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November 2017

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IMO Praises Those Who Put Themselves in Harms Way for Others

WORLDWIDE – This week has seen the two maritime pilots who defied fire to bring a burning ship to safety thus averting a major maritime catastrophe, receive the 2017 International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea. This annual Award was established by IMO to provide international recognition for those who, at the risk of losing their own lives, perform acts of exceptional bravery, displaying outstanding courage in attempting to save life at sea or in attempting to prevent or mitigate damage to the marine environment.

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System Now Scrubs Ethylene and Carbon Dioxide from Perishable Fruit Shipments

WORLDWIDE – Back in September 2015 we wrote how German container shipping line Hamburg Süd had chosen to use reefer boxes equipped with the refrigeration specialist Carrier Transicold's XtendFRESH system, and a meeting at the recent Intermodal Europe event gave the two companies a chance to reflect on how the decision had worked out, plus discuss plans for the future.

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Combination Container and RoRo Ships Ordered

US – Ocean shipping line and multimodal carrier, Matson has announced the start of production on two new combination container and Roll-on/Roll-off (Con-Ro) vessels for its Hawaii fleet that are scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2019 and second quarter of 2020, respectively. After a small ceremony at General Dynamics NASSCO's shipyard in San Diego, the cutting of steel plates began, initiating the construction work to build both ships. Ron Forest, President of Matson, commented:

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Derby Road Haulage Operator Wins Prestigious Award

UK – Thomas Kent has been named as the UK's top driver in logistics, after a nationwide competition organised by the Freight Transport Association (FTA). Kent, who works for Samworth Brothers Supply Chain in Derby, scooped the overall FTA Driver of the Year 2017 title, to add to his FTA 44 tonne Driver of the Year accolade, which the road haulage man won in September. June Powell, FTA's Director of Operations, said:

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Updated Documentation Means Faster and Easier Process for World Food Programme Cargo

WORLDWIDE – In the dozens, if not hundreds, of articles we have written regarding modern piracy they have often touched on the primary role for many of the world's navies operating in the affected regions, that of protecting the food cargo convoys en route to troubled areas around the globe. Somali waters and the Indian Ocean, for example, are witness to a succession of warships from a wide spread of nations prowling those seas, and in addition providing cover for the multitude of container ships and bulk and general freight vessels passing through.

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Theft of Clarksons Data Subject to Police Investigation

UK – WORLDWIDE – Just months after the Maersk group was hit by a cyber attack which cost it an estimated $300 million, integrated shipping services group, Clarksons which provides a vast portfolio of services across the industry, has announced that it was subject to a cyber security incident which involved unauthorised access to the company's computer systems and data theft. As soon as it was discovered, Clarksons says it took immediate steps to respond to and manage the incident.

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Freight is a Global Trade Which Demands an Influx of Skilled Workers Schooled in Shipping

UK – UAE – Most major employers in the fields of logistics and shipping in general now recognise the importance of skilled employees, properly trained to face their day to day jobs. This week alone three such companies have announced exactly how they are facing the future and ensuring they have a selection of personnel, all adequately prepared to work in the industry.

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DHL Order Lifts Sales to a Reputed 200 Units

US – Nearly two weeks after the flashy reveal of Tesla's new electric road haulage freight vehicle, logistics group DHL Supply Chain has become the latest company to place an order for the highly-anticipated semi-truck, as pre-orders reportedly reach 200 units. DHL Supply Chain will test the ten Tesla Electric Class 8 Semi Trucks, which are expected to begin production in 2019, at customer operations in major US metro cities.

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Relief, Gratitude and Criticism as Difficult Case Hopefully Ends

INDIA – UK – Following our story earlier this week regarding what has been known in the UK as the 'Chennai Six' affair, the latest chapter of which has seen a total of 35 crew, incarcerated after the ill-fated voyage of the piracy patrol vessel Seaman Guard Ohio into Indian territorial waters, released by the Court of Appeal, we make no apologies in publishing a further update to a tawdry affair in which few, if any, of the participants emerge with honour intact.

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Interest Groups and CTU Code Insist Equipment Must be Fit for Purpose and Loaded Safely

WORLDWIDE – Around the world many freight and logistics companies are adopting policies of zero tolerance where accidents are concerned. There is also the 'Rise of the Robots' with the effect on safety engendered by the increased autonomy of materials handling devices and even cargo ships, and generally there have been moves to tighten up procedures, both in the stowage of cargo units, the mandatory weight checks on containers, and the shipping of same.

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Will Deutsche Bahn Infrastructure Manager Pay Up or Hide Behind German Government Skirts?

EUROPE – The European Rail Freight Association, the International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport (UIRR), and the German Network of European Railways (NEE) are calling on DB Netz, the railway infrastructure manager of Deutsche Bahn, to take full responsibility for this summer's Rastatt incident and to offer full compensation to those affected by the collapse of the rail tunnel in Germany.

