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BLG BYD Explorer The BYD Explorer No. 1 embarked on its maiden voyage from the port of Shenzhen, China in mid-January.

BLG LOGISTICS welcomes the almost 200-meter ro-ro carrier to the BLG AutoTerminal Bremerhaven for the first time.

It is also significant that the Explorer No. 1 is the first of eight ships owned by BYD to be deployed for automobile transports from China to Europe.

"We’re delighted to be able to welcome the BYD Explorer No. 1 to our quay after its maiden voyage,” said Matthias, COO and Member of the board of the BLG Group.  "Our port has been serving automobile manufacturers around the world for many years. By choosing our port, BYD underlines its importance as an international hub for automobile logistics. We handle vehicles, put them into storage, perform technical services, and take care of distribution by truck, train, and ship.”

With its annual handling capacity of more than 1.7 million vehicles, the BLG AutoTerminal Bremerhaven ranks among the largest automobile terminals in the world. All the major shipping lines for vehicles regularly use Bremerhaven, and every year some 1,000 car carriers arrive at the terminal.

On an area covering 295 hectares, the BLG facility offers vehicle manufacturers optimal areas and equipment. There is space for some 70,000 vehicles before they are further transported by road, rail, or waterway. The BLG Group also offers customers technical services in three technical centers.

Kristina Vogt, Bremen's Senator for the Economy, Ports, and Transformation, also welcomed the arrival of the BYD Explorer No. 1 as good news: „The arrival of the RoRo carrier 'BYD Explorer No. 1' at BLG AutoTerminal Bremerhaven is a strong example of our port's ability to master specialised logistics challenges. This first call not only emphasises the efficiency of our port infrastructure, but also confirms Bremerhaven's essential role in the efficient handling of international automobile transports, especially in the area of RoRo shipment.”

For its vehicle logistics, automobile manufacturer BYD uses ro-ro carriers such as the BYD Explorer No. 1, but also ships its vehicles in containers. „Bremerhaven offers both options in a free port. That’s unique in Europe, and a great advantage for our clients,” said Matthias Magnor.

CargoTech sustainability Sustainability is not an objective, but a tangible reality for CargoTech’s member companies.

Wiremind, CargoAi, Rotate, and CharterSync illustrate their solutions, the industry’s challenges, and what is planned for 2024.

“The CargoTech range of digital solutions have a fundamental role to play in the sustainability strategies of all companies focused on achieving Net Zero and other Sustainable Development Goals,” says Cédric Millet, President of CargoTech. “Why? Because all our CargoTech members offer products that enhance visibility, process efficiency and awareness of improvement areas. And they naturally apply the same sustainability focus to their own operations.”

From measuring carbon emissions, to optimising capacity, or reducing the need for paper documents, CargoTech’s members share a common interest in developing smart, tailored solutions for the air cargo industry in close collaboration with its stakeholders and each other. Magali Beauregard, CCO of CargoAi, states: “CargoAi is committed to sustainability and has released multiple products to support the sustainability transition for the air cargo industry.” CargoAi’s pioneering Cargo2ZERO CO2 footprint reporting product, launched in September 2022, is one such example, and earned CargoAi a sustainability award at the TIACA conference in Miami later that year. “We are always open to develop and push joint products with other industry peers, highlighted by our strategic partnership with Neste,” she continues, referring to the tool’s enhancement that enables freight forwarders and their clients to significantly reduce the carbon emissions of their cargo transport through the voluntary purchase of Neste’s SAF using the MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel function when booking a cargo transport in Cargo2ZERO.

Sustainability requires investment and change. An in-depth CharterSync research paper which examined several carbon offset initiatives, also found that one major challenge still today, is that the ultimate shipper of the goods may often insist on the cheapest price rather than the most sustainable option. Forwarders, on the other hand, are increasingly including sustainability evaluation metrics in their procurement processes, which will promote a re-evaluation of airline fleets, replacing aging freighters with more fuel-economic modern aircraft and cleaner fuel alternatives.

