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image: Boats freight logistics shipping breakbulk Freight Specialist to Market New Load System as Alternative to Break Bulk Shipping
Peters & May Start New Company for Innovative Load Carriers

18 January 2017
UK – Specialist Boat and oversize freight shippers the Peters & May Group has acquired two patented load systems. The systems were developed over several years with the aim at reducing costs and increasing flexibility for out of gauge cargo loaded on container vessels. The resulting patented ‘Flat Rail’ & ‘Cat Cradle’ systems present clients with a revolutionary alternative to expensive break bulk shipments.
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image: Theresa May Brexit Speech European Union Freight Transport Association Logistics IndustryUK Freight and Logistics Bodies Have Mixed Reactions to Mays Brexit Speech
Lack of Detail Disconcerting for Some in the Industry

18 January 2017
UK – The speech by Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday concerning the British government’s position on Brexit and confirmation that her government would proceed with plans to withdraw Britain from the European Union has alleviated concerns from ‘Leave’ advocates that that she intends to follow through on the referendum results and set out some of the basic agenda for the negotiations that will entail. However, the lack of solid details has alarmed some parties in the UK’s freight and logistics industry as they continue to be concerned about how quitting will the EU will affect their members.
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image: Wales Severn Bridge Crossing Tolls Rip off England UKUK Government Promise on Severn Bridge Tolls Cut Could Go Further – Freight Lobby
Major Reductions in Crossing Costs between England and Wales Proposed but More Hoped For

18 January 2017
UK – With the Severn River Crossings due to come back into public ownership in late 2017/early 2018, the government is proposing to abolish the higher toll prices for vans and small buses, and halve the tolls for all vehicles, keeping the promise from former Chancellor George Osborne, who had initially announced such plans in his final budget. The government hopes that the move to reduce the charge will make a significant difference to commuters, travellers, and small businesses in particular, with some drivers seeing savings of more than 75%.
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image: South African Port break bulk cargo wharf Durban berthBreak Bulk Cargo Berths Upgraded After Almost a Century
South African Port Improvement Continues to Progress Well

17 January 2017
SOUTH AFRICA – A R1.5 billion ($111.4 million/ £91 million / €104) project to improve one of Africa’s busiest ports has reported that works to improve it for modern usage is progressing well. The Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) six-berth reconstruction project at the Maydon Wharf Precinct in the Port of Durban has completed the deepening of Berths 13 and 14. Both berths are now fully operational. Constructed more than 90 years ago, the Maydon Wharf Precinct is one of the oldest cargo terminals and is the largest breakbulk and dry bulk handling precinct in the Port of Durban covering 120 hectares of port land.
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image: UK Sussex freight logistics Samsung Galaxy Tablet community award charity youngsterCommunity Award for Do-Gooder Set to Raise the Profile of Freight and Logistics
Local Youngster Sought Worthy to Win a Samsung Galaxy Tablet

17 January 2017
UK – Much has been made of late with regard to the anonymity of the freight industry amongst the general public. Logistics is not only ignored as a career by the majority of people, it is barely understood how vital it is to every facet of everyday life. Now Lancing-based South Link Logistics is raising the profile of the sector by launching an award scheme to recognise secondary school children in Sussex who have gone the extra mile and deserve to be rewarded for their achievement. The first GEM Award will go to a young person who has done something great in their local community and South Link is calling out to schools, family members and friends to send in nominations.
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image: US Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Hope Magic Pipe pollution oil water separatorYet More Million Dollar Penalties for Merchant Ship Polluters
Compensation for US Marine Reef Sanctuary

17 January 2017
US – The two Greek shipping companies at the centre of the latest ‘magic pipe’ incident, have been ordered to pay corporate penalties totalling $2.7 million after being convicted for obstructing justice, violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), tampering with witnesses and conspiracy. Each company was ordered to pay part of its penalty to Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary in recognition of the threat posed by illegal discharges of oily waste to the marine environment.
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image: UK warehousing food logistics UKWA supply chainUK Warehousing Association Looks at Future Problem Logistics in London
New Report Studies Vital Food Supplies Leading Up To 2030

17 January 2017
UK – This week sees the release of a major new study commissioned by the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) to investigate potential logistical problems which will arise In connection with the supply of foodstuffs to London in forthcoming years. The findings however could easily be transferred to any similar urban conurbation worldwide. ‘Feeding London 2030’ is not intended to proffer solutions but to open a debate as to how best to deal with the complex logistics involved in the supply chain as relevant to the food industry.
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image: Schiphol air freight tonnage cargo ChinaSchiphol Cargo Throughput Up with Record Air Freight Tonnages for 2016
Continued Growth Due to New Initiatives

16 January 2017
THE NETHERLANDS – Europe’s third largest air cargo hub, Amsterdam Schiphol, has reported a 2.5% year-on-year growth in 2016 with a record total flown cargo throughput of 1.66 million tonnes. December figures were up 10.4% on the same month in 2015 at 149,000 tonnes. Freight throughput for January to November was 1.51 million tonnes. Asia remains Schiphol’s largest market, with Shanghai, China, the busiest destination, and new direct flights launched to Xi’an and Ningbo, both in China. Cargo Director Jonas van Stekelenburg observed:
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image: US freight logistics heavy lift news supply chainFreight, Logistics and Heavy Lift News Round Up to Start the Week
Snippets of Industry News to Peruse After the Weekend

16 January 2017
WORLDWIDE – As we all get back into the groove after the holiday period we’ve waded through the freight and logistics industry news so you don’t have to, to give you a basic summary of some sector events and new supply chain contracts that occurred in the business last week including another huge heavy lift air movement.
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image: UK France Dover Boulogne Calais port migrant freight cross channelFreight Falls Short of Sector Average for Port Boulogne Calais But Still Better than Passenger Traff
French Coastal Ports Suffer in Wake of the 2016 Migrant Crisis

13 January 2017
FRANCE – Despite our recent upbeat piece mentioning Cross Channel traffic, the Port of Dover in particular, it seems things have not been quite so rosy throughout the past year across the water at Port Boulogne Calais. These two distinct locations at Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer now choose to be viewed as a collective enterprise under the development umbrella of the Société des Ports du Détroit, so events at one can mitigate or enhance the results of the other. 2016 it seems was quite successful in terms of freight tonnage, unfortunately outside influences acted negatively against this.
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