Global Llogistics Roundup: KLM, Uber Freight, Singapore Port

Singapore to Trial Electric Harbour Craft Initiative; Uber Freight Cuts Jobs ‘to Drive Sustainable Growth’; KLM Martinair Cargo adopts SkyCell technology

Singapore to trial electric harbour craft initiative

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is pioneering an initiative to test vessel e-charging concepts in the region.

The move follows MPA’s announcement last October that it was looking to drive the adoption of electric harbour craft (eHC) among owners and operators of harbour craft in Singapore.

MPA is looking to introduce an estimated 50 eHC and says the harbour craft sector is “an integral part of our port ecosystem”. 

Now, MPA is partnering with Pyxis Energy, Pyxis Maritime, SP Mobility, Seatrium O&G, and Yinson Electric on vessel-charging concepts, reports Port Technology.

The pilot will run from March 2024 to March 2026 and, pending outcome and findings, could be applied to other sites.

MPA says that from 2030, all new harbour craft operating in the Port of Singapore will either have to be fully electric, capable of using biofuel, or compatible with net zero fuels, such as hydrogen.

Uber Freight cuts jobs ‘to drive sustainable growth’

Uber Freight is to cut a number of jobs, the company has announced. The Chicago-based company is said to be making an estimated 50 layoffs.

“We made a strategic workforce adjustment aligned with our continued commitment to drive sustainable growth. Regrettably, this means a small reduction in force,” an Uber spokesperson told FreightWaves. “This decision optimises the team, to enhance operational efficiency and long-term success.”

The latest raft of redundancies follows earlier rounds of job cuts at Uber Freight. Around 150 jobs were lost in its digital brokerage arm in January 2023, and a further 50 employees went in July last year. 

“We deeply appreciate the contributions of all team members and are providing support for those affected,” the company said in a statement. “Our focus remains on delivering excellence to our customers and creating sustained value for our stakeholders.”

KLM Martinair Cargo adopts SkyCell technology

Pharmaceutical cold supply chain tech specialist SkyCell has been selected by Air France KLM Martinair Cargo to provide the airline with real-time visibility into its unit load device (ULD) infrastructure.

A ULD is a container used to load luggage, freight, and mail, both onto wide- and narrow-body aircraft.

The latest partnership will see SkyCell – whose system is called SkyMind – deploy its state of the art solution across the airline’s fleet, “driving significant operational and cost efficiencies”, says the airline.

The partnership comes at a time when there are growing calls for cost-effective ULD solutions, which replace the traditionally manual-labour-heavy systems associated with tracing and tracking, reports Air Cargo Week

Adriaan den Heijer, EVP Air France-KLM Cargo and Managing Director Martinair, says: “SkyMind will not only enable us to track our assets but will also significantly enhance our operational quality." 

“It will enable us to address the issue of ULD losses and will ensure seamless movement of cargo. With improved ULD management, we can optimise our operations and deliver exceptional service to our air cargo industry partners.”

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