Logistics News Briefing
July 2021
Top Stories
Digital Logistics & Innovation
Green Logistics
Perishables & Pharma
Regulation & Procedures
Express & eCommerce
Maritime & Waterways

The world is bracing for a fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic even as public support for new lockdowns in Europe wanes, with the coming months likely to see an increase in infections while industry struggles with resource availability. Statistically, Luxembourg has so far weathered the situation well compared to almost all other countries. Meanwhile, agreement on a proposed revision of the Eurovignette directive will pave the way for expanded CO2 emissions-based tolling for vehicles across the EU.

In our 10th Logistics Conversation Podcast episode (in Luxembourgish), Malik Zeniti and co-host Philippe Scholten interview Jennifer Klautsch, an ambitious young logistics professional. The former Kuehne + Nagel apprentice was named one of the best students of the 2019 Diplôme de Technicien en Logistique by the C4L.

Top Stories

European Commission backs proposed Eurovignette rules

The European Commission says it welcomes the agreement on revised rules for road charging as part of the Eurovignette directive reached by the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament. The revisions would mean the extension of tolls based on CO2 emissions for heavy-duty vehicles across the EU. While current rules cover only lorries over 3.5 tonnes, the agreement would extend tolls to all heavy and light vehicles.

Best source: Eureporter
Luxembourg withstanding pandemic better than most countries

Luxembourg has so far endured the Covid-19 pandemic better than most countries worldwide, ranking second behind Finland out of 154 economies, according to data analysed by German magazine 'Der Spiegel'. The ranking was determined by a number of social, economic and healthcare factors including excess mortality, the progress of vaccinations and the number of restrictions on personal freedoms.

Best source: RTL
Multi-mode Compliance and Standards programme for Good Distribution Practice launches  

Standards body BSI Group and pharmaceutical logistics network Poseidon are collaborating to develop and execute a Multi-mode Compliance and Standards programme to promote, monitor and assess adherence to the Good Distribution Practice regulations that underpin global pharmaceutical logistics. Interested parties can register their support for the programme here.

Best source: Cluster for Logistics
Digital Logistics & Innovation
DB Schenker, Volocopter test cargo drones

DB Schenker and drone manufacturer Volocopter, together with researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow & Logistics, have been trialling the addition of cargo drones to existing logistics networks. DB Schenker says Volocopter’s drone, which is able to transport a 200-kilogram load up to 40 kilometres, will be available to clients once a business plan has been developed.

Best source: Deutsche Verkehrs-Zeitung (in German, subscription required)
HHLA completes successful self-drive truck testing

Hamburger Hafen & Logistik has successfully completed self-driving truck tests in normal traffic at its Altenwerder container terminal as part of the Hamburg TruckPilot project with MAN Truck & Bus. Federal legislation is in place to enable the deployment of automated driving systems in industrial areas.

Best source: Port Technology
DB Schenker extends forwarding solution to air freight

DB Schenker has expanded its Connect 4.0 freight forwarding platform to include air transport. The move combines its ocean and air activities on a single platform, providing real-time instant quotes along with 24/7 online visibility from pick-up to delivery.

Best source: Marseille News (in French)
Green Logistics
Volvo, Daimler, Traton to build truck-charging network

Volvo, Daimler Truck and Volkswagen’s heavy truck business, Traton Group, are investing €500m in a European network of 1,700 stations for electric long-distance trucks and buses. The planned charging points will be brand-agnostic and fleet operators will be able to fast-charge vehicles during mandatory rest periods for long-distance transport, as well as charging overnight.

Best source: Yahoo News
HyTruck plans H2 trucks, charging infrastructure

The HyTruck consortium, which comprises Hyzon Motors, Air Liquide and DATS 24, along with the ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp and Duisburg, is planning to have 1,000 hydrogen trucks and 25 refuelling stations in operation by 2025. The refuelling points will be sited to ensure a reliable network between Antwerp, Rotterdam and Duisburg. The Port of Antwerp has indicated that 300 of the vehicles will be located in Belgium.

Best source: Electrive
Maersk orders methanol-powered container vessel

Maersk has ordered a methanol-powered container vessel with a capacity of 2,100 TEU from Hyundai Mipo. Slated for delivery in mid-2023, the dual-engine vessel can run on methanol or very low sulphur fuel and will operate on the Baltic shipping route between northern Europe and the Bay of Bothnia.

Best source: Port Technology
Bolloré rolls out sustainable aviation fuel solution

Bolloré Logistics has launched a sustainable aviation fuel that it claims can help customers cut carbon emissions by 80%. The fuel is available at cost price via the company’s AIRsaf programme and can be deployed for one-off and regular shipments.

Best source: Aircargo News
CMA CGM plans French bio-LNG facility

CMA CGM is partnering with waste treatment firm EveRé, gas company Elengy, and energy group TotalEnergie to conduct a feasibility study into building France’s first bio-LNG plant at the Port of Marseille. The liquefied natural gas would be produced from regional waste and used primarily as fuel for CMA CGM vessels.

