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image: Japanese Taiwan container shipping line box carrier ocean freight Evergreen Shoei vessels shipsContainer Shipping Line Signs Up for Eleven 18,000 TEU Freighters
New Generation Giant Box Vessels Continue to Proliferate

28 January 2015
TAIWAN – The Evergreen Group, owners of Evergreen Line which currently lies in fifth position* as the world’s largest container shipping group in terms of TEU space, has announced the signing of time charter agreements for five more 18,000 TEU vessels to add to the six similar ships signed up by Evergreen Marine Corp. (EMC) and its subsidiary last December. The deal is with Japanese group Shoei Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (Shoei) and the craft are planned for delivery from 2018 through 2019.
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image: RMT UK freight passenger RoRo ferries Maritime Futures report Cardiff University minimum wageUnion Launches Scathing Attack on Manning of RoRo Freight and Passenger Ferries
RMT Presents Case to Parliament Showing Scandalous Underpayment to Seafarers

28 January 2015
UK – A new report, commissioned by the specialist transport trade union RMT from maritime specialists at Cardiff University has found serious loopholes in the country’s legislation regarding the minimum wage paid to seafarers. A shocking table of shame indicates that on some UK RoRo freight and passenger ferries crews are being paid at the rate of just £2.25 per hour as opposed to the current rate of £6.50 for workers over 21, and a minimum even for first year apprentices of £2.73.
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image: CakeBoxx freight container shipping Global Tracker Pentalver Innovative Freight Container Group Partners with Asset Trackers to Increase Security
Now Technology Enhances What is Already a Securer, Door Less, Box Concept

27 January 2015
US – DENMARK – WORLDWIDE – The door less CakeBoxx container shipping concept, which we described in full when UK group Pentalver started offering the uniquely designed boxes to the European market last September, is to receive a new layer of protection to what is already promoted as a more secure method of transporting freight overseas. The US company, headquartered in Florida, has worked with the Virginia based office of Danish asset tracking group Globe Tracker International towards a strategic partnership.
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image: UK freight logistics transport awards everywoman FTALast Chance for the Freight Community to Select Logistics Women of the Year
FTA everywoman Award Nominations Close Shortly

27 January 2015
UK – For those who know an exceptional woman in the freight industry, and let’s face it there are so many, you have a few days to nominate your choice for this year’s FTA everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards. The categories are as varied as ever and include everything from HGV and train drivers to site and warehouse managers and operatives, directors to youngsters making their way up the corporate ladder.
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image: US port of Oakland container freight Los Angeles lorries trucks Long Beach pollution Newer Truck Fleets Clean Up Container Port Activities
Report Shows Dramatic Reductions in Pollution Can Be Achieved

27 January 2015
US – Way back in 2009 we wrote how the Californian ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles had achieved a reduction in pollution from trucks dropping and collecting freight containers of 80% and 70% respectively with their programme of banning older lorries, a tactic not without contention and indeed Court activity. Now their northerly neighbour, the Port of Oakland, has released a video demonstrating its own success in the same area.
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image: US GPS lawsuit low bridge accident TomTom GarminGPS Provider Sued in Landmark Case
Accident Cause to be Determined by Court

27 January 2015
US – The latest story emerging from America will only reinforce the impression which many outsiders have that this is the land of the lawsuit. Our picture shows Philadelphia firemen atop a bus involved in an accident on 2 February 2013. The bus ploughed into a bridge which was too low for the vehicle resulting in injuries to eleven people who are now suing all and sundry, including the manufacturers of the GPS systems utilised by the driver.
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image: Unipart logistics supply chain UK freight forwarding Kubota warehousingSupply Chain and Forwarding Outfit Secure Major Five Year Logistics Contract
Agricultural and Industrial Group Outsource Warehousing and Parts Distribution

27 January 2015
UK – Unipart Logistics, the supply chain and freight forwarding division of the Unipart group, has secured an initial five year contract with Kubota UK to manage its national parts distribution and logistics functions. Unipart Logistics will provide distribution from its National Distribution Centre in Cowley, Oxford with the 24/7 operation running both warehousing and distribution, including the provision of mission critical components, to support Kubota’s extensive customer base both in the UK, Ireland and the Nordic Countries. Unipart will also supply components straight to Kubota’s assembly line in Thame.
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image: Manchester truck drivers traffic signs New Traffic Management Information Available for UK City Truck Drivers
State of the Art Signage Has the Ability to Show Live Stream Footage

27 January 2015
UK – Truck drivers and other motorists will welcome the new system of state of the art road signs being installed in Greater Manchester, the first eight of which are now operational. The variable messaging signs (VMS) are now fully operational on roads across the region, displaying live journey time estimates and details of road traffic incidents and disruption. A further 19 signs are expected to be operational by the end of March 2015.
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image: Fujitsu Japan road haulage freight truck drivers FEELythm Passenger carrying safer drivingNew System to Promote Safer Driving Will Interest Road Haulage Freight Truck Fleet Managers
Japanese Product May be Destined to Become Popular Overseas When Available

27 January 2015
JAPAN – WORLDWIDE – From next month drivers in Japan will be able to purchase a new device from Fujitsu designed to promote safer driving. According to the Japanese National Police Agency's ‘Occurrence of Traffic Accidents in 2013’, almost 70% of serious accidents are caused by driver error, even after factors such as skill and driving violations are removed from the equation. The new system, named FEELythm, may well have special significance for road haulage freight and passenger carrying operators.
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image: UK Netherlands daily trailer groupage service Raben Davies Turner freight forwarding roadFreight Forwarding Groups Collaborate on New Time Sensitive Daily Trailer Groupage Service
Gateway from UK to Netherlands Opens Up Markets in the Hinterland

26 January 2015
UK – NETHERLANDS – One of the UK’s leading independent freight forwarding groups is extending its road trailer services into Europe with the inception of daily groupage movements to and from the Netherlands. Trucks will depart Davies Turner's Dartford depot at 14:00 hours each weekday enabling British exporters to anticipate next day deliveries on the Continent.
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