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Lufthansa Cargo transports 10 million roses to Europe for Valentine’s Day

FRANKFURT: When it comes to expressing our affection, we like to “say it with flowers” on February 14 and roses have traditionally been a symbol of love and beauty since ancient times.

To serve the especially high import demand around Valentine’s Day, Lufthansa Cargo says it transported 900 tons of the long-stemmed flowers on the Quito – Frankfurt, Bogotá – Frankfurt and Nairobi – Frankfurt routes this year – equivalent to some 10 million individual roses. The roses were imported over a period of about three weeks.

Most of the roses begin their journey in Bolivia, Ecuador or Kenya. These countries have the ideal climate for cultivating these flowers and the best growing conditions all year round. To ensure these floral tokens of love reach their recipients in full bloom, they must be transported quickly and carefully at a constant temperature of two to four degrees Celsius along the entire logistics chain.

Europe’s leading cargo airline has developed the special Fresh/td product specifically for the transportation of perishable goods such as flowers and food.

The roses are harvested several times a day at the flower farms in Africa and South America and then immediately placed in water and cooled. Following sorting and packing, the flowers are taken directly to the airport and loaded onto the freighters.

The flowers only remain in Frankfurt Airport for a short while. Just a few hours after landing, the roses are transported onwards from this city on the Main river out into all of Europe – primarily to other German cities, but also to neighboring countries, including Austria and Switzerland.

Saudia Cargo carries 60 tons of equipment for Janadriyah festival

JEDDAH: Saudi Airlines Cargo Company (Saudia Cargo) contributed to the 33rd National Festival for Heritage and Culture (Janadriyah-33) by transporting some 60 tons of equipment for the inauguration ceremony held on December 20.

Organized by the Saudi Ministry of National Guard, the annual two-week event celebrates the Kingdom’s rich culture and heritage through poetry, arts, handicrafts, songs, dances and other performances.

Saudia Cargo said the equipment, tools, screens and cables were loaded to a B747-400 aircraft on Dec 8 from Châlons Vatry International Airport, France to King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. The whole load was carried back to Vatry on Dec 24.

Saudia Cargo has long been an ardent supporter of the Janadriyah Festival through the years, deploying all its resources, logistic services and freighter capabilities for the success of this national heritage and cultural great event.

With extensive global network spanning four continents to different international and domestic destinations, Saudia Cargo offers a comprehensive range of air cargo and ground handling services using its own dedicated freighter fleet.

Biggest mobile harbour crane for Norway

Rostock (Germany), November 2018 – Liebherr and Karmsund Havn IKS have just signed a contract for a Liebherr LHM 550. With a maximum lifting capacity of up to 154 tonnes and a maximum outreach of 54 metres, this crane will be the strongest mobile harbour crane in Norway. The crane can be operated with diesel or electric motors and will mainly be used for container handling.

Karmsund Port Authority is one of Norway`s largest port areas with 13 million tonnes of goods and over 50,000 port calls each year. In January 2019, a new container terminal and a new ro-ro terminal will be opened at Haugesund Cargo Terminals, Husøy. This terminal will be an important logistics hub for the whole of western Norway and will be Norway’s most modern port terminal. To be prepared for the increased freight volume that the new terminal will bring, the port has decided to invest in a new crane. In the course of this forthcoming investment, Karmsund just signed a contract for a new Liebherr mobile harbour crane type LHM 550. Furthermore, the Karmsund Port Authority has an option for four additional cranes until 2023.

“The new crane will become a prominent landmark in the region. The LHM 550 will be visible both from the air and from the sea when passing Husøy”, says Tore Gautesen, Port Director in Karmsund. “We chose a supplier with a great design and state-of-the-art technology. The most important parameters for our decision in favour of Liebherr were capacity, technical structure, manoeuvrability and an overall assessment of technology and environmental compatibility. The Liebherr crane met these requirements satisfactorily and Liebherr submitted the best bid in the tendering procedure”.

