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December 2016

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DP World Continues its Global Expansion Programme

SOUTH KOREA – DUBAI – Port and logistics infrastructure group DP World has continued its expansion programme with the news it has increased its stake in the Pusan Newport Company Limited (PNC) in South Korea to 66.03%. This follows developments in recent months including investments and signed agreements in Peru, Russia and Canada. PNC is the largest container freight terminal in the Port of Pusan (Busan).

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Country Aims for System of Infrastructure and Vehicle Control

CHINA – US – WORLDWIDE – There is more than a touch of irony in the news last week that China is to re-evaluate its standards on autonomous vehicles. Whilst countries such as America flounder around with the usual turf wars between federal and state regulation, last year China started a planned investigation to institute a five year plan for auto development following intensive discussions with all major vehicle producers in the country. The new regulations will apply to all ‘self-driving’ vehicles, including freight trucks, manufactured in the country.

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Transport Committee Inquiry Wants Advice on Success and New Developments

UK – The British Government’s Transport Committee is launching a new inquiry into industry and government action in response to the Maritime Growth Study, a report on the UK’s maritime sector, published by the Department for Transport in September 2015. The report, which is of the utmost relevance to UK freight and logistics stakeholders, was the culmination of an in-depth study of the whole UK maritime sector, from shipping and ports to the complete range of business services associated with the industry. It set out several recommendations designed to ensure the UK maintains its traditional status as a maritime centre, and how to take advantage of opportunities for global growth.

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Latvian Service Viable for Both Trailers and Containers

UK – BELGIUM – LATVIA – From January shippers will be able to utilise a new short sea freight service linking the three countries with Swedish Orient Line (SOL) vessels calling at Tilbury, Zeebrugge and Ventpils respectively. The unique RoRo service connecting Ventspils directly with the UK service will carry various multimodal freight types including trailers, shipper own containers and other rolling cargo as well as break-bulk cargo loaded on roll-trailers. John Good Shipping will be acting as general liner agent for SOL and Chairman Alan Platt commented:

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CMA CGM Caribbean Routing Will Operate from River Thames Base in New Year

UK – FRANCE – CARIBBEAN – With us having only yesterday commented on how its River Thames location was attracting importers and exporters, mainly due to its location convenient to many shippers, deep water container port London Gateway has today announced that French container line CMA CGM will in future have its European Caribbean Service calling at the Essex facility as from Friday, January 6 following enhancements to its rotation. Dedicated to reefer transport, CMA CGM says the service will provide one of the shortest transit times on the market between Central America and North Europe. It also enables the UK to connect with the whole of the Caribbean region through CMA CGM’s strategic hub in Kingston, Jamaica. The new ECS rotation will be:

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MoU Signed With Ukrainian Government

UKRAINE – The international operator of 48 ports worldwide, Hutchison Ports, has signed an MOU with the Government of Ukraine for the development of Chornomorsk Port on the Black Sea. Chornomorsk is already one of the largest ports in the Black Sea handling a range of freight including containers, ferries, general and bulk cargoes. Situated in the south-western region of Ukraine 20 kilometres south of Odessa, Chornomorsk has established rail connections to the capital Kiev and a pre-existing skilled workforce.

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Investment Means Ever Greater Capacities

SOUTH AFRICA – Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has reached a key milestone in its mega project to deepen and lengthen berths at Durban container Terminal (DCT): Pier 2 with the multi-billion rand Main Marine Construction Works package will go out to tender this month. The works are essential to permit access to ever larger container ships importing and exporting essential freight. The initial tender follows the two environmental approvals secured from the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) last year for marine and landside works. The tender process for the landside works will follow at a later stage. TNPA Chief Executive, Richard Vallihu, said:

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Time to Stop Prosecutions and See Action to Treat Slops and Sludge

WORLDWIDE – The latest ‘magic pipe’ incident, in which crew members conspired to dump waste oil from a vessel whilst concealing the fact from environmental investigators has once again placed the subject of pollution of this type from ocean going vessels back in the public eye. The prosecution of Carnival Corporation’s Princess Cruise Lines, which cost the company some $40 million, is just the tip of a very dirty iceberg. It has been our unfortunate duty to report on many such cases over the years, and these are of course just those which are discovered and subsequently prosecuted by the authorities, Princess had allegedly been dumping oil for 8 years previously before being caught.

