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May 2018

image: UK British Trent disaster bulk carrier tanker Panamanian registered Hong Kong Sailor’s Society

Dead Honoured at Wreath Laying Ceremony

UK - There was a stark reminder of the perils of working at sea this week when a remembrance service was held to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the British Trent disaster. Nine seafarers lost their lives when the British Trent collided with the Western Winner, a Hong Kong-owned bulk-carrier in foggy conditions 10-miles off Ostend on 3 June 1993. Whilst the bulk carrier's crew escaped relatively unscathed, the Panamanian registered tanker's cargo of 24,000 tonnes of unleaded petrol spilled into the sea and took fire.

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Flag of Convenience Registries Join with Ship Operators to Sound a Note of Caution

WORLDWIDE – It comes as no surprise that the ocean shipping industry is not entirely comfortable with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) decision to retain 1 January 2020 as the effective date for the shift to the 0.50% global fuel oil standard. The decision came at the 70th session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), and the regulation limits sulphur in fuel oil to 0.50% when operating outside of designated Emission Control Areas (ECAs).

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image: US UK Ford Motor logistics air freight Antonov on time

Motor Manufacturer Production Critically Disrupted

US – UK – A fire which recently disrupted vehicle production for a number of auto manufacturers prompted a call from Ford to the logistics outfit Active On-Demand, a Roadrunner Transportation Systems company, which specialises in rapid, time critical freight movements. The task was to arrange and manage every detail, from transportation to documentation, for shipment of an 87,000-pound die. The die tool, used to cut or shape material using a press, needed to be transported from Ohio, USA to Nottingham, United Kingdom.

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image: UK London Mayor Sadiq Khan electric vehicles freight transport road haulage logistics commercial

Mayor Launches New Initiative to Clean Up the Streets

UK – The Mayor of London today launched a new taskforce dedicated to boosting the infrastructure needed to increase the take-up of electric vehicles across the capital. The news was welcomed by the road haulage community but the only industry representative organisation directly linked to the sector is the Freight Transport Association (FTA). The latest move is a major tactic in the avowed intent to reduce air pollution in the city, a policy that has already witnessed the imposition of congestion and toxicity charges in the capital.

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image: Peru cartel antitrust RoRo car carriers shipping lines fines millions

Litany of Shame Continues for Lines Which Operated Antitrust Services

PERU – The Peruvian competition authority Indecopi, has imposed a total fine of S/47 million (circa $14 million) on six international shipping companies, following allegations that the companies violated the country's competition laws by colluding with competitors to rig the bids on RoRo shipments to and from Peru between 2001 and 2015. The ocean car carriers involved have all seen heavy fines previously levied against them for a variety of cartel type activity worldwide, each collecting millions in fines as they go.

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image: Denmark Maersk Honam tragedy fire at sea deaths container ship TEU dangerous cargo

Five Deaths in Tragedy at Sea Leads to Safety Overview

US – DENMARK – Following the fatal fire on board the 18-month old 15,000 TEU container vessel Maersk Honam earlier this year, Maersk Line has selected classification society ABS to lead a workshop to identify and evaluate potential hazards posed on containerships from dangerous cargo stowage. Ole Graa Jakobsen, Maersk Line Head of Fleet Technology.

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image: US Inchcape marine services maritime logistics ships stores Navy Dubai World $20 million

Allegations of Overcharging US Navy Cost 170 Year Old Company Dear

US – Inchcape Shipping Services, one of the oldest names in maritime services, ships stores and logistics, together with certain of its subsidiaries, have agreed to pay $20 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly overbilling the US Navy under contracts for ship husbanding services from 2005 and 2014, in ports around the world. The claims against Inchcape, a UK headquartered marine services contractor, are allegations only, and there has been no determination of liability.

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Highway Charge Uplift Follows Extra Federal Trunk Route Costs

GERMANY – Earlier this month, the German Federal Cabinet passed the proposal on the 5th Federal Road Toll Act which will see a sharp increase in the HGV tolls from January 1, 2019. The plan is for the billions of additional revenue extracted from road haulage operators to go directly into the expansion of the country's road network infrastructure, additionally tolls on all federal trunk roads are already due to increase from July 1, 2018, as ratified last year.

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image: GSF shipping lines freight forwarding agencies bunker surcharges container

Shippers Lobby Group Unhappy at Seemingly Coordinated Emergency Add Ons

WORLDWIDE – Anyone of any age who is familiar with the international shipping profession will be aware of some of the disputes and scandals over the years pertaining to antitrust or cartel actions by a range of sector stakeholders, from freight forwarding agencies to container lines and car carriers. The bunker industry itself has not been free of the whiff of corruption and now the bad old days of shipping lines colluding on surcharges to ensure collective rate rises seem to be creeping back according to some in the industry.

