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Leipzig Halle Airport freight volumesFreight volumes at Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ), Europe’s fourth-largest air cargo hub, are continuing to grow.

The airport handled 133,873 tonnes of freight in July, 9.1 percent more than in the same month in the previous year.

During the first seven months of this year, the volume increased by 18.9 percent to a figure of approx. 899,682 tonnes in comparison with the same period in the previous year. This means that the significant growth in freight is continuing in the second half of this year too. The airport handled more than 1.38 million tonnes of freight last year, setting a new record.

Leipzig/Halle Airport is one of the cargo airports with the most dynamic growth rates in the world. The airport safeguards important logistics and supply chains for industry and the general population as Germany's second-largest air freight handling centre.

The airport is acting as a transhipment centre for medical supplies and protective equipment in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic. It has therefore regularly handled freight charter flights during the past few months – in addition to regular traffic – and, among other things, they have transported millions of Covid-19 tests.

LEJ also provides ideal conditions for transporting live animals and has a handling building specifically intended for this purpose and measuring 1,300 square metres.
Dozens of horses or foals or even complete herds of pregnant cows have been handled here during the last few months.

The airport is DHL’s largest hub anywhere in the world and is the first regional air freight centre for Amazon Air in Europe. This means that the airport is one of the most important hubs for express and e-commerce consignments.

Overall, 82 freight airlines fly to the airport and serve a network of routes, which covers 271 destinations worldwide. The airport registers as many as 1,300 take-offs and landings for freight traffic every week.

More than 10,800 people are employed at Leipzig/Halle Airport or at companies and public authorities based there. This figure includes about 8,200 working in the freight handling, cargo airlines, logistics and freight forwarding sectors alone.

Qatar Airways Cargo copyQatar Airways Cargo, the world’s leading air cargo carrier, and WiseTech Global, a leading provider of software solutions to the logistics industry, have commenced implementation of an extensive direct data connection between their global operating systems.

The direct data connection between WiseTech’s leading CargoWise platform and Qatar Airways Cargo management system, CROAMIS, streamlines the exchange of critical operational data that reduces risk, complexity and costs for forwarders as well as airlines.

Mr. Guillaume Halleux, Chief Officer Cargo at Qatar Airways Cargo commented: “Our agreement with WiseTech will help eliminate multiple intermediary data exchange points between freight forwarders and airline operating systems, it will also support future air cargo industry growth by removing technical risk and reducing costs. This initial step delivers a strong foundation for on-going product and technical connectivity between Qatar Airways Cargo and its substantial pool of customers.”

Scott McCorquodale, Chief Automation Officer, Air Cargo at WiseTech Global, said: “A direct connection and collaboration of this scale, between two such major players, improves many aspects of the air cargo process for our customers, as well as other participants in the end-to-end transportation chain. As the air cargo industry continues to adapt to the rapid and immense changes from 2020, it is important we work together to continuously streamline processes and improve efficiencies where there are obvious far-reaching benefits.”

These direct data feeds also add real value by removing extensive data duplication that has proliferated over many years, removing the burden on forwarders and reducing the resulting complexities and costs. Following IATA Recommended Practice, through the CargoWise connection, Qatar Airways Cargo offers an assurance that the single source of air waybill data from the forwarder will be immediately available to the global Qatar Airways ground handling network, reducing the technical and financial burden for forwarders that can otherwise occur and has traditionally often been the case.

Digitalisation is a key pillar of Qatar Airways Cargo strategy as it moves towards integrating systems that allow for dynamic pricing, automatic quotations, robotic integration and improved reporting while enhancing customer experience.

Etihad Airways Financial resultsEtihad Airways has announced operating and financial results for the first half of 2021, showing a progressive recovery across its business despite a slower than expected return to global air travel.

The airline carried one million passengers in H1 2021, with an average seat load factor of 24.9%. This represents an average 10% month-on-month growth in passenger volumes since Etihad restarted passenger operations in July 2020.

