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Kloosterboer starts construction of Cool Port II



Kloosterboer starts construction of Cool Port II. Image: Kloosterboer
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New state-of-the-art fully automatic high-rise cold store at City Terminal Rotterdam

July 13 Kloosterboer starts construction of a new state-of-the-art fully automatic multi-customer high-rise cold store with a storage capacity of 60,000 pallet places at City Terminal Rotterdam. The building is expected to be completed in January 2022.

Two years after the realization of Kloosterboer Cool Port I, an ultra-modern fruit terminal with a combination of cooling and freezing capacity, Kloosterboer is now building a state-of-the-art fully automatic high-rise cold store at City Terminal Rotterdam. Pallets are supplied by self-unloading or conventional trucks and automatically go from the dispatch hall via roller conveyors, turntables and locks to the cold store, where cranes automatically put the pallets in place.

Sustainability is paramount at Kloosterboer. The high-rise cold store is about 35-45% more energy efficient compared to a conventional cold store. The 40 meter high building is built according to the high BREEAM requirements. The intention is to place 2,700 solar panels on the roof. With the existing solar panel installation of 11,000 solar panels on Cool Port I, Kloosterboer is a forerunner in the port of Rotterdam in generating solar energy for its own use.

Launching customer is Lamb Weston / Meijer, one of the largest producers of frozen potato products. They opt for logistics service provider Kloosterboer to have its export products handled by Kloosterboer via the port of Rotterdam. In the future, Lamb Weston / Meijer goods will be delivered from various production locations in the Netherlands to Cool Port II, among others. From there, the containers are loaded and then transported by barge to the container terminals on the Maasvlakte for further export. 

Kloosterboer is an enterprising, innovative and sustainable logistics service provider. With the construction of Cool Port II, Kloosterboer still has enough space for the next phase; Cool Port III.

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VSC achieves new milestone in terminal upgrade program



VSC achieves new milestone in terminal upgrade program. Image: APM Terminals
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The Vostochnaya Stevedoring Company, located in Vostochny Port, Russia, has completed the upgrade of more than 18,000m2 of storage yard. This is the latest achievement in its extensive handling equipment and operating facility upgrade programme. The investment will increase capacity and improve efficiency and speed of cargo handling at the terminal.

To increase the yard capacity utilisation factor in the area around berth 6, the company has completed the renovated 592 m of crane track, replacing utilities and power supply systems. New surfacing has increased storage capacity by enabling the stacking of containers six high, compared to the three tiers previously.

VSC has already commenced similar reconstruction projects for two more yards with a total area of over 38,000m2, located in the landside area of berths 5-6. Completion is due in 2021. Containers in this area are currently handled by two RMGs with a stacking height of 3+1.

Equipment renewal

VSC will shortly receive new RMG cranes with a capacity of 50 tonnes. With these RMGs, the terminal will increase handling speeds and the height of container stacking to 6+1. The new crane cabins are equipped with modern air conditioning systems and high visibility to ensure maximum control.

Four new TOYOTA forklifts have also been added to the equipment fleet. VSC currently operates 28 forklifts with a capacity of 1.5 to 5 tonnes. With a capacity of 1.5 to 3 tonnes, the new forklifts are also able operate both indoors and outdoors, including in a salty marine air environment. The vehicles comply with all safety requirements, have Stage IIIA/Tier 3 environmental safety class engines.

VSC also plans to add six new Kalmar T2 terminal tractors to its fleet in the coming quarter. Six new semi-trailers for the tractors, with a capacity of 60 tonnes, have already been delivered to the terminal.

Customs bonded storage

Last month, VSC inaugurated a customs bonded storage area, which allows customers to store import and exports goods for up to three years without paying customs duties. The usable area of the open yard is 175 m2, and the usable volume of the covered warehouse is 1,239 m3. The customs warehouse has equipment to allow for customs control procedures to take place and also guarantees the safekeeping of the goods with no unauthorised access to the yard.

“We are constantly working to improve services for our customers and the opening of the customs warehouse is yet another step towards meeting the requirements of our customers. We expect that this addition will help the customers engaged in foreign economic activity to reduce their costs, as they will not be required to move their goods to customs warehouse yards outside of VSC,” noted VSC’s Managing Director Alexey Pavlenko.

