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December 2009

YRC Succeeds In Its Bid For Survival

Thursday, December 31, 2009
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Last Minute Exchanges Preserve Company Future

US – The much documented debt for equity exchange which has gone on for several months ended in the early hours of this morning when YRC Worldwide, the Kansas based less than truck load haulier managed to obtain enough support to continue trading.

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Carrier’s Struggle to Avoid Bankruptcy Continues

US – Having extended the deadline for bond holders to sign up to their debt for equity swap on numerous occasions the company again moved the date for acceptance of the terms back another 24 hours to 23.59 hours last night, 30th December. The less than truck load (LTL) haulier was close to avoiding the inevitable bankruptcy proceedings it has been struggling against as several more investors apparently signed up to the deal.

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Good Sign, but Too Early for Celebration

USA - The American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) advance seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 2.7 percent in November, following a 0.2 percent contraction in October. Compared with November 2008, SA tonnage fell 3.5 percent, which was the best year-over-year showing in twelve months. In October, the index was down 5.2 percent from a year earlier.

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Last Minute Scramble for Support by Two Major Players Whilst Minnows Inevitably Struggle

US – JAPAN –The depressed state of the logistics industry was bound to produce casualties and two of the biggest players in different sectors are currently under immense strain to avoid collapse. This morning Japan Airlines (JAL) shares fell sharply, a massive 24%, when it became clear that the carrier’s bankers were opposing company plans to restructure by way of bankruptcy. On the other side of the world Kansas based less than truck load haulier YRC Worldwide continue their struggle for survival as they again extended the deadline for bondholders to exchange debt for equity.

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Government Visit Again Sparks Up Interest in Multi Modal Projects

INDIA - In the scramble to ensure each nation gains its share of global shipping trade there seems no limit to the variety of international alliances which are forming in the continuing competition to transport the world’s freight. China and India are perceived by many to be the most likely source of revenue for multi modal logistics operators in the coming decade and it is countries, not just corporations, who are looking to satisfy the demand in the developing markets.

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Drivers Left Floundering by Tulsa Firm Whilst Result of Kansas Debt Appeal Awaited

US - The highway crash that is the Arrow Trucking collapse has not got any better for employees of the company over the Christmas period. For quite a few of the 1400 or so drivers who now have no employment the demise of the company meant losing their home as well as their only source of income. At the moment the company is not officially in bankruptcy and that means both drivers and freight customers who cannot locate their goods, remain in limbo, awaiting further developments.

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Agility – ‘No Guarantees’ on Resolution

KUWAIT / USA – Kuwaiti freight and logistics company Agility has confirmed rumours that it is in negotiations with the U.S. government concerning a settlement over the ongoing fraud case against it, but has stated that ‘there are no guarantees that these negotiations would lead to a solution’.

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Fury at Government “Ignorance”

UK – The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has launched a scathing attack on the both the British and Welsh governments for their continuing failure to address the disparity in tolls paid by haulage companies using the Severn bridge in comparison to other river crossings around the country.

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Policy to Clean Up Sea Air Continues but Uncertainty Surrounds Great Lakes Regulations

WASHINGTON – US – In their constant drive to purge the skies of harmful emissions and particulate matter the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a press release this week confirming the standards required for marine diesel engines in the future. All types of carriers, from container shipping and bulk tankers will be included and the programme will be put to the newly elected Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for their policy meeting in March 2010 to coordinate their rules ensuring the same stringent standards apply to every nations vessels entering American and Canadian waters.

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Ask Their Drivers for Assistance

USA – Following on from our story yesterday concerning the suspension in operations of Arrow Trucking of Tulsa comes an offer of assistance from Schneider National to give a ride to any Arrow employees who have found themselves stranded by the collapse of the company.

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Broad-Gauge Track to be extended to Vienna

AUSTRIA / RUSSIA / SLOVAKIA / UKRAINE – A high level council involving Vladimir Yakunin, President of Russian Railways (RZD), his Ukrainian counterpart Mykhaylo Kostyuk and representatives from the railways of Slovakia and Austria has today announced that the involved parties are in the process of selecting contractors to draw up a feasibility study on their proposed construction of a broad-gauge railway between Vienna and Košice in Slovakia.

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Kansas Outfit Hanging on as Arrow Tulsa Goes Down in Flames

US – Less Than Trailer Load (LTL) freight truck specialists YRC Worldwide, who were dropped from the Dow Jones Index earlier this month are still renegotiating their near $537 million debt for equity swap to ensure the groups continued survival. Last night the company was still claiming it was making progress with its lenders to ensure their continued support having moved the goalposts on its original proposal. The Kansas outfit originally stated that it would get 95% approval from bondholders but this fell short and the company are now apparently seeking only 80% support.

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Work for Bulk Freighter for 20 Years

JAPAN / AUSTRALIA – Japanese shipping line Nippon Yusan Kaisha (NYK) has concluded a 20-year contract with Rio Tinto, one of the world’s largest mining companies, for the transport of iron ore from Western Australia to China.


Pre Holiday Fall For Baltic Exchange Dry Index

Wednesday, December 23, 2009
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Industry Price Guide Back to October Level as Demand Dwindles

LONDON – UK - The Baltic Dry Index fell yesterday to its lowest point in almost two months as trade wound down for the Christmas Holiday. The index has recently been buoyed by an increased demand from China, but the spectre of oversupply still exerts a downward pressure and uncertainty surrounding future requirements means no immediate recovery is predicted by most analysts.

