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EFW Jordi BotoElbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW) has appointed Jordi Boto as its new chief executive officer (CEO).

Boto started in his new role on April 1st, succeeding Andreas Sperl, who left the company after more than 15 years of growth. Prior to the appointment, Jodi was COO, responsible for driving the ramp-up of the conversion from passenger to cargo aircraft at EFW since November 2020.

“Dr. Sperl was the architect of the EFW joint venture, which was set up in 2016 between Airbus and ST Engineering,” says Jeffrey Lam, President of Commercial Aerospace at ST Engineering. “Since then, EFW has grown from strength to strength and undertaken many challenges and new developments. With Jordi, who has over twenty years of experience in the aviation industry, taking over Dr. Sperl, we look forward to him driving the future growth of the company, and taking it to greater heights.”

Jordi Boto brings more than two decades of global experience in the aviation industry to EFW, including key positions at Airbus. Under his leadership, key milestones have been achieved, both at Airbus as well as at subsidiaries and supplier companies.

This includes the success story of ATR, now the world's leading manufacturer of regional turboprop aircraft. From 2006, under the direction of Jordi Boto, ATR was able to increase the rate from just 6 to over 70 aircraft per year. He then led as SVP Head of the Power8 this program for the Airbus group from 2009 onwards. The Power8 program was the largest and most successful restructuring and change program ever implemented in the aeronautical industry. The result of the program and the follow-up programs was a centralized managed company being able to achieve significant improvements in time, efficiency, costs and quality.

In 2012, Jordi Boto became CEO of PFW Aerospace Speyer, an Airbus supplier that was in a financially critical situation. He achieved in the following years a successful turnaround into a leading aviation supplier. In 2020 he led the acquisition of PFW Aerospace by the Hutchinson Group, a 100% subsidiary of the multinational oil company TOTAL, as well as the transfer process.

Dronamics Operations Team MaltaDRONAMICS, the world’s leading middle-mile cargo drone developer and operator, has announced the expansion of its European Operations team.

Based in Malta, the team is focused on preparing the ground for DRONAMICS’ first commercial flights this year.

The European operation opened with Ruth Sawers, Director of Operations. Ruth’s background is in specialized recruitment in the oil, gas and aviation sectors. She is also the President and Founder of the Women in Aviation Networking Group in Malta and is a passionate advocate of diversity in the workplace.

Kenneth Chircop, former CEO of Malta Air Traffic Services (Malta’s Air Navigation Service Provider), joins as Director, Global Network Operations Center. Kenneth has authored several peer-reviewed publications in aviation engineering and is also resident academic at the University of Malta’s Institute of Aerospace Technologies and the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering.

Martha Romero is the newly appointed Director of Safety, Quality and Compliance. Martha’s experience in commercial aviation, having worked with Monarch Airlines and Norwegian Air in the UK, will be key as DRONAMICS sets to expand connectivity across its European network.

Julian Scicluna joins as Director of Flight Operations. With over 16,000 hours of flight time, his experience as a pilot includes Air Malta and Hong Kong Dragon Airlines aka Dragonair. After earning a Captain title, Julian also gained valuable experience as a Training Captain on the A330.

Finally, Joao Jordao completes the team as Director of Maintenance and Airworthiness. As a former NetJets as well as Emirates Engineering lead, Joao brings a deep understanding of aircraft maintenance processes.

The varied and extensive experience that the team brings will boost DRONAMICS’ position as it prepares for its demonstration, followed by first commercial flights from Malta, the company’s European Operations base.

”The regulatory, operational and flying expertise that our complete team brings puts us in a strong position to fulfill our ambitions for 2022 and beyond. As our first European operations base, Malta will play a key role in establishing our commercial capabilities across Europe.” – said Sergio Oliveira e Silva, Chief Operating Officer of DRONAMICS

Air Canada freighter network Air Canada Cargo today announced that it will expand its freighter network, including the start of service to Halifax starting April 19.

In addition, the entry into service of the second Boeing 767-300ER freighter will allow Air Canada Cargo to add freighter service to Frankfurt, Cologne, Istanbul, Madrid and St. John’s, starting in May.

