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November 2014

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Ignorance and Denial Continues to Contribute to Pointless Slaughter

UK – WORLDWIDE – As many regular readers know there is a silent killer which stalks the road haulage driving community, not a hitchhiker with a hidden blade but something much closer to home and a subject we have written numerous articles on over the past few years, having had an unpleasantly close relationship with the matter in hand. Now the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has put its not inconsiderable weight behind trying to eliminate this problem.

image: Tilbury Grangemouth freight shipments UK Forth ports container cargo hardwood West Africa

Forth Ports English and Scottish Facilities Both Happy for Different Reasons

UK – Goods news from two of Britain’s ports this week with a sizeable investment in one and a record throughput of freight in another. Firstly the Port of Tilbury has announced a new agreement with L&G Forest Products to create a 70,000 square foot timber handling hub at the port serving the Grafton Group and others throughout England. Tilbury has a long history of timber handling going back to the first pre container days of the port with facilities such as the old West Africa Terminal handling many thousands of tonnes of hardwoods in the 1950’s and 60’s.

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Partnership with Antwerp Forwarding Group Secures Indian Government Line Agreement

UK – INDIA – As revealed here last month Allseas Global Logistics has taken over the UK agency for the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) in partnership with Belgian agency De Keyser Thornton in Antwerp. An Indian Government enterprise, SCI specialises in FCL and break bulk freight across the Indian sub-continent. In doing so, it handles both government and commercial cargoes, through co-loading and chartered tonnage. Allseas are well placed as agents for SCI having several UK offices including Felixstowe and Tilbury.

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Death Toll Could Rise by Tens of Thousands as Authorities Water Down Their Legal Responsibilities to Migrants

EUROPE – It seems in the purview of many governments these days to make statements about changes in policy to save costs with little thought given to the legal ramifications of what they are decreeing. Such is the horrific case of migrants travelling into Europe across the Mediterranean Straits and running into trouble. In October the UK government stated it would no longer assist with the rescue of refugees fleeing from the North African coast, often in small or unseaworthy boats totally unsuited to the task.

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Zhengzhou Based Company Extends its European Links

RUSSIA – CHINA – JSC Russian Railways Logistics has joined forces with the Zhengzhou International Land Port Development and Construction Co. in a strategic cooperation agreement on the establishment of a new China to Europe multimodal container train service. The intention is to develop routes both ways between Zhengzhou – Moscow and Zhengzhou – Europe using existing freight hubs but the possibility of developing a new logistics terminal in Moscow is also under discussion.

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New Agreement Will Come into Force in January 2016

US – MEXICO – A new, modernised air service agreement has been reached between the US and Mexico that will provide greater air network opportunities for both passenger and cargo airlines and strengthen the economic ties between the two countries. Air freight carriers, for the first time, will have expanded opportunities to provide service to new destinations that were not available under the current agreement, and to offer services from the United States to Mexico and beyond into Latin America.

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Discharges to be Monitored, Reported and Verified in the Future by Vessel Operators

EUROPE – Having stepped up pressure on vessel operators of late with the introduction of Emission Control Areas to control sulphur discharges and with the international maritime shipping sector currently the only means of transportation not included in the EU's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, an agreement has now been reached by European Co-legislators, to take the first step in reducing the emissions from the industry with new EU-wide rules for the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of CO2 emissions from ships.

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John Good Boss Asks Why Haven't the Government Acted As Yet?

UK – A recurring theme of late has been the concern over a shortage of drivers for the UK’s delivery sector. Whilst van drivers are relatively easy to employ, since September any goods vehicle of 7.5 tonne gross or above requires driver holding a Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) together with the correct licence. In recent articles we have pointed out how organisations such as the British International Freight Association (BIFA) are concerned about the lack of youngsters entering the profession, and now other voices are joining the debate.

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Fears That Trade Route Overlaps Will Cost Jobs

FRANCE – GERMANY – EUROPE – In a move which had been predicted by some, Oldenburg-Portugiesische Dampfschiffs-Rhederei GmbH (OPDR) the short sea specialist group from Germany has a new owner. During a visit to Hamburg CMA CGM boss Jacques Saadé announced the world’s third largest container shipping line had acquired the company from his old colleague Bernhard Schulte but there is some concern that the purchase will affect routes which the French giant currently operates.

image: UK France RoRo Freight and Passenger Cross Channel Ferry Service Eurotunnel MyFeryLink SeaFrance

End for Long Running Saga May be in Sight at Last

UK – FRANCE – The long running saga which commenced when the French RoRo freight and passenger ferry service, SeaFrance, went into receivership in 2010 and bankruptcy a year later, looks set to take another twist as the appeal by Eurotunnel to save its own cross channel sea borne service, MyFerryLink, has closed whilst a decision is reached.

