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February 2011

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Alaska Oil Exports Cease in High Winds

US – The irony is lost on observers that on the day the Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA) convene to endorse plans for Alaska’s biggest wind farm, hurricane strength winds have caused the closure of the Port of Valdez, 200 kilometres East of Anchorage.

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French Group Position Now Much Stronger

FRANCE – WORLDWIDE – It is a year since our article on CMA CGM pointed out the perils facing the container shipping giant as it negotiated a course through the mine strewn waters of debt in which it found itself. Twelve months in ocean freight however can make a vast difference and the French carrier was able to report a much rosier picture this week with its 2010 figures.

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Alternative Energy Vehicles can Drive Growth

SOUTH AFRICA – Figures released by the combi and RoRo facilities operated by Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) this week demonstrate the increasing strength of the port of East London in the field of automotive shipments, and management there say the higher freight volumes are down to good staff as much as an upsurge in export cargo levels of motor industry products.

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Investment in Advertising as Well as Infrastructure

ASIA – US – UK – This week saw UPS extend its Preferred LCL consolidation services across much of Asia after seeing the parallel less than container load roll out in Japan successfully introduced. The company will now be able to accept ocean freight groupage in ten additional ports in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand & Vietnam which will mean US importers can expect transit times up to 40% faster than UPS could previously offer.

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Con-way's Security Protocols Catch a Criminal

US – Con-way Freight, the less than truckload (LTL) division of the logistics giant have issued details of their involvement in foiling a bomb plot which led to the arrest of a terrorist suspect. The case is a shot in the arm for the industry after the recent discovery of explosive devices sent as cargo via air passenger services which had already passed through international airport security systems.

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Speculation on Fuel Prices Unsettling the Industry

UK – WORLDWIDE – In the past few weeks Britain has witnessed concerted pressure on the Government to find a method of reducing the impact of fuel costs on the logistics sector. The FairFuel UK campaign has garnered support from all quarters and just yesterday the Freight Transport Association (FTA) issued details of a submission it has made to the Treasury ahead of the March Budget calling for the repeal of the proposed rise in fuel duty.

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Summer School Offers Comprehensive Instruction

GERMANY – Anything which bears the name of entrepreneur Klaus-Michael Kühne is bound to be taken seriously by freight professionals. Now the Kühne Logistics University, named in his honour, is hosting the international summer school “Logistics & Supply Chain Management”. The twelve-day executive education programme, which comprises eight compact modules all taught in English, gives participants a comprehensive understanding of logistics and supply chain processes and is aimed at executives from the fields of logistics, commerce and industry as well as from the service industries.

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Damco Share in Maersk Success

DENMARK – After the release of A.P. Moller Maersk’s trading figures yesterday the logistics arm of the supermarket to container shipping line, Damco, has cut their own profit figures from the mix to reveal what they consider a ‘significantly improved annual result’.

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Con-way Achieve Early Adoption of New Procedures

US – CANADA - Con-way Freight, the less than truck load (LTL) subsidiary of logistics giant Con-way Incorporated, today announced it is fully operational with Canada Border Services Agency's (CBSA's) ‘eManifest ‘programme, providing full compliance capability for electronic border clearance under the government's new system for Canadian import cargo.

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Transaid Boss Retires After Seven Years

UK – WORLDWIDE – Transaid, the charitable development agency founded by the Save the Children Fund and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK (CILT), to develop transport systems throughout the underdeveloped world including the training of truck drivers to professional standards, was honoured by the presence of its patron, HRH The Princess Royal this week to mark a special occasion.

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Opinions Polarised as Australia Moves Forward

AUSTRALIA – The current government policy here is to plan for the growth in road and rail freight which most industry observers feel is a certainty rather than a possibility. Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese was happy to veto plans to increase passenger flights at Sydney’s Bankstown Airport last week but cargo carriage is a whole different matter.

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Expansion Continues for Dubai Based Aramex

DUBAI – IRELAND – One of the largest of the Middle East logistics specialists, Aramex, have continued their policy of expansion through acquisition by buying up Irish based freight forwarder and liner agency Aquaship Agencies. The deal follows recent partnerships and acquisitions in Turkey, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Kenya.

