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January 2014

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Stranded Sailors at Last Look to be Going Home

UK – Some good news at last for the crew of the M/S Isis, stranded at Tilbury, the crew unpaid for months and getting more desperate by the day as we reported last week. Following legal action by the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) to seize the freighter the operators, Derna Carriers, have placed $132,000 with the UK agent to make good the crew’s claim for wages to the end of December.

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Construction Traffic Targeted After High Percentage of Cyclist Deaths

UK – The new ‘Safer Lorry Scheme - The Way Forward’ which was announced by Transport for London (TfL) and the London Boroughs yesterday has been met with an air of dismay by road haulage interests such as the Freight Transport Association (FTA). At the next meeting in March of the London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee (TEC) on which all 32 boroughs, the Corporation of London, and TfL sit, there will be a motion to extend the proposed TfL Traffic Regulation Order to ban HGV’s without cyclist safety equipment on its own roads, to cover all London roads.

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Your Chance to Support Relief Run Showing the Light Side of a Serious Situation

MYANMAR – THAILAND – For most of us the process of logistics is a civilised affair, moving cargo around the world using every modern tool and technology available. For those toiling in the jungles of Myanmar getting vital medical assistance to persecuted and displaced communities however the situation is drastically different. Meanwhile many global freight interests are eyeing the virgin commercial territory with avarice, funding infrastructure development, but often proceeding without thought for environmental or social considerations in a country deeply riven by the most complex ethnic considerations.

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After Years of Promises Unions Achieve Some Level of Agreement Over Underhand Practices

GERMANY – WORLDWIDE – Finally, after what can only be described as an acrimonious dispute it appears a long and bitter saga between one of the world’s largest global freight and logistics firms and international workers representatives may be at an end. The row between Deutsche Post DHL and various unions has festered for years with the company frequently promising to resolve matters but being accused of inactivity and only having concerns for the interests of its German staff.

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Largest Ever Seahawk Soars Over Seattle

US – You have to hand it to Boeing, when it comes to self-publicity the PR department at the plane maker’s is second to none and now, not satisfied with just sponsoring the Seattle Seahawks, the American football team based at the company’s spiritual home, it has come up with the most eye catching promotion, together with a set of accompanying interesting facts. Firstly that plane, as the photo shows, the 747-8 Freighter has been suitably decked out in Seahawks livery to commemorate the team's National Football Conference Championship win and its appearance in Super Bowl XLVIII at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

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Free to Attend Event Offers Advice Dependant on Requirements

UK – Switching to a new warehouse management system (WMS) can be a scary prospect for any freight forwarding or manufacturing outfit. The likelihood is that when a company decides to make the move which can push their company into the 21st century with a modern IT stock control and release package, the people responsible are often out of touch with the variety of options available and possibly bewildered by the range of supply chain technology which can be fitted to their own logistics requirements.

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A Much Misunderstood Scheme can Be Made Simple with a little Advice

UK – EUROPE – Many freight forwarding and other logistics outfits are aware of the necessity and benefits of obtaining Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status but still haven’t made the effort to fully understand what is required. HMRC has a webpage dedicated to frequently asked questions whilst specialists in VAT and customs processes, the Customs People, here offer advice to companies who are unsure if they should acquire AEO or what it will mean to them and point out key factors relevant to the changes which are due to come into force in June 2016.

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Press Reports of CEO Appointment Denied

LUXEMBOURG – As the search for a new CEO for Europe’s largest freight only air cargo carrier, Cargolux Airlines International, gets under way the company was able to announce it has been granted Good Distribution Practice (GDP) status by Bureau Veritas Certification Germany GmbH, which it says is a statement confirming its sound management practices. The past few weeks have seen the resignations of Vice President of Sales and Marketing Robert van de Weg, due to ‘irrevocable differences’ and Peter van de Pas, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, both men also served as members of the company’s Executive Committee.

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New Reefer System Offers Longer Shelf Life for Fresh Produce

US – WORLDWIDE – With an eye to enticing customers to make the switch from air freight to a more cost effective option utilising ocean borne cargo containers, Maersk Container Industry (MCI) believes vast new efficiencies in global fresh produce and fresh-cut flower shipping may now be possible. MCI is partnering with Massachusetts based technology company Primaira, with its extensive experience in enhancing food quality, in a bid to integrate Primaira’s Bluezone air cleaning system into MCI’s Star Cool Integrated refrigerated shipping containers. Soren Leth Johannsen, Chief Commercial Officer of MCI said:

image: Pena supply chain management production line just-in-time Neovia

With Warehousing Costs Prohibitively Expensive Producers Can No Longer Pile High

WORLDWIDE – With expensive costs for warehousing consignments waiting for orders or shipping instructions the days of piling freight high in expectation of sales are pretty much over and efficient and profit-minded supply chain managers now anchor their production and shipment schedules on just-in-time planning. This technique utilises real and current customer demand to set goals, thereby delivering highly coveted product that sells fast and avoids the costly waste of surplus.

