CMA CGM takes multi-temperature warehouse at DP World

London, UK: CMA CGM is to take a long-term lease on a multi-temperature warehouse at DP World London Gateway Logistics Park.

CMA CGM is to take a long-term lease on a multi-temperature warehouse at DP World London Gateway Logistics Park

The CMA CGM Group will occupy, through a subsidiary, a one hectare coldstore with IT traceability and management systems on a 2.4 hectare logistics plot.

The coldstore has chilled and frozen chambers with added value services such as packing, sorting, labelling, palletisation and bagging. It will also offer customs clearance, shunting (transfer from the quay to the warehouse) and delivery.

Construction of the coldstore will start later this year with completion due summer of 2019.
CMA CGM, the second largest carrier of reefer containers, is currently bringing cargo through DP World London Gateway Port on seven services with refrigerated containers arriving from the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, India and South America.

In the last two months, CMA CGM has consolidated much of its UK-bound temperature-controlled cargo, originating in the Southern hemisphere, to come through DP World.

“This development and growth of CMA CGM’s reefer volumes ties in with DP World London Gateway’s ability to deliver time and cost savings, as well as reduce waste and carbon use through a one-stop-shop logistics solution that will increase product speed-to-market and reduce haulier mileage,” the port says.

The port, which is among the fastest growing in the world, is handling large numbers of refrigerated containers arriving from all over the world. It uses more than 1600 ‘reefer’ points, a weather-resilient, automated container stacking system, custom-built inspection facilities and a service for shunting containers between the port and its neighbouring Logistics Park.

Alexis Michel, senior vice president inland activities, CMA CGM said: “This is an important step forward for CMA CGM and we’re looking forward to adding even greater value to the operations of our customers through the development of this facility.

“Drawing on the logistics expertise that exists within the CMA CGM Group, we’ll be able to offer our customers a unique range of value added services and make sure their goods receive the best care all along their journey with CMA CGM and until they reach  their final destination.

“This is also a significant step up in our partnership with DP World, showing that ports, shipping lines, logistics companies and industrial zones can work collaboratively to deliver value for cargo owners shipping into and out of the UK.”

Renault to sell electric trucks from 2019

Renault’s electric trucks have been on test with Speed Distribution for client Guerlain and Stef for clients Carrefour, Nestlé and the Delanchy

Blainville-sur-Orne, Normandy, France: Renault Trucks will launch its electric vehicle range in 2019.

The all-electric trucks are designed for urban and inter-city use and will be produced at the Renault Trucks plant at Blainville-sur-Orne in Normandy, France.

‘Electromobility’ is the cornerstone of Renault Trucks’ strategy for sustainable urban transport, the company says.

“Zero-emission vehicles help improve air quality, curb climate change and also reduce congestion thanks to noise-free out-of-hours deliveries. Tomorrow, electric trucks will be simply indispensable for city centre access,” Renault said in a statement.

Renault Trucks conducted field tests of all-electric 12 to 16 tonne prototypes with Speed Distribution for its client Guerlain and Stef for its clients Carrefour, Nestlé and the Delanchy.

“As we transition to a lower carbon economy, electric trucks are driving the future for urban operations – we excitedly await production availability for our UK customers,” comments Nigel Butler, commercial director, Renault Trucks UK.

Put humans and safety at the centre says Volvo

Göteborg, Sweden:  The steady advance of vehicle automation is the theme in a two-part film from Volvo Trucks.

It shows how automation is set to transform the way we live and work in the coming years. But for Volvo Trucks, humans have always been – and will remain – at the very centre of a forward-thinking philosophy.

As technology now moves to a point where seemingly radical new concepts are within touching distance, Volvo Trucks continues to develop practical solutions to make the lives of drivers, customers and other road users both easier and safer.

Volvo Trucks’ latest films ‘Automation – the Big Change’ and ‘Automation – Driving into the Future’ deal with today’s hot topics surrounding future truck technology.

The two-part film zooms in on the life and work of two key players from Volvo Trucks, Sasko Cuklev and Ann-Sofi Karlsson. It also features contributions from truck driver Lukas Strohmeier from Austria, and commuter Rohini Teather from London. The films show the vision and purpose behind the on-going automation work by Volvo Trucks, as well as the hopes and concerns of those whose daily lives it will impact.

Sasko Cuklev, director autonomous solutions, has a strong vision and talks frankly about the possibilities he sees for the near future when he says, ”There is no doubt we will start to see self-driving trucks from Volvo on our roads becoming a part of our society. The exact timing depends on many things such as traffic regulations, road infrastructure and of course safety standards.”

While a shift towards using fully-automated vehicles forms part of the development, work currently remains focused on implementing automation step-by-step to enhance the driver experience with further improvements in safety, productivity and convenience. “Automation is not about killing jobs,” states Ann-Sofi Karlsson, Director Human Factors for Automation. “The future need for skilled drivers will still be high. As trade and the world population continues to grow, so does the transport of goods. Automation is about making it more efficient.”

As well as having a global outlook, Volvo Trucks’ automation work is closely tuned into making everyday lives easier, like that of driver Lukas Strohmeier. He is a professional who drives for a bulk tanker company in southern Austria, his working day often involves loading up in the compact, busy city of Graz. “It’s very difficult driving a big vehicle through heavy traffic. You have to keep your eyes everywhere. It would be helpful to have another hundred eyes, Strohmeier says.

With humans as vulnerable as ever and traffic complexity steadily increasing, the issue of safety has occupied much of the recent focus within Volvo Trucks’ automation teams. Key truck automation pilot projects in mining, the waste industry and sugar cane plantations have shown that automated technology will not only improve safety, but vastly increase productivity, while truck platooning on motorways offers the possibility of lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

By involving the customer in on-going dialogue and research about such developments, Volvo Trucks aims to stay focused on human-centric issues. Work with vehicle automation will continue to be beneficial to the customer, the driver and to society as a whole.

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