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image: Panama Nicaragua canal freight shipping lock gate Another Milestone as Freight Community Awaits Opening of Canal to Larger Shipping
(But Could Panama's Aspirations be Diluted by the Plans of Others?)

24 July 2014
PANAMA – The ongoing Panama Canal Expansion project has reached another important 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, by transferring the first of the huge lock gates to the new complex on the Atlantic side of the project. The latest achievement comes nearly five years after work started on an expansion fraught with problems from labour disputes and cost overruns which has led the Panama Canal Authority to push back its provisional completion date from October of this year to Late 2015/early 2016.
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image: UK road haulage operator freight speed limits accidents DfT transport departmentRoad Haulage Operators Welcome Change in Speed Limits to Assist Freight Interests
Faster Lorries Mean Less Frustration Hopefully Leading to Fewer Accidents

24 July 2014
UK – Players in the UK’s road haulage industry are celebrating this week as the Department for Transport has announced that the HGV national speed limit on single carriageway roads will increase from 40mph to 50mph, a decision greatly welcomed by all in the road freight industry and predicted by some to reduce accidents. According to DfT findings, hauliers across England and Wales could see more than an £11 million a year boost as the government also launches a 6 week consultation on plans to increase the speed limits for HGVs on dual carriageways from 50 mph to 60 mph.
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image: UK freight staff logistics shipping Port of TyneStaff Changes in the Freight and Logistics Sector Begin on a Sombre Note
Personnel News Worldwide This Week

24 July 2014
UK – We begin this week’s staff changes in the world of freight, shipping, and logistics on a more sombre note with the death of the Port of Tyne’s Chairman, Sir Les Elton, following a recent illness. Sir Les joined the Board of the Port of Tyne in 2004, the same year in which he was knighted for services to Local Government, before taking over as Chairman two years ago. No successor has yet been named.
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image: UK fork lift truck Toyota Jungheinrich freight logistics forklift tonnes palletTruck Popular with Freight and Logistics Outfits Wins Another Award
Fork Lift Manufacturer Celebrates Success

24 July 2014
EUROPE – UK – For the second year in succession a model from the Jungheinrich range has picked up the prestigious International Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY) Award with the battery powered EFG S40s counterbalanced truck collecting the honour as Best Truck from 3.5 tonnes, a category which is a favourite of freight and logistics customers. The IFOY Awards are open to all manufacturers of materials handling equipment who supply products or services to the European market and identify and recognise outstanding achievements in the materials handling sector. Crown, Still and Toyota Material Handling Europe were the other companies picking up awards on the night with another electric truck, Toyota’s Traigo 80 getting the award for trucks below 3.5 tonnes.
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image: UK training logistics supply chain unemployed benefits skills job seekers Training for a Logistics Career Available for Unemployed Benefit Claimants
Supply Chain Skills to be Gained for those 18+ Job Seekers

22 July 2014
UK – Skills for Logistics (SfL), the government licensed Council for the industry, has developed a Pre-Employment Training (PET) programme in collaboration with unnamed employers operating in the supply chain. The objective is to support unemployed adults and deliver the skills, training and opportunities they need to find real jobs in the logistics sector. PET provides a structured, two-week training programme focusing on the knowledge, motivation, skills and confidence to get people, ‘work ready’ and into employment. It aims to help them realise their ambitions and to succeed in their career goals.
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image: Australia ocean shipping cartel anti-trust container line freight Shipping Cartels and Ocean Container Line Freight Agreements Get More Confusing Every Year
With Alliances Forged and Foundered Australia Reviews Anti-Trust Regulation

21 July 2014
AUSTRALIA – UK – WORLDWIDE – The London based International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has submitted comments on behalf of the global shipping industry to a comprehensive competition policy review being conducted at the request of the Australian Government, which is looking at ways to ‘reinvigorate Australia’s competition culture’. In its submission, the ICS makes a firm point to support the maintenance of what it calls ‘important’ antitrust exemptions that currently apply to international maritime transport, particularly the container shipping sector, exemptions which it argues support the ocean freight industry in a myriad of ways, and the Chamber also draws attention to the practices and recent rulings of other countries that Australia has trade ties with.
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image: TfL Transaid London bus Routemaster HGV training bicycle ambulances freightUnique London Sculptures Decorated by Artists Will Benefit HGV Training Transport Charity
Transaid Benefits from TfL Celebration of Iconic Designs

21 July 2014

UK – Not strictly freight or shipping related, but international transport charity Transaid which trains professional HGV drivers in Africa and supplies bicycle ambulances and the like, has been chosen as a beneficiary for Transport for London’s ‘Year of the Bus 2014 sculpture trail project’. TfL has commissioned 60 sculptures of New Routemaster buses to be painted by established and up and coming artists in fun and fantastic ways, as demonstrated in our picture, and displayed across London. The buses will be auctioned off at the end of the year with all proceeds being split between Transaid, Kids Company and the London Transport Museum.

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image: Canada UK BC ferries LNG container shipping TEU freight bulk Liquefied Natural GasFrom Container Ships to Ferries LNG Is Growing as Power for Freight and Passenger Vessels
Lloyd's Register Called Upon to Classify All Manner of Shipping Using New Greener Fuel

21 July 2014
UK – CANADA – WORLDWIDE – Lloyd’s Register (LR) might be the oldest known operation of its type but one doesn’t continue to be successful in any field for as long as Lloyd’s, which can trace it’s history back over 250 years, unless one is prepared to move with the times and evolve as the face of business changes. Lately many ship builders are switching to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) for propulsion and power, usually in a dual fuel configuration as merchant vessels, from container ships to bulk freight carriers dip their toes in the waters of the new and cleaner technology.
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image: UK Ships Clocks Stars quest for Longitude Exhibition 1914 Great WarWhat is the Most Important Anniversary This Year? Some Might Say Not 1914 After All
Ships, Clocks and Stars - The Quest for Longitude Exhibition is for All Maritime Interests

17 July 2014
UK – To most people this year’s big anniversary is, quite rightly, the centenary of the commencement of hostilities in the Great War. To maritime historians however there is a clear rival with the tercentenary of the Longitude Act 1714, a chapter in history that arguably produced a result even more influential in historical terms than the horrific slaughter which began two hundred years later. Now one of the most exciting collections of clocks ever amassed is going on show at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London to celebrate the event.
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image: Philippines K Line bulk freight vessel merchant shipping Typhoon GlendaBulk Freight Carriers Again Come to the Aid of Vessel Crews as Typhoon Glenda and Accidents Strike
Maritime Rescues are a Regular Feature of Merchant Shipping Life

17 July 2014
PHILIPPINES – INDIAN OCEAN – A regular feature of freight and logistics news, and one that all too often gets bypassed as a result, is the contribution made, often on a daily basis, which merchant shipping makes to the safe passage of others, usually suffering as a result of accident or illness. This week it is the terrible devastation caused by Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun) and she rages on toward mainland China after leaving dozens dead and half a million displaced in the Philippine archipelago which has caused problems for seafarers.
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