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TransContainer dispatched test train with hazardous cargo in reefers from Korea to Poland

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TransContainer organized delivery of hazardous cargo (Class 9) in reefers from South Korea to Poland.

On January 21, 2020 the test block train was dispatched from berth of Vostochnaya Stevedoring Company LLC (VSC is a part of the Global Ports group) at Vostochny port. The train will go through the territory of Russia and Belarus and cross the border between Belarus and Poland in Brest. After that it will arrive at Małaszewicze destination station in Poland.

The train is loaded with Li-ion batteries for LGChem. It consists of reefer containers connected to UPS along the way which allows our customers to transport to Europe their cargoes with temperature requirements faster and more secure.

TransContainer organizes this service together with Pantos Logistics. FNS CIS is the forwarder at the port.

VSC terminal which was a port of transshipment has the license for handling hazard class 9 cargo. Complex of measures has been taken in accordance with international and national standards to provide security.

In future TransContainer plans to make this service regular. Dispatches will be made on a weekly basis.

Transit time of the first test train from Busan to Małaszewicze, dispatched in December 2019 was 19 days which is twice faster than a route by sea.

This project is realized in the context of cooperation between PJSC TransContainer and Pantos Logistics. The companies have stated their intent to cooperate in the respective memorandum during the Eastern Economic Forum 2019.

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E2S major on hazardous area integrated warning device assemblies at ADIPEC

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E2S Warning Signals is featuring its new range of integrated signalling assemblies on Booth 8620, Hall 8 at ADIPEC, 11 – 14 November, Abu Dhabi. Providing system designers and installers with pre-configured solutions, the new E2S range eliminates the associated cost of on-site assembly operations whilst guaranteeing the connections and cabling between devices meet the relevant hazardous area approval requirements and ensuring all signals are fully tested and certified.

Class I/II Div 1 and IECEx/ATEX Zone 1/21 approved signals are available in multiple configurations of up to seven devices. Featuring products from the D1xGNEx and STEx families with marine grade aluminium, corrosion proof GRP or 316L stainless steel enclosures – a solution for any environment. Status light type configurations of high power LED or Xenon beacons (or a mix of technologies) can be assembled where each device is sealed with a line bushing, the integral cable loom providing one single point of installation either in the last beacon or optionally in a junction box. Lens colours include Amber, Blue, Clear, Green, Magenta, Red and Yellow. For complete audio visual signalling the assembly can also feature a multi-stage high output alarm horn with a flare horn or the innovative E2S omni-directional horn.

In Class I/II Div 2 and IECEx/ATEX Zone 2/22 applications the D2x stacks of beacons or beacons with alarm horn sounder, provide compact, yet effective solutions for applications requiring multiple signals. Utilising the integral mechanical connections, the D2x Xenon or LED beacons and alarm horn sounders can be close coupled without the need for back plates – reducing cost and weight.

For applications where system extend into safe areas or for industrial applications E2S can provide similar multi-way units such as the STA alarm horn with strobe or LED combination and the STB Xenon and LED beacon assemblies.

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Verifavia Shipping undertakes IHM services for 29 Attica Group vessels 

Greece-based ferry company, Attica Group has appointed Verifavia Shipping to provide Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) services for 29 of its vessels

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Greece-based ferry company, Attica Group has appointed Verifavia Shipping to provide Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) services for 29 of its vessels. One of the first companies in Greece to apply for IHM certification, the addition of Attica Group’s ships takes the total number of vessels under IHM contract with Verifavia to more than 400.

Verifavia has already surveyed 27 of Attica’s ferries, with two more scheduled for early 2020, conducting IHM investigations in line with the terms of the EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EU SRR) and the Hong Kong (HK) International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships. The IHM reports created by Verifavia are now in the final, class certification stage of the process.

The EU SRR applies to new EU-flagged ships and EU-flagged ships going for dismantling, and from 31 December 2020 will affect all existing EU-flagged ships as well as ships flying the flag of a third country and calling at an EU port or anchorage.

The regulation prohibits or restricts the installation and use of hazardous materials (like asbestos or ozone-depleting substances) on board ships, as well as making it mandatory for ships to carry on board a certified IHM specifying the location and approximate quantities of those materials.

George Anagnostou, Chief Operations Officer, Attica Group, explained: “Verifavia has completed IHM surveys on 27 of our vessels, with two more scheduled for early 2020. We have been impressed by the service, which has been professional, thorough and efficient. As the first Greek passenger shipping company to initiate the IHM process, this clearly demonstrates Attica’s commitment to safe and environmentally sound practices at the end of our vessels’ lives.”

Delivered by its expanding team of HazMat experts, one of the largest in-house teams in the industry, Verifavia’s IHM services involve a process of document collection, onboard sampling check, andcertified laboratory analysis, which is then developed into a report and shared with the respective class society for final cross-checking, verification, and certification.

This process enables the identification of any hazardous materials that need to be removed when preparing the ship for recycling. In addition to the IHM initial survey, Verifavia can work with ship owners, managers and class societies to develop and implement a robust IHM maintenance procedure.

Julien Dufour, CEO, Verifavia Shipping, concluded: “Verifavia’s recently launched IHM services have been developed to complement the work done by class societies – ensuring that hazardous materials within the structure of a vessel are properly identified to prepare ships for safe and environmentally-friendly recycling. It is a stamp of approval for the expertise of our people and robustness of our approach that we have been approved by both Lloyd’s Register and RINA – two of the leading class societies – in quick succession. This has been further cemented by our appointment by Attica Group – it has been a priviledge to work with such a well-respected company that is so commited to its environmental standards.”

Approved by the Korean Register, ABS Group, Lloyd’s Register and RINA, Verifavia Shipping is in the process of being approved as a HazMat Expert Company by additional classification societies.

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Bahri joins Maritime Anti-Corruption Network to promote collective anti-bribery efforts in maritime sector

Bahri, a global leader in logistics and transportation, has become an official member of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN)

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Bahri, a global leader in logistics and transportation, has become an official member of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN), a global business network of over 110 companies working together to tackle corruption in the maritime industry. Bahri’s membership underlines its commitment to contribute to advancing a culture of integrity in the maritime sector.

Bahri’s decision to join MACN supports Saudi Arabia’s ongoing commitment to zero tolerance of corruption at all levels, as directed in its Saudi Vision 2030 program.

A party to the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), the Kingdom aims to become a frontrunner in the international efforts to prevent and fight corruption.

The country is keen on reaching the highest levels of transparency, governance, and accountability through the adoption of leading international standards and practices.

Commenting on the development, Abdullah Aldubaikhi, CEO of Bahri, said: “With transparency being a key pillar of its core values, Bahri has always upheld international standards and best practices across its operations. With our membership in MACN, we are reaffirming our resolve to work with all stakeholders in tackling bribery and corruption as well as promoting free, fair and open competition in the maritime sector. We are confident that the collective efforts of MACN will accelerate the development of a safe and sustainable shipping and trade ecosystem.”

With the membership, Bahri joins the industry-led collective action initiative’s ongoing campaign dedicated to enabling fair trade through the promotion of compliance with anti-corruption laws and the elimination of corrupt practices across the wider supply chain.

The members of MACN are committed to ensuring strict compliance with all applicable antitrust and competition laws to facilitate procompetitive, transparent and efficient maritime business globally.

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