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image: UK everywoman freight logistics transport women awards Time for the Best Women in Freight and Logistics to be Counted Again
Annual Transport Awards Try to Encourage More Female Staff to Enter the Industry

05 May 2015
UK – The finalists for the 2015 FTA everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards have been announced, and with the freight and logistics industry facing an ever increasing skills gap, everywoman hopes that by championing women already excelling in the sector, more will be encouraged to join an industry which employs 10% of the UK workforce, yet only 22-25% of which are women.
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image: UK Ireland multimodal freight logistics transport charity Transaid Birmingham NEC Simon Weston seminar CO2 environmental rail road haulageMultimodal Remains Freight and Logistics Event of the Year
More Visitors Result in Early Bookings for 2016

05 May 2015
UK – IRELAND – As the dust settles on Multimodal 2015 comes time to review what has become the number one show for the freight and logistics community for Ireland and the UK. This year’s event, once more at Birmingham’s NEC, attracted over 8,500 visitors to view the 300 stands, attend the transport seminars and network with customers and colleagues.
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image: Japan ANA Star Wars™ Project All Nippon Airways freight Dreamliner 789-7R2 - D2 Takes to the Skies with Freight and Passengers Aboard
May the Fourth Be With You

04 May 2015
JAPAN – WORLDWIDE – A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY – Looks like R2-D2 got a huge new upgrade ahead of the new series of movies, after All Nippon Airways (ANA) announced last month (which as you can see from the headline we think was the wrong date) it is introducing Star Wars livery, with the iconic little droid on its newest aircraft 787-9 Dreamliner to mark the beginning of a five-year ANA Star Wars™ Project and agreement with The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd. This marks the first time a Star Wars character will appear on the exterior of a passenger or freight commercial airliner.
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image: Norbert Dentressangle freight forwarding logistics US France US Outfit Buys Norbert Dentressangle in Deal Which Changes Freight Forwarding and Logistics Identity
New Rebrand Seen as a Mistake by Many in Europe

04 May 2015
US – FRANCE – Freight brokerage firm XPO Logistics, is set to acquire a majority stake in French headquartered road haulage, forwarding and logistics group Norbert Dentressangle, in a deal worth approximately €3.24 billion ($3.53 billion), subject to clearances from the US and European antitrust regulators. Expected to close in the second quarter of 2015, XPO intends to use the acquired transport and logistics operations as a platform to grow its business in Europe, in an attempt to become a top ten worldwide logistics company and leading European outsourced e-fulfilment provider. Many in Europe will see a forthcoming change to the company’s iconic name as a mistake however.
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image: France Eurotunnel freight train truck shuttle Q1Eurotunnel Sees Increased Freight Revenues from Road and Rail Freight in Q1
Group Records Growth Across the Board but RoRo Ferry Traffic Will End Shortly

01 May 2015
FRANCE – UK – Overall the consolidated revenues for the Eurotunnel Group for both passenger and freight related traffic grew for the first quarter of 2015 and reached €304.9 million, an increase of 10% compared to 2014 (€276.9 million restated at the exchange rate for the first quarter of 2015). Revenues from the core activity, transporting trucks and passenger vehicles on board shuttles, grew by 10% to €124.6 million due, not only to a growth in volumes, but also to an increase in yield.
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image: Panama Canal container freight tankers TEU box ships bulk Final Gate for Panama Canal but Largest Container, Tankers and Bulk Freight Vessels Still Too Big
Video Gives an Idea of the Immense Project as Last Pacific Gate Goes In

01 May 2015
PANAMA – The Panama Canal Expansion project has literally reached a huge, key milestone in its aim to meet the expected demand in traffic growth and keep up with the requirements of the international freight and shipping community, with the installation of the sixteenth and final gate for the new locks on the Pacific side of the Canal. Weighing in at 4,232 tonnes and measuring a truly outstanding 33 metres high, 57.6 metres long and 10 metres wide, this final gate is one of the heaviest.
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image: Gothenburg Sweden oil spill boom port SP marineAutomatic Boom Deploys to Contain Oil Spills at Energy Port
New Technology Cuts Response time in Case of Accidents

30 April 2015
SWEDEN – An autonomous vessel tasked with solely with the purpose of deploying containment booms in the event of an oil spill has been introduced at the Port of Gothenburg. In order to ensure a more rapid and safer response to oil spill clearance at the largest energy port in the Nordic region, the Port of Gothenburg has invested SEK 3.5 million in the GPS-controlled temporary floating barrier, which has been developed by disaster management and environmental protection firm SP Marine.
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image: US air freight antitrust cartel scandal carriers EVA airways 06-MD-1775 (JG) (VVP) cargoUS Air Freight Cartel Scandal Continues Ever Onward with 99 Million Dollar Payout
Another Antitrust Settlement in a Case Seemingly Without End

30 April 2015
US – WORLDWIDE – Eva Airways Corporation (EVA) has entered in to a settlement agreement in the multidistrict class actions (Air Cargo Shipping Services Antitrust Litigation, 06-MD-1775 (JG) VVP) against air cargo carriers currently underway in New York. Subject to court approval, Eva Airways will pay $99 million to settle allegations that it colluded with several competitors to fix inflated surcharges on air freight shipping services to and from the US, effectively acting as a cartel.
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image: UK Ireland road haulage high cube trailer multimodal logistics network palletRoad Haulage Groups Join to Form High Cube Trailer Logistics Network
Software System Designed to Optimise Loads

30 April 2015
UK – IRELAND – Timed to coincide with this week’s Multimodal exhibition, eight prominent road haulage companies, together responsible for operating over 1,000 trailers out of 25 depots across Britain and the Republic of Ireland, have launched a new logistics company dedicated to supplying high cube equipment to shippers. Six member companies are high cube specialists, meaning they operate longer, taller trailers, including some with 30 pallet capacity, which reduce the cost of distributing high-volume, low-weight goods such as cereals, paper tissue or plastic containers.
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image: UK intermodal multimodal supply chain road haulage freight rail carriage green Multimodal Hosts Intermodal Seminar on Switching from Road Haulage to Rail Carriage
A Greener Supply Chain Requires More Effort and Investment

30 April 2015
UK – This week saw the start of another successful Multimodal exhibition at Birmingham’s NEC and one of the hot topics was, as ever, the slow transition of freight, currently borne by road haulage vehicles, onto the railway tracks. A seminar conducted at the 2015 event heard that freight trains are now carrying more intermodal traffic, mainly fast-moving consumer goods (FMGCs), around the UK than coal. However more work is needed if rail operators are to wean more customers off road transport and ‘green up’ the supply chain.
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