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September 2018

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Evidence That Eastern European HGV Drivers Routinely Underpaid

EUROPE – Last year Swedish founded and Netherlands based retail giant IKEA was the subject of an extremely critical BBC video report which exposed the group's road haulage suppliers subcontractors as clearly breaking the EU rules governing the conduct of employers towards staff, specifically HGV drivers, when working in countries other than their own.

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Accident Blights Transport Charity Cycle Ride

ZAMBIA – UK – We start this week's round-up of staff news in the freight and logistics sector with tragic news of the unfortunate sudden death of Jayne Gray, who was fatally injured in a road traffic collision on September 26, during transport charity Transaid's Cycle Zambia Challenge. Gray, the Financial Controller at family business H & R Gray Haulage in Stirling, was taking part in her third cycle challenge with Transaid..

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Small but Hopefully Perfectly Formed

EUROPE – This week's round-up of general shipping and logistics news you may have missed actually starts with a detail which may prove very useful to HGV drivers as well as freight forwarders and road haulage operators with business in Europe. If you have ever tried to unravel the complexities of who is allowed to drive through various countries and when, then the Timocom Truckban site is for you.

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Accusation of Wholesale Fraud Prompts Threat of Court Action

EUROPE – UK – The report by the EU's anti-fraud body OLAF in 2017 which concluded that the UK owed €2.7 billion in uncollected Customs duties has returned to haunt the British authorities who have apparently done nothing to resolve the matter. Based on a proposal by the Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, Günther H. Oettinger, today the European Commission has decided to send a Reasoned Opinion to the United Kingdom because of its failure to make customs duties available to the EU budget, as required by EU law.

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Day Release Programme Aimed at Young Talent

IRELAND – The Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has launched Ireland's first ever Logistics Apprenticeship aimed at addressing the skills gap in the industry while providing 'earn as you learn' opportunities to school leavers and mature students. Logistics and freight distribution companies from across Ireland have long warned that an acute shortage of qualified logistics workers could lead to significant disruption in the sector, and now coupled with the several issues surrounding the Brexit negotiations, the need to find and train the next generation of qualified workers has never seemed so important. Speaking at the launch, Declan Allen, Assistant Head of the School of Management said:

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Increase in Freight Costs by Big Three Unwarranted Says ESC

WORLDWIDE – The European Shippers' Council (ESC) has become the latest industry body to disapprove of the mechanism of surcharges that shipping lines have just launched to cover the higher costs associated with purchasing lower sulphur fuel, or the investment needed in scrubber technology, to meet mandatory incoming pollution regulations and calling for a dialogue with container freight carriers to find the best mechanism to share the costs.

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Djibouti Authorities Continue to Cock a Snook at English High Court Ruling

DJIBOUTI – Regular readers will be familiar with the situation regarding the Doraleh container terminal, the concession for which DP World held until February this year when the facility was seized by a government backed operation, following which all staff of the UAE headquartered port management and logistics group were summarily expelled from the country.

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Bulk Haulier Launches New Tanker Division

UK – Abbey Logistics has launched a new dedicated animal feed tanker transport division, focused on providing nationwide bulk transport and logistics for liquid animal feed. Abbey is no stranger to the animal feed sector and has provided road tanker transport for some of Europe's leading manufacturers for more than 20 years. This latest move has enabled the company to dedicate haulage vehicles and tankers to the animal feed sector and crucially puts in place a dedicated support team consisting of planning and commercial functions that will concentrate solely on customers in this sector.

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Eleventh Logistics Category Added to BIFA Celebrations

UK – The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has added a new category celebrating apprentices to its annual Freight Service Awards Competition. The new Apprentice of the Year in Logistics category will recognise apprentices who are making a significant contribution to their workplace and shown a dedication to excel in their professional development and learning. This is the second specific Award targeting youngsters, with the Young Freight Forwarder of the Year Award already a much sought after accolade.

