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maersk new boeingMaersk Air Cargo (MAC) took delivery of its first of two new Boeing 777F.

It’s the first Boeing 777 owned by a Danish airline. The hand-over was celebrated at Boeing’s headquarters in Seattle, USA. Maersk Air Cargo is a part of the global integrator of logistics, A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk). The arrival of Maersk’s first Boeing 777F at it’s home airport Billund in Denmark is planned for Saturday, 13 July.

Especially Maersk’s air freight customers in China and Europe will benefit from increased capacity and efficiency by the introduction of the two Boeing 777F. Both will be deployed on Maersk’s existing Europe-China route with initially three weekly flights, and later up to six weekly flights. Besides more capacity on direct routes the 777Fs will ensure shorter transit times as well as faster handling times and quality at origin and destination.

Maersk ordered the two 777Fs in November 2021 as part of the modernization of its fleet. The delivery of the second aircraft is scheduled later in Q3. Maersk Air Cargo’s owned controlled fleet will then comprise of two Boeing 777F and 20 Boeing 767F.

"We are delighted to take this important delivery and upgrade our fleet with two of the largest and most reliable freighters available on the market. With this step we are entering the premier league of cargo aviation. The B777F can transport more than double of payload on each flight compared to our 767Fs, and it is the most fuel-efficient aircraft in the world with the GE90 engines." Lars Jordahn, Head of Maersk Air Cargo.

"From a commercial perspective the two Boeing 777Fs are a giant leap in terms of what we can offer our air freight customers going forward. Besides enabling a much more efficient route structuring our 777Fs will improve the availability of space for our customers as we see a growing demand for integrated supply chain solutions which include air. Due to the disruptive environment in logistics, a rising number of cargo owners are choosing to reduce the number of service providers in their supply chain. Increased visibility across fewer providers enables the cargo owners to react more swiftly and much better informed in case of disruption. Availability of air freight capacity and full asset control are important aspects here. Both increase the levels of resilience, visibility and flexibility which are essential in these disruptive times." Narin Phol, Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer (CPO) for Logistics and Services at Maersk.

The Boeing 777F can fly up to 9,200 kilometers (4,970 nautical miles) and carry a maximum payload of 102,000 kilograms. The main deck fits pallets up to 3 metres high, and all cargo decks are temperature controlled. The Onboard Network System allows connected cargo in the future. Maersk chose GE90 engines for its 777F which are the world's most powerful and reliable commercial jet engines.

Besides its owned controlled fleet, Maersk is loading a large part of the air freight volumes also on commercial flights of other airlines. With its modern air freight booking tool on Maersk.com customers can choose and directly book more than 70,000 airport pairs across more than 90 countries with instant pricing and optional value adding services. Maersk Air Freight ranks among the top 20 air freight forwarders globally, and is among the top 10 in Germany and The Netherlands.

Los Angeles C40 Shanghai The Port of Los Angeles has completed construction of a major rail expansion project on Pier 400 that will improve cargo flow, reduce emissions and improve roadway safety at the nation’s busiest port.

“This $73 million rail project will increase cargo efficiency while reducing emissions -- a cornerstone of the Port’s blueprint for sustainable growth,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “Advancing capital improvement initiatives like this are key to ensuring the Port remains competitive.”

“Thanks to the Port's significant investment in rail infrastructure, APM Terminals will be able to handle increased volumes of intermodal cargo with greater efficiency across a wider variety of inland locations," said Jon Poelma, Managing Director of APM Terminals Los Angeles Pier 400. “This strategic upgrade enhances the Port of LA's attractiveness as a gateway for cargo owners who rely on fast, efficient, and well-connected supply chains to serve their customers.”

By increasing use of the Pier 400 on-dock rail yard, the project will in turn create additional rail capacity for all Port of Los Angeles terminal operators. The rail yard serves as critical link between the San Pedro Bay port complex and the Alameda Corridor, which carries about 10% of all waterborne containers entering and exiting the United States.

