Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions joins forces with National Ports
thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions, a leading partner for the engineering, construction and service of industrial plants and systems, has entered into a partnership with National Ports, an Australian based developer and operator of large-scale floating port solutions, to make the operation of bulk carriers and materials handling equipment more efficient and environmentally friendly in shallow water ports around the world.
The partnership is aimed at further developing and rolling out a new technology, the super shallow draft bulk carrier. This self-propelled vessel will open shallow draft ports to far greater tonnages with no dredging and very limited capital expenditure.
Marco Lucido, Managing Director at National Ports: “Our new solution will open up access to shallow loading and destination ports worldwide including those affected by large tides. The system will not only be able to significantly increase cargo throughput for existing mining companies with limited draft, it can also help to make new mining companies economically viable.”
The majority of global import and export ports for bulk material are geographically remote and not sufficiently dredged to handle modern bulk carriers. Such bulk carriers with a deadweight of 180,000 tons usually require a draft of around 19 meters including clearance under the keel. Most ports have a draft of only 14 meters or even less. At the same time, dredging is very expensive and costs increase exponentially when dredging of hard materials is required, not forgetting its negative impacts on the marine environment.
With the new super shallow draft bulk carrier, thyssenkrupp and National Ports offer mining companies and port operators around the world a fast and efficient bulk material handling solution for shallow water ports. With up to 185,000 tons deadweight capacity on a 14 meter draft, the new system will be able to transit ports with limited water depth. It will be capable of self-unloading its cargo at a rate of up to 10,000 tons per hour into bulk carriers of any size (including the Valemax with a 400,000 deadweight ton capacity) or directly at the destination port in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. The new bulk carrier can be loaded from any ocean going vessel or directly from the land side via shore conveyors, thus limiting capital expenditure for new port infrastructure. Mine and port operators can charter the system on a per ton basis.
Dr. Franz-Maria Wolpers, Senior Executive in the Mining Technologies business unit of thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions: “We are delighted to be helping our clients solve one of the most complex challenges they face when operating in shallow, restricted and remote ports. In addition to opening up access to those ports the new system dramatically increases self-unloading rates into any type of bulk carrier or to the port of destination through a thyssenkrupp materials handling system. In cooperation with National Ports, we are thus offering mining companies and port operators worldwide significant efficiency improvements including faster materials handling at lower cost and reduced environmental risk.”
The super shallow draft bulk carrier is technically based on a conventional bulk carrier, supplemented by so-called sponsons (attached to both sides of the bulk carrier). These provide the ship with additional flotation enabling it to operate in fully loaded condition in very shallow waters.
For more information visit: www.thyssenkrupp-industrial-solutions.com
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Cainiao Network Launches Customer-Centric Logistics
As the logistics division of the Alibaba Group, Cainiao Smart Logistics Network has decided to provide its Southeast Asian customers with unsurpassed service during its annual shopping festival. Based on customer feedback surveys, the company will expand its real-time customer service support and speed up delivery times. ‘By expanding and deepening our services, we aim to provide a stronger logistics infrastructure that can bolster the booming eCommerce sector, support merchants’ expansion into new markets and diversify retail options for consumers’, said Chris Fan, Head of Cross-Border, Singapore, Cainiao Network.
Who Is Cainiao?
According to TIME Magazine, Cainiao ‘is far from a typical logistics firm’. The company controls an open platform that allows it to collaborate with 3,000 logistics partners and 3 million couriers. This means that merchants can choose the least expensive and most efficient shipping options, based on Cainiao’s real-time logistics analytics. The company’s goal is to ship packages anywhere in the world in under 72 hours—and for less than US$3.00.
For countless small business owners around the world, from coffee-growers to textile-weavers, this could change everything. Usually, it costs about US$100 to ship a DHL envelope from Shanghai to London in five days. Cainiao aims to change that. Said its CEO Wan Lin: ‘The biggest barrier to globalisation is logistics’.
What’s Part of the Upgrade?
Throughout the Tmall festival, Cainiao’s logistics upgrade will be divided into four critical segments:
- Real-time customer service support. Cainiao has launched a direct WhatsApp channel for customers to receive logistics updates and ask questions.
- Expansion of air freight parcel size and weight limits. Packages can now be up to 30 kilograms or 1-metre x 1.6 meters to help ship large items such as furniture.
- Daily air and sea freight connections. Shipping frequency will almost double to seven times weekly to maintain resilience and efficiency.
- Compensation for lost or damaged packages. Customers will be reimbursed up to RMB 2,000 (US$311).
Where is the Company Headed?
From June 1st to June 20th, the finale of Tmall, Cainiao will ensure that its customers feel confident in the company’s ability to deliver their packages. Despite global shipping delays due to COVID, the show will go on. Said Fan: ‘This series of customer-centric logistics upgrades reaffirms our goal of pursuing value-added services to enhance customers’ shopping experience while mitigating challenges posed by external factors’.
Furthermore, Cainiao has recently expanded its Southeast Asian operations, achieving revenue growth of 68% year-over-year. In Malaysia, the logistics operation has partnered with BEST Inc. and Yunda; in Singapore, the company has partnered with Roadbull, Park & Parcel, and the Singapore Post. And if its recent measures help retain and grow its customer base, the company will be well-poised to lead the industry in resilient and customer-centric global logistics. ‘COVID-19 made everyone realise how important the logistics infrastructure backbone is’, said Wan. ‘And it gave us a peek at what Cainiao should look like in three years’.