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“Emergency Revenue Charge” will be Voluntary

US – ASIA – The Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA), a collective of fourteen of the worlds largest container carriers, have declared an emergency revenue programme to boost their incomes in the much depressed market. From 15th January the lines intend to charge an extra levy on every shipping container whilst the normal contract renewal date will remain as May 2010 when the charges will be reviewed.

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Tonnage Forecast to Triple in Next Five Years

UK – Figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT) show that over two million tonnes of freight were handled on the river in 2008, making the Thames the UK’s busiest inland waterway. In addition, the Port of London Authority (PLA) predicts that with several massive new construction projects beginning in the New Year this figure is expected to triple over the next five years.

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New Market Sectors for Truck Manufacturers in China and Denmark

US – SOUTH KOREA - CHINA – DENMARK – Hyundai are to move into the Chinese domestic heavy truck market with the announcement they are to invest alongside Baotou Bei Ben, who already have experience co-producing heavy trucks with Mercedes Benz and Deutz power trains in a deal which will see the two groups put up $400 million in a 50/50 split to manufacture up to 100,000 heavy trucks per annum.

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UPS and FedEx Both Report Problems

USA – The weekend’s heavy snow and freezing conditions has caused major problems for the north-eastern states of the U.S., with airlines forced to abandon more than 3,000 flights over the weekend. According to the National Weather Service Philadephia experienced its second heaviest snowfall since records began in 1884, with almost two feet of snow falling in one of the worst winter storms in memory.

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MOL Develop Fuel Additive to Reduce CO2 Whilst NYK Receives Funding For Research

JAPAN — Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) have announced the development of a carbon-dioxide-reducing, efficiency-boosting fuel additive for merchant ships, which they have created in conjunction with Japan's largest fuel additive manufacturer, Taihokohzai. MOL plan to use the new additive, called TAICRUSH HD, on its operated vessels to reduce the environmental impact of its operations.

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Thirteen Members said to Agree to Hike

AUSTRALIA – ASIA – Reports are in today that the Asia Australia Discussion Agreement (AADA) met to set new rate increases for freight services emanating in China (including Hong Kong) and Taiwan. The levy of US250 per TEU and $500 per FEU is said to be coming into force from the 15th January 2010. The hike will apply to both dry (ambient) and refrigerated cargo.

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“Operation Stack” Completed, Ferries Countrywide and Tunnel All Running

ENGLAND –All services to and from France from Kent have now returned almost to normal today with lorries being shipped virtually as usual after the extensive delays over the weekend. The truck queues on the M20 due to Operation Stack, the Kent Police tactic to control the overflow situation caused by adverse weather, has now been suspended and freight vehicles are reported to be entering and leaving the ports of Dover and Folkestone normally.

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Improved Services and Major Changes to Administration

PHILIPPINES – New routes for freight and passenger traffic look set to open in the near future with the plans for a RoRo terminal to be constructed at Codon on the island of Catanduanes as an addition to the outlined port development project. If funding is forthcoming it will mean a direct link between the new terminal and San Vicente cutting transit times between the island and Manila by two hours or more.

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MEND Faction Look to Resume Hostilities

NIGERIA – Shipping that uses the routes close to the coast of West Africa could come under the renewed threat of pirate attack after the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) launched an attack on an oil pipeline in the region and issued a release stating that they intended to resume hostilities if dialogue on their demands was not undertaken within a month.

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“Hell on Earth” due to Severe Weather

ENGLAND – More chaos for travellers to and from France after Eurostar passenger services suffered more problems with travellers trapped overnight for up to twelve hours. A survey of freight services by the Handy Shipping Guide this morning revealed that for freight vehicles the problems are not with the ports themselves after severe disembarkation problems in France yesterday, nor with services, but with reaching the embarkation ports.

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Eurostar Service Suspended and Dover and Calais Closed

UK / FRANCE – Adverse weather has caused mayhem on the cross-channel routes after the freezing temperatures caused four Eurostar trains to break down, stranding around two thousand people in the channel tunnel, some for up to twelve hours. Eurostar have stated that services will not resume until midday at the earliest.

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CMA CGM to Restructure

FRANCE – French shipping line CMA CGM have announced that they have reached an agreement with their financial partners for a 500 million dollar credit line that will be made available to the group in January next year.

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Econic First Custom Built Gas Tractor for Bakery Group

UK – Britain’s largest bakery group, Warburtons, has become the first company in Britain to trial the new Mercedes-Benz Econic tractor unit. The vehicle features a low-entry cab with a low-emission, gas-powered engine that produces 20% less carbon dioxide and virtually no particulate pollutants in comparison to conventional diesel trucks.

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Third Terminal Awarded to Hong Kong Company

SYDNEY – AUSTRALIA – Hutchison Whampoa, the largest by tonnage port management operator in the world, have been awarded the contract for running the third container terminal for Port Botany. The New South Wales State Government first identified Hutchison as a likely contender in a report in November 2007, when the Asian group were identified as preferred bidders for the Port of Brisbane’s two new Fisherman’s Island Berths which will become operational in 2012 and 2014.


