Airport; Next to S7 motorway, connecting two most populous Polish metropolitan areas – Silesia and Mazovia with Warsaw; Easy access to A1 and A2 – two major Polish highways, linking North with South and East with West; Road bypassing the town allows to reduce traffic jams in the proximity of Logistics Park.

AD Ports GCPI AD Ports Group, the leading global driver of trade and logistics, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the General Company for Ports of Iraq (GCPI) to promote increased cooperation between the two organisations within the fields of transportation and maritime.

Facilitated during a recent visit of a high-level delegation led by the Iraqi Minister of Transportation, the MoU was signed in the presence of HE Suhail bin Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure in the UAE, and HE Nasser Hussein Al Shebly, Minister of Transportation in Iraq, by Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Group CEO, AD Ports Group, and Dr. Eng. Farhan Muhesen Al Fartosi, Director General of the General Company for Ports of Iraq. Also present at the signing were HE Taleb Abdullah Bayesh, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transportation for Technical Affairs; HE Dr. Mudhafar Mustafa Al-Jubouri, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the UAE; Eng. Shadi Malak, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Rail; and Saif Al Mazrouei, Head of Ports Cluster, AD Ports Group.

Set for an initial period of 12 months with a clause for automatic renewal, the MoU will see the exchange of expertise and best practices by both organisations. Additionally, AD Ports Group will conduct feasibility studies on the management and operation of the General Company for Ports of Iraq’s ports and economic zones and other infrastructure, while also exploring potential investment opportunities.

As part of its scope, AD Ports Group will also develop national infrastructure, such as roads and rail networks, which will connect Al Faw Ports in Iraq with markets in Jordan and Turkey, while simultaneously financing the feasibility studies stated in the MoU.

HE Suhail bin Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure in the UAE said: “In line with the wise leadership’s vision, the signing of this MoU exemplifies the UAE’s drive to enhance cooperation with sister Arab states. Leveraging the lessons learned as part of our nation’s pursuit to develop strategic sectors and build frameworks that contribute to the economic and social development of the UAE, we are transferring this invaluable knowledge to our kin in Iraq in order to support the formulation of a diverse and sustainable economy in Iraq.”

HE Nasser Hussein Al Shebly, Minister of Transportation in Iraq said: “It is our privilege to announce the start of this new cooperation with AD Ports Group. The MoU will serve as the starting point for future collaboration that will drive the development of a wide range of services, while also supporting investors across both our proud nations. It also sets the foundation to foster an Arabi ports’ ecosystem that can cater to the increasing global demands of this sector and keep pace with ambitious plans of the governments in Iraq and the UAE.”

Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Group CEO, AD Ports Group noted: “The signing of this strategic MoU with the General Company for Ports of Iraq is a vital step in the efforts to enhance our regional and global status within the maritime transportation and logistics industries. We are confident that the cooperation with Iraq will serve as the foundation of a promising future of success and developmental opportunities that will benefit both nations. It will also enhance trade and the flow of foreign investments to Iraq and will elevate the quality of maritime transportation and logistics services available in the region.”

HE Dr. Mudhafar Mustafa Al-Jubouri, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the UAE said: “The Iraqi Embassy succeeded in convening this meeting at a very short notice, and it led to the signing of this MoU that will benefit the two sister states. The embassy was also successful in promoting cooperation between the Iraqi Ministry of Transportation on the one hand, and the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure in the UAE and AD Ports Group on the other, and we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the active collaboration of our Emirati peers, and we are aiming to strengthen our close ties in the near future.”

Dr. Eng. Farhan Muhesen Al Fartosi, Director General of the General Company for Ports of Iraq commented: “We are pleased to sign this MoU with a leading entity like AD Port Group, a titan with a rich history within the Middle East’s maritime transportation and logistics segment. Capitalising on its robust portfolio of service capabilities and world class infrastructure, we fully expect to see our ports and transportation ecosystem in Iraq rise to new heights in the coming years. We look forward to promoting our cooperation with the UAE in order to foster the strategic position of the Arab Gulf region across the global supply chain.”

maersk acquisition of huubMaersk announces the acquisition of HUUB, a Portuguese cloud-based logistics start-up, specialised in technology solutions for B2C warehousing for the fashion industry.

This is Maersk´s third acquisition this year within E-commerce Logistics and it comes through our venture activities with Maersk Growth.