“What is the largest sustainability challenge facing the air cargo industry, today?” Nathanaël de Tarade, asks and answers: “The blunt but realistic answer is simply ‘to find ways to keep flying’. If you look at the current emissions, they aren’t sustainable on the long term. Whether you are optimistic and think that technology (electric aircraft, more sustainable fuel, etc.) will be a big part of the solution, or more pessimistic and you think we’ll have to cut a part of what is currently flying, the answer is possibly a blend of both solutions. Wiremind’s contribution is to ensure that load efficiencies are maximised so that every flight is used to full capacity for a better emissions to impact ratio.”

CargoAi also views short-term price thinking without considering its long-term impact as one of the major challenges faced by the air cargo industry and seeks to educate the industry to bring about more sustainable procurement decisions. “Without tools enabling you to understand your CO2 footprint, it becomes harder to make a more environmentally conscious decision when it comes to procuring cargo capacity for daily shipments,” says Magali Beauregard.

CharterSync’s Sustainability Officer, James Hymers, too, sees the need for greater awareness and understanding in the industry: “I am committed to leading the way in promoting environmental consciousness within the aviation industry. My primary focus will be on developing and implementing innovative strategies to reduce our carbon footprint, while also educating our team and partners about sustainable practices. By integrating green initiatives into our core operations, CharterSync aims to set a new standard for eco-friendly practices in air charter services, paving the way for a more sustainable future in aviation.”

Wiremind is aiming to release its SkyPallet 2.0 before the summer. The new software, which has been developed in cooperation with many existing customers, is designed to achieve higher load factors per ULD, resulting in less wasted capacity and more cargo on each flight. In true CargoTech spirit, Wiremind and CharterSync will be working closer together to bring about greater flight operation efficiencies through the integration of Wiremind’s loadability optimisation software in the CharterSync platform. James Hymers, explains: “CharterSync already calculates carbon offset based on aircraft type, fuel efficiency, payload carried, and distance flown. In the next phase of our platform enhancements, we will be placing significant importance on better ranking and labelling customer quotation options based upon fuel efficiency and sustainability criteria.”

Sustainability criteria increasingly play a role in business decisions, as Ryan Keyrouse, CEO of Rotate, confirms: “For many years, commercial decisions were driven by contribution or profitability metrics, but these days, sustainability metrics are becoming more and more important, and are thus fundamental elements to be included in our software. We will be adding emissions data to our Live Capacity platform, this year, to ensure that our customers have all the relevant parameters required to optimise their networks.”

Within CargoTech, sustainability is a lifestyle choice, not just a commercial objective, as Magali Beauregard illustrates: “Sustainability is one of the core pillars of CargoAi. Our strategy applies simple yet powerful habits such as enabling remote teams thus saving commute CO2 emissions, shared spaces, and reusable cups to reduce each individual’s carbon footprint.” Nathanaël de Tarade concurs: “At Wiremind, we are fortunate to have employees who are very proactive in their sustainability initiatives which range from small contributions such as distributing reusable boxes for lunch, to significant ones where thorough calculations are made regarding emissions coming from our own providers. These are regular, positive signs of their commitment to both the subject matter and the company.”

DP World MasdarDP World has signed a partnership agreement with Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), a global leader in clean energy, to explore and implement renewable energy systems across DP World's global port operations in the Middle East and Africa.

The agreement aims to facilitate the widespread adoption of renewable energy and battery energy storage systems (BESS) within DP World’s global supply chain. Over the course of the three-year partnership, DP World and Masdar will work together to identify optimal sites for the potential deployment of solar and energy storage systems, with an initial focus on Saudi Arabia, Senegal, and Egypt.

The partnership seeks to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy systems in DP World’s supply chain by sharing knowledge of the regulatory landscape and other challenges, particularly in emerging economies.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, DP World Chairman and CEO, said: "Our partnership with Masdar represents a significant step forward in our commitment to sustainable operations at our ports and terminals. By exploring renewable energy solutions, we aim to reduce our carbon footprint and drive positive change in the supply chain industry."

Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Masdar Chief Executive Officer, added: "Masdar and DP World are leading the way in the decarbonisation of the company’s port operations and supply chain, to explore all options to advance the development and deployment of renewable energy power and storage systems in hard-to-abate sectors. Following a successful COP28 hosted in the UAE, it is vital that we take action to drive the global energy transition towards tripling renewable energy by 2030.”

Masdar is the UAE’s clean energy champion and one of the world’s fastest growing renewable energy companies, advancing the development and deployment of renewable energy and green hydrogen technologies to address global sustainability challenges.

As a leading end-to-end supply chain solutions provider, DP World will continue to work alongside the COP28 Presidency to advocate for more urgent climate action. This includes leveraging DP World’s scale and influence across the 75 countries it operates in worldwide to bring together the broader industry to develop impactful long-term solutions that support the global climate agenda.

DP World work with key stakeholders – from logistics companies, NGOs, governments and cargo owners -- to showcase new technologies and solutions, and exchange ideas to mitigate and build resilience against climate change, driving the energy transition and promoting environmental stewardship while ensuring continued trade flow worldwide.

Decarbonisation is a core focus for DP World, and the business has already committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2040 and net zero carbon by 2050, aligned to the UNFCCC’s Race to Zero and UAE’s 2050 net zero initiative.
Find out more about DP World’s decarbonisation strategy here.

PHOTO CAPTION: Abdulaziz Alobaidli, the Chief Operating Officer of Masdar and Mohammed al Muallem, Executive Vice President of DP World, with a group of senior officials, at the site of the revolutionary BOXBAY High Bay Storage (HBS) system in Jebel Ali, Dubai.

matthias magnor BLGAfter five years at the helm of BLG LOGISTICS, CEO Frank Dreeke is leaving the company as planned at the end of this year.

The Supervisory Board of BLG unanimously appointed Matthias Magnor as his successor.

Matthias Magnor has been a member of the Board of Management and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the BLG Group since 2021. “We are delighted that we have found a successor in Matthias Magnor who already knows the company very well and has successfully driven the transformation of the operational areas of BLG over the last three years. It means that on January 1, 2025 a worthy successor for Frank Dreeke will take up the reins,” says Dr. Klaus Meier, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BREMER LAGERHAUS-GESELLSCHAFT –Aktiengesellschaft von 1877-.

“Becoming CEO of the BLG Group from 2025 is a great honor for me. I'm very proud to be able to steer BLG LOGISTICS into the future together with my colleagues,” says Matthias Magnor. Magnor draws on extensive expertise in supply chain management, logistics, services and retail. After various positions in the logistics industry, he was appointed to the BLG Board in 2021 – initially as Head of the CONTRACT Division. In 2022 he became Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for the two operational divisions CONTRACT and AUTOMOBILE.

“I'm delighted that Matthias Magnor will be my successor,” emphasizes Frank Dreeke. “It's extremely good news for the company and all BLG employees”. Now 64 years of age, Frank Dreeke will leave the company at the end of the year after reaching the standard retirement age for executive officers. This was set by the company in compliance with the German Corporate Governance Code. “In Frank Dreeke, we are taking leave of a CEO who was active both as a manager and a member of the BLG family. He has been closely connected with the company since childhood, and always successfully managed BLG with clear purpose and optimism,” explains Klaus Meier. “We are looking forward to our remaining time with him as well as to what the future will bring for the company.”

BIFA CBER The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has established a new collaboration programme with South Hampshire College Group (SHCG) to help develop and deliver courses that make students attractive candidates for roles within the logistics sector.

This is an extension of a campaign the trade association that represents the UK freight forwarding sector started in 2021 to encourage its members to work with schools and colleges to promote careers in logistics, forwarding and supply chain management.

The collaboration will see BIFA and SHCG work together through continuous and structured interaction to engage with the extensive community of BIFA members in the Solent region.

A key objective will be to inform and update BIFA members about the skills courses that SHCG runs that are relevant to the logistics sector; whilst enabling them to provide input into those courses to ensure students have the essential foundation knowledge they need for a successful career within the industry.