As rail demand increases, the expanded rail yard is projected to eliminate an estimated 1,200 truck trips per day by 2040.

Construction of the upgraded, expanded intermodal rail storage yard near the container terminal operated by APM Terminals began in 2021. The project added 31,000 linear feet of track with five new railroad storage tracks, a concrete rail bridge with lighting, an asphalt access roadway, new crossovers and turnouts, and modifications to the compressed air system.

Work also included the relocation of a portion of the lead track onto Port of Los Angeles property, realignment of the track connection to the rail storage yard, modifications to Reeves Avenue, and relocation of the at-grade crossing from Nimitz Avenue to Reeves Avenue.

Construction was completed by contractors Herzog/Stacy and Witbeck Joint Venture.

The Port received $21.6 million in grant funding from the California Trade Corridor Enhancement Program (TCEP), which funds improving freight corridors in the State. The Port funded the remaining cost of nearly $51.6 million.

Rail projects support California’s larger sustainable freight and mobility goals and meet federal and state grant requirements for major transportation projects to improve air quality, spur job growth, ease congestion and benefit disadvantaged and low-income communities.

Swiss WFS Swiss WorldCargo serves the Italian city with 28 weekly flights using narrowbody Airbus A320/321 and Embraer aircraft.

WFS, a member of the SATS Group, expects to handle annually 2,000 tonnes of cargo in Milan Malpensa for the airfreight division of SWISS. Additionally, Swiss WorldCargo’s customers will continue to benefit from road feeder services connecting Milan and Zurich 6 days a week.

Swiss WorldCargo has been a longstanding customer of WFS across its global network. At present, WFS provides cargo handling services for SWISS’ airfreight division at key airport stations in North & South America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. Its decision to appoint WFS as its air cargo ground handling partner in Milan Malpensa was based on WFS’ modern cargo handling facilities, the size of its operation, and its ability to provide dedicated solutions for Swiss WorldCargo’s specialised high-value, care-intensive and temperature-sensitive shipments.

“We’re glad to extend our already solid collaboration with WFS to another key station of our cargo operations, Milan Malpensa. With a significant number of weekly flights and tonnes of cargo transported between Milan and Zurich, we need an air cargo ground handling partner that knows our business well and can operate to the high-quality standards that we provide our customers globally. WFS can do that,” says Christian Wyss, Head of Cargo Offering Development & Steering at Swiss International Air Lines.

“We are proud that Swiss WorldCargo has extended its air cargo ground handling partnership with WFS to Milan Malpensa. The quality of Swiss WorldCargo’s products and services is highly respected across the industry, and we value the airfreight division’s confidence in our ability to meet these high standards,” said Massimiliano Introini, WFS’ Managing Director Italy. “In support of our service offering, as well as investing in our warehouse terminal, we have implemented digitalised processes in our warehouse and will be adding extra equipment to enhance our ULD and Pharma Handling capabilities.”

Avianca Cargo AeroUnion Avianca Cargo, Colombia's leading cargo carrier, and its commercial partner AeroUnion, announce the arrival of the new A330 P2F aircraft (aircraft converted from passenger to freighter), which will enhance AeroUnion's operations and consequently the service provided by both companies to customers on the West Coast.

One year after implementing the commercial cooperation agreement, AeroUnion is set to receive its first A330 P2F aircraft. This aircraft will increase cargo capacity by 60% compared to its current fleet, ratifying the announced commitment of the integrated expansion strategy. The initiative aims to enhance Avianca Cargo and AeroUnion’s joint network, with four additional A330 aircraft expected to join between 2024 and 2025.

"Freight transportation has shown significant improvement in recent years compared to pre-pandemic levels. Latin American exports have increased by approximately 16%, while imports have seen a 10% recovery. The A330 is an ideal aircraft due to its higher volumetric capacity and lower environmental impact, attributed to enhanced fuel efficiency per ton," said Diogo Elias, Senior Vice President and Leader of Avianca Cargo.