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More Developments Include Road Haulage Possibilities

POLAND – US – FINLAND – The development of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as both a marine fuel as well as for other transport modes, particularly road haulage, it seems is destined to continue. The past week has seen at least two significant developments, one a Polish based conference entirely about the uses, possibilities and challenges of the gas, the second an announcement by one of the lead sponsors of that event regarding the construction of a new articulated tug barge (ATB) to fuel the LNG powered US cruise liner fleet.

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New Series Aimed at Boosting Psychological Wellness at Sea

UK – WORLDWIDE – Following the popularity of it's recent 'Crew Health' campaign the Shipowners' Club has extended its partnership with the International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) to provide a series of Good Mental Health Guides. The first booklet in this series draws together some of the best evidence available to provide practical ideas on how to maximise psychological wellbeing at sea and address a problem that stalks the decks of merchant vessels, freight and passenger carriers alike, around the world.

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Pro Environmental Policies Give Sector a Better Name

US – WORLDWIDE – Air transport is of course firmly under the spotlight as one of the most polluting forms of transport. So how exactly does a major air freight company go about cleaning up its act and ensuring that it acts in the most environmentally way possible? Rather than just paying lip service to the task of reducing its environmental footprint, and despite the US President's somewhat dismissive views on climate change, American Airlines Cargo has been taking a proactive stance on the matter for well over a decade.

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Forum in China Looks at the Future of Freight and Passenger Vessels

CHINA – WORLDWIDE – The Tripartite Shipbuilding Forum, which for some 16 years has provided an opportunity for representative stakeholders in the field ranging from ship owners and classification societies to shipyards and energy maritime recovery interests, has debated for two days some of the most pressing issues facing the maritime industry including emissions control of merchant vessels, cyber security and the future design of freight and passenger vessels.

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Chennai Six Wait to Hear if Indian Authorities Plan Second Appeal

INDIA – At last the families of the 35 men who have been detained by the Indian authorities for over four years, most of that time spent in prison, can allow themselves some hope. The Court of Appeal has ruled that the crew of the MV Seaman Guard Ohio who were arrested and accused of weapons offences and illegally entering territorial waters when the anti-piracy patrol ship was stopped are, as their supporters have claimed all along, innocent of any charges.

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Appointments and Departures Along the Supply Chain

SWITZERLAND – Panalpina’s Chief Operating Officer, Andy Weber, has decided to leave the freight forwarding and logistics group, citing personal reasons. Weber joined the company in 2015. He has successfully led many turnaround projects and made the business segment Energy and Project Solutions fit for competition in the challenging energy and capital projects sector. Weber will leave the company at the end of the year. The COO position will not be replaced.

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A Cornucopia of Current Shipping Stories

REPUBLIC OF PALAU – The Palau International Ship Registry has become the fastest growing flag in the shipping world with an impressive 43.2% growth in the number of vessels joining the registry since 2013 according to Fairplay magazine. Recording strong growth that puts it ahead of other expanding registries such as Portugal, Saudi Arabia and the Cook Islands, Palau has attracted significant numbers of tankers into its fleet along with Ro-Ro vessels, bulk carriers and offshore ships. Tankers currently comprise just under half of Palau's fleet.

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Freight Rate Rises Help Struggling Carrier

ISRAEL – WORLDWIDE – The latest results from ocean carrier Zim Line are enough to cheer up any shipping executives who may sometimes doubt their wisdom when choosing a career. Spectacular hardly describes the phenomena of turning a $151.3 million loss for the first nine months of 2016, into a $51.3 million profit in the equivalent period this year. There are several factors which produced such a turnaround, not least the average freight rise chargeable on a container from $898 to $1,008, a 12% jump in the comparable January to September figures.

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Mixed Reaction From Warehousing and Road Haulage Sectors

UK – So, as the dust settles on Chancellor Philip Hammond's latest Budget so the various interests from across the logistics sector pass comment on some of the fiscal measures announced. Here we publish comments from leading lobbyists in the warehousing, road haulage and general freight sectors on a budget which engendered a variety of reactions. Technology was a winner with the Research and Development tax credit up to 12% and doubling of Enterprise Investment Scheme investment limits for 'knowledge-intensive' companies.

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Green Zones Spread Across Europe - But Why so Many Different Rules?

BELGIUM – EUROPE – Despite EU membership individual countries are taking some very different decisions regarding pollution from cars, road haulage and passenger service vehicles. The introduction of 'Green Zones' in cities across the continent can mean confusion for all drivers, from tourists to HGVs carrying essential freight. Whilst London has introduced a range of charges and penalties incorporated in a Congestion Zone, a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) and soon an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), Belgium has now made it mandatory to register a vehicle before accessing any LEZ.

