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image: Microsoft Hong Kong container shipping line AI freight network OOCL COSCO OOIL AI Boffins Liaise with Container Shipping Line to Improve Freight Network Operations
Box Carrier and Microsoft Collaborate

25 April 2018
HONG KONG – Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA), Microsoft's research arm, and Orient Overseas Container Line Limited (OOCL) are collaborating in an attempt to improve freight network operations and achieve efficiencies within the shipping industry with the help of Artificial Intelligence (AI). OOCL of course are about to merge with COSCO, owned by Orient Overseas (International) Limited (OOIL) the Chinese box carrying giant, assuming US regulators allow the deal, something increasingly uncertain in the current protectionist climate. Cally Chan, General Manager of Microsoft Hong Kong, commented:
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image: UK English ports freight infrastructure post Brexit transport sanctions BPA UKMPG government studyEnglish Ports Need Better Connections to Boost Post Brexit Freight Trade
Government Connectivity Study Welcomed by Industry Lobbyists

25 April 2018
UK – Following a plea from US port operators earlier this week for a light government touch on sanctions to ensure a better transport infrastructure for freight in the future, now a study, released by the UK Government showing that better connections to English ports could help businesses thrive and boost the nation's economy has been welcomed by both the British Ports Association (BPA) and the UK Major Ports Group (UKMPG), with the UKMPG saying that delivering on the recommendations of the Study and building from it will be crucial to boost post-Brexit trade, growth and jobs.
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image: UK freight transport road haulage firms data DVSA Earned Recognition schemeFreight Transport Association Launches Service to Support Road Haulage Firms in DVSA Scheme
Earned Recognition Data to be Collected by FTA Hub but Not for Commercial Gain

25 April 2018
UK – The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is launching a pioneering new service aimed at supporting operators who want to join the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency's (DVSA) voluntary Earned Recognition Scheme, a new way for organisations with lorries, buses, and coaches to prove they meet driver and vehicle standards. Those that have opted into the scheme will regularly share performance information with the DVSA and in return will see their vehicles less likely to be stopped for roadside inspections.
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image: Australia accident quayside ITF Hutchison ports ICTSI autonomous container shuttle carrier Transport Unions Criticise Port Operator After Another Quayside Accident
Meanwhile Peace Breaks Out Further North

25 April 2018
AUSTRALIA – HONG KONG – PAPUA NEW GUINEA – PHILIPPINES – Good and bad news from the maritime union sector this week with the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) severely criticising one international port operator over safety concerns after one of its workers was critically injured, whilst applauding what appears to be an amicable pay settlement with another.
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image: UK supply chain British ports delay Brexit infrastructure digital border British Ports Look to Government for Money and Assurance on Post Brexit Infrastructure
Supply Chain Industry Concerned That Facilities May Not be Prepared

24 April 2018
UK – EUROPE – The British Ports Association (BPA) has written to the Prime Minister calling for funding guarantees for any new border facilities and digital infrastructure, which may be needed after the UK leaves the European Union. There are concerns from the industry that those ports with EU traffic will need to provide new facilities and digital infrastructure for government officials to carry out customs and other border checks. In the letter, Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive of the British Ports Association said:
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image: UK France Ro-Pax ferry Dover Calais Dunkerque freight passenger DFDS bareboat charter Stena RoRoLargest New Vessel for Freight and Passenger Channel Crossing as Ro-Pax Ferry Ordered
As One Route Closes So Another Sees Increased Capacity from 2021

24 April 2018
UK – FRANCE – In the week which DFDS abandoned its Rosyth to Zeebrugge route, the European freight and passenger ferry operator has entered into a 10-year bareboat charter agreement with Stena RoRo for a new building Ro-Pax ferry, for delivery in early 2021. The Channel is a key market for DFDS, with five million passengers, one million cars, and 1.2 million trucks travelling every year between Dover - Calais and Dover - Dunkerque on DFDS' vessels. To meet customers' demands, DFDS said that it decided to deploy a new ship specially designed for the service. Peder Gellert, EVP of the Shipping Division at DFDS, said:
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image: Switzerland K+N Kuehne Nagel freight forwarding logistics sea financials TEUFreight Forwarding and Logistics Group Announces Strong Start to 2018
Percentage Growth for Leading Global Industry Player

24 April 2018
SWITZERLAND – WORLDWIDE – The Kuehne + Nagel Group reports it recorded a successful start into 2018 with considerable increases in EBIT and earnings for the period, something the company says continues the growth momentum of the last two quarters 2017. Comparisons between the first quarter of 2018 and that of the previous year show net turnover up 13.1% to 4,862 million CHF, gross profit increase by 11.8% to 1,843 million CHF and EBIT up 12.5% to 236 million CHF.
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image: US seaports infrastructure trade war imports exports sanctionsUS Seaports Point Out Value of Import and Export Trade as Government Sanctions Loom
Billions in Infrastructure Investment Under Threat from Government Policy

24 April 2018
US – As fears of a full blown trade war looms between China and the US so the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has written to the United States Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, pointing out the pitfalls of taking out sanctions against trading partners. The carefully worded letter has a distinctly admonishing tone amongst all the plaudits for President Trump's 'America First' policy.
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image: UK BIFA freight forwarding logistics apprenticeship Kuehne + Nagel, Davies Turner, DHL, Metro Shipping, Hellmann, Neon Freight, OIA Global, DSV Air & Sea, Dachser, DB Schenker, Panalpina Maltacourt YusenUK Freight Forwarding Finally Gets Apprenticeship Scheme for a Career in Logistics
Official Approval for Qualification After Much Work from Industry Stakeholders

24 April 2018
UK – At long last Britain has its own the International Freight Forwarding Specialist apprenticeship following recognition from the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) after a lot of work from shipping and logistics industry stakeholders to produce a recognisable qualification. Set at Level 3 (A Level) with a minimum duration of 18 months, the new apprenticeship will provide students with core knowledge and skills including; industry awareness, customs procedures and commercial skills.
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image: Germany Europe rail freight intermodal tunnel collapse Rastatt cargo transport system Rastatt Rail Tunnel Report Highlights Intermodal Freight Losses and Calls for Change
Damage to Trade from Tunnel Collapse Estimated at Two Billion Euros

23 April 2018
GERMANY – EUROPE – The damage to a mere 150 metres of rail track in the Rastatt Tunnel last August led to unprecedented delays and confusion for freight transport spanning several countries and revealing the weaknesses of a track borne cargo transport system in which railway companies working in a supposedly unified market, were actually operating in different languages precluding the use of drivers internationally, with no suitable diversionary routes and lacking any sort of acceptable crisis management system. Changes were immediately called for.
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