Jafza has reinforced its position as the location of choice for the industry by handling over 800,000 vehicles including exports to over 175 countries in 2017. Additionally, total automotive trade reached an approximate total of $10.8 billion, accounting for around 21% of Dubai's total trade value of approximately $50.3 billion for the sector over the same period.
Jafza exhibited its services as a premier business location at Automechanika Frankfurt featuring customised platforms and logistics solutions such as storage and distribution, transportation management and customs brokerage.
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DP World, said: "We've built the most sophisticated and efficient integrated port-and-free zone model at Jafza and Jebel Ali Port giving companies the ability to set up operations and work on growing their business. Our customer focused approach helps businesses develop their products and services and adapt rapidly to the demands of local and regional markets. Jebel Ali provides access to many global markets supported by one-stop business solutions. We're nurturing the automotive trade and are geared for growth, providing the best services for the sector in the region."
There are over 500 automotive companies from 62 countries that have established a presence in Jafza, including industry leading Fortune 500 firms such as Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, GM, and Bridgestone.
Over 78% of the UAE's used car imports are via Jebel Ali, moreover, 70% of all spare part imports in Dubai are re-exported to more than 150 countries.
Bringing together more than 650 attendees, including including representatives of the European Commission, transport policymakers, representatives of the European logistics, ports and maritime sector, the event is in its 22nd and this year saw some lively debates.
Grimaldi Group managing director Emanuele Grimaldi opened the convention with a speech outlining the format, of working sessions discussing some of the burning issues facing the sector today. He spoke of the global topic of environmental regulation being seen as an opportunity, thanks to the contribution of expert players in the regulatory sector, such as speaker Mr Ugo Salerno, CEO of the RINA certification company.
Technology progress was also addressed in detail, with input from Mikael Makinen, President of Rolls Royce Marine who spoke of the tremendous efforts being made by companies like Rolls Royce Marine to bring clean technology to marine propulsion.
Public institutions were well represented, with the President of Eastern Sicily Ports Andrea Annunziata and the Managing Director of the Mediterranean Short Sea Network Ennio Cascetta making significant contributions to discussions.
A further panel addressed challenges in Greece's domestic ferry market and its potential recovery, with speeches from the Secretary General of the Ministry of Shipping & Maritime Affairs, Dionysios Temponeras. Manolis Tsagarakis from the Shipping Division of the National Bank of Greece, and George Xiradakis, Managing Director of XRTC Financial consultants.
The theme of short sea shipping was also approached from an industrial perspective, with the shipowner view of Dimitriadis Eugenides, President of Eugenides Group, and Guido Grimaldi, speaking as president of Italian Shipowners Association Short Sea Shipping and President of ALIS logistic association, and with Antonis Maniadakis, Managing Director of the Greek Short Sea company Minoan Lines. The Port Authority view was represented by the President of the Port of Igoumenitsa, Andreas Ntais.
Grimaldi Group's commitment to the environment
Emanuele Grimaldi spoke about the promises the Grimaldi Group made in 2017, to order a series of 10 green giant newbuilding, halving the emissions per ton and sailing with clean electricity only, when in port. He said of the order: "We kept the faith and exceeded it with a 12 ships order, out of which 3 ice-class. For the size and technological content, these units will be the roro flagships not only within our Group, but also at a global scale. Last year by this date we welcomed also the delivery of the Grande Baltimora, the first unit of a series of 10 green giant car carriers for the deep sea routes. The deliveries have continued with the Grande Philadelphia and Grande New York. Again, crossing the frontier of modernity thanks to their size, cargo flexibility and low consumption score."
Grimaldi went on to talk of the consolidation of efforts by shipping companies, highlighting Grimaldi's moves: "In a fast but changing world, moulded by globalisation, consolidation is a must and comes together with R&D and sustainable policy. Grimaldi Group is totally committed to sustainability and to the reduction of emissions. In this respect we have invested in silicon coating cycles on 80 ships, propulsion system upgrades on 30 ships and scrubbers installed on 26 ships in service." He said that these investments were bearing fruit: "Last year only, despite cargo tons transported increased by 11%, the Co2 emissions produced per nautical mile were reduced by 3.3% and So2 by 6.2%."