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Ocean Freight Industry Needs to Step Up

DENMARK – WORLDWIDE – Transport and logistics behemoth, Maersk has taken a stance against the current actions the global maritime industry are taking to tackle the detrimental affect the shipping sector has on the environment, as the ocean freight container giant's Chief Advisor on Climate Change, John Kornerup Bang, argued that shipping must show more ambition to reduce pollution attributed to the industry, and called upon the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to do more to address the issues of vessel emissions.

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Operation Axed not Operation Stack as Government Fails to Manage Environmental Assessment

UK – The government has withdrawn its decision to site a lorry park in Kent as a permanent alternative to Operation Stack, news that has disappointed UK freight and road haulage industry interests, which argue that, with the current uncertainty of just how Brexit will affect trade on either side of the tunnel, a suitable solution must be in place as a substitute for Operation Stack, otherwise the UK could once again see a repeat of the situation in 2015 when lorries blocked the motorway hard shoulders for mile upon mile.

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Latest Elon Musk Tesla Project Will Engender Huge Interest

US – WORLDWIDE – Tesla has unveiled its first electric-drive semi-truck in an attempt to challenge the use of diesel in the road haulage industry, with Tesla CEO Elon Musk making huge promises over performance, safety, and reliability. In unveiling the new vehicle, Musk outlined the ways in which the Tesla Semi, officially the name, surpasses the HGVs currently in use, and in the 30 minute long presentation, touted some truly impressive figures. Speaking at the event, Musk said:

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Another Crash for the Great White Hope

UK – Following the start of Airlander 10's next phase of flight testing, the part-blimp, part-plane hybrid aircraft broke free from its moorings and, once again, crashed into a field. This follows on from an incident in August last year when the airship ran into a telegraph pole causing severe damage to its cockpit. This time, the incident caused the aircraft to trigger its safety system, ripping open its hull to deflate the £25 million aircraft. In a statement, HAV explained:

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Two attacks in 24 hours leads to arrests

SOMALIA – EU NAVFOR Somalia's Flagship, the Italian vessel ITS Virginio Fasan, apprehended six suspected pirates and seized their vessels; a motor whaler acting as mother ship, and a skiff, following attacks on the 4,211 TEU container ship Ever Dynamic and a fishing vessel, the Galerna III. These events reportedly took place over a 24 hour period on 17th and 18th November in the Southern Somali Basin, in an area known for piracy incidents.

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LNG Offers Operating and Environmental Benefits

FINLAND – When freight and passenger group Viking line laid down plans to build a new luxury and environmentally friendly ferry at the Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry yard in China, it turned to neighbouring engine and vessel technology specialist Wärtsilä to provide both the dual-fuel engines, which will run primarily on liquefied natural gas (LNG), and much of the other equipment necessary to ensure the ship enjoys both low operating costs, and a minimal environmental footprint.

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Groupe Eurotunnel becomes Getlink

FRANCE – UK – The Cross Channel link operator, Groupe Eurotunnel has officially changed its name to Getlink, with the new brand attempting to 'reflect the dynamism of connection and exchange'. Jacques Gounon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Group, explains:

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DP World and Suez Canal Authority reveal details of Sokhna World Zone

EGYPT – Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, and Admiral Mohab Mamish, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) and Chairman of the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone), have presented further details of the recent agreement to develop an integrated industrial and residential zone at Sokhna in Egypt.

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Freighters Will Provide a Boost to Growing Garment Exports

QATAR – MYANMAR – Qatar Airways Cargo has commenced direct freighter service to Yangon, Myanmar. The Doha-Yangon-Doha route is served once-a-week with the Airbus A330 freighter, providing more than 60 tonnes of cargo capacity each way. Qatar Airways' Acting Chief Officer Cargo, Guillaume Halleux, said:

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Aircraft Taxi Service Starts and Inter Island Sea Link Controversy

UK – CHANNEL ISLES – Stories concerning transport to and from islands occupy a special place in freight and logistics news because, despite the headlines mainly concerning passenger movement, the ferry and air services which connect these outlying places to mainland and other islands, these are the essential link in the supply chain, ensuring local communities do not run out of vital supplies.

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Top Level Personnel Changes in Container and Air Freight Companies

DENMARK – Beginning this week's shipping and logistics employment changes is container line Unifeeder which has announced the appointment of former Maersk man, Nils Smedegaard Andersen, as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors. He succeeds former Hapag-Lloyd CCO Jesper Præstensgaard, who instead takes up the position of Deputy Chairman. The position at Unifeeder is Andersen’s first directorship within the logistics & shipping industry after he left AP Moller – Maersk.