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Repeated Offences Indicate Maladministration

AUSTRALIA – The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has issued a direction to the Indonesian flagged container ship Territory Trader, prohibiting her from entering or using any port in Australia for three months, due to repeated detentions with a history of machinery and equipment malfunctions, and breakdowns. The Territory Trader has been detained by AMSA on three occasions since July 2013 which has prompted serious concerns the vessel is not being operated or managed to meet applicable standards.

image: US road haulage freight gasoline prices American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Anthony Foxx

Whilst Bridges, Railways, Ports and Airports Crumble Politicians Continue to Dither

US – This week saw Anthony Foxx, Secretary of Transportation, address members of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) to discuss the perennial problem which the government faces, the need to sort out long term funding to address the country’s literally crumbling transport infrastructure. This is an issue crucial to the road haulage and freight community but one which the Congress has managed to fudge an astonishing 28 times in six years by passing short term funding.

image: Wakefield UK cargo freight transport Associated British Ports modal shift water

Two Efforts to Promote Regional Growth

UK – Yorkshire seems to be a hotbed of activity for freight this month with two significant events aimed at increasing the throughput of cargo in the West of the county. The Freight Transport Association (FTA) will be promoting modal change and encouraging the use of canals and inland waterways whilst Associated British Ports’ (ABP) is investigating the promotion of export opportunities in the company of the local Council.

image: Europe docker European Commission (EC) freight International Transport Workers’ Federation ITF port cargo Dock Labour Scheme infrastructure dock

Language Harks Back to Another Era

EUROPE – In language reminiscent of the UK dock disputes of the 1960’s a meeting of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has issued what it describes as ‘a strong warning’ to the European Commission (EC) over the future of the continent’s ports. The union organisation is concerned that what it terms ‘fair practices’ will be abandoned by the authorities who they feel have a different agenda a regards the handling of freight.

image: Cargolux Luxembourg air freight cargo carrier Zhengzhou

10,000 Tonnes Recorded in a Mere Five Months

LUXEMBOURG – CHINA – New air freight ventures can be somewhat speculative by their very nature but all cargo airline Cargolux seems to have got it right with its decision to commence a service from its Findel, Luxembourg hub to and from Zhengzhou. Barely five months after the start-up of air freight services between the two Cargolux celebrated the first 10,000 tonnes of good carried on the route.

image: UK road haulage FairFuel UK taxes duty Freight transport

Duty Needs Cutting Whilst Receipts Should Have More Transparency

UK – The picture shows a receipt which the FairFuelUK Campaign presented to Priti Patel, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, to demonstrate the taxes involved when filling up with fuel and to back up the campaign’s appeal to the Treasury Minister in person for an Oil Pricing Enquiry and a reduction of 3 pence per litre in fuel duty when the government reveals its Autumn Statement. The campaign is backed by both the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

image: Mexico CSAV Hapag Lloyd container shipping lines freight agreement

Mexican Authorities Give the Nod but Two More to Go

MEXICO – WORLDWIDE – The proposed merger between Hapag Lloyd and Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV) is close to being finalised after the Mexican completion regulator approved the transaction unconditionally. Only two antitrust authorities, Ukraine and China, have yet to announce their decisions, but if approved, the merged company will become the fourth largest container shipping company in the world with some 200 vessels, an annual transport volume of 7.5 million TEU and a combined turnover of approximately $12 billion.

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IMO Ratifies Agreed Standards as Expected

ANTARCTIC – ARCTIC – The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has reached a major milestone in its efforts to protect ships and both the seafarers and the passengers on board, with the adoption of the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code), and related amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) to make it mandatory. The Polar Code will apply to both cargo vessels, with a gross tonnage above 500, and to passenger ships. The proposal to adopt the measure was met with praise from international shipping lobbies earlier this year.

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Antitrust Authorities Will Look Closely at Proposals to Offer Single Rate Policy

JAPAN – US – EUROPE – All Nippon Airways (ANA) have filed an application with the Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) for antitrust immunity in order to launch another strategic air freight joint venture, this time with American carrier, United Airlines, on routes between the US and Asia. The move reflects the attitude of the big ocean container shipping lines, many of whom have been rushing to pair up with cargo carrying competitors in the name of efficiency.

image: Stena Line RoRo freight ferry sulphur methanol Marpol emission fuel

99% Reduction in Sulphur Produced Claimed

SWEDEN – EUROPE – The new Marpol regulations and rulings from the European Parliament regarding emissions from ships has prodded many companies into trying newer technologies and fuel types and now freight and passenger ferry group Stena Line is to convert the thirteen year old Stena Germanica to use methanol with a view to further vessel adaptations in the future.

