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Envirotainer Delta CargoEnvirotainer, the global market leader in secure cold chain solutions for air transportation of pharmaceuticals, today announced that Delta Cargo has approved the Envirotainer Releye® RLP for usage on their fleet of aircrafts.

With this approval, Delta Cargo can now transport the Releye® RLP on their wide-reaching global network, increasing the capacity to meet the ever-growing need for temperature-controlled, high-quality, connected ULD solutions.

The Releye provides outstanding environmental performance, delivering up to 90% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to available passive solutions, based on life-cycle analysis. The Releye® RLP uses rechargeable batteries to power its electric heating and compressor cooling system and can power its system for over 170 hours on a single charge. With its unique feature set, the Releye® RLP sets a new standard for secure cold chain solutions bringing a temperature-controlled air freight container to market with a new footprint, industry-leading autonomy and fully integrated live monitoring.

“The introduction of the Releye® RLP, in combination with our CEIV certified pharma network, provides our customers with more choice when looking for reliable container options to support the growing demand for pharma and vaccine shipments” said Jannie Davel, Managing Director Cargo Commercial at Delta Cargo.

“We are happy to welcome Delta Cargo as a carrier of the Envirotainer Releye® RLP container,” says Don Harrison, Head of Global Key Accounts, Airlines at Envirotainer. He continued, “With the new Releye® RLP, Delta Cargo can offer their customers the latest active fully connected solution to protect the integrity and quality of air freight medicine products throughout the supply chain.”

Maersk TufailTufail Chemical Industries and Maersk Pakistan signed a partnership earlier this week wherein Maersk would provide ‘Maersk Flow’, a digital tool, to Tufail Chemical to streamline and manage their supply chains efficiently.

The partnership marks a significant step towards modernising logistics and improving supply chain performance with less time and effort.

Tufail Chemical Industries conducts business with tech and appliance industries and has been importing plastic raw material, industrial chemicals, aluminium products, and polymer for their manufacturing processes. Tufail Chemical Industries has now built additional manufacturing capacity and is not only satisfying local requirements but also expanding into global market with export footprint.

"Expansion of our business has led to increased complexity in our supply chains. Challenges such as lack of visibility on inbound shipments, milestones updates, documentation status and communication with our suppliers became more prominent, and ultimately started impacting our day-to-day routines" Pervez Tufail, Co-Chairman, Tufail Chemical Industries.

Maersk Pakistan, Tufail Chemical Industries’ ocean transportation partner, stepped in to offer a pilot run of ‘Maersk Flow’, a digital supply chain management tool to streamline their supply chains. The ‘Maersk Flow’ solution enables transparency in critical supply chain processes and ensures that the flow of goods and documents is executed as planned. It also reduces manual work and costly mistakes, while empowering logistics professionals with all the current and historical data they need to sustainably improve their supply chain.

Saira Yasin, Director Exports, Tufail Chemical Industries added, “With ‘Maersk Flow’ our team is able to plan our operations accurately, thus avoiding excess inventory at the warehouse and we are now able to shift our end products rapidly to the market.”

"Every day, thousands of products are moving through our customer’s supply chain, on multiple carriers, coming from and reaching many supply chain partners and stakeholders. This complexity has traditionally been managed fully manually via spreadsheets, emails and phone calls, which despite lots of hard work is leading to reduced visibility and control – and ultimately higher costs or lost sales. With ‘Maersk Flow’ we have offered Tufail Chemical Industries to take full control of their supply chain management and ensure that the flow of goods and documents is executed as planned." Wajeeh Ud Din Ahmed, Chief Commercial Officer, Maersk Pakistan.

‘Maersk Flow’ extends Maersk’s customer reach and strengthens the company’s position as an industry leader in digital solutions. It also plays the role of an important link in the integrated logistics solutions offered by Maersk to its customers while ensuring all their end-to-end logistics are taken care of under the same roof.

Qatar Airways Cargo copyQatar Airways Cargo has long been committed to ensuring that all animals entrusted to the airline for transportation, receive the best care both on the ground and in the air.

Now, following six months of intense process and product audits, Qatar Airways Cargo is proud to announce that its strict adherence to the highest standards and relevant regulations has been accredited CEIV Live Animals certification by IATA.

