U.S. military moves 51 specialty aircraft through JAXPORT, SDV uses first hybrid shuttle for last-mile delivery in Singapore, and TQL opens sales office in Portland.
The U.S. military landed 48 specialty Army helicopters and three Air Force helicopters for shipment at JAXPORT‘s Blount Island Marine Terminal. The aircraft shipments are being handled by the U.S. Army’s 832nd Transportation Battalion, which is headquartered at Blount Island.
The Army helicopters, which arrived from the 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Ky., will be prepared for shipment over the next two weeks and sent via roll-on/roll-off cargo ship to destinations in Europe. The Air Force helicopters will be processed at Blount Island before flying to an Air Force base in Northwest Florida.
JAXPORT is one of 17 strategic military seaports in the nation, and the only one in Florida, on-call to move military cargo for national defense, disaster relief and foreign humanitarian aid.
The 832nd Transportation Battalion coordinates movement of Department of Defense cargo through all ports in Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean, employing both military and civilian personnel.
SDV announced its first hybrid shuttle from its “Green Hub” in Singapore. The last-mile delivery service will utilize a Mitsubishi Canter Eco Hybrid Euro 5, and primarily serve the fashion and luxury industries in downtown Singapore, according to a statement from the company.
SDV selected the vehicle, which will cover nearly 26,000 kilometers per year, to “meet the autonomy energy objectives and the loading capacity by combining a highly efficient diesel engine with an electric motor to serve the iconic retail stores in Singapore Marina Bay and Orchard Road.”
Thanks to an electric motor that handles speed up to 50 km/hour before the diesel engine takes over, the truck reduces the fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions up to 23 percent and reduces suspended particles and nitrogen oxides (NOx) by as much as 30 percent compared to a conventional diesel-powered truck
“The new hybrid shuttle is a key milestone under the company’s commitment to design innovative and cleaner supply chain solutions two years after the opening of our ‘Green Hub,’ the first warehouse in Singapore to be Green Mark Platinum certified and the largest logistics center in Asia to be under LEED Gold Certification,” said Fabien Giordano, managing director of SDV Singapore.
“Pioneering hybrid delivery in Singapore – we believe this initiative will influence industrial policy towards low-emitting transport solutions,” added Giordano. “The shuttle, certainly not the last one, will benefit our customers and our staff to contribute to a better living environment.”
Cincinnati-based Total Quality Logistics opened a new sales office in Portland, Oregon. Seven founding employees will serve the branch initially and the company anticipates adding another 50-75 sales representatives in the next three years.
The office, located at 121 SW Salmon Street, Suite 1440 Portland, OR 97204, is the truckload freight brokerage company’s 30th satellite office nationwide and its first on the West Coast.