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December 2011

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IATA Figures Show Weak Performance Year on Year

WORLDWIDE - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global traffic results for November showing air cargo markets remained weak compared to levels attained earlier in the year. Overall air freight markets were 3.1% below November 2010 levels despite a 1.1% increase on October 2011 performance. IATA figures are based on reports from its 240 or so member companies which represent 84% of the total global air traffic market. Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO commented:

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Ice Slow to Descend This Year as Maintenance Commences

US – CANADA – When any inland waterway system closes it usually causes chaos to those freight transport outfits trying to ply their trade with cargo caught up in a system from which there is no escape. Whether it be lock or political problems on canals like Suez or Panama or low water levels in rivers like the Rhine the results of an unscheduled closure can be devastating for logistics operators.

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Road Haulage Companies Suffer Armed Raids

MEXICO – US – Regular UK readers will know we published a piece earlier this month warning road haulage operators and freight and logistics firms to be extra vigilant in the run up to Christmas and over the extended holiday period. Sometimes however it’s good to reflect on just how much worse the situation can be in foreign fields, and FreightWatch International, the US based supply chain security specialists tells us the sort of problem faced by logistics operators in Mexico.

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Hong Kong Report Looks to Expand Operations

HONG KONG - As so often the enlargement of any airport is a contentious issue with many varied stakeholders lobbying for their own vested interests. To freight professionals a chance to increase local trade is usually welcomed as manna from Heaven and such is the case with the proposed development of a third runway at the city’s award winning international airport with Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl), the leading air cargo terminal operator at the world’s largest airfreight hub, responding warmly to the results of a report on the matter produced by the Social Sciences Research Centre (SSRC) of the University of Hong Kong (HKU).

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EU Approval for Wincanton and Rhenus Tie Up

BELGIUM – GERMANY – EUROPE – The acquisition of the logistics business of Wincanton International by the German company Rhenus AG, a subsidiary of the Rethmann group, received approval from the European Commission under EU Merger Regulations last week. Despite the deal ensuring Rhenus becomes the leading operator of container terminals on this particular region of the Rhine, and complaints that the amalgamation would lead to unfair competition in the local freight market, the Commission decided otherwise.

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London Will Be a No Go Area for Many

UK – The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has offered a timely reminder to road haulage operators that the new Low Emission Zone (LEZ) requirements for London come into effect on the 3rd January. Hauliers who plan to enter the restricted area should ensure that their vehicles are compliant – or risk hefty penalties.

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Energy Crisis Leads to Higher Gas Import Levels

PAKISTAN – According to local news reports the burgeoning energy crisis in the country has prompted the Government to authorise the complete redevelopment of the fleet belonging to national flag carrier the Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC). The company which currently runs eleven vessels ranging from oil and dry goods tankers to combination container and break bulk freight vessels needs more capability for carrying liquefied natural gas to help alleviate the paucity of available energy.

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Starlight Flights Commence to Benghazi

LIBYA – UAE – WORLDWIDE – Now that things have settled down in Libya Starlight Airlines, the UAE based freight and charter company, has commenced a weekly cargo service from Dubai to Benghazi utilising one of the company’s Boeing 747’s.

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As Sabres Rattle the Chances of a Confrontation Rise (includes Naval Attack Video) A Special Report by: Dan Shingleton

THE GULF – Tensions which have been raised in the Gulf region since the start of naval exercises by elements of the Iranian military on the 24th of December have been ratcheted up further today by comments made by a senior commander of the Iranian navy. Speaking to the Iranian English-language service Press TV Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said that “…closing the Strait of Hormuz is very easy for Iranian naval forces,” adding that “Iran has comprehensive control over the strategic water way.”

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Yet Another Cargo Vessel Captured by the Somali Pirates

SOMALIA – The news that yet another cargo ship has been seized off the Omani coast by Somali pirates means that now well over two hundred crewmen are being held to ransom after plying their trade in the waters of the Gulf of Aden and beyond. Freight, passenger and fishing vessels are all fair game to the gangs that rove the Indian Ocean, often seemingly with no concern for the authorities that routinely patrol these waters.