Avianca Cargo currently operates a fleet of six A330 aircraft, while AeroUnion has added five more freighters. The new A330 will serve routes along the West Coast, enhancing service offerings to key markets. It will primarily transport perishable products such as fruits and flowers, as well as oversized cargo for automotive, mining, and oil sectors, along with e-commerce and parcel shipments.

The Avianca cargo route network connects to more than 68 destinations, 56 of which are online. It operates 220 cargo flights and utilizes more than 1,800 passenger flights weekly for cargo transport, solidifying its position as one of the region's largest networks and an average cargo fleet with the lowest environmental impact. Avianca Cargo is the first airline in the Americas to obtain IATA CEIV certifications in four categories: Pharma, Fresh, Live, and Lithium Batteries.

"We are happy to receive the new A330 P2F, an aircraft that comes to reinforce our service and reliability offer, increasing our volumetric capacity and improving our connectivity to the West Coast markets in our region," said Danilo Correa, Aerounion's CEO.

"Avianca Cargo has a long history of initiating innovative air cargo solutions and the one-year anniversary of its commercial agreement with AeroUnion is a testament to this legacy, as well as its commitment to creating economic opportunities here in Los Angeles," said Doug Webster, Interim Chief Operations & Maintenance Officer, Los Angeles World Airports. "LAWA is also pleased to welcome Avianca Cargo's new A330P2F aircraft to LAX. This addition will continue to enhance air freight services by meeting market demands and the evolving needs of the logistics community."

Logistics UK new government The incoming government could begin kickstarting growth in its first 100 days by partnering with the logistics sector to develop Labour’s promised industrial strategy, as logistics can boost productivity for all areas of UK PLC, according to business group Logistics UK.

With Labour registering a victory in the General Election, the business group has outlined how, with the right policies, the logistics sector is key to driving economic growth and, as one of the UK’s largest employers, deliver skilled roles and break down barriers to opportunity.

“Logistics underpins all sectors of the economy to deliver for households, businesses and public services, every day,” explains Logistics UK’s Chief Executive David Wells OBE, “and is a major sector in its own right, employing 8% of the UK workforce. As a result, logistics is ideally placed to help the new government to get the economy moving again, providing its needs can be accommodated in the new government’s industrial strategy. If our members are to help get the new government off to the best possible start and give the economy a vital boost, it is essential that the Labour administration supports the logistics sector to drive the growth the country so desperately needs.

“Efficient, cost-effective logistics is critical to every single part of the UK’s economy and our sector is poised to work in partnership with the new government to establish the infrastructure, decarbonisation, skills, innovation and trade policies that will get the country building again. By involving our members in the development of the planned industrial strategy and the government’s missions, we are confident that logistics can deliver productivity gains to supercharge the economy by up to £8 billion a year*.

“It is vital that we power up the country while reestablishing the UK’s industrial strength in a clean, green manner. At the same time, we must work with government to provide the roles that will engage and excite the next generation of logistics talent and future-proof the UK’s supply chain to support trade both at home and abroad.”

Logistics UK remains committed to raising the profile and importance of the sector by encouraging the new government to establish the public-private partnership with the industry which was included in the business group’s Manifesto asks. As Wells continues, this will encourage legislators to consider the needs of logistics businesses as an integral part of all business decision making.

“Logistics has a critical role to play in kickstarting growth,” he asserts. “It is vital that the new administration involves our industry in all areas of Whitehall decision-making on the economy, through the appointment of a dedicated minister for logistics and supply chain – our sector’s role and needs should be an integral part of all plans. This will ensure that our industry can facilitate and support the economic development the country needs to return to growth.”

SWISS EMAS SWISS has recently secured its first-ever validation under Europe’s EMAS provisions for its environmental management system for the 2023 reporting year.

SWISS, including Swiss WorldCargo, has also earned the international ISO 14001 certification for environmental management systems. As a result, SWISS will now be publishing an annual environmental report to further underline its commitment to sustainable and responsible business management.