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Record Results from Materials Handling to Air Cargo Groups

UK – Starting this week's look at some of the smaller stories in freight and logistics comes the news that Narrow Aisle Ltd, manufacturer of the Flexi range of articulated forklift trucks and other intralogistics solutions, has announced that it is on target to achieve a year-on-year global sales uplift across its range of over 20% in 2017. The materials handling company attributes the significant increase to growing sales in the Asian and American markets and the success of the Flexi StorMAX AC high density storage system, which Narrow Aisle introduced at the back end of 2015. Narrow Aisle's commercial director, John Maguire, said:

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Nautilus Points Out Investment is Benefit for the Country

UK – The maritime professionals' union Nautilus International has called for the Chancellor to take action in the Budget to improve the UK's Support for Maritime Training (SMarT) scheme, highlighting a promise from ship owners' to boost jobs in the sector if the government increases its investment.

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Regular Propeller Maintenance is Key

WORLDWIDE – With global shipping being responsible for a considerable amount of the world's greenhouse gas emissions there is increasing pressure for shipping lines to clean up their act. From novel ship designs to company-led initiatives, a host of methods are being employed or examined to see how the industry can deal with the menace of pollution. Now one maintenance company has revealed how all ships can improve their overall fuel consumption by altering their maintenance regime.

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Quinns Transport over the Moon with New Actros

UK – North Yorkshire bulk haulier, Quinns Transport has saved £700 on their insurance bill thanks to the latest, state-of-the-art truck safety systems from Mercedes-Benz. The company's latest acquisition, a new Actros tractor unit, came with an optional Safety Pack, an investment that has enabled the company to secure a 5% reduction in its annual fleet premium.

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Technology Might Help Eliminate Supply Chains Biggest Killer - Human Error

WORLDWIDE – We have already pondered this month as to whether the introduction of autonomous vessels might mitigate the sort of tragic accidents we have witnessed at sea this year. Certainly the untimely deaths of seventeen US Navy crew in two separate incidents was down, in whole or in part, to human error. Now the latest article from the TT Club, which claims the title of the world's largest transport and logistics insurer, elaborates on the hazards of working in the sector, even when not actually at sea.

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K Line Vessel Offers Increased Fuel Efficiency Thanks to Design Improvements

JAPAN – Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K Line) the container, automotive and bulk shipping giant, has taken delivery of the group's latest Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC), the Kisogawa a 312,000 DWT tanker that was built at the Nantong Cosco KHI Ship Engineering yard in China, the joint venture established in 1999 between Cosco and Kawasaki Heavy Industries.

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Mobile Capability Now Being Widely Used by Multiple Commercial Ports

UK – Quality Freight UK, which has added bulk logistics to a portfolio which already included container feeder services, brokerage and road haulage, has significantly increased its cranage capability at its Ellesmere Port, Cheshire main operation by investing over £700,000 to acquire a Fuchs MHL390 crane. The latest addition complements QF UK's other cranes, a MHL360 wheeled crane based at its Ellesmere Port terminal, a Liebherr 150 and an RHL340 tracked crane.

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Pressure from Buyers and Users Mounts on Convicted Price Fixing European Lorry Makers

UK – EUROPE – Legal firm Collyer Bristow has signed terms to establish a claimant group with a compensation claim worth at least £100 million on behalf of truck users that have been overcharged for their vehicles by members of a pan-European price fixing cartel, a case that the Road Haulage Association (RHA) has taken particular interest in having previously set up its own group claim against some of the biggest names in the truck manufacturing sector.

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Unmanned Ship Points the Way to the Future

UK – OK, so it's a strange looking beast but, despite not looking out of place on a public pond, this vessel marks a new beginning. The UK Ship Register has signed the craft pictured as its first ever unmanned vessel to the flag, as it adapts to the changes of the maritime industry. The C-Worker 7 is a multi-role, work class, autonomous surface vessel from ASV Global, to be used in a variety of offshore and coastal tasks such as subsea positioning, surveying and environmental monitoring. It can be used under direct control, semi-manned or completely unmanned. Vince Dobbin, Sales and Marketing Director of ASV Global said:

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List of Affected Items Available Next Month

IVORY COAST – The Government of Côte d'Ivoire is introducing a revised Verification of Conformity (VoC) Programme to come into effect from March 2018. The list of goods concerned will be published in December but exporters should be aware that proscribed articles with a shipping date after the first of March will require a suitable Certificate of Conformity. Such certification is designed to protect consumers from substandard, counterfeit and potentially dangerous items.

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DHL Say Volume Growth Drives Huge Investment

GERMANY – HONG KONG – DHL Express has announced a €335 million expansion plan for its Central Asia Hub, in partnership with the Airport Authority Hong Kong. This multi-year expansion brings DHLs commitment to this strategic hub to over €520 million, making it the largest infrastructural investment by DHL Express in Asia Pacific to date.