Network capacity in the first half of 2021 came in at 16.4 billion ASKs, and has grown steadily since the start of the year, with the airline operating almost 3,500 flights a month to 67 passenger and cargo destinations by the end of June 2021. Since the beginning of 2021, Etihad has launched or restarted operations to 10 destinations including the historic launch of scheduled services to Tel Aviv in April 2021.

As a result of new variants of the coronavirus affecting key travel markets in the Indian Sub-Continent and Europe, passenger revenue came in at US$0.3 billion, down by 68% year-on-year from US$1.0 billion. However, the dip in passenger revenue was offset by strong performance in cargo operations, with a 44% year-on-year increase in freight carried in H1 2021 (365,500 tonnes) and a 56% year-on-year increase in revenue (US$0.8 billion).

Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, said: “Every day, Etihad Airways is making up for lost ground. Despite the curveball of the Delta variant disrupting the global recovery in air travel, we have continued to ramp up operations and are today in a much better place than this time in 2020. As soon as destinations are added to the Abu Dhabi green list or UAE travel corridors, we are seeing a three to six-fold jump in bookings in some cases, showing there is a tidal wave of demand waiting to be unleashed. We are ready to welcome more guests on board to experience why Etihad is second to none when it comes to ensuring passenger wellbeing.”

Throughout the first half of 2021, Etihad retained a singular focus on cost control, decreasing operating costs by 27% year-on-year from US$1.9 billion to US$1.4 billion, supported by reduced capacity and volume-related expenses. Fixed overhead costs saw a significant improvement, reducing by 22% to US$0.3 billion, while finance costs reduced by 22% owing to an ongoing balance sheet deleveraging. As a result, the airline managed to rebuild its liquidity position to pre-pandemic levels.

Overall, Etihad recorded a core operating loss of US$0.4 billion for H1 2021 (half the loss of US$0.8 billion in H1 2020), with EBITDA turning to a positive US$0.1 billion from a negative US$ 0.1 billion in the same period of 2020.

Adam Boukadida, Chief Financial Officer, said: “While market demand has been slower to recover than anticipated, our record cargo performance has continued to buoy the business. At the same time, we have continued to strengthen underlying fundamentals to place Etihad in a better position to maximise the value of passenger revenue as our volumes return. Our rock-solid credit rating has remained unwavering throughout the pandemic and was once again reaffirmed at ‘A with a stable outlook’ by Fitch in April 2021, serving as a clear sign of the long-term financial viability of our business. While the pandemic still poses challenges, Etihad is on the path to becoming a sustainable and profitable business.”

Etihad Airways continued to grow its global network throughout the first half of 2021 as destinations were added to the Abu Dhabi green list and bilateral travel corridors were formed with the UAE.

The number of passenger destinations grew by 20% in the first six months of 2021, from 50 to 60, as Etihad Airways continued to rebuild air connectivity to the vibrant capital of Abu Dhabi.

Etihad is currently operating 64 aircraft including five freighters after having taken the decision to indefinitely park part of its fleet as a result of the pandemic. The backbone of the Etihad fleet remains the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, one of the most fuel-efficient aircraft in the world, with 39 B787-9 and B787-10s in the fleet.

Following the normalisation of diplomatic relations with Israel, Etihad Airways launched a twice per week, year-round service to Tel Aviv in April 2021, strengthening the tourism, business and people-to-people ties between the countries.

Ramping up to the 2021 summer season, Etihad Airways launched three new seasonal routes in just over 24 hours at the beginning of July 2021, linking Abu Dhabi to two major holiday hotspots in Greece (Mykonos and Santorini) and the famous Costa del Sol in Spain (Malaga).

European operations were further expanded in July 2021 with the introduction of a new service to Vienna, Austria.

In 2021, the airline focused on developing its industry-leading Etihad Wellness programme, launched at the outset of the pandemic to ensure passenger health and safety, as well as trial and launch products and services to support a global return to travel.

Etihad Airways became one of the first airlines globally to partner with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on the IATA Travel Pass in January 2021, allowing guests to create a digital version of their COVID-19 test results and speed up check-in at the airport.

