The latest news, announcements and updates from transportation and logistics, across land, sea and air

Co-operation for greener energy
News1Liebherr-MCCtec Rostock GmbH, together with Aibel AS, have signed a contract for the delivery of a cylinder-luffing crane, type RL 2600-35 Lit. The company TenneT TSO GmbH commissioned Aibel AS to build the offshore platform DolWin epsilon on which the Liebherr crane will be used for supply and maintenance tasks on the German North Sea.

RL 2600-35 Lit is a weight-optimised and compact designed offshore crane. It is the ideal equipment for small platforms, where space is limited. The RL 2600-35 Lit has a box boom with a maximum working outreach of 52 metres and a maximum lifting capacity of 35 tons.

“With the RL 2600-35 Lit we are delivering the latest innovation within our offshore crane portfolio. The crane is ready to be equipped with innovative maintenance features to meet the demanding requirements of normally unmanned offshore platforms and with its reliable and maintenance friendly design the RL 2600-35 Lit will help to lead the DolWin5 project to success,” says Matti Basan, Sales Manager Offshore Cranes.

Travel post Covid
News2International design company, tangerine, has unveiled a design concept – Metamorphosis- for a new type of metro train that offers opportunities to increase capacity in the rail network and grow passenger numbers in a post Covid world, by improving confidence in the provision of hygienic and safe metro travel.

With an adaptable carriage interior with slidable screens that can be deployed during pandemics to divide the space into smaller zones or ‘travel bubbles’, Metamorphosis’ flexible seating angles bodies away from one another to increase privacy and minimise the potential for cross-contamination, as passengers choose to either perch or stand. A HEPA filtered localised air filtration system provides a constant change of air, a touchless hand sanitation point in the vestibule aids cleanliness, while a QR code placed at strategic points in the carriage enables an effective Carriage Track and Trace system. A traffic light style illumination around the doors, supported by passenger information on screens and projected onto the platform, aid a safe, distanced boarding and alighting of the train.

The concept balances customer safety and user experience with the commercial imperatives to limit disruption and keep rail services running during pandemics.

Partnership with MIT
News3XPO Logistics and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) have renewed their partnership. In 2019, XPO became the first global logistics company to join the ILP, which pairs MIT’s world-class research with leading corporations to advance innovation. The terms of the renewal are tailored to XPO’s role as a technology leader in the supply chain industry.

Commenting on the announcement, Mario Harik, chief information officer of XPO Logistics, stated: “Our first 12 months with the Industrial Liaison Program exceeded our expectations for the give and take of insights into transformative technologies. We’re excited to explore a new wave of advances for our customers through our continued work with the pioneering thinkers of the MIT ILP.”

 

Sitting comfortably
News4Recaro Aircraft Seating has secured a deal with Wizz Air for 31,767 passenger seats. The SL3710 economy class seat will be installed on 146 Airbus aircraft starting in 2021. This partnership is a part of a larger deal with the Indigo Partners portfolio of airlines for nearly 100,000 passenger seats, which is the largest order of seats in the history of Recaro.

Recaro worked closely with Wizz Air to develop a sustainable seat for the carrier, as the airline already has numerous sustainable initiatives in place. Wizz Air has reduced its carbon footprint by utilizing efficient Airbus aircraft and prioritizing lightweight products for its cabins among all Airbus 320 family operators.

The newest and lightest member of the Recaro economy class seat lineup, the SL3710 economy class seat weighs approximately eight kilograms. Its efficient design is comprised of durable and reliable parts, which makes it a cost-effective choice for

Successful collaboration
News5September 2020 marks one year of Daimler Trucks and Torc Robotics partnering as a team after the U.S. based automated driving technology company became part of Daimler Trucks’ Autonomous Technology Group. One year together, collaboratively pursuing a common goal of bringing series-produced highly automated trucks (SAE Level 4) to the roads within the decade; including on-road deployment of a Level 4 test fleet, initiation of redesign of truck chassis, adoption of a hub-to-hub model, formalized rigorous testing protocols, formal truck safety driver certification process, and extended software capabilities.

Now, the Autonomous Technology Group will extend its testing to New Mexico by building up a new testing center in Albuquerque. Expanding to a new location will support testing and provide data for more use cases of next generation vehicles on public roads starting this fall.