Port of LA Extends Old Truck Deadline

Friday, December 18, 2009
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Ban Put Back Till 30th April to Allow for Change Over

LOS ANGELES / USA - The Los Angeles Harbor Commission has decided to delay its plan to forbid the use of older trucks within the Port of Los Angeles so as to allow truckers to continue operating their existing trucks past the January 1st, 2010 ban date.

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Time for Hard Choices

UK – The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has added its weight to the discussions concerning the future of the UK’s freight model by publishing a report on its recommendations for the provision of rail freight depots in the UK.


DAF Trucks Unveil New Model

Friday, December 18, 2009
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New Range Aimed At Younger Drivers

EUROPE – Truck Manufacturer DAF, a subsidiery of PACCAR, have just unveiled their latest offering which has been specifically designed with new drivers in mind. The company hopes that by creating a vehicle that will be a first drive for many they will encourage future sales by catching customers early.

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Six-Year Deal With Historic Gun-Maker

ITALY / EUROPE – French freight and logistics company, Norbert Dentressangle, has been awarded a six year contract for the storage and distribution of branded clothing and accessories by Beretta, the historic Italian firearms manufacturer.


Air Menzies UK Do More Than Weather Storm

Thursday, December 17, 2009
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Air Freight Wholesaler Outperforms Rest of Market

UK – Air freight wholesaler Air Menzies International (AMI) has announced that despite the chronic problems that have beset the international air freight industry in the last year their UK arm has actually outperformed the rest of the industry significantly.


Moller-Maersk To Sell Norfolkline to DFDS

Thursday, December 17, 2009
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Takes Major Stake in Danish company in Return

DENMARK / UK / IRELAND – Shipping giant Moller-Maersk has announced that it is to sell its shares in ferry and logistics operator Norfolkline to Danish freight company DFDS.

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Taskforces Set Up to Examine River Transport Efficiency

MISSOURI / USA - The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is to commission three interlinked studies to examine how to improve and increase the use of freight transportation on the states waterways, particularly the Missouri river.

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Brown Supports Fuel Tax but the Devil is in the Detail

COPENHAGEN – DENMARK – Reviewing the comments coming from the climate change conference which world leaders have given to their own press contrasts sharply in many cases with what is said in private interviews with journalists from other countries. African nations called yesterday for finance to be raised using an anti pollution tax i.e. dearer fuels. Given that shipping uses vast amounts of fuel moving cargo globally, that sounds like domestic and international freight and logistics movements, already depressed, are going to be hit.

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Commitment to “Energy Efficiencies and Cost Saving for Customers" says President

USA – Wisconsin-based Schneider National, a major provider of transportation, intermodal and logistics services to the North American freight sector, today completed a three-year conversion project that sees the company’s Intermodal division replace its mixed trailer/container fleet with one composed exclusively of containers.


Volvo To Field Combination Fuel Freight Trucks

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
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New Development offers Cheaper and Cleaner Haulage

SWEDEN - Volvo Trucks have announced they are to begin field testing next year of a truck that will run on a new dual fuel system which combines both diesel and methane gas. Volvo will be the first manufacturer to field such an engine, which promises great potential savings in emissions and fuels costs.

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Hapag-Lloyd Figures Look as Bad as Expected

GERMANY – With the publication of their financial results yesterday shipping and travel group TUI confirmed the anticipated losses of Hapag-Lloyd AG, whom they part own. As predicted the figures revealed show a potential loss of almost $1 billion for the container shipping group in the revised fiscal period which had been shortened to nine months to align all TUI company year ends.

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Pacer Boss Replaced by Chief Operating Officer

CALIFORNIA – US – The Chairman and CEO of freight and logistics company Pacer International has been replaced in what many industry observers see as a sudden move. Management at the company insist that change has been on the cards for some time and that the new boss, Daniel W. Avramovich, who joined Pacer in mid 2008, has been groomed to takeover for months. All operations, excepting international container shipments, have been his responsibility since May.

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Possible Tightening up of Fine System for Trucks Caught with Immigrants

UK – A report by the UK Border Agency’s (UKBA) independant inspectorate may make life more difficult for haulage companies engaged in cross-channel trade with Europe. The report states that the UKBA has allowed hundred of drivers who have been found with illegal immigrants stowed on their vehicles to escape punishment either by fines or vehicle impoundment.

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New Success for Latvian Carrier

IRELAND - An Post, the Irish Post Office, has awarded the contract for the carriage of its mail freight between Ireland and the Baltic states to Latvian-based airline airBaltic. The contract will see airBaltic operate a thrice-weekly run between Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Ireland on their scheduled service ex Dublin.

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Main Western Airports will be Unified Shortly

JAPAN – The country’s air freight and passenger services are undergoing changes, due principally to the economic downturn and its disastrous effect on Japanese Airlines (JAL) as reported here earlier. Today the country’s Ministry of Transport announced it does not expect its American counterparts to rule on anti trust applications until next October. The applications should be lodged by February and are intended to allow the Eastern carrier to defect to the SkyTeam group, headed by the world’s largest carrier, Delta Air Lines, plus Air France/KLM and several others. JAL are currently members of the Oneworld, a co-operation involving ten other partners including American Airlines and British Airways.

