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Cargolux and DB Schenker start new charter connection for pharma cargo

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Cargolux and DB Schenker announce a new full charter cargo connection between Luxembourg and Indianapolis, USA, starting in January 2021. With this new agreement both partners expand their well-established 15 year-long partnership. Cargolux’s initial service between its home base in Luxembourg and the Indiana capital was inaugurated in 2005 to support DB Schenker’s business in the region. The successful collaboration has grown over the years and is now cemented through this charter solution.

With weekly departures on a Boeing 747 freighter DB Schenker makes Cargolux’s extensive experience in the handling of pharmaceutical and healthcare goods available for its customers in Europe and Northern America. By partnering with the leading provider of transportation services for pharmaceutical and healthcare products and the airline that was, in 2014, the first to be GDP certified, DB Schenker reaches a milestone in setting up its new healthcare service portfolio DB SCHENKERlife+.

Veronique Dameme, Head of Global Vertical Market Healthcare at DB Schenker, says: “Our new product portfolio DB SCHENKERlife+ offers exceptional quality, unconditional security and fully reliable logistics services. The cooperation with Cargolux expands the foundation for our robust global GDP program and customized services as air track, 24/7 monitoring, packaging supplies or telemetric devices. In such volatile times DB SCHENKERlife+ thus provides urgently needed transparency and predictability.”

“Cargolux is pleased to launch this new weekly charter service in collaboration with DB Schenker. Both companies have enjoyed a fruitful and mutually beneficial partnership on this lane over the past 15 years and we are happy to expand on this success.”, says Domenico Ceci, Cargolux’s Executive Vice-President Sales & Marketing.

With pharma handling expertise throughout its network and a dedicated Healthcare Center in Luxembourg, Cargolux is the ideal partner for DB SCHENKERlife+ which has patient safety, quality and reliability in its DNA. The new weekly connection between Luxembourg and Indianapolis makes DB Schenker’s portfolio of customizable services available in the world’s regions with the highest demand for healthcare and pharmaceutical products and creates capacities for potential Covid-19 vaccine transportation demand.

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Drone Delivery Canada enters into agreement with DSV Canada and Halton Healthcare

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Drone Delivery Canada Corp. announced that, with the assistance of its sales agent Air Canada, it has entered into agreements, with each of DSV Air & Sea Inc. Canada and Halton Healthcare Services Corporation to deploy DDC’s patented drone delivery solution to establish an additional transportation link for Oakville Hospital.

This initiative was developed in collaboration with McMaster University through DSV as their current logistics partner. MU’s expertise, in the medical field, will benefit from the learnings collected throughout the project, ultimately interested in integrating drones into the nuclear isotope supply chain. The Parties shall cooperate and work in compliance with all applicable civil aviation authorities.

The anticipated route for this revenue generating pilot project will be between Milton, Ontario and Oakville, Ontario, relying on DSV’s existing DroneSpot takeoff and landing infrastructure and setting up additional infrastructure at the hospital. Operations are expected to commence in Q3 2022 for a project duration of 6 months. DSV’s intra-site route will continue to be operational in parallel.

“Healthcare is constantly evolving and so is the technology that supports it. We are excited to be on the forefront of this innovative delivery system and look forward to working with our partners to further develop this technology for healthcare”, said Hilary Rodrigues, SVP Corporate Services, Performance & CFO, Halton Healthcare.

“As a leader in global logistics, DSV is continually focused on growth and innovation. The Care by Air Project represents a critical step towards optimizing supply chains that rely on time-sensitive and critical care medical cargo.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen the need for urgent healthcare transportation to be innovated further. With new needs come new solutions. We are excited to take this next step in drone logistics by partnering as the hub for deliveries to Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. We are proud to play an integral role in developing drone delivery routes that will benefit Halton Region’s healthcare system and patient care”, said Martin Roos, Managing Director, DSV Air & Sea Inc., Canada.

“Drones are a potentially transformative technology for solving transportation challenges associated with short-lived medical isotope products. We’re really excited to be involved in this project”2, said Andrea Armstrong, Research Scientist at McMaster University.

“The healthcare vertical market is an area of high interest for DDC, with significant potential future opportunities from a perspective of time-critical deliveries, high-value and high-risk cargo utilizing our unique turnkey drone delivery solution. This project is a great fit to demonstrate a new efficient way to transport medical goods from DSV Milton to Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. It will also allow us to explore additional connecting air routes, through DSV, in the future“, said Steve Magirias, CEO of Drone Delivery Canada.