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A Year After Launch Innovative Scrubbing System Wins an Award

UAE – NETHERLANDS – GAC’s innovative HullWiper technology which we have featured previously, has been recognised at the International Bulk Journal (IBJ) Awards 2014 held in Rotterdam. Freight and logistics outfit GAC was short listed for the Bulk Ships Agent award which it won in 2013, but it was in the Innovative Technology category that the company triumphed with its remote vessel hull scrubber.

image: US Con-way Freight road haulage trucker Larry Painter

Astonishing Achievement for Yet Another Trucker

US – Anyone who underestimates the size and scope of the American road haulage scene may well be converted by one astonishing fact, Con-way Freight, admittedly a major player in the sector, was established just thirty years ago and yet since then has celebrated almost 1,700 of its drivers who have managed over a million miles on the road each without having a single accident.

image: IMO RoRo cargo vessel sinking fire bravery awards Captain Andreas Kristensen Britannia Seaways

Bravest of the Brave Assemble in London for Annual Awards

WORLDWIDE – One year to the day after surviving an explosive fire which threatened the lives of 32 people on board his vessel, Captain Andreas Kristensen and his crew of the RoRo cargo ship, Britannia Seaways have received the 2014 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea, at a special ceremony held at the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) headquarters. This annual award was established by the IMO to provide international recognition for those who, at the risk of losing their own life, perform acts of exceptional bravery, displaying outstanding courage in attempting to save life at sea or in attempting to prevent or mitigate damage to the marine environment.

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Container Terminals Worldwide Facing Vastly Different Scenarios

US – UK – GERMANY – The situation in the world’s container shipping ports presents a wildly different picture at the moment. On the West Coast of America there is still considerable unrest in the twenty nine or so ports from Seattle right down to San Diego as the contract issues between the representatives of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the employers drag on. A year ago we predicted that a similar dispute on the East Coast might be a portent for this year’s negotiations, as the main contract renewal for the Eastern dock workers fell due in July, and now freight movement has slowed to a crawl in many locations.

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Time of Year to Start the Movement of Citrus Fruit

SYRIA – TURKEY – BLACK SEA – It’s that time of year again and French container shipping group CMA CGM has announced re-commencement of it aptly named seasonal Citrus Express service spread over two port rotations and designed to suit the needs of those shippers who need to export citrus fruits and apples from East Mediterranean to the Black Sea.

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Not According to New International Association to Promote Propulsion Out of Thin Air

UK – WORLDWIDE – A new international association has been created with the sole aim of encouraging, advising and advocating the use of wind propulsion technologies in the shipping industry (obviously not exactly an original idea given the history freight borne by sailing vessels). The International Windship Association (IWSA) however says that it has garnered a great deal of support since its inception, registering around 50 members and supporters so far and expecting this number to swell in the coming months.

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(But Some May Risk Being Out of Tune)

RUSSIA – NETHERLANDS – CHINA – Mention project freight forwarding and you are likely to conjure up the image of huge, unwieldy, out of gauge pieces of cargo being manoeuvred into position or aboard ship or low loader but, truth be told, some of the most difficult shipments are smaller but come with special risks and requirements. Such was the case when logistics group ACEX took on the task of moving the precious instruments belonging to the Royal Dutch Symphony Orchestra around the globe.

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Another New Hub with Others Planned to Exploit Energy Recovery Drive

SINGAPORE – Geodis Wilson has announced the expansion of its global network of operating hubs dedicated to the Oil & Gas sector with the opening of its third such facility in Singapore to supplement its existing hubs in Houston and Vitrolles (near Marseille), The global freight management and logistics provider says it plans two such further projects before the end of the year, in Antwerp and Dubai, with two more at undisclosed locations in China and South Africa during 2015.

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Controversy Surrounds Two Departures in Czech Republic and the Gambia

NETHERLANDS – Ceva Logistics has announced that Michael Schaecher, previously Chief Operating Officer of Global Airfreight, has assumed leadership of both Ceva’s Air freight and Ocean freight business lines, after Dominik Tichelkamp, formerly Chief Operating Officer of Global Ocean freight, left the Company.

image: Korea Hyundai CSCL China container shipping TEU box freight carrier Triple-E vessel Globe Maersk

Box Carriers Just Keep Getting Ever Larger

CHINA – SOUTH KOREA – WORLDWIDE – Freight carriers just keep getting bigger as Maersk Line’s 18,000 TEU Triple-E vessels no longer hold the title for being the world’s largest containerships. China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) is set to welcome to its fleet the first of five 19,100 TEU vessels later this month, after she was christened at a naming ceremony held at Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea. The CSCL Globe was named by He Li Jun, wife of Xu Li Rong, Chairman of parent company China Shipping Group.

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Airports Commission Proposals Can be Subject to Public Praise or Criticism

UK – In July the Airports Commission commenced a six week consultation regarding the delivery of new runway capacity, having studied the results of this and previous evidence there is now a further opportunity to comment with a new consultation announced last week, and the British International Freight Association (BIFA), the trade association for UK freight forwarders and logistics service providers, welcomed unequivocally the opportunity to participate. Director General of the British International Freight Association (BIFA), Robert Keen said:

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Versatile Workhorses Celebrate Forty Years of Continuing Success

AUSTRIA – FRANCE – GERMANY – WORLDWIDE – Exactly forty years after delivering its first ever mobile harbour crane (LHM) Liebherr Maritime Cranes is about to set a new record in terms of annual deliveries and annual turnover for the versatile beasts. In 1974, when Liebherr entered the market, demand for mobile harbour cranes was small, as bulk freight and container shipping traffic developed so demand for these reliable workhorses grew and after twenty years of moderate but constant business, Liebherr accomplished their 100th LHM delivery in 1994. The same year marks a significant turnaround, with annual deliveries being double-digit for the first time, until two years ago in 2012, Liebherr achieved a major milestone, delivering their 1000th mobile harbour crane to the Montoir Bulk Terminal in France.