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Enquiry Decides Development Cannot Go Ahead

CORNWALL – UK – It was decided at the enquiry over the development of a freight and passenger terminal adjacent to Penzance Harbour that the scheme could not be permitted. The controversial plan to site the facility at the Battery Rocks has been shelved after strong local objections persuaded Cornwall County Council to refuse planning permission.

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Asian Development Bank Continues to Support Regional Growth

MANILA – PHILIPPINES – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) issued a report today showing better than expected financial figures for the region. Developing Asia comprises 45 member countries of ADB and covers Central Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific and these are the areas which receive advice and support from the Bank. New investments in supply chain and logistics development have continued throughout the downturn.

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US Transport Groups Combine

US – Wisconsin based Roadrunner Transportation Services, 40th largest trucking company in the country last year, has acquired virtually all the assets of Bullet Freight Systems Inc. and that company’s logistics offshoot Caliber Logistics, adding a formidable presence to their less than truckload (LTL) services in the California and Pacific Northwest area.

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Doubts Cast on Guilt in Extraordinary VAT Prosecution

OXFORD – UK – Mr Philip Bowles, boss of Airfreight Express, was jailed last week for cheating the tax authorities of £1.2 million. Circumstances surrounding the case are likely to cause controversy for months, if not years, to come given the severity of the sentence and the way the prosecution and judgement were handled. Mr Bowles had not apparently enriched himself by his deception, nor was he accused of doing so, but he supported his ailing businesses using the unpaid VAT from a large property deal.

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NorthLink Ferries ask for Suggestions to Christen Replacement Ship

SCOTLAND – As is their usual practice NorthLink Ferries are asking for name suggestions for the latest addition to their RoRo fleet. This time it’s for the 122 metre “Shield” which will be leased from Seatruck Ferries, Heynsham.

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Manufacturer and Freight Giant to Cooperate Further

GERMANY – Following the award of new contracts for logistics services for BMW in Germany, South Africa and Japan, Kuehne + Nagel has now also been selected as their logistics partner at the car makers production site in Leipzig.


Fiji Government Issues Warning To Shipping

Monday, December 14, 2009
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Cyclone Mick Hazardous to Sea Farers

FIJI – The Fijian Ministry of Transport has issued a warning to all shipping and liner agents to recall all their ships to port and also to refrain from sailing until the threat of Cyclone Mick passes.

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Cross Border Activities are Aggravating the Problem

BOTSWANA – AFRICA – The Namibian Deputy Minister of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture, Mr Pohamba Shifela, has pointed out the need for freight truck drivers to be educated in the matter of HIV/AIDS infection. The epidemic which has swept across the continent is in part being fuelled by drivers who cross borders routinely, having sexual encounters in different countries and exacerbated by the activities of prostitutes who frequent the crossing points and the Trans Kalahari highway.

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35-Tonne Payload of Weapons and Ammunition Causes US Concern

THAILAND – An Ilyushin IL-76 freight aircraft was seized on Saturday at Bangkok’s Don Muang airport after a tip-off from unspecified ‘government agencies’ that it was carry a large shipment of illegal North Korean weapons.

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Expansion of US Rental Depots for Skeletal Carriers

US – Direct Chassis Link (DCLI), a Maersk Line subsidiary, is extending its trailer hire operation which commenced in August to more centres from the 1st February next year. Currently almost 800 drayage companies use the hire service where chassis trailers can be collected from the New York/New Jersey area and used to carry any lines shipping containers then returned to numerous local container freight terminals.

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SNCB and Schenkers to Cooperate on German and Low Countries Routes

BELGIUM / GERMANY / NETHERLANDS – Rail Freight operators DB Schenker Rail and SNCB Logistics of Belgium have signed an agreement to establish a joint venture company which will streamline their mutual interests on the Dutch, Belgian and German freight haulage routes.

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After Report Conclusions are Queried Recession may Cause Delays

CALIFORNIA – US – After last weeks report that there were questions over the authenticity of results which showed particulate pollution kills 3500 per year in the state, when an employee’s qualifications proved false, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) who are the body responsible for administering environment contamination may now delay introduction of their controversial diesel truck and bus legislation.

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A Look at What the Market Analysts Predict for the Industry

WORLD WIDE – Lies, damned lies and statistics is an expression that proves even more accurate if one looks at the predictions of market “experts”, and this applies as much to the area of intermodal cargo transport as it does to any other commercial sector. The Handy Shipping Guide has been taking a look at anticipated future prospects for several countries in different continents and seeing what the economic crystal ball gazers see in the future.

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Study To Investigate Rail Spending Welcomed

UK – The British Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that it is to undertake an in depth study into the UK’s rail system in order to “the overall cost structure of all elements of the railway sector and to identify options for improving value” by scrutinising the whole financial mechanism associated with the British rail network.

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CLECAT Elect ex BIFA Boss as President

EUROPE – CLECAT, which has been the representative body for twenty two European freight forwarding associations since 1958, elected a new President last week. Mr Clive Broadley, ex head of BIFA, the British International Freight Organisation and boss of Meachers Global Logistics, the Southampton based supply chain and freight transport group, took up the post the day before CLECAT’s annual conference on the 3rd December.