“The entry into service of our second freighter is yet another exciting milestone in the growth of our freighter network and provides more options and services to the cargo community” says Matthieu Casey, Managing Director, Commercial – Cargo.

These new routes complement Air Canada Cargo’s regular freighter service to Latin American cities.

Atlantic Canada Schedule from Toronto: To Halifax: Five flights per week starting April 19; To St. John’s: Six flights per week starting May 1.

European Schedule from Toronto Starting in May: To Frankfurt: Two flights per week; To Cologne: One flight per week; To Istanbul: One flight per week; To Madrid: Three flights per week.

Qatar Cargo 777F 1Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s leading air cargo carrier, and WiseTech Global, a leading provider of software solutions to the logistics industry, today announced that the launch of a direct eBooking solution between their global operating systems has gone live.

This connection further enhances the flight schedule and operational data exchange implemented last year.

The eBooking connection between WiseTech’s flagship CargoWise platform and Qatar Airways Cargo management system, CROAMIS, enables freight forwarders using CargoWise to choose their flight and confirm a booking with Qatar Airways Cargo in real-time, without having to leave the platform. Similarly, existing bookings made via the solution can be modified.

Mr. Guillaume Halleux, Chief Officer Cargo at Qatar Airways Cargo commented: “Our continued collaboration with WiseTech Global is focused on providing our mutual customers with an enhanced experience, and supporting them with improved visibility, efficiency, and value. With our operational data exchange with CargoWise seeing positive results, this was a natural next step in the partnership. Our digitalisation strategy remains centered on moving to robust systems, automatic quotations, real-time integrations, and improved reporting. These have become critical in an industry that is moving rapidly towards digital solutions.”

Mr. Scott McCorquodale, Head of Airline Connectivity at WiseTech Global, said: “Qatar Airways Cargo’s strong focus on improving its digital processes, and our shared purpose of providing a seamless and valuable experience for our customers, meant it was only natural that the collaboration would develop. There’s no denying that the traditional air cargo booking process for many freight forwarders, which relies on communication methods such as telephone calls and emails, is now so glaringly inefficient that they simply must move to the electronic method, or risk being left behind.”

“The air cargo industry has historically been very manually-based, which contributed to substantial inefficiencies. This has all changed in recent years, with many airlines now firmly prioritising their digital transformation projects. With the new eBooking connection now available to CargoWise users, forwarders are able to confirm their bookings without any input from airline staff – dramatically speeding up the process, and allowing forwarders to focus on providing value-added services to their customers.”

TIACA OFFICIAL LOGO 2018 colorIn response to air cargo industry’s call for an industry-specific tool to measure and recognize their sustainability progress, The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) announces the take-off of the BlueSky program, the industry’s first sustainability assessment, validation and verification program.

The BlueSky Program is a tool that the air cargo industry can use to track their sustainability progress, benchmark against peers and accelerate the industry’s transformation.

The BlueSky program, to be launched in phases, is a multi-tiered platform which renews every two years.

Assessment Guidelines – the first tier, is a way for companies to begin their verification and validation through awareness and self-assessment.

Desktop Verification – the second tier, begins with an online assessment and verification of the documents provided. A performance score in each area will be provided through a company dashboard.

Onsite Validation – the third tier, includes the desktop verification and an onsite independent audit. A performance score in each area as well as an excellence badge, detailed report with recommendations on how to become more sustainable will be provided through an enhanced company dashboard.

The BlueSky Program aims to benefit not just the individual companies, but future partners and the air cargo industry at large by providing a common vision, transparency, and a mechanism to demonstrate how businesses can grow responsibly as well as an improved image of the air cargo industry.

“We are excited to launch this new initiative that will allow companies to assess their sustainability initiatives and then have them verified and validated. The impact that this program will have on the industry is profound, by bringing transparency and collaboration on such a vital topic “Sustainability”, we will see the industry develop into one that is truly focused on People, Planet and Prosperity.” Stated Steven Polmans, TIACA Chair.