The harbour crane will be operated on electricity, which corresponds with Karmsund Port Authority’s vision that the port should, as far as possible, be operated under the principles “Lean – Clean – Green”. The crane will be able to operate the entire dock area at Husøy, and is equipped for handling containers, bulk cargo and project loads. With a maximum lifting capacity of up to 154 tonnes and a maximum outreach of 54 metres, this crane will be the largest and strongest mobile harbour crane in Norway. The new machine will arrive by sea and will be completely assembled and ready for use when landing on Husøy.

Port Director Tore Gautesen states, “This is a great day for Karmsund Port, our customers, partners and the whole region. The crane will give the region completely new possibilities and will be a very important tool for creating increased activity. We are pleased with the agreement we have entered into with Liebherr, an agreement that guarantees us top-notch cranes in terms of quality and technology.”
The new crane was sold with a Liebherr service contract. The entire service concept, which includes short response times and fast delivery of spare parts if required, had a positive influence on the decision. Together with the Liebherr service contract, which is based on Liebherr’s market-leading service concept, this will ensure economic, stable and safe operation of the crane for the coming years.


Turkish Cargo starts flights to Bangalore

Turkish Cargo, providing service to 124 countries around the world as one of the fastest growing air cargo brands, initiated cargo flights to Bangalore, the capital of the state of Karnataka and the third largest and crowded city in India.

It is aimed to connect Bangalore, having a high annual export potential of 170 thousand tons, to our destinations across the Middle East, launching of a high-powered line consequently. Flights to Bangalore are operated by means of Airbus 330-200F freighters.

Holding a central position in production of the aerospace industry, IT industry, computer and hi-tech products and referred to as the Silicon Valley thanks to its well-established export market, Bangalore is distinguished with its exported articles such as pharmaceuticals, perishable goods (fruits and vegetables), electronic, engineering, valuable items and textile products.

Achieving a sustainable growth with its newly-launched destinations, current infrastructure and investments, Turkish Cargo keeps enhancing its capacity in more than 300 destinations included in its current flight network.

Saudia Cargo participation in Second Supply Chain and Logistics Conference ends on a positive note

Saudi Airlines Cargo Company CEO Omar Talal Hariri reiterated the pivotal role the air cargo sector continues to play in achieving the objectives of Vision 2030 aiming to turn the Kingdom into a global logistics hub for goods transport and cargo services.

In his speech delivered at the Second Supply Chain and Logistics Conference held in Riyadh, Hariri spoke about the Kingdom’s strategic and geographic location which makes it a major transit station for goods and a crossroad for international cargo routes. This location will help the Kingdom become a pivotal logistics and cargo platform, let alone it will provide good opportunities for the country to increase its share of logistics operations, Hariri noted.

The local air cargo sector, he stressed, is committed to improving all handling facilities, and this is exactly what Saudia Cargo has done lately by launching new projects to develop and construct the infrastructure facilities of Jeddah and Riyadh cargo stations. Hariri lauded the efforts and plans that resulted in reducing import and export documentation and procedures by 75 %, an action which will surely enhance the efficiency of logistics services and speed up the accomplishment of the objectives of the Kingdom’s digital transformation.

Saudia Cargo, which is a strategic partner for the conference, set up a pavilion on the sidelines of the event. Minister of Transport Dr. Nabeel Muhammad Al-Amoudi visited the pavilion and spoke highly of the Saudia Cargo’s role in logistics services and cargo handling and transport. President of the General Authority of Civil Aviation Abdulhakim Al Tamimi and General Customs Authority Governor Ahmed Al-Hakbani visited the pavilion as well and was given a short introduction about the Saudia Cargo’s activities and services.

Organized by the Ministry of Transport, the conference was attended by supply chain and logistics services top officials, decision-makers and experts in addition to local and international representatives of major logistics companies. It is an important platform for exchanging insights and ideas while enhance partnerships with the business sector in order to keep up with the latest developments in the supply and logistics sector.

