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image: Mexico CSAV Hapag Lloyd container shipping lines freight agreementContainer Shipping Lines Freight Agreement Ratified
Mexican Authorities Give the Nod but Two More to Go

22 November 2014
MEXICO – WORLDWIDE – The proposed merger between Hapag Lloyd and Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV) is close to being finalised after the Mexican completion regulator approved the transaction unconditionally. Only two antitrust authorities, Ukraine and China, have yet to announce their decisions, but if approved, the merged company will become the fourth largest container shipping company in the world with some 200 vessels, an annual transport volume of 7.5 million TEU and a combined turnover of approximately $12 billion.
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image: IMO Arctic Antarctic Polar code vessels ships seafarers Praise for Adoption of Polar Code for Vessels Operating in the Harshest Conditions
IMO Ratifies Agreed Standards as Expected

22 November 2014
ANTARCTIC – ARCTIC – The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has reached a major milestone in its efforts to protect ships and both the seafarers and the passengers on board, with the adoption of the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code), and related amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) to make it mandatory. The Polar Code will apply to both cargo vessels, with a gross tonnage above 500, and to passenger ships. The proposal to adopt the measure was met with praise from international shipping lobbies earlier this year.
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image: Japan US freight rates air cargo container shipping lines ocean ANA Air Freight Agreement Reflects Ocean Container Shipping Lines Cargo Cooperative Deals
Antitrust Authorities Will Look Closely at Proposals to Offer Single Rate Policy

22 November 2014
JAPAN – US – EUROPE – All Nippon Airways (ANA) have filed an application with the Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) for antitrust immunity in order to launch another strategic air freight joint venture, this time with American carrier, United Airlines, on routes between the US and Asia. The move reflects the attitude of the big ocean container shipping lines, many of whom have been rushing to pair up with cargo carrying competitors in the name of efficiency.
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image: Stena Line RoRo freight ferry sulphur methanol Marpol emission fuelFreight and Passenger Group Converts RoRo Ferry to Emission Reducing Methanol
99% Reduction in Sulphur Produced Claimed

21 November 2014
SWEDEN – EUROPE – The new Marpol regulations and rulings from the European Parliament regarding emissions from ships has prodded many companies into trying newer technologies and fuel types and now freight and passenger ferry group Stena Line is to convert the thirteen year old Stena Germanica to use methanol with a view to further vessel adaptations in the future.
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image: GAC UAE HullWiper ship operating management bulk freight logistics vesselBulk Freight Vessels Benefit from Remote Hull Cleaning Technology
A Year After Launch Innovative Scrubbing System Wins an Award

20 November 2014
UAE – NETHERLANDS – GAC’s innovative HullWiper technology which we have featured previously, has been recognised at the International Bulk Journal (IBJ) Awards 2014 held in Rotterdam. Freight and logistics outfit GAC was short listed for the Bulk Ships Agent award which it won in 2013, but it was in the Innovative Technology category that the company triumphed with its remote vessel hull scrubber.
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image: US Con-way Freight road haulage trucker Larry PainterAnother Road Haulage Freight Driver Hits the Three Million Mile Safe Driving Mark
Astonishing Achievement for Yet Another Trucker

20 November 2014
US – Anyone who underestimates the size and scope of the American road haulage scene may well be converted by one astonishing fact, Con-way Freight, admittedly a major player in the sector, was established just thirty years ago and yet since then has celebrated almost 1,700 of its drivers who have managed over a million miles on the road each without having a single accident.
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image: IMO RoRo cargo vessel sinking fire bravery awards Captain Andreas Kristensen Britannia SeawaysRoRo Cargo Ship Heroes Feted by Shipping Community
Bravest of the Brave Assemble in London for Annual Awards

20 November 2014
WORLDWIDE – One year to the day after surviving an explosive fire which threatened the lives of 32 people on board his vessel, Captain Andreas Kristensen and his crew of the RoRo cargo ship, Britannia Seaways have received the 2014 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea, at a special ceremony held at the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) headquarters. This annual award was established by the IMO to provide international recognition for those who, at the risk of losing their own life, perform acts of exceptional bravery, displaying outstanding courage in attempting to save life at sea or in attempting to prevent or mitigate damage to the marine environment.
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image: UK US Germany freight container shipping line port Port Situation Varies as US Freight Slows UK Sees Fight for Share and Germany Gets New Organisation
Container Terminals Worldwide Facing Vastly Different Scenarios

20 November 2014
US – UK – GERMANY – The situation in the world’s container shipping ports presents a wildly different picture at the moment. On the West Coast of America there is still considerable unrest in the twenty nine or so ports from Seattle right down to San Diego as the contract issues between the representatives of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the employers drag on. A year ago we predicted that a similar dispute on the East Coast might be a portent for this year’s negotiations, as the main contract renewal for the Eastern dock workers fell due in July, and now freight movement has slowed to a crawl in many locations.
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image: Syria Turkey container shipping line reefer box citrus fruit CMA CGM shippers exportersReefer Boxes Broken Out as Container Shipping Line Announces New Schedule
Time of Year to Start the Movement of Citrus Fruit

19 November 2014
SYRIA – TURKEY – BLACK SEA – It’s that time of year again and French container shipping group CMA CGM has announced re-commencement of it aptly named seasonal Citrus Express service spread over two port rotations and designed to suit the needs of those shippers who need to export citrus fruits and apples from East Mediterranean to the Black Sea.
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image: UK wind propulsion sailing ship freight vessel windshipOcean Freight Using Wind Technology - Isn't That a Sailing Ship?
Not According to New International Association to Promote Propulsion Out of Thin Air

19 November 2014
UK – WORLDWIDE – A new international association has been created with the sole aim of encouraging, advising and advocating the use of wind propulsion technologies in the shipping industry (obviously not exactly an original idea given the history freight borne by sailing vessels). The International Windship Association (IWSA) however says that it has garnered a great deal of support since its inception, registering around 50 members and supporters so far and expecting this number to swell in the coming months.
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