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January 2022

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One More Big Name Signs Up to Freeport

UK – There was a time when to anyone connected with freight in the UK the initialism LGW would stand for London's Gatwick Airport. The success of DP World's Thames side deep water port and logistics park, London Gateway, has changed that perception for many, and the success of the venture seems to be maintaining pace with the latest news.

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Pre-Election Campaign to Demand Change of Direction

UK – With local government elections in May in Scotland approaching, the RMT transport union has begun a series of actions to protest at what it calls a 'betrayal' of commitments made by the Scottish National Party (SNP)/Green government at the COP26 climate change conference three months ago.

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Staff Moves in Brief This Week

UK – Forth Ports, which owns and operates eight commercial ports in the UK and is the country's third largest port operator, has announced three new leadership roles as it restructures its senior team to reflect the increasing importance of its ports in the offshore renewables sector and the general supply chain.

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Snippets and Stories of the Logistics Industry from Around the World

UK – It seems life for fulfillment solutions specialists (now there's a phrase we hadn't heard much of before about 2018) is proving good if the latest figures from Berkshire based Walker Logistics are anything go by. In November and December the company saw a 23% jump as against 2020.

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Unions and Accident Authorities Alike Deliver Similar Verdicts After Incidents

UK – Not for the first time offshore oil drilling group Valaris has come in for criticism from safety authorities due to bad management practices. Last February the mooring failure of one of its laid up drill ships caused the vessel, the Valaris DS94 to break free and leave the Hunterston jetty. As a result of this the Republic of the Marshall Islands, where she is flagged, working together with the Marine Accident Investigation Branch, has issued Marine Safety Advisory No.14-21 in advance of the final report.

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Ignorance of Changes and Stiffer Penalties May Endanger the Vulnerable More

UK – In August last year when the government published its first response to its consultation on the future status of vulnerable road users via proposed changes to the existing Highway Code we wrote how the changes had been opposed by the road freight lobby which opined that compulsory training for professional drivers already ensured they were well versed in how to deal with such matters.

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Road Haulage and Logistics Interests Get Their Say

WALES – With the HGV driver shortage continuing to afflict the whole of the UK, the Economy, Trade and Rural Affairs Committee of the Welsh Senedd has published this week its recommendations, addressed to the Welsh Government, to overcome that nation's particular problems. The recommendations come after consultations with such as Logistics UK, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Road Haulage Association and others.

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Classification Society Joins with Other Groups to Solve Inherent Problems

NORWAY – SINGAPORE – With the search intensifying to find the cleanest and most economical way of achieving the cut back in greenhouse gas emissions the whole ocean fleet is aiming to achieve, classification society DNV has been selected to lead an ammonia bunkering safety study by the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD) in Singapore.

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New Category Added to Favourite Industry Event

UK – As members of the logistics professions work huddled round half empty offices, or kitchen tables through the winter months, thoughts of halcyon June days may spring to mind on occasion, along with plans to finally re-join the commercial world at one of the premier networking events on the transport calendar, the Multimodal Exhibition.

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Big December Boosts Annual Tally

WORLDWIDE – The trend reported to us by a variety of international air cargo carriers and individual airports has been confirmed with the publication of the latest data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

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Major Shipping Line Adopts Monitoring Technology for Fleet of Over 700 Ships

FINLAND – JAPAN – As digitalisation of the maritime sector continues apace Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and ClassNK have joined with Finnish maritime software, services, and data analysis provider NAPA to develop a navigational risk monitoring system which has been adopted in MOL's fleet of over 700 ships.

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England Internationals and Construction Equipment Company Join In

WEST INDIES – With the five match series of T20 cricket between the West Indies and England less than half finished at the time of writing, comes news of an exciting program of kit donations scheduled for 2022 across the world, and which kicked off this week in Barbados.

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As Elsewhere Freight Has Kept Planes in the Air

INDIA – All around the globe countries are slowly adapting to the latest Covid situation with many signs of international travel opening up. The carriage of air freight has held up strongly during the crisis, the essential nature of many goods ensuring that a way forward had to be found.

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Direct Freight Flights Hanoi to and from Prague becoming a Reality

CZECH REPUBLIC – VIETNAM – Last year the air cargo infrastructure company Skyport, headquartered at the Vaclav Havel Airport in Prague, was acquired by air cargo investment firm Ventus and Sky Logistica, and now has handled the freight carried on board Bamboo Airways first charter flight of the year, operating from Hanoi International Airport in Vietnam to its home base.

