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September 2017

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Eliminates Need for Specialist Work Gangs

NORWAY – WORLDWIDE – Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) are set to launch a new line of cargo hold cleaning equipment. The high pressure lance and add-on heating system are tailor made for cleaning difficult to reach areas of the hold, enabling crews to get the right cleaning results, irrespective of where stains are located, without the need of scaffolding, ladders or specialist-cleaning crew.

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A Sad Start for Who Has Come and Gone in the Industry

UK – Our weekly round-up of staff changes in the freight and logistics industry starts with the some sad news. William (Bill) Henry Bowker MBE, former owner of Lancashire transport operator WH Bowker, has died at the age of 81, following a short illness. The business was founded by Bill’s father in 1919 on his return from the First World War. Bill took over running the company at the age of just 19, following the sudden death of his father in 1955.

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The Friday Freight News Round Up

Friday, September 29, 2017
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All the Bits That Have Been Missed So Far

GERMANY – Following on from yesterday's announcement regarding Panalpina's acquisition in the Netherlands, the international freight forwarding and logistics company is now also expanding its Perishables Network into Germany. Panalpina has entered into an agreement with the Cool Chain Group, Germany (CCG), taking over business and a team that is specialised in international air freight and the import of perishables. The deal will further strengthen the Panalpina Perishables Network in Europe and the company''s global end-to-end offering for fresh produce. Stefan Karlen, CEO of Panalpina, explained:

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Transparency However Must be Supported by Regulators

EUROPE – Accusations of anti-competitive practices have long been the norm in the world of European rail freight. Governments are frequently accused of turning a blind eye to illegal transfer of funds between track managers and rolling stock operators and public money supporting state rail groups to the detriment of independent cargo carriers, whilst routes see preferential treatment for such operations. Now the European Rail Freight Association (ERFA) has praised new legislation it says was adopted this week which it feels can redress the situation.

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Third Party Logistics Group Expands Perishables Global Network with Dutch Buyout

NETHERLANDS – After the successful acquisition of Kenya-based forwarder Air Connection, third party logistics group Panalpina is now to acquire the Dutch company Interfresh Airfreight Handling. Interfresh specializes in the customs clearance and last-mile distribution of imported perishables from Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. With the acquisition Panalpina states it has taken another significant step in building its global Perishables Network and offering complete end-to-end solutions on a global scale. Panalpina CEO, Stefan Karlen, said:

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People Encouraged to Report Criminal Scourge Affecting the Freight Industry

UK – Independent charity Crimestoppers is partnering with the labour exploitation investigative agency Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) to help the UK public 'Spot The Signs' of slavery in a bid to tackle this growing issue and the world of shipping is being specifically targeted. The UK's maritime, transport, and other logistics industries have been identified as common sectors for such exploitation.

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Advocates Point to Speed, Cost and Efficiency Benefits

UK – EUROPE – CHINA – Whilst the lion's share of freight in the UK and to its export markets is conducted by lorries or ships, the expansion of rail freight is moving apace in the country as the government seeks to reduce emissions to meet its commitments both to the British public and international environmental agreements.

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Sustained Policy of Improving Infrastructure in its Market Areas Aligns with UN Goals

SOMALILAND – Dubai based port and logistics outfit DP World is to provide a US$ 2 million donation to help increase water availability and improve healthcare in Berbera, where the company has a 30-year concession to develop a multi-purpose project at the Port following an agreement with the Government of Somaliland. The move is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations to build a better world over the next 15 years.

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Barriers to Global Supply Chain Understanding of IMO Code are Immense However

WORLDWIDE – A coalition of leading cargo industry organisations representing the full breadth of the global supply chain is maintaining its campaign for safer practices in packing freight containers and other cargo transport units (CTUs), a subject we have covered at some length previously. As we forecast then, four major industry bodies, the Global Shippers Forum (GSF), ICHCA International, TT Club, and World Shipping Council (WSC) have now asked delegates of IMO member states for the backing of their governments to communicate the content and to encourage and oversee the use of the IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code) within their jurisdictions.

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Just a Few Days Left for the Chance to be Feted by Your Transport Peers

UK – Any freight forwarders or other logistics providers out there who are beating themselves up for missing this week's deadline to enter the British International Freight Association (BIFA) annual Freight Service Awards can breathe a sigh of relief, as dates for nominations has now been extended to 2 October 2017 for reasons Robert Keen, Director General of BIFA, explains:

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Busy 3PL Operators Must Maximise Efficiency at Minimum Cost

UK – For a major independent third party logistics (3PL) service operator such as the Bowker Group, versatility in the equipment used to handle the large amounts of varied freight types passing through the company's York warehouse facility is an essential. Founded in 1919, Bowker has a diverse client base and stores and distributes anything from hazardous chemicals to food stuffs, and throughout its seven UK sites the company has standardised on narrow aisle storage which requires fork lift trucks able to function in the restricted environment, whilst also capable of working efficiently in a yard environment.

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Protest Against Flags of Convenience

UK – One thing guaranteed to raise the hackles of any maritime trade unionist in Britain is the mention of flags of convenience. The ability to operate a merchant vessel at what is often perceived as a discounted cost is an anathema to anyone who feels this leads to a dilution, not just of wages, but often of safety standards. Shipping union RMT has a national campaign 'SOS 2020', a title selected as the union says that year thousands of UK working ratings will retire, with native replacements likely to be thin on the ground. This Saturday, 30 September, will see an event in Hull to promote the message.

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Freight Carriers Will Anticipate Huge Compensation Claims

EUROPE – The Road Haulage Association (RHA), together with a host of transport interests both in the UK and across the continent, will doubtless be noting that the European Commission has found that Scania broke EU antitrust rules by colluding with five other truck manufacturers on truck pricing and on passing on the costs of new technologies to meet stricter emission rules, over a 14 year period. In handing down the judgement, the Commission imposed a fine of €880,523,000 on Scania.

