dnata reappointed by Zurich Airport for another seven years
DUBAI-HEADQUARTERED dnata has again been selected by Zurich Airport to provide full ground and cargo handling services at the airport for another seven years from December 2018 till 2025, allowing the handler continuity with no interruption to operations.
dnata's successful bid follows a public tender conducted by Zurich Airport. European Union and Swiss legislation require airport and governmental authorities to open a bidding procedure for restricted airport operations activities every seven years, reports Mumbai's STAT Trade Times.
"We are very pleased that Zurich Airport has found in us a reliable partner and has entrusted us to provide ground handling and cargo needs to our airline customers at the airport for another seven years," said Mark Bradley, CEO, Europe, dnata.
In Switzerland, dnata operates ground handling and cargo services in Zurich and Geneva airports. The company entered the Swiss ground handling market in 2007 when it acquired Jet Aviation Handling, whose roots in providing aviation services in Switzerland date back 50 years.
Port of Rotterdam launches new inland box service to ease congestion
LOGISTICS service provider HTS Intermodaal and the Rotterdam World Gateway deepsea terminal are starting a new service to bundle freight on a route between the inland German port of Duisburg and Rotterdam, offering twice-weekly combination trips at fixed times.
The new initiative will increase the call size per inland waterway vessel in the terminal and cut down the total number of port visits to reduce the throughput time of the containers, reported IHS Media.
HTS Intermodaal managing director Marcel Heuvelman said the new connection would give customers a more reliable service between Duisburg and Rotterdam, and the aim was to extend the concept to other Rotterdam deepsea terminals.
Port of Rotterdam managing director Emile Hoogsteden said: "We anticipate that additional inland terminals will also work with dedicated links to deepsea terminals as soon as it turns out that this project has a positive effect."
This is the second initiative supported by Rotterdam in the wake of a similar project on the West Brabant Corridor that links Rotterdam, Moerdijk, and Tilburg.
Some 12 million TEU are handled by the port and three million of those containers are transported on a multitude of inland waterway vessels. Barges dominate hinterland traffic.
However, lengthy delays in barge loading and unloading began to build during the alliance restructuring in the second quarter of 2017, exacerbated by increasing volume in a busy first half.
Those delays were further impacted by the closure of the key north-south Rhine Alpine rail corridor for several weeks during the busy peak period in the third quarter, when containers heading inland had to find alternative modes of transport.
While Rotterdam has been working to alleviate the problem, barge congestion persisted this year with European intermodal operator Contargo warning its customers to expect wait times of 12 to 48 hours.
Shippers have expressed frustration at the impact on their supply chains. The transport and logistics director for an Asia-Europe shipper said: "If you are stuck with the same port and unable to find another gateway you can only build in lead time to your shipments. It depends on what is inside the box and how urgent it is. The cost is painful when it happens."
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