Copenhagen, Denmark. As a disruptive force in the e-commerce space, the acquisition of HUUB strengthens Maersk´s technology capabilities, bringing the best attributes of a modern entrepreneurial agile workplace.

"HUUB is a great fit for Maersk, a curious team with inspiring founders. With HUUB we are acquiring world class capabilities and talent that will allow us to greatly accelerate the development of our omni-channel offering. This will make it much easier for our customers to focus on their core business of producing and selling goods and swiftly bringing them to the end-consumers." Vincent Clerc, Executive Vice President and CEO of Ocean & Logistics, A.P. Moller – Maersk.

Once HUUB´s technology is embedded into Maersk’s existing solutions, customers will get fully integrated Maersk E-commerce Logistics products with modern highly user-friendly customer and partner interfaces. Furthermore, Maersk customers will have a single source of truth for stock visibility.

"Since day one, HUUB has had two main purposes: disruption and scale. Disruption to have the capacity – and courage - to say that a multi-billion dollar industry needs a digital revolution and to envision and create a revolutionary supply chain platform and ecosystem. In addition, there is the scale that allows disruption to occur, feeding it with the volumes that can make a difference. For HUUB, this joint path that now starts with Maersk represents both. Firstly, the validation of our disruptive vision and product. And secondly, Maersk is the scale enabler that will allow our platform to serve amazing customers and lead the eCommerce logistics market." Tiago Paiva, HUUB CEO.

Maersk Growth, the corporate venture arm of A.P. Moller - Maersk, first engaged with HUUB in May 2019 as they believe collaboration with start-ups is an important lever for innovation. With this acquisition by Maersk, Maersk Growth as well as the rest of the investors are exiting the company.

To strengthen its integrated logistics offering, Maersk set out two and a half years ago on an M&A journey, first acquiring Vandegrift, a custom broker, acquiring Performance Team, a warehousing and distribution specialist and, KGH a Customs Services. On earlier August 2021, Maersk expanded its E-commerce footprint by announcing the acquisition of Visible SCM and its intention to acquire Europe B2C.

HUUB is the third acquisition within E-commerce Logistics, underlining that this is a new and important strategic focus area towards delivering integrated logistics to customers.

ema service vado gatewayThe Vado Gateway’s new Container Terminal, located in Vado Ligure, North West Italy, received the maiden call of the new weekly EMA (East Mediterranean America) service this weekend.

The MV Seaspan Chiba was the first of the EMA service's four container ships of approximately 4,500 TEUs to call the terminal. The service is managed by COSCO Shipping Lines, ONE (Ocean Network Express) and OOCL (Orient Overseas Container Line).

The ship, arrived at Vado Gateway, one of the most technologically advanced container terminals in the Mediterranean, after the calls in Turkey and Piraeus (Greece) and will continue its onward journey towards the ports of ports of New York, Norfolk and Savannah on the American Atlantic coast.

"The arrival of the EMA service is a further fundamental step in the growth path of Vado Gateway and proof its strategic role in the Mediterranean port geography," said Paolo Cornetto - CEO of Vado Gateway.

“The US market is a strategic market for our country and having a direct connection from Vado Ligure is of great importance for our development plans,” continued. “We are grateful to COSCO Shipping Lines, ONE and OOCL for the trust they have placed in us.”

Through APM Terminals’ TERMPoint Appointments booking system, trucking companies will be able to access the terminal using a designated time slot, for the quick and efficient pick-up and drop-off of containers. TERMPoint is also available via an App that can be downloaded for free for Android and IOS devices.

The port rotation for EMA is: Iskenderun (Turkey) – Aliaga (Turkey) – Istanbul (Turkey) – Piraeus (Greece) – Vado Lagure (Italy) – La Spezia (Italy) – (Algeciras (Spain) – New York (USA) – Norfolk (USA) – Savannah (USA) – Algeciras (Spain) – Iskenderun (Turkey)

The new EMA service compliments existing services calling the Vado Gateway Container Terminal with weekly calls, including ME2, (Mediterranean - Middle East and India), VAX (Vado Ligure - port of Piraeus) and L75 (Mediterranean France - Spain - Morocco).

Kuehne and Nagel haruoni siteKuehne+Nagel is to organise the offshore project logistics for the power-to-methanol part of the pilot phase of the Haru Oni project in Chile for Siemens Energy.

The project is a collaboration between Siemens Energy (Germany), Porsche (Germany) and Highly Innovate Fuels or HIF (Chile). It will be the world’s first integrated commercial plant for producing climate-neutral fuel from wind and water with the purpose of decarbonising the transport sector.