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Local RoPax Vessel Gets Upgrade

UK – Red Funnel, the Isle of Wight specialist ferry company has confirmed that it is to spend £3 million on a major refurbishment of its RoPax ferry Red Eagle in the New Year. The passenger and RoRo freight vessel is of the same Raptor Class as her sister ships the Red Falcon and Red Osprey which themselves were upgraded in 2014 and 2015. The work involved means running miles of cable and ducting as well as major configuration works and, as previously, the main contract has been awarded to Trimline in Southampton, with aluminium fabrication work contracted to Wight Shipyard Ltd in East Cowes.

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Israeli Converted Passenger Plane is World First

US – Alaska Air Cargo has introduced the first converted Boeing 737-700 cargo aircraft. The aircraft is the first of its kind in the world and was converted from an all-passenger to an all-freight configuration and has just started service carrying goods from Seattle, home of course to the Boeing Corporation, to the state of Alaska. Wayne Newton, Alaska Airlines vice president of airport operations and customer service, said:

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FTA Happy at Statements but Wants Solid Action

EUROPE – The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has welcomed the call from British Prime Minister Theresa May for a transition period on Britain's exit from the European Union. The FTA, which represents more than 16,000 businesses transporting goods and services across the UK and Europe, has been lobbying for such a period since Article 50 was triggered, to enable the preparation of the necessary systems and processes to ensure that post-Brexit trade can run smoothly. Pauline Bastidon, FTA's head of European Policy, said:

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Dedicated Services and Emergency Measures Introduced to Get Critical Cargoes Through

CARIBBEAN – As the residents of the Caribbean start to pick themselves up and access the devastation that Hurricanes Irma and Maria have wrought throughout the region, freight companies are swinging into action to endeavour to get critical supplies to the many impacted islands and to try to get the area back to normal as quickly as possible.

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Qatar Orders Extra Capacity

US – QATAR – Boeing and Qatar Airways announced an order today for two 747-8 Freighters and four 777-300ERs (Extended Range), valued at $2.16 billion at list prices. The airline also received the first of its 747-8 Freighters at a delivery ceremony attended by His Excellency Mr Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive and Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Kevin McAllister. Mr Al Baker said:

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Fifth Year for London to Paris Challenge

UK – FRANCE – A team of 58 cyclists from across the transport and logistics industry have completed a 240-mile London to Paris cycle ride to raise vital funds for international development organisation Transaid. The group had already raised more than £100,000 when they set off from London on September 22, and this figure is expected to grow once all sponsorship money is collected. Fundraising from the event will go towards supporting Transaid's projects to transform lives in sub-Saharan Africa through safe, available, and sustainable transport.

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Ecological HullWiper Technology Now Available to Lease Globally

WORLDWIDE – The HullWiper hull cleaning system, which was developed by the GAC logistics group, can now be used worldwide, following the launch of its first leasing scheme. The initiative makes it possible for ship owners and operators, technical managers, charterers, coatings companies, government entities and other interested parties to use the brush- and diver-free Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) wherever approval has been given for its operation within port waters.

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WEC Expands Offerings to North West

NETHERLANDS – UK – SPAIN – PORTUGAL – IRELAND – Dutch freight carrier WEC Lines is launching a new service between the ports of Liverpool and Huelva, Vigo, Leixoes and Dublin. The weekly shipping service, operated with 300 TEU vessels, begins at the end of September. Nico Valkenier, Managing Director of WEC Lines, said:

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Initial Direct Vision Standards Published by Transport for London

UK – There has been more than a little trepidation, and in fact rumblings of discontent, amongst the road haulage community with regard to the new 'Direct Vision Standards' (DVS) affecting freight trucks working in London. Now Transport for London (TfL) has issued details of which trucks will be acceptable to carry freight in the capital from 2020 via its DVS rating scheme. Changing standards of acceptability and further restriction notices are to be issued in due course for the ensuing four years.

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Schmitz and Transaid to Cooperate on International Projects

UK – AFRICA – Schmitz Cargobull is celebrating its 125th anniversary by becoming the first trailer manufacturer to partner with Transaid, an international development organisation focused on tackling transport challenges in sub-Saharan Africa. Caroline Barber, Chief Executive of Transaid, commented:

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Who Has Moved to Greener Pastures?

WORLDWIDE – Two new board members, representing the ground handling and cargo carrier sectors, have been appointed to The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) Board of Directors. Ramesh Mamidala is Chief Executive Officer of India's Celebi Delhi Cargo Terminal Management, bringing over 22 years’ air cargo experience to the post. Sanjeev Gadhia is Founder and CEO of Nairobi, Kenya-headquartered Astral Aviation, as well as Vice Chairman of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) Cargo Task Force.

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The Stories that Missed out on the Limelight This Week

UK – The British Government has launched an £18 million research programme to encourage innovations in developing zero emission technologies for medium and heavy road freight vehicles. The main emphasis is on developing light-weight materials and more efficient propulsion systems. Roads Minister Jesse Norman said:

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Demand from US Drives Opening New Office for NAVTOR

NORWAY – US – E-navigation specialist NAVTOR has set its sights on the US shipping market with a new office opening in Seattle. The Norwegian-based business, which has built a global network of facilities since forming in 2011, has until now serviced the territory from its Egersund headquarters. However, growing demand in the United States has prompted the team to establish NAVTOR USA.

