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Panama Canal gatePRESS RELEASE

December 15, 2014 - The installation of the gates for the new locks of the Panama Canal successfully began today on the Atlantic side of the waterway.

"This is a very important milestone for the Expansion Program," said Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano. "We see how the new locks are rapidly taking shape as we move towards the successful completion of the project."

The gate will be located in lock head two in the new locks on the Atlantic side. The installation of the gate began early in the morning and is expected to be completed in the next couple of days. The steel gates are moved using self-propelled motorized wheel transporters (SPMTs) with more than 400 wheels each.

The gate currently being installed is 10 meters wide, 30.19 in height and weighs 3,285 tons. In total, the new locks will have 16 rolling gates, eight in the Pacific and eight in the Atlantic.

On December 10 the transfer was completed of the eight gates belonging to the new locks on the Pacific side. The transits began on October 22 to move all the gates through the waterway aboard a barge from the Atlantic temporary dock to the Pacific, assisted by Panama Canal tugs.

The last gate to make the transit was 31.9 meters high, 57 meters long and 8 meters wide, weighing 4,200 tons. It is among the heaviest of all the gates.

The new locks will have 16 rolling gates, eight in the Pacific and eight in the Atlantic. With this last transit, all gates will be in the new locks ready for installation during the next couple of months

The gates have been arriving in staggered shipments from Italy since August on a Post-Panamax vessel to a temporary dock in the Atlantic side. The last shipment arrived in November 2014.

Overall, the Panama Canal Expansion Program is 84 percent complete.


December 17, 214: To better facilitate the shipment of temperature-sensitive goods and pharmaceutical products, Cathay Pacific Cargo has signed a master agreement DoKaSch Temperature Solutions for renting the latest-technology active containers, the RKN and RAP Opticooler. The service will be rolled out across the airline's network in the first quarter of 2015.

"Cathay Pacific Cargo is pleased to be the first Asian carrier offering our customers an alternative solution for their temperature-sensitive air cargo shipments," said Mark Sutch, Cathay Pacific's General Manager Cargo Sales & Marketing. "In a growing market, and in Asia in particular, we can provide the entire range of active containers, enabling us to offer our customers the best possible air-cargo solution to meet their needs."

Andreas Seitz, Managing Director of DoKaSch Temperature Solutions, said: "We are very pleased to sign this contract with one of the leading carriers of temperature-sensitive goods. We are convinced that this cooperation with Cathay Pacific will provide a great solution for pharmaceutical shippers and forwarders around the globe."

DoKaSch Temperature Solutions provides state-of-the-art climate-control solutions for temperature-sensitive air cargo. The DoKaSch containers safeguard the efficacy of vital pharmaceuticals throughout global transportation chains. The "Made in Germany" Opticooler is well known and valued for its exceptional reliability and performance.

Cathay Pacific currently operates to 46 freighter destinations around the world. The company offers an extensive portfolio of nine specialised airfreight products, all incorporated within the "LIFT" range. They include Courier LIFT, DG Lift, Expert LIFT, Fresh LIFT, Live Animal LIFT, Pharma LIFT, Priority LIFT, Secure LIFT and Wine LIFT.


December 17, 2014: IAG Cargo has become the world's first cargo carrier to be awarded a GDP (Good Distribution Practice) certification by a national government health agency in what is widely recognised as meeting the diamond standard for pharmaceutical transportation.

Following an inspection by the UK's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, the carrier has been granted Wholesale Distribution Authorisation (WDA) for medicines intended for both human and veterinary use.

Alan Dorling, Global Head of Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences at IAG Cargo, commented: "The authorisation is testament to the significant investments we have made in our dedicated people and our temperature controlled infrastructure facilities and capabilities, in addition to continuous product development and training to improve our customer experience. It is welcome third party recognition that IAG Cargo has become the diamond standard for the transportation of medicines worldwide and underscores our global leadership in this fast-growing market."

Loranne Vella Zahra, Global Quality Assurance Manager at IAG Cargo, said: "GDP is a complex area that requires all areas of our supply chain to adhere to the highest standards. Our network ensures that only authorised pharmaceutical products are distributed safely, and their strength, stability, purity, potency and integrity are maintained throughout. Achieving full GDP status and being granted a WDA is testament to the strong quality system we have in place and the investment we have put in people, equipment, facilities and processes."