Through its Solent regional group, BIFA will be encouraging its members to engage with SHCG students to provide valuable insight into the many aspects of logistics and the wide variety of career opportunities that are available.

There will be an initial meeting at SHCG’s Eastleigh College on 29th February to share further information and have an open discussion with attendees as to how best to work together to achieve the objectives, and set up and run a continuous and structured dialogue between BIFA members and SHCG.

Carl Hobbis, BIFA Member Services Director says: “Brexit, the Covid pandemic, and now the crisis in the Red Sea, have put global supply chains in the news more than ever, so what a great time to encourage someone to consider a career in the international freight sector that manages those supply chains.”

Anoushka Ottley, Executive Director of Business & Partnerships at South Hampshire College Group, says: “We’re excited to be working in partnership with BIFA to help raise greater awareness of the many career opportunities within the logistics sector and to further develop our high-quality training to meet the current and future skills requirements across the Solent region.”

ECS GroupWhen it comes to air cargo commodities, the distinction between mail and e-commerce is becoming ever more blurred.

Two common denominators set them apart from general cargo: they increasingly consist of small, individual parcels and their processes fall out of the air cargo handling norm. ECS Group’s Mail & More offers a scalable solution to all airlines looking to place greater emphasis on this rapidly growing product niche.

e-commerce is booming. In less than a decade, the number of parcels has more than trebled and cross-border e-commerce has doubled. Over 131 billion parcels were carried across the world in 2020, and it is predicted that, in just 2 years from now, this number will have grown to 266 billion. 80% of cross-border e-commerce travels by air, and the commodity already constitutes around 20% of all air freight carried. e-commerce is therefore not simply an increasingly attractive base-load opportunity, but a key component for success, driving airlines to adapt to today’s changing logistics market. Major airlines have begun initiating change, allocating warehouse and staff resources, and restructuring or partnering with 3PLs so as to provide optimum parcel handling. Many opt for ECS Group’s Mail & More Ability to cover the commercial side of operations.

“Mail & More completely removes the challenges and complexity that mail or e-commerce bring to an airline’s operational processes. We act as an affiliated, specialised team to our airline customers, and cover the entire process from commercial responsibilities to capacity sourcing and allocation, all the way through to digital support,” Jonathan Fredericks, Mail & More Managing Director, explains. “To date, we are the only GSSA to offer this service as a comprehensive package, developed based on our long-standing experience in airmail. Mail & More is not just unique, but also constantly being adapted to ensure that our customers always receive the best service without having to deal with any of the complexity.”

Mail & More has skyrocketed in popularity, demonstrating the urgent need for ECS Group’s parcel-focused solution. In 2022, 480 tonnes of e-commerce and mail were transported through Mail & More. In 2023, this increased to 900 tonnes.

Adrien Thominet, Executive Chairman of ECS Group, states: “With Mail & More, we build a bridge between two very parallel and often separate transport systems: our customers are airlines and e-commerce or postal operators. We offer a fully functional and highly experienced interface on two essential levels: Commercial and System. Commercial ensures that parcel flows are matched with regular, available cargo capacity. System and consultancy refer to set-up procedures that enable airlines and postal operators to continue using their documentation processes, regardless of whether they use CNs or AWBs. Our plug & play Mail EDI system, at no extra cost, is the digital interface translating and linking the two digital data channels.”

Mail & More brings postal operators and e-commerce consolidators around the globe together with the many airlines in the ECS Group portfolio, swiftly matching demand with capacity. ECS Group’s wide-reaching international network and concentrated focus on parcels form a sound basis on which to commercially develop the airline’s market reach. The inhouse digital support solution, Mail EDI, increases operational efficiency, allows end-to-end transparency and tracking, and ensures quality compliance in line with airlines’ and postal operators’ processes, and UPU regulations. It also allows reporting, performance steering, tracking and tracing, accounting, and billing.