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London Gateway Continues to Improve Service Levels and Invest in Growth

UK – As construction on Phase Two of DP World London Gateway’s Logistics Park gets underway, the Thames side deep-sea container port has just achieved full Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status, the internationally recognised quality mark issued by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs, and recommended by the British International Freight Association (BIFA) earlier this year. DP World says the acquisition of AEO status indicates that the Port’s role in the international supply chain is secure and that customs controls and procedures are efficient and compliant.

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Last Round Up Of Job Moves for 2016

US – In what will most probably be our last round up of staff changes and appointments for the year in the world of freight, shipping and logistics, we start with the news that Harvey Brodsky, Managing Director of the Retread Tire Association (RTA), has decided to hand over the full time day-to-day role of Managing Director to Jeffrey Parks, previously Brodsky's Assistant, after a serious accident followed by a failed back surgery that left Brodsky disabled from walking well and in intractable pain.

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Commission Comes Down Hard Again on Alleged Cargo Rates Cheats

US – WORLDWIDE – The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has recovered a total of $962,500 in civil penalties after completing several compromise agreements with various ocean freight companies. The agreed penalties resulted from investigations conducted by the Commission’s Area Representatives from around the country and the parties involved, namely one vessel-operating common carrier (VOCC) and nine ocean transportation intermediaries, both non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCC) and ocean freight forwarders, all of whom settled and agreed to penalties, but, as is so often the case, did not admit to violations of the Shipping Act or Commission regulations. In making the announcement, FMC Chairman, Mario Cordero stated:

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Amicable Divorce After Seventeen Year Cooperation

AUSTRIA – GERMANY – US – WORLDWIDE – The long standing cooperation between freight forwarding partners Gebrüder Weiss and Röhlig, headquartered in Lauterach and Bremen respectively, seems to be drawing to a close. Having worked together since 1999 with several dozen offices worldwide under the Weiss-Röhlig name, the two logistics outfits have decided to drop that brand name during 2017.

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American and British Firms Demonstrate their Softer Side

WORLDWIDE – US – Once again the freight and logistics sector has been busy demonstrating its caring aspects with charitable acts around the globe. We start in the US and from Texas to the East Coast, dozens of dogs in need will be finding new homes this holiday season thanks to Society for Companion Animals, a Dallas-based non-profit, and the American Airlines Cargo team. Society for Companion Animals transported a record-breaking 61 dogs in two days, each rescued from streets and shelters. The dogs flew to their new homes via American Airlines flights. Chuck O’Connell, Manager of Cargo Services at Dallas Fort Worth explained:

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Two Part Box System Useful for Awkward and High Security Cargoes

US – WORLDWIDE – We have followed for some time the progress of specialist ISO container manufacturer CakeBoxx Technologies as the company’s dedication to providing a freight box which stands out from the crowd, and involves a loading system particularly suited to awkward or high security cargoes, is to be applauded. From its move into the European market using container logistics specialist Pentalver, to improvements in security via asset tracking and its expansion to include the making of bespoke units earlier this year, the US headquartered company is now using a well-known freight forwarding and logistics group to promote its products.

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Schiphol and KLM Cargo back Parcel International's New Same-Day Cargo Offering

THE NETHERLANDS – EUROPE – Dutch airline KLM is joining forces with Parcel International to launch a new same-day intra-European air cargo delivery service called 12send, making use of the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s baggage system and KLM’s European network. Schiphol Cargo and KLM Cargo have backed the service, following a successful pilot trial in October 2016 on KLM routes between Amsterdam and Barcelona-El Prat, Spain. Air freight shipped on the 12send service is processed and loaded by Schiphol’s luggage system, and travels to KLM destinations Europe-wide. Parcel International handles first and last mile, delivering to the final customer by electric van and e-bike. Jonas van Stekelenburg, Head of Cargo, Schiphol Cargo said:

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US Approval for the Multination Box Carrying Association

US – WORLDWIDE – The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has approved the new giant container shipping alliance, the ‘THE ‘Alliance, allowing it to become effective next week, on December 19. The Commission voted to allow the agreement between the five box freight carriers, Hapag-Lloyd, K Line, MOL, NYK, and Yang Ming, to become effective following a period of substantive and constructive discussion with the parties.