For the first time, the environmental management system of Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS), including Swiss WorldCargo, has been validated under the strict criteria of Europe’s Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) and has also been certified under the ISO 14001 international norm. The system is based on the continuous improvement principle and puts a particular focus on the main environmental impacts of the company, and of its business and operations.

EMAS is a voluntary-membership framework, established by the European Union to help companies continuously improve their environmental performance. EMAS validation requires the company to meet all the standards of the ISO 14001 international environmental management norm and satisfy further demands regarding transparency and continuous improvement. EMAS is regarded as the world’s most demanding environmental management system.

In the corresponding EMAS audit, the entire SWISS organization was evaluated by the external environmental verifiers on the extent to which sustainability is anchored within the company’s organization and management, as well as on the overarching collaborations across all staff levels on the ground and in the air. The successful audit of SWISS’ systematic environmental data collection activities and of the management of its environmental objectives applies to the company’s Zurich and Geneva operating sites for the 2023 reporting year and extends to its airfreight division Swiss WorldCargo. The audit was conducted by state-accredited environmental verifiers in the second quarter of 2024.

“I’m very glad that our consistent sustainability efforts at SWISS and Swiss WorldCargo are being validated with the EMAS quality seal. One of our key responsibilities remains to always operate to the highest standards and this applies to the sustainability field as well, where we constantly strive to progress and act for a more sustainable air cargo industry” says Lorenzo Stoll, Head of Cargo at Swiss International Air Lines.

As part of its broader commitment on the sustainability front and in the context of its EMAS validation, SWISS will now be publishing an annual report on its environmental performance. In taking this step, SWISS is further underlining its commitment to sustainable and responsible business management. In addition to detailed information on the company’s environmental management system, the SWISS 2023 Environmental Report presents key corporate, transport and environmental facts and figures.

APM SANYAPM Terminals Suape, Brazil, has completed the purchase of twenty-eight pieces of all-electric container handling equipment from SANY.

The equipment has been specifically customised for the new terminal and features state-of-the-art technology with a high level of efficiency and safety. This is APM Terminals latest move to accelerate the adoption of electric container handling equipment and reinforces its industry-leading ambition to be net zero by 2040.

The new terminal, located in the Governador Eraldo Gueiros Port Industrial Complex (Suape), Pernambuco, has been under construction since February and is expected to start operating in the second half of 2026.

"APM Terminals Suape is investing more than U$ 47million in modern equipment to consolidate our project in Pernambuco, which will be the first 100% electric terminal in Latin America. This is yet another step that reinforces APM Terminals' commitment to leading the modernization of the port sector in Brazil," says Aristides Russi Júnior, managing director of APM Terminals Suape.

The investment includes two remote-controlled ship-to-shore (STS) cranes. These are the largest and most modern available on the market and are equipped with systems to help with first positioning and make operations safer and more productive. In addition to Optical Character Recognition (OCR)), which provides high reliability in loading and unloading containers, they are equipped with technology to increase the accuracy of movements, prevent damage to the equipment and more protection for the cargo being transported.

Seven remote-controlled rubber tyred gantry (RTG) cranes were also acquired and feature the same safety features as the STSs. Remote operation, when the operator works from a control room and not from the equipment's cabin, increases productivity and safety. The RTGs are equipped with collision avoidance systems to reduce the chance of accidents with other equipment, vehicles and people. They also feature systems to prevent trucks from being lifted in the unlikely event that a container is still locked to the vehicle.

Two new reach stackers will be the first electric vehicles in this category in Brazil, along with two electric empty container forklifts. The purchase also includes another 16-tonne forklift and fourteen terminal tractors, all electric.

In addition to generating direct and indirect jobs, the new terminal will foster socio-economic development in the region and offer greater connectivity and expanded berthing windows for shipping companies. APM Terminals Suape will also have its own 5G network, which will make it possible to securely transmit information in real time to customers anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

DHL PostModGDeutsche Post acknowledges the Bundesrat's, Germany's Federal Council, long-awaited approval of the revised Postal Act today.