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Priceless Artefacts Set for New Exhibit

CHINA – US – American Airlines Cargo has successfully transported more than six tonnes of China's national treasures from Beijing to Los Angeles in order to bring selections from the Summer Palace Museum to the United States for the first time.

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ERFA Happy That Some Recommendations Being Acted On After Rastatt

EUROPE – Following the Rastatt Crisis and the series of planned construction works that severely disrupted Europe's North- South rail traffic flows during the early summer, the EU has adopted rules to improve international coordination of infrastructure works, news which has been welcomed by the European Rail Freight Association (ERFA) as it commends the EU's plan to create a more customer-orientated rail network, and taking an important step in improving the reliability and quality of rail services.

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Order Boosts Fleet from Six to Ten

ETHIOPIA – Following on from last month's leasing of the continents first 787's, which already add a boost to the airlines cargo capacity, Ethiopian Airlines has announced an order for four Boeing 777 Freighters in a deal valued at more than $1.3 billion at list prices. The deal includes a new order for two freighters. It also includes two freighters the airline announced as a commitment in June that finalised into a firm order and posted on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website this month. Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, who signed for the new airplanes at the 2017 Dubai Air show, said:

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Kristiansand Headquartered Group Wins Danish Shipping Line Business

NORWAY – DENMARK – Global ship management company OSM Maritime Group has been awarded full crew management of Lauritzen Kosan's entire fleet of advanced liquefied tankers, a total of 26 refrigerated ethylene, semi-refrigerated and pressurised gas carriers.

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Fifty Million Dollar Plan for Logistics Complex Clears Initial Hurdle

US – A multi-million dollar plan to revitalize a decommissioned Army base as a logistics centre for the Port of Oakland is nearer reality after Port Commissioners gave preliminary approval to a deal to develop the area. Port of Oakland Executive Director, Chris Lytle, said:

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New 1600 TEU Capacity Storage Depot Launched for Loaded Boxes

UK – Freight forwarding companies and shipping lines will be two players in the supply chain which stand to benefit from the development of the new loaded container storage depot just launched by box haulage company James Kemball adjacent to Britain's busiest container port. With an initial capacity in excess of 1600 TEU the facility follows a multi-million pound investment by the locally headquartered operator.

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European Commission Thinks Greater Efficiency Possible if Paper Dumped

EUROPE – The European Commission has launched a consultation into why the use of electronic documentation for freight transportation is not more widespread. The EC believes that digitalisation can significantly improve efficiency, reliability and cost-effectiveness in transport and logistics but that the majority of the documents used in freight operations are still issued and archived on paper and that it wants to understand why this is, considering electronic documentation can offer significant advantages.

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Now You Can Waste Their Time as Much as They Waste Yours

WORLDWIDE – Regular readers of the Handy Shipping Guide will know that we have had several stories in the recent past (and a host going back over the years) concerning the scourge that is internet piracy, dealing from everything to phishing scams to hack attacks launched by government agencies. One of the main ways the internet pirates use to pick victims is via email phishing, which seeks a response from a possible target to start the con.

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Truck Driver Fatality Means Two Killed in Three Weeks

INDONESIA – International unions have castigated the management at the Port of Jakarta after a worker was killed on the job at the International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) facility. Local unions say a 40-year-old man was fatally crushed when a refrigerated container was dropped onto his truck, crushing the cabin and killing the driver. This is the second workplace fatality at the Port of Jakarta in three weeks.

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Analysts Gaze into the Future of Box Carriers

WORLDWIDE – Last month, global management firm McKinsey released a report analysing the future of the container shipping industry. Inspired by the changes in the global sector following containerisation in 1967, McKinsey began reimagining the industry 50 years from now and what role the rapid advancement of technology would play in the coming decades. One key point of interest was the suggestion that the size of vessels sailing the global trade lanes could reach 50,000 TEU, a thought interesting enough to require further analysis from Tom Bebbington of industry consultancy, Container Logic, in a truly fascinating read covering various aspects and issues such a size could have on the container freight industry.

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Phish and Ships on the Menu as Two Flag Registers Act on Cyber Crime

UK – WORLDWIDE – This week saw an innovative panel discussion hosted by the Marshall Islands Vessel Registry in the sumptuous surroundings of the Great Hall in the shadow of St Pauls Cathedral. The topic was cyber security, and the event gave many of the great and good in the ocean shipping industry to hear and understand some pertinent, and frankly terrifying, information on a subject which has become the biggest risk to world trade imaginable. Cyber-attacks are the number one threat, not only to the freight and logistics sector, but to any business which stores data electronically, which put simply is all of us.