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New Report Highlights Need for Automated Vehicle Modal Links

UK – WORLDWIDE – A new report from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is critical that a drive to autonomy in the transport sector is hindered by the fact that different modes, from aircraft to container ships, and indeed differing types of transport units across the same mode, as with cars and road haulage vehicles, are not currently inclined to share technologies and information. The report ‘Automated Vehicles: Cross-modal Learning in Autonomy’ says a lack of shared best practice is putting the brakes on the huge benefits, including safety and reduced congestion, that could be achieved with increased autonomy across different transport modes.

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Innovative Engineering Process Creator Recognised with Award

FRANCE – It is over a year since we first wrote about an innovative company based in Paris which had launched a project in Portugal gathering ‘slops’, waste oil products, from ship operators such as MSC and refining them into useable marine fuels. The aptly named ‘Ecoslops’ has continued this work and now one of the co-founders of the company, Michel Pingeot, has received a prestigious engineering award.

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Consultation to Decide Future After a Decade of Losses

UK – According to trade union GMB, logistics firm DHL Freight UK has announced a period of consultation with a view to close its UK operations due to continued losses in profits. The proposed move could lead to the loss of 520 jobs, and the closure of its depots at Aberdeen, Bellshill, Newcastle, Warrington, Wakefield, Coalville, Norwich, Andover, Bristol, and Exeter.

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Largest Ever Ship Discharges at Suffolk Port

UK – Precise planning and cooperation between the Port of Ipswich and marine agencies has seen the largest vessel ever being able to call at the port. The 156.93 metres long Dijksgracht arrived at Ipswich with a shipment of 10,500 tonnes of rice from Texas, US for the Ipswich Grain Terminal. The rice was discharged at the Orwell Bulk Terminal, which was opened last year after a £2.2m investment.

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World's Two Biggest Box Carriers Welcome Korean Group Into the Club

KOREA – WORLDWIDE – After weeks of speculation, months of negotiations, and years of financial trouble, Korean container shipping line Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) is on the way to fulfilling its final obligation to the restructuring terms it agreed with its bankers by joining a global shipping alliance. HMM says it is completing talks with the world’s top two container freight firms, Maersk Line and the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) which together comprise the 2M Alliance, in a deal that until lately looked to be in some trouble following recent announcements by Maersk.

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Vessels Can Advise Required Freight Details Prior to Arrival

EUROPE – Logistics giant GAC has introduced a new centralised service to help ship owners navigate the paperwork required for the import of cargoes to European Union (EU) ports from outside the Union. Operators of vessels carrying such cargoes must declare cargo information to the customs authorities in advance of the vessel’s arrival. GAC says it can now help ease the administrative burden with a dedicated team of fiscal experts formed to offer clients information and guidance on the process, and to handle customs paperwork on their behalf.

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Felixstowe at 50

UK – Although the ubiquitous container is now a familiar sight, and indeed to many thought to be the only way to carry goods between countries, it was not always so. Before the metal boxes became the go-to method of securing and shipping cargo conventional cargo ships still raised and lowered nets full of every type of produce into and out of a vessels holds, worked on by men, often in semi darkness. Some who still work on these pages remember the first of the container terminals opening at the Port of Felixstowe in 1967 and now there is to be a year of celebration to mark the 50th anniversary.

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Ramifications for Cargo Examination from Medical Advances

UK – WORLDWIDE – A new X-ray imaging technology has been successfully developed to the point where it is now ready for translation into all kinds of beneficial applications, including potentially life-saving uses in security and healthcare. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), a major five-year project led by University College London (UCL) has achieved this breakthrough. The work also involved dozens of industrial, academic and research partners in the UK and worldwide.

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APM Terminals Passes on UK Company to US Railroad Group

UK – US – The expansion of US based rail and intermodal group Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) into the European market continues with the news that it has acquired container transport and logistics specialist Pentalver, a strong player in the British market. Pentalver was owned by APM Terminals, itself a subsidiary of the world’s biggest box carrier A P Møller-Maersk A/S. The move comes less than two years since G&W added the largest rail maritime intermodal operator in the UK, Freightliner to its portfolio and less than four months since it acquired bulk and intermodal operator Providence and Worcester Railroad Company (P&W) back in the US.

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Train Cargo Logistics Specialist Invests Across Europe

ITALY – TURKEY – Turkish-based Ekol Logistics has acquired a 65% share of Europa Multipurpose Terminals (EMY), the operator of pier VI in the Port of Trieste which Ekol uses for its RoRo and intermodal train services throughout Europe. The acquisition is an addition to Ekol developing a new RoRo terminal at the port of Yalova, Turkey which should open early next year.