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image: IMO autonomous vessels Rolls Royce ferry safety at sea shipping industry emissions

Training, Tonnage Levels and Loading All Under the Spotlight

WORLDWIDE – When it comes to persuading the diverse, international authorities concerned with shipping to adopt hard and fast policies nothing ever moves swiftly. Years after the first steps were taken to investigate the use of autonomy in the ocean freight sector, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the UN's regulatory board for the international shipping industry, which only recently managed to adopt measures to cut CO2 emissions, has now started work to look into how safe, secure and environmentally sound Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) operations may be addressed in IMO instruments.

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image: Djibouti CMA CGM container shipping lines PIL DP World Port legal ramifications

Two New Reports Warn of Risks to Investors in African Country

DJIBOUTI – After what we described as 'another Machiavellian turn' when container shipping lines CMA CGM and Pacific International Lines (PIL) were revealed to be taking over the assets hitherto claimed by DP World in the Port of Djibouti until their staff were expelled by the government leading to some major, and in all likelihood protracted, legal ramifications, come two new reports opining that investment in the country may be a good deal riskier than some investors seem to believe.

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Transport Related Recruitment (and Departure) News

SWITZERLAND – Logistics appointments start in the air transport sector this week with the news that Emirates SkyCargo has appointed David Harman to the role of Cargo Manager for Switzerland. Based in Zurich, Harman will be responsible for overseeing all operational and commercial aspects for the freight division of Emirates in the country. He has previously worked as Vice President for dnata Ground and Cargo Handling in Zurich, and succeeds Nathalie Picaud, who has taken responsibility for Pharma Sales in Europe for Emirates SkyCargo.

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image: UK London Gateway DP World Solent stevedores freight forwarding logistics port container terminal

From Prosecutions to Wage Negotiations - Something for Everyone This Week

UK – We begin this week's round up of some of the less obvious news stories in freight and logistics on the banks of the River Thames, or more precisely at London's newest deep water port, DP World's London Gateway, where Solent Stevedores formally opened its new empty container depot this week. The stevedoring company's five-acre off-dock yard is situated on Berth 7, outside the terminal's ISPS perimeter and adjacent to the port's main gate, and will offer a broad range of next-generation empty container handling and storage services. Fiona Robson, Managing Director, Solent Stevedores said:

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image: China Suning logistics freight road haulage autonomous truck AI warehouse fleet Strolling Dragon

Latest Weapon in Automated Supply Chain Passes Shanghai Driving Test

CHINA – Suning Logistics, the retail logistics subsidiary of Chinese commercial giant Suning Holdings Group, says it has completed road testing for its inscrutably named 'Strolling Dragon' autonomous heavy-duty truck. The company together with its subsidiary TTK Express Company, which it bought last year, possesses 6.28 million m2 of warehouse space with a delivery network covering 2,810 districts and counties in China with its vast road haulage fleet, and this foray into autonomy follows previous ventures designed to automate the supply chain.

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image: Finland Norway autonomous electric container vessel Yara Kalmar materials handling fertiliser

Delivery to Sea Ports in Environmentally Friendly Ship to Cut 40,000 Road Haulage Trips

FINLAND – NORWAY – Materials handling group Kalmar and crop nutrition giant Yara have entered into an agreement in which Kalmar will deliver autonomous equipment, software and services for a unique, fully digitalised container handling solution at Yara's Porsgrunn facility in Norway. The deal is intended to ensure all the necessary operations related to the operations of the autonomous and electric container vessel Yara Birkeland will themselves be conducted in a fully automated and cost efficient manner, producing zero emissions. Tove Andersen, EVP Production, Yara, said:

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image: Russia South Korea Fesco intermodal 40 foot high cube container logistics group Commercial Port of Vladivostok

New Service Opens Next Week Linking Major Commercial Centres

RUSSIA – SOUTH KOREA – Moscow based transportation and logistics group, Fesco has launched an initiative aimed at reducing the delivery time from Asia to Russia via the Far East. Dubbed 'From Pusan to Moscow in 15 days', the self-explanatory project successfully completed a test shipment in April which saw a 40' high-cube container with electronic goods on behalf of the Samsung Group delivered from Busan to Moscow in 15 days, cutting the current average of 21-23 days transit time on this route.