IAG Cargo has undergone a global investment programme in its Constant Climate product which includes:

  • A dedicated Constant Climate team that combines industry experience in both the pharmaceuticals and the healthcare sectors as well as air cargo
  • A brand new Constant Climate Centre which features a state of the art dedicated temperature controlled handling facility at London Heathrow
  • Improved communication process, allowing customers to monitor the status of their shipments via www.iagcargo.com
  • Climate Control systems specified in latest fleet investments, including B787 and A380 aircraft
  • Robust Quality Management System for excellence in GDP handling


December 17, 2014: Shanghai Pudong Int'l Airport Cargo Terminal Co., Ltd. (PACTL) has achieved tonnage growth of 13.84 percent year-on-year, reaching a figure of 147,267 tonnes of freight in November. PACTL has thus reached the strongest monthly result in the company's history.

PACTL's domestic cargo volume grew by 12.99 percent year-on-year to 9,744 tonnes in November while its international cargo volumes rose by 13.90 percent to 137,523 tonnes. Imports increased by 17.49 percent to 56,187 tonnes, while exports showed a growth of 11.70 percent, reaching a figure of 91,080 tonnes in November.

"We were able to continue the strong performance of the previous months which was mainly supported by an ongoing increase of our operational efficiency and the positive development of our customer's business. We were thus able to further increase our market share," says Lutz Grzegorz, Vice President of PACTL. 47.8 percent of the air cargo handled at Shanghai Pudong International Airport in the first ten months of 2014 was processed by PACTL.

PACTL is a Sino-German joint venture based at Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG). It brings together three shareholders – Shanghai Airport (Group) Co., Ltd. (51%), Lufthansa Cargo AG (29%) and JHJ Logistics Management Co. Ltd. (20%). PACTL offers handling services to airlines and forwarders transporting domestic and international air-freight via Pudong. Founded in 1999, the company has become one of the leading cargo terminal handlers in the world and has played a key role in establishing Pudong as one of the major cargo hubs in China. Based on recent figures, PACTL employs 2,200 people and serves 52 permanent and several charter customers. PACTL handled about 1.3 million tonnes of air-freight in 2013.

Novosibirsk airportPRESS RELEASE

December 08, 2014: During eleven months in 2014, Novosibirsk International Airport served 3,663,367 passengers representing growth of 6.3% compared to the same period in 2013. Passenger traffic on domestic routes totalled 2,245,002 passengers, on international routes – 1,418,365 passengers.

In January-November 2014, the airport provided operation of 39,376 aircraft movements (+3.9%).

For the eleven months' period of the current year, cargo and mail traffic reached 26,055 tons.

Novosibirsk International Airport is the largest air hub in Russia east of the Urals on major transit routes between Europe and Asia.

The domestic terminal capacity makes up to 1,800 passengers per hour, while the capacity on international flights – up to 750 passengers per hour.

In 2013 the passenger traffic exceeded 3.7 million passengers and cargo traffic totalled 29, 900 tons s of cargo and mail handled.


December 15, 2014: Nordisk Aviation Products announces it has received orders for more than 2,000 Nordisk air cargo containers, of which 1,200 are Nordisk UltraLite AKEs (LD3) from Air New Zealand, and will customize each one to match the iconic silver fern livery on the airline's aircraft.

Nordisk has started delivery of the grey and black containers, with completion due by the end of 2015. Nordisk containers are among the lightest-weight in the industry and will significantly reduce the airline's fuel costs and environmental emissions.

Air New Zealand is the official airline of the New Zealand All Blacks, current holder of the IRB Rugby World Cup.

"We are excited to be selected to supply Air New Zealand's first customized air cargo containers," said Boon Yang Sim, Nordisk's Vice President of Sales and Business Development, Asia Pacific and the People's Republic of China. "A critical component of Nordisk's success has been a willingness to provide customized product solutions that support our customers' objectives. We are especially pleased to know that our containers will be used by the New Zealand All Blacks when they travel to England in a year's time to defend their title."

Nordisk is a global ULD brand focused on making cargo transport safer and more efficient. With the largest design team in the industry, Nordisk is consistently at the forefront of developing innovative products to meet the ever-changing needs of the global aviation industry. Nordisk containers and pallets are flown by nearly every airline operating wide-bodied aircraft in the world, enabling their valuable cargo and baggage to be transported safely and securely. Nordisk Aviation Products is a subsidiary of aviation industry leader AAR CORP.


December 10, 2014: TNT is launching a five-time weekly B737-400 freighter service between Venice and its Liege air hub in Belgium. The addition of Venice to TNT's international air network will benefit exporters and importers trading with North-East Italy, who need guaranteed next-day delivery, flexibility and late collections.

The Veneto region, whose capital is Venice, is home to a dense network of export-oriented companies, most of which are small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). With the new air connection, TNT further strengthens its service to SMEs in Europe's "Blue Banana" economic region.

