Éric Kalala Nsantu has officially taken up his function as new Chief Executive Officer of Bolloré Transport & Logistics in the Democratic Republic of Congo. With a solid experience in mining logistics and financial management, Éric Kalala Nsantu holds a Master’s degree in International Management from HEC Paris and a General Management Program from Harvard Business School. He joined the company in 2003 to fill various financial and operational positions, including the Katanga region until recently.
The US group UPS, the world’s leading parcel carrier, chose Gaussin Manugistique to equip its logistics platforms with electric vehicles. This is apparent from the Master Supplier Agreement recently signed between the two companies. This agreement, which covers all UPS facilities in the world, is also accompanied by a first order for an ASBM (Automotive Swap Body Mover) vehicle for the UPS facility in London, the DP World London Gateway Logistics Park.
This 100% electric vehicle allows loading / unloading and transport of swap bodies of all sizes. With a battery life of 24 hours a day thanks to its battery charging time of less than 3 minutes, the ABSM has very low operating costs.
In collaboration with Bolloré Logistics France, Antonov Airlines has flown aid and personnel from Chalons Vatry Airport (XCR) in France to Beira (BEW) in Mozambique to assist with humanitarian efforts in the region in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai. The cargo included malaria treatments, five water purification stations, and over a thousand tents and shelters.
In addition to this 65-tonne load of relief supplies, the Antonov Airlines AN-124-100 aircraft also carried logistics staff from aid organisations to support disaster relief initiatives in the region.
“Speed and efficiency are key when flying aid to a disaster area, and after the aircraft arrived in Vatry, loading took five hours to complete. We were ready for take-off by the time we received the final over-flight permits, working closely in cooperation with our partner, Bolloré Logistics Nord-Sud,” said Paul Bingley, Commercial Manager, Antonov Airlines.
“Antonov Airlines had the hold capacity and flexibility we needed to bring life-saving supplies and assistance to Mozambique in the shortest possible timeframe. The Bolloré Logistics office in Beira, which was at the epicentre of the disaster, provided support staff to facilitate the unloading of the cargo, and having all the necessary expertise, provided handling, administration and the final delivery,” said Karine Dantier, Charter Director, Bolloré Logistics.
The French shipping company CMA CGM has announced the completion of the tender offer to acquire the Dutch company CEVA Logistics, holding 97.89% of its outstanding shares. CMA CGM now has the capacity to supply all its customers around the world with a solution covering the entire supply chain, in particular LCL, airfreight, purchase order management, contract logistics and different customs clearance procedures.
“This successful transaction marks a major milestone in the history step of CMA CGM’s growth. With CEVA, CMA CGM has confirmed its position as a leading worldwide maritime transport and logistics group, supported by a team of 110,000 employees. We can now offer our customers a complete range of solutions that meet all their needs and set us apart from the competition, “ said Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group.
Bolloré Transport & Logistics Ivory Coast has been chosen by Compagnie Minéralière of Bafin (CMB) to handle the loading of nickel from the Foungbesso mine at the port of San Pedro.
Since October 1, 2018, eight vessels have been loaded with about 41,500 t of nickel for export, at a rate of 8,000 t per day. These operations are carried out by Bolloré Transport & Logistics teams using two tugs and four barges.
At the second edition of Africa Investments Forum & Awards (AIFA), Bolloré Transport & Logistics won the trophy for the best project in “port, airport and railways infrastructure” category. The ceremony was held at the Pavillon d’Armenonville in Paris in the presence of Eric Melet, Chief Development Officer of Bolloré Transport & Logistics and CEO of Bolloré Railways. The Sitarail project involves the acquisition of “new rail equipment and complete renovation of the railway between Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso,” as stated in the press release from the company. In total, 600 million euros should be invested, including 250 between 2019 and 2023. The Sitarail project will provide direct or indirect employment and reinforce exchanges between Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Mali.
The Finnish company has announced that they will participate in the Trade & Transport Impact initiative. This program, introduced by the startup accelerator Rainmaking Ltd, aims to connect startups and corporations in order to address the biggest challenges in maritime, cargo transport and logistics. With a three-year plan, Trade & Transport Impact is the first project with this kind of terms in scale and global scope within maritime and logistics.
“The world is changing fast, and the digital disruption is affecting even maritime and logistics industries. In order to keep up with the pace, we want to work together with those who are innovative, nimble and can act fast. Startups are excellent cooperation partners (…) with modern solutions, technologies and business models,” explained Tero Hottinen, Director Emerging Digital Business of Cargotec.
Established in Morocco since 2008, through its Rhenus Maroc subsidiary based in Tangiers, the German group Rhenus Freight Logistics (RFL) has seen the last five years an important development of its activities on the lines with this country. Indeed, Rhenus offers a wide range of transport and services between France and Morocco regardless of the sector of activity (industrial, event, hi-tech automobile, health and medical equipment …) From its platform in Aulnay- sous-Bois, where it has more than 4500 m2 of warehouses and 52 loading docks, RFL has set up weekly links to Morocco, via Spain, with transit times of 72 to 96 hours . It also has a large fleet of vehicles adapted to the loads: complete trucks (FTL), trucks with platform, trailers, transport of vehicles, etc. Rhenus can also offer its customers various exceptional convoys, with full or partial loads, to the ports of Casablanca and Tangiers. The company plans to make new expansions and openings in order to extend its network to this country.