The latest news, announcements and updates from transportation and logistics, across land, sea and air

£1.27 billion airport contract
News aBalfour Beatty has announced that its 50:50 joint venture, Gammon, has been awarded a four-year HK$12.88 billion (c. £1.27 billion) contract for the expansion of Terminal 2 at Hong Kong International Airport, by the Airport Authority Hong Kong.

Gammon will be responsible for the expansion of the main Terminal 2 building and construction of interconnecting bridges, mechanical and electrical works as well as associated viaducts and roads.

The expansion of Terminal 2 forms part of the Three-Runway System project at Hong Kong International Airport, which on completion will allow for both arrivals and departures from one terminal and increase overall passenger capacity.

Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty Group Chief Executive, said: “This award marks Gammon’s second significant contract for the Airport Authority Hong Kong this year and the largest single contract ever awarded to Gammon.

“Through leveraging wide-ranging engineering expertise and offsite and modular construction approaches, Gammon has secured a material share of the Hong Kong market which continues to look favourable with significant infrastructure opportunities ahead.”

Innovation at sea
News bWorld leading naval architects, BAR Technologies, and Chartwell Marine, a pioneer in next-generation vessel design, have been awarded Approval in Principle (AiP) from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) for the design and construction of the innovative new BAR 30m crew transfer vessel (CTV).

This AiP is a further stepping-stone towards an advanced, class-certified, Jones Act compliant fleet of offshore wind support vessels for the US market. Following on from the AiP awarded to the Chartwell 24 vessel design earlier this year, it expands the range of complementary options available to the industry for highly efficient and capable vessel support.

The BAR 30m CTV makes use of FOSS technology (foil optimised stability system) to enhance seakeeping and manoeuvrability, while reducing vertical acceleration by up to 70% in 2.5m wave heights. While offering greater levels of availability in rough seas, the BAR 30m CTV also demonstrates up to 50% fuel efficiency savings at 15 knots, keeping emissions at bay in line with stringent EPA Tier 4 guidelines.

This initial vessel will be closely followed by a 50m variant capable of 45 knots top speed and 30 knots in a 3m high sea without exceeding vertical acceleration limits.

Award winner
Dachser UK, the international distribution and logistics specialist has been awarded the 2019 Logistics Partner of the year for the EMEA region by long-standing customer, Zebra Technologies, the multi-billion-dollar global supplier of computer technology and products across many industries.

In a virtual presentation of the award, Zebra’s Glen Presley - Manager EMEA Transportation, commented: “Dachser employees are always ready to go that extra mile, informing us of potential issues before we know ourselves. They are unbelievably flexible and a credit to their business function; they are certainly leaders of the pack.”

As Dachser’s Sales Manager in the North of England, Marion Simpson is the primary account handler for Zebra. “The building of a mutual understanding of the day-to-day needs and challenges that our customers face is fundamental to our service approach at Dachser. We are proud to have a successful partnership with Zebra underpinned with trust and respect.”

Powering through ice
The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has taken delivery of HMCS Harry DeWolf, its first full-electric power and propulsion ice class patrol vessel with combat package. GE’s Power Conversion business was the designer and provider of the high-voltage electric power system (HV) and electric propulsion drive trains, with specialist capability for operations in multi-year ice, for the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) Harry DeWolf class of six vessels.

“GE Power Conversion’s dedicated AOPS team developed a close working relationship with the customer, Irving Shipbuilding Inc., maintaining an open line of communication that was instrumental in meeting this key milestone for the Royal Canadian Navy,” said Ron Krivan, AOPS Program Manager for GE Power Conversion. “Our team will carry the same dynamics with Irving Shipbuilding moving forward in support of construction of AOPS 7 and 8 for the Canadian Coast Guard.”

Disruptor investment
News cAdnavem is on a mission to disrupt the transport & logistics industry - the SaaS-enabled marketplace for container freight makes transporters more accessible and shipping processes more automated and fully transparent.

In July, Adnavem raised its most substantial funding round to date, when it closed a $4m investment round led by Runa Capital, with Spintop Ventures joining as a new investor.

Runa Capital is a global fund focusing on software companies, present in Palo Alto, Berlin, Paris, London and Moscow. Spintop Ventures is a Swedish venture fund that focuses on software-based technology companies in the Nordics.

“Adnavem has a unique and highly scalable proposition to disrupt container freight logistics and provide high value not only to their customers but also to the other value-adding participants in the container logistics supply chain. The business model is highly scalable making it possible to grow the company in a number of dimensions going forward making it a highly interesting investment,” says Sami Niemi, Partner at Spintop Ventures.

Setting sail
The One Ocean sustainability project, which aims to unite the people of the world in building and exchanging new knowledge for a sustainable ocean, launched on Thursday 20th August at a prestigious event attended by Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and other dignitaries, both political and maritime.

Part of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, a key component of the One Ocean project is a 19-month circumnavigation by the tall ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl, with the aim of obtaining and exchanging new knowledge about the ocean.

Kongsberg Maritime has a long-standing relationship with Statsraad Lehmkuhl, and its technologies will be assisting the vessel to operate safely and sustainably on this incredible voyage, as well as in navigating in some of the most challenging waters on the planet.

Electric luxury
News dLunaz, the leading creator of electric classic cars, is delighted to announce the start of production of the world’s only electrified Rolls-Royce cars. The Rolls-Royce marque joins existing electrified classic cars from Jaguar and Bentley in the Lunaz portfolio.

A 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V has now completed the Lunaz reengineering process. This includes ground-up restoration and the incorporation of Lunaz’s proprietary electric powertrain and full suite of hardware and software upgrades. Production allocation for the first tranche of Rolls-Royce cars by Lunaz will be strictly limited to 30. Orders are already being taken from Lunaz’s existing client base and some of the most celebrated and influential institutions in the world.

Following demand for electrified Phantoms, Lunaz elected to begin creating Rolls-Royce Silver Clouds. Clients are invited to secure allocation for these cars in a range of body styles, including four-door limousine, two-door coupé and drop head coupé.

The start of production of the world’s first electric Rolls-Royce cars follows a surge in demand for the electrification of pinnacle classic cars. This is driven by a rebalancing of car collections for a clean air future. To meet this demand, Lunaz is doubling its workforce at its Technical HQ in Silverstone, England.

Electric Rolls-Royces by Lunaz will be available in every global market. Allocation can only be secured through direct relationship with the factory. Prices for a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud by Lunaz starts at £350,000 (not including local taxes). Pricing for a Rolls-Royce Phantom by Lunaz starts at £500,000 (not including local taxes).

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