The morning flight from Liege arrives at Venice Airport Marco Polo (VCE) at 6:00 AM CET and continues onto Ljubljana (Slovenia) before returning to Liege. Five weekly flights from Athens to Liege will stop in Venice on the northbound leg. They depart Venice at 11:00 PM CET, an advantage for customers who require late pick-up and next-day delivery.

To ensure smooth connections between air and road operations, the air gateway is located in the existing TNT Marcon depot, near Venice. It is TAPA-certified and can handle up to 10 air freight containers (or ULDs) with a loading capacity of 2,000 kg each. Opened in 2013, TNT's Marcon depot uses advanced automated scanning and sorting equipment. From February 2015, the air gateway and the depot will use a new, fully automated sorting machine, which will speed up the sorting of export shipments by two hours. This equipment is being rolled out across TNT Italy depots.

TNT has been active in Venice since 1984. The Marcon depot employs 90 people and covers 3,776 square metres. It manages domestic shipments through 26 distribution vehicles and 6 "mototopi", the motor barges used to transport goods in the lagoon and into the historic centre of Venice. Now that the air gateway is open, the facility will function as a model of intermodal transport hub in a logistically challenging area.


December 09, 2014: The Port of Felixstowe (PFL) has announced its latest warehousing and logistics development. The latest phase of growth will see the development of 1.45 million sq. ft. of warehousing on a 68-acre site, tailored to the needs of its customers.

Commenting on the development, Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer at the port, said: "The new site that we are launching today has the key advantage of being located within the port's perimeter. It is less than 100 metres from Berths 8&9 where we handle the world's largest container ships, and only 500 metres from Trinity terminal. Both terminals, with a combined throughput of over 4 million TEUs p.a., can be accessed via internal roads allowing customers to maximise the economics of ocean freight and port-centric logistics.

"For both UK and northern European distribution, occupiers will benefit from the unrivalled range of road, rail and short-sea carriage available at Felixstowe. The site is located adjacent to No.1 Gate with immediate access to the A14 and very close to the port's three rail terminals. With 60 freight train movements each day this opens up a wide range of sustainable transport options."

The Port of Felixstowe is being advised by First Industrial on the development of the Logistics Park. It comes hot on the heels of the planning consent received by Uniserve, the UK's largest independent international freight and logistics company, for its first "Super DC" to be located at Felixstowe with a 500,000 square foot footprint and a height of 130 feet accommodating three 320,000 sq. ft. mezzanine floors.

Mr Cheng added: "We expect huge interest in this site. The ability to create a purpose-built warehouse at the UK's largest container port with all the advantages that brings is an exciting prospect for importers, retailers and third-party logistics providers."

Felixstowe is the UK's largest container port and is continuing to expand. Construction of a 190 metre extension to the port's Berth 9 is on schedule for completion in 2015.

PFL is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group. Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH), a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL), is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator. The HPH network of port operations comprises 319 berths in 52 ports, spanning 26 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. Over the years, HPH has expanded internationally into other logistics and transportation-related businesses. These include cruise ship terminals, airport operations, distribution centres, rail services, and ship repair facilities. In 2013, the HPH port network handled a combined throughput of 78.3 million TEU worldwide.


December 12,2014: Qatar Airways Cargo has commenced operations to three new freighter destinations, Lagos, Accra and Guangzhou, with all three routes being served by the Airbus A330 freighter.

Freighters to Lagos and Accra commenced on December 6. The twice weekly freighter service operates from Doha to Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos and then onward to Accra's Kotoka International Airport, with a scheduled stop in Europe before returning to Doha. In addition, thrice-weekly direct freighters to Guangzhou commenced on December 3.

Mr. Ulrich Ogiermann, Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo said: "There is clearly huge potential in the West African states of Nigeria and Ghana as well as China. Our focus is to improve connectivity and provide a growing network of destinations and quality operations to our customers. With the introduction of scheduled freighter services to Lagos, Accra and Guangzhou, Qatar Airways Cargo will be able to provide air transportation services to even more industries worldwide on our growing network of more than 140 destinations."

Qatar Airways A330FLagos is Nigeria's economic focal point and exports include petroleum and petroleum products, cocoa and rubber, while imports include textiles, manufactured goods, food, machinery and transport equipment. The Ghana economy is based on agriculture and industry. Major exports out of Accra include agricultural produce, oil, gold, cocoa, timber, tuna, bauxite, aluminium, manganese ore, diamonds and horticultural products, while imports include capital equipment and refined petroleum. Ghana is projected to become the largest producer of cocoa in the world and is the seventh largest producer of gold in the world.