“We are the fourth airline worldwide to become CEIV Live Animals certified, and the first in the Middle East. This certification is testament to the dedication and detail that we put into transporting the many different live animals that are placed in our custody. Whether they are horses, household pets, livestock, or exotic animals transported on our scheduled and charter flights or wild animals being flown under our WeQare Rewild the Planet initiative, we go beyond the required regulatory standards, to ensure that the animals are given the utmost care and comfort for the entire duration of the journey.” Miguel Rodriguez Moreno, Senior Manager Cargo Climate Control Products, explains. “The CEIV Live Animals certification depicts that our handling, infrastructure, quality management, and training framework are in line with industry standards. It highlights our compliance with the IATA Live Animal Regulations alongside the Transportation of Wildlife and Animal Welfare (TWAW) Group Policy, and it shows that we have a robust supplier management system in place, allowing our principles to be implemented globally. Further, it illustrates our commitment to continuously improving industry standards when it comes to the transportation of live animals, and we thank the IATA auditors for their constructive contribution in this regard.”

"Having Qatar Airways, one of the largest transporters of live animals, achieve CEIV Live Animals certification is a significant boost not only for the airline’s customers, who can be confident that their precious cargo will arrive safely, but also the region. We congratulate them on their achievement and their pioneering efforts in the safe transportation of live animals including wild animals through their ‘WeQare’ initiative.” said Brendan Sullivan, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo.

The certification applies at Qatar Airways’ Doha headquarters and the QAS Cargo Doha hub, and covers all animals (amphibians, birds, crustaceans, fish, invertebrates, mammals, or reptiles) that Qatar Airways Cargo is authorised to carry as per each respective relevant procedure. Today, around 9% of all live animals transported globally by air, travel on board a Qatar Airways flight. The cargo airline runs a 4,200 m², air-conditioned, state-of-the-art Live Animal Centre at Hamad International Airport, Doha, which includes dedicated holding areas for animals, horse stalls, pet kennels, access to 24/7 dedicated expert animal health care services, and a large 300 m² paddock. Trained staff and pilots make every effort to ensure that the animals experience as stress-free a journey as possible, by arranging the shortest transit times from origin airport to the final destination, and adapting the relevant temperature and cabin pressure whilst on board.

This time last year, Qatar Airways Cargo was also recognised as IATA CEIV Pharma certified, having demonstrated its compliance with the industry-leading practices in the booking, acceptance, handling, and transportation of pharmaceutical products. The airline now aims to obtain IATA CEIV Fresh certification in 2022.

Kuehne and Nagel haruoni siteKuehne+Nagel, one of the world’s leading logistics providers, has significantly expanded its network of offices in Africa.

These offices are managed and supported by a control tower in Durban, South Africa – a single point of customer contact responsible for a compliant, high quality and easy-to-access network across Africa. It allows for complete visibility across the network, including remote locations, while ensuring Kuehne+Nagel's global service standards; supervising data quality, enabling shipment visibility and managing cargo flow.

With this expansion, Kuehne+Nagel provides its customers better access to African markets and while offering African manufacturers specialized and industry-specific solutions to meet soaring demand in markets such as pharma & healthcare, perishables, emergency & relief and project logistics.

Sub-Saharan Africa plays an increasingly significant role in worldwide trade as it is home to more than one billion people, half of whom will be under the age of 25 by 2050. Kuehne+Nagel has been actively present in Africa for almost seven decades after opening its first office in Johannesburg in 1954. The company provides its customers with full visibility across a strong and compliant supply chain by combining the strengths of a local presence with Kuehne+Nagel’s global operating systems and processes.

The expanded Africa network is fully vetted and audited by an external global auditing company to ensure ongoing adherence to the highest level of compliance and ethical standards. It provides the full range of international services including Air, Sea, Road and Contract logistics to address the demands of the African continent.

"Africa is blessed with natural resources and a young entrepreneurial population. Now is the time to unlock this potential and create growing, thriving economies. There are many elements to this, one being the logistical ability to connect global markets for end consumers and suppliers. With the new control tower in Durban, we are ready to address this great African opportunity," says Lee I’Ons, President of Kuehne+Nagel Middle East and Africa.

With this expansion, Kuehne+Nagel will be represented in 18 African countries: South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Egypt, Angola, Namibia, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mozambique, Mauritius, Botswana, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Rwanda. Until the end of the first quarter 2022, Kuehne+Nagel plans to increase its footprint with a second expansion on the continent.

SOHAR UTASSOHAR Port and Freezone signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Technology and Applied Sciences (UTAS) in Suhar which will see the development of an AI Lab on campus.

Signed by HE. Dr. Saeed bin Hamad Al Rubaie, Vice Chancellor of the University Technology and Applied Sciences and Omar bin Hamood Al Mahrizi, Deputy CEO SOHAR Port and CEO of the Freezone, the agreement will see SOHAR supply the necessary equipment to develop artificial intelligent technology capabilities to benefit the community as well as improve efficiency within the port and freezone. It is expected that the lab will start operations by end of Q1 2022.