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Father of Union Boss Killed in Vicious Attack

HONDURAS – Last September we described in detail how a gang of men tried to break into the home of trade union leader Victor Crespo in a concerted attempt to kill him. Mr Crespo was threatened with death after holding discussions with stevedores as part of his duties as General Secretary of the Sindicato Gremial de Trabajadores del Muelle (SGTM) to try and reach a collective bargaining agreement for work at the ICTSI managed Puerto Cortes container and cargo terminal. Yesterday Mr Crespo’s father died after he and other family members were attacked by an armed assailant who ran them down in a stolen car.

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'Crazy Brit' Record Attempt Needs Financial Assistance from Maritime Interests

US – UK – Fewer people have rowed solo across the Pacific Ocean than have walked on the moon. The route from the coast of California to the shores of Hawaii involve the most hazardous sea crossing of fully 2,100 nautical miles and the men and women who undertake such perilous oceanic adventures are an elite and mutually supportive crowd. Now stakeholders in shipping and forwarding and other sectors of the maritime world are being asked to support the efforts of Daryl Farmer, 39, from West Sussex in England who is attempting to beat the record of 64 days for the crossing set by American Mick Bird back in 1997.

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Luxembourg Company Heads the Week's Logistics Appointments and Resignations

LUXEMBOURG – Stirrings this month at Europe’s largest all freight airline when, following last week’s resignation of Vice President of Sales & Marketing and Member of the Executive Committee Robert van de Weg due to irrevocable differences, Peter van de Pas, Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Cargolux Executive Committee has now also tendered his resignation to the cargo carrier effective March 31. No successor has currently been named.

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Annual Awards for Outstanding Records on the Road

US – For the sixth consecutive year Volvo Trucks will once again be giving recognition to North America’s safest commercial vehicle fleets with the Volvo Trucks Safety Award. The top two fleets with the safest driving records and top safety programmes will receive the annual award and $25,000 to be used toward their safety-related activities. Volvo of course have built an image based on safety where their cars are concerned and are aiming at the same brand recognition in the US for the company’s HGV’s which pull freight for road haulage operators worldwide.

image: CMA CGM container freight shipping port terminal handling TEU Lekki ICTSI Lagos Nigeria

French Company Aims to Clear Port Congestion and Offer Improved Deliveries

FRANCE – NIGERIA – FAR EAST – INDIAN SUBCONTINENT – News from the CMA CGM shipping group this week includes the fact that CMA Terminals, a wholly owned subsidiary, has agreed terms to purchase 25% of the Lekki International Container Terminal Services LFTZ Enterprise (LICTSLE) in Nigeria from ICTSI, the international container handling and port management operation. Together with its partners, the French container shipping group is also amending freight services on certain trade lanes.

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Repeat Order by World Health Organisation for Operating in Testing Working Conditions

UK – AFRICA – Anyone operating a fork lift truck in a freight orientated environment knows how much strain can be imposed on a machine which may have to move cargo over a long shift, a problem multiplied when working in environments decidedly unconducive to mechanical handling machinery. As previously, when the World Health Organization (WHO) required versatile and reliable equipment to work in cold, and hot, conditions it turned to Flexi Narrow Aisle for assistance.

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Government Regulations Offer a Chance for Self Promotion

UK – Every road haulage operator knows that government regulations insist certain safety markings must be applied to all HGV’s over 7.5 tonnes, and trailers weighing in at 3.5 tonnes and above, newly-registered in the UK. Reflective (or conspicuity as the makers prefer to call it) tape comes in a number of colours but now vehicles hauling freight and bearing the obligatory markings have an opportunity for advertising the carrier or manufacturer on a bespoke product.

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Russian Carrier Takes Another New Plane in a Busy Month

RUSSIA – US – JAPAN – KAZAKHSTAN – Besides its recent Winter Games activity there has been a lot happening within the Volga-Dnepr airline group this month. Subsidiary AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), Russia’s biggest freight air carrier, received delivery of the airline’s fifth brand new Boeing 747-8 Freighter at the beginning of January, whilst Volga-Dnepr Technics GmbH (VDT), the Leipzig-based maintenance company responsible for the group’s external maintenance operations in Europe, has expanded its current scope of activities on Western-built aircraft with an extended EASA Part 145 certification meaning A-check services and wheel and brake repair shop activities can now be performed on a wider range of Boeing aircraft.

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Two Comprehensive Networks Will Expand Services to and from Asia

US – KOREA – NORTHERN ASIA – This month saw an agreement drawn up between CaroTrans, a freight forwarding outfit and ocean consolidator with numerous offices across the US, and Molax Line, an NVOCC which specialises in FCL and LCL cargo to and from its native Korea. The new alliance will see the pair cooperate on building both import and export services between the US and Northern Asia.

