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image: UK supply chain British ports delay Brexit infrastructure digital border British Ports Look to Government for Money and Assurance on Post Brexit Infrastructure
Supply Chain Industry Concerned That Facilities May Not be Prepared

24 April 2018
UK – EUROPE – The British Ports Association (BPA) has written to the Prime Minister calling for funding guarantees for any new border facilities and digital infrastructure, which may be needed after the UK leaves the European Union. There are concerns from the industry that those ports with EU traffic will need to provide new facilities and digital infrastructure for government officials to carry out customs and other border checks. In the letter, Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive of the British Ports Association said:
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image: UK France Ro-Pax ferry Dover Calais Dunkerque freight passenger DFDS bareboat charter Stena RoRoLargest New Vessel for Freight and Passenger Channel Crossing as Ro-Pax Ferry Ordered
As One Route Closes So Another Sees Increased Capacity from 2021

24 April 2018
UK – FRANCE – In the week which DFDS abandoned its Rosyth to Zeebrugge route, the European freight and passenger ferry operator has entered into a 10-year bareboat charter agreement with Stena RoRo for a new building Ro-Pax ferry, for delivery in early 2021. The Channel is a key market for DFDS, with five million passengers, one million cars, and 1.2 million trucks travelling every year between Dover - Calais and Dover - Dunkerque on DFDS' vessels. To meet customers' demands, DFDS said that it decided to deploy a new ship specially designed for the service. Peder Gellert, EVP of the Shipping Division at DFDS, said:
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image: Switzerland K+N Kuehne Nagel freight forwarding logistics sea financials TEUFreight Forwarding and Logistics Group Announces Strong Start to 2018
Percentage Growth for Leading Global Industry Player

24 April 2018
SWITZERLAND – WORLDWIDE – The Kuehne + Nagel Group reports it recorded a successful start into 2018 with considerable increases in EBIT and earnings for the period, something the company says continues the growth momentum of the last two quarters 2017. Comparisons between the first quarter of 2018 and that of the previous year show net turnover up 13.1% to 4,862 million CHF, gross profit increase by 11.8% to 1,843 million CHF and EBIT up 12.5% to 236 million CHF.
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image: US seaports infrastructure trade war imports exports sanctionsUS Seaports Point Out Value of Import and Export Trade as Government Sanctions Loom
Billions in Infrastructure Investment Under Threat from Government Policy

24 April 2018
US – As fears of a full blown trade war looms between China and the US so the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has written to the United States Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, pointing out the pitfalls of taking out sanctions against trading partners. The carefully worded letter has a distinctly admonishing tone amongst all the plaudits for President Trump's 'America First' policy.
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image: UK BIFA freight forwarding logistics apprenticeship Kuehne + Nagel, Davies Turner, DHL, Metro Shipping, Hellmann, Neon Freight, OIA Global, DSV Air & Sea, Dachser, DB Schenker, Panalpina Maltacourt YusenUK Freight Forwarding Finally Gets Apprenticeship Scheme for a Career in Logistics
Official Approval for Qualification After Much Work from Industry Stakeholders

24 April 2018
UK – At long last Britain has its own the International Freight Forwarding Specialist apprenticeship following recognition from the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) after a lot of work from shipping and logistics industry stakeholders to produce a recognisable qualification. Set at Level 3 (A Level) with a minimum duration of 18 months, the new apprenticeship will provide students with core knowledge and skills including; industry awareness, customs procedures and commercial skills.
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image: Germany Europe rail freight intermodal tunnel collapse Rastatt cargo transport system Rastatt Rail Tunnel Report Highlights Intermodal Freight Losses and Calls for Change
Damage to Trade from Tunnel Collapse Estimated at Two Billion Euros

23 April 2018
GERMANY – EUROPE – The damage to a mere 150 metres of rail track in the Rastatt Tunnel last August led to unprecedented delays and confusion for freight transport spanning several countries and revealing the weaknesses of a track borne cargo transport system in which railway companies working in a supposedly unified market, were actually operating in different languages precluding the use of drivers internationally, with no suitable diversionary routes and lacking any sort of acceptable crisis management system. Changes were immediately called for.
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image: UK government plastic ban ocean pollution straws cotton budsUK Government Moves on the Horrors of Plastic Polluting the Oceans
Consultation Precedes Ban on Disposable Items

23 April 2018
WORLDWIDE – Having harped on for years in these pages about the needless pollution and slaughter caused by plastic waste which infects the seas of every continent, it seems at last that things are finally being taken more seriously at governmental level. Over 8 million tonnes of plastic waste enters our oceans every single year and now, speaking at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit, the UK has announced its intention to ban the sale of plastic drinking straws, drink stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds.
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image: UK Belgium DFDS fire Finlandia Seaways vessel cargo ship RoRo freight ferry RoRo Ferry Freight Service Ceases Permanently Following Fire Aboard Ship
DFDS Abandons Loss Making Rosyth - Zeebrugge Route

23 April 2018
UK – BELGIUM – DFDS has permanently abandoned its RoRo freight ferry services between Rosyth and Zeebrugge following the fire aboard the freight ship Finlandia Seaways last week. Smoke inhalation injured one crew member who had to be airlifted to hospital following the blaze on April 16. Upon towing the vessel to the company's terminal in Immingham and discharging the cargo, a full examination of the ship was carried out. Kell Robdrup, Senior Vice President of DFDS' routes connecting to the southern part of the North Sea, takes up the story:
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image: France Ceva CMA CGM logistics freight forwarding acquired stock market Switzerland container shipping line Container Shipping Line Acquires Stake in Major Logistics and Freight Forwarding Outfit
French Group Grabs a Quarter of Troubled Multinational Operation

23 April 2018
FRANCE – SWITZERLAND – WORLDWIDE – CMA CGM has reached an agreement to acquire an equity stake of nearly 25% of Ceva Logistics, which is being listed on the Swiss stock market. Container shipping line CMA CGM aims to grow its presence in the logistics sector with this commitment to invest between CHF380 and CHF450 million in the freight forwarding group, as the Dutch headquartered company looks to recover some of its losses from recent years
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image: Maersk shipping container food waste start-up billion tonne Rockstart supply chainWorld's Largest Shipping Container Carrier Looks to Tackle Food Losses in Supply Chain
Companies Partner Up to Examine Start Up Solutions to Billion Tonne Waste Problem

23 April 2018
EUROPE – DENMARK – AP Moller Maersk is using its position as one of the largest shipping groups in the world to look at tackling global food loss throughout the supply chain. Today, one-third of the global food production for human consumption, approximately 1.3 billion tonnes, is lost or wasted and approximately 80% of the food loss occurs even before it reaches stores. In an attempt to address the issue, Maersk, responsible for shipping vast quantities of reefer containers annually, has entered into a partnership with start-up accelerator Rockstart, to support innovative start-ups with pioneering solutions to the worldwide problem.
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