For added convenience, Etihad Airways introduced Home Check-In during May 2021, allowing passengers to check in their bags, choose their seats and collect their boarding pass and luggage tags from their home in Abu Dhabi, skipping the queues at the airport.

To simplify the process of authenticating travel documents, Etihad established Verified to Fly in May 2021, a service where travellers can validate their documents before arriving at the airport with the confidence that they have met all essential government and airline travel requirements.

Ensuring the health and safety of staff and supporting employees in weathering the pandemic has been a focus area for Etihad Airways in 2021.

Etihad Airways was one of the first companies in the UAE to offer employees access to a COVID-19 vaccine, and to date, more than 92% of UAE-based staff have elected to take the vaccination.

As an extra layer of defense, the airline introduced regular PCR testing for all staff in January 2021, which is coupled with rigorous safety measures at work including deep cleaning and sanitisation of facilities to protect staff.

In February 2021, Etihad became the first airline in the world with 100% of operating pilots and cabin crew on board vaccinated to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Etihad Airways has recorded strong results in cargo operations in H1 2021 as it continued to play a critical role in facilitating international trade.

As a founding member of the HOPE Consortium, an Abu Dhabi coalition formed in November 2020 to distribute COVID-19 vaccines across the world, the airline has carried tonnes of crucial vaccine shipments in support of global vaccination efforts throughout the first half of 2021.

To date, the Hope Consortium has handled more than 65 million vaccines across 40 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, and South America.

The airline’s best-in-class PharmaLife product, which offers a temperature-controlled air cargo solution for pharmaceuticals, has seen a 94% year-on-year increase in shipments compared to H1 2020.

To provide much-needed cargo capacity, Etihad Airways has temporarily modified five Boeing B777 aircraft to support cabin loading, operating more than 430 charter and scheduled cargo flights with the new configuration.

Etihad Airways has established a comprehensive sustainability strategy spearheaded by its Greenliner programme, with the ambitious target of net zero emissions by 2050. The airline is prioritising a green recovery and has implemented a number of key sustainability initiatives in H1 2021.

In January, Etihad expanded its carbon offset programme to include Peru’s Cordillera Azul National Park and Indonesia’s Katingan Mentaya Project, both certified by the Verified Carbon Standard and the Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Standard, making Etihad’s efforts geographically diverse in the promotion of climate action.

Etihad formed a partnership with New Zealand Carbon Offsetting company CarbonClick in January 2021, a platform which uses certified Gold Standard offsets to reduce the climate impact of aviation through ethical, fully traceable reforestation and renewable energy projects, to develop a voluntary guest offset programme.

In April, Etihad Airways marked Earth Day with its first ecoFlight of 2021. Operating to Rome on the airline’s signature Etihad Greenliner aircraft, the flight was used to trial and showcase technologies, products and services in the name of sustainable aviation.

The carbon emissions of the Etihad Greenliner aircraft are being completely offset for the entirety of 2021, equivalent to approximately 80,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions, as part of the first carbon offset programme in the region.

In the first half of 2021, Etihad Airways received a number of highly distinguished industry awards for health and safety, guest experience, and branding.

Etihad was awarded the Diamond status at the inaugural APEX Health Safety powered by SimpliFlying audit in January 2021 in recognition of its standards of cleanliness and sanitisation.

The airline was awarded Best Cabin Crew and Best Frequent Flyer Programme at the 2021 Business Traveller Middle East Awards, reinforcing its commitment to innovating the guest experience.

Etihad picked up Gold at the 2021 Transform Awards Middle East and Africa for Best Use of Audio Branding in recognition of its new sonic branding which pays tribute to Etihad’s Arabic roots and was created by local musicians using traditional instruments such as the ney, kanoon and oriental percussions.

Etihad Engineering collected two awards, for Innovation in Business-to-Business Services at the 2021 Middle East and North Africa Stevie Awards, and MRO Service Provider of the Year at the 2021 Aviation Achievements Awards.

