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

Smooth travel
To accommodate for passenger volumes rising to 58 million in the last year, at what is the most frequented gateway to nearly all destinations in Spain as well as globally, thyssenkrupp Elevator has secured a contract with Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport for the installation and maintenance of 42 new passenger boarding bridges (PBBs). The project also comprises the maintenance of the 122 existing passenger bridges at the airport’s terminals as well as the refurbishment of another ten PBBs.

Providing a seamless arrivals and departures experiences does not stop in Madrid. As tourists prepare to arrive in Spain, thyssenkrupp is going to install 22 moving walks, two of them with lengths over 95 metres at Palma de Mallorca Airport and 34 glass PBBs at Josep Tarradellas Barcelona – El Prat adding to the 43 PBBs that were installed in 2008. Installation of the new PBBs started in June 2019.

Sailing strong
Sunreef Yachts is to build an all-carbon fibre Sunreef 80 sailing superyacht. This recently commissioned carbon edition of the Sunreef 80 will be delivered in 2020. Its weight-reducing features will also include an in-house built carbon mast and boom.

An experienced yachtsman, the Owner decided to build his new craft with Sunreef Yachts after chartering one of the Sunreef 74’s. His yacht’s individually-tailored layout will include spacious accommodation for 11 guests and crew. Wind-free propulsion will come from two 280HP engines.

This announcement followed Sunreef’s exciting statement in July, highlighting the fact that Rafael Nadal has commissioned an 80 Sunreef Power catamaran. An avid multihull enthusiast, the international tennis superstar has selected the shipyard’s latest motor yacht model, having visited and chartered Sunreef Yachts’ catamarans in the past.


Ultra-fast charging
BP Chargemaster has powered up its first 150kW ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) chargers on a BP retail site. The new 150kW chargers are able to provide convenient ultra-fast charging to the latest and next generation of EVs, convenience that BP sees as essential to support the continued growth of the UK’s EV market. They are the first in a planned rollout of 400 ultra-fast chargers at BP sites across the UK by the end of 2021.

David Newton, COO of BP Chargemaster commented: “We believe our establishment of a nationwide ultra-fast charging network will be transformative for the electric vehicle market in the UK. Working closely with global vehicle manufacturers, we are developing the solutions that electric vehicle drivers need to enable them to charge confidently and conveniently, wherever they are in the country. BP’s forecourts are ideal locations for this technology, which will provide an expected dwell time of 10-12 minutes, not dissimilar from the average of around seven minutes spent by drivers of petrol and diesel cars on a forecourt today.”


Ready for take off
Rhenus Logistics is implementing a number of key initiatives intending to help meet changing customer demands within the Air & Ocean sector. A combination of new automated systems and technical enhancements is helping Rhenus consolidate its position within the industry.

The most recent is an investment in its Rade warehouse in Hamburg, Germany, where it has rolled out the latest Bluetooth, wireless and IoT technologies. In addition, Rhenus is currently investing in the development of its own bespoke transport management system (ROCS), due to be rolled out across its UK hubs in the coming months.

“Air & Ocean is experiencing an unprecedented period of change – one in which automated systems and customer service are becoming ever more important. Although customer demand is a key factor driving this change, the entry of smaller, more ‘disruptive’ companies into the marketplace is also contributing to a significant shift in Air & Ocean. The automated system at Rade is just one of many new technological advancements for Rhenus. Indeed, the proactive nature of the company is allowing us to build an excellent portfolio of solutions across Air & Ocean, Road, Warehousing, Contract Logistics and Home Delivery,” said Rhenus UK Air & Ocean commercial manager, Jonathan Rayton.

Under inspection
Hyster Europe has launched two new innovative devices.

“To remain competitive in container inspection, maintenance and repair operations, the visual inspection of empty containers needs to be as efficient as possible,” explains Chris van de Werdt, Product Strategy Manager EMEA Big Trucks for Hyster Europe. “With the spreader support device, containers no longer need to be set down for inspection, enabling checkers to quickly inspect the containers thoroughly,” he continues. “The inspection process involves examining the container for damage, including the underside, and the process has health and safety risks if the container is not suitably held in position.”

Hyster Europe has also developed a solution to lift containers from the ‘short’ end, enabling them to be easily and quickly moved into repair workshops. “When engineers need to repair the roof or the bottom of a container, they normally have to work on top or underneath it. However, this attachment can rotate the container allowing them to work on these areas as if they were the side of the container, which is far more easily accessed,” says Chris. “This makes repairs and maintenance easier and more efficient, helping to increase productivity and contributing to overall safety.”

Be prepared
The automotive sector needs to be extra vigilant with regard to its supply chain reliability in the light of new environmental regulations affecting sea freight transport, says Evolution Time Critical.

The IMO 2020 Regulations, which cut the maximum allowable sulphur content in fuel by more than 85 per cent, officially come into force on 1st January, but could start to impact operations as early as Q4 this year.

“While there may be some impact on transport costs, more important is the potential impact on arrival dates in port.

This is crucial to the integrity of the automotive supply chain, where ‘just-in-time’ delivery is so often the norm – so anything which could cause a delay has to be mitigated against,” said Graham Little, MD of Evolution Time Critical.

He continued: “The introduction of IMO 2020 will inevitably create challenges, especially in the early stages, and places an onus on OEMs and their Tier suppliers to retain a strong overview of their supply chains for ‘standard’ logistics. They will need to ensure that capacity is going to be available when they need it, avoiding the risk of ‘rolling over’ of consignments – and to be clear when ships are going to arrive in port, so that delivery schedules can be adhered to.”

Complete solution
Jungheinrich is working in partnership with IKEA on a new distribution centre that has gone into operation in Esipovo, about 50 kilometres northwest of the Russian capital Moscow. Working closely with IKEA, Jungheinrich has developed a logistics solution including a 15-aisle high-bay pallet warehouse in silo design with a total of 210,000 pallet spaces.

“The scale of our project with IKEA Russia is something that we are extremely proud of, having built a strong relationship with the company to ensure that we designed the best solution for their individual requirements,” said Steve Richmond – Director for Logistics Systems at Jungheinrich UK. “As a business, we continue to see demand for automated high bay solutions rise, as drivers towards increased utilisation of land and operational efficiencies grows on a global scale. Organisations are looking at how best to optimise warehouse capacity and material flow to help them better manage the storage of their stock and meet customer demand, and we believe this trend will continue to evolve.”