This legislation establishes the framework for the future provision of postal services. Following Bundestag approval last month, the act is expected to enter in force in July. It will replace both the former Postal Act (Postgesetz) and the Universal Postal Services Ordinance (Post-Universaldienstleistungsverordnung) from 1998, providing a new legal foundation for nationwide mail and parcel services in Germany - also known as universal postal service. This legislative modernization is long overdue and addresses the need to adapt to structural changes, including the decline in letter mail and the corresponding growth in parcel shipping, ensuring the continued universal postal service provision by Deutsche Post.

The approval of the revised Postal Act provides much-needed clarity for our employees, customers, and investors regarding the future of postal services in Germany. The law enables us to continue to provide universal postal service in Germany. It has clear flaws, however. The unique path Germany is taking to promote competition in a shrinking mail market will make the universal postal service more expensive and put quality at risk since competitors are permitted to feed items into our network at the point where delivery is usually difficult and expensive.

Deutsche Post also specifically criticizes the new instruments provided in the law for artificially stimulating competition in a downward-trending mail market, such as the consistency requirement for fees, the elimination of surplus revenue for infractions of fee regulation provisions, and network access for merchandise shipments and press products. By promoting competition in the letter mail sector, legislators have adopted special measures that have proven to be abject failures in other EU countries. Comparable steps in other countries have led to higher prices and lower quality. Equally incomprehensible is the proliferation of bureaucracy in the new Postal Act such as new reporting requirements.

Starting next year, the new Postal Act will also impact letter mail delivery times. Approximately 95% of letters will now reach recipients within three business days of posting instead of the current two days. Looking toward the future, customers can choose their desired delivery timeframe, with a projected launch date of 2025.

According to the new postal law, parcels that weigh more than 10 kilograms or more than 20 kilograms must be labeled as such. The labeling must be clearly visible, easy to understand, and draw attention to the higher weight.

The new law also requires the company to continue to operate 12,000 post offices across Germany. To that extent, it ensures that the nation's customers will continue to have access to local brick-and-mortar options. The company is not restricted to universal service branches but may also operate automated postal stations. This modernization course is good news for Deutsche Post customers since automated stations are usually universally accessible and highly popular. It is becoming increasingly difficult in some areas to find suitable shops or retailers to operate retail outlets. As always, Deutsche Post will ensure that every community has the legally required postal services it needs.

Port of Rotterdam RdKPort of Rotterdam Authority will contribute to the redevelopment of the lands owned by the state-owned company Refineria di Kòrsou (RdK).

In addition to traditional uses, these lands will be used for several new future-proof sustainable economic activities. The Port of Rotterdam Authority is seconding a manager for this purpose on request of RdK. He will lead the team responsible for redevelopment and attracting new business.

In 2023, the Council of Ministers of Curaçao decided that not all the land previously designated for the refinery would be used for refining purposes. Instead, the freed-up land and installations will be redeveloped for sustainable industry. RdK is collaborating with the Curaçao Ports Authority (CPA) in this redevelopment. The total site consists of approximately 250 hectares, located near the port of Schottegat, and the associated terminal at Bullenbaai. RdK wants to develop a mix of activities here, focusing on, among other things, three sectors; renewable energy and raw materials, food and light industry, logistics and port operations.

The Port of Rotterdam Authority works with several port and industrial zones worldwide and has been involved in developing the port of Curaçao for some time. The secondment stems from this relationship and is part of the wider collaboration between the government of the Netherlands and Curaçao, with experts and scientific knowledge being shared in the fields of wind energy, green hydrogen, solar energy and energy storage. The secondment of Sander Rijsdijk, currently responsible for Industry & Bulk at the Port Authority, is for two years with the option of an extension.

WestJet Cargo CampusAirWestJet Cargo is launching its new Campus'Air service, designed to provide students and university staff with cost-effective shipping solutions for their personal effects.