Maersk Ruakura A.P. Moller-Maersk (Maersk) celebrated the opening of its state-of-the-art, integrated cold chain facility at the Ruakura Superhub today, solidifying Hamilton as a key touch point within the Golden Triangle for freighting and logistics in New Zealand.

With approximately NZD 140-150 million invested in the Ruakura facility, it makes it Maersk’s biggest infrastructure investment in the country.

The new facility effectively moves the ocean inland by offering customers end-to-end supply chain management including import, export, and cross-docking services. It enables the exchanging of goods between transport modes, such as rail and truck, creating a highly flexible and sufficient supply chain within the Waikato and wider New Zealand.

Hamilton sits at the heart of the Golden Triangle, between Auckland and Tauranga, which sees 65% of New Zealand’s total freight flow through the strategic corridor. Maersk's new cold chain facility will help to enhance the region’s thriving economic and freight hub.

"New Zealand has long played a vital role in the global supply chain from dairy, meat to seafood and fruits, the primary industry sector to drive the development of country’s economy. We have over the years made very significant investments in our ocean network and offer today a best-in-class experience from capacity, coverage, and reliability perspective. We have operated in New Zealand for 27 years – and we are enthusiastic about fostering sustained growth and forging these long-term partnerships with our customers." Vincent Clerc, CEO of A.P. Moller-Maersk.

The facility will leverage landside logistic capabilities allowing for larger quantities of imported and exported goods to flow through New Zealand and the wider Asia-Pacific region.

"The new facility's ideal location now seamlessly links the ports of Auckland and Tauranga providing a supply chain for our customers and increases the volume of possible imports and exports to and from New Zealand, all while retaining the quality of the products. Expansion of our product solutions into the cold store segment presents a significant opportunity for our customers to benefit from a state-of-the-art facility, as we transform the New Zealand logistics landscape and connect and simplify our customer’s supply chains." Kylie Fraser, Managing Director of Maersk Oceania.

The facility will be well utilized by New Zealand’s largest dairy company, Fonterra, supporting their North Island production. Other customers Maersk are excited to see at the facility include BluePrint Global/NZ Grass-Fed Butter, Mega Foods, and Service Foods.

The multi-modal 18,000 square metre facility harnesses the dual-carriage State Highway 1 and direct rail connectivity to the Port of Tauranga and the Port of Auckland and has the capability to load 40ft containers holding 29 tonnes of product onto train carriages. The cold chain facility allows customers to retain the quality of their products during transit by housing nearly 30,000 pallets of products in both cold rooms and blast freezers. These blast freezers can freeze produce down to international food standards in less than 24 hours, locking in the quality and ensuring a fresher product when it reaches its destination. The multitude of rooms allows for various products to be stored at different temperatures satisfying diverse customer needs.

Maersk has partnered with local iwi (tribe) Waikato-Tainui as owners of the land on which the Ruakura Superhub sits. Through the partnership, Maersk has made a significant social investment into the region through job creation and providing Waikato-Tainui with logistics and supply-chain training systems to upskill those in the community wishing to take up a career in logistics. Historically, Waikato-Tainui ancestors would trade up and down the nearby Waikato River and the partnership with Maersk acknowledges this ancient tradition.

"Partnering with a global logistics giant like Maersk, who could see the massive benefits and efficiencies Ruakura Superhub offered, epitomises the vision we have for the Superhub as a critical supply chain enabler and driver of regional economic development. We’re proud to partner with Maersk to support their growth and ongoing contribution to Aotearoa New Zealand which will, in turn, support us to drive the economic resilience of our 86,000-strong iwi." Tuku Morgan, Chairman of Te Arataura, the executive committee of Waikato-Tainui.

Maersk was also proud to partner with commercial construction company, Apollo Projects on the design and construction of the facility and supply chain consultant TMX Transform for property advisory and project management.

Maersk has ensured the facility meets the highest sustainability rating possible for a cold store, aiming to achieve at minimum, a Greenstar-5 rating with an aim to improve this to 6-stars, which will be the highest of any cold store in New Zealand. The facility’s cutting-edge design has enabled Maersk to limit its environmental footprint with the installation of solar panels on all rooftops, using CO2 instead of ammonia in all freezers, collecting and re-using rainwater and providing electrical charging stations for cars and trucks.