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UK's Fastest Growing Supermarket Operations Begin at London Gateway Shortly

UK – Lidl, which claims to be the UK’s fastest growing supermarket, is setting up a distribution facility at DP World’s London Gateway Logistics Park which sits in the hinterland of the River Thames based deep water container port. Lidl UK is to begin operating out of the 187,000sq ft. distribution facility from February next year. The distribution centre will be a major cog in the supermarket’s supply chain to its 640-strong network of UK stores. Adrienne Howells, Lidl’s Head of Warehouse Expansion, said:

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Members Will Lobby European Authorities on Industry Matters

EUROPE – As consolidation and cooperation in the container shipping sector becomes the normal state of things, 21 associations representing the various industries across the global supply chain different have agreed to strengthen their cooperation to form the Industry Alliance for Multimodal (IAM) Connectivity and Logistics for Growth.

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Another Big Donation for Transaid from the Logistics Sector

UK – The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has presented transport charity Transaid with a cheque for £70,000, representing the funds raised by its members over the past three years through the annual membership renewal scheme. Transaid, an international development organisation and a favourite among many in the transport and logistics industry, aims to improve people’s quality of life in the developing world by making transport more available and affordable. It works by sharing skills and knowledge with local people to enable them to put in place and manage efficient transport systems. FTA Deputy Chief Executive, James Hookham said:

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A Collection of Developments from Ocean Containers to Materials Handling

GERMANY – This week’s snippets of some of the smaller announcements in the freight and logistics supply chain opens with the news that out of gauge specialist Hansa Heavy Lift has been awarded the ISO 50001 Energy Management Certification for best practice in energy management by society body DNV GL. Dirk Lange, Key Account Manager at DNV GL – Maritime said:

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Threat from Terrorism and Organised Crime Highlighted in Meeting

UK – Global consultancy The Maritime Group International (TMG) gave a joint presentation with maritime security experts State 21 to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Maritime and Ports at the Houses of Parliament on Monday December 5. The presentation, titled ‘How secure is our coastline?’ brought to the groups attention issues that are undermining the UK’s coastal security amid increased threats from organised and serious crime, terrorism and people traffickers.

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Robot Forklift Manufacturer Looks to Offer Established Technology to the Sector

US – Regular readers of the Handy Shipping Guide will know that we have long covered the saga that is the development of autonomous road vehicles, both cars and road haulage trucks. After all, if and when autonomous freight transport become readily available and accepted this will represent one of the most significant technological changes that the industry has seen in a generation. The story of the development of the autonomous road vehicle is one of remarkable, arguably overambitious, technological development to try and make this goal, not so long ago simply science fiction, a reality. Now another company has thrown its hat into the ring but, unlike a lot of the competition, this one has an established background in building practical autonomous vehicles that have been in successful use for over a decade.

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Award Made for August Rescue

US – INDONESIA – Officers and crewmembers of the Crowley Maritime-managed M/V Ocean Glory were recently honoured for demonstrating heroism at sea during the United Seamen’s Service’s (USS) annual AOTOS awards ceremony in New York. The crew were recognised with an Admiral of the Ocean Sea (AOTOS) Mariners’ Plaque for rescuing an Indonesian fisherman in the vicinity of the Bali Strait while enroute to Banyuwangi, Indonesia on the 14 August, 2016. The award was accepted on behalf of the participants by Capt. Christopher Hill, master of the Ocean Glory.

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A Look at the Week's Staff Movements Around the World

UK – The Thames Skills Academy (TSA), the organisation devoted to employment on the River Thames and which is supported by the Port of London Authority (PLA), the Company of Watermen and LIghtermen, Tideway and Tfl, has appointed five employer representatives to its board. Kyle Haughton - City Cruises Managing Director, Sean Collins - Managing Director MBNA Thames Clippers, Chris Livett - Livett’s Group Managing Director, Andy Pike - Cory Environmental Director of Riverside Resource Recovery and Scott Neicho - Capital Pleasure Boats co-Founder, have been named to represent fellow employee members across the passenger and freight industries operating on the river.

