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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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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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The Port Authority NY NJ has released new records for 2019 

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The Port Authority released its 2019 passenger and cargo volume data across its facilities which established new records at the airports, seaport, PATH system, Goethals Bridge and Staten Island Bridges.

The record volumes validate the agency’s historic $37 billion 10-year Capital Plan to rebuild and significantly upgrade its legacy facilities that were built decades ago to handle far smaller volumes of people and cargo.

“We have taken aggressive steps in the past year to invest in building new, modern facilities and to upgrade existing legacy infrastructure to handle the record passenger and cargo volumes we continue to experience every year,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “From the new LaGuardia Airport, to the new Terminal One at Newark Liberty, to the redeveloped JFK Airport, we intend to make an unprecedented level of investment in our infrastructure to create a network of state-of-the-art facilities that provide an unparalleled level of customer experience.”

“Our legacy facilities were built to handle passenger and cargo volumes from a bygone era and simply cannot continue to support the record level of activity they must now handle on a daily basis,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “That’s why we are firmly committed to rebuild our airports and build new rail mass transit links to them, rebuild the nearly 70-year-old Port Authority Bus Terminal, modernize the PATH system and upgrade our port to enable all facilities to handle continued growth.”

Airports:

During 2019, the Port Authority handled a record 140.5 million passengers at its four commercial airports – John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and New York Stewart International airports – an increase of 1.6 percent over the previous record of 138.2 million passengers handled in 2018. The biggest percentage increase was reported at LaGuardia Airport. Despite a new airport being under construction with temporary roadways across much of the airport, LaGuardia handled 31 million passengers in 2019, a 3.3 percent increase over the previous record passenger volume handled in 2018. JFK Airport reported a 1.5 percent increase in passengers, including new records for both domestic and international travelers. And at Newark Liberty, more than 46 million passengers passed through the airport, a 1 percent increase in air passengers over the previous 2018 record volume.

Rail mass transit use at John F. Kennedy International and Newark Liberty International continued its record growth. The agency’s two AirTrain systems set annual passenger records in 2019. AirTrain JFK handled nearly 21 million passengers in 2019, surpassing the previous annual record set in 2018. And AirTrain Newark handled more than 11 million passengers in 2019, surpassing the previous annual record handled in 2018.

To accommodate the ongoing record demand, the Port Authority and its private airport partners have committed an unprecedented $30 billion – the most in agency history – to maintain and build new airport facilities across the New York-New Jersey region. The level of investment was evident in 2019 with major construction and planning activities taking place across the air, land, rail and sea network.

At LaGuardia, an $8 billion rebuilding of the legacy airport is in progress. As part of that rebuilding, the first of Delta’s four, new state-of-the-art concourses opened last October. This new concourse marked the second new concourse to open as part of the total rebuild of the airport.The opening of the first new concourse and gates at Terminal B occurred in December 2018. In addition, an extensive environmental review process began last year for the AirTrain LGA project and the Port Authority Board in November authorized the full funding needed to build it. At Newark Liberty, a steel topping-out ceremony was held in October for the new Terminal One, a major milestone in the construction of the $2.7 billion project. The new terminal is expected to be fully operational in 2022. Also last September, the Port Authority Board included two new Newark Liberty projects in the agency’s 2017-2026 Capital Plan – an entirely new AirTrain Newark and planning to replace the existing Terminal B. At JFK, the Port Authority Board in October authorized $445 million to provide for early work items to facilitate the development of the $13 billion JFK Redevelopment Program, including the creation of new aircraft hardstand parking.

Port of New York and New Jersey:

During 2019, the Port of New York and New Jersey handled 7,471,131 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units), breaking the previous annual record of 7,179,788 TEUs in 2018. The cargo growth was bolstered by a 2.6 percent increase in imported goods including clothing, furniture, electronics and other everyday products over the previous record for imports set in 2018. During the year, the port handled 5,231,418 loaded TEUs, surpassing the loaded imports handled by the Port of Long Beach, elevating the port to No. 2 in the nation for the first time in two decades.

