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

Low cost range
News aDoosan, the leading manufacturer of robust high performance forklift trucks, has launched the NXE Series – a versatile range of four-wheel electric counterbalance forklift trucks suited to the needs of the small-to-medium size enterprise (SME), or where occasional usage or light duties are the norm.

This electric equivalent of Doosan’s ‘value’ GX IC engine range, offers all the advantages of electric power in a series of competitively priced four-wheel models, giving occasional users a reliable low-cost ‘buy new’ alternative to purchasing a second-hand or reconditioned forklift truck.

The new range promises to deliver outstanding performance, and takes safety to the next level, with features such as: anti-roll back on slopes, automatic speed control when cornering, automatic parking brake, ISO 3691 hydraulic locking valve – preventing unintentional lowering and tilting of the mast – and an operator sensing system that only allows the truck to operate when the driver is seated.

Further benefits include reliability, advanced ergonomics and serviceability, with further extensions to the range coming soon.


Vision shared
News bThe Port of Milford Haven, in Wales has set out its vision for a Haven Waterway Freeport to drive international trade and investment, regional regeneration, innovation and nation-wide decarbonisation.

“A Haven freeport has the existing resources, natural capital, hard infrastructure and skills base to stimulate the nationally significant energy and engineering cluster along the Haven Waterway as it continues its evolution. Whether supporting floating wind deployment or hydrogen production, this next chapter will make a massive contribution to the country’s Net Zero ambitions. We look forward to working alongside the Welsh Government on the specific details of the process in Wales,” commented Andy Jones, CEO for the Port of Milford Haven.

Cllr David Simpson, Leader of Pembrokeshire County Council, added: “The importance of the Port of Milford Haven to the economy and prosperity of Pembrokeshire cannot be over-stated. We support the Port’s bid for Freeport status to safeguard existing jobs and industry and support the evolution to exciting renewable developments and opportunities. We look forward to continuing our close working relationship with the Port.”


Global implementation
International transport and info-logistics provider cargo-partner has announced the global rollout of integrated cloud-based logistics execution CargoWise across the cargo-partner network in 40 countries.

CargoWise is the flagship platform of WiseTech Global, a leading developer and provider of software solutions to the global logistics execution industry. It forms an integral link in the global supply chain and executes over 60 billion data transactions annually. Licensed across 160 countries, CargoWise enables logistics service providers to execute highly complex transactions in areas such as freight forwarding, customs clearance, warehousing, shipping, tracking, land transport, e-commerce, and cross-border compliance, allowing them to manage their operations on one database across multiple users, functions, countries, languages, and currencies.

Stefan Krauter, CEO of cargo-partner, sees great potential in the new software solution, describing it as ‘a revolutionary step in our next stage of growth.’

Combined strengths
Danelec Marine (Danelec) and Veracity by DNV GL (Veracity) have signed a pilot agreement to enable new maritime use-cases; combining the strengths of DanelecConnect’s onboard data capture capabilities and Veracity’s eco-system and platform architecture.

Danelec is a leading manufacturer to the maritime industry of Voyage Data Recorders, Electronic Chart Display, Information Systems and ship-2-shore data solutions. By running its data over Veracity’s independent data platform, using Veracity’s identity and company management technology, Danelec can offer its customers secure, efficient and easy acquisition and use of data.

Veracity supports the implementation of Danelec’s agnostic and cost-efficient IoT ship-2-shore solution ‘DanelecConnect’ on customers’ vessels. It makes essential data from Danelec or third party Virtual Data Rooms (VDRs) and other data sources easily available to stakeholders.

Flights return
News cIAG Cargo, the cargo division of International Airlines Group (IAG) and its sister airline LEVEL, have announced a return to regular services from Barcelona to Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile. The LEVEL services to Argentina and Chile were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, but will now resume regular PAX-freighter services using wide-body A330 aircraft. The Barcelona to Buenos Aires service will benefit from a special Christmas flights programme, and from 12th January will launch a three-weekly frequency; Barcelona to Santiago de Chile will commence on 22nd December, twice a week.

The announcement marks an important step in the continued development of trade between the Americas and Southern Europe. These routes are a vital link for importers and exporters in the regions who regularly transport products such as medical supplies, electronics and automotive parts, in addition to high demand perishables such as Chilean cherries and salmon, and Argentinean beef and fresh fruit.


Service continuity
News dGEODIS, a global logistics provider, has announced the continuation of its scheduled Own Controlled Network (OCN) service linking Europe and the USA. The current service, providing three full rotations each week, has been confirmed throughout 2021.

With transatlantic air freight capacity continuing to be tight and forecasted to remain so well into 2021, GEODIS is contracting freighters to operate within its OCN as part of its global AirDirect service offering. The 2021 schedule is confirmed between Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) and Chicago O’Hare (ORD) with three departures and three return flights a week.

Eric Martin-Neuville, Executive Vice President, Freight Forwarding of GEODIS said: “Our customers on both sides of the Atlantic have been suffering from a severe shortage of regular, guaranteed air freight options. We foresee this situation remaining for some time and so have committed resources to provide stability and assure the continuity of our service through the full year of 2021.”


New system arrives
News eEvolve Automation, the Leicester-based industrial robotics specialist is introducing a dynamic warehouse management system to the UK which, says the company, brings end-to-end systemisation, visibility and control to warehouse and logistics operations across most market sectors.

Called CORAX and developed by Dutch WMS experts Davanti Warehousing, the market-proven SaaS (software as a service) solution is fully cloud and web-based with an integrated mobile app and the flexibility to handle 1000 to 100,000 pallets.

P&O Ferrymasters is already using CORAX at two of its warehouse distribution hubs, the most recent being for its new 231,000 sq. ft. distribution centre located within DP World London Gateway – the deep-sea port and logistics park.

P&O Ferrymasters was looking for an accessible WMS that could be implemented quickly and that could keep pace with the company’s growth. To this end, CORAX is a SaaS product which can easily be scaled up and down so that as the company grows, CORAX grows with it. Furthermore, being a scalable product, no IT infrastructure or servers are required.

In keeping with P&O Ferrymasters’ Port-Centric strategy – to ensure end-to-end supply chains are increasingly efficient and effective with direct access to a central hub linking rail, road, deep sea and short sea – operations at the London Gateway P&O Centre, require constant and precise management.

Accordingly, CORAX is centrally managed and for P&O Ferrymasters, provides complete control of up to 20,000 mixed pallets, destined for literally hundreds of separate onwards journeys. Constant, automatic updates keep all parties informed and the system is both secure and sustainable. Furthermore, the elimination of paperwork and physical inventories saves time and cuts administration.

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