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image: UK motorway killer sleep apnoea road haulage freight truck drivers transportMotorway Killer Still Stalks Road Haulage Drivers as Freight Association Joins Fight
Ignorance and Denial Continues to Contribute to Pointless Slaughter

28 November 2014
UK – WORLDWIDE – As many regular readers know there is a silent killer which stalks the road haulage driving community, not a hitchhiker with a hidden blade but something much closer to home and a subject we have written numerous articles on over the past few years, having had an unpleasantly close relationship with the matter in hand. Now the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has put its not inconsiderable weight behind trying to eliminate this problem.
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image: Tilbury Grangemouth freight shipments UK Forth ports container cargo hardwood West AfricaUK Freight Hubs Have Good News for Christmas with Record Container Shipments and New Investment
Forth Ports English and Scottish Facilities Both Happy for Different Reasons

28 November 2014
UK – Goods news from two of Britain’s ports this week with a sizeable investment in one and a record throughput of freight in another. Firstly the Port of Tilbury has announced a new agreement with L&G Forest Products to create a 70,000 square foot timber handling hub at the port serving the Grafton Group and others throughout England. Tilbury has a long history of timber handling going back to the first pre container days of the port with facilities such as the old West Africa Terminal handling many thousands of tonnes of hardwoods in the 1950’s and 60’s.
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image: UK Allseas logistics freight forwarding break bulk cargo TEU FCL container shipping India corporation SCIUK Freight and Logistics Group Reveals Details of Container Shipping and Break Bulk Cargo Agency
Partnership with Antwerp Forwarding Group Secures Indian Government Line Agreement

28 November 2014
UK – INDIA – As revealed here last month Allseas Global Logistics has taken over the UK agency for the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) in partnership with Belgian agency De Keyser Thornton in Antwerp. An Indian Government enterprise, SCI specialises in FCL and break bulk freight across the Indian sub-continent. In doing so, it handles both government and commercial cargoes, through co-loading and chartered tonnage. Allseas are well placed as agents for SCI having several UK offices including Felixstowe and Tilbury.
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image: Europe merchant shipping migrant deaths Mediterranean North African Titanic BarisMerchant Shipping Threatened With Prosecution as Governments Bail Out
Death Toll Could Rise by Tens of Thousands as Authorities Water Down Their Legal Responsibilities to Migrants

28 November 2014
EUROPE – It seems in the purview of many governments these days to make statements about changes in policy to save costs with little thought given to the legal ramifications of what they are decreeing. Such is the horrific case of migrants travelling into Europe across the Mediterranean Straits and running into trouble. In October the UK government stated it would no longer assist with the rescue of refugees fleeing from the North African coast, often in small or unseaworthy boats totally unsuited to the task.
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image: Schenker RZD Russian railways logistics rail freight multimodal containerRussian Rail Logistics Group Signs Multimodal Agreement with China
Zhengzhou Based Company Extends its European Links

27 November 2014
RUSSIA – CHINA – JSC Russian Railways Logistics has joined forces with the Zhengzhou International Land Port Development and Construction Co. in a strategic cooperation agreement on the establishment of a new China to Europe multimodal container train service. The intention is to develop routes both ways between Zhengzhou – Moscow and Zhengzhou – Europe using existing freight hubs but the possibility of developing a new logistics terminal in Moscow is also under discussion.
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image: US Mexico air freight agreementUS and Mexico Partner Up to Improve Air Freight Cooperation
New Agreement Will Come into Force in January 2016

27 November 2014
US – MEXICO – A new, modernised air service agreement has been reached between the US and Mexico that will provide greater air network opportunities for both passenger and cargo airlines and strengthen the economic ties between the two countries. Air freight carriers, for the first time, will have expanded opportunities to provide service to new destinations that were not available under the current agreement, and to offer services from the United States to Mexico and beyond into Latin America.
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image: EU sulphur CO2 emissions carbon dioxide shipping Now Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Shipping Comes Under the Eye of the EU
Discharges to be Monitored, Reported and Verified in the Future by Vessel Operators

27 November 2014
EUROPE – Having stepped up pressure on vessel operators of late with the introduction of Emission Control Areas to control sulphur discharges and with the international maritime shipping sector currently the only means of transportation not included in the EU's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, an agreement has now been reached by European Co-legislators, to take the first step in reducing the emissions from the industry with new EU-wide rules for the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of CO2 emissions from ships.
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image: John Good UK maritime freight service road haulage driver CPC BIFA RHAAn Established Maritime Freight Voice Joins Debate on Road Haulage Driver Shortage
John Good Boss Asks Why Haven't the Government Acted As Yet?

27 November 2014
UK – A recurring theme of late has been the concern over a shortage of drivers for the UK’s delivery sector. Whilst van drivers are relatively easy to employ, since September any goods vehicle of 7.5 tonne gross or above requires driver holding a Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) together with the correct licence. In recent articles we have pointed out how organisations such as the British International Freight Association (BIFA) are concerned about the lack of youngsters entering the profession, and now other voices are joining the debate.
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image: CMA CGM OPDR container shipping line box carrier TEUContainer Shipping Line Bought Out By Third Biggest Box Carrier
Fears That Trade Route Overlaps Will Cost Jobs

26 November 2014
FRANCE – GERMANY – EUROPE – In a move which had been predicted by some, Oldenburg-Portugiesische Dampfschiffs-Rhederei GmbH (OPDR) the short sea specialist group from Germany has a new owner. During a visit to Hamburg CMA CGM boss Jacques Saadé announced the world’s third largest container shipping line had acquired the company from his old colleague Bernhard Schulte but there is some concern that the purchase will affect routes which the French giant currently operates.
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image: UK France RoRo Freight and Passenger Cross Channel Ferry Service Eurotunnel MyFeryLink SeaFranceRoRo Freight and Passenger Cross Channel Ferry Service Awaits Competition Appeal Verdict
End for Long Running Saga May be in Sight at Last

25 November 2014
UK – FRANCE – The long running saga which commenced when the French RoRo freight and passenger ferry service, SeaFrance, went into receivership in 2010 and bankruptcy a year later, looks set to take another twist as the appeal by Eurotunnel to save its own cross channel sea borne service, MyFerryLink, has closed whilst a decision is reached.
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