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Cloud Based Service to Monitor Conditions

WORLDWIDE – Miros Group, a technology company specialising in measuring the ocean surface, has announced that it will make dry measurements of sea state available through the cloud as a service. The company, which provide sensors and systems for environmental monitoring to the global offshore and maritime industry, says that the service will mean easy access to real-time data without having to worry about configuration and maintenance of the data collection and distribution infrastructure.

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No Deal Options Produce a Range of Reactions

UK – The overwhelming feeling of anyone talking this week to representatives of the freight and logistics sector about their view of the government's pronouncements this week on the future of aviation and road haulage post Brexit should the result be a no-deal scenario, is that the industry emotions span a range, from frustration at the lack of progress, to incomprehension at the seeming inability of ministers to understand the complexities involved and hope that the worst may still be avoided.

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Government Trial Figures Analysed

UK – The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has thrown its weight behind the campaign to allow longer vehicles on British roads. The organisation says the positive results from a new report on the government trial of Longer Semi-Trailers (LSTs), a programme originally scheduled to last 10 years, ending in 2022, but was the extended a further lustrum to finish in 2027, means that the vehicles should be introduced as soon as possible.

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WISTA Event Heads North for the Winter

NORWAY – WORLDWIDE – The Women's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA), which is dedicated to furthering the careers of women in management positions involved in the maritime transportation business and related trades worldwide, has picked a particularly appropriate place to hold its 2018 WISTA Conference.

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Equipment Installed Complete to Cut Commissioning Time

IRELAND – UK – It may be somewhat old news but the first ever shipment of fully-assembled ship-to-shore (STS) container gantry cranes from Liebherr Container Cranes via a heavy lift vessel has been recorded for all time by way of a video showing the complete movement from the DSG Terminal, Port of Cork, Ireland up to discharge at the ABP Container Terminal in the Port of Hull in the UK.

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Ship Released but 12 Crew Held as Hostages

NIGERIA – SWITZERLAND – Once again the Niger Delta is the scene of another pirate attack with the victim this time a Swiss owned bulk dry freight carrier captured on Saturday 22 September by a gang using long ladders to board the vessel and cut thorough the razor wire intended to deter such attacks.

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Freight Group Tells Maersk Its New Bunker Adjustment Charges Stink

WORLDWIDE – The backlash after Maersk Line declared it was to introduce surcharges to cover its extra costs incurred because of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) mandatory sulphur cap has continued to anger the shipping community. The container carrier's announcement produced an immediate response from the British International Freight Association (BIFA) last week and now the Global Shippers Forum (GSF) has reacted with suspicion to the new charges.

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New Facility to Develop Eastern European Handling Role

HUNGARY – The country has been steadily gaining in popularity over the past few years, particularly as a tourist destination for visitors landing at Budapest airport (BUD) but it seem the growth of cargo has matched the influx and now the Hungarian hub is to expand its handling capacity to further develop its role as, what its management says, is the leading gateway in the Central Eastern European region as air freight throughput continues to grow significantly at the airport.

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Who is Heading Where and Why

UK – The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has expanded its training team with the appointment of Claire Capaccioli as Trainer – Freight and Customs Procedures. Capaccioli who has worked in the industry for 27 years has a vast amount of freight forwarding experience. She started her career in 1991 at Kintetsu World Express but more recently, spent 20 years at Yusen Logistics. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

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Doraleh Facility Row Gets Ever Nastier

DJIBOUTI – DUBAI – UK – The ongoing saga of the Doraleh Container Terminal, seized by the government of Dubai in February from the contracted operator DP World, shows no sign of relenting. Having won three successive Court hearings in London, the first brought by the government against the operator, the matter went to the High Court earlier this month, and resulted in another legal drubbing for the authorities in the Horn of Africa.

