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image: US cargo ship sinking RoRo/LoLo National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) El FaroCaptain Blamed for Tragic End to RoRo/LoLo Cargo Ship Which Cost Thirty Three Lives
Vessel Operator Shares Responsibility for Inadequate Safety Measures

13 December 2017
US – After a 26-month review of the sinking of the US flagged RoRo/LoLo cargo vessel, El Faro in 2015, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its final report placing the onus on the Captain whose failure to avoid sailing into Hurricane Joaquin, despite numerous opportunities to route a course away from hazardous weather, caused the death of all 33 aboard, with the vessel's operator, Tote, contributing to the sinking with poor oversight and inadequate safety management systems. NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt, commented:
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image: Europe EC Scania road haulage class legal action Truck Maker Appeals Fine Despite Legal Action from Road Haulage Customers
Manufacturer Maintains It Has Not Been Party to Cartel Activity

13 December 2017
EUROPE – Having received a fine of over €880 million in September this year for its alleged role in a cartel with several other truck manufacturers, Scania has filed an appeal against the European Commission's (EC) decision. The offences have led to legal action with at least two class action suits, including one from the Road Haulage Association (RHA).
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image: Sweden Volvo trucks road haulage freight batteriesEvolving Battery Technology Suits Popular Road Haulage Freight Truck Models
Discharged Units Could be a Thing of the Past with Gel Solution

13 December 2017
SWEDEN – WORLDWIDE – Volvo Trucks is introducing a new battery system for Volvo FH and Volvo FM models, popular units for many freight and road haulage companies, which the company says provides sufficient power for all in-cab functions while also reducing the risk of standstill due to discharged batteries.
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image: Taiwan exports imports Port of Kaohsiung Van Oord dredging TEU container ships vessels New Port Works Finish Ahead of Schedule - Facilities Plan to Handle 22,000 TEU Container Ships
Dredging Works Open Up Centuries Old Freight Harbour to New Generation of Vessels

12 December 2017
TAIWAN ‐ Dredging group Van Oord recently completed the expansion of the Port of Kaohsiung, eight weeks ahead of schedule. The client, the state owned Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC), awarded the contract to the Netherlands headquartered company in 2015. In less than two years, trailing suction hopper dredgers Vox Maxima, Volvox Terranova, and Rotterdam created 250 hectares of new land for the Kaohsiung Intercontinental Container Center Phase II which it is planned will expand box trade. Van Oord's Area Manager Martin Meijers, commented:
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image: Martin Bencher Denmark Germany Baltic Arkone wind farm freight forwarding project energy ocean going Project Freight Forwarding Specialist Ships Vital Parts for European Energy of the Future
Special Fastening System Engineered for Baltic Sea Transit

12 December 2017
DENMARK – GERMANY – Martin Bencher recently shipped the transition pieces for the Arkona Offshore Wind Farm on behalf of manufacturer Bladt Industries A/S from Denmark to Germany. The international freight forwarding group was responsible for the ocean transport and project management and the special projects team engineered, produced and installed a special sea-fastening system in the ocean-going vessel.
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image: Rastatt intermodal freight rail cargo Germany Switzerland Benelux Italy Switzerland forum DB NetzIntermodal Freight Stakeholders Gather to Discuss Disruption to Rail Cargo and Possible Solutions
Aftershocks from Rastatt Rail Tunnel Collapse Lingers On

12 December 2017
GERMANY – SWITZERLAND – EUROPE – The disastrous rail tunnel collapse at Rastatt in August prompted Swiss based intermodal operator Hupac to organise a forum this month, 'Rastatt: never again', which was attended by many senior stakeholders from the European rail freight industry and led by some heavyweight speakers, including the CEO of DB Netz, the company many present blamed for the appalling ongoing disruption to cargo following the accident.
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image: France Denmark South America freight fleet container shipping line Maersk CMA CGM Hamburg SudAnother Purchase Sees French Container Line Continue Freight Fleet Expansion Policy
South American Purchase Confirmed by Regulators

12 December 2017
FRANCE – DENMARK – SOUTH AMERICA – French shipping group, CMA CGM has completed the acquisition of Mercosul Line from Danish container giant Maersk Line. Mercosul Line is a key player in the South American ocean freight market, most notably in Brazil, a market with a strong potential for development, especially on cabotage, feeder and 'door-to-door' services.
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image: UK HGV Levy truckers road haulage drivers toll Christmas 2017 P&O FerriesFerry Company Will No Longer Supply UK HGV Levy Passes to Foreign Road Haulage Drivers
Truckers Warned to Ensure They Pay Toll Before Entering Britain

11 December 2017
UK – The Department for Transport has issued a special Christmas 2017 edition of its HGV Levy bulletin to keep overseas drivers and road haulage operators up to date of what they need to know about the charge which is designed to ensure foreign operators pay a suitable amount towards the cost of building and maintaining the UK's roads. All UK and non UK vehicles weighing 12 tonnes and over using UK roads are liable as soon as they enter the UK.
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image: UK EU Europe Brexit Freight forwarding agents logistics road haulage progressBrexit News Cheers Road Haulage Freight and Forwarding Interests
Associations Greet Government Progress

11 December 2017
UK – EUROPE – It is safe to say that, when the subject of Brexit is mentioned in the company of anyone linked to the supply chain, there is often a note of cynicism. From shipping companies to road haulage operatives there is often an inherent mistrust of the competence of the political class to manage what is undoubtedly one of the most complex exercises undertaken in the world of modern commerce. With the latest developments however three of the biggest lobby groups representing the British freight industry are expressing cautious optimism that things are finally getting on track for an organised extrication from the EU and Robert Keen, Director General of the British International Freight Association (BIFA), which represents the majority of UK forwarding agents, commented:
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image: Puerto Rice fuel supply Crowley container shipping US Defense Logistics Agency general cargoContainer Shipping and Marine Services Group Subsidiary Supports US Defense Logistics Agency
Warmer Climes than Usual for Fuel Supply Experts

11 December 2017
PUERTO RICO – When we follow the fortunes of Crowley Fuels, subsidiary of the Crowley Maritime Corporation, the US container and general cargo shipping marine services group, it mainly concerns the problems of supplying remote, outlying places in the company's native Alaskan territory. As snow envelops Europe however the latest contract undertaken tells a tale from warmer climes.
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