5 Trending Transportation Updates: April 2017


UPS Adds 400 Dangerous Commodities to Its Fly List. The shipping and transportation mammoth has chosen to add 400 “dangerous” commodities onto its current global air network. The company also increased the allowable shipment size and added 300 products to its European ground network. (Read more here.)

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Drones to Fly Blood Between European Hospitals. The plan by the Swiss Post to fly lab samples, including blood, between hospitals using drones has been approved by the Swiss aviation regulator. After further testing, the transport will begin in 2018. (Read more here.)

World’s Largest Container Ship Delivered. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) took delivery of the ship, named MOL Triumph, from Samsung Heavy Industries. The ship has a capacity of 20, 170 TEUs and is set to deploy in this month, sailing to 7 countries before going through the Suez Canal and then to 5 more countries before making the trip back to Asia. MOL Triumph is the first vessel in a fleet of six. (Read more here.)

Norway to Build Mile-Long Freight Ship Tunnel. At 1.7km long, the just-approved passageway will be burrowed under a rocky peninsula in the North West region of the country. Its name is The Stad Ship Tunnel, and it is expected to cost an estimated 2.7bn Norwegian Krone, or $320m. The goal is efficiency, as the tunnel will allow freight ships, cruise liners, and smaller vessels to take the underground shortcut through the treacherous Stad peninsula, avoiding rough winds and waters. (Read more here.)

Domino’s Will Begin Using Robots to Deliver Pizzas. A London-based company called Starship Technologies has created six-wheeled, self-driving robots that will begin delivering customers’ Domino’s pizzas in Germany and the Netherlands. The Domino’s Robotic Unit has been formed to oversee the new development. (Read more here.)

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