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King Abdullah of Jordan visits Schiphol cargo facilities

The king of Jordan has paid a visit to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, viewing the Joint Inspection Centre (JIC) and learning how freight can be handled in a safer, more efficient manner. His Majesty King Abdullah II and a delegation of Jordanian officials including minister of industry and trade, Yarub Al Qudah; and the kingdom’s ambassador to the Netherlands, Ahmed Al Mufleh visited the airside of Schiphol and were shown an example of the inspection journey that a package arriving at Schiphol SmartGate Cargo undertakes during the import process at the JIC. The samples went through JIC’s ULD control scanner and a further manual inspection was carried out by personnel of the Customs Authority to identify other potential risks.

The Jordanian guests were welcomed by Haarlemmermeer deputy mayor, Ap Reinders; Royal Schiphol Group president and chief executive officer (CEO), Bert Wiersema, Customs acting CEO; Customs Schiphol Cargo deputy director, Evert de Jager; together with Panalpina managing director for the Netherlands, Rob de Vos and Lodewijk van de Vosse from the Panalpina Perishables Network. The JIC is designed to make freight handling safer and more efficient by allowing different law enforcement and inspection authorities to carry out checks in close cooperation with business partners. De Vos says: “The event had the aim to assess the import processes of perishables and their effectiveness as part of a public-private cooperation; essentially, how these processes can have a positive impact on the speed of handling cargo by private entities without compromising security.”

The second part of the visit focused on the public-private cooperation model used for the logistics of perishables, and the tour was under guidance of Panalpina with checks performed by the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority. Panalpina relocated some perishables that were in transit to the JIC to highlight the cooperation model and demonstrate that less control by public authorities does not compromise security and can foster efficiency. Van de Vosse says: “Very stringent requirements need to be fulfilled to be part of these processes.

We are proud to work together with our partners at Schiphol and the authorities to ensure every step of the way is handled in the safest and most efficient way.

“This is something we aim to do throughout our global Perishables Network.”

2017 was one of the most successful years ever for Lufthansa Cargo

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Lufthansa Cargo has erased 2016’s dire numbers from its memory as it announced one of its most successful years to date. Operating profits for the 12 months to December 2017 hit EUR242m – a stark contrast to the EUR50m loss it reported a year ago. Chief executive Peter Gerber said 2017 had developed into one of the “most successful” years in the history of Lufthansa Cargo.

“We have achieved impressive earnings and, in the volatile logistics business, our team demonstrated high professionalism and passionate commitment,” said Mr Gerber. “For the current year, we will therefore remain focused on pursuing our efficiency programme and investing in our future.” Sales, in revenue tonne km (RTKs), rose by 7.4%, far outstripping the 3.3% growth in capacity, with the carrier handling some 1.6m tonnes leading to EUR2.54bn in revenues, up 21.1% on 2016.

However, its RTKs were still some way below industry average, with European sales down 0.4% compared with average industry growth of 11.8%. Operating expenses crept up 6.7% to EUR2.4bn, with the price of fuel representing the biggest increase, up 25.9% to EUR326m. But growing costs were more than written off by the near 600% increase in ebit, while load factor also climbed 2.7% to 69.3%, amid heightened demand and yield increases of 14%.

Mr Gerber told The Loadstar that “clearly” the strong market for air freight played a hand in the carrier’s return to growth, but said there were other factors. “We also underwent a successful restructuring, which took place while the market was down,” said Mr Gerber. “And we had nearly completed this process when the air freight market began to pick up again.” The restructuring included reducing its employee count by some 800 and scrapping two of its MD-11 freighters.

The carrier now operates a fleet of 12 MD-11Fs alongside five B777 freighters, and has plans to alter its fleet composition in the near future. “We intend to bring in new cargo aircraft, but the question is ‘when?’,” Mr Gerber said. “For us it is good that we have these old MD-11 as it leaves us flexible – we can bring in new aircraft and drop the MD-11s if we need to reduce capacity.” When asked about overcapacity, Mr Gerber said he could not foresee a repeat of the start of the decade, which saw the market flooded with capacity causing rates to plummet.

