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WFS Turkish CargoWorldwide Flight Services (WFS) has extended its cargo handling partnerships with Turkish Airlines in North America Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston.

In Dallas, WFS has commenced handling services for the airline’s four Boeing 777 passenger flights to Istanbul. The new contract at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport will begin in March and will see the local WFS team handle 3-4 freighter flights per week plus daily B777 passenger services to the Turkish city. WFS already holds a freighter ramp handling contract with the airline in Houston.

Overall, WFS expects to handle some 31,000 tonnes of cargo per annum for Turkish Airlines at the two airports.

“We are pleased to expand our relationship with Turkish Airlines in North America, where we also provide passenger handling services in Chicago. These contracts extend our existing cooperation in Houston, while Dallas/Fort Worth is a new station for WFS to provide service to Turkish Airlines. Our local teams are proud to have earned the trust of one of the world’s leading cargo carrying airlines, and we look forward to growing our partnership to other locations in the near future,” said Mike Simpson, Executive Vice President Americas at WFS.

WFS handles over 245,000 tonnes of cargo annually for airline clients in Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston and provides warehouse and freighter ramp handling at both airports. WFS’ acquisition of US handler, Pinnacle Logistics, in September 2021 has also added road feeder services to its portfolio, connecting Dallas and Houston and other major cargo gateways in North America.

Luanda Sogester New terminal equipment recently purchased increases the reliability and productivity of terminal operations, enabling better service to customers.

New online solutions facilitate transactions, offering customers a full range of interactions from behind their desk.

Sogester (Sociedade Gestora de Terminais, S.A.) container terminal in Luanda, Angola (operating since 2007) is a joint venture between APM Terminals (51%) and the Gestor de Fundos of Angola. In December 2021, the terminal significantly upgraded its equipment with the arrival of 2 new Liebherr mobile harbour cranes (MHC 800 series), the largest terminal cranes available in the region, able to reach 23 rows of containers, compared to 15 or 16 rows reachable by cranes available at other facilities elsewhere in Angola.

With this addition, the total number of cranes increases to 3, significantly improving terminal’s productivity. Frans Jol, Managing Director at Sogester, explains: “With additional cranes we are now able to perform «double cycling», which means loading and discharging the same container bay on the vessel at the same time. Higher productivity will also mean that we will be able to perform twin lift (lifting two containers at the same time) on both empty and full containers, which was not possible in the past.”

Larger cranes will also allow the terminal to handle largest vessels calling the port without any restrictions, benefitting all shipping lines. The addition of two cranes comes on top of other equipment purchases in 2021, including terminal trailers and tractors, empty handling equipment and Ram twin lift spreaders, with a total investment value of $25 million.

Apart from equipment, Sogester has also progressed with the implementation of digital solutions at the terminal. During 2022, a new automatic gate software will be installed in Luanda, significantly facilitating the work of truckers who arrive to pick up or drop off containers. “Gate automation is a major milestone reducing queues at gates, allowing truckers to save time and our customers to better plan their cargo flows”, comments Frans Jol.

In addition, a new customer portal will be implemented in the first quarter of 2022, allowing customers to manage all payments, container releases or other transactions directly from their computers, without having to come to the terminal in person.

In parallel with operational improvements, Sogester continues its strong focus on cargo safety, with the upgrade of its terminal security system, which now includes CCTV in the yard and gate.

Chennault Airpot air cargoChennault International Airport is nearing completion of a $4 million facility to enter into the air cargo sector.

The 10,000-square-foot air cargo pass-through facility is expected to be completed this summer, according to Chennault Executive Director Kevin Melton.

It is anticipated to be certified for international cargo by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

As the facility is being built, ongoing discussions are planned with potential ground-handling partners on such related issues as ramp handling, warehouse operations and securing unique ground equipment to service large aircraft.

The new facility will be the centerpiece of Chennault’s latest effort to provide economic diversity and ultimately create new jobs at the airport, which is recognized as an emerging national aerospace hub.

Construction is funded by a $3 million capital outlay from the state and $1 million from Chennault International Airport Authority funds.

