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image: crime death sentenceMore Death Sentences for Embezzling Freight Shipping Bosses in Vietnam
Ultimate Punishments Handed Out by Hanoi Court

23 February 2017
VIETNAM – The Hanoi People Court has, once again, sentenced two former senior official from the bankrupt state-owned shipping line, Vinashin Ocean Shipping (Vinalines), to death after they were found guilty of embezzlement, with a third sentenced to life in prison and another given 12 years in prison for money laundering. After a four-day trail, the executives were found to have taken part in the huge corruption scandal with several senior staff from Vinalines, along with other interested parties from Vietnam's maritime industry, to the detriment of the state which estimated its losses at around VND910.2billion (around $40 million).
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image: trade wto exports importsWTO Trade Deal Greeted Enthusiastically by Freight Trade Bodies
Predictions of Great Boosts to Economy Once Implemented

23 February 2017
WORLDWIDE – The ratification by 110 member states of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO TFA) has been met with praise by trade bodies representing the international freight and logistics industry. The TFA is designed to facilitate trade globally by implementing measures such as simplifying paperwork, modernising procedures and harmonising customs requirements and is expected to substantially slash the costs and time needed to export and import goods.
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image: new jerseyEast Coast Container Terminal Investment Almost Trebled by Operator
ULCS Will Operate from Port Elizabeth

23 February 2017
US – APM Terminals has significantly increased its previously announced $70 million investment plans for the APM Terminals Port Elizabeth facility, and now plans an investment total of $200 million. This figure includes ordering four next-generation Ship-To-Shore (STS) cranes to handle ultra-large container ships (ULCS) at the port complex. The vessels are expected to start calling the port after the heightening of the Bayonne Bridge is completed later this year. The heightening of the Bayonne Bridge, combined with the widened Panama Canal allows these ULCS liner services to call and be operated efficiently at the advanced APM Terminals facility.
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image: china trains logisticsFreight Forwarder Offers New Rail Cargo Service between China and Europe
KN Eurasia Express Offers Container Shippers New Options

23 February 2017
EUROPE – ASIA – Following the hullabaloo concerning the first freight train to pull into London one forwarder has been swift to act in offering new services that exploit the new link. With the launch of its KN Eurasia Express, Kuehne + Nagel now offers less than container load (LCL) shipments between China and Europe. The new service complements the company's existing full container load (FCL) rail offering for import and export shipments.
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image: UK Thunderbirds pilot boats futuristic vessels Port of London PLA Peel Medway ORC Lord of the RingsThunderbirds Are Go! New Thames Pilot Boat Provides Space Age Update
Rivers See Another Futuristic Vessel with ORC's Less Lord of the Rings More Tracy Island

22 February 2017
UK – Estuary Services Limited (ESL), a joint venture between the Port of London Authority (PLA) and Peel Ports London Medway, is continuing its fleet replacement plan and buying another new boat for its pilot transfer operations serving the ports of London and Medway. ESL currently has a fleet of six vessels including two 17.1 metre ORC class vessels that carry marine pilots from the Kent coast to board ships in the Thames Estuary.
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image: court case trial DP World Cleared of Misconduct in London Court
Government of Djibouti Must Pay Costs of Failed Prosecution

22 February 2017
UK – DUBAI – DJIBOUTI – The London Court of Arbitration has cleared global port operator DP World of charges of misconduct in connection with the award of a 50-year concession to operate the Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT) in Djibouti.
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image: Konecranes Liebherr container crane port rubber tyred gantryNew Container Freight and Mobile Harbour Cranes Ordered for Paraguay and Danish Ports
Konecranes and Liebherr Sign New Deals

22 February 2017
PARAGUAY – DENMARK – Konecranes has signed an agreement with Terport S.A. in Paraguay, South America, for the delivery of two Boxhunter Rubber Tyred Gantry (RTG) cranes. The cranes will be delivered in early 2018. The new RTGs will be delivered to Terport S.A.’s container terminal located in Villeta i.o San Antonio, on the outskirts of Asunción, and will now be the first terminal in Paraguay to operate RTG cranes. The terminal handles container traffic on the Paraguay River, providing a wide range of services to importers, exporters, feeder vessels, line operators and special cargo carriers.
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image: UK van driver misogynist road rage commercial vehicles wing mirror YouTubeVan Drivers Beware or Reap the Road Rage Revenge of the Single Cyclist
Misogynists Learn Sexist Behaviour Has Consequences

22 February 2017
UK – We’ve covered on many occasions, tragically, the issue of cyclist’s being killed in London by freight vehicles, emphasising the disproportionate numbers of these casualties who are women. Now this video, which has gone viral, is showing that one woman at least is a threat to commercial vehicles in the capital! The video, captured by a following motorcyclist’s helmet cam, shows a van pulling across the woman at traffic lights before the men on board start to hassle her, asking for her phone number and mocking her when she swears at them.
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image: Denmark GateHouse freight shipping port cargo logistic containerNew Cloud Based Freight Shipping Tracker Goes Live to Follow Containers on Ships at Sea
GateHouse Demonstrates New Service for Maritime Logistics

22 February 2017
DENMARK – WORLDWIDE – GateHouse Logistics, who have made their name from developing freight vehicle and shipment tracking systems, has launched a new cloud service to provide valuable real-time tracking of loads port-to-port. Destined for manufacturers, cargo owners, logistic service providers, container owners and other players in the supply chain, the cloud service called ghVessel collects vessel AIS (Automatic Identification System) broadcast signals from satellite and land-based systems to calculate estimated time of vessel arrivals.
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image: China container shipping lines prosecution National Development and Reform CommissionAuthorities Fine More Container Shipping Lines in Anti-Competitive Prosecution
China Adopts Western Methods of Discouragement

21 February 2017
CHINA – WORLDWIDE – China's Ministry of Transport has fined 14 container shipping lines a total of 239 million RMB (approx. $347,000) following allegations that the shippers violated the country's competition laws over inconsistencies in the publishing and reporting of freight rates. The fines may be small in relation to some recent cases further west but represent an intention by the PRC to continue to harden attitudes to the way business in the country is conducted, particularly by foreign entities, with antitrust and anti-competition issues in mind.
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