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Those Shredded Tyre Casings - Retreads or Simply Driver Failure to Do the Whole Job? (And an Offer You Can't Refuse)

US – WORLDWIDE – Of all the dozens of press releases we receive every single day there are occasionally one or two regular contributors who never fail to impress even our cynical editorial staff simply because of their genuine passion for the object of their attention. When the subjects are exotic project freight forwarding contracts or shipping assistance to recent disaster areas the heightened emotions are understandable but, in the case of Harvey Brodsky, Managing Director at the Retread Tire Association based in Pacific Grove California, such enthusiasm may be a little harder to understand.

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New Joint Venture Targets a Growing Market

DUBAI – THAILAND – UAE express freight and logistics group Aramex has reinforced its name in Thailand with a new joint venture undertaken with Bangkok headquartered general forwarding group Leo Global Logistics. The new company, Aramex Thailand, is designed to strengthen Aramex’s Asia-Pacific proposition, building on the company’s owned operations in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China and Australia to help facilitate smooth cross border movement across the region.

image: UK freight forwarder BIFA awards cargo Peter Lole Insurance logistics

Industry Event Has Credibility in an Often Incestuous World

UK – Excitement is building up for the highlight of many a freight forwarder’s year with the annual British International Freight Association (BIFA) Awards ceremony just a couple of months away, and doubtless the twenty nine finalists shortlisted for the nine categories available will have an even greater sense of anticipation. Many industry awards are seen as little more than an incestuous opportunity for the thanking of close friends in business by vested interests, but that is never the case with the BIFA’s.

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Private and Public Funding Used to Extend Research, Development and Construction of Eco-Friendly Shipping

EUROPE – In a letter to Carlos Moedas, the new EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation at the beginning of his tenure this month, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker set out his vision for the Department, and indeed his whole organisation, making it plain that a new start was required and what the new man’s responsibilities are. Included in these will be driving forward the European waterborne industry strategy, LeaderSHIP 2020, which addresses the need for balancing two somewhat contradictive positions of sustainable, eco-friendly craft and increased manufacturing capacity producing higher employment steered by the ‘Vessels for the Future’ initiative.

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US Materials Handling Group Name Change

US – EUROPE – A name familiar with many in the supply chain is to change with the news that the Linde Material Handling North America Corporation is to become the Kion North America Corporation, effective on or about Jan. 1, 2015. Kion is the holding company for several well-known brands of fork lift trucks including Still, Baoli and of course Linde.

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With All Materials in Place End is in Sight for Epic Construction Programme

PANAMA – The Panama Canal Expansion project is now entering the final stages having reached another major milestone with the arrival of the last shipment of gates for the new locks. Four gates arrived on board the Post-Panamax vessel, Xia Zhi Yuan 6, owned by COSCO Ocean Shipping, after a 25-day voyage from the Port of Trieste in Italy. This final shipment, which included two gates to be used in the Atlantic and two in the Pacific, arrived to the temporary dock located in the Atlantic side. Panama Canal Administrator Jorge Quijano, said:

image: PMAR Europe Kenya East Africa container vessel freight ship European Commission, the Joint Research Centre (JRC)

European Commission Accedes to Request to Extend Testing of PMAR Software System

EUROPE – EAST AFRICA – The scientific and technical arm of the European Commission, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) has developed, and is now testing, a new software system which aims to help fight piracy and improve safety at sea for the myriad freight and containers ships as well as local fishing fleets. Operating from two maritime operational centres in Kenya and the Seychelles and known as the Piracy, Maritime Awareness and Risks (PMAR) system, the software provides a live picture of vessel traffic activity, indicating current ship positions on a digital map.

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Calls for Proper Registration of Oil Suppliers in Ports Worldwide

SINGAPORE – DENMARK – WORLDWIDE – Confusion reigns in the aftermath of the collapse of fuel suppliers OW Bunker Far East (Singapore) and Dynamic Oil Trading, which both filed for bankruptcy last week. The companies, which are said to supply up to 7% of the fuel needs of the world’s merchant fleet, folded after two Dynamic employees were accused of a massive fraud and the Danish owned OW Bunker A/S, OW Bunker & Trading A/S and OW Supply & Trading A/S filed for restructuring of debt, presumably to prevent creditors taking steps against the assets of the group. According to Chairman Niels Henrik Jensen the closure of the group’s credit line prompted a ‘significant erosion’ of the underlying business. He continued:

image: UK logistics Caterpillar supply chain Finning Cannock distribution centre Ireland

