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Traxens successfully deploys connected freight wagons in collaboration with CFL Multimodal

Traxens, a company providing high-value data and services for the supply chain industry, announces that its patented cargo tracking IoT system will be used on CFL multimodal’s connected freight wagons throughout the European corridor and the New Silk Road to China.

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Traxens successfully deploys connected freight wagons in collaboration with CFL Multimodal. Image: Pixabay

Traxens and CFL multimodal (CFL) started their co-operation with a pilot project at the end of 2018, when CFL fitted Traxens Box devices on flat wagons travelling between European destinations.

As this initial trial was successful, it was extended earlier this year to over 20 wagons delivering cargo to more distant European destinations. In April 2019 Traxens’ rail freight telematics technology was then tested on wagons travelling to China.

As part of it digitalization strategy, CFL aims to streamline train preparation operations through automation, including digital brake testing. Traxens’ Digital Freight Train® solutions can consolidate, secure and accelerate brake safety testing. This testing system can bring a number of benefits:

  Thirty minutes saved on standard reallocation processes to improve robustness or optimize loading

  • Continuous monitoring of the brake system after departure, with real-time alerts for the train driver to prevent a flat wheel
  • Improved safety and working conditions for shunting and ground operators who perform brake tests
  • Can be used solely by the train driver instead of two agents — reducing operating costs and improving agility and quality of the whole system
  • In the longer term, it will allow the interconnection of operators systems to improve interoperability and international trade, leading to better global efficiency of rail freight

Traxens’ solution provides comprehensive, precise and timely data about cargo by tracking wagons in transit anywhere in the world.Traxens’ technology brings improved efficiency and security, greater transparency and enhanced asset utilization thanks to improved wagons and goods tracking, geolocalisation and mileage monitoring.

The Traxens Box is straightforward to install within a few minutes whether on the customers’ sites, at railway terminals or workshops; it can be adapted to any type of wagon.

“As an outcome of our joint pilot project, we are delighted that  CFL multimodal decided to extend its use of our bespoke IoT technology in its rail freight operations to China,” said Florence Delalande, rail business unit director at Traxens. “This shows the potential of our technology for all rail and intermodal freight businesses, as the shipping industry shifts towards a digital future.”

“Traxens’ rail freight solution helps our operations by enabling the monitoring of assets and their surroundings, which significantly improves operational efficiency,” said Marc Valette, innovation director at CFL multimodal.

“The technology used by Traxens, enabling the local interconnection of different devices without wiring, opens up new opportunities in train condition and composition monitoring. This is a huge opportunity to improve operations and service effectiveness in rail. It will allow the connection of different elements of the train ecosystem in the future, providing transparent and accurate information, improving the quality of service and information delivered to clients.”

This agreement with CFL Multimodal is the latest development for Traxens in the rail sector. Traxens has already started cooperations with other key players in the industry, such as SNCF (the French national railway company). In cooperation with SNCF Logistics, Traxens developed the Digital Freight Train and its high value-added services for the benefit of the entire railway system, by turning conventional wagons into intelligent wagons in record time.

It features geolocation, arrival notifications, consignment transport conditions and status monitoring, digital assistance for wagon management, predictive maintenance and more. Traxens offers a whole range of services for a safer, more modern, eco-friendly and more efficient freight railway system.

This year Traxens has already won several innovation awards for its Digital Freight Train project.

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Port of Long Beach sees cargo increase

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Cargo shipments rose at the Port of Long Beach in May as the economic effects of COVID-19 started to subside.

Dockworkers and terminal operators moved 628,205 twenty-foot equivalent units of container cargo last month, a 9.5% increase from May 2019. Imports grew 7.6% to 312,590 TEUs, while exports climbed 11.6% to 134,556 TEUs. Empty containers headed back overseas jumped 11.4% to 181,060 TEUs.

The Port has moved 2,830,855 TEUs during the first five months of 2020, 5.9% down from the same period in 2019.

“Our strong numbers reflect the efforts of our Business Recovery Task Force, which is setting the path for efficient cargo movement and growth,” said Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach. “Our focus on operational excellence and world-class customer service will continue as we prioritize our industry-leading infrastructure development projects.”