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image: Belgium Ghent I-Motion Shipping UK short sea container service ABP Port of Hull

Ghent to Hull Option Boosts Humber Port Traffic

BELGIUM – UK – Ghent based I-Motion Shipping has launched a new thrice weekly container service between the Belgian city and Associated British Ports' (ABP) Hull Terminal, to commence operations on May 28. Arriving on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at the Hull Container Terminal. The company estimates that the new service will bring around 30,000 containers through the UK Port annually. Filip Slock, Managing Director of I-Motion Shipping, said:

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image: UK freight logistics transport FTA driver CPC DVSA pre Brexit EU mandated changes

Logistics Industry Needs DVSA to Review Legislation Now

UK – Despite the uncertainty, Brexit may offer a chance to rationalise certain items before the major changes come into force. Nowhere is this going to have a more fundamental effect than in the logistics industry and now the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has issued a plea to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVSA) to use this unique opportunity in its revision of the Driver CPC training programme, necessary as part of the EU-mandated changes to the legislation covering the qualification.

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image: UK freight forwarding Davies Turner logistics park Bristol VNA forklift pallets warehousing

Room to Expand Included in Plans for the Future

UK – Independent freight forwarding group Davies Turner has added to the six regional distribution centres it already has dotted around the country, supported by more than a dozen smaller branches, with the expansion of its services in Bristol, already a key multimodal freight hub, with satellite branches in Bridgend, Plymouth and Southampton, via a new multi-user distribution centre, the company's largest to date, situated at the 600 acre Central Park logistics park near Avonmouth.

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image: Denmark InfuserApS ozone biocidal gas University of Copenhagen at sea cruise ships shipping industry offshore facilities air pollution

Biocidal Gas Ensures Complete Sterilisation

DENMARK – WORLDWIDE – Although aimed primarily at the luxury cruise market the latest product from InfuserApS, based at the University of Copenhagen, may prove of interest to other sectors of the shipping industry, particularly those where large groups of disparate people are confined, such as offshore energy facilities. Infuser, in close cooperation with the University, is developing technologies to combat social ills such as air pollution and pathogen contamination.

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image: Europe blockchain logistics drones artificial intelligence digital data Team Kryha Fulfilment House due diligence

European Competition Promotes Thinking Way Out of the Box

EUROPE – Like it or not there are new influences coming on stream which will impact every facet of modern life, most of which the man in the street has no concept of at the moment. Whilst most may have heard of blockchain, and many may have a basic knowledge of what the word means, hardly anyone can conceive how this storage of digital blocks of data, invented to bring the infamous bitcoin to reality, will affect industries like logistics in both the short and long term.

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image: Denmark Maersk ocean container shipping Q1 figures Søren Skou freight logistics

Danish Logistics Group Edging Away from Traditional Ocean Freight Business

DENMARK – A.P. Moller Maersk released Q1 figures this week and pronounced an underlying result, after financial items and tax were taken into account, as 'unsatisfactory'. The group says it is initiating some short term moves to improve profitability after the shipping and logistics giant declared a negative result of $239 million for the quarter. Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Moller Maersk commented:

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image: Denmark Italy solar power freight passenger RoRo ships vessels Grimaldi Finn Lines Knud E Hansen ferry

Latest Battery Technology, Solar Power and Unique Hull Features Halve Fuel Consumption

ITALY – DENMARK – CHINA – The name Grimaldi has been associated with shipping since 1348 and today the Grimaldi group operates several services under a variety of titles, but maintains at its heart RoRo ferry services throughout the Mediterranean. Last month the announcement was made that the company has ordered six new such freight and passenger vessels from the Nanjing Jinling Shipyard, China and once again a contract between the yard and Danish marine engineering and design group Knud E Hansen means further development to the already established Grimaldi/ Knud E Hansen design.

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image: Hyster Yale supply chain materials handling freight logistics autonomous automation fork lift trucks

Fork Lift Truck Group Offer an Evolved Package for Automating Logistics

EUROPE – Hyster is a name well known in materials handling and supply chain circles, particularly for its fork lift trucks, unsurprisingly as it will have been around for nine decades by next year. Nowadays part of the Hyster-Yale Group, the European arm has been looking at the changing face of warehousing, and ways to manage and move freight around in a busy, and competitive, logistics environment.

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image: UK pan-European logistics specialist P&O Ferrymasters Kangarou road trailers containers ocean freight intermodal cargo units

Multi Million Purchase of Intermodal Road and Rail Equipment

UK – EUROPE – There are of course a plethora of ways to carry freight across the continent by land and sea with the ubiquitous shipping container dominating the market for ocean freight, whilst the short sea services of old rapidly switched from conventional vessels to feeder operations and road trailers transported on RoRo ferries. From the now rarely seen Kangarou road trailers, built specifically for the unaccompanied intermodal carriage by train via the rail tunnels throughout Western Europe, to the road trains essential for the Swiss trade to avoid contravening weight limits.

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Logistics Representatives Meet Politicians to Discuss Brexit Options

IRELAND – UK – The Freight Transport Association Ireland (FTAI) and its opposite number in the UK, the FTA, may be distinctly separate entities, representing as they do exclusively each of their members individual interests, but on one subject there is certainly total unanimity – the subject of Brexit, and how the EU and the UK both need to negotiate a position to ensure the free flow of cargo between the two countries.