New Contract for UK Caterpillar Agency

UK – IRELAND – Consolidation of a client’s supply chain has won a new contract for logistics group Ceva which will henceforth operate a brand new national distribution centre on behalf of Caterpillar dealership Finning. The Cannock, Staffordshire distributor of CAT equipment and power systems has previously had to rely on servicing clients throughout Britain and Ireland from five separate in-house locations. The new Finning National Distribution Centre houses all of the dealership’s engines stock, plus 60,000 separate product lines, all of which are required for next day delivery to the company’s 800 field engineers and twenty eight UK and Ireland branches.

image: Jotun UASC container shipping line GHG antifouling United Arab TEU newbuild IMO

Eleven Newbuild Box Vessels to 18,800 TEU Will Aim for Fuel and GHG Reductions

MIDDLE EAST – WORLDWIDE – Time was when antifouling coatings were one of the hot environmental topics with toxic biocides killing off all manner of undersea life quite disproportionate to their intended purpose. The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Anti-fouling System Convention (AFS/CONF/26) thankfully brought the industry into line and now more tolerable substances, coupled with new surface smoothing technology, make for reduced fuel costs and significant greenhouse gas emissions. Now Jotun and United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) have reached agreement on the provision of advanced antifouling coatings for eleven of the carrier’s newbuild container vessels.

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Founded by the Box Pioneer Jones Act Group Downturn Leads to 'Painful Decision'

US – Having operated in the container shipping industry for past 58 years, the domestic ocean cargo carrier Horizon Lines, is to exit the freight market after announcing a series of transactions that will result in the sale of the entire company to its competitors, the first being the sale of its Hawaii business to the Pasha Group, followed by Horizon Lines’ subsequent acquisition by Matson. As part of a separate decision, Horizon also said that it is to cease providing liner service between the US and Puerto Rico by the end of 2014 due to ‘continuing losses without the prospect of future profitability’.

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Three Established Industry Experts Offer Advice and Assistance

NORWAY – UK – WORLDWIDE – For any mariner position and weather are probably the most important factors at any given time whilst at sea, for those serving aboard offshore units, who must at times feel helpless as the world of container ships and tankers passes them by, there is an added dimension of concern. This month sees advice from an historic name analysing the main causes of collisions, covering everything from vessel groundings to collisions with merchant, naval, and support vessels, whilst two Norwegian groups team up to offer better information to all those involved in the offshore oil and gas sector.

image: Vale Malaysia tonne capacity port deep water terminal bulk distribution hub

Thirty Million Tonnes per Year Capacity Available for Iron Shipments

MALAYSIA – You know you are a big company when you can build a port and name a ship size after yourself and, following $1.37 billion in estimated investments, Brazilian ore producer Vale has opened its iron ore distribution centre in Malaysia, dubbed the Teluk Rubiah Maritime Terminal. With a capacity of handling 30 million metric tonnes of iron ore per year, Vale hopes that the new development at Teluk Rubiah will serve as a strategic distribution hub to its customers in Asia.

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Future Looks Bright for Domestic Trade Throughout the Continent According to Local Shipping Line

AFRICA – Shipping line SafmarineMPV, an independently run AP Moller Maersk subsidiary company headquartered in Belgium, and which runs a fleet of multi-purpose vessels trading in the African markets, expects its freight trade between South Africa and West Africa to grow in 2015 as South African companies strengthen their foothold in the West African market and become more globally competitive.

image: South Korea LPG carriers SOx Alfa Laval Exmar Hanjin scrubber emission regulations

Latest Emission Regulations Require Stringent Compliance

SOUTH KOREA – Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction, Korea’s oldest shipbuilder and now one of the world’s leading shipyards, has been contracted to build two LPG carriers, each with a capacity of 38,000 m3, for Belgian owner/operator Exmar. The new vessels will be built at Hanjin’s Subic Shipyard in the Philippines and delivered to Exmar in Q1 and Q2 of 2016 and will be equipped with Alfa Laval PureSOx scrubber systems for exhaust gas cleaning to comply with all new regulations concerning emission quality due to be in place next year.

image: South Korea Sewol shipping safety ferry maritime law Captain Lee Joon-seok

Terms of Imprisonment from Five to Thirty Six Years for Officers and Crew Diverts Attention from Authorities

SOUTH KOREA – The sentences handed down to the master and crew of the ferry Sewol which sank in April with the loss of more than 300 lives have been described as ‘appalling’ for their severity by leading seafarers union Nautilus who are blaming in part the country’s government departments responsible for safety of native shipping.

image: UK freight forwarding shipping awards BIFA BBC Naga Munchetty

BIFA Again Recognises Top Achievers in a Host of Categories as Finalists Announced

UK – The shortlist for this year’s British International Freight Association (BIFA) annual Freight Service Awards has been revealed. Now in its 26th year, this prestigious competition encourages and rewards high standards and professionalism, representing the ultimate recognition of special achievements throughout the shipping and forwarding industry. As revealed previously the Awards are to be hosted this year by BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty, and the awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 22nd January 2015 once again at the popular London venue, The Brewery in Chiswell Street, EC1.

image: Battersea Power Station Port of Tilbury cranes shipped barge

Barge Transport Manages Clearance Six Weeks Early

UK – For over thirty years London residents and tourists have gazed upon the iconic chimneys of Battersea Power Station languishing on the South Bank awaiting the breath of restoration. This week the sections of the two cranes from the site were shipped into the Port of Tilbury by barge six weeks ahead of schedule, hopefully a trend that will continue with the rest of the development.