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Danish Container Shippers Bring Home The Bacon

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
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Maersk Report Profits for 2010

WORLDWIDE – A.P. Moller Maersk have released their full year figures for 2010 and they are very much in line with the anticipated levels forecast in November. Overall profit was $5 billion with the average freight rate for container traffic up 29% after dropping by 28% in 2009. This meant both box volumes and rates were around those of 2008. Unit costs (excluding bunker costs) were down $0.8 billion (4%) whereas profit jumped to $2.6 billion against last year’s $2.1 billion loss.

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Reflections on the Need For Night Time Visibility

UK – US – Two stories today about improving road safety through increased visibility, one on trucks and one on the roadway itself. In the UK the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has published a guide for all haulage operators regarding the new regulations designed to ensure large commercial vehicles can be clearly seen at night.

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New Freight Operation For Bahamas

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
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GAC Join Up with Local Shipping Agency

BAHAMAS – Middle East based logistics specialist GAC has formed an alliance with Bahamian agency Elnet Maritime Co. Ltd., which will commence operations on the 1st March under the name GAC-Elnet. Elnet Maritime was only formed in 2008 as a freight vessel support agency offering full service from ships spares to Customs clearance and bunker services.

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The Worst Possible Outcome for Captured US Yacht Crew

SOMALIA – It has been twelve days since our last update on the situation regarding the pirating of freight, fishing and private vessels in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden and, despite hopes inclement weather might reduce the tally of vessels hijacked, once again we have to report the most serious of incidents continue unabated.

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Settlement with Drivers Should Bring Reconciliation - but with Concerns

SOUTH AFRICA – After a bloody week which saw petrol bombs seriously injure two and at least fourteen more non striking freight truck drivers were hospitalised, agreement was finally reached yesterday between haulage unions and employers as we had predicted. As services return to normal two major logistics groups have united in the country in a quest for more business.

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NOL Witness $1.2 Billion Upswing and Maersk Invest in Newbuilds

WORLDWIDE – As bankers hide behind their profit reports in the face of widespread criticism the container shipping industry seems to be breathing a subdued sigh of relief as profit figures for box traffic in 2010 are reported.

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Jetstar Asia and Valuair Look for Service Expansion

AUSTRALIA – ASIA – Qantas subsidiary Jetstar and its own offshoot Valuair are seeking approval from the authorities to expand their activities into the carriage of freight. Cargo levels are expected to be limited to four tonnes per aircraft with complete bans on livestock and dangerous goods.

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Channel Islands Look for Extra Revenue

CHANNEL ISLANDS – UK - As expected Guernsey plans to introduce a raft of cost increases to raise revenue including an air freight charge of 3.4 pence per kilo plus a crane levy which will apply to bulk cargo. Meanwhile the whole situation regarding the VAT avoidance by several UK importers will come under the spotlight on the 1st March.

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Drivers Attitudes A World Apart

SOUTH AFRICA – COLOMBIA – As vehicles burned after petrol bomb attacks in Durban, peace reigned across the world in Bogota when union officials won their own battle to preserve minimum freight rates for cargo carried throughout the country. Hauliers feared the lifting of a bottom rate would mean a price war they could ill afford and agreed to meet the Government to press forward regulation in the haulage market.

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Europe's Motorway Costs Continue to Rise

FRANCE – In January we highlighted the discontent which freight hauliers in the UK felt as road, tunnel and bridge tolls seemed destined to rise despite the severe downturn which many were subjected to especially in the light of seemingly inevitable higher fuel costs.

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Safmarine and Maersk Announce Route Expansion

EUROPE – INDIAN SUBCONTINENT – MIDDLE EAST – Safmarine Container Lines are to expand the box services they operate in conjunction with Maersk Line on a new route for freight between Western Europe and Sri Lanka, India and Oman. The service has been christened PRIME 2 and will deploy seven Panamax size vessels with an average capacity of 3,550 TEU.

