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image: freight car carrierLloyds Register Joins Project to Build New Generation Sailing Freight Ship
Plans for 170 Metre Long Car Carrier Take Shape

16 August 2017
GERMANY – Lloyd's Register (LR) has joined the Quadriga sustainable shipping project, an initiative from Hamburg-based Sailing Cargo which aims to build the worlds biggest sailing cargo ship. The project outlines a plan to build a 170-metre car carrier, capable of carrying between 1,700 and 2,000 cars, which will be equipped with four DynaRig masts and will operate on hybrid propulsion with sails and diesel-electric engines, and an optional battery system for peak loads. The vessel will be capable of sailing at 10-12 knots with the aim of reaching 14-16 knots in the next few years through combined expertise.
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image: freightMaersk Financial Results Reveal Costs of Cyber Security Lapse
But Freight Shipping Giant is Bouncing Back despite Heavy Hits

16 August 2017
DENMARK – As AP Moller-Maersk reports its financial results for the first half of the year, the Danish transportation and logistics conglomerate has revealed the extent of the damage caused by the massive cyber-attack in June that crippled several of Maersk's businesses and raised questions about the security in the container shipping industry and the wider supply chain. The second quarter performance of Maersk was mainly driven by the profitability of Maersk Line with an expected negative financial impact of $200-300 million to be realised in the third quarter results from the cyber-attack.
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image: freightMedway Port Receives First Rail Freight Steel Shipment
New Handling Facility Begins Operation

16 August 2017
UK – The first train has arrived at Hutchison Ports London Thamesport bringing steel coil for UK shipping agent and logistics company, The Armitt Group. Operated by DB Cargo, this was the first train to use the Groups fully integrated 120,000 square feet specialist handling facility at the port.
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image: IMO safe stowage containers freight cargo awards CTU transport units trailer supply chain BIC AwardsFreight Groups Session to Discuss Safe Stowage of Containers and Other Cargo Transport Units
Meeting at IMO Headquarters Will Also Honour a BIC Safety Champion

16 August 2017
UK – WORLDWIDE – Anyone with an interest in the shipping of goods by container, trailer or any 'cargo transport unit' (CTU), which obviously means just about anyone in the freight supply chain, may be interested in the forthcoming gathering at the offices of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on September 12 when a session hosted by four of the major organisations concerned with safety in the supply chain, the Global Shippers Forum, ICHCA International, TT Club and World Shipping Council, will take a hard look at the IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code).
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image: UK road haulage operator HGV driving ban tailgating freight truckers Road Haulage Freight Truckers are Warned Not to Tailgate or Face Losing Licences
Bans Handed Out to Both HGV Drivers and Offending Transport Manager

15 August 2017
UK – The Traffic Commissioner for Wales, Nick Jones, has warned road haulage operators that HGV drivers will face strong action if they are caught tailgating in any circumstances. After adding an extra month to the professional driving bans to two truck drivers who have been found guilty of the offence, Mr. Jones said that professional drivers across the industry should know that engaging in this kind of behaviour, particularly in a commercial vehicle, is a serious offence.
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image: Germany Siemens trolley bus Elektromote overhead power line eHighway freight hybrid truckHybrid Freight Trucks to Power Up On Electrical Overhead Line
Son of Trolley Bus Makes a Reappearance

15 August 2017
GERMANY – Siemens has been commissioned by the German state of Hesse to build an overhead power line for electrified freight transport on a ten kilometre stretch of autobahn. The contact line will supply electricity for the electric drive of a hybrid truck. Siemens originally presented its 'eHighway' concept in 2012. The system will be installed on the A5 federal autobahn between the Zeppelinheim/Cargo City Süd interchange at the Frankfurt Airport and the Darmstadt/Weiterstadt interchange.
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image: US ballast water SeaCure Evoqua Water TechnologiesNew High Efficiency Ballast Water Cleaner Receives US Coast Guard Standard Approval
Manufacturer Hopes for USCG Clearance Later This Year After Successful Tests

15 August 2017
US – UK – The SeaCURE Ballast Water Management System (BWMS), an electro chlorination based solution pioneered by Evoqua Water Technologies, has successfully completed all biological efficacy US Coast Guard Type-Approval tests. Tests were carried out under the supervision of classification society Lloyd's Register and the independent laboratory NSF International, which will now compile test data for submission to the USCG for imminent approval. Matt Granitto, Business Manager, Ballast Water, said:
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image: TK Foundation Africa International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) rescue at sea Twenty Five Years After His Death a Shipping Magnate’s Charitable Work Lives On
Funding for Essential Rescue at Sea Technology and Training

15 August 2017
AFRICA – The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF), global focal point for maritime search and rescue technology and operations, has been awarded $450,000 by The TK Foundation to support its work building vital maritime search and rescue (SAR) capability across 29 countries in Africa as part of its global SAR development project (GSD). The funding will be spread over three years with a focus on building the capability of Rescue Coordination Centres (RCCs), Rescue Sub-Centres (RSCs) and SAR Mission Coordinators.
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image: US China trade war intellectual property theft logistics interestsLogistics Interests Ask Is a Trade War About to Start Between the US and China?
Trump's Announcement of Theft of Intellectual Property Investigation draws Communist Party Ire

14 August 2017
US – CHINA – Officials in the American government have announced that they are considering launching an investigation into possible Chinese theft of US technology and intellectual property. The suggestion has caused concern amongst logistics interests plus a flurry of protests and criticism from the Chinese government and press, who have called on the Americans, and President Trump in particular, to not start what they describe as a 'trade war'. In a statement Hua Chunying, a foreign ministry spokeswoman, said:
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image: BIFA UKWA RHA FTA freight logistics UK warehousing customs Brexit intra community tradeFreight and Logistics Associations State Essentials for Government Position in Brexit Negotiations
Big Four Industry Voices Are Best Qualified to Guide Politicians

14 August 2017
UK – EUROPE – As Brexit negotiations begin slowly to take shape with the various factions jostling for an advantage the freight and logistics lobbyists are setting their individual stalls out but with a generally collective message to the British government - listen to us as the only ones who really understand the realities of intra community trade. The four leading associations in the country have all been stating their individual and collective cases in the hope that those charged with seeing through a deal realise just how much rides on the outcome, particularly in terms of costs and jobs.
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