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FESCO and RZD Logistics expanding range of goods transported from Asia-Pacific countries to Europe within Trans-Siberian LandBridge service

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As a part of the development of the transit cargo expedited delivery service Trans-Siberian LandBridge, FESCO Transportation Group and RZD Logistics JSC are expanding the range of goods for transportation from Asia-Pacific countries to Europe and now are also going to transport hazardous cargo.

Containers with acids, used in the pharmaceuticals and industry, and with spare parts and various equipment were delivered from Qingdao (China) and Pusan (Korea) respectively to the Commercial port of Vladivostok (CPV, is FESCO’s entity) by regular FESCO service, where they were loaded on an expedited container train that arrived at Brest on March 10th, Vladivostok-Brest total transit time was 12 days. Then the containers were reloaded on the rolling-stock track 1435 and after arriving at the destination were delivered by truck to the warehouses of the clients in Poland, Belgium and Germany.

“We can see that the clients are interested in Trans-Siberian LandBridge service, so we have decided to expand the range of goods for transportation and added hazardous cargo transportation option, which is highly demanded now. Considering our competence, experience and having our assets on every stage of the intermodal transportation process, we can guarantee our clients delivery time compliance and, more importantly, safety during the transportation to any destination in Europe”, – says Maхim Sakharov, the President of FESCO.

“Hazardous cargo transportation from Asia-Pacific countries to Europe is quite a promising area of business. Today, when hazardous cargo is transported by sea, we are ready to offer the market a tried-and-true service within Trans-Siberian LandBridge, ensuring both cargo safety and delivery time double reduction”, – noted Dmitry Murev, general director of RZD Logistics JSC.

At the end of May 2019, the companies launched Trans-Siberian LandBridge service, and at the same time sent a test container from the Japanese port of Yokohama to the Wroclaw city in Poland. At the end of July, the geography of the service was expanded, enabling transportation from the Republic of Korea to Europe.

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VolkerRail is going to construct the Theemsweg Route railway track

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The Port of Rotterdam Authority is awarding the contract to construct the superstructure of the new Theemsweg Route, part of the Port of Rotterdam railway line to VolkerRail – part of VolkerWessels. Work is expected to start in the second half of this year.

The contract involves the construction of the track, the overhead lines and various components of the train protection systems. The substructure, a four-kilometre stretch of concrete viaduct and two steel arched bridges, has been under construction by the SaVe consortium since mid-2018. The implementation is taking place in close coordination with ProRail.

Bottleneck solution

The Theemsweg Route is a solution for the problems at the Calandbrug near Rozenburg. This steel vertical-lift bridge for rail, road and slow traffic in the Port of Rotterdam area is the connecting link in the Betuwe Route to the European hinterland. For ocean shipping, the vertical-lift bridge forms the gateway to the Brittanniëhaven.

Due to the anticipated growth in rail transport and ocean shipping traffic to and from the Brittanniëhaven, the Port Authority provides a capacity bottleneck solution for train traffic. The construction of the Theemsweg Route resolves this bottleneck.

Improved flow, sustainable alternative

Ronald Paul, Chief Operating Officer at the Port Authority: ‘We continually invest in the accessibility to the Port of Rotterdam and the region. As such, the port railway line and therefore the Theemsweg Route are of great importance. Good connections to the hinterland are essential for the Port of Rotterdam’s competitive position. Better utilisation of the existing Betuwe Route is not only useful from an economic point of view. Freight transport over rail is also environmentally friendly and safe.’

The construction of the entire Theemsweg Route involves an investment of around €300 million (excluding VAT). According to the schedule, the new route will put into use at the end of 2021.

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Descartes acquires Peoplevox

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Descartes has acquired Peoplevox, a leading provider of cloud-based ecommerce warehouse management solutions (“eWMS”).

Headquartered in the UK, Peoplevox serves the direct-to-consumer ecommerce community. Peoplevox’s web-based eWMS and ecommerce fulfillment solutions help customers seamlessly connect to webshop front ends, translate order information into a mobile-driven pick and pack process within the warehouse and then feed parcel delivery systems for shipment execution.