“The willingness to change and look for opportunities outside of the norm is critical to remaining relevant in our dynamic world today,” said Chennault Executive Director Kevin Melton. “Chennault remains a game-changer for Southwest Louisiana — and we’re excited to offer this new opportunity for more development and more jobs.”

Chennault has retained air cargo consultant David Whitaker of DVW Aviation to help identify potential industry partners.

“Chennault is a very robust airport with enormous potential and Southwest Louisiana is a cargo-rich region of the world,” said Whitaker, who has more than 30 years of airport and air cargo operations experience.

“Much of the industry is already familiar with Chennault and the Lake Charles Region, given its first-class MRO tenants — including Northrop Grumman, Million Air, LandLocked Aviation Services and Citadel Completions,” Whitaker said. “Chennault offers relief to airlines and freight forwarders who need space and attention.”

“We believe there is value for companies to move goods through Chennault,” said Melton. “We provide a low-cost alternative to the larger markets where expense, ground delays, and airspace delays affect the efficient flow of goods.”

Denise Rau, president of the Chennault International Airport Authority’s board of commissioners, cited the airport’s legacy of public-private partnerships, saying that Chennault’s potential to become a Gulf Coast location for air cargo operations will rest in the same kind of partnerships.

Chennault International Airport, a center of aerospace activity based in Lake Charles, serves the needs of civilian and military aircraft from around the world with world-class infrastructure, state-of-the-art facilities and an array of tenant partners. Its runway is 10,700 feet long, 200 feet wide and built with 17-inch-thick concrete, with a newly refurbished parallel taxiway that has runway capabilities as well.

Amendments IMOMember States of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) are being urged to accept amendments to the IMO Convention as soon as possible - in order to expand the size of the IMO Council to 52, to reflect the increased membership of IMO.

The text of the amendments, which were adopted by the IMO Assembly in December 2021, have now been circulated via the United Nations (C.N.46.2022), in the Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish authentic languages.

The United Nations Secretary-General acts as depositary for the IMO Convention. The IMO Convention was adopted in 1948, establishing the IMO (the original names was the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization (IMCO) – this was changed to IMO in 1982).

The amendments to the IMO Convention will expand the size of the Council to 52 Members from 40; extend the term of its Members to four years; and recognize three additional language texts as authentic versions of the IMO Convention.

The move to expand the Council reflects the increasing IMO membership over recent decades. It will support the attainment of a representative, balanced, diverse, and efficient Council, that can support the interests of the whole membership and ensures the representation of all the major geographic areas of the world.

The amendments to Articles 16, 17, 18, 19(b) and 81 of the Convention on the International Maritime Organization require acceptance by two thirds of the IMO Membership, or 117 Member States (based on the current membership of 175 Member States) for entry into force.

The IMO Assembly adopted a resolution urging the Members of the Organization to accept the amendments as soon as possible, with the goal of entry into force of these amendments by 2025 (Resolution A.1172(32)).

Upon entry into force of the amendments, the IMO Council will increase by 12 Member States, from its current 40 Members to 52. Expanding the size of the IMO Council would see 12 seats allocated to Categories (a) and (b) each and 28 seats to Category (c).

The categories are: States with the largest interest in providing international shipping services; States with the largest interest in international seaborne trade each; States not elected under (a) or (b) above, which have special interests in maritime transport or navigation and whose election to the Council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world.

Under the amendments, Council Members would remain in their roles until the end of the next two consecutive regular sessions of the Assembly, after which they would be eligible for re-election. Since Assemblies are usually held every two years, this would generally mean that Members would serve a four-year term.

In the spirit of multilingualism embraced by the United Nations system, the IMO Assembly adopted an amendment to the IMO Convention, such that Arabic, Chinese and Russian, (which are already official languages of the Organization), will be added as authentic texts of the IMO Convention, supplementing the current authentic texts in English, French and Spanish.