SOHAR has strategically invested in new technologies to capitalize on its beneficial location and abundant resources to maintain its competitive advantage and drive growth in Oman’s industrial sectors. The use of cutting-edge technology throughout the complex will unlock new opportunities for tenants, maximize productivity and assist in the smooth running of the port and freezone as it continues to expand.

During the signing, HE. Dr. Said Al Rubaie said, “This partnership feeds directly into our goals at the University which aim to identify the right private sector partners and bridge our educational output with the technical requirements on the job. The upcoming lab in the Suhar is a testament of our advancement, as we continue to shape the future of education. By integrating AI into our academic curricular, we will be creating a generation with the right skillsets and knowledge that will contiiniously innovate. Furthermore, we are laying the foundation to develop new disciplines that will allow us to keep up with the rapid developments we see in technology, machine learning and robotics.”

“The MOU with UTAS provides SOHAR with an outlet for talented students to develop AI applications and initiatives with a real-world purpose in mind. Ultimately, the adoption of technology will benefit the wider community, industries across the country and have a wide-reaching impact on the lives of people in Oman by creating a culture of innovation which will last long into the future. As we continue to expand, we will need intelligent solutions to increase efficiency and support evolving supply chains” said Omar Al Mahrizi, DCEO of Sohar Port and CEO of the Freezone.

The collaboration between SOHAR and UTAS will build national capacities in the field of AI and technology, directly benefiting students as well as faculty, tehcnicians and researchers. This will also bring the educational sector together with the manufacturing and industrial sector to nuture a workforce that will contribute in building a knowledge based society.

SOHAR already uses AI in its maintenance and observation routines, becoming the first port in Oman to adopt drone technology as part of the Port’s monitoring system. Underwater drones equipped with cameras also provide real-time observation and analysis of the infrastructure, security and environmental situation across the port by sending images to the quay where problems can be solved quickly and up-to-the-minute status reports can be compiled. The use of artificial intelligence has proven successful in predicting future maintenance through lifecycle reports and capable of reaching areas humans cannot while offering a new perspective of the entire complex.

DP World Senegal government DP World, the world's leading provider of smart logistics, and the Government of Senegal have laid the first stone to mark the start of the construction of the new Port of Ndayane.

The stone laying ceremony follows the concession agreement signed in December 2020 between DP World and the Government of Senegal to build and operate a new port at Ndayane, about 50 km from the existing Port of Dakar.

The ceremony was attended by His Excellency, Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, and Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, as well as a number of Presidents of institutions, members of the Government of Senegal, and local communities.

The investment of more than USD 1 billion in two phases to develop Port Ndayane, is DP World’s largest port investment in Africa to date, and the largest single private investment in the history of Senegal.

His Excellency, Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, said: “The development of modern, quality port infrastructure is vital for economic development. With the Port of Ndayane, Senegal will have state-of-the-art port infrastructure that will reinforce our country's position as a major trade hub and gateway in West Africa. It will unlock significant economic opportunities for local businesses, create jobs, and increase Senegal’s attractiveness to foreign investors. We are pleased to extend our collaboration with DP World to this project, which has already delivered great results with the operation of the container terminal at the Port of Dakar.”

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, said: “Today’s laying of the first stone not only marks the start of construction, but also turning the vision of President Sall, into reality. As the leading enabler of global trade, we will bring all our expertise, technology and capability to this port project, the completion of which will support Senegal’s development over the next century. We thank President Sall, his government, and the Port Authority for the trust and confidence placed in us.”

Phase 1 of the development of the port will include a container terminal with 840m of quay and a new 5km marine channel designed to handle two 336m vessels simultaneously, and capable of handling the largest container vessels in the world. It will increase container handling capacity by 1.2 million Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) a year. In phase 2, an additional container quay of 410m will be developed.

DP World’s plans also include the development of an economic/industrial zone next to the port and near the Blaise Diagne International Airport, creating an integrated multimodal transportation, logistics and industrial hub.

POIC WLPPOIC Sabah Sdn Bhd joins the World Logistics Passport (WLP), the world’s first freight program designed to increase trading opportunities between markets and accelerate the flow of global trade.

The joining will enhance Malaysia’s access to global markets and strengthen the program in the country and across Asia, offering key businesses unmatched opportunities and direct benefits.

Malaysia is a leading trade hub and a strategic ally to many trading destinations. In 2019, Malaysia recorded $237 bn in exported goods, while imports reached a staggering $207bn. As the POIC joins the WLP as Hub, traders and freight forwarders in Malaysia who join the WLP will have access to benefits offered by the program and its partners, including Johor Port and POIC Sabah Sdn Bhd, which will significantly contribute to reducing time and costs, unlocking potential to facilitate faster flow of trade.

