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Autoterminal Khalifa Port launches state-of-the-art technical centre

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Autoterminal Khalifa Port, a joint venture between Abu Dhabi Ports and Autoterminal Barcelona, the operator of the advanced RoRo terminal at Khalifa Port, has unveiled an all-new technical centre aimed at diversifying the portfolio of services on offer to customers.

As the first facility of its kind in the region, the centre provides a wide range of value-added services for customers within the Middle East’s automotive market. From pre-delivery inspection to accessory fitting, automotive importers stand to benefit from reduced labour and transportation costs, as vehicles can be prepared for showroom display or the receiving consignee without needing to visit a third-party facility.

Saif Al Mazrouei, Head of Ports Cluster at Abu Dhabi Ports said: “Since its founding in 2018, Autoterminal Khalifa Port has quickly established itself as one of the leading choices for automotive distribution moving to and from the Gulf.

“Managed by a dedicated team committed to innovation, Autoterminal Khalifa Port has not only flourished in the market, but has become a role model for others in the industry to follow. The new Technical Centre is a culmination of that continuous drive for improvement and opens new opportunities for our customers to benefit from.”

Pierre Algeo, CEO of Autoterminal Khalifa Port, said: “Furthering our directive to become the leading distribution hub for automotive vehicles from East Asia, the launch of our new technical centre opens new opportunities for our customers.

“Using our centre, clients will be able to conduct any necessary modification prior to final delivery streamlining their respective operations and achieving improved cost-savings. We are delighted to be the first in the region to offer this added benefit directly within our terminal.”

In addition to offering car washing, pre-delivery inspection and polishing on site, the facility will have the capability to conduct smart repairs, as well as accessorise and convert vehicles. The site will also provide a refuelling service in the near future, which will ensure vehicles are fuelled before their departure from Khalifa Port.

The processing of vehicles through Autoterminal Khalifa Port, including the technical centre, is carried out via the Carsys app, a superior automotive terminal management platform.

Developed in-house, the app allows users to scan and log vehicles passing through the facility. In addition to ensuring accurate reporting and guaranteeing the traceability of all operations carried out on the vehicles, the Carsys app also allows its users to track the movement of their cars in real-time.

Xavier Vázquez, CEO of Autoterminal Barcelona, said: “The new technical centre at Autoterminal Khalifa Port is a culmination of expertise gained from over 25 years of experience in managing automotive port terminals.

“Through our close collaboration with Abu Dhabi Ports, we are delivering advanced new opportunities and benefits for our customers, while at the same time pushing the industry standard to new heights.”

The new technical centre is the latest addition to Autoterminal Khalifa Port and expands the already extensive capabilities of the platform, which is considered the ideal Ro-Ro terminal in the GCC. Featuring pollution free storage for up to 15,000 vehicles, Autoterminal Khalifa Port offers multimodal solutions for automotive customers looking to either import vehicles to the UAE or distribute from the Middle East to East Africa and Western India.

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Port of La Spezia: a systemic offer of integrated storage and logistics solutions

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Starting from 25th March 2020, the North Tyrrhenian port system is faced with the challenge of managing thousands of TEUs coming into Northern Italy that cannot be delivered to companies now running in “non-essential” business mode for at least two weeks.

It takes four weeks for ships from Asia to reach ports of the North Tyrrhenian Sea. Ports will now have to temporarily store a significant quantity of containers until the Government is able to relax its decree issued 22 March that closed all “non-essential” businesses due to the ongoing COVID-19 virus emergency.

To avoid heavy port storage costs and congestion risks within the terminal as well as transport activities, the port-community (Port System Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea, Terminals of the Port of La Spezia, Association of Shippers of the Port of La Spezia, Customs Association of the Port of La Spezia and Maritime Agents and Consignees of the Port of La Spezia) together with Tarros Group and Contship Italia Group have rallied together to offer a number of solutions including the availability of 100,000  TEU storage capacity including local facilities within a radius of 15km from the port of La Spezia as well as the intermodal-hubs in Melzo (Milan), Dinazzano (Reggio Emilia) and Padua.

