Bosch introduces services to make life easier for truck drivers and logistics specialists

Bosch introduces services to make life easier for truck drivers and logistics specialists

Bosch is improving efficiency and safety in logistics by cutting costs, improving logistics chains, and making drivers’ lives easier: with technology to automate, connect, and electrify commercial vehicles.

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At the 67th IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover, the supplier of technology and services presented its innovations for tomorrow's freight traffic.

Bosch uses a new connectivity platform to connect commercial vehicles throughout their service life, providing the technological foundation for such cloud-based services as predictive diagnostics and over-the-air software updates. The platform has two main components: the basic software module is the secure communication interface between the vehicle, the cloud, and the services, while the data management module enables commercial vehicle manufacturers or fleet managers to organise vehicle data, analyze it, and keep the vehicle software continuously updated.

Vehicle downtime is usually unplanned and, particularly in the case of commercial vehicles, often results in significant economic damage. Bosch's predictive diagnostics registers and evaluates vehicle component and system states and continuously reports them to the cloud. Based on this data, faults can often be predicted and thus resolved in time.

In the future, Bosch's electronic horizon will become smarter with every trip. This service is based on high-definition maps with topographical data for the route ahead. Engine and transmission management then takes this data into account in order to select the most efficient driving strategy possible and further reduce consumption.

Bosch's Transport Data Logger provides freight monitoring and makes the goods supply chain transparent. Measuring around 10 square centimeters, the small box with integrated sensors monitors the transport of sensitive goods and measures temperature, humidity, tilt, and shock events during transport.

The digital mirror camera system developed by Bosch and Mekra Lang for side-view mirrors will go into production in 2019. It replaces the two large mirrors on the outside of the vehicle's cab with video sensors, which reduces drag and lowers fuel consumption by as much as 2%. Images from the cameras are displayed in real time on high-resolution monitors in the driver's cab.

To ensure easy and distraction-free operation of the ever expanding connectivity, driver assistance, and infotainment functions in trucks, Bosch is bringing digital instrument clusters into the cockpit. In addition to the conventional speedometer view, the display will show function information, route planning graphics, and images from the reversing camera or night-vision device, prioritised according to the driving situation.

Bosch's driver assistance systems such as turn warning, blind-spot recognition, predictive emergency braking and lne assists enhance the driving experience and improve the safety of commercial vehicles.

The Bosch Servotwin electrohydraulic steering system improves the efficiency and convenience of heavy commercial vehicles. It offers speed-dependent steering support and consumes less fuel than purely hydraulic steering.

The electric rear-axle steering system (eRAS) lets commercial vehicles with three or more axles use the leading and trailing axles to steer. This makes the turning radius smaller and reduces wear on the tyres.

Bosch is also working on electrifying commercial vehicles as well as making the commercial vehicle powertrain more efficient.

Höegh awarded “Best Shipping Line of the Year RoRo – Breakbulk Operator” in India

Höegh awarded “Best Shipping Line of the Year RoRo – Breakbulk Operator” in India

Höegh Autoliners has been awarded the “Best Shipping Line of the Year RoRo – Breakbulk Operator” at the third edition of the India Maritime Awards held in Mumbai, India.

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The event recognised companies and individuals for their excellence in the maritime and logistics sector in India. Höegh Autoliners was a proud recipient of the "Best Shipping Line of the Year RoRo Operator" award for the second time.

Aniket R. Patwardhan, Country Sales Manager, Höegh Autoliners India said, "We are honoured to have received the award for a second time, which recognises the service level and reputation of the company. With Höegh Autoliners having the largest share amongst our competitors in the Indian Automobile export, this is a great achievement to be recognised again as a leading RoRo and Breakbulk operator. The achievement comes down to the exceptional performance by our team."

Yusen Logistics UK acquire e-commerce market leader, ILG

Yusen Logistics UK acquire e-commerce market leader, ILG

The UK division of global logistics provider Yusen Logistics announced the acquisition of e-commerce delivery and fulfilment specialist ILG.

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It is anticipated that the acquisition (completed on the 1st August 2018) will result in a 12% revenue growth for Yusen Logistics pushing them towards being one of the UK's top 10 logistics providers.

Established in 1990, ILG is a fast-growing logistics provider for e-commerce warehousing, fulfilment and delivery. ILG's commitment to delivering the highest standards of service has led to significant growth over the last decade; quadrupling their facilities, which now offer over 175,000 square feet of warehousing, with over 220 employees serving more than 700 clients worldwide.

Yusen Logistics UK's expansion into the UK's fastest growing sector (e-commerce) is a direct response to changing market behaviour. Yusen Logistics provides full end-to-end international supply chain services which will now give ILG and its customers additional expertise in customs brokerage, cross-border logistics, and access to a further 82 locations with 7 million square feet of warehousing across Europe.

