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image: Ceva Spain Hamleys toy story freight forwarder 3PL supply chain logistics3PL and Logistics Supply Chain Group Has a New Toy Story
Famous Name Signed Up by Freight Forwarder After Lengthy Requirement Study

19 December 2014
SPAIN – As any football manager will tell you it’s great to end the year with a big name signing (transfer windows permitting) and it’s exactly the same for freight forwarders and supply chain companies. So this week has been particularly satisfying for Ceva Logistics which has signed a three year contract worth almost €2 million per annum with Ludendo Commerce Iberia, to manage the handling, storage and delivery of its products in Spain. A subsidiary of the French Group Ludendo, the company is best-known in Spain for its Poly toy store chain and similarly in the UK for its Hamleys store.
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image: US Greek Italian Trident Navigator bulk cargo ship waste water magic pipe MT MarigolaCargo Vessel's Chief Engineer Could Face 35 Years in Jail
Environmental Crimes by Greek and Italian Operators Mean Millions of Dollars in Fines and Possible Long Prison Terms

19 December 2014
US – The Chief Engineer from the 75,600-dwt bulk cargo ship Trident Navigator, has been convicted by a federal jury in New Orleans of environmental crimes, obstruction of justice and witness tampering, whilst in a different trial, Italian Shipping firm Carbofin, pleaded guilty to environmental crimes for concealing vessel pollution. In the two cases, the ships were both found to have utilised a bypass system, known as a ‘magic pipe’, to discharge sludge, waste oil, and machinery space bilge water into the sea in contravention of maritime regulations.
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image: Eurotunnel France UK RoRo freight ferry shuttle Calais Freight Truck Record Set as RoRo Ferry Decision Seemingly Postponed
Good and Potentially Bad News for Channel Tunnel Operator

18 December 2014
FRANCE – UK – Groupe Eurotunnel has reason to celebrate this week, but the operator of the Channel Tunnel must have hoped there would have been more good news as it awaits the decision of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) in the matter of its MyFerryLink subsidiary. According to French sources, namely Natacha Bouchart, Mayor of Calais, speaking at the final Town Council gathering of the year, the decision as to the legality of the RoRo passenger and freight ferry service will not be released until mid-January, despite loud, semi-official whispers that an answer would be forthcoming ‘before Christmas’.
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image: Somalia Denmark Seychelles shipping community ocean carriersShipping Community Will Look Askance as More Alleged Pirates Walk Free
Despite International Transfer Agreements Delays in Charges and Insufficient Evidence Result in Overturned Sentences

18 December 2014
SEYCHELLES – SOMALIA – DENMARK – Three Somali nationals found guilty of piracy by the Seychelles Supreme Court have had their sentences overturned after the island nation’s Court of Appeal found that there was ‘insufficient evidence to prove that they were indeed pirates’. This decision comes after both France and Denmark were found, on separate occasions and in separate decisions and unrelated to the Seychelles ruling, to have violated the rights of Somali nationals who had been arrested on piracy charges.
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image: Australia Competition and Consumer Commission air freight carriers cargo Air New Zealand PT Garuda IndonesiaAir Freight Cartel Cases Stumble Toward the End Game with Cargo Carriers Possibly Back in the Dock
Competition and Consumer Commission Appeals Against Court Antitrust Decision After Dismissal on Technical Grounds

18 December 2014
AUSTRALIA – The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has not quite finished its antitrust proceedings against air freight carriers, after appealing a decision made by the Australian Federal Court to dismiss the case against Air New Zealand and PT Garuda Indonesia, over allegations that the two cargo carriers colluded with other airlines to fix fuel and security surcharges on air shipments around the world.
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image: Con-way Schneider trucking road haulage freight patriot award veterans US Trucking Groups Support Veterans as Road Haulage Freight Firm Collects Award
In a Week When Thousands of Wreaths were Delivered to Graves Patriot Award Goes to Personnel Supervisor

17 December 2014
US – It is true to say that nobody supports their country’s military veterans more enthusiastically than American trucking companies, particularly the larger outfits. The Con-way group employs nearly 2,700 military service veterans, including members of the National Guard and Reserves, and this month an employee of the less than truckload (LTL) subsidiary, Con-way Freight, was presented with the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award. David Nieder is Personnel Supervisor at the road haulage outfit’s Marshfield, Missouri service centre having been put forward by a colleague.
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image: Servowatch Damen Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution KNRM merchant vessel IT Nh1816Merchant and Private Vessels Safer on the North Sea with Lifeboat's Ship of the Year
UK Group Supports Winning Dutch Search and Rescue Craft

17 December 2014
UK – NETHERLANDS – WORLDWIDE – Originally formed over forty years ago, Essex based marine IT management specialist Servowatch is celebrating the company’s part in assisting the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (KNRM) in winning last month’s prestigious KNVTS Ship of the Year Award for its revolutionary new search and rescue boat, Nh1816. Based alongside the River Blackwater the Maldon headquartered group was involved in the project from the outset as KNRM required a vessel with an ‘exceptionally high level’ of automation and systems integration to assist in aiding merchant vessels and private craft which get into trouble. CEO Wayne Ross explained:
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image: Volvo trucks US road haulage operator million miles VNL Vietnam War Veteran BaumgartnerUS Truck Drivers Get a Chance to Illustrate Their Lives on the Road
Volvo Series Tells Tales of the Highway

16 December 2014
NORTH AMERICA – Volvo trucks has introduced the second in its series of ‘Welcome to My Cab’ series with a video of Tim Baumgartner, owner of a heavy-duty towing operation, and his award-winning ‘Freedom Flyer’ a patriotically themed Volvo VNL. The project aims to show Volvo trucks in the best possible light and the Oregon based road haulage operator certainly delivers.
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image: Panama Canal Gates Ocean Freight containerised break bulk project shipmentsPanama Canal Gates Installed in Readiness for Ocean Freight Vessels of (Almost) Every Size
Picture Worth a Thousand Words as Three Thousand Tonne Pieces Installed

16 December 2014
PANAMA – We here at the Handy Shipping Guide love a good picture but today's truly stands out with the installation of the first gate for the new locks on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal. Expected to be completed in the next couple of days, the steel gates are moved using self-propelled motorised wheel transporters (SPMTs) with more than 400 wheels each. Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano, said:
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image: ALGERIA France automotive sector logistics freight forwarding supply chain Automotive and Energy Sectors Targeted by Freight Forwarding and Supply Chain Group
North African Country the Latest Region for Expansion

16 December 2014
ALGERIA – French headquartered freight forwarding and automotive supply chain logistics specialist Gefco, is expanding its North African network by establishing a base in Algeria which will manage containerised cargo for industrial clients from Algeria to countries in the Mediterranean and China, as well as managing the distribution of new vehicles to dealers for PSA Peugeot Citroën. Jean-Paul Ornano, Managing Director of Gefco Morocco and the Group’s Area Manager for North Africa, said:
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