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Latest Technology Makes for Fuel and Emission Savings

KOREA – ITALY – WORLDWIDE – Earlier this month the d’Amico group, a product and oil shipping company with its roots in Italy and its branches stretching about the globe, launched four new state of the art ‘eco-ships’ in Ulsan, Korea, designed in collaboration with the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard. The latest vessels will be added to the fleet of tankers belonging to d’Amico Tankers, a 100% owned group subsidiary.

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ISO Recognition for Manchester Based Company

UK – BELGIUM – PERU – Manchester based Tuscor Lloyds is celebrating another successful cross trade project freight movement, just the type of contract which has seen the forwarding and logistics outfit achieve coveted ISO 9001 status after a year’s work undertaken with UKAS accredited auditors to gain the recognition.

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Sorry to drone on but................

US – NETHERLANDS – WORLDWIDE – Drones – the latest buzz word in the logistics supply chain, but with their minimal cargo capacity, major safety and security issues and the thought that, if FAA approved, there might be thousands of these things flying about our cities, more problems are certain to arise. We have touched on the tests currently being undertaken in the US, Australia, China and elsewhere, and the fact that serious studies have been approved, but now we have heard this week from two parties who could not be more diametrically opposed to the flying bedsteads than is possible, one of whom has taken our comments regarding shooting them down rather seriously.

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Boss Says 'Like a Dog Running in Circles Biting its Own Tail'

EUROPE – Players in the European rail freight market have operated a 1.5 kilometre long freight train from the Sibelin Yard, south of Lyon, to Nimes as part of Europe’s 3 year project to find ways to reduce operating costs by over 30% and increase efficiency and capacity on selected freight corridors across the continent. This news comes as DB Schenker extends its network, but elsewhere, financial troubles lead a Dutch logistics firm to cease operations in its rail cargo division, and cause the latest privatisation attempts of the freight subsidiary of Croatia’s national railway to fail.

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Australian Report Goes Against Accepted Wisdom

AUSTRALIA – WORLDWIDE – According to the a study reported by the Australian Trucking Association and published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, sleep apnoea (apnea to our US readers) is not a major cause of truck crashes. The investigation, ‘The Role of Sleepiness, Sleep Disorders, and the Work Environment on Heavy-Vehicle Crashes in 2 Australian States’, carried out by staff at Monash University Accident Research Centre, Melbourne, found no direct link between the condition and the accident rate.

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New Anti Pirate Boss Heads Appointments

EUROPE – Rear Admiral Jean Martens (German Navy) has handed over the role of Deputy Operation Commander of EU NAVFOR Somalia – Operation Atalanta to Rear Admiral Bartolomé Bauzá (Spanish Navy). Rear Admiral Martens joined the Operation in July 2013 and he returns to Germany to resume his command of the German Flotilla 1. EU NAVFOR is the European Union’s combined naval task force dedicated to protecting vessels carrying relief for the World Food Programme but lately more concerned with chasing and capturing pirates targeting merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden.

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Union Inspections Reveal the Plight of Abandoned Crews

UK – SOUTH EAST ASIA – Since the Maritime Labour Convention came into force in August 2013 seafarers representatives such as the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) have had enhanced ability to ensure that ship owners and operators are treating the crews of freight and other merchant vessels in a civilised manner, particularly those who operate under flags of convenience in a bid to avoid legislation. Recently ITF affiliated unions have been conducting inspections in South East Asian ports but sadly some seafarers are still being treated with contempt by their employers, as a current UK case demonstrates.

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Alterations to Services with Inception of New Feeder Route and Influence of Chinese Lunar New Year

MOZAMBIQUE – CHINA – WORLDWIDE – The world’s third largest container shipping line CMA CGM has announced changes to its services with the introduction of a new freight feeder dedicated to Mozambique ports, whilst reducing demand on its services out of China in anticipation of the Lunar New Year period in China starting on February 4.

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Operator Claims Four Box Lift Ability is a First for the Country

UK – DP World London Gateway announced today that it had become the first port in the country to lift four containers at one time on its quay cranes, doubling the amount of boxes it can lift in one go. Using a suitable spreader one of the giant quay cranes, which we have featured previously, is capable of handling four twenty foot, or two forty foot containers at a time, doubling the efficiency and reducing the number of lifts, and thus the vessel turnaround time.

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Official Opening of Brisbane Facility will mean 'Seismic Shift' According to HPH

AUSTRALIA – First identified as preferred bidders for the development in 2007, Hutchison Ports Holdings (HPH) officially opened its new container terminal on reclaimed land on Fisherman’s Island in the Port of Brisbane yesterday (22 January) as predicted. The ports group said the inception of the new Brisbane Container Terminals marked a ‘seismic shift’ for the shipping community and that BCT is the first terminal in Australia to introduce the Automated Stacking Crane technology.