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New Joint Venture Targets North Asian Market

UK – SINGAPORE – ASIA – Bibby Ship Management which supplies crews to over sixty vessels of all types and numbers such companies as Atlantic Container Line (ACL) amongst its customers has formed a strategic alliance with Singapore-based United Ship Management, which offers similar services mainly to owners of bulk freight carriers and tankers, in a bid to capitalise on business opportunities in the growing North Asian market, targeting China and Taiwan for specialist sectors such as offshore, oil and gas, LPG and LNG.

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Forged Signatures Cost Box Carrier but Huge Profit Jump Will Doubtless Make it More Palatable

US – Maersk Line has agreed to pay the US Government $8.7 million as part of a civil settlement over allegations that the Danish container shipping giant failed to ‘fully comply with certain terms of its contract’ with the United States Transportation Command (USTranscom), after Maersk apparently submitted 277 shipping claims containing forged signatures. Under Maersk’s contract with USTranscom, Maersk had provided ocean freight and road haulage services to ship cargo from the United States to military outposts in Afghanistan, often travelling in remote areas where enemy combatants and criminal entities were active in delivering shipments.

image: EU road tolls freight haulage Transport Commission infrastructure UKIP Jill Seymour

Light Commercials May be Better or Worse Off When New Transport Commissioner Decides Policy on Europe Wide Regulation

EUROPE – At a brief hearing on road charging schemes last week, the European Commission announced it will take measures to impose regulation on road toll schemes throughout the Community if it decides they will then be more acceptable to travellers. Road tolls are seen by many governments as a sensible way to fund infrastructure but can cause spiralling costs both for individuals and the road haulage operators charged with moving vital freight across the Continent on light commercial vehicles.

image: UK Briggs Yale hydrogen road haulage freight fleets fork lift truck electrolyser Swindon Honda Lithium

Renewable Energy from the Sun Equips Latest Range of Fork Lifts

UK – WORLDWIDE – Briggs Equipment, the largest distributor of Yale materials handling equipment, has been collaborating with Honda to produce a hydrogen fuel cell-powered fork lift truck that relies entirely on renewable energy sources. Similar projects have used hydrogen fuel generated using fossil fuels but the joint research effort has seen the development of a fully integrated system that generates hydrogen from solar power via an on-site electrolyser. Many will see this as another small step to producing clean power suitable for fuelling a range of products, including freight carrying road haulage vehicles, within a reasonable time frame.

image: UASC reefer container shipping line freight AV+ TEU Dubai Ocean Three

New Technology Controls Atmosphere Whilst Reducing Energy Requirements

MIDDLE EAST – WORLDWIDE – Having successfully formed partnerships with fellow container shipping lines CMA CGM and China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) to create the Ocean Three Alliance, plus a slot exchange deal with Hamburg Süd on South American trades, the United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) used the opportunity presented by the WOP Dubai 2014 event to announce significant investment in modern reefer boxes to increase its chilled and frozen freight carrying capacity.

image: Rena New Zealand container ship cargoes vessel Liberian Otaiti/Astrolabe Reef Ngātoro-i-rangi Motiti island Māori

Council Recommends Vessel Now Rests Where She Lies

NEW ZEALAND – The Bay of Plenty Regional Council has released its report on an application to leave the remains of the ill-fated container vessel, the Liberian flagged MV Rena wreck in place on Otaiti/Astrolabe Reef, concluding that while full removal of the ship and her contents from the Reef was ‘technically possible’, it was not feasible given the high health and safety risks associated with full removal, thereby recommending that the application to leave the vessel in its current state should be granted.

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A Pair of the Best Known Names in the Industry Seemingly Fell Down on the Paperwork

CHINA – Two of the world’s largest classification societies have been suspended from providing certification and inspection services for offshore oil drilling businesses in China, for a period of six months. UK headquartered Lloyd’s Register (LR) and US based American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) received the orders following allegations that the firms failed to fully comply with ‘safety testing and inspection agency regulations’, with no further details given for the actual cause for suspension.

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Unions Say They Have Central American Government Assurances but No Harmony in California

COSTA RICA – US – Whilst the Sindicato de Trabajadores de Japdeva (SINTRAJAP) dockers’ union in Costa Rica says this week it has won a commitment from the country’s government to re-examine the future of the vital container ports of Limon and Moin, along with a promise to cease police violence against strikers, relations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) which we reported on yesterday have taken another turn for the worse as freight continues to stockpile.

