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RUSCON, a leading transport company in Russia, has installed an automated system for loading mineral fertilisers at its terminal close to the port of Novorossiysk on the Black Sea.

The bulk cargoes are delivered by trains arriving from all over Russia and then loaded into sea containers or packaged in big-bags before being taken to the port for export.

“This automated system, which is much faster and more efficient than traditional methods, ensures that exactly the specified quantities are loaded into each sea container or big-bag,” says Igor Stolovitskiy, deputy director of the Ruscon terminal.

The system loads 200 MT (metric tonnes) per hour into the containers or 60 MT per hour into the big-bags. It can handle all types of mineral fertilisers including urea, nitroammophos, ammonium sulphate, potassium chloride and calcined coke electrode.

Hopper wagons of all types and open cars with bottom discharging are suitable for this automated system and the railway ramp adjoining the complex where it is housed can hold 10 wagons.

The complex is equipped with dust extraction, vibro-download and wagon shifting capability and it is certificated to handle granulated sulphur and ammonium nitrate.

The installation of the new loading system is part of RUSCON’s commitment to continue to improve its services to customers. It already has a strong demand for its expert container stuffing services at the off-dock terminal.

RUSCON handled almost 120,000 containers through the port of Novorossiysk in 2015, an increase of 11%, despite a significant fall in the country’s overall container traffic.

Roger Warnes Transport, the Norfolk (UK)-based bulk haulage specialist, has selected a package of TruTac fleet management software tools to ensure the highest level of compliance and efficient control of its 90-strong mixed vehicle fleet.

Operating throughout the UK from depots in Great Dunham and Kings Lynn, the company provides a diverse range of bulk transport services, using a mix of articulated and rigid tippers and walking-floor vehicles.

Following a recent due diligence review and as members of FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme) Roger Warnes Transport installed TruTac’s TruControl and TruLicence systems to manage tachograph analysis and driver licence checks – the combination of which provides the company with guaranteed compliance and helps to ensure best practice across the fleet.

For tachograph analysis, TruControl is a fully secure, web-based system which provides automated exception-based reporting across multiple depots. Reports can be prepared instantly and emailed to any transport manager or multiple users to suit any fleet size and it is fully compliant with the hour’s law and WTD (Working Time Directive).

To reduce administration and to help Roger Warnes Transport demonstrate a duty of care towards its drivers, TruLicence is an online checking and validation service which protects against employees driving without a valid licence. The unique application also guards against potential litigation in the event of accidents where a driver’s licence is found to be invalid.

Roger Warnes Transport is a VOSA-approved ATF (Authorised Testing Facility) incorporating a tachograph calibration centre and test facilities for HGV and PSV vehicles. The company is also a bulk storage specialist with the facility to store 20,000 tonnes of grain, oil seed and sugar beet pulp, using computerised stock control. Furthermore, automated grain sampling and temperature monitoring throughout, combine to achieve TASCC (Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops) standards.

Port operator Euroports is set to invest €10 million euro at quay 850, in the port of Ghent. The investment includes a state-of-the-art 85,000-ton warehouse, with value-added service equipment. Construction is scheduled to start this summer and the new facilities will be commissioned at the end of this year.

‘Ghent is key in our European network of bulk terminals. In 2015, we invested in strengthening our crane capacity in Ghent. This investment is the next step in offering strong supply chain solutions to our customers. We will be able to store extra volumes of dry bulk and offer additional flexibility in the handling of existing flows via a strong value added service offering. The unique location of the port of Ghent offers advantageous hinterland connectivity and supply chain cost savings to our clients. New business opportunities have led to the decision to increase the storage capacity and this investment will help us to achieve our growth targets in the bulk sector. ’ says Rudi Hanot, Business Transformation Director at Euroports.

At quay 850 in Ghent, Euroports handles fertilizers and minerals. In addition to the wide range of operational services, Euroports Ghent will offer value-added services which include screening and bagging. Over the years, Euroports has become an industry leader in the handling and logistics of minerals and fertilizers.

