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.
Nordic Logistic Association NLA (which includes the Danish, Swedish and Norwegian associations) as well as Germany (BGL) and France (FNTR) have just announced the signing of a lease to set up a common office in Brussels as from the 1st of August 2019.
“At a particularly challenging time for the European road transport industry, it is an added value to create a stronger cooperation between our associations. This has been the result of good and fruitful cooperation between us for already many years,” said Prof. Dr. Dirk Engelhardt, CEO of BGL.
“Our aim is to advance the 3 Mobility Packages to help the sector to stay competitive in a socially fair transition towards clean energy and digitalisation,” said Erik Østergaard, President of NLA and CEO.
“Together, we will on behalf of the many thousands hauliers we represent better communicate, better inform and bring our common messages to the European decision makers in order to improve the functioning of the road haulage market for the years to come,” said Florence Berthelot, General Delegate of the Fédération Nationale des Transports Routiers (FNTR).
In the picture: Soren Larsen (NLA), Isabelle Maitre (FNTR), Dirk Saile (BGL) Photographer: Alexander Louvet
Hegmann Transit GmbH & Co. KG based in Germany, partner of the Bigmove group, has recently added various Nooteboom EURO-PX low-loaders and Manoovr semi low-loaders to its fleet. The investment consists of various vehicles, including several 4-axle EURO-PX low-loaders with 2-axle Interdolly, type EURO-95-24ICP and 5-axle Manoovr extendible semi low-loaders, type MPL-85-05(V) with excavator trough and 80-tonne ramps that allows Hegmann to transport most of the heavy construction machinery. Due to their shorter combination length the Manoovr semi loaders also offer advantages in terms of exemptions, manoeuvrability and transport efficiency.
Specialised transport equipment manufacturer Goldhofer will present an overview of its current range including the TU 4, a four-axle trailer for the transport of construction machinery weighing up to 31.8 t, which is equipped with a brand new drawbar and improved ramp operation. Visitors will also be able to see the versatile Allrounder with its flexible loading concept for construction site operations as well as the new STZ-PK 8 and MPA RM low-loader semitrailer and the new Faktor 5.5 (a lighter version of Faktor 5). The « Ventum », a fivefold extendible flatbed semitrailer with a maximum length of 72 meters, which in combination with the « Bladex » blade tip lifting device constitutes a complete solution for transporting wind turbine blades over 70m will also be featured .
Finally, after the MPA technology in 2013 and the Addrive system in 2016, Goldhofer will unveil a new technical innovation on its stand on April 8, 2019.
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.
On January 29, 2019, in Shanghai, the Chinese shipping company Cosco Shipping Lines and the transport and logistics division of the French group Bolloré signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding.
The two companies, partners for over 20 years, have the desire to develop their commercial relations while exploring new opportunities for cooperation in transport, logistics and port infrastructure.
“This new agreement signed with COSCO SHIPPING Lines is the result of our common desire to develop synergies between our businesses. It also illustrates our ambition to continue the
development of our international network by promoting cooperation with strategic partners, recognised for their excellence and performance,” said Cyrille Bolloré, CEO of Bolloré Transport & Logistics.
From left to right – COSCO SHIPPING Lines: Wang Kunhui (General Manager of Latin America/Africa Trade division), Tao Weidong (Deputy Managing Director), Chen Shuai (Deputy Managing Director), Wang Haimin (Managing Director) – Bolloré Transport & Logistics: Cyrille Bolloré (CEO), Philippe Labonne, (Deputy CEO), Michel Sibony (Head of Middle Office) et Sébastien Beuque (Shipping Director)
The Netherlands-based equipment manufacturer Nooteboom has been granted the European patent for the LIFTAD, the special lift adaptors for the Mega Windmill Transporter. The LIFTAD-100 was developed for the transport of large tower sections, up to just over 40metres in length without using a loading floor. Depending on the diameter of the tower section, the LIFTAD can lift up to 100 tonnes.
“The Liftad is steeples adjustable so that various dimeters of tower sections can be transported. The MWT is an important transport concept within the market of wind energy. More than 80 Mega Windturbine Transporters have been delivered that are all still in use, and every year new MWT’s are added to this number,” explained the constructor.
The LIFTAD This latest patent for Noteboom will remain valid until the end of 2023.
The heavy-duty vehicles manufacturer TII Group, which comprises Scheuerle, Nicolas, Kamag and Tiiger brands, will present a solution allowing the transport of over 80 metres long wind turbine blades.
The Tiiger brand, dedicated to the African and Indian market, will also demonstrate a modular heavy-duty transporter, the Tiiger SD with a capacity of up to 240 tonnes. Also featured will be various SPMT systems including a fully electric SPMT Light version capable of moving 86 tonne payload.
The Ghanaian heavy transport specialist Monpe Ventures has recently transported a 125t suction pile over a distance of 3 km using ModulMAX axle lines from Faymonville. The major challenges of this project were the weight and the dimensions as well as the request to move the 16 m high suction pile in a vertical position. To build the ideal transport configuration, 16 modular axle lines from Faymonville were assembled side-by-side in a 4-file configuration, a solution that was defined together with the constructor. “Their engineers came up with this solution. At first, the tipping limits were barely acceptable, so we added 44t counterweights, which reduced the height of the center of gravity a lot and thereby extremely improved these values,” said Peter Everett from Monpe Ventures. The piece was fabricated by Belmet 7 inside Takoradi Port. Monpe Ventures transported it from their yard to the quayside from where it was loaded on a vessel to be dropped on the sea bed to be used as an anchor for the FPSO (oil platform) in the Ghana’s oil and gas fields.
This system, named Navineo, was developed by Engie Ineo (part of the French Engie Group). Designed to offer a better experience for travelers, Navineo will transmit the real-time location, on-time performance and punctuality of the 66 light rail vehicles to the Control Center (including the extension) to facilitate the real-time monitoring of the rail fleet. An automated passenger counting system will also be implemented to better adapt the transport offer to the uses revealed by more than 51 million trips made by citizens of the Rabat Salé agglomeration each year.
This system will be in place for 2020.