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Country is in Default as a Member of IEA

AUSTRALIA – If you can’t beat them – change them, that seems to be the message from the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) which has lodged its own take on the country’s retained fuel stocks in a submission of recommendations to the Government’s Energy Green Paper. The Australian Government provides no capacity and holds no stocks of fuel and therefore all are held by commercial entities, and the road freight representative body is lobbying for changes to the current International Energy Agency (IEA) requirements for the amount retained which are under national control.

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Cash Payments at Dartford Thurrock Bridge and Tunnels Cease This Month but HGV's Need to Resolve Payment Issues

UK – Encouraged by the success of the London Congestion Charge scheme which has seen automatic number plate recognition technology enable both payment and the prosecution of transgressors, the government will remove the option to pay in cash at the Dartford Thurrock crossing from the end of this month. Now road haulage and freight interests are asking for priority for commercial fleets when it comes to registering vehicles for automatic payment.

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Insurance Body Demonstrates Where the Problems are and How to Avoid Them

CHINA – WORLDWIDE – At this week’s Asia Tank Container Organization’s (atco) General Meeting in Shanghai, the TT Club’s Regional Director for the Asia-Pacific region, Phillip Emmanuel, outlined the major risks facing the tank container industry. The TT Club habitually works back from the reported incidents in any particular field of freight carried and extensive examination of the evidence has led the Club to a clear conclusion regarding the main cause of accidents in the sector.

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HGV Driver Shortage is Just One Area Needing Attention

UK – With many in the road haulage industry voicing their concerns in recent weeks about driver shortages, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has signed a Partnership Agreement with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) which sets out specific objectives, measures and pledges aimed at improving recruitment and skill levels throughout the supply chain logistics industry. Though not a new phenomenon, the issue of driver shortages is continual and, in the run up to Christmas, the lack of fully qualified drivers is affecting operations and the worry is that the freight industry may struggle to cope with demand in the coming weeks leading up to the busiest time of the year for many businesses.

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No New Jersey Partnership Meanwhile Union Troubles on West Coast Rumble Onward

US – APM Terminals has announced that it will not pursue the proposed joint venture with infrastructure investor Brookfield Asset Management for the ownership and operation of APM Terminals’ Elizabeth, New Jersey facility, after no ‘commercially viable solution’ was agreed upon despite the best efforts of the two parties. Meanwhile the container shipping labour situation down the West Coast seemingly deteriorates further and freight remains gridlocked at the docks.

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Dedicated Heathrow Facility Will Handle Import/Export and Supply Chain Functions

UK – One established customer and supply chain supplier partnership has taken a significant step forward with the news this week that Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation has appointed Ceva Logistics to operate a new European Parts Distribution Centre at London Heathrow Airport in a facility that is expected to hold over US$50 million in parts inventory by the end of 2015. The two companies have worked together in the US for over a decade where Ceva has provided domestic and international freight management from its Atlanta facility.

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New Services and Infrastructure Required

UK – FRANCE – EUROPE – Following the announcement that Europorte is to operate a new service between Barking and Dourges on behalf of John G. Russell, members of the Rail Freight Group (RFG) debated the opportunities and challenges to develop more track carried cross-Channel cargo and nominated certain changes they believe are necessary to progress.

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FairFuelUK on the Campaign Trail with General Election on the Horizon

UK – Having mentioned the success of the FairFuelUK recently it seems the organisation, supported by trade bodies such as the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and the Freight Transport Association (FTA), is stepping up the pressure on the government in the run up to next year’s General Election. The organisation has called on Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, to set an Office of Fair Trading enquiry into fuel pricing at the pumps.

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Broken and Re-forged Links in the Supply Chain This Week

US – We start this week’s shipping, forwarding and logistics news with the FedEx Freight announcement that its President and CEO, William Logue is to retire on December 31, citing health reasons. Michael Ducker, a 40-year FedEx veteran, will succeed Logue on January 1, 2015, from his current position as Chief Operating Officer of FedEx Express.


Key UK Rail Freight Sites Taken Over

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
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Private Cargo Outfits Pass Control of Infrastructure to Network Rail

UK – Last week, Network Rail completed the acquisition of the lease on more than 100 of Britain’s key rail freight sites from three of the country’s biggest cargo operators. With Network Rail predicting that the industry will more than double over the next 30 years, this self-financing transaction of 105 leasehold sites from DB Schenker, Freightliner and GB Railfreight represents the first substantial change in the strategic management and development of Britain's rail freight estate in the two decades since privatisation.

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As Two Shipping Companies Take the Plunge How Closely Will the Authorities Watch the Vessel Sharers?

BRAZIL – WORLDWIDE – The planned merger between container shipping lines Hapag Lloyd and Compañia Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV) has received unrestricted approval from Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defence (CADE). The merger, which was announced earlier this year, in April, will see the two lines join together to become the world’s fourth largest box freight carrier with some 200 vessels, an annual transport volume of 7.5 million TEU and a combined turnover of approximately €9 billion.