Logistics UK double taxIn response to the publication of the Transport Committee’s report into road pricing, Michelle Gardner, Head of Public Policy at Logistics UK comments:

“As the logistics industry transitions to zero tailpipe emission vehicles at pace, Logistics UK is urging the government to involve the sector as it decides the future of motoring tax; any new charging system, such as road pricing, must be fair, proportionate, and provide businesses with the certainty they need to plan their long-term investments into alternative fuelled vehicles. As the Transport Committee identified, road charging must replace rather than add to existing motoring taxes, and be revenue neutral to limit the financial burden placed on logistics businesses, with all investment going back into road maintenance and improvement.”

Logistics UK is one of the UK’s leading business groups, representing logistics businesses which are vital to keeping the UK trading, and more than seven million people directly employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With COVID-19, Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. Logistics UK supports, shapes and stands up for safe and efficient logistics, and is the only business group which represents the whole industry, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods.

Maersk record 2021A.P. Moller - Maersk delivers record earnings for 2021, which was an exceptional year with focus on mitigating supply chain risks for customers while strengthening the integrated logistics offering.

In 2021, revenue was up 55pct. to USD 61.8bn, EBITDA tripled to USD 24bn and free cash flow was USD 16.5bn, allowing the company to make strategic long-term investments into decarbonisation and logistics growth, combined with strong cash distribution to shareholders.

"Exceptional market conditions led to record-high growth and profitability in A.P. Moller - Maersk, however it also led to supply chain disruptions and severe challenges for our customers. We spent tremendous efforts in mitigating bottlenecks by expanding capacity across Ocean, improving productivity in Terminals and growing our global logistics footprint. We will continue these efforts as we see the current market situation persist into Q2. At the same time, we see conversations with customers change from procurement-led freight rate discussions to more holistic conversations on how we truly partner to keep supply chains running end-to-end. This clearly validates our strategy." Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Moller - Maersk.

The company continued to strengthen its Logistics & Services business throughout 2021, outperforming the market growth with a revenue increase of 41pct. to USD 9.8bn, whereof 62pct. of the 34pct. organic growth came from cross selling to our Top 200 Ocean customers. Furthermore, six businesses were acquired within air, e-commerce, warehousing and fulfillment, and 85 new warehouses opened, improving capabilities and footprint across the product portfolio.

Within Ocean, profitability increased substantially with a revenue of USD 48.2bn in 2021, compared to USD 29.2bn previous year, driven by high freight rates due to the ongoing impact from the pandemic that has resulted in disruptions of global supply chains. To increase predictability and reliability, capacity was increased both for equipment and vessels, and significant effort was made to prioritise contracted volumes, with long-term contracts now representing 65pct., up from 50pct. a year ago. Also in Terminals, profitability continued to grow in 2021 driven by strong volumes performance and storage income. With a focus on increased efficiency, utilisation and improving quality through digitisation and automation, return on invested capital (ROIC) increased to 10.9pct. which is above the target of minimum 9pct.

During the year, the use of digital solutions and services grew significantly, with turnover on Maersk.com reaching USD 38bn. Traffic increased 15pct. as customers continued to adopt digital solutions even further. Also, bookings via mobile app increased more than 15-fold.

The Board of Directors proposes an ordinary dividend to the shareholders of DKK 2,500 per share of DKK 1,000 (DKK 330 per share of DKK 1,000 previous year). The proposed dividend payment represents an ordinary dividend yield of 10.7pct. (2.4pct. previous year) and 40pct. of the net underlying profit, based on the Maersk B share’s closing price of DKK 23,450 as of 30 December 2021. Payment is expected to take place on 18 March 2022 after the Annual General Meeting.

"As Maersk has significantly improved the financial performance and progressed on the strategic journey to become an end-to-end logistics company, we have also been able to increase returns to our shareholders. For 2021, the proposed dividend amounts to a truly exceptional DKK 47bn." Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Moller - Maersk.

A.P. Moller - Maersk expects the current market situation to continue into Q2 2022 with a normalisation to occur early in the second half of the year. Based on these assumptions A.P. Moller - Maersk expects for full year 2022: Underlying EBITDA of around USD 24bn; Underlying EBIT of around USD 19bn; Free cash flow (FCF) of above USD 15bn.

Ocean is expected to grow in line with global container demand, which is expected to grow 2-4 pct. in 2022, subject to high uncertainties related to the current congestion, network disruptions and demand patterns.