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Call to Scrap Clause CL 380

SOUTH AFRICA – ISRAEL – WORLDWIDE – The boss of Israeli headquartered cyber security outfit Naval Dome has called on marine insurers to revoke the controversial Clause CL 380 and implement policies that insure against the risk of cyber-attacks on ship systems. Speaking in Cape Town during the International Union of Marine Insurance's (IUMI) annual conference, Naval Dome CEO Itai Sela said that with the maritime industry increasingly moving towards connected, cloud-based technologies and autonomous operation, a 15-year-old Clause that excludes damage to computer systems, code or software is archaic.

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Imposition of Levy is Blatant Profiteering Says BIFA

DENMARK – Earlier this week Maersk announced plans to levy a fuel adjustment surcharge ahead of the 2020 sulphur cap, news that has incensed the British International Freight Association (BIFA) which described the imposition as 'unjustified and blatant profiteering'. The new Bunker Adjustment Factor (BAF) surcharge aims to recover Maersk Line costs of compliance with the global sulphur cap, and will be introduced on January 1, 2019 to allow customers to familiarise themselves with the changed formula.

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Waitrose Ups Its Game with 2 Hour Delivery Service

UK – Waitrose & Partners are trialling a new rapid delivery service which will see customers receive their food and drink delivered straight to their door within two hours or on the same day for the first time. Teaming up with On the dot, the last mile retail delivery start-up and forming part of the CitySprint group, the supermarket is looking to respond to the increase in customers shopping 'as and when'.

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Clean, Safe and Quiet Urban Deliveries Targeted at Expo and Conference

UK – The fourth annual Freight in the City event will be held in London on Tuesday November 6 at Alexandra Palace and, with the continuing drive to ensure faster and more environmentally responsible urban delivery cycles, the conference and exhibition dedicated to clean, safe and quiet urban deliveries is bound to prove popular with the road haulage and parcel delivery outfits charged with bringing vital supplies to our crowded towns and cities.

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Partners Get Grant to Install Hydrogen Fuel Cell and Electric Technology

US – We have often seen the US west coast container freight ports take a lead when it comes to environmental matters and now the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has preliminarily awarded $41 million dollars to the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) for the Zero-Emission and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF) project. The total project cost for this initial phase is $82,568,872, with partners providing 50.2% in match funding.

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Traditional Road Haulage Outfit is Multimodal These Days

UK – More familiar to the general public as a road haulier, transport group Eddie Stobart has launched a new train service connecting the Port of Tilbury to Tesco's site in Daventry, and then Daventry to Mossend, Scotland. Launched at the beginning of the month, this is Eddie Stobart's first ever train service to run from the Port of Tilbury, with the capacity to travel with between 30 and 36 containers.

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1,000 Kilometres a Day on One Fill Up

GERMANY – Germany has introduced the world's first hydrogen fuel cell train into its passenger service in Lower Saxony, as the industry looks to more sustainable and eco-friendly technologies to replace the current diesel trains. The Coradia iLint, built by Alstom in Salzgitter, Germany, is equipped with fuel cells which convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity, eliminating pollutant emissions related to propulsion. Henri Poupart-Lafarge, Chairman and CEO of Alstom, commented:

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Union Accusations That Crews Are Paid Below Minimum Wage Levels - Again

UK – Offshore island freight and passenger ferry services have been witness to some spectacular disagreements over the years, and some of the fiercest concern arguments with regard to the Scottish island services, like all such services, a vital lifeline for those living and working off the mainland. Now another row has broken out after the Scottish government drafted in an extra vessel onto the Northern Isles RoRo ferry service to meet short term freight capacity. Announcing the decision Scottish Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Paul Wheelhouse said:

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Luxury Vessel Naming Ceremony is Climax of Event

NORWAY – Next year's Nor-Shipping 2019 exhibition, taking place in Oslo and Lillestrøm between 4-7 June, is promising a unique night to remember on 6 June 2019, with a spectacular naming ceremony party for the Viking Jupiter. The 47,800 gross tonne Fincantieri built vessel, the latest addition to Viking's growing fleet, will be celebrated with a public concert in front of Oslo's imposing town hall, overlooking the city's bustling harbour. The free concert will feature a range of as yet unnamed international and Norwegian stars.

