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February 2020

image: UK warehousing Association freight transport road haulage government low skilled immigration policy disaster

All Industry Experts Agree New Immigration Policy is a Disaster in Waiting

UK – Three of the UK's most prominent transport and logistics industry associations have all come out strongly against the UK government's proposed points-based immigration system that will limit the number of low-skilled workers entering the UK. The shortage of staff in the sector is by no means new. The UKWA, the RHA and the FTA have all warned for several years that more needs to be done to address the shortfall of workers across the industry but such restrictive measures will only worsen the situation with the government focusing seemingly on higher skilled workers.

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image: Denmark US global shipping logistics warehousing distribution acquire Maersk Performance Team

Warehouse and Distribution Company Snapped Up

DENMARK – US – AP Moller - Maersk has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Performance Team, a US-based warehousing and distribution company, as the Danish shipping giant looks to further strengthen its capabilities as an integrated container logistics company, offering end-to-end supply chain solutions to its customers.

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image: UK Europe short sea container feeder London Gateway DP World Unifeeder

London and East Coast UK to the Continent Starts Soon

UK – EUROPE – Hardly a surprise as Unifeeder, which boasts it has the biggest container feeder and short sea network in Europe, has announced yet another new service to run from DP World's London Gateway as the two share the same parent organisation.

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UAE Based Competitors Tie Up Freight and Passenger Deal

UAE – WORLDWIDE – Abu Dhabi based Etihad Cargo, the freight and logistics arm of the Etihad Aviation Group, has bolstered its global handling partnership agreements with dnata, the airport services provider owned by the Emirates Group (which owns rival Dubai based Emirates Airline).

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image: UK Shipowners club P&I ship recycling breaking hazardous IMO Hong Kong convention

Recycling is Essential but IMO Must Also Act

UK – WORLDWIDE – Regular readers will know that the horrors of ship breaking have caused death and misery, particularly on the unlicensed beaches of the Indian subcontinent. On the 31st December 2020 the European Union (EU) Ship Recycling Regulation (SRR) will come into force and it is time for ship owners to start taking notice.

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image: China Intermodal Asia Corvid-19 Coronavirus supply chain

Blow to Container Logistics as Development Awaited

CHINA – The fact there is no trading in Chinese currency, with Exchanges unable to handle Renminbi notes shows just how serious the current Coronavirus Corvid-19 is being taken and another casualty has now been announced with the Intermodal Asia show, a favourite amongst logistics interests, being postponed until July.

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image: Philippines Pangolin ICTSI International Container Terminal Services port conservation

Container Port Group Aids Conservation Project

PHILIPPINES – International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) has recently partnered with the Katala Foundation (KFI) to implement a wildlife research and conservation project within Palawan's Victoria-Anepa'an Mountain Range aimed at improving the conservation status of a critical segment of the country's threatened wildlife.

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image: UK M20 road hauliers concrete barriers Kent congestion Operation Stack Brock FTA RHA

Moveable Concrete Barriers May Help Solve a Perennial Riddle

UK – The government has announced that a concrete barrier that can be set up within hours to keep Kent's roads moving at times of cross-channel disruption will be available and on standby from later this year. The barrier, which has been developed as a solution to handle potential traffic disruption from the ports in Kent, has been welcomed by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) which says that it is promising news for businesses in the county, and for hauliers who need to keep goods moving between the UK and the Continent.

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image: China Coronavirus Corvid-19 logistics port calls ocean shipping BIMCO JCB Samsung trade

Corvid-19 Sees Fuel Supplies, Port Calls and Workforces Cut

WORLDWIDE – The biggest story in the past few weeks has of course been the spread of the Coronavirus, or Corvid-19 as it is now known. Anyone walking across Westminster Bridge in London or along Walking Street in Bangkok will have noticed the almost complete absence of Chinese faces, a sign of just how seriously the disease is impacting tourism and trade. So, what is the impact on the shipping and logistics sectors ?

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image: UK Sea Otters logistical challenge chartered aircraft London Heathrow Alaska Wild Life centre conservation de-sexed

Project Studies the 'Teddy Bears of the Ocean'

UK – Britain has a new species following the arrival of a pair of Sea Otters following a 5,000 mile journey from Alaska as part of a pioneering education and conservation project. But fisherman need not worry, the pair are destined for the purpose-built multi-million pound Marine Mammal Rescue Facility in Birmingham, where they'll become permanent residents following a period of quarantine.

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image: Dubai DP World port and Free Zone logistics stock exchange Nasdaq

Switch Back to Private Ownership

DUBAI – DP World's parent company Port and Free Zone World has offered to acquire the 19.55% of port and logistics group DP World's shares traded on Nasdaq Dubai, meaning a return of the company to private ownership.