Ports of Antwerp Cotonou UNICEF Port of Antwerp, the Port of Cotonou and UNICEF form a new partnership to advance resilient and sustainable national supply chains that maximize positive environmental, social and economic impacts for children.

In December 2020, Port of Antwerp signed the World Economic Forum Supply Chain & Transport Industry Charter in support of UNICEF and COVAX Vaccine Distribution. Port of Antwerp is proud to announce a new collaboration with UNICEF to advance sustainable supply chains. The partnership will produce a white paper to guide governments and their global and local partners in designing and implementing longer-term sustainability strategies into their national supply chains.

The Port of Cotonou is the economic heart of Benin and also has a strategic importance in the region, as it is also one of the main gateway ports for the sub-region. Since 2018, Cotonou Port Authority has called upon the expertise of Port of Antwerp to modernise the port and make it futureproof. To test new concepts and in view of this special link between both ports, the Port of Cotonou has agreed to support the collaboration between UNICEF and Port of Antwerp with the secondment of expertise.

Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO Port of Antwerp: “As a strong believer in the impact of collective action, I am proud that we have agreed to support UNICEF with their endeavour to improve the health and livelihood of children. I am pleased that the Port of Cotonou is supporting this project too. By offering our common experience, network and insights to UNICEF we will have a tangible and sustainable impact on the life of many children and youngsters.”

Supply chains continue to be one of the most important levers for business to create positive impact in the world. Governments also have a responsibility in building resilient national supply chains that maximize positive environmental, social, and economic impacts. UNICEF is supporting governments with supply chain strengthening at all levels to enhance equitable access to essential supplies needed for children to survive and thrive.

Etleva Kadilli, Director of UNICEF's Global Procurement and Logistic Operations: “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruptions to global supply chains, and challenges continue to evolve and emerge. Resilient supply chains that can withstand such shocks are critical for ensuring access to essential supplies for children and families around the world. UNICEF is grateful for this collaboration – it is through such partnerships that we can leverage our respective expertise to strengthen supply chains and make a difference in the lives of children.”

Annick De Ridder, Vice-Mayor City of Antwerp & President Port of Antwerp: “The Port of Antwerp has developed significant experience and partnerships in numerous countries in Africa, where UNICEF’s efforts are most needed. We strongly believe in economic cooperation as a driving force to bring people, companies, NGOs, UN agencies, governments and ideas together. That is why this cooperation with UNICEF is a perfect match.”

Joris Thys, CEO Port Autonome de Cotonou: “This cooperation between the Port of Antwerp, the Port of Cotonou and UNICEF is definitely a great opportunity to reaffirm our engagement on positive environmental, social and economic impacts for children. The Port Authority of Cotonou is proud to support UNICEF to define the best supply chain for life-changing and life-saving projects undertaken in sub-Saharan Africa.”

Maersk Dubai Maersk Kanoo UAE, an integrator of container logistics, recently inaugurated its first Integrated Logistics Centre in Dubai, UAE, at DP World’s leading trade and logistics hub, Jafza.

The Maersk Integrated Logistics Centre was inaugurated by Richard Morgan, Regional Managing Director, Maersk West & Central Asia and Christopher Cook, Managing Director, Maersk UAE, in the presence of Maersk’s top W&D customers in the UAE.

"It is an important milestone for us today as we inaugurate our first Integrated Logistics Centre in the UAE and strengthen our commitment towards our customers in the Middle East. Our journey towards creating end-to-end logistics solutions is taking a definite shape as we continue to connect and simplify our customers’ supply chains through solutions that are designed and executed considering their specific requirements and challenges." Richard Morgan.

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

Maersk has a strong commitment to decarbonise logistics and services. The facility will get solar panels on its rooftop to cater to all the entire electricity requirements for facility operations. The 434 MWh/year clean energy production of this installation will reduce more than 1,700 tonnes of carbon emissions over 10 years; an equivalent decarbonisation feat achieved by planting over 70,000 trees seedlings over 10 years.

