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image: European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) road haulage freight drunk driver alcohol locks truckNew European Safety Report Insists Alcohol Locks Must be Fitted to All Road Haulage Freight Trucks
How Long Will Brussels Wait to Ensure HGV Drivers Comply?

20 February 2018
EUROPE – For almost a decade we have been writing about the possibility of ensuring road haulage operators prevent their truck drivers from taking to the road whilst under the influence of alcohol. Despite a plethora of devices available to prevent a vehicle from starting the engine until the person in charge has performed a breath test enabling the ignition system to operate, very few freight companies have taken up the option without mandatory enforcement.
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image: UK DHL KFC chicken logistics freight contract Logistics Group DHL Left with Egg on Face After Chicken Distribution Contract Called Bird Brained
Hundreds of KFC Restaurants Close as Supplies Fly the Coop

19 February 2018
UK – When logistics outfit DHL took over the contract to distribute supplies of chicken to the hundreds of restaurants run by Kentucky Fried Chicken from former transport supplier Bidvest, it can hardly have imagined the wrath it would engender when it managed to separate the parents and children of the nation from one of their favourite fast foods. The freight group assumed responsibility for KFC distribution last week and now the Colonel has had to set up a Facebook page so buyers can find the nearest of his outlet's still serving.
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image: Norway multimodal logistics terminal UK Port of Fredrikstad baled refuse derived fuel (RDF) Geminor DFDS export commodityNew Multimodal Logistics Terminal to Aid UK Recycling Concerns
Waste to be Exported as Fuel

19 February 2018
UK – NORWAY – With the headlines in the UK full of stories regarding China's refusal to accept any more of the UK's recycled rubbish, the search is on for a new way to dispose of something which, in recent years, has been the country's biggest export commodity by volume. Now comes news of a new multimodal logistics terminal at the Port of Fredrikstad which may go some way to alleviate the problem.
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image: UK 2018 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards freight supply chain nominationsOne Week to Find the Women in Freight and Logistics Who Are Making a Difference
Nominate Your Choice for the FTA everywoman Transport and Logistics Awards

19 February 2018
UK – You have only a week left to vote for your chosen heroine as nominations for this year's 2018 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards close on Monday 26 February. In fact there is space in this year's race to honour the deserving links in the supply chain whatever their gender as the Industry Champion of the Year, can be awarded to either a man or woman who has furthered the cause of women in the industry, whilst the Male Agent of Change Award will go to a man who has made a tangible difference to the status of the opposite sex within the transport sector.
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image: Philippines pirate mv Kudos 1 middle age siege boiling oil water cargo ship vessel Abu SayyafCargo Vessel Fights Off Pirates in a Scene Reminiscent of Middle Age Siege Situation
Boiling Water and Oil Still Effective Tactics Against Would Be Hijackers

19 February 2018
PHILIPPINES – In a scene reminiscent of the siege of a castle from the Middle Ages crewmen of the cargo vessel MV Kudos 1 repelled boarders when attacked by pirates off the island of Basilan on Saturday 17 February. The crew, finding themselves facing three small craft crewed by attackers armed with grappling irons and ropes, poured a mixture of boiling water and oil down upon their assailants. This provoked the pirates into strafing the unarmed merchantman with automatic fire resulting in some minor injuries to one or two crewmen.
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image: UK AdBlue road haulage operator scams disqualified mirror regulations freight tachograph cheats Road Haulage Freight Operators Face Licence Revocation - or Even Prison, for Transgression
Two Tales of Woe on Mirrors and AdBlue Are a Salutary Lesson for All HGV Drivers

19 February 2018
UK – It is an unfortunate reality that the world of road haulage abounds with stories of neglect and deception. Companies fail, yet spring up again immediately, leaving subcontractors and the taxman unpaid, drivers cheat on tachograph records until they are caught, and this despite the vast majority of road freight these days being carried by reputable companies which stick to the letter of the, ever more stringent, laws.
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image: US air freight logistics shipping IATA world cargo Snippets of The Week's Logistics News Starts with Major Air Freight Event
Some Smaller Items You May Have Missed

16 February 2018
US – WORLDWIDE – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is to hold its 12th World Cargo Symposium between 13 – 15 March 2018 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. A host of air freight professionals are expected and there will be a preliminary set of sessions on Monday 12 March, with subjects throughout the event ranging from the shipping of perishables to security in the supply chain.
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image: UK freight shipping container jobs appointments logistics Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)Freight and Logistics Appointments Starts with Container Shipping Line Giant
Who Is Moving Jobs Throughout the Profession

16 February 2018
SWITZERLAND – We begin the week's round-up of appointments in the freight and logistics sector with news that container giant Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has appointed Ammar Kanaan as Chief Executive Officer of its cargo container terminals arm, Terminal Investment Limited (TiL), effective April 9. Kanaan replaces Vikram Sharma, who will retire from his position from March 30.
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image: Netherlands port progression innovate PortXL Potential for Innovation in the Port Sector Recognised and Encouraged
Programme Identifies Young Companies Ripe for Progression

16 February 2018
NETHERLANDS – PortXL, a mentorship-driven open-innovation programme focusing on port related industries with the aim of helping the businesses to grow, has completed its yearly scouting phase from which it has identified fourteen companies from around the world that showed the most potential to innovate in the port sector.
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image: Control Risks piracy maritime kidnap cargo vessels Report States Global Piracy Against Cargo and Other Vessels Decreased Last Year
Risks Remain However - Sometimes in Unexpected Regions

16 February 2018
WORLDWIDE – Control Risks, has recorded a 5% decrease in global maritime security incidents in 2017, compared to results from 2016, according to data logged in the risk consultancy's specialist online maritime platform. This was driven by significant declines in maritime piracy against cargo and other vessels in both the Gulf of Guinea and South-East Asia. While the Gulf of Guinea experienced a 9% decrease in incidents compared with 2016, the region still saw higher levels of piracy than seven of the previous 10 years. South-East Asia saw a similar decline, partly due to the successful efforts of the Philippine military against the militant Abu Sayyaf Group on land, which have reduced their capabilities to kidnap victims at sea.
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