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Some Items of News You may Have Missed

FINLAND – Following the acquisition of Visedo Oy by the Danish Danfoss Group in November last year, the engineering team has been awarded this year's Finnish Engineering Award in recognition of the team's work to develop and implement Editron, an intelligent electric drivetrain system for heavy duty vehicles and capable of delivering maximum efficiency in trucks, plus off road vehicles and in marine applications, Danfoss Mobile Electrification having developed the first fully electric ferry in Finland and powered Ferry Happiness, Asia's first hybrid electric ferry.

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image: UK Humber Estuary ABP Associated British Ports environmental plastic waste shampoo bottles Terracycle  Hull Goole

Astonishing Total of Rubbish Cleared from the Humber Estuary

UK – ABP's Ports of Hull and Goole are hoping to make waves in reducing ocean plastics by trialling a recycling scheme which turns waste into shampoo bottles, and in the few weeks since starting the project, a staggering 2.5 tonnes of plastics have been collected so far that have been washed up from across the Humber. TerraCycle in collaboration with multinational manufacturer Proctor and Gamble will transform the compliant materials into shampoo bottles that will go on sale at a major UK retailer later this year.

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Known Supply Chain Industry Names Change Roles

AUSTRIA – Appointments in the shipping sector this week start with the news that freight forwarding and logistics agent Gebrüder Weiss has announced Wolfram Senger-Weiss to become its new Chief Executive Officer from the start of January 2019. He replaces Wolfgang Niessner, who will retire from his roles of CEO and Member of the Management Board from December 31. It is expected that Niessner will join the company’s Supervisory Board next year.

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image: UK road haulage freight permits lorry parking DfT trailer registration Channel Ports M20 Operation Stack

Brexit Causes a Flurry of Truck Freight Related Action in Westminster This Week

UK – It appears that, following much debate, the government has decided the answer to potential congestion at the Channel Ports post Brexit is to turn the nearest motorway into a lorry park. Plans revealed today by Roads Minister, Jesse Norman mean that the infamous 'Operation Stack', a scheme which has already brought opprobrium down on the heads of ministers and is widely despised by the road haulage community, is being evolved to enable one entire carriageway of the M20 in Kent to be used to queue lorries whilst other traffic will travel in both directions between junctions 8 and 9 on the opposite carriageway.

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image: US Dominican Republic supply chain reefer dry containers ocean freight Crowley Maritime shipping box vessels

Two Box Vessels Employed by Only Ocean Carrier on New Route

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – US – In order to meet demand from customers Crowley Maritime has launched a new direct, weekly shipping service from Puerto Plata to Port Everglades, Florida to carry all manner of freight and equipment utilising 20 and 40 foot reefer and dry containers. Crowley is the only ocean carrier that provides a direct shipping service connecting the two locations.

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image: US Puerto Rico CakeBoxx Technologies Boxes Lo/Lo Ocean freight Door-Less Shipping Container

53 Foot Boxes Head for Puerto Rico as Caribbean Island Rebuilds After Hurricane Maria

US – PUERTO RICO – A new strategic partnership between mainland US outfit ATS International, a division of Anderson Trucking Services (ATS) and TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico has provided another opportunity to utilise the unique security of the innovative door-less shipping containers marketed by CakeBoxx Technologies. The Virginia based box provider will supply its new 53' WTP BreakBulkBoxx™ containers and 53' WTP CakeBoxx Flat Racks for use by the new cooperation in Lift On/Lift Off (Lo/Lo) ocean freight services between Puerto Rico and the US.

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Sweeping Changes to Vehicle Emissions, Safety Equipment, Infrastructure and Autonomous Technology

EUROPE – Safety on the road must always be of paramount importance, both for the private motorist and the road haulage operator, and today the European Commission has launched a programme to address the 25,000 deaths that occur on EU roads annually. The avowed intent is to halve these casualties by 2030, whilst also cutting the number of serious injuries in road accidents. Measures include the first ever CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles, a strategic Action Plan for the development and manufacturing of batteries in Europe and a forward-looking strategy on connected and automated mobility.