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Systems Aboard Ship Just Got a Technology Boost

EUROPE – Just a month ago we told how Flagship, the programme designed to bring safety and competitiveness to European maritime services had produced a software programme which could foretell the longevity of a vessel. Now, with the input of bulk freight carriers, container lines plus tanker and ferry interests, the programme has produced an up to date system which may have a very positive effect on potentially disastrous situations at sea.

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Who's Moved To and From Where and When

US – Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) have assigned sales managers for their three sales regions after restructuring their refrigerated container cargo services. The three new regional managers for reefer sales are Mark McQueen, Atlantic region, Larry Flading for Central and Pat Ryan for the Pacific area. All three will work directly with another new appointee, Lincoln Pei, who has become director of refrigerated services. Pei reports to Tsunemichi Mukai, vice president, Transpacific, Caribbean and Latin trade for MOL Liner.

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Eagle Reveal Details of Korea Lines Debt

US – KOREA – Following our recent report that bulk freight carrier Korea Line (KLC) had filed for protective receivership, one of the shipping lines leading suppliers has revealed how the situation has affected them. New York based Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc., owners of Supramax dry bulk vessels between 50 – 60,000 dwt, say they are owed to date approximately $7.3 million of charter hire from KLC, of which approximately $3 million was due and owing prior to KLC filing for rehabilitation on 25th January 2011.

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New Relationship For US - Mexican Neighbours

US – MEXICO – An historic agreement signed this month ties even tighter bonds between economic communities from either side of the border. Over 1600 freight trucks a day cross over representing tens of billions of dollars worth of goods shipped between the two countries, many of them passing via Nogales Inland Port operated by the Greater Nogales and Santa Cruz County Port Authority (GNSCCPA). In recent times the implementation of tougher border regulations and delays caused by insufficient staff at the crossing points has upset many who have always headed North to shop and trade.

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Port And Harbour Development Group Sold

Monday, February 14, 2011
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BMT Acquires Western Australian Asset

AUSTRALIA - JFA Consultants Pty, specialists in managing and inputting technical know how to port and harbour projects in its home country and the Asia Pacific region, have been acquired by the international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy BMT Group. JFA were only established in 1999 and join other BMT interests in the region including BMT WBM and BMT Design & Technology. Peter French, Chief Executive of BMT Group believes the new group company will complement these other subsidiaries saying:

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Latest Technology makes Worldtrucker Open to All

WORLDWIDE – Today Swedish truck manufacturers Volvo officially revealed their new Worldtrucker idea, with the aim of making it the largest and most active truck driver community in the world. By offering an Internet community to drivers, the company hopes to boost interest in the profession and support the recruitment of new drivers. In many countries rising driver average ages are becoming a problem as younger people avoid the profession, put off by ever more stringent regulation, particularly in the freight haulage sector.

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Further Improvements in Health and Safety Possible

UK – One of the intangible elements in arranging a totally safe working environment has always been human fallibility, a problem addressed by a new report prepared by a member of vessel classification group and transport and energy advisers Lloyds Register in collaboration with the Energy Institute and the UK Health & Safety Executive (UK HSE).

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Second Announcement in a Week from German Car Makers

GERMANY – After announcing the appointment of Kuehne and Nagel as their chosen partner for distribution of their products in Canada, BMW have awarded fellow German group DB Schenker one of their largest ever logistics contracts with around fifty freight containers a day shipping by rail and ocean freight to South Africa and China.

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Safmarine to get Six more MPV's this year

DENMARK-– ASIA – AFRICA – Danish shipping group A.P. Moller Maersk has released details of the direction being taken by subsidiary Safmarine which it believes will open up an expanding market between Asia and Africa. With the recent delivery of the MV Safmarine Samba, the first of the six new Multi Purpose Vessels (MPV’s) that it ordered in August 2008, Safmarine saw the delivery of the first MPV to join its fleet since it became part of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group in 1999.

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Cooper Ends Distribution of Baumann Products

UK – Warwickshire based Cooper Specialised Handling (Cooper SH) has announced it is ending its contract with Baumann, the Italian company which produces specialist sideloader trucks, to concentrate on a dedicated service as agents for the port and freight terminal equipment produced by the Finnish Konecranes group.