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Everyone Enjoys the Sunshine - but Protect Against it on the Road in Winter

UK – Sometimes it is worthwhile stating the b******g obvious, particularly when lives are at stake and recently the local government authorities in Middlesborough have been circulating a message from the Cleveland Road Safety Partnership, warning drivers of an oft forgotten, yet potentially deadly hazard.

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Who is Turning Up in New Supply Chain Positions and Where

US – Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has announced that Robin Hutcheson will become the Deputy Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). As Deputy Administrator, Ms Hutcheson will serve as the Acting Administrator. Since January 2021, Ms. Hutcheson has served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Safety Policy for the US Department of Transportation in the Biden-Harris Administration. In this role she led safety policy for the Department, and coordinated other critical efforts, including Covid 19 response and recovery.

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What is Happening in the Nooks and Crannies of the Logistics Sector

UK – As detailed in a story earlier this month the Public Consultation on a Freight & Logistics Strategy for the North of England is now live, and residents and businesses are invited to get involved and have their say before it closes at the end of January. The freight and logistics sector is vitally important for the North of England, with more than 33% of goods entering through the region's ports and 25% of GB freight starting or ending in the North.

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BIFA Event Gives Forwarding and Logistics Industry a Chance to Catch Up

UK – There was an almost tangible sigh of relief at the Brewery in London's Chiswell Street yesterday as over 500 of the great and the good from the country's freight forwarding and logistics professions gathered at last for a major event in the shipping calendar, the annual British International Freight Association's 2021 Freight Service Awards.

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Novel Safety Systems Aboard Craft as First Laden Trip Nears

NORWAY – UK – Back in 2018 we wrote how the world's first electric and autonomous container vessel, the Yara Birkeland was being readied for service on the Herøya-Brevik route, and now real progress is being made as the vessel prepares to undertake its first ever laden voyage this year.

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Lighting Has the Ability to Interact with Autonomous vehicles

UK – National Highways has released details of its current progress as it travels towards providing its 'Digital Roads' programme which, despite a faint whiff of science fiction, actually is exploring some ideas in advance of potential future technology.

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Boost in Unaccompanied Traffic Post Brexit Credited

UK – The Port of Immingham is to see a new ferry freight terminal developed following the signing of an agreement, reputedly for £100 million, between port operators Associated British Ports (ABP) and Swedish group Stena Line, the new facility to be managed by Stena for the next fifty years.

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Consultation Will Consider Pay as You Drive Schemes

UK – Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has once again divided his audience with pronouncements on cleaning up traffic pollution in the City. A new report shows that whilst between 2000 and 2018 greenhouse gas emissions from homes and workplaces fell by 40 and 57% respectively, those from transport managed a lowly 7%.

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Waste Oil and Fat Used to Cut Emissions

UK – As part of the company's policy to work with its customers to drive down carbon emissions and help speed up the journey to net zero, Howard Tenens Logistics tells us its key Andover depot in Hampshire has switched its fuel from diesel to the low carbon alternative, GD+ HVO Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) from this week.

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Freight Forwarder Says Things Are Now Settling Down After Under Capacity

CHINA – UK – As with any commercially driven industry it is rare for a company to put its hand up when things aren't as efficiently handled as was expected. When China made great claims for its Belt and Road initiative nobody saw the oncoming Covid associated problems which in turn would lead to difficulties with such multimodal services.

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Deep Water Port Sees Latest Acquisitions Start Work

UK – DP World's UK operation, still basking in the satisfaction of obtaining shares in two of the new English Freeports in both the Thames and at Southampton, has now obtained the last of the equipment ordered as part of the £40 million investment it has made in the Hampshire port over the past 12 months.

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Government Tender Process Selects Long Standing Freight Forwarder

PHILIPPINES – Even in the most civilised societies elections can often prove a contentious issue (remember the Capitol building). Therefore it is essential that everyone involved in the vote is performing at the top of their game so that no hint of incompetence or corruption can be given credence.

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Who Has Gone Where in the New Year Period

UK – Workplace visual communications and safety specialist Beaverswood has appointed a senior executive to oversee its product brand development and marketing as it gears up for continued growth and further European expansion. The company produces a plethora of signage and warehouse labelling products, plus protective items to defend against physical and microbial damage.

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The Weekly Snippets of Global Freight and Logistics Updates

SWEDEN – Yara Marine Technologies is now accepting applications for the second edition of its 3-month tailored start up accelerator program, Yara Marine X. The program offers selected companies a unique opportunity to develop and pilot their innovative solutions while supported by direct access to Yara Marine's industry competence, network distribution and knowledge scale.