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Largest Cargo Handler in Nairobi Now Voted Best in Johannesburg

SOUTH AFRICA – KENYA – Africa Flight Services (AFS), part of Worldwide Flight Services’ (WFS) global airport services group, has been voted ‘Best Cargo Handler of the Year’ for 2016 at Johannesburg’s O. R. Tambo International Airport in the annual ‘Feather Awards’ for service excellence, with a vote from the most important people in the supply chain, the customers.

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You Have Until February to Name your Industry Heroines

UK – Now in its tenth year the FTA everywoman Awards are seeking nominations for women in the freight and logistics industry who have excelled in their fields and driven change in the sector. Previous winners have hailed from a breadth of organisations within transport and logistics and whether excelling in their role as a driver, or implementing innovative operational solutions, they are hardworking, ambitious, innovative, driven and passionate about the industry.

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Custom Telematics System Implemented to Maximise Efficiency

UK – The Babcock International Group has automated the control of its materials handling operation in the Devonport Royal Dockyard and Naval Base site in Plymouth using the Hyster Tracker system. The fleet management system helps manage eighty forklifts and other trucks deployed in various roles across the base.

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Freight Technology Facility First of its Kind in Peru

PERU – Port operator DP World has opened a smart logistics centre in Lurin, Peru. The facility features fibre optic connection to its freight terminal at Callao Port, near the capital Lima, and is the first of its kind in the country. The connections mean that the Dubai headquartered company will be able to deliver information concerning customer’s shipments at the port and customs, enabling them to manage and monitor the movement of their cargo using their own electronic devices and smartphones.

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14,000 TEU Box Carrier Marks Official Opening

QATAR – Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) marked the official opening of the newly constructed Hamad Port Container Terminal 1, with the first ship to call, a 14,000 TEU vessel. At the request of Qatar Ports Management Company, MSC Esthi sailed into the Port in time for the long awaited opening ceremony on December 1, celebrating the completion of the first phase of Qatar’s $7.8 billion port, which will initially see capacity of 2 million TEU.

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Government Announcements Receive Mixed Response

UK – The ever convoluted story of Britain’s railway system took more turns this week, both as far as passenger and freight interests are concerned. Nothing should really surprise us in this year of Brexit, Trump et al and, as usual with UK rail matters, confusions and arguments reign even more supremely than usual.

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Spain, Italy and France Get Priority with US Trade Lane

WORLDWIDE – In container freight news this week the five members of the THE Alliance; Hapag-Lloyd, K Line, MOL, NYK, and Yang Ming, have released plans to enhance its previously announced port rotation in the Mediterranean-North America East Coast trade lane with a new cooperation which will see a prioritisation of Italian, French, and Spanish ports into two dedicated services with what the shipping lines involved hope will be much improved transit times.

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Security and Logistics Combine as FSG Look to Move into China

CHINA – BURMA – CENTRAL ASIA – Frontier Services Group Limited (FSG), who specialise in providing logistic and security services in high risk areas, has announced that it is planning to open new offices in western China to help freight companies hoping to exploit China’s plans to implement their One Belt, One Road (OBOR) development initiative, otherwise known as the new Silk Road, which will link China to Europe traversing the whole of Eurasia.

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New Technology Makes Science Fiction Look Increasingly Like Science Fact

UK – The Universities of Surrey and Bristol, along with Augmented Optics Ltd, have announced that they have made a breakthrough in supercapacitor development that could provide, in their words, a ‘transformational impact on the future of the electric car industry.’ In essence, the research conducted by the institutions in a joint project has developed a way for supercapacitors to efficiently store power in the manner of batteries but without their limitations in terms of recharge times with the potential to transform the world of electrically powered passenger cars and freight trucks and vans.

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Money Raised Will Go to Heart and Homeless Charities

UK – We reported in October how a spoof news site had recorded a comedy song lambasting the state of congestion at the infamous M25 Dartford Crossing to the east of London. Now, after being viewed over 1.2 million times on Facebook and Youtube the Southend News Network (SNN) and singer Annie Humphrey’s have teamed up with Sony to release the protest song in an attempt to make it the UK’s official Christmas number one!

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Call for Oil Filled Propeller Shafts to be Replaced

THE NETHERLANDS – Talking to the representatives of attending the World Ocean Council’s fourth Sustainable Ocean Summit last week, Director of Marketing and Customer Service at Thordon Bearings’, Craig Carter, explained that the fleet of 45,000 ocean-going vessels that continue to operate oil-lubricated shaft bearings are estimated to be leaking the equivalent of five Exxon Valdez oil spills into the ocean every year.

