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This Week's Logistics Related Staff Appointments and Departures Around the World

(He is Named as General Manager with Yu as His Deputy - see below)

FRANCE – Adriaan den Heijer has been appointed Executive Vice President at Air France-KLM Cargo. He will also join the Air France-KLM Group Executive Committee. Having joined KLM in 1995, den Heijer has held several managerial and senior roles within in the company, most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Pricing & Revenue Management for Air France-KLM. His nomination as EVP Air France-KLM Cargo is effective 1st of January 2020.

Friday, December 13, 2019
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Here We Go - The Freight and Logistics Lobby Get Their Respective Brexit Requirements in Early

Now the Smoke is Clearing on a Tory Victory Shipping Says What It Wants and Expects

UK – It would seem, despite the bleary eyes induced by election night, the great and the good of the shipping and logistics world were up early enough to all put in the three pennyworth regarding the Conservative landslide and their future aspirations for the country, particularly with regards to Brexit, and first out of the blocks was the British International Freight Association (BIFA), with Robert Keen, Director General, saying:

Friday, December 13, 2019
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In a Quiet News Week Comes a Host of Smaller Shipping and Logistics Items

Some Stories Which Didn't Make the Front Page

COLOMBIA – Port operator Sociedad Puerto Industrial de Aguadulce (SPIA) set a new operational milestone last week at the Port of Buenaventura after servicing the 14,436-TEU, 366 metres long, MSC Faith, the largest ship ever to dock in the country. The call at Puerto Aguadulce, was part of Mediterranean Shipping Company's (MSC) weekly service between Asia and Latin America's west coast. SPIA is a container and bulk handling facility jointly developed by Philippine group ICTSI and PSA of Singapore.

Friday, December 13, 2019
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US Trade Deficit Drops as Crude Oil Exports Up and Imports Down

Record Total of Goods Shipped to China

US – WORLDWIDE – The Baltic and International Maritime Council, now known simply as BIMCO, has pointed out this week that October was the first month in which the US exported more crude oil by sea than it imported, with exports reaching a new record of 12.95 million tonnes. The figure, taken from a US Census Bureau report, is not the only interesting fact revealed however.

Friday, December 13, 2019
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Artificial Intelligence Employed to Control Freight and Passenger Ferry Data

New Project Investigates the Use of AI

SWEDEN – Freight and passenger ferry group Stena Line is turning to fellow countrymen and experts in artificial intelligence (AI) Semcon to assist in a new pilot project for development of a unique data management solution. The companies say the solution is intended to pave the way for new digital, sustainable and profitable services at Stena Line.

Thursday, December 12, 2019
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Shipping Lobby Says More Controls Needed for Lithium Batteries Carried as Air Cargo

Airline and Freight Forwarding Representatives Step Up Pressure

WORLDWIDE – The International Air Transport Association (IATA), in partnership with the Global Shippers Forum (GSF), the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) and the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), are amplifying their efforts to ensure the safe air transport of lithium batteries.

Thursday, December 12, 2019
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As COP25 Proceeds Sustainable Shipping Initiative Report Released with an Eye on Zero Carbon by 2050

Biofuels Considered as an Alternative but Risky Source of Power for Vessels of the Future

WORLDWIDE – The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) has released its report, 'The Role of Sustainable Biofuels in the Decarbonisation of Shipping' at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) currently underway in Madrid. Outlining the findings of an inquiry commissioned by the SSI in January 2019, the report reflects a broad stakeholder consultation process to explore the potential role of biofuels in the decarbonisation of shipping.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
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Lower Aviation Fuel Costs Anticipated Making Airline Outlook Positive - but Cargo Demand Falling

Industry Reports a Decade in the Black as Annual Freight Figures Slip Away

WORLDWIDE – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasts in a report published this month that the global airline industry will produce a net profit of $29.3 billion in 2020, improved over a net profit of $25.9 billion expected in 2019, which was revised downward from a $28 billion forecast in June. If achieved, 2020 will mark the passenger and air cargo industry's 11th consecutive year in the black.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
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