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SISTRAM Tools Aimed at Fulfilling SOLAS Requirement Pushed Back Again

BRAZIL – The Shipowners Club, which provides marine liability insurance including P&I for members which include just about every branch of specialist fleet, from yachts and fishing boats to oil tankers and cargo ships, inform us that its Brazilian correspondents have advised a further delay in the introduction of the country’s SISTRAM maritime advice system. After advice that 15 January was the likely inception date, this has now been pushed back again. Aimed at saving lives at sea the system is due to operate in a similar manner to the United States AMVER and Australian AUSREP systems.

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Ship Founders off Vietnamese Coast but Help is at Hand

VIETNAM – The crew of the 3,884 dwt asphalt/bitumen tanker Bitu Gulf have been rescued after the vessel foundered about 42 nautical miles southeast of Phan Rang, Vietnam, in the South China Sea, on Monday January 20. Fortunately en route from Shekou, China to Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia, Evergreen Line's 7,000+ TEU containership Ever Summit received the distress call from the Bitu Gulf at 14:00 and subsequently made best speed to the location of the distressed vessel. At around 16:30, the Ever Summit found the lifeboat of the Bitu Gulf and went to work to rescue all sixteen Indian seafarers of the tanker.

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Nigerian Hijackers Thought to have Extended Their Range

NIGERIA – ANGOLA – Last month we warned how attacks off the West African coast were increasing as those of Somalia fell and now a warning has come in from Dryad Maritime, a specialist maritime intelligence company based in the UK, telling of its suspicions that a Liberian flagged tanker, MT Kerala, may have been hijacked after she disappeared of the Angolan coast. Owned by Dynacom Tankers based in Greece and which operates a fleet totalling around 5 million deadweight tonnes, the vessel vanished on 18 January after a last sighting seven nautical miles NNW of Luanda.

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Olympic and Commonwealth Events Give a Boost to Transport Companies

RUSSIA – GERMANY – UK – FRANCE – With the start of the Winter Olympics and Commonwealth Games approaching fast, the chosen freight forwarders and air cargo carriers have been accelerating logistics operations to ensure all the vital equipment required by athletes and organisers arrive on time and in good order. On Boxing Day a giant AN-124-100 Ruslan freight aircraft soared over the city of Ulyanovsk bringing in the Olympic flame which signals the spirit of the Sochi event had arrived.

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Princess Royal Opens Renovated Mission to Seafarers Club

UK – Today (22 January) sees HRH the Princess Royal, President of the Mission to Seafarers, opening the newly renovated South Shields Seafarers’ Club following its extensive renovation by the Isos Housing Group. With Her Majesty The Queen as Patron, the royal family have close ties with a charity which provides support on global scale to those mariners who are suffering problems which vary from piracy to shipwreck and abandonment whether they be from a container ship to a fishing smack.

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Measurements Can Also be Collected and Stored Electronically

US – UK – WORLDWIDE – One of the banes of a freight forwarder’s life is the uncertainty over weights and cubes and the effort needed by the warehouse staff to accurately establish these and enable true declarations, not to mention ensuring the correct rate is charged for the job. At the Modex show,staged in the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta between March 17 and 20 this year, interested parties will have a chance to view some products which can make the tasks of precisely weighing and measuring kilogrammes and cubes a lot simpler.

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Sovereign State Carrier will Supply Space Which Ends Eighteen Year Partnership

UK – QATAR – Fresh from their success at winning a special award at the recent BIFA ceremony, multinational airline IAG Cargo, has signed a long-term commercial agreement with state-owned flag carrier Qatar Airways to purchase capacity on the sovereign Arab state’s operated air cargo freighters, following IAG’s decision to transfer its freight operations away from current provider, Global Supply Systems, a move which ends an 18 year partnership between the two. Steve Gunning, Chief Executive of IAG Cargo, remarked:

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Villains First Thwarted Then Chased Down and Arrested

GULF OF ADEN – SOMALIA – Time was, not so long ago, that it seemed we were reporting a pirate attack in the region virtually every day. Now with the enhanced efforts to deter would be attackers the first attempted hijack of 2014 hopefully sets out the future for bulk freighters, container ships and passenger liners going about their normal business with the tale of a double whammy for the bad guys.

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Bolt Free Pallet Racking Company Folds After Forty Years

UK – This year was to see RediRack, makers of pallet racking systems, celebrate 40 years of continuous UK manufacturing from its factory near Sheffield in the heart of the UK steel industry. The company’s products are a familiar feature seen throughout the country in suppliers and freight and logistics warehouses such as those of Kuehne + Nagel. Last week however the company, based in Mexborough, South Yorkshire closed its doors, at least for the time being, as it went into administration. RediRack was the only manufacturer of bolt free racking in the UK and claimed to be one of the largest manufacturers of racking products in Europe.

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Donations from the Industry Have Made a Real Impact on Everyday Life for Tens of Thousands

UK – AFRICA – With 2013 marking its 15th year anniversary as an independent organisation and charity, Transaid has revealed that it raised an impressive figure of over £243,000 through fundraising activities and campaigns, a total we here at the Handy Shipping Guide helped contribute towards with the not inconsiderable contents of the office swear box. Members of the freight, logistics and road haulage sectors took part in a number of special and challenging events, including a trek up Mount Snowdon, a cycle ride from London to Amsterdam and another more adventurous cycle ride across Uganda.

