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Air Cargo Operation Launches Road Haulage Logistics Initiative

New Company Aims for Rapid Growth Shipping News Feature HONG KONG Hong Kong Air Cargo 1has launched a road haulage operation to serve the local market alongside its air freight services . Hong Kong Air Cargo Logistics aims to develop the region into a cargo transportation hub across the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau, Greater Bay Area.

As the country implements new cross-border network opportunities brought by the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative , Integrated Development in the Greater Bay Area and Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area , Hong Kong Air Cargo looks to expand its business with the foundation of the air cargo business and aims to service customers in the Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macau Gulf regions. Designed by the Chinese Government, these initiatives provide great potential for Hong Kong to develop its all-around cargo, logistics and warehousing services in the targeted region .

Zeng Meng, Assistant Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Air Cargo said, We are pleased to announce the commencement of Hong Kong Air Cargo Logistics today . Hong Kong Air Cargo has developed steadily since our establishment last year and we have seen remarkable achievements .

With the completion of the Hong Kong Zhuhai-Macau bridge, the Shenzhen-Zhongshan bridge as well as the Belt and Road and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area initiatives introduced by the Chinese Government, moving forward, Hong Kong Air Cargo will focus to develop a fully integrated transportation network in the Greater Bay Area including air cargo, ground transportation and warehousing services with an aim to build Hong Kong as the logistics hub. Since its establishment in 2017, Hong Kong Air Cargo has expanded its route network to cover six destinations in the region in less than a year . The carrier currently operates cargo services from Hong Kong to Bangkok, Dhaka, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, and Taipei .

Additionally, they are the general sales agent of Hong Kong Airline s cargo business .

The all-cargo destinations of Hong Kong Airlines now include Shanghai, Zhengzhou, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Dhaka, Almaty and Istanbul.

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  1. ^ Hong Kong Air Cargo (www.hkaircargo.com)

Road Haulage Freight Groups Gets Behind World Glaucoma Week

Free Eye Tests Available for All – Not Just HGV and Van Drivers Shipping News Feature UK This week, March 11 17, is World Glaucoma Week 1and in the UK the road freight industry is doing its bit to help combat a disease that affects around 600,000 Britons alone, half of them undiagnosed . Glaucoma is particularly relevant to the logistics industry as good vision is of course essential to any van or HGV driver . As part of the effort to improve the rate of diagnosis the Road Haulage Association (RHA2) is collaborating with sight experts, Vision Express3 by launching a brand-new Vision Van, a mobile eye-testing facility housed within a customised trailer, designed and built by Cartwright Conversions4.

The unique Vision Van will begin its journey across the UK offering free eye tests to the public to highlight World Glaucoma Week 2018 .

The problem is considered so serious that online vouchers are now available which offer free eye tests right up to the end of 2018 . Obviously, if you drive any type of vehicle it s important you can see clearly, read road signs accurately and properly assess driving conditions . However, up to five million UK drivers would fail the number plate identification part of the test if they had to take it again .

So, if you re a driver, make sure your eyes are checked regularly. Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that cause progressive damage to the optic nerve at the point where it leaves the eye to carry visual information to the brain . It can be caused by reduced blood flow or, more commonly, an increase in pressure of the fluid inside the eye .

If left untreated, most types of glaucoma lead to the gradual deterioration of sight and, in the most severe case, blindness . However, if detected early, glaucoma can be treated easily and further sight loss can be avoided . Vision Express CEO Jonathan Lawson said:

We know mobile health screening works – the NHS recently reported that stationing mobile screening units in convenient locations such as supermarkets, has prompted a four-fold increase in cancer detection rates, and we want to replicate that kind of success for sight-stealing conditions. To support World Glaucoma Week, Vision Express is also offering a free eye test in any of its stores, via a voucher that can be downloaded HERE 5from the 12 – 25 March . Mercedes Benz dealers, Sparshatts 6supplied a brand new 2548 Actros tractor unit and 3m helped produce the unique Vision Van supplying state-of-the-art reflective wrap in the Vision Express livery which incorporates the RHA s branding, whilst RGVA Vehicle Graphics 7finished the bodywork in the all-important wrapping .

RHA chief executive Richard Burnett, commented: We are delighted to be associated with this initiative, an initiative that for many will prove to be life changing . Good eyesight is vital for any road user but for an HGV driver, their livelihood depends on it .

Despite this, there are still far too many drivers who ignore any weakness in their vision, weakness that may well be because of glaucoma.

Although easy to diagnose, many drivers are nervous of making the initial approach to an optician .

The Vision Van will play a vital role in conveying the message that good eye health will actually prolong a driver s working life.