Global Ports group

VSC operates in Vostochny Port and is one of the largest container terminals in the Russian Far East, and the starting point of the Trans-Siberian Railroad. The company is one of five Russian terminals in the Global Ports group – a joint venture that combines the global expertise of APM Terminals (30.75%) with the local knowledge of Delo (30.75%), one of the largest private transportation and logistics holding companies in Russia.

With an annual capacity is 650,000 TEUs, the terminal provides a full range of stevedoring and forwarding services, including services of a state-of-the-art container freight station (CFS). The terminal handles import, export, coastal and transit containers. The terminal has recently commissioned accelerated container trains bound for Moscow, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Saint Petersburg as well as CIS and European countries and China.

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APM Terminals first to launch fully digital export management system in Russia



APM Terminals first to launch fully digital export management system in Russia. Image: APM Terminals
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Following successful testing at the Turukhtanny customs post in June this year, First Container Terminal, will become the first Russian terminal to transfer to a fully paperless export management system for containers.

The proprietary technology enables the digital exchange of legally binding documents with the customs authority and is based on Global Ports’ customer portal and Sea Port’s Portal software functionality1.

Global Ports is a joint venture that combines the global expertise of APM Terminals (30.75%) with the local knowledge of Delo (30.75%), one of the largest private transportation and logistics holding companies in Russia.

The new digital export management system allows forwarding companies to upload orders and customs will issue documentation digitally. This enables the terminal to commence the loading of a container onto a vessel immediately without additional approval.

Faster exports

The forwarding company, customs authority, terminal and the shipping line all have online access to information about the status of the container at all stages of the process. This significantly decreases the time required to handle a shipment of export containers and will greatly simplify the interaction between the process participants.

“Global Ports is working hard to make its service as convenient as possible for customers and partners. Shipment orders remained the last “paper” element in export shipments. Due to our efficient interaction with customs, we have now made this document digital as well. Now, an export shipment may be ordered and traced on our customer portal. The technology we use guarantees data protection and integrity of data after it is entered into the electronic document flow system,” noted Alexey Yermolin, Director of Information Technology at Global Ports.

Zero VAT rate supported

During 2020, the service will be rolled out across all Global Ports terminals in Russia. The technology will also be developed to include shipping lines’ functionality into the system, which will allow the digital preparation of documents that foreign economic activity players require to confirm the zero VAT rate application2.

Global Ports is the leader in digitalisation among all of Russian ports – as a result of the continued development by the Group’s IT Services, paper document flow at the Group’s terminals has reduced by 2.5x in the last six years.

1 Developed by the FCS and intended for issuance of documents for vehicles and goods carried by vessels across the customs border of the Customs Union, on the basis of the electronic document exchange system.

2 Sale of goods exported under the export customs regime is subject to VAT at a zero percent tax rate provided that the exporter submits to the tax authority the documents set forth in Article 165 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation.

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DP World Komatipoort becomes the first dry port east of Gauteng



DP World Komatipoort becomes the first dry port east of Gauteng. Image: DP World
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DP World’s Komatipoort inland container depot in South Africa, has become the first dry port in the region, east of Gauteng, following its licencing by the South African Revenue Service as an approved bonded container depot.

Strategically located along the Gauteng/Maputo corridor, close to South Africa’s border with Mozambique, DP World Komatipoort, will now offer customers the full spectrum of intermodal and warehouse services.

The location of the depot is also close to a fully-fledged South African Customs and banking infrastructure, which will facilitate South African customs clearance of goods at Komatipoort.

“The approval of our Komatipoort facility as a bonded container depot, is a ‘game changer’ for the Maputo corridor. This means that international container imports landed in Maputo port and destined for the South African hinterland, can now be moved under bond to Komatipoort, where full customs clearance can be provided and made ready for delivery across South Africa,” said Christian Roeder, CEO of DP World Maputo.

“DP World’s primary aim for the Komatipoort facility is to make the hinterland’s supply chain faster, more reliable and provide total cost savings, by opening a superior supply chain routing for cargo owners”, he added.

DP World Komatipoort’s strategic location, full-service offering, and seamless link via the Maputo Corridor to DP World Maputo’s modern and efficient container terminal, where there is no vessel and port congestion and with fixed berthing windows available to major

shipping lines, offers customers considerable transport savings and the avoidance of delays for consignees in Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Gauteng.

This trade corridor also offers South African businesses based in the region export opportunities from DP World Komatipoort via Maputo to international markets anywhere in the world.

DP World Komatipoort, began operations in August 2019, and is part of Dubai-based DP World’s international network of 127 business units in 51 countries across 6 continents.

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