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Trelleborg Introduces Automatic Mooring System

Thursday, September 21, 2017
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New Technology Will Streamline Docking Operations

SWEDEN – WORLDWIDE – Trelleborg Marine Systems operation has launched AutoMoor, a rope-free, automated mooring system that uses smart technologies to enable a faster berthing process and improve safety levels within the port environment. Using vacuum technology to rapidly attach to and secure a vessel at berth, the system reduces vessel motions, and continuously monitors all mooring loads acting on the vessel at berth, providing live data to the operator to optimise day-to-day port and terminal operations. It also minimises personnel involvement to reduce human error and improve safety. Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborgs Marine Systems Operation, said:

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New Premises Sees Change of Tack

AUSTRALIA – GAC, the Dubai headquartered freight forwarding and shipping group, with roots in Sweden and Kuwait has been offering shipping services from all of Australia's ports for the past decade. Now however GAC Australia has moved into territory familiar to the group on other continents with the opening of its new consolidation warehouse in Perth, marking its first foray into the logistics business in the country.

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Successful Tests on Hybrid Drive Short Sea Ferry

NORWAY – Just as the urban cycle of small delivery vans is driving the technology for electric road vehicles it seems the short sea schedules of coastal ferries is pushing hybrid vessel development on a similar path. Finnish headquartered technology group Wärtsilä says it has successfully tested its automatic wireless induction charging system on just such a vessel. This is the first commercial ferry in the world operating with high power wireless charging capability for its batteries, and the successful project represents a notable breakthrough in the evolution of plug-in electrically operated vessels.

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Partnership with Specialist Employment Group is a Positive Move

UK – It is a sad fact of life that, in an age when most companies pay lip service to equality, there are still factors and taboos which weigh heavily against disabled people finding the right employment for themselves. These vary from a reticence to discuss disability with a prospective staff member to many people's own lack of self-confidence when it comes to seeking a job. Now the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) has announced that it will be working in partnership with not-for-profit social enterprise, Evenbreak, to promote the value of diversity in the logistics sector and, in particular, highlight the positive contribution that disabled employees can make to a business.

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Target is to Handle 300,000 Tonnes per Year

UK – Rail freight operator Freightliner and terminal handling concern Rail Freight Services have got together with the Tarmac group to open a new rail depot inside Freightliner's existing Garston complex. The Tarmac Garston project, approximately just five miles from Liverpool City Centre, is intended to support long term employment in the locality, both directly on the site itself and via the supply chain whilst supplying materials for use in a wide range of infrastructure projects across the region, including the newly constructed Mersey Gateway project.

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Sentinel 5P Will Monitor Atmospheric Gases after Launch

UK – RUSSIA – ORBIT – A new satellite which will provide air quality and climate data for the entire planet every single day after its launch next month, has been successfully delivered by Volga-Dnepr Airlines. The European Space Agencys (ESA) Sentinel-5P satellite was transported in a special container along with support equipment for its An-124-100 freighter flight from London Stansted to Archangelsk in the northwest of Russia. During the loading process, accomplished using the An-124-100 internal crane, two nitrogen purge containers were used to keep the satellite container topped up with nitrogen.

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Import and Export Freight Badly Hit Since 2015 Closure Over ISIS Intervention

JORDAN – IRAQ – The border between the two countries, known in Jordan as Karameh and in Iraq as Trebil, has now reopened to road freight, a great relief to the local economies having been closed since 2015 now that ISIS forces, which controlled the vital route between Amman and Baghdad, have been displaced. The closure had a debilitating effect, particularly on energy poor Jordan, which saw its export traffic drop by two thirds as a result of the closure.

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Hurricane Maria Now Devastating the Caribbean

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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Warnings That Last Weeks Events are to be Repeated

CARIBBEAN – Hurricane season continues to cause disruption throughout the region. Following the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma last week now Hurricane Maria is sweeping over much of the same area that was previously devastated. With consistent winds of 155mph, Maria is only marginally less powerful than Irma, and wind gusts of over 200mph are being reported on the outer edge of the storm.

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Maersk Sells Off Tanker Division

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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Part of Restructuring Plan

DENMARK – AP Møller - Maersk has signed an agreement to sell Maersk Tankers to APMH Invest, a subsidiary of AP Moller Holding, for US$1,171 million in an all-cash transaction, marking the second part of the Danish shipping giants strategy to separate its oil and related activities from the transport and logistics side of its business. AP Moller Holdings plans establish an ownership consortium for Maersk Tankers fleet with Japan's Mitsui & Co.

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Recent Smuggling Cases Provoke Request for Help

NIGERIA – Lagos-based freight group Dangote has taken the unusual step of asking that members of the public inform them when they see any of their drivers acting suspiciously after one of their trucks was seized by Nigerian customs after it was caught smuggling frozen turkey into the country from neighbouring Benin.

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New Severn Tolls Announced for 2018

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
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Reduced Amount to Cover Government Costs before Abolition in 2019

UK – Following the return of the Severn Crossings to public ownership from January 8, next year, the UK government has announced its decision to reduce the bridge tolls for the first time since its introduction in 1966, in line with the commitment made by the UK Government in Budget 2015. Additionally, the normal annual inflation increase, due at the start of 2018, will also not be applied.

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Hyster Planning for the Electric Revolution in Freight Handling

GERMANY – Hyster Europe has revealed more details about its zero-emission, high-capacity, electric trucks, announcing that a 48-tonne capacity laden freight container-handling truck powered by electric motors is being developed. Jan-Willem van den Brand, Director Big Truck Product Strategy & Solutions for Hyster, explained that:

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Airline Supports Relief Effort

FRANCE – GUADELOUPE – The plethora of supplies and equipment needed by the Caribbean islands which lay in the path of Hurricane Irma are essential to try and preserve, and indeed save, lives and power generation is at the heart of the problem for many island inhabitants. When Antonov Airlines was contracted to airfreight thirty two giant generators on behalf of EDF from Chateauroux, France to Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe, only the company's AN-124-100 aircraft, each with a payload of up to 150 tonnes, fitted the bill.

