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

Global merger
UK people movement and analytics business, Movement Strategies, has joined forces with global consultancy, GHD Group. The move will see the £1.1bn company better meet the changing needs of clients and communities by integrating strategic advisory, technical service excellence, and digital solutions. The merger strengthens GHD’s proposition in the global markets of transportation, property & buildings, water, energy & resources and environment, adding new and specialist asset expertise, including sport and events.

Movement Strategies’ services include world-leading crowd dynamics and people movement consultancy for busy places. Its track record includes iconic places such as Mecca and the Eiffel Tower, transport systems such as the Dubai Metro, and world-famous sports and entertainment venues such as Wembley Stadium, Wimbledon and the O2 Arena. Movement Strategies also applies privacy-compliant analytics of movement data to address the commercial objectives and consumer needs of its clients, which also include retail, transport and smart cities.

GHD delivers innovative design, advisory and consultancy services across the world with experience including Sydney International, London Gatwick and Doha International airports; Dubai Metro and Perth’s airport rail link.

Going electric
‘Final mile’ delivery specialists in the UK, together with tradesmen and other operators working in urban areas, can now choose a competitively priced, fully electric van which offers up to twice the cargo volume of similarly sized competitors.

West Midlands-based Bevan Group has signed a landmark partnership agreement with conversion specialist Voltia, under which it has been awarded a licence to assemble and market the zero-emission Nissan-based vehicle in Great Britain and Ireland.
The decision by one of the commercial vehicle sector’s most dynamic businesses to enter the fast-growing EV arena reflects the quality of the Voltia conversion, and its highly competitive costs of ownership.

The 2.2-tonne Nissan e-NV200 is ideally suited to ‘last mile’ delivery work in towns and cities, an increasing number of which are actively striving to improve public health by introducing clean air zones from which polluting vehicles are banned.

Voltia’s conversion features walk-in rear doors and offers a load volume of up to 8m3, which is virtually twice that of the standard e-NV200 – a variant with 6m3 cargo area is also available. It has a 580-kg payload capacity.

Project collaboration
Birmingham Airport and Sub-National Transport Body Midlands Connect have signed a collaboration agreement, committing to work closely together to improve access to the airport from across the region and beyond. The commitment includes a pledge to collaborate on projects across both road and rail, maximising passenger mobility and increasing connectivity to Birmingham Airport.

Better road and rail links to Birmingham Airport are central to fulfilling its Masterplan, which will see the airport invest £500 million over the next 15 years to improve customer facilities and cater for forecast growth in passengers from the current 13 million, to 18 million by 2033.

The two organisations will work in partnership to secure Government backing for Midlands Engine Rail, a £3.5 billion plan to transform inter-regional rail connectivity. Furthermore, both organisations are committed to ensuring the full and timely delivery of HS2. Birmingham Airport will be the first to benefit from direct connections to High Speed Two, via the nearby Interchange station.

New super-ferries
P&O Ferries has released the first official images of the €260 million new generation of super-ferries which will transform the experience of travelling between Britain and the Continent.
Major innovations of the new super-ferries will include cutting fuel use by 40 per cent, reduced carbon footprint, a double-ended design and two bridges on the ship, saving the need to turn around, a power management system to efficiently close down parts of the ship when not in use, a revolutionary new shape of hull for the English Channel and azimuth thrusters which increase manoeuvrability of the ship, plus viewing platforms and panoramic sea views for passengers.
The largest ships ever to sail between Dover and Calais, the first of the 230-metre super-ferries will be operational by 2023. Discussing the new vessels, David Stretch, Managing Director – Short Routes at P&O Ferries, said: “These remarkable images provide a glimpse of the transformation which our customers will experience when they travel between Britain and Europe on the most sustainable, most reliable and most customer friendly ships ever to sail on the route. This major investment will be a vital part of Europe’s transport infrastructure into the 2040s and symbolises our commitment to making trade flow for our customers.”

