American Airlines expands its European trucking services

American Airlines expands its European trucking services

American Airlines Cargo has expanded and extended its European trucking network this summer to better serve an even greater number of customers.

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The trucking services operate using flight numbers, connecting offline cities and online points with the rest of the airline's global network, via the 450-plus flights that depart from Europe every week.

With multiple truck options per night, American can link together key European cities, which helps maintain high load factors, and increases capacity and routing options for customers. The Netherlands, Germany and France all feed nightly freight into the airline's London Heathrow (LHR) operation, which operates 20 flights per day direct to the US. Almost 4.5 million pounds (2 million kilos) per month is now fed into the online destinations for carriage on the company's aircraft.

"Operating trucking services from across Europe into London enables us to reach cargo markets that we wouldn't otherwise be able to serve," said Andy Cornwell, regional manager, American Airlines Cargo Sales – northern Europe. "It has enabled us to become a major player in a number of markets where we don't have direct lift. By offering overnight trucks, we now can serve customers in countries like Denmark, Hungary and beyond."

In the last 12 months, American has increased cargo lift out of Heathrow with the introduction of more freight-friendly aircraft, such as the Boeing 777-300 and Boeing 787. These aircraft provide American with the capacity to serve additional markets.

New trucking services from Lyon, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Marseilles, France, along with Frankfurt, Germany, have also been set up to serve American's seasonal flights from Barcelona (BCN) to Chicago (ORD).

"Our French team could see that we had an opportunity to maximise capacity from Spain by launching dedicated trucking services to connect with our flights," said Kathleen Lesage, regional manager, American Airlines Cargo Sales – western Europe. "And, with those southern cities being much closer in miles to Spain than Paris, it made perfect sense."

The UK export airfreight market, combined with the extra freight from across Europe—thanks to the expanded trucking network—has been key for the American team in Europe, enabling them to set record after record for the pounds shipped on an individual day into and out of LHR.

ŠKODA AUTO opens automated warehouse for small-sized parts in its Kvasiny, Czech Republic plant

ŠKODA AUTO opens automated warehouse for small-sized parts in its Kvasiny, Czech Republic plant

The construction of the automated warehouse (AKL) is one of the biggest logistics projects in the brand's recent history; the OEM has invested over €8 million ($9.3 million) in the project.

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ŠKODA has said that the Kvasiny-based automatic warehouse for small-sized parts will enhance the efficiency of handling the increasingly diverse types of material and make the on-site logistics processes even more flexible.

"With the new automatic warehouse for small-sized parts opened in Kvasiny, we continue our journey to automating the process of shelving and picking small-size parts at ŠKODA AUTO," says ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Production and Logistics Michael Oeljeklaus. "The AKL technology will increase our efficiency and productivity, make our logistics processes more effective, help us reduce material inventories and enhance the ergonomic and occupational-safety parameters of our workplaces."

The uniqueness of the warehouse lies in the degree of automation. The solution comprises a system of automatic shelving carried out by camera-fitted robots and automatic robot-aided picking, lifting tables and pusher. The robot reloads boxes from the conveyor to the trolley completely automatically without any human intervention.

The Kvasiny plant produces, among the others, the ŠKODA KODIAQ and ŠKODA SUPERB and will soon be launching production of the new ŠKODA KAROQ. In its AKL facility small-size parts are stored in a central location inside the parts warehouse, and the shelving and picking processes are fully automatic. From the AKL the parts are transported directly to the assembly line, using a Just-In-Sequence system, thus in the exact order in which they should be used. The new AKL in Kvasiny offers a capacity of 45,000 small load carriers (KLT).
The construction work in Kvasiny started in January 2016, and the AKL is expected to achieve annual cost savings of more than €1 million.

Stena Line to add extra North Sea freight capacity on Rotterdam to Harwich route

Stena Line to add extra North Sea freight capacity on Rotterdam to Harwich route

In response to demand on the route from Rotterdam (Europoort) to Harwich, Stena Line is to increase capacity by changing to larger ships.

