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June 2009

Serious Train Explosion in Italy

Tuesday, June 30, 2009
image: Train Accident, Liquid Petroleum Gas, Viareggio,

Lethal LPG Tank Accident Causes Fatalities

ITALY - At least 19 people were killed and some 50 others injured after a freight train carrying Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) derailed in northern Italy causing the gas tanks to explode and destroy nearby homes. The accident occurred in the town of Viareggio when one carriage derailed, pulling four more after it, at just before midnight local time.

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Speed Camera Blunder

Thursday, June 25, 2009
image: Essex, Essex Police, Crown Prosecution Service, Speed Camera, Fixed Penalty Notice, Darren Wooding

Essex Police may have to cancel convictions

UK - Potentially hundreds of thousands of speeding penalties could be overturned due to an error made by Essex Police. A member of staff used by the force to issue speed camera fixed penalty notices may have not been authorised to do so by the county’s Chief Constable, a procedural error that could result in the overturning of four years worth of such convictions in the county.

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Vienna to Beijing Railway Proposed

Monday, June 22, 2009
image: Rail Freight, Kosice, Vienna, Trans-Siberian Railway, Russian Railways, RZD, Vladimir Yakunin, Putin

Single gauge line to run from Austria

EUROPE / ASIA: Plans have been announced to investigate the construction of a Russian gauge line between Vienna and Kosice, Slovakia. The Russian, Austrian, Ukrainian and Slovakian railway authorities have agreed to set up a joint venture to develop a track with the aim of linking the European railway network with the Trans-Siberian Railway.

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Baltic dry freight index rises

Friday, June 19, 2009
image: The Baltic dry freight index, BADI, Capesize, BACI, dry commodities, iron ore, steel production

Index gains over 18 percent over the last week

LONDON - The Baltic dry freight index, BADI, has risen a further 1.17 percent it was reported yesterday.The index, which tracks the cost of ship dry commodities such as has iron ore, grain and coal, has gained nearly 18 percent overall in the last week. Its rise is the result of a recovery in demand of cheap iron ore, the primary material used in steel production.

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Korean Air flies nearly 9 billion freight tonne-kilometres last year to take top spot

The ‘Annual World Air Transport Statistics,’ compiled by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have for the second year running listed Korean Air as the world's premier commercial international air freight transporter.

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U.S. Military trial Electric Trucks

Wednesday, June 17, 2009
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ZAP commence supply of utility vans

USA - Electric vehicle manufacturer ZAP confirmed today they have begun shipping their Zaptruck XLs, a versatile 100% plug-in electric LSV (low speed vehicle) to several US military bases in the US and in international locations.

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Early Breakthrough for NRLA

Wednesday, June 17, 2009
image: New Rail Link through the Alps, NRLA, AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd, transalpine freight, Gotthard Base Tunnel, transalpine rail route, Sedrun

Progress Going Well with Trans-Alps Tunnel

SWITZERLAND - Construction is proceeding well on the New Rail Link through the Alps (NRLA) according to the program managers, AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd. The Erstfeld to Amsteg tunnel section has been completed six months earlier than planned due good progress made by drilling crews.

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London plans need refinement.

LONDON - A report by the Market Research analysts Frost & Sullivan released last month has cast doubts over the viability of the Greater London Authorities plans to make London the “electric vehicle capital of the World”.

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Sadiq Khan made Transport Minister

Tuesday, June 9, 2009
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Senior Muslim gets Government Promotion

UK - Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, has been promoted to Minister of State for Transport in the Government reshuffle. This follows on from the appointment of Lord Adonis as Transport Secretary after he replaced Geoff Hoon who quit following the ongoing expenses furore.

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Port of Tilbury Defies Recession

Tuesday, June 9, 2009
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'Tilbury is a thriving port' - Director

UK - The Port of Tilbury is weathering the recession surprisingly well, according to the ports director, Perry Glading. He states that: “We are continuing to attract new business, even in the current climate”.

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Existing system not effective

EUROPE - A report published by the UK’s House of Lords accuses the existing European rail freight operators of squeezing out potential competition with their ability to control both infrastructure and operations.

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Asian Ship Owners Face Tough Future

Tuesday, June 9, 2009
image: Asian shipping, Wah Kwong Shipping, Tim Huxley, Hong Kong, Singapore, Atlas Shipping, Britannia Bulk, recession, world trade, Ship owners, vessel charter

Vessel Purchase Policy Will Cause Glut of Capacity.

HONG KONG - Over-investment in container and bulk vessels in the last three years could mean a prolonged downturn in the Asian shipping market, according to industry experts. Tim Huxley, Head of Wah Kwong Shipping of Hong Kong, says that: “We have an industry that’s positioning itself for what could be a longer haul in terms in our sector-specific recession, than what we have in the global slowdown overall”.

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Project to allow vessels up to 160 feet wide

USA - The Port of Corpus Christi, a coastal city in the South Texas region of the U.S, has confirmed that a project to deepen an old shipping channel will begin as soon as U.S government approves funding.

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Veolia & Keolis in talks with Transdev

FRANCE - French utility group Veolia today announced it was seeking ways to combine its Veolia Transport arm with French transport group Transdev to create a new European leader in the travel sector.

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New Vine Logistics finds backer

USA - One of California’s largest wine shipping companies abruptly closed on Friday 29th May, stating that the company was facing bankruptcy. But it now appears the company has been saved from insolvency. Inertia Beverage Group (IBG), a rival in direct-to-consumer services has agreed to acquire the debt position in the company.

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CSX CEO speaks optimistically at local business lunch

USA - Michael Ward, CEO of CSX, a Fortune 500 company and international transportation company based in Jacksonville, Florida, stated at a business lunch at the Hyatt Regency in Jacksonville that planned investment in tracks and terminals this year will match last years investment.

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image: Integrated Freight, PlanGraphics, US mergers

IFS acquires 401.5 million shares of PlanGraphics' common stock

USA - Integrated Freight, a short to medium-haul truckload carrier of general commodities based in Sarasota, and PlanGraphics (OTCBB: PGRA), a holding company focused on information technology and headquartered in Frankford, Ky., are poised to be joined in a statutory merger under Colorado and Florida corporation law.

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Train derails East of Toronto

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Residents evacuated

CANADA - Residents of Oshawa, Ontario, were told to leave their homes on Friday after 27 rail cars and two locomotives came off the tracks north of Highway 401 in Toronto. At least two cars ended up in the back yards of local residents.

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