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image: China Austria DHL global freight forwarding rail cargo group Chengdu Qingbaijiang Railway Station Vienna

Silk Road Gets Another New Player

AUSTRIA – CHINA – DHL Global Forwarding and the Rail Cargo Group (RCG), the freight division of the Austrian Federal Railways, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop an intermodal rail freight network between Austria and China, tapping into rising trade along China's Silk Road Economic Belt between Europe and Asia. Christoph Wahl, Managing Director DHL Global Forwarding Austria, said:

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Top Women in the Industry Nominated

UK – The FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards have announced this year's 36 finalists. Now in its eleventh year, the awards programme celebrates the achievements of women reshaping the UK's transport and logistics industry, while showcasing the range of exciting career opportunities it has to offer. This year, the programme is revealing even more role models whose achievements will hope to inspire and attract the next generation of female talent to follow in their footsteps. Maxine Benson, Co-Founder of everywoman commented:

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TfL Awaits Acceptance of Scheme from Silvertown to Greenwich

UK – It would seem that, somewhat like mythical buses, no sooner does one propose one lower River Thames crossing, than two come along at once. At last the authorities are finally looking at another road tunnel to pass under the river joining east London at Silvertown to the Greenwich peninsula south of the city and linking with the A2 via the Blackwall Tunnel approach roads. Freight transport and haulage groups have welcomed the proposal which went before the Secretary of State who had until this month to consider the scheme, and which has now gone forward for approval.

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Consecutive Titles for Well Known Haulier at Multimodal Event

UK – After success at the last two year's events road haulage and logistics group Maritime Transport were always going to come back to the 2018 iteration of the Multimodal show and, once again, the company collected the 'Road Freight Operator of the Year' title, making it the third consecutive year it has picked up the accolade at the Freight Transport Association (FTA) Awards, on the first evening of the event in Birmingham.

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Gala Night to Celebrate the Best Professionals and Unselfish Volunteers

SINGAPORE – WORLDWIDE – Last week the international maritime welfare charity, The Mission to Seafarers, announced the winners of its inaugural Seafarers Awards at a Dinner in Singapore, not only a chance for the raising of funds to go toward continuing the good works but as a way to acknowledge the contributions made by those who make life at sea a little more bearable for those merchant shipping personnel who work many miles from home. The Reverend Canon Andrew Wright, Secretary General, The Mission to Seafarers commented:

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image: UK DP World London Gateway Port and Logistics Park UPS parcel group package sorting facility

UPS Package Sorting Facility Officially Opened

UK – UPS has officially opened its new 32,000 square metre package sorting and delivery facility at DP World London Gateway, the deep water port and logistics facility on the banks of the River Thames. At £120 million, the new London Hub is one of UPS's largest single infrastructure investments outside of the United States in the company's history. Lou Rivieccio, President, UPS Europe, said:

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image: Sweden UK road rail freight sea multimodal DFDS transport refuse-derived fuel (RDF) supply chain

Road, Rail and Sea Freight Supply Chain Provides Raw Material to Power Plants

SWEDEN – UK – A collaboration between DFDS, Geminor, and Green Cargo has seen the successful testing of a new refuse-derived fuel (RDF) supply chain with a combination of road, ship and rail transport for delivery of RDF bales from Geminor's UK processing plant to a power plant in Västerås, Sweden. RDF is waste that has been processed and packed in bales so it can be used as fuel in power plants. David Wallgren, Manager of Operations for Shipping Logistics & Special Cargo, DFDS in Gothenburg, commented:

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image: Lloyds Register sulphur cap limit evaluator shipping industry fuel options CO2 SOx LNG

Comprehensive Free to Use Evaluator Now Available

WORLDWIDE – Lloyd's Register (LR) has launched an online tool to help the international shipping industry identify the best the strategy for compliance with the global sulphur limit permissible in fuel oil as laid down by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), which comes into effect on 1 January 2020. The 'Sulphur 2020 – Options Evaluator' aims to bring some much-needed clarity to what the potential cost and investment implications could be for the various compliance strategies.

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Transport Operators and Policy Makers Must Continue Efforts to Protect Bikers

UK – The proliferation of urban cyclists is to be welcomed as more people take to two wheels each year for a variety of reasons ranging from cost and convenience to health benefits and concern for the environment. Now the road safety charity, Brake, has designated this year's Road Safety Week 'Bike Smart' in a bid to ensure that cyclists are kept safe on our roads, something the road freight community has already devoted time and money to with a variety of changes under way to trucks involved in the haulage sector.

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image: UK road haulage freight forwarding transport logistics fulfilment house night out driver BIFA RHA HMRC

Society Increasingly Reliant on Private Companies to Police Themselves and Collect Revenue

UK – Both the UK and Europe have been moving almost imperceptibly to become a working society in which a company is responsible for administrating not only its employees' behaviour, but that of its customers as well as its own, and being liable to penalties for failing to follow government guidelines when doing so. Many companies traditionally resent the fact that, not only do they have to collect carefully calculated amounts of tax, such as VAT, and hand it to central government, but stand to be heavily penalised should they make any honest mistakes in their calculations, whilst of course all the associated administrative costs are simply a drain on resources.

