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Cargo Breaking News ME, 30 March 2023

Qatar Airways Cargo freighter to Prague upgraded



Qatar Airways Cargo’s twice-weekly freighter services to Prague in Budapest has been upgraded. The airliner will now be served by the Boeing 747-8F freighter, which means more cargo capacity for its customers.


A Qatar Airways Cargo Boeing 747-8F visited Prague for the very first time. The freighter flies on the route Doha-Budapest-Prague-Doha. It is also the first visit for Budapest Airport to receive a Boeing 747-8F from The Qatar Airways Cargo. The upgrade is part of the carrier’s commitment to the Prague air cargo market, according to a press release issued here.


ADNOC L&S integrated logistics platform in Abu Dhabi



ADNOC Logistics & Services (ADNOC L&S) has unveiled its Integrated Logistics Services Platform (ILSP) in Mussafah, Abu Dhabi. It is one of the largest turnkey offshore logistics offerings in the world, enabling coordinated end-to-end management of logistics and maritime operations at its base.


As part of the launch of the ILSP project, ADNOC L&S signed a Dh9.5 billion (US$2.6 billion) contract with ADNOC Offshore to provide integrated logistics services. The agreement runs for five years, with the option of a five-year extension, and includes the provision of port services, warehouse operations, heavy lifting, material handling and shipping, barge moves, marine terminal operations and waste management services.


“Over 80 per cent of the contract value will flow back into the UAE’s economy through ADNOC’s In-Country Value (ICV) program,” it stated, in a statement. “The ILSP centralizes all logistics requirements for our customers through a single interface, optimizing efficiencies and reducing logistics costs,” said Captain Abdulkareem Al Masabi, CEO, ADNOC L&S.


By managing all logistics requirements through one system, ILSP can reduce project logistics costs, with customers being invoiced in a unique, cost-per-ton format, moving away from the standard asset lease model. ADNOC L&S is undertaking a strategic expansion program to offer a broader service to its customers, while supporting and enabling the growth of its upstream and downstream operations.



UAE-based startup unveils EV mobike for last-mile delivery



Electric mobility company, Xoom Volt Motors, unveiled an electric motorcycle designed for B2B last-mile delivery to slash carbon emissions and promote sustainable last-mile logistics operations. The UAE-based startup, led by Saif Jaffar Suhail Markhan Alketbi, is dedicated to accelerating sustainability in last-mile logistics and has become the first EV venture to sign the responsible climate companies pledge with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and UEFA, supporting the UAE Net Zero 2050 initiative.


“The carbon footprint has long been an environmental and societal challenge. At Xoom Volt, our aspiration is to contribute to reducing GHG emissions in last-mile logistics,” said Saif Alketbi. Xoom Volt’s first B2B electric mobike, the VS1 has a modern German design with a potent electric motor capable of achieving a speed of 100 kmph and a range of 160 km. Its features include a one-push reverse button, a USB charging port, and an air circuit breaker, making it an ideal option for B2B deliveries, and is aimed at decreasing carbon emissions and promoting sustainable logistics.



FedEx opens global freight services in Saudi Arabia



FedEx Express today announced the launch of its FedEx International Economy and FedEx International Economy Freight services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The deferred services will enable businesses in Saudi Arabia to expand their global reach in a cost-effective way.


The services allow customers to save on time-sensitive deliveries weighing up to 68 kgs using FedEx International Economy and medium to heavy shipments ranging from 68 kgs to 1,000 kgs using FedEx International Economy Freight without compromising on reliability.


By 2030, Saudi Arabia’s SME sector is estimated to contribute to the KSA’s GDP by 35 per cent in line with its Vision 2030. The launch of international economy services is part of FedEx’s continued efforts to provide businesses with a range of shipping solutions that offer more value, while contributing to the growth of local industries.

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