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

Cleaner and greener
Neste and the German BMT Bunker und Mineralöltransport GmbH have signed a partner agreement concerning distribution and sales of Neste Marine™ 0.5. This new marine fuel, containing maximum 0.5 per cent sulphur, has been available in Bremerhaven, Germany, since the beginning of November 2019.

BMT is a bunkering services company with a long experience in the sales of marine fuels. The company is well-known especially in the North Sea coast in Germany, which is a key logistics channel for global shipping companies.

“We are proud to bring our BMT expertise and Neste’s high-quality marine fuels together. We value co-operation with Neste, one of the leading providers of cleaner and more sustainable fuel solutions. BMT is committed to building strong partnerships, which is also our key driver with Neste,” says Andreas Mestermann, CEO of BMT.

Neste is delighted to partner with BMT in Northwestern Europe. “They share our passion for cleaner shipping and have the ability to distribute Neste Marine 0.5 to global shipping companies operating via Bremerhaven,” adds Sveta Ukkonen, Head of Marine Fuels and Services at Neste.

Lifting up
When transporting paper reels by road, it is typical industry best practice to load and position the reels down the centre line of the lorry trailer in single file to help evenly distribute weight and improve stability. “This would ordinarily require a seven-tonne capacity lift truck with an attachment spacer to reach over the trailer bed and handle the reel,” explains Josie Burrell, Industry Manager for Hyster Europe.

To simplify this process, Hyster Europe has specially optimised the J5.5XN6 electric lift truck, and with its tilting carriage option and a reel clamp attachment it is possible to load using a 5.5-tonne capacity lift truck instead.

“Organisations in the paper supply chain are often keen to reduce their carbon footprint,” adds Josie. “This electric lift truck offers zero emissions and a low energy performance mode option, providing an environmentally friendly solution but with no compromise on performance.”

The agile electric Hyster® J5.5XN6 lift truck also offers space saving benefits, with a compact design and zero turn radius (ZTR) axle making it easy to manoeuvre in both the warehouse and the loading bay, and tough enough to withstand all weathers when used outdoors.

Hello dollies
In what is believed to be a world first, British Airways, in conjunction with Heathrow Airport and autonomous vehicle specialist, Aurrigo, is trialling driverless baggage vehicles, which are known as dollies.

Carrying up to 40 bags in one journey, the driverless dollies use the latest navigating technology to memorise the airfield to determine the shortest route to transport luggage. Unlike the current vehicles, the new autonomous dollies will depart for the aircraft as soon as each one is full, speeding up the aircraft loading process. In addition to improving operational efficiency, the trial also forms part of the airline’s wider environmental commitment to run an emissions-free airside operation.

British Airways’ Director of Airports, Raghbir Pattar, said: “We are always looking at ways to improve efficiency and modernise our operation to ensure that we are delivering bags to and from our aircraft on time and without delay.”

Fuel for thought
A Stena Line pilot project using artificial intelligence (AI) technology to predict the most fuel-efficient way to operate a vessel has shown to be successful, with results showing a reduced fuel consumption by up to three per cent per trip. The technology will now be launched on more vessels.

“Stena Line aims to become the world’s first cognitive ferry company; assisted by AI in all areas by 2021. This project is using AI technology to support our captains and officers to save fuel. By improving the efficiency, we reduce both our costs and our environmental footprint. It really embodies Stena Line’s vision of Connecting Europe for a Sustainable future,” explains Jari Virtanen, Chief Transformation Officer at Stena Line. “It was also the result of a successful collaboration between man, woman, and machine; between people and technology; between a team of skilled software developers, data scientists and finally a committed captain and his crew on Stena Scandinavia,” he added.

Ideal for the job
A Mercedes-Benz Unimog is working hard for Yorkshire-based GVA Trees – the 4×4 truck is working on various contracts that entail maintaining grass verges along roads throughout the north of England, including the M6 motorway between Preston and Carlisle.

Supplied by Dealer South Cave Tractors, the U530 model is powered by a 7.7-litre six-cylinder engine which produces 220 kW (299 hp) and 1200 Nm of torque. Its fully synchronised, electro-pneumatic transmission has eight forward and six reverse gears – the optional working gear range provides another eight forward and eight reverse gears.