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Change of Name Due for Agency Veterans

UK – Johnson Stevens Agencies have sold their interest in China Shipping (UK) Agency and Multimodal Logistics Ltd. to China Shipping Holdings Gmbh for an undisclosed sum. The sale ends a fourteen year long cooperation between the companies. The change heralds a complete shake up for the freight agency group who’s Chairman and Managing Director Derek W. Johnson MBE, said they were discussing several new ventures and fully expected to continue import and export services with the Far East.

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Safety Considerations Under Review

EUROPE - WORLD WIDE – The 21st and 22nd February will see a forum on the subject of overloaded and badly stowed cargo in shipping containers held in Switzerland. The International Labour Organization (ILO) ‘Global Dialogue Forum on Safety in the Supply Chain in Relation to Packing of Containers’, is intended to be the first truly worldwide examination of the safety problems linked to overweight, badly packed or inadequately secured freight containers, and those carrying undeclared dangerous goods.

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First Real Hike Since December

UK - WORLD WIDE - The Baltic Dry Index took its first tentative steps upward this week when it closed yesterday at 1136 points, up from the dismal 1043 it bottomed out at a week ago. The index, which gives a picture of dry bulk freight carriage prices globally, has been plunging downwards from a high of 2784 achieved in late October.

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CILT and CWD Link to Create New Process Management Data Forum

UK – The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) says it has added a new dimension to its activities by launching a new professional forum, the Process Management Data (PMD) Forum, after a merger with time management company Commercial Work Data. The PMD Forum will cover all eight CILT Professional Sectors; Supply Chain, Transport Planning, Rail, Active Travel & Travel Planning, Bus & Coach, Ports Maritime & Waterways, Freight Forwarding and Aviation and is aimed at promoting Predetermined Time Systems which provide accurate data that is easily adapted to specific processes and quantification needs.

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GPS Aids Locating Boxes Within Port

SOUTH AFRICA - Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) have released figures for Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT) which opened in October 2009 and have described the facility as a flagship box terminal constructed as a benchmark to improve other port terminals around the country. Growth in container volumes shipped through NCT, which lies North East of Port Elizabeth and is part of the Ngqura deepwater port complex, were impressive.

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Much Heralded Island Box Carrier Project Founders

ISLE OF MAN - UK - The container service launched by Mezeron between Liverpool and the Island which we announced in October and which by November was causing controversy as the likely loss of traffic by the rival Steam Packet Company was fully realised is no more having been abandoned due to lack of freight. December saw questions asked in the Island’s Parliament over the entire future of ferry services to the island and that matter may not yet end here.

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Scottish U Turn On Rail Freight Grant

Thursday, February 10, 2011
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Extra Money Found for Environmental Reasons

UK – After intense lobbying by industry groups including the Freight Transport Association (FTA)and the Rail Freight Group (RFG) the decision to cut the Freight Facilities Grant (FFG), which was designed to assist the development of intermodal transport and have a positive effect on environmental pollution, has been revised.

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DHL Increases Handling Capacity at CVG

US – In the second phase of their investment in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport DHL announced today it is investing a further $22.5 million expanding its cargo hub facility to suit its customers’ demands for handling international air freight traffic. The CVG hub handles about 90% of the DHL volume that enters the U.S.

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Stena and DFDS Deal Referred to Competition Commission

UK – IRELAND – Authorities in both Britain and Ireland are investigating the recent agreements between DFDS and Stena Line on the Irish Sea routes which we documented here previously. The purchase of the Birkenhead and Heysham to Belfast routes by Stena was completed in December, just five months after DFDS took over Norfolkline. The routes are an essential part of freight links to Northern Ireland and beyond.

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Yet Another Vessel Seized By Pirates

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
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Supertanker Hijacked in the Arabian Sea

SOMALIA – Just one day after our report mentioning the hijacking of an oil tanker there has been another major incident when pirates today seized control of a supertanker, the 320,000 tonne Irene SL, 300 miles from the Omani coast. There has been no contact with the captured vessel since an initial radio call reporting the attack.

