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J.B. Hunt to facilitate the overseas transport of new containers

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J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc., one of the largest supply chain solutions providers in North America, announced that the cargo vessel Johnelle has docked at the Port of Everett in Washington, with more than 250 new containers reserved for the expansion of J.B. Hunt’s intermodal fleet.

The Johnnie Bryan, a second cargo vessel, is expected to dock at the Port of Hueneme in California next month with additional new containers. The two are part of a long-term, multi-vessel service agreement between J.B. Hunt and Swire Shipping Pte. Ltd. that will help expedite the overseas transport of new company containers and provide customers with a unique solution for accelerating international cargo movement from Asia.

“This is yet another example of our people listening to the needs of customers and developing a creative solution to efficiently deliver on their capacity needs,” said John Roberts, president and CEO of J.B. Hunt. “It is our honor to name two of the vessels helping us charter new waters this year after the original visionaries who knew the potential of what our company could be.”

Under the agreement, J.B. Hunt will have ongoing cargo shipping opportunities available from the Shenzhen, Qingdao and Shanghai markets in China to ports in California and the Pacific Northwest. The planned moves will help customers alleviate supply chain challenges such as equipment dislocation and fluidity, dwell time and demurrage by streamlining the ocean transport and transloading process.

“We’re really solving for two very big challenges with this agreement,” said Darren Field, president of intermodal and executive vice president at J.B. Hunt. “First, we’re adding intermodal capacity, which will provide customers with more opportunity to leverage the cost-savings and sustainability benefits that J.B. Hunt Intermodal offers. Second, we’re greatly reducing the time it takes for customers’ freight originating overseas to be out for delivery in the U.S., something that has troubled the industry for years.”

Along with the support of additional vessel capacity, the Johnelle and Johnnie Bryan will continue transporting new J.B. Hunt containers overseas as they become available, delivering on the company’s commitment to grow its intermodal fleet to as many as 150,000 containers in the next three-to-five years. J.B. Hunt’s industry-leading intermodal fleet currently includes more than 109,000 53’-containers and 6,000 tractors.

Intermodal service offers both cost savings and sustainability benefits when compared to traditional over the road transport, reducing a shipment’s carbon emissions by as much as 60%. In 2021, J.B. Hunt avoided an estimated 3.5 million metric tons of CO2e emissions by converting over-the-road loads to intermodal. The company’s industry-leading J.B. Hunt 360° digital freight marketplace was one of the first to integrate intermodal service options and continues to expand efficiency capabilities.

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Ruscon launches a multimodal container service from Japan to Kazakhstan

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In August 2022, the logistics operator Ruscon, part of the Delo Group of Companies, successfully launched a multimodal container service from Japan to Kazakhstan.

Delivery of goods is carried out by ship from the port of Kobe, Japan to the port of Vostochny, after which it goes by rail to the Almaty-1 station. Departures occur with a frequency of 1 time per month. Travel time for the marine component of the service is 5-6 days.
Through transportation in containers from Nakhodka is carried out by Ruscon together with PJSC TransContainer, which is also part of the Group. Ruscon customers have access to door-to-door delivery and forwarding services.

With the launch of the new service, customers have received an additional opportunity to more flexibly plan and organize uninterrupted cargo deliveries through the Far East.

“The development of communication with Southeast Asia is one of the top priorities for Ruscon. Taking into account the interest in expanding the territories of presence and developing new routes, we intend to concentrate our efforts to create optimal and high-quality customer services in the region,” said Marat Akhmatdinov, General Director of Ruscon Asia LLP.

Ruscon is a part of Delo Group, 3PL operator for containerized cargo delivery in Russia and the CIS based on Delo Group’s asstes. Ruscon expands its ability to provide end-to-end cargo delivery services by a range of its own transportation assets: marine terminals, fleet of trucks, flatcars, inland terminals, customs and logistics storage facilities as well as developed network of branch offices.

Delo Group is the largest transport and logistics holding in Russia, managing sea container terminals in the Azov-Black Sea, Baltic and Far Eastern basins, a network of railway container terminals, a fleet of containers and fitting platforms.

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BICT welcomes newly launched multimodal feeder service

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Batumi International Container Terminal – BICT, International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s – ICTSI business unit in Georgia, recently welcomed ADY Container LLC’s newly launched multimodal feeder service.

The rail-sea service connects Asia to Europe via the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route, also known as the Middle Corridor. It is designed to cater to the capacity requirement of the Middle Corridor, which has seen increased freight traffic due to the growing volume transiting through Azerbaijan. Majority of the cargo handled by the service are exports from China.

For the sea leg, ADY Container and Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company deployed a feeder vessel to operate the route between Port of Batumi and Constanța in Romania every 10 days. From Romania, cargo is transported by rail to different destinations in Europe.

More than 9,000 TEUs have passed through the Trans-Caspian route during the first four months of 2022 – a 30 percent increase compared to the volume from the same period last year. With the current geopolitical situation in Europe, ADY Container expects traffic through the Middle Corridor to further increase, which would also require adding more vessels to service the route.

Batumi International Container Terminal- BICT, a wholly-owned ICTSI Group company, has been active in the port of Batumi since 2007 when it acquired a 48-year lease to operate a multi-purpose terminal with exclusivity for container handling. ICTSI  is in the business of port development, management and operations  ICTSI’s portfolio of terminals and projects are located in developed and emerging market economies in the Asia Pacific, the Americas, and Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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RUSCON completes the export of two container trains to Belgium

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Multimodal logistics operator RUSCON, part the Delo Group, successfully completed the export of two container trains for the Belgian consignee.

In July 2022, container trains with 124 40-foot containers were delivered to the destination – Zeebrugge. The trains followed the route Tikhonovo Station – Brest/Malashevich – Rotterdam – Zeebrugge. The cargo was delivered in two shipments. The first train set out in June and the second after two days.

The shipment successfully passed customs clearance at the border with Poland and passed through Europe to the destination in Rotterdam without any delays. The organizers of the transportation are the Moscow office of RUSCON together with TransContainer.

“Considering all the geopolitical instability, one of a key factor in delivering the shipment without delays was the proficiency of a specialists and their careful planning of the delivery route. We keep on the planned course and adapt to any external conditions.” said Andrey Chernyshev, the Senior Vice President of RUSCON.

He added, “The successful implementation of this shipment once again confirmed the high level of professionalism both company and our colleagues from TransContainer in carrying out such a difficult shipments.”

Ruscon is 3PL operator for containerized cargo delivery in Russia and the CIS based on Delo Group’s assets. Ruscon expands its ability to provide end-to-end cargo delivery services by a range of its own transportation assets: marine terminals, fleet of trucks, flatcars, inland terminals, customs and logistics storage facilities as well as developed network of branch offices.

The transport and logistics business of the Group is made up of the multimodal transport operator Ruscon and the intermodal container operator TransContainer that owns and operates the largest fleet of containers and flatcars over the entire 1520 standard railway network.

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