Euroports is one of Europe’s largest port operators and handles around 50 million tonnes annually of general cargo and dry bulk. It has 22 port terminals in Europe and 3 in China.

Jungheinrich has launched its new EKS 110 vertical order picker. With a one tonne load capacity this completely redesigned truck has a distinctive new look and low-energy LED headlights and reflectors. Having a maximum platform height of 3 metres, the truck supports picking heights of up to 4.6 metres, making it ideal for order picking at up to three levels of racking.

Maximum pick rates – lowest power consumption
The new 3.2 kW drive delivers higher speeds and around five percent greater acceleration. With the optional Drive+ package drivers can even move up a gear, and enjoy dynamic acceleration and speeds of up to 13 km per hour – getting them to the next picking location even faster, thanks to Jungheinrich’s Curve Control assist system that ensures safe cornering.

At the same time energy consumption has been cut. Energy efficient three-phase AC technology and high battery capacity offer long operating times, and for multi-shift operation the EKS 110 now also runs on lithium-ion batteries rated at 240 and 360 ampere hours. The fast charging time achieved with this battery technology means it takes only 30 minutes to reach a 50% charge, and 80 minutes for a 100% charge. For light and medium-duty operations over one or two shifts, Jungheinrich recommends 375, 465 and 620 ampere hour lead-acid batteries and even gives a warranty for two-shift operation without battery replacement – if a battery does not last for two full shifts, Jungheinrich will add a second battery for free.

Perfect communications with WMS
With the optional picking optimisation package using Jungheinrich’s Logistics Interface, the EKS 110 can easily communicate with custom warehouse management systems (WMS), making it easy to send orders to the truck control system. The package includes such features as: drive programme selection for setting travel speed, acceleration and braking behaviour for specific products; truck data query; an additional display in the load direction for displaying WMS information; and a pushbutton on the side to confirm orders quickly and easily.

Ergonomic layout makes for comfortable working
The cabin on the EKS 110 has an ergonomic layout, aiding productivity by making getting in and out, as well as driving and picking, fatigue-free. The optional picking platform does away with the forks while extending the driver platform to facilitate the picking of individual or bulky items. The optimised lowering of the walk-on load section (optional) ensures that the platform, including loading equipment, is lowered to the optimal lowest level – ensuring the lowest possible walk-on access without the pallet ever touching the ground.

Instead of the standard forklift steering, an option is to fit the Jungheinrich JetPilot which offers intuitive and comfortable driving, just like a car. The new LED headlights and general lights further improve visibility. Optional extras include the integrated DayLED daytime running lights for improved visibility in poorly lit halls as well as the Floor Spot system, which significantly reduces the risk of collisions at blind spots by projecting a red dot on the ground around three metres ahead of the truck.

Road-alternative modes of transport have increased in 2015, according to official figures released by the French port. Rail, with a modal share of 31%, rose by one point. While this mode can still rely on traditional sectors such as coal and ore, it now serves Dunkirk’s extended grain hinterland with nearly 320,000 tonnes of grain carried by rail. Combined transport, with the operator GREENMODAL, continues to increase, with the Dunkirk-Bonneuil shuttle seeing its frequency tripled in February 2016.

The modal share of waterway transport remains steady at 16%; heavy bulks are still dominant in this mode, notably with more than 1.3 Mt of grain carried by waterway to the port’s quays. Combined transport with Nord Ports Shuttle (NPS) to Lille and Dourges, and with Contargo to Valenciennes, doubled in volume over the year. Following on from this success, the operator NPS is commissioning a second barge in April 2016.

Pipeline transport continues to increase and has reached 5% of the port’s overland conveying volumes. The opening of the LNG terminal should offer good prospects for this mode.

Stéphane Raison, CEO of Dunkerque-Port, is very pleased with these results: “By integrating the traffic of the industrial port area, the port of Dunkirk is reinforcing its position as France’s foremost rail freight hub, with 13.9 Mt. Waterway totals 2.9 Mt, putting Dunkirk in first place among the inland waterway ports of the Hauts de France Region. Dunkirk remains France’s largest multimodal port and is increasing modal switchover.”