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Review Reveals BCFS Services are Unfairly Subsidised

CANADA – Rarely do fares come down but it is even more unusual for a business watchdog to demand that freight rates go up – yet that is precisely the situation which has arisen on the RoRo ferry routes around the coastal inlets and islands of British Columbia this week. British Columbian Ferry Services (BCFS) are a publicly subsidised service which has dozens of routes in an area where water borne carriage is the most important form of personal and commercial transport.

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US Freight Truck News This Week

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
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Stories from the Highway - Step up Ladies - and get Physical + New Infrastructure Praised

US – Our photograph shows the Salute to Women Behind the Wheel in 2010 the annual event when ladies of the road have the chance to meet up with fellow heroines of the highway for a celebration which includes music, refreshments, prizes, and the big event of the day, a photo of all women truck drivers for the world record books. Held in Louisville, Kentucky as part of the Mid-America Trucking Show on the 2nd April by the Women in Trucking Association to recognise the accomplishments of the nation’s freight delivery drivers, any ladies out there who want to register can do so ........

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Joy for K + N in Canada*

CANADA - Kuehne + Nagel tell us today the group has been awarded a three-year contract to manage the BMW Regional Distribution Centre in Vancouver servicing authorised dealers of Western Canada. The new business in the automotive sector and the BMW facility investment is intended to further strengthen Kuehne + Nagel’s position in automotive aftermarket warehousing and distribution in the growing Canadian market. Vancouver, as an Asia-Pacific container freight trade lane gateway is serviced by several main shipping lines, and is considered by K + N as a highly promising area for contract logistics business and this new contract will also increase the current Kuehne + Nagel footprint significantly.

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Another Oil Tanker Taken But 43 Pirates Reported Captured - What Happens Next?

SOMALIA – INDIA – Another vessel was seized today approximately 670 nautical miles East of Socotra Island in the Indian Ocean. The MV Savina Caylyn, an Italian oil tanker of 104,000dwt owned and operated by Dolphin Tankers, was seized by five men firing rocket propelled grenades and small arms from a small skiff. There is no news at present of the fate of the seven Italian and seventeen Indian, crew. This continues this year's worrying trend for unseasonal attacks upon container ships and bulk vessels.

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FMC Want Comments from Shippers and Forwarders

US – Regulatory bodies in America are amongst the toughest in the world and now, like the eye of Sauron, the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)has turned its attention to the effects of the slow steaming by container shipping lines and bulk freight carriers on the nations shippers and freight forwarding companies.

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News on the Moves and Changes at the Top

AUSTRALIA – After apparently wishing to move away from coal haulage to fresh logistics markets rail freight and ports group Asciano have parted company with CEO Mark Rowsthorn who has been replaced by former DHL Express global head John Mullen. Mr Rowsthorn has been in the post since Asciano split from the Toll group some four years ago. In a statement today Asciano confirm Mr Mullen will commence work on the 14th February. Prior to working at DHL Mr Mullen was with TNT and then DHL Express Asia for ten years.

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Stobart Freight Group Spreads Its Wings

Monday, February 7, 2011
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Good News For New Business Sector and Modernisation of Existing Equipment

UK – Cumbria headquartered Eddie Stobart made a conscious decision some time ago to expand its traditional road freight haulage operations and encompass new challenges in the transport sector including the development of Stobart Rail and even venturing into the passenger market with the acquisition of Southend and Carlisle Airports and last year venturing into the biomass production market.

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Snippets from the World of Haulage, Shipping and Forwarding

US – Thursday saw Boeing conducting yet another test flight for the 747-8 Freighter (coded RC523) from Paine Field in Everett, Washington. The aircraft is the fifth 747-8 cargo model being used in the flight-test programme. Each airplane is used for a specific set of tests, with this airplane focusing on functionality and reliability testing in a three and a half hour flight including the standard two and a half hour "B1" flight profile that Boeing conducts on all production airplanes prior to delivery, plus an hour of engineering testing woven into the profile.