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2011 Was a Year for Disaster

AUSTRALIA – A freight train with a bulk cargo of iron ore was among the victims of Grant, a tropical cyclone and the latest in a series of memorable disasters that have plagued the region in 2011. The train was derailed apparently when the Edith River Bridge collapsed as it was crossing. The crew of two were rescued from the scene by helicopter and escaped relatively unharmed

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Irish Road Toll Hikes Slated as VAT Increases

IRELAND – With a 2% Budget increase in VAT from New Years Day plus higher fuel costs, not for the first time the country’s hauliers are calling for blood as tolls on the M3 Clonee-Kells and M4 Kilcock-Kinnegad rise in line with the consumer price index. Many of Ireland’s larger road haulage groups are investigating the possibility of relocating to the UK or even Eastern Europe. The cost of a year’s road tax on the heaviest class of articulated vehicle in the UK is £1,850 per year compared with up to €4,833 in the Republic. Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) president Eoin Gavin commented:

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Another Box Line Cooperation as Overcapacity Increases

WORLDWIDE – With the news that there has been a strengthening of the ‘Green Alliance’ the world of container shipping is beginning to resemble a real life chess game with victory meaning salvation for the winners and extinction for the runners up. The latest news is that Taiwanese Evergreen Marine, the world’s fourth largest box carrier is to extend cooperation with the four members of the CKYH, the Green Alliance, without formally becoming joining the group. The move comes hot on the heels of the news last week that eight container lines would seek closer collaboration, plus earlier route sharing agreements between MSC and CMA CGM, numbers two and three in the containerised freight market respectively.

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Hard Times Ahead Spurs Consolidation of Services

WORLDWIDE – Following the closer ties they announced earlier this month, MSC and CMA CGM, the second and third largest container shipping lines in the world respectively, have announced the launch of a revised Black Pearl service, which they claim is a better and faster direct service between the East Coast of North America and the West Coast of South America (Panama, Peru and Chile). This new service is part of their new operational agreement and it comes as a response to a growing market demand for refrigerated cargoes from Chile and Peru to Philadelphia and New York and for fast and competitive transit times between the two continents.

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Stoppages Planned in Europe and Beyond

EUROPE – TUNISIA – It seems the wave of industrial action which has swept across the continent is set to continue with some protests proposed to cause maximum disruption to holiday travel. The cessation of public services and stoppages at airports is bound to have a knock on effect of urgent freight traffic even when cargo services are not directly affected.

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Company Also Reveals Finance Arrangements

GREECE - Diana Containerships Incorporated, part owned subsidiary of Diana Shipping announced yesterday that it had agreed to buy two more Panamax container vessels to add to its fleet of box carriers whilst also revealing details of its latest financing arrangements. Both the ships involved can carry around 3,750 TEU, matching the profile of the other vessels in the fleet.

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Infrastructure Requirements Outlined to EU Commission

EUROPE – Of all the methods of carriage rail is peculiar in that anyone wishing to offer a service generally can only do so economically by using a common track. Whereas historically a railroad company owned both track and rolling stock modern needs of intermodal and bulk cargo carriers has pushed four of the largest rail freight groups to outline their requirements for the development of the European rail freight transport corridors defined by the European Commission.

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New Port Offers New Possibilities in Winter

EUROPE – RUSSIA – Unifeeder, the Danish container feeder and short sea shipping specialist which opens its ninth Northern Europe to Russia weekly multi modal service next month, will make its inaugural sailing to the Russian multipurpose deep-water port Ust-Luga on the 29th December. The company’s 1440 TEU vessel Emotion will be the first call to the terminal.