FedEx HBCUsFedEx, the world’s largest express transportation company, announced the third cohort of the FedEx-HBCU Student Ambassador Program.

The program launched in 2022 as part of an expanded five-year, $5 million commitment to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), which was initially announced in 2021. The program helps prepare HBCU students for the workforce after college. Students from eight HBCUs will gain exposure to FedEx leadership, team members, and unique learning experiences that help build leadership and career-ready skills.

Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) alumnus and NFL Hall of Famer, Jerry Rice, recently joined MVSU graduating senior and program participant from the first cohort, Chanelle Houston, for the delivery of the Vince Lombardi Trophy during Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas. Together, Rice and Houston discussed the value of attending an HBCU and the positive impact on their college journey, what the new cohort of students could expect, and the long-standing relationship between FedEx and HBCUs.

“Providing HBCU students with the exposure and opportunities to imagine what’s next beyond college is invaluable,” said Jenny Robertson, Senior Vice President, Global Brand and Communications. “The continued support FedEx provides to HBCUs is one way we can help produce a strong talent pool of future leaders, creating additional opportunities to excel in their future career journeys.”

The third cohort will convene later this spring and participate in quarterly sessions focused on but not limited to interview training, mock interviews, and resume development. Ambassadors will also have access to apply for internships and experience mentorship opportunities with various FedEx leaders.

New participants were selected from the following eight HBCUs, most of which are regionally located in close proximity to a FedEx operating or distribution facility. The proximity allows students from within these communities more opportunities to engage with Team FedEx and learn about the business.

Jackson State University (Jackson, Miss.); Tennessee State University (Nashville, Tenn.); LeMoyne-Owen College (Memphis, Tenn.); Mississippi Valley State University (Itta Bena, Miss.); Lane College (Jackson, Tenn.); Paul Quinn College (Dallas, TX.); Miles College (Fairfield, Ala.); Fayetteville State University (Fayetteville, N.C.).

Each year, FedEx offers student ambassadors and additional HBCU students from the eight institutions several practical experiences, including: The “Career Expose” where FedEx Ground leaders engage with students about transitioning from college to professional life, resume writing, career tips and a “day in the life” in Safety, Engineering, Finance, Human Resources, Logistics/Supply Chain, and Operations; The FedEx Logistics satellite office on the MVSU campus with part-time jobs for students and an opportunity for full time employment at FedEx after graduation; The FedEx Freight Boardroom Experience, where HBCU students were introduced to career possibilities within FedEx through a simulated boardroom meeting.

DP World Delhi Capitals DP World and Delhi Capitals today announced a new long-term partnership.

DP World, a leading provider of smart end-to-end supply chain solutions, is now the Title Partner of the Women’s Team of Delhi Capitals, in the TATA Women’s Premier League, from 2024. The new multi-year partnership, unveiled today at the JW Marriott hotel in Bengaluru, will see DP World strengthen its relationship with the franchise.

A wide range of initiatives and efforts have been undertaken to foster and elevate the game of cricket in India. At DP World, through this partnership, we are investing in widening the talent pool further in cricket. These remarkable cricket talents have consistently showcased their skills, determination, and passion for the game. Currently, DP World is the Global Logistics Partner of Delhi Capitals' Men’s Team and is extremely proud to extend this partnership to the Women’s Team as we remain dedicated to ongoing efforts in the promotion of the game.

Ashwani Nath, Chief Commercial Officer, Logistics, DP World Subcontinent, said: “We are excited to extend our partnership with Delhi Capitals as the Title Partner for their Women’s team. The last few years have been transformational for women’s cricket, with the sport reaching more players and fans than ever before. The Delhi Capitals women’s team has an impressive roster of players. Together with Delhi Capitals, we are seeking to revolutionise both cricket and global trade to change what’s possible for everyone.”