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Five Years On It's Time to Take Stock and Plan for the Future of Equality in the Supply Chain

UK – Women in Logistics (UK), established by Ruth Waring and a group of friends in September 2008 to support the careers of women in the logistics field has come a long way since first taking a hammer to the glass ceiling which has traditionally existed within the shipping, road haulage and freight forwarding sectors. Five years on and 3500 members later, the ladies of logistics have decided to discover what the views, not only of members, but others in the supply chain think is the way forward.

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Switzerland Sees Development of Latest Premises

SWITZERLAND – Having secured a win in the Staff Development category of the annual BIFA Awards in the UK, principally for the excellence of its new training facility, Bavarian headquartered group Dachser has announced the development of its latest logistics hub in the Bern region. This will be the ninth Swiss site for the group which has had a presence in the country since 1967 and will occupy an area of 12,200 square metres, creating around 40 new jobs in freight forwarding and supply chain operations for the region.

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Another Success to Celebrate 25 Years of Honouring the British Shipping Industry

UK – The most prestigious event of the British freight forwarding calendar, the BIFA awards, took place again today at The Brewery in London and this year was even more special, celebrating as it did with BIFA 2013, 25 years of success for organisers the British International Freight Association. As time has moved on so the annual event has grown and awards for achievement in the various fields of logistics now represent nine distinct, and equally worthwhile, categories, from Project Forwarding and Supply Chain excellence to recognition in the fields of Air and Ocean shipping.

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(but can the money last long enough...?)

US – With the Highway Trust Fund set to run out of money as early as August, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx yesterday outlined his proposals to overcome the transport infrastructure deficit, highlighting problems in funding and identifying ways for the Department to use innovation and improved planning to stretch transportation dollars as effectively and efficiently as possible to ensure the smooth flow of both passenger and freight multimodal traffic, whether by road, rail or water.

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Coordination Needed Before Unilateral Action says TIACA Boss

BELGIUM – WORLDWIDE – The meeting of the World Customs Organization’s (WCO) Annual Technical Experts Group on Air Cargo Security Conference in Brussels was cautioned by TIACA Secretary General Doug Brittin against taking unilateral action to require submission of certain customs information for all air cargo shipments, in advance of aircraft departure. Whilst security in the air freight supply chain is of paramount importance, TIACA believes that significant further testing must be conducted into the provision of advance data for shipments and common global standards and procedures must be developed to avoid potentially serious disruption to the flow of world trade.

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Who's Gone Where in the Freight Sector of Late

UK – IRELAND – We start this round up of shipping, logistics and other transport related staff movements with the sad news that co-founder of Wexco Airfreight John Barnett, passed away on January 8 following a long-term illness. Barnett retired from Wexco in 2010 after helping start the company in 1979. Peter Kales, Chairman of the Kales Group, which bought Wexco after Barnett’s retirement, paid tribute to the former Director, saying:

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Environmental Credentials Under Close Examination but Boeing Seems Enthusiastic

US – At a time when many have queried the environmental credentials of so called ‘green diesel’ saying the products used to manufacture the fuel might be better used in foodstuffs rather than powering various modes of passenger and freight transport, the controversial biofuel seems to have gained a high profile ally this week with the Boeing Corporation saying its use could supply a significant new source for sustainable aviation that emits less than 50% CO2 compared to traditional fossil fuel.

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Additional FMCSA Fines for Some Offenders after 'Mother's Attic' Sting

US – Authorities in New Jersey have cited 26 unlicensed road haulage and removal firms with violating state law as a result of a 4 day sting operation. Each firm has been fined $2,500 for soliciting intrastate moves without a state licence. Two of the trucking companies are facing an additional penalty of $25,000, from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), for crossing state lines without having the necessary operating authority to perform interstate transportation, thereby violating Federal regulations. Acting Attorney General John Hoffman said:

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UK Will Follow Through on Sensible Legislation as France Loses its Way on Highway Tax

UK – FRANCE – Two pieces of road haulage news which have a profound effect on commercial vehicle drivers deserve to be looked at closely this month. Unlike the ill-fated ‘Ecotaxe’ scheme originally scheduled for introduction in France earlier this month to levy charges on freight trucks, and postponed indefinitely after protestors took to the streets in October, the British authorities are as unlikely to delay the introduction of the mandatory Certificate of Professional Competence for Drivers (DCPC) as the UK hauliers are to copy their Gallic cousins and riot in protest.

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SDV Expands its Benelux Operations

FRANCE – BELGIUM – SDV, the logistics and supply chain subsidiary of the Bolloré Group, has announced the acquisition of Belgian freight forwarding outfit EDT. Founded at the beginning of 2001 by Pascal Deelen together with other friends all with a shipping background, EDT trades mostly in conventional and project cargo shipments, mostly to and from Africa which equated to 8,000 TEU in 2012.