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Dutch Increase Trade Despite Ghana FOB Charges Problem

NETHERLANDS – GHANA – WEST AFRICA – Troubles in Ghana haven’t worried the Port of Amsterdam this month whose cooperation with container and stevedoring specialists Ter Haak has produced excellent results for both, with freight flooding into Europe’s fourth largest port in the form of cocoa beans now that a trio of shipping lines have chosen to use the facilities there as a hub for their West African trade.

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P&O Suspend Operations from Troon

UK – P&O has ceased its RoRo freight operations between Troon and Larne, County Antrim which means trucks will now have to divert to Cairnryan which locals complain will cause more congestion on the busy A77. The P&O website states that the service is due to ‘ship technical difficulties and will resume service in the New Year’. With only a single freight ferry in their fleet capable of navigating in the shallow waters of Troon harbour it seems that a breakdown two weeks ago has persuaded the company it would be better to abandon the supposedly loss making service altogether. In a statement to the Handy Shipping Guide P&O General Manager for Ireland, Charlie Green said:

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2012 Conference and Exhibition Promises to Cover Vital Topics

AUSTRALIA – For what many consider to be the most important event in the Australian road haulage calendar, the offer to save A$250 for early booking, plus a chance to win the cost of entry back, will end for truck operators on the 23rd December. The 2012 Australian Trucking Convention will be held from 16-19 May 2012 at the Rosehill Gardens Event Centre, Sydney and organisers the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) promise the 2012 convention will address all the big issues facing trucking in the country.

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Praise for MOL After Their Support Following Japanese Disasters

JAPAN – Regular readers will know that Mitsui OSK Line (MOL)try to do more than most when hardship strikes a community, their assistance during the recent Thai floods being a good example. Assistance with the horrors which followed the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami was almost expected therefore when the disasters occurred on home turf for the company known best for container freight carriage was itself directly affected last April.

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Boeing Models 'Will be Built for Decades'

US – Boeing has revealed that Fedex Express has taken up an option to order two additional 777 freighters to add to their growing fleet and ordered twenty seven new 767’s, the first time the express air cargo carrier has purchased the freighter based on the popular 767-300ER (extended range) passenger airplane. Boeing says the addition of the 767 Freighters will enable FedEx to replace its less efficient, medium widebody cargo airplanes with freighters that provide fuel, maintenance and other cost savings.

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(But there's Never Enough Money around When You Need It)

US - Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today that 46 transportation projects in 33 states and Puerto Rico will receive a total of $511 million from the third round of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s popular TIGER program. The announcement comes months ahead of schedule, and infrastructure projects including road and bridge improvements; transit upgrades; freight, port, intermodal terminal and rail cargo expansions as well as affecting private motorist’s cyclist and pedestrians.

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Bureau of Transportation Index Shows Steady Progress

US – Statistics from the Bureau of Transportation (BTS) released yesterday show that the quantity of cargo carried by ‘For Hire’ carriers dropped slightly in October, the first fall recorded in the past five months. The Freight Transportation Services Index is compiled from multimodal BTS statistics and measures the month-to-month changes in freight shipments in tonne/miles, which are then combined into one index.

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Strife for Passengers Likely to Continue

BULGARIA – The strike which brought the country’s freight rail services to a standstill has ended after a pay and conditions agreement was negotiated between the state owned company and transport unions. Details of the collective bargaining agreement were released yesterday and it will come into place in the middle of next year and is effective for two years. The agreement should mean the restoration of cargo services on the tracks.

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Irish Sea Tragedy Concerns Whilst African Facilities to be Improved

EUROPE – AFRICA – Search and Rescue is very much in the news this week with transport union group the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) calling for the shipping industry to address concerns surrounding the deaths of six Russian sailors in November who drowned after the bulk freight vessel Swanland foundered in the Irish Sea. Meanwhile plans are in hand to greatly improve the chances for merchant ships in trouble whilst off a major part of the African coastline.

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New Tanker is Cooking on Gas

NETHERLANDS – WORLDWIDE- It seems that despite our article yesterday about the use of biofuels in container ships there may be an alternative which is considered more environmentally acceptable than traditional bunker fuel. Marine assurance providers Lloyds Register tells us that the world's first new LNG-fuelled tanker has been delivered in Rotterdam to Lloyd's Register class, hopefully heralding the start of a new era of cleaner shipping for Europe's local waterways.