"At A.P. Moller – Maersk, we want to achieve minimum 90% green operations at our warehouses, depots and cold stores worldwide by 2030. The green energy that we are producing through the solar panels at our facility and powering our operations with, guarantees that we are taking definite steps towards decarbonising logistics and services." Christopher Cook.

The Maersk Integrated Logistics Centre in Dubai will be an addition to the existing global footprint of over 250 warehouses, 85 of which were opened in 2021 alone, covering 1.5 million sq. mt. across 50 countries. The facility will 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 a close link to seaport operations and 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.

The facility will be powered by a 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.

Maersk’s Integrated Logistics Centre will support existing services provided, including ocean shipping, landside transportation, customs clearance, contract logistics, and e-commerce 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.

Managing Director APM Terminals José Rueda Salinas to take over as the new Managing Director of APM Terminals Moin, succeeding Hartmut Goeritz, who moves to a new role in the organisation.

Effective April 1st, company veteran José Rueda Salinas will assume the role of Managing Director at APM Terminals Moín, Costa Rica’s largest container terminal, located in the port of Limón and will relocate to Costa Rica once the necessary permits are obtained. Jose joins Moín from APM Terminals Lázaro Cárdenas in Mexico, where he has served as Managing Director since 2016.

José Rueda Salinas brings more than 25 years of experience in the maritime sector. He began his career sailing on Spanish-flagged vessels and in 1999 he joined Grup Maritim TCB (acquired by APM Terminals in 2016) in Barcelona. Since then he has held various management positions across terminals in Spain, Americas and Turkey, in combination with various positions of representation in Associations and Boards of Directors.

“I am very happy to welcome José in his new role in Moín and at the same time thank Hartmut for his strong leadership in developing many value-added services for our customers”, comments Leo Huisman, Head of Terminals Latin America at APM Terminals. “José comes with great experience, not least in the field of digitisation of our products and services, which will be a great asset also in Moín as we progress with our digital transformation journey.

A Spanish national, José Rueda Salinas is an officer of the Merchant Marine and has a degree in Nautical Sciences and Maritime Transport from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and an MBA from the School of Administration EAE/Barcelona.

“I am very excited to continue my journey with the company from my new post in Costa Rica”, shares José. “It will be a privilege to be part of this dynamic and highly motivated team and I look forward to our future joint adventures”.

APM Terminals Moín (Moín Container Terminal - MCT) is built on an artificial island off the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Operational since February 2019, it is one of the most efficient ports in Latin America and a key asset in APM Terminals’ portfolio of facilities on the continent.

DP World supply chain crisis New research reveals that supply chain issues are exacerbating inflation.

The study commissioned by DP World, the leading provider of smart logistics solutions, found that during 2022 trade is expected to expand further, due to a 16% increase in exports during 2021 and imports by 12%. Production levels have been unable to keep pace with demand leading to supply shortages and will limit import growth in 2022.

Commenting on the report’s findings, DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said: “The report is evidence that rising freight rates, and low production levels, coupled with a volatile social-economic situation in Europe, will keep inflation high in 2022 as companies navigate a risky trading environment. But supply chains are adapting, and executives are positive about the future of trade, which will prove durable in the near to medium-term despite any inflationary fears.”

The survey of 3,000 respondents, produced in partnership with Economist Impact captured perspectives of company leaders across the world. In addition to rising inflation, geopolitical tensions between the US and China continue to concern executives with 30% claiming that ongoing trade war between the US and China is the top reason to be pessimistic about global trade.

Despite the apprehension, and low production levels limiting imports, international revenue expanded for 68% of companies exporting freight in 2021, compared with 42% in 2020. 35% attributed that growth to an expansion of exports into new markets, as companies took advantage of new trade routes created by the pandemic.

To cope with the pandemic and ease inflationary pressures, companies are also changing their strategic outlook. 48% now said diversifying their supplier base is their primary reconfiguration strategy, with efforts focussed on sourcing raw materials (24%) and managing shipping lines and logistics (21%). The highest cited reason for optimism for global trade was the growth of technology to ease supply chain issues, particularly the adoption of 5G to increase connectivity.