Best source: Ship & Bunker
Perishables & Pharma

B Medical Systems supports Indian vaccine rollout

Luxembourg-based B Medical Systems is partnering with Indian pharma company Dr Reddy’s to install hundreds of vaccine freezers across India to assist the rollout of Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccines. B Medical Systems, which only recently began operations in the market, will deploy freezers with storage temperatures as low as -25°C.

Best source: Health Europa
Brussels Airport opens new pharma centre

Brussels Airport has opened a new 4,000-square-metre pharma facility in its Brucargo logistics zone. The hub will be the home base of Medixi, a new pharmaceutical joint venture between Hazgo, Ivemar and Medista, and will support clients ranging from global forwarders and large pharma companies to small research labs.

Best source: Cargo Airports & Airline Services
Walden launches consolidated pharma business

Walden Group has launched its TransPharma International business comprising Movianto, a healthcare logistics provider it acquired last year, and its Eurotranspharma and CSP units. Walden says the move will enable it to improve its one-stop-shop service for the healthcare supply chain.

Best source: Global Cold Chain News
WDP starts construction of DB Schenker warehouse in Contern 

WDP has begun work on a distribution centre in Contern for DB Schenker Luxembourg, due to be completed by the end of this year. The new facility, which will significantly increase DB Schenker's loading and unloading capacity for airfreight, will cover more than 7,000 square metres, integrating the latest innovations in safety and sustainability.

Best source: WDP (in French)
Dream Industrial acquires €882m European logistics portfolio

Dream Industrial REIT has acquired a portfolio of 31 European logistics properties from Clarion Partners Europe for €882m. Around 90% of the assets are located in France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain, with one Slovakian and one Czech property. The portfolio also includes 95,000 square metres of undeveloped land.

Best source: Europe Real Estate
BentallGreenOak picks up two German logistics assets for €230m

BentallGreenOak has acquired two German logistics assets in two separate transactions for €230m. The acquisitions comprise an 81,000-square-metre facility in Rheinland-Pfalz and one of the same size in Worms. The deals take BentallGreenOak's investment in the market to more than €650m.

Best source: Investment & Pensions Europe Real Assets
Arrow Capital acquires Dutch, German logistics properties

Arrow Capital Partners has acquired a portfolio of Dutch and German urban logistics and warehouse assets from Europa Capital for €270m. The 38 properties have a combined surface area of 360,000 square metres and are let to a range of e-commerce and third-party logistics clients.

Best source: Property Funds World
Regulation & Procedures

EU green fuel proposals come under fire

The European Federation for Transport & Environment has criticised proposed EU green fuel legislation for shipping, saying it will mean many more years of fossil fuel use. The sustainable transport NGO says the FuelEU Maritime proposals promote liquified natural gas and mean the EU will miss its target of net emissions neutrality by 2050.

Best source: Euractiv
Express & eCommerce
CFL reports fall in 2020 freight revenues

CFL has reported a net profit of €800,000 on freight operations for 2020 as cargo revenues declined 5.8% year on year to total €234m. The rail operating group posted a net profit of €4.6m, down from €5.3m in 2019.

Best source: L’essentiel (in French)
See also: Delano
Luxembourg gets locomotives with new signalling tech

Alstom has signed a €20m agreement to purchase 50 freight locomotives from Vossloh Locomotives for deployment in Luxembourg, Germany, France and Belgium for cross-border operations starting next year. The locomotives will be equipped with Alstom’s Atlas on-board signalling solution and the deal includes an option to equip up to 30 additional engines with the technology.

Best source: Railway News
FedEx reduces planned job cuts in Liège

FedEx says it will now make 549 redundancies at Liège Airport rather than the 671 announced in January, following talks with unions. The job cuts are related to the company’s integration of the TNT Express network, with the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle hub serving as a primary hub and Liège becoming a secondary facility.

Best source: Aircargo News
Deutsche Bahn inaugurates new automated freight terminal

Deutsche Bahn has opened the €171m MegaHub Lehrte container hub near Hannover, with up to 13 trains a day using the facility. The terminal boasts 12 autonomous electric transporters with a central computer system overseeing the movement of containers.

Best source: Rail Journal
German online sales jump 20% in second quarter

German e-commerce sales totalled just over €24bn in the second quarter, up 19.4% on the same period in 2020, according to e-commerce association bevh. First-half sales reached more than €45bn, a year-on-year increase of 23.2%.

Best source: Deutsche Verkehrs-Zeitung (in German, subscription required)
Maritime & Waterways

Ports check out Routescanner sustainability solution

A grouping of 19 port authorities from across the world, including Antwerp and Rotterdam, are joining forces to investigate the use of Routescanner technology to improve container transport and boost sustainability efforts. The Routescanner platform enables shippers and forwarders to compare routes and to select them based on CO2 emissions.

Best source: Port Technology
North Rhine-Westphalia waterways need €1.5bn investment: ministry

The German transport ministry has put forward an action plan for 200 projects to improve the waterway network in North Rhine-Westphalia and is calling for around €1.5bn in investment over 10 years. The ministry says the 60-kilometre Wesel-Datteln Canal, a key waterway for the state’s chemical sector, is in urgent need of renovation.

Best source: Deutsche Verkehrs-Zeitung (in German, subscription required)

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