Peel Ports starts phase two of Liverpool terminal expansion plan

Peel Ports starts phase two of Liverpool terminal expansion plan

Peel Ports Group, owner of the Port of Liverpool, has pressed the button on the second phase of its expansion programme at Liverpool2, already one of the world's most modern shipping terminals.

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The company is to invest in equipment and port infrastructure works to expand the terminal and introduce further leading-edge port technology solutions.

This latest phase will include the installation of a further three ship to shore cranes (STS) and 10 cantilever rail mounted gantry cranes (CRMG). These will add to the previous five STS cranes and 12 CRMG cranes installed as part of Phase 1 which was opened in November last year. Liverpool2 will have the capacity to manage the unloading of two 380 metre vessels simultaneously.

There will also be additional reefer points installed to allow the terminal to handle even greater quantities of refrigerated containers at the Port of Liverpool.

Launched in November 2016, Liverpool2 represents a £400 million ($522 million) investment that provides a state-of-the-art ocean gateway for international trade to and from the UK. The deep water facility is capable of accommodating the world's largest container vessels and connects road, rail and canal networks linking directly to the heart of the UK mainland, accessing a catchment of over 35 million people, almost 58% of the UK's population.

Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports said: "This is an important step in the development of Liverpool2 and reflects our confidence and our long term commitment to positioning the North of England as a competitive route to international markets and a major port for global trade.
"The development of the project programme is now well underway. We are currently preparing the outline designs and would look to be in a position to appoint construction partners in spring of next year, with a view to commencement of construction shortly after. We anticipate a completion date for Phase 2 in 2019.
"The world class facilities which we have at Liverpool2 will allow us to capture and grow a greater share of the container market, offering cargo owners in the north of the country a more competitive route to market, getting their goods closer to their end destination.
"We are in a good place in our discussions with shipping lines; there are more opportunities on the horizon at the Port and our confidence is high as a result."

Peel Ports Group announced earlier this year that it had secured over 200 signatories for its Cargo200 initiative – a campaign calling on importers and exporters whose goods are destined for the North of England to switch delivery of ocean-freight from south-east ports to the Port of Liverpool. The port operator evidenced that by making the change, UK plc will save around £400 million a year as well as cut inland freight mileage by 200 million miles by 2020.

Hactl wins new Virgin Atlantic Cargo contract

Hactl wins new Virgin Atlantic Cargo contract

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) has been appointed as cargo ground handler for Virgin Australia's new services from Melbourne to Hong Kong. Hactl will provide terminal handling and all documentation.

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The five-times-weekly flights began on July 5th, using Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 14 tonne belly-hold capacity. Cargo sales on these Virgin Australia flights will be marketed by Virgin Atlantic Cargo, which also sells space on Virgin Australia's existing long-haul services from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne to Los Angeles.

Hactl has handled cargo on Virgin Atlantic's daily flights between Hong Kong and London Heathrow since they began in 1994.

Virgin Atlantic Cargo's Managing Director, John Lloyd said: "We welcome this opportunity to be extending our long-standing working relationship with Hactl. Having worked together for over 23 years, the Hactl team are well aware of the high service levels we expect for our customers and we are confident they will play an important role in helping us develop this great new route for Virgin Australia."

Hactl Chief Executive Mark Whitehead added: "There is strong demand for air cargo capacity from Hong Kong to Australia driven increasingly by e-commerce, and the new services are well-placed to tap into growing perishables traffic from Australia, destined for Hong Kong and China. These new Virgin Australia flights add significantly to the impressive collective coverage of the Hactl carrier community of over 100 airlines, amplifying interline and hub-and-spoke opportunities."

DB Cargo CEO says restructuring will put Euro Cargo Rail back on track

DB Cargo CEO says restructuring will put Euro Cargo Rail back on track

Deals over redundancies and recapitalisation sees major restructuring complete a key stage said CEO.

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Managing redundancies

Following negotiations with the unions in December 2016, ECR had originally expected to make 300 staff redundant under its restructuring plan but following some recent contract wins, it has said that it will now be shedding less than 130 staff, and 100 of those personnel have already been found employment at companies outside the DB group, mainly at Ouest Rail and SNCF Mobilités.

Recapitalisation bears fruit

On June 30 this year, the DB Cargo board approved a €150 million recapitalisation of ECR, which the latter says will enable it to pursue its recovery strategy. The companies said this is based on the principles of 'simplification, responsibility and quality'. This strategy is stemming the tide of losses, according to ECR, which is now expecting to break even by the end of 2018, following losses of more than €25 million in 2016.

"Through this recapitalisation, the highest in ECR's history, we are confirming our support to our subsidiary to help it remain the private freight leader on the French market," said Jurgen Wilder, CEO of DB Cargo.