During the pilot phase, the Haru Oni project aims to produce 130,000 liters of e-fuels by 2022. In two proceeding phases, the capacity is planned to be increased to around 55 million litres of e-fuels per year by 2024 and to around 550 million litres of e-fuels by 2026. The project was launched on September 10, 2021 with a ground breaking ceremony joined by the Chilean Energy Minister.

By the end of this year, the main wind turbine components – a nacelle, blades and tower sections – are to be transported from multiple ports in China and delivered in one lot as part charter to Punta Arenas, Chile. In addition, there will be various container and flat-rack transports from Europe. The longest components are the three blades just over 65m in the length and the heaviest part is the nacelle at nearly 77 tons.

Torsten Dubsky, project director for Haru Oni at Siemens Energy, states: “Renewable energy will no longer be produced only where it is needed, but where natural resources like wind and sun are available on a massive scale. So new supply chains are going to arise all over the world to carry renewable energy from one region to another. To guarantee these infrastructures, experienced project logistics support is needed and we are excited that Kuehne+Nagel is partnering with us for the Haru Oni Pilot Project.”

Mustafa Sener, Global Head of Project Logistics at Kuehne+Nagel, says: “As an industry leader, we are not only committed to reducing our contribution to global CO2 emissions through our Net Zero Carbon programme. We also want to actively reduce CO2 emissions in transport. As such, Kuehne+Nagel is particularly proud to be a partner in one of the most prestigious projects in pursuit of meeting the EU 2030 climate targets.”

ACA SCADue to the existing travel restrictions and the currently unclear Covid-19 situation, the World Trade Center Miami (WTCM), organizer, has decided to postpone Air Cargo Americas/Supply Chain Americas by a few months to March 8-10, 2022.

One of the main grounds for this decision is the large share of international exhibitors and visitors that form an important part of our show, are currently limited, restricted, or unable to travel. Holding Air Cargo Americas/Supply Chain Americas in October 2021 would make it impossible for the Show and Conference to live up to the standards set by the WTCM for ourselves and the expectations of our sponsors, exhibitors, and visitors.

With the new date, WTCM customers are being offered planning certainty in a timely manner. This postponement will create the basis for a successful in-person international show and conference and is in following with the wishes of exhibitors, sponsors, and visitors.

The World Trade Center Miami is working out details of postponing the planned show and conference in consultation with its Executive Committee and the Steering Committee of the Show and Conference. A clear majority of present sponsors and partners also support the date change.

"The WTCM prides itself in organizing a successful Air Cargo Americas/Supply Chain Americas Show and Conference. We place greater value in the health, safety and well-being of our guests and look forward to celebrating in Miami in March 2022 with our industry partners" said Ivan Barrios, President & CEO of the WTCM.

“We support the postponement to March 2022 and are already looking forward being able to being able to meet again in person,” said Chris Mangos, Director of Marketing for Miami International Airport (MIA) & Chairman of the 2021 Air Cargo Americas/Supply Chain Americas Show and Conference. Miami International Airport is also host of the Air Cargo Americas/Supply Chain Americas Show and Conference.

“We are grateful for the support of our sponsors and industry partners and their commitment in support of our decision to postpone the Show and Conference.” Christine Richard, Sr. Director of Marketing for Amerijet International Airlines & Co-Chair of the 2021 Air Cargo Americas/Supply Chain Americas Show and Conference.

vick karjianMiami, FL - Vic Karjian, Amerijet International, Inc.’s Executive Chairman, will become the Interim Chief Executive Officer of Amerijet effective September 18, 2021.

Vic is succeeding Tim Strauss and will be in the role while the Company conducts a search for a new CEO. Prior to Tim joining Amerijet in August 2020, Vic was Amerijet’s CEO and oversaw a period of robust growth for the Company, including its receipt of ETOPS certification in March 2020 and significant expansion into ACMI and CMI charter operations. Tim will serve as an advisor to the Company through the balance of this year.

“We are very pleased that Vic has agreed to step in as Interim CEO. Having led the Company since 2016, he is extremely familiar with the Company’s customers and operations and will provide for continuity in the business during this interim period,” said Bob Horne, Amerijet Board member. “The Company appreciates Tim’s many contributions over this past year, and we wish him well in his next chapter. The Board looks forward to working with Vic to continue Amerijet’s profitable growth while we search for our next CEO.”

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