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Government Ministers Work Overtime on Their International Colleagues as Brexit Looms

UK – So the biannual event which is London International Shipping Week (LISW) 2017 closed its doors on Friday September 15 to general satisfaction from both the organisers and many of the 15,000 or so attendees at the 160 official events which took place over the 5 days. Like the Edinburgh Festival however, LISW has its own 'fringe' events which doubtless swelled the number of freight and logistics stakeholders attending to an even higher level.

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Will Pay Out 405 Million Dollars for Ship Repairer and Dubai Maritime City

DUBAI – DP World has agreed to buy two fellow state-owned maritime entities for a total cash consideration of US$405 million. The global port operator has said that it will acquire Maritime World, the owner of Dubai Maritime City (DMC), for $180 million, and purchase Drydocks World by means of a capital injection of $225 million, from state-owned Dubai World.

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New Container Yard to be Added

UK – Hutchison Ports has named VolkerFitzpatrick Limited to undertake the design and construction of approximately 13 hectares of paved container yard directly behind Berth 9 at the Port of Felixstowe. The work will include the reclamation of 3.2 hectares of seabed behind the existing finger pier. Commenting on the latest development, Clemence Cheng, Executive Director, Hutchison Ports, said:

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Liquefying Loads Thought Responsible for Multiple Sinkings

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

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New Trading Terms in Effect from October

UK – The new edition of the British International Freight Association's (BIFA) Standard Trading Conditions (STC) will be launched on 1st October 2017. The terms were last revised in 2005. The revised edition has been produced following an extensive review of the existing STC by the BIFA Legal and Insurance Policy Group, taking advice from solicitors with significant experience of the freight and logistics industry.

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Hauliers on North Sea Routes Can Get Additional Perks as Part of P&O Offering

UK – NORTHERN EUROPE – Keen to show the lorry drivers who use their services that they value them, P&O Ferries has launched a new Commercial Drivers Club which offers VIP services for freight drivers using its overnight routes on the North Sea. The complimentary club, which was launched over the summer and has already signed up more than 100 members, is unique on the North Sea.

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DP World Claim Terms Offered for Renewal Are Impractical for Group

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

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A Compilation of Stories that Didn't Make the Front Page

WORLDWIDE – Starting the round up of smaller items from this week's freight and logistics news, Maersk Line has uploaded the technical details of its entire container fleet to BoxTech, the fast-growing database provided by the Bureau International des Containers (BIC). Following the upload, the BoxTech database now holds details of more than 7.5 million shipping containers, approximately 30% of the global container fleet. Ingrid Uppelschoten-Snelderwaard, Head of Equipment at Maersk Line, said:

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Tenth Year Sees Additional Category for Young Industry Professional

UK – The Rail Freight Group (RFG) held its tenth annual awards dinner this week for members of the British rail haulage industry. More than 200 of the RFG's members and their guests attended and commemorative silver plates were handed out to all those companies who had been members for ten years or longer. In addition, more than 1700 pounds was raised for the Railway Benefit Fund (RBF), the chosen charity of the RFG Awards, via a raffle.

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Daimler Subsidiary Rolls Out Emission Free 7.5 Tonne Lorry

US – An all-electric 7.5 tonne truck has been launched this week by the Daimler Trucks subsidiary, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC). The manufacturer says the FUSO eCanter is the world's first series-produced all-electric light-duty truck and will be delivered to customers starting this year in the US, Europe and Japan. MFTBC is planning to deliver 500 units of this generation to customers within the next two years. Larger scale production is intended to start in 2019 but the initial customer in the US will be freight and logistics outfit UPS.

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Road Haulage CEO Claims Auto Pilot on Vehicles Will Not Reduce Demands for Drivers

US – The Handy Shipping Guide has covered on multiple occasions the rapid developments taking place in the field of autonomous freight delivery, from projects to build robot ships and trucks that have steered themselves for part of their delivery route, to even independent aerial drones delivering critical consignments to remote parts of Africa. Now a major representative of the American road haulage industry has come out openly in favour of greater industry involvement in the development of this technology.

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Promise to Increase Staffing Levels is Met Again

AUSTRIA – GERMANY – SWITZERLAND – Whilst elsewhere talk is of attracting more talent to the world of logistics, one company which promised it would maintain its policy of increasing staff levels is Austrian based Gebrüder Weiss (GW) which has just taken on 69 young men and women in the three countries as 2017 sees the Lauterach headquartered freight forwarder keep employing a consistently high number of new apprentices.

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Wayne Harrison of Easi-Chock Discusses Issues

UK – WORLDWIDE – Having survived a Somali pirate attack by keeping his crew safe using improvised devices to lock doors and portholes, ex-UK Special Forces serviceman Wayne Harrison spotted an opportunity to turn his handmade fortifications into a business called Easi-Chock, a product we have reviewed in the past, and which manufactures products that now protect thousands of seafarers worldwide. Here he tells the Handy Shipping Guide about that attack, the flaws he sees in current security protocols, and the need for greater crew protection systems.

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Calls for Truckers to Tweet In Pictures of Best and Worst Rest Stops

UK – EUROPE – The Freight Transport Association (FTA), whose members operate around half of the UK's road haulage fleet and which represents various other sectors of the the logistics industry, has called on policy makers to prioritise the provision of improved facilities for commercial drivers. According to FTA's head of European policy, Pauline Bastidon, the lack of adequate parking and rest areas across the European road network is forcing drivers to take rest breaks in their cabs, without appropriate facilities being available. She says:

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Unions Decry Relaxation of Flag of Convenience Regulations

AUSTRALIA – Cabotage. A word that is guaranteed to produce an argument amongst the freight and logistics community, often referring to road haulage movements throughout Europe but, at the moment the hot topic Down Under and concerning sea freight, with both cargo vessels and cruise ships in the spotlight. The Australian Government has plans to water down the rules surrounding foreign ships gaining temporary licences to operate between Australian ports and this has left maritime union interests incandescent with rage.