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Maersk Searches for Cleaner Options

DENMARK – US – WORLDWIDE –Never the one to do things by halves Maersk Line, as the largest shipping company in the world, is leading the fight for shipping to clean up its act. This week the company posed the question ‘Can a ship sail on algae power’ and gave the current details for the experiment it is currently undertaking together with the US Navy to establish if bio fuels are a credible source of power for large marine diesel engines using one of the company’s 6,700 TEU container ships, the 89,000 tonne Maersk Kalmar, as a test bed.

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Italy Peers Over the Abyss

Yesterday port and dock workers and road haulage staff walked out to protest at Prime Minister Mario Monti’s declared austerity package. Italy looks set for a series of disputes this week similar to those seen in Greece over the past few months. A euronews report shows demonstrators parading outside the Parliament offices in Rome in a rare show of solidarity between four of the country’s major unions.

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Norwegian Groups Sign New Agreement as Energy Sector Takes Treatments on Board

NORWAY – WORLDWIDE – Ballast water is a bête noir of the shipping industry with bulk freight and container vessels particularly affected with their need to constantly adjust draft and balance as they load and offload cargoes around the globe. The damage caused by alien organisms has tragically been illustrated too many times and the potential for harm has made the topic high on the agenda of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as well as other regulatory bodies around the world. In 2009 the US authorities began banning certain ships and fining owners millions of dollars for careless actions.

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New Federal Regulations Arriving Shortly to Match European Standards

US – WORLDWIDE – News that Volvo Trucks in North America has introduced its Bluetooth equipped radio as standard equipment on all VN and VHD models will please many road haulage operators who might be in the market for a new freight hauler in the New Year as the long awaited federal ban on hand held mobile devices when driving comes into force on the 1st January.

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Bespoke Greetings via the Web - and All in a Good Cause

WORLDWIDE – Sometimes it can look a little lazy, naff even, to send your customers and friends an e card, particularly at Christmas when you’ve had plenty of notice, after all it’s always on the same date. Avoid the embarrassment this year by signing up to transport charity Transaid’s Christmas card appeal, proceeds from which will go to fund professional training to drivers in Zambia and Tanzania to raise driving standards and save lives. In return for their support, companies will receive a tailored version of Transaid’s Christmas e-card incorporating their name and logo, which can be distributed to all clients and friends throughout December.

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Three Year Extreme Racing Contract Agreed

WORLDWIDE – Following our recent piece on freight and logistics groups sponsoring sports events come news that GAC Pindar has been awarded a three-year contract from global sports marketing company OC Thirdpole to provide a complete logistics support package to the award-winning Extreme Sailing Series. Details of the tie up between global shipping group GAC and UK print organisation Pindar was covered in our article in May since when Pindar has been acquired by the York Mailing Group after going into administration in July.

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Eighteen Thousand Tonne Piece Crosses North Atlantic

US – SPAIN – NETHERLANDS - Fairmount Marine, part of the Louis Dreyfus Armateurs freight and passenger maritime group, tell us it has delivered another giant piece in support of the energy industry, this time across the Atlantic. The 18,000 tonne topside is to provide process, utilities and living quarters for the Castor project off the Spanish coast. Fairmount Marine was hired for the towage across the North Atlantic by Heerema Marine Contractors, owners of the bargeH-541, and first the tug Fairmount Expedition had to relocate the barge from Flushing in the Netherlands across to the US.

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Carrefour appoints Supply Chain Partner

IRAQ – MIDDLE EAST – Despite some trying times in the global money markets retail food outlets continue to thrive as the thirst for international products worldwide in a more traditional market environment grows and the big multinationals expand into new territories. French group Carrefour now has a presence in thirty two countries and this month announced it had completed its supply chain into Iraq with the appointment of Move One logistics to handle its freight entering the country from Dubai, Turkey and Jordan into Iraq.