Abdullah Al Hameli ABU Dhabi portsAbu Dhabi Ports recently announced that it has embarked on a wide-ranging network service upgrade across ZonesCorp, part of the Industrial Cities & Free Zone Cluster of Abu Dhabi Ports, to ensure non-stop gas supply to its customers.

The system modernisation will take place over the next several months as part of a continuous comprehensive zone development plan, which will serve to reduce risk by protecting ZonesCorp’s customer facilities to ensure an uninterrupted flow of gas to more than 700 manufacturing industries across the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi (ICAD).

Upon completion, customers will benefit from operating within a highly optimised data-driven network, together with detailed gas consumption and consumer analytics. The network upgrade will also ensure greater energy efficiencies in line with the highest international safety and maintenance standards.

Abdullah Al Hameli, Head of the Industrial Cities and Free Zone Cluster at Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “The enhancement of the gas network within our zones is part of a larger development plan aimed at providing the best services and infrastructure to our customers. We aim to maintain the highest standards in service by collaborating with premier service providers so that our valued customers can be assured of a risk-free and uninterrupted gas supply.

“By reaching this development milestone, we will be safeguarding and improving the reliability of our network and modernising our systems with the world’s leading data-driven technologies to ensure business continuity.”

Mohamed Al Khadar Al Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer, ZonesCorp, said: “A steady and secure supply of energy sources such as natural gas is the backbone of ZonesCorp’s proposition and as a crucial prerequisite for our industrial investors.

“ZonesCorp is determined to ensure the reliability and capacity of our infrastructure across the diverse base of businesses and industries within our highly efficient, safe, sustainable, and digitally advanced ecosystem.”

ZonesCorp is set to complete the project in multiple phases by the end of 2022, leverage the latest technology and measures for leakage prevention, fire detection, surveillance, installation of fire-fighting systems and advanced monitoring and controls.

BLG BMW In the BMW Group plant in Leipzig, BLG LOGISTICS has put 37 fuel cell industrial trucks into operation.

They will fill up at the fourth on-site hydrogen filling station, which started pumping fuel to coincide with the Central Germany Hydrogen Summit in May. The globally operating logistics company based in the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen is responsible for production supply for the BMW Group in Leipzig. The move is an important contribution to BMW's vision of a "green factory" with zero-carbon production.

Green hydrogen is considered a vital component for achieving the Paris climate goals. It can store renewable energy and convert it on demand into electricity and heat via fuel cells. This is how fork-lifts, cars, trucks and even trains can run without CO2 emissions.

"Counting BLG's 37 industrial trucks, we use a total of 118 hydrogen vehicles in our Leipzig plant. That's the largest hydrogen-driven logistics fleet in Germany. Right from the start, the BMW Group plant in Leipzig was committed to exclusively using certified green hydrogen," says Kai Lichte, Head of Communications at the BMW Group plant in Leipzig.

The advantages of the H2 industrial trucks are clear: They are locally emission-free and fueling is fast, easy and space-saving.

"When the BMW Group asked us to replace around 40 of our almost 200 industrial trucks at their plant with hydrogen models, we quickly agreed," says Markus Niemeier, Head of the BLG location in Leipzig. He adds: "Sustainability is also a top priority for our company."

With its "Mission Climate", the BLG Group has set itself ambitious goals. The company aims to be climate-neutral by 2030. This makes BLG the first German logistics service provider with a scientifically recognized climate protection goal. "Using emission-free industrial trucks ultimately powered by green energy and integrating renewable energies are key elements of our climate protection program," says Jakub Piotrowski, Head of Digitalization, Sustainability and IT at the BLG Group. Leipzig is the first BLG LOGISTICS location to use hydrogen fork-lifts. On a logistics area of approx. 200,000 m² in the BMW Group plant, BLG supplies services along the entire supply chain, from goods receipt to warehouse management, sequencing and picking, production line supply and empties handling. The company controls supplies for the auto producer's conventional models at its Leipzig plant. It processes all components for daily production.

