Automotive Purchasing Weekly 19 February 2015 - page 28

Port of Antwerpopens trainingcentre
13 February 2015 | Supply Chain
The port of Antwerp is to offer training for
port professionals in India as of February
this year, with courses given in a specially
equipped training centre.
The Memorandum of Understanding
outlining the conditions for this collaboration
was signed on February 12 at a ceremony
in Mumbai in the presence of Marc Van
Peel, Antwerp Port Alderman, and Eddy
Bruyninckx, CEO of Antwerp Port Authority.
The two Antwerp representatives each
presented an introductory lecture about
the port of Antwerp, as a foretaste of the
teaching syllabus.
Knowledge through friendship
The series of lectures is being organised
by APEC, the international port training and
education centre.
Since it was first set up 37 years ago
APEC has trained more than 14,000 port
professionals from 150 countries. The
courses cover subjects such as port
management, infrastructure development &
maintenance, and safety and ISPS-related
The course material on offer to the Indian
port sector is currently being analysed in
detail so that the courses can be precisely
tailored to the requirements.
The Jawaharal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT),
the largest container port in India, will
initially be the main customer for the APEC
training programme.
The Indian port has set itself the target
of handling 10 million TEU (twenty-foot
equivalent units, i.e. standard containers)
by as early as next year. By comparison, the
port of Antwerp handled just under 9 million
TEU last year.
“To reach this objective we must invest in
the skills and abilities of our port personnel,”
declared N.N. Kumar, Chairman of JNPT.
“APEC is able to demonstrate relevant
experience in training port professionals.
Furthermore, Antwerp is an important trading
partner of India. Thanks to this offer we will
be able to further expand the collaboration
between our two ports.”
The MoU has been made for a period of
five years.
JNPT APEC Port Training Centre
The first series of lectures will be given
in the week of 23 February for 30 or so
port professionals. The lectures will initially
be held in temporary facilities until the
permanent premises are ready for the JNPT
APEC Port Training Centre.
The training centre will ultimately be
located in JNPT port, although professionals
from other Indian ports are welcome to
follow courses there. In addition courses
will be organised in Antwerp as part of this
Grimaldi Groupstrengthens Italy-
12 February 2015 | Supply Chain
Grimaldi Group further strengthens its
Motorways of the Sea network in the
Mediterranean with the resumption of the
direct connection, dedicated to passengers
and freight, between Ravenna, Igoumenitsa
and Patras.
Starting February 16, the 2003-built Italian
flag ferry Catania will be deployed on this
route. With a length of 186 metres and a gross
tonnage of 26,000 tons, the m/vessel Catania
is able to transport 2,250 linear metres of
rolling cargo, 170 cars and 1,000 passengers
at a speed of 23 knots, thus not only
guaranteeing increased loading capacity, but
also a fast and efficient service.
Besides serving the line between Ravenna
and Greece, the ferry Catania will also call at
the port
of Trieste every Saturday. This departure
will be added to the two departures already
offered every Wednesday and Thursday by
the Greek ferry operator Minoan Lines, a
Grimaldi Group company.
Thanks to these latest enhancements, the
Grimaldi Group, through the Grimaldi Lines
and Minoan Lines brands, will offer a wide
selection of freight and passenger transport
services between Italy and the ports of
Igoumenitsa and Patras.
In total, the Group will offer three weekly
departures both ways from North-Eastern Italy
(Trieste), two departures both ways from the
North-Central Italy (Ravenna), six departures
both ways from Central Italy (Ancona) and
daily departures both ways from Southern
Italy (Brindisi). The weekly loading capacity
offered by the Group between the two shores
of the Adriatic Sea will be able to meet the
needs of the most demanding customers.
Data Interchange: understanding the
benefitsofMMOG/LEv4 for Supply
16 February 2015 | Supply Chain
Data Interchange, in conjunction with carmakers such as FCA, GM and Ford, will host a
series of free global Materials Management Operations Guidelines/Logistics Evaluation
(MMOG/LE) v4 seminars.
Destined to take place across Europe
and the US from February 16 to April 16, the
seminar aims to offer delegates a thorough
understanding of the benefits of MMOG/LE
v4 for supply chain management and explain
how MMOG/LE v4 improves accuracy whilst
reducing costs associated with errors and
Speaking about the seminar, a statement
released by the company said: “The
automotive industry demands a responsive,
efficient and agile approach to supply chain
management. Balancing the changing needs
of customers with available resources is no
easy task. It is therefore vital that our global
supply chain partners can identify and react
to the demands of our growing business
requirements. The MMOG/LE v4 seminars
are therefore designed to support the
implementation of this supply chain industry
standard for the automotive sector.
“Global MMOG/LE is therefore fast
becoming a key element of the OEM supply
chain development strategy and evaluation
Digital Barrierswins
European rail operator
16 February 2015 | Supply Chain
Digital Barriers announced that it has secured an initial contract with one of Europe’s largest
railway operators to supply its Integrated Surveillance Platform for the protection of train
and freight depots.
Digital Barriers, the specialist provider
of advanced surveillance technologies’
Integrated Surveillance Platform (ISP)
surveillance and intrusion alerts for remote
and inaccessible locations, combining with
existing infrastructure and surveillance
assets to provide maximum value for money
and use of legacy systems.
ISP is designed around the group’s TVI and
RDC technologies, which were specifically
designed to address the limitations of
conventional technologies. In addition to
transportation, ISP is used for protection of
critical infrastructure - such as oil and gas
installations - as well as border protection,
maritime security and law enforcement.
The Digital Barriers team has been
designing surveillance systems for rail and
mass-transit networks for more than 20
years, providing us with unique insights into
the challenges associated with deploying
systems trackside, on rail and transit cars
and throughout busy terminals. Its range
of solutions includes equipment designed
to operate in challenging environments, for
long periods of uninterrupted performance,
for both security and safety.
The Group already works with leading
international organisations responsible
for operating some of the world’s most
notable overland rail, mass-transit, airport
and seaports. However, this contract with
a leading European railway operator is of
particular importance for the company as it
is the first sale of its flagship ISP technology
into the transportation sector.
Valued at approximately €0.28 million,
the contract is expected to be delivered in
the current financial year and should lead
to further sales with the same customer
next financial year. Furthermore, success in
this contract will serve as a proof point for
the potential application of ISP technology
across the transportation sector.
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