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More Women Take Top Jobs and You Can Name Your Favourites

UK – This week the members of the Freight Logistics Industry Image Group (FLIIG), has commented on the rising number of women who occupy top jobs in the transport sector. This is also the time of year you have the opportunity to highlight your personal choice of female role models working within the industry by supporting them with a nomination in the MAN everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards.

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Mars is Final Destination for Latest Consignment

RUSSIA – US – MARS – Project freight forwarding contracts tend to be the most glamorous branch of the world of logistics but sometimes even they can pale by comparison with where their precious, and normally out of gauge cargo ends up. This can be the case with exotic rigs that travel to the depths of the ocean or deep into the jungle but the shipping movement undertaken by Volga-Dnepr Airlines makes even those destinations seem commonplace.

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US Anti Trust Authorities Lock Up Two More Executives

US – LUXEMBOURG - Another pair of scalps for the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) yesterday with the news that Ulrich Ogiermann and Robert Van de Weg, two executives from Luxembourg carrier Cargolux Airlines International S.A., have received jail terms of thirteen months each for their parts in the air freight cartel activities which have scandalised the industry, after personal indictments against them to which they entered guilty pleas.

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Changes of Schedules on Four Continents

WORLDWIDE – After the recent news that CMA CGM and MSC will be working more closely together to maximise efficiency of freight services the two giant container shipping lines have confirmed adjustments to their schedules whilst Maersk, Hamburg Süd, CSAV and CSCL have also seen Winter season restructuring.

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St. Petersburg is Ninth Euro Russian Connection

EUROPE – RUSSIA – Unifeeder, the Danish based company which controls the largest short sea container feeder network in Northern Europe has announced a new service to commence at the end of January between Antwerp and St. Petersburg. This takes to nine the number of weekly connections between the company’s European hub ports Antwerp, Hamburg and Rotterdam, and Russia. Director at Unifeeder’s Shortsea division, Simon H. Galsgaard said:

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Proposed EU Regulations Detrimental to UK and Ireland

EUROPE – Irish MEP Jim Higgins this week requested an interview with European Industry Commissioner Antonio Tajani to discuss his concerns over plans to cut the current freight truck height limit from 4.65 metres to just 4 metres from 2014. The MEP is concerned that both Ireland and the UK will be the only countries in the EU to suffer as they have infrastructure designed for vehicles up to 4.8 metres in height whilst continental countries have different design standards. The Fine Gael MEP said:

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Shortages Exaggerated says Steam Packet Boss

UK – Problems continue with freight traffic destined to the Isle of Man from the mainland as gales up to Force 10 are predicted for the next few days. Previous storms have caused disruption to essential supplies including medicines and foodstuffs and one of the RoRo ferries on the route needs urgent repairs to a bow thruster and will be out of service from next week.

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Teesport Apprenticeship Scheme Expands

UK – With youth unemployment being one of the main news items at present many of the larger freight and logistics groups are turning to apprenticeship schemes as their way of ameliorating the situation. In the tenth year since launching its first apprenticeship scheme Teesport dock operator PD Ports is demonstrating its continued commitment to investing in people with the introduction of a new apprenticeship, the first of its kind at the Port, which over the 18 months of training will provide the 13 apprentices with a NVQ Level 2 in Dock Operations. Historically the apprenticeship schemes at Teesport have focussed on electrical and mechanical engineering trades.

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DSV Implements New Technology to Improve Revenue

UK – Cube cutting and the under declaration of weights can not only cost freight forwarders and road haulage operators money, it can sometimes be downright dangerous. Now prototype scanning and weighing equipment, which trailer operator and cargo consolidator DSV Road Services designed, together with logistics equipment manufacturer Qubiqa, is able to measure the exact dimensions and weight of all shipments, ensuring DSV can more accurately plan every trailer load.