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Specialist Logistics Group Aids French Navy with Minehunter Ocean Transport

GERMANY – FRANCE – ABU DHABI – Our picture shows two minehunting naval ships, each weighing 670 metric tonnes, being transported between France and the Persian Gulf. For the two French Navy-owned ships, which also measured 51.50 x 8.90 x 3.80 metres, it was a two way trip after they were loaded onto the HHL Fremantle in Brest and transported to the Persian Gulf, before being brought back again on a second voyage, with both locations being military bases. The project freight movement was completed by Hamburg headquartered Hansa Heavy Lift whose Director of Global Sales, Walter Prosetti, commented:

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Medals for Meritorious Service Being Awarded

UK – The British Governments Maritime Minister, John Hayes, has called for nominations for mariners who have gone beyond the call of duty who deserve to receive the Merchant Navy medal. Now in its second year, the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service is being awarded to those who are serving or have served in the Merchant Navy and fishing fleets of the UK, Isle of Man or Channel Islands.

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Top Level Meeting Investigates a Range of Subjects

HONG KONG – A delegation from DP World and the UAE met with Hong Kong leaders to discuss collaboration in a range of sectors from ports, logistics and customs to education and innovation at a meeting in Hong Kong this week. The development of financial services and cruise terminal facilities, customs collaboration and the OBOR (One Belt, One Road) were also discussed.

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Vessel Registry Launches New Report and Guidelines

UK – WORLDWIDE – Lloyd's Register (LR), founded as a merchant vessel registry in 1760 and which has latterly morphed into a global business service, still has its feet firmly planted on the ocean floor as evidenced by the latest information released by the company. Working in conjunction with QinetiQ and the University of Southampton a report, itself a follow-up to the Global Marine Technology Trends 2030 report previously produced by the three collaborators, looks at autonomous maritime systems and how these will impact the carriage of sea freight, having already started testing in the military field. Tim Kent, Technical Director, Marine and Offshore, Lloyd's Register, comments:

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Another Set of Track Borne Container Cargo Services for the Silk Road

CHINA – GERMANY – Hong Kong headquartered supply chain and e-commerce specialist, Tigers, has launched a new, weekly scheduled, rail freight service to and from fifteen stations across China to link with Duisburg, Germany via hubs at Hefei, Chongqing, and Chengdu. 'Tiger Rail' customers can charter a train, or book FCL and LCL container load shipments and there are also plans to offer e-commerce customers shipping parcels from Europe to China a cost-effective service along the new Silk Road. Andrew Jillings, Chief Executive Officer and Group Managing Director, Tigers, said:

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Crowd Funding Campaign to Reverse 'Toxic Charge' and Review Pollution in Cities

UK – In a move relevant to the road haulage industry the campaigning organisation FairFuelUK has come out all guns blazing against the changes being introduced in London, and indeed other major cities, with regard to reducing pollution using the mechanism of charging vehicle owners. In London the aim is to have Mayor Sadiq Khan abandon his policy of 'T Charging', which penalises those who use older diesel and petrol powered private and commercial cars, vans and lorries in the capital.

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A Common Practice Which Requires Caution

WORLDWIDE – Two leading container industry bodies, the Container Owners Association (COA) and the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS), supported by the leading freight transport insurer, TT Club, have published a guide for those seeking to use refrigerated containers in non-operating mode to carry commodities not requiring temperature control. The Guidelines give extensive advice on the risks involved and correct packing to protect both container and cargo.

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Also Simplification of Berth Location and Harbour Charges for Commercial Vessels

NETHERLANDS – Officials at the Port of Amsterdam have said they are not fazed by the ruling by the Council of State that the Province of North Holland was within its rights in denying planning permission for the construction of four wind farms in the Amsterdam port area. The port had seen the proposed development as a positive move which would added 54MW of wind energy capacity in the port area's Afrikahaven, Hornweg, Sicilieweg and Westpoortweg sections.

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Moody Logistics Long Time Sponsor of Kids Charity

UK – Cramlington based haulage company Moody Logistics and Storage have raised £21,000 for the Great North Children's Hospital Foundation. The money will fund an extra session per week for the 'Clown Doctors' programme which provides child centred play therapy for young patients in the Great North Children's Hospital (GNCH) at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in Newcastle.

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National Lorry Week and Freight Driver Awards Converge

UK – It's all happening at the moment in the world of British trucking as the Road Haulage Association (RHA) is celebrating its National Lorry Week which runs until September 16, meanwhile final preparations are under way for the 2017 Freight Transport Association (FTA) Driver of the Year competition. Today (September 12) there is a Parliamentary Reception at the House of Commons when the RHA will lobby ministers and other government officials as part of its continuous campaign to promote the logistics industry.

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Tax Breaks, Royal Naval Protection, Guaranteed Assistance in Foreign Ports All Made Available

UK – No sooner had we published Transport Minister Chris Grayling's comments at the opening of London International Shipping Week (LISW) 2017, criticising them as a smokescreen with nothing to offer the merchant shipping sector, than Shipping Minister John Hayes pipes up he wants to increase the amount of trade carried under the Red Ensign, that is the iconic Red Duster, the flag of Britain's merchant fleet.

