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Some Snippets of Industry News That Failed to Make the Headlines This Week

Smaller Items That May Prove of Interest to Readers

UK – This week the Road Haulage Association (RHA) launched a new campaign 'RHA Heroes' to encourage the recognition of staff and teams who have gone the extra mile over the last year. The five-week annual campaign, formerly HGV Heroes, has been expanded to include the coach and van sectors to reflect the RHA's new membership base and all are urged to nominate for the awards.

Friday, May 14, 2021
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Vaccination Roadmap for Seafarers Proposed by Shipping Group

Way Forward Envisaged to Beat Pandemic Spread

WORLDWIDE – As the US, Netherlands, Australia and other nations begin to roll out vaccines to all seafarers, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published a Vaccination Roadmap framework to help establish vaccination hubs dedicated to seafarers across the world, alongside other major maritime NGOs.

Friday, May 14, 2021
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Wind Power Takes a Major Step Forward as VLOC Outfitted

Oldest Driving Force for Shipping Makes a Comeback

BRAZIL – WORLDWIDE – For any who had doubts about the new enthusiasm for the century old Flettner rotor technology which sees huge vessels harness the power of the wind as a driving force, it might well be time to reconsider.

Friday, May 14, 2021
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Mental Health Awareness Week Throws Up the Problems of a Life at Sea

Loneliness and Anxiety Face Seafarers

UK – WORLDWIDE – Maritime union RMT has called for new action to protect seafarers' mental health following a survey of its seafaring membership as part of the activities it is undertaking for Mental Health Awareness Week (10th-16th May). The challenges faced by seafarers are compounded by the fact they are isolated from family for weeks or months at a time, in what may become an oppressive environment where isolation abounds.

Friday, May 14, 2021
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Maritime Union Wins a Small Victory as Foreign Crews to Get Vaccinations

Campaign Highlighting Covid Risk Begins to Come to Fruition

AUSTRALIA – In an Australian-first, NSW Health will provide Covid-19 vaccinations to a small number of foreign seafarers on board vessels that transport gas between Australian ports in an effort to reduce the risk of the virus entering the community. The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) sees this initiative as a small win having campaigned relentlessly for increased Covid-19 measures, but finds that more needs to be done to protect seafarers in the ongoing pandemic.

Thursday, May 13, 2021
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Major European Freight Forwarder Acquires Asian Logistics Corporation

Final Details of Deal Approved

EUROPE – ASIA – The deal set up in February which saw Swiss group Kuehne+Nagel acquire the assets of the Chinese headquartered Apex International Corporation has been finalised after all closing conditions, including the receipt of unconditional regulatory approvals from the competent authorities, were satisfied.

Thursday, May 13, 2021
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Traditional Maritime Shipping Group Extends Air Freight Operations

New Destinations on Cargo Routes

EUROPE – US – MIDDLE EAST – French shipping and logistics group CMA CGM, is accelerating the development of its air freight division CMA CGM AIR CARGO, by adding three new destinations: Dubai, Beirut and Istanbul. They will complement its existing Airbus A330-200F-operated services to and from Liège, Chicago, New York and Atlanta.

Thursday, May 13, 2021
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Insurance Group Warns of Ongoing Fraud Affecting Shipping Interests

Vigilance Needed to Avoid Clever Scams

WORLDWIDE – The International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC), indemnity insurer for transport professionals, has issued a number of warnings on the increasing prevalence of documentation fraud and advises that members implement robust systems and controls to ensure that they minimise any exposure.

Thursday, May 13, 2021
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Major Riverside Distribution Facility to Serve Paris with Domestic Goods

Inland Waterborne Zero Emission Logistics Becoming a Reality

FRANCE – IKEA France is to set up a new logistics warehouse at the port of Limay-Porcheville. As the winner of a call for projects organised by HAROPA-Ports of Paris, IKEA now has a 16 hectare site at the river-sea port that will allow it to set up a logistics warehouse at Limay. This new customer distribution centre will aim to boost IKEA's growth in addition to promoting its goal to develop its activity on the basis of sustainability.

Thursday, May 13, 2021
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