For 2022-2023, the expectation for the accumulated CAPEX is USD 9.0-10.0bn, driven by intensified growth in Logistics & Services and ESG investments. The CAPEX guidance for 2021-2022 of USD 7bn is maintained.

Financial performance for A.P.Moller - Maersk for the full year 2022 depends on several factors and is subject to uncertainties related to COVID-19, bunker fuel prices and freight rates given the uncertain macroeconomic conditions.

UP teresa finleyUnion Pacific Corporation announced Teresa Finley has been elected to the company’s board of directors, effective Feb. 4.

Finley served as Chief Marketing & Business Services Officer for United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) from 2015 to 2017. Her prior UPS roles included Treasurer and Vice President of Finance, Corporate Controller, CFO of UPS International and Vice President of Investor Relations, as well as leadership positions in UPS business units.

Following her retirement from UPS, Finley served as a Senior Advisor for Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm, from 2019 through 2021.

“Teresa has a deep knowledge of transportation logistics following her more than 30-year career at UPS, and we are pleased to welcome her to the board,” said Lance Fritz, Union Pacific chairman, president and chief executive officer. “As Union Pacific works to provide our customers innovative supply chain solutions, Teresa’s expertise in priority growth strategies, product innovation, pricing, and finance will be invaluable.”

Finley also serves on the board of directors for TriMas Corporation, a global manufacturer and product provider for customers in the consumer products, aerospace and industrial end markets, as well as privately held Pilot Freight Services and Assurance America Corporation.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and participated in several executive education programs through Harvard and Wharton.

QATAR Airways Multan Qatar Airways scheduled flights to Multan International Airport, Pakistan, will resume on 22 February 2022, with a three weekly service and taking it to four weekly, effective 27 March 2022 after the airline temporarily suspended flying to Multan in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The route will be operated by Airbus A320 offering seats in Business Class and Economy Class.

With the addition of three weekly flights to Multan, passengers can now enjoy seamless connectivity to over 140 destinations across the airline’s extensive global network via the best airport in the world, Hamad International Airport, including popular destinations across the Middle East, Europe and North America. The national carrier of the State of Qatar remains committed to Pakistan with the resumption of Multan, further bolstering global connectivity. Following the resumption, the airline will operate 66 weekly flights to and from six airports in Pakistan, serving more cities in Pakistan than any other full service global airline.

Qatar Airways flight QR616, will depart from Hamad International Airport at 20:45, arriving at 02:00 the next day into Multan International Airport. Qatar Airways flight QR617, will depart from Multan International Airport at 03:25, and arrive into Hamad International Airport at 05:15. The new service will offer one stop connectivity to Pakistani communities in the Middle East, Europe and North America.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was announced as the ‘Airline of the Year’ at the 2021 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax. It was also named ‘World’s Best Business Class’, ‘World’s Best Business Class Airline Lounge’, ‘World’s Best Business Class Airline Seat’, ‘World’s Best Business Class Onboard Catering’ and ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’. The airline continues to stand alone at the top of the industry having won the main prize for an unprecedented sixth time (2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021).

Qatar Airways has also become the first global airline in the world to achieve the prestigious 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating by Skytrax. This follows the success of Hamad International Airport (HIA) as the first airport in the Middle East and Asia to be awarded a Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating. These awards provide assurance to passengers across the world that the airline’s health and safety measures are subject to the highest possible standards of professional, independent scrutiny and assessment. For full details of all the measures that have been implemented on board and at HIA, please visit qatarairways.com/safety.

AP Moller Maersk industry leaders A.P. Moller - Maersk has in collaboration with the National Meteorological Service of Germany, Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), installed automated weather stations on 50 of its vessels.

While crossing the largest oceans, the vessels transmit live data helping forecast weather and climate.

In the largest project of its kind, A.P. Moller - Maersk has installed automated weather stations (AWS) on 50 of its vessels creating a pulsating oceanic web of weather and climate observations. All collected data is transmitted live to the National Meteorological Service of Germany, DWD, supporting their weather forecasts and climate science.