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Industry Snippets from Around the Globe in the Past Few Days

UK – The Sailors' Society has announced the dates for the charity's second Wellness at Sea Conference (WASC). The conference, which aims to address crew wellness and how this impacts on the health of the ship - and ultimately the health of the ship owner's balance sheet - will be held in London on March 16, 2018. Stuart Rivers, Sailors' Society's CEO, said:

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The Latest Supply Chain Staff Shuffle

UK – Chris Cargill has joined Seko Logistics in the UK as Group Director to support the company's global network expansion and air and sea freight product development strategies. Cargill spent over 40 years with the Allport Group, ultimately taking up the role of Managing Director in 2010. In March 2014, he joined Ligentia as a Group Director and shareholder.

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RK Weighs in on Mayor of San Jose Programme

US – RK Logistics Group has teamed up with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation to provide funds for San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo's 'STEM with Mayor Sam' programme. The educational outreach programme goal is to inspire scientific curiosity and wonder in students, and to educate parents on the value and importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.

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ABC Delivers High End Load

ITALY – JAPAN – More cars on the agenda for the Volga Dnepr Group, after its leading subsidiary, Volga Dnepr Airlines, last week reported the delivery of a fleet of Mercedes vehicles to the Angolan government, sister company AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has delivered twenty-eight new Maserati Gran Turismo vehicles onboard one of its Boeing 747 freighters from Milan to Tokyo. The charter flight was undertaken on behalf of Agility Logistics.

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MacGregor Looking to Restructure

FINLAND – MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has announced that it may have to reduce its work force by approximately 10% in an attempt to achieve annual cost savings of around €13 million, as the company aims to ensure long-term competitiveness on global markets and to continue the improvement of operational efficiency and customer centricity. The plans include the split of Smart Ocean Technology division into Cargo Handling division and Advanced Offshore Solutions division.

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Ekol Continues European Expansion Programme

FRANCE – With third party logistics group Ekol experiencing sustained growth in France since August last year, which has seen demand for their services almost double, the Turkish headquartered company has announced opened two new branches in the country, identifying both Paris and Lyon as key areas for expansion. Tuğrul Sarıkahya, Country Manager France, said:

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Authorities Ask Skippers to be Aware of Right Whales on the Move

US ATLANTIC SEABOARD – In an effort to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has reiterated the established regulations implementing a mandatory 10-knot speed restriction for all vessels 65 feet (19.8 metres) or longer in certain locations along the east coast of the US Atlantic seaboard.

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UN Votes for Extension of Successful Policy of Deterrence and Interception

SOMALIA – WORLDWIDE – Condemning the acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia, the United Nations Security Council has called for a comprehensive response to prevent and suppress such acts and tackle their underlying causes. Incidents of piracy and armed robbery off the coast of the East African country have fallen in recent years, a decline which has been attributed to more than the counter piracy effects from private security guards and self-protection measures on board tankers, container ships and other vessels transiting the area.

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JJP Heavy Lift Goes for Mercedes Truck Offering

UK – When you run a fleet of historic buses and trucks, you need a way to move those precious vehicles to where they are being used or displayed. Ordinarily this would mean contracting out your transport to a specialist, but for one company the logical step was to set up their own heavy haulage division so as to cover all such movements in house, and the new development has the potential to fulfil the needs of other operator's.

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Group Reports Successful Contracts Concluded in Africa, Europe and Middle East

SOUTH AFRICA – EUROPE – UAE – Logistics giant GAC has just announced that their freight divisions have reported more successful completions of projects and specialist movements in Africa and the renewal of import contracts between Italy and the UAE. In South Africa six months of hard work and a whole host of complex operations involving more than 70 containers, a fleet of trucks and trailers and a lot of planning has seen GAC Laser, the company's South African branch, complete the import and delivery of racking and shelving for a new heavy machinery warehouse in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Revisions Meet with a Mixed Reception

UK – The new proposed crossing over, or rather under, the River Thames, planned to be the nearest to the mouth of the estuary, is always going to be somewhat controversial right up to, and indeed after, the cars and HGVs start to roll through it. Whilst the average motorist or freight truck driver will doubtless welcome the development, many locals are upset at the continuing uncertainty of the precise details of what is envisaged.

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Plan Ahead to Safeguard Both Employer and Employee

UK – Many readers will have encountered some of the advantages, and disadvantages, of the employment scheme known as TUPE. The 'Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006' to give the beast its full title can, it seems, be a blessing or a curse dependent on one's particular position. The principle of course is simple with the objective to protect a worker from losing employment when a contract he or she is devoted to transfers to another company, and of course the supply chain, including those in the freight and logistics industry, is probably the area most affected.