Italian Air Freight Operator Starts Well

Thursday, December 10, 2009
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Promising Beginnings for Airline

ITALY - Cargoitalia, the new Italian air freight operator, has reported its performance for the first two full months of operations. The airline has operated 100% of its scheduled flights, flown 82 sectors on its two scheduled routes (Milan-Hong Kong and Milan-New York-Toronto-Milan), and flew a total of 832 block hours.

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Commitment of Expertise and Equipment Invaluable

ZAMBIA / UK – Freight and logistics operator Norbert Dentressangle and Toyota Fork Trucks UK have combined with charity Transaid to assist The Industrial Training Centre Trust (ITC) in Lusaka, Zambia, by providing equipment and personnel to assist with the Trust’s training program.

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Enquiry Launched into Excessive Cooperation

ITALY – Following the launch of their anti trust investigation into the Italian Postal Service in October the Autorita’ Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato, the body responsible for anti cartel and anti trust activity, are to investigate members of Fedespedi, the National Association of Freight Forwarding companies.


MOL And Hoegh Take Delivery of New SRV

Thursday, December 10, 2009
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New Ship Highlights Diversification Strategy

USA - Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Höegh LNG have taken delivery of their first co-owned shuttle and regasification vessel (SRV), the GDF Suez Neptune. The ship will operate under long-term charter contract for the GDF Suez Group and provide Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) shipping services to the Neptune LNG Deep Water Port off the coast of Massachusetts.

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Latest Move to Inform the Public on Freights Role

GLOBAL – The international liner shipping industry under the auspices of the World Shipping Council (WSC), which is composed of the majority of the world’s major liner operators, has created a new website so as to further the public’s awareness of the crucial yet little-reported role that the industry plays in the world’s economy and how events that affect the sector have a direct effect upon the global financial situation.


Air Freight Cargo Update In Brief

Thursday, December 10, 2009
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What’s Happened in the World of Commercial Air Transport this Week

WORLD WIDE – Air freight news snippets this week include Japan, where the debate over an “open skies” policy continues and Japanese Airlines (JAL), waiting to see if the Government are going to lend them the odd $7 to $8 billion to tide them over having had another bad cargo month. They need the State to support them by way of guarantees and meantime their cargo levels continue to drop, as they have all year. Although the rate of fall has slowed the carrier has published figures showing a decline in tonnage of over 19% for the year so far against 2008.

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Capital Allowance Boost makes Going Green even more Attractive

UK – Chancellor Darling’s Pre Budget report confirmed a capital tax allowance for electric vans meaning a company can write down the entire cost price in the first year of operation. This move should give a boost to an industry still in its infancy with low levels of production compared to the conventional freight vehicle market and whose products are therefore currently relatively expensive as an initial purchase.

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Eye, Eye, That’s Your Lot – A Haulage Tale you couldn’t make up

CHINA – Police in the province of Henan couldn’t believe, well their eyes, when they saw 24 year old freight truck driver Sing Li approaching. Sing had just completed a 500 mile transit without a windscreen! Not to be beaten, and afraid of running late on his delivery schedule the intrepid trucker taped cardboard over the screen, smashed by a loose stone, and proceeded on his way

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Diesel Hike Yet Again Will Affect Britain's Hauliers

UK - The Road Haulage Association expressed strong disappointment that the Chancellor has chosen to go ahead with another above-inflation increase in diesel duty. The rise next April will be the fourth since last December - in which time duty has risen by 16% in as many months.

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New Systems Will Enhance Service and Safety

CHINA – Shanghai-based China Cargo Airlines are to integrate two new Boeing computer systems into their air freight fleet next year which will improve both the efficiency and level of their cargo services and improve safety aspects.

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Los Angeles Court Case Continues into the New Year as Pollution Levels Drop

CALIFORNIA – US – The enemy of my enemy is my friend. That seems to be the motto for environmental groups and political heavyweights who have expressed support for the Port of Los Angeles fight in their ongoing Court case against the American Trucking Association (ATA). In the bid to ensure that all vehicles working throughout the ports conform to the latest regulations, Los Angeles and the neighbouring Port of Long Beach appear to have taken slightly different stances with quite dramatically different results in terms of industrial relations.

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Company Reorganises West African Operations

NIGERIA / WEST AFRICA – Swiss freight and logistics group Panalpina has issued a statement saying that the long-running investigation by itself and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) is now in the final processes for completion.

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Charming Shoppes Invest Further in Automated Software

USA – Leading apparel retailer Charming Shoppes has renewed its commitment to the GT Nexus automated supply chain management system and increased its requirement to now include the Import Operating Platform.

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LTL Carrier to be Deleted from Transportation Average this month

US – As YRC Worldwide struggles to convince the required 95% of its bondholders it requires to reschedule its debts today, comes the news that the company will be removed from the Dow Jones Transportation Average with effect from 11th December and replaced by Delta Airlines.

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Box Sector Cargo Continues to Rise

UK – Having changed hands as recently as last month it seems PD Ports continue to develop their base of container traffic handled at their North Eastern base. Whilst development of the new Northern Gateway project is still underway, the company has released figures showing that Teesport has handled over 100,000 containers in the past year.

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New Subsidiary a Great Success

USA - Con-way Truckload Regional, the short-haul subsidiary of the American freight giant Con-way Inc., has announced that it is to expand its regional service with increased operations across ten U.S. states from January next year.