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image: UK Road Haulage Association NOx trucking lorries freight pollution potholes fines Italy

UK Association Speaks Out on the Issues Concerning Trucking Companies

UK – ITALY – The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has been particularly active of late, advising members of some particularly important changes which will affect road freight operations both at home and abroad. Potholes and pollution are high on the domestic agenda whilst we start with a serious warning for those operators plying their trade on the continent.

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image: P&O Ferries PD Ports RoRo intermodal freight link ferry DFDS Teesport Zeebrugge Rosyth

Increase in Domestic and European Cross Border Capacity

UK – BELGIUM – Following the news just a couple of weeks ago that DFDS was to close its Rosyth - Zeebrugge freight ferry services, following a serious fire which incapacitated its regular vessel on the route, it seems that another RoRo outfit, P&O Ferries, has sensed an opportunity. The integrated ferry and logistics company, which currently carries more than 100,000 freight units a year to Teesport from its continental hub at Zeebrugge, is to lift capacity on the route by almost 25% within the next month in order to create a gateway to Scotland via an intermodal link to the north-eastern port.

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Staff Moves Along the Freight Supply Chain

EUROPE – Latest staff appointments in the shipping, logistics and transport professions start with a veritable table of changes at freight and parcel specialist UPS which has named Lou Rivieccio as President of UPS Europe, succeeding Nando Cesarone, who has been appointed President of UPS International and a Member of the Management Committee.

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Serial Offender Nets His Company a Million Dollar Fine

US – JAPAN – A Japanese shipping company that delivered steel products to Wilmington, North Carolina, has been convicted and sentenced for obstruction of justice and falsification of an Oil Record Book to cover-up intentional oil pollution from the Vessel Atlantic Oasis. Nitta Kisen Kaisha, which owns and operates the 33,457 dwt bulk carrier, has been ordered to pay a $1 million fine and placed on a three year probation by US authorities for the latest attempted 'magic pipe' scam. Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Wood, commented:

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A Variety of Bits and Pieces from the Global Supply Chain This Week

JAPAN – Lead story in our freight round up this week is news that two of the largest Japanese shipping operators, NYK and K Line, best known for their container and RoRo activities, have, together with fellow countrymen Chubu Electric Power and Toyota Tsusho, established two joint ventures to launch and promote liquefied natural gas (LNG) marine bunkering in the country in the Chubu, or central, region.

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Global Logistics Partners Gather Together in Warsaw

POLAND – WORLDWIDE – The WACO System is one of the many collaborations of freight forwarding agents which ring the globe providing known partners for their international transactions. Formed in 1973 the Swiss headquartered operation recently held its latest AGM in Warsaw and, as well as the general opportunity to network and discuss logistics and the supply chain, the assembly heard from Professor Dr Borislav Bjelicic, from the University of Mannheim, in Germany, who discussed the current global economic situation and outlook for the sector.

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image: UK International Materials Handling Exhibition IMHX 2019 freight logistics supply chain career staff labour recruit

2019 Exhibition Will See Combined Effort to Recruit Youngsters for a Career

UK – Anyone and everyone involved in the British freight industry is aware of the skills gap and paucity of suitable labour, and now career opportunities within the logistics and supply chain sectors available to graduates and school leavers are to be highlighted by a dedicated Skills Zone at next year's International Materials Handling Exhibition (IMHX 2019 - NEC, Birmingham, 24-27 September 2019).

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image: UK Multimodal logistics freight Brexit FTA United Kingdom warehousing BIFA Andrew Thorne KTF Stone consultants

UK Forwarders, Hauliers and Warehousemen - All Look to the Government for Action

UK – The Multimodal Exhibition which took place at the beginning of this month provided a platform for a larger than ever range of topics up for review at the various seminars. Editorial staff being stretched thin on the ground by the simultaneous discussions at this year's event we asked Andrew Thorne, Senior Advisor at specialist freight and logistics consultants KTF Stone Limited, to move around the show and report back with his take on how the all-important Brexit discussions are progressing. What follows is his take on where the industry, and indeed the country, stand at this point in time.

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image: Netherlands fuel plastic recycling chemical transport Port of Amsterdam

Port of Amsterdam Welcomes the World of Chemical Recycling

NETHERLANDS – The Port of Amsterdam has begun the construction of a new facility that will convert non-recyclable plastic into fuel for the transport sector, estimated to reduce CO2 emissions by 57,000 tonnes per year. The project, by Dutch company Bin2Barrel, which focuses on the development of plastic-to-fuel projects, will see synthetic materials that could not be reused otherwise, now become reusable in a useful application, while at the same time offering a more sustainable alternative for traditional transport fuels.

