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image: Netherlands Port of Amsterdam RoRo car carrier vessel ship Höegh AutolinersOne of the Largest RoRo Car Carrying Ships Appears in Home Waters
Latest Vessel Benefits from Technically Advanced Fuel Saving Design

01 May 2016
NETHERLANDS – One of the world’s largest RoRo vessels designed for the transport of cars arrived this week at the Port of Amsterdam. The Höegh Tracer is the third in a series of vessels the shipping company Höegh Autoliners will be launching as part of its ‘New Horizon’ design line this year. With a deck area of 71,400 square metres and a carrying capacity of 8,500 cars and trucks, the Höegh Tracer is one of the world’s largest ro-ro ships designed to carry car equivalent units. Anthony van der Hoest, Cluster Manager Logistics at Port of Amsterdam commented:
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image: CMA CGM Singapore NOL container shipping takeover freight rates overcapacity FrenchOvercapacity and Falling Freight Rates See More Confusion in Container Shipping Market
European Commission Accepts Takeover of Singaporean NOL by French Rival CMA CGM

29 April 2016
EUROPE – WORLDWIDE – The European Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition of Neptune Oriental Lines (NOL) of Singapore by rival French shipping company CMA CGM, conditional upon NOL leaving the G6 liner shipping alliance. As we mentioned in our article last week regarding the major collaboration efforts currently underway in the worldwide container freight industry, the G6 Alliance is going to see some drastic changes in its line up with companies being lured into other alliances or mergers, as the lines vie for greater control of the global market share in a time of overcapacity and falling rates. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said:
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image: UKWA freight forwarders logistics VAT warehousing supply chain avoidanceLogistics Representatives Ask for Response from Supply Chain Stakeholders to Online VAT Clampdown
UK Warehousing Authority Offers Chance for Freight Forwarders and Others to Make Representations

29 April 2016
UK – After our recent coverage of the British International Freight Association’s (BIFA) warning that HMRC are about to increase pressure on freight forwarders who fail to ensure that customers are strictly above board due to numerous VAT avoidance scams the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) is encouraging stakeholders in the supply chain to respond to government directly to give their views.
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image: Panama container bulk freight vessels Canal ITF unions authority expansionPanama Canal Insists Safety is Paramount for All Vessels in Transit Through Expanded Waterway
Authority Firmly Rebuts Union Claims

29 April 2016
PANAMA – The claims made by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) that the training given and the techniques used in the operation of the new Panama Canal expansion were inadequate were fully explained in our recent story. Now the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has issued a full rebuttal of the union’s objections and stated that the transit for even the largest container and bulk freight vessels permitted will be entirely safe. We publish the full statement here.
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image: UK maritime security alliance freight vessels TMG State 21 Bowline cargoesMaritime Security Alliance Boosts Capability of International Group to Protect Freight Interests
Two UK Based Agencies Join International Network

28 April 2016
UK – WORLDWIDE – An international maritime consultancy says it has significantly bolstered its specialist services by joining forces with two security and risk management companies. The Maritime Group International (TMG) Limited has teamed up with State 21 Limited and Bowline Defence Limited, both based in the UK, as it says demand rises for global maritime security support. Despite the reduction in pirate activity in the Indian Ocean, attacks on freight vessels in other areas continue and many companies running cargoes of all types still look to employ security personnel to protect against a range of crimes.
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image: Dubai container ship bulk freight vessel tanker GAC EnvironHull Every Ship from Container Vessel to Bulk Freight Carrier Needs a Clean Bottom
Now New Fuel Savings Calculator Compares the Benefits Against the Costs Incurred

28 April 2016
DUBAI – WORLDWIDE – We have written before of GAC EnvironHull’s HullWiper technology which scrubs the hull of any sizeable vessel remotely and the self-evident benefit that its use can have whether the vessel be a container ship, tanker or bulk freight carrier. A foul-free hull offers the benefits of significantly enhanced fuel efficiency and lower operating costs by reducing resistance in the water. A clean ship sails smoother through the water, gives a greener and more sustainable solution and offers energy savings of up to 10% of fuel.
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image: UK freight forwarders logistics VAT fraud HMRC BIFA Union Customs Code (UCC)UK Freight Forwarders Warned of More Vigilance by HMRC as VAT and Other Logistics Fraud Increases
An Astonishing 168 Billion Euro Shortfall Prompts Action

28 April 2016
UK – One organisation which can always be trusted to give sage advice when it comes to ‘touchy’ subjects concerning the logistics industry is the British International Freight Association (BIFA) whose 1,500 + members make up the cream of the country’s freight forwarders. This month the trade group has issued a reminder to those in the industry that it is being increasingly targeted by fraudsters, and HMRC is toughening up and placing ever-increasing emphasis on compliance, with stricter enforcement being an inevitable outcome.
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image: UK freight logistics vans small commercial vehicles FTA SMMT Britain Small Commercial Vehicles Remain Vital Factor in Delivery of Freight and Logistics in the UK
White Van Man Continues to Rule!

28 April 2016
UK – The importance of small commercial vehicles to the logistics industry has been emphasised this week with the release of figures which demonstrate that the mythical ‘white van man’ remains the predominant factor in ensuring Britain’s ever more demanding consumers receive their goods on time. Freight deliveries by van account for an astonishing 45 billion miles across the UK each year according to data from Motorparc, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) guide.
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image: Panama Canal safety ITF merchant vessels shipping study International Transport Workers’ FederationNew Study Questions Safety of New Panama Canal Locks
International Unions Warn of Potential Dangers to Merchant Shipping

28 April 2016
PANAMA – Just as the new, larger Panama Canal is set to open there have been queries raised as to the safety of operation of the huge new locks which control the transit of the merchant vessels passing through. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has raised pressing concerns after analysing the results of a study it commissioned into the new Canal expansion.
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image: CKYHE Alliance COSCON K Line Yang Ming Hanjin Evergreen LineAnother Container Freight Shipping Alliance Revises Services
Asia to East Coast of US Affected

27 April 2016
ASIA – US – Following our recent coverage of the changes to the recently formed cargo alliances, yet another container vessel sharing scheme, the CKYHE Alliance, which includes COSCON, K Line, Yang Ming, Hanjin and Evergreen Line, is reorganising the freight service network it offers for Asia-US East Coast trade for the rest of 2016.
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