This strategic alliance connects Yusen's services with ILG's specialist knowledge, people and infrastructure to deliver full end-to-end B2B and B2C supply chain solutions to an industry high standard. By placing the customers' requirements at the centre of the operation, with tailored solutions to safeguard and protect products at every stage of the e-commerce process, ILG and Yusen Logistics will seek to make the seamless fulfilment and delivery an integral part and extension of the customer's brand deliverable.

Andy Fitt, Managing Director of Yusen Logistics (UK), commented: "This acquisition reinforces our commitment to continued investment in the UK and we're delighted to be joining forces with ILG. Our businesses complement each other perfectly and together we bring a new and compelling proposition to the market."

ILG Managing Director, Mike Stephenson, added: "Partnering with Yusen Logistics represents a huge opportunity for our customers and our people. Going forward, our customers will see new, enhanced services as well as the familiar high standards of care they've come to expect from us."

As part of the appropriate acquisition process, Yusen Logistics UK utilised the services of Eversheds Sutherland for commercial and legal advice, together with BDO for financial due diligence. No changes to the current ILG management team are expected, and it is very much 'business as usual' for all ILG customers.

ILG and Yusen Logistics share a commitment to ensure that the new alliance will deliver a successful future for all customers and employees.

Port Canaveral in high gear as two RO-RO Vessels load, unload vehicles

Port Canaveral in high gear as two RO-RO Vessels load, unload vehicles

Vehicle imports and exports at Port Canaveral revved up in the last week of July with the arrival and departure of the post-Panamax (PPX) shipping vessel Höegh Trotter and another RO/RO vessel, the NYK Auriga Leader.

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Höegh Autoliners' massive Höegh Trotter, the third PPX vessel to visit the Port, discharged new autos at the 16-acre AutoPort Canaveral, LLC facility as the nearby Auriga Leader loaded vehicles bound for Central and South America and the Caribbean.

"To have two RO/RO vessels importing and exporting vehicles simultaneously at the Port is an important milestone for our cargo operations and demonstrates our growing ability to accommodate multiple large-capacity vessels," Port CEO Captain John Murray said. "Central Florida's continued economic growth is spurring increased RO-RO business for our Port."

Built in 2016 with a capacity for 8,500 vehicles, the Höegh Trotter is 656 feet long, with a 121-foot beam and a 76,420 GWT. The vehicle carrier's home port is Oslo, Norway.

NYK's Auriga Leader was built in 2008. The vehicle carrier, with a 60,213 GWT, is also 656 feet long and has a 105-foot beam. Most of its cargo of vehicles is heading for ports in Panama and Costa Rica, but the vessel also is making stops in the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Colombia.

Post-Panamax shipping vessels now have access to Port Canaveral since the 2017 completion of a six-month deepening project of the Port's West Turning Basin. The project provided deeper draft vessel access equal to the authorised channel depth of -44 feet and involved the removal of more than 826,000 cubic yards of dredged material.

NYKANJI Car Transportation to operate under the new name of Shanghai NYK-ANJI Logistics

NYKANJI Car Transportation to operate under the new name of Shanghai NYK-ANJI Logistics

Shanghai NYK-ANJI Logistics Co. Ltd., a joint venture operated by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Yusen Logistics Co. Ltd., and ANJI Automotive Logistics Co. Ltd. (ANJI), has begun service under the new name.

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NYK and Yusen Logistics will use this collaboration to begin efforts to expand their supply chain logistics, particularly in the areas of auto parts logistics and finished car logistics.

Until recently, the company had been known as NYKANJI Car Transportation Co. Ltd., a joint venture founded in 2004 by ANJI (51%) and NYK (49%). Over the past decade, NYKANJI Car Transportation Co. Ltd. had offered land transportation for finished cars in China, especially for the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (Group), to which ANJI belongs, and a number of other automobile manufacturers.

To continue its sustainable development, the company's name was changed to Shanghai NYK-ANJI Logistics Co. Ltd. after Yusen Logistics, a core logistics company of the NYK Group, purchased 20% of NYK's share.

NYK has expertise in finished car logistics. In fact, NYK operates the world's largest car carrier fleet, and Yusen Logistics offers an ocean/air freight forwarding network and contract logistics service that makes good use of the company's global networks. ANJI has a strong presence in the warehouse and transportation business for China's automotive industry.

The three companies will combine their technology and expertise, and offer a high-quality integrated automotive logistics service that covers overseas parts procurement, finished car transportation, and the transportation of aftermarket parts that fully meets the various needs of customers.

NYK will work to deepen mutual collaboration through integrated automotive logistics service. In the new medium-term management plan "Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalisation and Green" that NYK recently released, the company emphasised strengthening its logistics, car carrier, and auto-logistics businesses to secure a stable profitable structure.