DP World, through its world-class multimodal logistics capabilities spread across more than 75 countries, ensures seamless movement of trade around the world, including India. From transporting the cork of cricket balls to moving the willow that’s used for making bats, DP World’s agile, reliable, and transparent supply chain solutions help make the game accessible to all.

Speaking about the new partnership, Mr. Sukhvinder Singh, Interim CEO, Delhi Capitals, said: "Delhi Capitals is thrilled to have on board DP World as the Title Partner of our women's team. DP World's long-term commitment towards the women's game is commendable, and we couldn't be more excited about this partnership. After a successful innings with our IPL team, this collaboration was a natural one. It's a milestone moment for both teams - Delhi Capitals and DP World, as we look forward to kicking off the season in style."

As part of the partnership, Delhi Capitals will also work with DP World to support the logistics leader’s Beyond Boundaries Initiative. The initiative sees DP World leverage its interconnected global network and smart logistics capabilities to design and distribute fifty repurposed shipping containers to grassroots cricket clubs around the world, each one equipped with much needed cricket gear. This initiative was unveiled during the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, with DP World pledging to donate 10 kits for every 100 runs scored. To date, over 2,800 kits have been pledged to grassroots cricket, via four bespoke containers.

Luka Koper 2023 highlights The Luka Koper Group completed another very successful year.

The business results were above expectations, the majority of financial indicators exceeded the planned indicators for 2023, and we reached new milestones in terms of maritime throughput, with records in various commodity segments.

Net sales revenue for the year amounted to EUR 312.8 million, which was at the same level as in 2022. Revenue from increased container and car handling, container stuffing and stripping services, additional services and higher prices increased by EUR 20 million, while storage revenue decreased by EUR 21 million due to the normalisation of the global logistics market and the shorter dwell time of goods in warehouses.

Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) in 2023 totalled EUR 60.9 million, 76 % increase compared to the plan, driven by higher net sales and lower material, labour and depreciation costs. Nevertheless, EBIT was lower than in 2022, mainly on account of lower storage revenue and EUR 23.3 million higher operating expenses due to inflationary pressures, additional recruitments and changes in the structure of the business. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) for 2023 were also 37% higher than planned, at EUR 93.7 million.

The Group’s net profit for 2023 reached EUR 56.4 million, exceeding the target by 75%. The outperformance of the planned net result was also due to a positive result from financing of EUR 4.7 million, with a growth index of 151 compared to 2022. The net result achieved did not reach the 2022 level, which was planned considering the reduction in storage revenue.

In 2023 we achieved record throughput volumes in both strategic commodity groups – containers and cars – as well as in the Passenger Terminal, the Reefer Terminal and the Liquid Cargoes Terminal. In the container segment, we handled 1,066,093 TEUs in 2023, up 5 per cent compared to 2022. In the car segment, 916,728 cars were handled in 2023, up 14 per cent compared to 2022. This consolidated our position and confirmed our primacy among ports in the North Adriatic (in terms of containers) and the Mediterranean (cars). The Passenger Terminal welcomed 120,553 passengers in 2023, surpassing the remarkable achievement of 2019, when the port welcomed 115,581 passengers.

Last year we welcomed 1,642 ships, 20,609 trains and 422,811 trucks (six percent more than the year before). The ratio between road and rail in total throughput was slightly on the rail side at 52 percent.

The situation in logistics and supply chains has been further exacerbated by the start of the Red Sea attacks, affecting all stakeholders in logistics, including the final customers of goods in industrial production who depend on overseas transport through the Suez Canal. The diversion of ships around Africa has increased transit times by an average of 10 to 14 days, which means that most ship services from the Far East arrive in Koper with a delay. The longer transit times also have an indirect impact on ships transporting cargo across the Mediterranean via hub ports. No significant impact on operations was observed in December 2023, but due to the above-mentioned uneven distribution of cargo arrivals, delays in the arrival of ships and cargo will have an impact on the realisation of the monthly throughput plans in the first three months of 2024.