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New Tool Will Calculate Emissions Impact and Align with European Standard EN 165287

SWITZERLAND – WORLDWIDE – Along with most other large players in the logistics industry, environmental concerns rank as one of the most important factors in the service portfolio for freight forwarding group Panalpina, and the Swiss based outfit has introduced a tool to enable it to automatically calculate all customers’ emissions from the transport services they use, with immediate effect.

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Flights, Hotel and Dinner Included in Trucking Australia Competition

AUSTRALIA – Very rarely does one get something for nothing but now, from the land of the High Rising Terminal (linguistic not freight), comes an offer to all those engaged in road haulage operations which must be worth a punt. At the Australian Trucking Association’s (ATA) ‘Trucking Australia’ event, truckers get the chance to put forward their views on issues affecting the industry and the chance to network with others in the industry. Now comes three chances to win a free trip to the two day bash for anyone working for a native company.

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Talks Rumoured to be at an Advanced Stage

GERMANY – CHILE – WORLDWIDE – Rumours are rife within the shipping community regarding the ongoing merger talks between Hamburg headquartered Hapag-Lloyd and Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV) based in Valparaiso which we mentioned in a story last month. The German company, serial negotiators when it comes to possible co-operations/amalgamations with other container lines, has been in discussion with CSAV for some months and it is believed talks are finally coming to a head.

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River Thames Sees Business Building Up

UK – Two developments linked to ports in the Thames Estuary in the past weeks as regular sailings from Tilbury’s London Container Terminal (LCT) for Oldenburg-Portugiesische Dampfschiffs-Rhederei (OPDR) increased, whilst the new deep water container port at London Gateway saw its first feeder service shipping for Teesport with transhipment cargo heading north to what port managers, PD Ports claim is Europe’s best connected feeder port.

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Finnish Group Undertakes First Colombian RTG Delivery

FINLAND – COLOMBIA – Konecranes plc, based in Hyvinkää, Finland, received an order last month to provide six Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes to Sociedad Portuaria Terminal de Contenedores de Buenaventura, S.A. (TCBUEN) in Colombia. This will be Konecranes’ first delivery of container handling cranes to Colombia and clearly pleased Kim Salvén, Sales Director, Europe, who said:

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Australian Support Contract Awarded to Middle Eastern Based Freight Forwarder

AUSTRALIA – JAPAN – Although we tend to see Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL) as a traditional container shipping line, GAC Australia is keen to highlight the fact that the Japanese group is these days a truly multimodal operator, particularly since the Middle Eastern headquartered group has just been has awarded an exclusive three-year contract to serve its vessels and port calls across Australia. GAC, itself a global supplier of logistics and freight forwarding services, won the right to serve MOL following a rigorous tendering process.

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Ten New Ships on Charter for Evergreen

TAIWAN – WORLDWIDE – In September we reported how Evergreen Line appeared to be committing to a new policy which ran contrary to its larger competitors by ordering new container vessels in the 8,500 TEU class, as opposed to the fashion for ships almost double this size. The shipping line now however has confirmed that it will be running ships in the future to rival Maersk, CMA CGM and others.

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Numerous Companies in the Supply Chain Make Changes to Logistics Personnel This Week

WORLDWIDE – This week’s additions, departures and sideways shifts of logistics related staff are particularly numerous, and range throughout the supply chain, from the freight forwarding community to packaging specialists, but begin with container shipping group APL which has made a series of changes to its senior management in an effort to realign its organisational structure, moving away from the current geographically-organised structure to a functional one. The appointments will be in the areas of Trade, Commercial, Operations, Procurement and Planning & Strategy. APL’s new leadership team will, effective February 10, consist of Peter Jongepier as Chief Commercial Officer, Calvin Leong as Chief Trade Officer, Nathaniel Seeds as Chief Operations Officer and Jason Wong as Chief Procurement Officer.

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Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Paid in Competition Commission Fines and Class Action Reparations

SWITZERLAND – US – JAPAN – WORLDWIDE – One year ago this week we told of massive fines imposed on freight forwarders by the Swiss Competition Commission (COMCO) for cartel activity. Well Happy New Year, here we go again with the news out today that the authorities have levied fines of CHF 11 million ($12 million) on eleven air cargo carriers for anti-trust behaviour whilst, once again, the German company cited in the action, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, were let off with no penalty as it was this company which triggered the legal proceedings by self-denunciation, thereby gaining complete immunity from the sanction.

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4G Services to Follow Initial Cellular Phone Connections in Longest Undersea Tunnel

UK – FRANCE – It’s official, you cannot get away from a mobile phone signal these days even if you choose to travel beneath the waves. Having agreed terms with French mobile operators, Bouygues Telecom, Orange and SFR to provide GSM-P services in the South Running Tunnel in 2012, travellers will from March be able to connect to services in the North Tunnel (UK to France) when using Eurotunnel's freight or passenger services.

