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New railway line between China and North Sea Port in Ghent takes more Volvo cars to their destinations

The new rail connection from Ghent fits in with Volvo Cars’ strategy for faster, more sustainable and more cost-effective operations.

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New railway line between China and North Sea Port in Ghent takes more Volvo cars to their destinations
New railway line between China and North Sea Port in Ghent takes more Volvo cars to their destinations. Image: North Sea Port
Several times every week Volvo Cars in Ghent ships vehicles from North Sea Port by rail to China, Italy and Austria. The first train carrying 190 XC60s from China arrived in Kluizendok on Thursday 4 July and will return with 180 XC90s, V90s and V60s to the Chinese port of Xi’an.

The new rail connection from Ghent fits in with Volvo Cars’ strategy for faster, more sustainable and more cost-effective operations, in terms of production as well as from a logistics point of view. Exporting part of the cars by rail instead of by sea or road, reduces the impact on the environment. Also, the cars will reach their destination faster. The lead time from factory to final destination can be shortened by half.

Multimodal port

North Sea Port has the aim to stimulate transport by rail and by water. “Volvo Cars makes full use of the good hinterland connections of North Sea Port in Ghent by opting for sustainable rail transport to the European inland countries and China. It will strengthen our position as a multimodal port,” says Daan Schalck, CEO of North Sea Port.

Fewer trucks on the road

Trains to Italy are loaded and unloaded at the DFDS terminal at Mercatordok. China trains arrive and depart from Kluizendok. Rail operator Lineas manages the rail exports from North Sea Port to China and Italy. Through its modal shift to rail Volvo Cars takes around 5,000 trucks off the road every year. A train will run twice a week from North Sea Port to Xi’an in China.

About Volvo Car Ghent

Volvo Car Ghent is a car factory in the port of Ghent, owned by Volvo Car Corporation. It consists of a welding plant, spraying plant and a final assembly plant. With 6,500 employees, it is one of the largest industrial employers in East Flanders. In 2018, Volvo Car Ghent produced 200,396 cars. These are the V40, XC40 and V60 models.

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CP and Maersk sign a deal to build a transload facility

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Canadian Pacific Railway Limited and Maersk have reached an agreement to build and operate a world-class transload and distribution facility in Vancouver to expand CP’s and Maersk Canada’s supply chain options for customers. The CP transload facility will be an expansion of CP’s existing Vancouver Intermodal Facility and thus will benefit from turnkey rail infrastructure.

The transload facility is designed to apply Maersk’s global integrator of container logistics strategy and will offer customers access to a multi-commodity transload facility that will rely on the substantial use of rail instead of truck in the Vancouver market, as CP will shuttle containers to and from the ocean terminals via rail. Maersk’s ambition to establish a sustainable supply chain aligns with CP’s initiatives to fight climate change. This compelling combination will provide an effective and efficient long-term intermodal solution for customers.

“CP’s unique landholdings in Vancouver enable us to bring to market a first-of-its-kind transload facility that creates tremendous opportunity for sustainable growth,” said CP’s President and CEO Keith Creel. “Together with Maersk, the global shipping leader, we will transform intermodal transportation in North America.”

Omar Shamsie, President of Maersk Canada said, “This agreement installs more agile supply chain options and capacity to and from Vancouver for our North American customers. Marketplace fluctuations, e-commerce demands and omnichannel fulfillment are testing every company – so this integrated logistics solution with CP will clearly elevate supply chain performance.” Vancouver warehouse space has been tight in 2020 – which, combined with Vancouver ports experiencing high utilizations has placed pressure on supply chain performance. “So we applied our global integrator strategy to simplify the current situation and create more end-to-end supply chain solutions by reducing multi-modal handoffs. We can now offer more responsiveness to the pace of business by giving supply chain leaders more control of order timing/fulfillment through inland routing flexibility, better velocity gained from one day savings of rail versus truck and cost savings through seamless transload operations into domestic 53′ trailers. We feel this is quite compelling to lower their year-on-year cost goals while creating a more sustainable supply chain with less truck emissions,” added Mr. Shamsie.

The import transload facility will be operational in 2021.

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Rhenus Group invests in Turkish route

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Leading international freight forwarder, Rhenus, has created a direct UK-Turkey transportation route, that ensures goods remain in one network door to door.

The route, which bypasses the existing stopover in Germany, harnesses the expertise of Rhenus Intermodal Systems in Turkey. It means Rhenus can assure clients that goods remain in one network, with unified quality standards and service transparency from collection through to delivery.

Customers in the UK can now take advantage of multiple weekly departures to Istanbul, Ankara, Bursa and Izmir – key strategic routes for shipments from the automotive, chemical, machinery, steel, textiles and consumables industries.