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Accidental Anchorage causes problems for Coal Ship

QUEENSLAND – AUSTRALIA – The Panamanian registered Hai Xiang was at the centre of a mystery today as she lay anchored at the entrance to Gladstone Harbour surrounded by a flotilla of four tugboats. The suspicion is that something went wrong whilst the coal carrier was under way and she loosed her anchor accidentally. This caused the vessel to become stranded about fifteen kilometres off the coast.

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Jazan Economic City Commences Construction

SAUDI ARABIA – The proposed development of 100 plus square kilometres to the north of Jazan City, along a Red Sea waterfront stretching 12 kilometres has reportedly commenced despite the current economic downturn. Loans from the Saudi Industrial Development Fund running to over $150 million have been made available to companies like South Steel and China has reportedly supplied $5 billion so far with a promise of more to come. The development will include a new deep sea port designed to handle all types of cargo from containers and break bulk to dry and liquid bulk.

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From 2011 Double Hulled Vessels Only

SOUTH KOREA - South Korea is to ban all single-hulled oil tankers from calling at the country's ports from 2011. The move is the culmination of a gradually increasing restriction that has been building since 2007.

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Parcel Giant joins in with Optimistic Forecasters

US – Memphis based FedEx Corporation, whose second quarter results are due on the 17th December, have joined others within the industry in presenting a positive picture for global freight movements for the coming months. Along with rivals like DHL’s owners Deutsche Post, the parcel shipper is in an ideal situation to gauge forthcoming world trade, albeit based mainly on recent trends.

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Leases to be Sold on Rail, Ports and Motorways throughout Eastern State

QUEENSLAND – AUSTRALIA – Despite howls of opposition from trade unions the state government is to proceed with its proposed sell off of state assets. Two new companies will be formed to handle rail traffic and one of them, QR National will possess a 99 year lease holding for the state freight networks, including the important coal traffic. The company will be publicly listed half way through next year and existing Queensland Rail staff will receive a “sweetener” of A$1,000 worth of shares and a two year employment guarantee.

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Classes to Continue into 2010

UK – The Road Haulage Association today announced their delight at the take up of their “Train the Trainer” course which was initiated in Autumn 2008 with the intent that it would provide an educational base for companies who wished to deliver their own in house training for their truck driving staff and would only be available for one year.

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Operator Increases Vehicle Capacity by 40% at No Extra Cost

UK – TURKEY- Davies Turner have reviewed and revised their multi modal services between the two countries with a view to reducing fuel use and consequent emissions. Much of their trade is fashion based and by the simple proviso of abandoning the heavy rail systems universally used inside hanging garment trucks and replacing with a stringing system for lightweight garment ranges they are achieving a 40% increase in payload with resultant savings.

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Major 3PL Deal for Transport Group

NETHERLANDS - UPC Nederland, one of the largest telecoms and televison cable operators in the Netherlands, has recently signed a four year contract with logistics specialist TDG BV to manage their complete supply chain. The deal also includes an additional rolling four-year option.

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Innovations Not Just Limited to Ship Design

FRANCE – Whilst a number of the big shipping lines, notably NYK and MOL, are proposing new green ship designs for their next generation of container and carrier vessels, French line CMA CGM are exploring a number of alternative means so as to improve the environmental image of sea freight.

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Continuing Saga of Diversification in the Freight Industry

JAPAN – Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), in line with Sunday’s piece in the Handy Shipping Guide about the way players in the shipping and transport world are covering their bets by diversifying their interests, announced on Friday that they are considering supplementing their base of shipping container transportation by further ventures into the world of bulk tankers.

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Trip to Highlight Rails Role in Combating Climate Change

RUSSIA / DENMARK – A delegation for the COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference which has travelled across Siberia by rail has arrived to attend the event. The Train to Copenhagen project was organised by Russian Railways (RZD), the International Union of Railways (UIC), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

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Bitter Arguments Divide Company as Power Struggle Continues

SOUTH AFRICA – The long knives are out at Transnet, the leaderless state owned transport group with diverse parties joining in the argument as to who should take over control of the company’s executive. Acting group CEO Mr Chris Wells announced plans on Friday to sell bonds for between $500 million and $1 billion to fund group expansion and shipping infrastructure and took the opportunity to criticise opponents in the leadership dispute.

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New Money Available as Dredging and Beltway Plans Progress

BRAZIL – As part of the Ring Road (Rodoanel) projects which are hoped to surround Sao Paulo news emerged over the weekend that funding was now in place to commence construction of the western beltway, Rodoanel Oeste, which it is estimated will cost $1.5 billion in total. The new road is an essential component in infrastructure plans to increase turnover in the Port of Santos from current shipping container levels of 4.5 million TEU to above 9million TEU upon completion of all projects.

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New Win for Freight Giant

INDIA – KEC International Limited, a power transmission project management business has selected Kuehne + Nagel India as its logistics provider in Jaipur, Mumbai, Jabalpur and Nagpur with a three-year contract that will allow KEC to concentrate on its own competencies of design and manufacture of power transmission lines and railway electrification projects.

