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GPA approves $92M rail expansion
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 01:11

Savannah container trade up 8 percent in August

As part of the Mason Mega Rail project, the GPA Board approved on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, the addition of 23 miles of track on Garden City Terminal to better accommodate 10,000-foot long unit trains.

SAVANNAH, Ga., Sept. 17, 2018 – The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) moved 375,833 Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit containers (TEUs) in August, an 8 percent increase over August 2017.  In addition, the GPA handled 86,200 intermodal TEUs, a 33 percent jump.

“A strengthening economy and a greater reliance on GPA in major inland markets is driving growth at the Port of Savannah,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “We expect this trend to continue as more customers take advantage of Garden City Terminal’s central location and efficient terminal operations.”

For example, in August alone, rail cargo to and from Atlanta leapt by 34 percent, while Nashville saw an increase of 72 percent.

During a meeting of the Georgia Ports Authority Board of Directors in Atlanta on Monday, the GPA approved $92 million for the Mason Mega Rail Terminal. The project will double the Port of Savannah’s annual rail capacity to 1 million containers and deliver the largest on-terminal rail facility in North America by 2020.

“It is no accident the GPA is constructing rail capacity as the demand for rail is growing,” said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood. “As part of our strategic planning two years ago, our team identified the growing role intermodal cargo would play in GPA’s long-term success and put into place this plan for expansion.”

The work approved by the board Monday includes 124,000 feet of new track, 88 automated switches and rail control devices, as well as the rail and power infrastructure to support the operation of rail-mounted gantry cranes.

The added rail capacity will better accommodate 10,000-foot long unit trains on Garden City Terminal.  These more cost-effective trains will provide faster, more frequent service over greater distances. This will extend the territory best served by the Port of Savannah along an arc of cities ranging from Memphis to St. Louis, Chicago and Cincinnati.

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CMA CGM launches new active controlled atmosphere CLIMACTIVE reefer containers
Monday, 17 September 2018 01:51

In line with Asia Fruit Logistica 2018 in Hong Kong, CMA CGMhas launched its CLIMACTIVE solution, which it claims is the most advanced technology for the transportation of highly sensitive fruits and vegetables by active controlled atmosphere.

Equipped with DAIKIN Active controlled atmosphere system, CMA CGM says CLIMACTIVE is the latest and most advanced solution to maintain sensitive commodities’ freshness to destination, by faster reducing the level of oxygen inside the container. The solution is created for highly sensitive commodities that require special attention due to their biological specificities and maturation time. These include high added value products, long transit time products, and organic products.

This technology allows businesses to optimize their competitive attractiveness by maintaining the products’ freshness up to final destination, preventing the maturation process, extend their shelf life and preserve the products’ quality attributes. It also allows businesses to expand by reaching further destinations and target news markets and also has the advantage of being able to allow businesses to maintain their products’ organic label.

A nitrogen pump creates a real barrier against oxygen infiltration, protecting the cargo from excessive ripening and enables CLIMACTIVE to reach the optimal level of O2 and CO2 much faster. Temperature, humidity and balance between gases are also very precisely regulated, allowing optimal preservation and protection of highly-sensitive commodities.

“Following the launch of the REEFLEX innovation, CMA CGM continues upgrading its Reefer range to better meet customers’ needs and acquire new markets. By introducing CLIMACTIVE, an additional technology is now available for the most sensitive commodities in CMA CGM’s Controlled Atmosphere offer. CMA CGM testifies again the importance of customer centricity and its ability to remain equipped with the latest innovative technologies” said Eric Legros, vp, Specialized Products and Value Added Services. No details of prices or freight rate premiums for this value-added service were disclosed.

CMA CGM Group is the world’s second largest refrigerated container carrier with a reefer container fleet of 385,000 teu and 288,000 reefer plugs.

Other players are also investing heavily in this lucrative and growing market. ONE recently placed an order for 14,00 teu reefer containers and has launched its own COOLvantage product at the same event.
 
K+N forms JV with Sincero to expand automotive logistics business in China
Friday, 14 September 2018 02:41

KUEHNE + NAGEL together with Chinese automotive logistics group Sincero are establishing a joint venture that will focus on providing contract logistics to the automotive sector. K+N will become the majority shareholder in the new company.

K+N has been developing a strong automotive footprint in China by organically expanding its partnerships with premium European brands. Through this joint venture the Switzerland-headquartered company will be able to enlarge this footprint by 70 per cent serving major Chinese brands and tier one suppliers, reported London's Air Cargo News.

"Contract logistics for the automotive industry is a strategic focus area for K+N globally and especially in China, the biggest automotive market," said board member Gianfranco Sgro.

"The joint venture confirms K+N's position as a leading international provider of automotive logistics in China. Following the recent launch of our digital platform for e-fulfilment centres in China this investment further strengthens our presence in Asia."

According to Sincero chairman Jiang Jun: "Establishing the joint venture with K+N is a strategic move to comply with the irreversible globalisation trend of economics and competitive landscape of the automobile logistics industry, thereby to complement each other's strength in global network and local expertise."

Both parties have refused to disclose the purchase price. The joint venture is subject to approval by the competent merger control authorities.

 
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