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image: logisticsTrade Bodies Warn Against Modifications to Fork Lift Trucks
Users Face Danger if Using Unauthorised Changes

26 April 2017
UK – The British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) and the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) have warned that unauthorised modifications to fork lift trucks can endanger staff and invalidate warranties. The services, widely advertised and offered by many companies, are far from risk-free with the two industry bodies saying that truck modifications that are not factory approved may affect capacity, stability or safety requirements. BITA Secretary-General James Clark explains:
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image: freight logisticsUK Rail Freight Operator Reaches Successful Agreement with Trade Union Partners
Cuts on the Cards for Work Force

26 April 2017
UK – DB Cargo UK, the largest rail freight operator in Britain, has reached successful agreements with the four trade unions representing a majority of its workforce, meaning it will launch its future business model on July 2, as planned. ASLEF, RMT, TSSA and Unite have been in discussions since October 2016 with DB, when the company announced proposals to cut 893 jobs (almost a third of its workforce) in a restructure triggered by the rapid decline in the core market of coal.
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image: logisticsCargo Crime Project Launched to Help Freight Industry with Security Issues
Highlights Threats that Road Haulage Industry Need to Know

26 April 2017
UK – A collaborative project identifying the often misunderstood and taboo topic of cargo crime within the road transport sector has officially been launched at this years Commercial Vehicle (CV) Show, taking place this week. The Cargo and Road Transport (CART) Security Guide aims to raise awareness and offer guidance in a bid to fill the ever widening knowledge gap and provide a greater insight into the security risks posed to road haulage companies and potential solutions that can be adopted.
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IATA CEO Calls for Greater Safety Practices in Air Transport
Alexandre de Juniac Wants Better Standards

25 April 2017
WORLDWIDE – Speaking at the IATA Safety and Flight Operations Conference in Seoul, South Korea, the International Air Transport Associations (IATA) Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac urged aviation safety stakeholders to reinforce their commitment to a safety framework based on global standards, cooperation and dialogue, and effective use of data. Identifying air accident investigations as a key area where greater cooperation on global standards is needed, de Juniac said:
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image: freight Port of Calais Reports Record High in Freight Truck Traffic
Figures Up Substantially from Last Year

25 April 2017
FRANCE – UK – One of the busiest ports linking France and the UK has reported a large upswing in freight vehicles passing through on its cross Channel routes. A renewed upsurge in haulage traffic has been confirmed in the first three months of 2017 and allowed the Port of Calais to realise the best quarter in its history through an absolute record for the month of March and the passage of 181,005 cargo units which used the Calais port facilities. The number of heavy goods vessels crossing through the French port grew by 11.2% compared to the first trimester of 2016, with 507,850 heavy goods vessels passing through the port.
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image: German freight forwarding Dachser logistics partner Johnston Dublin German Family Freight Forwarding Concern Buys Up Irish Logistics Partner
Company Makes Dublin Based Operation a Subsidiary

25 April 2017
IRELAND – Independent German freight forwarding concern Dachser has become the majority shareholder of its partner in Ireland, Johnston Logistics Ltd, effectively making the Dublin headquartered company a subsidiary of the brand. Dachser states that the move will allow the company to expand and strengthen its distribution network in northwestern Europe, with Michael Schilling, COO Road Logistics at Dachser saying:
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image: European Investment Bank (EIB) ABN Amro Scheme EFSI Green Shipping Guarantee Programme vessels greening ships retrofitting carbon footprintBanks Shoulder the Risk to Ship Operators when Retrofitting Carbon Reducing Technology in Vessels
European Scheme to Invest Millions in Greening the Fleet

25 April 2017
EUROPE – The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Dutch bank ABN Amro have signed an agreement to unlock €150 million in financing, to support the European shipping industry's aim to reduce its carbon footprint. Open to both inland shipping and seagoing operators, the finance facility will be made available to companies for the retrofitting of existing vessels as well as for projects that envisage the construction of new vessels with a green innovation aspect. EIB Vice-President Pim van Ballekom, said:
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image: Martek maritime marine merchant vessels calibration gas fork liftSpecialist Maritime Gas Supplier Launches World Wide Delivery Service for Merchant Vessels
Management System Ensures Timely and Low Cost Orders

25 April 2017
WORLDWIDE – To most people mention of gas brings to mind turning on the oven, powering up a fork lift or filling a lighter but to the ships engineer gases are a vital tool in the maintenance of a modern vessel. A bewildering range of gases and gas mixtures which range across many different applications, one of which is the calibration of highly specialised equipment such as gas detectors, often critical on certain types of merchant ships.
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image: UK port of London container ships bulk tankers car carriers merchant vessels green emissions terminals Port Discount Scheme for Green Vessels a Boost for Car Carriers, Container Ships and Tankers
Operators Rewarded for Reduced Emissions

24 April 2017
UK – The Port of London is the second biggest port in the UK with some seventy terminals, handling supplies of life's essentials, from food, drink and consumer goods to fuel, cars and building materials. Now some of the 10,000 merchant vessels which call at facilities in the Thames every year are able to claim the country's first port charge discount for cleaner ships. In the first quarter of 2017 sixty six vessels, including container ships, bulk tankers and car carriers were able to claim their bonus for exceeding international emissions standards set by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in a scoring scheme run by the World Ports Climate Initiative.
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image: Panama Canal clean fuel freight vessels heavy fuel oil HFO light distillatePanama Canal to Enforce New Clean Fuel Regulations for Freight and Passenger Vessels
Authority Issues Modification Notice in Passageway

24 April 2017
PANAMA – The Panama Canal Authority has issued a Notice to Shipping that any freight or passenger vessel intending to transit the canal must switch from heavy fuel oil (HFO) to light, distillate fuel prior to entering Canal zone waters. Vessels with intentions to transit the Panama Canal that need to anchor at the Pacific or Atlantic Anchorages, or vessels that plan to call at the Pacific or Atlantic port terminals, will be permitted to use residual HFO fuel to operate their auxiliary engines, boilers and other ancillary equipment during their stay at the anchorage or at the berth. However, these vessels will be required to perform a changeover from HFO to distillate fuel that is used to operate their propulsion engines prior to entering Canal waters.
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