In cooperation with Günsel Fördertechnik und Fahrzeugbau GmbH, the rental company for the new industrial trucks, BLG LOGISTICS has started operating the first 37 fork-lifts, reach trucks, electric pallet trucks and route vehicles in the Supply Center South, a pre-assembly area. Günsel is responsible for the entire H2 fleet at BMW Leipzig. "We've been expanding our portfolio of hydrogen industrial trucks from the manufacturer Linde since 2013. In Leipzig and other locations, we've gained important experience with this alternative drive technology," says Toralf Richter, Head of Sales at Günsel Fördertechnik und Fahrzeugbau GmbH. "Drawing on this expertise, we can today offer complex application concepts with green hydrogen, also for other industries. That's how we're contributing to the decarbonization of production and logistics processes."

Sri Lanka AirlinesThe first flight of SriLankan Airlines was met at Moscow Domodedovo Airport.

The national carrier of Sri Lanka launched flights from Moscow after a six-year break. Domodedovo is the only airport of the capital's air hub from which passengers will be able to take direct flights to Colombo.

The Airbus A330 was greeted with a water arch, and sweet surprises were presented to passengers in honor of the significant event. The airline operates a weekly scheduled flight on Saturdays. Arrival in Domodedovo is at 4:30*, departure is at 19:15. Flight time is about eight hours.

Previously, the air carrier and the air hub cooperated from 2011 to 2015, during this time the companies served 115 thousand passengers.

SriLankan Airlines is a multi-award-winning airline with a solid reputation as a world leader in service, comfort, safety, reliability and punctuality.

Rotterdam stakeholders Port of Rotterdam Authority, Koole Terminals, Chiyoda Corporation and Mitsubishi Corporation have signed an agreement to a joint study the feasibility of a commercial-scale import of hydrogen from overseas sources to one of Koole’s terminals in the port of Rotterdam utilizing Chiyoda’s proven hydrogen storage and transportation technology SPERAHydrogen™.

Northwest-Europe will have to import hydrogen on a large scale to become net zero CO2 emission. The Port of Rotterdam Authority is therefore looking at ways to set up new hydrogen supply chains from countries where hydrogen can be produced and supplied cost-effectively. Several companies in Rotterdam, such as Koole Terminals, are highly interested in this rapidly developing new business and are making plans to innovate their existing facilities and/or build new ones. The Port of Rotterdam Authority is supporting such activities.

Shipping hydrogen is more challenging than shipping oil or coal. One option is for it to be made liquid by cryogenic process to minus 253 degrees, another is to transform it into a carrier, like ammonia or methanol or lastly it could be chemically combined in a so called liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) (*1). Methylcyclohexane (MCH) (*2) is a LOHC. It maintains a stable liquid state under ambient temperature and pressure. As a means of storage and transportation of hydrogen, MCH is comparable with petroleum and petrochemical production in terms of the risks involved. Chiyoda Corporation has developed the SPERA Hydrogen technology to release hydrogen from MCH. MCH is produced from toluene through hydrogenation process. When hydrogen is generated from MCH, toluene produced simultaneously, which can be shipped back to be used as material of MCH again.

In 2020 Chiyoda Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation and MITSUI & CO., LTD. and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha successfully completed the demonstration project of the long distance transportation (5000km) and storage of hydrogen using Chiyoda Corporation’s SPERA Hydrogen technology by producing MCH in Brunei, shipping it to Japan and shipping toluene back to Brunei. This was the world’s very first global hydrogen supply chain project proving the technical readiness for commercial use. SPERA Hydrogen is expected to play an important role in the realization of commercial scale hydrogen supply chains globally and contribute to global carbon neutrality in 2050. One of the major advantages of MCH over liquid hydrogen and ammonia as a hydrogen carrier is that it makes use of existing infrastructure and vessels, and is easier to handle.

