Siemens to construct super efficient air cargo centre at London’s Heathrow Airport

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has been commissioned to install an air cargo centre at the international London Heathrow Airport.
International Airlines Group (IAG) issued the contract for IAG’s subsidiary British Airways.
Siemens is equipping a complete new cargo terminal, allowing the airline to profit from a substantial expansion of the existing air cargo capacities and an optimisation of complex cargo processes. The centre will contain with a’ fast-track facility’ – capable of processing particularly urgent air cargo in only 45 minutes.
“With our many years of experience and our in-depth knowledge of air cargo logistics, we will be able to help IAG strengthen their competitive position,” said Michael Reichle, CEO, Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics.
“We are proud to have held our ground for years as a major player in the highly contested air cargo business,” added Sarah Coulson, Head of Strategy and Business Development, IAG Cargo.” Premium solutions such as the ability to process air cargo at short notice will help us to successfully keep ahead of the competition.”
In order to enable fast cargo handling, Siemens has developed a streamlined operational concept which avoids long distances and supports optimal use of the area with a surface measuring just 11,30sqm. Siemens will install a sophisticated system consisting of four elevating transfer vehicles (ETVs) and four transfer vehicles (TVs). The scope of delivery also includes three truck docks for loading and unloading, and four conveyor lines for build-up and breakdown. The air cargo centre with a throughput of 135,000 tons per year will have over 110 positions for unit load devices (ULDs). Siemens will also deliver 54 special cold storage and deep-freeze rooms for perishable goods.

London employers urged to ban online shopping workplace deliveries

In a recent speech to MPs in London, Val Shawcross, London’s Deputy Mayor for Transport, suggested companies help tackle urban congestion by banning employees from receiving goods ordered online at the workplace.
“We ought to be encouraging employers to ban private deliveries to premises in central London,” she said.
In her speech, Councillor Shawcross revealed that light vans now account for a fifth of traffic in the city centre.
According to The Standard, she added click-and-collect facilities at transport hubs should be promoted so that workers can collect their deliveries on their way home.
She also suggested that the £11.50 ($18.50) congestion charge be modified to charge extra for multiple trips, and extended into the evenings and weekends.

Rolls-Royce invests in R&D for autonomous shipping

Rolls-Royce has announced the latest stage in its research and development plans to make remote and autonomous shipping a reality and “reap the benefits of increasing digitalisation in the marine industry.”
On 8 March, the manufacturing business revealed that Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation – has given a significant research grant to enable Rolls-Royce to invest further in an R&D centre in Turku, Finland. The company plans to carry out further development projects there focused on the future development of land-based control centres, and the use of artificial intelligence in future remote and autonomous shipping operations.
“Digitalisation will transform the shipping industry in the years ahead, and the time is now right to set out how we are going to make this happen,” said Mikael Mäkinen, Rolls-Royce, President – Marine. “Over the coming years we need to invest globally to develop the required capabilities and to establish a range of market-ready products and systems to take advantage of what is a significant global market opportunity.
“By combining our world leading capability and knowledge, with a clear plan of where we need to go next, we can work with our customers, governments and our global academic research network to develop and bring to market the advanced technology, products and supporting services needed both ‘on-vessel’ and ‘on-shore’ to make our vision of future remote and autonomous ships a reality.”
In Norway, the company is currently investing in a range of R&D projects, which will include a new Marine Fleet Management Centre in Aalesund to allow remote monitoring, data analysis, optimisation of ships and their on-board equipment. The centre will allow Rolls-Royce to extend its ‘power by the hour’ concept, already proven in its aerospace business, to serve the marine sector. ‘Power by the hour’ is a new service to be delivered from the marine division of Rolls-Royce which makes use of ‘big data’ to monitor, plan and perform maintenance and repairs on on-board ship equipment.
“We are pleased to see the establishment of a centre for Remote Control & Autonomous Ships in Finland, and welcome the continued support from Tekes,” said Asbjørn Skaro, Rolls-Royce, Director, Digital & Systems – Marine. “We are looking at further funding and capability opportunities in countries including Finland, Norway, the UK and Singapore to develop our ship intelligence technology and build customer partnerships worldwide.
“By drawing on our existing capabilities in our Marine business, together with the global expertise we have across the Rolls-Royce Group and our relationships with partners, we believe we can secure up to £200 million ($323 million) of investment to revolutionise shipping.”