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On the Track or at Sea Racing Gets You Noticed

WORLDWIDE – Brand reinforcement is of the utmost importance to all the multinational freight and logistics companies and experience shows there is no better way to hammer your name home than sponsoring a prestigious sporting event (except possibly an ad campaign with us). This week two German giants of the shipping world have announced their support for two high profile series but in different countries and very different mediums.

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Felixstowe Lets Transport Secretary Try Another Line of Work

UK – Our photograph shows a somewhat trepidatious Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Justine Greening MP at the controls of a gigantic gantry crane sited at berths 8 and 9, the latest addition to the container handling facilities within the Port of Felixstowe. The Minister was at the Suffolk site to visit the site of the new rail terminal due to be constructed next year and to oversee what is already the country’s busiest intermodal freight terminal.

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New LCL Services from CEVA

WORLDWIDE – In a week which saw it win the Airfreight Forwarder of the Year award at the Supply Chain Asia Logistics Awards (SCALA), logistics group CEVA has announced the continued growth of its less than container load (LCL) consolidation services. The company was a finalist in several categories at the Shanghai ceremony and it is the ocean freight market which CEVA has turned its attention to this week with the introduction of thirty new LCL services.

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MSC and CMA CGM Team Up As Times Get Tough

WORLDWIDE - In a joint press release the world’s second and third-largest container shipping companies have announced the signature of a major agreement. The two family-owned freight companies, the Swiss-Italian MSC and France’s CMA CGM, have agreed to form a broad-based operating partnership spanning several trades, including Asia-Northern Europe, Asia-Southern Africa and all of the South American markets. The companies say that the agreement is designed to improve the two partners’ respective performance and will help to drive ‘extensive operating synergies and enhance quality of service for all of their customers.’

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Political Upheaval Leaves an Uncertain Future for Energy Related Shipping Contracts

UK – NORTH AFRICA – WORLDWIDE – After the much reported recent political turmoil in North Africa it is to be hoped that some nations are beginning to find their feet again. One of the great concerns for overseas governments is the uncertain state of the energy market and this has ramifications for many involved in the freight and logistics sector. Here in an interview Neel Ratti of Tuscor Lloyds reflects on the Arab Spring’s effect on the market and how it will create opportunities for British shippers.

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Shippers Should Join Discussion According to GACAG

US - WORLDWIDE – Two new press releases today from the Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG), the body formed by the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) expounding the value of e-commerce and the need for continued development of cargo screening processes. The modernisation of documentary processes and better cargo security are the very raison d’être for GACAG.

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Panalpina's NVOCC Launches Weekly Asia to Poland Groupage

TAIWAN – SOUTH KOREA – POLAND – Polish customers of Panalpina can expect faster LCL services from Keelung and Busan in future after in house container carrier Pantainer Express Line announced their groupage cargo would reach the market two days earlier now transhipment at the freight and logistics company’s hub in Hamburg was to be sidestepped.

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Energy Sector is the Growth Area for Many

ANGOLA – WORLDWIDE - Angola LNG Supply Service (ALSS) has signed a global agreement with GAC, the Kuwaiti headquartered logistics group to provide ship agency services to its vessels. ALSS is a specialist transporter of liquefied natural gas owned by affiliated companies of Sonangol, Chevron, BP, Total and ENI and will be shipping LNG from the Angola LNG Project liquefaction plant in the north of the country to receiving terminals worldwide beginning in the 1st quarter of 2012.

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No Resolution to State Owned Railways Problems

BULGARIA – The threatened strike by the country’s rail labour unions mentioned in our piece a couple of weeks ago has moved to a new phase with the news yesterday that two workers have gone on hunger strike in a protest about proposed redundancies. The day after our article, 24th November, workers began action stopping passenger and rail freight and yesterday the dispute escalated after talks between management and unions went on late on Saturday before collapsing.