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As the Freight Market Shrinks so Transport Companies Spread the Risk across the Industry

WORLD WIDE – The news that ACM Shipping, one of the world’s leading independent tanker brokers, are considering diversifying into alternative revenue sources, will come as no shock to those who watch the development of the leading lights in the industry. ACM are apparently looking at the rising dry bulk carrier market plus expansion into new geographical areas, a logical step to ensure against the notorious flexibility of the spot market. Continued oversupply of all types of tankers and container shipping vessels mean that risk spread is an essential for any conservative operator.

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Group Aims to Consolidate its Position as World Freight Vehicle Leader

INDIA – RUSSIA – US – UK Daimler are already established as the number one truck producer in the world, and from news released over the past week or so it is plainly a position they intend to keep. After the break up with Hero Motors in April 2009 in the Indian market Daimler purchased the outstanding 40% of shares in their joint venture and swore to carry on alone in difficult market conditions. Now with infrastructure plans all over the subcontinent underway Daimler intend to start truck production at a new factory in Chennai from where they will market the Mitsubishi Fuso Canter truck a range of light vehicles between 3.5 and 7.5 tonne GVW. Daimlers marketing division for the region report sales in excess of 470,000 last year and are reported to be seeking a viable partner to join this and other developments in the region.

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Major Contract for Swiss Company

WORLDWIDE - The Volex Group - a world leading producer of high speed, fibre optic and complex cable assemblies - has awarded Swiss-based Panalpina the contract to manage their global freight requirements.

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Truck Leasing Company Stand Accused of Bribing Tennessee Court Official whilst California in a Fog over Pollution Ruling

US – Following on yesterday’s report of a $100 million plus scam by haulage operators in Wisconsin comes another set of allegations of bribery and corruption in the truck industry, this time in Memphis, Tennessee. Three employees of Fleet Equipment and Leasing, who sell and lease freight vehicles stand accused of bribing a Shelby County Court official.

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Ambitious Project to Investigate All Aspects of Complex Problem

UK – A new initiative has been launched by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to study both ways to tackle the problem of emissions created by the global shipping industry and the effect new legislation will have on the UK’s shipping industry, a substantial employer with over 200,000 people in Britain either directly involved or employed by associated service industries.

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We Look at Ship-Breaking ……. Recycling, Commerce or Murder for Money?

INDIA – BANGLADESH – PAKISTAN – TURKEY –US - Along with all the other freight and shipping press we have documented the fall in bulk cargo and freight container levels over the past months. Anyone familiar with deep sea shipping knows that there now exist vessel parks around the coasts of the world where ships sit at anchor, with skeleton crews, due to overcapacity in the industry. New builds are postponed or cancelled and naturally owners with vast sums tied up in such vessels look to improve cashflow in such hard times.


Southern Air To Appoint New CEO

Friday, December 4, 2009
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Founder Jeff Neff to Retire

USA – Southern Air, the Connecticut-based freight airline, is to see its founder and CEO James Neff stand down at end of the year, though he will retain a seat on Southern Air’s board and remain a major shareholder. He is to be replaced by Daniel J. McHugh.

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Further Strengthening of Relationship

SOUTH AFRICA – Swiss-based logistics and 3PL provider Kuehne + Nagel has been awarded a contract to manage the BMW South Africa Parts and Accessories Distribution Centre in Midrand, Gauteng. From the facility, parts are distributed to the whole of South Africa as well as to five neighbouring countries.

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Could Civilian Atomic-Powered Freighters be the Future?

CHINA – In a speech to delegates at a conference in Shanghai the head of Chinese shipping giant COSCO has put forward a proposal to deal with the shipping industry’s emission problem’s which is both technologically conservative and alarmingly radical – the use of nuclear propulsion for the lines future freight vessels.

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Appeal Court Upholds Conspiracy to Defraud in Transport Scam

US – Racine, Wisconsin based consumer products manufacturer SC Johnson yesterday won in a dramatic case which began in 2004 after a gaggle of employees and trucking companies were caught stealing from the group. The transport director Milton Morris and deputy director Katherine Scheller were jointly accused of inviting bribes from haulage suppliers in return for delivery contracts. The pair then invoiced the company for the inflated shipping amounts and paid kickbacks to their accomplices.

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We Analyse the Emission Reduction Targets so far Announced – for What They are Worth

COPENHAGEN – As the great and the good assemble here ready for the forthcoming debate on climate change we attempt to analyse what the major powers have set out as their opening salvos in what is likely to produce enough hot air to warrant restrictions of its own. The importance of these talks cannot be overstated and the effects will ripple through the freight community well past the foreseeable future.

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Bush Freight Examination Targets leave Obama Government with the Problem

US – Politicians, as all good cynics know, often mean well but don’t live in the real world with the rest of us. This is now seemingly being discovered by the incumbent Obama administration and yesterday Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano had to admit that the inspection of every consignment, in every shipping container imported into the United States, was proving another pipe dream.

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Fifty-One Edisons for Supermarket Giant

UK – J Sainsbury Plc, the third largest chain of supermarkets in the UK, has agreed to purchase fifty-one Edison electric vans from Smith Electric Vehicles (SEV). The SEV group has also been awarded the fleet management contract, renewable annually, to maintain and service the new vehicles for Sainsbury’s.


Canadian Rail Freight Strike Over

Thursday, December 3, 2009
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Agreements not yet Finalised but Arbitration Agreed.