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Imprisonment Terms Too Short for Drivers Who End Innocent Lives Says Safety Lobby

UK – Brake, the road safety charity, have welcomed the British government’s announcement that they are to hold a consultation on whether to introduce life sentences to drivers who kill through dangerous driving or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The review, which will run until February 2017, will examine proposals to stiffen penalties so that dangerous drivers causing death by speeding, street racing or while on a mobile phone, are among those now facing the same sentences as those charged with manslaughter. There is also a proposal that careless drivers causing serious injury should face a new penalty for which they could spend three-year’s in jail.

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Revolutionary Vehicle Expected in Service by 2020

US – The Nikola Motor Company (NMC), a company which suddenly appeared as a start-up and which can trace its history back to June this year, has unveiled its prototype hydrogen fuel celled semi-truck at its Salt Lake City headquarters. The event was attended by 600 members of the media, industry partners, customers and government leaders and revealed the all-electric driven, zero emission vehicle to the world. NMC state that the vehicle will be in full production by 2020. Nikola, the name presumably a nod to the guiding light of electric vehicles, Nikola Tesla, is building a business literally from the ground up.

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Membership of Transportation Cooperative and Diversification Pays Off

UK – Lancing-based transport firm South Link Logistics is celebrating a successful 2016 having reached an impressive three-million-pound turnover. The family-run business operates a fleet of 15 vehicles and had an initial turnover of £500,000 when founded in 1991. The road haulage operator has also just celebrated its two-year anniversary of being a member of palletised freight network Pall-Ex, further contributing to South Link’s growth. Co-founder Karl Reidy said:

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What's Happening in the Shipping Industry Outside of the Headlines?

PHILIPPINES – Dampskibsselskabet Norden A/S has entered into a 10-year contract with the Philippine energy company GNPower to transport coal to their power plant in the Bataan province on Luzon Island in the Philippines. The contract comprises transportation of 20-24 million tonnes of coal to the power plant and starts in the first quarter of 2017. In terms of volume, this makes it the largest contract in the history of Norden.

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Established Political Operator Assuages Industry Doubts

US – President Elect Trump’s announcement that he intends for seasoned Washington operator Elaine Chao to be his Transportation Secretary, as reported in this week’s appointments piece, has been met enthusiastically by US based members of the freight and logistics lobby who believe that she will be both a safe pair of hands for the industry and a good instigator for Trump’s proposed plan for major investment in America’s decaying infrastructure. A statement by the American Maritime Partnership (AMP) said:

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Overcapacity Claims One More Heavyweight as Sins of Others Hang Over Deal Ratification

DENMARK – GERMANY – WORLDWIDE – Maersk Line, the sectors biggest player, has reached an agreement with the Oetker Group to acquire the world’s seventh largest container shipping line, Hamburg Süd, subject to final agreement and regulatory approvals. Expected to close in late 2017, the acquisition could mean that Maersk would have to rethink its attempts for the troubled Korean shipper, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) to join the 2M Alliance between Maersk and MSC. Consolidations and acquisitions have been key to the industry in recent years as the global ocean freight trade continues face overcapacity and falling rates with a tough future ahead.

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Aircraft Adds to Cargo Capacity on Key Routes

US – American Airlines has launched its international Boeing 787-9 service between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Madrid Barajas (MAD) in Spain, offering cargo customers up to 36 LD3 positions, or 12 pallets, depending on the market. The 787-9 is also currently operating from DFW to Sao Paulo (GRU) and, in January, will be added to the DFW-Paris (CDG) route. Similarly, in February of 2017, Cargo customers will also benefit from the use of the new 787-9 between DFW and Incheon (ICN). David Vance, American's vice president of Cargo Operations said:

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Interesting Posting Leads Government Jobs Whilst Shenanigans in the Boardroom

US – President-Elect Donald Trump plans to nominate former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao to become the next Transportation Secretary. Chao, who was born in Taiwan and is the wife of the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, also served as Deputy Secretary of Transportation between 1989 and 1991, during the George HW Bush administration. Trump has promised to spend $1 trillion on the country's currently crumbling infrastructure over the next 10 years but from where exactly he plans to get the money, and what it will be spent on, remains to be seen.

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