For cargo receivers, short-haul solutions will be available at Interporto di Santo Stefano Magra/La Spezia that include customs clearance, temporary storage, VAT storage and potentially a handling service for palletized loads, thanks to the local operators who have shared storage space and covered warehouses, as well as the customs officers who continue to work diligently at the Port of La Spezia.

Further similar solutions will be available in the intermodal centers operated by Contship Italia Group, the parent company that manages La Spezia Container Terminal.

Each week, three services from Asia call at the Port of La Spezia deploying containerships with a capacity of more than 14,000 TEUs, operated by 2M, THE Alliance and Ocean Alliance. Factory production in China is recovering, albeit slowly and are now shipping the back-log of orders which built up during the lock-down imposed in January and February, by the Chinese government.

Customers of the Port of La Spezia will, therefore, have a several integrated solutions available during this challenging time, with the possibility of providing regular suppliers more storage options and services in tune with current market needs.

The Port System Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea welcomes this strong collaboration initiative to support the vital economic activities in northern and central Italy. These solutions will minimize the economic impact and avoid further sacrifices due to the slowdown in production and orders caused by the virus emergency. Many analysts currently estimate the pandemic could have a double-digit impact on many industrial supply-chains.

“The port of La Spezia once again demonstrates its unity with regard to the market” said Carla Roncallo, President of Port System Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea. “By putting itself into customers shoes and identifying short- and medium-term solutions that can minimize the financial impact and allow the port to maintain a level of operations. This arrangement also provides us the flexibility and agility to resume operations when there are signs of recovery, which we hope will come soon”.

Alessandro Laghezza, President of Sistema Porto and the Logistics Section of Confindustria La Spezia, affirmed the effort made to coordinate such a comprehensive and dynamic solution.  “It is encouraging to witness this historic moment where shippers in our territory and the management of the Contship Group rallied together in just 24 hours to assess every possible storage and transportation solution available in the short and medium-range, to support port customers who now face another big blow to their businesses due to the suspension of receiving and industrial activities”.

“Contship and its operating companies are able to step-up and respond to this call. We are committed to offering all our capabilities and operational resources to help wherever possible the customers and local operators of the port of La Spezia. They will be able to access our integrated intermodal solutions that we believe are the mark of the unique offering of Contship Italia Group” said Daniele Testi,  Contship Italia Group Director of Marketing and Communications.

 

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APM Terminals North America COVID-19 Update

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In this time of crisis it is important for all of us in the global logistics chain to work together to keep the global economy moving. We continue to take aggressive measures to limit exposure to potential infection in our offices and on our terminals. We encourage you to sign for alerts and updates from APM Terminals locations as applicable to your business – at www.apmterminals.com/alerts

Operational initiatives underway include:

  • Agreed with Union leadership to allow temperature checks for frontline labor prior to dispatching to terminals in some locations.
  • Separation of labor force and workspaces wherever possible.
  • Sanitizing and containment procedures such as:
    • Having the same person use the same piece of equipment
    • Fixed cleaning/sanitizing wipe down schedules on equipment
    • Poster reminders of basic hygiene rules around terminals
    • Installation of portable hand-washing stations around terminal yard and berth.
    • Limiting the transportation of colleagues on site to groups of 10 or less
    • Cafeterias have become take-out only / gyms are closed.
  • An SOP is in place for handling a presumptive or confirmed case of COVID-19 that includes immediate quarantine of potentially-impacted individuals and professional, 3rd party, industrial cleaning of their work space(s), and reporting requirements.