The MoU was signed by Mahmood Al Bastaki, General Manager, WLP and Rose Pun, Head of Marketing and Sales Division, POIC Sabah Sdn Bhd and in the presence of the Honorable Datuk Dr Joachim Gunsalam, Deputy Chief Minister III and Minister of Industrial Development of Sabah, Thomas Logijin, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industrial Development (MID) at the Malaysian Pavilion in Expo 2020.

POIC Sabah Sdn Bhd owns and operates POIC Port Lahad Datu which covers the advanced and integrated port facilities and supply chain and logistics infrastructure in the Lombok-Makassar Straits. It comprises a Container Terminal with a capacity to handle 250,000 TEU’s per annum, Dry Bulk Terminal, Liquid Bulk Terminal and a Barge Berth.

Mahmood Al Bastaki, General Manager of the WLP, said: “Malaysia is a strategic partner that brings unmatched benefits to the WLP program. Our previous efforts to bolster the program – such as welcoming the Johor Port – a core part of the Johor Straight shipping infrastructure and today, with POIC Sabah Sdn Bhd, are a testament to the potential to further enhance the WLP offering, bringing true value to businesses, other WLP Partners and Members. POIC’s joining of the WLP is a milestone achievement that reiterates our efforts to enable increased access to trade routes.”

POIC’s recent joining of the World Logistics Passport will go beyond deepening the close trade relations that connects Malaysia to key geographies, but will also provide increased accessibility to international markets, such as Mexico; Malaysia’s fastest growing export market and a WLP Gateway, as well as China, Singapore and the USA.

POIC Sabah Chief Executive Officer Datuk Fredian Gan said: "WLP’s intentions in increasing trade between emerging markets is the kind of global alliance that fits into our plan of developing POIC Lahad Datu as a regional processing and logistics hub in the eastern region. The WLP hopes to supercharge supply chain development and bridge the gaps between manufacturing hubs that are expanding across emerging markets, particularly in Southeast Asia and Africa,"

Malaysian traders and freight forwarders will also have the opportunity to boost trade activity across the country, support local companies and create employment opportunities by getting access to a benefit that include fast-tracking of cargo movement, reducing administrative costs, advancing cargo information, and facilitating trade across borders.

The WLP is a global private sector-led initiative designed to smooth the flow of world trade. It operates as an incentive-based loyalty program that rewards traders and freight forwarders for high levels of trade by unlocking market access to new and existing trading routes.

Emirates SkyCargo monumentous 2021Emirates SkyCargo successfully navigated the complex landscape of the global logistics and supply chain industry in 2021 by focusing on its signature strengths and values- agility and responsiveness, customer focus, innovation, fleet and network capabilities.

The airfreight division of Emirates notched up numerous milestones throughout the year, reinforcing its leadership position in the global airfreight industry.

"This has been without question one of the most challenging years for our industry as the pandemic continues to create difficulties across the entire supply chain and across all modes of transportation. However, Emirates SkyCargo has been a first mover in ensuring that trade lanes remain open by reinstating flights and providing additional capacity on key trade routes across six continents. We remain committed to offering the highest levels of service to our customers with safety at the centre of everything we do," said Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo.

transhipment cargo at Port of KapellskärBusiness is booming at Ports of Stockholm’s northernmost port, Port of Kapellskär.

Transhipment cargo handling operations have increased exponentially over the first eleven months of the year. The high demand and good prerequisites at Port of Kapellskär consolidate the port’s position as one of Sweden’s most important freight ports.

Goods tonnage handled at Port of Kapellskär increased sharply during 2021. From January to November this year, transhipment goods handling tripled compared to the same period last year. The majority of the goods arrive by sea, transported by the shipping company DFDS from Paldiski in Estonia, and are transferred to road haulage vehicles at the port.

“It is really pleasing to see such a large increase in the transhipment business. We have good collaboration with Port of Kapellskär, and this is also one of the reasons that the DFDS transhipment goods tonnage has risen by more than double this year compared to 2020. We are also looking forward to an even better 2022,” says Kerli Pettersson, Operations Manager DFDS.

The transhipment cargo is mainly comprised of four types of goods: OSB sheet materials for the Norwegian and Swedish construction industries, granulated UREA in large sacks that is used in AdBlue (which reduces hazardous emissions from diesel engines), construction sheds, and housing modules.

