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image: shipping appointment staff changes freightAppointments and Departures Throughout the Shipping and Logistics Related Sectors
Who is Heading Where This Week

Friday, November 16, 2018
UK – The Board of the Rail Freight Group (RFG) has announced that Ken Russell has been elected as its new Chair in succession to Tony Berkeley who formally retired at the Group’s AGM on November 7. Russel is a Director at Russell Logistics and has been a long-standing supporter of the RFG, both on the Board since 2015 and as an RFG member since the start of the Group.
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image: UK Norway plastic freight logistics shipping GetLinkPlastic Pollution Leads Weekly Round-Up of freight and Logistics Stories
Some Smaller - but Not Necessarily Less Important Items

Friday, November 16, 2018
WORLDWIDE – The week's news round-up on shipping, road haulage and other related freight and logistics matters starts with a pollution fight back item. Whilst discharging plastics into the sea is already prohibited under MARPOL regulations for the prevention of pollution by garbage from ships, the situation has now become so serious that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee has vowed to increase pressure in the fight against poisoning the oceans.
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image: Ireland Dublin port tragic death Filipino sailor container lashing ITFTragic Death on Container Ship Brings Lashing of Boxes Back in Focus
Filipino Sailor Struck and Killed in Dublin Port

Friday, November 16, 2018
IRELAND – WORLDWIDE – The subject of lashing containers on box carrying vessels when they are in port is one which has been a bone of contention with unions for some time and now the tragic death this week of a Filipino sailor whilst in dock in Dublin has renewed the argument. Dennis Gomez Regana died after a container struck him at Southbank Quay on Wednesday 14 November, when he was doing lashing work while container lifting operations were underway. He was on board the MV Francop, which is registered under a known flag of convenience.
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image: Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), CMA CGM, AP Moller-Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, and Ocean Network Express container shipping IT freight forwarders shippersMajor Container Shipping Lines Propose an Association of Interest to Freight Forwarders and Shippers
No Common Standardised Platform but IT Systems Free to All Stakeholders

Friday, November 16, 2018
WORLDWIDE – With data sharing and mining, not to mention cyber-crime topics that are particularly hot at the moment, comes the news that five of the world's largest container shipping companies have announced plans to create an association with the purpose of paving the way for digitalisation, standardisation and interoperability in the container shipping industry. News which will doubtless stimulate interest from shippers, freight forwarders and global regulators alike.
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image: US NASA space ship freight ISS track cargo here Northrop Grumman AntaresNew Modal Freight System is Via Rocket (and You Can Track the Cargo from Here)
Deliveries Beyond the Atmosphere Become a Regular Thing

Thursday, November 15, 2018
US – (and beyond) WORLDWIDE – As we mentioned recently there is now an extra modal method as delivering freight into outer space becomes a regular occurrence. What the technology involved has also brought is to raise cargo tracking to a new level and now anyone can watch both the launch and delivery of the latest consignment to the International Space Station (ISS) via a link to NASA.
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image: BIMCO sulphur cap bunker clauses ship owners shipping industry2020 Sulphur Cap Prompts New Bunker Clauses to Guide Charterers and Ship Owners
Global Shipping Association Outlines Agreement Parameters

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
WORLDWIDE – The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO), the organisation which brings together the common interests of around 2,000 members in more than 120 countries and sets out the standards required by the shipping industry by publishing contracts and clauses together with information on ports worldwide, has outlined two bunker clauses for 2020 in light of the rapidly approaching mandatory sulphur in marine fuel limitations.
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image: UK European Commission permits road haulage operators FTA RHA freight RoRo ferries Ramsgate BrexitEuropean Commission Not Dealing With Permits for Road Haulage Operators and RoRo Traffic Concerns
Communique from Brussels Has No Viable Plan says Freight Association

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
UK – As the slew of Brexit communications continues unabated, indeed increases as the Cabinet ponders over the 'final deal', comes comment from the Freight Transport Association (FTA) should the end result finish without an acceptable conclusion to any of the parties involved and Britain, and Europe, have to face the no-deal scenario we hear so much about. Concerns previously expressed over the paucity of EU permits for road haulage operators and the lack of preparedness dealing with RoRo operations are both commented on.
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image: Norway commercial vessels hydrogen fuel cells ABB Sintef Ocean AzipodNew Research Aims to Bring Hydrogen Powered Fuel Cells to Larger Commercial Vessels
Two Companies Link to Investigate New Technologies

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
NORWAY – WORLDWIDE – ABB, makers of the Azipod podded electric propulsion system, regularly fitted to specialist and cruise vessels, has joined with SINTEF Ocean to explore the viability of fuel cells as an energy source for main ship propulsion. The testing methodology, to be developed at SINTEF Ocean's Trondheim-based laboratory, will use two 30kW fuel cells, set up to model the operation and control of a complete marine power system in a megawatt-scale propulsion plant.
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image: UK British steel ABP bulk freight terminal million tonne Bulk Freight Expansion as Port Group Invests in 5 million Tonne per Annum Terminal
Facility Changes Hands to Ensure Future of Steel Industry

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
UK – Associated British Ports (ABP) has announced an agreement with British Steel which will see the port operator invest £65 million into the Immingham Bulk Terminal (IBT). The investment will look to help support the long-term future of steel manufacturing in the Humber region as ABP takes over the operation of the Terminal from British Steel, located on the west side of the port in Immingham. Measures are in place to preserve all jobs at the facility and it is expected that a limited number of additional jobs will be created.
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image: UK Network Rail freight innovate investment exportNew Competition Opens to Stimulate Freight and Passenger Rail Sector in UK - but Hurry
Partnership Between Two Government Funded Organisations

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
UK – A new partnership between Network Rail and Innovate UK, both now arms of the government, hopes to see new ideas, greater efficiencies and more investment in the railway system, both for freight and passenger operations. By working with Innovate UK, Network Rail says it will make it easier for other organisations, especially those not familiar with working in the railway sector, to get a foot in the door where they have not been able to before.
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