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

ULEV launched
Jan De Nul Group has launched its fourth Ultra-Low Emission vessel in Singapore. The 6000m³ Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger Sanderus is the first of two identical medium-sized hopper dredgers under construction at Keppel O&M’s shipyard in Singapore, fitted with a two-stage filtering technique for exhaust gases.

The design of the Sanderus combines a shallow draught with high manoeuvrability, making her very suitable for working in confined areas.

All major drives on Sanderus are electrically driven, and controlled by means of frequency converters. In this way, each system can operate at its optimal speed and power. Power is generated by means of three diesel generator sets. A control system automatically starts and stops the sets depending on the power requirement. Asymmetric load sharing results in optimal load distribution over the diesel generator sets. All these measures result in a low fuel oil consumption, which is the best in its class.

In total, Jan De Nul Group designed six Ultra-Low Emission vessels (ULEvs) for its fleet: five Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers and one Offshore Jack-Up Installation Vessel, the Voltaire. The two 6000 m³ hoppers and the Voltaire are still under construction.

Maintaining compliance
ChartCo, the global leader in digital navigation services and voyage compliance solutions, will now be supplying the entire Carnival Cruise Line fleet with its benchmark regulation management solution, Regs4ships.

Prior to signing the new contract with Carnival Cruise Line, ChartCo supplied 75 per cent of the fleet of its parent company Carnival Corporation, including Princess Cruises, Holland America, P&O Cruises, Costa, Aida, Cunard Line and Seabourn. Under the terms of the new agreement, all 26 Carnival Cruise Line vessels will be provided with the Regs4ships solution.

“Regs4ships has already assisted Carnival Corporation for what is now approaching 15 years,” said Giuseppe Benincasa, Nautical Manager for Carnival Cruise Line. “In today’s highly complex regulatory environment it made sense for us to begin using the solution across our entire fleet. Regulatory compliance is a top priority challenge for cruise ships and Regs4ships represents a smart, dependable, effortless and time-saving way to synchronise compliance across fleets and head offices. We are happy to utilise their valuable services on board as an invaluable asset for the other 26 cruise liners in our fleet.”

Off the sidelines
Businesses failing to use procurement specialists to ensure they get best value from Third-Party Logistics suppliers (3PLs) are potentially losing millions, according to the latest research from SCALA.

SCALA surveyed a selection of the UK’s best-known businesses and 3PLs (whose revenue runs into the billions and whose number of clients run into the thousands) with regards to how 3PLs are selected, contracts negotiated, and the success of logistics partnerships maintained. At each stage, the findings revealed that procurement specialists were being side-lined by logistics teams to the detriment of the effective running of their business.

John Perry, managing director at SCALA, commented: “The findings of our research are made even more concerning by the fact that so few companies are satisfied with the performance of 3PL relationships.

“For example, only nine per cent of companies are very confident that they got the best deal when negotiating their contract with a 3PL. Also, less than a third (29 per cent) believed that contracts remained appropriate or effective throughout a typical 5-year term.

“Despite these factors, too many companies are still failing to give specialist procurement teams a proper role within the process.” SCALA’s research went on to show the positive impact good procurement has when used effectively.

Use your voice
Albert Czech Republic, part of the international group Ahold Delhaize, has selected Symphony RetailAI’s Warehouse Voice Operations running on the Zebra TC51 handheld touch computer to streamline its warehouse operations.

“We had been looking for an innovative voice picking solution that would deliver a significant productivity increase in our warehouse operations, but also could be easily deployed and used across the five different spoken languages in our three warehouses in the country,” said Pavel Brichac, Chief Information Officer, Albert Czech Republic. “The test conducted last year convinced us that the Symphony RetailAI solution will provide us with the right capabilities to achieve our productivity goals of a 12 per cent increase for the picking operations; we are actually looking to exceed this now with a target of 16-20 per cent.”

The solutions are being implemented by Symphony RetailAI’s local partner, U&SLUNO, which offers world-class logistics expertise in the Czech Republic market.

Major investment
Rushlift GSE, the specialist airport ground support equipment subsidiary of Doosan Industrial Vehicles UK, has announced plans to invest £2.2 million in its national short-term rental fleet over 2019/20.

Tim Willett, Operations Director at Rushlift GSE, said: “This is a substantial investment into our short-term rental fleet, one which demonstrates to the market our commitment to providing customers with the most up-to-date vehicles available, across the broadest possible range of ground support equipment.”

He continues: “Busy airlines often have unexpected peaks in demand, where ground support equipment may be needed at short notice to cope with the challenge, or it may be that it just doesn’t make sense to have a large dedicated fleet all year around. Our extensive and growing pool of reliable, well-maintained vehicles can be rented on a flexible basis, which helps airlines reduce exposure to both operational and financial risk. And if the need becomes more long-term, then contract terms can be adapted as required.”


More lettings complete
Aberdeen Standard Investment’s AIPUT fund (Airport Industrial Property Unit Trust) has secured several new leasehold customers at Heathrow’s Blackthorne Point, taking on a combined total of 45,000 sq ft, in addition to lease extensions agreed with two large existing tenants. The new arrivals cite close proximity to the cargo terminals and the nearby motorway network as key elements in their decision to locate their operations at Blackthorne Point, which sits adjacent to the M25’s Junction 14.

Unit 12, 15 and 16 (totalling 3,019 sq ft) are now let to Micronutrients Ltd, London E Cargo Ltd and City2City Couriers, each within a month of the completion of the refurbishment. Existing AIPUT customers, C.H. Robinson and Horizon International (two of Heathrow’s key cargo logistics specialists) have both extended their existing leases at Blackthorne Point.

Unit 10, a single unit of 8,665 sq ft, is the sole remaining space to be let. Its refurbishment has recently been completed, providing a Grade A warehouse facility at an established Heathrow location, offering a 6m eave height and secure 24/7 single-level access from a dedicated yard.

Ready to JIVE
The world’s first hydrogen double decker buses will be introduced on three London bus routes next year, helping tackle the capital’s air quality crisis. Transport for London (TfL) has ordered 20 of these green buses – which produce no pollution from their exhausts – as part of its drive to make London’s transport zero-emission. It follows the introduction of the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone in April.

TfL is investing £12m in the new buses and the fuelling infrastructure. Wrightbus in Northern Ireland will manufacture them, creating new jobs in the region. More than £5 million of funding is being provided by European bodies and £1 million from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles.

To encourage the take-up of this trailblazing technology in other cities in the UK and Europe, TfL is leading procurement within the ‘Joint Initiative for hydrogen Vehicles across Europe’ (JIVE) project. JIVE aims to bring down the cost of the vehicles by buying in bulk with other authorities – helping put the price per bus on a par with the other cleanest fuels.