Permanent all-wheel drive, impressive ground clearance, and uprated portal axles which have differential locks and offer extreme levels of articulation, all contribute to the truck’s unrivalled cross-country capability.

GVA also specified the optional Central Tyre Inflation (CTI) system, as well as VarioPilot, which allows the driver to slide the steering wheel and instrument binnacle over to the left side of the cab in just a few minutes. The trucks work with an engine PTO-powered Mulag mower arm, and a Harsh hookloader trailer with grass collection box, into which the mower’s suction system deposits grass cuttings as it goes.

Safety at sea
Two cutting-edge new products have been introduced to the market from Spinlock, the global leader in the manufacture of innovative lifejackets, PFDs and equipment. The new ergonomic DURO+ lifejacket and brand new Glowspot® retro-reflection technology represent important advances for safety at sea.

Spinlock’s new DURO+ is based on its award-winning Deckvest 5D Lifejacket and offers the ultimate in fit, comfort and safety. Standout innovations include a unique rapid adjust chest belt system, a deck safety harness that connects the user to the vessel, extra-durable cover materials, non-snag zip design, flip-up crotch strap buckle and ID and asset tracking pouch.

Spinlock’s powerful new hi-vis bladder now uses Glowspot® retro-reflection technology in all DURO commercial lifejackets. Glowspot® provides an extra thermoplastic layer which contains retro reflective particles in the hi-vis bladder fabric, hugely increasing its reflective properties. This drastically enhances the ability to locate and maintain visual contact on a casualty in the water at a greater distance either by day, or at night with a searchlight, potentially reducing the time the casualty is in the water.

Electric solution
Volvo Trucks has started sales of its Volvo FL and Volvo FE electric trucks in selected markets within Europe, meeting the increasing demand for sustainable transport solutions in city environments.

“Global urbanisation requires urban logistics and truck transport with zero emissions and less noise with increasing urgency. With the Volvo FL Electric and Volvo FE Electric we are able to meet both the strong environmental demands as well as the high commercial requirements of our customers,” says Jonas Odermalm, VP Product Line Electromobility.

Volvo FL Electric and Volvo FE Electric were developed in close collaboration with selected customers operating in Gothenburg, Sweden. Feedback has been very positive, and the drivers involved in the collaboration are particularly impressed by the responsive driveline, seamless acceleration and how quiet the trucks are.

Perfect partnership
Rolls-Royce has been supplying Sunseeker International with engines to power yachts between 20 and 47 metres in length for over 18 years. The two companies have now signed a new frame agreement for the supply of MTU yacht engines. The contract, signed during the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, runs until the end of 2022 and covers a total of over 90 MTU Series 2000 V10, V12 and V16 engines as well as V8 and V12 configurations of the Series 4000. The engines offer power outputs ranging between 1015 kW (1,380hp) and 2340 kW (3,182 hp). The engines will power a wide range of yacht models in the 25 metres (75ft+) category. An initial Sunseeker 161 yacht was presented at the boat show in Cannes and has already been sold. New propulsion technologies are also to be used, including an MTU hybrid engine for the Sunseeker 133. This modular propulsion system is being developed by Rolls-Royce in close collaboration with Sunseeker.

“Sunseeker has already installed over 1.8 million horsepower of MTU technology in its yachts. We are proud to continue our winning partnership with this renowned yacht builder,” noted Denise Kurtulus, Head of Marine & Offshore at Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

Get to work
The first electric-powered JCB Teletruks to be sold in the UK have been acquired by an independent timber and builders’ merchant. Lawsons – a family-owned company operating in London and the South East – has ordered five new JCB 30-19E electric-powered Teletruks following successful trials of the machine at a number of its sites.

The JCB 30-19E, which features the iconic telescopic forward reach boom that has made the Teletruk such a popular lift truck across diverse industry sectors, was launched in Spring 2019 and is the first electric-powered model to be added to the Teletruk range.

Paul Murray, JCB’s Teletruk General Manager, said: “The introduction of electric-powered Teletruks has been met with an overwhelmingly positive response from the truck user community. The launch of the 30-19E opens up so many new markets for us and Lawsons’ order is no doubt the first of many for this hugely exciting product.”