Now Port of Rotterdam Authority, Koole Terminals, Chiyoda Corporation and Mitsubishi Corporation, are conducting a joint-study on the large scale import of hydrogen. The Port of Rotterdam Authority will provide a matchmaking role for major hydrogen end-users in Northwest Europe and competitive oversea hydrogen suppliers and support for materializing the project. Koole Terminals will pursue ways to innovate its terminal facilities and support development of onward transport to their end-users. Chiyoda Corporation will be the technology provider for the project and Mitsubishi Corporation, as one of Japan’s top trading and investment company in the field of energy industry, will lead the commercial development of the project to make the overall hydrogen supply chain commercially viable.

The feasibility study is expected to take one year. It is the ambition of the companies to import 100 to 200 ktpa hydrogen in 2025 and 300 to 400 ktpa in 2030.

TOPCAST appointments Topcast Aviation Supplies, a global leader in aircraft parts distribution and MRO services, announced today the new appointments with immediate effect of Ms. Karen Koh, appointed as Regional Sales Director (Asia) and Ms. Rachel Leung, appointed as Legal and Compliance Director.

Based in Singapore, Karen Koh will lead the Asia team for sales development excellence to further propel the company’s market share in-region. Karen is a veteran of the aviation business with more than 12 years of professional industry experience. Before joining TOPCAST, Karen served as the Commercial Director of Boeing Aviation Pacific Asia Services (BAPAS), spearheading the team to develop and implement commercial strategies to campaign execution of the FTM and ITM program. Prior to that, she spent five years at GE as Service Sales Director to drive GE’s engine aftersales market. She started her aviation career with AAR on strategic sourcing and trading and subsequently developed her all-rounded sales capabilities at GECAS as an Account Manager.

Karen holds a Bachelor's Degree in Supply Chain Management from the Curtin University Technology in Perth, Australia. In addition, she earns a certificate in contract law, a diploma in logistics management and a green belt of Lean Six Sigma.

Rachel Leung will be leading the legal and compliance department to provide comprehensive legal advice to senior management, support global business functions, govern mergers and acquisitions activities and manage litigation and claims. Prior to joining TOPCAST, Rachel led the legal function at Hong Kong Express, HKBN JOS, and Hong Kong Tourism Board, providing legal and compliance guidance for both Hong Kong and international markets. Rachel started her legal career in various law firms in London.

Rachel is a dual-qualified lawyer in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. She holds a business degree and subsequently studied law in London, and specializing in aviation and corporate law.

Maersk Asia to Europe Recently, Maersk’s first dedicated block train from Vietnam to Europe left Hanoi station.

The twenty-three 40-foot containers were on their way to Zhengzhou, China, and from there go to Liège, Belgium directly. The train is carrying the latest products for Decathlon, one of the world's largest sporting goods retailers, and all cargoes will be transported by trucks to their final destination in Dourges and Rouvignies, France by the end of August.

"This first block train from Vietnam to Europe for Decathlon will not only achieve reliable lead times, but also provide our customer with improved visibility. This service is also driving synergies between intermodal and rail transport, adding resilience and great value for Decathlon’s supply chain." Philippe Dunand,Maersk Global Account Director for Decathlon.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruptions to many industries and global supply chain. However, for the sportswear industry, it is thriving as consumers continue to spend time exercising, as outdoor individual sports and home workouts both see increased participation. Massive orders are piling up at Vietnam’s manufacturers, leading to lack of space to store products.

"As Decathlonian, we engrave the mission “Make sport accessible for the many”. The COVID-19 pandemic is a challenging context but also an opportunity to prove our agility in supply chain management. Readiness to try new solutions with a can-do mindset makes us proud to bring happiness to all sport users." Lionel Adenot, Decathlon Vietnam Country Leader.

Maersk teams in Vietnam, China and Europe collaborate to guarantee the smooth transition and service delivery.

“There is a container shortage, limited space in the warehouse, and ocean capacity constraints on the services network. In our constant effort to cater for Decathlon’ specific needs, we are integrating various transport modes to provide agility and flexibility as well as reliability to transport their products. We are currently working on arranging three more block trains to Europe in the following quarter,” explains Rossie Hong Nguyen, Lifestyle and Retail Client Manager, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar Area at Maersk.