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BIFA 2017 Deadline Draws Close

UK – There are some things which are immutable, the tides, the changing of the seasons and the annual shipping industry festivities which are the British International Freight Association (BIFA) Awards but time to nominate an individual or a company for one of these latter accolades is fast running out! Now in their 29th year, BIFA's Freight Service Awards are open to all members of the trade association, which represents a host of UK companies engaged in the international freight forwarding and logistics industry.

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Contributions Requested from Shipping Lines

UK – A new fund has been launched to help ships' crew members who may need welfare support while visiting the Port of Tyne. With over 100,000 seafarers arriving at the Port each year and welfare, conditions and pay of seafarers varying greatly from ship to ship, with some merchant ships at sea for nine months or more at any one time, the Port of Tyne welfare fund has created an option for shipping lines to pay a voluntary levy each time one of their vessels come into Port.

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Antitrust Accusations Have a Habit of Coming Home to Roost

EUROPE – Any of our regular readers will know there is a litany of stories within our archive of duplicitous acts by ocean car carriers, air cargo transporters, freight forwarding agents, NVOCC's and container shipping lines acting as cartels and, usually after protracted legal wranglings, getting their just desserts. Now comes further confirmation that the illegal cooperation by a group of European truck manufacturers which cost them €2.9 billion in fines, and which we first reported over a year ago, is subject to an ongoing compensation class action on behalf of customers, a legal move driven by the Road Haulage Association (RHA).

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Shipping Liable to Major Disruption in the Region

US – CARRIBEAN – Hurricane Irma, which caused chaos and devastation across the Caribbean last week made landfall onto the continental United States over the weekend and is wreaking massive disruption in the civil population and on the shipping of domestic and international freight. In terms of effects on logistics and the supply chain, in the US the following ports have been shut until further notice.

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No Concrete Sign of Extra Funding However Despite All the Aspirations for Brexit

UK – The Government kicked off London International Shipping Week 2017 (LISW) with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling hosting a meeting at 10 Downing Street to reveal government post Brexit plans for the industry. The minister says Britain will be the best country in the world to do maritime business with after the split with Europe and that there will be 'an ambitious plan' formed in cooperation with industry to maximise new trade opportunities and significantly grow the UK's maritime sector.

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Rastatt Update as the Lawyers Begin to Circle and a Broadside from a Principal Critic

EUROPE – The collapse of the Rastatt rail tunnel which we reported at the beginning of the month continues to have far reaching ramifications for the freight and logistics operators which rely on what may well be the most heavily used intermodal corridor in Europe. With delays for cargo units stretching to two weeks, last week members of the European Rail Freight Association (ERFA) sent an open letter to the German Minister of Transport bemoaning the complete absence of any contingency plans for such a situation and pointing out the lack of cooperation between neighbouring countries and national operators.

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Some Smaller Shipping Stories from Around the Globe

UK – A commitment to driver comfort as well as operational efficiency prompted South Wales road haulage operator John Pearce Glynneath to invest in its first new Mercedes-Benz rigid for some 15 years. Managing Director of the family run outfit based near Swansea, Clive Davies, explained what led the company to fork out for the first Actros, saying:

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The Latest Supply Chain Staff Shuffle

DENMARK – SWEDEN – The week's appointments news in the freight and logistics sector opens with the announcement that Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP) has named Deputy CEO, Barbara Scheel Agersnap, as its new CEO, with former Chief Financial Officer, Jonas Arkestad simultaneously becoming deputy CEO, retaining his post as CFO. Both changes within CMP will take immediate effect.

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Pride of Suffolk Logistics Football Title Wrested from Opposition as MSC Win Pentalver Challenge

UK – As Liverpool F.C's most lauded ever manager once said ' Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that', so one can only imagine the rivalry when ten logistics firms, all stalwarts of the local shipping and freight forwarding community, took part in the Pentalver Felixstowe annual football tournament fighting out a five-a-side tournament for the pride of Suffolk.

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Tarp Manufacturer Clarifies Regulations for Road Haulage Drivers

US – Whilst the UK is accused by some of never committing fully to the European Union as Britain's exit looms closer, the United States is generally seen as just that, a happy collection of individual regions linked under one common set of laws. This however is simply not the case as regional and geographical differences mean that individual states choose to maintain their individuality, and this tendency extends to the trucking community where delivery of road freight can be subject to different regulations as it crosses state lines.

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Leaked Home Office Paper Banning Migrant Workers Gets Frosty Reception

UK – EUROPE – It seems Britain may be in for the 'Battle of Brexit' as things hot up with a war of words erupting this week after the leak of several EU papers which outline just what the attitude of the Brussels negotiating team is. Like a spurned lover many of the points covered simply blame the situation on the UK–s desertion, putting the blame for any and all problems on the escapee. Britain, for example, is told that it has full responsibility for resolving the Irish border situation. However it is a leaked UK document that has stirred up the freight and logistics community.

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Multiple Programs Underway to Cut Emissions

UK – Ahead of this year's London International Shipping Week (LISW), the UK Government has reiterated its commitment to help fund innovative technologies and fuels to reduce maritime emissions, and help create a zero-emissions sector.

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Announcement Warmly Greeted by Shipbuilders Council of America

US – The Department of Transportations Maritime Administration (MARAD) has awarded $9.8 million to 18 US small shipyards through its Small Shipyard Grant Program. These investments are designed to support industrial modernisation that will increase productivity and allow the yards to compete more effectively in the global marketplace.

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Partial Climb Down from HMRC as Rules Relaxed

UK – In June we wrote of the ridiculous situation when HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) effectively changed the rules governing the overnight allowances claimed by truck drivers when they spent nights away from their operational base. Rarely has the Road Haulage Association (RHA) resorted to such cutting language on behalf of its members as on that occasion, calling the new regulations demanding receipts for all overnight expenses as ' elaborate and ill-defined'.