Investment and diversification
Emanuele Grimaldi went on to talk about how Grimaldi is an integrated logistical Group, with 62% of its human resources working at sea and over 38% on land: "It is logical that the strategic increase in numbers, capacity and technological content of ships has gone arm in arm with a growing terminal and agency service demand. That's why the Group have also plans of investment in new quays, multilayer car parks and terminals, solar panels and windmill in ports, heavy equipment and cranes in Antwerp, Hamburg, Wallhamn, Salerno, Catania, Savona, Valencia, Barcelona, Lagos, Uusikaupunki and Travemunde.
He talked of the Minoan [passenger ship] company and its future: "If we were to label the year just passed, in Grimaldi Group we would have named it 'the Greek year'. Our sister company ACL also is having its new start with the five new G4 ships, but in a totally different and deteriorated North Atlantic scenario, with a freight war among container carriers, high oil prices, congestion in ports and custom duties war among the European and US blocks. ACL is the only piece in Grimaldi Group which is somehow exposed to container price wars, but it is solidly facing the cycle leaning on the low level of debt, on the high carbon efficiency, on the flexible intake of its conro ships, the biggest on the market, and on a tight cost cutting programme ongoing."
A finely tuned machine
Speaking on the Group's activities in the Baltic, Grimaldi said: "Whilst Minoan is gearing up for growth and ACL is navigating in very difficult waters, after a long run-up Finnlines is getting up to speed and burning records. During 2018 Finnlines bought back and retrofitted its flagship Europalink, lengthened six ships and ordered three new ones with a capacity of 5,400 lm each. All this is leading to multiple upgrades of the fleet plan connecting southern and northern parts of the Baltic with an unprecedented offer of lane metres and departures.
"While the Baltic business is a fine tuned working machine, the west Mediterranean is an open workshop. In the first semester of 2018 Grimaldi hit the gas on passenger routes launching the Salerno-Catania ropax line and reinforcing the passenger offer from the Continental ports of Livorno and Salerno to both Sicily and Sardinia. Outcome was a an increase of 200.000 passengers more travelling with Grimaldi Lines compared to the same period of last year. Also cargo service was upgraded with the introduction of superior tonnage in Italian Domestic Cabotage Lines, with the strengthening of the East-West European bridge concepts and introduction of new lines from Spain via Italy and to Turkey and vice versa.
"Both Euro-Med and deepsea oceanic lines are more of a stable business, based on big car manufacturer multiannual contracts and import/export steady flows of mostly full loads, project and used vehicles. Also in this perimeter of business, large newbuildings are phasing in helping both economies of scale and scope, and allowing for some fleet plan optimisation and introduction of new ports, like Tuxpan, in Mexico or Davisville in the US."
Digitalisation and labour
Grimaldi spoke about digitalisation and how the Group is making advances: "We are involved in studying and pilot projects in Europe for big data management, automatisation, custom simplification and cybersecurity. We are also unifying and connecting our software systems within our Group, onboard and between agencies and clients."
On the perennially difficult subject of manpower, he said: "We are investing in human resources. Safety and security of seamen is a key area of action. In this domain we are adhering in these weeks for example to the multiple requests coming from Unions to exceed national law levels of security and grant on all our ropax ships the application of Athens protocol, embarking only communitarian people on all ropax ships running amid european ports. By this point of view, we are perhaps among the better example of compliance in Europe. Indeed, despite what competitors misleading information may say, within the end of this year our Group will employ only EU seamen on all its ropax ships both in Italy and Greece, but also in Finland, Sweden, Germany and Spain.
"A special thank should go to those of them doing heavy duty jobs onboard, who are the real working engine of shipping. Finally, I would like to thank all our clients for supporting us more and more also this year. Prizes and Awards are welcome to us, but what we appreciate most is the choice you make of our services every day."