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Cargolux and Bolloré Logistics sign agreement to use SAF in joint operations

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Cargolux and long-term partner Bolloré Logistics have signed an agreement for the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel in joint operations. The deal, covering 800,000 liters of SAF forms part of the Cargolux SAF program. This initiative will enable Bolloré Logistics to reduce its Scope 3 Greenhous Gas Emissions by at least 2,200 tonnes of CO2e, a reflection of both parties’ commitment to sustainable operations.

“Cargolux is strongly committed to the development and use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel and has foreseen investment in SAF-related projects over the coming years. The agreement we signed with our long-term partner Bolloré Logistics is a significant achievement, one we hope to build on in the future. Taking this step with a trusted customer is important for Cargolux and it highlights both our companies’ engagement for environmentally-sound operations.”, says Domenico Ceci, Executive Vice President for Sales and Marketing.

“Sustainable Aviation Fuel is a key solution for Bolloré Logistics to decarbonize transportation and reach our carbon reduction targets set up in our CSR Program “Powering Sustainable Logistics”. Building a strong partnership with a crucial partner like Cargolux is critical to enable the aviation industry to operate a transition towards a more sustainable future. We are very glad to engage in this journey together.” says Pierre Houé, Deputy COO of Bolloré Logistics.

Agreements such as this one, build on the foundations for cleaner operations and Cargolux is proud of embarking on this journey with Bolloré Logistics. Sustainability is a crucial focus for air cargo and Cargolux is engaged in the industry’s commitment to more environmentally sound operations.

The development and availability of SAF rank high on Cargolux’ agenda. The airline has a dedicated SAF program securing the acquisition of current and next generation sustainable fuels. These initiatives, aimed at reducing both parties’ emissions, position Cargolux as an advocate for sustainability within the air cargo industry and hence global supply chains.

In line with its “Powering Sustainable Logistics” CSR program, Bolloré Logistics committed to cut 30% by 2030, compared to 2019, of its Scope 3 CO2 emissions generated by the execution of transport. The ambitious goal, well-below the 2°C trajectory, involves making a sustainable offering central to its operations. Since then, the company launched AIRsaf, an offer based on the use of SAF that also incorporates an end-to-end approach, with low-carbon pre-carriage and post-carriage transportation, as well as management of reusable packaging. It also made various partnerships with airlines to promote the use of SAF to decarbonize air freight and enable its customers to meet their emission reduction targets.

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Senator International gets acquired by A.P. Moller – Maersk

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A.P. Moller – Maersk announces the closing of the acquisition of Senator International, a well-renowned global company in freight forwarding.

Senator brings with it a strong organization and a well-developed airfreight network comprising own controlled flights and long-term partnerships with best-in-class airlines, a well-established full container load and less than container load network and specialized services such packaging, warehousing and distribution across five continents.

The acquisition will enable Maersk to offer an even wider range of products and the ability to provide flexible and integrated logistics solutions to our customers, allowing them to speed up or slow down cargo depending on their changing supply chain needs.

“We are delighted to welcome the Senator team to our Maersk family. As a global provider of integrated logistics, we are improving our ability to provide end-to-end solutions to our customers. With Senator on board, we are ramping up our air freight capacity, network, and know-how significantly to cater even better for our customers.” said Vincent Clerc, CEO of Ocean & Logistics, A.P. Moller-Maersk.

In the past two years, knock-on effects of Covid-19 have led to widespread congestions and production issues. As a result, more customers are requesting alternative means of cargo transportation.

Senator will add their broad industry expertise and product knowledge to Maersk’s existing network and thus provide customers with increased flexibility and redundancy in their supply chains.

The enterprise value of the transaction on a post IFRS 16 basis is approximately USD 644m as announced on 2nd of November assuming unchanged FX rate.

“By joining Maersk, our customers will have access to a broader portfolio of products for their business needs and provide them with a single point of contact. It’s a perfect match, and we are really excited about the next chapter in our united journey.” commented Tim-Oliver Kirschbaum, CEO of Senator International.

Senator’s deep experience and solid transport network will be key to the continued joint success, and we will bring new opportunities to our customers under the Maersk brand.

Maersk’s ambition is to have approximately one third of the annual air tonnage carried within its own controlled freight network, which will be achieved through a combination of owned and leased aircraft.

The remaining capacity will be provided by strategic commercial carriers and charter flight operators.

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