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image: UK P&I misdeclared hazardous goods dangerous freight Exis Technologies shipping ships TT Club

Mutual Insurers Back Hazardous Goods Check System

UK – WORLDWIDE – The misdeclaration of dangerous goods (DG) in the shipping industry always poses a major risk to crews, ships, other cargo and the environment. In order to help mitigate the risks associated with undeclared or misdeclared hazardous freight, Exis Technologies', a supplier of compliance systems for the management of dangerous cargo being transported by sea has, in collaboration with shipping and freight insurers the TT Club and the UK P&I Club, announced the next phase of implementation of its Hazcheck Restrictions Portal.

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image: Tynwald Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Manx government RoRo freight ferry deal RMT

Government Bid Up for Approval Next Week

UK – Subject to approval from the Tynwald next week, the Manx government has agreed to purchase the Isle of Man Steam Packet, the company which runs the lifeline freight, passenger and private vehicle RoRo ferry service between Douglas, on the island, and the five mainland ports of Heysham, Liverpool and Birkenhead plus Belfast (possibly soon to change to Larne) and Dublin.

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image: US Nikola electric semi-truck Tesla Elon musk hydrogen powered Anheuser-Busch HGV

Massive Potential Order as Search for Zero Emissions Continues

US – Major news for the commercial vehicle road haulage sector as Anheuser-Busch, one of the world's largest brewers, has decided to hedge its environmental bets having previously reserved 40 Tesla semi-trucks for its future fleet of HGVs. The company is now to place a much larger order with Tesla's competitor, the Nikola Motor Company, for up to 800 hydrogen-electric powered semi-trucks. The zero-emission trucks, which are supposed to be able to travel between 500 and 1,200 miles between refills, and take within 20 minutes to do so thus reducing idle time, are expected to be integrated into Anheuser-Busch's dedicated fleet beginning in 2020.

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Billion Dollar Deal by Swiss Shipping and Logistics Outfit

UAE – SWITZERLAND – Abu Dhabi Ports has signed a 30 year concession agreement with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) to establish a new container terminal in the UAE located at Khalifa Port, which will see the Swiss-based shipping and logistics giant invest around $1.1 billion into the new development over the course of the agreement. Diego Aponte, President and Chief Executive Officer of MSC, commented:

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Hazard Warning Lights Set Connected Safety System in Motion

SWEDEN – NORWAY – WORLDWIDE – Volvo Trucks is to introduce a cloud-based service, Connected Safety, to allow Volvo commercial vehicles and Volvo cars to automatically alert each other to hazardous traffic situations. Connected Safety was developed to send out alerts to nearby vehicles connected to the service whenever a driver activates the vehicle's hazard warning lights.

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Another Belt and Road Collaboration Looks to Boost Business Opportunities

HONG KONG – Freight forwarding and 3PL group Kerry Logistics has announced a strategic cooperation with D&G Technology, also a Hong Kong listed company, through an investment in that company's wholly-owned subsidiary Topp Financial Leasing (Shanghai). The cooperation serves as a first step for the two parties to further explore collaboration opportunities under the Belt and Road initiative.

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Eurasia to Europe Rail Route Commences This Week

CHINA – EUROPE – The boom in intermodal freight services between the Far East and Europe continues apace as C.H. Robinson Europe Global Forwarding opens its own Eurasia to UK rail link. The new service offering connects eight origin terminals in China with eight destination cities in Europe. Full block train, single or multiple containers, LCL shipments and oversized cargo are all available options as the service commences this week. President Mike Short, comments:

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The Week's International Staff Movements in One Place

UK – Appointments and departures this week in the world of shipping, logistics and the supply chain for international freight sees the longest serving member of staff at Southampton-based charity Sailors’ Society, retiring after 26 years at the organisation. Ann Brogan started working for the Sailors’ Society as the Secretary to the Principal Chaplain in April 1992. She later became the Head of Programme Support and Executive Relations, an extremely varied role as one of the main contacts with chaplains, trustees and a number of long-serving supporters and volunteers.

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All Shipping and Forwarding Staff Need to Learn the Risks

UK – WORLDWIDE – Cyber security is possibly the hottest topic of this year in the world of shipping and forwarding, despite all the news coming out on autonomous vehicles, Brexit and the like. Logistics companies are under attack from cyber criminals every single day and, historically, with some success. Now stakeholders in the community who possibly stand to lose the most in a successful attack, the maritime insurers, have released some frightening facts and offered advice to protect the interests of those occupying the central links of the supply chain.

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Supply Chain Continues to Operate Yet Many Only See Rubbish

UK – The extent to which the British public believes it relies on commercial vehicles was revealed in a recent study by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) during the recent CV show. Despite the fact that many people remain blissfully unaware of the impact the logistics sector has on everyday lives it seems that when questioned about specific topics, the penny drops with an audible clang.

