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image: Mission to Seafarers 19th Century Cornish Pilot Boats Singapore Charity UK Cornish Pilot Boats will Circumnavigate Singapore for Mission to Seafarers
Once Again the Maritime Community Pledges Support to Charity

12 September 2014
SINGAPORE – UK – A group of 40 enthusiasts from the maritime and insurance community in the Southeast Asian city-state of Singapore have come together to undertake a 24 hour endurance sea challenge, all in aid of the global maritime welfare charity, The Mission to Seafarers. Mission Row Around Singapore Island (RASI), involves two replica 19th Century Cornish Pilot Boats being rowed over 140km, taking on the seas and shipping lanes (not to mention two live military firing ranges) to complete a non-stop circumnavigation of the island of Singapore. The event itself will be held during the 50th anniversary year of Singapore’s independence and coincides with Singapore Maritime Week on 22 April 2015.
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image: CSAV container shipping line Hapag Lloyd Compaņia Sud Americana de VaporesNew Alliance Produces World's Fourth Largest Container Shipping Line
Merger Approved - but Only on Condition Other Deals are Cancelled

12 September 2014
EUROPE – WORLDWIDE – The European Competition Commission has approved the merger announced in April between container shipping lines Hapag Lloyd and Compañia Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV), but only if the Chilean company withdraws from two consortia on trade routes between Northern Europe, and the Caribbean and South America's West Coast, where the merged entity would have faced insufficient competitive constraint to avoid a risk of price hikes. This merger will create the fourth largest container shipping company worldwide, after Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM, respectively, with some 200 vessels, an annual transport volume of 7.5 million TEU and a combined turnover of approximately €9 billion.
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image: DB Schenker rail cargo road freight Malcolm logisticsOversize Freight Containers Take to the Tracks as New Rail Cargo Service Commences
Fifty Foot Rail Boxes Set to Save Road Miles

12 September 2014
UK – DB Schenker Rail has recently become the first company to carry the Malcolm Group’s innovative 50ft containers via rail in the UK with the start of a new service for the logistics company between Daventry and Grangemouth. The Malcolm Group unveiled its 50ft box earlier this year at April’s Multimodal event. This freight service is in addition to the existing Daventry to Mossend route which DB Schenker Rail UK has been running since early April. The new cargo routing will transport goods seven-days-a-week for a large number of high profile retailers and manufacturers. Andrew Malcolm, Chief Executive of The Malcolm Group says:
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image: UK Turkey Cyprus water Allseas Global Logistics Trelleborg cargo ports freight Out of Gauge Freight Specialist and Marine Hardware Group Join in Unique Logistics Project
Combined Effort to Supply the Most Precious Cargo of All - Whilst Worldwide Things May be Looking Up for Ports

12 September 2014
UK – TURKEY – CYPRUS – WORLDWIDE – Two names familiar to regular readers have been acting in tandem recently to deliver one of the most ambitious and exciting projects to provide that most essential ingredient to all life – water. Allseas Global Logistics has been playing a pivotal role in a unique project to deliver essential water supplies by pipeline under the Mediterranean Sea to Northern Cyprus and a critical part of the project is the supply by Trelleborg Offshore of 132 giant buoyancy modules which will hold the pipeline in place.
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image: US cycle accident statistics freight HGV bike incident fatalities injuriesUS Initiative Will Include Statistics for Freight Vehicles Involved in Cycle Accidents
Sweeping Approach to Reduce Both Bike and Pedestrian Fatalities and Injuries

11 September 2014
US – The issue of cyclists involved in accidents has been under the microscope in the UK of late and steps to decrease the number of injuries and fatalities involving HGVs have been well publicised. With police and local authority assistance moves to educate both drivers and riders have been intensified and freight and construction traffic trucks adapted to lessen the risk to two wheelers, whilst cameras and the fitting of other safety equipment has become an industry on its own.
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image: UK freight road haulage Driver CPC FTA RHA mandatory training fineFreight and Road Haulage Interests Sound Off on Driver CPC Situation
With Two Warnings for the Future Over Up and Coming Requirements

11 September 2014
UK – Any professional lorry driver who hasn’t received the appropriate and mandatory 35 hours of approved training by today is committing an offence which could render them, and their employers, liable to a £1,000 fine. Now the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and the Freight Transport Association (FTA) have spoken out on the current situation, with the FTA also sounding a cautionary note for the future of the industry.
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image: UK Europe Staff Appointments Freight Transport Logistics Shipping Staff Appointments Affecting Freight Transport and Logistics and Shipping Sectors This Week
Who is Going Where and When

11 September 2014
EUROPE – Moves affecting the freight and logistics sectors this week start in the hallowed halls of Brussels as President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker has put forward Maroš Šefčovič (Slovakia – Social Democrat) for Director General - Transport and Space, a newly formed department which will see Šefčovič take over the responsibilities from Siim Kallas, DG of Mobility and Transport. Juncker has also appointed Karmenu Vella (Malta – Labour) to serve as the new Director General – Environment, Maritime affairs and Fisheries, another recently combined department. From the UK Conservative Peer, Lord Hill was a surprise choice to oversee the European Commission's financial services portfolio, Tory bosses having robustly campaigned against Mr Juncker’s appointment.
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image: US Airways American Airlines Cargo air freight air waybillAir Cargo Carriers Announce Single Waybill for Future Freight
Merger Partners Streamline Documentation System

10 September 2014
US – American Airlines Cargo President Jim W. Butler has written to all the existing air freight customers of AA Cargo and US Airways, with which the company merged nine months ago, to confirm that from October 2014 the entire air freight operation will function as one company with a single air waybill (001) for all shipments originating on or after October 20th.
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image: Gefco freight logistics motorcycle racing bike Erik Buell Racing (EBR)Logistics Group Wins Race for Motorcycle Contract
Historic US Racing Bike Name Will be Distributed in UK

10 September 2014
US – NETHERLANDS – UK – Gefco is a name associated in the world of freight and logistics with the shipment and distribution of automotive vehicles and components. Now the French headquartered group have announced an association with Erik Buell Racing (EBR), a US sports motorcycle company with an intriguing history of its own.
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image: UK Rail Freight Group DP World port RFGRail Freight Group Selects Industry Award Winners
International Port Operator Takes Business of the Year Title

10 September 2014
UK – DP World’s work on the London Gateway Project and at Southampton's Maritime Rail Terminal were singled out by the judges when the Rail Freight Group (RFG) selected DP World as the winner of its coveted Business of the Year award. In particular, the company’s involvement in ‘helping move the rail freight industry forward and setting the standard to which others should follow’ was cited as the principal reason for the selection.
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