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Brexit Concerns Trouble Industry Association as Highway Investment Announced

UK – There is good and bad news for British hauliers this week with the Freight Transport Association (FTA) pointing to new investment in the country's roads, whilst arguing that more is still needed. Meanwhile the Road Haulage Association (RHA) is concerned that the matter of permits for European haulage operations post Brexit still needs resolution.

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New Route for a New Airline

INDIA – AFGHANISTAN – SpiceXpress, a recently launched dedicated air cargo subsidiary of low-cost Indian airline SpiceJet, has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) which will see the carrier launch regular freighter services to the country's capital.

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Doncaster Cargo Hub Up and Running

UK – iPort Rail, the Doncaster based state-of-the-art multimodal rail terminal, was officially opened last week by HRH The Princess Royal. The facility is designed to open up the Yorkshire region with new road, rail and air connections for national and international freight transport. Located on a 30-acre site within the 337-acre iPort logistics hub, iPort Rail is able to accommodate the UK's longest trains up to six times a day. It has storage capacity for 1,500 TEUs and is operated by reach stackers which can each lift a 115-tonne load.

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Explosion Which Killed Three Should have been Avoided

US – In the second hearing of a potentially three phase case the US District Court for the Southern District of New York has reached a verdict appointing responsibility for the deaths, injuries and damage caused when the MSC Flaminia was struck by an explosion. The tragedy left the container vessel drifting for weeks after the crew abandoned ship. Now the manufacturer of the chemical cargo responsible, and the freight forwarder involved, have been found at fault for the incident.

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Left Hand Drive Trucks and Vans for UK Forwarder Despite Brexit

UK – Preston headquartered freight forwarder GBA Services, which specialises in time critical logistics services, is to invest over £4 million in its fleet of trucks and vans, a purchase driven by continuing growth in demand and a significant new entry into the fast moving consumer goods delivery (FCMG) sector. In addition to strong organic growth, 2018 sales in GBA's UK business are receiving a significant boost with the recent winning of two distribution contracts for household name store chains, which have taken the company into the FMCG sector and added an expected £5million in new revenue.

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A Round-Up of Some of the Shipping Industry Stories Over the Past Seven Days

JAPAN – As the hurricane season begins to bite at the US east coast ports, disaster leads our round up of freight and logistics news this week as ocean container carriers Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has announced it is providing financial assistance to the tune of 5 million yen in support of those affected by the recent earthquake which struck the port city of Tomakomai last week.

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Appointments and Departures This Week

UK – First up this week in shipping and logistics staff movement news is that former Martinair Senior Executive, Frank De Jong, has joined British all-cargo airline CargoLogicAir (CLA) as its new Chief Operations Officer, replacing Sten Rossby who left the company to join newly formed ACE Belgium Freighters as its Chief Operating Officer & AOC Accountable Manager.

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Jobs Created by New Technology Joint Venture

UK – Two of the main topics of conversation as regards transport come together, Brexit and electrically powered vehicles, with news that a new joint venture between two British companies, Williams Advanced Engineering and the Unipart Manufacturing Group, and titled Hyperbat Limited, will open a facility in Coventry early in 2019 creating around ninety new jobs, at a new, multi-million pound, high-tech plant that will produce batteries for future hybrid and electric vehicles.

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Vessel Registry and Ship Agency Offer Discounts to Conscientious Clients

UK – MARSHALL ISLANDS – WORLDWIDE – The Green Award Scheme, the voluntary international certification scheme for ships that go beyond the industry's regulations in terms of safety, quality, and environmental performance, seems to be gaining popularity. This week two announcements from the merchant shipping community demonstrate that the desire to show Corporate Social Responsibility, and indeed benefit from extra efforts invested in the improvement beyond legally required standards, is high on the agenda of a variety of industry stakeholders.

