This Weeks’ Snippets of Freight and Logistics News You May Have Overlooked

UK – This week we saw one of the UK’s oldest established names in shipping rebrand with a new website and contact addresses. Since opening a chandlery business in 1833 in Hull, close to the company’s current headquarters, the John Good name has seen many changes prior to this one. Now moving forward as John Good Logistics the group has gelled under a new domain name whilst email addresses now bear a suffix.

Despite this, the company says all previous contact methods will continue to get through, while stressing this is not a new company, merely a rebrand. UK – This week the Road Haulage Association (RHA) named Tom Reddy, at the time a driver for Moran Logistics, as its HGV Heroes 2020 winner. Tom, from Aylesbury, parked his truck under a bridge on the A47 just outside of Peterborough on 5 May last year as it looked like someone was going to jump onto the busy carriageway.

Together with another motorist he scrambled up the verge and climbed over railings onto the bridge before talking the man down. Tom, who now works for XPO Logistics, said: “I find the situation of being on that bridge very relatable having served in the military in an early part of my life.

I have had my struggles with mental health both at the time and in the years following so I am extremely sympathetic with anyone who finds themselves in that position. I am humbled to be the winner of this award and grateful of course to be recognised for it. I did nothing exceptional on that day apart from doing what I believe a human being should do.”

UK – Stena Line has confirmed details that it will be operating a new temporary weekend service between Holyhead and Belfast, starting on Friday 25th June. The extra capacity on the new route from Holyhead will be available until Sunday 18 July. Stena Estrid, one of Stena Line’s newest ships will provide the service which will accommodate a mix of freight and leisure traffic, with an estimated crossing time of approximately 8 hours. Stena Line says it is currently experiencing very high demand on its Belfast routes to Cairnryan and Liverpool so the addition of the temporary service will provide much needed additional capacity to and from Northern Ireland.

Furthermore, with present travel restrictions between Britain and Ireland in place, this new route will provide an additional travel option for people who might be considering ferry travel for the first time or who wish to visit Britain, Wales and Northern Ireland. QATAR – Construction is underway on the new GAC 27,000 m2 multi-user contract logistics facility after a ground breaking ceremony in the Ras Bufontas Free Zone. It follows the signing of an agreement between GAC and Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA) in February this year.

The facility is expected to be completed by early 2022. It will be built from sustainable materials, partly fuelled by solar power, have several energy-saving features and use recycled water in its operations. CANADA – SOUTH AMERICA – MEXICO – EUROPE – Since the virus hit in March 2020 Air Canada has operated more than 9,000 all-cargo flights using its wide-body passenger aircraft as well as cabin-converted Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft on international routes.

Now, with more planes converted to freighters, new cargo routes are to open this Autumn. The first 767 freighter will operate on routes linking Toronto to Miami, Quito, Lima, Mexico City and Guadalajara, the first time Air Canada Cargo will serve this destination. As more freighters enter service, additional flights in January of 2022 will further expand the network with the addition of Halifax and St.

John’s to Madrid and Frankfurt. The company says integrating 767 freighters optimises cargo capacity and complements the network as passenger flights resume. WORLDWIDE – The valuation and data provider VesselsValue, has added Small Dry Trade to its portfolio as well as having undergone a thorough review and update of its daily automated values.

As well as updated Values and Small Dry Trade, an extensive fleet search, transactions database and live AIS and GIS mapping and tracking tool is also now available. The current global Small Dry fleet consists of 10,196 vessels worth circa £43.09 billion with the most valuable vessel currently on the water the Tian You with a market value of £31.35 million. Christian Faber, Small Dry Commercial Analyst at VesselsValue said despite the sector not being in the spotlight it forms a major part of the shipping industry delivering a range of commodities from grain, gypsum, clay to timber, construction materials and wind turbine equipment, with the variety of ship types meaning they form a flexible asset.

JAPAN – WORLDWIDE – K Line has joined 21 companies from energy, mining, power utility, chemical, terminal, shipping, shipbuilding, manufacture, bunkering, and classification society companies in a study to establish the practicalities of using ammonia (NH3) as an alternative marine fuel beyond industry boundaries, to get ready for the IMO’s decarbonisation targets. US – Pat on the back time this week as the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) dished out the rewards for those in power who back the Jones Act, with Vice Chairman of the US Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Richard Shelby and Rep. John Garamendi, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and four of its subcommittees, including the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, both men receiving SCA Maritime Leadership Awards.

US – The Port of Oakland said this week that with ocean freight rates at a peak shipping lines do not have enough vessel space to meet demand. This and a chronic supply/demand imbalance foreshadow a continued import surge in Oakland and uncertainty for the future. Oakland handled 1.08 million TEU from January through May, an all-time high.

At that pace annual volume could surpass 2.6 million boxes for the first time ever in 2021. The port saw 26% jump in containerised imports last month compared to May 2020 with an upswing of 20% for the whole year on average, the latest affirmation that Asia-U.S. trade continues to grow, despite all the supply chain challenges. Exports were up 7% in May, but down 1% on the year so far.

WORLDWIDE – Secure Seas’ says its new, touch free, electronic payment platform provides financial security to seafarers by transferring their pay electronically, removing the antiquated and problematic system of cash distribution in US dollars.

This provides seafarers with basic facilities the rest of us take for granted: full access to their funds in their preferred currency, use of an International, non-jurisdictional bank account and debit card to withdraw cash or transfer funds home, and the ability to transfer payments via PC or smartphone.

Photo: XPO director Dan Myers (L) and RHA boss Richard Burnett, flank RHA Hero 2020 Tom Reddy.