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Page 24 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC APRIL-MAY, 2018 Frankfurt Airport Cargo Cities acts to cut costs of shipments using ‘smart’ air cargo trailers SHIPMEntS within Germany’s Frankfurt Airport Cargo Cities are often transported individ- ually. this puts pressure on the transport system and processing capacity at the ramps. now, a ‘Smart Air Cargo trailer’ research project aims to develop a solution - with several partners - to optimise the use of resources. In future, short-distance ship- ments at CargoCity South are to be managed automatically using a cloud-based platform. Intelligent truck trailers known as ‘smart trailers’ are equipped with camera systems that contin- uously record how full the trailer is. once a certain loading level has been reached, a control system automatically requests an auton- omous truck for transportation. the trucks pick up the trailer and take it to the relevant ramp destination where it is processed by a forwarding agent or cargo handler. the aim of this needs-based order system is to minimise wait times at the ramps and increase utilisation of the trucks. Commenting on the benefits of the system, Felix Kreutel, svp cargo at Fraport AG said: “By ap- plying this new system, Frankfurt Airport can provide even faster and more-efficient cargo pro- cesses. As part of the research project, mixed traffic operations consisting of both autonomous shipments and regular truck and car traffic will be tested for the first time at Frankfurt Airport.” Scheduled to last two years, the project is subsidised with funds within the framework of “Hesse Model Projects.” other partners include the Fraunhofer Institute, RheinMain University, autonomous vehicle manufactur- er KAMAG, cargo handler LUG, shipping companies Sovereign and Dachser, and logistics soft- ware company CargoSteps. Shell and AirFlow release Starship, next comes a fully-loaded test run SHELL lubricants and AirFlow Truck Company have unveiled a new hyper fuel-efficient truck. This next-generation vehicle, named Starship, was designed and built by the companies with the aim of demonstrating what is possible in reducing energy demand in freight transportation. It uses currently available technologies to minimise the amount of energy it takes to transport a load of cargo from one point to another. Robert Mainwaring, technology manager for innovation, Shell lubricants said: “ Transport accounts for more than one quarter of the world’s total energy use and one-fifth of global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions: 72 per cent of which is attributable to road transportation of which trucks make up a significant part. Increasing efficiency and fuel economy in the commercial transport sector could therefore make considerable progress to help reduce emissions.” With new fuel economy regulations on the horizon across the globe and the need for continuing advances in fuel economy making advances is important. During May Shell and AirFlow Truck Company will demonstrate the performance of the Starship on a uS coast-to-coast drive: beginning in California and ending in Florida. The truck will carry the maximum viable amount of freight within the allowed gross vehicle weight of 36,287kgs. The freight tonne efficiency and fuel economy will be measured along the way and the result will be shared publicly. Turkey seeks logistics gains tHE tURKISH government has set itself the goal of advancing from po- sition 34 to 15 on the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index (LPI). the country is using about one quarter of its public investment, totalling EUR19 billion in 2018, to achieve this. the turkish economy has recov- ered again after the slump in 2016, partly thanks to growth in foreign trade. the turkish logistics sector is feeling the effects of this with increases in turnover of 15-20 per cent and many investments de- signed to upgrade warehousing and transport capacity. “About 650,000 square metres of new warehouse space is due to be created this year, particularly in the trade centres of Istanbul and Kocaeli, and this figure will increase to approximately 11 million square metres by the end of 2019. As a result, this region will play an im- portant role for logistics projects in future too,” said necip Bagoglu, Istanbul office of Germany trade and Invest. overall, the turkish logistics sec- tor generated turnover of EUR65 billion in 2017. According to details provided by the UtIKAD Logistics Association, sea freight accounted for the lion’s share of this. those attending the 12thlogitrans trade fair will have the opportunity to network with important players in the logistics sector in the Eura- sian region and benefit from the up- surge in the local logistics market 14 16 november 2018. Donghai adds Darwin DonGHAI Airlines will launch non- stop scheduled flight from Shen- zhen, China to Darwin, Australia on 30 May 2018 using its B737-800 aircraft. It will fly to Darwin on Wednesdays and Sundays.