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Government Accused of Smokescreen Tactics to Hide Serious Issues

UK – The BBC radio speech yesterday by Brexit secretary Dominic Raab stating that the uncertainty over exit from the EU was being blamed unfairly by company bosses for their failures, and was no more than an 'easy excuse', has been met by varying degrees of ire. The retort came about after John Lewis boss Sir Charlie Mayfield had made a speech recently regarding a dramatic fall in profits. The retail executive immediately replied, whilst the Road Haulage Association (RHA) picked up on the fact that UK driving licences may not be legal in the EU after March 2019.

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Eighty Years of Introducing Young Talent to the World of Shipping

EUROPE – Logistics companies throughout the continent are always on the lookout for new, young talent and now, thanks to its in house apprenticeship scheme, 68 young men and women recently began their professional careers at freight transport group Gebrüder Weiss in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

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New Systems Aimed at Haulage Industry

EUROPE – Volvo used the opportunity presented by its Group Innovation Summit in Berlin this week to unveil a new approach to the control of autonomous vehicles, and the technology is specifically aimed at the road haulage and bus transport sector. Many of the concerns regarding autonomous transport surround the current eclectic mix of private vehicles and how future technology will be integrated into the real world. Mandatory controls for road freight technology are much simpler to legislate for and enforce.

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Convenient Evening Classes from Chartering to Law and Insurance

UK – A brand new school designed to provide world-class education and training in the global shipping industry has been launched in London. Run by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS), the London School of Shipping will provide education and training to professionals primarily working in the shipping industry in the country's capital and offers convenient and affordable evening classes in numerous subjects, leading to recognised professional qualifications, held in modern facilities close to London Bridge.

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Cargo Handler Joins Logistics Firm in Operation Clean Sweep

UK – Teesport has become the first port facility to actively address the problem of plastics polluting the country's waterways, with operator PD Ports signing up to the Operation Clean Sweep© (OCS) initiative. The project, which has already seen freight group XPO logistics come on board, is run in the UK by the British Plastics Federation (BPF), and aims to ensure that the plastic pellets, flakes and powders that pass through manufacturing facilities in the UK are handled with the care they deserve and do not end up in rivers or the ocean.

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Call for Existing Regulations to be Enforced as Fires at Sea Proliferate

UK – WORLDWIDE – Ahead of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) meeting of the Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC), the international freight insurance specialist, TT Club is calling for more urgent action on issues pertaining to the safety of container transport.

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Government Sponsors Urban Electric Delivery Vehicles

UK – The government has announced £2 million to support the uptake of e-cargo bikes, in an attempt to drive UK companies towards a greener future. The funding aims to help pave the way for the nimble electric delivery vehicles to replace older, polluting vans, thus helping to improve the environment and reduce congestion.

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Singapore Takes Over Traditional German Role

GERMANY – SINGAPORE – In another move which sees an historic name from the world of ocean container freight and conventional cargo shipping disappear, following the sale of the ship management arm of German maritime group Rickmers, Rickmers Shipmanagement (Singapore) has now been renamed Zeaborn Ship Management (Singapore). The company has been part of Bremen-based Zeaborn Group since September 2017 and has been trading under its new name with effect from August 30, 2018.

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Political Situation in Cameroon Leaves Dead and Injured as Election Date Approaches

CAMEROON – This week the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) has written to the Cameroonian Government to express the global trade union movement's outrage over the violent attacks against striking dockers and the arrest of 32 workers at the Port of Douala. However, given the present state of unrest in the country, the message will likely be lost in a background of hatred and murder which apparently currently exists there.

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A First for Heavy Lift Cargo Outfit

UK – NORWAY – Specialist heavy lift air freight group Antonov has released details of a landmark trial delivery it recently undertook together with air charter group Chapman Freeborn. The project cargo was a specially designed capping stack from Southampton based client Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL), a vital piece of emergency equipment in the event of a major oil spill. The successful test flight, the first time ever that a complete capping stack has been transported by air, means that oil companies can now reach faraway oil spills much faster and cap the wells more quickly.

