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image: Korea Germany container shipping line reefer freight Hamburg Süd fleet TEUNew Container Vessel Will Extend Shipping Line's Reefer Freight Offering
Second Ship in Class Named This Week

31 August 2014
KOREA – GERMANY – This week saw the latest vessel in the Hamburg Süd container fleet christened with a ceremony at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea. The 9,034 TEU ship is the second newbuild in the series of three new ‘San’ class ships and, in keeping with the German shipping line's tradition of carrying temperature controlled freight, each vessel includes 1,370 reefer slots.
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image: Stena freight bulk RoRo ferry Angola centre of excellence public sector Sonangol training cadetFreight and RoRo Ferry Group Launch Maritime Centre of Excellence
Established African Links with Partners Leads to Training Cooperation

30 August 2014
ANGOLA – SWEDEN – Swedish maritime group Stena has reinforced ties with the Southern African Republic with the official launch on August 27 by the freight and RoRo ferry company, together with Angolan public sector energy company Sonangol, of the Centro De Formação Maritima De Angola (CFMA) a world class maritime training facility, the first of its kind in Angola and believed to be the most modern maritime campus in Africa.
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image: Denmark Italy air freight handling European airportsAir Freight Handling Shuffle for Specialist Provider
Two Significant Changes at Major Western European Airports

30 August 2014
DENMARK – ITALY – It has been a busy week for air freight handling specialist group Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), with the company signing an agreement to acquire competitors Swissport’s, cargo business at Copenhagen Airport, as well as winning the handling concession for a new 5,000m2 cargo terminal at Milan Malpensa Airport.
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image: Norbert Dentressangle 3PL freight logistics US acquisition US Logistics Acquisition for French Road Haulage and Freight Group
Dentressangle Picks Up 3PL Provider to Boost Earnings from America to 14% of Group Revenue

30 August 2014
FRANCE – US – Road haulage and logistics group, Norbert Dentressangle has completed the acquisition of all the shares of privately held US third party logistics (3PL) provider, Jacobson Companies from Oak Hill Capital Partners, having received all the necessary regulatory approvals. The transaction was valued at $750 million (€560 million) in cash on a debt-free and cash-free basis, plus a capped earn-out relating to future performance. The acquisition is financed through a combination of Norbert Dentressangle reserves and available credit lines.
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image: Burma Myanmar freight forwarding logistics infrastructure finance Problems and Promises in Burma Go Far Beyond Freight and Logistics Interests
New South East Asian Market Comes with Both History and Contemporary Difficulties - the Role of Geopolitics in Transport and Infrastructure Development

30 August 2014
BURMA – MYANMAR – Much is made currently about how Burma, otherwise known as Myanmar, is 'the last great investment frontier'. Emerging after decades of brutal military rule (though the situation is far from stable according to local NGO's) Burma is experiencing a flood in foreign finance as companies rush to get a piece of the pie and be in at the start of what is expected to be a highly profitable boom in a blossoming economy, and freight forwarding and other logistics related groups have been amongst the first to join the rush. However as investors fight for position in the new market more powerful forces are shifting behind the scenes to attempt to make Burma fit into their own power plays and counter one another's influence.
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image:  Mexico Libya project freight forwarding RoRo machinery tonnes consignment Another Scalp for Project Freight Forwarding Group
Specific Design Required RoRo Transport

30 August 2014
MEXICO – LIBYA – Despite all the woes of late in the North African country life, and business, goes on as a recent consignment shipped by project freight forwarding specialists Tuscor Lloyds demonstrates. The shipment comprised 80 tonnes of asphalt plant and scalping screen from a Mexican supplier which needed particular attention as regards lifting and therefore had to be shipped as a RoRo movement.
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image: UK road haulage freight trailer longer axle weights lorries Still Time for Road Haulage Outfits to Join Longer Freight Trailer Trial
New Tranche of Applications Available for One Month

28 August 2014
UK – More road haulage operators will be given the chance to join a trial to allow the use of longer trailers to transport goods on UK roads, in an attempt to see if it would reduce road miles significantly and potentially boost trade and industry. The government’s 10-year longer semi-trailer trial was launched in 2012 and enabled freight operators to bid for a share of 1,800 vehicle allocations, but not all of the slots were filled with only 750 allotted at the commencement of the trial.
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image: Carntyne transport square feet whisky storage cargo logistics warehouseLogistics Group Expands Warehouse Facilities for a Very Precious Cargo
Demand for Scotland's Whisky Results in Further Storage Requirements

28 August 2014
UK – Aside from the plastic strapping our photograph could represent a scene dating back literally hundreds of years and showing something inextricably linked with Scotland – a whisky storage facility holding the barrels in which the spirit ages over time. Now Carntyne Transport, a specialist handler of bulk liquids and one of the largest logistics providers to the Scottish whisky industry has expanded its storage for the precious cargo by over 100,000 square feet.
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image: Lloyd’s Register ethane gas carrier merchant cargo vessel Cargo of the Future can Power the Ships that Transport It
Lloyd's Register Studies the Possibilities for an Under Used Gas

28 August 2014
UK – US – WORLDWIDE – Of late Lloyd’s Register (LR) has been devoting more resources to the carriage and use of liquefied gas with regard to equipping and classifying ships of various types. The organisation’s latest report studies the commercial landscape, regulatory issues and technical realities of a new trade in ethane emerging as a result of increased US gas production, including the technology required for future very large ethane carriers (VLECs) merchant vessels potentially powered by the very cargo they carry.
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image: AYS UK logistics freight forwarding international courierDomestic Freight Operator Moves into Forwarding and International Logistics
Expansion of Services Down to Customer Demands

28 August 2014
UK – WORLDWIDE – A sign of rising confidence can always be detected in the logistics sector before signs tend to be noticed in industry as a whole, and one Midlands based group has recently expanded from a domestic British courier, delivery and warehouse service supplier into a international freight forwarding player.
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