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image: UK Andy Cole FTA freight transport logistics shipping air cargo Charity pharma

A Variety of Some of the Transport and Shipping Related Stories You May Have Missed

UK – Those attending the Freight Transport Association's (FTA) annual Northern Ireland Logistics Lunch will be treated with a speech from former England international and Premier League footballer Andy Cole. The third highest goal scorer in the League's history and part of the 1999 Manchester United treble winning squad, Cole will regale the audience with his tales of success, failure and resilience as post-lunch entertainment.

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image: UK Transport Shipping Minister Nusrat Ghani freight logistics appointments

Who is In and Who is Out in Logistics Roles This Week

UK – In a surprising move in this week’s Government reshuffle, Nusrat Ghani has been let go in her role Transport Minister with responsibility for Shipping. She had been well regarded in the industry having taken an active interest in the future of the UK's shipping sector. She held the role of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport (DfT), her formal job title, since January 2018.

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image: Sweden Baltic Propeller prize Stena Line RoRo ferry technology award Blue Science Park

Propeller Prize Up for Grabs Again for Baltic Residents

SWEDEN – There are 200,000 Swedish Krona (€19,000) up for grabs which will be awarded to the winners of this year's Stena Line Propeller Prize 2020. This entrepreneur prize awarded by the RoRo ferry group annually since 2015 to young companies in the ICT and maritime technology arena from countries around the Baltic Sea, found a winner outside the home country for the first time since its inception when Gdynia based Searis Technologies won the category for maritime technology.

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image: Taiwan Indian Subcontinent ship breaking container ships tankers Evergreen Line

Ship Owner Defends How It Now Deals With End of Life Vessels

TAIWAN – WORLDWIDE – Our recent article on ship breaking which highlighted the fact that Evergreen Line, and otherwise owned container ships and tankers vessels past their sell by date were being broken on the beaches of the Indian subcontinent, has elicited a response from the company anxious to prove its green credentials.

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image: Ukraine DP World logistics warehousing ports TIS container terminal

UAE Based Group Bulks Up Ukraine Operation

UKRAINE – Global port operator and logistics group, DP World, has agreed to acquire a majority 51% stake in TIS Container Terminal in the Port of Yuzhny, Ukraine, subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, including regulatory approval. DP World says bringing the TIS Container Terminal into its global network of ports, economic zones, warehousing, and inland logistics solutions will strengthen its position as a market leading terminal operator in the country.

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image: Japanese World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP) IAPH optimisation container ship owners harbors just in time initiative IMO

Global Initiatives Launched to Eliminate Vessel Downtime Worldwide

WORLDWIDE – Latest news from the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP), an initiative of the Japanese headquartered International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), contains some interesting facts about ships movements, and delays, as they travel the globe moving around 90% of all the world's goods.

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Environmental Gains Through Non Use of Tape

WORLDWIDE – Many office workers will be familiar with the Neopost brand but that group has now been named Quadient and under the new brand has launched the CVP Everest, the latest high velocity, fit-to-size, auto-boxing system from Packaging by Quadient capable of tailor-making over 1,100 e-commerce packages per hour.

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image: UKWA post Brexit customs controls Freeports Peter Ward EU Barnier import no deal scenario

UK Warehousing Boss Speaks Out on Radical Solutions Required in a Post Brexit World

UK – The government has confirmed plans to introduce import controls on EU goods at the British borders after the Brexit transition period ends on 31 December 2020. Speaking at a recent Border Delivery Group event the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, made it clear that the policy easements put in place to mitigate the risks of a 'No Deal' scenario are no longer on the table.

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image: HS2 Carbon free Greenpeace Friends of the Earth GB Railfreight Group CILT RMT union electric cars waste of money UK Brexit HGV container ports

Failure to Realise an Electric Future or a Boon for Freight Operators?

UK – It always seemed unlikely that anything could prove as controversial as Brexit but the new high speed rail infrastructure of HS2 is certainly making a bid for the title. The government decision to give the line the green light has produced a torrent of both plaudits and abuse in turn from freight and environmental groups, unions and the motoring lobby alike.

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image: Hawaii US bilge waste discharge illegal fine Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (Singapore) vessel operating court federal false records

Another Transgression in US Waters Ends with Largest Ever Hawaiian Penalty

US – Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (Singapore), a vessel operating company, has pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of maintaining false and incomplete records relating to the discharge of bilge waste from the tanker Topaz Express, a felony violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.