The port also set a new all-time record for cargo handled by rail, moving 664,987 containers by rail, up 3 percent over the previous record set in 2018.

To accommodate the ongoing record cargo growth, the Port Authority last June announced the completion of the ExpressRail Port Jersey facility, the final piece of the Port of New York and New Jersey’s intermodal rail network spanning facilities in Elizabeth, Newark and Staten Island. The completion of the upgraded rail network provides the port with future capacity to handle up to 1.5 million rail lifts annually, enabling it to compete for more cargo destined to the middle of the country. In the short term, opening of the new facility allows the port to advance its strategic goal to handle more than 900,000 rail lifts a year during the next five years, the equivalent of more than 1.5 million fewer truck trips traveling through local roads, which will greatly reduce congestion and enhance air quality.

PATH

The average daily weekday ridership hit 284,380 in 2019, the highest weekday ridership ever recorded on the rail system. The highest one-day ridership recorded in 2019 was 311,317, which occurred on July 24.

During 2019, PATH handled 82.22 million passengers, the second highest annual ridership on record. The 2019 passenger levels would have been a new record had it not been for the anomaly of 1.2 million NJ Transit ticket holders who were cross honored in 2017, including 933,000 who were cross honored during the summertime track shutdowns to accommodate emergency repairs at New York’s Penn Station.

Last June, the Port Authority announced an ambitious plan to increase capacity, reduce delays and greatly enhance customer experience. The investment includes the ongoing $750 million project to install a new signal system that enables PATH to run more trains per hour. In 2019, PATH added two trains per weekday during the morning and evening rush hours, which has increased capacity by 10 percent during PATH’s peak weekday rush hours. PATH’s $1 billion investment also includes prior commitments of $215.7 million for 72 new rail cars which will be delivered beginning in 2021 and continuing through 2022, and a new capital commitment of $80 million for station modifications to enable 9-car trains on the Newark to World Trade Center line. PATH also will commit an additional $50 million to delay reduction and customer service initiatives.

The goal of the PATH Improvement Plan is to increase by 2022 capacity by 40 percent on the Newark to World Trade center line and by 20 percent on the other three lines. It also outlines a detailed, six-point delay reduction initiative to be implemented over the next two years, a new fare payment system to be introduced by 2022 and a set of customer service initiatives.

Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals:

At the Port Authority’s crossings, the Goethals Bridge established a new annual record for traffic in 2019, reporting 17.7 million eastbound trips, a 6.6 percent increase over the previous record set in 2018. The record traffic volumes follow the May 2018 opening of the new Goethals Bridge, which provides travelers with three, 12-foot lanes in each direction and shoulders to improve incident response and ensure reliable travel times.

The three Staten Island Bridges – the Goethals and Bayonne bridges and the Outerbridge Crossing – collectively set a new traffic record in 2019, handling 36.1 million eastbound vehicles, a 4 percent increase over the previous annual record set in 2018.

During 2019, all six of the Port Authority’s crossings, including the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, the George Washington Bridge and Staten Island Bridges, accommodated 122.2 million eastbound vehicles, the highest annual volume reported in 10 years.

During 2019, the agency continued its work on the $1.92 billion GWB “Restoring the George” program, which comprises of 11 specific construction projects to completely rehabilitate the nearly 90-year-old crossing, which is categorized as the world’s busiest bridge. The center piece of the 11-project program is the complete replacement of the bridge’s 592 steel suspender ropes and the rehabilitation of the four main cables, a project that is currently about 31 percent complete with 200 of the suspender ropes replaced to date.

In addition to the bridge, the environmental review process for the new Port Authority Bus Terminal kicked off last June with two scoping meetings, and two additional meetings held in September.

The environmental process will continue this year.

The Port Authority NY NJ has released new records for 2019. Image: Port Authority NY NJ

The Port Authority NY NJ has released new records for 2019. Image: Port Authority NY NJ

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