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Water Lubrication is an Older Technology Than You May Think

UK – WORLDWIDE – To many an engineer the idea of a water lubricated bearing is, to say the least, counter intuitive. Add in the harsh realities of life at sea, where aboard cargo and other vessels a constant battle against the corrosive properties of salt water is endlessly waged and the proposition seems even more unlikely. It is against this backdrop that shipping industry leaders attending London International Shipping Week 2017 (LISW) will be able to hear the case for water lubricated propeller shafts during an evening technical lecture organised by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST).

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Recommended Practice for Energy Sector Under Significant Threat

WORLDWIDE – The fear of cyber attack is a global phenomenon but one which particularly affects the energy industries which play such a vital part in everyday life for all of us. Almost 68% of oil and gas companies were affected by at least one significant cyber incident in 2016, and many attacks are assumed to be undetected or unpublished. Based on a joint industry project, DNV GL is now launching a globally applicable recommended practice (RP), DNVGL-RP-G108, addressing how oil and gas operators, together with system integrators and vendors, can manage the emerging cyber threat.

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New Lighter 45 Foot Unit Added to Portfolio

US – WORLDWIDE – We have extolled the virtues of the unique shipping container design produced by CakeBoxx Technologies many times. For shippers needing 360 degree side and overhead access for loading and unloading, the fact that the units act as a flat rack, which is then completely protected by lowering the body of the box onto the base, means improved security whilst still allowing full securing of the cargo. The fact that the containers simply have no doors are a self-evident security feature.

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Free to Use UKWA MarketSpace Find a Storage Space Facility is Now Online

UK – The United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) has announced the launch of MarketSpace; a new web-based portal that brings companies with warehouse space to fill together with those seeking storage and logistics services. Unlike, other storage space brokerage systems currently operating, MarketSpace does not charge a fee or commission to companies wishing to use the site to market the space they have to let. It is also entirely free to use for those searching for storage facilities. Peter Ward, Chief Executive Officer of the Association, said:

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An Outside Contribution by Michelle Mellor

UK – With the current law on how employers treat the data they hold on their employees constantly under review and increasingly strict, the Handy Shipping Guide is publishing a contribution on the issue from Michelle Mellor, Managing Director at Personnel Checks, on her top advice on how companies should handle confidential information in the best way possible.

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Vessels Warned to Clear the Area and Take Protective Measures

CARRIBEAN – Following on from Hurricane Harvey that caused massive disruption to Texas last week the Caribbean is now facing Hurricane Irma, which has been rated at as Class 5 hurricane and has been ranked as the most powerful hurricane to have ever been recorded in the Atlantic. As of 0820 GMT the Hurricane has hit Barbuda and is expected to hit the Virgin Islands, Antigua and Puerto Rico. Alerts have been issued throughout Florida, Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

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Know How to Stay in Contact Even Before You Take Off

WORLDWIDE – OK, so this may be straying from our normal path a little (What's New? Ed.) but with so many of us involved in the freight transport game having to jet around the world on a regular basis it's worth sharing when something comes along that can be a real boon to air travellers, regular or otherwise.

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Analysts Host Conference and Say Other Experts Comments are 'Mindless'

UK – NETHERLANDS – WORLDWIDE – As with all emerging technologies opinions as to their development vary widely and now it appears the handbags are out over the viability of electric vehicles, and specifically what is required in the way of infrastructure when it comes to supporting the new generation of cars, vans and freight trucks, some of which are seen as key to the future of specific sectors of the road haulage industry.

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Insurers Put Global Cargo Theft in Perspective

WORLDWIDE – The TT Club can always be relied upon to produce an interesting analysis of any given situation with regard to the movement of goods, or indeed any matters concerning the supply chain, as its members have a financial interest in minimising claims which might affect the insurance premiums of the future. This month the Club has taken a look both at theft which, as it represents around 10% of claims by both volume and cost, is a subject suitable for examination, and specifically road haulage crime.

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New Video from BIMCO and GSF Extols the Virtues of SERVICECON

WORLDWIDE – The world's largest international shipping association, BIMCO, which represents over 2,100 ship owners, operators, managers, brokers and agents in 120 countries, in partnership with The Global Shippers' Forum (GSF), an NGO which itself looks after the interests of various national and regional shippers' organisations in Asia, Europe, North and South America and Africa, have released a jointly produced video to promote the benefits of using their 'readymade' standard service contract, SERVICECON.

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OOCL Reclaims Title it Held in 2003

HONG KONG – As OOCL prepares to welcome the third of six 21,000 TEU container vessels into its fleet, the box freight line has announced that one of the sister vessels of the ultra large container carriers as the recipient of a Guinness World Record Title.

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Piloting Took Place 5000 Miles Away

US – UK – Technology group, Wärtsilä, has taken a further important step towards developing its Smart Marine capabilities by successfully testing the remote control of ship operations. The testing, which involved driving the vessel through a sequence of manoeuvres using a combination of Dynamic Positioning (DP) and manual joystick control, was carried out on August 21 off the North Sea coast of Scotland in collaboration with Gulfmark Offshore, the US based operator who provided the vessel for the project. Though the test vessel was in the North Sea, the remote control navigating was carried out from the Wärtsilä office located in San Diego, California, 8,000 kilometres away.

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Aimed to Help Road Haulage Professionals Improve Safety for Drivers

UK – Road safety charity Brake is running a webinar for fleet managers and road safety professionals on investigating crashes and near-misses to mitigate and manage risk to prevent similar incidents in the future. 'A positive mental attitude: driver attitudes and state of mind' is an opportunity to hear from experts on how to identify different concerns and at-risk drivers after a collision.