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University Level Training to Provide Future Leadership

NETHERLANDS – UAE – It seems the shortage of staff in the logistics sector stretches around the globe and quality staff for the 'hidden' industry stretches right up to senior executive level. Now global port operator DP World has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the renowned Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, for a strategic skills development programme, which will focus on leadership and business management.

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Changing Face of Shipping in the Region as Four Arab Nations Maintain Travel Sanctions

QATAR – IRAQ – Despite pleas for mediation from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the past few days, the near year old blockade of the country by four other Arab states continues. Not that it seems to be affecting Qatari-based maritime transport and logistics conglomerate, Milaha, which has now launched a direct container feeder service between Qatar and Iraq. The new service, which will be an expansion of the existing Qatar-Kuwait service that the company launched last year, will follow a Hamad Port-Umm Qasr (Iraq)-Shuwaikh (Kuwait)-Hamad Port rotation, and will be initially served by one vessel with a 1,015 TEU capacity and 110 reefer plugs.

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Roll Over Isaac Asimov - I Robot Comes to Life on Campus

US – EUROPE – Starship Technologies, the robotics start-up by Skype co-founders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, has announced a major commercial rollout of autonomous delivery services for corporate and academic campuses across the US and Europe. This comes on top of continuing schemes to promote growth in robotic food, grocery and parcel delivery in residential neighbourhoods.

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Transaid Scheme Has Staggering Success Thanks to All Involved

NIGERIA – The freight and logistics industry's favourite charity, International development organisation Transaid, is on track to achieve exceptional results in its Emergency Transport Scheme (ETS) in Adamawa State, Nigeria, with its welfare programme to enhance healthcare in the country managing to transport a staggering total of over 16,500 pregnant women to a registered health facility since the scheme began in July 2013.

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Guarantee of Employment Rights Will Continue Under MLC 2006 Amendment

WORLDWIDE – A recent meeting of the Special Tripartite Committee (STC) of the International Labor Organization (ILO) saw the agreement of a new amendment to the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) 2006, improving employment rights for seafarers in the event that a seafarer is held hostage as a result of piracy or armed robbery against their vessel.

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Phuket is Unsurprisingly Popular with Foreign Trainees

THAILAND – Since the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) first approved a Thailand based seafarer training facility in 2015, it would appear (somewhat unsurprisingly) the Land of Smiles has proved popular with both advanced seafarers and also entry level crew to complete STCW 2010 and the new updating International Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping courses. The uptake has been described as 'astonishing' by Anthony Gould, CEO and major investor in the Galileo Maritime Academy in Phuket.

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Consistency Across Brands After US Acquisition

UK – US – Since US railroad giant Genesee & Wyoming decided it was time to expand its operations into European logistics it has shown a deft touch at retaining the brand identity of the companies acquired, whilst still demonstrating its presence by introducing its own management procedures, not to mention clearly showing its own links to them. At the Birmingham Multimodal exhibition it was the turn of rail freight haulage and terminal group Freightliner, purchased in 2015, to show off the new logo which will grace all things Freightliner for the future.

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Customer Driven Evolution Means Retention of Functionality with Extra Data

UK – DP World London Gateway, the Thames side deep water port, selected the first day of the Multimodal Exhibition to reveal the latest evolution of its 'Where's My Container' (WMC) tool, which is designed to assist customers ascertain the precise location and status of their freight in the easiest manner possible. DP World London Gateway MD and CEO Chris Lewis made the presentation to a large crowd gathered around the company's café stand to assure onlookers that the current functionality of the system remained, and was being further enhanced by the changes being introduced.

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Dachser Boss Believes Whatever the Changes - His Company is Prepared

UK – Dachser Ltd, the UK subsidiary of the family-owned, German-headquartered global logistics group, chose the first day of the Multimodal Exhibition in Birmingham to officially release the company's annual figures, and with Brexit looming, Managing Director, Nick Lowe, gave an insight to his firms attitude to the coming changes. First those figures, and it would seem to have been a pretty good year for the island branch of what is a truly international, intermodal freight operation.

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Wind Power Returns to the Ocean as a Credible Driving Force

FINLAND – Viking Line has installed a rotor sail on the LNG-fuelled passenger ferry, the Viking Grace, and is accurately describing her as the first passenger ship in the world equipped with a rotor sail for the utilisation of wind power. This however is a technology dating back to 1924 and the launch of the experimental cargo vessel Buckau, and based on the Flettner system, in turn developed from the discovery of the hitherto unrecognised Magnus force revealed in 1851 by German physicist Heinrich Gustav Magnus. This latest rotor sail, developed by Finnish company Norsepower, is expected to cut fuel consumption and reduce emissions by up to 900 tonnes CO2annually. The Viking Grace is already operating on wind assisted voyages between Turku, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.

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