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Ground Breaking Ceremony Held and New Agreements Reached

ABU DHABI – CHINA – Chinese shipping line and port operator Cosco has held a ground breaking ceremony for the new Abu Dhabi Container Terminal during a high-level event at Khalifa Port. The ceremony was presided over by Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Ports and Ning Jizhe, Deputy Director of China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) who witnessed the unveiling of a plaque as well as the signing ceremony.

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Supply Chain Group Pledges Allegiance

UK – AFRICA – Global freight forwarder and supply chain management provider Ligentia has become the latest company to pledge its support to the international development organisation, Transaid. With offices now open in Mauritius, Madagascar and South Africa, Ligentia is strategically placed and particularly suitably aligned to support the transport charity's programmes in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Huge Potential Fines Should Spur Logistics Outfits Into Preventative Action

UK – With new data protection legislation due to come into force on 25 May 2018 it is time to take a look at how the rules will affect those in the freight forwarding and logistics sectors as well as shippers and road haulage operators, including those classed as small or medium enterprises (SMEs). Ignorance with regard to the incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) could lead to crippling financial penalties for those who abuse it, inadvertently or otherwise.

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Rail Group Helping Road Haulage Specialist to Deliver Christmas

UK – After winning a new contract with road haulage specialist Wincanton, GB Railfreight (GBRf) has started operating its first intermodal service from Solent Stevedores terminal at ABP Port of Southampton to ABP Hams Hall Rail Freight Terminal in the Midlands. The service will cater to the increased freight demand in the run up to Christmas by mainly carrying goods that stock supermarkets and high street shops. Speaking about the contract John Smith, GBRf's managing director, said:

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For Those Who Just Cannot Wait.............

FRANCE – The demand by consumers to get their hands on the latest product has seen some really exceptional dedication on the part of customers. Whether it is queuing for days at a time to get the first of a new model of iphone, or the latest Harry Potter novel, the desire to get their item first and at the moment of release seems to be insatiable. Now one French freight forwarding company is working to use its logistics network to ensure the latest games console is available to die-hard fans exactly one minute after its release tonight.

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Latest Purchase Expands Into Amazon Courier Territory

UK – Following on from their recent acquisition of Benfleet Forwarding, Xpediator has announced it has acquired Regional Express Limited, a UK-based freight forwarder and international courier. The initial consideration payable on completion is £1.2 million comprising £1.08 million in cash and £0.12 million in new Xpediator ordinary shares.

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Local Success Encourages Further Cooperation on Greenfield Site

SOMALILAND – DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, and Republic of Somaliland Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Saad Ali Shire, have signed an agreement for the development of the Berbera Free Zone (BFZ) in Dubai. The contract will see the global logistics interest group develop a Greenfield economic free zone in Somaliland to complement the development of the Port of Berbera, which has seen record container volumes under DP World management.

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Stansted Based Carrier adds Tel Aviv to Scheduled Weekly Network

UK – ISRAEL – British all-cargo airline, CargoLogicAir (CLA), is adding Tel Aviv to its growing network of scheduled freighter operations. Starting on 10 November 2017, the London Stansted-based airline will operate a weekly Boeing 747-400F service to Tel Aviv via Frankfurt. The flight will depart Frankfurt for Tel Aviv on Friday evening before returning to Frankfurt on Saturday morning. In December, the outbound service ex Europe will switch from Frankfurt to Hahn Airport.

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Early Implementation Will Result in More Vans, Congestions and Possible Pollution

UK – London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced plans to bring forward the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), a measure to help tackle the capital's air pollution and dramatically reduce harmful emissions, by seventeen months to April 8, 2019, news that has outraged the Road Haulage Association (RHA) which argues that the earlier implementation of the ULEZ charge will hamper businesses in London and instead called for a more gradual approach.

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From Big Rigs in California to Deaths from Malaria it's All in the Week's Round-Up

UK – As you can see the modern, gender neutral HSG Press Room is hard at it as usual to bring you the run down on intermodal freight this week. We start the round-up of smaller articles in the industry news looking at the latest reinforcement of HGV driving laws in Britain. As the DVSA started to punish drivers who take full weekly rest breaks in cabs outside formal rest areas (i.e. service areas and truck stops) from the 1 November, the UK's Road Haulage Association (RHA) is working to highlight the issue. RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said:

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Appointments and Departures in the Supply Chain Sector

UK – First up in our look at this week's announcements of new appointments and departures in the world of shipping, freight and logistics sees David Kerr, currently Senior Vice President at Etihad Cargo, move to the role of CEO of break bulk freight carrier CargoLogicAir, effective January 1, 2018.

