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image: Seccadi Tahsin Reggae freighter merchant vessels ITF crew wages drinking seawater modern day slaveryHorrors of Crewing a Flag of Convenience Merchant Vessel Revealed in UK Port Seizures
Crew Reported as Drinking Seawater with Stale Food in Modern Day Slavery Scenario

22 July 2017
UK – TURKEY – Following our recent piece on the M/V Seccadi, a freighter registered under a flag of convenience and held by the British authorities after non-payment of crew wages and the discovery of disgusting conditions on board, comes more information regarding this and two other ships similarly flagged as Panamanian and also crewed by personnel abandoned by the vessels owners and operators. In each case the crews have been supported by the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) which equates the cases to a culture close to modern day slavery.
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image: Poole Harbour Boat Show Sunseeker Royal Navy vessel countermeasures tall ship Julia’s House children’s charityPoole Boat Show Has Hidden Benefits as Royal Navy Mixes with Yacht Buyers
Trade Show and Festival Prompts the Most Worthy of Charity Donations

22 July 2017
UK – Trade shows are one thing whilst public festivals quite another yet the Poole Boat Show manages each year to combine the two, with serious buyers looking for a deal on that luxury yacht or sailing dinghy whilst locals and travellers share a day or more celebrating the sunshine (hopefully) and this year viewing the four tall ships moored in the harbour alongside a vast array of smaller vessels, plus a Royal Navy presence including HMS Hurworth, a mine countermeasures vessel which opened to visitors for two days of the three day event.
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image: UK Robert Kukla freight forwarding multimodal logistics beverage sector Munich Brentwood subsidiarySpecialist Freight Forwarding and Logistics Operation to Concentrate on Beverage Sector
Experienced Team Open New German Backed Project in the UK

22 July 2017
UK – There is to be a new entrant in the British logistics industry with the news that leading European freight forwarding outfit Robert Kukla GmbH has launched a UKsubsidiary targeted at the beverage sector. The Munich based group specialises in multimodal shipping and also heads up tank, truck and warehouse operations which span both Eastern and Western Europe. This latest venture opened its first office in Brentwood, Essex in April and has taken over the German parent company's existing transport business in the UK.
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image: freight transport The Friday Freight and Logistic Roundup
All the Pieces that Did Not Make the Headlines

21 July 2017
UK – County Antrim-based Woodside Motorfreight, part of the Woodside Group, has taken delivery of a new Mercedes-Benz Actros 1836. Supplied by Northern Ireland Dealer MBNI Truck & Van, the 18-tonne Actros is the latest addition to the motor vehicles moving specialists fleet. Managing Director Tim Woodside, said:
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image: freightSharks and Whales Could Help Save Freight Industry Millions by Combating Hull Fouling
Research into Organic Cleaning Methods Could be Revolutionary

21 July 2017
WORLDWIDE – Whales, sharks, butterflies and lotus leaves are some of the creatures that might hold the secret to saving the shipping industry millions of dollars and help protect the planet, according to a marine biologist at the University of Portsmouth. Environmental microbiologist Dr Maria Salta is examining how animal's ability to self-clean might give scientists solutions which could provide the next generation of anti-fouling technology.
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image: freight jobs employmentThis Weeks Appointments in the International Freight and Logistics Industry
A Summary of Who Has Moved Where

21 July 2017
UK – Mark Bromley has taken up his new role as the National Chairman of the British International Freight Association (BIFA), for a two year period, succeeding Fred Osborn, who becomes Immediate Vice-Chairman, also for a two year term. John Stubbings, Group Director and Company Secretary of the Woodland Group, has been elected Vice-Chairman to work alongside Osborn. Sir Peter Bottomley, MP, remains as BIFA President.
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image: freight ferry logistics trade europeFerry Company to Deploy Bigger Ships to Cater to Increased Freight Demand
Stena Line to Boost UK – Netherlands Service

21 July 2017
UK – NETHERLANDS – In response to demand on their route from Rotterdam (Europoort) to Harwich, Stena Line is to increase capacity by changing to larger ships. The current RoRo ships, the Capucine and Severine, which currently operate twice daily from Europoort in the Netherlands and Harwich in the UK, will be replaced by larger vessels, the RoRo ships MV Misada and MV Misana, when their present charter contracts expire in January 2018. The overall freight capacity of the route will be increased by some 20% with the change.
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image: freight logistics wales Bristol England trade UK Government to Scrap Toll Charges for Severn Bridge Crossing
Move Welcomed by Freight and Road Haulage Reps

21 July 2017
UK – The British Government today announced that they would be scrapping tolls on the Severn River Crossing, which is the primary road link between England and Wales, from next year. The decision was announced by Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns, who said:
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image: Indian export GST shipping economy tax VATIndian Export Interests Complain New Tax Regime is Detrimental to Shipping Economy
Latest Range of GST Charges Rationalise Contributions but has detractors

20 July 2017
INDIA – As Europe puzzles over how segregation from Britain will work after Brexit, particularly the question of border controls in a divided Ireland, it seems somewhat curious that any sovereign country would introduce legislation destined to cause queuing at points between individual internal states. This however is India, a country in which the government made 86% of India's banknotes void overnight, plunging the economy into a downward spiral which is still having repercussions, and now shipping interests say a new range of taxes will also directly affect exports.
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image: freight logisticsShipping Advised to Avoid Sulu-Celebes Sea Due to Piracy and Militant Fears
Murder of Vietnamese Crewmen Sparks Concerns and Warning

20 July 2017
ASIA – The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC) has reported a total of 36 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships for the first six months of 2017 in Asia, down 22% compared to the same period in 2016, due to the decrease in incidents at ports and anchorages in India, Indonesia, and Vietnam. However, ReCAAP is advising that all ships use extreme caution on routes through Sulu-Celebes Sea and waters off Eastern Sabah, calling on ships to re-route, over concerns of incidents involving the abduction of crew from ships while underway in the region and the recent executions of Vietnamese sailors at the hands of extremist groups.
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