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image: Japan UK container shipping line freight feeder customs clearance Brazil supply chain Brazil Germany forwarderThe Weekly Round Up of Some Smaller Freight and Logistics Stories
A Smorgasbord of Global Events in the Past Seven Days

19 January 2018
JAPAN – The three container shipping lines merger to form new joint venture company, Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd., (the ONE network) which we covered in July last year, has received official sanction after Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) announced that with this week's South African agreement, they have now received all necessary merger approvals from local competition authorities in all regions and countries where such approvals are required.
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image: UK shipping logistics appointments departures freight Current Appointments (and Departures) in Shipping, freight and Logistics at a Glance
Who is Heading Where This Week and Beyond

19 January 2018
UK – Maritime UK has established a Taskforce to address fairness, equality, and inclusion within the maritime sector. The Taskforce will make a series of recommendations and utilise best practice from other sectors that have taken similar action. Sue Terpilowski, Managing Director of Image Line Communications and President of Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA UK) has been named to Chair the Taskforce.
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image: UK freight logistics road haulage driver shortage Paragon surveySurvey Confirms the UK Freight and Logistics Sector Biggest Worry is Road Haulage Driver Shortage
Annual Review Sees Some Radical Changes in Results

19 January 2018
UK – In the opinion of the majority of road haulage and British freight executives, the ongoing driver shortage is by far the most significant challenge facing the road transport sector in 2018, and is highlighted as a growing cause for concern amongst logistics operations according to the findings of Paragon Software Systems' annual UK customer survey. Almost half of all respondents (46.4%) stated that the lack of drivers and other skilled workers across the industry was the biggest barrier to success, up by over a third (36.8%) when compared to the previous year's results.
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image: US ArtLift Actuall National Fleet Products cargo lifting freight tail lift box truck vanVan and Box Truck Lift System Ideal Solution for a Variety of Freight Now Available in US
Minimal Inside Body Storage Prevents Problems Associated with Tail Lifts

19 January 2018
US – The ArtLift (Art of Lifting) system produced by Actuall in the Netherlands is now available in the US via National Fleet Products which markets cargo lifting equipment, loading ramps and other aftermarket accessories for commercial vehicles. Compared to hydraulic or pneumatic systems, the ArtLift is extremely lightweight, but it boasts a 440-pound lifting capacity that accommodates more than 98% of common freight. A powerful 12-volt electric motor provides the needed torque to smoothly rotate a worm gear that effortlessly lifts appliances, furniture, industrial equipment, and a variety of other conventional and unconventional cargo items to a height of up to 3.28 feet.
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image: UK British International Freight Association awards logistics forwarding Levi Roots Reggae Reggae sauceBritish Freight Awards Are a Hit Yet Again with the Forwarding and Logistics Community
Another Memorable Event at the BIFA Celebrations in London

18 January 2018
UK – This week saw the much anticipated event which lies at the very heart of the UK freight forwarding and logistics community, the British International Freight Association awards, once again held at The Brewery, in the commercial heart of the capital, and, as so often in previous year's, the event proved one which will live long in the memory of all those fortunate enough to attend, and for a variety of reasons.
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image: UK minimum wage seafarers’ RMT Union ITF Nautilus ports offshore energy installationsUK Government Support for Minimum Wage for Seafarers Disparaged by Some
Union Expresses Displeasure Despite Guarantees of Enforcement

18 January 2018
UK – The UK government has warned employers that all seafarers working in UK waters must be paid at least UK minimum wage rates. Amid rising concern of unfair competition, following reports that some ships registered abroad were underpaying their workers in UK waters thereby undercutting UK crews, employers failing to pay at least National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage will face fines of up to 200% of the underpayment, public naming and, for the worst offences, criminal prosecution. Business Minister Andrew Griffiths said:
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image: freight France ferry Dunkirk port Calais trafficPort Conference Details General Cargo and Container Traffic
Dunkirk Movers Freight - from Fruit to Energy

18 January 2018
FRANCE – This week saw the country's third largest port hold its annual conference to review performance in 2017 and look forward to the future developments in Dunkirk. The Calais – Dunkirk hub is best known for its RoRo passenger and freight ferry services, but there is so much more to the north eastern neighbour as is evidenced by the type and amount of freight moving through what is the leading French port for commodities from containerised fruit and vegetable to ore and coal imports, with the country's largest LNG terminal and leading rail facility.
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image: US Japan cargo vessel tanker 17 dead naval accidentsUpdate on US Naval Accidents with Cargo Vessel and Tanker Which Left 17 Dead
Commanding Officers to Face Criminal Charges

17 January 2018
US – JAPAN – The US Navy has announced that the former Commanding officers of the two US warships involved in the fatal collisions in Asian waters last year, the USS Fitzgerald and the USS John S McCain, will face criminal charges, under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), including dereliction of duty, hazarding a vessel, and negligent homicide.
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image: US air freight cargo Transpacific Economy Table Hainan Airlines All Nippon Airways ANAfuel efficiency report Sino and Japanese East Asia OceaniaWell Managed Freight Operations Contribute to Fuel Economy for Air Cargo and Passenger Carriers
Sino and Japanese Airlines Top Transpacific Thrift Table

17 January 2018
US – WORLDWIDE – According to a report by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), Hainan Airlines and All Nippon Airways (ANA) ranked first in overall fuel efficiency among transpacific carriers. The study analysed 20 airlines operating nonstop flights between the mainland United States and East Asia and Oceania. The difference in efficiency performance between two co-leaders and the least fuel-efficient carrier, Qantas Airways, was 64%, the widest gap identified in ICCT studies to date.
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image: UK Transaid freight transport Logistics charity cycle challenge Land’s End John O’GroatsAnother Cycle Event for the Freight Transport and Logistics Industry's Favourite Charity
(and This Time You Don't Have to Fly to Africa - So No Excuses Please)

17 January 2018
UK – As some of us abandon our New Year's resolutions, international development charity Transaid has the solution to keep those with lofty fitness goals motivated, with the launch of its biggest ever cycle challenge. Inviting riders from across the industry to saddle up and take on an epic 972-mile journey from Land's End to John O'Groats in 2019, Transaid is throwing down the gauntlet to mark its 20th anniversary, with celebrations set to begin in September 2018 and continue into 2019.
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