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Mixed Bag of Shipping and Logistics News in This Week's Round Up

Some Global Freight Sector Stories You May Have Missed

UK – We start the weekly review of some of the smaller logistics related items with the Freight Transport Association (FTA) response to the government's announcement that it will move forward with dualling the remaining sections of the A66 between Scotch Corner and Penrith. The middle 50 mile section forms one of the key trans-Pennines trunk routes and has one of the worst road-safety records in the UK.

Friday, May 29, 2020
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Dismal Figures Show Britain's Rail Freight in Decline Despite Government Promises

If Goods Are Supposed to Shift from Road Transport There is Little Sign Of It

UK – As we pointed out just yesterday there are those who would say the government is not taking its promises to shift more freight traffic from road to rail as seriously as it might. The just published data from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) certainly show a worrying downward trend as the statistics indicate the lowest totals carried since 1996-97.

Friday, May 29, 2020
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British Engineering Firm Revolutionises LGV Bodies with Recycled Bottle Products

Formula 1 Technology Gives Extra Capacity Whilst Remaining Green

UK – So Formula 1 has finally come to the commercial delivery sector. Penso is a company formed in the best British engineering tradition and has been directing its efforts to produce innovative products since 2000, mostly in the automotive sector with companies like Mercedes Benz. Now, focusing on a glaring gap in the LGV market the Coventry headquartered outfit has come up with an obvious way to increase the payload of last mile delivery vehicles.

Friday, May 29, 2020
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Ballast Water Alien Organism Cleansing Technology Transfers to Fighting the Human Virus

Ultra Violet Light Device Approved to Kill Covid-19

FRANCE – WORLDWIDE – It seems the technology used to wipe out the invasive species found in the ballast water tanks of ocean going vessels has found a place in the fight against the current viral pandemic. BIO-SCAN, the UV-C-based surface disinfectant system announced last month by BIO-UV Group has now received certification from two independent testing laboratories.

Thursday, May 28, 2020
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French Ports Align and One Signs Up to Community Systems Association

Old Competitors Become Ever Closer

FRANCE – WORLDWIDE – As three of the country's major ports continue on their mission to become one company as from 1 January 2021, the largest of the trio, Le Havre, has signed up as a member of the International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA).

Thursday, May 28, 2020
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New White Paper Predicts a Shift in Emphasis on Warehouse Space Post Covid-19

Logistics Businesses Should Prepare for a New Way of Thinking

UK – Bis Henderson Space, a specialist in the field of warehouse organisation, has just published a new, free to download, white paper 'Warehouse Space: A New Strategy For A New Reality' which suggests that logistics professionals will be seeking to create supply chains that are far more flexible, resilient and better suited to the situation as it will be after it emerges from the Coronavirus crisis.

Thursday, May 28, 2020
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Analysts Predict an Uncertain Future for Container Shipping Rates

Pandemic Will Continue to Skew the Figures

WORLDWIDE – Oslo based Xeneta, which provides market analyses for the shipping and logistics industry, has doubts that the effect on the container shipping sector, which have not it says proved as devastating as feared so far, will remain as positive looking into the future, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect all aspects of industry.

Thursday, May 28, 2020
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Rail Freight Too Low a Priority in UK Government Plans to Decarbonise

More Credibility Needed to Achieve Nett Zero

UK – In March the government called for a response to its 'Decarbonising Transport -Setting the Challenge', which sets out Britain's plans to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, something it has enshrined in law. The opening pages of the document focus on the future of the transport and logistics industry - with one glaring omission.

Thursday, May 28, 2020
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Two Ports Celebrate with New RoRo Freight Ferry Terminal Open and First Container Ship Respectively

Despite the Virus Business Continues Regardless

UK – SWEDEN – Big news from two of Europe's newest port developments this week as Tilbury2 in Essex saw its brand new RoRo freight ferry terminal for unaccompanied trailers and containers open for business, whilst across on the Baltic coast Sweden's newest freight facility, Stockholm Norvik Port, welcomed its own first container vessel.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
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Warehousing Group Launches Help Line for Those in the Supply Chain with Property Concerns

Free Initial Consultation Offers Real Estate Advice to Logistics Businesses

UK – The United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) national conference in March, and indeed the same event in the preceding year, took close looks at the property market from a logistics company standpoint, noting the changing trends and price fluctuations as the influence of Brexit and climate change policies on the supply chain made themselves felt.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
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