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image: Russia Norway class society vessel classification LNG cargo ship DNV maritime registerPolar Code Cargo Vessels and Gas Powered Ships on Dual Classification Agenda
Two Class Registers Cooperate

05 February 2016
RUSSIA – NORWAY – Polar Code class cargo vessels and ships utilising LNG or other gas powered fuel systems were on the agenda when DNV GL’s Maritime CEO Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen recently met with Konstantin Palnikov, Director General of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS), to sign a bilateral framework agreement for a cooperation between both class societies, which sets out the general procedure for delegating authority when dual classifying ships.
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image: Israel US supply chain logistics container shipping road transport staff appointments departuresKey Staff Moves in Container Shipping, Road Transport and the Rest of the Logistics Sector
This Week Sees Departures and Arrivals Throughout the Supply Chain

05 February 2016
ISRAEL – Changes of staff in the world of logistics start this week with the news that ocean container group Zim integrated Shipping Services has made several changes to its organisational structure to strengthen three major business units. Effective March 1, Nissim Yochai, currently Managing Global Sales, is appointed Vice President of the Pacific Unit; Danny Hoffman, now Managing Asia-Pacific Area, is appointed Vice President of the Intra-Asia Unit; and Rani Ben-Yehuda, now managing Israel and the Near East Area, is appointed Vice President of the Cross Suez-Atlantic Unit. They will all report directly to Zim’s President and CEO, Rafi Danieli, who recently announced his resignation.
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image: Hong Kong Pearl River Delta logistics freight forwarding agencies cargo handling airlines Hactl shipping ChinaCargo Handler and Freight and Logistics Group Join Forces with Memorandum of Understanding
Working Party to Explore Opportunities in Hong Kong and Pearl River Delta

04 February 2016
HONG KONG – CHINA – Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (HACTL) the largest air freight handling group in the territory, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) via its business development arm, HACTL Development Holdings Ltd (HDHL), with another locally registered group, Chu Kong Shipping Enterprises (CKS), with a view to explore the joint development of logistics links and infrastructure in and around Hong Kong International Airport and the Pearl River Delta (PRD) in support of the air cargo sector. CKS and Hactl, via logistics subsidiary, Hacis, have a long history of cooperation as former partners in Hong Kong’s Marine Cargo Terminal.
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image: Brazil FedEx TNT express freight parcel carrierExpress Freight and Parcel Carrier Acquisition Gets a Nod from South America
Brazilian Authorities Give Services Merger the Go Ahead

04 February 2016
BRAZIL – EUROPE – Brazilian anti-competition authority Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Econômica (CADE) has given an unconditional approval for the proposed €4.4 billion acquisition of the Dutch parcel carrier TNT Express by express freight group and US rival, FedEx Corporation. David Bronczek, President and CEO, FedEx Express, said:
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image: UK Forth Road haulage freight transport repairs HGVs Transport ScotlandOngoing Delays to Forth Road Bridge Repairs Stir Up Freight and Road Haulage Stakeholders
Revised Opening Schedule Causes Call for Compensation and Further Revision of HGV Drivers Hours

04 February 2016
UK – Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) will be given limited access to the Forth Road Bridge starting the night of February 4. Currently, the crossing has been off limits for lorries whilst repairs are underway following the discovery of a fault in December within the truss structure. Traffic Scotland believes that relaxing the HGV restrictions during the night, when traffic volumes are lighter should help to mitigate the impact of this recent closure, without causing over-stressing of the structure. Freight transport and road haulage representatives opinions differ somewhat.
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image: Finland US Canada Mexico Spain container freight cranes Konecranes rubber tyred gantry ship to shore materials handling TerexMultiple Container Crane Orders Close Out Year for Freight and Materials Handling Supplier
Gantry and Ship to Shore Units Booked by Diverse Operators

03 February 2016
FINLAND – US – CANADA – MEXICO – SPAIN – Now the dust has settled, a flurry of orders from freight operations received throughout December have meant a profitable finish to the old year for the Hyvinkää headquartered crane maker Konecranes, which last year agreed to merge with US based materials handling group Terex. Four substantial orders from ports and container terminals for both rubber tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) and Ship to Shore (STS) units have all been confirmed.
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image: France Calais migrant incident report line violence truck attacks mosque church road haulage Road Haulage Group Encourages Tougher Line on Calais Migrant Violence as Truck Attacks Continue
Church and Mosque Destroyed Whilst Incident Report Line Goes Multilingual

03 February 2016
FRANCE – UK – With moves by the French police to create a ‘neutral zone’ between the Jungle migrant camp at Calais and the motorway in a bid to hamper the continuing attacks on freight trucks, this week saw the authorities demolish at least one church and a mosque, both constructed to serve the residents. Our photo, courtesy of the Road Haulage Association (RHA), one of whose members took the shot, shows the conditions facing freight truck drivers approaching the port, with smoke from the fires blocking out visibility dependent on the wind direction.
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image: FTA everywoman transport logistics awards supply chain freight lorry driver warehouse managerLast Chance for Women in Supply Chain to be Recognised by Their Peers in Logistics
FTA everywoman Awards Nominations Close Soon

02 February 2016
UK – The chance for those of the fairer sex to grab one of this year’s FTA everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards is still on the cards but nominations have to be in by the extended deadline – Monday 8 February. Applications from women in every link of the supply chain are invited to put themselves forward for a chance to gain the approbation of their peers in the freight industry. This is the ninth year of this prestigious programme, which celebrates the women who really stand out, whether they are warehouse managers, train or lorry drivers, senior directors, or school-leavers just setting out on their path to career success.
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image: France Spain Modern Express cargo vessel ship car carrier timberCargo Ship Finally Under Tow After a Week Adrift
Listing Vessel Headed for Port

02 February 2016
FRANCE – A stricken cargo ship that has for the past week been slowly drifting towards the French coast, is now successfully under tow, following previous failed attempts. The 10,000 tonne Modern Express was on her way from Gabon to Le Havre, France when she lost her engines in a heavy storm early last week, off the northern Spanish coast and 200 miles off the French south-western coast in the Bay of Biscay. Her crew of 22 were safely evacuated on January 26th as she began listing at 40 degrees after her cargo of timber and machinery shifted in heavy seas.
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image: UK London electric HGV road haulage freight infrastructure larger windows cargocycleLondon Opts for Radical Road Haulage Changes as Freight Vehicles Go Electric
Drive to Electrify the City's Cargo Infrastructure and Increase Safety for Cyclists

02 February 2016
UK – Transport for London has launched a new industry-led initiative to reduce the emissions from freight and fleet operators’ vehicles in and around London. Dubbed LoCITY, the five-year programme is set to work across the road haulage industry to increase the availability and uptake of low emission vans and lorries, and will also attempt to demonstrate, through research and real world trials, that using the cleaner vehicles will not negatively impact operations.
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