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image: freightNew Severn Tolls Announced for 2018
Reduced Amount to Cover Government Costs before Abolition in 2019

19 September 2017
UK – Following the return of the Severn Crossings to public ownership from January 8, next year, the UK government has announced its decision to reduce the bridge tolls for the first time since its introduction in 1966, in line with the commitment made by the UK Government in Budget 2015. Additionally, the normal annual inflation increase, due at the start of 2018, will also not be applied.
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image: freightForklift Manufacturer Developing High Capacity Electric Container Handler
Hyster Planning for the Electric Revolution in Freight Handling

19 September 2017
GERMANY – Hyster Europe has revealed more details about its zero-emission, high-capacity, electric trucks, announcing that a 48-tonne capacity laden freight container-handling truck powered by electric motors is being developed. Jan-Willem van den Brand, Director Big Truck Product Strategy & Solutions for Hyster, explained that:
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image: Antonov France Hurricane Irma Guadeloupe France air freight Emergency Power Flown as Airfreight After Ravages of Hurricane Irma
Airline Supports Relief Effort

19 September 2017
FRANCE – GUADELOUPE – The plethora of supplies and equipment needed by the Caribbean islands which lay in the path of Hurricane Irma are essential to try and preserve, and indeed save, lives and power generation is at the heart of the problem for many island inhabitants. When Antonov Airlines was contracted to airfreight thirty two giant generators on behalf of EDF from Chateauroux, France to Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe, only the company's AN-124-100 aircraft, each with a payload of up to 150 tonnes, fitted the bill.
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image: London International Shipping Week 2017 freight logistics government Brexit loomsLondon Shipping Week Draws the Great and the Good from Freight and Logistics Sector
Government Ministers Work Overtime on Their International Colleagues as Brexit Looms

19 September 2017
UK – So the biannual event which is London International Shipping Week (LISW) 2017 closed its doors on Friday September 15 to general satisfaction from both the organisers and many of the 15,000 or so attendees at the 160 official events which took place over the 5 days. Like the Edinburgh Festival however, LISW has its own 'fringe' events which doubtless swelled the number of freight and logistics stakeholders attending to an even higher level.
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image: freightDP World Acquires Maritime World and Drydocks World
Will Pay Out 405 Million Dollars for Ship Repairer and Dubai Maritime City

18 September 2017
DUBAI – DP World has agreed to buy two fellow state-owned maritime entities for a total cash consideration of US$405 million. The global port operator has said that it will acquire Maritime World, the owner of Dubai Maritime City (DMC), for $180 million, and purchase Drydocks World by means of a capital injection of $225 million, from state-owned Dubai World.
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image: freightFelixstowe Appoints Constructor for Freight Facilities Expansion
New Container Yard to be Added

18 September 2017
UK – Hutchison Ports has named VolkerFitzpatrick Limited to undertake the design and construction of approximately 13 hectares of paved container yard directly behind Berth 9 at the Port of Felixstowe. The work will include the reclamation of 3.2 hectares of seabed behind the existing finger pier. Commenting on the latest development, Clemence Cheng, Executive Director, Hutchison Ports, said:
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image: sinkingIMO Issues Warning on Hazards of Bauxite Loads to Bulk Freight Vessels
Liquefying Loads Thought Responsible for Multiple Sinkings

18 September 2017
WORLDWIDE – Bauxite is one of the worlds major sources of aluminium with around 100 million tonnes transported annually by sea and over the years the potential for bauxite and similar such cargoes to become unstable and liquefy when carried in bulk on a ship has been thought to be responsible for numerous instances of vessels capsizing. As a result, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has issued a new circular warning of the potential hazards when shipping bauxite.
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image: freightFreight Association Updates Conditions for Members
New Trading Terms in Effect from October

18 September 2017
UK – The new edition of the British International Freight Association's (BIFA) Standard Trading Conditions (STC) will be launched on 1st October 2017. The terms were last revised in 2005. The revised edition has been produced following an extensive review of the existing STC by the BIFA Legal and Insurance Policy Group, taking advice from solicitors with significant experience of the freight and logistics industry.
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image: freightFerry Company Introduce VIP Service for Freight Drivers
Hauliers on North Sea Routes Can Get Additional Perks as Part of P&O Offering

18 September 2017
UK – NORTHERN EUROPE – Keen to show the lorry drivers who use their services that they value them, P&O Ferries has launched a new Commercial Drivers Club which offers VIP services for freight drivers using its overnight routes on the North Sea. The complimentary club, which was launched over the summer and has already signed up more than 100 members, is unique on the North Sea.
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image: Indonesia DP World container terminal contract TEU logisticsContainer Terminal Contract to be Cancelled Due to Government Intransigence
DP World Claim Terms Offered for Renewal Are Impractical for Group

18 September 2017
INDONESIA – DP World, clearly dissatisfied with the Indonesian government's attitude, has elected to terminate it's operating contract for the PT Terminal Petikemas Surabaya (TPS) in Indonesia at the end of the agreement in 2019. The Dubai port and logistics operator says the 49% interest it holds in TPS represents a gross capacity of 2.1 million TEUs (twenty-foot containers) out of 85 million TEUs for the group. It is adamant the decision will have no material financial impact for it and Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman and CEO, explained the decision, saying:
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