Predicting growth
Rhenus Logistics UK is predicting further growth in the Middle East on the back of year-on-year growth in its air and sea routes between the region and the UK. The German-owned freight forwarding operator attributes this expansion to an economic renaissance in the region, which is shifting from its historic reliance on oil as a source of revenue.

The Group has its own country organisation in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and has opened its first business site in Dubai. It operates there through Rhenus Logistics Gulf and is specialised in handling air and sea freight and providing customs clearance for imports and exports. Gary Dodsworth of Rhenus said: “The communication between our UK office and Rhenus Dubai is excellent, which enables us to identify any potential problems before they occur. This in turn helps us to transition freight with the utmost ease, ultimately providing a level of service the customer demands. One area that Rhenus Dubai really stands out is in its ability to accommodate the requests of customers, specifically when they are locally based and importing from the UK. It’s their local expertise that allows them to co-ordinate for goods to stay within the warehouse and advise on the customs clearance of those items.”

Designed for success
Ulstein has developed a range of X-BOW vessels for the RoPax market. Many RoPax vessels operate in harsh areas, for which the X-BOW was originally designed. The X-BOW hull line is a proven solution used in a number of different market segments, and leads to improved seakeeping, reduced speed loss and fuel consumption, and a reduced environmental footprint.

The seakeeping behaviour of RoPax vessels is important to the integrity of the cargo and the comfort of the passengers. X-BOW RoPax vessels will not need to slow down even in fairly rough weather, which helps to keep schedules, and furthermore, the ‘compact’ concept introduces higher flexibility with respect to vehicle logistics on board the vessels.

The propulsion system of the vessel can be designed according to the vessel’s operational profile and set schedule. A smaller propulsion plant will contribute to lower capital investments (CAPEX), less maintenance (OPEX) and reduced energy consumption (VOYEX), making the operation of the vessel more efficient.

Furthermore, and equally important, power energy consumption improve the greener profile of the vessel and its operations.

Green energy
GE’s Power Conversion business was recently chosen by Harvey Gulf International Marine, LLC to provide the latest SeaGreen Energy Storage System (ESS) on-board the offshore platform service vessel (PSV), Harvey Champion. The SeaGreen solution manages energy sources according to load demand, enabling marine operators to optimise energy usage while providing continuity of operations, increased efficiency and reduced emissions.

Included in the transformer-less solution are two 1000A systems, each with batteries, drives and supporting cooling and safety systems, all mounted within a single ISO container. The ‘plug-and-play’ approach makes the solution a simple, fast and cost-effective choice for vessel upgrades.

SeaGreen ESS can provide backup power in the event of a power blackout, which is hugely disruptive to vessel operations. It can also provide critical reserve power in the case of the failure of any engine or smooth out peak power fluctuations. Thus, it removes or minimises the need to run additional engines, avoiding significant additional fuel consumption and engine hours running costs.

“The Harvey Champion is one of America’s first offshore support vessels that will be equipped with a battery energy storage system, aiming to achieve emissions reduction and fuel-efficiency benefits,” commented Shane Guidry, CEO of Harvey Gulf.

Drone protection
Martek CUAS has formed a new partnership with Italian yacht supplier and refitter Global Yachting / GY Marine, which will now be representing Martek CUAS and its ground-breaking M.A.D.S anti-drone system in the Italian market.

In light of the increasing threat of drones invading privacy through video surveillance, photography and covert listening, as well as the more sinister threat of airbourne attack, Martek Anti-Drone Systems has developed M.A.D.S, a Marine Anti-Drone System. M.A.D.S is a modular system, which detects and identifies drones within a 5km range, providing GPS positioning of both drone and pilot together with the drone’s speed and heading. Configurable and escalating stage alarms in real time allow the threat level to be assessed in good time to decide on appropriate defence actions. Once a real drone threat has been established, the system enables a 500m electronic ‘exclusion zone’ to be created around the yacht. Should the drone approach this exclusion zone, its’ control/video signal will be blocked, initiating its’ fail-safe mode forcing it to land or return to its’ operator.

Flying high
Wiking Helikopter Service has taken delivery of another H145 helicopter in offshore configuration. Wiking helicopters are used to drop off harbour pilots, fly air rescue missions over the North Sea and transport service technicians to offshore wind farms. The H145 in offshore configuration will be equipped with an emergency flotation system certified for Sea State 6, a weather radar, and a hoist to bring passengers directly to their target destination where potential landing by helicopter or boat would not be possible.

The H145 can be equipped with seating for up to eight passengers in compliance with international offshore regulations. The combination of compact external dimensions, a comparatively small rotor diameter, the largest interior in its class and maximum power-to-weight ratio make the H145 ideal for offshore operations. The Helionix cockpit with 4-axis autopilot and auto-hover function are further advantages for such demanding missions, as the pilot work-load can be reduced and a maximum level of safety can be reached.

Mega vessels at Khalifa Port
CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal, a container terminal built and operated by China’s COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited (CSP) at Khalifa Port in partnership with Abu Dhabi Ports, received two of the world’s largest mega-vessels within less than a month – cementing Abu Dhabi’s position as a global maritime hub.

The ships – MV. COSCO SHIPPING SOLAR and PISCES – are the third and fourth main line vessels to pass through CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal since it started trial operations in 20 April 2019. With a capacity of 21,000 TEU, SOLAR, which arrived on May 25, is the largest ship ever to call at Khalifa Port. The PISCES, which called on May 5, held the same accolade for just under three weeks with its capacity of 20,000 TEUS.

Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “The container industry is constantly looking for ways to improve efficiency, and the use of mega-vessels to cut costs and time is a trend shaping the future of the sector. We have ensured that through CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal, Khalifa Port is able to handle the largest vessels of today and adapt to those of tomorrow.”

Boosting trade flows
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) is collaborating with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). “This collaborative agreement will enable us to promote the benefits of strengthening the Netherlands as a gateway to Europe, and Atlanta Airport as a gateway to the Atlantic, the Midwest, and the South of the USA,” explained Bart Pouwels, Head of Cargo, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

“Not only is this good news for Amsterdam Airport Schiphol by expanding our Cargo Community with Atlanta, but it will also benefit the economy of the Netherlands by further establishing Schiphol’s Mainport hub role.”

The MoU will enable an exchange of data between AMS and ATL to facilitate end-to-end planning and capacity optimisation, extend the benefits of the AMS Cargo Community system to ATL, and boost trade flows between the respective air cargo gateways.

From September this year, and throughout 2020, AMS and ATL will be working on the formation of the Atlanta Cargo Network, with the aim to increase exports from ATL to AMS of agricultural and manufacturing goods produced in Georgia, which will be measured by an economic impact assessment study due in 2021.