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  1. ^ World Glaucoma Week (www.wgweek.net)
  2. ^ RHA (www.rha.uk.net)
  3. ^ Vision Express (www.visionexpress.com)
  4. ^ Cartwright Conversions (www.cartwrightconversions.co.uk)
  5. ^ downloaded HERE (www.visionexpress.com)
  6. ^ Sparshatts (www.sparshatts.co.uk)
  7. ^ RGVA Vehicle Graphics (rgva.co.uk)

Container Ship Fire Latest Leads Round Up of This Week’s Freight and Logistics News

A Quick Look at Some Industry Items You May Have Missed Shipping News Feature DENMARK INDIA The fire aboard the Maersk Line1 container ship Maersk Honam has largely subsided and is under control thanks to Indian specialised firefighting vessels, and the survivors of the tragic occurrence are now safely disembarked in the cities of Cochin and Trivandrum in Southern India . They have all received professional medical treatment and are offered crisis counselling, and a majority have been transferred to a hotel . Of the crew members that remain hospitalised some are currently receiving intensive care.

Full details of the case as it unfolded were covered on our earlier stories and the search continues to locate the four crew members still missing after the incident on 6 March but hopes for their survival are rapidly fading .

Palle Laursen, Chief Technical Officer for Maersk commented: We are relieved that a majority of our colleagues have been released from the hospital . We, however, remain deeply concerned about the health condition of our colleagues still in hospital and are grateful that they are in the capable hands of medical professionals .

We are in regular contact with the hospitals and monitor the situation of all our colleagues. We are appreciative of the partnering assistance we ve received from local Indian authorities and we must now let the salvage team do their work . It is still too early to determine the cause of the fire or the impact to the vessel or cargo .

Obviously, finding the cause of the fire is very important to us and a full investigation will be conducted as soon as possible. The salvage operation is led by Smit Salvage and Ardent two best-in-class companies within maritime salvage operations . Maersk Line is cooperating with the salvors and has sent two technical engineers to Salalah, Oman, to work closely with Smit and Ardent.

US Aeronet Worldwide2, which also has a presence in United Kingdom, Netherlands, Canada, and Australia, confirms that its recently opened 19,000 square foot freight station in Newark, New Jersey (EWR) is now fully operational . Complementing the group’s nearby New York (JFK) facility the new location will operate as an East Coast gateway and consolidation centre for road haulage operations as well as international ocean and air freight. Warehousing facilities as well as specialised operations such as trade show and white glove services will also be accommodated and development of the new premises, the 13th company owned location, follows on the heels of a facility expansion in Chicago (ORD), and precedes similar location expansions for the company s Los Angeles (LAX) and Dallas Fort-Worth (DFW) stations.

GERMANY The Board of Airline Representatives in Germany (BARIG e.V.3) represents the interests of around 100 national and international airlines in scheduled, charter, low cost and air cargo business, and is demanding that the future Federal Government strengthens the industry in the country for the sake of the economy. The lobby group says that the incoming coalition should abolish air traffic tax to enable the industry to thrive as it presents a massive burden to the entire aviation-related economy in Germany . In addition, the state must finance a significant part of its sovereign aviation security responsibility.

An increased efficiency regarding air security processes, need-oriented and feasible development of airport infrastructure as well as continuous warranty of competitive operating hours are further essential aspects to strengthen the aviation location Germany against the global competition, with BARIG Secretary General Michael Hoppe, saying: Air traffic is a major driver of economic growth with great importance for commerce, mobility and jobs . Strengthening air traffic at the same time also means strengthening the general economy .

The recently negotiated coalition agreement offers chances of becoming active on a national level . For example, a considerable reduction of the disproportionally high fees, costs and tax burdens, which are currently further exercising their detrimental effects on the aviation industry, could finally be realised. Such measures are urgently required, bear the potential of creating long-lasting stability and sustainability in numerous areas, including business travel and the strongly exporting midsize companies .

The new Federal Government must act resolutely to protect Germany from further losing ground in international air traffic competition . In this respect, the air traffic concept, developed by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure in the previous legislative period, acts as a foundation . The implementation of this concept and many further relevant topics are urgently needed now.

UK Sterling Global Marine4, surveyor of private and commercial vessels, has announced it has acquired marine surveying company, Geoff Waddington & Partners5 . The company specialises in all disciplines of marine surveying, including new build project management, coding and MCA compliance, draft and bunkers surveys and project cargo . Lee Warltier, Director of Sterling Global Marine, commented:

Over the past three years we have worked on expanding the company and welcomed a number of surveyors to our team, each with specific areas of expertise . This has allowed us to diversify in the industry and keep a very high level of professionalism in all that we do . Geoff Waddington & Partners is a renowned marine surveying company with a strong reputation, particularly in the areas of yacht shipping and cargo surveys .

We have a great deal of respect for Geoff Waddington and hope that he can also work with us on occasion in the future. Geoff Waddington, former Managing Director and Chairman of the acquired company, which like Sterling is also situated in Hampshire, commented: Following my retirement from Geoff Waddington & Partners and having worked alongside Lee previously, we are confident that Sterling Global Marine is the perfect fit for our customers moving forward .