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The Cost is Counted as Drones Assess the Damage as New Driving Law Introduced

US – As Texas licks its wounds after the rampaging Hurricane Harvey at last ceased its battering of the Houston area life is returning to normal for many residents, but will never be the same for others who lost virtually everything in the storm. Problems with freight and private traffic remain with roads from San Antonio in the west to New Orleans in the east affected.

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Intermodal Traffic Badly Hit - Immediate Changes Sought

EUROPE – The collapse of the new rail tunnel at Rastatt in Germany, which we covered in a comprehensive piece recently, has caused serious disruptions to intermodal freight travelling throughout western Europe. Now the European Rail Freight Association (ERFA), which represents almost 40 of the continent's rail operators seeking a free market and open access to rail tracks, has written an open letter to Federal minister Alexander Dobrindt, Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure in Berlin and EU Commissioner Violeta Bulc, the European Commission for Transport - Brussels.

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Irish Ferries Want Suggestions for New Cutting Edge Vessel

IRELAND – You would think that after the 'Boaty McBoatface' saga organisations would be more reticent about asking the public to propose names for their vessels. However, not to be deterred Irish Ferries are asking for naming suggestions for their biggest ever vessel, a €144 million, 55,000 tonne cruise ferry which is under construction in Germany and due for launch next year. The new ferry will accommodate 1,885 passengers and crew and it will have 2,800 lane metres of freight vehicle capacity which provides room for over 500 cars or up to 165 articulated trucks and 300 cars on a dedicated car deck.

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Thrice a Week Departures Aim to Cut Journey Times and Costs

HUNGARY – GERMANY – Turkish headquartered Ekol Logistics is continuing its policy to develop an increasing number of intermodal freight connections with a new thrice a week block train service between Budapest, Hungary, and Cologne, Germany. The 3PL group says it controls around five and a half thousand vehicles throughout Europe and currently runs 48 block trains per week with routes including connections between Trieste with Kiel, Cologne and Ludwigshafen, plus Trieste with Ostrava and Sete with Paris.

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Multipurpose Ocean Vessel Provides the Solution

MEXICO – Gantry cranes are now an essential tool for any self-respecting container facility and, as the trade increases, so too does the size and strength of such equipment in order to deal with the rigours of ever increasing numbers of box movements. Rubber tyred or rail mounted gantry cranes shuffle the cargo units around the container yard and, when installed, are a wonderful sight to behold, not so easy however when you want to transport them 1,000 kilometres across Mexico from Lazaro Cardenas on the west coast to Vera Cruz on the east.

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A Variety of Topics from Drones to Cyber Attacks Under Discussion

UK – Once again the great and the good of the shipping and logistics world, alongside many other interested industries, will all be gathering at London's Olympia on the 29-30 November, to visit the UK Security Expo 2017, an event which this year unfortunately has a particular relevance, much of it being dedicated to counter terrorism activities.

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Straddle Leg Fork Lift Truck Requires Specialist Safety Cage

UK – A perennial problem for a company producing a specific line of goods or handling any out of gauge or unusually packed products is ensuring that the equipment used to move items through the supply line is specifically designed for the purpose. Crisps, nuts and snacks supplier, Tavern Snacks, based in Charlton in South London has BT Reach Trucks fitted with 'straddle legs' to handle its stock, fine until the spectre of health and safety requirements loom into view, which was the case when Tavern needed staff to work at height.

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A Summary of Personnel Movements for the Business and Related Industries

US – A tragic start to this week. Following the recent series of incidents of Navy ships in the Pacific this year, Admiral Scott Swift, commander of the US Pacific Fleet relieved Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, commander of the 7th fleet, due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command. The most recent incident occurred on August 21, when the USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) collided with a tanker off the coast of Singapore. Ten Sailors died as a result. They were posthumously promoted.

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Ground Breaking Marks New Logistics Hub for South America

ECUADOR – The President of Ecuador, Lenín Moreno, and DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, performed a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of the new multi-purpose port project at Posorja, Ecuador. The ceremony follows the 50-year concession the company won last year from the Government of Ecuador to build a facility with 750,000 TEU (twenty-foot container equivalent) of capacity to fuel the country's economic growth and connect it with international markets.

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Friday Freight News Round Up

Friday, September 1, 2017
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A Collection of Snippets on what Happened in the Logistics Industry this Week

US – Following on from the disruption caused by Hurricane Harvey, which has resulted in 44 fatalities, the Port of Houston has announced that all of its facilities will be resuming operations as of today. Mariners are reminded to proceed with extreme caution due to debris and other unmarked hazards and missing or off-station navigation aids. Please report any hazardous conditions to the Sector Command Center at (281) 464-4851.

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Updated On Line Courses from CILT Provide Training

WORLDWIDE – Humanitarian logistics is, as with all charitable ventures, a delicate balance with the desire to perform at the very highest level facing the cynicism which so often accompanies the nagging doubt, 'How can I be sure where the money goes? ' Thus is it necessary to have a ratification of humanitarian logistics providers and this comes in the form of the newly update Certification in Humanitarian Logistics (CHL) and the Certification in Humanitarian Supply Chain Management (CHSCM) qualifications, essential credentials when practicing this type of operation and funded by USAID and supplied by the Fritz Institute and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

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Possible Ramifications for UK HS2 Development

GERMANY – UK – The collapse of the new rail tunnel at Rastatt on August 12 as it was being bored has caused major interruptions to freight traffic after the subsidence of the ground above dropped track levels by up to half a metre resulting in major deforming of sections of track which normally see up to 200 freight trains pass over daily. Now the Chairman of the Rail Freight Group and board member of the European Rail Freight Association, Tony Berkeley says the problem has ramifications for Britain's oft maligned HS2 project.

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