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image: Yemen cruise missile Houthi ocean sea freight vessels attacks USS Mason SAMs Iran Brian Hook Islamic Republic freight forwarding

Discoveries in the Sea off the Coast of Yemen are a Warning to Freight Forwarders

YEMEN – Transport by sea is singled out as a primary method of getting offensive weapons into the conflict zone according to the final report of the Panel of Experts on Yemen, sent late last month to the Security Council Committee, with a request it be forwarded to the UN Security Council itself.

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image: UK Latin America Europe Maersk DP World Bananas freight reefer containers Fyffes

Increased Refrigerated Capability to Cope with Larger Volume of Fruit

UK – EUROPE – LATIN AMERICA – A move to larger vessels, from 2,500 to 2,900 TEU on the Maersk 'Banana Boat' service seems to have prompted the switch for the UK call to DP World's container terminal operation at Southampton from the smaller facilities available at Portsmouth.

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image: UK CEVA logistics Tevva electrify trucks chill refrigeration pharma 12 tonne lorries supply chain London TfL FreightLab

Logistics Group Partners Technology Research Group

UK – CEVA Logistics is using its Urban Distribution Hub at Dartford, Kent to undertake an electric vehicle trial for lorries delivering into central London. It also has become a partner in Tevva's 'electrify' initiative, which aims to support companies to research electric vehicle technology for the supply chain. Using real-world operational data, the initiative aims to offer practical solutions for companies looking to use electric vehicles in their fleets.

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image: UK vessel financier Magma Maritime tokenised ship ownership

Tokenised Structural Approach to Enable Fractionised Approach

UK – WORLDWIDE – London based vessel financier Magma Maritime says it is currently in advanced negotiations with potential investors to raise an initial amount of $200 million to purchase a number of modern dry bulk cargo vessels, which will have a tokenised ownership structure.

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image: France container shipping line Energy Observer CMA CGM hydrogen power renewables hydropower solar

Hydrogen Produced Entirely from Renewable Resources

FRANCE – WORLDWIDE – When it comes to decarbonising all modes of transport many consider the ultimate future will lie with the widespread use of hydrogen. Despite the currently high energy exchange costs of production, and the difficulties of storage, the maritime sector is taking a serious look at the gas as a fuel of the future as evidenced by the latest move of one of the world's largest container freight shipping lines.

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image: UK rollerbed reefer PML Gray & Adams trailer refrigerated walking floor

First Refrigerated Option Featuring Self Load Capability Deployed

UK – Walking floor trailers are traditionally associated with the loading of really awkward freight, such as huge granite slabs which can be dropped onto the trailer and shunted forwards or backwards mechanically. Of late however systems have become more refined with sophisticated rollerbed technology shifting all manner of packages such as standard air cargo bins and pallets.

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image: UK Belfast Northern Ireland BIFA freight forwarding logistics multimodal apprenticeships Carl Hobbis

BIFA Gives Newcomers the Chance to Discuss Profession with Their Peers

UK – The growth of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) Young Forwarder Network, designed to fulfil a need for younger members of the freight forwarding profession to meet and exchange ideas and experiences, seems to have been an unqualified success, with another regional group having just been started.

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image: UK Peel Ports Australia sale pension Robert Maxwell online shopping AustralianSuper Intu

High Street Woes Come Home to Roost for Investors with Sale to Pension Managers

UK – AUSTRALIA – Since the Robert Maxwell affair, the matters surrounding the large pension funds, which so many companies manage on behalf of staff, are always subject to scrutiny. Now according to a Sunday Telegraph article Peel Ports, the second largest such UK company, is apparently to divest itself of 25% of the group to Australia's biggest pension fund manager, AustralianSuper.

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image: UK Zambia staff news logistics freight transport Transaid charity Port of Oakland

Strong Supporter of Transport Charity Passes Away

ZAMBIA – Last year ended with some tragic news for Transaid, with the death of Victor Simfukwe, who passed away in a road traffic incident on Christmas Day. He had been a part of the Transaid family since 2007, working as a Project Manager on many of Transaid's highest profile initiatives in Zambia.

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image: Europe UK Netherland cargo theft TAPA freight port straddle carriers post Panamax cranes

A Look at Things You May Have Missed This Week

SWEDEN – The first two straddle carriers have now been delivered to Stockholm Norvik Port, the country's new freight port, to join the two new ZPMC super-post-Panamax cranes which were delivered last month. The carriers are intended to operate autonomously within the next couple of years.