"Maersk’s dependability, along with their familiarity with our products and our needs, have proven invaluable. With the block train, we get a totally new transport solution that is efficient, reliable and with a lower impact on the environment. A good alternative solution comes up in the turbulent and pressure period of the traditional transport market." Diep Nguyen, Vietnam Logistics Leader at Decathlon.

Despite the severe flooding overwhelmed the city of Zhengzhou last week, which had impact on business activities, the rail services had resumed. Zhengzhou is the junction for the major north-south and east-west rail lines, with connections to most major cities in both domestic and overseas from one of Asia's largest stations.

Maersk’s dedicated block train service for Decathlon can be traced back to 2017, first departure from China. Since then, the company continues scaling up the intercontinental rail service to meet the growing demand of all customers. In fact, our train services between Asia and Europe serve 30 different countries across multiple routes both east and west bound.

Texas AM CrowleyCrowley Maritime Corp. has awarded Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships to Mavry Sepulvado and Andrew Hubert of the Texas A&M University Maritime Academy.

The recipients earned the scholarships based on their academic performance, cadet shipping experience and interest in pursuing a career at sea.

Sepulvado, a senior from New Caney, Texas, is pursuing a degree in marine transportation. He is a first-generation college student and serves as treasurer for the Triathlon Club. Sepulvado served his sea term aboard the Crowley-managed tanker Golden State. After graduation, Sepulvado hopes to become a captain and pursue a career at sea.

Hubert, from Milwaukee, Wis., is a freshman marine transportation student. Prior to attending Texas A&M University’s Maritime Academy, Hubert served in the U.S. Navy as a sonar technician. During his sea term, Hubert served aboard the Crowley-managed tanker American Freedom. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career at sea.

Since 1984, Crowley has provided more than $3 million in scholarship funding for more than 1,000 students. The company has also donated more than $2 million over the years to support other educational programs. In 1994, Chairman and CEO Tom Crowley Jr. established the Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship Program in honor of his father who led the company to extraordinary heights before passing away in 1994.

Qatar Airways Cargo Becomes a Member of Cool Chain AssociationQatar Airways Cargo has extended its cool chain industry partnerships by joining Cool Chain Association (CCA), a non-profit organisation, effective 28 July 2021.

Founded in 2003, the association aims to reduce food wastage and improve the quality, efficiency and value of the temperature sensitive supply chain by facilitating and enabling vertical and horizontal collaboration, education and innovation amongst its members and stakeholders.

Guillaume Halleux, Chief Officer Cargo at Qatar Airways said, “Through our membership with Cool Chain Association, we look forward to collaborating with its members, and contributing to CCA’s vision of improving quality of temperature-sensitive products, increasing sustainability and reducing waste, thereby also contributing to the health of the planet, which aligns with our sustainability programme WeQare.”

“CCA members are focused on developing tangible programmes and backing projects which help reduce food waste and ensure that life saving pharma consignments safely reach their destination and this has never been more relevant than now,” said Stavros Engelakakis, Chairman, CCA.

“We are pleased that the cargo carrier’s Senior Manager of Climate Control Products, Miguel Rodriguez Moreno is joining the board, Qatar Airways Cargo’s shared commitment to our goals and its vision for WeQare combined with Miguel’s wealth of experience in the cool chain supply chain makes him the perfect addition to our association.”

Qatar Airways Cargo will join CCA and its members to deliver contributions in improving the cool chain and sustainable transport of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical and perishable cargo. Such concrete contributions like the CCA Technical Committee, that oversees and assists in projects addressing critical points affecting product quality along the cool chain, as well as developing standards and initiating projects will indirectly reduce global hunger and contribute to overall health of people and the planet. Through the membership, the airline will also participate in Cool Chain Association’s board meetings and focus groups to contribute its expertise.

The carrier has established innovative solutions for the air freight of pharmaceuticals and perishables. It has also invested considerably in quality handling, infrastructure, digitalisation, facilities, people and procedures at each of its destinations, including the Doha hub, adhering to high operating standards for transporting all temperature-controlled products.


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