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SkyCargo Expand Services Outward and Upward

DUBAI – WORLDWIDE – Lots going on at Emirates SkyCargo with several developments this month, including a pair of heavy lift records and the announcement of a couple of new routes. Not satisfied with setting a new record for the heaviest recorded single item ever carried by a Boeing 777F the airline has now broken its own record for a freight forwarding project by shipping an even larger piece via a Boeing 747.

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Promises of Cargo Protection Using Modern Technology

US – ARGENTINA – When money is tight, and there are few globally who would dispute that now is one of those times, crime levels in the freight and logistics business soar. From the theft of diesel from the small road haulage operator to piracy on the high seas off the Somali coast more and more companies are having to upgrade their security arrangements to deal with a variety of threats.

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Bitter Dispute Set to Continue

AUSTRALIA – Unions are ratcheting up the pressure on Qantas with delegates at the current national Labour Party conference lobbying to change the Fair Work Act to prevent employers contracting out more than a specified quantity of jobs to outsourced labour. Union representatives claim that Qantas are contravening the Qantas Sale Act and called for it too to be strengthened. For their part Qantas management said that with much of its freight and passenger operations in Asia any change to the act to force them into an ‘Australian Only’ policy would be counterproductive.

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Two More Unions Sign Up To Wage Accord

US – The impending strike of railroad workers which we covered in our rail freight news in November looks to have been averted after both the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and the American Train Dispatchers Association reached agreement with employers’ representatives. The settlement leaves one major union left to agree terms to avoid action which logistics analysts predicted could cost $2 billion a day.

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Tis The Season To Be Wary

UK – Freight drivers are being urged to be extra vigilant as Christmas deliveries reach their peak. TruckPol, the UK’s freight crime intelligence unit, has warned that HGV drivers are a prime target for organised crime groups that prey on vulnerable lone workers, often when parked in unsecure parking areas around the UK.

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Meeting Closes in London with Promises for a Better Future

UK – WORLDWIDE - The 27th Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) held in London closed on Thursday and appropriately twenty seven resolutions were adopted by the gathered parties. These included a six year strategic plan for the organization, actions to be taken on piracy of freight and passenger vessels off the Somali coast, various safety procedures and the conversion of this years inaugural ‘Day of the Seafarer’ into an annual event.

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Saudi Arabia Stakes Its Claim In Airfreight Market

SAUDI ARABIA – LUXEMBOURG – Freight only air carrier Cargolux is the launch customer for the brand new Boeing 747-8 Freighter and on Wednesday the first touchdown was made at King Khaled International Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh where the aircraft was given the traditional welcome shower by KKIA fire trucks upon arrival in Riyadh. After unloading its cargo at KKIA’s cargo terminal it then continued onwards to Hong Kong in China. Commenting on the arrival of the first Boeing 747-8F in Riyadh, Engr. Abdullah Al-Tassan, KKIA Director General, said:

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DfT Plans Welcomed by Industry

UK – Regular readers will know the Handy Shipping Guide actively promotes the growth of freight carriage using low emission vehicles such as electric and hydrogen powered vans and trucks plus fuel conservation measures by the road haulage industry. Now the Government’s latest moves on the matter revealed by the Department for Transport (DfT) on Thursday have been praised by industry stakeholders.

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Acquisition News for Two Big Players This Week

FRANCE – CHINA – UK – This week saw two of the most substantial players in their own fields underline similar tactics for dealing with a turbulent freight market. Clarksons the London based shipping services group announced it had acquired EnShip Ltd the Aberdeen based shipping agency and marine industry logistics specialist via its Clarksons Port Services Group. Meanwhile French giant Norbert Dentressangle completed its acquisition of APC Beijing International, a China-based freight forwarding company.

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Ports Have a Stake in World Aids Day

Thursday, December 1, 2011
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Transport Unions Address a Global Problem

WORLDWIDE – The 1st December is World Aids Day and the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) has released details of a study it has undertaken showing how the HIV/AIDS situation has impacted on the port community and the ITF’s affiliated unions. The aims of the survey also included increasing understanding of the effects and perceptions of the disease and to prepare appropriate responses.

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