Updates and announcements from land, sea and air – warehousing & logistics, aviation, maritime, storage, transportation and more

Forward thinking vessels
UK shipbuilder Wight Shipyard Co is continuing to build on its solid reputation in the commercial ferry build sector by becoming involved with a new company set up to build the most capable and efficient explorer vessels available on the market.

Arksen is developing, building and supporting semi-autonomous, hybrid explorer vessels, responsibly designed from the ground up to have the least impact on the environment and take adventurers to the most inaccessible corners of the world’s oceans.

Wight Shipyard Co has been appointed to develop the fleet of Arksen series vessels including the Arksen 70, Arksen 85 and Arksen 100, in a team also comprising fellow south coast businesses Humphreys Yacht Design (exterior) and Design Unlimited (interior).

Peter Morton, chief executive of Wight Shipyard Co. gave some more details: “My aim with Arksen is first and foremost to develop exceptional products to the highest build standards with their full lifecycle in mind; from sourcing to recycling at end of life. We share similar values with Arksen, so are delighted that we will build these forward-thinking explorer vessels with them. This project will be a great boost for the Marine manufacturing businesses on the Isle of Wight.”

First in Europe
Hyster Europe has announced it is developing a zero-emission reachstacker featuring a hydrogen fuel cell for the Port of Valencia, as part of the European Horizon 2020 programme and H2Ports project. The port will be the first in Europe to incorporate hydrogen energy in its operations.

The demonstration site for the H2Ports project will be the MSC Terminal Valencia (MSCTV) in Spain, which can receive today’s biggest container ships and has 260,000 m2 of container stacking space. The reachstacker is expected to enter operation in 2021, where it will undergo thorough testing handling laden shipping containers alongside several existing reachstackers.

The truck architecture incorporates electricity as the main energy source at high voltage to power fully electric motors.

Noise levels will be low, and users can expect a reduction in energy costs. The company also expects reduced vehicle maintenance costs thanks to the elimination of the engine, transmission and other mechanical-driven components. Hyster-Yale Group is participating in the H2Ports project alongside the Port Authority of Valencia, the Valenciaport Foundation, the National Hydrogen Center, MSC Terminal Valencia, Grimaldi Group, Atena, Ballard Power Systems Europe and ENAGAS.

Flying high
Fluor Corporation’s LAX Integrated Express Solutions (LINXS) joint venture team have broken ground on the Los Angeles International Airport’s (LAX) Automated People Mover project for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). Fluor and its partners are set to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the $4.9 billion project over the next 30 years. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2023.

“We are eager to officially begin the construction and advancement of LAX’s world-class facilities,” said Terence Easton, president of Fluor’s infrastructure business. “This project is a signature piece of mega infrastructure that will be ready to welcome the 2028 Summer Olympics, will improve mobility for travellers from around the world and empower progress for the Los Angeles region for generations to come.”

The LINXS team is comprised of Fluor, ACS Infrastructure Development, Balfour Beatty, Bombardier Transportation, Dragados USA, Flatiron and Hochtief PPP Solutions. LINXS has been working on the pre-construction phase of the project over the past year.

Mega roundabout
Work on the £75m Highways England Silverlink triple decker roundabout, scheduled to finish in March [at time of writing], has included Hartlepool-based Seymour Civil Engineering contracted by John Sisk & Son to install £8m highway and kerb drainage.

The scheme in North Tyneside, at the A19 and A1058 Coast Road junction, has been ongoing since summer 2016. Three layers have been created – the Coast Road on top, a junction in the middle and the A19 on the bottom. Once complete, the project will dramatically reduce queuing time for motorists travelling along the A19 at peak times.

Seymour has been on site for 102 weeks to date and has been crowned ‘Supply Chain Partner of the Year Civils UK’ at the Sisk Supply Chain Awards for the last two years for its work on the project, with particular mention made about the quality of work and its collaborative approach.

Seymour has installed drainage utilising the latest shaft sinking and microtunnelling techniques which has enabled continuous traffic flow on the A19. It has also provided 24-hour on-site support.

First contract signed
Damen Shipyards Group has recently signed a contract with Oslo, Norway-based SeaDream Yacht Club. The contract marks a historic moment, being Damen’s first for a cruise ship. SeaDream will operate the 155-metre Mega Yacht on luxury voyages all over the world.

SVP Sales and Marketing Damen Cruise Andrea Trevisan said: “There has been an immediate connection with Seadream, a family company like Damen. We felt inspired by the company’s philosophy and by Mr. Atle Brynestad, a pioneer in the luxury cruise industry. His passion throughout the design and contractual stage of this project has been simply contagious to all of us within the Damen organisation.”

The Mega Yacht, a purpose-built ship, will be prepared to operate in destinations, including polar and tropical, around the world. As such, the vessel will boast ice class Polar Code 6 credentials.

Strategic partnership
As part of its ongoing effort to expand its Air & Sea freight forwarding business, Heppner has formed a strategic partnership with the Air & Sea division of Gebrüder Weiss (GW), an international group specialising in transport and logistics.

After a successful 20-year partnership with Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, Heppner has decided to move up to the next level, in order to accelerate its expansion in France and elsewhere in Europe in air and sea freight forwarding and related customs services.

Heppner and Gebrüder Weiss are both family-owned companies leading their respective domestic markets and renowned in Europe and the rest of the world. Moreover, the two companies know each other well, as their international land transport divisions have worked together since 1985. With the goal of offering their customers excellent service and maximum agility, they are now joining together to provide them a unique combination of air and sea solutions with global coverage.

Through this new partnership, Heppner also opens the door to expanding its Air and Sea business outside France, particularly in Western Europe and Africa. The new partnership will be fully operational by the end of this year.

Marine contracts
GAC Marine S.A. branch in Turkmenistan (GAC Marine) has been awarded two contracts by PETRONAS Carigali (Turkmenistan) Sdn. Bhd. (PC(T)SB), a subsidiary of PETRONAS, to provide marine services for its development of the Garagol Deniz West (GDW) field.

“GAC Marine has provided comprehensive marine services to support PC(T)SB’s offshore operations since our establishment in 2000 as one of the first foreign vessel operations in Turkmenistan,” says Nigel Bush, GAC Turkmenistan Marine Manager. “With the resumption of drilling and development, our modern fleet and highly trained team will continue to deliver high quality, tailor-made services in the safe and most cost-efficient manner.”

GAC Marine will supply three anchor-handling vessels manned by experienced crew and kitted out with specialist on-board equipment to provide critical 24-hour support for the drilling operations. This includes transporting personnel and equipment from the onshore supply base to offshore facilities and between offshore rigs and platforms, oil spill response, accommodation, standby and emergency response support.

GAC Marine has also secured a three-year contract to provide a tug supply vessel to support PC(T)SB’s ongoing operations.