"We're preparing to redefine the Port of Savannah as not simply the load centre for the Southeastern US, but as the port of choice for major inland markets east of the Mississippi River," Lynch (pictured) said.
During his presentation to nearly 1,400 people, including Gov. Deal, Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, Congressman Buddy Carter, other elected officials and business leaders from across the state and nation, Lynch detailed projects that include the Mason Mega Rail facility, which will double the Port of Savannah's rail capacity to 1 million lifts per year by 2020; new equipment purchases including eight additional ship-to-shore cranes and 64 additional rubber-tired gantry cranes; gate and container storage expansions, berth improvements and off terminal road additions.
"Almost eight years ago, Gov. Nathan Deal established a goal to make Georgia the best state in the nation to do business by providing state government, business leaders and our ports what they needed to make that happen," said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood. He noted that since Governor Deal took office in 2011, the Port of Savannah has grown by 45% or an additional 1.2 million TEUs; the harbour deepening project has been approved and is now 50% complete; and, state transportation improvements like the Jimmy Deloach Parkway ensure that cargo moves more efficiently and without delay.
In just the past year, GPA handled a record 4.2 million TEUs, for an impressive 8.4% increase, or 325,000 additional units. Intermodal rail lifts surged to 435,000, an increase of 16.1%, or more than 60,000 additional moves, another GPA record.
Lynch expressed thanks for the leadership provided by state and local economic development authorities for helping to land 29 port-related projects in Fiscal Year 2018, bringing more than $1 billion in investment and 4,741 jobs to Georgia.
"Industries are drawn to Georgia by its growing population, economic energy and its superior connectivity to important centres of production and commerce," Deal said. "Companies that ship through Georgia's ports benefit from superior road and rail infrastructure, and more global container services than any other port on the U.S. East Coast."
Over the past year, Lynch said, the Savannah market has seen record private investment in industrial real estate. In FY2018, developers added more than 6 million square feet of industrial space, according to Collier's International. The area's vacancy rate was still only 0.5% by the end of the year. Strong market demand has resulted in an unprecedented 9.75 million square feet currently under construction.
Work on the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) is expected to be finished in late 2021. "Thanks to Governor Deal's leadership, US Senator Isakson and Perdue, Congressman Buddy Carter and the entire Georgia delegation, the construction project is fully funded this year," said Lynch.
As deeper water allows larger vessels to call on the Port of Savannah, the GPA, along with its state partners, will be examining future infrastructure requirements, including air draft capacity of the Talmadge Bridge. Although no such vessels currently call on the US East Coast, the port could handle some vessels up to 19,000 TEU capacity.
"At the GPA, we are not only focused on expanding capacity on and off our terminals, but we are committed to finding, training and retaining the next generation of port professionals," Lynch said.
The Czech Republic's fast growing automotive industry accounts for one fifth of the country's industrial production. Automotive production is centred around Škoda Auto's facility in Mladá Boleslav. The plant is served by numerous suppliers and component manufacturers. More than a half of the top 100 automotive industry supply firms have bases in the Czech Republic, and most are located in the northern part of Central Bohemia near the core area around Mladá Boleslav. The current trend is for suppliers to seek facilities close to automotive production plants to reduce travel distances and increase the flexibility of product deliveries.
"The launch of the manufacture of Škoda Auto's new models for 2019 and 2020 and the planned development in the electric car segment is increasing demands on the suppliers of certain components. As a result, land available for the construction of production and storage facilities is disappearing fast. At P3 Mladá Boleslav, we still have space to build three warehouses of 15,000 square metres, 5,000 square metres, and 3,500 square metres respectively in just six months," explains Tomáš Míček, P3's Country Head for the Czech Republic.
P3 Mladá Boleslav park is located in the Plazy industrial zone, only five minutes' drive from Škoda Auto's plant. There are currently two companies in occupation at the plant: one of the world's leading suppliers of acoustic components for the automotive industry, HP-Pelzer and Yapp Czech Automotive, a company specialising in the development and manufacture of plastic fuel systems.
