Breakbulk Europe opens today

Breakbulk Europe, one of the world’s largest event for the project cargo and breakbulk industry, opens its doors at Messe Bremen to an expected crowd of 11,000 from 120 countries today. The Welcome Reception will be held from 17:00 – 20:00, followed by two days of exhibition, conference programming and networking activities.

With unwavering support from its host city, the event will officially be opened by Mayor Dr. Carsten Sieling, president of the Senate of the Federal State of Bremen, along with Senator Martin Günthner, Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports for the Federal State of Bremen, and Robert Howe, managing director of bremenports, the host port for the event, and Nick Davison, portfolio director for the event organiser ITE Group.

This year’s customer and visitor experience has been also improved. “We listened to our customers feedback from last year’s event and have made every effort to deliver an experience that will meet, and hopefully exceed their expectations. Breakbulk Europe will have a better VIP experience, a stronger and more diverse content offering, more areas for our community to network and have fun, free transport for all attendees across the city, new ports, a new hall … I could go on and on,” Davison said.

The value for companies in this specialized market to exhibit at Breakbulk Europe has spread and is evidenced by 80 new exhibitors among the more than 550 participating in the show. “Breakbulk Europe will see its first Russian, Danish and Croatian ports,” the event’s director Maleha Khan said. “It’s not just about more exhibitors, it’s about encouraging the right exhibitors to participate.

“This year’s show will have stronger representation from key sectors such as ports in regions where project cargo is being shipped in greater volumes. In fact, as new areas of opportunity open around the world, you’ll see them reflected in the mix of new exhibitors on the show floor.”

Extensive market research was conducted to identify the topics that will be discussed over the two-day conference in two themed areas: the Main Stage in hall 4 will focus on business strategy, case studies and sector-specific issues, while the new Tech & Innovation Hub in Hall 6 will tackle tools for change and a how-to approach on implementation. More than 70 experts, most of whom are working industry professionals, will welcome audience input, so conversation is sure to be lively and offer practical takeaways for all those involved in the industry.

Antonov Airlines flies aid and personnel to support relief efforts in Mozambique after Cyclone Idai

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.

New Strategic Sales Manager for Nordic Maritime Solutions

The cargo survey and vessel inspection company Nordic Maritime Solutions has appointed Andrej Waltenburg as Strategic Sales Manager. Working in the new office near Copenhagen, he will be in charge of implementing and managing the sales activities, identify new market opportunities and contribute to the company’s customer service business.

Andrej Waltenburg has more than 23 years of experience in sales and marketing and almost 9 years within the maritime industry providing business. Before joining Nordic Maritime Solutions, he worked as Sales Director at Risk Intelligence, provider of maritime security risk assessment and planning systems.

Nordic Maritime Solutions CEO René Elling stated: Andrej has a deep understanding of establishing and keeping long standing relationships with different clients in the maritime sector and he shares our values of delivering the best customer service and the best solutions available anywhere in the industry and he is therefore the natural choice for us.”

Vertikal Days opens its doors !

The Vertikal Days opens its doors at the Donington Park in the East Midlands, one of the famous grounds of British motorsport. This two day event, which takes place on May 15th and 16th, gathers the biggest actors of lifting, handling and access platforms. A number of new products made their way over from Bauma in Munich to be shown for the first time in the UK. Visitors can be prepared for several product launches from crane, access and telehandler manufacturers as well as component and ancillary service companies. We wish a very successful edition to our colleagues from Vertikal !

Corleonis orders 19 flat-top tower cranes from Terex

The tower crane rental, sales and service provider Corleonis has been the official distributor for Terex tower cranes in Poland since the end of 2018. From the beginning of the year, Corleonis ordered 19 flat-top tower cranes from Terex Cranes, including the models CTT 91-5, CTT 132-6, CTT 162-8, CTT 561-32 and the brand new CTT 202-10 flat-top tower crane, officially presented for the first time at this year’s bauma.

“We value Terex Cranes as a highly respectable and reliable business partner with an honest and sincere passion for tower cranes. Moreover, the high level of awareness and acceptance of the Terex brand in Poland made it easy for us to enter into this business relationship,” says the owner of Corleonis, Arkadiusz Ertel.

The new distributor’s product portfolio ranges from Terex CBR self-erecting tower cranes and CTT flat-top tower cranes to CTL luffing jib tower cranes.

From left to right: Marco Gentilini (Vice President & General Manager Tower Cranes, Terex Cranes), John Garrison (CEO, Terex Corporation), Steve Filipov (President, Terex Cranes), Arkadiusz Ertel (CEO, Corleonis), Jacek Obrębski (Commercial Director, Corleonis) and Bartosz Irzyniec (Sales Manager, Terex Cranes).