This initiative broadens WestJet Cargo's portfolio of services by specifically catering to the unique needs of the academic community, further enhancing its comprehensive shipping solutions.

Launched on July 1st, Campus’Air is part of WestJet Cargo’s ongoing commitment to investing in the community and paving a brighter future for Canada. Under the Campus'Air program, students and employees of select Canadian universities will receive a 50% discount on published freight rates applicable to domestic shipments of personal effects. This significant discount ensures that the service remains accessible and economical, helping students and faculty staff manage their shipping needs with ease.

"At WestJet Cargo, we recognize the unique challenges faced by students and university staff in transporting their personal belongings," said Kirsten De Bruijn, Executive Vice President, WestJet Cargo. "Campus'Air is our way of supporting the academic community, providing them with an affordable, reliable shipping solution that underscores our commitment to fostering education and community development across Canada."

To qualify for the Campus'Air discount, individuals must be current students or employees of the participating universities. Obtaining a shipping quote is simple and can be done by contacting the WestJet Cargo contact center. Most shipments will arrive within 24 hours, subject to flight availability and connecting options.

The Campus'Air initiative currently applies to domestic shipments only, WestJet Cargo encourages students whose universities are not currently featured to reach out for possible future inclusion.

IMO techincal support IMO’s Technical Cooperation Committee has made headway towards finalizing a streamlined, comprehensive strategy for the organization’s technical support for Member States.

​IMO's technical cooperation projects were featured in an informal workshop in the margins of TC 74.

Meeting in London from 24 to 28 June, the Committee finalized a revised draft of the IMO Capacity-Development Strategy, aimed at enhancing the maritime capabilities of IMO's Member States, particularly Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States.

Addressing Member States at the closing of the meeting, Secretary-General Mr. Arsenio Dominguez said: “You have made good progress in shaping the comprehensive Capacity-Development Strategy. The initial discussions in the working group mark a step forward for our Organization.”

The revised draft strategy combines the existing Capacity-Building Decade 2021-2030 Strategy, with strategies for long-term financing of IMO’s Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP) and resource mobilization for other Technical Cooperation (TC) activities.

The Committee discussed aspects such as overarching vision and mission, specific objectives, thematic priorities, resource mobilization and monitoring and evaluation. It highlighted the value of e-learning and “blended learning” in delivering the strategy, and the role of IMO’s regional presence offices.

The Committee established a correspondence group to further develop and refine the Strategy, with a view to finalizing the work at the next session of the Committee (TC 75). 

The Committee welcomed the expansion of the IMO Regional Presence Scheme, which aims to ensure grassroots implementation of technical cooperation activities. 

In addition to the four Regional Presence Offices (RPOs) operating in Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya and the Philippines, the Committee was updated on key progress made in new RPOs in Trinidad and Tobago, Egypt and Fiji. 

In Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, the Office of the regional maritime adviser (RMA) for the Caribbean was upgraded to an RPO in July 2023, with recruitment for the regional coordinator ongoing. 

The RPO in Alexandria, Egypt for the Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is expected to be inaugurated by the IMO Secretary-General in early 2025. 

The RPO in Suva, Fiji for the Pacific Islands is expected to become operational by the end of 2024, following the MoU signed between IMO and Fiji in March 2024. 

The Committee asked the Secretariat to conduct a comprehensive review of RPOs to ensure they are well-resourced to deliver on the comprehensive IMO Capacity-Development Strategy. 

The Committee noted that a total of $10.32 million was pledged and contributed by donors since the Committee’s last session (TC 73) to support long-term thematic projects.

This brings the overall value of the portfolio of projects (including pledges) to $160.3 million.

The Committee welcomed the following pledges announced during TC 74: Denmark pledged 20 million Danish Krone (approximately $3 million) over the coming years to support developing countries to partici[ate at key IMO meetings; Norway pledged an additional one million Norwegian Krone (approximately $95,000) to support IMO technical cooperation projects.  

The Committee expressed its appreciation for all contributions, and encouraged Member States, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and the industry to continue supporting these activities and projects. 

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