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Artificial Intelligence on the Bridge to Assist in Fuel Economy

EUROPE – Stena Line has been working with engineering and technology group Hitachi to develop an Artificial Intelligence (AI) model to predict the most fuel efficient route for a vessel under any circumstances. The RoRo cruise ferry MS Stena Scandinavica is testing the system under the watchful eye of Senior Master Jan Sjöström who has been working with fuel optimisation at Stena Line for the last 40 years. He commented:

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Changes in Cargo Trade Lanes After Brexit Anticipated

UK – The anticipation of major changes in cargo trade flows has influenced Associated British Ports (ABP) to undertake further investment with a major expansion plan for its container handling operations in the Port of Immingham. It seems Brexit is the spur to now improve the Immingham container terminal facilities, with ABP, having similarly spent recently circa £14 million in Hull, saying the cost of the overall schemes will total around £50 million. Shipping volumes of box freight last year in the region increased significantly according to ABP figures.

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Union Continues to Complain About All Involved

UK – The inevitable row following the collapse of the House of Fraser (HoF) retail chain continues unabated. In a piece last month which detailed the sorry tale, the GMB union lambasted Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley when the minority shareholder purchased the assets of the business for £90 million, without taking responsibility for the previous owners debts. The deal followed an unsuccessful attempt by the majority shareholder, a subsidiary of Chinese retail giant Sanpower to sell off part of the HoF business to another Chinese group prior to the liquidation. The situation has left XPO Logistics with over £30 million unpaid for warehousing and transport services.

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Demise of a Container Entrepreneur Heads Staff Update This Week

US – WORLDWIDE – Sad news to start the appointments and departures in the shipping and logistics sectors this week as CakeBoxx, manufacturers of the uniquely secure deck and lid, two part, door-less shipping container, has announced the death of Garry Whyte, the company’s founder and the visionary behind the ground breaking flagship product. In eulogising his friend, Daine Eisold, CEO of CakeBoxx said:

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Legal Wrangle Over Doraleh Box Facility Continues Unabated

DJIBOUTI – DUBAI – UK – The government of Dubai issued a statement this week saying that the High Court of England & Wales has granted an injunction restraining Djibouti's port company, Port de Djibouti S.A. (PDSA), from treating its joint venture shareholders' agreement with DP World as terminated. Followers of this case will know that earlier Court decisions also favoured DP World's right of tenure and deemed the seizure of the Doraleh Terminal and the expulsion of the port and logistics group, and termination of its management contract as illegal.

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Plausible Fake Claim Regarding Bad Debt Recovery

UK – An Associate Member of the British International Freight Association (BIFA), the European Freight Trades Association (EFTA) have advised about approaches their Members have received relating to companies which have gone into liquidation. This is an old scam and forwarders that may have outstanding debts owed by failed companies, are advised to be on guard.

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One of Oldest Names in Distribution Changes Hands

UK –The old established Scottish firm which newsagent John Menzies began in 1829 has undergone many changes in its history, and now the evolution which became logistics firm Menzies Distribution is set to continue its growth and diversification strategy as an independent company following the sale of the business by John Menzies, to private equity investor Endless LLP for an enterprise value of £74.5 million on a cash and debt free basis.

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Eyes in the Skies Monitor Safety and Security

CHILE – In the dozens of articles we have published regarding the use of drones in the logistics sector we have seen them deployed as inventory and security scanners in environments such as railway freight yards, deliverers of emergency medical supplies to remote communities and inspectors of marine cargo tanks. Now at APM Terminals' inland services facilities in San Antonio and Santiago in Chile, where safety supervisors previously monitored activities on the ground, the latest technology is enabling their work to be done more effectively and safely, with the container handling group amongst the first to use drones in a shipping environment.