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The current RoRo ships the Capucine and Severine which operate twice daily from Europoort in the Netherlands and Harwich in the UK will be replaced by larger ships, the RoRo ships MV Misada and MV Misina, when their present charter contracts expire in January 2018. As a result, the overall freight capacity of the route will increase by approximately 20%.

The change coincides with the expected completion of a second berth in Europoort, part of a significant investment programme in the port to ensure it develops into a strong multipurpose freight transport hub. The capacity expansion is also linked to Europoort developing as an important rail freight connection point to and from the UK.

Annika Hult, Trade Director at Stena Line North Sea said: "I am very pleased to announce that we will now take the next step in the strategic development of our Rotterdam (Europoort) – Harwich route. We have seen a strong growth in the transport market to the UK over the past several years and we are currently trading at very high utilisation on this route. This has been further fuelled by freight volumes arriving to Europoort by train. The current rail connections between Poznan, Poland and Europoort, which changed ownership earlier this year, are running very well. We believe that this combination of rail and RoRo transportation will only increase in the future."

"The new vessels will be chartered on a time-charter contract and will consequently be fully manned. Unfortunately, this will impact our onboard staff. As a company, we want to avoid as many redundancies from happening as reasonably possible and we will be looking at all available options including redeployment to other vessels within Stena Line," she concluded.

Rudolph Logistics Group launching logistics centre in Spartanburg US

Rudolph Logistics Group launching logistics centre in Spartanburg US

Rudolph Logistics Group, the international logistics service provider, is launching a new warehousing operation in Spartanburg County, South Carolina (S.C.) in the US.

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The Germany-based company is projected to bring more than $18 million of capital investment and create at least 150 new jobs, reports Spartanburg.com.

Headquartered in Baunatal, Germany, Rudolph Logistics Group is a globally-active logistics and supply chain company that develops and provides comprehensive solutions for a wide range of industries. With an emphasis on the automotive and transportation sectors, the group offers a variety of services to optimise its clients' supply chains.

Located in Caliber North Business Park in Greer, S.C., the company will be moving into a 171,000-square-foot logistics centre that will provide comprehensive services for the automotive industry. Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in October 2017.

Greenock in Scotland welcomes its largest ever container vessel

Greenock in Scotland welcomes its largest ever container vessel

Scotland's deepest container terminal has welcomed the largest container vessel ever to berth at the port.

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Greenock Ocean Terminal hosted the 267 metre MSC POHORJE, which has a capacity of 4,045 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units), for 28 hours. The stopover saw the Clydeport team load 500 TEUs of Scottish spirits destined for Le Havre, France.

Andrew Hemphill, Port Director, Peel Ports Clydeport said: "This is a fine example of how our connections with Liverpool are adding real value to our customers who are experiencing an increase in export demand.

"The new deep-water Liverpool2 container terminal is opening up a lot of exciting options for importers and exporters. As part of the Peel Ports Group we're ideally placed to offer those benefits to businesses in Scotland. I am very much looking forward to welcoming more vessels like the POHORJE from Liverpool."

Earlier this year, Greenock Ocean Terminal announced its intention to handle 200,000 TEUs a year by 2021, which represents a 100% increase on today's 100,000 units.

Plans to grow the terminal have also been drawn up to help the team reach their ambitions, including a 150m quayside extension to support larger vessels coming in.

Greenock ocean terminal key facts and figures
· Feeder services that connect with Southampton, Liverpool, Belfast, Dublin, Irlam, Bilbao, Le Havre, Antwerp and Rotterdam
· 372 metre of quayside with an unrestricted draft of 11.7 metre
· 50-acre site, with great connectivity to M8
· Three large shore-side container cranes (32 metre reach across)
· 10 straddle carriers
· Two empty container stackers
· Variety of forklifts from 1-14 tonnes
· 25,000 sq m of modern multi-user warehousing
· Container loading and unloading carried out on site
· Over 80 reefer points, with plans to increase to 100+
· M&R repair facilities on site
· Container weighing.

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