“We aren’t out of the woods, but this is the gradual growth we have anticipated as the United States starts to rebound from the devastating economic impacts of COVID-19 and the trade war with China,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Bonnie Lowenthal.

As part of its recovery efforts, the Port of Long Beach has activated an internal Business Recovery Task Force that works with customers, industry partners, labor and government agencies to ensure terminal and supply chain operations continue without disruption, along with expediting shipments of crucial personal protective equipment.

May marked the first month in 2020 that cargo shipments rose at the nation’s second-busiest port, and followed seven consecutive months of declines attributed to the U.S.-China trade dispute and the COVID-19 epidemic.

Manufacturing in China continues to rebound from the effects of COVID-19, while demand for furniture, digital products and home improvement goods is increasing in the United States.

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Greenbrier Marine and Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. announce vessel delivery

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Greenbrier Marine, a division of The Greenbrier Companies, Inc., announced that it has delivered the OSG 204, a 204,000 barrel capacity oil and chemical tank barge for dual-mode ITB service pursuant to U.S. Coast Guard NVIC 2-81, Change 1.

The barge has been built in compliance with MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 13 Tier III standards regarding nitrogen oxide emissions within emission control areas. The state-of-the-art 581′ tank barge is among the largest in the history of Greenbrier Marine, with origins on the Willamette River in Portland dating to 1919.

The OSG 204 has been paired with an existing tug within the OSG fleet, the OSG Endurance, and will travel to the Gulf of Mexico, where it will contribute to OSG’s growing presence in the Jones Act trade.

The ATB unit has been fixed to a long-term charter commitment, with delivery to the charterer occurring late in the second quarter of 2020. Greenbrier Marine is also constructing a second sister barge, which has a scheduled delivery date during the fourth quarter of 2020.

“OSG is a great customer and a dedicated business partner and we appreciate the opportunity to work together on the construction of this vessel. The launching of OSG 204 was completed in December and the christening was celebrated on May 19 at the first virtual barge christening in the history of Greenbrier Marine, an adaptation necessitated by COVID-19,” said Richard Hunt, General Manager of Greenbrier Gunderson in Portland, Oregon.

“We are thankful for the collaborative work with OSG and all major equipment vendors and suppliers and are pleased to deliver this Jones Act-compliant barge as the start of a long-term relationship with OSG.”

“I am very pleased to add the OSG 204 into OSG’s fleet. I want to thank our site team and Greenbrier’s team for the high quality work on completing the OSG 204,” said Patrick O’Halloran, Chief Operations Officer for OSG. “I look forward to continuing the excellent cooperative relationship with Greenbrier Gunderson into the future.”

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Anchorage Launch Services signs lease for new commercial dock space at Port of Kalama

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Port of Kalama announced that Anchorage Launch Services has signed a contract to lease the Port’s new commercial dock and operate their maritime transportation services. The new tenant will use the dock as its Anchorage Launch Services Terminal to provide light cargo and commercial passenger services to the maritime shipping industry on the Columbia River from Astoria to Portland/Vancouver—and everywhere in between. Anchorage Launch Services delivers supplies, goods and products to ships to keep their operations moving efficiently.

“There is not a facility like the Port of Kalama’s commercial wharf on the entire Columbia River—this exceptional centrally-located facility includes a crane and forklift to keep us operating 24/7, 365 days a year and that enables us to serve ships more efficiently than ever,” says Alex Scott, chief operating officer, Anchorage Launch Services. “This new facility and home for our operations raises the bar on what we can offer our clients—our new terminal will save untold amounts of time and dollars for the maritime industry. This could not be a better location to serve commerce on the entire river.”

The Port modified and refurbished components of a barge to develop the long-planned commercial dock last year and prepare for a maritime client including furnishing and installing bulkheads, bullrails, fenders, ladders, new spud piles and a gangway landing platform.

“We are incredibly excited to have a maritime service provider like Anchorage Launch Services serving clients from our new commercial wharf,” says Troy Stariha, president, Port of Kalama Board of Commissioners. “Not only will their presence here better serve our visiting commercial ships—and those at ports along the Columbia River—but the growing business will add local jobs and contribute to the local economy as operations get underway. We are delighted they have chosen the Port of Kalama to call home.”

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