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Links with Guatemala and Honduras Extended as Hurricane Aid Shipments Continue

US – CENTRAL AMERICA – Crowley Maritime Corporation announced that it will begin offering weekly, fixed-day, full (FCL) and less than (LCL) container load shipping and logistics services between Wilmington, N.C., Guatemala and Honduras, effective with the northbound sailings on Tuesday, Nov 21 and Wednesday, Nov 22, respectively. The new lift-on/lift-off (LOLO) service is designed to give customers an additional, more northwardly Atlantic Coast destination for cargo entering the US from Central America, ultimately adding flexibility to the supply chain while reducing total landed costs.

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President Poroshenko Tours Jebel Ali Port and Free Zone

DUBAI – UKRAINE – The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko toured DP World's flagship Jebel Ali Port and Free Zone recently and met with the global trade enabler's Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, as part of his official visit to the UAE to discuss bilateral cooperation in politics, security and foreign investment. Discussions focused on ways to grow Ukraine's maritime and logistics sector with the possibility of DP World participating in the concession of the State Port Yuzhny, and collaboration on technology-driven customs operations in Ukraine and other opportunities.

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Latest IATA Figures Released to Show a Slowdown in Growth but Still Healthy

WORLDWIDE – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in September 2017 showing that demand (measured in freight tonne kilometres or FTKs), rose 9.2% compared to the same month in 2016. This was the slowest pace of growth seen in five months. However, it was still significantly higher than the five-year average growth rate of 4.4%. Meanwhile available freight capacity (AFTKs) rose by 3.9% compared to September of last year, less than half the pace of demand growth.

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Volga Dnepr AN124 Continues to Deliver the Goods

GERMANY – ANGOLA – Volga-Dnepr Airlines has used the special two-tier car racking system developed for its An-124-100 freighter fleet to deliver 30 vehicles on a single flight to Luanda for the inauguration ceremony of Angolas newly-elected President, João Lourenço.

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Millions of Bottles on Route for 16th

FRANCE – ASIA – The annual Beaujolais run is well under way in France and one freight cargo handler is playing a key part as its team of cargo handling specialists help airlines ensure the timely delivery of over 3,000 tonnes of this year's new young wine to customers in Asia.

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Report Scathing in its Criticism of Standards Aboard Stricken Warships

US – The US Navy has released a report detailing the events and actions that led to the collision of the USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and ACX Crystal off the coast of Japan June 17, and the collision of USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) and merchant vessel Alnic MC August 21, concluding that both incidents were avoidable. The two collisions resulted in the deaths of 17 American navy sailors, all of whom were posthumously promoted. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral John Richardson, said:

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Outbreak Much More Widespread Than Normal

MADAGASCAR – The recent outbreak of plague has led to calls from international authorities for shipping lines with vessels that visit the country to pay especial care to the health of their crews and to be on high alert for any signs of infection in any of their sailors as there is great concern that the outbreak may spread off the island and onto the African continent.

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Free Fish and Chips for Those who Bring Along Evidence of Phishing Attempt

UK – As a publication aimed at the international freight and logistics community, not actually a forwarder or 3PL provider, it never fails to amaze us here at the Handy Shipping Guide just how many fake 'shipping' documents and 'contracts' we receive on our email servers every day. Many of these are easily dismissed as obvious phishing scams, with the attached files having suitably suspicious names. But some are very cunning indeed and could probably pass muster if we actually were involved in shipping.

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Award of 25 Year Contract to Run Ports Causes Concern

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – The appointment of Philippine port operator, International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI), to operate the Papua New Guinea (PNG) ports of Lae and Motukea on a 25-year contract has caused protests to be held outside of the PNG Consulate in Sydney, Australia, and High Commission in Wellington, New Zealand by members of international unions. The unions are concerned by the reputation of ICTSI and hope to force the Government of Papua New Guinea to review the decision to award port operations to the company.

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Back to Work Initiative from Three Partners

UK – Tilbury on the Thames Trust, the Port of Tilbury Logistics Academy and the Royal British Legion, have launched an innovative training scheme and bursary to create tailored opportunities for veterans and their families to develop their skills and future employment potential.

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Australian Contracts Show Continued Expansion in Foreign Markets

IRELAND – Combilift, the Irish manufacturer of multi-directional forklifts and long-load material handling solutions, has invested €46m in a new 46,500 square metre / 500,000 square foot factory. The facility is set to open on 2nd May 2018 and the opening will coincide with both the company's 20th year in business and the launch of a new product range.

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New Oil Tanker Contracts for Multiple New Operators

KOREA – UK – WORLDWIDE – BMT SMART (BMT), the Hampshire based specialist fleet and vessel performance management company of the BMT Group, has announced new contracts with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI). BMT will supply vessel performance monitoring systems for four VLCC's for a Greek owner which comes on the back of current orders already received from SHI for seven vessels (Suezmax and Aframax tankers) for Norwegian and Singapore owners. Mr Chang Su Lee, Sales Director at Marbiss, BMT's local agent in Korea commented that:

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