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image: Kenya MSC National Shipping Company Mediterranean container rail freight Container Line MSC to Breathe Life Into National Shipping Company
Swiss Group Eyes East African Development

Friday, August 17, 2018
KENYA – Just as rival box line Hapag Lloyd has revealed it is developing services to and from East Africa, another container giant, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), has agreed with the Kenyan Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure to revive the fortunes of the Kenya National Shipping Line (KNSL) in a country where trade is blossoming with GDP rising by around 6% in the wake of a good harvest and settled political climate following last year's elections.
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image: UK freight shipping appointments staff departures logisticsAppointments and Departures in Shipping, Freight and Logistics Related Sectors
Who is Heading Where Across the Industry

Friday, August 17, 2018
UK – Appointments and departures of staff in the freight and logistics sector starts with news that the Port of Tyne has announced Mike Comerford as a non-Executive Director of its Board. Comerford brings with him over 30 years of experience in shipping, maritime safety and engineering having held previous senior roles within the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Lloyd's Register, and Bureau Veritas. He is also a non-Executive Director of ferry operator David MacBrayne.
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image: UK Norway freight ferries trucks air cargo transport snippets logistics LNG vessel From Ferries to Rail Freight, Trucks and Motorways to Air Cargo, Some Stories You May Have Missed
A Quick Look at Snippets of News You Might Wish to Read

Friday, August 17, 2018
UK – We start the week's round up of some of the smaller shipping and logistics news releases in Northern Ireland with the Freight Transport Association (FTA) bitterly complaining about delays to the sorely needed £130 million improvement scheme to Belfast's York Street. The junctions around Belfast's M1, M2 and M3 experience very high levels of traffic caausing delays to road haulage operators and it is now 9 years since the scheme was first mooted.
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image: Germany Kenya East Africa reefer container shipping line import export pharmaceuticals freightGerman Container Shipping Line Orders Reefers as East African Trade Grows
Investment in Technologically Advanced Cold Boxes Paying Off

Friday, August 17, 2018
GERMANY – EAST AFRICA – It is a busy month for shipping line Hapag-Lloyd which is investing in its container fleet and has ordered 11,100 state-of-the-art reefer boxes. The new containers will be integrated to the company's existing fleet of 91,000 reefers, with delivery gradually starting in August and to be finally completed by December 2018. The company is also continuing to focus on the growing market in East Africa. With an annual growth rate of approximately 6%, the region tops the list on the African continent. Kenya, in particular, is developing with significantly rising import and export figures as well as massive investments in public infrastructure.
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image: Maersk Supply salvage war on plastic Ocean Cleanup pollutionWar on Ocean Plastic Starts as Shipping Giant Backs Clearance Efforts
First Salvoes Fired in What May be a Long War on Pollution

Thursday, August 16, 2018
WORLDWIDE – Cleaning the world's oceans of plastic detritus is a subject we have returned to many times and the Netherlands is emerging as one of the countries dedicating itself to leading the charge with recycling and ocean clearance initiatives from such as The Ocean Cleanup which is now to receive support from none other than major shipping giant the Maersk organisation.
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image: India Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) oil tankers explosion Shipping Corporation of India (SCI)Deaths Involving Two Oil Tankers Make it a Bad Week for National Shipping Line
Multiple Fishing Crew Fatalities Blamed on Hit and Run Whilst Explosion Kills Two

Thursday, August 16, 2018
INDIA – Not, it would appear, a good week for the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) fleet with two major incidents in the past few days involving two of the national carrier's ocean going Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs). An explosion in one of the cargo tanks aboard the 316,000 dwt VLCC Desh Vaibhav led to the giant oil tanker being abandoned by some of the crew whilst the resultant fire was extinguished with assistance from the Omani Navy in whose waters the ship was travelling.
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image: Australia ITF International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) deaths murder inquiry dock handling unions CrumlinContainer Terminal Deaths and Murder Colour Scathing Attack on Port Management Group
Unions Demand Inquiry Into Granting of Dock Handling Contract

Thursday, August 16, 2018
AUSTRALIA – It would be an understatement to say that relations between global union outfit the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) and Philippine headquartered International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) are not particularly friendly. Sackings, strikes, redundancies and even multiple deaths and murder in and about the company's terminals have unsurprisingly caused friction stretching back years.
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image: DP World port logistics container terminal Doraleh financial resultsContainer Port and Logistics Group Publish Half Year Results After Recent Acquisitions
Respectable Results Despite Box Terminal Woes

Thursday, August 16, 2018
DUBAI – WORLDWIDE – Despite the problems port and logistics giant DP World has suffered recently with the seizure of its Doraleh container freight terminal in Djibouti, the group has still managed very respectable financial figures for the first half of 2018 with reported revenue growth of 14.4% to a respectable $2,626 million, supported by the acquisition of several new companies including Drydocks World LLC (Drydocks), Dubai Maritime City (DMC) and Cosmos Agencia Marítima (CAM).
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image: UK Royal Mail Whistl postal anti-competitive multi-million pound fineMulti-Million Pound Fine for Anti-Competitive Behaviour Levied on Royal Mail
Watchdog Punishes Postal Giant Whilst Appeal Expected

Thursday, August 16, 2018
UK – The UK's regulator for communications services, Ofcom, has fined Royal Mail £50 million for a serious breach of competition law, after the company abused its dominant position in the postal and delivery market by discriminating against its only major competitor delivering letters. Royal Mail has said that it will appeal the decision, refuting any suggestion that it acted in breach of the country's Competition Act.
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image: IMO World Maritime Day Themes ocean the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) shippingWorld Maritime Day Themes Differ Whilst Retaining Importance for the Ocean Shipping Community
2018 Celebrates 70 Years of the IMO whilst Women are the Focus Next Year

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
WORLDWIDE – With World Maritime Day 2018 not yet upon us, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has already announced the theme for next year's event. Firstly however the 2018 celebrations, which as usual will be centred on the IMO London Headquarters. With the operation celebrating its 70th anniversary this year the topic is unsurprisingly 'IMO 70: Our Heritage - Better Shipping for a Better Future'.
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