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From Seafood to Shipbreaking Emergency Measures Need to be in Place

INDIA – The ports operated by the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB), a government agency of the Government of Gujarat, are about the most diverse bunch of facilities which can be imagined under the title. Now in a bid to ensure an upgrade in safety, the Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) has prepared Disaster Management Plans (DMP) for all properties in what is literally the GMB portfolio.

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So Why Chile? Read On

CHILE – NETHERLANDS – EUROPE – It may surprise many onlookers but Chile has vowed to become a leading light in the production of hydrogen for use as a clean fuel. The country hosts the H2 Mission which opens on January 17 and runs until January 22, a period which includes the Green Hydrogen Summit (January 19).

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Decisions on Two very Different Road Types Get Very Different Reactions

UK – Two different road types which are almost bound to always prove controversial are red routes, those areas where no parking is permitted under any circumstances, and smart motorways, blamed for several fatal and serious incidents since their inception, and both are mentioned by the road freight lobby this week.

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Despite Covid Live Events Will Remain Essential to a Range of Artistes

UK – US – Certainly one of the more glamorous sectors within the logistics industry has been largely dominated by one name. Formed at a time when US rock music was at an undisputed high spot, Rock-It Cargo, now Rock-it Global first surfaced in 1978, an era which saw the dominance of musicians such as Kiss and Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.

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Investment in Intermodal Service Expansion and Logistics Starts to Pay Off

UK – It would seem that the problems currently surrounding the movement and discharge of shipping containers from the Far East has caused several retailers in the North of England to think outside the box to ensure their import goods arrived in good time from China.

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Logistics News from Around the Globe

UK – The United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) publishes its own monthly magazine for members, NEWSrack, and this month features such items as legal advice on TUPE and Property Leases from its recent 'Bitesize Briefings', delivered by Association Member and legal advisor Aaron & Partners, alongside the free tax review from Associate Member Gateley Capitus we featured last month.

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As Omicron Spreads Daily Lateral Flow Testing Introduced - But Who For?

UK – Possibly the biggest criticism of the UK government when addressing the Covid 19 crisis has been a lack of clarity. The latest pronouncement on the additional daily testing of key workers has illustrated this, as seen by the Road Haulage Association (RHA).

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Supply Chain Data Assumes More Importance in the Wake of Covid

UK – A survey released by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has revealed that, whilst 45% of firms reported increased domestic sales in Q4, compared to 47% in Q3, 27% of companies were worried about rising interest rates, as concerns over rate hikes among manufacturers reach record highs.

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Forwarding Agents Association Expresses the Views of its Members to UK Government

UK – WORLDWIDE – The British International Freight Association (BIFA), which represents the bulk of respectable freight forwarders in the country, has added its voice to the growing clamour with regard to the latest activities of the principal global container shipping lines.

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IT Scanning of Documents Can Reveal Misdeclaration of Freight

US – Germany – Having announced in 2019, along with other major ocean container shipping lines, that it would 'fine' shippers which misdeclared hazardous cargo, Hapag Lloyd has now agreed with New York based cargo inspection company and software supplier NCB, to adopt the latter's Hazcheck Detect cargo screening tool.

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Luxembourg Consortium Takes Over Last Mile Project

GERMANY – LUXEMBOURG – Deutsche Post DHL, which operates 17,000 of the last mile delivery vehicles, is selling the rights and know-how for the production of its StreetScooter electric vehicles to the international consortium ODIN Automotive S.à.r.l. (Luxembourg).

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Autonomous Equipment Aims to Save Lives

FINLAND – WORLDWIDE – The day after Cargotec stepped up its fight to be allowed to merge with fellow countrymen Konecranes to form a giant materials handling entity, its subsidiary Kalmar announced its latest voyage into robotics.

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Initial Contract for Two Vehicles Claims First Commercial Use of Such Trucks in the UK

UK – It seems supermarket giant Tesco is heading into the New Year with the environmental clean-up at the head of its agenda. Having last month introduced fourteen trains per week to carry temperature sensitive produce between Tilbury and Glasgow, its last pronouncement of 2021 was to claim the first UK commercial use of fully electric heavy freight articulated trucks.

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Recognition as Sector Sees a Raised Profile

UK – How nice to start the New Year with a good news story. It seems lobbying the government, even when it makes them uncomfortable, cannot prevent a good man getting just reward for his efforts.

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