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

BWTS deadline approaching
The Portugal-based Navalrocha shipyard has secured a raft of BWTS (Ballast Water Treatment System) retrofit projects for 2020. The IMO ballast water management convention limits the concentration of viable marine organisms and certain bacteria in discharged ballast water (the D-2 standard). The great majority of merchant ships will have to install treatment systems to meet that standard.

Navalrocha has now completed its first ever BWTS installation with technical engineering partner Step Consolidated on the Paxoi bunker tanker, managed by MM Marine Inc, and Navalrocha Commercial Director Sergio Rodrigues said the contract sparked a series of other deals with five more BWTS retrofit projects scheduled for 2020.

“The Paxoi installation process was carried out in the last quarter of 2019 during a 16-day drydocking,” he said. “As the global deadline for ballast water treatment compliance closes, this ground-breaking project helps highlight our speed and planning deliver BWTS projects within broader drydocking repair works. We can further deliver ‘on-voyage’ BWTS installations through partner Step Consolidated, which has built a strong portfolio in this sphere, working on large vessels including cargo and bunker vessels, chemical, product and LPG carriers.”

Electric deliveries
As part of its work with sportswear giant adidas, and demonstrating the company’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact, Wincanton is now operating an all-electric Daimler Trucks FUSO eCanter. The 7.5 tonne vehicle is based at the Wincanton-operated adidas distribution centre in Trafford Park, Manchester.

Network Director at Wincanton, Andy Devere, said: “This new vehicle shows that Wincanton is thinking differently about logistics and addressing the environmental challenges we’re all facing.

“By using this vehicle, we’re taking a diesel-powered alternative off of the road. This will help to make the environment better and the air cleaner for everyone that lives and works in the Manchester area.

“Introducing these vehicles is a key part of Wincanton’s innovation roadmap, and its growth plan for the future of urban distribution transport.”

Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium and Carrington training ground are among its regular destinations, to which it transports kits and equipment for the team’s players, as well as merchandise for sale at the club’s Megastore.

The vehicle can cover close to 120 miles on a single charge and carry 4.5 tonnes of cargo; making it ideally suited for urban deliveries.

Chocolate on the move
A multi-million-pound investment in 12 of the most advanced ISO-tanks ever used in the UK for bulk liquid chocolate transport has seen Bibby Distribution secure a new long-term partnership with Mars Wrigley. Rob Sharpe, Mars Wrigley’s UK Factory Logistics Manager, explained why Bibby Distribution were the supplier of choice: “As well as cutting food miles, Bibby Distribution gives us complete supply chain traceability and upholds our very high food quality standards. We work with partners who share our focus on sustainability and Bibby Distribution’s investment in this equipment also proves they’re committed to helping us reduce our environmental impact.”

The new ISO-tanks also provide an 18 per cent increase in payload, allowing Bibby Distribution to reduce the number of journeys required – shrinking the supply chain’s carbon footprint. They are also fitted with a live tracking and monitoring system, providing continuous updates to Bibby Distribution’s food and ingredients team.


Container clamp
UK based startup, Container Clamps Ltd, has launched its flagship product, Domino Clamps: an out-of-the-box solution for attaching almost anything to a shipping container. Domino Clamps attach to the container’s corner casting and can be easily removed and reused as required, without damaging the container. Two years in the making, the finished product was designed by founder Justin Beardell, assisted by a small team of engineers, structural engineers and product designers. It is manufactured exclusively in the UK, at a Midlands drop-forge that also produces engine components for the aerospace industry.

Founder and inventor Justin came up with the idea for Domino Clamps in 2014, while working as a production manager in the event industry. He was looking for a simple, reversible way of repurposing shipping containers for structural support and for various other uses on site. When he realised the product he was looking for didn’t exist, he decided to create his own!

Joined forces for safety
Kongsberg Maritime has signed an agreement with the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue to develop new and innovative maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) technologies. The duo’s collaboration will cover five concept development areas for SAR: maritime operations, rescue operations, search on the surface of the sea, underwater search and digital solutions.

Through the agreement, Kongsberg Maritime will provide the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue with access to its established hydroacoustic systems for in depth testing and development on new approaches to SAR. The systems include Kongsberg Maritime’s innovative PulSAR sonar, which can be towed behind a rescue boat to scan large areas of sea in a short time, transmitting images of the seabed and helping divers to navigate directly to targets of interest. The Society will also test the SAR application of Kongsberg Maritime solutions for monitoring diving operations.



Connect the oceans
Plastimo, a major international player in the boating industry, and Sigfox, the world’s leading IoT service provider and first global 0G network operator, have joined forces to offer total geolocation coverage across all oceans from 2020. The new service will be supported by data from the ELO nano-satellite constellation, operated by Eutelsat, Sigfox’s partner.

Plastimo turned to Sigfox’s 0G network to improve and broaden the application of digital technologies integrated into its safety equipment – future Plastimo life jackets equipped with Sigfox satellite connectivity will be locatable across all oceans.

“Our challenge is to improve safety at sea, by using the potential of connected solutions, and make our products accessible to as many sailors as possible,” explains Frédéric Blaudeau, Marketing Director at Plastimo. “By combining the expertise of our two companies, we can offer the boating industry an integrated, complete and innovative solution.”

“Today, Sigfox is able to meet the demand for both innovative and affordable connectivity solutions. Based on Sigfox technology, Plastimo is able to differentiate its products for general consumers, while also developing high-end equipment for increasingly demanding professional markets,” noted Patrick Cason, Managing Director of Sigfox France.

Safer seafaring
As part of its wider focus on being more people-centric, The Standard Club has launched a new seafarer wellbeing initiative. “Shipping is a high-risk business. We believe that we can only make seafaring safer by putting people at the heart of everything we do. Seafarer wellbeing is a holistic concept combining physical, mental and social wellbeing,” explained Captain Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention at the Standard Club. “Today, there is a greater understanding of wellbeing and the need to support the whole person and not just the physical body. Social wellbeing and mental health are key to overall seafarer wellbeing and yet the nature of shipping is not always conducive to this. Seafarers are at risk of a number of health problems, which can jeopardise their safety and that of the ship. By educating and supporting crew to look after their wellbeing, we can help reduce illness and accidents at sea.”

Jeremy Grose, Chief Executive, added: “We aspire to be the most member-orientated club, and members stay with us because of the exceptional level of support our people give them. In putting people first, both those in our own offices, members’ offices and on members’ ships, we believe we emphasise what really matters in the shipping business and support a focus on safety for all.”