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image: Luxembourg UK Cargolux emissions waste freight airfreight cargo Air Freight Industry Making Moves to Cut Waste and Emissions with Innovative Ideas
New Technologies Continue to Assist in Cleaning Up Industry

24 March 2017
LUXEMBOURG – UK – A couple of new developments in the airfreight and passenger industry are demonstrating the innovative ways that new ideas are helping to reduce the environmental impact of air transportation. Firstly, Luxembourg based freight only carrier Cargolux Airlines has signed an agreement with German company Trinkaus-Solutions for the use of its squAIR-timber product. Cargolux is the first airline worldwide to introduce the lightweight material in its cargo operations and currently uses it on all pharma shipments out of Luxembourg.
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image: UK Singapore freight logistics news AgilityFriday Logistics News Round Up from Around the Globe
Some of the Industry Titbits This Week in One Easy Read

24 March 2017
SINGAPORE – Freight services group Agility has acquired a two story warehouse close to Changi International Airport, giving it more than 600,000 square feet of warehouse space in total in Singapore. The newly acquired 177,000-square-foot warehouse is located in an area with access to an array of logistics services and two major expressways.
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image: US UK Somalia piracy the Freight and Logistics Sector staff changesVarious Staff Changes Affecting the Freight and Logistics Sector Start with a Piracy Sacking
Who is Heading Where in the Transport Industry This Week

24 March 2017
SOMALIA – This week we start the round-up of freight and logistics related appointments with a tale from the much troubled East coast of Africa as, just a week after the pirates hijacked an oil tanker off the coast of Somalia, Head of the Anti-Piracy Operations in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, Abdirizak Mohamed Dirir 'Duaysane', has been fired apparently over comments he made in regards to illegal fishing. Duaysane was a major player in prosecuting and extraditing pirates and inferred that allowing illegal fishing by outsiders would lead to native fisherman turning back to piracy.
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image: oilDHT Expands Tanker Fleet with Acquisition
BW Group Become Major Shareholder

23 March 2017
BERMUDA – Crude oil tanker company DHT Holdings, has entered into an agreement to purchase global maritime firm BW Group fleet of eleven very large crude carriers (VLCCs) and two new buildings due for delivery in 2018, in a deal worth $538 million. DHT expects the VLCCs to be delivered during the second quarter of 2017 and as a result of the acquisition, will have a fleet with an average age of 6.9 years, consisting of 30 VLCCs, including four new builds for delivery in 2018, and two Aframaxes.
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image: gasLobby Body Argues Strongly that LNG Fuels for Ocean Freight Shipping Should be Mandatory
New Report by IGU Released Highlights Possible Benefits to Air Quality

23 March 2017
WORLDWIDE – A new report by the International Gas Union (IGU) is calling on more shipping lines and governments to push for the introduction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a primary fuel source for ocean freight vessels, which could play a major role in cleaning up marine transport and greatly benefitting health in a number of coastal regions.
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image: US container shipping lines box club antitrust freight cartel Maersk OOCL Evergreen Hapag-LloydBig Container Shipping Lines Questioned by Antitrust Investigators Over Yet Another Freight Cartel
FBI Raid Meeting of the Box Club

23 March 2017
US – WORLDWIDE – According to reports, investigators from the Antitrust Division of the US Justice Department have subpoenaed several top executives from some of the world's container shipping lines in relation to a price–fixing probe, in violation of antitrust regulations, not exactly a new accusation for some of companies involved. The FBI raided a meeting of the International Council of Containership Operators, also known as the Box Club, in San Francisco, California, on March 15. Reportedly, Maersk Line, OOCL, Evergreen, and Hapag–Lloyd have confirmed that representatives from their companies received orders to testify.
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image: freight shipsUS Shipping Line Boosts Puerto Rico Freight Services with new Green Vessels and Investments
First of New Class for Crowley Launched

22 March 2017
US – PUERTO RICO – Crowley Maritime has announced several developments that strengthens its services to Puerto Rico. Working with VT Halter Marine the company has just launched the first of two new Commitment Class ship, El CoquÍ, one of the worlds first combination container/Roll on-Roll off (ConRo) ships powered by liquefied natural gas. The ship will be able to transport up to 2,400 twenty-foot-equivalent container units (TEUs) and a mix of nearly 400 cars and larger vehicles in the enclosed, ventilated and weather-tight Ro/Ro decks. Tom Crowley, company Chairman and CEO said:
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image: UK freight logistics cartel antitrust prosecution whistleblower CMA Competition and Markets Authority collusion transportAntitrust and Cartel Activity Targeted by Authorities - and Not Just in Freight and Logistics
We Have Seen Huge Fines in Recent Years - Now Whistleblowers Offered Incentives

22 March 2017
UK – WORLDWIDE – With shipping, logistics and associated transport sectors recent record as regards corruption as viewed by the global authorities costing companies right across the industry literally billions, it seems those groups which have escaped prosecution in the past, despite their involvement, by turning 'states evidence' may now actually be able to make a profit from their just discovered honesty. The freight sector has been cursed with the stigma of antitrust and cartel activity and now it seems anyone, in any almost industry, might profit by turning whistleblower.
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image: Expanded Panama Canal MSC container ship TEU NeopanamaxExpanded Panama Canal Sees One Thousandth Transit with Passage of Container Ship
9,000 TEU Neopanamax MSC Vessel Marks Milestone in Under 9 Months

22 March 2017
PANAMA – Less than nine months after the historic inauguration of the Expanded Canal, the Panama Canal has welcomed its 1,000th Neopanamax vessel through the waterway. On March 19, a containership from the world's second largest box freight line, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) made the historic 1,000th transit through the Expanded Canal, heading northbound from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.
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image: Gatemore investment DX Nightfreight parcel carrier Royal Mail Tuffnells Investment Firm Wants Changes at Parcel Carrying Specialist After Stock Collapse
Call for EGM and New Directors to be put in Place

21 March 2017
UK – After profit warnings were issued in November 2015 and in February 2017 the value of the DX Group, the parcel delivery service which is responsible amongst other things for the distribution of US passports and many legal documents throughout the UK, plummeted 90% according to its main stockholders. The company was formed in 1975 to bypass Royal Mail services during that group's strikes in the 1970's and now the principal shareholders, Gatemore Capital Management LLP, have called for an Extraordinary General Meeting to have the Chairman, Bob Holt, and Non-Executive Director, Paul Murray replaced.
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