By Alex Lennane 27/10/2016 Brussels Airport (BRU) has taken another step to reinforce its ambition to be the preferred hub for pharma shipments.Yesterday, confirming its position as one of Europe’s more innovative companies, it unveiled its huge “airside pharma transporter” at TIACA’s Air Cargo Forum in Paris.Currently storing beer, it was developed in collaboration with the BRU Cargo community and not only innovates through design, but also with ownership and its booking facility. The community wanted pharma shipments to be actively temperature-controlled throughout transportation, and took its requirements to designer and manufacturer SPS. They included real-time location tracking, a temperature audit trail, no extra handling, easy maintenance, a low-operating cost, a common-use equipment pool, a “correct” ROI and no over-engineering.SPS developed the transporter, powered by solar panels and batteries, and Brussels Airport now owns four, which can be booked by customers via the BRU Cloud.Demand is already high and the airport is considering ordering more.Several airports and airlines already have temperature-controlled dollies available, although they tend to be passive. HACTL acquired two about 18 months ago, and carriers such as Qatar Airways have temperature-controlled vehicles for the tarmac. More rarely, these new transporters, also unique in size terms, were paid for by an airport rather than handler or airline.“HACTL made the investment – and they were expensive,” said Mark Whitehead, CEO. “Handling pharmaceuticals isn’t difficult, but we do get extremes of temperature in Hong Kong.”Airports have traditionally left investment in equipment to companies which operate there. Frankfurt Airport did break with this rule to offer cool dollies, but was said to have found uptake slow, as many customers didn’t know they existed.This will not be the case at Brussels, insists the airport.“The dolly was the missing link in our supply chain,” said Alban Francois, vice president global cargo for Brussels Airlines. “We had everything under control in the warehouse; we had everything under control in the aircraft. Now we can guarantee 100% end-to-end temperature control.”The concept of the transporter is owned by manufacturer SPS, while the common use booking platform is owned by Brussels Airport. Both transporter and platform may be made available to other companies, said Nathan De Valck, Brussels Airport’s product development manager. “It makes sense to do them as a package,” he added.Several companies told The Loadstar on the sidelines of the event that they would consider acquiring the transporter, but the price had not been announced.Pictured from left to right: Steven Polmans, Brussels Airport Company; Philip Dekker, Expeditors; Jan Huybrechts, Brinks; Alban François, Brussels Airlines Nathan De Valck, Brussels Airport Company Dirk Kempeneer, SPSBrussels’ constant progress by “forming its pharma community, going through CEIV and designing new equipment” is certainly boosting its profile. While several other rival airports have dismissed some of the moves as simply “good marketing”, few doubt the drive of Brussels Airport cargo chief Steven Polmans.“Steven Polmans came in and we realised BRU had a vision,” said Philip Dekker, regional director at Expeditors. â€œThat vision became a goal, the goal became a plan, the plan became reality.“You’ve done more than an excellent job. We are extremely proud to have been part of this success.”Leandro Moreira, director for Brinks Life Sciences, added: “The industry has been asking for a solution to avoid product spoilage on the tarmac. This will help protect the integrity of the pharma product.”It will be interesting to see how quickly other airports follow suit.
WHAT a difference a year makes. In February, 2016, deejay Alkaline was touting the release of his first album, New Level Unlocked. He was confident of it doing well in the lucrative American.It has done well. Released in March, New Level Unlocked topped the Billboard Reggae Album Chart, the first dancehall set to do so in five years.But now the artiste finds himself in hot water with authorities in his native Jamaica. He was still in custody Sunday afternoon, being questioned by police about the January 20 murder of a man in Kingston.Alkaline’s arrest (on February 10) is one of the hottest topics in Jamaica. Ironically, its main news rival is the “zero tolerance” crime-fighting measures announced last week by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.Another irony. During his campaign for PM last year, Holness regularly used Alkaline’s hit song, Champion Boy.A colorful figure with his tatooed pupils, Alkaline is the latest dancehall act to run afoul of the law. Vybz Kartel, currently serving life imprisonment for murder, is the most notorious; Tommy Lee Sparta and Popcaan have also had legal issues.The 23-year-old Alkaline has had spats with other artistes and was barred from performing in Caribbean countries including St. Kitts/Nevis.Alkaline…found himself in hot waterLast year, a woman’s group in Suriname said he should be prevented from performing there because he disrespects women.Yet, last year as he stepped up promotion for New Level Unlocked, Alkaline spoke about personal growth.“Time is the answer to everything. With time you grow and tend to see things differently. Music forces you to grow quickly,” he told the Jamaica Observer newspaper.Alkaline, whose real name is Earlan Bartley, does not have the typical dancehall artist’s background. He is from a middle-class family, attended one of Jamaica’s best high schools and went to college where he was a journalism major.Music took precedence over studies and he hit his stride three years ago with a flurry of hits. Alkaline has maintained that flow with chart-riders like Conquer The World, Somebody Great, One More Time and Wait Your Turn.Under Jamaican law, a suspect has to be released from custody if they are not charged by police after 72 hours. Today is Alkaline’s day of reckoning.
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Premier League side Burnley have completed the signing of English defender Ben Gibson for a joint club-record fee.The 25-year-old joins the Clarets from English Championship side Middlesbrough after they paid £15m for his services to match the transfer fee that took New Zealand striker Chris Wood from Leeds United to the club last summer.He has signed a four-year deal to become the club’s first signing of the summer.Ben Gibson, who is the cousin of Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson, started his career at the North East club and went on to make his senior debut in 2011.He featured in all the 38 league games for Middlesbrough during the 2016/17 before the club suffered relegation back to the Championship.Related