Dr. Peter Vaughan Schmidt, Head of Autonomous Technology Group at Daimler Trucks explained that the partnership has enabled both teams to move faster on developing Level 4 trucks, providing Daimler engineers with insights on how the technology will impact truck design, and providing Torc with data and perspective on what technology will work best for the trucking industry.
“We have accomplished a lot during the first year,” added Michael Fleming, CEO of Torc Robotics. “Daimler’s commitment to safety, innovation leadership of truck technology and foundational knowledge of on-road scenarios that truckers encounter has moved our system faster than we could have done alone as a technology firm. By working with the inventor of the truck and number one truck OEM, we are convinced that Level 4 trucks can be commercialized safely with a strong business case.”

Enhanced multi-carrier parcel shipping
Logistyx Technologies is to continue its partnership with Manhattan Associates, as the company releases the latest enhancements to shift its product to the cloud.

As an independent Manhattan Value Partner since 2012, under this new containerized model, Logistyx now offers the ability to upgrade to enhanced parcel shipping capabilities more cost-effectively, providing Manhattan customers unlimited access to more than 8,500 global carrier services that will enable rate shopping and shipping execution to any location worldwide. 2020 marks the eighth anniversary of Logistyx’s global partnership with Manhattan, with a successful track record serving as a trusted partner to Manhattan’s Warehouse Management for Open Systems (WMOS), Order Management System (OMS) and Warehouse Management for IBMi (WMI) users, and now Manhattan Active Warehouse Management.

Ambitious project
Line 3 of the Guadalajara metro has been inaugurated in presence of the Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The line runs between the city centre and the north west and south east suburbs and includes 18 stations and stretches 20.9 km.

Egis was appointed as part of a consortium formed with Transconsult, for the supervision of the design, construction and commissioning of all the systems of Line 3, as well as civil engineering, the maintenance depot’s systems and maintenance machines, interface management and the ISA (Independent Safety Assessment) assignment for the entire programme. Thanks to their knowledge of the local culture and environment, the Egis-Transconsult teams played an active role in the coordination between the various project contributors, solving technical problems and of course to the success of the project as a whole.

 

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The latest news, announcements and updates from transportation and logistics, across land, sea and air

£1.27 billion airport contract
News aBalfour Beatty has announced that its 50:50 joint venture, Gammon, has been awarded a four-year HK$12.88 billion (c. £1.27 billion) contract for the expansion of Terminal 2 at Hong Kong International Airport, by the Airport Authority Hong Kong.

Gammon will be responsible for the expansion of the main Terminal 2 building and construction of interconnecting bridges, mechanical and electrical works as well as associated viaducts and roads.

The expansion of Terminal 2 forms part of the Three-Runway System project at Hong Kong International Airport, which on completion will allow for both arrivals and departures from one terminal and increase overall passenger capacity.

Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty Group Chief Executive, said: “This award marks Gammon’s second significant contract for the Airport Authority Hong Kong this year and the largest single contract ever awarded to Gammon.

“Through leveraging wide-ranging engineering expertise and offsite and modular construction approaches, Gammon has secured a material share of the Hong Kong market which continues to look favourable with significant infrastructure opportunities ahead.”

Innovation at sea
News bWorld leading naval architects, BAR Technologies, and Chartwell Marine, a pioneer in next-generation vessel design, have been awarded Approval in Principle (AiP) from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) for the design and construction of the innovative new BAR 30m crew transfer vessel (CTV).

This AiP is a further stepping-stone towards an advanced, class-certified, Jones Act compliant fleet of offshore wind support vessels for the US market. Following on from the AiP awarded to the Chartwell 24 vessel design earlier this year, it expands the range of complementary options available to the industry for highly efficient and capable vessel support.

The BAR 30m CTV makes use of FOSS technology (foil optimised stability system) to enhance seakeeping and manoeuvrability, while reducing vertical acceleration by up to 70% in 2.5m wave heights. While offering greater levels of availability in rough seas, the BAR 30m CTV also demonstrates up to 50% fuel efficiency savings at 15 knots, keeping emissions at bay in line with stringent EPA Tier 4 guidelines.

This initial vessel will be closely followed by a 50m variant capable of 45 knots top speed and 30 knots in a 3m high sea without exceeding vertical acceleration limits.

Award winner
Dachser UK, the international distribution and logistics specialist has been awarded the 2019 Logistics Partner of the year for the EMEA region by long-standing customer, Zebra Technologies, the multi-billion-dollar global supplier of computer technology and products across many industries.