Delta Cargo to Extend Bluetooth Tracking to Off-airport Customer Facilities

ATLANTA, October 9,2018: Following the announcement earlier in the year that Delta will be providing real-time tracking for unit load devices (ULDs), the offering has now been extended to cargo businesses based off airport. This will enable customers to have end-to-end tracking of the ULDs starting in their own warehouses throughout the journey to the final destination.

This new service provides a number of customer benefits by eliminating all paperwork at the dock door when units are loaned out and producing a digital Uniform Control Receipt (UCR) which is emailed directly to the shipper.  In addition, customers will receive customized push notifications with full tracking available on deltacargo.com in 2019.

“The extension of the tracking technology directly to our customers’ facilities will ensure visibility for the whole freight journey, creating a best-in-class shipping experience,” said Shawn Cole, Delta’s Vice President-Cargo.  “This is a genuine innovation, and we are on track to launch in January 2019, with full visibility on deltacargo.com later that year, once the customer installations are complete.”

Delta is one of the first major airlines to test Bluetooth tracking technology and since March 2018 has deployed readers at 80 Delta and partner airline warehouse locations across six continents, including all U.S. hubs and major trucking stations with 70 locations remaining. Nearly 40 percent of the ULD fleet has been tagged with Bluetooth asset trackers.  By January 2019the tracking system will be available on nearly all of Delta’s ULDs with customer reader installations anticipated to be completed soon after that.  Real-time ULD tracking information will allow Delta’s Cargo Control Center to more accurately monitor and reroute shipments that are delayed due to irregular operations, like inclement weather.

Delta Cargo has invested in a number of customer solutions with the full product range now bookable on deltacargo.com, reliable shipping services with GPS and real-time tracking options. Plus an industry-leading Cargo Control Center for 24/7 proactive shipment monitoring and IATA’s CEIV Pharma certification.  Over the past several years, passenger innovation has been extensive with RFID baggage handling, and bag tracking via the Fly Delta mobile app, replacing ID checks at touch points with fingerprint scanning, biometric-based self-service bag drop, automatic check-in, an alliance that will empower customers with seamless in-cabin connectivity experience, more efficient and high-tech automated screening lanes, and a groundbreaking app that helps Delta pilots avoid turbulence for a more comfortable flight, along with working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection on optional facial recognition boarding tests. Delta is also one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies Worldwide in 2018, earning the No. 6 spot among travel companies.

Jettainer and CORE Transport Technologies start collaboration

Guangzhou / Frankfurt, October 9, 2018

Jettainer and CORE Transport Technologies have entered into a strategic partnership. The COREInsight tracking solution, which is based on Bluetooth technology, will in future be used in the containers and pallets of the internationally leading service partners for outsourced ULD management. The seminal tracking system will streamline Jettainer’s ground processes at customer airlines and, for instance, enable fully automated inventories.

The Bluetooth tags, which can be retrofitted without additional certification of the ULDs, are automatically recorded and evaluated by strategically installed readers at the airports. Scanning by hand or other interventions are no longer necessary. “The integration of the CORE tracking solution allows us to further increase efficiency through improvements in inventory management on the ground for airline customers,” says Carsten Hernig, Managing Director at Jettainer. He adds: “The fact that the geolocation of our ULD fleet is further improved at the same time is a nice side effect. The decisive factor for us, however, was the possibilities for process improvements on the ground”.

“Our Bluetooth solution was initially designed as a simple tracking solution for ULD inventories. But when we implemented the system at the major airlines in 2017, it quickly became clear that the large amount of data and the ability to analyze ULD movements would bring many benefits to airlines and their customers,” states Ian Craig, CEO of CORE, and adds: “I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with Jettainer. With the expertise and experience of the leader in ULD
management, we will be able to continue to improve our products”.

Turkish Cargo attends Future of the Logistics Summit.

Turkish Cargo, the accomplished air cargo brand, attended “Future of the Logistics Summit”, held by Utikad (Association of International Forwarding and Logistics Service Providers), one of the leading non-governmental organizations across the industry, as the gold sponsor.