Gottfried Eymer, CEO of Euro Cargo Rail added: "Despite a still very difficult context for rail freight, ECR has succeeded in completing major recovery steps as scheduled."

China's COSCO Shipping offers $6.3 billion to buy Orient Overseas Ltd

China's COSCO Shipping offers $6.3 billion to buy Orient Overseas Ltd

COSCO Shipping Holdings Co Ltd has offered to buy Orient Overseas International Ltd (OOIL) (0316.HK) for HK$49.23 billion ($6.30 billion), in a deal that will see COSCO become the world's third largest container liner.

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The proposed deal is the latest in the wave of mergers and acquisitions in global container shipping that sees the top six shipping lines controlling 63% of the market. OOIL's shipping subsidiary, OOCL, has a 2.7% share of the market.

COSCO Shipping is offering HK$78.67 for each OOIL share, a premium of 37.8% over OOIL's closing price of HK$57.10 on its last trading date, the companies said in filings with the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock exchanges on Sunday.

OOIL's controlling shareholders agreed on July 7 to sell their 68.7% stake at that price to COSCO Shipping, which is making the offer with Shanghai Port International Group (SIPG) that will take 9.9%, they said.

COSCO Shipping will have a fleet of more than 400 vessels and capacity exceeding 2.9 million TEUs should the deal go through, it said.

This would make it the world's third largest container shipping line after Denmark's Maersk Line and Switzerland's Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC). It is currently the fourth-largest behind France's CMA CGM.

"COSCO Shipping Holdings believes this acquisition will enable both COSCO Shipping Lines and OOIL to realise synergies, enhance profitability and achieve sustainable growth in the long term," the Chinese group said in the statement.

Nissan deploys Kinaxis Rapid Response software to speed its supply chain

Nissan deploys Kinaxis Rapid Response software to speed its supply chain

Kinaxis has announced that its RapidResponse software system will be used by Nissan Motor to plan concurrently across functions and time periods for end-to-end visibility across the entire supply chain.

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RapidResponse is intended to drive S&OP effectiveness through tight integration and alignment of all planning functions, facilitating continuous orchestration of an enterprise's operations performance.

Because the global automotive manufacturer operates in a complex and competitive environment, the company required a concurrent planning platform to enable a more efficient operation. Ultimately, Kinaxis RapidResponse was selected by Nissan to revolutionise their planning by improving accuracy and speed of its planning and decision-making.

"A robust supply and demand balancing system is critical for a global company to drive tangible business outcomes," said Koichiro Sakakibara, Manufacturing and SCM System Department at Nissan. "As RapidResponse is deployed, we will remove supply chain planning functional boundaries to gain a consolidated view of our entire supply chain. We see this as a long term relationship between our two companies and are convinced of the flexibility and scalability of RapidResponse to support future plans."

Concurrent planning collapses decision cycle times by connecting all links in the supply chain. RapidResponse's unique ability to allow customers to plan concurrently across the entire supply chain beyond the boundaries of an organisation and locations to make consensus based plans simultaneously and seamlessly. Concurrent planning helps organisations understand the interaction of supply chain decisions – how a change in one functional area will impact another, which enables better decisions faster.

Horizon Terminal Services launch Horizon Auto Logistics in Mexico

Horizon Terminal Services launch Horizon Auto Logistics in Mexico

Horizon Terminals have launched operations in Mexico, announcing the creation of Horizon Auto Logistics SA de CV at an event in Mexico City.

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"Following a rapid expansion in the US market where Horizon Terminals now operate in Freeport, Port Everglades and Jacksonville, the expansion into Mexico is a natural step in our development," said Per Folkesson, President of Horizon Terminal Services (pictured above with Peter Wooding and Sam Ogle of Three6Zero at right and left). ''With the success of the Mexican Automotive Industry and its development, we are excited to establish our presence in Mexico and are working on a number of interesting projects."

The operations commenced in Veracruz in June, through dedicated auto facilities inside the port and the off-port facility Puente Villa Rica located 15 km inland. Services offered include vessel cargo-handling, port-yard management, vehicle services inside the port, shuttle between port and off-port facilities including full yard and vehicle processing capabilities at the off-port facility. Distribution management and plant logistics are also on the menu of services offered.

To develop this market Horizon Terminals has partnered with Fast Terminal International, in which they hold a 50% stake. Folkesson continued, "In Fast Terminal International we see a lot of similarity in our broader ambition to create a new type of customer-orientated operation focusing on innovation, transparency and seamless management of autos for both exports, imports and in general distribution. Our IT capabilities, in particular are quite different from anything seen in the market today'".

Combined Horizon Terminal Services and Fast Terminals International control and operate 10 Auto Facilities across the Americas, offering Terminal Operations, Vessel Cargo-Handling, Yard and Plant Logistics, Vehicle Processing and Distribution Management.

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