Maersk and DWD have collaborated on the project since 2019 with the German service providing the 50 systems being installed on the vessels.

"There is no doubt that climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the global community and it impacts our business as well as the societies and customers we serve and partner with to enable trade. We have an ambitious strategy for our business to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in 2040, and we are proud to have our vessels and crews help researchers in gaining a better understanding of this key global challenge and the impact it has on our surroundings." Aslak Ross, Head of Marine Standards at Maersk.

As a part of Maersk’s ESG strategy, the company has committed itself to contribute to climate science. Maersk vessels have also for years been operating within the global Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS) Scheme under the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) providing regular weather observations, but it has been done manually resulting in a slow process of data sharing. By implementing AWS, the vessels can deliver precise high-quality and standardized data in real-time giving DWD useful insights about the current meteorological situation at sea. The data provided is shared globally with all members of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

"The collaboration with Maersk continues to have a positive impact on the maritime industry." Darin Figurskey, The global lead for Ship Observations Team (SOT) under GOOS and a forecaster himself at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

"Additional observations on more vessels will help forecasters become more situationally aware, provide added information for forecasts, warnings, and numerical weather prediction, and ultimately help scientists understand more about our oceans and climate." Darin Figurskey, The global lead for Ship Observations Team (SOT).

Even today, where much of the meteorological data is acquired by satellites, the real-time data from the world’s oceans provides essential input to all weather models used for forecasts and warnings. Especially the surface atmospheric pressure is of high importance since it cannot be measured by satellites. AWS on ships provides a constant feed of high-quality data at sea and serves as the backbone for all numerical weather models.

Weather and sea state observations have been gathered and shared on a systematic basis for over 150 years. They provide essential data on meteorological conditions at sea for weather forecasts and, over long-time scales, help climate scientists understand climate change. Ship observations, alongside other ocean, land-based, and satellite observations, are used in global and regional climate analyses, and are combined with atmospheric-ocean climate models, that depict the evolution of our environment. These observations also help to ensure safety at sea by allowing better forecasting of storms and other extreme ocean-related events for seafarers and nations.

"As a global container logistics company, we are moving millions of containers across the oceans every year, and weather routing is extremely important to ensuring safe travel of our crew and our customers’ cargo. If we can help facilitate even marginal improvements to the quality of weather routing services, these will be important levers in our constant efforts to improve the safety of our crews and assets." Aslak Ross' Head of Marine Standards at Maersk.

Approximately 300 fully owned Maersk vessels are gathering and sharing their weather and sea-state observations with the VOS.

Recently, A.P. Moller – Maersk also announced that it releases all historical and future ocean weather observations into the public domain for free use by the scientific community around the globe.

Turkish Cargo SMARTIST Raising its bar for the triumph more and more by interconnecting its wide wide flight network that sweeps the continents with the unrivaled geographical advantage of Turkey, Turkish Cargo now incorporates all of its air cargo transportation operations in SMARTIST, the Mega Cargo Facility.

Having moved the cargo operations, it carries out by means of the passenger flights, to the Istanbul Airport following its opening in April 2019, Turkish Cargo remained to continue its freighter operations at the Ataturk Airport. Since its infrastructure has been made available entirely, the air cargo brand moved also its freighter operations to its Mega Cargo Facility at the Istanbul Airport by means of a relocation operation that took 72 hours. Having said goodbye to the Ataturk Airport by such a massive relocation, Turkish Cargo will from now on carry out all of its operational processes as based in SMARTIST, the new hub for the air cargo logistics.

Turhan Ozen: "With SMARTIST, our new home, we are ready for the future more than we have been ever before."

Regarding the start of the full-capacity operation of SMARTIST, Turhan Ozen, Chief Cargo Officer of Turkish Airlines, remarked as follows; "During the last 3 years, we carried out a highly substantial operation in both of our hubs. While we made use of our freighters at the Ataturk Airport, we benefited from our passenger aircraft and the paxfre* capacity at the Istanbul Airport. We performed approximately 30 thousand flights, 23 thousand of which were performed by making use of our freighters and 6 thousand of which were by paxfre, and we transported more than 4 million air cargo shipments, 2.5 million tons of which were transported from/to the Ataturk Airport and 1.8 million tons of which were transported from/to the Istanbul Airport.