In a virtual presentation of the award, Zebra’s Glen Presley - Manager EMEA Transportation, commented: “Dachser employees are always ready to go that extra mile, informing us of potential issues before we know ourselves. They are unbelievably flexible and a credit to their business function; they are certainly leaders of the pack.”

As Dachser’s Sales Manager in the North of England, Marion Simpson is the primary account handler for Zebra. “The building of a mutual understanding of the day-to-day needs and challenges that our customers face is fundamental to our service approach at Dachser. We are proud to have a successful partnership with Zebra underpinned with trust and respect.”

Powering through ice
The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has taken delivery of HMCS Harry DeWolf, its first full-electric power and propulsion ice class patrol vessel with combat package. GE’s Power Conversion business was the designer and provider of the high-voltage electric power system (HV) and electric propulsion drive trains, with specialist capability for operations in multi-year ice, for the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) Harry DeWolf class of six vessels.

“GE Power Conversion’s dedicated AOPS team developed a close working relationship with the customer, Irving Shipbuilding Inc., maintaining an open line of communication that was instrumental in meeting this key milestone for the Royal Canadian Navy,” said Ron Krivan, AOPS Program Manager for GE Power Conversion. “Our team will carry the same dynamics with Irving Shipbuilding moving forward in support of construction of AOPS 7 and 8 for the Canadian Coast Guard.”

Disruptor investment
News cAdnavem is on a mission to disrupt the transport & logistics industry - the SaaS-enabled marketplace for container freight makes transporters more accessible and shipping processes more automated and fully transparent.

In July, Adnavem raised its most substantial funding round to date, when it closed a $4m investment round led by Runa Capital, with Spintop Ventures joining as a new investor.

Runa Capital is a global fund focusing on software companies, present in Palo Alto, Berlin, Paris, London and Moscow. Spintop Ventures is a Swedish venture fund that focuses on software-based technology companies in the Nordics.

“Adnavem has a unique and highly scalable proposition to disrupt container freight logistics and provide high value not only to their customers but also to the other value-adding participants in the container logistics supply chain. The business model is highly scalable making it possible to grow the company in a number of dimensions going forward making it a highly interesting investment,” says Sami Niemi, Partner at Spintop Ventures.

Setting sail
The One Ocean sustainability project, which aims to unite the people of the world in building and exchanging new knowledge for a sustainable ocean, launched on Thursday 20th August at a prestigious event attended by Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and other dignitaries, both political and maritime.

Part of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, a key component of the One Ocean project is a 19-month circumnavigation by the tall ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl, with the aim of obtaining and exchanging new knowledge about the ocean.

Kongsberg Maritime has a long-standing relationship with Statsraad Lehmkuhl, and its technologies will be assisting the vessel to operate safely and sustainably on this incredible voyage, as well as in navigating in some of the most challenging waters on the planet.

Electric luxury
News dLunaz, the leading creator of electric classic cars, is delighted to announce the start of production of the world’s only electrified Rolls-Royce cars. The Rolls-Royce marque joins existing electrified classic cars from Jaguar and Bentley in the Lunaz portfolio.

A 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V has now completed the Lunaz reengineering process. This includes ground-up restoration and the incorporation of Lunaz’s proprietary electric powertrain and full suite of hardware and software upgrades. Production allocation for the first tranche of Rolls-Royce cars by Lunaz will be strictly limited to 30. Orders are already being taken from Lunaz’s existing client base and some of the most celebrated and influential institutions in the world.

Following demand for electrified Phantoms, Lunaz elected to begin creating Rolls-Royce Silver Clouds. Clients are invited to secure allocation for these cars in a range of body styles, including four-door limousine, two-door coupé and drop head coupé.

The start of production of the world’s first electric Rolls-Royce cars follows a surge in demand for the electrification of pinnacle classic cars. This is driven by a rebalancing of car collections for a clean air future. To meet this demand, Lunaz is doubling its workforce at its Technical HQ in Silverstone, England.

Electric Rolls-Royces by Lunaz will be available in every global market. Allocation can only be secured through direct relationship with the factory. Prices for a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud by Lunaz starts at £350,000 (not including local taxes). Pricing for a Rolls-Royce Phantom by Lunaz starts at £500,000 (not including local taxes).

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