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Busy Users With Little Time to Look After Their Trucks will Appreciate Innovation

UK – Back in October we wrote how FB Chain had introduced a full range of fork lift chains designed to ensure less damage to hydraulic hoses during operation. Now a new innovation from the Letchworth based industrial leaf chain specialist is aimed at reducing maintenance costs, particularly in the busy warehouses typically operated by freight and distribution companies which almost traditionally work their trucks ‘to the bone’.

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From Voice Activated Sorting to Roller Conveyors All Will be on Show

US – WORLDWIDE – The world of freight and logistics is continually evolving to accommodate the needs of customers who seek ever faster distribution for their product. In the modern scenario warehousing and stockpiling goods is an expensive option and therefore technology utilised to handle items through the supply chain is constantly evolving to meet the need for speed. In March the Modex event in Atlanta, which modestly subtitles itself ‘The Greatest Supply Chain Show on Earth’ will feature the latest in handling technology.

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Vintage Motorcycles Needed Thoughtful Logistics Solutions by Gefco

UK – It might not be the longest journey for a road haulage operator or forwarder to undertake but short haul of just a few miles can be as tricky as any freight project when it involves the logistics required to ship valuable, delicate pieces. For many years, the Midlands were the centre of motorcycle industry in Britain (many would say anywhere on earth) and whilst that two wheel heritage is still preserved in the area with the largest collection in the world situated in the National Motorcycle Museum, close to Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC), there is another valuable collection just down the road amongst the hundreds of automotive exhibits on show within the 13,000 square metre Coventry Transport Museum.

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Austro - German Alliance Chimera Changes Shape

GERMANY – AUSTRIA – WORLDWIDE – That freight forwarding chimera which trades under the Weiss-Röhlig banner is going through a few changes. Bremen based Röhlig Logistics and Austrian group Gebrüder Weiss are rearranging the share structure of their joint venture. Whilst Weiss-Röhlig USA will remain a commonly owned joint venture where each party holds 50% of the stock Röhlig has completely taken over the joint ventures in Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand and India and simultaneously, Gebrüder Weiss have increased their shareholding in China, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, Canada and United Arab Emirates to 100%.

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Renewal of Contract for Two More Years Sees K+N Expand Airbus Portfolio

EUROPE – CHINA – We are at that time of year when many in the supply chain are reviewing budgets and renewing contracts and Swiss based freight forwarder Kuehne + Nagel has announced it is to be retained as lead logistics provider for Airbus, one of the world’s premium aircraft manufacturers, until 2016. K+N will continue to manage Airbus’ entire production logistics in France, Germany, Spain, the UK and China for all aircraft programmes and has undertaken to further streamline operational processes in order to increase efficiency along the aircraft maker’s supply chain.

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A Name Memorable to Many in Forwarding is Resurrected by Maersk as More Sales Go Ahead

THE AMERICAS – DENMARK – BELGIUM – Maersk Line has resurrected an old name which many in the freight forwarding community with be familiar with, SeaLand, having just formed a regional, container shipping company dedicated to the intra-Americas market with operations officially commencing January 1, 2015. SeaLand will be targeting the North, Central, and South American regions as well as the Caribbean, to meet the needs of local customers. Maersk Line's existing Intra-Americas service network will be the foundation of SeaLand's ocean product portfolio.

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Extreme Weather Profoundly Affects Passengers but Cargo Suffers to Lesser Degree

US – UK – Meteorologists are hopeful that the disastrous weather conditions which have seen the New Year in on both sides of the Atlantic are gradually improving. Freight movement in some parts of America has slowed to a standstill as the effect of the so called ‘Polar Vortex’ has been felt in areas unused to such extreme conditions with thousands of flights cancelled and roads impassable. The cold front swept in two waves across the country and has been held directly responsible for over twenty deaths so far. Ocean shipping services and ports have been largely unaffected, except for the non-delivery of cargo, whereas many airports have even seen refuelling trucks unable to operate as nozzles froze up.

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Nobody Knows More About the Supply Chain and its Economic Impact than Shipping Agents says FIATA

SWITZERLAND – WORLDWIDE – The latest press release from the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) stresses how important the logistics sector and an efficient supply chain is to growing the international economy, stressing that the United Nation’s post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals must include logistics connectivity. The concept which FIATA has it says is evidenced by, and largely based upon, the ‘Life Cycle’ or Product Cycle theory first proposed in 1966 by Raymond Vernon, the US economist who specialised in trade globalisation and the growth of multinational corporations and their effects on society.

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K Line Chief Outlines Responsibilities and Objectives for the Future

JAPAN – PARAGUAY – WORLDWIDE – As many CEO’s report at the start of a New Year, K Line President & CEO, Jiro Asakura, has set out his vision of where the company intends to go and how he means to achieve this. Firstly though in other box line news this week Zim Line has announced the recommencement of its container shipping service to Paraguay. Zim will be serving the port of Asuncion via a barge service connecting to Montevideo, Uruguay and onward through the company’s global and regional network to all the major trade routes.

