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image: Egypt Suez Canal freight $ billion dredgingSuez Canal Dredging and Twin Route Projects Designed to Expand Freight Throughput
Joint Ventures Awarded the Cash Needed to Increase Capacity

22 October 2014
EGYPT – WORLDWIDE – As part of Egypt’s $8.4 billion plan to increase the freight capacity of the Suez Canal, the country’s Government and the Suez Canal Authority has awarded over $2 billion worth of contracts to two consortia, to dredge the vital shipping link between Europe and Asia. The expansion plans will see a new Suez Canal constructed next to the existing one, measuring 240 metres wide, 24 metres deep, and a third of the length of the current Canal, as well as the dredging of parts of the existing Canal.
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image: G6 container shipping alliance Asia USContainer Shipping Alliance Changes Tack
G6 Announces Variations to Service Schedules

22 October 2014
ASIA – US – The members of the container shipping network, the G6 Alliance has announced a temporary suspension of the Central China (CC2) service between Asia and the US West Coast until further notice, as a response to seasonal changes in market demand. The last sailing for CC2 will be OOCL Italy departing from Shanghai on October 31. All ports called by CC2 will be covered by other G6 Alliance services.
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image: FIATA Ebola virus Turkey freight forwarding logistics Freight Forwarding Agents and Logistics Professionals Stump up for Ebola
FIATA Congress Shows Undue Generosity

21 October 2014
TURKEY – WORLDWIDE – Last week saw FIATA, the international body which represents freight forwarding and logistics interest, hold its yearly World Congress in Istanbul, and by all accounts a very successful Congress indeed from many points of view, but surprises were not confined the normal matters covered by such an event. Before issuing the usual flurry of press releases about happenings at the event FIATA has been moved to make a comment about the tragedy of the current Ebola virus outbreak, and how its members have responded.
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image: UK Morocco Tilbury port London container shipping terminal OPDR Forth New African Freight Service for UK Container Shipping Terminal
Reefer Option for Moroccan Customers

21 October 2014
UK – MOROCCO – This week saw the London Container Terminal (LCT) in Tilbury announce an extension to the agreement it has with Hamburg headquartered short-sea shipping and logistics specialists Oldenburg-Portugiesische Dampfschiffs-Rhederei (OPDR) to handle cargo on the German group’s new liner service from Agadir, Morocco. Forth Ports acquired LCT (formerly Tilbury Container Terminal) nearly three years ago from joint owners DP World and Associated British Ports and now handles over 200 calls per annum for OPDR services.
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image: Heathrow sale airport hub Ferrovial Macquarie infrastructureAirport Sale Leaves UK's Premier Airport Standing Alone
Three Regional Hubs Sold Off to Overseas Interests

21 October 2014
UK – Heathrow Airport Holdings has agreed to sell its 100% interest in Aberdeen International Airport, Glasgow Airport and Southampton International Airport, to a consortium formed by Spanish infrastructure company Ferrovial, already the largest single shareholder in Heathrow, and Australian financial services group Macquarie, for £1,048 million in cash and assumed debt, payable in full at closing, subject to EU merger regulation clearance. The three airports were the last of the airports formerly owned by BAA following the regulators insistence that the company sold off Stansted, Gatwick and Edinburgh.
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image: US Airways American Airlines cargo air waybill freight tonnesUS Air Cargo Departments Combine and Issue Single Air Waybill for Freight
A Major Step in Amalgamation for Two Airlines Achieved Following Merger

21 October 2014
US – WORLDWIDE – Almost two years since the announcement of the merger between American Airlines and US Airways the two previously separate groups have reached ‘a significant milestone’ with the two cargo divisions combining under a single air waybill. The new entity is claimed to bring in more than $800 million each year and move more than one billion pounds (453,000 tonnes) of freight and mail annually.
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image: US Belgium West Africa Liberia Ebola Boeing freight logistics USAID Africa Inland Church Childcare Centre Ceva logisticsFreight and Logistics Professionals Continue Acts of Mercy
Once Again Industry Provides Aid to Those in Need

20 October 2014
US – BELGIUM – LIBERIA – KENYA – With an ever worsening situation in West Africa as the Ebola virus continues its deadly expansion Ceva Logistics has airlifted more than 70 tonnes of urgent supplies to Monrovia, Liberia to help combat the spread of the outbreak. The airlift was chartered by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the lead government agency coordinating the country’s efforts and which has been working to expand the pipeline of medical equipment and supplies to the region. Included in the shipment were infrared thermometers, disinfectant backpack sprayers, tents, and plastic fencing to be used in the construction of Ebola treatment units.
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image: BIFA UK freight forwarding road haulage HGV driver shortage container trailer import logisticsRoad Haulage Industry Faces Crisis as Freight Association Bemoans HGV Driver Shortfall
CPC Requirement Has Added to Problem says BIFA

20 October 2014
UK – In a piece earlier this month we mentioned the fact that the average age of an HGV driver in Britain had risen to fifty three, and, according to most informed sources, there is a paucity of younger people willing to enter the profession which could spell problems for the entire road haulage industry in coming years. Now the British International Freight Association (BIFA) has pointed out that the threat to deliveries and collections may be much more immediate than that.
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image: London Gateway River Thames Edith Maersk container ship merchant vessel Roman Muriophorio super tanker deep water port DPWorldDeep Water Container Port Welcomes Largest Ever Ship in River Thames
Historic Marker for a Waterway Itself Steeped in History

20 October 2014
UK – Large merchant vessels have passed between the Essex and Kent coasts for millennia, from Roman muriophorio to super tankers, yet the new Thames side deep water port of London Gateway was able to put down an historic marker this month as the DP World funded project saw the arrival of the 397 metre long Edith Maersk, the largest ship ever to enter the capital’s river. The container carrier, with a draft of 16 metres, is capable of carrying up to 15,500 TEU and even the ship’s huge beam of 56 metres could be comfortably managed by Gateway’s towering quay cranes with their enormous overreach capability.
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image: Asia merchant shipping combating piracy report pirate attacks product tanker Sunrise 689After Product Tanker Heist a Report on the Cost of Piracy to Merchant Shipping in Asia
A Good Quarter Doesn't Mask a Bad Year as Attacks Overall Increase

20 October 2014
ASIA – The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) has released a report detailing a surprising but significant change in the trend of pirate incidents in Asian waters for the nine month period from January to September 2014. ReCAAP found that in the third quarter of 2014, there was a 33% drop in the number of incidents of piracy and armed robbery against merchant shipping as compared to Q2. Unfortunately that’s where the good news ends, with a total of 129 attacks reported for the year so far (both attempted and successful) pirate attacks in the region are at their highest level since before ReCAAP’s formation.
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