"We have extensive experience of working with customers from the automotive industry and catering to their specific requirements for warehouses. These can include a larger-than-normal number of skylights, reinforced roof, high lighting intensity, and electricity requirement three to four times above standard. In addition, warehouses for this sector need to have appropriate amenities for employees, including office space, changing rooms and relaxation zones. Another factor is parking, plus care must be taken to build roads with a sufficient capacity to accommodate the high number of incoming and outgoing vehicles during shift changes," Míček said.
As much as Škoda Auto's suppliers complement one another in terms of product ranges, they are competitors when it comes to securing human resources and facilities for production and storage. They often look for land not only in the Mladá Boleslav district, but in the Liberec region as well. At present, however, there are very few suitable opportunities left in either area.
JAXPORT's container volumes are up 20% year–to–date in fiscal year 2018. Taking into account volumes moving through private terminals, Jacksonville's port is on track to surpass last year's record-setting 1.3 million TEUs. JAXPORT's fiscal year runs Oct. 1- Sept. 30.
The port's Asian container volumes continue to show significant growth, up 10 percent year–to–date with nearly 382,000 TEUs moved so far in 2018. JAXPORT offers service from all three of the world's major shipping alliances and the deepening of Jacksonville's shipping channel to 47 feet to accommodate even more cargo aboard the largest ships is well underway.
JAXPORT's Puerto Rican volumes are up 34% to date in FY2018 with nearly 669,700 TEUs moved. As the primary U.S. port for commercial trade with Puerto Rico, JAXPORT and its partners continue to supply aid to the residents following Hurricane Maria's devastation in September 2017.
Jacksonville is Florida's No. 1 container port complex by volume. JAXPORT offers worldwide cargo service from more than 40 ocean carriers, including direct service with Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, the Caribbean and other key markets.
Juan Carlos Castellanos, Solutions Manager at DSV in Mexico, said: "Our international customers will benefit from a truly state-of-the-art warehousing option at this location – managed and staffed by our own DSV employees".
The warehouse offers a variety of services, including warehousing and value-added services such as inspections and re-works undertaken by DSV's own specialised and professional staff.
Marcela Villareal, Sales Manager at DSV, adds:"This is the first of three warehouse consolidation projects we are working on in Mexico. This consolidation will help the Mexican region position itself for growth and synergies."
The new warehouse replaces two old warehouses each the size of 100,000 square feet. All existing customers were transferred from the old warehouses with no problems or downtime.
Reyvid Villega, Vice President Solutions in DSV Mexico, concluded:"We are looking forward to exceeding our customers' expectations and serving their needs. This new warehouse is an exciting step in growing DSV's presence in Mexico."
Every year, for over 20 years now, Groupe CAT teams have assisted international vehicle manufacturers in the preparation and installation of their vehicles throughout the event.
Several weeks prior to the show, Groupe CAT receives and prepares the vehicles to 'showroom' mode at its site in Valenton: activation/deactivation of certain functionalities for reasons of safety and installation of specific accessories. The vehicles are then transported to the exhibition centre and installed following the strict specifications of each brand. Finally, the Groupe CAT teams ensure a very detailed aesthetic preparation, again following the specifications of each manufacturer.
After the dedicated press and networking days, the stands are reconfigured overnight and the vehicles changed, to exhibit those best adapted to the general public.
Throughout the show, a 24/7 aesthetic and technical maintenance team is on standby for the manufacturers, ensuring that every vehicle is always presented in the best possible manner.
After the show, Groupe CAT takes charge of regrouping the vehicles at its Valenton logistics platform, including an expert appraisal for any damage/deterioration and carrying out any repairs necessary.
Over 30 employees from the Group's different French subsidiaries are mobilised throughout the show. They have built up significant expertise in car show procedures, thus positioning Groupe CAT as the foremost logistics operator on this market.