New crane tech prevents collisions

Austrian crane manufacturer Hans Künz GmbH, and laser-based sensor manufacturer LASE have announced the successful implementation of a new application on two crane systems at the Intermodal Terminal WienCont in Vienna, Austria – the LaseLCPS-2D (Load Collision Prevention System). Using the laser measurement system, containers can be picked safely, quietly – due to a lack of collisions – and dropped ‘softly’.
The facility is one of the biggest container terminals for inland ports in Europe, where approximately 200,000 containers are handled annually.
Primarily WienCont put a high emphasis on the soft landing function of the crane driver assistance system. This function is activated while the load is being hoisted, and it ensures the container drops without any wear, as well as with noticeably reduced noise pollution.

An animated depiction of the position of the scanners.
An animated depiction of the position of the scanners.

The system comprises two 2D laser scanners from the LASE 2000D-Series that provide highly precise 2D profiles to the measurement software. The laser scanners are mounted under the crane trolley in order to generate a scan area in both trolley directions. While driving over the container stacks, a current height profile of the containers is created immediately. Simultaneously, the laser scanners measure the height of the load – spreader with or without container. In the case of a finished container being moved, the relative distance between the objects is ascertained by the relative position measurement. Thus the measurement system can control the hoist so that the spreader on a container or a container on a container, wagon or truck can be dropped ‘gently’, preventing collisions.
A 3D version of the application software is also available, for use with 3D scanners on RMG, RTG and STS cranes.

Deutsche Bahn CEO resigns

After eight years in the role, Dr Rüdiger Grube has resigned as CEO of rail giant Deutsche Bahn. While no reason was given by Deutsche Bahn in an official statement, International Business Times reports that an unnamed source has revealed that Grube’s departure has come as a result of a pay dispute.
The source claims that an offer of a two-year renewal of Grube’s contract was not enough to keep him after he had asked for a three-year contract renewal and a pay increase.
According to a brief statement released by Deutsche Bahn, its supervisory board unanimously approved Grube’s request to terminate his appointment without delay with immediate effect and to terminate his current contract by means of a resolution agreement.
“The Supervisory Board would like to thank Dr Grube for his unusually great commitment to the company in the past eight years,” the statement noted. The board will immediately decide on a successor and, in accordance with the rules of procedure, Dr Richard Lutz will take over the position of Chairman of the Executive Board.
Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Utz-Hellmuth Felcht, said, “Dr Rüdiger Grube has made a lasting contribution, especially with regard to the future of DB. The digitisation of the DB is also linked to its name, as is the quality program ‘Zukunft Bahn’.”

DHL makes bid for European freight with CILLOX platform

A mere three months after announcing their intention to introduce a digital freight platform, DHL Group has launched CILLOX, a virtual marketplace that matches full truckload (FTL), part truckload (PTL) and less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments with available transportation providers. The platform is now available for management of freight travelling within Germany or from Germany to destinations in Europe.
Amadou Diallo, Executive Vice President Value Added Services & Integrated Logistics at DHL Global Forwarding and CEO CILLOX said, “Our main objective is to make the platform as convenient as possible in order to simplify our customer’s lives and we will continuously evolve the platform according to user needs and feedback.”
According to DHL, CILLOX connects companies with freight shipping needs with transport providers for their particular cargo – without time-consuming negotiations and difficult comparisons of prices and services. “Shippers get immediate access to pricing information based on their shipment characteristics, availability of trucks and last-booked rates,” the company said. “This enables a better comparison and booking of incoming quotes from transport providers. CILLOX offers the freedom of choice of a marketplace, as shippers choose and book the transport provider that best fits their requirements yet enjoy a single point of contact with CILLOX as their contract partner.”
For transport providers, CILLOX provides a platform to present their company’s assets and capabilities to a large audience of shippers so they can find suitable loads to optimise the utilisation of their trucks. “A dynamic transport quote calculator – derived from a continuously growing real-time database combined with analysis of substantial transacted data collected over the years – will assist transport companies to make competitive quotes for each shipment and help them succeed in winning the loads they need,” the company said.
CILLOX also provides a single interface for tracking, documentation and payment processes, and shippers are able to track fulfilment progress and receive real-time notifications via their personalised dashboard in case of delays. The CILLOX driver mobile application matches the GPS position of trucks to the pick-up and delivery addresses of their routes, and reminds drivers to confirm crucial milestones or to document issues. A document scanner integrated into the driver application allows drivers to scan and submit delivery documents with their mobile phone cameras, accelerating payment to transport providers to a matter of days.
While DHL has expressed an intention to roll the platform out over other geographical areas, there is no word as yet on when CILLOX will arrive in Australia.