Guangzhou is an important industrial base in China and the comprehensive industrial manufacturing centre of South China. Guangzhou's major exports include high-end manufacturing products, high-tech products, biotechnology, aerospace technology, software, and automobiles, while imports include garments, auto parts, fashion accessories, pharmaceuticals and perishables. The largest trade fair in China, the China Import and Export Fair, also called the Canton Fair, is held in Guangzhou every year.

In addition to the new routes, Qatar Airways Cargo recently expanded its frequencies to freighter destinations Erbil, Kolkata, Delhi and Istanbul, thereby providing a capacity boost to these routes. An additional frequency was also added on the Houston-Liege-Doha freighter route. Furthermore, from this month onwards, freighter frequencies are being increased to Brussels, Chennai, Johannesburg, Nairobi and Shanghai.

It has been a highly productive year for Qatar Airways Cargo with the launch of QR Pharma for pharmaceuticals and healthcare products and QR Fresh for perishable products; the migration to the fully automated, state-of-the-art cargo facility at Hamad International Airport; and the launch of 11 freighter destinations in 2014. Lagos, Guangzhou and Accra will bring up the total dedicated freighter destinations to 46.


December 15, 2014: Work has begun in Bergkamen to build a new DB Schenker Logistics distribution center/finished goods warehouse for the WMF Group. The real estate partner Goodman is developing the facility, which will cover an area of 40,000 square meters. It will form an integral part of the Dortmund office's Shared Logistics Center.

A total of 80,000 square of ultra-modern logistics space is set to drive DB Schenker's further successful development in the east of the Ruhr region. The goods will come primarily from manufacturing plants in Europe and Asia and are mainly intended for specialist trade in northern Europe and WMF's customers overseas.

Schenker Deutschland AG not only has responsibility for the design and overall operation of the sophisticated logistics solution, but will also look after services such as repacking, display construction and price labeling for WMF. The modern facility is being constructed in accordance with the latest sustainability principles and will open in July 2015, offering jobs for 140 employees in operational and commercial roles. With its other activities in Dortmund, DB Schenker is one of the major logistics providers and employers in the region.

The center will accommodate a wide range of WMF Group products for the kitchen and dining room, such as cookware, cutlery, decorations and home accessories from the WMF, Silit and Kaiser brands.

"We have been one of the leading premium manufacturers of cutlery, cooking and dining products and professional coffee machines for more than 160 years. We are delighted to have found a strong logistics partner in DB Schenker, who will help us to ensure we can supply our customers significantly more efficiently," said Dr. Clemens Wöhrle, President of Operations at WMF Group, as the collaboration was announced.

Both companies are looking to work together for the long term. "We are very pleased that WMF has decided to work in close partnership with DB Schenker in these important logistics functions. Optimizing the multifaceted logistics tasks in Europe and along the global supply chain offers great potential for both companies. DB Schenker is the perfect partner in this field for the WMF Group," said Dr. Thomas Böger, Member of the Management Board, Schenker Deutschland AG, responsible for Contract Logistics/SCM.


December 12, 2014: The full adoption of the IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for packing cargo transport units (CTU Code) has recently taken a massive step forward.

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) moved to protect the lives and safety of both workers and the general public by endorsing the draft document without amendment at its session on February 17th 2014 and the IMO on May 19th 2014. Finally the Governing Body of ILO has endorsed the CTU Code during their 322nd session held from 30 October - 13 November 2014.

FIATA, the international trade association that represents the world's freight forwarders and logistics service providers thinks that the new Code of Practice should be embraced and recognised globally. Although the code in itself is not mandatory, it is FIATA's view that the CTU Code could also be used as a reference base for national regulations and could become a model for internationally harmonized legislation in this field, should such requirements arise.

Robert Keen, chairman of FIATA's Multimodal Transport Institute, says that all freight forwarders should know of this publication and all staff should be aware. He said "many of us remember the TT Club video 'Any fool can stuff a container' and the catastrophic consequences of getting it wrong. The negative impact of a staff member not following these guidelines could be immense."

Jens Roemer, chairman of FIATA's Working Group Sea transport stated that this Code of Practice is a comprehensive document and FIATA strongly encourages all Association Members to create awareness with their members. He said "The professional lashing and securing of transport units (such as containers) is as important as the declaration of the actual weight."

Keen, who is also Director General of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) concludes: "The CTU Code is intended to assist the industry, employers' and workers' organisations in training their staff on the safe stowage of cargo in containers and to provide a global reference base for cargo insurance contracts.

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