Amid the optimism, chief financial officer Martin Schmitt told The Loadstar the change in the market was “unforeseen” by the industry. “Before the shift, what we had was very definitely a buyer’s market but now – especially after the November and December peaks – we have a seller’s market,” said Mr Schmitt. “It flipped the game in a fairly extreme and unforeseen way.” Mr Gerber highlighted e-commerce as an important avenue for growth, noting that express operations had increased “considerably”.

“It is clear that this sector is strong and growing fast, and we expect to see more e-commerce volumes going forward,” he said. “We are looking to develop a special product that will improve our participation within this sector, and I do believe we will have a result soon.” Neither Mr Gerber nor Mr Schmitt would offer much on the picture for the air freight market in the long term, but both were confident about the next quarter or so. Citing “certain base factors”, Mr Gerber said he was anticipating growth of 3-4% for the next mid-term cycle, while Mr Schmitt said 2018 has started well.

“I cannot say how long we will see growth in the market, but the good times did not stop after Christmas, with IATA positive for the next few months at least,” he added.

“For Lufthansa Cargo, though, the biggest and most important season runs from November to December and this I can’t predict – we will see.”


  1. ^ (theloadstar.co.uk)

Appointments and Departures in Shipping and Logistics Professions This Week

Some Big Figures Swap Jobs Throughout the Industry DENMARK – AP Moller Maersk’s[1] Chief Finance, Strategy and Transformation Officer and registered Director, Jakob Stausholm has announced his intention to leave the company at the end of the month, following the Danish shipping and logistics giant’s ongoing reorganisation. He resigned from his position after Maersk decided to split his job role, in which he oversaw the areas of Finance, Transformation, IT and Digital, into a fully focused Finance function and the responsibilities of IT, Strategy, Digital and Transformation, into another, under the remit of CEO Soren Skou. Stausholm commented:

“I very much agree with the new organisational design.

It is the right solution for the company, however as a consequence of the change, I have requested to pursue other opportunities.” NETHERLANDS – Bart Pouwels, currently Director Business Development Cargo at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol[2], has been named to lead the Cargo team within the new Schiphol Aviation department, effective 1st April. He will report directly to Head of Aviation Marketing, Cargo, and Customer Experience Maaike van der Windt.

The new department at Schiphol will consist of five teams: Cargo; Route and Business Development; Traffic Analysis and Forecasting; Marketing & Communications; and Customer Experience. UK – Forth Ports[3] has appointed Ann Rooney as its new Business Development Manager, to focus on Oil and Gas support and decommissioning activity for Scotland. She previously worked with DB Schenker for seven years in various roles and also with GAC Shipping Limited as project coordinator and ships agent.

She will be based in Aberdeen. UK – Tony Bauckham has joined Volga Dnepr UK[4] as Commercial Director. Bauckman is responsible for proactive charter sales management as well as for development of the commercial sales team and regional management.

UK – Sir Michael Bibby has been elected 132nd President of the UK Chamber of Shipping[5]. John Denholm, chairman of J&J Denholm, was elected Vice-President. Sir Michael is planning to step back from his position as Managing Director of Bibby Line Group during 2018 to allow him to better focus his time on external work interests, including his involvement with the UK Chamber.

UK – Karen Smart, currently Director of Landside Operations at London Stansted Airport, has been appointed Managing Director of East Midlands Airport[6]. Smart will take up her role at the pure cargo airport in April and takes over from Andy Cliffe, who is leaving the business to take up a new role as CEO of Midland Expressway. UK – Charity Chief Executive, Commodore Malcolm Williams CBE RN, has retired from the national maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners’ Royal Benevolent Society[7], after 14 years at the helm.

UK – Whistl[8] has appointed Fabiola Sharrat as Operations Director, effective April 3. She will also sit on the Executive Board. FINLAND – Tuomo Valkonen has been appointed as the new Chief Financial Officer of the Evac Group[9], effective May 1.

