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image: appointments shipping freight logistics Appointments (and Departures) in the World of Shipping and Logistics
Staff Moves Announced This Week

Friday, May 24, 2019
UK – As the week closes with the news that Brexit takes yet another turn after Theresa May announce she is to step down as the Prime Minister as soon as a new Conservative party leader is chosen, elsewhere in the world of transport Commodore Barry Bryant CVO RN is to step down after 17 years as Director General of the Seafarers UK maritime welfare charity in July. While most opt for a nice get-together with friends, family, and colleagues, Commodore Bryant has decided to go down a different and more vertical path, choosing instead to abseil 100 metres down the iconic Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, on June 30, as his final fundraising challenge.
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image: Philippines sailors society freight logistics TK Foundation Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) school Lipayran island kids Once Again a Charity Backed by the Freight Industry Provides Practical Assistance
Thanks to Donations Education Again Becomes a Reality for Hundreds of Kids

Friday, May 24, 2019
PHILIPPINES – The world of freight and logistics literally spans the globe, affecting and supporting the lives of every single person on the planet. One of the results of this complexity is the miscellaneous range of beneficial things which arise from the close association between the industry and ordinary people. The range of charity works undertaken by those in the profession is manifold and this week we saw a project which will have tangible effect on the lives of hundreds of children.
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image: UK GBRf rail freight maritime simulators driver training logisticsSimulators Take the Lead in Rail Freight as Well as Maritime Training
Drivers can be Assessed as Never Before

Friday, May 24, 2019
UK – Simulation may be a dirty word in the world of professional football, but it seems that logistics is taking it ever more to its heart, as new technology allows practitioners to use the most up to date equipment to assist in training and assessing staff more efficiently than at any point in the past. The same week we saw the country's most sophisticated maritime simulator introduced, so the rail freight industry was showing off its latest wares.
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image: UK US logistics deep water ports rail freight multimodal importers From Rail Freight to Deep Water Ports and Logistics Some Stories You May Have Missed
Snippets of Multimodal Trade News from Around the Globe This Week

Friday, May 24, 2019
UK – iPort Rail the a new, 30-acre multimodal rail freight facility in Doncaster, South Yorkshire and part of Verdion's iPort logistics hub, now has a new intermodal rail connection with the Port of Felixstowe operated by GB Railfreight. The iPort Rail facility sits next to Junction 3 of the M18 motorway and is already host to some big name importers and occupiers including Amazon, CEVA, Fellowes and Lidl.
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image: UK Freight transport DfT truck stops vehicle parking mandatory breaks road haulageAs Minister Departs Still Nothing Has Been Done About Road Haulage Vehicles Need for Parking
Freight Group Demands Promises are Kept Over Truck Stops as Situation Worsens

Thursday, May 23, 2019
UK – A year after the (now former) roads minister Jesse Norman MP made a commitment to increase the provision of lorry parking places on the strategic road network, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) is calling on the Department for Transport (DfT) to deliver on this promise after a new survey indicated that road haulage truck drivers believe the situation has actually worsened in the past 12 months.
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image: UKWA warehousing basics course e-learning online logistics staff shortageRoute Into Professional Warehousing as Staff Shortage in Logistics Continues
e-learning Can be a Cheap and Effective Method to Grasp the Basics

Thursday, May 23, 2019
UK – With the shortage of qualified and suitably trained staff in virtually every part of the logistics industry, from HGV drivers to freight forwarders, the national bodies responsible for their own particular sectors are all trying to provide suitable tools to assist those wishing to enter the profession. Now the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) has provided an easy to use, low cost, introductory, on line course of its own.
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image: UK Port of Tyne container bulk cargoes deep sea charity mental health donation Anxious Minds North East Deep Sea Container and Bulk Shipping Port Steps Up Again to Aid Charity for Mental Health
Almost Half a Million Pounds Donated to Good Causes Since 2007

Thursday, May 23, 2019
UK – With mental health still topping the agenda this month the Port of Tyne has stepped up to support local charity Anxious Minds a volunteer-led organisation that provides in-house and online support for people with mental health conditions. Anxious Minds operates from two centres in North Tyneside incorporating a counselling centre in Wallsend and a recovery centre in Meadow Well. Edward Dean, Chief Officer from Anxious Minds, said:
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image: US President Trump infrastructure day American Trucking freight transport U turn fuel tax riseAnother Trump U Turn as President Ends Meeting Considered Essential to Future of Freight
Federal Fuel Tax Rise Suggestion Surfaces Again as Infrastructure Ignored Once More

Thursday, May 23, 2019
US – This week was supposed to mark the latest 'Infrastructure Week' in the US, an initiative bought forth under the Trump presidency to encourage bipartisan talks to rebuild the country's roads, bridges, and other infrastructure needs. None of that came to fruition as Trump apparently ended a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to discuss funding a $2 trillion infrastructure bill after just three minutes.
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image: Germany Liberia flag of convenience Lita vessel ship owner Blumenthal ITF transport workers HamburgShip Owner Accused of Unscrupulous Practices as Vessel Runs Out of Drinking Water
German Company Firmly in the Sights of Transport Union Federation

Thursday, May 23, 2019
GERMANY – LIBERIA – WORLDWIDE – Last month we told how the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) had gone to war with the Hamburg based ship operator Johann M. K. Blumenthal after several instances of poor treatment of crew and the company's refusal to acknowledge its workers employment rights.
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image: UK maritime simulation centre Warsash University Chamber of Shipping merchant navy virtual reality tankers bulk carriersTraining for the Merchant or Royal Navies Was Never Like This
Biggest and Best Maritime Simulation Centre Opens in UK

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
UK – This week saw the much vaunted maritime simulation centre, situated at Solent University's main campus in Southampton, opened by Sir Michael Bibby Bt., DL, President of the UK Chamber of Shipping. The centre, the largest and most sophisticated in the country is an important part of the £43 million investment that the University is putting into maritime education and training at Solent.
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