Digitalisation can also streamline operations and increase efficiencies in trade. 67% of companies in the industrial sector are already using digital platforms for supply chain management. Businesses now have greater flexibility to move cargo faster, track progress in real time and automate customs clearance processes, helping address non-tariff trade barriers.

Maersk green fuel In the presence of the Egyptian Prime Minister, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Monday in a joint bid to further accelerate the supply of green fuels and the global transformation to net-zero shipping.

This partnership follows six fuel sourcing partnerships announced earlier this month, and with it Maersk joins forces with the General Authority for Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone), the Egyptian New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA), the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC), and the Sovereign Fund of Egypt for Investment and Development (TSFE).

"Egypt has excellent conditions for renewable energy production and ambitions to become global leader in the green energy value chain. We are very excited to be able to explore options together, drawing on our more than 100 years of business relations in the country." Henriette Hallberg Thygesen, CEO, Fleet & Strategic Brands, Maersk.

The parties will be conducting a feasibility study before the end of 2022 to examine an Egypt-based hydrogen and green marine fuel production, powered by renewable energy with Maersk as committed offtaker.

"The availability of green energy and fuel in sufficient quantities and at cost competitive price levels is the single biggest challenge to the decarbonisation of global shipping. For Maersk, our recently announced strategic partnerships with six industry leading companies are key in addressing this challenge, but to stay on the 1.5-degree pathway even more scale is needed within this decade. That is what this partnership is exploring." Henriette Hallberg Thygesen, CEO, Fleet & Strategic Brands, Maersk.

"Capitalizing on Egypt’s fundamentals and vision, SCZONE’s strategic integrated areas of ports and industrial parks around the Suez Canal, and leveraging on the solid and enduring longstanding relationship we have with Maersk, I am looking forward to the evolvement of this project, which meets our mutual target of transforming into the green economy." Eng.Yehia Zaki, Chairman, SCZone.

"This partnership presents a unique opportunity to strengthen a longstanding relationship with a key strategic partner to the Egyptian Government over the last 100 years. Specifically for The Sovereign Fund of Egypt, this potential opportunity adds a new dimension to our roadmap towards zero emission targets. Maersk’s bid to accelerate the supply of green fuels and the global transformation to net-zero shipping will expand the Suez Canal’s service offering as a main global hub for green bunkering in the region." Ayman Soliman, CEO of The Sovereign Fund of Egypt.

Maersk intends to explore similar opportunities in other regions with strong potential for renewable energy development, drawing on business and governmental relations to facilitate opportunities for nations and commercial players to embrace the rapid acceleration in green fuel production that is key to the decarbonisation of shipping.

Dimerco Mexico via USA SolutionInternational transportation specialist Dimerco has launched a new multimodal service for supplier companies shipping high-value components to manufacturing plants in Mexico.

The new Air+Road transport service enables customers ship door-to-door from China to Mexico, via the U.S., in just 6˗8 days with high security.

According to Dimerco’s Central Service Center, growing manufacturing operations in North America rely on rapid replenishment of component parts from China, but standard shipping options are inadequate. Ocean freight is too slow and direct air freighter services are limited.

The new Air+Road solution combines regular consolidated flights from China to LA and Dallas with cross-border bonded trucking service where team drivers travel non-stop and only on highways to keep cargo safe. The solution gives suppliers a multimodal service that is reliable, speedy and secure.

In Mexico, cargo is delivered to the international airport closest to the consignee, where it is treated by Customs as a China to Mexico airport-to-airport shipment. Dimerco simplifies and expedites customs clearance before transferring cargo to a standard truck and transporting it to the consignee.

While this trans-shipment solution via the U.S. increases transit time by 2–3 days compared to direct air freight service, it is 30–40% cheaper and is a practical response to the near absence of direct air freight shipping from China to Mexico.

Photo Caption: Dimerco’s new Air & Road service enables customers to ship from China to manufacturing plants in Mexico, via the US, in just 6˗8 days.

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