First China-UK freight rail service arrives in London

A little over two weeks, and 12,000km, after leaving Yiwu in eastern China, the first China-UK rail cargo service has arrived at its destination, Barking’s Eurohub freight terminal in London.
The service has been operated by transport operator Inter-Rail Group, and DB Cargo was responsible for the last leg of the journey, from Duisburg to London.
According to Yiwu Timex Industrial Investments, which is running the service with China’s state-run railways, the prices for the service are half that of air cargo, and more environmentally friendly, and travel by rail reduces transport time by two weeks, compared with shipping.

The silk road trading road is not yet reborn, though, since this journey is just a test trip run as part of China President Xi Jinping’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) trade policy.
The People’s Republic of China’s Government is promoting rail cargo is being promoted as a means to reduce air pollution, moving away from the more polluting air transport.
Following British Prime Minister Theresa May’s comments earlier in the week on the UK’s path towards Brexit and her intentions to strengthen trade with India and China, the China-UK route could prove to be a useful tool.
Image via DB Cargo.

JCB CEA Dealers and staff visit world headquarters

A group of LCB Construction Equipment Australia (CEA) dealers and staff travelled to Europe in January to see where the products they sell every day are manufactured, while receiving valuable product training across the JCB product line.
The trip saw 50 JCB dealers and JCBCEA staff visit the JCB World Headquarters in Staffordshire, UK where they were given the opportunity to experience the manufacturing and assembly facilities of some of the company’s leading products including the mini excavator, heavy excavator, backhoe loader, telehandler and the JCB Engine plant.
JCB CEA National Compact Equipment Manager, Phil Withell, said the goal of the trip was bringing the sales network together, providing the sales team with the “JCB experience” and further their knowledge and understanding of the brand.
“To do this, the first step was experiencing the “Story of JCB” exhibition at the JCB World Headquarters. The exhibition features full-size JCB machines including the original backhoe; the world’s fastest diesel powered vehicle -the JCB Dieselmax; and a replica of the original garage where JCB began 70 years ago,” Phil said.
“The entire facility was an investment of £5 million, with an aim to provide visitors with a clear picture of JCB’s DNA, through multiple displays and video presentations of JCB’s products and their history.
“The exhibition helped our team develop a real understanding of JCB’s heritage and future vision. The experience will help dealers and sales staff provide greater value in their future interactions with their customers.”
After the UK, the group travelled to a quarry site in La Manga, Spain, for product and industry training sessions.
“The La Manga experience was part of a JCB global training initiative which included participants from Europe and the UK. The sessions focused on industry segments such as agriculture, waste and recycling, and specific product applications were customised to address Australian conditions and applications. There was also a training on new products and marketing concepts which will be released later in 2016,” Phil said.
“Our sales team came away from this experience with a continued passion for the JCB company and brand, having seen its transformation and history, to where the machines they sell are produced and manufactured, they left with a feeling of excitement of what the future holds for JCB and their continued innovations.”

European skies opening to Australia

Australia has significantly improved its aviation relationship with the European Union (EU), opening up the possibility of greater competition and more flights on routes between the two continents.

In Brussels, Australia signed the agreement between the European Community and the Government of Australia on certain aspects of air services – also known as the Horizontal Agreement.

The agreement is a significant breakthrough, bringing the government closer to its ultimate goal of the complete liberalisation of air service arrangements between Australia and the EU.

The Horizontal Agreement recognises the existence of a single European market for air transport links to and from Australia, and provides for the designation of airlines based on their EU status rather than their member state’s nationality.

Australia currently has bilateral air services agreements with 16 EU Member States, including the UK, Germany and France.

The agreement will lock in the benefits of those agreements and form the basis of future discussions on a single Europe-wide agreement that removes many – if not all – of the limitations on air services between Australia and Europe. It could also address issues around competition, environmental protection, and safety and security.

Currently, services between Australia and European countries are limited by outdated bilateral agreements.  For example, Australian carriers can only provide a maximum of three flights per week to Paris.

The EU is Australia’s largest aviation market, accounting for 20 per cent of Australia’s inbound and outbound passengers and a fifth of Australia’s total airfreight exports.

Over the past five years, annual passenger numbers have grown by an average of 5 per cent to reach 4.5 million people in 2007.

Visitors to and from Australia’s four largest European markets – France, Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom – are forecast to increase from 1 million to 1.39 million by 2016, with the economic benefits to Australia expected to increase from $5.3 billion to $7.1 billion.

Australia’s Ambassador to the European Communities, Alan Thomas, and the Director-General for the EU’s Directorate General for Energy and Transport, Matthias Ruete, signed the Agreement.


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