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image: UK Denmark Maersk staff appointments personnel freight forwarding shipping logisticsStaff Appointments and Departures in the Freight Forwarding, Shipping and Logistics Sectors
Slightly Less Important Personnel Changes Than Those Pending in the World of Politics

24 June 2016
DENMARK – Major changes at the top of the Danish conglomerate Maersk with Søren Skou, current Chief Executive Officer of Maersk Line, set to replace Nils S Andersen as CEO of AP Møller – Mærsk, effective July 1. Skou will lead the company through several changes in the worldwide industry and will maintain his position as the CEO of Maersk Line in addition to his new role. Andersen has held his role as CEO of the Maersk Group since 2007 where he has been a driving force in building five core businesses within shipping, logistics and energy.
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image: Brexit UK freight forwarders logistics road haulageBREXIT - How Will it Affect Shipping and Logistics? Is it to be a Freight Forwarders Nightmare?
After All the Hype, Uncertainty Remains for the Foreseeable Future

24 June 2016
UK – EUROPE – So there we have it, the votes are cast and Britain is to leave the EU after 41 years of ever increasing cooperation. Whilst the vote was a very close one, the momentous decision of the British people is bound to have ramifications. Brave New World certainly, but in which sense? The cynicism of Huxley or the misguided musings of Miranda in Shakespeare’s Tempest. Certainly freight forwarders across the continent will be in the front line and anxiously watching how this decision impinges on the logistics sector.
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image: Norway ocean vessels container ships bareboat charters TEU shippingInvestment Group Backs Container Vessels in Move Away from Tankers and Car Carriers
Norwegian Company Expands Diversified Portfolio of Ship Types

23 June 2016
NORWAY – SOUTH KOREA – EUROPE – Ocean Yield, a Norwegian shipowner with investments in numerous vessels on long-term charters, has agreed to acquire a 49.5% equity interest in six newbuilding container vessels owned by Quantum Pacific Shipping, that are currently set to be on 15-year bareboat charters to an unnamed major European container line. This seems to be a significant diversion for Ocean Yield which normally concentrates on tankers and truck and car carriers.
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image: Piracy India Seaman Guard Ohio attacks shipping seafarers kidnapping vessels Piracy Update - How to Prevent Attacks and You Can Help Imprisoned Crewmates
New eLearning Course to Keep Seafarers Safer Whilst Anti-Hijack Crew Languish in Jail

23 June 2016
UK – INDIA – WORLDWIDE – Ahead of this year’s Day of the Seafarer on June 25, Marlins, suppliers of training solutions for the shipping industry and part of V.Group, have teamed up with International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) to create a new eLearning course to help seafarers prevent and prepare for piracy attacks. Although there have been no successful attacks off Somalia for some time, piracy, armed robbery and kidnapping of seafarers in West Africa and Asia are a current concern, with Indonesia recently releasing advice to vessels in the area to avoid certain danger areas, such as the South Philippine waters of the Sulu Sea, fearing piracy could rise to Somali levels.
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image: South Korea HMM Hyundai merchant marine box carrier container freight ocean shipping linePressure is on for Global Container Shipping Line to Switch Freight Alliances
Box Carrier is Told to Find New Partners by Bankers

23 June 2016
SOUTH KOREA – WORLDWIDE – In a surprise move, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has entered into talks with the world’s two largest shipping lines Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) to join the 2M container alliance (but what will they call it then? Ed). The move, if accepted, will boost 2M’s global market share, at 27.7% of the world’s fleet already the largest such grouping, and potentially see significant improvements for shippers in the Trans-Pacific trade route.
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image: Dubai Kuwait GAC Logistics freight contract co-packing 3PLLogistics Group Expands Contract Packing Capability
New Ground Floor and Mezzanine Facilities

22 June 2016
DUBAI – GAC, a freight specialist which transferred headquarters from Kuwait to Dubai with the development of the logistics business has prospered there ever since and now has announced further expansion with the news it has opened a new dedicated co-packing facility in the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) as part of the company’s continued investment and growth strategy. Contract Packing, or co-packing, means goods are not only packed for shipment or retail, but often produced by the 3PL company offering the service.
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image: Malawi UK Transaid freight logistics charity driver trainingFreight and Logistics Charity Expands Driver Training in Malawi
Transaid Benefits from the Kindness of a Private Donor

22 June 2016
UK – MALAWI – International development charity and favourite amongst many in the freight and logistics industry, Transaid has expanded its professional driver training programmes into Malawi, following the programme’s success in raising commercial driver training standards in Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Transaid will be working alongside Malawi’s Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS) to tackle the high road traffic fatality rate in the country, which stands at an estimated 35 deaths per 100,000 population, compared to 2.9 per 100,000 in the UK, according to the WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety 2015.
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image: SOLAS VGM verified gross mass export containers ports US Africa UK Container Exports, SOLAS and VGMs What Each Port Is Doing for July the First
Information for Shippers is Still Patchy Even at This Late Stage

22 June 2016
WORLDWIDE – With just a few days to go before the new Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulations kick in it is a good time to see where we are as regards the declaration required from every shipper as to the weight, or Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of every loaded export container, no matter which country in the world it may be shipped from. In previous articles we have written how some ports and terminal operators, such as DP World’s London Gateway, have stayed ahead of the game with dedicated website information, whilst others have dragged their feet regarding the mandatory requirements.
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image: Switzerland China Finland WinGD diesel LNG marine engine Winterthur Gas State Shipbuilding Corporation CSSC WärtsiläMajor Marine Engine Producer Sees Share Sell Off
Control Switches from Finland to China

21 June 2016
CHINA – SWITZERLAND – FINLAND – Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD), which has been developing low-speed two-stroke marine engines since 1898 under ‘Sulzer’ brand, has seen the 30% of its stock previously held by Finnish engineering group Wärtsilä, transferred to the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) in a move the company describes as developing ‘a close cooperation with one of the leading global shipbuilding conglomerates’ at a time when diesel, LNG and dual fuel engine power plants are evolving at pace.
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image: US Germany dry bulk shipping Eagle Surpramax Handymax Jan-Philipp Rauno Hamburg SingaporeDry Bulk Shipping Specialist Expands Into Europe
New German Office for US Group

21 June 2016
US – GERMANY – Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc., headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut and with an office in Singapore, has extended the scope of its European operations with the establishment of a new office in Hamburg, Germany. The company says Eagle Bulk Europe GmbH, which is scheduled to commence operations in August of 2016, reflects Eagle's commitment to strengthen its commercial network while accelerating the build-out of the Company's commercial platform.
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