We have installed a regular management protocol during the crisis – which includes:

  • Wim Lagaay, our CEO of APM Terminals North America is:
    • Having a daily conference call with all Terminal Managing Directors & critical functions to update current conditions, review prioritized actions, identify future planning needs and aligning with Maersk Group Companies and functions on safety/health/hygiene initiatives.
    • Having weekend calls with our global headquarters as part of APM Terminals global crisis management team/Business Continuity Planning.
    • Deploying our Labor Relations team to remain in close contact with the ILA and ILWU leadership in the US as well as the CROM in Mexico to keep them informed of all our local terminal activities, worker health precautions, and updates to our business continuity plans.
    • Receiving regular updates from our Government Relations team who remains in close contact with legislative leadership to help ensure our ports remain classified as “critical infrastructure” so they can continue to operate normally.
    • In continuous dialogue with our Charlotte office management team; 100% are working remotely without any interruption to business.
    • Implementing closure of non-essential areas of facilities and offices.

We are consistently monitoring empty container inventories, import/export dwell times, and last free days.

As we take care of COVID-19 impacts today, we must also prepare for the post-crisis.

Terminal fluidity will be vital to ensure critical goods can flow through our facilities and that vessels can be discharged and loaded timely to maintain network reliability. We will “stop the clock” on storage and terminal demurrage if a container is unavailable as a result of issues caused by APM Terminals, such as a yard block being closed or the reduction of gate hours. Other last free days and empty inventory limits will be maintained to avoid congestion.

Facility updates as of today are:

APM Terminals Pier 400:

  • Terminal is operating normally.
  • 2nd shift operations have been adjusted to start at 1900 and conclude at 0400 to allow for terminals to perform addition cleaning in between shifts.
  • There are some publicized adjustments to gate schedules.
  • Modernization project remains on track and unaffected.

APM Terminals Elizabeth

  • Terminal is operating normally.
  • The deployment of our Terminal Appointment System is progressing.
  • Frequent communication with NYSA, Bi-State Truckers Association & PANYNJ.

APM Terminals Mobile

  • Terminal is operating normally.
  • CY has additional space that can be flexed for longer term storage programs if required.

South Florida Container Terminal (Miami)

  • Terminal is operating normally.
  • Terminal upgrade construction is ongoing with workers observing precautionary health hygiene measures.

APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico

  • Terminal is operating normally.
  • CY has additional space that can be flexed for longer term storage programs if required.

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Kalmar and TCEEGE container terminal establish partnership with first RTG order

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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has concluded an agreement with TCEEGE Konteyner Terminal İşletmeleri A.Ş. (TCEEGE) in Turkey to supply two Kalmar diesel-electric rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes. The order was booked in Cargotec’s 2020 Q1 order intake with delivery and handover scheduled to be completed in Q4 of 2020.

TCEEGE is located 55 km from the city of Izmir on the west coast of Turkey. The terminal has an annual capacity of 500,000 TEU and has recently been purchased by the Turkish company Ege Gubre from the Spanish company Grup Maritim TCB.

The new Kalmar RTG combines the best of diesel and electric technology for fuel savings, low emissions and easy maintenance. At 1,000 hours, it has one of the longest maintenance intervals in the industry. Its modular design makes it easy to tailor to customer-specific requirements.

The two RTGs delivered to TCEEGE will each be equipped with a Variable Speed Generator (VSG), which enables even greater fuel economy and lower emissions by automatically optimising RPM according to the required power.

Mehmet Aydiner, Port Technical Manager, TCEEGE: “The Kalmar RTG platform offers everything we are looking for in terms of technology and specification options. Furthermore, we are keen to bring new equipment online as quickly as possible, so the short delivery lead time was also an important factor in our decision. We look forward to further developing our partnership with Kalmar in the years to come.”

Mikko Mononen, Vice President, Sales, EMEIA, Kalmar: “It is a pleasure to bring TCEEGE on board as a Kalmar customer and help them to expand their fleet with our proven, reliable RTG technology. We have already established an excellent working partnership and look forward to building on this first order in the future.”

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