This collaboration with Yusen Logistics will be a concrete example of an integrated automotive logistics service and is expected to lead to further developments in the future.

ANJI has expertise in the field of rail transportation between China and Europe, as well as warehouse and transportation services in China. The company will be able to provide rail transportation to various customers in China.

The said business should be subject to any local applicable laws, regulations and special arrangements.

Toyota shows-off Hydrogen Fuel Cell powered zero emissions truck

Toyota shows-off Hydrogen Fuel Cell powered zero emissions truck

Toyota unveiled the second iteration of its hydrogen fuel cell electric Class 8 truck before a crowd of media and industry leaders during the Centre for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars in Northern Michigan.

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The new truck, known internally as "Beta," expands on the capabilities of Toyota's first Project Portal test vehicle by increasing the estimated range to more than 300 miles per fill. The truck also enhances versatility and maneuverability with the addition of a sleeper cab and a unique fuel cabinet combination that further increases cab space without increasing wheelbase.

Since it first began operation in April 2017, the Project Portal "Alpha" truck has logged nearly 10,000 miles of testing and real-world drayage operations in and around the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles while emitting nothing but water vapor. The Beta vehicle will begin drayage operations in the fall, increasing the Ports' zero emission trucking capacity and further reducing the environmental impact of drayage operations.

Project Portal 2.0 builds on the lessons learned from the launch of the Alpha vehicle in 2017. The first heavy-duty truck was the result of a true skunkworks effort within Toyota that moved from initial concept to a fully-capable drayage truck driving silently out of a Michigan garage in just over a year. Engineers and technicians worked long hours to reconfigure the wire harnesses, electronics and other components of two off-the-lot Mirai fuel cell electric cars to create one of the world's first OEM-built zero-emission heavy trucks.

The results of their work continue to impress. With a gross combined weight capacity of 80,000 lbs. and a driving range of more than 200 miles per fill, the 670-plus horsepower Alpha truck produces 1325 pound-feet of torque from two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12kWh battery. Project Portal Beta maintains these torque and horsepower numbers while also extending the range of the vehicle and pushing forward on other key performance metrics.

"By evaluating the first truck in our test facilities and on the actual roads in the LA area, we made a list of improvements for the Beta truck build process and performance enhancements," said Andrew Lund, chief engineer for the project. He continued, "We needed to move beyond a proof of concept, which the first truck accomplished, to something that is not only better than the original but is also more commercially viable."

"Our goal with the first truck was to see if it could be accomplished, and we did that," said senior manager for Toyota's North American Electrified Vehicle & Technologies Office, Craig Scott. "This time we're looking at commercial viability. We want to help make a difference—a significant difference when it comes to the air quality not only in the LA area, but across the U.S. and around the globe."

This announcement is a continuation of Toyota's Environmental Challenge 2050 efforts to eliminate CO2 emissions from its Toyota Logistics facility at the Port of Long Beach. Toyota has previously announced the construction of the Tri-Gen facility which will be the first megawatt-sized carbonate fuel cell power generation plant with hydrogen fueling in the world. The 100% renewable plant will use agricultural waste to generate water, electricity, and hydrogen that will support Toyota Logistics Services' (TLS) operations at the Port of Long Beach.

Port of Savannah receives first deliveries from the vessel Stork

Port of Savannah receives first deliveries from the vessel Stork

The Georgia Ports Authority welcomed the container ship Stork on its maiden voyage.

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The vessel, part of the Ocean Network Express (ONE) shipping company, has a capacity of 14,026 twenty-foot equivalent units. The newly built Stork was just delivered to ONE on June 12.

"It's an honor to welcome this distinctive ship to the Port of Savannah," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "Vessels in the 14,000-plus range represent the future of global shipping, and play to Savannah's strengths of space, infrastructure and cargo fluidity."

At the 1,200-acre Garden City Terminal, five cranes will move more than 4,000 containers on and off the vessel, including 3,432 export containers and 655 import boxes.

The vessel is the first to call on Savannah featuring the ONE line's distinctive color.

"Magenta is very symbolic of our new company's independent and innovative approach to global container shipping," said Jeremy Nixon, CEO of the ONE alliance. "Magenta, we also hope, will improve safety, and make the ONE Stork, and her sister-ships, much more visible to all the many other vessels that may pass her in close proximity over the course of her full trading life."

According to the shipping line, the Stork makes use of state-of-the-art vessel design for improved efficiency. The ship's hull shape allows improved cargo-loading efficiency, achieved by minimised engine-room space. Additionally, the main engine's dual, high- or low-output system allows flexible operation and improved fuel-consumption, resulting in a significant reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.

The Stork is deployed on The Alliance's EC4 service (Asia to North America East Coast).

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