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image: Austria Germany Gebrüder Weiss freight forwarding logistics home deliveryAnother Freight Forwarding Group Moves Into Home Delivery Services
Logistics Offering Expanded

27 November 2015
AUSTRIA – GERMANY – As one of Europe’s largest freight forwarding groups Gebrüder Weiss already has fingers in numerous pies with specialist subsidiaries running under its holding company umbrella. From rail cargo to logistics consultancy the Lauterach headquartered group is now, like many competitors, looking to the fastest growing field in the sector, home delivery services.
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image: Japan MOL Comfort container ship cargo sank caught fire ClassNK Technical CommitteeLarge Container Ship Classification Regulations Changed After Vessel and Cargo Lost
Lessons Taken from Tragedy

26 November 2015
JAPAN – WORLDWIDE – The ClassNK Technical Committee has released draft amendments to its rules and guidance for container carriers, based on the recommendations of the reports and investigations of the container ship MOL Comfort, which split in half, caught fire and subsequently sank, two years ago with the loss of her cargo.
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image: Australia US FedEx TNT express freight parcel US Federal Trade Commission OzFour Billion Euro Express Freight and Parcel Carrier Takeover Deal Gets Go Ahead
Thumbs Up for Acquisition from Oz and the US - Just European Authorities Left

26 November 2015
AUSTRALIA – US – EUROPE – This week both the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) have given the go ahead for the proposed €4.4 billion acquisition of the Dutch parcel carrier TNT Express by express freight group and US rival, FedEx Corporation, a deal which is expected to be closed in the first half of next year. European legislators remain as the biggest hurdle, having yet to make a formal announcement on the standing of the merger. ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said:
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image: UK Mission to Seafarers’ Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Christmas shipping forwarding logisticsA Chance for Shipping, Forwarding and Logistics Workers to Attend a Special Event
Annual Charity Christmas Carol Service Selling Out Fast

26 November 2015
UK – Tickets are selling fast for one of the events which make the run up to Christmas for the City of London’s shipping and forwarding community particularly special. On Wednesday 9 December from 6pm the annual Mission to Seafarers’ Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Christmas event will take place at St Michael Paternoster Royal EC4, the historic home of the world’s leading global maritime welfare charity. Once again the great and the good of London’s logistics community will hear the Lloyd’s Choir provide the musical arrangements.
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image: UK John Good Shipping freight forwarding rail cargo road haulage IT technology LogisticsFrom Freight Forwarding to Road and Rail Haulage - All Logistics Benefits from e commerce
Whether Improved Document Systems or Train Maintenance - IT Technology is the Key

26 November 2015
UK – WORLDWIDE – As the year draws to a close possibly the thing which has most affected the road and rail haulage and freight forwarding sectors during 2015 has been the steady progress of IT technology and how it affects the logistics industry as a whole. The growth of e commerce in all its forms is in part through natural progression to streamline processes, whilst many changes have been driven by alterations in consumer habits, principally the use of online purchases and the demands for faster service.
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image: UK misery mariners Human rights at sea vessel crew abuse Royal College of Surgeons maritimeGala Event will Focus on Human Rights of Mariners
Crews Pay the Cost in Misery

25 November 2015
UK – WORLDWIDE – Sadly it has been our duty to report various catalogues of abuse of the crews of vessels working on ships well past their use by date or for unscrupulous, uncaring owners. Now Ensign Events, together with Human Rights at Sea, have launched the International Maritime Human Rights Conference and Gala Dinner 2016. Taking place at the Royal College of Surgeons in London on September 14th 2016, the event will focus on explicitly addressing the important issue of maritime human rights and associated welfare issues throughout the maritime environment. CEO of Human Rights at Sea, David Hammond said:
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image: UK Marine Accident Investigation Board Lysblink Seaways vessel grounding DFDSAccident Investigation Board Blames Boozy Officer for Shipwreck
What Shall We Do With a Drunken Sailor?

25 November 2015
UK – The Marine Accident Investigation Board (MAIB) has released its findings on the grounding of the general cargo vessel Lysblink Seaways on February 18, 2015, while on her way from Belfast to Skogn, Norway. The ship ran aground at full speed near Kilchoan, Ardnamurchan peninsula, West Scotland and the MAIB investigation found that the officer of the watch had been heavily inebriated despite a zero tolerance stance taken by the vessel’s owner, DFDS.
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image: UK Sand tiger sharks great white Davies Turner freight forwarding shipped South AfricaA Fishy First for Freight Forwarding Outfit as Sharks Arrive in UK
Sand Tigers Shipped Safely to New Home

25 November 2015
UK – SOUTH AFRICA – An achievement for privately owned UK freight forwarding outfit Davies Turner recently with the first ever Sand Tiger sharks bred in captivity arriving from South Africa. The sharks, named Mandela and uShaka, were exported from the South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR), a not-for-profit organisation in Durban, and the cousins to the great white shark were destined for the National Marine Aquarium (NMA), the UK’s largest aquarium.
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image: Portugal France Ecoslops marine fuel oil waste chip fat cars recycled Port of Sinès MSC container ships slopsFrom Cars on Chip Fat to Container Ships on Slops
Innovative Process Recycles Waste Marine Oil

24 November 2015
PORTUGAL – FRANCE – First we had cars running on chip fat and now an enterprising French company has produced its first batch of recycled marine fuel from waste marine oil residues at its refinery in the Port of Sinès, Portugal. The aptly named Ecoslops, headquartered in Paris, says it is the first company to develop technology capable of the process and the Sinès treatment unit has the capacity to produce 30,000 tonnes of recycled fuel every year.
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image: Cargolux Luxembourg strike air freight only cargo carrier LCGB ALPL future aviation packageThreat of Cargo Stoppage Still Hangs Over Largest European Air Freight Only Carrier
Dispute Drags On Despite Previous Signs of Compromise

24 November 2015
LUXEMBOURG – With a meeting of the Cargolux Board of Directors scheduled for 25 November the Luxembourg Confederation of Christian Trade Unions (LCGB) has appealed to shareholders to persuade the freight only airline management to conclude a mutually acceptable compromise on a new collective work agreement (CWA), thereby averting industrial actions at Europe’s largest air cargo carrier. This dispute has dragged on for over a year and in July it seemed peace may have broken out, with the bones of a deal for implementation in October then apparently seen as a reasonable balance for both sides.
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