Headquartered in Istanbul, Rhenus Intermodal Systems has offices in Ankara, Bursa, G.Antep, Izmir and Mersin, alongside a network of customer warehouses in Muratbey, Erenkoy Kocaeli and Izmir. This allows UK customers to take advantage of local contacts within these locations.

Gary Dodsworth, Director at Rhenus UK, commented: ″Turkey is an important trading partner within the European market and plays a vital part in our continued global growth. The breadth of the Rhenus network means we have a really strong team in Turkey that, in turn, delivers significant benefits for our UK customers. We are able to offer a one-stop-shop for their forwarding requirements – providing consistency and high service levels that are more critical than ever during such unprecedented times.”

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H.ESSERS expands its services for multimodal transport of liquid chemicals with the acquisition of Tank Management

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Logistics service provider H.Essers announces the acquisition of the Norwegian-French company Tank Management, more than two years after acquiring tank container specialist Huktra. Tank Management specialises in multimodal transport services of liquid chemicals. With branches in Oslo, Le Havre, Milan and Rotterdam, their geographic coverage complements Huktra’s European presence. The further development of multimodal liquid bulk transport fits in H.Essers’ strategy of delivering integrated and sustainable logistics solutions to the hazardous chemical goods industry.

The Tank Management family business was founded in Oslo in 2006 and has evolved into a European specialist in the temperature-controlled transport of liquid loads, specifically for the chemical and food industries. The transport is mainly organised by rail, apart from short sea and road. The company is a multimodal player, with offices in Oslo, Le Havre, Milan and Rotterdam.
Tank Management has a turnover of 40 million euros, with 35 employees.  Its fleet consists of 800 modern ISO tanks capable of transporting liquids at different temperatures with a range going from -10° to +120°C. As with Huktra, all units are equipped with real-time track & trace. The temperature inside Tank Management’s fleet can be remotely monitored and controlled.

Strategic investment

The development of liquid chemical bulk transport is part of the long-term strategic plan of logistics service provider H.Essers. The company provides integrated logistics solutions to the chemical hazardous goods industry. This is a market segment with complex logistical challenges, stringent regulations and specific operating conditions (such as temperature control, safety and environment). H.Essers is concentrating increasingly on synchromodality: i.e. intelligently combining various modes of transport.

Huktra, a family business based in Zeebrugge and specialising in multimodal transport of liquid chemicals, was acquired at the beginning of 2018. This solid basis is now substantially further developed with the acquisition of Tank Management.

Geographical expansion

With this acquisition, H.Essers is greatly expanding the geographical footprint for liquid chemical logistics. Huktra already had branches in Belgium, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and Romania. The takeover of Tank Management has added France, the Netherlands and Scandinavia to the list.

With these additional regions, the service area is also being expanded. The multimodal transport range for liquid chemicals now extends throughout Europe, from Gibraltar to Moermansk, from Ireland to Urals, and beyond.

Portfolio expansion

H.Essers and Tank Management have joined forces, not only to expand the geographical scope of this specific logistics service, but also to enlarge the service portfolio. Tank Management is an innovative company developing customised supply chain solutions for the customers.

With this takeover, there will be an even stronger focus on temperature controlled liquids transport for the chemical industry. On top of this, Tank Management provides heated and cooled transport of liquid pharma goods and food products.

Joining forces

In H.Essers, Tank Management has found the partner to guide its operations into the next growth phase. “After the substantial growth Tank Management has recorded in recent years, it is now time for the next step,” is said by the families Nordbo & Philippe, the owners of the Norwegian-French company. “Thanks to the acquisition by a strong industrial player such as H.Essers, Tank Management will continue to excel in service, to grow and to expand its expertise in the coming years.”

H.Essers’ CEO, Gert Bervoets, also has strong confidence in the future. “The acquisition of Tank Management fits into our strategy of sustainable development of synchromodality within the chemical segment. It enables us to offer our customers a new way of managing transport flows, which are not only more efficient but, thanks to this approach, also more sustainable. It’s a win-win situation for all parties: customers, logistics service providers and our community”.

“Tank Management is a family business that shares our values”, Gert Bervoets continues. “As is the case in our company, safety and quality are paramount. As an example, material and equipment are renewed with a high frequency, to ensure that the operations meet the most stringent standards and strictest requirements. We are very much looking forward to welcoming our new colleagues into the warm-hearted H.Essers family and to shaping our future together”.

Industry of 100 million and 2,000 ISO tanks

The takeover was completed at the beginning of July. The current Tank Management directors will remain on board, as was the case with the Huktra takeover. The focus in the first phase is on the integration and consolidation towards one entity, specifically for conditioned liquids transport for the chemical industry. This entity represents a turnover of 100 million euros and a fleet of 2.000 ISO tanks.

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