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Staff Movements in the Logistics Sector

EUROPE – SWEDEN – FINLAND – DB Schenker Logistics has reorganised the management structure for the North and East of Europe by combining the two regions into one as of January 1. The previous Regional Director of East Europe, Göran Åberg, has taken over management of the combined region and Karsten Keller, formerly Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of North Europe, has become CFO of the new region. The Regional Head Office is based in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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TfL Consults on Increasing Access to Central London as Industry Protests

UK – News that the Congestion Charge levied on London drivers is set to rise 15% has resulted in protests from members of the road haulage industry and other motoring organisations. Transport for London (TfL) has stated that it is ‘consulting’ on increasing the daily levy from £10 to £11.50 with its 220,000 autopay customers set to see their costs rise from £9 to £10.50 per day if they have direct debit facilities in place. The Freight Transport Association (FTA) was one of the first of the truck lobby to decry the increase with Natalie Chapman, FTA Head of Policy London & South East, saying:

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$3 Billion Cash Boost from Non Maritime Asset Disposal

DENMARK – Whilst A.P. Møller-Mærsk has continued to increase container shipping capacity with the introduction of the Triple E series of giant box carrying vessels and its own container manufacturing facilities, the group has been busy over the past few years increasing its stake in various other maritime related products with investment in energy research, recovery, offshore supply and of course tankers.

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Last Chance to Register to State Your View of the Future

US – Stakeholders in the ocean shipping sector have just a couple of days left to register interest in the national maritime strategy symposium taking place between January 14 – 16 and arranged by MARAD, the US Maritime Administration. Information on registering for the symposium, which is intended to garner information on how to sculpt a national maritime transport strategy, can be found here, and the public meeting will also be broadcast live via web streaming and a listen-only telephone line. Individuals interested in participating through the listen-only telephone line must however also register in order to obtain the telephone number. Meanwhile the likely influence of Post Panamax bulk and container vessels on US port infrastructure is also under scrutiny.

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25th Anniversary Celebrations This Time Round for BIFA Event

UK – Once again the great and the good in the world of British shipping will gather at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London EC1 on the January 16 to celebrate the winners of the BIFA Awards 2013. Freight forwarding agents and others still may have a chance to get last minute tickets to the event which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

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Recent EU Wide Court Judgements Have Far Reaching Implications Throughout the Logistics Industry

EUROPE – WORLDWIDE – A recent publication of the Maritime Advocate highlights in detail two cases which have a profound influence on the terms and conditions of the carriage of goods for shippers and shipping lines, road haulage and freight forwarding interests, and illustrate how individual circumstances and geographical location can influence the outcome. They also demonstrate the need to sometimes pursue such claims through a neutral Court to avoid local attitudes affecting a judgement on, what would be for most industry observers, a simple argument over problems which have arisen during the shipping of cargo, multi-modally or otherwise.

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Six Operating Sites Selected to Test Technology

US – Despite our thinly veiled cynicism when we reported the testing of drones for the delivery of express cargo in small quantities, based upon the obvious problems of having relatively uncontrolled pieces of freight buzzing around in urban airspace, it seems some see the developing technology as a real investment opportunity. No matter it seems the potential accident insurance problems and obvious theft scenarios with cargo carried being presumably relatively high value, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) intends to release shortly a regulation covering the increased use of privately operated drones.

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2013 Reports in from Different Sectors of the Supply Chain

EUROPE – JAPAN – This is the time of year when companies, whether connected to the freight industry or not, like to review their progress, assuming of course things have gone well for them in the past twelve months. Results have seemingly been mixed with container shipping lacking any obvious high spots but energy projects seemingly more worthwhile. Menlo Worldwide Logistics, a subsidiary of US firm Con-way Inc, the road haulage and multimodal group, says that its cost-saving focus and ‘Lean’ principles of continuous improvement are behind a successful increase in its European customer base during 2013.

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Turkish Airlines Reinstates 305 Workers and Signs Collective Agreement

TURKEY – Just in time for the holiday season, the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) announced that an accord had been reached between Turkish Airlines (THY) and the ITF-affiliated Turkish civil aviation union Hava-Is to reinstate 305 sacked workers, ending a 20 month dispute at the airline. A collective agreement covering 2013, 2014 and 2015 was also reached. Last time we wrote about this situation, things had begun to look worse as Hava-Is and the ITF presented further evidence to the International Labour Organization (ILO) alleging unlawful behaviour by both THY and the Turkish government.

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Analogue and Digital Records Tampered With to Gain Pecuniary Advantage

UK – EUROPE – Following a joint operation between the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and Cumbria Police lasting 3 years, seventeen drivers and Managers from Cumbrian based road haulage freight firm, Ross International, have been sentenced for tachograph fraud in both domestic carriage and on European trailer movements, with two Managers and thirteen drivers pleading guilty and two drivers claiming their innocence in the affair.

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