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How Will the Coronavirus Affect the Container Freight Trade?

China is the Epicentre for Global Box Shipping

CHINA – WORLDWIDE – With news of the Coronavirus epidemic in Wuhan everyone is talking about a disease capable of becoming a global pandemic with, as we write around 4,500 confirmed cases and over 80 deaths. So how will this terrible event affect the shipping industry, emanating as it does from the source of most of the world's container freight trade?

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
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New Health and Safety Programme Aims to Save Arab Lives in the Ports

Dockers Receive Training from Charitable Trust as to How to Stay Safe

MIDDLE EAST – The ITF Seafarers Trust, the UK based charitable arm of the International Transport Workers' Federation union group, has launched a new, three stage occupational safety and health (OSH) education programme for port workers.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
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Wind Turbine Specialist Partners with Global Freight and Logistics Group

Pair Will Concentrate on Ever Longer More Complex Special Projects

DENMARK – DSV Panalpina has formed a strategic partnership with fellow countrymen wind turbine manufacturer and services company, Vestas, which will see the Danish transport and logistics group manage and execute Vestas' general freight and special project transportation, inbound as well as outbound.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
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Minister Visits Two Ports in Succession to Hear the Benefits of Short Sea Containerisation

Facilities at Each End of the Country Vote on a Switch from RoRo Post Brexit

UK – Nusrat Ghani MP is certainly getting about in her role as Shipping Minister with two visits to major ports last week. On Wednesday she took an hour long tour of the Port of Liverpool, including the Liverpool2 container terminal, following up on Friday with a call at the Port of Tilbury for a look at the developing Tilbury2 project.

Monday, January 27, 2020
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Parcel Carrier Adopts New Barcode Software for Home and Business Deliveries

As Scale of Trade Grows so the Need for More Technology Matches It

UK – The scale of parcel delivery volumes handled by the country's fleet of couriers these days was simply unimaginable just a generation ago, and the trade is growing. A typical example is home and business delivery group Yodel, which now handles over 145 million parcels from 50 locations.

Monday, January 27, 2020
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Road Haulage Operators Warned to Get Direct Vision Permit Now if London is on Their Agenda

Heavy Goods Vehicles Heading into the Capital Will Need a Truck Safety Certificate

UK – Transport for London (TfL) has issued more than 8,000 Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) Safety Permits, as part of the Direct Vision Standard since it launched in October 2019. Freight operators are required to obtain a free Safety Permit, which is needed to be compliant with TfL's scheme, before enforcement begins on 26 October.

Monday, January 27, 2020
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Appointments and Departures in the Shipping and Logistics Sectors

Staff Announcements Made This Week

GERMANY – Hamburg Süd has announced that Frank Smet, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) will be going into retirement at the end of March after roughly 27 years with the company. Smet, who has been working in the shipping industry for over 40 years, including in Brazil, Chile, Australia and Hong Kong, has been a member of Hamburg Süd’s Management Board since 2012.

Friday, January 24, 2020
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Weekly Run Down of Smaller Items Starts with the Need for More Women in Shipping

Some of the Logistics Items You May Have Missed

DENMARK – Like most maritime nations, and indeed the logistics industry worldwide, female representation is sadly lacking throughout. Now Danish Shipping, the trade and employer organisation for more than 90 ship owners and offshore companies which control 95% of the country's home flagged merchant fleet, want to introduce more women to the maritime sector.

Friday, January 24, 2020
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UAE Looks to Take Central Position in Regional Freight with World Logistics Passport Scheme

Dubai Takes the Initiative with Own Silk Road Strategy

UAE – At this year's World Economic Forum, Dubai took the opportunity to launch its World Logistics Passport, a major Dubai initiative to boost 'South-South' trade. The initiative links Customs World, DP World, and the Emirates Group to enhance connectivity through Dubai and, through expertise sharing and process development directly between partner countries. A pilot project operational since July 2019 has, it is claimed, increased trade by participants by 10%.

Thursday, January 23, 2020
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