In 2023 the Group invested EUR 41.5 million and completed several important projects such as the development of the car storage area in the so-called cassette 5A, the construction of new docking points for refrigerated containers, the construction of a new external Truck Terminal at the Sermin entrance, and the modernisation of the port’s fire-fighting and power systems. The investment trend set by the Port of Koper continues also this year. The construction of the 12th general cargo berth is underway, the public procurement procedure for automated warehouse 54 for steel products is on course, and the documentation and permits for the extension of the northern part of Pier I and the development of the Container Terminal area are being prepared. “In 2024 we are continuing to implement the major projects identified in our recently adopted Strategic Business Plan to 2028, including the expansion of the Container Terminal at Pier I, which will increase capacity to 1.75 million TEUs per year. Several investments related to the digital and climate transition and energy self-sufficiency, such as the installation of photovoltaic power plants on the roofs of the warehouses, are already underway,” said Nevenka Kržan, President of the Management Board of the Port of Koper, at the announcement of the financial results.

Movu Reeslink Movu Robotics, the innovative leader in revolutionary warehouse automation technologies, and Reesink Logistic Solutions, the early adaptor integrating next-level technologies into future-proof automated warehouse solutions, are proud to spotlight their enduring partnership's success through groundbreaking projects across Europe.

Highlighting their successful long-term collaboration, two flagship projects for the Weinig Group in Germany and B&S in The Netherlands showcase the partnership's innovative approach to logistics challenges, including a first-of-its-kind venture into next-level cold store logistics.

In Germany, the Weinig Group, renowned for its wood processing technologies, will benefit from a compact and high-performance automated pallet & item storage and retrieval system designed by Reesink Logistic Solutions. This cutting-edge system streamlines the flow of parts, semi-finished and finished products, significantly enhancing efficiency and reducing manual handling using a Movu atlas pallet shuttle system. The solution underscores the beauty of a unique fit-for-purpose solution in the manufacturing and processing industry.

The B&S project in The Netherlands takes automation a step further with its unique concept for a pallet-based Goods-to-Person Solution in a cold store environment. Within this project, the Movu atlas pallet ASRS, the Movu ifollow AMRs, the pallet conveying system and the FAST PICK STATIONS are combined into this unique, state-of-the-art and scalable pallet-based Goods-to-Person solution. Both the Movu atlas shuttles and the ifollow AMR's can operate in temperatures ranging from -25 to +40°C. The B&S solution exemplifies how Reesink and Movu's innovative technologies can be utilized to meet the stringent requirements of temperature-controlled warehousing while ensuring operational excellence.

Machiel van den Hazelkamp, Commercial Director at Reesink Logistic Solutions, states, "Our enduring partnership with Movu Robotics is instrumental in our mission to provide our customers with future-proof, next-level warehousing solutions maximizing their competitive position. The projects for the Weinig Group and B&S not only demonstrate our joint capability to tailor our standard products into unique solutions in response to our client's specific needs but also highlight our commitment to advancing logistics technology in both standard and challenging environments like cold stores."

Movu Robotics and Reesink Logistic Solutions are pioneering the future of logistics by focusing on high-density storage, scalability, flexibility, sustainability, and the integration of advanced technologies. They're leading the shift towards eco-efficient operations, ensuring their solutions can adapt to changing market demands using minimal space. By integrating advanced technologies, they're setting new efficiency standards, making warehousing smarter and more responsive. This strategic emphasis positions them at the forefront of sustainable and flexible logistics innovations, ready to meet tomorrow's challenges today.

Movu Robotics, known for its innovative warehouse automation solutions, brings to this partnership its expertise in robotics and automation technology. The Movu atlas and ifollow solutions represent a significant advancement in pallet handling.

With more than 50 years of experience in warehouse automation, Reesink Logistic Solutions brings a wealth of knowledge and a track record of integrating over 850 warehouse automation projects.

Together, Movu Robotics and Reesink Logistic Solutions are set to redefine the standards of warehouse automation, delivering solutions that are not just efficient and cost-effective, but also tailored to the unique needs of each warehouse.

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