Va-Q-tec and Japan Airlines have announced a global cooperation, offering an extended availability of passive thermal containers in one of the largest pharmaceutical markets in Asia.
The company says customers to benefit from the extensive network of the airfreight company and the advanced technology of the packaging export, providing an opportunity for temperature-controlled transport of valuable pharmaceuticals.
Va-Q-tec country manager for Japan, Takehiro Takasaki says: “We are proud to announce Japan Airline, a high class air-freight company, as a strong partner for temperature-controlled pharma shipments. The cooperation increases the network in Japan tremendously.”
Va-Q-tec head of business development in Asia, In Sook Yoo says: “We pursue a strong growth strategy in the Asia-Pacific region. Besides the establishment of a subsidiary in Japan and the Japanese network station for operating cold chain supply transports, the cooperation with Japan Airlines is one important accomplishment for reaching our ambitious objectives in Japan.”
The company is represented through subsidiaries in South Korea as well as in Japan and operates several networking stations.
The containers deployed by va-Q-tec provide temperature controlled solutions for six temperature ranges from -70C to +25C in five sizes, taking up two US pallet inside.
Delta Cargo has expanded its IATA CEIV network across Europe with the addition of Dusseldorf Airport, operating the facilities in conjunction with Air France KLM.
The airline has 50 pharma approved stations around the global with seven International Air Transport Assocation Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (IATA CEIV) approved facilities all connected to Delta’s Atlanta hub, which is also certified.
The European CEIV stations are Amsterdam, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Milan, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Rome, creating a trans-Atlantic CEIV network to the United States.
Delta vice president for cargo, Shawn Cole says: “Delta has made significant investments in Pharma facilities across its global network, so as to ensure that we are compliant with the highest industry standards. Our priority boarding and quick connection times minimise exposure to outside temperatures ensuring the integrity of the product – vital for transporting medicine to patients.”
Delta offers four pharma options with a variety of containers and coolers, plus in Frankfurt it offers temperature controlled carts for the ramp operation which facilitate the transportation of shipments in a temperature controlled environment between the aircraft and the warehouse.
Shippers are increasing looking to switch from airfreight to ocean as air rates continue skywards and congestion at airports around the world, according to the Freightos International Freight Index.
In its Freightos Index Update W49 2017 report, it says rates are sky-high, with significant congestion in the run-up to Christmas affect domestic and international freight movements at US airports.
Air cargo hit capacity in Europe two weeks ago, with Heathrow Airport experiencing severe backlogs, and bad weather is affecting other European airports including Frankfurt, Zurich and Amsterdam.
Freightos reports that airlines are not expecting congestion to abate and prices to return to normal until 15 January, just in time for the next rush with shipments vying to get out of port before the Chinese New Year shutdown.
This congestion, it says, appears to have encouraged shippers to switch modes to sea, which is not suffering the same capacity issues.
Freightos WebCargo chief executive officer, Manel Galindo says: “I expect this auction-like market behaviour to continue. I’ve seen forwarders paying more than 18€ per kg (over $20/kg) for Europe to South America, and even one offer around 30€ per kg. These prices aren’t realistic – or at least they shouldn’t be!”
“Excepting pharma and tech products, which have enough margins to absorb high air freight costs, many shippers are no doubt reviewing their mode mix and looking to shipping by ocean next year.”
he nation’s major freight railroads have reached tentative agreements with the Brotherhood Railway Carmen (BRC), the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and the Transportation Communications Union (TCU).
The new agreements cover more than 31,000 employees and are subject to membership ratification. The contract terms cover wages, benefits, and other issues. The Transport Workers Union, which represents a limited number of employees in this bargaining, is also a party to these agreements.
The railroads have now reached agreements with unions covering 116,000 employees, about 80 percent of the 145,000 employees in this bargaining round. The following unions, which represent 81,000 employees in the bargaining, have already ratified their agreements with the railroads:
• American Train Dispatchers Association
• Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen
• Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen
• International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers ─ Transportation Division including Yardmasters
“These new agreements, which follow the terms established in the earlier agreements, bring us closer to the resolution of negotiations with all the unions,” said A. Kenneth Gradia, Chairman of the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC), the railroads’ bargaining representative.
The NCCC represents more than 30 railroads, including BNSF, CSX Transportation, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific, in national bargaining with twelve rail unions. Bargaining began in 2015.
GERMANY: After nearly 12 months of trials in commercial service on the Hamburg – München route, Deutsche Bahn has put the first of its fleet of ICE4 trainsets into regular operation.
From the timetable change on December 10 five Class 412 trainsets were introduced on services from Hamburg to München and Stuttgart, routes which DB says are used by more than 10 000 passengers a day. A sixth trainset will enter service in February and nine will be in use from June 2018.
The ICE4 fleet is being delivered by Siemens which is to supply 119 sets by 2023 in ‘the biggest order for trains ever received in the nearly 170-year history of Siemens’, according to CEO of Siemens Mobility Division Sabrina Soussan. The contract is part of a framework deal for up to 300 trains signed in 2011.
DB says that by 2023 its ICE4 fleet will be handling more than 40% of long-distance traffic, a sector in which it hopes to achieve 25% growth by 2030.
Just 19 of the sets will be delivered as seven-car formations, with the rest formed as 12-car sets. Siemens says that the ICE4 is designed to be assembled in up to 24 configurations thanks to each powered car having a full set of traction components. A 12-car set has six power cars and offers 830 seats, 205 of which are in first class; a 22-seat dining section and a bistro-bar area are included and there is space for eight bicycles. Intermediate cars are 27·9 m long and end cars measure 28·6 m, giving a train length of 346 m; the axleload is 18 tonnes.
Maximum speed is 250 km/h and DB says that the 12-car sets will be able to cope with 4% gradients, making them suitable for the Köln – Frankfurt high speed line. Fitted with ETCS Level 2, Siemens says that they ‘will be able to operate on the new high speed rail route between Berlin and München as of December 2018’.
Birgit Bohle, Chair of the management board of DB Fernverkehr, said that ‘the ICE4 is the new flagship for our long-distance routes and sets standards for our passengers: plenty of space for luggage, an elegant restaurant and an innovative lighting concept ensure a high level of comfort for passengers.’