Week 38 has arrived, which means 2017 has only 14 weeks remaining. In the past week we listened to the speech from the “expenses unlimited” parliament in Strasbourg – correction, the EU Parliament – by the unelected “leader” of the EU, Mr. Jean Claude Juncker. His answer to all problems is more EU, not less. I would say that less is more, in particular when it comes to the EU, its bureaucracy and inability to decide anything and play a vital role in world politics is not a model to follow. As a shipping man it was heart warming at least to hear him talk about letting the wind fill the sails of the EU, inspiring words for the future. Well, as they say, another speech by a politician and another easily forgotten bunch of words.
Let me instead direct the attention to what’s at hand in today’s newsletter. We are proud to be able to present an interview with one of the largest providers of logistical services in the world, DHL. It is evident from this interview that they are keen to look after small and medium sized companies.
We also interview a senior project manager with decades of experience in South America, a Scandinavian who was caught fishing in the Parana River in 1956 – see picture in the interview. Overall he had an interesting career, and is the type of person that we shipping people most likely have dealt with on the job-site for various projects.
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Wishing you a pleasant read and, until next week, I remain,
Bo H. Drewsen
DHL Global Forwarding
Ms. Nikola Hagleitner
CEO – DHL Industrial Projects
I understand that you are involved in some of the biggest projects in the world, including exporting aircraft parts from Europe to a country that already has its own aircraft production. Tell us about how such a project is managed and where you have specialists and staff located for such projects.
In 2013 we won our first Airbus project. We started our two-year implementation phase with around eight people on a local, regional and global level in Germany, UK and the US taking care of all necessary preparations. Following these successful two years we have now extended our collaboration with Airbus. So, DHL Industrial Projects will move another 40 aircraft sets by sea and road from Finkenwerder near Hamburg, Germany to the Airbus assembly plant in Mobile, Alabama, USA.
Finvex Ltd – Helsinki, Finland
Mr. Mikko Savilaakso
Mikko, tell our readers a bit about yourself, I understand that you have a close relationship with South America and that you arrived there in your very early years. What prompted that originally?
What happened was that an old friend of my father’s offered him a good position in a company he managed in Argentina. So, there we went arriving in Buenos Aires on December 23, 1951. I was three days short of fourteen years old then. As to why my father accepted the invitation, I was never brave enough to ask.
Taiwan on the rise: Asian shipping demand spurs shipping and logistics development – Kenny So, Managing Director, GAC Taiwan
The shipping and logistics sector in Taiwan paints a clear picture; there is opportunity here – for suppliers willing to offer a range of quality services. Continued development of infrastructure and Taiwan’s export market will fuel a renaissance of the shipping and logistics industries in years to come.
VTG moved a high pressure blowdown vessel with dimensions 2000 x 560 x 580 cm, 175 mt from Yekaterinburg to Tobolsk for an ongoing petrochemical plant project.
Transport preparations started one year ago with intensive road studies and bridge calculations while the final permit process lasted three months.
The cargo travelled 650 km in 8 days, passing four railway crossings as well as more than sixty bridges. VTG started with 16 axle modular trailer and had to extend half way to a 24 axle modular trailer to solve issues with one major bridge. Website: http://www.vtg.com/logistics/project-logistics/
CakeBoxx Technologies Introduces new 45′ Shipping Container for Break Bulk Market
CakeBoxx Technologies will unveil a new, state-of-the-art “BreakBulkBoxx™” 45ft shipping container at the IANA Intermodal Expo in Long Beach, CA on 18 September.
Tanzanian Government Enters A Pact With Chinese Firm to Build Hospital Equipment Factory
Dar es Salaam — The Government has signed a contract with Neusoft Medical Systems Company Ltd from China for the construction of the medical equipment manufacturing factory. Read more…
South Korean Firm Selected for Qatar Road Deal
South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering & Construction has been selected by the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) for the estimated QR1.58bn ($434m) contract for construction work on Al-Bustan Street in Qatar. Read more…
Ports & Harbours
Kalmar Helps MSC to Cut Running Costs in South Africa
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is to continue its cooperation with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) with a new order for container-handling equipment. The order, comprising five Kalmar reachstackers and two empty container handlers, was booked in Cargotec’s 2017 third quarter intake. Delivery will commence in Q4 2017 and continue into Q2 2018. Read more…
Africa50 Invests in Solar Power in Egypt
Casablanca, Morocco, September 12. Africa50, the infrastructure fund for Africa, has entered into a joint development agreement (JDA) with Scatec Solar and Norfund for 400 MWp utility scale photovoltaic (PV) power plants at the Benban site north of Aswan, Egypt. Read more…
Toshiba Concludes Package Deal Agreement on Geothermal Power Generation Projects with Turkey’s Zorlu Energy Group
Toshiba Corporation today announced that it has concluded a package deal agreement (PDA) with Zorlu Energy Group, an independent power producer and member of Turkey’s Zorlu Holdings, for the supply of steam turbines and generators (STGs) for geothermal power plants that Zorlu Energy Group develops to construct in Turkey. Read more…
Plants & Processing
WestRock to Build New Corrugated Packaging Plant in Brazil
WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK) announced plans today to build a new corrugated box plant in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo to meet growing demand from WestRock’s regional customers in South America. Read more…
The Autumn 2017 Edition of Shipping Focus, the e-Update from Thomas Cooper’s Shipping Group
UK Arbitration and Dispute Resolution to Stand Strong in the Face of Brexit. Read more…