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image: freight logisticsSouth Africa Rejects ONE Shipping Merger
Prior Offences Return to Haunt Asian Freight Carriers

22 June 2017
SOUTH AFRICA – JAPAN – The South African Competition Commission has rejected the proposed intermediate merger of Japans three biggest container shipping lines Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line). The ONE, as the shippers have decided to name the merged entity, aimed to address the industry-wide problem of overcapacity currently plaguing the ocean freight market, which has seen several shippers enter collaboration agreements in order to survive, else face the same fate as Hanjin Shipping or Rickmers.
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image: UK Politics Brexit BIFA freight association road haulage Sadiq Khan Mayor London road haulage Queen’s speech Black RodUK Politics and Brexit Continues to Dominate the Concerns of Freight and Road Haulage Experts
Queen's Speech Met With Disappointment, but Proposed London Road Charges Prompt Cautious Optimism

22 June 2017
UK – With the continued uncertainty following the election it is hardly a surprise that politics, particularly the shadow of Brexit, continues to dominate the attention of the bodies responsible for representing the British freight, logistics and road haulage sectors. The Queen's speech on Wednesday, when the Government set out its future plans, has caused more than a little concern. British International Freight Association (BIFA) director general, Robert Keen said:
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image: freight logisticsSwedish Port Completes Renovation and New Construction
Future Proofing for a Hundred Years

22 June 2017
SWEDEN – The Port of Kapellskär, located 90 kilometres (60 miles) north of Stockholm, has just completed a major three year refurbishment. One of Swedens most important freight ports and crucial for trade with Finland, Åland and the Baltic States, the port now boasts a new pier, larger logistics area and modernised port facilities. Stefan Hansson, Chair of the Board at Port of Stockholm, said:
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image: UK FTA everywoman Transport and Logistics Awards freightTransport and Logistics Awards Celebrate Freight and Passenger Heroines
FTA everywoman Festivities Crown Those Who Lead Gender Equality

21 June 2017
UK – Today saw the presentation of the FTA everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards at the Marriot Hotel in London's Grosvenor Square. The rise of everywoman has been phenomenal after it's foundation by Maxine Benson and Karen Gill fifteen years ago to promote the role of women in British companies, a career move which resulted in MBE's for the popular pair. Five years later the logistics sector came under their gaze seeing the inception of the first awards for the industry, making this a tenth anniversary event.
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image: logistics freightDP World Receives Recognition for Sustainability and Education Programs
Recipients of CSR Excellence Award

21 June 2017
UK – Global port and freight facility operator DP World's commitment to sustainability and endeavouring to explain the importance of logistics to the next generation was recognised at the International CSR Excellence Awards in London recently, with the company winning Gold for Employee Engagement in recognition of its Global Education initiative and also named Sustainability Champion for its 'Our World, Our Future' global sustainability programme. The International CSR Excellence awards were presented in the Houses of Parliament in London on 9 June.
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image: freightETC and Thome Fined for Dumping Oil Bilge and Garbage in US Waters
Also Issued Four Year Probation

21 June 2017
US – Two international shipping companies have pleaded guilty in federal court in Beaumont, Texas, to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) and obstruction of justice for covering up the illegal dumping of oil-contaminated bilge water and garbage, yet another so called magic pipe incident. In accordance with the terms of the plea agreement, the two defendants the Egyptian Tanker Company (ETC) and the Singapore based Thome Ship Management, have been ordered to pay a fine totalling $1.9 million and will be required to undertake marine and coastal restoration efforts at three National Wildlife Refuges located on the Gulf of Mexico in East Texas, where the offending vessel transited and made port stops.
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image: freightDHL to Manage Etihad Aircraft Parts Logistics
New Deal Between Biggest Mid East MRO and Freight Giant

21 June 2017
GERMANY – UAE – Etihad Airways Engineering, the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) division of Abu Dhabi airline, has signed a Letter of Intent with DHL Supply Chain to outsource its entire internal logistics functions. Under the contract DHL will manage stores, local transport movements and associated supply chain planning at the Etihad Airways Engineering hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport. David Christmas, CEO DHL Supply Chain Middle East, Russia & Turkey, said:
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image: logisticsUK Government Warns Foreign Freight Trucks to Check Their Road Levy is Up to Date
On the Spot Fines and Towing for Those Who Owe

21 June 2017
UK – With the summer well and truly here, the UK's Department for Transport (DfT) has issued a reminder to foreign registered heavy good vehicle (HGV) drivers that they need to get their UK HGV Road User Levy before they enter the UK, including Northern Ireland. Vehicles are now registered via automatic recognition cameras all over the country and on the spot fines of £300 will be issued to drivers who have not paid the levy. Failure to pay the fine will lead to the vehicle being towed away.
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image: France US airship freight trucks handy shipping guide aerospace freighters Lockheed Martin hybridLockheed Martin Signs Deal for Freight Airship with French Operator
Balloon Refuses to Burst

20 June 2017
FRANCE – US – The Handy Shipping Guide has covered many times in the past the development of air ships designed to carry and deliver heavy loads to remote places, and quite often some of the unfortunate issues that lighter-than-air delivery systems have experienced. Now a real aerospace giant is looking like well and truly entering the arena.
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image: Rolls-Royce Svitzer Denmark Tug autonomous commercial vessel harbour dockFirst Autonomous Commercial Vessel Performs Well in Initial Tests
Copenhagen Harbour Sees Tug Successfully Manoeuvre and Dock Itself

20 June 2017
DENMARK – Rolls-Royce has been making some serious waves in the world of autonomous shipping having recently collaborated with global towage operator Svitzer, to successfully demonstrate the world's first remotely operated commercial vessel, in Copenhagen harbour, Denmark. Earlier this year, one of Svitzer's tugs, the 28 metre long Svitzer Hermod, safely conducted a number of remotely controlled manoeuvres. From the quay side in Copenhagen harbour the vessel's captain, stationed at the vessel's remote base at Svitzer headquarters, berthed the vessel alongside the quay, undocked, turned 360°, and piloted it to the Svitzer HQ, before docking again.
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