Now, we are gathering the air cargo operations which we have been carrying out triumphantly on "dual hub" basis without compromising our service quality, under a single roof at the Istanbul Airport. Thanks to SMARTIST, our new home with all of its processes equipped with autonomous and robotic systems, we as Turkish Cargo, the air cargo bridge of Turkey, are now ready for the future more than we have been ever before."

SMARTIST, which is designed to serve as the biggest industrial building under a single roof at the Istanbul Airport, will achieve an annual capacity of 4 million tons at an area of 340.000 square meters upon the completion of all of its phases. The facility, equipped with the smart technologies such as Augmented Reality, Automatic Storage Systems, Robotic Process Automation and Unmanned Ground Vehicles, will take the unique service quality of Turkish Cargo much further in respect of operational speed and quality. The mega facility will also highlight the intercontinental location of Istanbul and serve as a gate that is excellent for the trade between the East and the West. Thus, it will be ensured that Istanbul becomes the logistics center in the world by directing a major portion of the air cargo traffic in the world to the new Hub at the Istanbul Airport.

As part of the ultimate relocation operation, monitored simultaneously by the senior executives of Turkish Cargo, TGS and the moving company at the Relocation Control Center established at the Ataturk Airport, 160 services were performed by 50 trucks. During the operation whereby the trucks covered a distance of approximately 16 thousand kilometers, corresponding to the distance between Turkey and New Zealand, 4125 equipment of various types, owned by TGS and Turkish Cargo, were relocated from the Ataturk Airport to the Istanbul Airport.

Turkish Cargo aircraft, which have departed for the last time from the Ataturk Airport, which has hosted Turkish Airlines, the flag carrier of Turkey for 89 years, landed at the Istanbul Airport upon the completion of their international routes. Following the massive relocation, Turkish Cargo said goodbye to the Ataturk Airport by means of its ISL-KRT (Ataturk Airport - Khartoum, Sudan) flight, numbered TK6455, which was operated by Airbus 330F aircraft.

DP World Angolan government DP World, the leading provider of smart logistics solutions, and the Government of Angola, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the aim of cooperating to further develop the country’s trade and logistics sector.

The MoU was signed in Luanda by Eugenio de Lima Fernandes, National Director for Concession Economics, and Suhail Al Banna, CEO and MD, Middle East and Africa Region, DP World, in the presence of His Excellency, Dr Ricardo Viegas de Abreu, Angola’s Minister of Transport, and Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World.

The MoU paves the way for the two parties to enter into formal discussions to explore cooperation in the areas of ports and terminals, special economic zones and logistics parks, cross border trade facilitation, trade finance and marine services, as well as logistics support in other commodity-based sectors.

DP World began operations at the Multipurpose Terminal (MPT) at the Port of Luanda on 1 March 2021 after it was awarded a 20-year concession to manage, operate and modernise the facility.

Since then, DP World Luanda has invested in new equipment and facilities, technology and the development and training of staff, as part of a US$190 million initial investment to transform the terminal into a major maritime hub along the western coast of Southern Africa.

Ricardo Viegas d’ Abreu, Angola’s Minister of Transports, said: “DP World is a strategic partner for the transport and logistics sector in Angola, because it brings together the professionalism and skills necessary to drive the vision of an integrated and sustainable economy, with an effective and efficient logistics chain. With this partnership, it will be possible to promote and boost Angola's industrial development, as well as its cross-border and international trade".

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, said: “Alongside the Multipurpose Terminal, there is still tremendous opportunity to further develop and integrate the country’s logistics and trade infrastructure and unlock more economic benefits. The Angolan government has an ambitious plan for this sector, and through this MoU our primary objective is to find ways in which we can support the country to significantly maximize its strategic location and increase trade flows domestically and in the surrounding region.”

Following the implementation of the MPT’s development and modernisation plan, the teams at DP World Luanda increased operational efficiency threefold within the first six months of starting operations. The team also achieved the feat of being the first terminal in the country to handle two large vessels simultaneously.

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