During the summit attended by the officials of Turkish Cargo, and 14 panelist guests, the participants exchanged their ideas in adaption of future to logistics based on the concepts such as industry 4.0, sustainability, climate change, blockchain and innovation.

Information about the “investments in future by Turkish Cargo, process of relocation to Istanbul New Airport, features of the new cargo terminal, innovative investments, e-commerce, the innovations introduced by the comis project, the latest developments across the industry, and reflections on the future” was also provided at the summit.

The stand of Turkish Cargo drew a great deal of attention during the summit embracing 274 representatives from 141 companies and more than 2000 participants. Turkish Cargo, a critical solution partner for the logistics industry, keeps working towards the targets set for 2023.

Gulfood Manufacturing 2018 to highlight technologies set to reshape the food processing and supply industry

The fifth edition of Gulfood Manufacturing will highlight a host of international breakthrough technologies set to reshape the region’s food processing and supply industry as it races to meet seismic changes in consumer demand and drive 4th industrial revolution efficiency to heighten competitiveness.

The new technology drivers – from micro-conveyor systems for small producers, sensor-based sorting machines and integrated analytical post-harvest systems, to production optimised software and digital automisation solutions – will be on show at the Middle East’s biggest food and beverage processing industry event, which runs at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from November 6-8.

Breakthrough innovations on display

With game-changing technologies coming from all over the world, including George P. Alexandris, a Greek conveyor belt manufacturer making its regional debut and Tomra, Norway’s sensor technology pioneer, to Japanese heavyweight, Ishida, and Germany’s global solutions provider, Siemens, Gulfood Manufacturing has evolved into an industry-specific, world-renowned innovation centre.

“The 2018 show, more so than any in the past, is putting the future in focus – we are going to see Gulfood Manufacturing come of age this year,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Exhibitions & Events Management, DWTC, which organises the event.

When Gulfood Manufacturing’s doors open, 35,000-plus visitors will engage with a laboratory of the future exposed by some 1,600 exhibitors from 60 countries, including Scandinavian innovator Tomra, which believes technology holds the key to many of the challenges now facing the food production sector.

Tomra will stage a live demonstration of its new sensor-driven TOMRA 5B sorter for vegetable and potato processing industries at the show. The sorter combines smart technology with a 360-degree, surround view inspection system that reduces final product waste three times faster than previous systems.

“This technological advancement not only improves the quantity of food available, but it also maintains the high levels of quality expected by consumers who are increasingly interested in what they are purchasing and in brand protection,” says Tomra’s Global Marketing Manager – Food, Bjorn Weyts.

“There is a worldwide requirement for improved food safety and robust traceability systems. Finite water and land resources, combined with ever-increasing populations, mean we must obtain greater yields from our natural resources, including food. Labour scarcity in both developed and developing countries, where people either do not want to undertake food processing work or they move away from rural agricultural areas to cities, also presents us with opportunities to introduce our machines.”

Worldwide demand for food traceability is lining up alongside calls for reductions in food wastage and energy efficiency to drive innovation, according to Weyts. “Advancements in technology mean the use of satellite imagery and real-time data will increasingly be utilised to enhance the efficiency of produce’s journey from field to fork.”

Being a conveyor specialist, the Greek firm George P. Alexandris SA maintain that technological advancements are not the domain purely of the industry’s big players. Making its Gulfood Manufacturing debut, George P. Alexandris SA will leverage the show for a regional launch of a micro conveyor system which reduces production costs and increases the competitiveness of local food manufacturers. “We will be actively looking for local partners,” affirmed George Alexandris, owner of the company.

Walk the Talk: The Future of Food Tech

Gulf Manufacturing’s focus is being sharpened by the inclusion of a two-day ‘Food Tech Summit’, running November 7 and 8. The conference will unveil the Factory of the Future by exploring how next-gen technologies, including artificial intelligence, digitalisation, the Industrial Internet of Things, automation, robotics and blockchain can transform food and beverage manufacturing. The programme will also explore future food security and how the industry can innovate and create alternative food supply and resources.