Descartes’ strategy is focused on growing and operating the most complete and interoperable global Logistics Technology Platform. Descartes’ Logistics Technology Platform uniquely combines the Global Logistics Network (GLN), a wide range of modular and interoperable logistics applications and the largest community of logistics-intensive companies in the world. The acquisition advances Descartes’ strategic objective to strengthen its global presence and leadership position by:

  • Expands Descartes’ network reach and concentration with additional connections into ecommerce systems, shipping systems, inventory planning, and purchasing systems prevalent in ecommerce;
  • Enhances Descartes’ ecommerce order management and warehouse management application footprint;
  • Expands Descartes’ community of direct-to-consumer ecommerce customers in the UK; and
  • Adds incremental ecommerce transactions that will generate additional shipment transaction content.

Extending Descartes’ Global Logistics Network

Descartes’ GLN is the foundation on which the applications and community are built. The GLN provides community members the flexibility to easily connect and collaborate with global trading partners. The Peoplevox acquisition expands reach and concentration with additional connections into ecommerce systems, shipping systems, inventory planning, and purchasing systems prevalent in ecommerce.

Enhancing Descartes’ offering of logistics management applications

Descartes’ product strategy is focused on expanding its logistics application functional footprint to provide its customers with the most comprehensive logistics management solutions in the industry. The Peoplevox acquisition enhances Descartes’ ecommerce order management and warehouse management functional footprint – in particular, strengthening mobile pick and pack capabilities.

Growing Descartes’ global multimodal logistics community

Descartes’ logistics community is the largest multi-modal network of logistics-intensive companies in the world, with parties using its cloud-based services in over 160 countries. The acquisition adds a community of direct-to-consumer ecommerce customers in the UK.

Expanding Descartes’ logistics trade data content

Descartes’ leading platform combines regulatory trade data and logistics trade data to improve market research, reduce the risk of transacting with denied or restricted parties, perform shipment classification and valuation to minimize duty spend, and improve shipment planning and execution. The Peoplevox acquisition adds incremental ecommerce transactions that will generate additional shipment transaction content.

 

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CMA CGM launches PIACENZA RAIL SHUTTLE, a new train service connecting the Port of Genoa with the Piacenza logistics hub

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The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, is pleased to announce the introduction on February 8th, 2020, of PIACENZA RAIL SHUTTLE, a new rail service connecting the Port of Genoa with the Piacenza logistics hub, operated in cooperation with GTS, one of the leading intermodal rail operators in Italy.

Weekly train connections perfectly aligned with CMA CGM’s deep-sea services

The PIACENZA RAIL SHUTTLE service will officially start with its first train departure from Genoa on February 8th. Three departures per week between the Port of Genoa and Piacenza will enhance CMA CGM’s intermodal offer and provide customers with a reliable and fast rail connection between Italy’s busiest port and a major logistics hub. From Piacenza, the Group’s clients will indeed have access to more than 1,700 door locations through the industrial regions of Lombardia, Emilia-Romagna and Veneto.

In Genoa, the train schedules are perfectly synchronized with the arrivals and departures of the CMA CGM Group’s vessels, providing customers with a steady and seamless connection to the Group’s deep-sea services, which include AMERIGO (Mediterranean – North America East Coast), MEX (Mediterranean Sea – Middle East/India), NEMO (North Europe – Mediterranean Sea – Australia – South Asia – Indian Sub-Continent) and SIRIUS (East Coast South America – West Mediterranean).

 

An excellent alternative to road transport

The PIACENZA RAIL SHUTTLE service, which allows customers to lower even more their carbon impact, is yet another example of CMA CGM’s continuous commitment to offer its customers the most environmentally-friendly services. It is also in line with CMA CGM’s strategy to offer reliable intermodal end-to-end transport solutions to its customers. As an alternative to road transport, this new service is independent of the road congestion, resulting in more planning certainty for the customers.

PIACENZA RAIL SHUTTLE service

  • Linking the Port of Genoa to Piacenza
  • 52 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) capacity per leg
  • Three weekly departures
  • Launch: February 8th from the Port of Genoa
  • Perfectly synchronized with CMA CGM’s ship schedules in Genoa

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