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All Facilities Will be Available for Drivers Calling at DP World London Gateway

UK – A truck park operated by fleet vehicle management company Hireco has opened at DP World's London Gateway Port and Logistics Park and will see more driver comforts available over the coming months. The five-acre Thames side yard offers short and long term parking for to up 170 trucks at any one time. Oliver Treneman Park Development Director, DP World London Gateway, commented:

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Accurate Quantification of the Modern Maritime Fuel is Paramount

AUSTRALASIA – SWEDEN – WORLDWIDE – Marine technology group Trelleborg, which tends to be featured more for its hard engineered products, has shown its range with a new strategic partnership to meet the global demand for more accurate and efficient LNG custody transfer. Unlike filling the tank of a truck with fuel, LNG custody transfer, the transfer of the ownership of LNG from one organisation to another, has long involved serious fiscal risk given significant uncertainties in traditional tank measurement. Quantities are traditionally invoiced in units of transferred LNG based on a calculation of volume, density, and gross caloric value.

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Cyber Security and First Class Software Must be Priorities

NORWAY – WORLDWIDE – After his outgoing speech as Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) in June it is hardly a surprise that Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL - Maritime, has overseen his company's publication of a new class guideline covering autonomous and remotely operated ships. The classification society boss said at the time that the transformation in ship technology was 'astonishing' in such a short time, a point he reiterated when releasing details of the new guidelines. He said:

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New Equipment for Premier Swedish Port

SWEDEN – Installing modern container cranes to ports around the world is not an instant process and the equipment has to be bedded in and shown to be working perfectly. After the initial installation of two ship to shore container cranes and two rail mounted gantry cranes within the Port of Gothenburg a full seven months ago, this week Liebherr Container Cranes officially handed over the equipment to APM Terminals.

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Pharmaceutical Market is Prime target for Swiss Group

EUROPE – Swiss headquartered freight forwarding group Kuehne + Nagel has again shown its determination to take a leading role in the pharmaceutical logistics market with an order for 45 more temperature-controlled trailers to add to the 35 it has recently deployed, and says it has a further planned expansion of 200 trailers in the coming years to strengthen the KN PharmaChain overland service in Europe.

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Roadside Vision Examinations Throughout the Month Could Cost Your Licence

UK – The 'Vision Van' which we detailed in a piece in March, which roams the country testing the eyesight of the general public, makes its next stops at Vision Express at Tesco in Hanley, Staffordshire (13 September), and Knutsford TruckFest, Cheshire (15 and 16 September). Co-sponsored by the Road Haulage Association (RHA) the van aims to illustrate the importance of good or corrected sight particularly to HGV drivers.

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IMO Told Chemical Cargo is Hardly Non Hazardous

WORLDWIDE – The International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (Intercargo) is calling upon the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to reclassify Ammonium Nitrate Based Fertiliser (non-hazardous) following an incident last year which saw the 2012 built supramax bulk carrier M/V Cheshire declared a constructive total loss after her cargo of the fertiliser in question suffered decomposition.

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First Major Venture for Paris Based Group into Italy

ITALY – Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has increased its ability to support growing cargo volumes at Milan-Malpensa Airport by investing in a new cargo terminal capable of handling over 47,000 tonnes a year. This will be the Paris headquartered company's first cargo handling facility in Italy, where the company previously only operated offices to provide documentation and cargo operations supervision services for American Airlines and China Cargo Airlines.

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Fitted to Roof or Floor Fine Dust Unit is Designed to Save Lives

GERMANY – By now everyone involved with road haulage, and indeed across the transport spectrum and beyond, is aware of the danger of airborne particulates which mainly emanate on land from diesel powered trucks and buses. Now filtration specialist Mann+Hummel has introduced a new weapon into the fight against a pollution which, according to the WHO, kills around 47,000 people annually in Germany alone.

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Unions Call for Changes in Regulations

NEW ZEALAND – The tragic death of a young dock worker when his straddle crane overturned at Ports of Auckland at 3:45am on Monday 27 August has caused an outcry amongst local unions which are calling for enforceable regulations and improved safety standards on the country's waterfront, following three deaths in New Zealand in 2017.