He will be based in Espoo, Finland, and report Tomi Gardemeister, President and CEO. BELGIUM – Dieter Vranckx, currently Lufthansa Vice President Asia Pacific, has been appointed as the new Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Brussels Airlines[10]. Vranckx will become the third member of the Management Board of Brussels Airlines, which will collectively report to the SN Airholding Board of Directors.

US – Dale Gustafson, the last pioneer of high voltage tyre inspection who is still active in the retread industry, is hanging up his voltmeter and going fishing. Gustafson is one of the inventors of the Hawkinson NDT, the Omega-M, and all generations of the Central Marketing Spectra Tire Inspectors. He was the Chief Technical Consultant during his years partnering with the Paul E.

Hawkinson Company, and from 2002 till the present time he manufactured tyre inspectors and provided parts and service through his own company, TEI Service[11]. US – Matheson Trucking[12] has appointed Tamrya Ford as its Chief Financial Officer and Mark Olszewski as Director of Postal Operations. US – Netradyne[13], AI technology firm focusing on driver and fleet safety, has announced Dale Willis as Vice President of Data Services and Insurance.

Willis joins the company with a background in both the automotive technology and insurance industries. US – LotLinx[14], automotive AI firm has announced that Jim O’Sullivan will join the company’s Board of Directors. US – Cubic[15] has announced the appointment of Rhys Williams as Vice President, Treasurer.

US – Stertil-Koni[16] has announced that Devin Leahey has joined the company as a Warehouse Associate. US – The Grimes Companies[17] has announced that its President, Neil Porter will be retiring at the end of the month. Ike Sherlock, current Executive Vice President, will assume the role of President, effective immediately.

SOUTH KOREA – THAILAND – UPS[18] has announced the appointment of Harrison Park as Managing Director of UPS Korea, succeeding JK Rha, who retires after 28 years of service. He takes responsibility for all express delivery and logistics operations of UPS Korea in this new role. He will report to K.K.

Leung, President of North Asia District, UPS Asia Pacific. UPS Thailand has appointed Russell Reed as the Managing Director, succeeding Tan Boon Tiam. He is responsible for UPS’s small package, freight forwarding and contract logistics operations as well as for overseeing the growth of UPS’s operations in Cambodia and Myanmar.

HONG KONG – The Noble Group’s[19] Founder, Richard Elman has resigned as Non-Executive Director, the day after the supply chain manager slid into default. Elman had retained a presence in the company he founded in 1986, even as he gradually gave up his leadership responsibilities over the years. He stepped down as CEO at the end of 2009 and became non-Executive Chairman, though he struggled to hand over the reins with the group having five CEOs in seven years.

Elman eventually also stepped down as Chairman when a restructuring specialist was appointed to the role last year.

The position of Chairman Emeritus was then created for Elman.

CHINA – Best Inc[20], a smart supply chain service provider, has announced that Lin Wan has been appointed by Alibaba Group to replace Wenhong Tong as a member of the company’s board, Compensation Committee and Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, effective since March 20.

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  1. ^ AP Moller Maersk’s (www.maersk.com)
  2. ^ Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (www.schiphol.nl)
  3. ^ Forth Ports (www.forthports.co.uk)
  4. ^ Volga Dnepr UK (www.volga-dnepr.com)
  5. ^ UK Chamber of Shipping (www.ukchamberofshipping.com)
  6. ^ East Midlands Airport (www.eastmidlandsairport.com)
  7. ^ Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners’ Royal Benevolent Society (shipwreckedmariners.org.uk)
  8. ^ Whistl (www.whistl.co.uk)
  9. ^ Evac Group (evac.com)
  10. ^ Brussels Airlines (www.brusselsairlines.com)
  11. ^ TEI Service (www.teiworldwide.com)
  12. ^ Matheson Trucking (www.mathesoninc.com)
  13. ^ Netradyne (netradyne.com)
  14. ^ LotLinx (www.lotlinx.com)
  15. ^ Cubic (www.cubic.com)
  16. ^ Stertil-Koni (stertil-koni.com)
  17. ^ The Grimes Companies (www.grimescompanies.com)
  18. ^ UPS (www.ups.com)
  19. ^ The Noble Group’s (www.thisisnoble.com)
  20. ^ Best Inc (www.best-inc.com)

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