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Freight Train Crash Causes Huge Fireball

Monday, February 7, 2011
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Homes Evacuated after Derailment

US - A freight train carrying hundreds of thousands of gallons of flammable chemicals derailed yesterday morning in a rural area south of Toledo, Ohio causing a massive explosion and a fire which was still burning last night. The Norfolk Southern train was travelling from Chicago to North Carolina with around sixty rail cars and the cargo was believed to include several tanks of ethanol, eight of which exploded, pouring liquid fire over a large area.

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Freight Representatives Hit the Road to Help Others

AFRICA – Transaid, the international development agency founded by Save The Children and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) that works toward achieving better transport systems in developing countries, is trying to raise money for its Professional Driver Training Projects aimed at improving haulage standards and truck drivers abilities plus increasing the availability of healthcare for pregnant women in Nigeria.

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Volvo and Michelin Sponsor Awards

US - CANADA - $50,000 is on offer for fleet owners who can demonstrate their effort to field safer trucks, for the third consecutive year Volvo Trucks will highlight the safety efforts of two outstanding haulage operators. Michelin again joins Volvo in sponsoring the Volvo Trucks Safety Award, focusing on the importance of highway safety for the trucking industry and all motorists.

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Only a Few Days Left to Promote Your Industry

UK – You still have time (just about) to nominate any woman (or indeed women) who you feel deserves recognition for their outstanding contribution to the freight industry, the MAN everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards return for the fourth year and your suggestion for the seven categories have to be in by Friday 11th February to be considered for the presentation at the Savoy Hotel in London on the 4th May 2011.

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Freight Train Robbery Leaves Two Dead

Sunday, February 6, 2011
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Shoot Out with Police Kills Two Teenagers and Another Seriously Injured

ARGENTINA – For most involved in the logistics industry the closest one comes to criminality is pilfering from a truck load or on a more serious note the hijacking of a shipping container or the smuggling of refugees. In some parts of the world however pirate gangs roam the ocean seeking cargo ships to plunder and ransom. The one freight related crime that it seemed reasonable to assume had pretty much died out would have been train robbery.

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History Repeats Itself After Only Eight Months

PERU – Less than a year after a state of emergency was declared after eight days of strikes by the stevedores employed at the Port of Callao, we are receiving reports of more problems affecting freight and shipping interests as dockers once again strike amid fears that the government is about to privatise the entire ports industry throughout the country.

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Suez Canal Operating As Normal - Labour Shortage Hinders Ports

EGYPT – As the world watches the dramatic events unfold, the situation in the country as regards import freight continues to improve but with diesel shortages and lack of labour hindering many discharge operations. Shipping container terminals continue to function almost normally however during limited working days, most freight depots only working between 0900 and 1400 hours.

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Scots and Welsh Will Accuse Government of Breach of Promise

UK – Just once a year do the parties who represent their respective assemblies in Scotland and Wales get to put an unequivocal point to the government of the day. The annual Opposition Day debate is scheduled for the afternoon of Monday 7th February and after furious objections from freight and haulage representatives over the past few weeks, a coordinated campaign by the FairFuel UK organisation (specifically formed to object to rising diesel costs) and other petitions by various elements of the press, it could be a difficult day for parliamentarians.

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Ministers to Examine Road Tolls

UK – The talk this week in the world of freight haulage centres around the excise duty levels on diesel and a possible fuel stabilisation scheme. Now running a close second comes the debate on the use of the country’s roads by foreign trucks, none of whom pay toward the upkeep of the infrastructure they depend on.

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Maersk is Latest partner to Sign Up

WORLD WIDE – Bulk and container shipping giant A.P. Moller – Maersk has become the latest member of the Logistics Emergency Team (LET) which was formed last year to provide access to the global supply chain to ferry aid quickly and efficiently to anywhere around the globe. Maersk will now coordinate with other logistics leaders Agility, UPS and TNT Express in what is an essential part of the World Food Programme’s (WFP) ‘cluster approach’.

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ABF Posts Losses - But Heads In the Right Direction

US – Arkansas best subsidiary ABF Freight System have posted full year figures which are a marked improvement on the near $100 million loss they recorded a year earlier. Revenues for the less than truckload (LTL) cargo consolidator were up 10.5% to over $1.5 billion and the company almost halved the year on year loss recording a new annual deficit of $58 million.

