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image: Turkey PKK Sirnak freight rail train Kurdish rebelsFreight Train Derailed in Turkey by Rebel Bomb
Security Forces Accuse PKK of Attack

27 February 2017
TURKEY - A freight train has been derailed in the south eastern province of Diyarbakir by what Turkish security forces say was a bomb planted by Kurdish rebels of the PKK group. There were no casualties. The attack is the latest in what appears to be part of a strategy to disrupt Turkey's passenger and freight rail infrastructure as several bombs were used last year to derail trains in the country.
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image: appRoad Haulage Body’s App Aims to Keep Freight Drivers Legal
Technology Complements Tachograph Software

27 February 2017
UK - THE Road Haulage Association (RHA), which represents the interests of the British road freight drayage industry, has launched a new app for truck drivers to help them complete vehicle safety checks before setting off for the day. The RHAs new Daily Defect App is the digital answer to essential, mandatory daily walk-around checks and includes basic vehicle roadworthiness checks such as brakes, tyres, lights and indicators, load and coupling security. Any issues that are picked up can be sent directly to the traffic office, minimising downtime and enabling quicker vehicle repairs, thus meaning that vehicles can get back on the road without delay.
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image: US Green Sky chemical tanker flag of convenience magic pipe oily bilge waste pollutionTwo More Convictions for Flag of Convenience Merchant Ship Officers on Pollution Charges
Oily Waste Water Pipes are Magic of the Literally Black Variety

24 February 2017
US – A federal jury in Charleston, South Carolina, convicted two chief engineers of the chemical tanker, Green Sky, sailing under a flag of convenience, of falsifying documents in order to conceal illegal discharges of oily bilge waste, so called 'magic pipe incidents', and obstruction charges. Herbert Julian, who served as Chief Engineer between August 3 and September 4, 2015, was convicted of two felony counts under the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) and for obstruction of justice. Panagiotis Koutoukakis, Chief Engineer from February 1 to August 3, 2015, was convicted of two felony counts, one for APPS and another for falsifying records.
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image: Australia freight truck driver logistics shipping Nibulon tugsFree Gift for Freight Drivers Starts Smaller Snippets of Shipping and Logistics Industry News
Round Up of Smaller Items in the Sectors

24 February 2017
AUSTRALIA - Authorities in New South Wales are launching an app which they hope will encourage freight truck drivers to take a break. The 'Free Cuppa for the Driver' scheme encourages drivers to stop and take a break at participating businesses while travelling in Western and South Western NSW. Local participating businesses in the scheme donate a free tea or coffee to a driver that has driven 100 kilometres from their home postcode as indicated on their current driver's licence.
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image: US appointments rail, container shipping, intermodal, trucking and contract logistics servicesAppointments News Starts with Road and Rail Intermodal Freight Giant Staff Moves
Who Goes Where in the Logistics Sector This Week

24 February 2017
US - CSX, the corporation which includes rail, container shipping, intermodal, trucking and contract logistics services within its operations, has announced the retirements of Michael Ward from his role as Chairman and CEO, and Clarence Gooden from his position as President, effective May 31. Frederik Eliasson, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer and a 22-year veteran of the company, has been named President, effective since February 15, replacing Gooden, who will assume the role of Vice Chairman until his retirement. Eliasson will also maintain his current responsibilities in his new position.
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image: China Airlines WFS cargo handler freight services Taipei ChicagoAirline Extends Air Cargo Contract with Freight Handler
WFS to Manage China Airlines Chicago to Taipei Services

24 February 2017
US - China Airlines has extended its 19-year working relationship with Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) in North America with a new cargo handling contract at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. The new contract takes to five the number of locations in the US where WFS provides services for the airline. WFS won its first contract with China Airlines in North America in 1998 at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, where it continues to handle some 47 thousand tonnes of cargo a year for the airline. In addition to providing further freight handling services in Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston, WFS also manages passenger and ramp operations for China Airlines in Honolulu.
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image: UK London freight transport emission zone LEZ TfL diesel petrol Cars and Vans to be Hit by Extra Emission Charges in London from October
Freight Transport Group Supports Move to Spread the Load

24 February 2017
UK – This month London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced the intention of expanding the emissions charges, currently only levied on larger commercial vehicles, to cars and vans. The new toxicity charge, known as T-charge, is to be introduced from 23 October 2017 and will apply to diesel and petrol-powered vehicles that do not meet the Euro 4 standard on emissions introduced 11 years ago. This means vehicles manufactured before January 2005 will generally be subject to a further £10 levy on top of the £11.50 congestion charge already in force.
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image: UK India Malaviya Twenty offshore supply ship crew Great Yarmouth Aberdeen flagged vesselHappy Ending for Crew of Indian Offshore Supply Vessel Stranded in UK
Indian Sailors Homeward Bound

24 February 2017
UK - INDIA - We are informed by the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) that justice has finally been served in the case of the Malaviya Twenty, one of the two Indian owned and flagged offshore supply vessels that were effectively abandoned by their owners after they were detained in Aberdeen and Great Yarmouth, and which we touched upon in our story of November 2016. It was ITF inspections which led to the discovery that there were serious problems with the ships and the fact that the crews had not been paid.
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image: crime death sentenceMore Death Sentences for Embezzling Freight Shipping Bosses in Vietnam
Ultimate Punishments Handed Out by Hanoi Court

23 February 2017
VIETNAM - The Hanoi People Court has, once again, sentenced two former senior official from the bankrupt state-owned shipping line, Vinashin Ocean Shipping (Vinalines), to death after they were found guilty of embezzlement, with a third sentenced to life in prison and another given 12 years in prison for money laundering. After a four-day trail, the executives were found to have taken part in the huge corruption scandal with several senior staff from Vinalines, along with other interested parties from Vietnam's maritime industry, to the detriment of the state which estimated its losses at around VND910.2billion (around $40 million).
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image: trade wto exports importsWTO Trade Deal Greeted Enthusiastically by Freight Trade Bodies
Predictions of Great Boosts to Economy Once Implemented

23 February 2017
WORLDWIDE – The ratification by 110 member states of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO TFA) has been met with praise by trade bodies representing the international freight and logistics industry. The TFA is designed to facilitate trade globally by implementing measures such as simplifying paperwork, modernising procedures and harmonising customs requirements and is expected to substantially slash the costs and time needed to export and import goods.
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