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ABP Arranges a Special Deal on Membership with Chamber of Commerce

UK – Associated British Ports (ABP), as the leading British port operator with twenty one ports under its control which together handled 119 million tonnes of freight last year, has come up with a scheme it says will give ports a larger and more unified voice. ABP has teamed up with the British Chamber of Commerce to offer other port companies a year’s guest membership in one of the biggest business networks in the country.

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Another Antitrust Case Looms as History Repeats Itself Yet Again

SPAIN – The Spanish trade authority, the National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC), has opened an investigation into state-owned train operator Renfe, including two of its subsidiaries, and European intermodal operator Transfesa, along with four of its subsidiaries, over allegations of collusion and an abuse of a dominant position, following a complaint by the Association of Private Railway Operators (AEFP) accusing the groups of entering into a pact to limit competition in the rail freight industry to the detriment of its members.

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Extra Costs for Port Congestion and Haulage Problems are Shipping Lines Responsibility says FIATA

WORLDWIDE – Surcharges have long been the bête noir of the shipping industry, not only do the extra costs ensure freight forwarding agents often have to explain unexpected increases to customers but in the past few years connivance between carriers has led to a slew of antitrust and class action cases costing billions. Now FIATA, the international trade association that represents the world’s freight forwarders and logistics service providers, says it is time for the world’s container shipping lines to provide greater clarity on the ever increasing variety of surcharges that they apply.

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New Arrangement Sees Five Trains Per Week for Multimodal Logistics Operator

UK – FRANCE – Glasgow based multimodal operator John G Russell, has contracted Eurotunnel rail freight subsidiary, Europorte, to run a Cross-Channel Intermodal rail service for its customers 2XL and Novatrans. The service, which will start this month, will comprise five trains per week between Dourges (near Lille) and Barking, transporting products for Procter and Gamble. Eurotunnel has pointed out that this type of arrangement shows the efficiencies that can be gained by reducing unnecessary road haulage and ground handling whilst also limiting carbon emissions for logistics outfits which are increasingly seeking environmentally friendly alternatives.

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Specialist Timber Takeover Precedes Two New European Transport Arrangements

UK – GERMANY – AUSTRIA – EUROPE – Having announced last month that it is to take over the German wood product specialist Brenner on 1 January 2015, subject to antitrust authority approval, the Rhenus Group’s UK operation has reached agreements with two new logistics partners to extend its European road haulage and freight forwarding offerings across the continent.

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Enhancement to Established Equipment and Guaranteed Safety Production Techniques Now Assured

UK – News from two fork lift truck manufacturers particularly popular with European players in the supply chain in the past few days include the release of the latest addition to Jungheinrich’s hydrostatically driven 3s, 4s, and 5s series of engine-powered counterbalanced forklift trucks and confirmation that Flexi Narrow Aisle, ‘bendy’ truck maker, has been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace.

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Gains Against 2013 for Most Regions

WORLDWIDE – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released data for global air freight markets showing an acceleration of demand in September. Measured by freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), volumes rose 5.2% compared to September last year, which is 0.8 percentage points ahead of the 4.4% average growth in demand reported for the year-to-date whilst capacity grew by 3.8%.

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Eddie Stobart Signs Up for a New Building

UK – Eddie Stobart, now a multimodal logistics operator as much as general road haulier, has signed a lease agreement for a purpose-built 420,000 square foot rail-connected distribution centre at the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) with the Prologis Group. The facility will enable Stobart to integrate road and rail freight services for traffic moving to and from several UK ports.

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Two Shipping Companies Known in Western Europe for Different Strengths Join Forces

EUROPE – Mann Lines, which specialises in logistics and project and general freight forwarding, has entered into an agreement this week with RoRo ferry group Stena Line to cooperate with a view to enhancing both companies’ services utilising each other’s strengths. Stena has an extensive route network of ferry services and Mann Lines operates a liner RoRo service between the ports of Harwich, Cuxhaven, Tallinn, Turku and Bremerhaven and a container shipping service between Rotterdam and the Baltics.

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Almost 10,000 Boxes handled After Multiple Arrival

UK – It seems that as a container port DP World’s Southampton facility is a firm favourite of box line Hapag Lloyd which last week saw no less than four of the company’s deep sea fleet all being worked simultaneously. This was the first time in the terminal’s history that four sister ships from the same shipping line berthed at the same time. The multiple visit meant that almost 10,000 containers needed to be handled from the four vessels, many discharging goods for the UK’s retailers and high street businesses in the run up to Christmas.

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UK Introduces a New, Yet Old, Aid to Navigation

UK – EUROPE – Together with the huge advances in technology we have witnessed in the past couple of decades comes an inherent danger that many of the new systems introduced have become essential to safety. Whether driving a van, flying a plane or navigating a container ship these days see positional accuracy almost entirely dependent on GPS systems which, a generation ago, would have seen unthinkable.

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