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IATA Report Air Freight Cargo Levels Rising

Thursday, February 3, 2011
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Oil Price and Bad Weather Are Limiting Factors

WORLD WIDE – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported full-year 2010 demand statistics for international scheduled air traffic that showed a 20.6% increase in freight. Demand growth outstripped capacity increases of 8.9% for cargo. The freight load factor saw a 5.2 percentage point improvement to 53.8%. Compared to the pre-recession levels of early 2008, December air freight was 1% higher than pre-recession levels; however volumes have fallen 5% since the peak of the post-recession inventory re-stocking boom in early 2010.

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April Opportunity to See What's on Offer

UK – After a period of austerity caused by declining freight levels hauliers are anticipating the return of the major manufacturers to what is a highlight of the events calendar for road cargo operators. We gave a rundown of what was expected in an article last month but a flurry of new exhibitors contains the leading lights of truck production.

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Trial Shipments Yesterday to Assess Safety

GERMANY – The accident on 13th January when the 360 foot tanker Waldhof capsized near Wiesbaden with her cargo of 2,400 tonnes of sulphuric acid is still causing problems for bulk freight and container barges travelling both up and down stream. Trial shipments were allowed Northbound yesterday to assess the effect of their wakes on the stricken ship which is being supported by floating cranes whilst her cargo is being discharged.

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DVLA Scam Targets UK Truck And Car Drivers

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
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Don't Get Caught by 'Phishing' e mail

UK – We’ve all seen them, the Government Treasury official in Nigeria who’s squirreled away $20 million and wants to put it through your bank; the Euro lottery ticket you never knew you had, just send back your details; can you please confirm your HSBC account information for our ‘security’ department? - when you haven’t got an account there or the Brazilian woman whose husband left her millions, and now she’s dying wants you to take the cash and distribute it to children’s charities for her.

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Authorities Criticised After One Dead Two Missing as they Flee Captured Vessel

SOMALIA – GERMANY – Before our weekly overview of pirate activity comes the full story of an innocent crewman murdered whilst trying to escape his hijacked vessel. The tragedy has been unfolding since the capture of the MV Beluga Nomination, a heavy lift project carrier, on the 22nd January and has elicited the harshest criticism of the naval authorities patrolling the area from the vessels owners.

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Others However Still Give Cause for Concern

US – In the past year or so we have seen extreme disquiet amongst those involved in haulage in general and less than truck load (LTL) operators in particular. With the ongoing saga at YRC Worldwide attracting criticism from competitors, sufficiently serious to engender court action, and ongoing comments that the part load market is still oversupplied, the latest news from Old Dominion Freight Line is to be welcomed.

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More Demonstrations of Depth of Industry Feeling Next Week

UK - The FairFuel UK campaign to restrict the price of duty charged by the government to commercial truck operators continues to gather momentum. With tens of thousands of signatories to the online petition plus thousands more petition gathering forms downloaded it will be hard for the coalition to ignore the plea for assistance from the haulage community when the organisation delivers a letter to each and every MP next week.

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Shipping Continues Despite the Turmoil on the Streets

EGYPT – The country is winning plaudits from far and wide as the so far ‘quiet revolution’ continues and the people demand the removal from power of President Mubarak. Despite some deaths on the streets and much publicised fears of looting, plus the suspension of internet services it seems freight vessels and bulk tankers are passing freely through the Suez Canal.

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Swiss Facility Launches Cargo Operations

SWITZERLAND – In their new Pratteln country headquarters freight and logistics specialists DHL say they have one of the most modern facilities of this kind in the Federal Republic. With a footprint of 48,000 square metres the company reckon they can achieve the very highest security standards for their groupage and European less than truckload (LTL) Euroconnect services.

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CHEP Able to Evaluate New Shipping Platforms

US – The name of CHEP is familiar to anyone operating in an intermodal or freight depot as a world leader in pallet supplies with over 300 million in circulation. Now the company has opened a new material-handling simulator in Orlando which is the world’s first testing facility for pallets and customer unit-loads that can measure handling impacts throughout the entire distribution life cycle to ensure optimum durability in use.

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