“The rise in transhipment has been incredible, but despite the impressive figures there is still lots of capacity for even more cargo. Port of Kapellskär has a high capacity for transhipment, with a large warehouse and generous space in the port area. The geographical location, in combination with the short approach, makes it efficient to handle goods for onward transport to and from the port,” explains Johan Wallén, Marketing and Sales Manager at Ports of Stockholm.

Kapellskär is Ports of Stockholm's northernmost port and is one of Sweden’s most important and modern ports. The port handles around 3 million metric tons of goods annually. This equates to 40 percent of Ports of Stockholm’s ferry freight to and from Finland, Estonia and the Åland Islands.

Logistics UK Chief Executive David Wells, Chief Executive of business group Logistics UK, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list, for services to transport and logistics.

Wells, 56, who has been in charge of the organisation for the past six years, has been recognised for his transformational work which has established the business group as one of the largest and most important in the UK, raising the voice and impact of the sector at a critical time to help make Brexit work and keeping Britain’s economy moving during the Brexit transition and the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I am truly honoured to receive this OBE after an unprecedented period of challenge and change for our sector,” he said. “I have always said that our industry shows resilience unlike any other, and that has been demonstrated time and again during my time as Chief Executive. I am indebted to all our amazing members and their staff, as well as the team at Logistics UK, for the support and commitment which they have shown to keep goods moving, despite the challenges posed by Brexit, the Covid-19 pandemic, skills shortages and other unforeseen circumstances. This award is for them too.”

Mr Wells has successfully initiated and pursued a strategy to ensure that Logistics UK represents the entire logistics sector, collaborating, challenging and championing logistics with policy makers, and speaking to the media with one voice. Under his leadership, the organisation, which represents more than 19,000 members across the whole logistics sector, and moves the goods and services critical to everyone, has dramatically raised its profile and impact with decision makers and influencers in business, politics and the media. Driven by his leadership and influence with opinion formers, Logistics UK achieved unprecedented recognition for logistics employees as key workers at the start of the pandemic. Among a host of recent important policy wins for members, the business has successfully lobbied for higher funding for the new LGV apprenticeship standard, which will enable more people to enter the industry, as well as campaigning for the interests of the sector to be recognised in the UK/EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TCA).

“Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our team, and the backing of our members, I am so proud to see the recognition and influence which the logistics industry is now rightfully starting to achieve at all levels of government and in the media. This visibility will also be key to ensuring that our industry continues to attract the brightest and best talent in the years ahead.”

Married with two sons, Wells was recently appointed as Chair of the Trustees of a Suicide Prevention charity in his hometown of Eastbourne. Supported by local churches, the organisation offers counselling and support to those in crisis or considering suicide. “The past two years have been challenging financially for most charities; however, our support base has stepped up and our workers and volunteers are meeting the ever-increasing daily demand for our life-saving support.”

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.

Wolfurt RotterdamRail Cargo Group’s container rail shuttle between Austrian Wolfurt and Rotterdam will reach an all-time high in 2021, with over 18,500 TEUs transported.

“An increase of more than 170 percent since we started”.

Rail Cargo Group started the connection in 2016, delivering 6,686 TEU that year. “The growth since can be attributed on the one hand to the attractivity of the port itself”, explains Berhard Ebner, Business Unit Manager Intermodal of the Austrian company. “On the other hand, we have succeeded in persuading our customers of the quality and commercial efficiency of our Wolfurt–Rotterdam TransFER. This train connects Western Europe with economic centres in South and South-eastern Europe, like Koper and Trieste. In addition, a direct connection to other Austrian terminals is provided.”

Wolfurt is positioned in western Austria, close to the border with Switzerland.

Currently, the service offers three weekly roundtrips. Two of them connect Wolfurt with Rotterdam via Kufstein in Austria and back. The third one connects Rotterdam with Wolfurt via Frenkendorf in Switzerland. Ebner: “Next year we’ll be adding extra connections from Frenkendorf and Niederglatt to Wolfurt, with direct access to Rotterdam. We are merging the Swiss import surplus with the export surplus in the Vorarlberg region. This way, we are opening up a greater volume of traffic to the economy in the Lake Constance region.”

“We transport goods of all kinds in both directions, although the freight is mainly consumer goods”, adds Ebner. “Both Switzerland and the Lake Constance region are regions with a robust economy and the port of Rotterdam is a strong partner to connect them to the rest of the world. So for 2022 and 2023 we have set our sights on continuing the volume growth of the past few years.”

Regional Representative for the Port of Rotterdam, Franz Zauner: “We are pleased with such a great and important partner as Rail Cargo Group. Over the last 5 years we steadily have seen the container flows growing from and to Austria via Rail.”

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