CANADA – The strike by Canadian National (CN) engineers which started on Saturday has ended with a tentative agreement over future working terms. The 1700 workers, represented by the Teamsters Union reached agreement with employers last night before serious damage had been done to the company’s shipping business.

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Acquisition of Veolia Cargo Makes for ‘Significant Foothold’

FRANCE – Eurotunnel, the company that runs the Channel Tunnel between France and the UK, has completed its purchase of Veolia Cargo, a major operator in the French rail freight market. The acquisition, which has been subject to talks since September, makes Eurotunnel a leading player in the sector.


TDG Takes The Biscuit

Wednesday, December 2, 2009
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Manchester Firm Milk the Cereal Market

UK – Logistics and 3PL provider TDG has been awarded a five-year contract to manage the freight haulage and warehousing requirements of Weetabix, manufacturer of the UK’s favourite breakfast cereal biscuit.

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Mitsui OSK present their Vision of Future Cargo and Passenger Transport Vessels

ROTTERDAM – Today Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) unveiled their plans to develop a more environmentally friendly ferry for which much of the technology is already readily available. The new ship, provisionally entitled ISHIN – II follows our story in September outlining details of ISHIN – I, the proposed RoRo car carrier development.

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Divide and Conquer Policy Proceeds as Planned

SOUTH KOREA - After their recently announced policy of rate restoration effective from this month on both Trans Atlantic and Trans Pacific routes Hanjin Shipping Line Chairwoman Eun Young Choi has expressed her confidence in the future of the container shipping industry during a statement made today at the launch of Hanjin Shipping Holdings, a vehicle announced in September, which will concentrate on managing subsidiary companies belonging to the group. This adjustment is planned to leave Hanjin Shipping free to manage purely shipping matters.

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Bottom Line Rules when it Comes to Who Handles Cargo

INDIA – GERMANY - WORLD WIDE - The news*** that DP Ports, subsidiary of the Dubai based giant DP World group, had apparently lost out to PSA International in their contract to handle shipping containers on behalf of three prominent box carriers in India must have come as insult to injury to the controlling UAE giant. Pacific International Lines (PIL), K Line America Inc and state owned Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) have, according to Indian reports, decided they will begin services from 16th December from PSA’s Chennai International Services facility as opposed to the DP World freight container terminal at the port.

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New Maputo Office for Jo’berg and Gauteng Markets

MOZAMBIQUE – Damco, the new brand for the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group's logistics activities, is to open a new office in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, on the 15th of December. The new office will expand the company’s potential freight market in coordination with its existing office at the port of Beira from which it already runs services to Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Leeds City Council Gets Greener

YORKSHIRE – UK – Leeds City Council have selected Smiths Edison electric vans to serve on its municipal fleet. As reviewed previously the Edison panel vans are an all electric version of the ubiquitous Ford Transit with a top speed of 50 mph and a range of around 100 miles on a single battery charge, making them ideal for urban freight deliveries, local council facilities support etc.

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A Chain is Only as Strong as its Weakest Link

US – According to a report issued by the Department of Homeland Security there are still holes in the security arrangements surrounding air cargo movements which one could drive a sizeable freight train through. The study was made to investigate just how thoroughly the industry protects itself when securing cargo against possible interference by malicious agencies and how it ensures staff have been rigorously and adequately vetted.

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But Don’t Get Too Excited - That’s London, Ontario

CANADA – Situated in South West Ontario, London International Airport is set to increase its cargo business dramatically. The city named after its more famous English capital cousin also has its own Gateway Project underway and is about to receive $8 million from the Federal authorities to construct an intermodal road/air transhipment facility to attract some of the 300,000 tonnes of freight which bypass the town every year en route from Europe and to and from the US.

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Martin Bencher Launches New Operation for Improved Services

SINGAPORE – DENMARK - Martin Bencher, a name known in UK freight forwarding circles since 1881 and now run from its head office in Scandinavia, has announced launching a new South East Asian venture, under the name MB Projects Pte Ltd, to centralise and concentrate its project cargo, heavy lift and break bulk shipments in the region.

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Hauliers Plan to Launch LHV Challenge Takes to the Streets

UK – As we reported in November, the long awaited challenge to the Governments indistinct position on Longer Heavier Vehicles, will be challenged today by Dick Denby’s , specially constructed “superlorry”. Lincoln based haulier Denby have made it clear for some time they intended to use the vehicle, total length apparently 83 feet, on British roads in spite of some Government opposition.

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International Maritime Organization Election Results for 26th Assembly

LONDON – The Assembly of the International Maritime Organization has announced representatives appointed to its Council for the period 2010 – 2011. The Council forms the executive component of the IMO and supervises the organizations activities. Between sessions of the Assembly the Council is responsible for all IMO functions, except when it comes to making recommendations to Governments on maritime safety and pollution matters. The current Assembly closes on the 4th December and has seen South Africa successfully bid to join with category C membership and Indonesia retaining their place, despite a string of serious marine accidents in recent times.

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Cost Controls Dictated Switch in “Struggling Airline Market”

LONDON -UK – The Premium Aircraft Interiors Group have appointed Kuehne and Nagel as their world wide suppliers of all airfreight, roadfreight and seafreight logistics operations to deliver their products which offer support for the life-cycle of all cabin interior products and services.

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