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Initial Conference and Expo Debuts in November to Analyse New Technologies

UK – Doubtless Brexit will appear somewhere on the agenda, but the topics which are the subject of a new event launched by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) focus even further into forthcoming times. The Future Logistics Conference & Expo 2018 is the initial one-day event to study the fast changing world of logistics and will cover a range of multimodal subjects including autonomous and electric vehicles, drone technology, Wi-Fi connectivity, artificial intelligence and more.

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Freight Forwarding Group Will Stand Alone

UAE – The Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD), the principal investment arm of the Government of Dubai has announced the launch of ISS Global Forwarding, a wholly-owned subsidiary focused on supply chain logistics. The establishment of ISS Global Forwarding is the result of a strategic directive by the Government of Dubai to separate Inchcape Shipping Services Holding Ltd., registered in the UK, into two standalone companies with the aim of optimising the growth potential, customer focus and core competencies of each, being marine services and supply chain logistics.

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International Forces Accused of Ignoring Major Arms Smuggling Operations

DJIBOUTI – HORN OF AFRICA – Executives at port and logistics group DP World will doubtless be poring over the latest report from business intelligence group EXX Africa which is scathing in its comments regarding the behaviour of the Djibouti authorities following their seizure of the facilities and the eviction of the UAE company's staff from the country's Doraleh container terminal which DP had the contract to operate.

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Integration the Name of the Game for Cargo Supply Chain Giant

DENMARK – NETHERLANDS – WORLDWIDE – Twill, a digital freight forwarder designed to make shipping simple, has announced a change in its brand affiliation from Damco to Maersk. Launched in April 2017, Twill was created as a 'Damco innovation' and operated as a partner with the freight forwarder and supply chain management company, which is part of AP Moller - Maersk. The realigning of the brand will make it possible to offer Twill to all Maersk customers, in line with the AP Moller - Maersk strategy to become a global integrator of container logistics offering end-to-end solutions.

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Maritime Charity Honours the Servicemen Who Saved Britain

UK – To mark this year's Merchant Navy Day (September 3rd) the maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society, which has supported fishermen, mariners and their dependants since 1839, has released a video exploring the spirited determination and indomitable courage of the Mercantile Marine and Fishing Fleets during World War One.

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Nineteen Named for Services to the Maritime Industry

UK – There really can be no higher honour for a merchant sailor than an award for bravery and, with the release of this year's list of the nineteen people receiving the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service for going above and beyond in their service to the maritime industry, topping the list is the man in our photograph, Stephen Chamberlain, a deck officer with Wightlink, the RoRo ferry company which services the Isle of Wight from the mainland.

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River Thames Navigation Information Will Now be Available via ECDIS

UK – As the River Thames gets busier, returning to past commercial glories as more water borne traffic enters and leaves the waterway, with developments such as the new deep water container port of London Gateway, plus the growth in barge traffic in the London area to serve the needs of various construction projects, so the importance of the work done by the Port of London's (PLA) hydrographic team, the busiest in the UK, grows in importance.

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Classification Society Will Study Latest Vessel Fitted with Flettner System

DENMARK – FINLAND – UK – Norsepower together with project partners Maersk Tankers, Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) and Shell Shipping & Maritime, have announced the installation of two Norsepower Rotor Sails onboard the Maersk Pelican, a Maersk Tankers Long Range 2 (LR2) product tanker vessel, a project we detailed in March last year and updated two months later. Tommy Thomassen, Chief Technical Officer, Maersk Tankers, commented:

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Warehousing Boss Points Out Hidden Bonus

UK – Whilst the bulk of the British transport lobby, from freight forwarders to road haulage outfits, have been critical of the government over its tardiness and lack of clarity on Brexit, the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) has accepted the now very real possibility that the deadline will arrive without a formal deal being struck and found at least one possible positive point for importers.

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