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image: UK Kevin Keegan freight transport FTA Multimodal UKWA warehousing BIFA awards 2020 nominations open

Freight Group is Lead Sponsor for Event as Kevin Keegan Returns Once More

UK – More than ever the Multimodal exhibition, conference and awards are building to be one of the most talked about events on the logistics calendar. With Brexit dead, but not lying down, this year's seminars will doubtless be of even more interest than usual, whilst there is additional appeal for those in the freight forwarding and warehousing sectors, and this week nominations for the Multimodal awards have opened.

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image: UK freight forwarder Davies Turner logistics AEO accreditation

Brexit Stokes Interest in Accreditation

UK – Freight forwarding and logistics firm, Davies Turner is now offering consultancy services on the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) programme following a surge in enquiries from existing and potential clients. The company says its customers have apparently noted a significant increase in the number of tenders and preferred supplier qualification applications that now ask whether they have AEO accreditation.

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image: Sweden Denmark Kattegat freight RoRo route service Stena Line

Faster Crossing on Shorter Inter Country Route

SWEDEN – DENMARK – Having closed the RoRo freight and passenger ferry service between Varberg and Grenaa on Friday 31 January, the following day Stena Line inaugurated its new crossing between Halmstad in Sweden and Grenaa in Denmark with thousands visiting the opening ceremonies at both ports including both the infrastructure and transport ministers of the two countries.

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image: France ports strike unions pension debate customs Brexit Haropa Haver marseille MSC

Dock Workers Vow to Extend Action Over Pension Debate

FRANCE – Human beings are pretty resilient when facing the little annoyances in life. Some like mosquitoes they generally regard with animosity, some, like people who discard rubbish on the street, with contempt, and, for the British, the news of a Frenchman on strike, yet again, often with a sort of puzzled amusement.

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image: UK Customs clearance CCS freight RoRo short sea container ferry cross Channel Tunnel Eurotunnel forwarders agents

Clearances Out of Port to Aid Cross Channel and Tunnel Freight

UK – Despite all the good intentions of British ports which seem determined to convert much of the cross Channel RoRo traffic to short sea feeder container services, the country will doubtless continue to rely on the existing ferry services and the Eurotunnel freight shuttles to carry loaded trailers in each direction.

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image: IATA air freight cargo capacity weakest performance for a decade

Demand for Cargo Space Fell as Capacity Increased

WORLDWIDE – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released its full-year 2019 data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), fell by 3.3% compared to 2018 while capacity (AFTK) rose by 2.1%. This was the first year of declining freight volumes since 2012, and the weakest performance since the global financial crisis in 2009, when air freight markets contracted by 9.7%.

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image: Shipbreaking Platform Alang tankers container ships dismantled scrap yards illegally

From Tankers to Containerships - Reflagged Vessels Still Hit the Beaches

WORLDWIDE – According to new data released by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, 674 ocean-going commercial ships and offshore units were sold to the scrap yards in 2019. Of these vessels, 469 large tankers, bulkers, floating platforms, container and passenger ships were broken down on only three beaches in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, amounting to near 90% of the gross tonnage dismantled globally.

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image: UK HS2 Lord Tony Berkeley rail freight scrapped infrastructure House of Lords

Ex Deputy Chair of Government's Own Enquiry Writes to Ministers with Proposals

UK – Those who clamour for the abolishment of the House of Lords may somehow miss the point considering the current row over HS2. The very independence of peers with no fixed political allegiances, and who carry with them the weight of experience spanning generations, are often nowhere near as reluctant as elected politicians to stick their heads above the parapet.

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image: China coronavirus trade slows shipping belly hold cargo freighters

New Year Holiday Period Extended Again

CHINA – WORLDWIDE – Fears that the Coronavirus would spread unchecked seem to be somewhat unfounded after action by the authorities designed to contain the disease have had some limited success. The virus has however now been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organisation and it is having its effect upon the container trade and other branches of shipping.

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Putting the Cost of Flying Up is the Only Real Solution it is Claimed

UK – The report published today by Sustainable Aviation 'Decarbonisation Road-Map: A Path to Net Zero' preceded a meeting between leading airline industry executives and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps MP to sign a pledge to completely cut out carbon emissions within three decades. Unfortunately the plan has already be dismissed as 'greenwash' by environmental commentators.

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image: Norway US Navy vessels Kongsberg Maritime AS Hydroid Inc Huntington Ingalls Industries shipping industry technology

Largest Builder of US Navy Vessels Snaps Up Subsidiary Company

NORWAY – US – Technology supply group Kongsberg Maritime AS, owner of Rolls Royce Marine, and which provides a range of solutions to the shipping industry, has agreed the sale of its underwater technology company Hydroid Inc to Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), the largest supplier of vessels to the US Navy.

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