Innovation demos will ensure that visitors, including some of the 2,000 C-level executives being hosted on the show’s Big Buyers programme, get deep insights into the technology on offer. The tours will take in the show’s five dedicated sectors: Ingredients, Processing, Packaging, Automation & Controls, and Supply Chain Solutions.

Meanwhile, DWTC is looking to further push the innovation agenda with its future-themed Gulfood Manufacturing Industry Excellence Awards, which are open to show exhibitors. Ten awards will be presented following assessments by a panel of independent judges. The awards will recognise innovation across the entire industry eco-system from ingredients, to technology, waste prevention to customer service, packaging and marketing.

Gulfood Manufacturing 2018 will be open from 10am – 6pm on 6-7 November, and 10am – 5pm on 8 November. The show is open to food and beverage industry professionals and visitor attendance is free of charge. For more information, visit http://www.gulfoodmanufacturing.com/

Emirates SkyCargo marks 1 million ULDs transported between 2 airports

DUBAI: Emirates SkyCargo says it has transported the one millionth Unit Loading Device (ULD) through its bonded corridor trucking service connecting Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC). The trucking service allows for rapid connection of cargo between Emirates’ passenger and freighter aircraft.

Emirates SkyCargo launched the trucking corridor in April 2014, when the freight carrier first commenced freighter flights from Dubai World Central. A fleet of 49 trucks, including 12 refrigerated trucks for temperature sensitive goods, links cargo between the two airports on a 24/7 basis.

Integrated hub operations

Emirates SkyCargo facilitates global trade by connecting cargo across 160 international destinations through its hub in Dubai where it has two state of the art Emirates SkyCentral cargo terminals. Cargo arriving in Dubai often need to connect from passenger flights to freighters or vice versa for their onward journey.

The movement of cargo between the two airports is achieved seamlessly through the bonded trucking service with a transit time of 4.5 hours between the arrival of goods on freighter aircraft to their departure from passenger aircraft and vice versa. Quick transfer of cargo from the trucks is ensured by the availability of 40 loading and unloading docks at the Emirates SkyCentral cargo terminals.

“Emirates SkyCargo is the only air cargo carrier to operate a two-airport cargo hub capable of handling close to 3 million tons of cargo in a year. Our fleet of 49 trucks function similar to a continuously rolling conveyor belt allowing connection times of 4.5 hours between cargo arrival at one airport and departure from the other, thereby effectively integrating two airports into a single hub,” said Henrik Ambak, Emirates Senior Vice President, Cargo Operations Worldwide.

“Moving one million ULDs through Emirates SkyCargo’s bonded virtual corridor in just four years is a testimony to the critical importance of this service to our total offering,” he added.

Over the last four years, the trucking service has helped connect more than one million ULDs over more than 272,000 trips between the two airports. A total of over 1.2 million tons of cargo, ranging from temperature sensitive pharmaceuticals and perishables to luxury cars, has been shuttled by the fleet of trucks. The fleet of trucks are maintained and operated by Allied Transport Company, based out of Dubai South, on behalf of Emirates SkyCargo.

Secure Connections

“In order to ensure the safety of cargo in transit, all the trucks in the fleet are equipped with satellite tracking and operate in a pre-determined geo-fenced route between the airports. The operation of the trucking service, which carries close to 1,000 tons of cargo every day, is planned and monitored round the clock by a dedicated team. The trucks are also fitted with tamper-proof locks for each journey, verified by Emirates Group Security and Dubai Customs, providing an additional layer of security of transit shipments,” commented Percis Paghdiwalla, Emirates Road Feeder Network Manager.

Emirates SkyCargo is the freight division of Emirates and the world’s largest international cargo airline measured by Freight Tonne Kilometres (FTKMs).

The air cargo carrier operates a fleet of 271 all widebody aircraft including 14 freighters- 13 Boeing 777-Fs and one B747F. Emirates SkyCargo has developed a number of transportation solutions targeted at specific industry verticals.