German expansion
Logistics provider Dachser is stepping up its contract logistics activities in the Upper Franconia region of Germany and moving into a new warehouse in the town of Hof. The warehouse will provide space for around 39,000 pallets and have 47 docking bays. Construction is expected to be completed by fall 2020. The expansion also includes offices and communal areas covering a total area of 900 square metres. “Our new multi-user warehouse next to the existing logistics centre will offer space for us to provide contract logistics services for a medium-sized customer from the DIY and gardening sector for example,” says Klaus Neubing, General Manager of the Hof logistics centre, about the expansion of business at the location. The contract logistics services that Dachser offers in Hof combine transport solutions and warehousing with comprehensive value-added services such as picking and packaging. Following the expansion, Dachser will employ some 500 people in the town. In addition, around 300 people work regularly for Dachser through the independent transport companies or, for example, as seasonal workers.

Big ships welcome
Greenock’s thriving cruise ship market is set to receive a major boost as work nears completion on major new berthing facilities, capable of handling some of the world’s largest and most luxurious cruise liners. A 200m floating pontoon is being built, which will be able to accommodate super ships up to 340m long. Visitors will step from the pontoon into the new, state-of-the-art, Ocean Terminal – an iconic design which forms the shore-side component of the project. Work on the terminal building is expected to start this year.

The £19.2m project, led by Inverclyde Council, is part of the £1bn, Glasgow City Region City Deal, which is funded equally by the Scottish and UK governments. Councillor Stephen McCabe, Leader of Inverclyde Council, said: “This is a very impressive feat of civil engineering which highlights the value of the Inchgreen dry dock as a maritime resource.

“The new visitor centre at the Greenock Ocean Terminal is expected to make a significant contribution to economic growth and international tourism across the wider city region area. The Ocean Terminal started as a container terminal but Peel Ports has significantly expanded the cruise ship side of the business over recent years. These new berthing facilities will help to support that growth and are a vote of confidence in Greenock.”

Complete visibility
Specialist freight forwarder DG International is launching Horizon, a cloud-based, single-platform solution bringing end-to-end digitisation, visibility and integration to supply chain management.

Designed with customer’s varied needs in mind, Horizon can be tailored to different business objectives. Rather than being an ‘out-of-the-box’ solution, the platform offers complete visibility over the supply chain enabling customers to request quotes, book shipments and manage freight movements online. Through Control Tower, Horizon’s satellite tracking system, customers can see exactly where their shipments are on each journey. In addition, the platform’s cloud-based advanced analytics and real-time reporting inform cost-saving decisions and drive business strategy.

James Appleby, managing director at DG International, says: “Supply chain visibility is no longer a nice to have, but an essential capability to remain competitive. Our ambition has always been to bring the entire supply chain and all its processes together, accessible and connected on one screen. That is what Horizon does.”

Finding circularity
Brambles, parent company of CHEP, the end-to-end supply chain specialist in the FMCG and retail marketplace, has supported the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to create the first business circularity assessment tool.

Developed by the Foundation, which is a global thought-leader on the circular economy, Circulytics enables individual businesses to accurately measure the circular economy preparedness and performance of their company as a whole. The tool moves beyond measuring material flows alone – giving clear insights into all circular operations, flagging up areas for immediate improvement and highlighting opportunities for strategic innovation.

Michael Pooley, President of Brambles’ company CHEP Europe points out further benefits: “This tool documents a company’s strengths, but also areas for further improvement. We believe this will be the first tool to stimulate the kind of strategy development that both companies and the planet need in the future. We will be using Circulytics to make our business model even more sustainable.”

Working together
GAC Hub Agency has secured a contract with Phillips 66 to support its marine operations in the Americas, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Indian Subcontinent. Under the three-year contract, GAC Hub Agency will manage Phillips 66’s port calls through its compliant and vetted agency network, handle its disbursements and provide performance reports. GAC will handle up to 3000 port calls annually, primarily in North America.

To support this new contract, GAC has established a new office at the Port of Lake Charles to provide ship agency, husbandry and owners’ protective agency services around-the-clock. “Since pioneering the global hub agency concept in the early 1990s, GAC has been helping customers save time and money by simplifying the entire port call management process,” says Lars Hardeland, GAC Hub Agency Centre’s Managing Director. “We look forward to leveraging our extensive agency network, decades of experience and innovative spirit to help Phillips 66 achieve greater efficiencies and improved service levels.”