Konecranes achieves milestone with handover of 2,000th mobile harbor crane

On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, the 2,000th Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Crane was inaugurated in a formal ceremony at the Ership terminal in the Mediterranean port of Cartagena in southeastern Spain.

This crane is the new eco-efficient Konecranes Gottwald Model 6 mobile harbor crane, in the G HMK 6407 B four-rope variant and will be used mainly for continuous-duty bulk handling, and also for general and project cargo up to 100 tons.

Gonzalo Alvargonzàlez, CEO of Ership said: “These are very reliable cranes. They are very high-performance and extremely solid. That helps us to serve our customers, who expect their cargo to be unloaded quickly. Time is very important factor in our work. So, the faster a ship is unloaded, being careful with the cargo, the better.”

“Our mobile harbor cranes offer added value for customers and the port industry,” says Heribert Barlage, Senior Vice President for Konecranes Mobile Harbor Cranes. “The 2,000th crane is a sign of our commitment to both. But just like every other important milestone we reach, this one is also an incentive for us to constantly develop our cranes and in so doing, make them fit for the future.”

Vinci Airports becomes majority shareholder of London Gatwick airport

Vinci Airports completed the acquisition of a majority shareholding (50.01%) in London Gatwick airport, UK’s second-largest airport serving 50 capital cities around the world. With this transaction, Vinci Airports becomes the world’s second-largest airport operator with over 240 million passengers a year including 46 million at London Gatwick. The airport division of Vinci now operates a network with 46 airports in 12 countries.

Nicolas Notebaert, CEO of Vinci Concessions and President of Vinci Airports, said: “London Gatwick’s integration into the Vinci Airports network is an excellent outcome for both organisations. Our synergies will lead to further tangible benefits for employees, passengers and airlines. The consolidation of a world-wide, industrial leader is also a positive step for the future of air transport. As a leader, Vinci Airports will help the sector to improve through its resalent sustainable, innovative and customer-friendly airport network.”

Port of Maputo responds to growing demand

In Maputo, capital of Mozambique, the Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) invested in two new Liebherr mobile harbour cranes type LHM 550 in addition to the existing two LHM 550s bought in 2015.

The remarkable growth of the Port of Maputo and its activities in recent years and the increasing demand from its customers have been the key drivers in the choice. Thanks to its high capacity and fast movements, the LHM 550 will be used for bulk material handling like ferrochrome, which is one of the main products being handled at Maputo Ports.

The investment in equipment also includes the training of several operators and technicians for the handling and maintenance of the new machines.

“In addition to the two mobile harbour cranes, we have recently acquired 14 payloads, 8 tractors, 8 forklifts and 2 rail excavators (for wagon unloading operations). This investment is in line with the need to improve the berth usage and the rehabilitation and deepening works that are place at the moment,” said Chief Operations Officer, Marla Calado.

LHM 550

Maxim Crane Works places large order for Alimak hoists

Maxim Crane Works has placed another large order for the new Alimak Scando 650 construction hoists to strengthen its USA based hoist business. The new order will allow Maxim to increase its offering of turnkey lifting solutions to their existing customers as well as expanding into new markets.

“We are pleased that Maxim Crane Works has chosen Alimak, once again, as the brand to drive their market strategy. We look forward to working with Maxim as they continue to invest in the hoisting sector,” said Henrik Teiwik, Global Business Area Manager Construction at Alimak Group.

“Maxim and our customers have been extremely satisfied with Alimak and the reliability of the product. We have outstanding up-time and product support and feel that the relationship has allowed us to successfully promote our ‘One Stop Shop’ equipment and service offerings in every state in the country,” stated Frank Bardonaro, Chief Operating Officer for Maxim.

AAL delivers for Felixstowe’s expansion project

AAL has recently delivered a cargo of four rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs) to the Port of Felixstowe as a part of a development project. The ZPMC Chinese-made RTGs, measuring 32 m x 14 m x 30 m and weighing just under 200 t, were loaded in Shanghai and shipped to Felixstowe aboard the 31,000-DWT AAL Kobe vessel.

The new remote controlled RTGs will serve Berths 8 and 9 at the Port and are capable of stacking containers six-high to enable more efficient use of the new yard. All four units were discharged using Kobe’s own heavy lift cranes with 700 t maximum lifting capacity.

Christophe Grammare, AAL commented: “We are delighted to be back in the UK and calling for the first time in Felixstowe with such an impressive project cargo. Although the UK is a significant container shipping market – Felixstowe being the 6th busiest container port in Europe with about 26 million tons of cargo each year – it is not immediately associated with project heavy lift cargo. The RTGs were shipped there on-deck of the AAL Kobe which, with a highly flexible cargo capacity of almost 40.000 cbm, was also carrying additional project cargo under-deck that was discharged a few days later in Ireland.”