I can say with certainty that their company will provide a high level of expertise and excellent service and we hope that that our present customers and colleagues in the marine industry continue to use the team in the future. US CakeBoxx Technologies6, the doorless container system which we have reviewed previously7, will be hosting a hands-on demonstration of the loading and unloading efficiencies and security advantages offered by CakeBoxx two piece container products at ITS ConGlobal Industries in Houston this March 22nd, with sessions in both the morning and afternoon. CakeBoxx Technologies CEO Daine Eisold and Commercial Operations Director Scott Lyman will hosting the event and will be on hand to answer technical questions as well as any queries about CakeBoxx products.

UK Belfast will, once again, host the Freight Transport Association’s annual Transport Manager Northern Ireland Conference8, sponsored by Iveco . The event, which takes place on Thursday 24 May at the Culloden Estate and Spa, gives fleet operators access to all the very latest information, guidance and best practice advice on legislation and enforcement changes. Keynote speaker at this year’s conference will be John McGrath, Deputy Secretary – Transport and Resources at the Department for Infrastructure, whose responsibilities include road safety and vehicle regulation, the development of transportation policy, and the delivery of strategic transport planning, policy and legislation.

Other subjects up for discussion range from preventing vehicle use in terrorist incidents, increased vehicle technologies, road side stops and city centre problems . Seamus Leheny, FTA’s Policy Manager for Northern Ireland, said: “We are delighted that John McGrath is able to join us at our Transport Manager Conference in May .

He will provide a valuable insight into some of the key transport issues for the Northern Ireland administration in the upcoming year . I always look forward to the Transport Manager conference, it’s a great opportunity to keep up-to-date with the most pressing industry issues and, of course, there’s plenty of chance to network, speak to the experts and meet a few old friends.” MEXICO Damco s digital FCL port to door platform Twill9, has added Mexico to its portfolio and is now operating in five import countries and four export countries .

By partnering with Damco, Twill says it can utilise its existing footprint across the globe. SOUTH KOREA 1GSA10, the recently-launched independent GSA network, has appointed Goodman GLS Co . Limited as its exclusive member for Korea .

The Goodman GLS GSSA business was launched in 2014, as part of a well-established group with diverse freight-related interests . It currently represents Westjet, Cubana, and the Leisure Cargo portfolio of 14 airlines, providing its customers with access to destinations throughout Asia, Europe, Caribbean, Middle East and Africa. The company offers a full portfolio of GSSA services to airlines, covering sales and marketing, reservations, revenue accounting, load planning, and handling supervision .

It can also manage import operations where required, provide ground transportation including door-to-door and courier services, and assist airlines with their landing rights applications. US Paul Brashier, who has worked at ITS Logistics 11since 2015 and has spent almost 20 years working in the industry for companies such as Schneider National, Coors Brewing and Coca-Cola, has been named Volunteer of the Year for 2018 by the University of Nevada, Reno College of Business . As Director of Operations for ITS he is responsible for recruitment, onboarding and first-week training for the rapidly growing Freight Brokerage division.

In addition, Brashier leads the Intermodal team and is responsible for community liaisons with various business and industry groups . When he isn t working, he spends time with his wife and family, travels, and volunteers for the Down Syndrome Network of Northern Nevada. The ties between ITS Logistics and the University continue to grow as ITS has hired more than 30 Nevada grads over the last two years, as well as a handful of former Wolf Pack athletes .

In addition, since 2002 ITS has been the official logistics and transportation provider for the University of Nevada, Reno Athletics department, including transporting all of the equipment for the Nevada Wolf Pack football team. UK Over 50 international industry trade associations, UK Government departments and the Devolved Administrations have so far either signed up or confirmed they will sign up as Supporting Organisations of London International Shipping Week 2019 (LISW1912).The date for next year s event has been announced as the week of September 9 to 13, 2019. UK Hong Kong based EmergeVest13, the investment group which owns both NFT Distribution and Palletforce, has bought out road haulage outfit CM Downton14, previously a privately owned family company, for 75 million .

The Downton family members currently employed will continue in their roles as senior managers .

EmergeVest now has a wide portfolio of logistics and associated supply chain software companies.

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  1. ^ Maersk Line (www.maerskline.com)
  2. ^ Aeronet Worldwide (www.aeronet.com)
  3. ^ BARIG e.V. (www.barig.aero)
  4. ^ Sterling Global Marine (sgsurvey.com)
  5. ^ Geoff Waddington & Partners (www.marine-surveying.co.uk)
  6. ^ CakeBoxx Technologies (cakeboxx-technologies.com)
  7. ^ reviewed previously (www.handyshippingguide.com)
  8. ^ Transport Manager Northern Ireland Conference (www.fta.co.uk)
  9. ^ Twill (www.twill-logistics.com)
  10. ^ 1GSA (1gsa.net)
  11. ^ ITS Logistics (www.its4logistics.com)
  12. ^ LISW19 (londoninternationalshippingweek.com)
  13. ^ EmergeVest (emergevest.com)
  14. ^ CM Downton (www.downton.co.uk)
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